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Winner of the IUPAC Prize
for Young Chemists - 2007


Euan R. Kay wins one of the five IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists, for his Ph.D. thesis work entitled "Mechanized Molecules."

Current address (at the time of application)

School of Chemistry
University of Edinburgh
The King’s Buildings, West Mains Road,
Edinburgh EH9 3JJ, UK

E-mail: [email protected]

Academic degrees

  • Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, UK, November 2006, Organic Chemistry
  • MChem, Chemistry with Industrial Experience, University of Edinburgh, UK, July 2002

Ph.D. Thesis

Title Mechanized Molecules

Adviser Prof. David A. Leigh

Thesis Committee Prof. Christopher A. Hunter (University of Sheffield, UK); Prof. Mark Bradley (University of Edinburgh, UK)


The widespread use of controlled molecular-level motion in natural processes is inspiring scientists to try to create synthetic devices that mimic the function of these amazing natural systems. However, it is far from obvious to see how to design such machines because the established rules of macroscopic mechanical engineering are entirely inapplicable at the molecular level where everything is constantly moving and being buffeted by other atoms and molecules. The issues involved with controlling motion at the molecular level have consequently occupied the minds of scientists since as far back as the middle of the 19th Century....[full text; pdf file - 627KB]


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