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Royal Society of Chemistry
Professor Véronique Gouverneur

Professor Gouverneur teaches organic chemistry at the University of Oxford. Her laboratory specialises in fluorine chemistry and its application to biology and medicine. Among her work is the production of biomarkers, synthetic molecules that can indicate and track the presence of diseases, and the development of new drugs for clinical applications. Her research has been published in more than 160 peer reviewed publications and presented at over 120 conferences.

She said: “I am very honoured to receive this prize as this is a wonderful way to recognize the work that my research group has accomplished in the area of fluorine chemistry since I have been in Oxford. Receiving this prize is for me a striking reminder of how fortunate I am to work with great students and colleagues in a most supportive department and institution.”

The Tilden Prize, founded in 1939, commemorates Sir William Augustus Tilden, British chemist and pioneer in the teaching of science.

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