Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2014 Winner

Dr Erwin Reisner
Dr Erwin Reisner
University of Cambridge

For his work in combining molecular synthesis, chemical biology and materials chemistry to develop artificial photosynthesis.

About the Winner

Erwin Reisner was born and raised in the foothills of the Alps in Upper Austria. He studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna and also spent half a year at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, as an Erasmus exchange student. He performed his PhD work on electron-transfer activated metal-based anticancer complexes at the University of Vienna, Austria (with Prof Vladimir Arion and Prof Bernhard K. Keppler) and the Instituto Superior TÚcnico, Lisbon, Portugal (with Prof Armando J. L. Pombeiro and Prof Vadim Yu. Kukushkin). 

He subsequently joined Prof Stephen J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, as an Erwin Schr÷dinger postdoctoral fellow working on synthetic models of the diiron active site of soluble methane monooxygenase. 

He moved to the UK in early 2008 to work with Prof Fraser A. Armstrong as a postdoctoral research assistant on solar hydrogen production with enzyme-modified nanoparticles at the University of Oxford. During this time, he was also a College Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at St. John's College, Oxford. 

His independent career started in late 2009 at The University of Manchester as an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow to develop bio-inspired systems for the solar-light driven production of sustainable fuels. In 2010, he moved to his current position as University Lecturer in Energy, Materials and Sustainability in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Cambridge. 

He became a Fellow and College Lecturer in Organic Chemistry of St. John's College, Cambridge, in 2011 and director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry in 2012. In 2014, he became a co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Functional and Sustainable Nano in Cambridge.

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