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Corrosion and Wear Study Funded

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.

Innovation Cup Win

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.

Stoddart Prize 2016

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".

Evelyn Ebsworth Symposium 2016

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".

New Sensors Could Boost Radiotherapy

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.