Congratulation to Will Kew, a 3rd year PhD student in the Uhrin group, who has been awarded the Best Presentation Prize for his talk "Whiskyomics: Advanced spectroscopic, spectrometric and chemometric characterisation of Scotch Whisky" at the 2017 Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference held in Glasgow 29th May - 1st June.
Congratulations to Prof. Polly Arnold who has been awarded an OBE for services to Chemistry and Women in STEM in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The list was released on Friday night, recognising more than 1,000 people for commitment to public service.
A fantastic achievement!
Scientists at the University are taking part in research to understand and control processes that lead to the corrosion and wear of materials in industry.
Researchers from the School of Chemistry will take part in the work in a new partnership with BP, the Universities of Manchester, Leeds, and Cambridge, and Imperial College London.
Professor Colin Pulham will use experimental techniques to determine the interactions between surfaces and liquid lubricants at very high pressures and high shear rates.
On the 5th of September a one day conference, NMR for Industry, took place at the University of Stirling. It was organised on behalf of the Scottish NMR User Group (SNUG) by Dr Nicholle Bell who did a splendid job, attracting more than 30 active participant from a dozen of companies.
Congratulations to the Invisius team (Dr Andy Herbert, Mr Richard Boyd, Dr Sunay Chankeshwara and Dr Elisavet Makou) on the award of the Innovation Cup at the 2017 Inspire Launch Grow Awards on 5th June. The Inspire Launch Grow event showcases the exceptional entrepreneurial talent from students and academic staff at the University of Edinburgh.
This year's Stoddart Prize was awarded to Dr Andrew Maloney on Monday 18th April.
Before accepting the prize from Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, Dr Maloney gave a lecture about his research entitled "Intermolecular distances and intermolecular energies - PIXEL analysis of interactions in organic and inorganic systems".
The School recently held a symposium and dinner in memory of Evelyn Ebsworth.
Professor Ebsworth was a huge presence during his time at the School and many of our alumni will have fond memories of him.
The symposium featured two external speakers with particularly close links to Evelyn. His grandson Alistair Overy, who is currently studying for a DPhil in Chemistry at the University of Oxford, gave a lecture entitled "Disorder-phonon coupling in crystal-like aperiodic solids".
Research led by Dr Colin Campbell could help improve radiotherapy treatments for cancer.
The study used 3D cell cultures to better model the effect of radiation on human cancer cells. Gold nanoshell sensors were used to track the effectiveness of treatment and the study found that using 2 half-doses of radiation rather than one large dose was more effective in destroying the cancer cells.
The sensors give information in real time, allowing doctors to monitor the treatment as it occurs.