As a 3rd year postgraduate student on a Principal's Careers Development Scholarship, Nicholle is able to combine her research interest, the development and application of novel NMR and MS techniques to characterise some of the most complex mixtures on this planet, with her passion for science communication.
Nicholle is one of the coordinators of Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Scotland. SIAS is an RSC outreach programme developed to give school pupils an opportunity to learn, in their classroom at no cost, about spectroscopy via hands on experience. Here at the School of Chemistry, have a miniature ATR FT-IR (a. k. a. Alphie) spectrometer and an UV-VIS spectrophotometer that we hope will captivate pupils in modern analytical science. And yes, they really do come in suitcases!
Nicholle is also the creator and coordinator for a new scheme for 2014 called NMR for Scottish High Schools or NMR4SHS. This programme will help teachers gain a deeper understanding of the basic theory of NMR and give them practical experience interpreting NMR data. The aim of this scheme is to allow teachers to be more comfortable teaching NMR. This is necessary as NMR is then most widely used analytical technique and as a result is increasing in proportion in the Scottish Curriculum.
Yue is from Wuhan, which is the most populous city in Central China and completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Shanghai at the East China University of Science and Technology. She received an award from the China Scholarship Council and is funded by the CSC in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh. She started her PhD in September 2012 and is working on new materials for dye-sensitised solar cells in Dr Neil Robertson's research group. She also likes playing ukulele, painting and cooking spicy Chinese food. Her motto is 'No spicy, no food.'
The focus of Yue's public engagement scholarship is coordinating The Solar Spark project. Based at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, The Solar Spark aims to spread the word about the potential of solar energy to significantly contribute to solving the world's energy crisis. Our friendly volunteers are made up of solar researchers and science communicators with a passion for solar energy and the possibilities it presents!
Anna-Maria is a second year doctorate student in Colin Campbell's research group in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Since she started my doctorate studies she has been actively involved in life of the School of Chemistry. Anna-Maria loves sharing her passion for science with everyone; therefore was delighted when she was appointed as a "Spectroscopy in a Suitcase" coordinator. She is involved in training teachers as well as developing and leading workshops for school pupils. Anna-Maria especially enjoys demonstrating how science can be exciting by providing solutions to real world problems.
Nathan is a third year doctorate student in Eleanor Campbell's group in the School of Chemistry. During his undergraduate degree he helped organise and took part in public engagement events such as the 300-mile cycle to Strontian and the tercentenary debate: "Science and Higher Education in an Independent Scotland"
He's an enthusiastic character, with a very eclectic set of interests and hobbies. During his scholarship he is helping to coordinate and demonstrate the "Spectroscopy in a suitcase" project to schools and teachers around Scotland.
Rachel is a second year doctorate student working at Edinburgh University in Prof. Anita Jones research group. Her project aim is to characterise new Fluorescent DNA Base Analogues and use them to study the structure and dynamics of DNA.
The focus of her public engagement work is helping to share a love of chemistry research by organising and carrying out activities at science festivals.
Brian is a PhD student in the Arnold and Love Groups at the School of Chemistry. He is studying the fundamental chemistry of uranium; how it reacts with other things and its redox chemistry, for example. Potential applications include assisting with the clean-up of nuclear waste.
Brian's public engagement work will be focused on the RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme, in which he is excited to visit local schools and share his passion for chemistry with the students. He is also looking forward to helping out at science festivals and doing what he can to enhance Edinburgh Chemistry's great reputation.
Outside of science, he is passionate about aviation, the Irish language, and politics; and enjoys hillwalking, pub quizzing, and constantly rewatching The Office.
Jessica is a second year doctorate student studying biomineralization with Dr. Fabio Nudelman in the School of Chemistry. She studied for a Masters in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry at the University of St Andrews but is enjoying the change to the bright lights and big city of Edinburgh! During her scholarship, she will help deliver School of Chemistry activities at science festivals around Scotland.
She has lots of different hobbies and interests including dance, music and travelling and hopes to combine these with her love of science. One of her favourite things about science is the chance to learn new things and she hopes everyone will be able to experience lots of new, cool and fun chemistry!