2019 Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize Winner
Dr Rebecca Melen
Awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancements in main-group Lewis acid mediated transformations.
About the Winner
Dr Melen undertook her BA and MSci degrees at the University of Cambridge. After an internship at Johnson Matthey, she commenced her PhD with Prof. Dominic Wright at the University of Cambridge. She was awarded her PhD in 2012 for her work on the use of aluminium catalysts for the release of hydrogen from hydrogen storage materials. She continued onto a postdoctoral position with Prof. Douglas Stephan in Toronto (Canada) where she explored the synthesis of novel Frustrated Lewis Pair systems for metal-free hydrogenation reactions. In 2013, Dr Melen was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship allowing her to pursue her independent research ideas with Prof. Lutz Gade at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) developing chiral ligands for asymmetric catalysis. Dr Melen joined Cardiff University as a lecturer in 2014 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017. Research projects in the Melen group focuses on the use of main group Lewis acids in organic synthesis and catalysis drawing together several different areas of chemistry including organic and inorganic synthesis, main group chemistry and catalysis.
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