Paul O'Brien#


Sadly, this member passed away.
Email:paul.obrien 'at' manchester.ac.uk
Membership Number:4828
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM
Section:CHEMICAL SCIENCES
Username:pobrien
Elected:2018



Paul O'Brien passed away, October 16, 2018.

Positions Held
  • Victoria University of Manchester (-2004)/University of Manchester
  • 2013 Member BP-ICAM Programme Committee ($100 M budget)
  • 2011 - 2015 Head of School of Materials
  • 2004 - 2009 Head of School of Chemistry
  • 2002 - 2004 Head of Department of Chemistry
  • 2001 Founded Nanoco Technologies Ltd
  • 2000 - 2002 Research Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • 1999 Professor of Inorganic Materials Chemistry
  • 1999 - 2002 Sumitomo/STS visiting Professor of Materials Chemistry, Imperial College
  • 1999 Invitation take up an especially created Chair of Inorganic Materials Chemistry at the Victoria University of Manchester, Professorial member of the Schools of Chemistry and of Materials
  • Initially Head of the Inorganic Chemistry Section, subsequently Research Dean for the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Head of the Department of Chemistry, then the School of Chemistry (founded in 2004). Leader of the School of Materials (2011 - 2015)
  • Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
  • 1997 - 1998 Royal Society Amersham International Research Fellow
  • 1997 - 1999 Sumitomo/STS Professor of Materials Chemistry
  • 1995 - 1999 Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Imperial College
  • QMW/QMC University of London
  • 1984 - 1994 Lecturer, Reader (1991), Professor (1994) Inorganic Chemistry Queen Mary and Westfield College.
  • At QMW I held a large number of responsible posts in the Department including: Head of Inorganic Chemistry, Postgraduate Tutor and Research Laboratory Coordinator.
  • Chelsea College University of London
  • 1978 - 1984 Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Fields of Scholarship
  • Inorganic materials

Honours and Awards
  • Awards
  • 2017 External Activities Award Manchester
  • 2016 hon MRSI (2016 Materials Research Society of India).
  • 2016 D.Sc. (hon. causa) QMUL London
  • 2016 Longstaff Medal RSC
  • 2016 CBE for services to Science and Engineering
  • 2015 D.Sc. (hon. causa) Universidade Aveiro
  • 2015 Gold Medal Society of Dyers and Colourists
  • 2014 Platinum Medal of IoM3
  • 2013 D.Sc. (hon.causa) University of Liverpool
  • 2011 Colin Humphries Award of IoM3
  • 2010 1st Peter Day Award for Materials Chemistry RSC
  • 2007 Kroll Medal of IoM3
  • 2006 D.Sc. (hon. causa) University of Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
  • 2005 A.G. Evans Memorial Meda University l Lecturer, Cardiff
  • 2002 Prize Winner Research Councils’ National Business
  • Plan Competition for Nanoco Technologies Ltd.
  • 2001 Potts Medal University of Liverpool (Distinguished Alumnus Award)
  • 1997 Royal Society Amersham International Research Fellow

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