Maurice Wilkins Centre
Prize for Chemical Science

Prof Martyn Coles
Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Martyn Coles’ career spans all areas of synthetic inorganic chemistry, with an emphasis on the development of new metal-based compounds as reagents and catalysts. For the last decade his research has focused on advancing the fundamental chemistry of the main group elements. Currently he is specializing in the chemistry of the heavier members of group 15 (antimony and bismuth) and he is the co-discoverer of a new class of group 13 anions involving aluminium and indium. Professor Coles is also actively involved in the development of organic super-bases, the synthesis of hydrogen-bonded materials and the application of organic bases for CO2 activation and functionalization.
In their recommendation, the panel for the prize noted that the papers submitted for consideration have been published in world leading journals and clearly demonstrated innovation, novelty, and chemical creativity.

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