The focus of Cronin’s work is understanding and controlling self-assembly and self-organisation in Chemistry to develop functional molecular and nano-molecular chemical systems; linking architectural design with function and recently engineering system-level functions (e.g. coupled catalytic self-assembly, emergence of inorganic materials and fabrication of inorganic cells that allow complex cooperative behaviours). Cronin regularly collaborates with Physical, Theoretical, Organic, Materials, and Biological Chemists as well as Scientists in Chemical and Electrical Engineering, Physics and Medicine. In 2007 Cronin won a Leverhulme Prize for his work in self-assembly of functional nanoscale polyoxometalate clusters and in 2009 was awarded a five year Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. As well as investigating new technological applications of metal oxides, Cronin is also developing several new ‘reaction-formats’ for chemical reactions as well as applications in catalysis, energy, and coatings. These include flow reactors for evolvable chemistry, 3D-printing ‘wetfab’ for the democratisation of chemistry e.g. synthesis of drugs important for the developing world as well as counterfeit drug sensors. Within Glasgow Solar Fuels, Cronin and colleagues are investigating a solar fuel cell that effectively produces a liquid fuel suitable for transport use. In 2009 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and between 2006 and 2011 he was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow. Cronin has published over 200 papers that have amassed >4000 citations in the world’s leading scientific journals and has given over 150 invited talks. He has over 40 national and international collaborators and has active research exchanges with Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Arizona State, Emory, Hokkaido University, Tokyo University, University of Aachen, North East Normal University, and Northwestern as well as numerous companies in the UK and around the world.
The Current Cronin Group (2012-13) consists of Prof Cronin, 5 Senior Researchers, 16 Post-Doctoral Researchers, 23 Phd Students, 5 Project Students, 1 Technician, 1 Administrator and 1 Academic Visitor.
Publications and Seminars :
Lee Cronin has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in a range of high impact journals and has given over 150 invited presentations at conferences and universities across the world.
|2009-||Appointed to the Gardiner Professorship of Chemistry|
|2006 - 2011||EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow|
|2006 - 2009||Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow|
|2005 - 2006||Reader in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow|
|2002 - 2005||Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow|
|2000 - 2002||Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham|
|1999 - 2000||Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at the University of Bielefeld|
|1997 -1 999||Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.|
Awards, Recognition, Fellowships, & Highlights:
|2012||81st Henry Lecture at the Philosophical Society of Washington|
|2012||Winner of an RSC 2012 Corday Morgan Prize||2012||Speaker at TEDGlobal 2012|
|2011||Visiting Professor, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China|
|2011||Speaker and opening lecture at TEDGlobal2011 in Edinburgh|
|2010||Invited Lecturer, 3ème cycle de Chimie, Switzerland|
|2009||Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award|
|2009||Elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh|
|2008||Morino Foundation Prize|
|2007||Philip Leverhulme Prize (£70,000)|
|2006||Visiting Professor, University of Versailles, France, 2006|
|2006||Nexxus young scientist 2006 award|
|2006||Finalist and winner (silver medal) of the Young European Chemists Award|
|2005||Award of an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship|
|2004||Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept Award 2004|
|2003||British Council Science Award|
|1999-2001||Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship|
|1996||ICI Scientists Scholarship|
|1996||European Science Foundation Grant to attend ECIS VI|
|1993||The Proctor & Gamble prize in Chemistry (awarded to the best undergraduate)|
|1993||The Whinfield Project Award for Chemistry (award for original research ideas)|
|Oct 1994-Sept 1997||DPhil. Project title:
"Ligand Design: New Small Molecule Models for Carbonic Anhydrase"
University of York, UK.Viva, December 19th 1997. Supervisor Prof. Paul. H. Walton
|Oct 1991-July 1994||BSc. (Hons) in Chemistry, First Class.University of York, Final year research project: "Laser Flash Photolysis and Photo-products of Ruthenium Hydride and Carbonyl Complexes" University of York, Supervisor Prof. Robin Perutz.|
Public Understanding of
I am active in promoting science, in particular chemistry to the public – particularly school children and these activities have taken many forms. For example, in October 2006, April 2005 and September 2003 I gave lectures on nanotechnology and self assembly to school children at science-super-highs-schools in Japan. Also, in December 2002 I gave the Royal Society of Chemistry Edinburgh Christmas Lectures (3 lectures over two days to around 1500 14-16 year old children). In Birmingham a complete chemistry ‘lecture’ and interactive demonstrations were written and designed to be preformed by dedicated personnel at the new Birmingham 'Think-Tank' museum and many lectures were presented to school children.