Showcase Study for UK Chemistry Published in Nature
An Impact Case Study from Professor Jas Pal Badyal's research was selected as a REF 2014 showcase study for UK Chemistry and published in Nature (one of the three examples chosen by HEFCE from across the whole of UK Engineering and Physical Sciences). Jas Pal has been studying chemical reactions taking place on solid surfaces since the late 1980s. This has led to a range of patented functional surfaces, including super-repellent surfaces which have been used to make over 100 million smartphones splashproof. Successful start-up companies from his group include P2i, Surface Innovations, and Dow Corning Plasma - all a result of curiosity driven basic research.
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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.
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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.
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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