Professor Alan Rowan studied at the University of Liverpool and obtained his first class honours in chemistry and was awarded the Leverlhulme Medal. He obtained his PhD degree with prof Ray Abraham at the same university working on the self-assembly of chlorophylls. He subsequently worked for two years in New Zealand with prof Chris Hunter in the area of catenane and rotaxane self-assembly.
He returned to Europe as a marie-curie fellow to work with Prof Roeland Nolte at the University of Nijmegen the Netherlands, where he continued research in functional supramolecular assemblies. He stayed in Nijmegen and became fully professor in 2005, and set up a new department of Molecular Materials in the Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University of Nijmegen where he remains to this day.
His interests are at in the relationship between molecular architecture and function, within self-assembling and macromolecular (bio)-organic and magnetic materials.
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