A university professor from Ellesmere Port has won a prestigious prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Gideon Davies, of the University of York, has been named the Khorana Prize winner for 2014 for his work on the chemistry of sugars. His work has far-reaching societal benefit ranging from industrial enzymes for biotechnology and biofuels, through to understanding the roles sugars play in health and disease.

His work on how a specific sugar modifies brain proteins is leading to new therapies for Alzheimer’s diseases.

Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry Dr Robert Parker, said: “Each year we present prizes and awards to chemical scientists who have made an outstanding contribution, be that in their area of research, in industry or academia.

“We’re working to shape the future of the chemical sciences for the benefit of science and humanity and these prizes and awards give recognition to true excellence.

“Our winners can be very proud to follow in the footsteps of some of the most influential and important chemical scientists in history.”

Previous winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s awards have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including Harry Kroto, Fred Sanger and Linus Pauling.