Chemistry: a catalyst for change (RSC Keynote)

Time & Location

Wednesday: 14.00 to 14.30, Stage 5


Professor Gill ReidPresident - Royal Society of Chemistry

About this presentation

RSC President Gill Reid is a long serving member of the chemical science community and a passionate advocate for our discipline. As she nears the end of her two-year tenure with the Royal Society of Chemistry, join this session to hear highlights from her time as President and the opportunities she sees for our sector in the future.

Speaker Bio

Gill is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Southampton and served as Head of School between 2016 and 2020.

Born and raised in Central Scotland, Gill obtained both her BSc and PhD at the University of Edinburgh, before being appointed to a lectureship in Chemistry at Southampton in 1991. She became professor in 2006.

Her group’s research focuses on synthetic coordination and organometallic chemistry and is motivated by both fundamental studies of new ligand types that explore the influence of metal-ligand combinations on properties and reactivity, as well as more application driven targets. Particular areas of interest are developing reagents for use in chemical vapour deposition and electrodeposition for the controlled growth of functional semiconducting thin film and nanostructured materials. Metal chalcogenides, in particular, have important technological applications, such as solid-state memory, thermoelectric energy harvesting and battery materials. She also works on the development of metal-chelate scaffolds for binding the fluorine-18 radioisotope towards new positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agents and has published over 350 research papers.

She is currently President of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2022-2024). She previously served as an elected Trustee of the Society (2011-15) and chaired the Outreach Working Group until 2018.