Postdoc Wins Ronald Belcher Award

31/05/14
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The Ronald Belcher Award is given for work on an analytical topic, by a graduate of a British or Irish University and is sponsored by the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund.

Postdoctoral Researcher Sarah McAughtrie has won the prestigious Ronald Belcher for her ground-breaking and original work on the combination of 3D Raman, SERS and Chemometrics for biological measurements. The Ronald Belcher Award is given for work on an analytical topic, by a graduate of a British or Irish University and is sponsored by the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded The Ronald Belcher award, I was so honoured to be even nominated.”

Sarah’s PhD thesis is focused on developing a range of multi-marker nanotags for the targeting of disease markers or multiple organelles in single cells, cell populations or tissue samples. This involves imaging in both 2 and 3D using Raman and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS).

Her work was industrially funded by Renishaw plc who produce Raman spectrometers and the software required to facilitate cell imaging. Industrial funding has allowed Sarah to visit Renishaw’s site at Gloucestershire to take advantage of the latest instrumentation and as well as providing numerous opportunities to present her research at international conferences.

Sarah will receive her prize at the Analytical Research Forum 2014 on Monday 7th July at The Chemistry Centre, London.

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