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!

Visiting Speaker

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.

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

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!