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Queen’s scientist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry award

Professor Chris Elliott, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast

Professor Christopher Elliott, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen's University has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Theophilus Redwood Award for 2017.

Professor Elliott founded the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s, which plays a major role in delivering safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world’s population. He investigates the contamination of food by accidental or deliberate means, including food fraud and food terrorism.

“The contaminated food can come from any part of the world and be part of a very complex global supply system”, he explains. “Once we track the cause and sources of the contamination we work alongside governments and industry to prevent such issues reoccurring.”

On receiving the award, Christopher said: “I was overwhelmed with the news that I have received such a prestigious award from The Royal Society of Chemistry. It is such a strong endorsement that the research conducted by myself and my team is playing a meaningful role in both protecting and informing the public around some of the major issues that arise in our good food supply system.”

The Theophilus Redwood Award is awarded to a leading analytical scientist who is also an outstanding communicator. Professor Elliott receives £2000, a medal and a certificate.

Dr Robert Parker, chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “It is an honour to celebrate the innovation and expertise of our community through our prizes and awards.

“We know that chemistry can be a powerful force for good, and quality research and communication of that research are more important than ever before.

“Our charitable mission is to advance excellence in the chemical sciences, and we are proud to celebrate our inspiring and influential winners, who share that mission.”

Award 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.

An illustrious list of 50 previous winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s awards have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including all of the 2016 chemistry winners, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa.



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