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Department of Chemistry


Chemists examine pigments in Gospels

Scientists from Durham and Northumbria Universities have used Raman spectroscopy to examine the St Augustine Gospels at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. They were thought to have been written in the 6th Century in Italy and possibly brought to Britain by St Augustine of Canterbury himself. This manuscript is the oldest surviving Latin illustrated Gospel book and one of the oldest European books in existence. 

(10 Jul 2015) » More about Chemists examine pigments in Gospels

Durham Chemistry wins Teamwork Innovation Award 2015

The Procter & Gamble and Durham University Partnership has won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2015 Teamwork in Innovation Award consisting of £4,000 and a trophy. This was given in recognition of the multidisciplinary, collaborative and high-impact research leading to product innovation.

(12 May 2015) » More about Durham Chemistry wins Teamwork Innovation Award 2015

Adams Poster Prizewinners 2015

Congratulations to Christian Wells (1st prize), Rowan von Spreckelsen (2nd) and Sean Boardman in winning the D.B. Adams Poster prizes. These awards, inaugurated in 2014, are made annually in memory of Dr David Brinley Adams (Durham: BSc, 1967 – 1970, PhD, 1970 – 1973, Senior Demonstrator, 1973 – 1975) in recognition of academic excellence in the MChem poster competition.

(3 Jul 2015)

Hannah Bolt wins RSC Presentation Prize

Congratulations to Hannah Bolt, a second year student in the Cobb group (working in collaboration with Paul Denny), who was awarded first prize for the best oral presentation at the recent RSC Chemical Biology and Bio-Organic Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium at Bristol University. Her talk was titled 'Developing Peptide-Mimetics for the Treatment of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis' 

(1 Jun 2015) » More about Hannah Bolt wins RSC Presentation Prize

Chemistry World article by Sam Lear

Congratulations to Sam Lear, a PhD student in the Cobb group, who was a runner up in the recent RSC World Science Communication Competition. Sam’s 800 word article based on this year’s topic: chemistry and art secured him second place in the final which was recently held at Burlington house. Sam’s article “Perfumery: the molecular art form” is available to read in Chemistry World (May issue).

(21 May 2015)

Durham Chemistry tops the rankings

Durham Chemistry has risen to second position in the 2016 Complete University Guide, securing its position as a top department for the study of chemistry, providing our students with an excellent academic environment for research-led study with other bright minds leading to excellent employability prospects. Durham Chemistry’s rise to second position now places it ahead of Oxford Chemistry (in third place). Durham Chemistry students have higher entry qualifications than any other British university except Cambridge, and our final year students are amongst the most satisfied students with the quality of their teaching and learning experience. Durham Chemistry students are taught by academic staff whose research is world-leading, and has the greatest societal impact of any UK Chemistry department, as measured by REF2014.


(29 Apr 2015) » More about Durham Chemistry tops the rankings

Liz Grayson wins Excellence Award

Congratulations to Liz Grayson who is a winner of the University's
Excellence in Learning and teaching Award. The award is in recognition of Liz's outstanding contribution to learning and teaching, which has taken place in the Department of Chemistry over many years.

(23 Apr 2015)

Durham Chemistry Down Under

March 2015: Sydney University was treated to a feast of Durham chemistry, with three seminars from Durham academics in 8 days. Prof John Evans gave the Sydney Chemical Society’s “Francis Lions Memorial Lecture” on functional inorganic materials and Dr Ivana Evans and Dr James Walton gave departmental seminars. 

(26 Mar 2015) » More about Durham Chemistry Down Under