Dr Matthew Powner
Dr Matthew Powner
Address: Room 229 Department of Chemistry University College London Christopher Ingold Laboratories 20 Gordon Street London, WC1H 0AJ, UK.
Phone No: +44 (0)20 7679 4542
Research areas of interest:
- Origins of Life
- Multicomponent reactions
- Nucleotides, peptides and amphiphilies
- Sulfur chemistry
- Phosphorus chemistry
A chemical origin of life has been postulated in response to the
biochemical unity of life. Understanding the predisposed reactivity that
could have led from a chemical system to biological organisation is a
question almost without parallel for the scientific understanding of the
We seek to understand what chemical pathways could have led to biological
form and function. Our research covers a diverse range of biologically and
industrially relevant chemistry, which includes multicomponent reactions,
green chemical reactions, synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, nucleotide
and peptide chemistry, pH-controlled chemistry, photochemistry,
crystallographic studies, and sulfur and phosphorus chemistry.
- Powner, M.W.; Zheng, S-L.; Szostak, J.W. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, DOI: 10.1021/ja306176n
- Powner, M.W.; Sutherland, J.D. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 2011, 366, 2870.
- Powner, M. W.; Sutherland, J. D.; Szostak, J. W. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 16677.
- Powner, M. W.; Sutherland, J. D. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 4641.
- Powner, M. W.; Gerland, B.; Sutherland, J. D. Nature 2009, 495, 239.
- Powner, M. W.; Sutherland, J. D. ChemBioChem. 2008, 9, 2386.
- 2011-present Lecturer of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, UCL
- 2010-11 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Associate, Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
- 2009-10 Harvard Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
- 2005-09 PhD, University of Manchester, UK
- 2001-05 MChem Chemistry, University of Manchester, UK
- 2012 Origins of Life Challenge (co-winner with Prof. John Sutherland)
- 2012 The Roscoe Medal, Science Engineering and Technology for Britain.
- 2011 Stanley Miller Early Career Research Award, The International Society for the Study of the Origins of Life
- 2010 Harvard Research Fellowship, Harvard
- 2009 PhD-plus Research Fellowship, EPSRC
- 2006 Degussa European Science-to-Business Award representative, University of Manchester
- 2005 Degussa award, University of Manchester; Sigma-Aldrich prize, University of Manchester; Glaxo prize, University of Manchester
- 2004 Royal Society of Chemistry prize, University
of Manchester; Eric Braithwaite
prize, University of Manchester; Swan prize, University of
Manchester; Merck Sharp and Dohme award, University of