Dr. Kevin Lam received his Ph.D. in Medicinal and Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. His doctoral work explored the use of electrochemistry and photochemistry as green alternatives to activate organic molecules. This work resulted in the development of a new radical-based deoxygenation reaction (the Lam-Marko reaction).
After his Ph.D., he moved to the University of Vermont (UVM). His research focused on applying analytical/physical electrochemistry alongside spectroscopy to study the complex redox behaviour of organometallic compounds.
This work bolstered the use of weakly coordinating electrolytes/solvents as an electrochemical medium to allow for the generation and characterisation of highly reactive and unstable 17e- organometallic radical-cations. Additional work at UVM led to the pioneering of a new method to modify electrode surfaces through an ethynyl linkage. The covalent attachment of molecules to an electrode surface is fundamental to the field of molecular electronics and numerous material applications.
He then accepted a position of Assistant Professor at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. The task was challenging: Create a research-intensive university from scratch in the new capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. After 4 years, Nazarbayev University has graduated more than 1500 undergraduate students, 50 master students and 5 PhD students. Most of the undergraduate students are pursuing their studies abroad, the best ones having received scholarships from prestigious universities such as MIT, Stanford or Cambridge. During his time in Kazakhstan, Kevin developed a new research program in the field of Molecular Electrochemistry. His work led to the development of new organometallic anticancer compounds as well as to the discovery of novel, efficient and green electrocatalysts for CO2 recycling.
Recently, Kevin accepted a Reader position in Medicinal Chemistry (equivalent to a full professor position in the American system) at the University of Greenwich in the U.K. where he continues his interdisciplinary research.