Beilby Medal and Prize 2008 Winner
Cardiff University, UK
Awarded for his outstanding achievements in materials chemistry; most notably, for his discovery of polymers showing intrinsic porosity.
These represent an entirely new class of adsorbent materials which show great potential for a wide range of application in areas such as: supported homogeneous catalysis, high-efficiency gas-separation and the storage of hydrogen.
About the winner
Neil McKeown received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of East Anglia (1987) under the supervision of Prof. Mike Cook. After four years postdoctoral research in Toronto, working with Prof. Cliff Leznoff and then Prof. Mike Thompson, he returned to the UK in 1991 to establish his independent research group at Manchester University. Following a period as a Leverhulme Research Fellow (2001-2002), he was promoted to Reader in 2003.
In 2004 he moved to Cardiff University as a Professorial Research Fellow. His research group, in collaboration with that of Dr. Peter Budd (Manchester University), recently invented a novel class of organic materials termed 'Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity' (PIMs), which show great promise as adsorbents, heterogeneous catalysts, gas separation membranes and organic hydrogen storage materials. His other areas of current interest are nanoporous organic crystals, phthalocyanine chemistry and polymer therapeutics.
Neil McKeown's webpage
The University of Edinburgh
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