A scientist at Nottingham Trent University has received a prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science. Carole Perry—Professor of Bioinorganic and Materials Chemistry in the University's School of Science and Technology—joins a small list of researchers to be given the annual award.
The award is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and provides universities with additional support to enable them to attract and retain UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.
Professor Perry is head of the University's Biomolecular Materials Interface Research Group and her work focuses on understanding how biomolecules and cells interact with materials. Understanding these interactions could lead to 'design principles' for new syntheses to novel materials.
Applications are as diverse as implants for use in the human body, new antibacterial surfaces, new catalysts to make reactions go faster, new materials for food or drug processing and delivery, new materials for performance sports and new materials for the next generation of flexible electronics.
"I am very grateful for this award, which recognises the contribution my science has made and will continue to make to the UK science community," said Professor Perry.
She said: "I hope that the award will help us to continue to attract quality students and staff to the UK and from the UK to my research group at Nottingham Trent University. I am also hopeful that the award will provide an incentive to new and existing staff at the University in respect of developing their research potential."
Other Wolfson Research Merit Awardees in the current round are working on a range of projects including the characterisation of exoplanets, modelling for more realistic computer graphics, medical device development and investigations into the evolution of culture.
In July 2012 Professor Perry was also awarded a research fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in the United States. She is currently undertaking the one year fellowship, having joined accomplished individuals from across the world on the highly-competitive programme.