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Introducing SCI Ambassador, Kay Yeung

Kay Yeung

“I am hoping to meet people from different fields, learn from their experiences and be able to share my research with them”

What are your research interests?
My key areas of interest lie in synthetic organic chemistry, in particular, transition-metal catalysis and asymmetric synthetic transformations.

How did you first get involved with SCI and why would you encourage your peers to join?
I first joined the SCI because of their strong links with the chemical industry and the wide opportunities they offer to support PhD students in building their career, for example networking events, careers day and evening lectures. SCI has provided a lot of support during my PhD as I was honoured to have been awarded the SCI PhD scholarship in 2016-2018 and a Leverhulme travel bursary in 2017. Hence, I strongly encourage my peers to join the SCI as becoming a member brings many benefits and is undoubtably an enjoyable experience.

SCI aims to be 'where science meets business'. What is the potential commercial application of your research?
There are many important organic chemicals in industry that are chiral, which means they can occur in "right-handed" and "left-handed" forms, invariably just one of these is seen in living organisms. Normal chemical reactions, however, make both forms in equal amounts, but my research focuses on asymmetric synthesis, which makes it possible to selectively synthesise more of one form. This allows the chemical compound to be tested in biological processes.

What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
From my involvement with SCI, I am hoping to meet people from different fields, learn from their experiences and be able to share my research with them. Furthermore, I hope to broaden my vision of chemistry with the opportunities and support from the SCI.

Kay Yeung
University of
Bristol – School of Chemistry

University of Bristol

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