PROF. MATTHEW GAUNT
Matthew Gaunt graduated from the University of Birmingham with First Class Honours for Chemistry in 1995. He subsequently completed his PhD studies under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Spencer at the University of Cambridge as a Wellcome Trust Scholar in 1999.
He then moved to the University of Pennsylvania, undertaking research as a GlaxoWellcome Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Amos B. Smith. In 2001, Matthew returned to Cambridge to work with Prof. Steven V. Ley as a British Ramsay Memorial Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College.
Matthew began his independent research career in 2003 at Cambridge, firstly as a Royal Society University Research Fellow, then as Lecturer in 2006, Reader in 2010, and as Professor from 2012. He was elected holder of the Yusuf Hamied 1702 Chair of Chemistry in 2019. He is currently Chair of the Synthetic Chemistry Research Interest Group and Director of the SynTech Centre for Doctoral Training. His research focuses on the development of new chemical reactivity enabled by catalysts and is driven by programmes centred on metal-catalysed C–H bond activation, photoredox catalysis and selective chemical modification of biomolecules. The group’s research has been acknowledged through a number of awards.
Matthew is a member of of the Academic Advisory Board for Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis.
RSC Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award
ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award
Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
Novartis Lecturer Award
RSC Corday-Morgan Prize
Organic Reactions Lecturer
ERC Starting Investigative Research Fellow
EPSRC Leadership Fellow
AstraZeneca Award for Organic Chemistry
Chem. Soc. Rev. Emerging Investigator Award
Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry
Eli Lilly Young Lecturer Award
Dow Pharma Prize for Creativity in Chiral Chemistry