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York Alumnus awarded RSC Prize

Posted on 11 June 2015

York Chemistry Alumnus, Dr Christopher Barnard is the Royal Society of Chemistry Creativity in Industry Prize winner for 2015

Dr Christopher Barnard

Dr Barnard studied in the Chemistry Department completing his Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) in organometallic chemistry in the 1970s.

Dr Barnard reminisces of the wonderful time had in York, “I chose York for my studies for the social interaction of a collegiate, campus university close to a city – I was not disappointed. I had been fascinated by the coloured crystals of metal compounds in my childhood, so this inspired me to study organometallic chemistry with Dr Roger Mawby for my doctorate. I am grateful for his guidance then, and continuing friendship since, as a basis for my industrial career. Perhaps, the best compliment I can pay to the University is to note that after 3 years of undergraduate study I had no hesitation in choosing to stay for a further 3 years for my D. Phil”

His work on the chemistry of carboplatin helped its rapid approval in the UK for the treatment of ovarian cancer, and the development of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Manufacturing business of Johnson Matthey’s Fine Chemicals Division. He applied this experience to the regulatory submissions for a number of other platinum drug candidates.  He has worked at Johnson Matthey for more than 36 years and retired in March.

Steve Pleasance, Industry Manager at the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “The Industry and Technology Awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by industrial chemists, often working in teams, from the discovery, development and application of new chemicals, processes and / or technologies, through to improving STEM skills and encouraging the next generation of chemists."

Dr Robert Parker, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “It is always a pleasure to recognise excellence in the chemical sciences and I am pleased to acknowledge the illustrious achievements of our prize and award winners this year.
"Whether they work in research, industry or academia, our winners are the very best in their fields, and they can be very proud to follow in the footsteps of some of the most influential and important scientists around the world.
"In a complex and changing world, chemistry and the chemical sciences are vital in responding to some of humanity’s biggest challenges and our prize and award winners are at the forefront of meeting that challenge.”