Guillaume De Bo awarded Royal Society Research Fellowship

Dr Guillaume De Bo from the School of Chemistry, has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship to be taken up in January 2016

Dr Guillaume De Bo

The fellowships are awarded for a period of up to eight years to outstanding scientists who have the potential to become leaders in their field.

Dr De Bo was previously Project Manager in the group of Prof. David A. Leigh at the University of Manchester, where he conceived synthetic molecular machines capable of performing sophisticated synthetic tasks. He received his PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and has previously worked at the University of Edinburgh.

During his Fellowship at the University of Manchester, Dr De Bo will design and study new mechanophores that can catalytically harness mechanical energy to promote unusual chemical transformations. Mechanical force is a formidable, and relatively unexplored, source of energy that, with its ability to distort, bend and stretch chemical bonds, is unique in the way it activates chemical reactions.

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