Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

RSC 2020 Tilden Prize for Professor Christiane Timmel

RSC 2020 Tilden Prize for Professor Christiane Timmel

Professor Christiane Timmel has been named the winner of the Tilden Prize for her seminal contributions to the fields of Spin Chemistry and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of spin polarised systems. Christiane's work is focused on molecular structures that interact with magnetic fields to explain their physical, chemical and biological properties. Her primary focus has been centred on the study of the 'radical pair mechanism' - which is thought to lie at the heart of birds' use 'magnetoreception' to migrate at night. On receiving the award, Christiane said: "The list of previous prize winners induced in me an overpowering feeling of humility which was swiftly joined by one of deep gratitude, of course to the Royal Society of Chemistry for awarding me this prize and my colleagues who nominated me for believing my work had justified this prestigious award. Most importantly though, I cannot express my gratitude enough to my group, present and past, on whose behalf I accept this award. My students and postdocs have worked with unparalleled dedication and scientific talent, but above all, have always stood by me, in good times and bad. Together with my wonderful collaborators both in Oxford and further afield, it has been a group effort that has made this work possible and extremely enjoyable." more........