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RSC Education award for Dr David Wright
Dr David Wright, chemistry lecturer on the International Foundation Year, has been awarded the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Education Award for his enthusiasm, commitment and inspiration in sharing his love of chemistry with students, teachers and technicians leading to an increased understanding of the subject.
David has taught students in the Department for two years and was until recently chemistry teacher at the local Kendrick girls' school.
'I am surprised but honoured and delighted to receive this award. I taught Chemistry in schools for many years, and after my retirement from Kendrick School I joined the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading, teaching Chemistry to students from a wide range of countries. I really enjoy working with students from many different cultures and backgrounds, and sharing my enthusiasm for the subject with them. It is also a pleasure to work with colleagues both in IFP and in the University of Reading Chemistry Department, on whose expertise I often draw whilst teaching the Foundation course.'
This is the third RSC Education award won by staff at Reading in the past 3 years.
Professor Ian Mills awarded the "SUNAMCO" Medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics
Ian Mills FRS, Professor Emeritus in Chemistry, has been awarded the "SUNAMCO" medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. This award is for Ian's work over the past fifteen years to re-define the standard units of measurement (the "SI" system) in terms of fundamental constants of nature such as Planck's constant, rather than by reference to man-made artifacts such as the "standard kilogram". The medal was presented to Ian last week at conference in Washington D.C.
Ian is President of the Consultative Committee for Units of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, based near Paris. The new approach to defining units such as the kilogram, the mole and the ampere was recently and unanimously approved by the international Conference on Weights and Measures.
Athena Swan Award
Drs Joanne Elliott and Mariana Ghosh recently collected an Athena SWAN Bronze award, on behalf of the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, at a celebration lunch held on 3 May 2012.
Class of 2012 Graduate
On Thursday 5th July, our Final Year MChem and BSc Students graduated at a ceremony held in the Great Hall, London Road which was followed afterwards by a reception held in the Chemistry Department. There was also a prize giving ceremony to recognise the students who have excelled during the course of their studies.
INCO Prize - Top Student in Inorganic Chemistry
Pradip Songara Russell Balster
Paul Holt Prize - Top Student in CEMAS Prize - Most Improved
Organic Chemistry Chemistry Student
The Edward Guggenheim Prize for the Top Student in Physical Chemistry went to Gavin Chiu and the Paul Beswick Memorial Prize for Best Performance in MSc in Chemical Research went to Claire Boyles.
The academic and technical staff congratulate our new graduates on their success and wish them good luck in their future careers.
Chemistry Vacation Students
Welcome to our third year undergraduates Daniel Cook (centre) and Patrick McIntyre (second left) who started today as vacation students with Professor Christine Cardin (left) and Dr John Brazier, of the School of Pharmacy (right). The studentships are funded by UROP and by EPSRC, and the students will be following up Professor Cardin's recent Nature Chemistry paper on ruthenium 'light-switch' complexes binding to DNA.
PG Research Day 2012
The Department of Chemistry Annual Postgraduate Research Day was held on 26th June. Nine students gave talks, and a further twelve presented posters. The judges, Prof David Thornthwaite and Dr Katherine Thompson from Unilever, Prof Harry Heaney from Loughborough, and Dr Chris Nicklin from Diamond Light Source, all commented on the high standards they had seen, in both the research and its presentation, and on the wide range of research being carried out in the department.
Best Presentation Prize
The prizes for best talk and best poster were awarded to Aaron Acton (supervisor: Dr Wayne Hayes) and Lewis Hart (supervisors: Prof Howard Colquhoun and Dr Wayne Hayes), respectively, for their presentations on "Novel PEG-based dendrimers for use in combination therapy" and "Supramolecular polymers for inkjet printing applications". Congratulations to them both, and to all who presented.
Thanks to our sponsors, Unilever, Agilent Technologies and the SCI, the judges and Catherine O'Hare for helping to make the day a success.
EPSRC funding for the Nanostructured Polymer and Biopolymer Team
Wayne Hayes has secured funding from EPSRC for a 3-year long project to study the properties and engineering performance of supramolecular polyurethanes and their composites. This collaborative grant is in conjunction with Dr Clive Siviour and Professor Paul Buckley from the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. The collaboration involves support for two post-doctoral research fellows, one at Oxford and Reading, respectively, to design and synthesise novel polyurethanes followed by assessment of the physical characteristics of these materials. Beneficially, the project features the input of an overseas visiting researcher, Dr Cristina Prisacariu from the Romanian Academy's Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry 'Petru Poni' at Iasi and also an Industrial Advisory Panel - these parties will provide key input to the evaluation of the polymers and polymer composites in terms of their adhesive and coatings performance.
ILL PhD Clip Session Presentation Award 2012
Federica Sebastiani (jointly supervised by Dr Christian Pfrang and Dr Richard Campbell) won the PhD Clip Session Presentation Award at Institut Laue Langevin, ILL, in Grenoble, France on 16th April 2012. Federica's talk was entitled 'Neutron Reflectometry Applied to Atmospheric Night-time Oxidation' and the award was presented to her by the director of ILL, Professor Andrew Harrison. Federica just completed her first year of a joint PhD studentship between ILL and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Reading which applies neutron reflectometry and ellipsometry to the study of oxidation processes at the air-water interface of atmospheric aerosols. Federica's project harvests the unique capabilities of ILL's FIGARO instrument and builds on previous work led by Dr Pfrang: http://www.reading.ac.uk/research/Highlights-News/featuresnews/res-news-figaro.aspx
The programme of the clip session can be found at:
Professor Laurence Harwood selected to take part in "I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!"
Professor Harwood was selected from a large number of scientists who applied for a place. I'm a Scientist is running from 12th-23rd March 2012! This is an X-factor style competition. The students talk to scientists online for 2 weeks and vote for their favourite scientist, in a nail-biting science show down. This event is largely sponsored by the Wellcome Trust
During the event, the scientists will spend a few hours answering students' questions each day, during the day and evening. This will vary according to how busy the zone is. Professor Harwood is in the "Energy Zone" and the full list of all 8 zones in March is available at I'm a Scientist get me out of here.
In each zone there are 5 scientists, competing with 20 classes of students per zone, usually this will mean up to 400 students. About half of the time will be spent answering questions submitted on the web-site. The other half of the time will be spent having live text chats with students in the zone. Chats are are booked by the teachers.
This is a "Big Brother" type event and Professor Harwood will be battling to stay in.
Please log in from time to time and see how he is getting on!
Professor George Marston provides expert commentary on exciting research on the first ever direct kinetic study of the Criegee intermediate
Professor George Marston was recently asked to provide expert commentary on exciting research on the first ever direct kinetic study of the Criegee intermediate, a key intermediate generated in the reactions of ozone with alkenes. These reactions play a variety of critical roles in atmospheric chemistry, providing an important dark source of hydroxyl radicals and also generating secondary organic aerosol. Professor Marston has carried out experimental and theoretical studies of these reactions for over 15 years. His article (An Elusive Intermediate Gets Caught, Science 335, 178 (2012)) can be found at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/335/6065/178.full
A Press Release by the European Journal of Organic Chemistry cites Professor Laurence Harwood and his team in their latest americium-selective ligand work
"The stakes remain high, the rewards even greater"
Please click on the link below for further information
Press Release by the European Journal of Organic Chemistry
and also to view the front cover of the Journal
EurJOC Feb 2012 Front Cover
Red Kite Crystallographers Meeting - First Prize in Poster Competition
Elena Marelli (supervised by Dr Ann Chippindale) won first prize in the poster competition for her submission 'Breaking up and getting back together: transition-metal cyanides in action' presented at the inaugural 'Red Kite Crystallographers Meeting' held recently in Oxford. The group, which has student and academic members from Reading, Oxford, ISIS and Diamond, was founded to enable local crystallographers to meet and forge collaborative links.
Professor Ian Hamley accepts Royal Society award
Listen to the interview with Professor Ian Hamley