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Polly Arnold

CSD Director, Chemical Sciences Division. Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road, Mailstop 50B4230
Berkeley, CA 94720

Location:Bldg. 50B, Room 4245
Telephone:(510) 486-6382
FAX:(510) 486-6033
Email:[email protected]

Nancy Muto - [email protected] - (510) 486-5767

Riyaz Mohammed (travel)- [email protected]- (510) 486-5968

Professional Experience:

Polly obtained degrees from Oxford and Sussex and was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at MIT before returning to the UK to a lectureship in 1999. Her research is focused on the design and synthesis of highly reactive f-block complexes that can activate inert small molecules such as carbon oxides, dinitrogen, and hydrocarbons, and that can provide fundamental information on structure and bonding at the bottom of the periodic table.

Polly has received a variety of awards and prizes including the Todd Krebs Lectureship 2019, RSC Wilkinson prize in 2018, and the Lord Kelvin Medal 2017, which is the senior prize for the physical sciences awarded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the fifth youngest woman to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. She made the film 'A Chemical Imbalance', a call to action for simple changes to achieve equality of opportunity in science, and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2017 for her contributions to chemistry and women in STEM.

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