We marked our Tercentenary year with a special graduation ceremony on Saturday the 29th of June, celebrating 300 years of achievement for the School of Chemistry.
As well as a very special Tercentenary cake our graduands and their families were able to sample some of the Tercentenary beer. There was also a performance by our choir, made up of staff and students from around the School!
As well as recognising the academic achievements of our students we also celebrated many personal achievements from the past year, including:
- Graduand Nathan Goodfriend organised a debate on the place of Science and Higher Education within an Independent Scotland at the end of May.
- Three young chemists took their science to Parliament in March and presented their research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain. They were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament in the only national competition of its kind.
- Graduating PhD student Patrick Thomson has recently become an active contributor to the Open Source Drug Discovery Malaria online community. OSDD is an open innovation platform, where all the projects and the research results are reported on a web based platform.
- Guy Jones, a PhD student in the Arnold and Love Group, has made a new and previously unseen uranium molecule, in a development that could help improve clean-up processes for nuclear waste.
- Among the 60 undergraduate students who have spent the year away from Edinburgh on industrial placements and exchanges during 2012/13, Craig Topping has been carrying out research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, USA. His research into the properties of molecular magnetic materials which have the potential to provide a new generation of information storage devices has already resulted in a publication.
- Adam Michalchuk is one of two undergraduate students who spent a year in Siberia at Novosibirsk State University working with Prof. Elena Boldyreva. His project on mechano-chemistry was extremely successful and he is presenting his results at the International Conference on the Chemistry of the Organic Solid State in Oxford during August.