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Two scientists from Cambridge win Royal Society of Chemistry prizes

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Two scientists from Cambridge have won prestigious prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dr Sarah Skerratt won the Creativity in Industry Prize, celebrating the most exciting chemical science taking place today, while Professor Geoffrey Maitland scooped the Award for Exceptional Service.

Dr Sarah Skerratt, from Cambridge
Dr Sarah Skerratt, from Cambridge

Working at MSD, Dr Skerratt earned the prize for innovation in aspects of medicinal chemistry and strategic leadership in drug discovery method development.

She said was “delighted and honoured”, thanked colleagues and added: "Creativity, innovation and working within multidisciplinary scientific teams drives our ability to invent and discover, and I am proud to be part of that.”

Working with her team at the London Discovery Centre, she helps to design and synthesise molecules that restore the normal function or switch off the effects of proteins causing disease.

Professor Geoffrey Maitland, from Cambridge
Professor Geoffrey Maitland, from Cambridge

Based at Imperial College London, Professor Maitland won the prize for outstanding service to the Cambridge-based Royal Society of Chemistry through its publishing activities and governance groups.

He said: "It has been an exciting journey with RSC publications, from helping to shape a new journal, launched as Soft Matter in 2005 and being on its editorial board in its formative years, to being on the RSC publications board for six years before being privileged to act as its chair from 2016–20. I have enjoyed every minute.”

His own research has been concerned with measuring and modelling the thermodynamic and transport properties of fluids. Since 2005, he has been focused on how carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) can be used to help us achieve net zero.

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