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Department of Chemistry


Tony Harsanyi wins Fluorine Chemistry Prize

Tony Harsanyi (3rd year PhD student, Graham Sandford Fluorine Group) was awarded a poster prize (500 euro) sponsored by the German Chemical Industry group of the German Chemical society (GDCh) at the recent 21st International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry, Como, Italy ( The poster, titled ‘Synthesis of fluoromalonate esters: Assessment of the greenness of direct fluorination’, was selected from over 100 contributions.

(25 Sep 2015)

Yousilliya Bunga wins Electrochem Poster Prize

Congratulations to Yousilliya Bunga for winning the first prize at the poster competition held at the Electrochem 2015 conference, Durham, 13-15 Sept 2015. Her poster entitled ‘Metal nanoparticles and their interactions with lipid membranes immobilised on gold electrode’ was selected amongst 65 entries.

(18 Sep 2015)

Fuel Cells Get Cool

Work from Ivana Evans’ group on materials for solid oxide fuel cells has been highlighted in the Institut Laue Langevin’s report “Neutrons and Energy 2015” The article on page 8 of the brochure describes experimental and computational studies on materials which show high oxide ion conductivities at low temperature. These properties are needed for solid oxide fuel cells which convert chemical energy directly to electrical energy. 

(26 Aug 2015) » More about Fuel Cells Get Cool

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

Researcher Mobility Grant for Hannah Bolt

Hannah Bolt a 2nd year PhD student working with Dr Steven Cobb (Chemistry) and Dr Paul Denny (Medicine, Pharmacy and Health) has been awarded a Researcher Mobility Grant from The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS). The grant will fund a research placement for Hannah enabling her to work at the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) to work with Prof. Ronald Zuckermann. Hannah’s work will focus on the synthesis of a peptoid library for structure activity studies against the neglected tropical disease Leishmaniasis.

(26 Aug 2015)

Building blocks for new materials

Work from John Evans' group features on the cover of “Inorganic Chemistry” this August. The paper is the culmination of three publications in ACS journals this year which show how it’s possible to create controlled transition metal arrays in a family of oxychalcogenide materials related to the iron arsenide superconductors. The first two publications described how the apparently complex superstructures of these materials could be rationalised using (3+1)D or superspace crystallography, leading to the idea of an “infinitely adaptive” family of materials. The latest paper describes 60 new compositions showing how the resulting “building block” ideas can be used to create new materials.

(6 Aug 2015) » More about Building blocks for new materials