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Jason Love

Personal Chair of Molecular Inorganic Chemistry

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Salford
Heterobimetallic polyhydride and alkyl polyhydride complexes of rhenium
Bachelor of Science, University of Salford

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC, CChem


BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry (Salford)

PhD in Organometallic Chemistry (Salford)



Current Research Interests

Sustainable chemistry and energy, f-element compounds, ligand and macrocycle design, supramolecular catalysis, metal recovery and recycling

Administrative Roles

Head of Inorganic Chemistry

My research in a nutshell

The Love group carries out research into the design and synthesis of molecular metal complexes that can promote new and sustainable chemical reactivity and give fundamental insight into how metal compounds assemble and interact with substrates.

We are specifically interested in: the chemistry of the uranyl dication and the f-elements; Pacman and dipyrrin complexes that provide insight into sustainable energy generation and exploitation; the activation and transformation of small molecules, in particular N2, O2, H2, and CO2 by transition metal complexes; the design of new multidentate ligands and macrocycles; the spontaneous assembly and reactivity of supramolecular systems; the design of reagents for precious and radioactive metal recovery and remediation.


Jason Love obtained his PhD in rhenium polyhydride chemistry 1993 from Salford University working with John Spencer. Following a series of postdoctoral positions with Geoff Cloke (Sussex), Michael Fryzuk (Vancouver), and Martin Schröder (Nottingham) looking at alkene polymerisation, dinitrogen chemistry, and anion binding, he was awarded a lectureship and Royal Society URF (1999-2004) at Sussex in 1999. In 2001, he moved to Nottingham University and then to Edinburgh University as a Senior Lecturer in 2007 and Reader in 2010, and is the current Head of Inorganic Chemistry and Professor of Molecular Inorganic Chemistry. He has researched chemistry across the Periodic Table, focussing at present on small molecule redox catalysis in relation to sustainability, and ligand design strategies for d- and f-element chemistry, supramolecular catalysis and metal recovery processes.

Research activities & awards

  1. Thorium as an alternative nuclear fuel

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Royal Society of Chemistry (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  3. Royal Society of Chemistry (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

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Latest prizes

  1. 2020 Anders Gustav Ekeberg Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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