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In Prof Perutz’s research, light is used to initiate chemical reactions of compounds containing metals to deduce how they react. This method determines how the metals behave in catalytic processes, leading to the discovery of new types of chemical interactions between metals and organic compounds.
Prof Perutz said: ‘It’s very exciting and a great honour to be given this award. The medal recognises not only my own research but also the hard work and dedication of my research group and my collaborators, without whom none of it would be possible.’
The medal is named after Luigi Sacconi, a twentieth-century chemist who published world-leading research into magnetism and spectroscopy.