Pro Vice-Chancellor, International and Europe

Professor Nora de Leeuw

Professor Nora de Leeuw is Pro Vice-Chancellor, International and Europe.

In this role she is responsible for the University's international activities, partnerships and reputation.

Professor de Leeuw is also a prominent scientist with an international reputation in the field of computational chemistry of materials and minerals. Her research is based within the School of Chemistry.

Previously Professor de Leeuw was at University College London (UCL). Professor de Leeuw held senior research posts at UCL as a Royal Society Industry Fellow, Deputy Head of the Department of Chemistry and Departmental Head of Research. She was also founding Director of the EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science.

Additionally, Professor de Leeuw has held international professorial appointments at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and Université de Paris-Est, France.


Professor de Leeuw's specific responsibilities include the development of:

  • the University's strategy with regard to Europe and Internationalisation
  • international collaboration in research, working with the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Enterprise
  • a strategic approach to the University's engagement with Europe, including initiatives such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus  and the Bologna Process
  • the University's participation in international associations
  • collaborative educational provision at an international level


Professor de Leeuw's research interests include:

  • computer modelling of the physico-chemical, structural and mechanical properties of bio-materials, including bioactive implant materials for applications in soft and hard tissue replacement and repair
  • computer-aided design and development of novel and sustainable catalysts for the conversion of CO2 to fuels and fine chemicals
  • computational research into alternative energy materials and processes, including structure-property relationships of nuclear fuels and solar cell materials, and the catalytic conversion of biomass
  • computational mineralogy, for example the development of realistic models for the simulation of crystal nucleation, dissolution and growth processes.

Professor de Leeuw's research has been supported extensively by external funding from the UK Research Councils, the Royal Society, EU and industry.

She has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and books and has worked collaboratively with academic researchers from around the globe.


During her career, Professor de Leeuw has served on a range of national committees and international review boards. Currently, she is a member of the Steering Committee of the UK Association of Engineering Doctorates and the Royal Society International Networks panel.


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