• BSc Chemistry, University of Warwick, 1987.
  • PhD Inorganic Chemistry, University of Bristol, 1991 (Prof. P. G. Pringle). The Synthesis, Characterisation and Catalytic Properties of Nickel, Palladium and Platinum Complexes with Tris(hydroxymethyl)phosphine and Tris(cyanoethyl)phosphine.
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol, 1991-2 (Prof. P. G. Pringle).
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University College London, 1992-3 (Prof. A. J. Deeming).
  • Royal Society Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 1993-4 (Prof. B. R. James).
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Loughborough University, 1994-7 (Prof. J. D. Woollins).
  • Lecturer, Loughborough University, 1997-2008.
  • Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University, 2008-present.
  • Keen supporter of Leeds United and enjoys, albeit frustrating at times, playing golf.

Research areas

  • All aspects of phosphorus chemistry including ligand design and synthesis.
  • Co-ordination / organometallic chemistry.
  • Multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray crystallography.
  • Homogenous catalysis.
  • Development of new chemosensors.
  • Functional polymers for medical and energy based applications.

Selected publications:

  • S. J. Coles, S. H. Dale, M. R. J. Elsegood, K. G. Gaw, T. Gelbrich, M. B. Hursthouse, M. E. Light, T. A. Noble and M. B. Smith, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2012, 859.
  • K. G. Gaw, M. B. Smith, J. B. Wright, A. M. Z. Slawin, S. J. Coles, M. B. Hursthouse and G. J. Tizzard, J. Organomet. Chem., 2012, 699, 39.
  • G. M. Brown, M. R. J. Elsegood, M. B. Smith and K. Blann, Inorg. Chem. Commun., 2011, 14, 940.
  • S. E. Durran, M. R. J. Elsegood, S. R. Hammond and M. B. Smith, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 7136.
  • T. J. Cunningham, M. R. J. Elsegood, P. F. Kelly, M. B. Smith and P. M. Staniland, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 5216.
  • A. T. Ekubo, M. R. J. Elsegood, A. J. Lake and M. B. Smith, Inorg. Chem., 2010, 49, 3703.
  • A. T. Ekubo, M. R. J. Elsegood, A. J. Lake and M. B. Smith, Inorg. Chem., 2009, 48, 2633.
  • P. G. Pringle and M. B. Smith, in Phosphorus(III) Ligands in Homogeneous Catalysis, Eds. P. C. J. Kamer and P. W. N. M. van Leeuwen, Wiley, 2012. 
  • External PhD examiner at University of Bristol, University of Leicester.
  • Referee for Chem. Commun.Dalton Trans.Inorg. Chem.OrganometallicsJ. Organomet. Chem.Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. and other journals.
  • Oral lectures at ICPC2012 (Rotterdam), Dalton2012 (Warwick), ICPC2010 (Wroclaw), ICCC38 (Jerusalem), ICPC2007 (Xiamen). 

Departmental responsibilities:

  • Senior Tutor
  • CDS Coordinator
  • University Teaching Assessor

Teaching responsibilities:

  • CMA102: Fundamental Chemistry (Module Co-ordinator)
  • CMA106: Transition Metal Chemistry
  • CMB106: d-Block Organometallic Chemistry
  • CMC002: Inorganic Medicinal Chemistry
  • CMC026: Investigative Projects
  • CMD111: Catalysis, Mechanisms and Industrial Relevance
  • CMD001: MChem Projects