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Royal Society of Chemistry award winner visits USW


The winner of a prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry award has given a guest lecture at the University of South Wales’s Glyntaff Campus.


Professor Rafael Luque, pictured above, of the University of Coroba in Spain, visited the School of Applied Sciences where he met staff and students on the BSc Chemistry degree and the Sustainable Environment Research Centre.

Professor Luque is the winner of the RSC’s 2013 Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division award.

He visited the university as part of his tour of the UK, speaking about his research into biomass and waste valorisation practices to materials, fuels and chemicals. His lecture was entitled ‘Innovative benign by design methodologies for a sustainable future: from nanomaterials to heterogeneous catalysis and biomass/waste valorisation’.

Each year the RSC presents prizes and awards to chemical scientists who have made a considerable contribution in their area of research, in industry and academia. The prizes and awards give recognition to these contributions from leading scientists, and most of the winners deliver a series of lectures at a variety of venues throughout the UK.

Professor Luque was awarded this prestigious accolade from the RSC for his outstanding work in the multidisciplinary areas of nanomaterials, green chemistry and energy.

Staff, students and RSC members who visited the Glyntaff Campus heard about some of the novel research that Professor Luque and his research groups across the world are currently engaged in, from the design of nanomaterials, to the extraction of novel compounds from waste products to produce benign products for healthcare.

The University of South Wales wishes to thank the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the sponsorship for this visit, and wishes Professor Luque continued success in his career.

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