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Research Perspective and Grant Funding Success for Cockroft Group

Professor Scott Cockroft and final-year PhD student Dominic Cairns-Gibson have had their Perspective covering nanopore modification published in Chemical Science. Nanopore technology is a powerful tool for single-molecule studies and has been utilised in a range of applications: from biomimetic ion-selective channels to handheld-devices capable of sequencing single DNA molecules.

Jarvis Group Article Published in Royal Society Open Science

Congratulations to the Jarvis group on their first foray into cyclic peptides: Macrocylases as synthetic tools for ligand synthesis: enzymatic synthesis of cyclic peptides containing metal-binding amino acids, which was published in Royal Society Open Science.

Congratulations to the team including recent Jarvis group alumni Dr Richard Brewster,

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Garden Group Paper Published in Catalysis Sci and Tech

The Garden group have had their work on divalent heterometallic catalysts for lactide polymerisation published in Catalysis Sci Tech.

Experiments were led by Garden Group PhD student Weronika Gruszka. Her PhD research focuses on the synthesis of novel homo- and hetero-metallic complexes for the ring-opening polymerisation of cyclic esters as part of the EPSRC CRITICAT Centre for Doctoral Training. Recent MChem graduate Haopeng Sha & DFT Antoine Buchard also give insight in to heterometallic cooperativity.

Sunamp’s Innovation Features Parliament’s Scientific Journal

The latest issue of the ‘Science in Parliament’ journal features the innovative development work done by Sunamp and academic partner the University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry at the UK’s national particle accelerator facility, Diamond Light Source.

The article presents the socio-economic contribution that Diamond Light Source makes to the UK and reveals that one of the facility’s most significant scientific breakthroughs was the examination of the crystallisation of Sunamp’s phase change materials (PCMs) and their role in heat storage.

Going for gold: a new method for recycling metals

A team of University of Edinburgh researchers from the Schools of Chemistry and Geosciences have developed a recyclable chemical reagent that separates valuable metals such as gold by direct and selective precipitation from various acidic, mixed-metal solutions of relevance to extraction and e-waste recycling industries. The team is comprised of PhD student Luke Kinsman, Professor Carole Morrison and Professor Jason Love from the School of Chemistry and Professor Bryne Ngwenya from the School of Geosciences.

£9M Multi-university SynHiSel project could save CO2 emissions and energy costs worldwide.

A £9M project to develop new chemical processing technology that could massively reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has begun at UK Universities including the University of Edinburgh. Prof. Neil McKeown from School of Chemistry and Prof. Maria-Chiara Ferrari from the School of Engineering are involved in the SynHiSel research programme to reinvent chemical separation methods and significantly cut total global energy consumption.

Commenting on the project, Prof. Neil McKeown said: