Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2019
    Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

  • Since 2019
    Director of the Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • 2007
    Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, UK

  • 1999
    Lectureship at the University of Nottingham, UK

  • 1997
    Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

  • 1994, 1997 Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in chemistry: BA(Hons) from the University of Oxford, UK, and DPhil. from the University of Sussex, UK

Selected publications

  • Actinide metallacyclic catalysts for dinitrogen conversion to ammonia and secondary silylamines. P. L. Arnold, T. Ochiai, F. Y. T. Lam, R. P. Kelly, M. L. Seymour, L. Maron, Nature Chem. 2020, 12 (7), 654-659.

  • Thermal and photochemical reduction and functionalisation chemistry of the uranyl dication. B. E. Cowie, J. M. Purkis, J. Austin, J. B. Love, and P. L. Arnold. Chem. Rev., 2019 119, 10595-673.

  • Controlled Photocatalytic hydrocarbon oxidation by uranyl complexes. P. L. Arnold, J. M. Purkis, R. Rutkauskaite, D. Kovacs, J. B. Love, and J. Austin. ChemCatChem, 2019 11, 3786-3790.

  • Selective and catalytic carbon dioxide and heteroallene activation mediated by cerium N-heterocyclic carbene complexes. P. L. Arnold, R. W. F. Kerr, C. Weetman, S. R. Docherty, J. Rieb, F. L. Cruickshank, K. Wang, C. Jandl, M. W. McMullon, A. Pothig, F. E. Kuhn, and A. D. Smith. Chem. Sci., 2018 9, 8035-45.

  • Actinide catalysts for carbon oxygenate transformations. P. L. Arnold, Z. R. Turner, Nature Chem. Rev. 2017, in press. doi:10.1038/s41570-016-0002.

  • Organometallic neptunium(III) complexes. M. S. Dutkiewicz, J. H. Farnaby, C. Apostolidis, E. Colineau, O. Walter, N. Magnani, M. G. Gardiner, J. B. Love, N. Kaltsoyannis, R. Caciuffo, P. L. Arnold. Nature Chem., 2016 8, 797-802.

  • Metal–metal bonding in uranium–group 10 complexes. J. A. Hlina, J. R. Pankhurst, N. Kaltsoyannis, P. L. Arnold. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016 138, 3333-45.

Complete list of publications

Media coverage

  • 'The Infinite Monkey Cage' BBC Radio 4, a comedy science program, 2019.

  • 'Brainwaves' BBC Radio Scotland, a popular science program, 2018.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

Equity, diversity and inclusion work

  • Creator and Executive Producer of 'A Chemical Imbalance' (; a short book and documentary about women in science

  • Chair of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, until 2019

  • CoPI on 'Evidence Base: Growing the Big Grant Club'. Funded by the UK EPSRC funding council, Evidence base has been established to promote and execute a systems based approach to problems of equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Soft Skills

  • Tweets as @ProfArno on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion matters. Over 3800 genuine followers that include learned societies, international scientific publishers and journalists, parliamentary party leaders and policy makers


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