Research news 2010

All the archived Research news from the School of Chemistry during 2010

See off Alzheimer’s with the colour purple: (December 2010)

Ground-breaking research from Professor Douglas Kell, published in the journal Archives of Toxicology, has found that the majority of debilitating illnesses are in part caused by poorly-bound iron which causes the production of dangerous toxins that can react with the components of living systems.

Research on Graphene in the School of Chemistry: (October 2010)

Research on Graphene in the School of Chemistry: (October 2010)

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Lily Organic Chemistry Postgraduate Prize (September 2010)

In September, home grown University of Manchester postgraduate student Dr Karl Collins was awarded the prestigious Lily Organic Chemistry Postgraduate Prize. From hundreds applicants across the UK, ten students were invited to give a lecture on research they had undertaken within the first two years of their PhD.

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Chemistry Cascades: Synthesis of prostratin analogues (October 2010)

Professor David Procter was recently awarded an EPSRC grant: ‘Chemistry Cascades: Synthesis of prostratin analogues for evaluation against HIV’ (£297,875). This research project which aims to develop an efficient method to synthesis prostratin, will start in November 2010.

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BBSRC/RSE Enterprise Fellowship for Dr Neil Dixon (September 2010)

Dr Neil Dixon has received a BBSRC/RSE Enterprise fellowship to exploit the commercial potential of work he developed during his postdoctoral studies within the laboratory of Professor Jason Micklefield.

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BIogeochemical Gradients and RADionuclide transport - BIGRAD (September 2010)

Dr Nick Bryan and Professor Francis Livens from the School of Chemistry are partners in a major £3M consortium project, recently funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, and led by Professor Kath Morris with Professor Jonathan Lloyd from the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester.

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Materials World Programme (August 2010)

Professor Robert Dryfe (School of Chemistry) and Dr Sven Schroeder (School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science) have been awarded an EPSRC grant (£320k) to collaborate with Professor Mark Schlossman of the University of Illinois, under the auspices of the US NSF ‘Materials World’ programme, which seeks to develop US/overseas collaborations.

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Manchester leads green chemical push

The University of Manchester is leading a £2.2 million (€2.56 Million) project to develop new green chemical processes.

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Scientists achieve first rewire of genetic switches

Researchers in Manchester have successfully carried out the first rewire of genetic switches, creating what could be a vital tool for the development of new drugs and even future gene therapies.

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