Prof. Rachel O'Reilly

Rachel was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland and then got her first degree from the University of Cambridge, working with Professor Brian Johnson FRS for her Masters project. She then went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College, London in 2003, working with Professor Vernon C. Gibson. Her PhD was in collaboration with BP and focused on organometallic catalysts for radical polymerisation.  She then moved to the US to under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker (IBM Almaden) and Karen L. Wooley (Washington University in Saint Louis). In 2004 was awarded a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 research fellowship which she held in the US for 1 year before returning to the UK in 2005. She then started her independent career in 2005 at the University of Cambridge as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. Then in 2008 she moved to the University of Warwick and in 2012 was promoted to full Professor. In 2017 she took up a position of chair at the Chemistry Department in Birmingham.

 

Positions and grants

February 2015 – to date
ERC consolidator grant awardee
University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry, Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AL
 
June 2012 – to date
Full Professor
University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry, Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AL
 
October 2009-May 2012
Associate Professor
University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry, Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AL
 
 

January 2009-September 2009

Assistant Professor

University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry, Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AL

 
January 2009-September 2014
ESPRC career acceleration fellow (CAF)
University of Warwick, Department of Chemistry, Gibbet Hill Road, CV4 7AL

 

September 2005-December 2008
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship & Mays Wild Research Fellowship, Downing College
University of Cambridge, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, CB2 1EW, UK

 

October 2004-September 2006
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship
University of Cambridge, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, CB2 1EW, UK
IBM Almaden Research Center, 650 Harry Road, San Jose, California, 95120-6099, USA

 

June 2003-August 2005
Post-Doctoral research position
IBM Almaden Research Center, 650 Harry Road, San Jose, California, 95120-6099, USA
Washington University in Saint Louis, One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63130, USA
Supervisors: Prof. C. J. Hawker FRS and Prof. K. L. Wooley

Project: Preparation of uniquely derivatised block copolymers, their modification and assembly into novel nanostructured materials.

October 1999-May 2003
Ph.D. in Chemistry
Imperial College, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AY, UK
Supervisor: V. C. Gibson FRS

Thesis title : Novel catalyst design for utilisation in controlled radical polymerisations.

October 1995-June 1999
M.Sci. hons, 1st class in Chemistry (June 1999)
B.A. hons, 1st class in Natural Sciences (June 1999)
University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, CB3 0DG, UK

Academic awards

2016 – Gibson-Fawcett award from the Royal Society of Chemistry
2014 – McBain medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry/Society of Chemical Industry
2013 – Elected to as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2013 – ACS Mark Young Scholar award
2012 – Samsung-IUPAC Young Polymer Scientist Award
2012 – RSC Hickinbottom Medal
2008 – Macro group UK young researchers medal
2007 – RSC Meldola Medal
2007 – Awarded chartered Chemist status
2006 – Elected as the Mays Wild Fellow at Downing College
2005 – Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow
2005 – Research Fellow Downing College
2004 – Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Research Fellow