The Wilkinson Foundation is pleased to sponsor a new series of lectures: The inaugural Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Annual Lecture was presented by Join Professor John Hartwig (Henry Rapoport Chair in Organic Chemistry, University of California Berkeley) on 9th December 2022 at Imperial College London.
The lecture covered aspects of the development and use of catalysts in organic synthesis, from acetic acid to complex organic molecules like Vancomycin and Taxol.
For more details and the opportunity to view the lecture on YouTube , please visit the link below:
The 2022 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Dalton Poster Symposium was held in Burlington House on September 7th. This event, organised by our Dalton Community and supported by the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Foundation brought together 60 PhD and Postdoc researchers from across the UK to present their work to senior representatives from industry and academia. This year’s event was particularly special as it was the first time that the event was held in-person since 2019. The day was closed by presentations from two of the RSC Dalton Community Prize winners, Dr Ruth Webster and Professor James Wilton-Ely, who gave talks about their award winning research.
The poster symposium, which has been running since 2015, provides an opportunity for talented young inorganic chemists undertaking a PhD or postdoc to present their work to the wider community, practice their presentation skills, raise their visibility and make research connections for future collaborations. Posters are assessed by a panel of expert judges, and the winners receive bursaries to attend an international conference.
Winner: Niko Jenek Runner-up: Viliyana G. Lewis Runner-up: Yara van Ingen
The Trustees offer warmest congratulations to the winners and runners up in the video competition, Chemistry Rediscovered. Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson EYCN Video Competition run by the European Young Chemists’ Network.
There were 2 competitions; one for school pupils and the other for university students, the topic being Safety in Chemistry.
All of the videos were of a very high standard (see the link at the foot of the page to judge them yourself!), with the outstanding winners being:
Filip Aniés was awarded a Geoffrey Wilkinson Prize Studentship in 2018; to study silver nanoparticles and carborane compounds at Imperial College, London. He has written about his experiences as a PhD student, and working during the pandemic…
You can read more on the Imperial Natural Sciences blog:
Between 29 June to 1 July 2021, the Royal Society of Chemistry Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Dalton Poster Competition took place online as part of the Dalton Joint Interest Group meeting. Whilst this event was on hold in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were delighted that the competition was able to resume, albeit in a virtual format. The posters were distributed across four themes: Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry; Main Group Chemistry; Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms; Inorganic Biochemistry.
A judging committee reviewed the posters and selected winners across the four themes, as well as an overall winner up in the PhD and postdoc categories. The winners were announced by the Dalton Division President, Professor Robert Mulvey, during the conferences closing remarks and the winners all received a PDF certificate and bursary. 354 people attended the online event this year, with 61 posters being presented at the Symposium.
The following chemists won prizes this year:
Winner: Natalia Baranska,University of York Runner-up: Leah Webster, Imperial College London
Winner: Debanjana Biswal, University of Calcutta Runner-up: Laurence Doyle, University of York
Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
Winner: Patrick Morgan, University of Nottingham
Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry
Winner: Rebecca Salthouse, Durham University
Winner: Silvia Schoch, University of Pisa
Main Group Chemistry
Winner: Alexander Beaton Garcia, University of Edinburgh
Geoffrey Wilkinson was born on 14th July, 1921. The Trustees of the foundation honour him with great affection.
As a result of his generosity and highly successful life, especially in terms of publishing ( Advanced InorganicChemistry and Basic Inorganic Chemistry written with F. A. Cotton and later others) contact with industry (especially with Johnson Matthey through rhodium phosphine catalysed hydroformylation), the Foundation is able to fund a variety of ongoing and one off projects as well as make charitable donations.
Amongst the current ongoing projects are, a studentship in inorganic chemistry at Imperial College, currently held by Filip Aniés, the Sir Christopher Dobson PhD studentship in Protein Folding, and a PhD studentship in the History of Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The last two studentships are expected to start in late 2021. In addition, the Foundation funds the annual Sor Geoffrey Wilkinson Dalton Poster Competition in collaboration with the Dalton Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the European Network of Young Chemists’ biennial Chemistry Rediscovered. The Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson EYCN Video Competition.
We shall be thinking especially of Sir Geoffrey (Geoff) today with great gratitude and affection.
It is with deep regret that we announce that one of the Foundation’s longest serving Trustees has recently died. Barry Lock was Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson’s personal solicitor and was involved in setting up the Foundation. He retained a deep interest in the workings of the Foundation in both managing the finances and approving projects until his peaceful death in April, 2021. He has had a major influence on the Foundation and will be sorely missed.
Following the great success of the European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN) Video competition in 2019 Chemistry Rediscovered – In your Element, which the foundation sponsored. The Wilkinson Charitable Foundation has agreed to become the permanent sponsor of the video competition, now to be called: Chemistry Rediscovered – The Sir Geoffrey Wikinson EYCN Video Competition.
This year the subject will be Safety in Chemistry. For all information and a submission form please visit:
Sir Christopher Dobson, former Master of St John’s College, Cambridge, was and a Trustee of the Wilkinson Charitable Foundation and an outstanding researcher in the area of protein folding. This work is leading to new approaches to the treatment of diseases of ageing such as Alzheimer’s disease. In order to help ensure that this important work continues, the Foundation has endowed a PhD studentship at St John’s College in memory of Sir Christopher. It is anticipated that the first student to be funded through this studentship should start work later in 2021.
Full details are available at the St John’s website:
During the Covid-19 pandemic, face to face conferences have not been possible. However, on-line conferences and poster competitions have been flourishing. The Foundation funded prizes for the Global Inorganic discussion weekend on-line poster competition.
The event was a major success attracting 165 participants from 20 countries, and 50 judges from around the world. The tweets accrued 7600+ likes, 1000s of retweets, offered a social reach of 18,000+ people, and trended 4th in Canada on the morning of July 9th!
The winners of the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Prizes are pictured below. Many congratulations to all of them and to the organisers led by Marcus Drover, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.