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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.

PCCP themed issue.

15 June 2015

Dr Paul Beales from the Crystallisation and Directed Assembly research group has guest edited a themed issue as part of the 28th June 2015 edition of the RSC journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

The themed issue is jointly edited with Dr Beales’ collaborator, Dr. Barbara Ciani at the University of Sheffield. The title of the collection is “Chemical Compartmentalisation by Membranes: from Biological Mechanism to Biomimetic Applications” and contains perspectives and original research articles from international contributors on the topic. This issue presents a themed collection on investigating, harnessing and mimicking biological compartmentalisation using in vitro model systems, where biophysical mechanisms and biomembrane engineering are essential for realisation of the potential of membrane-bound compartments.

Beales and Ciani also contribute their own perspective article “Nature's lessons in design: nanomachines to scaffold, remodel and shape membrane compartments”, which discusses the biophysics of protein complexes that bend and sculpt biological membranes and how these proteins could be applied to artificial membrane systems in the lab to build complex compartmentalised architectures for engineering of synthetic cells.

Link to the themed issue:!issueid=cp017024&type=current&issnprint=1463-9076

Postgraduate Conference 2015

15 June 2015

Last week saw the annual School of Chemistry Postgraduate Conference on June 11th and 12th.

The School came together for two days of fantastic talks and poster presentations from our 2nd and 3rd year PhD students. Prof Andrew Beeby of the University of Durham delivered the plenary talk and the event was closed by a wine reception then onto the PG ball.

Congratulations to all who participated and especially to the prize winners Sarah Narramore, Vikki Pritchard and Heba Agdelgawad for talks; Jordan Holmes, Thomas Mangan and Lauren Ford for posters; and Irene Arrata as the recipient of the Dr Kate Furneau prize for the most meritorious non-academic contribution to postgraduate life.

We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fluorochem, Yorkshire Process Technology, Driad research consultancy and Keracol. Thanks to Anna Luty and all students on the PG committee for their excellent organisation of this event.

Salters' Festival Fun

21 May 2015

The School hosted two Salters' Festivals of Chemistry on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st May.

20 schools sent teams of four Y7 pupils who took part in a pair of laboratory based challenges. Prizes were awarded on both days for first, second and third places in the Salters' Challenge and the University Challenge.

More information about the Salters' Festival of Chemistry is available here

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