Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry 2017 Winner


Professor David Leigh
Professor David Leigh
The University of Manchester

 

Awarded for pioneering contributions to the synthesis and applications of complex catenanes, rotaxanes and molecular knots that underpin the field of artificial molecular machines

 


About the Winner


David Leigh is one of the world's leading organic supramolecular chemists. He has introduced hugely influential concepts for the synthesis of interlocked and knotted molecular architectures, initiated the use of ratchet mechanisms in the invention of synthetic molecular motors, and is one of the pioneers of the field of artificial molecular machinery and molecular nanotechnology.

David obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 1987 and, after postdoctoral research at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, David returned to the UK as a Lecturer at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1989. After spells at the Universities of Warwick and Edinburgh, in 2012 David returned to Manchester where he is currently the Sir Samuel Hall Chair of Chemistry and a Royal Society Research Professor.


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