From hundreds applicants across the UK, ten students were invited to give a lecture on research they had undertaken within the first two years of their PhD. Karl presented his work that was carried out under the supervision of Professor David Procter in the School of Chemistry.
His research is in the development of new synthetic transformations using SmI2 and H2O, and the potential applications of this in the synthesis of natural products.
The competition was judged by Professor Barry Trost of Stanford University, a world leader in Organic Chemistry; and Karin Briner, Director of Discovery Chemistry Research at Lily. In awarding Karl the first prize of an Apple iPad, Professor Trost cited the clarity of Karl’s presentation, his recognition of the value of his work and his vision for the future application and development of his research.