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Dr Nick Greeves, from the University of Liverpool, has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Nyholm Prize for Education for 2015.
Dr Greeves, a researcher in the Department of Chemistry, created the ChemTube3D website (http://www.chemtube3d.com/ ). The website contains a wide range of animations and chemical structures to teach university chemistry, and is available free of charge, and works on desktop and mobile devices.
The Nyholm Prize for Education recognises a major national or international research or innovation contribution to the field of chemical science education. He receives £5000, a medal and a certificate.
Dr Greeves said: “I am delighted that ChemTube3D has been highlighted by the award of Nyholm Prize for Education. It is welcome recognition of the collaborative efforts of staff and undergraduate students to produce an Open Educational Resource, which is popular worldwide,” he said.
“This award will aid further development of closer integration of online Open Educational Resource with traditional and electronic textbooks to better support teaching and learning in Chemistry.”
The prize was established to commemorate the life and work of Sir Ronald Nyholm, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 1968 to 1970.
Dr Robert Parker, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “It is always a pleasure to recognise excellence in the chemical sciences and I am pleased to acknowledge the illustrious achievements of our prize and award winners this year.
“Whether they work in research, industry or academia, our winners are the very best in their fields, and they can be very proud to follow in the footsteps of some of the most influential and important scientists around the world.
“In a complex and changing world, chemistry and the chemical sciences are vital in responding to some of humanity’s biggest challenges and our prize and award winners are at the forefront of meeting that challenge.”
Prize winners are evaluated for the originality and impact of their research, as well as the quality of the results which can be shown in publications, patents, or even software. The awards also recognise the importance of teamwork across the chemical sciences, and the abilities of individuals to develop successful collaborations.
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