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Professor Andrew Lawrence named Finalist in prestigious UK Blavatnik Awards

Professor Andrew Lawrence from the School of Chemistry has been announced as a finalist in the UK Blavatnik Awards 2023. This adds to his impressive accolades including being awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant in 2021, an EPSRC New Horizons Grant in 2020 and the BMOS-RSC Young Investigator Distinction Award in 2018. This is the second year in a row that a School of Chemistry researcher has been named a finalist, following Professor Stephen Thomas in 2022.

Professor Alison Hulme quoted on BBC

Professor Alison Hulme at University of Edinburgh, explains that the same process applies in click chemistry. "Two chemical partners are perfectly designed to match each other so that when they come into contact with each other in the right environment, they just click together," she told BBC News. But at first it could not be used in living cells - essential for understanding disease - because it involved the use of copper which kills cells. Professor Bertozzi's ground-breaking discovery made click chemistry work in living cells.

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks?

The aldol reaction is amongst the oldest and most established reactions in organic chemistry. However, despite being an intensive area of research, access to aldol products, β-hydroxy ketones, has been limited to the use of aldehydes and ketones. Using born catalysis the Thomas group have overcome this and allowed esters and lactones to be used to access aldol products.

Chemical ‘Egg-boxes’ Could Crack Rare-earth Element Separations

Rare-earth element dependent technologies are crucial for renewable energy generation and storage, electric vehicles, and electronic displays. However, access to these metals, in large part due to difficulties in their separation, is limited and is dominated by China. Improving how rare-earth elements are separated is essential to prevent metal supply derailing climate efforts.