The SCG Innovation Fund (SIF) was launched in 2015. It's aim is to fund short innovative pump-prime projects to see whether ideas are viable for longer-term research and sponsorship.  Every year 10 or more such projects are funded.

In 2018-2019 our awarded Research Groups are:

Andrew Weller

Andrew Weller is a Professor of Organometalic Chemistry. Research in the Weller group is based upon synthetic organometallic chemistry, and in particular the generation and stabilisation of transition metal complexes with a low coordination number. Through this we are interested in topics related to catalysis, structure and bonding and energy, and in particular complexes that display C-H, B-H and C-C bonding modes (via agostic and sigma interactions) and activation. We also have interest in the self-assembly of metal fragments to form novel clusters that show promise as models for hydrogen on metal surfaces, hydrogen storage devices and models for nanoparticles.  

Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests and our publications.


Christiane Timmel

Chris is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. There are three main threads of research in the Timmel group – Electron Spin Resonance, Spin Chemistry and Photochemistry. These threads intertwine, and many of the research projects draw on more than one of these areas.

Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests.


Edman Tsang

Edman Tsang is a Professor of Solid State Chemistry and Heterogeneous CatalysisThe Tsang group research is on both fundamental and applied aspects in Novel Chemistry Materials and Catalysis. Our work involves synthesis, testing and characterisation of novel solid state materials for a wide range of applications particularly in the areas of catalysis, sensor and bio-medicine. Uses of well-defined single atoms, layer structures or nanomaterials as building blocks for synthesis of functional materials including development of novel core-shell nanoparticles, 2-D layers of controllable composition, size and morphology as new nanocatalysts; hollow carbon nanotubes as a nano-scale test tube for separation, storage, magnetic and electronic applications; immobilized biomolecules on nanoparticles as new sensors, etc. 

Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests and our publications.


Grant Ritchie

Grant was an undergraduate and DPhil student at Trinity College, Oxford. After winning a prestigious Royal Society Fellowship, he is now a University Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, and is a Tutorial Fellow in Chemistry at Worcester College. Research in the Ritchie group applies optical techniques to explore and exploit the way light interacts with matter. Our experiments include spectroscopic analysis of gases, photolysis, and reaction dynamics, as well as manipulation of colloidal systems using optical tweezers.

Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests and our publications.


Jose Goicochea

Research in the Goicoechea group is primarily focused on the chemistry of main-group elements in unusually low oxidation states, p-block species exhibiting multiple bonds, and transition-metal organometallic complexes. Our interests range from traditional coordination chemistry to the chemistry of nanometric molecular systems, and we are particularly fascinated by compounds which fail to obey conventional bonding paradigms.  The common feature to all of our research is that it involves the synthesis of previously unknown molecules and solids. We are interested in compounds of the main-group elements in unusual oxidation states, p-block species exhibiting multiple bonds, main-group clusters and transition-metal organometallic compounds. We are particularly fascinated by molecules that defy conventional rules for bonding and that exhibit unusual reactivity.

Our current research can be divided into three main categories: (1) Organophosphorous chemistry; (2) Main-group and transition-metal cluster chemistry (3) Organometallc chemistry: Ditopic cabanionic NHC and redox-active ligand systems.

Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests and our publications.


Simon Aldridge

Simon Aldridge is a Professor of Main Group and Metal Organometallic Chemistry. Our current research encompasses projects which are more fundamental in nature (‘discovery driven’) – such as  studies aimed at systematically uncovering the chemistry of new types of chemical bond, as well as those which are targeted at specific applications - such as sensors for toxic environmental contaminants and catalysts for hydrogen production from B/N containing materials. An over-arching theme of much of the work is the stabilization and application of compounds with potent Lewis acidity.

Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests and our publications.


Simon Clarke

Research in the Clarke Group is to synthesise new solid state compounds and correlate their chemical and physical properties with their compositions and crystal structures. Many technological developments are driven by the discovery of solids with particular magnetic, electronic or chemical properties. The compounds we make may also be desirable model materials with which to test theories in condensed matter physics.

We work on non-oxide or multi-anion compounds which offer contrasting and complementary properties to the better-studied oxides. We synthesise new compounds using a range of methods, measure their crystal structures and physical properties and feed the results back into the synthetic programme.

Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests and our publications.


Stephen Faulkner

We are interested in understanding how coordination chemistry can be used to control the chemical and spectroscopic behaviour of the f-elements. Within the group research is focused on developing our fundamental understanding of the properties of the f-elements, and in exploiting this understanding to develop new molecules and methods that can be used in the real world as imaging agents, diagnostics and tools.

A presentation on aspects of our research is available as a podcast at


Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests and our publications.


Stuart Mackenzie

Stuart Mackenzie is a Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. Our group research interests span gas-phase spectroscopy and dynamics and spin dynamics in protein systems. In particular, we use a combination of experimental and computational approaches to study the structure and chemical reactivity of isolated transition metal clusters as models of active sites on heterogeneous catalysts. In other projects we develop cavity-enhanced absorption techniques for the study of dynamical phenomena in condensed phase and at interfaces. Much of the latter work is aimed at identifying the chemical basis for magnetosensitivity in animals.

Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests and our publications.

Timothy Donohoe

Timothy is a Professor of Organic Chemistry. Our research interests are in synthetic organic chemistry and the contribution that this science can make to the fields of medicine and natural products. We concentrate on developing new methodologies for synthetic organic chemistry and asymmetric synthesis and then employing our chemistry to make biologically-important natural products. 

Our Research Group is hosted here, with our research interests and our publications.

Young Researcher Awards:

Zoe Turner: Biodegradable polymer synthesis using a non-toxic heavy metal.

Michael Booth: Light-activated small interfering RNA.

Nichola Farrer: Synthesis of multi-modal epigenetic PtIV prodrugs for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).