CHE Postgraduate wins Alan Katritzky Scholarship
The Alan Katritzky Scholarship is awarded to a Postgraduate Research student in the School of Chemistry who has demonstrated exceptional progress in their research and/or contribution to the wider activities in the department. The award provides £2800 over a twelve month period.
The 2016/17 Scholarship was awarded to Leon Jenner. Leon is in the second year of research towards a PhD studying enzymes that catalyse the interconversion of thiosulfate and tetrathionate for example in the food borne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni. In a very short time Leon succeeded in mastering voltammetry, optical spectroscopies and mass spectrometry to reveal the complex redox chemistry displayed by these enzymes. Building on his initial work he was quickly able to design and implement experiments with a suite of enzyme variants that allowed him to resolve the redox activity of individual cofactors.
Leon’s drive, enthusiasm and tenacity are now allowing him to test proposals for the catalytic cycle. Alongside his research Leon makes numerous and very effective contributions to the School’s activities. He can often be found supporting undergraduate students in workshops and laboratory practicals or in local schools demonstrating 'Spectroscopy in a Suitcase' in association with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Leon’s research is supervised by Professor Julea Butt and Dr Myles Cheesman and performed in collaboration with Dr Christiane Dahl, University of Bonn.