Department of Chemistry


Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

1 South 0.10


Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386443


Prof Matthew Davidson


Matthew Davidson is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Wales, Swansea in 1990 and received a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1993. He was elected to a Research Fellowship at St John’s College Cambridge in 1992 and held Lectureships in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge (1995) and at Durham University (1995-1999) before being appointed to a Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bath in 1999.He established the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at Bath in 2008 and is currently Director of its EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). Professor Davidson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a previous recipient of the Harrison Memorial Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Royal Society Industry Fellowship.

His major current research interests include:

  • Fundamental Structure and Bonding
  • Reagents and Catalysts for Organic Transformations
  • Applications in Sustainable Chemistry


Quilter, H., Hutchby, M., Davidson, M. and Jones, M., 2016. Polymerisation of a terpene-derived lactone: A bio-based alternative to ԑ-caprolactone. Polymer Chemistry

McKeown, P., Davidson, M. G., Kociok-Kohn, G. and Jones, M. D., 2016. Aluminium Salalens vs. Salans:“Initiator Design” for the Isoselective Polymerisation of rac-Lactide. Chemical Communications, 52 (68), pp. 10431-10434.

McKeown, P., Davidson, M.G., Lowe, J. P., Mahon, M. F., Thomas, L. H., Woodman, T. J. and Jones, M. D., 2016. Aminopiperidine based complexes for lactide polymerisation. Dalton Transactions, 45 (12), pp. 5374-5387.

Hutchings, G. J., Catlow, C. R. A., Hardacre, C. and Davidson, M. G., 2016. Catalysis making the world a better place:satellite meeting. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 374 (2061), 20150358.

Robinson, T. P., Price, R. D., Davidson, M. G., Fox, M. A. and Johnson, A. L., 2015. Why are the {Cu4N4} rings in Copper (I) Phosphinimide Clusters [Cu{μ-N=PR3}]4 (R = NMe3 or Ph) Planar? Dalton Transactions, 44 (12), pp. 5611-5619.

Buchard, A., Carbery, D. R., Davidson, M. G., Ivanova, P. K., Jeffery, B. J., Kociok-Köhn, G. and Lowe, J. P., 2014. Preparation of stereoregular isotactic poly(mandelic acid) through organocatalytic ring-opening polymerization of a cyclic O-carboxyanhydride. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 53 (50), pp. 13858-13861.

Forder, T. R., Mahon, M. F., Davidson, M. G., Woodman, T. and Jones, M. D., 2014. Synthesis and characterisation of unsymmetrical Zr(iv) amine tris(phenolate) complexes and their application in ROP of rac-LA. Dalton Transactions, 43 (31), pp. 12095-12099.

Chuck, C. J., Davidson, M. G., Gobius Du Sart, G., Ivanova-Mitseva, P. K., Kociok-Köhn, G. I. and Manton, L. B., 2013. Synthesis and structural characterization of group 4 metal alkoxide complexes of N, N, N ′,N ′-tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine and their use as initiators in the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of rac -lactide under industrially relevant conditions. Inorganic Chemistry, 52 (19), pp. 10804-10811.

Bull, S.D., Davidson, M.G., Van Den Elsen, J.M.H., Fossey, J.S., Jenkins, A.T.A., Jiang, Y.-B., Kubo, Y., Marken, F., Sakurai, K., Zhao, J. and James, T.D., 2013. Exploiting the reversible covalent bonding of boronic acids:Recognition, sensing, and assembly. Accounts of Chemical Research, 46 (2), pp. 312-326.

Smith-Badorf, H. D., Chuck, C.J., Mokebo, K.R., MacDonald, H., Davidson, M.G. and Scott, R.J., 2013. Bioprospecting the thermal waters of the Roman Baths:Isolation of oleaginous species and analysis of the FAME profile for biodiesel production. AMB Express, 3 (1), 9.

Firth, B. P., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Davidson, M. G. and Awdry, S., 2013. Biodiesel Production in Fixed-Bed Catalytic Reactors. In: ChemEngDayUK 2013, 2013-03-25 - 2013-03-26.

Armstrong, D. R., Davidson, M. G., Garcia-Vivo, D., Kennedy, A. R., Mulvey, R. E. and Robertson, S. D., 2013. Monomerizing alkali-metal 3,5-dimethylbenzyl salts with tris(N, N-dimethyl-2-aminoethyl)amine (Me6TREN):Structural and bonding implications. Inorganic Chemistry, 52 (20), pp. 12023-12032.

Cousins, D. M., Davidson, M. G. and García-Vivó, D., 2013. Unprecedented participation of a four-coordinate hydrogen atom in the cubane core of lithium and sodium phenolates. Chemical Communications, 49 (100), pp. 11809-11811.

Forder, T., Jones, M. and Davidson, M., 2013. Unsymmetrical group 4 amine tris(phenolate) complexes as initiators for the controlled polymerisation of racemic-lactide. In: SuBiCat 1: Symposium on sustainable catalytic conversions of renewable substrates, 2012-03-24 - 2013-03-26.

Sotenko, M.V., Rebroš, M., Sans, V.S., Loponov, K.N., Davidson, M.G., Stephens, G. and Lapkin, A.A., 2012. Tandem transformation of glycerol to esters. Journal of Biotechnology, 162 (4), pp. 390-397.

McKen, K., Pink, C., Lyon, L. and Davidson, M., 2012. Research360:Data in the Research Lifecycle.

Chuck, C. J., Bannister, C. D., Jenkins, R. W., Lowe, J. P. and Davidson, M. G., 2012. A comparison of analytical techniques and the products formed during the decomposition of biodiesel under accelerated conditions. Fuel, 96, pp. 426-433.

Cross, A. J., Davidson, M. G., García-vivó, D. and James, T. D., 2012. Well-controlled synthesis of boronic-acid functionalised poly(lactide)s: a versatile platform for biocompatible polymer conjugates and sensors. RSC Advances, 2 (14), pp. 5954-5956.

Firth, B., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Davidson, M. G. and Awdry, S., 2012. Biodiesel Production in Fixed-Bed Catalytic Reactors. In: Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry 2012, 2012-07-21 - 2012-07-28.

Davidson, M., 2012. New Catalysts for the Production of Bio-Based and Degradable Plastics. University of Bath.

Scott, R., Arnot, T. and Davidson, M., 2012. Using Algae in the Wastewater Treatment Process: Sustainable Technology at the University of Bath. University of Bath.

Jeffery, B. J., Whitelaw, E. L., Garcia-Vivo, D., Stewart, J. A., Mahon, M. F., Davidson, M. G. and Jones, M. D., 2011. Group 4 initiators for the stereoselective ROP of rac-β-butyrolactone and its copolymerization with rac-lactide. Chemical Communications, 47 (45), pp. 12328-12330.

Davidson, M. G. and Johnson, A. L., 2011. Synthesis, isolation and structural characterisation of alkoxytitanium triflate complexes. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2011 (33), pp. 5151-5159.

Whitelaw, E. L., Davidson, M. G. and Jones, M. D., 2011. Group 4 salalen complexes for the production and degradation of polylactide. Chemical Communications, 47 (36), pp. 10004-10006.

Calvo, B., Davidson, M. G. and Garcia-Vivo, D., 2011. Polyamine-stabilized sodium aryloxides: simple initiators for the ring-opening polymerization of rac-lactide. Inorganic Chemistry, 50 (8), pp. 3589-3595.

Davidson, M. G., Garcia-Vivo, D., Kennedy, A. R., Mulvey, R. E. and Robertson, S. D., 2011. Exploiting σ/π coordination isomerism to prepare homologous organoalkali metal (Li, Na, K) monomers with identical ligand sets. Chemistry - A European Journal, 17 (12), pp. 3364-3369.

Wu, X., Jones, M. D., Davidson, M. G., Chaudhuri, J. B. and Ellis, M. J., 2011. Surfactant-free poly(lactide-co-glycolide) honeycomb films for tissue engineering: relating solvent, monomer ratio and humidity to scaffold structure. Biotechnology Letters, 33 (2), pp. 423-430.

Johnson, A., Davidson, M. G., Jones, M. D. and Lunn, M. D., 2010. Acid activation of titanium alkoxide systems: structural characterisation of Ti(IV) sulfonyl-imide complexes. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 363 (10), pp. 2209-2214.

Jones, M. D., Davidson, M. G. and Kociok-Kohn, G., 2010. New titanium and zirconium initiators for the production of polylactide. Polyhedron, 29 (2), pp. 697-700.

Chuck, C. J., Bannister, C. D., Hawley, J. G. and Davidson, M. G., 2010. Spectroscopic sensor techniques applicable to real-time biodiesel determination. Fuel, 89 (2), pp. 457-461.

Bull, S. D., Davidson, M. G., Johnson, A. L., Mahon, M. R. and Robinson, D. E. J. E., 2010. An air stable moisture resistant titanium triflate complex as a Lewis acid catalyst for C-C bond forming reactions. Chemistry - An Asian Journal, 5 (3), pp. 612-620.

Cousins, D. M., Davidson, M. G., Garcia Vivo, D. and Mahon, M. F., 2010. Structural diversity in polyamine Lewis base stabilised lithium aryloxides. Dalton Transactions, 39 (35), pp. 8203-8209.

Cousins, D. M., Davidson, M. G., Frankis, C. J., Garcia Vivo, D. and Mahon, M. F., 2010. Tris(2-dimethylaminoethyl)amine: a simple new tripodal polyamine ligand for Group 1 metals. Dalton Transactions, 39 (35), pp. 8278-8280.

Coles, M. P., Aragon-Saez, P. J., Oakley, S. H., Hitchcock, P. B., Davidson, M. G., Maksic, Z. B., Vianello, R., Leito, I., Kaljurand, I. and Apperley, D. C., 2009. Superbasicity of a bis-guanidino compound with a flexible linker: a theoretical and experimental study. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131 (46), pp. 16858-16868.

Kolaczkowski, S. T., Asli, U. A. and Davidson, M. G., 2009. A new heterogeneous ZnL2 catalyst on a structured support for biodiesel production. Catalysis Today, 147 (Supplement), S220-S224.

Chuck, C. J., Bannister, C. D., Hawley, J. G., Davidson, M. G., La Bruna, I. and Paine, A., 2009. Predictive model to assess the molecular structure of biodiesel fuel. Energy & Fuels, 23 (4), pp. 2290-2294.

Jones, M. D., Davidson, M. G., Keir, C. G., Hughes, L. M., Mahon, M. F. and Apperley, D. C., 2009. Zinc(II) homogeneous and heterogeneous species and their application for the ring-opening polymerisation of rac-lactide. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2009 (5), pp. 635-642.

Axe, P., Bull, S. D., Davidson, M. G., Jones, M. D., Robinson, D. E. J. E., Mitchell, W. L. and Warren, J. E., 2009. An enantiopure pseudo-C-3-symmetric titanium triflate with propeller-like chirality as a catalyst for asymmetric sulfoxidation reactions. Dalton Transactions, 2009 (46), pp. 10169-10171.

Galbraith, E., Kelly, A. M., Fossey, J. S., Kociok-Kohn, G., Davidson, M. G., Bull, S. D. and James, T. D., 2009. Dynamic covalent self-assembled macrocycles prepared from 2-formyl-aryl-boronic acids and 1,2-amino alcohols. New Journal of Chemistry, 33 (1), pp. 181-185.

Fernandez, I., Davidson, M. G., Price, R. D. and Ortiz, F. L., 2009. Solution NMR structural study of a mixed aggregate of N-lithium triphenylphosphazene and lithium bromide. Dalton Transactions, 13, pp. 2438-2442.

Johnson, A. L., Davidson, M. G., Pérez, Y., Jones, M. D., Merle, N., Raithby, P. R. and Richards, S. P., 2009. Synthesis and structure of aluminium amine-phenolate complexes. Dalton Transactions, 2009 (28), pp. 5551-5558.

Chmura, A. J., Davidson, M. G., Frankis, C. J., Jones, M. D. and Lunn, M. D., 2008. Highly active and stereoselective zirconium and hafnium alkoxide initiators for solvent-free ring-opening polymerization of rac-lactide. Chemical Communications, 2008 (11), pp. 1293-1295.

Chmura, A. J., Cousins, D. M., Davidson, M. G., Jones, M. D., Lunn, M. D. and Mahon, M. F., 2008. Robust chiral zirconium alkoxide initiators for the room-temperature stereoselective ring-opening polymerisation of rac-lactide. Dalton Transactions, 2008 (11), pp. 1437-1443.

Chaudhuri, J. B., Davidson, M. G., Ellis, M. J., Jones, M. D. and Wu, X. J., 2008. Fabrication of Honeycomb-Structured Poly(DL-lactide) and Poly[(DL-lactide)-co-glycolide)] Films and their Use as Scaffolds for Osteoblast-Like Cell Culture. Macromolecular Symposia, 272 (1), pp. 52-57.

Wu, X., Jones, M.D., Chaudhuri, J.B., Davidson, M.G. and Ellis, M. J., 2008. Fabrication of porous PLGA scaffolds with different methods and their applications for tissue engineering. In: 8th World Biomaterials Congress 2008, 2008-05-28 - 2008-06-01.

Galbraith, E., Fyles, T. M., Marken, F., Davidson, M. G. and James, T. D., 2008. Fluorescent boron bis(phenolate) with association response to chloride and dissociation response to fluoride. Inorganic Chemistry, 47 (14), pp. 6236-6244.

Jones, M. D., Davidson, M. G., Keir, C. G., Wooles, A. J., Mahon, M. F. and Apperley, D. C., 2008. Heterogeneous catalysts for the controlled ring-opening polymerisation of rac-lactide and homogeneous silsesquioxane model complexes. Dalton Transactions, 28, pp. 3655-3657.

Wu, X., Chaudhuri, J.B., Ellis, M. J., Jones, M.D. and Davidson, M.G., 2008. Precision fabricated stereoisomeric and stereoregular pla/plga for tissue engineering scaffolds. In: World Biomaterials Congress, 2008-05-25 - 2008-06-01.

Clegg, W., Davidson, M. G., Graham, D. V., Griffen, G., Jones, M. D., Kennedy, A. R., O'Hara, C. T., Russo, L. and Thomson, C. M., 2008. Synthetic and structural investigations of alkali metal diamine bis(phenolate) complexes. Dalton Transactions, 2008 (10), pp. 1295-1301.

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