Paul Walton is Professor of Chemistry at the University of York, where he was Head of Department from 2004 until 2010.
The department at York is one of the largest in the UK with excellent reputations for both teaching and research. It is the only academic department in the UK to hold an Athena SWAN Gold Award, a status it has held since 2008.
Paul gained his PhD from the University of Nottingham in 1990 and then worked at the University of California at Berkeley before moving to York in 1993. His research interests are in bioinorganic chemistry, which is the study of metal ions in living systems. He is particularly interested in mimicking the chemistry of metal-containing proteins using synthetic chemical systems. In this way he can create new catalysts for a variety of chemical processes, for example the sequestration of carbon dioxide. He is also interested in the use of metal complexes as novel drugs, especially in combating cancer.