Sorry if you tried to visit us over the past two weeks and found the site down. Hopefully the gremlins have been removed and we are visible to the world again!
We welcome three new honours project students this year: Daniel Davidson, Tang Phattharaphuti and Lewis Ratcliffe. Looking forward to the results of an exciting range of projects – hope you have a blast guys!
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.
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It was a great day of mostly unpublished science, meeting up with old friends, and making some new ones…see here for the full line-up.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.
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.