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Bristol scoops up four Royal Society of Chemistry awards

8 May 2014

Four academics in the School of Chemistry have received awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry for work ranging from the most promising original investigations in chemistry to innovative research on molecule dynamics.

Professor Mike Ashfold has been awarded the 2014 Liversidge Award for ‘contributions to advancing understanding of molecular photodissociation dynamics’. The award is in recognition of outstanding contributions to physical chemistry. Professor Ashfold receives £2,000, a medal and a certificate, and will deliver a lecture at a future event.

The 2014 Chemical Dynamics Award for ‘seminal contributions to the study of chemical reaction dynamics in the gas and liquid phases’ has gone to Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing. The award is made for outstanding innovative research on the dynamics of molecules. Professor Orr-Ewing also receives £2,000, a medal and a certificate.

Professor Richard Pancost has won one of three 2014 Interdisciplinary Prizes for ‘the use of analytical chemistry in the identification and stable isotope characterisation of lipid biomarkers to questions related to global environmental change’. Interdisciplinary Prizes are awarded for work at the interface between chemistry and other disciplines. The award is worth £5,000, together with a medal and certificate.

One of the three 2014 Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prizes has gone to Dr David Glowacki for ‘theoretical work on energy transfer processes in chemical reaction dynamics’. This memorial prize is awarded for the most meritorious and promising original investigations in chemistry. Dr Glowacki receives £5,000, a medal and a certificate.

Professor Nick Norman, Head of the School of Chemistry, said: ‘These awards are very well deserved, and show the breadth of outstanding research undertaken by our academics. Congratulations go to the four recipients on behalf of all members of the School.’

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