Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University


Department staff

Professor Roger J Mortimer

Professor of Physical Chemistry

Tel +44 (0) 1509 222550

Location Chemistry, F1.04


It is with great sadness that the Chemistry Department announced the death of Roger Mortimer, Professor of Physical Chemistry, who passed away on the 2nd May 2015. Roger is sadly missed by his friends, colleagues and everyone who knew him.

Roger joined the Chemistry Department at Loughborough in 1989. He started his career as a graduate of Imperial College London, obtaining a BSc in Chemistry in 1977. He remained at Imperial College and, in 1980, completed PhD studies concerning heterogeneous catalysis at the sold-liquid interface under the supervision of Dr Michael Spiro. As a postdoctoral research fellow (1980-81) and visiting associate in chemistry (1988), with Professor Fred C Anson at California Institute of Technology, he initiated his interests in the surface modification of electrode surfaces through studies with viologen polyelectrolyte films. His interest in modified electrodes was developed further through collaboration with Dr David R Rosseinsky at the University of Exeter where he was Demonstrator in Physical Chemistry (1981-83) and then an SERC postdoctoral research fellow (1983-84). At Exeter, he studied electrochromism in thin films of mixed-valence metal coordination complexes, and mechanistic investigations into the chemical and electrochemical formation of electroactive conjugated conducting polymers. Lecturing positions in Physical Chemistry at Anglia Ruskin University (1984-87) and Analytical Chemistry at Sheffield Hallam University (1987-89) followed, and he was appointed as a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Loughborough University in 1989. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999, to Reader in 2001, and to a Personal Chair in Physical Chemistry in 2006.

Roger was the author and editor of numerous influential publications and textbooks in the fields of electrochemistry and electrochromism, attracting numerous citations. He was an active member of the Midlands Electrochemistry Group, and actively involved in the Royal Society of Chemistry through membership of a number of committees. His influence will continue through his many publications and the numerous students who have benefited from his teaching and research.

Roger is survived by his wife Caroline and two sons David and Neil.

Professor Mortimer's Google Scholar Profile

Research areas


Selected recent research publications:

Dual-polymer Electrochromic Film Characterization using Bipotentiostatic Control
E. Unur, J-H. Jung, R. J. Mortimer and J. R. Reynolds
Chem. Mater., 2008, 20, 2328-2334.

Influence of the Film Thickness and Morphology on the Colorimetric Properties of Spray-Coated Electrochromic Disubstituted 3,4-Propylenedioxythiophene Polymers
R. J. Mortimer, K. R. Graham, C. R. G. Grenier and J. R. Reynolds
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2009, 1, 2269-2276.

Quantification of Colour Stimuli through the Calculation of CIE Chromaticity Coordinates and Luminance Data for Application to in situ Colorimetry Studies of Electrochromic Materials
R. J. Mortimer and T. S. Varley
Displays, 2011, 32, 35-44.

Novel Color-Reinforcing Electrochromic Device Based on Surface-Confined Ruthenium Purple and Solution-Phase Methyl Viologen
R. J. Mortimer and T. S. Varley
Chemistry of Materials, 2011, 23, 4077-4082.

Electrochromic Materials
R. J. Mortimer
Annual Review of Materials Research, 2011, 41, 241-266.

External activities

  • Member of the RSC Committee for Accreditation and Validation, 2008 – 2012
  • RSC ChemNet Ambassador from 2011
  • External Examiner for undergraduate programmes at Nottingham Trent University, 2013 – 2017
  • Past External Examiner for undergraduate programmes at Anglia Ruskin University, Manchester Metropolitan University and De Montfort University
  • Past Member of the RSC Education Division Council
  • Past Committee member of the RSC Applied Solid State Chemistry and Electrochemistry Groups


Teaching Responsibilities:

  • CMA003 Spectroscopy and the Structure of the Universe – laboratory classes
  • CMA008 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics – lectures, seminars and laboratory classes
  • CMC026 Investigative Projects
  • CMD001 Research Project
  • CMD117 Physical Chemistry Option – electrochemistry lectures and laboratory classes
  • CMP065 Sensors – electrochemical sensors lectures and laboratory classes

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Module organiser for CMA008, CMB009, CMB012 and CMD117
  • Programme Director for undergraduate Chemistry
  • Part C Coordinator
  • UCAS Visits Organiser