Discovery Chemistry & New Technologies Award


The Discovery Chemistry and New Technologies Award recognises outstanding research in synthesis and technology suitable for high-throughput applications particularly in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and catalysis sector.

The Award is administered by the High Throughput Chemistry and New Technologies (HTCNT) Group. 

2009 winner - Dr David Spring

David Spring is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge within the Chemistry Department. He gained his BA (Hons) and MA in Chemistry (1995) from the University of Oxford, where he also achieved his D.Phil (1998) for work on the proposed biosynthesis of the manzamine alkaloids under the supervision of Sir Jack Baldwin. He then moved to Harvard University to work with Stuart Schreiber as a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow and Fulbright Scholar (1999-2001), after which he joined the faculty at the University of Cambridge as a BBSRC David Phillips Fellow (2001-2006) and an EPSRC Advanced Fellow (2006-2011). He was promoted to a University Lectureship in 2006 and to a Senior Lectureship in 2008.

David was awarded the 2009 Discovery Chemistry and New Technologies award for his pioneering contributions to new synthetic methodology and technology. His studies into organocuprate cross-coupling reactions have extended their scope and application to the synthesis of diverse scaffolds. David has embraced the application of new technologies for the synthesis of small molecule libraries for lead discovery. These efforts have included the development of small molecule microarrays and the use of microwave and flow chemistry.


Rules and Criteria


  • Run annually
  • The award is open to individuals or teams resident in the UK
  • The award alternates between academic and industrial winners. The 2010 award is open to academics, and the 2011 award to industrial scientists
  • Candidates are NOT  permitted to nominate themselves
  • For academic candidates, submit a one page CV that includes their date of birth, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications (including patents) and total number of publications
  • For industrial individual candidates, submit a one page CV that includes their date of birth, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications (including patents) and total number of publications, and oral or poster presentations at international conferences
  • For industrial team candidates, submit a one page CV that includes the key accomplishments of the team and a list of 5 relevant publications (including patents), and oral or poster presentations at international conferences
  • Candidates will be assessed on their work published in the previous five years
  • Award winner will be chosen by the HTCNT Awards Committee
  • Award winner receives £500, a medal and a certificate
  • Award winner will give an award address at the HTCNT annual conference and participate in a UK lecture tour with costs covered by the HTCNT group       

Also of interest

Prizes and Awards in Organic Chemistry

Details of the RSC prizes and awards rewarding excellence in organic chemistry

Contact and Further Information

Dr Elizabeth Farrant