jd birchall logo The Birchall Centre

Welcome to the Bioinorganic Chemistry of Aluminium and Silicon research group website.

Our group is situated in the Lennard-Jones Laboratories in the Birchall Centre which started back in 1992 as the Unit for Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science. It was the idea of the late Professor JD Birchall FRS OBE who along with Dr (now Professor) Chris Exley and Professor K Kendall FRS came to Keele University following the re-organisation of what was then the United Kingdom's largest chemical company, Imperial Chemical Industries, ICI.

Our Research

The Unit started off with three general themes, of which our group focus is Aluminium and Silicon in Biology. The group is lead by Professor Chris Exley and the current research themes within the group are varied, including metals and amyloids; biosilicification in plant species; human exposure to Aluminium, whether intentional (e.g. in antiperspirants or adjuvants) or unintentional; and hydroxyaluminosilicates.

Help to Support Our Research

We are extremely grateful to individuals and organisations that support our research by making unconditional financial donations towards our research.

These donations can remain anonymous or we are happy to acknowledge the support by naming the donor on our website. Please see the Help to Support Our Research page for more information

Film and Book Poster!!

Please check out the film/book poster for Bert Ehgartner's "Die Akte Aluminium"/"Dirty Little Secret"!! The film documents the many roles of aluminium in modern life, and its environmental and human impacts from extraction to use. Our very own Professor Exley is among the numerous experts featured in the film.

Keele Meetings on Aluminium

For the 10th Anniversary Keele Meeting on Aluminium, the conference returned to England, and was held in the historic and quintessentially English city of Winchester on Saturday 23rd - Wednesday 27th February 2013.

Please Check Out Our Photo Gallery from the 10th Keele Meeting on Aluminium!!!

Novel research presented at the Keele meetings is submitted to a Keele Issue of the Journal for Inorganic Biochemistry. This is not simply a conference proceedings; it is a regular issue in which all submissions are rigorously peer reviewed and edited. Please check our Keele Meetings web pages to check for updates, and for the latest Keele JIB issue, which is out now!