Leicester scientist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry award

A researcher from the University's College of Medicine has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Toxicology Award for 2017.

Professor Andy Smith (pictured) works to understand how some environmental chemicals are toxic and the risks that they pose to individual people.

On receiving the award, he said: “I am delighted to be selected to receive the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Toxicology Award. I believe this award reflects the importance of mechanistic chemistry in understanding the many aspects of toxicology in rapidly changing fields of hazard identification and risk assessment and in the safety of medicines and food.”

The Toxicology Award is awarded for the contributions of chemical science to occupational and environmental toxicology. Professor Smith receives £2000, a medal and a certificate.

An illustrious list of 50 previous winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s awards have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including all of the 2016 chemistry winners, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa.