Mimi completed her Ph.D. at the University of Leeds under the supervision of Prof. B. L. Shaw, FRS before moving to the University of Oxford to carry out research on the Heck arylation reaction in the group of Dr. John M. Brown, FRS. She started her independent career back at the University of Leeds, later moving to Kings College and then to Imperial College London in 2003 where she was promoted to a Readership position in 2009. We asked Mimi how she would describe her research, she commented “My key research interest is in the development of catalytic methodologies for atom- and step-efficient synthesis. In my research group at Imperial College London, we adopt a highly collaborative approach to problem-solving; our projects are highly interdisciplinary, particularly with engineering and state-of-the-art spectroscopy.”
“The ability to make any molecule at will, ‘on demand,’ and on a meaningful timescale will unlock hitherto unimagined opportunities for future scientific advances…”
—Dr. King Kuok (Mimi) Hii, Imperial College London
Mimi also shared her thoughts on how she feels chemistry will be a key area for future scientific developments, she explained “Compared to other subjects such as physics and biology, synthetic chemistry is often perceived as a less glamorous discipline. However, the ability to make any molecule at will, ‘on demand,’ and on a meaningful timescale will unlock hitherto unimagined opportunities for future scientific advances, for example, in the development of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and other functional molecules and materials.”
As a broad scope open access chemistry journal Chemistry Central Journal presents novel research from all fields of chemistry and the interdisciplinary areas that converge with chemistry. Therefore we are very excited to have Mimi join our Editorial Board whose own work is a perfect example of collaborative research.
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