Dr Ben Murray

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 465332

Ben is a lecturer in inorganic chemistry whose research focuses on the development of functional metal complexes, with an emphasis on organometallic compounds with therapeutic and catalytic applications.  Current projects include the development of organometallic complexes with pH-dependent reactivity, and chiral-at-metal complexes for applications in catalysis.

Ben joined the University of Hull in February 2015. He previously gained a first in Chemistry in 2005 from the University of Durham where he remained to be awarded a PhD in coordination chemistry in 2009.

He performed postdoctoral research at Newcastle University (2009-2011) and was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (2011-2013).


Research Interests

  • Bioorganometallic chemistry
  • Coordination chemistry
  • Responsive polymeric materials

Research groups

  • Medicinal and Imaging Chemistry Group
  • The George W Gray Centre for Advanced Materials


Prior T J, Savoie H, Boyle R W, Murray B S, ‘pH-Dependent Modulation of Reactivity in Ruthenium(II) Organometallics’, Organometallics, 37(3), pp 294-297 (2018) 

Davey G E, Adhireksan Z, Ma Z, Riedel T, Sharma D, Padavattan S, Rhodes D, Ludwig A, Sandin S, Murray B S, Dyson P J, Davey C A, ‘Nucleosome acidic patch-targeting binuclear ruthenium compounds induce aberrant chromatin condensation’, Nat. Commun., article number 1575 (2017) 

Ma Z, Palermo G, Adhireksan Z, Murray B S, von Erlach T, Dyson P J, Rothlisberger U, Davey C A, ‘An Organometallic Compound which Exhibits a DNA Topology-Dependent One-Stranded Intercalation Mode’, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 55(26), pp 7441-7444 (2016) 

Murray B S, Brabak M V, Hartinger C G, Dyson P J, 'The Development of RAPTA Compounds for the Treatment of Tumours', Coord. Chem. Rev., 306, pp 86-114 (2016) 

Murray B S, Menin L, Scopelliti R, Dyson P J, 'Conformational Control of Anticancer Activity: the Application of Arene-Linked Dinuclear Ruthenium(II) Organometallics', Chem. Sci., 5, 2536 - 2545 (2014)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Synthesis and Analysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry and Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Chemistry Laboratory with Literature Review
  • Extended Research Project

Research PhDs

We are always interested to hear from potential fellowship, postdoctoral, PhD, masters and Erasmus applicants to the group. Contact Ben for an informal discussion.

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MChem. (First Class Honours, University of Durham)
  • PhD (University of Durham)

Awards and accolades

  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow, 2011-2013 - hosted at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.