The Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal is awarded annually to a UK based scientist with up to 12 years of experience since completion of PhD on December 31st of the preceding year (exclusive of career breaks) and whose contributions to polymer science show out-standing promise for the future.
The 2018 award has been made to Dr Hugo Bronstein (University of Cambridge)
Dr. Hugo Bronstein was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980 but grew up in London, UK. He studied Chemistry at Oxford, before going on to do a PhD at Imperial College with Prof. Charlotte Williams. He then spent a year at the University of Washington in Seattle working as a postdoc for Prof. Christine Luscombe. After this he returned to Imperial College to do a second postdoc with Prof. Iain McCulloch. He was awarded an Imperial College Junior Research Fellowship in 2012 before being appointed as a lecturer at University College London in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded an ERC starting grant and then in 2017 he was appointed as a lecturer joint between the physics and chemistry departments at the University of Cambridge. Research in his group involves the synthesis of novel conjugated polymers for use in organic solar cells, light emitting diodes and transistors. He is particularly interested in synthesizing materials that help understand and utilise triplet excited states (eg. singlet fission, upconversion, reverse intersystem crossing) due to their unique and fascinating properties.