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.

Several group comings and goings…

A (very) belated “welcome to the group” to Dr Marta Diez-Castellnou – who joined us in March after winning a Clarin-Cofund Postdoctoral Fellowship. And also to Marlena Bela – a Masters student from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, who has been with us since the start of April on an ERASMUS-funded visit.

Both have settled in so quickly that they are already making excellent contributions to our science and group dynamic…although that’s a poor excuse for me forgetting to post a welcome message!

Sadly, we now have to say “goodbye” to Lina, after 2 years with us already. How time flies. Lina, you will be sorely missed both scientifically and socially around the group, so we are glad you will be around in St Andrews for some time yet!

Finally, we also say thanks to our honours project students Tang and Daniel, who submitted their theses recently. Thanks for your hard work and good luck in the exams!

Postgraduate Symposium 2017

Edward, Guillaume (posters) and Nicolas (talk) all gave great presentations at the annual St Andrews Postgraduate symposium on 5–6 December.

Particular congratulations to Nicolas on winning one of the runners-up prizes for his talk Complementary Dynamic Covalent Nanoparticle Building Blocks. Well deserved!

Our three representatives in 2017: Edward, Nicolas and Guillaume

Oral presentations runners up: Stefania Musolino (Taylor & Smith groups), Nicolas, and Samantha Russell (Morris group)

To re-live all the excitement, check out #StAPGDays on Twitter!