Cluster for Molecular Chemistry


Name Alan Edward Rowan
Date of Birth 2nd June 1966
Nationality British
Address Department of Chemistry
University of Nijmegen
Toernooiveld 1
6525 ED Nijmegen
Phone +31 24 3 652323
Fax. +31 24 3 652929

St. Joseph's College, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, England

'O' Levels:
Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics,
Biology, Computer Studies, Geography,
French, English Language, English Literature,
History, Religious Studies. (Grades 8 A's, 2 B;s, C)

'A' Levels:
Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics,
General studies. (Grades A, 2 B's, C)

University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England
BSc. 1st Class Honours in Chemistry
Leverhulme Prize and Leblanc Medal
(Final Year Chemistry Prize Liverpool University)


University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England
Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry;
"N.M.R. and Computational Studies as a Probe for
Structural Elucidation in Solution"
supervisor: Professor R.J. Abraham


University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
with Dr C.A.Hunter and Prof. D.A.Buckingham


Research Fellowship with Prof. R.J.M.Nolte.
University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


European Fellowship (H.C.M.P.) ‘Transition Metals in Supramolecular Catalysis’, University of Nijmegen


Assistant Professor, Physical Organic Chemistry
University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Associate Professor- Supramolecular Chemistry
University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


FullProfessor – Department of Molecular Materials
Institute of Molecules and Materials
University of Nijmegen

Scientific Awards and Achievements

Teaching Experience

In addition I am on the editorial board of New Journal of Chemistry (2003-) and the advisory board of Chemistry World (RSC, 2004-).

Research Group

As a postdoctural researcher I carried out my own research within that of Prof Nolte and supervised three Ph D. students and 6 M.Sc Students.
Since 1996 I became officially a Lecturer of Physical Chemistry
My first PhD student (Dr. J.N.H Reek) graduated in 1996 and since then three others have completed their study and two others are in the process of writing their thesis.

Graduated Student
Dr J. Reek (1996)
Dr J. Foekema (1999)
Dr H. Elemans (2000)
Dr E. Bijsterveld (2003)
Drs J. HoogBoom (2004)
Drs P. De Witte (2004)
Drs D. Vriesema (2005)
Drs M. Lensen (2005)
Drs G. Metslaar (2005)

In 2005 I became Head the Department of Molecular Materials, Radboud University of Nijmegen. I currently have a research group of approximately 25 people with a budget of 2 million euros per year.

Grant Applications

To date I have been awarded several Ph.D. grants in the areas of Nanosized Architectures and Porphryin Arrays (SON)

I have in addition written successful grant applications to the EEC for postdoctoral funding TMR fellowship (B. Escuder, Supramolecular Catalysis 1999) and I. Dixon (Marie Cure Fellowship 2000) P. Thordarson (Marie Cure Fellowship 2000) and K. Velonia (Marie curie fellowship 2002) (and also to the Spanish Government (J. Farrera, Synthetic Antenna Mimics).

I am also currently a collaborator within a TMR Network, SISITOMAS, (Submicron Imaging and Stimulus Induced Transformation of Organic Molecular Absorbates at Surfaces) and a Phthalocyanine TMR Nework ‘Optical properties of phthalocyanines and related compounds: an interdisciplinary training in the chemistry, new technologies and industrial applications’. I am also a partner in two 6th Framework actions, BIONICS (Eurocores –1 PostDoc)) and BIOSCOPE (STREP-3 year Postdoc) both of which have begun in 2004 and CHEXTAN (RTN) which was funded in April 2004 (1 PhD –for 4 years).

In addition I have organized several International conferences.

Conference Presentations

In addition to the above, I have given approximately 2O invited departmental lectures and symposium lectures in the last 2 years.

Extra Curriculum Activity