Thomas Chamberlain

Job Title: UAF in Nanotechnology for Catalysis

My research is driven by the quest of understanding the fundamental chemical principles which govern catalyst systems but also by the desire to discover new functional and sustainable materials for application in catalysis and nanoelectronics.


I graduated with a MSci in Chemistry in 2005 before obtaining a PhD in the synthesis of novel functional fullerene molecules and the subsequent formation of fullerene/carbon nanotube hybrid structures, 2009, both at the University of Nottingham. I then joined the Nottingham Nanocarbon group as a post-doctoral research associate studying the use of supramolecular forces, such as van der Waals and H-bonding, to organise molecules in 1D and 2D arrays utilising carbon nanotubes as quasi 1D templates. I then went on to establish the application of carbon nanotubes as catalytic nanoreactors for the formation of novel molecular and nanostructured products.


I was appointed as a University Academic Fellow in Nanotechnology for Catalysis at the University of Leeds in 2015. My research is focused on the formation of sustainable molecular and nanocomposite nanostructures incorporating fullerene based synthesis, coordination and supramolecular assembly and nanomaterial fabrication for application in heterogeneous catalysis. I am also interested in studying the interactions and reactions of molecules and nanostructures at the atomic level using electron microscopy and electrochemistry with the principle aim of learning fundamental information about the inorganic chemistry of transition metal/carbon nanotube based nanomaterials.