Intelligent design

A. Prasanna "AP" de Silva is announced winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Sensors Award for 2008. de Silva is Chair of Organic Chemistry at Queen's University Belfast, UK. His research which focuses on molecular logic gates and most recently "intelligent" molecules is at the heart of a diagnostics system, the market-leading OPTI point-of-care blood gas/electrolyte analyzer, which has had sales amounting to $50m globally so far. The award, sponsored by GE Healthcare, is given twice yearly for chemical excellence and input into the design of novel sensors or novel applications of existing sensors.