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 2019-2020 our awarded Research Groups are:


Chris Schofield

Chris Schofield is a Professor of Organic Chemistry. Their research is driven by a desire to apply chemical principles and techniques to understanding biology. A recent focus of their current work is contributing to a chemical understanding of genetics including how information can be transferred between generations without changes in the 'ATCG' DNA sequence (epigenetics). They have also worked closely with clinical researchers to uncover the mechanism by which humans sense and respond to changes in oxygen levels; This work is important for understanding how tumours grow and how animals adapt to limiting oxygen, e.g. on going to altitude.

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.


Fraser Armstrong

Fraser Armstrong is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. His groups interests are in biological chemistry, bioenergetics and in the mechanisms and exploitation of enzymes related to energy production.

Our Research Group is hosted here.


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.


Michael Booth

Michael Booth is a Dr of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The goal of their research is the generation of externally-controllable nucleic acids (EC-NAs) under the control of various stimuli, including temperature, magnetism, and light. This approach enables the control of multiple DNA and RNA-based technologies. They are also developing EC-NAs to control synthetic cells, lipid-bounded compartments containing a cell-free protein expression system inside them, for controllable and targeted drug delivery. These synthetic cells will be able to deliver a large variety of molecules, from small molecule drugs to large biomacromolecules. They are also implementing EC-NAs to control other technologies including gene editing and silencing, molecular machines, and aptamers.

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


Michael Willis

Michael Willis is a Professor of Organic Chemistry. Their current research is focused on developing new catalytic methods to meet the demands modern science places on synthetic chemistry. These can involve being able to produce specific molecules more quickly, in fewer chemical steps and with the production of less waste materials than ever before. The ability to prepare molecules never before synthesised, or to deliver many related structures with only minor adjustments to the synthetic method are also common goals. To achieve these aims they are involved in the development of new reactions, new asymmetric processes and new strategies for synthesis.

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.

Young Researcher Awards:

Zoe Turner: Utilising pollutants as chemical building blocks; targetting heavy group 15 complexes for small molecule activation and functionalisation.

Matthew Langton: Photochemical actuation of transmembrane ion transport using synthetic carriers.

Pu Zhao: Single-atom catalysts based on metal-organic frameworks for fuel cell application.