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Euan Brechin Elected FRSE

Fellows are elected following a rigorous five-stage election process, and play an important role in ensuring that the RSE can continue its work for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge. Amongst its wide range of activities the Royal Society of Edinburgh provides: independent advice to Government and Parliament; research and enterprise Fellowships; education programmes for young people; conference and events aimed at both public engagment and specialists.

Euan, Professor of Coordination Chemistry, is one of 47 new UK and International Fellows.

RSC Tilden Prize

The prize is in recognition of her "highly significant, ground-breaking contributions in the chemistry and nanoscience of fullerene and atomic cluster dynamical properties, femtosecond laser ablation and carbon nanotubes."

Fellow EaStCHEM researcher Prof. Steven Nolan was also awarded one of the three prizes.

The Tilden Prize is an annual award given to researchers for advances in chemistry.

ACS Openeye Award

Four awards are given and are designed to assist new faculty members in gaining visibility within the computational chemistry community and provide support to attend the ACS Fall Meeeting.

The award was given for Julien's presentation entitled "Quantifying biomolecular hydration thermodynamics".

The Fall Meeting takes place in Indianapolis in September.

Sir Fraser and Norma Stoddart Prize

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the first ever Fraser and Norma Stoddart PhD Prize is Dr Olof Johansson.

This is the first year the prize has been presented. It is awarded to a PhD graduate who has shown not only excellence in research but contributed to the life of students within the School.

Olof will be presented with the prize by Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart on 27 June, on the occasion of Sir Fraser's public lecture at the Tercentenary Celebration.

Edinburgh's Greatest: Joseph Black

The Edinburgh Evening News has highlighted Joseph Black as one of Edinburgh's greatest figures.

The article describes the contributions made by Joseph Black both through his own research and the inspiration he provided to others.

In the 1790s the average number of students attending Black's lectures was over 200 and during his tenure of the Chair he must have taught chemistry to about 5,000 students and thus was uniquely influential in Britain in the latter half of the nineteenth century.