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Prof Polly Arnold

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

activation of small molecules by organo-f block complexes

Current Research Interests

Polly's research is focused on exploratory synthetic chemistry that challenges preconceived ideas of reactivity and bonding, particularly in f-block metal systems. The group is working towards innovative catalytic transformations and the activation of small, unreactive molecules such as carbon oxides and hydrocarbons. New knowledge about f-block metals such as uranium and its neighbours is necessary for the reduction of worldwide nuclear waste legacies and for future fuel design; new catalytic conversions of hydrocarbons and simple carbon oxides will be key enablers for the future renewables-based chemical industry. 

Administrative Roles

Director of Research for the School of Chemistry.

Editorial board, Dalton Transactions (RSC), Proceedings of the Royal Society A (Royal Society of London).

Board member, Edinburgh International Science Festival.

My research in a nutshell

Exploratory synthetic chemistry to activate the most inert of small molecules using the heaviest of elements, and challenge preconceived ideas of structure, reactivity, and bonding.




Research activities & awards

  1. RSC, Ordinary Council Member

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  2. Inorganic Syntheses (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  3. Proceedings of the royal society of london series a-Mathematical and physical sciences (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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