Professor Alwyn G. Davies FRS

Emeritus Professor

  Alwyn Davies joined the staff in 1953 and has been successively Lecturer, Reader, Professor and Acting Head of Department. His research has involved the related fields of organic peroxides, organometallic (particularly organotin) chemistry, organometallic peroxides, homolytic reaction mechanism, and ESR spectroscopy. Some of this work is summarised in books: Organic Peroxides (Butterworths, 1961), and  Organotin Chemistry  (1 Edn., VCH, 1996; 2 Edn., Wiley-VCH 2003).  In "retirement" he looks after the Departmental archives and with Peter Garratt has written a book on the History of the Department (UCL Chemistry Department 1828-1974, Science Reviews 2000, 2013) the only College Department to have such an accolade.
Summary of research group
  Professor Davies no longer has a research group.
Research highlights
Research Facilities
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Award  for Organic Reaction Mechanism.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Ingold prize
  • Humbolt Fellowship
  • Humbolt Prize for Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Stevenson Prize, Deakin University
  • Fellowship of the Royal Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Research interests
  • Autoxidation
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Tin chemistry
  • ESR spectroscopy of organic radicals and radical ions
  • Homolytic reaction mechanism particularly that involving organometallic compounds.