Russell Morris

Russell Morris FRSE FLSW

 

Biography

Russell Morris was born in St Asaph, North Wales and educated at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy in Llanrwst. He studied Chemistry at Oriel College in the University of Oxford before embarking on a DPhil under the supervision of Professor Tony Cheetham FRS. On leaving Oxford he completed postdoctoral work at the University of California Santa Barbara before returning to the UK to take up a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellowship at the University of St Andrews, where he still works.

His research interests lie in the synthesis, characterisation and application of porous solids. Among his notable research successes are the development of ionothermal synthesis, the chiral induction of solids built from achiral precursors, the characterisation of solids using microcrystal X-ray diffraction and the application of porous solids in medicine and biology, particularly for the delivery of biologically active gases such as nitric oxide. In addition, current interests also include the directed assembly of new families of zeolite catalysts and the development of new synthetic methods for hybrid magnetic solids.

Qualifications and Positions:

 

2013- EPSRC Senior (Established Career) Fellow

2011- Royal Society Industry Fellow

2011- Professorial Research Fellow, SASOL Technology UK, St Andrews

2011- Associate Editor, Dalton Transactions

2011- Director of Research, University of St Andrews

2010 Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder, University of St Andrews

2000- Professor of Structural and Materials Chemistry, University of St Andrews, School of Chemistry

2000-2011 Director of Operations, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews

1998-2005 Royal Society University Research Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews

1998-2000 Reader, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews

1995-1998 Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellowship, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews

 

1992-1995 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

1993-1994 Visiting Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology, MD, USA

 

1992 DPhil, University of Oxford. “The structural chemistry of metal phosphites and selenites” under the supervision of Professor Anthony K. Cheetham FRS

1985-1989 BA (Chemistry), Oriel College, University of Oxford.

 

Awards and Prizes

Russell’s research and communication work has led to the award of several national and international prizes, including the following

 

International Awards

2009   National Science Foundation (USA) ADVANCE Distinguished Lecturer – This is an award for world-leading experts in science to communicate their work to members of the US academic community

2007 GEMI award (Germany)  – this is an award for medical innovation funded by Linde Therapeutics in Germany.

 

UK Awards

2013 EPSRC Established Career Fellowship

2012 Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation

2012 Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales

2011 Royal Society of Chemistry Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award

2011 Royal Society Industry Fellow Award

2009 Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award

2008 Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

2003 Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize (Inorganic Chemistry)

2003 Royal Society of Chemistry Barrer Award (Porous Solids)

2002 Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Persons Award for Communicating Science

2002 Guinness/UDV Award for innovation in anti-counterfeiting

 

Award Lectures

Associated with the above awards Morris has given the following lectures

 

2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award Lecture University of Sheffield

2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award Lecture University of Keele

2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award Lecture University of Oxford

2009 NSF ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture, Kansas State University, USA

2009 NSF ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture, Texas A&M University, USA

2005 Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize Lecture, University of Bath, UK

2004 Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize Lecture, University of Edinburgh, UK

2004 Barrer Prize Lecture, British Zeolite Association, UK

2004 Barrer Prize Lecture, University of Birmingham, UK

Plenary/Keynote/Invited Talks

Morris’s research has been recognised internationally in many ways. This is particularly noticeable in the number of invited plenary/keynote lectures at international conferences. For space reasons the following list of plenary/keynote talks at international conferences is limited to 2008-present.

 

(1) Festkörpertag, Hannover, January 2008;

(2) 2008MOFCAT, Turin, Italy, February 2008;

(3) Solid State Zing Conference, Mexico, April 2008;

(4) Nanoporous Materials Gordon Conference, June 2008, USA;

(5) Korean Zeolite Association International Workshop, July 2008, Seoul;

(6) Solid State Gordon Conference, July 2008, USA;

(7) American Chemical Society, August 2008, USA,

(8) 4th International Federation of European Zeolite Associations Conference, Paris, September 2008;

(9) 6th International Inorganic Materials Conference, Dresden, September 2008;

(10) 1st International Conference on Metal Organic Frameworks, Augsburg, October 2008.

(11) NSF ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture, Kansas State Univ. May 2009;

(12) NSF ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture, Texas A&M Univ. May 2009

(13) MOFCAT, Oslo June 2009,  (14) Aarhus Winter Conference, Aarhus, Denmark January 2010;

(15) American Crystallography Association, Chicago, USA, August 2010.,

(16) International Zeolite Meeting Liblice, Czech Republic (two lectures), August 2010,

(17) Portuguese Adsorption Society, Lisbon Portugal September 2010;

(18) ICEMS International Meeting, Kyoto, Japan, November 2010.

(19) Crossing Borders: From Stem Cells to Materials, Heidelberg, July 2011,

(20) 4th International Federation of European Zeolite Associations Conference, Valencia, July 2011;

(21) EUROMAT 2011, Montpellier, France, July 2011;

(22) German MOF meeting Dresden, September 2011;

(23) Polish Zeolite Forum 2011, Krakow, September 2011;

(24) SASOL Catalysis Meeting, Johannesburg RSA September 2011;

(25) RSC Solid State Meeting, Liverpool, December 2011;

(26) RSC/China Metal-organic framework symposium, Guangzhou, China, February 2012;

(27) RSC/China Metal-organic framework symposium, Tianjin, China, February 2012;

(28) RSC/China Metal-organic framework symposium, Beijing, China, February 2012;

(29) Czech Academy of Science, Molecular Sieves, Prague, April 2012;

(30) Materials Research Society (Functional ionic liquids), San Francisco, April 2012;

(31) Dalton Inorganic Chemistry Awards Symposium, Oxford, May 2012;

(32) International meeting of the British Zeolite Association, Chester July 2012;

(33) ISACS 8, Challenges in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, Toronto July 2012;

(34) ICEMS Metal-organic frameworks, Kyoto, Japan, July 2012;

(35) Japanese International Zeolite Conference (ZMPC), Hiroshima, August 2012;

(36) Korean Zeolite Association International Conference, Jeju, South Korea, August 2012;

(37) ITQ Zeolite Conference, Valencia, December 2012;

(38) Czech Centre of Excellence in Catalysis, International Workshop on Characterisation Prague, March 2013;

(39) Annual American Chemical Society Meeting, New Orleans, April 2013;

(40) Workshop on Porous Materials in Biology and Medicine, Hannover, Germany, June 2013

(41) MACADEMIA, Brussels, June 2013

(42) Directed Assembly of Functional Nanomaterials, Glasgow, June 2013

(42) Porous and Layered Materials Gordon Conference, New Hampshire,  August 2013;

(43) Challenges in Layered Materials, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2013

(44) BuildMoNa, Liepzig, Germany September 2013.

In addition to the plenary lectures, in the last two years Morris has also given many other invited lectures at academic institutions, at companies around the world (several in USA, France, Germany, Sweden, China etc) and several more at UK based companies.

 

Morris is a reviewer for all the major journals, and regularly acts as a reviewer for international governmental bodies such as the NSF, DoE, ONR, Defense Threat Agency (all USA) and research councils in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Germany, UAE, France, China etc. He also acts as an international evaluator for the Swedish government to assess major ‘Centre of Excellence’ grants that are targeted towards the involvement of industry in academic research and the generation of innovative research (VINNOVA, September 2008 and September 2011). Morris has been on the scientific committee for many international symposia and conferences (e.g. 1st and 2nd International MOF conferences 2008 and 2010, Synthesis committee of International Zeolite Conference 2008) and is Scientific Chairman for the 3rd International MOF meeting (Edinburgh, 2012). For the last six years Morris has been on the structure commission of the International Zeolite Association. Member of the Breck Award Committee (2010). Founding Chairman of the International Zeolite Association MOF commission (2011).

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