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Royal Society of Chemistry
Professor Andrew Weller

Alkanes are a simple molecule abundantly available in crude oil. Andrew’s work centres around designing catalysts that can convert these simple and readily available molecules to high value chemicals such as those used in pharmaceuticals.

The Frankland Award recognises outstanding contributions to pure and applied research in organometallic chemistry or coordination chemistry. Andrew receives £2000, a medal and a certificate. 

An illustrious list of 47 previous winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Awards have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including Harry Kroto, Fred Sanger and Linus Pauling.

Andrew commented: “I feel most honoured to be presented with this award, especially given the impressive roll call of past recipients. This award really recognises the hard work, dedication and talent of all of my co-workers over the last 15 years at both Bath and Oxford; and I am delighted that their contributions are being recognised.”

Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “It is an honour to recognise the illustrious achievements of our prize and award winners in our 175th anniversary year.

“We were founded in 1841 by a group of academics, industrialists and doctors who understood the power of the chemical sciences to change our world for the better. Our winners share that vision and are advancing excellence in their fields, whether through innovative research or inspirational teaching and outreach.

“We are proud to celebrate and support the work of inspiring and influential individuals, whose work has the potential to improve so many lives.”

Award winners are evaluated for the originality and impact of their research, as well as the quality of the results which can be shown in publications, patents, or even software. The awards also recognise the importance of teamwork across the chemical sciences, and the abilities of individuals to develop successful collaborations.

Story courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry