Professor Ed Anderson, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Jesus College Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry, has been awarded the 2020 Bader Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Prof. Ed Anderson

The Bader Award, launched in 1989, recognises eminence in organic chemistry and the winner receives £2,000, a medal and gives a lecture tour in the UK.

Ed’s research group studies all aspects of synthetic organic chemistry – from the chemical synthesis of biologically active molecules, to the development of new methods for making organic molecules more efficiently and selectively.

The group has interests in the synthesis of molecules that occur in nature with bioactivity as anti-parasitic agents, antibiotics, and anticancer molecules; and developing new chemical reactions that use metals as catalysts, for example for the synthesis of small cage-like molecules that are used as novel building blocks in drug design. In many of these projects, the team has an underlying interest in the theory behind the experiments, and collaborates with computational chemists to develop a better understanding of fundamental reactivity.

Ed's group collaborates widely with researchers across the globe, which he says "has been immensely important in bringing together different expertise in our research. It's also brought many different researchers into the group which has enriched us culturally as well as academically." Ed works with researchers from Brazil (parasitology and natural products), the USA (medicinal chemistry), China (new chemical methods), Germany (DNA chemistry), and others. His group has welcomed students and postdocs from over 20 countries from around the world.

Ed completed his undergraduate degree at Oxford in 1997, and his PhD at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Andrew Holmes in 2001. This was followed by a postdoctoral position with Professor Erik Sorensen at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, working on transition metal catalysis applied to steroid synthesis, and then a Junior Research Fellowship at Homerton College, Cambridge with Professor Ian Paterson on the total synthesis of complex polyketide natural products. In 2007, Professor Anderson was appointed as an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow in Oxford, and took up a Lectureship at Jesus College in 2009. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2016.

Of the Bader Award he says,

I'm really delighted to receive this award – it's a fantastic recognition of the hard work of my group over many years, and is a true team effort!

Our Principal, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, says,

I know I speak for everyone in College in congratulating Ed on this prestigious award; it is brilliant recognition of his research.”

Read more about Ed's research here.