This year’s Alan Katritzky Scholarship recipients announced

Published by  Communications

On 4th Jun 2021

Afonso Froes (L) and Daniel Elford (R). 

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 and can be divided equally where there are nominations considered to be of equal merit. 

The School is delighted to announce that this year’s Katritzky Scholarship has been awarded (jointly) to Daniel Elford and Afonso Froes.  

Daniel is a second year PhD student with Dr Garth Jones and Prof Simon Lancaster. He is developing new augmented and virtual reality applications as tools for teaching basic chemical principles to undergraduates, and researching their effectiveness in enhancing learning and student confidence. Many of you will already have seen, and had experience of, some of this outstanding work through his app ‘ChemFord’. 

Afonso is also a second year PhD student, in the group of Dr Fraser Macmillan. He is applying a range of advanced electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy approaches to investigate structural and mechanistic features of transmembrane protein transporters, and is developing spectral simulation routines to assist with analyses. He is making outstanding progress in mastering both continuous wave and pulsed instruments, and is a key person for the newly launched Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) service. 

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