Young Researcher Award 2017

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Entry for the 2017 Young Researcher Award is now closed.

 2017 Winner –  Dr Robin J. White

Dr Robin J. White was awarded his PhD in 2009 for research on nanoporous polysaccharides and their carbonaceous derivatives (Starbons®). This was followed by three Max-Planck-Society Post-Doctoral Fellowships, a UniCat Post-Doctoral stipend and a position as a Project Scientist. While in these positions he worked on: hydrothermal synthesis of porous functional carbons; mesoporous zeolite catalyst synthesis and; the techno-economic analysis of sustainable chemical/energy economies (e.g. H2, CH3OH or Biorefineries). In 2015, he was awarded by the Fraunhofer Society an “Attract Award” to establish an independent Sustainable Catalytic Materials R&D group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Freiburg, Germany). One recent highlight has been research regarding the synthesis of new sustainable fuel and solvents commonly referred “Oxymethylene Ethers” (e.g. based on methanol from CO2 hydrogenation). He was the editor of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s book Porous Carbon Materials from Sustainable Precursors and is the co-editor of Wiley’s Chemical Energy Storage section of the Handbook of Energy Storage. The group’s focus going forward is on sustainable catalytic materials and systems (e.g. hydrogenation catalysis) with the aim to support the important nexus between renewable energy, H2, CO2 and biomass conversion for the production of sustainable fuels, materials and chemicals  – a theme critical to the further development of Green Chemistry as a topic and indeed in the establishment of a sustainable chemical industry.

2017 Highly Commended – Dr James Sherwood

Dr James Sherwood, was highly commended by the judges for his work on renewable solvents and solvent effects in organic chemistry. He has authored a Continued Professional Development Course entitled Solvent Selection and Substitution and has been consulted by numerous organisations about green chemistry and solvents. Furthermore, he has been part of the team who developed the European standard describing bio-based solvents. Going forward, he would like to continue to improve his impact on the development of European policy regarding bio-based products, the circular economy, help to curtail emissions and improve chemical safety through the substitution of hazardous solvents.

2016 Winner – Dr Jean-Philip Lumb

The 2016 Young Researcher Award was awarded to Canada’s Dr Jean-Philip Lumb who leads a group working on aerobic catalysis with Earth metals, cascade synthesis of biologically active molecules and waste-free synthesis of metalorganic materials. Jean-Philip’s success is demonstrated by the demand for his lectures at conferences around the world, his editorials and his student’s prize winning posters. He is a member of Centers for Green Chemistry and Catalysis at McGill University; the scientific voice for the $25million Bio-Fuel Network; and the co-organiser of the 3rd International Symposium in C-H Functionalization, Montreal. Jean-Philip is now in receipt of his prize and will present at this year’s G2C2 Symposium in Melbourne on Driving Synthesis by Oxidation.


The 2017 winner received up to £1500 towards travel and accommodation to attend and present at the upcoming G2C2 meeting in Melbourne, Australia (July 2017) or next year’s conference (location and dates to be confirmed). To enter,  they wrote fewer than 750 words describing their contribution to the field of green chemistry through research and extra activities they’d been involved in. Mentioning their prizes, scholarships and network membership along with highlights in the field of green chemistry and  intended future impact. Applicants for the 2017 award are within 8 years of completing their PhD (graduated no earlier than 2009) and will be conducting cutting edge research in a relevant field. There is no requirement for them to be a G2C2 member. Download: the YRA 2017 flyer [pdf].