Martyn Poliakoff

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Martyn Poliakoff is a research professor in the chemistry department at the University of Nottingham. He attended Westminster School before earning a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from King’s College in Cambridge.

Best known for his video series, The Periodic Table of Videos, Poliakoff is a leading researcher in green chemistry, with a particular focus on supercritical fluids. His video series features more than 600 videos discussing the various elements of the periodic table, and more recently, molecules and other chemistry topics.

He has received numerous honors in the field, including the Meldola Medal and Prize and the Nyholm Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was named an Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.

In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his substantial contributions to the field of chemistry. Most recently, he was honored with the Royal Society of London Michael Faraday Prize and the Longstaff Prize.

He has provided critical leadership as well, serving in leadership positions for the Royal Society and through his work with the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

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According to Wikipedia, Sir Martyn Poliakoff is a British chemist, working on gaining insights into fundamental chemistry, and on developing environmentally acceptable processes and materials. The core themes of his work are supercritical fluids, infrared spectroscopy and lasers. He is a research professor in chemistry at the University of Nottingham. His group comprises several members of staff, postdoctoral research fellows, postgraduate students and overseas visitors. As well as carrying out research at the University of Nottingham, he is a lecturer, teaching a number of modules including green chemistry.

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