Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry and Tutorial Fellow in Chemistry at Trinity College, Oxford, Susan’s recent research involves an unusual class of liquids – ionic liquids – aiming to better understand their properties and develop them for applications such as electrolytes in energy storage devices.
She said: “I am enormously honoured to have been selected for this prize, and delighted to have the opportunity to share my excitement about the physical chemistry of liquids with audiences around the UK as a result.”
The Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prizes are awarded for the most meritorious and promising original investigations in chemistry and published results of those investigations. The prizes are named after Edward Harrison and Raphael Meldola, commemorating their contributions to chemistry.
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.
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.”
Prize 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