Professor Richard Compton wins Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science

Date 17 May 2018

Congratulations to Professor Richard Compton on winning the Royal Society of Chemistry's Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science.

Professor Richard ComptonThe Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science is awarded for outstanding contributions to analytical science. It is given in memory of Robert Boyle (1627–91), who is widely regarded as being the first modern chemist. Professor Compton receives £5000 and a medal, and will complete a UK lecture tour.

Professor Richard Compton, Tutorial Fellow in Chemistry at St John's, carries out research in the area of analytical electrochemistry, which lies at the heart of modern technology.  His work focuses on the analysis of manmade nanoparticles, such as silver nanoparticles, which are widely used in clothing to kill bacteria.  It is not yet clear how these nanoparticles might affect the environment or the human body, and Compton’s work could assist in the rolling out of much-needed legislation in this area.

On winning the Prize he commented,  'It is always encouraging to have one’s research recognised, especially by one’s peers. Of course, this reflects the contributions of all of the many co-workers (post-docs, doctorate and masters students and academic visitors) who have participated in the Compton Group over recent years and made it not only an intellectually stimulating, creative and productive environment but also one in which people of great diversity have flourished. I am particularly proud of the range of nationalities within the Group as well as our effortlessly achieved 50:50 female/male ratio, and salute the strong support of the EU (Marie Curie grants, ERC Advanced Grant) in facilitating this.'

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