Department of Chemistry
Sheffield S3 7HF, UK
tel: +44 (0)114 222 9304
I was educated at Poole Grammar School in Dorset before going to the Univeristy of Bristol where I spent six years (BSc, Bristol (1975); PhD, Bristol (1978, with Professor Selby Knox and Professor Gordon Stone). I then spent two years as a SRC-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of California, Berkeley, USA (1978-80) in the laboratories of Professor Peter Vollhardt before taking up a lectureship in Sheffield in the UK. I became a senior lecturer in inorganic chemistry in 1992 and a professor of chemistry in 2014. I was the RSC Sir Edward Frankland Fellow for 1986 and 1987 and the Royal Society of Chemistry HE award winner for 1998. I became a Senate Award Fellow at the University in 2012 and am director of studies in the department.
I’ve written three shorts text books, all in the Oxford University Press chemistry primer series.
- Chemical Bonding
- My first book. An expanded version of an introductory course on bonding I give here in Sheffield.
- d-Block Chemistry
- An expanded version of an introductory course on d-block metal complexes I give here in Sheffield.
- Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry
- Coauthor: John Andrew. An overview of inorganic chemistry.
My web sites
- The periodic table on the WWW. Running since 1993, although its origins lie in a HyperCard program (MacElements) I started work upon around 1989.
- Sheffield Chemdex
- It’s a list of several thousand chemistry web sites. Running since 1993.
- Sheffield Chemputer
- Some online chemistry calculators. Based upon some algorithms dreamed up for use in MacElements. Calculates isotope patterns, VSEPR shapes, MXLZ classification, oxidation numbers, and so on. About to get shifted to an apache/PHP/MySQL system from the original cgi version.
- The Orbitron
- Ray-traced images and animations representing atomic orbitals and a few molecular orbitals. Some pf the pictures are quite pretty. If nothing else the images show that orbitals are not thin, as they tend to be represented in text books, (yes, I know, including my own books). Done in Pov-Ray using an isosurface patch.
- This one is new. It’s a database of molecules (or perhaps environments within molecules) contributed by students. The beauty is that it calculates quite a few of the key properties of a contributed structure. This allows various aggregated statistical charts to be displayed of coordination numbers, oxidation states, MXLZ classifications, and so on.
- The Symmetron
- Ray-traced images and animations representing symmtetry operations as applied to simple molecules. Done in POV-Ray. Not finished yet
- Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club
- Some regard cricket as a life and death thing. Not so, it’s far more important. This is where I play cricket and was the first cricket club in the world to have a web site (1993). It’s been through various backends since then, including phpWebSite, PostNuke, Joomla, and now Drupal.