Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Symposium

Euan presented some of the group’s work at the 2019 RSC Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Symposium, which was held at UEA, 22-23 July. This annual meeting is a great opportunity to meet researchers working in a broad spectrum of fields that can be considered as “chemical nanosciences” – look out for information on next years’ event in the coming months!

Graduation 2019

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.

May-June Visits and Talks

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!

Singapore Visit for Euan

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.

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

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

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!