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!

Faraday Discussion: Nanoparticles with Morphological and Functional Anisotropy

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.

Gordon Research Conference: Noble Metal Nanoparticles

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!

Welcome Marek and Virginie

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.

Welcome both!

Welcome Lina!

A big welcome to Dr Ioulia Mati, our new post-doc. Lina comes to us having completed her undergraduate studies in Thessaloniki, Greece, followed by a Ph.D. and post-doc position in Edinburgh.
We hope you enjoy life even further north in St Andrews!

MASC 2015

At the end of December, Euan, Nicolas and Will enjoyed two days of great science at the annual RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry conference, expertly hosted by colleagues in Durham. Will presented a poster titled Dynamic Covalent Tuning of Nanoparticle Properties, and Nicolas presented his work on Complementary Dynamic Covalent Nanoparticle Building Blocks. As always, it was a great way to end the year!