Emory Center receives $20 million in funding from NSF

September 18, 2012 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

The National Science Foundation has awarded $20 million to Emory University’s Center for C-H Functionalization.  Dr. Huw Davies, professor of chemistry at Emory, directs the center, which brings together scientists from research universities across to the country to revolutionize the field of organic synthesis.  Most of the synthetic products we use every day — from clothes to medications — are derived from organic synthesis.

“Today, more than ever, new products and materials need to be made efficiently and in environmentally sustainable ways,” said Davies. “We believe that C-H functionalization will have a huge impact on the development of new drugs and other fine-chemical products.”

Ultimately, the center aims to open new chemical space for exploration. “It’s like a farmer being able to grow crops in the desert, or in Antarctica,” Davies explains. “C-H functionalization represents a whole new way for chemists to synthesize materials in what were once barren sites. It opens the possibility for materials that are completely different from anything we’ve known.”

The Georgia Research Alliance helped to recruit Davies to Emory and has invested in state-of-the-art equipment for his laboratory.   Read more here>

Entry filed under: Centers of Research Excellence, News.

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