Prof Ross S Forgan FRSC


Professor of Supramolecular and Materials Chemistry

Royal Society University Research Fellow

School of Chemistry

University of Glasgow


MChem(Hons) 1st Class, University of Edinburgh, 2004

PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2008



Prof Ross Forgan is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Supramolecular and Materials Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. His research into the application of metal-organic frameworks in biomimetic catalysis and nanoscale drug delivery is underpinned by fundamental studies into molecular recognition and self-assembly processes inside nanoporous materials.


He graduated with a PhD in supramolecular inorganic chemistry, under the supervision of Prof Peter Tasker, from the University of Edinburgh in 2008. A three year postdoctoral position (2008-2011) with Nobel Laureate Prof Sir J Fraser Stoddart at Northwestern University, USA, saw him research organic interlocked molecules, chemical topology and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). He returned to Scotland in 2011 as a senior research fellow in Prof Lee Cronin’s group at the University of Glasgow, investigating hybrid materials and applications of 3D-printing. After 11 months, he was awarded a Royal Society URF to begin his independent academic career, with subsequent promotions to Reader in 2016 and Professor in 2019.


To date Forgan has published 74 papers and 2 patents, and has given many invited seminars and lectures at conferences and universities around the world. In 2016 he won a highly prestigious ERC Starting Grant, and he was awarded the Sessler Early Career Researcher Prize in 2018. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, for emerging leaders in science and humanities, the professions, the arts, business and civil society. He also currently teaches the Chemistry 1 Transition Metals lecture course - click here for additional materials.



Home.  Contact: Prof Ross Forgan, A4-15, Joseph Black Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ, 01413305166, ross.forgan@glasgow.ac.uk.

Updated 18th March 2020.