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Tilley wins Royal Society of Chemistry Lectureship

Don Tilley

Don Tilley

June 21, 2007 — by Michael Barnes, Principal Editor

Chemistry professor Don Tilley has won the 2007/2008 Centenary Lectureship from Britain's Royal Society of Chemistry. The award promotes the interchange of ideas between chemists in Britain and other countries.

In a 12-day whirlwind tour scheduled for May, 2008, Tilley will lecture at the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Leicester, Manchester and Southampton. In addition, he will receive a silver medal and 500.

Tilley joins a long list of distinguished College of Chemistry faculty members who have won the Centenary Lectureship, including Nobel Laureates Melvin Calvin and Glenn T. Seaborg in the 1950s, and most recently Richard Saykally in 2001/02.

"I feel very honored by this award," says Tilley, "which recognizes the hard work and dedication of the talented students and postdocs that I have worked with. This presents a great opportunity to share our chemistry with people in the UK, while developing closer ties with research groups there."

The Tilley group studies the synthetic, structural, and reactivity properties of novel inorganic systems. The group explores new polymers, and develops molecular and chemical approaches to constructing advanced solid state materials and heterogeneous catalysts.

The Royal Society of Chemistry was founded as The Chemical Society in 1841. A century and a half on from its beginnings, the society today has a global membership of over 43,000, and the longest continuous tradition of any chemical society in the world. Its activities span education and training, conferences and science policy, and the promotion of the chemical sciences to the public.

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