Dr Jack RowbothamBack to People

Department: Chemistry
College appointment: Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry


Originally from Leicester, I carried out my undergraduate studies at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. I then moved to Durham to complete my PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, during which time I also spent a period in Parliament as an RSC Westminster Fellow. In April 2016, I joined the group of Prof. Kylie Vincent in the Chemistry Department at Oxford as a postdoctoral research associate. I began teaching at Magdalen in October 2017, since which time I have also held an EPA Cephalosporin Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College.


In my role as lecturer at Magdalen, I teach first and second year Inorganic Chemistry. I have also taught a course on Green Chemistry for the Oxford Study Abroad Programme.

Research Interests:

I am interested in various aspects of inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, particularly those relevant to catalysis and green chemical processes. For my PhD, I studied the coordination chemistry of carbohydrates derived from kelp, with the aim of improving the thermochemical characteristics of the biomass towards fuel production. Currently I am part of the team working on the HydRegen project here at Oxford, which seeks to utilise metalloenzymes in catalytic hydrogenation reactions (additional information can be found at http://vincent.chem.ox.ac.uk/hydregen.htm).

Selected publications:

Generating single metalloprotein crystals in well-defined redox states: electrochemical control combined with infrared imaging of a [NiFe]-hydrogenase crystal” P. A. Ash, S. B. Carr, H. A. Reeve, A. Skorupskaite,                 J. S. Rowbotham, R. Shutt, M. D. Frogley, R. M. Evans, G. Cinque, F. A. Armstrong, and K. A. Vincent,         Chem. Commun., 2017, 53(43), 5858–5861

The future of alcohol-based biofuels: will we see the death of ethanol and birth of butanol?J. S. Rowbotham,     H. C. Greenwell, and M. Adcock, Biofuels, 2014, 5(4), 365–368

Copper(II)-mediated thermolysis of alginates: a model kinetic study on the influence of metal ions in the thermochemical processing of macroalgaeJ. S. Rowbotham, P. W. Dyer, H. C. Greenwell, D. Selby, and M. K. Theodorou, Royal Society Interface Focus, 2013, 3(1), 20120046