Prof Alice Brink, University of the Free State

Prof Brink is an Inorganic Chemist with a PhD from the University of the Free State (2012). Her research focuses on developing systematic approaches to manipulate the foundational driving forces affecting chemical reactivity, biological and catalytic activity within drug and catalysis development, using structure-based elucidation. Brink’s work is funded by SASOL, NRF Thuthuka and the NRF-National Equipment Program (NEP).

She has a longstanding research collaboration with Zurich University (Switzerland) and Manchester University (UK), where the latter investigates the interoperability challenges found between chemical and macromolecular crystallography. She serves on the Editorial board of the journal, Crystallography Reviews and on the IUCr Committee on Data (CommDat). Prof Brink holds a Y1 rating from the NRF.

In 2019 she was nominated for the South African Women in Science Award in the Distinguished Young Woman Researcher category.