Tilden Prize 2014 Winner

Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones
Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones
University of Edinburgh

For his work in understanding the mechanisms of many organometallic-catalysed reactions and their extensive applications to organic synthesis.

About the Winner

Guy Lloyd-Jones studied Applied Chemistry at Huddersfield Polytechnic, during which he spent a year at ICI Pharmaceuticals. He conducted his final year project with Professor Mike Page, who instilled in him a deep appreciation of the power of physical-organic chemistry. 

After graduating (BSc., 1989), Lloyd-Jones moved to Oxford to study under John Brown FRS, where he investigated Rh-catalysed hydroboration and hydrosilation of alkenes, and deconvoluted the mechanistic pathways for competing dehydrogenative boration and silation processes. On obtaining his doctorate (DPhil., 1992), he moved to Basel, Switzerland, under tenure of a Royal Society postdoc fellowship, to work with Andreas Pfaltz on asymmetric catalysis across a wide range of metal complexes, including Rh, W, Mo, Pd, Cu and Ni.  

In 1996 he was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Bristol, from where he made broad-ranging contributions to organic and organometallic stereochemistry and mechanism. He was promoted to Reader in 2000, Professor in 2003, and Head of Organic and Biological Chemistry in 2012. 

In 2013 moved to Edinburgh to take up The Forbes Chair of Organic Chemistry, and in the same year was elected a fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), and became an ERC Advanced Investigator. Professor Lloyd-Jones collaborates with, and serves as a consultant to, a number of companies in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and organic materials sectors. 

He also enjoys fly-fishing for trout and salmon, especially on the magnificent River Spey in the Scottish Highlands; coincidentally an area that also produces some outstanding malts.

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