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Ultrafast dynamics on the electron-attachment process

Prof Jan Verlet, Dr Joshua Rogers and Cate Anstöter have recently published their novel research in the prestigious journal, Nature Chemistry. They studied the reaction of an electron with a neutral molecule to make an anion. While this may seem like something that should be completely understood by now, it actually is not. One of the main reasons for this is that the process occurs on a very short time scale and it is therefore difficult to study experimentally. Jan's group has developed a method to track the reaction in real-time and to study the reaction of a very low-energy electron with hexafluorobenzene. 

(8 Jan 2018) » More about Ultrafast dynamics on the electron-attachment process

Abby Haworth awarded RSC poster prize

Many congratulations to Abby Haworth on her poster prize at the RSC Solid State Chemistry Group Christmas Meeting in Reading. This prize was awarded by the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Abby is currently doing a PhD with Dr Karen Johnston in the area of multinuclear solid state NMR. 

(28 Dec 2017)

Origin of protein formation

One of the biggest unanswered questions in science is how life first originated. Dr Valentina Erastova and Dr Matteo Degiacomi from our department, in collaboration with Earth Sciences departments in Durham and Oxford Universities, published an article in Nature Communications shedding light on a possible mechanism leading to the spontaneous formation of proteins, one of life’s fundamental building blocks.

(15 Dec 2017) » More about Origin of protein formation

International Award for Jas Pal Badyal

Congratulations to Professor Jas Pal Badyal FRS on the award of the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) International Medal 2018 - the first UK-born scientist to receive this honour. This is in recognition for his research group's pioneering work at Durham University on developing high selectivity plasmachemical reaction pathways, and scalable functional nanocoatings for technological and societal applications. Jas Pal will be awarded the medal next year at the 22nd National Conference of the Chemical Research Society of India.

(3 Dec 2017)

Jack Pike wins a poster prize

Jack Pike, PhD student in the Walton group, won a poster prize at the 2017 RSC Coordination and Organometallic Discussion Group meeting at Lancaster University. Jack’s poster “Ruthenium-Mediated Nucleophilic Trifluoromethylation of Arenes” was awarded the prize from a field of more than 30 posters. Presenting the award was Dr Nick Fletcher of Lancaster University.

(3 Dec 2017) » More about Jack Pike wins a poster prize

Sensing the difference between the elements

About a half of the reactions of life are catalysed by metals and a paper out today in Nature Communications​ from the Robinson lab at Durham University discovers how cells discern one metal from another. Metal sensing helps metalloproteins to bind the right metals. Implications and applications of understanding and manipulating protein metalation are supported by an Industry-Academia network led from the Universities of Durham and Kent in the UK (Metals in Biology BBSRC NIBB, award BB/L013711/1).

(1 Dec 2017) » More about Sensing the difference between the elements

Adams Poster Prizewinners 2017

Congratulations to Hannah Broderick (1st prize), Hannah Blandon (2nd) and Hannah Jones (3rd) 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.

(4 Dec 2017)