The School of Chemistry was delighted to welcome back our graduating students across Taught Postgraduate and PhD programmes. With several students and their families travelling to Edinburgh from all over the globe to attend the graduation it was a wonderful celebration of their academic achievements. The graduation ceremony in the majestic McEwan Hall was followed by a School of Chemistry drinks reception in the beautiful Teviot Lounge Bar where the new graduates rekindled old friendships and celebrated with family, friends and staff.
Congratulations to Rachel Fisher for the award of the William Darling Memorial Prize for her work in enhancing the reputation of the University.
Rachel, who has recently completed her PhD, was awarded this prize in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Public Engagement.
Prince Chakanyuka is a chemistry student who is also part of Enactus Edinburgh. With colleagues from Edinburgh he recently attended the Enactus World Cup in the USA. Here he tells us about his experiences at Edinburgh and at the competition in California.
The team responsible for organising this year’s University of Edinburgh Chemistry Ball have raised £740.65 for local homelessness charity Social Bite. Using prizes kindly donated by the Balmoral Hotel, the group of final year students organised a raffle to raise funds for the charity.
Professor Polly Arnold has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.
Prof. Arnold has been recognised for her research focused on the design and synthesis of highly reactive f-block complexes that can activate inert small molecules such as carbon oxides, dinitrogen, and hydrocarbons, and that can provide fundamental information on structure and bonding at the bottom of the periodic table.
Corrie Scott, an undergraduate student in the School of Chemistry, has been announced as one of the first 31 athletes for the Scotland team heading to the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.
Corrie won bronze in the 50m breaststroke at the last Games in Glasgow.
Congratualtions to Corrie!
Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, Professor Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Professor Bernard L Feringa have been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on molecular machines.
Professer Sir Fraser Stoddart studied Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1964 and his PhD in 1966. He was also awarded a DSc degree by the University in 1980 for his research into stereochemistry beyond the molecule, was named Edinburgh's Alumnus of the Year in 2005 and knighted in 2006.
Yvonne Wiseman, a 1st year chemistry student, was on the Scottish Team that won the Lady Milne Trophy at the weekend (the home nations championship for women's teams in bridge). Yvonne is one of the youngest-ever members of a winning team in that competition. Yvonne will also represent Scotland in the European Championships in Dublin later this year. Well done Yvonne!
Professor Lesley Yellowlees, who is now Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering, was awarded a CBE for services to chemistry in the New Year's Honours List.
Professor Yellowlees became the first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012. Her research interests are inorganic electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, electron transfer reactions and EPR spectroscopy.
Professor Yellowlees was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to science.