2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Awards

Two Trinity chemists have been awarded prestigious prizes by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Society’s prizes and awards recognise achievements by individuals, teams and organisations in advancing the chemical sciences and reward those who undertake excellent work in the chemical sciences across the world.

Susan Perkin, Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry, and Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry, has been awarded a Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize for her contributions towards understanding the structure and behaviour of liquids in thin films. The prize is awarded for the most meritorious and promising original investigations in chemistry and published results of those investigations. This award follows on from Professor Perkin’s recent awards of an ERC Starter Grant of €1.5 million and a three and a half year Leverhulme Trust grant to fund her research.

Charlotte Williams, who is currently Professor of Catalysis and Polymer Chemistry at Imperial College London and will be joining Trinity as Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry in September this year, has been awarded a Corday-Morgan Prize for her work and in particular in recognition of her contributions to the catalytic activation of renewable resources to make polymers and fuels. The Corday-Morgan Prize is awarded for the most meritorious contributions to chemistry.

The prizes will be awarded at the RSC prize ceremony in November and Professor Perkin and Professor Williams will both undertake lecture tours in the UK in association with their prizes.

Professor Williams succeeds Professor Russ Egdell, who retired in 2014, and will join Professor Perkin and a small team of excellent lecturers in providing tutorial teaching complementary to the lectures and laboratory time in the Chemistry Faculty.

Posted: 9 May 2016

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