Pete Licence (b. 1973) obtained both his BSc (1996) and subsequently his PhD (2000) from the University of Wales (Bangor). After postdoctoral studies in the group of Martyn Poliakoff FRS CBE, Licence was awarded an Early Career Research Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust) and subsequently an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship which he used to kick-off independent research on the topic of “ionic liquids in-vacuo” in 2005-2011.
In addition to conducting research in the field of “Green and Sustainable Chemistry”, Pete is committed to science communication and public engagement. Current activities include the regular delivery of traditional demonstration lecture entitled “Thunder & Lightning” and co-presenting a series of YouTube based science videos focused upon chemistry and the elements. Pete is Associate Editor of the American Chemical Society journal ACS-Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, Adjunct Professor in Chemistry at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and in late 2013 was appointed the inaugural Director of the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory.