2019 Hickinbottom Award Winner


Dr Allan Watson

Dr Allan Watson

University of St Andrews

 

Awarded for developing approaches to understand the mechanism of catalytic reactions and to generate new approaches to make C-X bonds.

 


About the Winner


Allan grew up in Glasgow (UK), attending a few schools in the Glasgow area (St Andrews in Carntyne and Eastbank Academy in Shettleston) before moving to study chemistry at the University of Strathclyde for his MSci and PhD degrees.

Following completion of his PhD in 2008, Allan was awarded a Lindemann Fellowship to work with Prof David W. C. MacMillan at Princeton University (USA). In 2010, Allan took up an industrial postdoc position at GSK in Stevenage (UK) before being appointed to his first independent position back at his alma matter, the University of Strathclyde, in 2011. In 2018 he moved to the University of St Andrews.

Allan's group research interests are in applied fundamental catalysis. The group focusses on establishing a functional understanding of catalytic reactions then using this information to either improve existing reactions or developing new ones. The group works across transition metal catalysis (mainly Pd and Cu) and asymmetric organocatalysis, with applications in medicinal chemistry, agrochemistry, and green chemistry. The group is highly collaborative with the belief that more can be achieved by people working together. To date, this work has led to the publication of >60 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters. Allan now lives in Fife with his awesome wife, Dawn, and children, Ava (4) and Finn (8 months).


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