University of Birmingham scientists win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes

Three University scientists have been recognised in this year’s Royal Society of Chemistry Awards.

Three winners of 2022 RSC Awards

l-r Dr Lucy Clark, Professor Helen Cooper, Professor Andrew Dove

Professor Andrew Dove, in the School of Chemistry, has been named winner of the Society’s Corday-Morgan Prize in recognition of brilliance in research and innovation. The prize was awarded for Professor Dove’s seminal contributions to controlling and understanding stereochemistry and degradation in polymeric materials. Professor Dove also receives £5,000 and a medal.

After receiving the prize, Professor Dove said: “Undoubtedly, it's a huge honour to receive this award and is great recognition for the incredible work from a great team of scientists that I have worked with both directly under my supervision but also in collaboration from across the globe. Looking at the past winners of the Corday-Morgan Prizes, it is hard to believe that I am in the company of such esteemed chemists and just hope that I can continue to emulate their incredible achievements as my career continues.”

Professor Helen Cooper, in the School of Biosciences, is the winner of the Society’s Theophilus Redwood Award for her work on the direct analysis and imaging of proteins and protein assemblies from tissue.

Professor Cooper leads a team developing new tools and approaches, collectively called ‘native ambient mass spectrometry’ which enables protein structures to be analysed at the molecular level, directly from the physiological environment. This provides important insights into the various specific roles of proteins in life processes.

And Dr Lucy Clark, Associate Professor of Materials Chemistry, has been awarded the Society’s Early Career Award for her outstanding contributions to the discovery, characterisation and understanding of quantum magnets.

Dr Clark leads an interdisciplinary group of researchers in the School of Chemistry dedicated to discovering and exploring new and exotic states of matter in solid-state materials. This includes the design and synthesis of new quantum materials.

“Great science changes the way we think about things – either through the techniques used, the findings themselves, the products that emerge or even in how we interact with the world and those around us.

Dr Helen Pain, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr Helen Pain, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: “Great science changes the way we think about things – either through the techniques used, the findings themselves, the products that emerge or even in how we interact with the world and those around us. Importantly, it also allows us to reflect on the incredible people involved in this work and how they have achieved their results.

“Although we are in the midst of negotiating a particularly turbulent and challenging era, it is important to celebrate successes and advances in understanding as genuine opportunities to improve our lives. The work of Professor Dove is a fantastic example of why we celebrate great science, and we’re very proud to recognise their contribution today.”

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s prizes have recognised excellence in the chemical sciences for more than 150 years. In 2019, the organisation announced the biggest overhaul of this portfolio in its history, designed to better reflect modern scientific work and culture.

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