The Macro Group UK Medal is awarded annually to a UK based scientist who has made a signifi-cant and substantial contribution to the development of polymer science through his/her scientific achievements and/or services to the UK polymer science community.
This year the award has been made to Professor Cameron Alexander (School of Pharmacy, The University of Nottingham).
Professor Alexander received his PhD from the University of Durham in 1990 and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 2008. His work has focused mainly on the synthesis of polymers for bio-medical applications, especially drug, gene and cell delivery. Most recent-ly he has held an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship (2009 -14) to develop synthetic biopolymer complexes and conjugates, bioresponsive polymers for gene therapy, and smart materials for biomolecular recognition in solu-tion and at surfaces. He has published extensively in leading journals including Nature Materials and Nature Chemistry, providing seminal contributions on the use of polymers in a range of bio-logical environments, and for synthetic biology. Cameron has successfully established the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicine and is the UK PI for ‘NanoFar’, the first European Erasmus Mundus joint doctorate in Nanomedicine.