Professor Andrew Cooper has been awarded the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize for his study of porous organic cages.
Awarded annually since 1939, the Tilden Prize is presented to a scientist aged 55 or younger working in the UK. The winner receives £5,000 and is required to give up to four prize lectures at UK universities in the year following the award.
Professor Cooper’s research in porous organic cages led to this award. These molecular materials can separate gases such as carbon dioxide, which is the most significant greenhouse gas.
This work was funded by the EPSRC and has been published in leading journals such as Nature, Nature Materials, and Nature Chemistry.
He also works on polymers, supramolecular chemistry, supercritical fluids, colloids, and materials for energy production and storage. In 1999, he was appointed as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in Liverpool and he is the founding Director of the University’s Centre for Materials Discovery.
Professor Cooper said: “I’m proud that my work has been recognised with this prize and I’m looking forward to speaking about it as part of my lecture tour over the next few months.
“The molecular design of new functional materials is of vital importance to address major issues like sustainability and healthcare: the more we can promote this, the better.”
Professor Cooper is also the Academic Director of the University’s Materials Innovation Factory – a new facility that will provide an unparalleled suite of open-access, state-of-the-art equipment, and internationally-leading academic expertise to companies.
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