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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!