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Two Oxford chemists win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry awards

Two members of the Department of Chemistry have been given 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry awards. They are as follows:

Dr Alexander Hinz, RSC Dalton Emerging Researcher Award winner for 2017. This is awarded to an inorganic research chemist within two years of completion of their PhD.

Dr Hinz and his colleagues push the frontiers of molecules that can be synthesized. He looks at the way molecules bond and react, opening up new paths in chemistry for other researchers to pursue.

On receiving the award, he said: “After a brief moment of surprise and disbelief, I am truly honoured that our work was considered as worthy of the Emerging Researcher Award, as there are many groups of international renown conducting high-impact research. Receiving this award puts high expectations onto our future investigations. I am very happy that the RSC shares my view that fundamental studies are of importance and with this new boost of motivation we will continue our efforts.”

Professor Andrew Goodwin, RSC Corday-Morgan Prize winner for 2017. This is awarded for the most meritorious contributions to chemistry.

Professor Goodwin’s work focuses on a range of useful materials, including artificial muscles, pharmaceuticals, new types of magnets, and solids that can convert waste heat into electricity.

On receiving the prize, he said: “I am at once both thrilled and humbled to receive such a prestigious award from the RSC.

Dr Mark Howarth from the Department of Biochemistry also won the RSC Norman Heatley Award 2017.

It is an honour to celebrate the innovation and expertise of our community through our prizes and awards. We know that chemistry can be a powerful force for good, and quality research and communication of that research are more important than ever before. - Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “It is an honour to celebrate the innovation and expertise of our community through our prizes and awards. We know that chemistry can be a powerful force for good, and quality research and communication of that research are more important than ever before. Our charitable mission is to advance excellence in the chemical sciences, and we are proud to celebrate our inspiring and influential winners, who share that mission.”