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European Young Chemists' Network Representative

Shona Richardson, a 2nd year PhD student in the Campopiano group, has been selected as one of two Royal Society of Chemistry representatives on the European Young Chemists' Network (EYCN).

Her first job will be to present her biocatalysis work at the EYCN 2020 event in Sitges, Spain in January. Over the next two years Shona will build networks with other young chemists from across Europe.

Seven Edinburgh Leadership Awards

Seven students from the School of Chemsitry recently received The Edinburgh Award (Leadership) for Chemistry Community Building. Undergraduate students who held the Edinburgh Award for Chemistry Outreach and Public Engagement and postgraduate taught and research students were eligible to take part.

This year the following students achieved the award:

Continued Support for Horrocks Group

The Horrocks Group are once again extremely grateful for a donation made by Dr. Jim Love to support their research into neurodegenerative diseases. His previous gift helped to fund a single-molecule microscope that is currently being used to look at protein "clumps" that are formed in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. His second gift will be used to continue this important work, and will allow Owen Kantelberg, a second year Ph.D.

Chemistry Student in University Challenge Team

3rd year MChem student Adam McLauchlan helped the Edinburgh team to success as it began the defence of its University Challenge title. The Edinburgh team this year are represented by Richard Moon, Adam McLauchlan, Isaac Stephens and captained by Emma Williams.

The Edinburgh team comfortably won their 1st round match by 165 points to 90 against Birkbeck, London. They now progress through to the second round.

Commenting on the first round win and his experience of the competition,

Stoddart Prize 2019

Euan Doidge is the winner of this year's Norma and Fraser Stoddart Prize.

Euan gave a talk at the award ceremony entitled "WEEE are Golden: metal recovery by solvent extraction" which covered his research experiences and his passion for teaching and science communication.

Stoddart Prize winners are expected not only to have demonstrated superior research accomplishments throughout their time at Edinburgh but they should also have contributed to the life of students within the School of Chemistry and beyond.

Congratualtions to Euan!

Scottish Dalton Poster Prize

Congratulations to Aaron Scott from the Lusby and Brechin groups who won best poster prize at the Scottish Dalton meeting held at Heriot Watt University on the 10th June for his poster entitled "Paramagnetic Metallosupramolecular Coordination Cages".

The poster described the host-guest chemistry of [M4L6] cages in which guest encapsulation can be exploited to manipulate the anisotropy of the Co(II) ions and hence the magnetic behaviour of the cage.

Solar Activated Water Purification in India

The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP) is one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific and technological institutes in India and, with a combined student and staff population of around 30,000, it is effectively its own self-contained town. For three weeks over March and April 2019, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the campus of IIT KGP to conduct research at the School of Chemical Engineering and the Rural Development Centre.