Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Sir Edward Frankland BP Chair -Inorganic Chemistry



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Nick Long holds the Sir Edward Frankland BP Endowed Chair in Inorganic Chemistry.

The Long Group have expertise in applied synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry.  Research interests focus on transition metal and lanthanide chemistry for the synthesis of functional molecules, homogeneous catalysis and in recent years, probe design and novel methodologies for biomedical imaging.

Nick was recently awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry 2023 Interdisciplinary Prize for "innovative synthetic chemistry applied to the fields of functional materials and biomedical imaging

Applications from prospective researchers are welcomed at the postgraduate and postdoctoral level - see the group web pages (link below) for further details about Nick, his research interests and group.


PhD position available for Oct 2024 start


Nick has published over 300 papers, including several patents, and high impact review articles and textbooks - ''Metallocenes'' and 'The Chemistry of Molecular Imaging'   (   

Recent highlights include: 

(i) Organometallic-functionalized interfaces for highly efficient inverted perovskite solar cells published in Science

(ii) the first fluorescent probe to report on hemo-oxygenase activity, published in JACS

and (iii) 'sexiferrocene' - an allotrope of ferrocene, published in Nature Chemistry


He was awarded the 2020 RSC Frankland Prize, the 2006 RSC Prize in Organometallic Chemistry, was a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow 2009/10 and in 2011, became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), as well as being appointed to the Frankland Chair. In 2018, Nick was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit grant and was recently elected to the Fellowship of the European Academy of Sciences. He is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging (King's/Imperial)





Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Hurtubise VL, McArdle JM, Naeem S, et al., 2014, Multimetallic Complexes and Functionalized Nanoparticles Based on Unsymmetrical Dithiocarbamate Ligands with Allyl and Propargyl Functionality, Inorganic Chemistry, Vol:53, ISSN:0020-1669, Pages:11740-11748

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