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Professor Philip Gale to receive prestigious Chemistry award


13 April 2018

Professor Phil Gale, Head of the School of Chemistry
Professor Phil Gale, Head of the School of Chemistry

Professor Phil Gale, Head of the School of Chemistry will receive the prestigious International Izatt-Christensen Award for 2018 for his seminal contributions to the field of selective anion recognition and transport.

The award will be made at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry in July at Qu├ębec City, Canada.

The International Izatt-Christensen award has been awarded annually since 1991 at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry.

Two of the former winners of this award are Prof Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Prof. Jean-Pierre Sauvage who were awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work in this area.

Supramolecular Chemistry has been described as 'chemistry beyond the molecule' and concerns the use of weak interactions between specially designed molecules and other molecules or ions to perform particular functions such as molecular recognition or self-assembly.

Phil's research concerns the design of molecules that can recognise ions that carry a negative charge such as chloride or bicarbonate, and transport them across cell membranes. This work has potential future use in the treatment of diseases that are caused by faulty anion transport such as cystic fibrosis as well as in the treatment of cancer.