The team


As part of the Royal Society of Chemistry there are many people who contribute to the ongoing support and development of ChemSpider and many more who are involved with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s databases and cheminformatics resources. If you need to get in touch with us for any reason, please email us at chemspider-at-rsc.org .

If you would like to know more about the team members who are responsible for many of the day-to-day management of the site, we are:



Susan Richardson
Susan Richardson

Susan was born in America, and moved to the UK in 2005. She graduated in 2011 with a BA in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware, her studies including a significant component of Organic Chemistry. After graduation, she joined the RSC as a Publishing Assistant on the Analytical team, selecting and entering content for the Analytical Abstracts database. She has been working on ChemSpider since April of 2013, focusing on user support, community engagement and data quality. She is responsible for making sure that the rest of the team know what users are saying. Her aim is to really understand how people use ChemSpider, and to use that knowledge to not only help out with their problems and create guides and training materials, but also to help shape the development of the site to improve their user experience.

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David Sharpe
David Sharpe

David studied Chemistry at the University of York (MChem) and obtained his PhD there investigating ‘Applications of Novel Metal-Free Radical Reactions in Organic Synthesis’. He subsequently performed postdoctoral research in the field of asymmetric chemistry. In 2009 he joined the RSC as a technical editor working in the Analytical team handling the preparation of manuscripts and on selection and entry of data for the Analytical Abstracts database. He subsequently became part of the cheminformatics team with a focus on curation, data quality and user support in ChemSpider. In this role he deals with processing and deposition of large datasets and seeks to improve the quality data both within the database and external sources, including Wikipedia.

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Jon Steele
Jon Steele

Jon graduated in 2000 with a BSc in Computer Studies from Nottingham Trent University and went on to work in Cambridge developing financial services and commodity trading software. He joined the RSC in 2008 and holds the position of Senior Applications Developer. He has worked on many different areas of ChemSpider since November 2010, including: database design and performance tuning, web services, front-end development, responsive design, search engine optimization (SEO), load testing and Cheminformatics. He specializes in SQL Server and C#/ASP.NET development.

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