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Dr Frank Lewis

Senior Lecturer

Department: Applied Sciences

Dr Frank Lewis Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255Frank Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry in the Department of Applied Sciences.

He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where he obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2008 in the group of Prof. David Grayson for his work on novel chiral sulfones. He was then appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Reading with Prof. Laurence Harwood working on the design and synthesis of ligands for selective actinide extraction (as part of the EU FP7-funded ACSEPT project). In 2012, he was appointed as an Anniversary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University.

Frank is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society, and served as the Assistant Editor for the UK Editorial Office of Synlett (2008-2012). He has interests in a wide range of chemistry, including the design of ligands for targeted metal ions, medicinal chemistry, asymmetric synthesis and synthetic methodology.


  • Chemistry PhD July 03 2008
  • Member American Chemical Society 2014
  • Member (MRSC) Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 2014

Key Publications

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  • Exploring the Subtle Effect of Aliphatic Ring Size on Minor Actinide Extraction Properties and Metal Ion Speciation in Bis‐1,2,4‐Triazine Ligands, Zaytsev, A., Bulmer, R., Kozhevnikov, V., Sims, M., Modolo, G., Wilden, A., Waddell, P., Geist, A., Panak, P., Wessling, P., Lewis, F. 30 Oct 2019, In: Chemistry - A European Journal
  • Thermodynamic parameters of Am(III), Cm(III) and Eu(III) extraction by CyMe4-BTPhen in cyclohexanone from HNO3 solutions, Distler, P., Stamberg, K., John, J., Harwood, L., Lewis, F. 19 Sep 2019, In: Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics
  • 1,2,4-Triazines in the Synthesis of Bipyridine Bisphenolate ONNO Ligands and Their Highly Luminescent Tetradentate Pt(II) Complexes for Solution-Processable OLEDs, Pander, P., Bulmer, R., Martinscroft, R., Thompson, S., Lewis, F., Penfold, T., Dias, F., Kozhevnikov, V. 2 Apr 2018, In: Inorganic Chemistry
  • Modelling of the Am(III) - Cm(III) kinetic separation effect observed during metal ion extraction by bis-(1,2,4)-triazine ligands, Distler, P., Stamberg, K., John, J., Harwood, L., Lewis, F. 2018, In: Separation Science and Technology
  • Plutonium coordination and redox chemistry with the CyMe4-BTPhen polydentate N-donor extractant ligand, Reilly, S., Su, J., Keith, J., Yang, P., Batista, E., Gaunt, A., Harwood, L., Hudson, M., Lewis, F., Scott, B., Sharrad, C., Whittaker, D. 18 Nov 2018, In: Chemical Communications
  • Separation of the Minor Actinides Americium(III) and Curium(III) by Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic BTPhen ligands, Lewis, F., Harwood, L., Hudson, M., Afsar, A., Laventine, D., Šťastná, K., John, J., Distler, P. 2018, In: Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange
  • Spin-polarized electron transmission through chiral halocamphor molecules, Dreiling, J., Lewis, F., Gay, T. 15 Oct 2018, In: Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • An Overview of Multifunctional Metal Chelators as Potential Treatments for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Lewis, F., Tetard, D. May 2017, Biometals in Neurodegenerative Diseases: Mechanisms and Therapeutics, San Diego, Elsevier
  • Anomalously Large Chiral Sensitivity in theDissociative Electron Attachment of 10-Iodocamphor, Dreiling, J., Lewis, F., Mills, J., Gay, T. 3 Mar 2016, In: Physical Review Letters
  • Metal chelating compounds for use in treating diseases, Tetard, D., Lewis, F. 26 May 2016

PGR Supervision

Rachel Bulmer Design and Synthesis of Novel Actinide Selective Ligands for Future Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Start: 01/10/2015


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