Process Technology Award 2005 Winner

Process Technology Award winner John Blacker
John Blacker
Avecia Ltd, UK

Distinguished for his discovery of patentable technology for the prochiral reduction of ketones and imines using homogeneous catalysis, leading to products with very high enantioselectivity.

About the winner

John Blacker is an industrial chemist who has made contributions to asymmetric catalysis and pharmaceutical process research and development .  He holds dual part-time positions as technology director with NPIL Pharma and technical director in the School of Chemistry at the University in Leeds.

Recent innovative work carried out in NPIL has focused on asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of ketones and imines using the CATHyT catalysts, for which his team were awarded the RSC Innovation Award for Teamwork in 2002.  They have also investigated the catalytic dehydrogenation of alcohols and amines with SCRAMT catalysts used, for example, in dynamic kinetic resolutions.  In collaboration with Mike North at University of Newcastle and Yuri Belokon at Russian Academy of Sciences, they have studied asymmetric cyanation of unsaturated systems using CACHyT catalysts.

His work at Leeds, begun in 2006, is a role of his own inception, namely to establish an Institute of Process Research and Development.  This is aimed at bridging the innovation gap and supplying the fine chemical industry with valuable and competitive new technology.

He has worked in the fine chemicals industry for over 17 years at NPIL and its predecessors.  Prior to this, he was post-doctoral fellow with Alan Fercht at University of Cambridge in 1988, did a PhD and DEA in Chimie Organiques with Hean-Marie Lehn at Universite Louis Pasteur Strasbourg from 1984-1988, and a BSc Sp Hons in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Sheffield from 1981 to 1984.

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