Prof Ross MILTON
Biography: Ross was raised in the south of the United Kingdom. Following on from a childhood interest in understanding "how things work", Ross completed a BSc (2010) and PhD (2014) in Chemistry at the University of Surrey (UK), where his PhD thesis focused on enzymatic electrodes in glucose-oxidizing fuel cells for energy conversion under the supervision of Robert Slade and Alfred Thumser. Ross then began his first postdoctoral position in Shelley Minteer's group at the University of Utah (USA), first focusing on alternative electrode constructs and new materials (such as redox polymers) for energy conversion by enzymatic electrodes.
During this time, Ross developed an interest in the concept of enzymatic electrosynthesis whereby electrical energy is consumed to produce valuable chemical commodities at enzymatic electrodes. He was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2015) between the University of Utah and the National University of Ireland Galway (Dónal Leech, incoming phase) to investigate the electroenzymatic reduction of unreactive dinitrogen to ammonia by nitrogenase ("Bioelectroammonia", Grant ID: 654836).
With a developing interest in complex enzymatic electron transfer and catalytic mechanisms, Ross embarked upon a second postdoctoral position (2017) in Alfred Spormann's group at Stanford University (USA). During this time, he investigated flavin-based electron bifurcation by large metalloenzyme complexes (heterodisulfide reductase) in the methanogenic archaeon Methanococcus maripaludis.
After completing the incoming phase of the MSC fellowship in Dónal Leech's group, Ross began his independent career as an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in September 2019.