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The Royal Society of Chemistry is known as the oldest chemical society in the world, based in the United Kingdom. It originated from the blending of four other chemistry societies in 1980, the oldest of which got its start in 1841. To be named a Fellow, a person must have at least five years of senior responsibility or evidence of outstanding contribution to chemical sciences.
Noël received formal confirmation of this prestigious designation at the end of November. “I feel both honoured and grateful,” he says. “This is a distinction by one of the most influential professional societies of chemistry, which I consider a milestone in my career. At the same time, I feel very grateful to all students that have contributed to our research, and to my colleagues who have provided support and encouragement along the way.”

Prof. Timothy Noël. Photo by Hans Dirksen.

Timothy Noël (1982, Aalst, Belgium) is a researcher in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and technology, with a particular interest in the delicate synergy between the two fields. In 2004, Tim earned his MSc degree in Industrial Chemical Engineering before pursuing his passion for synthetic organic chemistry, which led him to complete his PhD in the field at Ghent University in 2009. Following his PhD, he travelled across the Atlantic as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Professor Stephen L. Buchwald at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he gained valuable experience and expertise in flow chemistry. Upon returning to Europe, he joined Eindhoven University of Technology as an Assistant Professor in 2012, and later became an Associate Professor in 2017. In 2020, Tim was promoted to Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam, where he is now the Chair of Flow Chemistry. His research in the area of flow chemistry was recognized with several awards, including the DECHEMA award (2017), the Hoogewerff Youth Prize (2019), the IUPAC-ThalesNano Flow Chemistry Award (2020), the KNCV Gold Medal (2021), ERC Consolidator Grant (2022), the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award (2022) and the ChemSocRev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship (2023). He is the editor in chief of Journal of Flow Chemistry and the president of the Flow Chemistry Society.

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