Professor Steve GoldupDr Stephen Goldup

Steve obtained an MChem degree from the University of Oxford where he began his research career with a Part II project in the group of Sir Prof. Jack Baldwin. He continued his research training with a PhD in natural product synthesis under the supervision of Prof. Tony Barrett before shifting focus to apply his synthetic skills to the realisation of mechanically interlocked non-natural products during post doctoral work with Prof. David Leigh at the University of Edinburgh where in 2007 he was appointed as Fixed Term Lecturer in Organic Chemistry. In 2008 he moved to Queen Mary with the award of a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship and in October 2009 he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In October 2014 the group moved to the University of Southampton where Steve took up the position of Associate Professor. In August 2017, Steve was promoted to Professor of Chemistry. Research in the Goldup Group focusses on the synthesis of novel mechanically interlocked molecules and their application as sensors, catalysts and materials.

Esteem, Leadership and Prizes

  • 2020 UK Blavatnik Young Scientist Awards Finalist
  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellowship 2019 - 2024
  • Associate Editor for Chemical Science
  • In the top 5% of reviewers for Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
  • One of the "top 10 reviewers" for Chem. Soc. Rev. 2016 - see here.
  • Co-chair of the 2019 Gordon Research Conference on Artificial Molecular Switches & Motors
  • Invited lecture at the 2nd Telleuride Workshop on Molecular Rotors, Motors, and Switches
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Hickinbottom Award 2014 for “pioneering work on the synthesis of rotaxanes".
  • Invited Feature Article for Chem. Commun. 2014 Emerging Investigator Issue.
  • Invited oral presentation at the Transatlantic Frontiers of Chemistry (2013), an international (UK, US, Brazil, Germany) interdisciplinary meeting for emerging leaders in the chemical sciences.
  • Organised the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry meeting 2012.
  • Dave Hill Cup at Gregynog Synthesis Meeting, 2012.
  • Member of the advisory board for Chem. Soc. Rev. (2012 onwards).
  • Thieme Journal Chemistry Award 2012.
  • Taylor & Francis Poster Prize for Innovation in Supramolecular Chemistry 2009.

Interviews and News

Profile: Early excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry, J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2016, 29 324.
Profile highlighting the Goldup Group's groundbreaking research in which Steve answers some serious (and some not so serious) questions.

Beautiful molecules ring up with a purpose, Chemistry World June 2020.
Interview with Jennifer Newton about the Goldup Group's intention to make interlocked molecules useful in chemistry, chemical biology and materials science.

Recent and upcoming talks

  1. Invited lecture at the Gordon Research Conference on Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors, USA, June 2023
  2. Keynote lecture at the International Symposium on Coordination Chemistry 2022, Italy, August 2022
  3. Invited lecture at the Summer School of the Artificial Molecular Machines EU-funded ITN, UK, July 2022
  4. Invited lecture at the Telluride Research Conference on Molecular Switches and Motors, USA, June 2022
  5. Plenary lecture at the 15th Italian National Conference on Supramolecular Chemistry, Italy, June 2022
  6. Invited lecture at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, USA, June 2022
  7. Invited lecture at the Wuhan University of Technology, China, June 2022 (online)
  8. Plenary lecture at the Chirality Symposium organized by the van’t Hoff Foundation, June 2022
  9. Invited lecture at UZH, May 2022
  10. Invited lecture at Kaust (online), March 2022
  11. Invited lecture at the Leaders in the Field Symposium organised by RSC Chemical Science in partnership with JNCASR Bangalore (online), December 2022
  12. Invited lecture at the University of Loughborough (online), December 2021
  13. Invited lecture at the University of Dortmund, online, November 2021
  14. Invited lecture at the 2021 Blavatnik Science Symposium, USA, July 2021 - postponed due to COVID19
  15. Invited lecture at the University of Wrocław, online, June 2021
  16. Invited lecture at GECOM-CONCOORD 2021 meeting - postponed due to COVID19
  17. Invited lecture at the New York University Abu Dhabi, online, March 2021
  18. Invited lecture at the University of Sussex, online, March 2021
  19. Invited lecture at the Chiral Materials UK meeting, online, March 2021
  20. Invited lecture at the University of Milan, online, January 2021
  21. Plenary lecture at the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Supramolecular Chemistry meeting, online, December 2020
  22. Invited lecture at the ChemPhysChem symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry, online, October 2020
  23. Plenary lecture at SECO57, France, September 2020 - postponed due to COVID19
  24. Invited lecture as part of the RSC Desktop Seminar series, online, September 2020
  25. Invited lecture at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry 2020, Australia, July 2020 - postponed due to COVID19
  26. Invited lecture at the Korean Chemical Society - Royal Society of Chemistry joint meeting on Inorganic Supramolecular Materials, July 2020 - postponed due to COVID19
  27. Public lecture as part of the New York Academy of Sciences "Game Changers: 9 Young Scientists Transforming Our World" symposium, March 2020
  28. Invited lecture at the University of Oxford, January 2020
  29. Keynote lecture the International Conference on Synthetic Chemistry and Catalysis, Singapore, January 2020 - cancelled due to family ill health
  30. Invited lecture at Kanazawa University, Japan, January 2020 - cancelled due to family ill health
  31. Invited lecture at Kyoto University, Japan, January 2020 - cancelled due to family ill health
  32. Invited lecture at the International Symposium on the Molecular Engine, Chiba, Japan, January 2020 - cancelled due to family ill health
  33. Invited lecture at the University of Manchester, October 2019
  34. Invited lecture at the Chemical Science Symposium on Advanced Materials, London, September 2019
  35. Invited lecture at the Foresight Meeting on The Future of Molecular Machines, September 2019
  36. Invited Lecture at the University of Cambridge, August 2019
  37. Oral presentation at the Chirality meeting, Bordeaux, July 2019
  38. Invited lecture at the University of Geneva, May 2019
  39. Plenary lecture at the C5 Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry at Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China, April 2019
  40. Invited lecture at the International Symosium on Supramolecular Chemistry, Fudan, China, April 2019
  41. Invited lecture at the Organic Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society, Paris, March 2019
  42. Invited lecture at the Chiral Functional Materials Symposium, Imperial College, January 2019
  43. Invited lecture at the ERC grantees conference, Rehovot, 27 November 2018
  44. Invited lecture at East China Normal University, October 2018
  45. Invited lecture at International Symposium on Advanced Molecular Sciences, Shanghai, October 2018
  46. Invited lecture at Sun Yat-Sen University (China), October 2018
  47. Invited lecture at the University of Hongkong, October 2018
  48. Invited lecture at the Joint CSJ RSC Symposium: Designing Molecular Function at the Nano-Scale: Catalysis, Materials, Oxford, October 2018
  49. Invited lecture at the UK-India Symposium on Advances in Organic Chemistry, Oxford, September 2018
  50. Invited lecture at the International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Sendai, Japan, July 2018
  51. Invited lecture at the Directed Assembly and Dial a Molecular joint ECR meeting in Strathclyde, June 2018
  52. Invited lecture at the University of Cardiff, March 2018
  53. Invited lecture at the University of Birmingham, 27 February 2018
  54. Invited lecture at the University of St Andrews, 10 January 2018
  55. Invited lecture at Imperial College, 7 December 2017
  56. Invited lecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, 23 October 2017
  57. Invited lecture at the University of Tokyo, Japan, 20 October 2017
  58. Invited lecture at the Tokyo University of Science, Japan, 19 October 2017
  59. Invited lecture at the 3rd International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry, Kanazawa, Japan, 17 October 2017
  60. Invited John van Geuns Lecture at the University of Amsterdam, 2 October 2017
  61. Invited lecture at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 26 September 2017
  62. Invited lecture at GECO57, Dinard, France, 27 August - 1 September 2017
  63. Invited lecture at Chirality 2017, Tokyo, Japan, 9-12 July 2017
  64. Bob Hay Lecture at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, Cambridge UK, 2-7 July 2017
  65. Discussion leader at the Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Switches and Motors, USA, 11-16 June 2017
  66. Invited lecture at the British-Chinese symposium on supramolecular chemistry at Zheijian University, Hangzhou, China, 9th May 2017
  67. Invited lecture at the C3 Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry in Xiamen, China, 16-18 April 2017
  68. Invited lecture at the Fluorochem 50th Anniversary Organic Symposium, February 27th 2017
  69. Invited lecture at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris, 6th February 2017
  70. Invited lecture at the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry discussion group meeting, Edinburgh, December 2016
  71. Invited lecture at the University of Bologna. November 11th 2016
  72. Invited lecture at the Symposium of Promoting International Joint Research, Ueda, October 2016
  73. Invited lecture at the 2nd International Symposium on Innovative Material Sciences Based on Supramolecules, Kanazawa, October 2016
  74. Invited lecture at Eli Lilly (Erl Wood site), September 16th 2016
  75. Invited lecture at the Telluride Workshop on on Molecular Rotors, Motors, and Switches, USA, July 2016
  76. Invited lecture at the Hickinbottom Symposium, Queen Mary, University of London, April 2016
  77. Invited lecture at the National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan, March 18th 2016
  78. Invited lecture at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, March 17th, 2016
  79. Invited lecture at the University of Osaka, Japan, March 15th 2016
  80. Invited lecture at the University of Kyoto, Japan, March 14th 2016
  81. Invited lecture at The First International Symposium on Center of Excellence for Innovative Material Sciences Based on Supramolecules in Kanazawa, Japan, 10th March, 2016
  82. Pacifichem (Molecular Containers Symposium), 18th December 2015
  83. University of Vienna, Austria, 28th October 2015
  84. Gordon Research Conference on Artificial Molecular Switches & Motors (poster presentation), 7-12 June 2015
  85. Temple University, Philadelphia (USA), 3rd June 2015
  86. RSC Hickinbottom Award Lecture, University of Liverpool, 20th May 2015
  87. University of Leeds, 15th April 2015
  88. South West RSC meeting, University of Reading, 18th February 2015
  89. South East RSC meeting, Imperial College, 4th February 2015
  90. RSC Hickinbottom Award Lecture, University of Sheffield, 27th November 2014
  91. RSC Hickinbottom Award Lecture, University of Bath, 25th November 2014
  92. Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, 18th November 2014
  93. Porto Alegre, Brazil, 21st October 2014
  94. Challenges in Organic Chemistry (ISACS14), Shanghai, 7-10 August 2014
  95. East China Normal University, Shanghai, 16th June 2014
  96. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 14th June 2014
  97. The International Forum of Supramolecular Chemistry and Smart Materials (inaugural Purple Mountain Conference), Nanjing, 12-13 June 2014
  98. International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry 9, Shanghai, 7-11 June 2014
  99. Frontiers in Molecular Recognition and Function Symposium, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, 6th June 2014
  100. East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, 3rd June 2014
  101. University of Kent, 29th April 2014
  102. University of Southampton, 14th April 2014
  103. Newcastle University, 25th February 2014
  104. RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Meeting, 16th December 2013
  105. University College London, 13th November 2013
  106. Pfizer-Neusentis Symposium, Oxford, 31st October 2013
  107. Transatlantic Frontiers of Chemistry, Germany, 8-11 August 2013
  108. ISACS10, Kyoto, Japan, 18-21 June 2013
  109. University of Edinburgh, 7th May 2013
  110. Freie Universitšt Berlin, Germany, 29th January 2013
  111. University College London, 14th November 2012
  112. University of Glasgow, 26th October 2012
  113. Gregynog Synthesis Meeting, 13-14 September 2012 - awarded Dave Kelly Cup for best presentation
  114. International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry, Durham, 9-13 September 2012
  115. University of Bath, 6th June 2012
  116. Young Chemists 2012, London, 30th March 2012
  117. Birmingham University, 20th March 20120
  118. University of York, 29th February 2012
  119. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 10th February 2012
  120. National University of Singapore, Singapore, 6th February, 2012
  121. University of Sydney, Australia, 3rd February 2012
  122. International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1st February 2012
  123. Otago University, New Zealand, 27th January 2012
  124. Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry meeting, Bath, 20th December 2011
  125. 17th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry, Hersonissos, Crete, 13th July 2011
  126. Imperial College London, 24th May 2011
  127. Frontiers of Science Meeting (organised by the Royal Society, Jung Academy, and Alexander von Humbolt Foundation), Chicheley Hall, 5th May 2011
  128. 3rd South and East Regional Organic Meeting, London, 18th April 2011
  129. Warwick University, 13th September 2010
  130. American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, USA, August 2009