Dr Andrew Dove from the University of Warwick has been named the Royal Society of Chemistry Gibson-Fawcett Award winner for 2014. The award recognises “original and independent contributions to materials chemistry”.
Dove’s research looks at ways of making new biodegradable materials for a variety of applications including drug delivery and regenerative medicine (the repair or replacement of damaged cells or tissues).
A key benefit of his group’s work is that many of the raw materials used are derived from sustainable resources such as carbon dioxide, sugars and amino acids. Their research is focused on understanding and controlling the properties of the new materials on all length scales, down to the assembly of structures and particles at the nanoscale.
Dr Robert Parker, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “Each year we present Prizes and Awards to chemical scientists who have made a considerable contribution, be that in their area of research, in industry or academia.
“We’re working to shape the future of the chemical sciences for the benefit of science and humanity and these Prizes and Awards give recognition to true excellence in their fields.
“Our winners can be very proud to follow in the footsteps of some of the most influential and important chemical scientists in history.”
An incredible 47 previous winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Awards have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including Harry Kroto, Fred Sanger and Linus Pauling.
Indeed, one of the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Prize winners, Arieh Warshel, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last year.
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Dr Dove was awarded “for your seminal contributions to the field of biodegradable materials and sustainable polymers”.