Izatt-Christensen Award for Professor Paul Beer

7th January 2015

Professor Paul Beer has been awarded the 2015 Izatt-Christensen Award for his great impact on the field of macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry.

Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry at Wadham, Professor Beer has been granted the award both for his creative research and the training of students in macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry.

The Award is sponsored by IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. and will be presented at the Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, to be held in Strasbourg, France June 28-July 2, 2015. Professor Paul Beer will have the honour of presenting the Award Lecture at the Symposium. The Award consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $3000.

This award comes hot on the heels of research by Professor Beer being featured in the December edition of Nature Chemistry. The research, which featured on the cover of the publication, by Professor Beer, Dr Matthew Langton, Sean Robinson and co-workers describes the use of beta-cyclodextrin-functionalised rotaxanes as a platform to investigate halogen bonding intermolecular interactions in water. The results demonstrate that the halogen bonding systems can significantly outperform the hydrogen bonding analogues for anion recognition in water, and suggest that the interaction can serve as a basis for molecular recognition and assembly in aqueous solvents.

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