Corday-Morgan Prize 2013 Winner

Professor Matthew Gaunt
Professor Matthew Gaunt

University of Cambridge

For his key advances in enantioselective catalysis, Pd-catalyzed C-H functionalization, and pioneering research in the field of Cu catalysis with diaryliodonium salts.

About the Winner

Matthew graduated from the University of Birmingham and received his PhD in 2000 from the University of Cambridge. He held postdoctoral fellowships, first at the University of Pennsylvania and then the University of Cambridge. 

He was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2004, beginning independent research at the University of Cambridge, promoted to University Lecturer in 2006, to Reader in 2010 and to Professor in 2012. 

In 2010 he was awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship and ERC starting grant. He is the recipient of the Novartis Young Investigator, AstraZeneca Research, the Chem. Soc. Reviews Emerging Lecturer, and the Eli Lily Young Lecturer Awards. Matthew is currently an Associate Editor for Chemical Science.

Chemical synthesis plays a fundamental role in providing solutions to societal challenges. However, must make any molecule we want in a quick, simple, clean and cost effective fashion, regardless of whether it be a small molecule drug, a modified protein or a functionalized polymer. At present we cannot always do this, and so new synthesis tools are needed to address this challenge. Fundamental research will be the driving force behind the discovery of solutions to many of these problems. 

Matthew's research is focused on the development of chemical reactivity concepts using catalysis to find fundamentally new ways of activating a molecule to form important bonds. Over the last nine years his group have played a major role in developing the field of metal-catalyzed C-H bond functionalization, enantioselective organocatalysis, and have pioneered a new field of copper catalyzed reactivity that has had widespread impact in the scientific community.

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