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Bruce Turnbull

Professor in Biomolecular Chemistry

"My interests lie at the interface of carbohydrate chemistry and molecular glycobiology. In our work we combine synthetic chemistry and biophysical techniques to study carbohydrate-binding proteins."
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Research impact

Impact is at the heart of all the research activities we undertake in the School of Chemistry at Leeds. We aim to use our knowledge and expertise to improve the world we live in and understand more about it.

Below are a few examples of the research we are undertaking and the impact it has had.

Understanding our atmosphere through chemical analysis and informing government policies on climate.

Mimicking natural evolution with ‘promiscuous reactions’ to improve the diversity of drugs.

Stimulating the energetic process that may have led to the emergence of cell metabolism on Earth.

light-activated dyes with antimicrobial activity able to treat chronic wound infection.

Knowledge-based genotoxicity prediction tools used universally in pharmaceutical development.

“Filling without drilling”: A new class of product for the treatment of early stage dental decay based on hydrogels of self-assembling peptide tapes.

ESA's Rosetta mission and a close encounter with Mars.

Removal of CO2 from gas streams through new technology.