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World Leading Researcher Professor Eric Anslyn joins QUB Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

The University and the School are delighted to announce that Professor Eric Anslyn will be spending some time with us under the World Leading Researcher initiative.

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This scheme supports the appointment of leading international researchers to Queen’s on fractional, fixed-term contracts, to contribute to research leadership, mentoring, postgraduate supervision, promotion of research culture, facilitating external connections, output creation, grant preparation and creation of international connections.   Nine appointments, including Professor Anslyn’s, were made across Queen’s in the most recent round.

Professor Anslyn is based at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Welch Regents Chair of Chemistry, University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  He is very well known for his research in the fields of molecular sensors and supramolecular chemistry. His research also involves the use of physical organic chemistry principles in the development of enzyme mimics and synthetic receptors. The receptors derive from a combination of rational chemical design with combinatorial synthesis techniques. Acting in an ensemble, the receptors create patterns that distinguish complex solutions in a manner analogous to the mammalian senses of taste and smell. He co-wrote the very popular textbook 'Modern Physical Organic Chemistry'.   He has been recognized with a variety of research and teaching awards, including: Izatt-Christensen Award in Supramolecular Chemistry, the ACS Edward Leete Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, and the International Award for Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates. He is an elected member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Professor Anslyn will arrive for his first visit to us in the evening of Saturday 16 December, and his last day in the School on this trip will be Wednesday 20 December.  In between these dates, Professor Anslyn would be delighted to discuss matters of mutual interest with academic staff and postdoctoral staff.