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Calling all former SALTERS Prizewinners, Award winners, Fellows or Scholars!

In 2018 the Salters’ Institute will be celebrating its Centenary. Since it was founded in 1918 the Salters’ Institute has been at the forefront of supporting chemistry education both in the UK and overseas. The Centenary gives the Institute a focus to celebrate the Institute’s history and the impact of its current activities; to redefine its relationship with the chemical industry; and to develop new initiatives, one of which is a network for Salters’ Institute Alumni.

To begin this network the Institute is contacting its previous Award winners to find out where their careers have taken them since winning an Award, and to get involved in the Institute’s Alumni events.

So far an event is planned at The Royal Society of Edinburgh on Thursday 30 November 2017. As part of the Centenary year plans are underway for an event at Salters’ Hall in April 2018 (date TBC).

Please contact: for more information.

(19 Oct 2017)

Drilling through Cell Membranes

Dr Robert Pal collaborated with US researchers on the successful opening of cell membranes by using light to activate molecular nanomachines. Cells were killed rapidly due to these activated motors puncturing their membranes by drilling through. Such machines show great promise in destroying cancer cells. This study is published in the highly respected journal Nature.

(8 Sep 2017) » More about Drilling through Cell Membranes

Karl Coleman is the new Head of Department

The Department is delighted to welcome Professor Karl Coleman as Head of Department for the next three years. Karl graduated with a chemistry degree from Leicester University, held an individual Marie Curie Research Fellowship in Strasbourg, France then a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in Chemistry at the University of Oxford. He joined Durham Chemistry in 2004 and was promoted to a Reader in 2008 and Chair in 2012. Karl has held a number of leadership roles including Director of Research in the Chemistry Department.

(31 Jul 2017) » More about Karl Coleman is the new Head of Department

Durham Chemistry to combat Tropical Diseases

Academics from the Department of Chemistry (Graham Sandford, Steven Cobb and Patrick Steel) and the Department of Biosciences (Paul Denny and Ehmke Pohl) have joined forces with colleagues from York (Jeremy Mottram), Sao Paulo (Ariel Silber) and Kalkotta (Nahid Ali) to lead an ambitious effort to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTD) with a £8M Global Network. The insect-vector transmitted diseases leishmaniasis and Chagas disease represent huge challenges in endemic regions of South America, Africa and Asia. It is estimated that >350 million people world-wide are at risk from leishmaniasis with more than 20.000 deaths per year while more than seven million people suffer from Chagas diseases in South America alone.

(21 Jul 2017) » More about Durham Chemistry to combat Tropical Diseases