Richard Winpenny

Richard Winpenny


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Richard Winpenny obtained both his degrees from Imperial College, London. His PhD research was carried out with Prof David Goodgame and looked at metal-organic frameworks before they were called metal-organic frameworks. His post-doctoral work was carried out with Prof John Fackler, Jr at Texas A&M University, in 1988 and 1989, and involved the mass spectrometry of gold clusters.

He joined the academic staff at Edinburgh in 1990, and moved to Manchester in 2000 as the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry.

Associate Dean for Research within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences from Sept 2008 to April 2010.

Director of the Photon Science Institute from October 2009 to April 2014.

Head of School of Chemistry from August 2014 to April 2018.

Awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2009 and the RSC Tilden Medal in 2011. Elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2016. Winner of three RSC Prizes - the Tilden Prize (2011), Ludwig Mond Medal (2016) and the RSC Prize for Emerging Technologies in the area of materials (2016).

Awarded an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship from January 2018 - December 2022 and an ERC Advanced Fellowship September 2018 - August 2022.

Research interests

Our research involves the synthesis and study of polymetallic cage complexes. Much of our work involves molecular magnetism, and we have developed many 3d- and 4f-single molecule magnets. We have also developed heterometallic rings as possible qubits for quantum information processing. More recently we have been using this skill to model corrosion and inhibition processes.


Keywords: coordination chemistry; molecular magnetism; inorganic synthesis; chromium; lanthanides; supramolecular chemistry; nanoscience 


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Energy
  • Energy
  • Digital Futures
  • Photon Science Institute


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