Research by 2017 University of Queensland Strategic Research Fellow Dr Elizabeth Krenske has been included in the inaugural Journal of the American Chemical Society Young Investigator virtual issue.  

Dr Krenske, a senior lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences is co-author of the research which describes the discovery and investigation of a skeletal reorganisation process of a reactive class of molecules.

The study focuses on highly strained compounds known as cis,trans-cycloalkadienones which have carbon atoms joined in a ring, and also illustrates their potential as powerful tools by which synthetic chemists can build elaborate chemical frameworks.

School Deputy Head Professor James De Voss said the Journal of American Chemical Society was the premier chemistry journal in the USA and would vie with German chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie   for premier world status.

“Essentially the editors have picked the best papers (22 in total) from the past two-three years that have a young investigator as a corresponding author and electronically bound them as a virtual edition,” he said.  

“Elizabeth’s paper was one of them.  As the articles were selected by the relevant associate editors picking the best papers (no application process at all), I think this is quite impressive as it is an international impartial judgement of Elizabeth's work.

“There were no other Australian or New Zealand investigators in the issue.

Past President of Division III (organic and biomolecular) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry UQ’s Professor Mary Garson said it was gratifying that the quality of Dr Krenske’s work was being recognised internationally.

“The University of Queensland supports women in the sciences and the training of the next generation of scientists to undertake research and contribute to the intellectual development of their surroundings,” she said.

 

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