Professor Robin Noel Perutz FRS
Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of York.
Perutz has devised and used new physical techniques to make critical contributions to science that have changed our views about the interactions of metals with small molecules. He has used time-resolved spectroscopy, matrix isolation and product analysis to show that transition metals can complex to weak ligands such as alkanes and noble gases. He has revealed new photochemical pathways for C-H activation and has shown that hydrogen can undergo oxidative addition on every collision. These have led to new understanding of chemical reactivities, and are having major impacts on our understanding of mechanisms, such as occur in catalytic reactions, and that are also relevant to industrial processes.