NOZOE Lecture

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University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Harry L. Anderson completed his PhD on 'Model Enzymes Based on Porphyrins' with Jeremy Sanders in 1990 at the University of Cambridge UK. He carried out postdoctoral work with François Diederich at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, on synthetic approaches to new carbon allotropes. He has led an independent research group at the University of Oxford since 1995. His work includes the investigation of porphyrin-based molecular wires, cyclodextrin polyrotaxanes, insulated molecular wires, encapsulated π‑systems, template-directed synthesis, multivalent cooperativity, porphyrin nanorings, polyynes, cyclocarbons, nonlinear optical chromophores and functional dyes. Two recent highlights from his research group were the AFM imaging of C18 (in collaboration with IBM Zurich) and the demonstration that a 12‑porphyrin nanoring can exhibit an aromatic Hückel circuit of 4n + 2 = 162 π‑electrons in its 6+ oxidation state.