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Department of Chemistry

Tuesday Lunchtime Research Meetings 2017-18

The meeting will usually start at 12 noon with a buffet lunch, with talks starting at 12:30. More details will be provided by email just before the event.

31 October 2017

“Lytic Reactions Of Lipid Membranes”

by John Sanderson (

“On the move: molecular rearrangement and macroscopic motion”

by Matt Kitching (

(Matt and John’s talks are aimed to coincide with the biophysical theme of the annual Howard Prize Lecture that takes place in the New Ogden Physics building later in the day:

7 November 2017

“Integrative Modelling of Macromolecular Assemblies”

by Matteo Degiacomi (

“Transient absorption: a general tool for probing excited states”

by Allie Tyson (JRRV group

14 November 2017

Light Activated Nanomachines for Targeted Therapeutics

by Robert Pal (

Fluorescent retinoids for cell biology and beyond

by David Chisholm (AW group

28 November 2017

The synthesis, characterisation and properties of triplet harvesting emissive organic molecules

by Jonathan Ward (MRB group

Finding needles in haystacks: sea cucumbers, reaction monitoring; and more

by Juan Aguilar (

THURSDAY 14 December 2017

lunch from 1 pm with talk starting at 1:15 pm

Manipulating controlled radical polymerization to control architecture, functionality and morphology

by Athina Anastasaki (University of California, Santa Barbara


In this talk the development of new controlled radical polymerization strategies will be presented, including atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and emulsion polymerization. These synthetic strategies give access to advanced materials consisting of hydrophilic, hydrophobic, semi-fluorinated and functional segments. Although traditional polymerization strategies require various parameters to be optimized to achieve a high degree of control over molecular weight and dispersity, this work demonstrates that one set of universal conditions can be achieved. These universal conditions result in efficacious polymerization of different classes of monomers, including acrylates, methacrylates and styrene. The facile nature of these conditions, combined with readily available reagents, will greatly expand the availability of tailored polymeric materials to all researchers. Ultimately, the synthesis of complex, sequence-controlled multiblock copolymers will reveal advanced materials that exhibit unique characteristics and morphologies.

23 January 2018

running 10 am - 5 pm

"Drug Discovery and Delivery II"

A day-long meeting supported by Durham University; Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; The Royal Society and the Global Challenges Research Fund
A meeting schedule is available to download below.