Dr. Chris Kay becomes Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr. Chris Kay

Dr Chris Kay has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Since his appointment in 2006, Chris has established an interdisciplinary Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Facility at UCL that is bringing this methodology to research as diverse as oxidative stress and aging due to reactive oxygen species (known as ROS) in medicine, structural biology where EPR complements X-ray crystallography, and characterisation of novel materials including thin films for organic solar cells and quantum information processing. A CIF investment through the BEAMS School enabled outdated equipment from the Departments of Chemistry and Biology to be upgraded and a state of the art pulsed EPR spectrometer to be purchased from Bruker. The Faculty of Life Sciences provided a refurbished space to house all three instruments which is located on the main campus in the Darwin Building.

Recent publications include the first demonstration that EPR could be used to precisely measure distances between protein-bound copper ions (Kay et al (2007) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129 4868), characterisation of radical activation of carbon nanotubes (Menzel et al. (2010), Chemical Science 1 603), a FRET and EPR strudy of RNA-Binding to Archaeal RNA Polymerase Subunits F/E (Grohmann et al. (2010) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 5954), and the observation of exceptionally long relaxation times of bismuth dopants in silicon (Morley et al. (2010) Nature Materials 9 725).

Chris holds his post jointly between the LCN and the Institute of Structural & Molecular Biology (UCL/Birkbeck) and has strong links with UCL Chemistry. He welcomes potential collaborations and can be contacted at: c.kay [at] ucl.ac.uk