New collaboration! Systems chemistry meets nanomaterials

After nearly 9 years sharing research space, meetings, discussions, and general lab life, it is exciting to be able to formalise a collaboration between the Kay and Philp research groups.

We have been awarded funding from the Leverhulme Trust for a project titled ‘Hierarchical reaction networks: nanoscale amplification by molecular replication’. In this work we will integrate molecular metabolism functions, such as self-replication, with nanoparticles. This will introduce a new category of building block to artificial systems chemistry, allowing us to exploit and investigate properties and capabilities that emerge when components on the nanoscale are involved.

If you are interested in marrying systems chemistry with nanomaterials, keep a look-out for recruitment information in the coming months!

Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Symposium

Euan presented some of the group’s work at the 2019 RSC Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Symposium, which was held at UEA, 22-23 July. This annual meeting is a great opportunity to meet researchers working in a broad spectrum of fields that can be considered as “chemical nanosciences” – look out for information on next years’ event in the coming months!

Graduation 2019

On 26 June, the group’s third Ph.D. candidate officially became Dr Nicolas Marro!

It was a pleasure to be there to see Nicolas receive his degree and to meet the Marro family. Despite Euan’s Italian skills being non-existent, everyone seemed to be enjoying their visit to St Andrews.

May-June Visits and Talks

In the past few weeks, Euan has been describing our latest work on dynamic covalent nanoparticles to a diverse range of audiences at:

  • The Molecular and Nanoscale Physics group, University of Leeds
  • The 9th Annual Meeting of the St Andrews Centre for Magnetic Resonance
  • A symposium on Dynamic Covalent Chemistry: Frontiers and Perspectives, J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague.

At the event in Prague, it was a daunting but particular pleasure to present alongside one of the fathers of Dynamic Covalent Chemistry – Jean-Marie Lehn – as well as two good friends leading the next generation of research in our field – Emilio Perez and Max von Delius.

Thanks to all the hosts and organisers – Kevin Critchley and Zhang Ong at Leeds; Michael Buehl at St Andrews; and Petr Kovaříček at CAS Prague – for organising such great events and providing fantastic hospitality!

Meanwhile at St Andrews, it has been a pleasure to host visitors Jian Cui and Thomas Bischof from the Pioneer Campus at the Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich, closely followed by Prof. Paola Posocco from the Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste. Some great scientific discussions and exciting ideas were shared on each occasion!

Postgraduate Symposium 2018

Well done Rongtian, Edward and Guillaume for three excellent presentations of their research at the annual Postgraduate Symposium on 5-6 December. Particular congratulations go to Edward for picking up one of the runners’ up talk prizes – keeping up our good track record!

Rongtian and his poster with Edward and Guillaume

Well done Edward – well deserved!

Visiting Speaker

Last Friday (30/11/18), we enjoyed an entertaining and very informative seminar on gold nanoclusters by Dr Giovanni Salassa from Thomas Bürgi’s group at University of Geneva. Thanks for giving up some of your day off to tell us about your research!

Giovanni tells us about his 10 year journey to nanocluster expert.

Congratulations Dr Marro!

Very well done to our newest Ph.D. – Dr Nicolas Marro, who passed his viva on Friday 16 November.

Thanks to David Fulton (Newcastle) for giving his time and expertise as external examiner. Hopefully Nicolas is not quite packing his bags yet – lots of papers to write first!

Singapore Visit for Euan

Euan had a very interesting and productive visit to Singapore as part of a ScotChem group visiting National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, and the A*STAR national laboratory. It was great opportunity to make new friends and contacts, and establish links between Scottish Chemistry Departments and those in Singapore.

Check out that “wee” cleanroom at A*STAR – what fantastic facilities!

Just a wee cleanroom at A*STAR

Scotchem and NTU researchers

Thanks to Neil Robertson from Edinburgh and all the local hosts for doing all the hard work organizing a great trip.