Chemistry

Department staff

Dr Steve D R Christie

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Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

Associate Dean (Enterprise)

Steve Christie completed his BSc at the University of Strathclyde in 1990. He worked with Billy Kerr for his PhD on the Structure and Reactivity of p-allyl metallolactone complexes. He spent a year at Boston College working with Ross Kelly, before returning to the UK to work with Richard Whitby on chiral cyclopentadienyl metal complexes.

  • Healthcare research
  • Environmental research
  • Materials research
  • Synthetic-analytical chemistry

Healthcare Research: Within the Health and Life Sciences Research School, we are collaborating with the Additive Manufacturing Research Group in Wolfson School looking at methods for the preparation of modified metallic and biodegradable medical stents. Metallic stents are prepared by Selective Laser Sintering, and then the surfaces are chemically modified by employing self-assembled monolayers.  Novel biodegradable materials are being prepared with a view to employing these in the next generation of stents.

Environmental Research:  We are funded by the National Nuclear Laboratory on a project named SAMPL: Surface Attached Modular Polymer bound Ligands for radionuclide sequestration.  This project is preparing polymers with a high density of specific ligands that are capable of binding to radioisotopes.  More recently, we have been funded by Cynar plc to provide some basic insights into their process for converting waste plastics to liquid fuels.  We are preparing a lab scale version of the Cyanr plant to look at the fundamental processes that occur with the pyrolysis system.  These projects fall under the remit of the Sustainability Research School at Loughborough.

Materials Research:  Under the Materials Research School, and in collaboration with the Dept of Materials, we are looking at the preparation of defined self-assembled monolayers on silicon surfaces with a view to providing advances in for example, photovoltaic technology.  We have also started a project looking at the preparation of bespoke flow reactors for synthetic chemistry. 

Synthetic-Analytical Chemistry:  In collaboration with Colin Creaser in the Centre for Analytical Science, we are looking at using advanced analytical techniques to give insight into fundamental mechanistic processes in synthetic chemistry.  By combining analysis, synthesis and computational modelling, we can gain knowledge of reaction intermediates, and ultimately look at predicting the course of reactions

  • Module coordinator for CMA006