Corday-Morgan Prize 2009 Winner
University of Liverpool
Awarded for his outstanding contributions to materials chemistry, in particular with porous organic polymers
About the winner
Andy Cooper is a Nottingham graduate (1991), obtaining his PhD there in 1994 for the study of organometallic reaction mechanisms at low temperatures and high pressures with Prof. Martyn Poliakoff, FRS.
After his PhD, he held an 1851 Fellowship and a Royal Society NATO Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, working with Prof Joseph M. DeSimone on polymerisation reactions and phase transfer processes in supercritical fluids (1995-1997).
He then held a Ramsay Memorial Research Fellowship at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis in Cambridge, working with Prof Andrew B. Holmes, FRS, on polymerisation in supercritical fluids (1997-1999). During this period, he was also a Research Fellow at Darwin College.
In 1998, he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and joined the Chemistry Department in Liverpool in January 1999, where has held a Personal Chair since 2003 and is currently Head of Department.
His main research interests are polymeric materials, porous solids, nanomaterials, and materials for energy applications.
He is the founding Director of the Centre for Materials Discovery (established in 2007) and has used automated techniques such as robotic synthesizers in much of his recent research.
He was a cofounder of a spin-out company, IOTA NanoSolutions, in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
Andy is married to Julie and has two sons, Joe and Max.
Andy Cooper Group
Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool
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