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Professor Craig Butts

Professor Craig Butts

Professor Craig Butts
B.Sc., Ph.D.

Professor of Structural and Mechanistic Chemistry

Area of research

Structural and Mechanistic Chemistry

Office S103b
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 928 8115


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We tackle challenges based around organic molecular structure and reaction mechanism, principally using NMR spectroscopy - the most information-rich analytical technique available to chemists. Our interests are extremely diverse, ranging from accurate internuclear-distance measurements in solution and developing software-tools for molecular structure elucidation, through experimental investigations of molecular dynamics in solution, to the structure and properties of novel ionic liquid materials - most recently surfactant-based systems with some remarkable physical behaviours.

Prof. Butts is a supervisor in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis


I completed my undergraduate degree (BSc. Hons, 1st class, 1993) and PhD (under the supervision of Prof. Michael Hartshorn, 1996) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. I followed this with a post-doctoral research position (1996-1999) with Professor Roger Alder at the University of Bristol, before being appointed to a Lecturership at Exeter University (1999-2005). In 2005 I moved back to Bristol as a Research Fellow (2005-2008) and subsequently Senior Lecturer (2008-2010) and Reader (2010-).


  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Structured Ionic Liquids
  • Molecular structure
  • Reaction Mechanisms



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