Prizes and Awards
The School of Chemistry will benefit from a funding boost thanks to our involvement in the EastBio partnership. The investment will provide support for Docotral Training Partnerships and industrial CASE studentship awards. The programme is designed to provide research training in key bioscience areas, where the School of Chemistry is already a leading institution. Students will also develop excellent communication, public engagement and commercialisation skills.
Andrew Maloney, from the Parsons group, won the Industrial Crystallography Prize for best presentation at the recent British Crystallographic Association Meeting at the University of Warwick.
The meeting saw more than 50 speakers over four days, including a lecture by Dan Schectman, Nobel Prize winner for chemistry in 2011. As well as discussion sessions throughout the meeting, there was a chance for 14 young crystallographers to interact and get together, with the first day of the meeting given over to their talks.
Congratulations to Victoria Camus from Dr Colin Campbell's group who won the best student speaker prize, and to Andrew Piper of Prof. Andrew Mount's group, who won a poster prize at the RSC Butler Electrochemistry Symposium today in Glasgow University.
The one-day symposium gave researchers from across Scotland and the North of England to meet with their peers and present the results of their research in any field related to electrochemistry.
The School of Chemistry has been ranked joint fourth in the most recent Complete University Guide.
We rose one place and, along with St Andrews, are ranked the best School of Chemistry in Scotland. The league table rates Schools based on entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects.
Dr Thomas has won the award for his research into highly selective iron-catalyzed hydrofunctionalization of alkenes, particularly hydrocarboxylation, and the development of a suite of easily handled iron catalysts.
The Hickinbottom Award is for researchers under the age of 35 in the field of organic chemistry. Past winners include Harry Kroto, Fred Sanger and Linus Pauling. Dr Thomas will undertake a UK lecture tour as part of the prize.
Dr Nicholle Bell has been awarded a 3 years NERC Soil Security Fellowship
The Soil Security programme aims to advance understanding of the ability of soils to adapt to perturbations.
Nicholle plans to use the top-end high-resolution analytical techniques, NMR and FT ICR MS, to read the molecular signature of peat bogs and relate it to their status (pristine, damaged, in restoration). She has assembled a strong network of collaborators across Scotland to tackle peatland issues across several disciplines.
We are delighted to announce that two post-docs in the Lloyd-Jones Group have been awarded very prestigious fellowships.
Dr Alex Cresswell has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (at Manchester / Bath)
Dr Marc Reid has been awarded a Leverhulme fellowship (at Strathclyde)
We will be sad to see Alex and Marc leave, but the School is very pleased for them and wishes them both the very best for their future careers.
They both wrote articles on their research that were ranked very highly by the judging panel and will receive complementary membership of SCI as a reward.