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Poster Prize

7 September 2015

Last week members of the McGowan and Willans groups travelled to St Anne’s College, Oxford for the RSC Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry Discussion Group meeting.

The two day event saw both national and international speakers presenting work in the areas of coordination and organometallic chemistry, with a poster session of around 100 posters. Heba Abdelgawad from the Willans group won first prize for her poster entitled ‘Silver N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes as Anticancer Agents’.

Vice Chancellor's Impact Award

4 September 2015

Professor Dwayne Heard has recently shared the University of Leeds Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award in the Engineering and Physical Sciences and Environment Sciences category for his group’s research in the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA) project.

The lead investigator for this award is Professor Doug Parker from the School of Earth and Environment, together with Dr Jim McQuaid. AMMA is a very large project studying the impact of the West African Monsoon on the African and global environment. Dr Trevor Ingham from the School of Chemistry participated in a large field project in 2006, based in Niamey, Niger, to study details of the meteorology and chemistry of the West African Sahel, a region which separates the arid Sahara desert to the North from the wetter savannah and forests to the South. Measurements of the hydroxyl radical, which drives the chemical oxidative processing of natural and anthropogenic emissions, were made from the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), a highly instrumented aircraft operated by the NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Met Office.

Further details of the awards can be found at:

Chemical Communications Front Cover

23 July 2015

The 4 August 2015 issue of the flagship RSC journal Chemical Communications highlights a Feature Article by Dr James Henkelis (past PhD student at Leeds) and Prof Michaele Hardie on its front cover.

The article reviews the work of the Hardie group and other research groups around the world in constructing and controlling coordination cages based on cyclotriveratrylene-type ligands. Cyclotriveratrylene (CTV) is a bowl-shaped molecule which can act as a molecular host and bind guests in a non-covalent fashion.

The Hardie group at Leeds have a research programme developing ligand-functionalised CTVs which they use to self-assemble polyhedral cage-like architectures using transition metal binding.

The front cover picture shows the crystal structure of a capsule-like CTV-coordination cage after it has absorbed iodide guest molecules. The feature article, “Controlling the assembly of cyclotriveratrylene-derived coordination cages”,  is available on open access at!divAbstract

Graduation 2015

15 July 2015

Congratulations to everyone who was awarded their degree at yesterday’s graduation ceremony.

After the ceremony the School hosted a reception for graduates and their guests and the formal year photograph was taken.

Talk and Poster prizes

1 July 2015

Leeds researchers won best talk and best poster prizes at the RSC Northern Regional Dalton meeting held in Manchester on 30th June 2015.

The meeting brings together inorganic chemists from around the region to showcase their research. PhD student Vikki Pritchard’s talk Metallo-supramolecular assemblies as functional assemblies  won one of two talk prizes for the day, while Dr Flora Thorp-Greenwood’s poster Cyclotriguaiacylene-derived ligands for the construction of coordination polymers and a Borromean chainmail won one of two poster prizes for the meeting. Both Vikki and Flo are members of Prof Michaele Hardie’s supramolecular/coordination chemistry research group.

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