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Prof. Colin R. Pulham

Head of the School of Chemistry

Colin Pulham graduated with a DPhil. in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He moved to the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 1992 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow before being appointed as a lecturer in 1996, senior lecturer in 2001, and Personal Chair in High-Pressure Chemistry in 2008. Since 2008 he has been the Director of Teaching in the School of Chemistry. He is a member of the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC) at Edinburgh and has research interests in the study of the effects of high pressure on molecular compounds such as pharmaceuticals, energetic materials (explosives, propellants), fuels, and lubricants. He works closely with colleagues at the ISIS Neutron Facility and at the Diamond Light Source. He has a longstanding interest in public engagement and was awarded the Royal Society Kohn Award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science in 2005 and the Tam Dalyell Prize in 2011.


DPhil Inorganic Chemistry,

University of Oxford


Post-Doctoral Researcher, Inorganic Chemistry,

University of Oxford


Royal Society Research Fellow,

University of Edinburgh

1996 - 2001

Lecturer, School of Chemistry

University of Edinburgh​


2016 - Present

Head of School of Chemistry,

University of Edinburgh

2008 - Present

Chair of High-Pressure Chemistry,

University of Edinburgh​

2009 - 2014

Director of Teaching, School of Chemistry

University of Edinburgh

2001 - 2008

Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry,

University of Edinburgh​

The Pulham Group

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