Core Concepts in Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanochemistry


About the Authors


Jonathan W. Steed

Jonathan W. Steed was born in Wimbledon, UK in 1969. He obtained his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at University College London, working with Derek Tocher on coordination and organometallic chemistry directed towards inorganic drugs and new metal-mediated synthesis methodologies. He graduated in 1993 winning the Ramsay Medal for his Ph.D. work. Between 1993 and 1995 he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama and University of Missouri, working with Prof. Jerry L. Atwood, where he developed a new class of organometallic hosts for anions. In 1995 he was appointed as a Lecturer at Kings College London where he built up a reputation for supramolecular chemistry including anion binding and sensing, and crystal engineering studies using strong and weak hydrogen bonds. In 1998 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Meldola Medal and he was promoted to Reader in 1999. In 2004 he was appointed as Reader in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Durham and was elected FRSC in 2005. Dr. Steed is co-author of the textbook Supramolecular Chemistry (2000) and more than 190 research papers. He has published a large number of reviews, book chapters and popular articles as well as a major edited work, the Encyclopaedia of Supramolecular Chemistry (2004). He has been an Associate Editor of New Journal of Chemistry since 2001.

David R. Turner

David R. Turner was born in London, UK in 1979. He did his M.Sci. in Chemistry at King’s College London where he became interested in crystal nucleation and organometallic anion sensors. He stayed on to do a Ph.D. with Jonathan Steed at King’s College and at Durham University, on urea-functionalised anion receptors including tripodal organic host species and molecular tweezers. His work also involved aspects of crystal engineering and solid-state phenomena involving transition metal/ureido systems. He graduated in 2004. In January 2005 he changed countries and disciplines to begin a post-doctoral position Monash University, Melbourne, Australia with Assoc. Prof. Peter Junk and Prof. Glen Deacon working on the synthesis and structural characterisation of novel lanthanoid-pyrazolate complexes. In January 2006 he was awarded an Australian Research Council post-doctoral fellowship in collaboration with Dr. Stuart Batten at Monash University. His current research is focused on the synthesis and control of lanthanoid-containing coordination networks targeting systems with novel magnetic properties in addition to pursuing his interest in novel and unpredictable 3D topologies. Dr. Turner is the co-author of 20 scientific papers and is jointly responsible for the instigation of a metallo-supramolecular course at his current university.

Karl J. Wallace

Karl J. Wallace was born in Essex (a true Essex boy!), UK in 1978. He obtained his B.Sc at the University of the West of England, Bristol in 1999, where he developed an interest in inorganic chemistry and coordination polymers. He then completed a Ph.D. at King’s College London (2003), working with Jonathan W. Steed on the synthesis and binding studies of hosts for small molecule recognition. In 2003 he moved to the laboratories of Eric V. Anslyn at the University of Texas at Austin as a post-doctorial fellow, synthesizing molecular scaffolds for applications as practical sensor devices. In 2006 he was appointed as an assistant professor in inorganic and supramolecular chemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi, where his research interests are in supramolecular chemistry particularly molecular recognition and the synthesis of molecular sensors and devices.


Created on Aug 13, 2008
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