Summer Activities – A Belated Update

It appears the dog days of summer in St Andrews (!!) have had a negative impact on the pace of website updates.

In late June, we were very happy to welcome James Findlay from the Crowley group at University of Otago to the lab for two weeks. Working with Nicolas, James brought some of the Crowley group’s cool ferrocene-based molecular switches to the lab. We hope to tell you about some exciting results soon!

It was also great to host James’s supervisor – and Euan’s ex-colleague from Edinburgh days – James (yes it was confusing) for a couple of days. James (Crowley) gave a great lecture and found some time to re-acquaint himself with some fine Scottish produce.

Enjoying a few beers with James and James.

Euan was very pleased to give a talk at Steve Goldup and Jon Kitchen’s Supramolecular Syposiusm (unofficially #GoldupSupra) in Southampton in July.

It was a great day of mostly unpublished science, meeting up with old friends, and making some new ones…see here for the full line-up.

Thanks Steve and Jon for the great day…and the photo.

Southampton Supramolecular Meeting – 7 July 2017

Makoto Fujita visits St Andrews

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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

MASC 2016

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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

2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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!

2016 Nobel Prize

Ulm International Workshop on Dynamic Covalent Chemistry

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!