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Steven Nolan

Professor Steven Nolan

Professor Steven Nolan

Research Fellow

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Gold complexes in catalysis and medicine

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Organisation: University of St Andrews

Dates: Aug 2010-Jul 2015

Value: £100,000

Summary: The area under study focuses on the development of compounds acting as facilitators of organic reactions - catalysts- and as anti-cancer reagents. Some recent results highlight how a family of GOLD complexes can act in both fields- and quite effectively. The greenhouse gas CO2 has been converted to carboxylic acids and esters using gold and copper systems and this using usually inert C-H bonds. Two organogold complexes have exhibited anti-cancer activities against various cancer cell lines - some of the activities rival the widely used cis-platin drug. More complexes are being tested. Areas directly affected by these discoveries are the fine and pharmaceutical chemicals filed and medicinal and health areas.

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