Awards put fizz into lives of chemists

TWO Edinburgh scientists have scooped top chemistry awards.

Dr Rosalind Allen, 30, from the school of physics at the University of Edinburgh, and Professor David Leigh, 43, from the School of Chemistry, have won Royal Society of Chemistry awards.

Dr Allen was given the Edward Harrison Memorial Prize for her specialist work in the investigation of chemical reactions that happen rarely but are extremely important when they do.

She looked at a number of areas, including how DNA is packaged inside cells and how particles flow through tiny channels in cell membranes. She said: "I am extremely honoured to receive this award."

Prof Leigh was awarded the Sumitomo prize for Nanotechnology for his pioneering work in developing molecular-sized machines. He said: "I'm extremely grateful to my research group for all the hard work they put into our science. It's great to see their skill and imagination recognised."

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