Award-winning original research on the strongest acids

Posted 2 November 2017

Muhammad Zenaidee, UNSW postgraduate student from the Donald Research Group, is the recipient of the RACI Analytical and Environmental Division’s Original Research Publication Award. This award is in recognition of Muhammad's research communication published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition entitled “Highly charged protein ions: the strongest organic acids to date”, which was featured on the journal's inside cover of the May 2017 issue.

“This is fantastic recognition of the quality of Muhammad’s Ph.D. work,” says UNSW Chemistry’s Director of Research, Professor Pall Thordarson.

As part of this award, Muhammad has been invited by the Chair of RACI Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Division, Paul Francis, and the Organisers of the 25th R&D Topics Conference to present his research results – as a Keynote speaker – at the upcoming meeting at the University of Tasmania, Hobart (3-6 December, 2017).

At the 24th R&D Topics Conference the previous year, Muhammad won an award for his talk on supercharging of peptide ions to improve protein analysis.

"I think the project as a whole has major implications to the design of conventional mass spectrometers, which is really exciting as it's a new field to be explored and there are many discoveries to be made," says Muhammad who is in the third year of his Ph.D.

The Original Research Publication award is designed to “encourage students to publish their research and to assist and encourage them to participate in scientific meetings early in their research careers”, according to RACI Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Division’s award criteria.
On 30 October, RACI’s Analytical Division also announced winners of other annual awards including the Perter W. Alexander Medal for early career excellence in analytical chemistry, the Doreen Clark Medal for excellence in analytical chemistry, and the Environmental Chemistry Medal. See the full list of recipients here.