Research news from 2011

All the archived Research news from the School of Chemistry during 2011

Professor Michael Greaney awarded Process Chemistry Research prize (December 2011)

Professor Michael Greaney has been awarded the GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Syngenta and Pfizer Prize for Process Chemistry Research for 2011 for his work on new catalytic methodology and developments in the chemistry of benzynes.

BIONEXGEN Newsletter (December 2011)

CoEBio3 partners Chemistry Innovation have released the first of a series of newsletters about the EU FP7 project BIONEXGEN. Edition 1, December 2011includes:

  • an overview of the BIONEXGEN project
  • an update of BIONEXGEN research and early success in facilitating a new process for production of a nutraceutical
  • an article on technology platforms
  • an introduction to researchers from three of the project partners, including the University of Manchester

DTA Awards for 2012 (December 2011)

The DTA Awards for 2012 have been announced:

  • Dr Martin Attfield and Professor Robert Dryfe: Nanowire fabrication templated by metal organic frameworks
  • Dr Peter Quayle, Professor Stephen Yeates, Dr Cinzia Casiraghi and Dr Joseph McDouall: New approaches to unsaturated nanostructures
  • Dr Andrew Horn, Dr Cinzia Casiraghi and Dr Sven Koehler: Femtosecond broadband vibrational sum-frequency spectroscopy of graphene and graphane dynamics
  • Professor David Procter and Dr Louise Natrajan: Superselectivity with samarium(II): Structural and synthetic studies
  • Professor Paul Popelier: An accurate pKa predictor from ab initio bond length (an industrial CASE study with Syngenta

The Waters Chair of Mass Spectrometry at the Michael Barber Centre (December 2011)

The University of Manchester has announced funding for a five year Chair of Mass Spectrometry.

Professor David A Leigh FRS to join the School of Chemistry (December 2011)

Professor David A Leigh FRS (currently Forbes Professor of Organic Chemistry & EPSRC Senior Research Fellow) and the Leigh Group will be joining the School of Chemistry in 2012.

Dalton Nuclear Institute wins Queen's Anniversary Prize (November 2011)

The Dalton Nuclear Institute has been announced as a winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education.

Prof Dame Kathleen Lonsdale FRS Lecture now available (November 2011)

Prof John R Helliwell delivered the 2011 Prof Dame Kathleen Lonsdale FRS Lecture at the British Crystallographic Association Annual Conference held at Keele University (11-14 April 2011).

Graphene bubbles with controllable curvature (October 2011)

A recent School of Chemistry journal article Graphene bubbles with controllable curvature (Gergiou et al, 2011) in which it was suggested to use graphene as an element for making adaptive-focus lenses, has been featured in Nature 478.

Researcher receives Young International Boron Chemist award (September 2011)

Dr Michael Ingleson (Royal Society University Research Fellow) has been awarded the Young International Boron Chemist (for under 35 years of age independent researchers). Michael received the award at the triennial IMEBoron conference, Niagara Falls, 15 September 2011.

Manchester at the forefront of Green Chemical Technology (September 2011)

BIONEXGEN (Developing the Next Generation of Biocatalysts for Industrial Chemical Synthesis) is an ambitious European research programme that will develop the next generation of biocatalysts to be used for eco-efficient manufacturing processes in the chemical industry.

Professor Gareth Morris awarded the Russell Varian Prize for 2011 (August 2011)

Professor Gareth Morris awarded the Russell Varian Prize for 2011: (August 2011) This prize is awarded to a researcher based on a single innovative contribution that has had a high and broad impact on the state-of-the-art NMR technology.

Chemists receive valuable equipment donation (June 2011)

University of Manchester Chemistry researchers have been provided with state-of-the-art equipment thanks to a donation from a leading industrial manufacturer.

University Chemical Biology Network comes together (May 2011)

The University of Manchester will today launch a huge network of chemistry and biology academics, working closely with industry to advance the field of chemical biology which underpins the development of many pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agrochemical products.

Materials Chemistry scheme goes nationwide (May 2011)

A unique collaborative scheme involving University of Manchester academics is taking its Research and Development Incentive Scheme nationwide – offering companies the equivalent of up to £10,000 towards materials chemistry collaborative research projects.

Dalton Cumbrian Facility building well under way (April 2011)

The Dalton Nuclear Institute’s £20m investment in a new research facility in West Cumbria will aim to answer some of the pressing questions in the field of radiation science and nuclear waste management.

EPSRC Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Research Facility & Service (March 2011)

The School of Chemistry has been awarded the contract to run the new EPSRC National Facility & Service for EPR spectroscopy (also known as ESR), together with partners at the Universities of Oxford and St Andrews.

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