I was born in New Zealand in 1965 and moved to Northern Ireland with my parents in 1969. My early education was at Portstewart Primary School and Coleraine Academical Institution. Following an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Churchill College (1983-1986), I stayed at the University of Cambridge for a PhD with Jeremy Sanders in the University Chemical Laboratory (1986-1989). I was appointed to a Lectureship in Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Otago in New Zealand in 1989. I moved to the University of Sheffield in 1991 and was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 1997. In 2014, I returned to the University of Cambridge as the Herchel Smith Professor of Organic Chemistry and Fellow of Emmanuel College. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy.


RSC Meldola Medal (1992); Lister Research Fellow (1994-1999); Zeneca Research Award in Organic Chemistry (1995); RSC Corday-Morgan Medal (1999); EPSRC Senior Research Fellow (2005-2010); RSC Tilden Prize (2009); RSC Physical Organic Chemistry Award (2011)

Key Publications

  • The Nature of π-π Interactions
    C. A. Hunter, J. K. M. Sanders, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1990, 112, 5525-5534
    DOI: 10.1021/ja00170a016
    In 2003, this paper was listed in the JACS 125 most cited papers of all time: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 1–8 (DOI: 10.1021/ja021403x). By 2013, the paper had been cited over 3,000 times.
  • Quantifying intermolecular interactions: Guidelines for the molecular recognition toolbox
    C. A. Hunter, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2004, 43, 5310-5324
    DOI: 10.1002/anie.200301739
  • Chemical double-mutant cycles: dissecting non-covalent interactions
    S. L. Cockroft, C. A. Hunter, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007, 36, 172-188
    DOI: 10.1039/B603842P
  • What is Cooperativity ?
    C. A. Hunter, H. L. Anderson, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 7488-7499
    DOI: 10.1002/anie.200902490
  • Molecular probes of solvation phenomena
    R. Cabot, C. A. Hunter, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 3485-3492
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CS15287H
  • Photoinduced energy and electron transfer in supramolecular porphyrin assemblies
    C. A. Hunter, R. K. Hyde, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 1996, 35, 1936-1939
    DOI: 10.1002/anie.199619361
  • Sequence-structure relationships in DNA oligomers: A computational approach
    M. J. Packer, C. A. Hunter, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123, 7399-7406
    DOI: 10.1021/ja003385u
  • Cooperative binding at lipid bilayer membrane surfaces
    E. L. Doyle , C. A. Hunter , H. C. Phillips , S. J. Webb , N. H. Williams, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 4593-4599
    DOI: 10.1021/ja021048a
  • From structure to chemical shift and vice-versa
    C. A. Hunter, M. J. Packer, C. Zonta, Prog. Nucl. Magn. Reson. Spectrosc., 2005, 47, 27-39
    DOI: 10.1016/j.pnmrs.2005.06.001
  • Measurement of energy landscape roughness of folded and unfolded proteins
    L. Milanesi, J. P. Waltho, C. A. Hunter, D. J. Shaw, G. S. Beddard, G. D. Reid, S. Dev, M. Volk, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2012, 109, 19563-19568
    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1211764109
  • Relationship between chemical structure and supramolecular effective molarity for formation of intramolecular H‑Bonds
    H. Sun, C. A. Hunter, C. Navarro, S. Turega, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 13129–13141
    DOI: 10.1021/ja406235d