Research samples & notesThe School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy (SCFP) brings together three thriving Departments that are each well known and respected for the breadth and significance of their research expertise. Within Chemistry, there are six research groupings, which include Bioanalysis and Analytical Methods, Nanostructured Polymers and Biopolymers, Reading Atmospheric Chemsitry and Environmental Research, Inorganic Materials: Structure and Properties, Interfacial Chemistry, and Synthesis and Chemical Biology. Within Food and Nutritional Sciences, research divisions encompass Human Nutrition, Food and Bioprocessing Sciences, and Food Microbial Sciences. Research in Pharmacy covers the core disciplines that comprise Pharmacy, namely Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice.

Pyrex vasesWithin SCFP, the inter-disciplinary research environment facilitates work that spans traditional barriers. This has allowed researchers to approach fundamental problems in new ways and tackle research problems of significant importance to the pharmaceutical, health, food, chemical and materials industries. Researchers within SCFP contribute significantly to, and indeed lead, a number of University research themes that include the Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research Theme, the Food Chain and Health Research Theme, and the Nanoscience and Materials Research Theme. They also collaborate significantly with researchers at the recently established Walker Institute for Climate System Research.

The Centre for Advanced Microscopy EquipmentResearch within the School is conducted in well equipped research laboratories, many of which have been refurbished in recent years. A considerable expansion of the instrumentation infrastructure has taken place through the central provision of the Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF), which is housed within SCFP. The state of the art analytical suite is equipped with facilities that include 700 and 500 MHz NMR spectrometers, vibrational spectroscopy (IR imaging, Raman, fluorescence), mass spectrometry, X-ray diffractometry (powder and single crystal) and thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, hot-stage microscopy), at a cost of ~£4.5M. CAF provides a platform that will support a wide range of internationally competitive collaborative research activities across the University. Researchers are also extremely well supported by central research and analytical facilities available on campus. These include the Centre for Advanced Microscopy (CfAM), which provides cutting edge microscopy services and solutions for the life, medical and physical sciences, and The Biocentre, which acts as a focus for interdisciplinary collaboration using state-of-the-art research tools.

We relish the opportunity to work with researchers from both within the University and outside, and welcome enquiries from external enterprises and institutes. Enquiries should be made to our School Director of Research, Professor Parveen Yaqoob

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The 19th Joint Annual Conference organized by the Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology in the UK (CSCST-UK) and the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), will be hosted for the first time by the University of Reading on Saturday, 15th September 2012. The conference theme is 'Innovation in Chemical Science and Technology'.

The conference will emphasize the latest developments and achievements of chemical science and technology in different fields of materials chemistry, sustainable and clean energy, biology, environment and food science and engineering. Joining the conference will provide an exquisite opportunity to establish links with academics, practitioners and young researchers from different regions of the UK and China. Among the invited speakers, the Department of Chemistry will be represented by Prof. Howard Colquhoun and Prof. Ian Hamley. We are thrilled to invite all members of staff and postgraduate students in the Department to learn more about the conference on the website as well as to submit their outstanding results for both oral and poster presentations within the themes of the conference.

On behalf of the organizers,

Dr Qiang Zeng and Prof. Frantisek Hartl


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