Professor Martyn Poliakoff CBE
|Born||December 16, 1947|
|Institutions||University of Nottingham
University of Cambridge
|Alma mater||King's College, Cambridge|
|Thesis||The matrix isolation of large molecules. The photochemistry of transition metal carbonyls (1973)|
|Doctoral advisor||J. J. Turner|
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Royal Society (2002)
Order of the British Empire (2008)
|Spouse||Dr. Janet Frances Keene|
Martyn Poliakoff CBE, FRS (born 16 December 1947) is a British chemist, working on gaining insights into fundamental chemistry and also on developing environmentally acceptable processes and materials. The core themes of his work are supercritical fluids, infrared spectroscopy and lasers. He is a Research Professor in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. His group comprises several members of staff, postdoctoral research fellows, postgraduate students and overseas visitors. As well as carrying out research at the University of Nottingham he is a popular lecturer, teaching a number of modules including green chemistry where much of his research lies.
He was appointed CBE in the 2008 New Year Honours and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering. He took up the position of Foreign Secretary and Vice-president of the Royal Society in November 2011.
Popular science 
Poliakoff is the narrator of a series of over 400 short videos called The Periodic Table of Videos, which is a popular science project, produced by Brady Haran, intended to familiarize the public with all 118 elements of the periodic table. The project has since expanded to cover molecules; there are also several special videos about other chemical topics. He hit the news for calculating that the FIFA World Cup Trophy could not have been made from solid gold as it would be too heavy to raise aloft.
Honours and awards 
- 1976 – Meldola Medal and Prize from Royal Society of Chemistry
- 2002 – Elected Fellow of the Royal Society
- 2011 – Nyholm Prize for Education
Personal life 
Poliakoff was born to an Anglo-Jewish mother, Ina (née Montagu), and a Russian-Jewish father, Alexander Poliakoff. Poliakoff has two children, Ellen Poliakoff (a psychology lecturer at the University of Manchester) and Simon Poliakoff (a physics teacher). His brother, Stephen Poliakoff, is a screen writer and director. Poliakoff was a lifelong friend of Tony Judt and Poliakoff produced a web eulogy of Judt in 2010.
- "‘POLIAKOFF, Prof. Martyn’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012".(subscription required)
- http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/supercritical/beta/mp-entry.html Martyn Poliakoff's biography at the University of Nottingham
- Parrott, A. J.; Bourne, R. A.; Akien, G. R.; Irvine, D. J.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "Self-Optimizing Continuous Reactions in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide". Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50 (16): 3788–3792. doi:10.1002/anie.201100412. PMID 21442710.
- Bourne, R. A.; Han, X.; Chapman, A. O.; Arrowsmith, N. J.; Kawanami, H.; Poliakoff, M.; George, M. W. (2008). "Homogeneous photochemical oxidation via singlet O2 in supercritical CO2". Chemical Communications (37): 4457–4459. doi:10.1039/b806063k. PMID 18802589.
- Poliakoff, M.; Licence, P. (2007). "Sustainable technology: Green chemistry". Nature 450 (7171): 810–812. doi:10.1038/450810a. PMID 18064000.
- Asfaw, N.; Chebude, Y.; Ejigu, A.; Hurisso, B. B.; Licence, P.; Smith, R. L.; Tang, S. L. Y.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "The 13 Principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering for a Greener Africa". Green Chemistry 13 (5): 1059. doi:10.1039/c0gc00936a.
- List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
- "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- The Royal Society – profile
- Poliakoff, Martyn (1973). The matrix isolation of large molecules. The photochemistry of transition metal carbonyls (DPhil thesis). University of Cambridge. http://ulmss-newton.lib.cam.ac.uk/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=12660.
- Poliakoff, M.; Turner, J. J. (1970). "The infrared spectra of trimetal carbonyl species in frozen gas matrices at 20°K". Journal of the Chemical Society D: Chemical Communications (16): 1008. doi:10.1039/C29700001008.
- Haran, B.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "How to measure the impact of chemistry on the small screen". Nature Chemistry 3 (3): 180–182. doi:10.1038/nchem.990. ISSN 1755-4330. OCLC 4795274937. PMID 21336314.
- Haran, B.; Poliakoff, M. (2011). "The Periodic Table of Videos". Science 332 (6033): 1046–1047. doi:10.1126/science.1196980. ISSN 0036-8075. OCLC 4898209818. PMID 21617067.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuCgElVlZhk Chemistry of the World Cup trophy
- "Professor says World Cup trophy cannot be solid gold". BBC News. 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- "Doubts raised over World Cup trophy". Rthk.org.hk. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- "Obituary : Professor Jeremy Burdett". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-06-20).
- "The Royal Society Fellows". The Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "Nyholm Prize for Education 2011 Winner". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- screenonline: Poliakoff, Stephen (1952–) Biography
- "Stephen Poliakoff Biography (1952?–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- Dr. Ellen Poliakoff, University of Manchester
- http://www.periodicvideos.com/videos/feature_tony_judt.htm Tony Judt Tribute
- Grants awarded to Martyn Poliakoff by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
- Martyn Poliakoff talks about the Periodic Table of Videos