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Manfred Bochmann is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He gained his Diploma Degree at Marburg University, Germany (1977), and his Ph.D. at Imperial College London, with Professor Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson (1979). After a spell in industry at ICI's Corporate Laboratory, he moved to a lectureship at UEA and became Professor of Chemistry in 1994. From 1995 -2000 he was Head of the Inorganic and Structural at the University of Leeds. He returned to UEA in April 2000. From 2006 – 2009 he was Head of the School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy and 2009-2011 Head of the School of Chemistry.  

He is the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Medal for Organometallic Chemistry (2003) and the RSC Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award (2017). He was a vice-president of the RSC Dalton Division Council, an editorial board member of Dalton Transactions and the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry and a volume editor of a major reference work, “Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry III” and Associate Editor of Organometallics 2006 - 2015. He is the author of two popular “Chemistry Primer” teaching texts in Organometallic Chemistry, co-author of the textbook Cotton, Wilkinson, Murillo and Bochmann: “Advanced Inorganic Chemistry”, 6th ed. (Wiley 1999), and author of the textbook "Organometallics and Catalysis: An Introduction" (OUP, 2014). 

He is a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (2011-12) and an ERC Advanced Grant awardee (2014-2019).

Professor Bochmann’s research centres broadly around synthetic organometallic and coordination chemistry directed towards homogeneous catalysis. He has published >300 papers and patents in this area which have attracted over 13,000 citations, h-index 60. He was coordinator of the EC Research Training Network on new polyolefin materials and a partner in an EU-funded consortium including DSM, Sabic and Lanxess on “Methylaluminoxane Activators in the Molecular Polyolefin Factory” ("MAO-Robots"). The ERC Advanced Grant supported synthetic gold chemistry, including coinage metal-based photoemissive complexes for light emitting diodes. His work has been supported by the ERC, EPSRC, Royal Society, British Council, European Commission, BP Chemicals, Bayer AG, BASF, Samsung Display Corp., Lanxess Inc., Canada and SABIC Global Technologies.

Following retirement from active teaching and admin duties in 2019 he now holds a professorial fellowship. 

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ORCID ID 0000-0001-7736-5428 

Selected Publications

Recent Advances in Gold(III) Chemistry: Structure, Bonding, Reactivity and Role in Homogeneous Catalysis. L. Rocchigiani, M. Bochmann, Chem. Rev. 2021, 120, 8364–8451.

Highly Efficient Blue Host-Free and Host-Guest Organic Light-Emitting Diodes Based on Carbene-Metal-Amides. P. J. Conaghan, C. S. B. Matthews, F. Chotard, S. T. E. Jones, N. C. Greenham, M. Bochmann, D. Credgington,  A. S. Romanov, Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 1758. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15369-8

Carbene Metal Amide Photoemitters: Tailoring Conformationally Flexible Amides for Full Color Range Emissions Including White-Emitting OLED. A. S. Romanov, S. T. E. Jones, Q. Gu, P. J. Conaghan, B. H. Drummond, J. Feng, F. Chotard, L. Buizza, M. Foley,M. Linnolahti, D. Credgington, M. Bochmann, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 435-446.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9SC04589A

Unlocking Structural Diversity in Gold(III) Hydrides: Unexpected Interplay of cis /trans-Influence on Stability, Insertion Chemistry and NMR Chemical Shifts. L. Rocchigiani, J. Fernandez–Cestau, I. Chambrier, P. Hrobarik, M. Bochmann, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 8287−8302.

High-performance light-emitting diodes based on carbene-metal-amides. D. Di, A. S. Romanov, L. Yang, J. M. Richter, J. P. H. Rivett, S. Jones, T. H. Thomas, M. A. Jalebi, R. H. Friend, M. Linnolahti, M. Bochmann, D. Credgington, Science 2017, 356, 159–163. DOI: 10.1126/science.aah4345

D.-A. Roşca, J. Fernandez-Cestau, J. Morris, J. A. Wright, M. Bochmann.
Gold(III) CO and CO2 Complexes and Their Role in the Water-Gas Shift Reaction
Sci. Adv20151, e1500761.

An element through the looking glass: Exploring the Au-C, Au-H and Au-O energy landscape
D.-A. Roşca, J. A. Wright and M. Bochmann, Dalton Transactions 2015, 44, 20785 – 20807
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5DT03930D

The Chemistry of Catalyst Activation: The Case of Group 4 Polymerization Catalysts.
M. Bochmann, Organometallics 2010, 29, 4711 – 4740.
DOI: 10.1021/ar100044s

External Activities

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 1993
  • Vice-President, RSC Dalton Council. 1998-2001
  • Royal Society:  Industry Fellowships Panel 2011 - 2014

  • Royal Society:  Newton Advanced Fellowships Panel, 2015 - 2019

  • External Examiner for Undergraduate Degrees: University of Hull (1999 – 2002), Warwick (2003 – 2005), Cambridge (2009 – 2011), Manchester (2009 – 2011), Imperial College London (2014 – 2015).

  • Assessor for professorial appointments at the Universities of Colorado, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jordan; Strasbourg “habilitation”; Rennes “habilitation”, Heidelberg "habilitation".

  • PhD examiner at: Imperial College, University of Oxford, Warwick, Durham; Loughborough, Bath; France: Lille, Rennes; Spain: Valladolid; Norway: Trondheim; Australia: Melbourne

Enterprise and Engagement activities

  • UK representative of EuCheMS (European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences), Division of Organometallic Chemistry, on behalf of the RSC, 2014 - 2019

  • Associate Editor of the ACS journal Organometallics - 2006 - 2015
  • Volume editor of Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry III - 2006-2007

Key Research Interests

Synthetic inorganic, organometallic and coordination chemistry

Invention of new molecules

Identification of active species in homogeneous catalysts

Olefin polymerisation catalysis, leading to process optimisation

Organometallic chemistry of gold

Luminescent coinage metal complexes for use in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)


Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor of the ACS journal Organometallic. 2006-2015
  • Volume editor of Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry III. 2006-2007

Areas of Expertise

Inorganic chemistry; catalytic process; olefin polymerisation; polymers; plastics.


  • QD Chemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • coordination chemistry
  • synthetic chemistry
  • organometallic chemistry
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • polymerisation catalysis
  • gold chemistry


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