“I would encourage my peers to join SCI because it offers many opportunities to learn, network, and progress.”
What are your research interests?
My research focuses on new synthetic methodology, photochemistry, and total synthesis.
How did you first get involved with SCI?
I first got involved with SCI by competing in the final of the 6th National SCI/RSC Retrosynthesis Competition.
I would encourage my peers to join SCI because it offers many opportunities to learn, network, and progress. It brings together people from all fields of chemistry both in academia and industry; and promotes interdisciplinary discussions and impactful collaborations.
SCI aims to be 'where science meets business'. What is the potential commercial application of your research?
Annulated heteroaromatics are common in drug discovery and nature. However, their synthesis can still be challenging and often relies on the use of transition metals. My current research focuses on the development of a new, light-mediated method for their preparation. This will offer a more sustainable alternative to previous methods, and a platform for the synthesis of compounds of potential therapeutic interest.
What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
I hope to expand my network, meeting and learning from my peers in industry and academia; develop valuable skills, and gain a deeper understanding of the industry’s needs. I would also like to contribute helping in SCI’s events and activities.
Pol Hernandez Llado
University of Oxford – Department of Chemistry