Charlie McTernan is a Group Leader in the Physical Sciences at the Francis Crick Institute in London, and a Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry at King's College London. He is a Supramolecular Chemist, investigating how Artificial Molecular Machines and Metal-Organic Capsules can be applied in Biomedical Science.
Charlie Thomas McTernan was born in London and studied Chemistry at Hertford College, University of Oxford. His Part II project was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Tim Donohoe, investigating the synthesis of isoquinoline motifs using palladium-catalyzed α-arylation. He joined Prof. David Leigh’s group in 2013, funded by a University of Manchester Dean’s Faculty Award. His doctoral research included the synthesis of artificial molecular machines, switchable catalysts, and rotaxanes. In September 2017 he joined the Nitschke Research Group as a postdoctoral researcher. In September 2018 he began his Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship, jointly funded by the Isaac Newton Trust, and joined Sidney Sussex College as a Research Fellow, where he investigated the synthesis and post-assembly modification of diverse metal-organic capsules, and ways to tie molecular knots in single molecules.
In 2021, he started his independent career at the Francis Crick Institute and King's College London, exploring how interlocked architectures and metal-organic capsules can be applied in biological settings. In 2022, he was awarded a Future Leader Fellowship to drive forward his research.