Robin Clark#

Robin Clark

Email:r.j.h.clark 'at'
Membership Number:901
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions

Postions at University College London:

  • 1962:      Assistant Lecturer
  • 1963-71: Lecturer
  • 1972-81: Reader
  • 1982- :    Professor
  • 1987-89: Dean of Science
  • 1989-99: Head, Department of Chemistry
  • 1989-08: Sir William Ramsay Professor
  • 2009- :    Sir William Ramsay Professor Emeritus

Fields of Scholarship

  • Synthetic, spectroscopic and structural studies on transition metals
  • Mixed-valence compounds and the inorganic chemistry/materials science frontier
  • Metal-metal bonded species such as [Re2Cl8]2-, Rh2(O2CCH3)4, [Mo2(CN)8]4-
  • Oxalate-bridged and perfluorophthalate-bridged complexes of dimolybdenum and ditungsten
  • Infrared, Raman and Resonance Raman Spectroscopy
  • Identification of chromophores and the determination of excited state molecular geometries
  • Matrix isolation spectroscopy and spectroelectrochemistry
  • Raman characterisation of semiconductors and doped carbon nanotubes
  • Titanium dioxide and its self-cleaning properties when deposited on plate glass
  • Raman microscopy, pigment identification and the Arts/Science/Archeology interface
Honours and Awards

  • 1969: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1983-84: Tilden Lecturer and Medallist of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1989-90: Nyholm Lecturer and Medallist of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1989: Honorary Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand
  • 1990: Fellow of the Royal Society of London
  • 1990: Member, Academia Europaea
  • 1991: Thomas Graham Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1992: Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • 1992: Fellow of University College London
  • 1993: Harry Hallam Memorial Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1994: Carman Lecturer of the South African Chemical Institute
  • 1996: Kobe University, Japan, President’s Medal
  • 1998: Joannes Marcus Marci Medal of the Czech Spectroscopy Society
  • 2000: Harry Hallam Memorial Lecturer of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2000: UK - Canada Rutherford Lecturer (biennial), Royal Society London
  • 2001: Hon. DSc (Cant.)
  • 2001: Sidey Medal, Royal Society of New Zealand
  • 2003-2004: Liversidge Lecturer and Medallist (biennial), Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2004: Lifetime Achievement Award of the New Zealand Society, London
  • 2004: Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)
  • 2004: Honorary Life Fellow, Royal Institution of Great Britain
  • 2007: Foreign Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India
  • 2008: Bakerian Lecture, the premier annual "Prize Lecture" and Medal in the physical sciences, Royal Society of London
  • 2009: Franklin-Lavoisier Prize, Maison de la Chimie (Paris) and Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia) – inaugural, biennial medal
  • 2009: Chemical Institute of Canada Public Lecture Award, Canada
  • 2009-10: Sir George Stokes Award/Lecture and Gold Medal (biennial) of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2010: Elected International Member, American Philosophical Society
  • Burlington House Lecturer, First Joint Royal Academy of Arts/Royal Society of Chemistry, Public Lecture, London 2010
  • 2010: Rutherford Lecturer (annual), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2011 Distinguished Lecturer (biennial), Royal Society of New Zealand, NZ

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