Professor Leroy (Lee) Cronin

Leroy Cronin

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Job title: Regius Professor of Chemistry
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Tags: RISE, RISE: Leader, University of Glasgow

Lee Cronin is the Regius Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. In 1994 he was awarded a First Class BSc in Chemistry, followed by a PhD in Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, at the University of York. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at the University of Bielefeld (1997 – 1999).

Prizes include 2013 BP / RSE Hutton Prize, 2012 RSC Corday Morgan, 2011 RSC Bob Hay Lectureship, a Wolfson-Royal Society Merit Award in 2009 and election to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2009.

Professor Cronin said: The focus of my work is understanding and controlling self-assembly and self-organisation in Chemistry to develop functional molecular and nano-molecular chemical systems; linking architectural design with function and recently engineering system-level functions (for example coupled catalytic self-assembly, emergence of inorganic materials and fabrication of inorganic cells that allow complex cooperative behaviours).

Much of this work is converging on exploring the assembly and engineering of emergent chemical systems aiming towards ‘inorganic biology’. It is also worth pointing out that the expertise in the Cronin group is unique bringing together inorganic chemists, chemical engineers, complex system modelling, evolutionary theory, robotics and Artificial Intelligence.