Norman Heatley Award 2013 Winner

Professor Rein Ulijn
Professor Rein Ulijn
University of Strathclyde

For his pioneering work on combining biocatalysis and biomolecular self-assembly in the design of molecular materials including approaches to nanofabrication, enzyme responsive materials and minimal biomolecular self-assembly.

About the Winner

Rein Ulijn (born in 1973 in the Netherlands, now based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow) and his research group are developing minimalistic molecular materials and systems that are inspired by biology and mimic its adaptive properties but are much simpler. 

These materials open up new applications in wide ranging areas ranging from biomedicine to nanotechnology. Specific areas where his group have made key contributions include enzyme-responsive materials, peptide based nanomaterials, catalytic self-assembly and cell instructive biomaterials. 

Rein was co-founder of two spinout companies: Renephra in Manchester (2008) and biogelx in Glasgfow (2012). He is currently CSO of the latter. 

Prizes and fellowships include the RSC Norman Heatley Prize (2013), ERC Starting Grant (2011), Leverhulme Trust Leadership Award (2008), Macrogroup Young Investigator Medal (2007),  EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (2006). 

Rein gained his MSc in biotechnology from the University of Wageningen (1998), PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Strathclyde (2001) followed by a postdoc in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. 

Between 2003 and 2008 he was Lecturer, then Reader at the School of Materials, University of Manchester. His work is funded by EPSRC, BBSRC, ERC, Leverhulme Trust, FP7, HFSP, US Airforce Office for Scientific Research.

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