New, sustainable materials are needed to address global challenges in energy use, healthcare, and more. But making new chemicals and materials can be challenging: discovery takes time and resources. Even when a new molecule or material is discovered, it can be difficult to make it on a large scale in a sustainable, reproducible way.
Professor Slater’s group develop techniques, such as flow chemistry, to make discovery more efficient and chemistry reaction processes more reliable, sustainable, and scalable. As a result, the time it takes to get materials out of the lab and into wider use is shortened. The groups also works with industry to use these techniques for existing processes, aiming to reduce waste and energy usage, and improve efficiency.
Read winner biography
Anna Slater is Professor of Chemistry and a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool. She received her PhD in supramolecular chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2011. Following postdoctoral positions in porphyrin self-assembly and porous organic cage materials she took up a Royal Society-EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship in 2016, and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2021.
During her postdoctoral positions, Anna developed an interest in continuous synthesis, recognising that flow technology has a lot to offer the supramolecular chemist; exploiting flow processes for enhanced control of chemistry is now a central theme of her work.
Anna is a member of the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Interest Group, and vice-chair of Women in Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC).