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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.

Congratulations 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.

First Prize for Poster

Congratulations to Harvey Dale, a PhD student in the Lloyd-Jones group, who was awarded first prize by Prof Ben List for his poster presentation “Taming Ambident Triazole Nucleophiles: Molecular Recognition and Organocatalysis“. The prize was awarded at the SCI Advances in Organocatalysis Conference, which was recently held in London.

2 Awards for Our Students

Well done to Jianzhu “Cora” Wang (a PhD student in the Lusby group) who received a prize for her poster titled “Promoting Endo/Exo Diels-Alder Selectivity using a Simple Pd2L4 Catalyst” at the annual RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry meeting  held at Lancaster University on on Tuesday 18th Dec.

School of Chemistry Winter Graduation

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.