December 2019 – the group has a 3-year funded PhD position cover tuition fees for UK/EU students – full details can be found under the “Opportunities” tab.

6th December 2019 – our work on “Precious metal N-heterocyclic carbene-carbaboranyl complexes: Cytotoxic and selective compounds for the treatment of cancer” with the Willans Group (University of Leeds) was accepted in J. Organomet. Chem.

14th November 2019 – Rianne attended the “Metals in Medicine” workshop in Paris, and presented a poster on “Simple Oxovanadium Complexes with High Cytotoxicity”

7th November 2019 – Rianne was nominated for a “Mentor of the Year” award from the Northern Power Women (and was long listed in December).

4th-6th November 2019 – Rianne was invited by Prof. Meyer (FAU) to give a seminar in Erlangen, entitled “Transition metal complexes: from structural design to cancer
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September-December 2019Rianne began an August-Wilhelm Scheer visiting professorship at the Technische Universität München under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Fritz Kühn, and will conduct research on synthetic inorganic chemistry for medicinal chemistry applications.

23rd September 2019 – Rianne began her new position as a Lecturer of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of East Anglia

20th September 2019 – Rianne left the University of Bradford

11th-12th September 2019 – Rianne gave a talk on “Multiple pathways to success” to young researchers at the Joliot-Curie Conference (Nottingham), and participated in a discussion panel and grant writing workshop.

6th September 2019 – Rianne’s work with the groups of Prof. Polly Arnold and Prof. Jason Love (University of Edinburgh) was accepted in Chem. Sci.

4th September 2019 – Rianne gave an invited talk at the “International Symposium of Coordination Compounds” (University of Leeds), entitled “Fast, facile and solvent-free dry melt synthesis of oxovanadium(IV) complexes: Simple design with high potency towards cancerous cells

13th August 2019 – our latest work on “Anticancer, antifungal and antibacterial potential of bis(β-ketoiminato)ruthenium(II) carbonyl complexes” with the McGowan Group (University of Leeds) was accepted in Inorganica Chim.

7th August 2019 – our work on “Fast, Facile and Solvent‐Free Dry‐Melt Synthesis of Oxovanadium(IV) Complexes: Simple Design with High Potency towards Cancerous Cells” was accepted in Chem. Eur. J. – a fantastic effort from two visiting students!!

29th July – 1st August 2019 – Rianne was invited to present at the 9th International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry, York, U.K.

16th July 2019 – very proud to announce my first every 3rd year students graduated from the University of Bradford with their BSc degrees in Chemistry – wow! 3 years went very fast!!

1st July 2019 – lecturers and researchers attended ‘Overcoming Barriers in Chemistry Teaching within the Biosciences” which was lead by Dr Clare Towse, University of Bradford

2nd-6th June 2019 – Rianne presented her work on organometallic iridium anticancer compounds, at the 15th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry (ISABC19), Nara, Japan

13th March 2019 – Rianne volunteered to help the Student Union to deliver a workshop on stereotyping in sports and careers.


21st February – 2nd March 2019 – Alongside the VC and other delegates, Rianne took part in the “Destination Bradford” trip to Pakistan, to help promote education in both Pakistan and Bradford, whilst meeting with alumni and partners from across the Higher Education sector.


September-December 2018 – Rianne began an August-Wilhelm Scheer visiting professorship at the Technische Universität München under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Fritz Kühn, and will conduct research on synthetic inorganic chemistry for medicinal chemistry applications.

10-12th September 2018 – Rianne attended and presented at the Meeting of Inorganic Chemists Recently Appointed (MICRA) at the University of Cardiff.

19-24th August 2018 – Rianne attended the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Boston, and presented three oral presentations and one poster presentation.

8th August 2018 – Rianne was awarded a University of Bradford pump-prime research fund award to conduct research on the delivery of new iridium drugs. Additionally, along with her co-workers at the University of Bradford, Rianne was awarded two further grants as Co/I; a pump-prime award (PI: Dr Sarah Pike) and an early career researcher award (PI: Dr Thomas Swift) to conduct research on inorganic drugs and air-sensitive synthesis, respectively.2018-07-18 12.39.21

18th July 2018 – it was graduation day for Rianne and her fellow colleagues from the University of Bradford, where she graduated with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (distinction) and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

12th June 2018 – Rianne was awarded an August-Wilhelm Scheer visiting Professorship at the TUM, Germany. She will conduct 3 months of research there between September-December 2018.

5th June 2018 – as part of the University of Bradford’s Research Day, Rianne gave a poster entitled “Organometallic Iridium Complexes: Highly Cytotoxic and Selective Towards Colorectal Cancer.”

4th June 2018 – alongside her chemistry colleagues and in collaboration with Dr Joey Shepherd at the University of Sheffield, their joint research on “Antibiotic functionalised polymers reduce bacterial biofilm and bioburden in a simulated infection of the cornea” was accepted in Biomaterial Science

30th May 2018 – Rianne gave an invited seminar at King’s College London, where she discussed her recent work on both organometallic and coordination complexes for use in cancer treatment. She also was lucky enough to present alongside her role model and leader in the field on bioinorganic chemistry, Professor Angela Casini. Rianne wishes to thank Drs Suntharalingam Kogularamanan and Manuel Muller for their kind invitation and fantastic hospitality, and Professor Casini for her invaluable career advice.

26th May 2018 – alongside many members of the chemistry department, Rianne helped out at this years Go Higher West Yorkshire ‘Love STEM festival’, which was hosted by the University of Bradford.  Additionally, the festival was granted with the presence of Marty Jopson, a fantastic performer and scientist, who provided an active seminar linked to his current published book ‘The Science of Everyday Life: Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine’.

14th May 2018 – the department attended the RSC Centenary Prize Symposium at the University of Leeds. The symposium on ‘Form and Function: Molecular Machines in Chemistry and Biology’ included a plenary lecture from Professor Ben Feringa, the 2016 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry.

27th April 2018 – Rianne was invited by the RSC to sit on a discussion board for women’s retention and progress in science, and traveled to Burlington House London for the day. She was part of a group of early stage females who spent the day discussing current issues within science and how the RSC can better combat these issues within chemistry

26th April 2018 – alongside two other academics, Rianne was a judge for the Salters Festival and the University Challenge held at the University of Bradford. The local schools participated in group chemistry experiments to win prizes for their schools and learn some new chemistry aspects. It was a busy day which proved to be very exciting for the students, and promoted their interest in the scientific subjects. Congratulations to all of the winning schools!

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3-5th April 2018 – Rianne presented her research on “Organometallic Iridium Complexes: Highly Cytotoxic & Selective Towards Colorectal Cancer” at this years Dalton conference, University of Warwick. It was a well-attended conference which led to some fruitful networking and future collaborations with the Universities of Lancaster and Loughborough. Additionally, Rianne was asked to chair her first ever conference session, and did a great job of chairing a lively bioinorganic session.

19th Mach 2018 – Rianne gives a careers in chemistry talk at the Notre Dame College in Leeds.

14th March 2018 – Rianne attends an EPSRC Early Career Workshop in Nottingham.

12th March 2018 – Rianne was selected to present her research at the STEM for Britain, in which she presented to other scientists and MPs at the Houses of Parliament.

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6th March 2018 – Rianne participated in this years Twitter poster conference which is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. She presented her recent work on new ruthenium and rhodium anticancer drugs. Additionally, a visiting researcher in the group, Hannah Spencer, presented the groups most recent work on new vanadium anticancer drugs.

22nd January 2018 – The Lord group welcomes Wella, who is undertaking a 4 week biomedical BSc research project. She will be assessing the chemosensitivity of some novel iridium compounds.

22nd January 2018 – Rianne attends the Cancer Research and Global Health Workshop (London) organised by the MRC

6th December 2017 – Congratulations to Anisha, Hannah and Hira, who all graduated today with an MSc in biomedical sciences!

10th November 2017 – Rianne gives an invited seminar at the IIT Kharagpur, India on the groups “Novel rhodium compounds and their application as cancer therapeutics”.

6th-8th November 2017 – Rianne attends the Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop on ‘Peptides, Proteins and Metals in Disease and Therapy’, held at the IIT Kanpur, India

4th October 2017 – we welcome Hamdan Ikram starting his MChem research project on new vanadium therapeutics.

21st September 2017 – Rianne attends a meeting to discuss the progression of Chemistry3 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London.

19th September 2017 – our collaborative work with the Barry research group is published in Dalton Transactions 


12th September 2017 – Congratulations to the MSc students Anisha, Hira and Hannah on completing their studies – see you all at graduation!

5th September 2017 – Rianne is awarded a Newton grant to attended the Newton Bhabha Researcher Links Workshop on ‘Peptides, Proteins and Metals in Disease and Therapy’.

4th September 2017 – the Lord research group attend the University of Leeds conference, Chemistry: The Science Around Us – Markus presented our work on novel metal picolinamides and their anti-cancer potential.

20-25th August 2017 – Rianne attends the 254th ACS Meeting in Washington D.C. – presenting in 3 poster sessions (including Sci-Mix) and an oral presentation on novel metal picolinamide complexes and their anti-cancer potential.

11th August 2017 – We say goodbye to our visiting A-level students Amy and Humairaa, who were part of the Nuffield Foundation projects. An impressive amount of work from such young students! Well done to you both!

21st July 2017 – We say goodbye to our MSc biomedical project students Anisha, Hannah, and Hira, who have all made excellent progress and contributed to several research papers. Well done all!

20th July 2017 – Congratulations to the Chemistry Graduates of 2017. Bradford_Graduation_2017_07_20_01b

11th July 2017 – the group welcomes Amy Scholes (Immanuel School, Bradford) and Humeiraa Parvaz (Laisterdyke School, Bradford) to undertake their summer projects, kindly supported by the Nuffield Foundation and the University of Bradford STEM Centre.

29th June 2017 – Rianne and Markus attend the Dalton Regional Meeting at the University of Sheffield and present their work on novel anti-cancer compounds.

21st June 2017 – Rianne was awarded an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

8th June 2017 – Rianne attends the University of Bradford’s annual teaching conference.

6th June 2017 – Rianne and Markus present their work at the Post-Graduate Research Conference in Bradford.

22nd May 2017 – the group welcomes MSc students Hannah Spencer, Hira Bani Hani and Anisha Sharma working on projects related to cancer therapy.

17th May 2017 – Rianne has been accepted to present her work at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. in August 2017.

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Rianne Lord presenting at the ISACS: Challenges in Inorganic Chemistry Conference, Manchester

10th April 2017 – Rianne presented at the ISACS: Challenges in Inorganic Chemistry Conference, Manchester, and discussed her recent publication on cytotoxic trans-ruthenium anti-cancer compounds.

7th April 2017 – Work in collaboration with Prof. Patrick McGowan (University of Leeds) is published in Chemistry – A European Journal – on single trans-ruthenium isomers with high potency and cancer cell selectivity

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Ruthenium(III) dihalide complexes: generating cytotoxic and cancer selective single trans isomers

19th March 2017 – Rianne presents her latest work at the first inorganic Twitter poster conference #RSCposters #RSCInorg

10th March 2017 – Rianne’s with Prof. Polly Arnold (University of Edinburgh) is published in Chemical Science – on the multi-electron reduction using binuclear uranium(III) complexes

RML Leeds3rd March 2017 – Rianne visits the BSc students at the University of Leeds to discuss their synthesis of new vanadium anti-cancer compounds.

8th February 2017 – the group welcomes Dr Markus Zegke as a PDRA – his work will be focusing on the synthesis and characterisation of new copper and vanadium compounds as therapeutic agents.

23rd January 2017 – the group welcomes their first biomedical BSc student Jamie Box – his work will be focused on the cytotoxic potential of group 8 and 9 compounds against human colorectal cancers.

1st December 2016 – Rianne’s work in collaboration with Prof. Patrick McGowan (University of Leeds) is published in ChemistrySelect – on titanium(IV) compounds exhibiting high in vitro activity and specific DNA base binding – this work is dedicated to the memory of Dr Julie Fisher (University of Leeds). – DOI: 10.1002/slct.201601290

4th October 2016 – Rianne delivers her invited seminar talk at the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics – on transition metal complexes and their potential in the treatment of cancer.

3rd October 2016 – MChem students Matthew Christie and Ajaz Hussain join our research group  – working on new bidentate and tetradentate metal compounds as potential anti-cancer agents.

1st August 2016 – Rianne begins her independent academic position as a Lecturer in Bioinorganic Chemistry at the University of Bradford.