Professor Carl Redshaw

Professor of Inorganic Materials Chemistry and REF Lead for Chemistry

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 465219

Professor Redshaw was a Welch Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, and a postdoctoral fellow with the late Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson at Imperial College, and at the IRC Durham.

He was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship and moved to UEA as a lecturer (1999), Senior Lecturer (2007) and Reader (2009), before being appointed Professor of Inorganic Materials at Hull in 2012.

He has many links with the Far East, including visiting professorships at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), the Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (ICCAS), Sichuan Normal University and, currently, Northwest University in Xi'an.


Research Interests

  • Coordination chemistry
  • Macrocyclic chemistry and catalysis
  • The use of metal-based agents to tackle medicinal issues such as cancer and TB

Research groups

Prof Redshaw's group employs coordination chemistry to tackle topical issues ranging from catalysis to medicinal issues such as medical imaging, cancer and TB.

International collaborations, which include projects on gas storage and water splitting, as well as sensors, are ongoing with universities in China, USA, Germany, Russia, Japan, Finland, France and Australia.


Redshaw C et al, 'Structure of Schiff-base [2+2] Macrocycles Derived from 2,2/-Oxydianiline and the ROP Capability of their Organoaluminium Complexes', Dalton Transactions, 45, pp 11990-12005 (2016)

Redshaw C et al, 'Vanadium(V) Oxo and Imido Calix[8]arene Complexes: Synthesis, Structural Studies and Ethylene Homo-(Co-)Polymerisation Capabilityo-)Polymerisation Capability', Chemistry - A European Journal, 21, pp 5199-5210 (2015)

Walton M J, Lancaster S J and Redshaw C, 'Highly Selective and Immortal Magnesium Calixarene Complexes for Ring Opening Polymerisation of rac-Lactideac-Lactide', ChemCatChem, 6, pp 1892-1898, VIP status and front cover (2014)

Redshaw C et al, 'Bi- and Tri-Dentate Imino-Based Iron and Cobalt Complex Pre-Catalysts for Ethylene Oligo-/Polymerisation', Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 1, pp 14-34 (first issue front cover) (2014)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Coordination Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organometallic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Laboratory Class

Research PhDs

Prof Redshaw welcomes applications in coordination chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, metal-based imaging and anti-cancer chemistry from anyone with an interest in making metal-containing compounds.

Completed PhDs

  • Al-Khafaji Y F, New Pre-Catalysts for Ring Opening of Lactides/Lactones Based on Earth Abundant Metals (2016)
  • Miller D M, New Metal-Based Agents for Molecular Imaging (2016)

Current PhD supervisions

  • Alshamrani A
  • Alamri M
  • Alqarni S
  • Wang K
  • Xing T


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc, Newcastle University
  • PhD, Newcastle University

External roles

  • Guest Professor at Northwest University in Xi'an
  • Patented and licensed catalysis and hydrogen storage work(eg to the Mitsui Chemical Corp)

Awards and accolades

  • 2014: Visiting Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), Beijing
  • 2011: Visiting Professor, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Shanghai
  • 2009: Visiting Professor, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS), Beijing
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

Professional highlights

  • 2015 onwards: Guest Professor, Northwest University, Xi'an, China.
  • 2012 – 2014: Guest Professor, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, China.
  • SAFEA-RSC Visiting Researcher Programme China