One of this year's prestigious Corday-Morgan Prizes goes to University of Strathclyde chemist and AcademiaNet member Professor Eva Hevia. The award is handed out by the Royal Society of Chemistry to up to three UK-based scientists each year. It is reserved for persons below the age of 40 who have made the most meritorious contributions to chemistry. This year's recipients each receive 5000 Pounds (5641 Euros) as well as a medal and a certificate. In addition, the winners are set to undertake a lecture tour through the UK.
Prof Hevia was chosen by the awards committee in recognition of "her research on polar organometallic chemistry and in particular important contributions towards air- and moisture-tolerant synthesis". Her group's main research interest lies in the design and application of polymetallic reagents which combine metals with distinct polarities and integrate them with different ligand sets into the one molecule. Cooperative effects between the metals enable the opening up of new and exciting areas of chemistry centred on metal-mediated organic synthesis and supramolecular structure building. Recently she had made important advances in both the activation of N-heterocyclic molecules and Green Chemistry, including the first applications of polar organometallics in Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) as well as developing new s-block-based metal catalysts.
Further winners of this year's Corday-Morgan Prize are Professor Andrew Goodwin from the University of Oxford and Professor Tuomas Knowles from the University of Cambridge. Since its inception in 1949 by the chemist Sir Gilbert Morgan, the award has been given to numerous of world-leading chemists, including several Nobel laureates.
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