Dr Jordi Burés
Winner: 2020 Hickinbottom Award
University of Manchester
For the development of novel kinetic analyses to streamline the elucidation of reaction mechanisms.
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Dr Burés and his research team describe kinetic analyses as the ability to facilitate the understanding of how reactions occur at molecular level. This knowledge is essential to develop more environmentally and economically sustainable chemical processes.Read winner bio
Dr Jordi Burés gained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona in 2003. He pursued his MRes and PhD studies in the group of Professor Jaume Vilarrasa. In 2010 he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to join the group of Professor Donna Blackmond at The Scripps Research Institute in California. In 2013 Dr Burés became a Junior Research Fellow at Imperial College London and in 2016 he took up his present position as a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at The University of Manchester. In 2018 he was awarded the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award and in 2019 the Young Researcher Award from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ).
His main research interests are:
the improvement of reaction monitoring tools and data analysis
the understanding of reaction mechanisms
the use of mechanistic understanding to improve and develop new reactions
National and international collaborations with outstanding organic synthetic groups are an important part of Dr Burés’ research portfolio. The publications made through these collaborations are excellent examples of the power of reaction monitoring and mechanistic understanding to guide the development of synthetic methodologies.
Who or what has inspired you?
My PhD and postdoc supervisors, Professor Jaume Vilarrasa Llorens and Professor Donna G. Blackmond.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Trying to find a satisfactory work-life balance, especially since I had my son.
Why do you think international collaboration is important in science?
Because it is very unlikely to find the best collaborators in the country where you work.
Why do you think interdisciplinary research and collaboration is important in science?
Because problems worth solving often require more than one set of skills and nobody can be an expert at everything.