The award provides long-term support to leading scientists enabling them to focus on their research; appointments are usually made for approximately 10 years.
Energy storage and generation, communications and catalysis
Professor Matthew Rosseinsky’s research concentrates on the chemical synthesis of new materials.
He leads a research group that works to enhance the fundamental knowledge of physical and chemical properties of new materials, and to improve the performance of materials for applications in energy storage and generation, communications and catalysis.
One of the group’s current projects is the development of porous materials with nanometre-sized openings, which have applications in the storage of energy gases such as methane and hydrogen, molecular separation and purification, and the delivery of drugs and medical gases.
Professor Rosseinsky said: “The materials I work on are crystalline solids whose regular structures involve the ordered assembly of millions of atoms.
“This produces quite different chemical challenges to those involved in making small molecules. We need new scientific methods to allow us to assemble the materials we need systematically, rather than relying on the small number of what are ‘lucky punches’ that form the basis of so much of modern technology.
Chemical control of the structure
“The Royal Society Research Professorship will allow me to work on this problem of the chemical control of the structure and properties of extended solids, together with colleagues whose skills and insight will be needed to meet it.”
Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Holloway, said: “There is no doubt that Matt’s work has major implications for materials science in particular. This is an outstanding achievement which recognises his world-class research.“
The prestigious posts provide long-term support for internationally recognised scientists of outstanding achievement and promise. Previous holders of Royal Society Research Professorships include six Nobel Laureates and five Presidents of the Royal Society.