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Department of Chemistry


Anti-Parasite Peptoids by Cobb and Denny Groups

Recent exciting work on linear peptoids by the Steven Cobb (Chemistry) and Paul Denny (Medicine and Health) groups was featured as an Editor's choice article and on the inside cover of ChemMedChem. For the issue see:

(27 Jan 2015) » More about Anti-Parasite Peptoids by Cobb and Denny Groups

Ken Wade Commemoration Symposium

Following the very sad news that our colleague and friend Prof. Ken Wade (FRS) passed away in March this year, Durham University’s Chemistry Department, with sponsorship and support from the Dalton Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, held a one-day symposium in his honour on 15th December. Hosting this meeting in Durham was particularly poignant, as Ken spent the majority of his scientific career in Durham, joining the Chemistry Department as a lecturer in 1961. Although Ken formally retired from Durham in 1997, he continued his enthusiastic and active involvement with the Department as an Emeritus chair for another sixteen years. 

(24 Dec 2014) » More about Ken Wade Commemoration Symposium

REF 2014 - Durham Chemistry tops UK research impact

Durham Chemistry Department topped the UK research impact charts in the December 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). The Head of Department, Prof. Mark Wilson, congratulated the staff for their "fantastic work". The impact tables are a measure of how research work done in universities makes a difference in terms of the economy and society. 76% of Durham Chemistry’s research activity was ranked as 4* (outstanding), ahead of Cambridge and Liverpool who were in 2nd and 3rd place in the tables with 60%. Additionally, 100% of our research impact was ranked as making an outstanding or very considerable (economic or societal) impact.

(18 Dec 2014) » More about REF 2014 - Durham Chemistry tops UK research impact

Royal Society Fellowship for Robert Pal

Many congratulations to Dr. Robert Pal for a prestigious University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society to study the Development and Chemical Application of Phase Modulation Nanoscopy. Robert will hold his Fellowship in the Chemistry Department, from the 1st October this year. After completing his PhD in 2008, he has been working as a postdoctoral research assistant in the Department and has transformed himself from an organic chemist to a well recognised microscopist. He also serves as the Technical Director of the successful University spin out company, FScan Ltd. 


(15 May 2014) » More about Royal Society Fellowship for Robert Pal

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

Research Awards for Filip Kielar and Elizabeth New

Congratulations to Drs Filip Kielar (Naresuan University, Thailand) and Elizabeth New (Sydney University, Australia) on receiving Early Career Research Awards for excellence in biological inorganic chemistry. Filip (2004-7) and Elizabeth (2006-9) were former members in Prof David Parker's research group here.

(2 Jan 2015)