Our scientists have won prestigious chemistry prizes

Strathclyde’s Professor Eva Hevia and Dr Matthew Baker have been awarded Royal Society of Chemistry prizes for their contributions to science.  

Professor Hevia is the Corday-Morgan Prize winner for 2017 which is awarded for the most meritorious contributions to chemistry. Her work focuses on organometallic chemistry – which is used in the manufacture of agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and other medicines, perfumes or plastics. Eva is looking at greener methods of carrying out these techniques.

She said: “It is a genuine privilege and honour to win this prestigious award, especially considering the outstanding quality of previous recipients of the Corday Morgan Prize. But, of course, the prize does not belong to me alone, but to the members of my research group and collaborators who have made these advances possible.

“Polar organometallic chemistry is at an exciting crossroads in its development with seemingly impossible challenges now on the verge of possible. This award recognises our group’s contribution towards the development of s-block metal mediated transformations, which are more air and moisture compatible, greener, atom economical and sustainable. I am looking forward to presenting some of our new developments during the lecture tour.”

Dr Matthew Baker is the Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize winner for 2017 which is awarded for the most meritorious and promising original investigations in chemistry. His work focuses on detecting small molecules in the environment. He has worked on methods for identifying the chemical warfare agent VX in soil, as well as developing a less invasive process for diagnosing brain tumours.

He said: “I am very honoured to win such an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. This award represents a huge team effort from PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and fellow collaborators across the globe over the years. Multi and inter-disciplinary scientific research relies upon a broad team pulling together to achieve these research outcomes. I would like to thank all who have helped me in my research.”

Both have received £5000, a medal and a certificate, and will be conducting a lecture tour.

Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “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.”