A belated congratulations to Scott, who is funded by the CRITICAT CDT programme and won a prize for his flash summary of his Ph.D. project at the CRITICAT Firbush retreat earlier this month (12-14 June). Not a bad way to start your Ph.D.!
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On Friday 19 May – Saturday 20 May the School of Chemistry welcomed Prof. Makoto Fujita (University of Tokyo) as an EaStChem Colloquium speaker. As well as delivering an inspirational lecture on Friday, spanning metallosupramolecular chemistry, self-assembly, and the remarkable crystalline sponge … Continue reading
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The whole group made the short journey down to Edinburgh to attend the annual meeting of the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry interest group on 15-16 December 2016. Guillaume presented a poster titled Improving ligand design for boronate ester mediated dynamic covalent … Continue reading
Fantastic news on Wednesday this week (5 October 2016) when Ben Feringa, Jean-Pierre Sauvage and J. Fraser Stoddart were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”.
This is a really exciting moment for supramolecular chemistry and artificial molecular machines. The prize acknowledges some stunning scientific contributions by three inspiring and generous scientists. Congratulations to all three from St Andrews!
Euan spent a very enjoyable Wednesday presenting the group’s work at the University of Ulm at a Workshop on Dynamic Covalent Chemistry “A Central Tool for the Central Science“. It was an excellent and very informative afternoon of talks and discussions about dynamic covalent chemistry, with other contributions from Ricardo Furlan (Rosario), Sébastien Ulrich (Montpellier), and Michael Mastalerz (Heidelberg).
Excellently organised by another “molecular machinist”, Max von Delius, it was also a fortuitous opportunity to reflect on the other exciting news announced that day!
From 24th to 28th July, Euan was in Bath at the 5th International Conference on Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates (MSMLG 2016). As well as giving a flash presentation, it was great to be involved in the British Council Researcher Links Workshop, making some new friends and catching up with some old ones from both the UK and China.
Euan participated in the Faraday Discussion on Nanoparticles with Morphological and Functional Anisotropy in Glasgow, UK (4-6 July 2016). Faraday Discussions are an exciting format where the majority of time is devoted to discussing the science rather than one-way presentations. Euan also presented a poster on some of the group’s work: Dynamic Molecular Approaches for Controlling Nanoparticle Assembly.
Euan presented a poster summarizing the group’s work on Dynamic covalent control of nanoparticle properties and assembly at the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Noble Metal Nanoparticles (June 19–24 2016, Mount Holyoke College, MA). Cathy Murphy (Illinois) and Stephan Link (Rice) organized a really excellent meeting; Euan learnt a tremendous amount about cutting-edge research on both fundamentals and applications of noble metal nanoparticles. It was great to meet many new friends and enjoy stimulating discussions all in a beautiful setting…roll on the next edition in 2018!
This month we welcome two visitors to the group; coming to enjoy summer in sunny St Andrews.
Marek Kaminski is from Warsaw, Poland. He graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Warsaw in 2014, and is currently a MSc student at the same institution.
Virginie Viseur joins us from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie in Lille, France, where she is an undergraduate.