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Former Postdoctoral Scholar Paul McGonigal Recognized in Annual RSC Prize List

Associate Professor Paul McGonigal of Durham University has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2022 Harrison–Meldola Memorial Prize. This long-running and prestigious prize is awarded for the most meritorious and promising original investigations in chemistry and published results of those investigations. Paul has been selected as a worthy winner this year ‘for innovative studies of dynamic processes in organic functional materials.

Paul spent a period in the Stoddart Group at Northwestern University as a Fulbright Scholar and Research Associate from 2012 to 2015. During that period, he helped to pioneer the development of artificial molecular pumps and solid-state molecular machines.

Since departing Northwestern, his organic functional materials research program has taken him into the realms of shapeshifting molecules, fluorescent molecular rotors, and repairable low-friction surfaces. Winning this particular RSC prize puts him in the esteemed company of past winners such as Professors Jon Steed, Chris Hunter, and Jeremy Sanders.

Pictured below – 2022 Harrison–Meldola Memorial Prize winner Paul McGonigal with his Durham University research group: