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Dr Frederic Blanc MChem, MSci, PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer Chemistry


Personal Statement

Frédéric obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2008 from the University of Lyon and the Center for High Field NMR, under the supervision of Prof. Christophe Copéret and Prof. Lyndon Emsley. He studied the structure - dynamics relationship in heterogeneous catalysis and developed new solid state NMR methods to understand the chemistry on surfaces. He then received a Lavoisier fellowship and underwent postdoctoral work at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, NY in 2008-2010 with Prof. Clare P. Grey, where he got interested in the understanding of the structure elucidation of energy materials with NMR spectroscopy. He then moved to the University of Cambridge as a Marie Curie fellow in 2011 and looked at the dynamics of oxygens and protons in electrolytes by high temperature NMR spectroscopy. In December 2012, he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry and the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Liverpool and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016, where he is focusing on the development and application of NMR spectroscopy in materials chemistry.

Personal Distinctions

  • BRSG - NMRDG Annual Prize for Excellent Contribution to Magnetic Resonance. (Prize, Institute of Physics - Royal Society of Chemistry 2017)
  • Fellow (Higher Education Academy 2016)
  • High-Throughput Structure Determination of Supramolecular Assemblies by Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced NMR (Keynote Speech, Eastern Analytical Symposium 2016)
  • SFTC Early Career Award (SFTC 2015)
  • Dynamic Nuclear Polarization enhanced Solid State NMR of Insensitive Nuclear Spins: 17O at Natural Abundance and Low Gamma 89Y (Keynote Speech, Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance symposium 2015)
  • Finalist of the 2nd Youth Scientist Award (International Solid State Ionics Society 2013)
  • Marie Curie Research Fellow (Competitive Fellowship, EU FP7 2011)
  • Clare Hall Research Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge 2011)
  • Lavoisier Research Fellow (Competitive Fellowship, French Foreign Office 2008)

Administrative Roles

  • Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy seminars serie organiser
  • Staff Student Liaison Committee
  • Teaching & Learning Committee
  • MChem Research Project Module Leader
  • Chemistry Safety Operations Committee

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