Joseph Chatt Award 2016 Winner


Professor Paul Walton
Professor Paul Walton
University of York

 

Awarded for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of cellulose oxidising enzymes, especially with regard to their role in biofuel production


About the Winner


Paul H Walton gained a first class honours BSc in chemistry (1987) and a PhD (1990) from the University of Nottingham, UK.  After a NATO postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley working with Professor Kenneth N Raymond, he joined the faculty at the University of York at which he is currently Professor of Inorganic Chemistry.  He served as chair of department from 2004 until 2010.

His positions of responsibility and awards include the Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Teaching Award (2000), chair of the Dalton Transactions editorial board (2004/2008), chair of Heads of Chemistry UK and he is one of the RSC's 175 Faces of Chemistry.  He is strongly committed to gender equality matters and has delivered over 70 lectures on the subject across the world.

His research interests include small molecule model complexes of metalloenzymes, most notably models of carbonic anhydrase and manganese superoxide dismutate.  More recently he has undertaken spectroscopic and structural studies of copper-containing cellulose-oxidising enzymes, in which he discovered and characterised a new type of monomeric copper active site known as the histidine brace.  These enzymes, known as lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases, are now used by industry in the production of second generation biofuels.


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