Charles Rees Award 2016 Winner

Professor John Murphy
Professor John Murphy
University of Strathclyde


Awarded for his highly innovative studies on the preparation, properties and applications of very reactive heterocycles, ranging from extreme electrophiles to super-reducing agents

About the Winner

My research group revels in exploring chemical reactivity in synthesis and in biology. We have a particular interest in electron transfer reactions and in radical chemistry, but are generally interested in reactivity and in mechanisms of organic reactions.

I was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1976) and the University of Cambridge (PhD 1980). I obtained my DSc (Strathclyde) in 2002. After my PhD, I held Fellowships at the University of Alberta and the University of Oxford. I moved to the University of Nottingham as Lecturer in 1983, and was promoted to Reader there.

I moved to my current position as Merck-Pauson Professor of Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde in 1995. I was visiting Professor at a number of institutions: l'Université d'Aix Marseille 1996; NAIST, Japan, 2001; Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 2004. I also was Visiting Fellow to the Australian National University in 1995 and 2007. I held a Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship in 2001.

I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (National Academy of Scotland) in 2001. I was Director of the Glasgow Centre for Physical Organic Chemistry (GCPOC) 2008-2013. From August 2006 - August 2008, I was Director of WestCHEM, the newly formed integrated Research School in Chemistry for the West of Scotland. Since 2013, I have been Head of Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde.

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