A recent Royal Society of Chemistry article has highlighted results from their Progressive Plastics citizen survey, which indicate that nearly half of people in the UK lack confidence in which single-use plastics can and can’t be recycled. This has informed calls for an urgent focus on scientific research, sustainable alternatives and improved infrastructure for processing waste plastic.
Recent progress in making single-molecule magnets (SMMs) that are magnetic at high temperatures was recently discussed in an article in Chemistry World. Dr Olof Johansson discussed the work his group and collaborators have done towards controlling the magnetisation of SMMs using ultrashort laser pulses. Part of the work was done in collaboration with Professor Euan Brechin, building on previous research from his group.
Congratulations to 2020 L’Oréal - UNESCO International Rising Talent Dr Jenni Garden from The University of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry.
In this video from UNESCO Jakarta, Dr Garden talks about the current global plastic waste issue and her research on developing sustainable alternatives to conventional plastics.
The Leverhulme Trust has funded a project that aims to discover and characterise molecular iron oxides with potential applications ranging from catalysis and battery technologies to information storage.
Chemistry in Focus (Sofia Bariami, Iain Prentice, Kyle Acheson, Angie Mat’usová, and Dr. Antonia Mey) are excited to share their second video showcasing more of the exciting work being done by PhD students in the School of Chemistry. The video features Sofia Bariami’s work on developing force-fields for use in computational drug design in collaboration with the Cole Group at Newcastle, which was recently published in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling.
Dalton Transactions are celebrating the 50th volume of by taking a look at some of our authors who have published over 50 articles in the journal. Their first highlighted author is Professor Euan Brechin.
Professor Brechin was chosen after publishing more than 50 articles in the journal during his career.
Speaking about Dalton Transactions, Professor Brechin had the following to say:
Congratulations to CRITICAT PhD students Silvia De Cesare and Catherine McKenna.
Their paper "Direct monitoring of biocatalytic deacetylation of amino acid substrates by 1H NMR reveals fine details of substrate specificity" is in the 2021 Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry HOT article collection.
- The Ultrafast X-ray Scattering team, an international team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh, Brown University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s new Faraday Division Horizon Prize.
- The Ultrafast X-ray Scattering team become one of the first winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s new Horizon Prizes, introduced after the organisation carried out a wholesale review of its recognition portfolio to better reflect modern science and its impacts in making the world a better place.
Chemistry World has interviewed Dr Adam Kirrander from the School of Chemistry, Prof. Jon Marangos from Imperial College London, and Dr David Dunning from the Science and Technology Facilities Council about an ongoing project to construct a major new X-ray Free-Electron Laser facility in the UK.
The project is based on a science case developed by a team of UK scientists that included two Edinburgh academics: Dr Adam Kirrander from Chemistry and Prof. Malcolm McMahon from Physics.