Emeritus Professor of Chemistry in the University of London; Emeritus Fullerian Professor of Chemistry, Royal Institution.
Peter Day was born in 1938.
He was successively Departmental Demonstrator, University Lecturer and Ad Hominem
Professor of Solid State Chemistry at Oxford. In 1988 he became Assistant Director and in
1989 Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin, the European high flux neutron scattering centre
in Grenoble. In 1991, he was appointed Director of The Royal Institution and
its Davy Faraday Research Laboratory, where subsequently he became Fullerian
Professor of Chemistry.
He instituted the
relationship between the RI and UCl, holding the title of UCL Royal Institution
Professorial Research Fellow till 2008. He has held visiting appointments at
Universities in Australia, Denmark, France and Spain, and at the corporate
research laboratories of Bell, IBM, Xerox (USA) and American Cyanamid
Peter Day has served on many Royal Society and UK Research Council committees, the British Council Science Advisory Committee and the Engineering and Physical Science Core Group of the European Science Foundation. He was the Treasurer and a Trustee of the Academia Europaea and advised the European Commission, the French Ministry of Education, the Portuguese and Swiss Ministries of Research and the Swiss National Science Foundation. He has strong contacts with the academic and business communities in Japan, having acted as external Counsellor to the Institute for Molecular Sciences in Okazaki, and External Assessor of the School of Materials Science at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Kanazawa and member of the Advisory Council of RIKEN in Tokyo.
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Day's work is documented in more than 700 publications.
Specific research 'firsts' are listed below:
The first visibly transparent ferromagnets[67,129], laying the foundation for subsequent worldwide interest in molecular-based magnets, including the first organic-intercalated ferromagnets soluble in organic solvents[107,119].
First determination of the crystal structure of a high Tc superconductor including the variation of structure with temperature and composition.
First synthesis of molecular superconductors containing metal-centres, developing the chemistry to include the first superconductor containing paramagnetic transition metal ions[450,451], and the first molecular charge transfer salts containing both localised and itinerant electrons[307,394]. Achieved unique insights with physics colleagues into the superconductivity of highly-correlated two-dimensional electron systems[338, 398].
First molecular-based ferrimagnets showing negative magnetisation and the first ferrimagnets in which one sublattice is furnished by aromatic pπ and the other by d-electrons.