The School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh’s Glove Recycling Scheme has just passed the combined total of 15,000 kg of disposable gloves and rescued them from going straight to landfill. The scheme started in late 2014. That is the equivalent weight of 2.5 T-Rex, 4.6 Orcas, 33 Polar Bears, 3000 Golden Eagles or 75,000 bumblebees!
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.
This month's Nature Chemistry cover image is taken from research by the Kirrander group. The image features in an article entitled "The photochemical ring-opening of 1,3-cyclohexadiene imaged by ultrafast electron diffraction".
The paper is the result of a collaboration between scientists from SLAC and Stanford, Edinburgh and Brown Universities.
Chennai, 3 June 2019: The University of Edinburgh and the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis are conducting a 4 day workshop with participants from the UK & India with focus on “Achieving rapid, accurate and affordable diagnosis of tuberculosis and drug resistant tuberculosis in minimally resourced settings” from 3 to 6 June 2019 in Chennai.
The ‘New Horizons in Chemistry and Materials Science’ workshop will be hosted at Nagoya University from July 1st-3rd 2019 and will be attended by around 30 academics, post-doctoral researchers, and PhD students from the University of Edinburgh, alongside delegates from Nagoya University and others from Kyoto and Tokyo Universities, as well as from the National Taiwan University.
The McKeown group’s paper on stabilising a porous molecular crystal using fullerenes and showing, by in-situ crystallography, reactions at open metal sites has now been published in Nature Materials. The paper is titled "Highly stable fullerene-based porous molecular crystals with open metal sites".
The Campopiano group have published a paper in the May issue of JLR where they describe the kinetics differences between the human and bacterial forms of serine palmitoyltransferase (SPT) - the first enzyme in sphingolipid biosynthesis.
The paper is also the first publication between the University of Edinburgh and The Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) in collaboration with RFI Director Prof. Jim Naismith.
Congratulations to Dr Stephen Thomas for securing renewal of his Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
The fellowship is for outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their research career and have the potential to become leaders in their field. It provides the opportunity to build an independent research career. Those appointed are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.
Congratulations to Professor Mark Bradley for winning a 2019 RSC Interdisciplinary Prize for his highly influential and pioneering work in the area of optical medical imaging.
Interdisciplinary Prizes are awarded for work at the interface between chemistry and other disciplines.
Congratulations to Dr Nicholle Bell who has just been awarded a 5 year NERC Independent Research Fellowship on the topic of “Molecular, microbial & enzymatic synergies and their significance to peatland condition.”