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Department of Chemistry


School Science Festival Success

On 1st-3rd April 2014, Durham University’s School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences played host to this year’s Schools Science Festival. Twenty-five schools from the surrounding area brought groups of 13-15 year old students to experience a day of the fun side of science.

(12 Apr 2014) » More about School Science Festival Success

A Chemist in The Commons

Jack Rowbotham has just returned to Durham following his 3-month RSC Westminster Fellowship, during which Jack worked for the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), spending his time advising the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. Jack is currently a PhD student with Dr Phil Dyer and Dr Chris Greenwell.

(10 Apr 2014) » More about A Chemist in The Commons

2014 Powder Diffraction and Rietveld Refinement school

Durham Chemistry welcomed 70 delegates to the 2014 Powder Diffraction and Rietveld Refinement school last week. The PhD+ level training school was organised by Ivana and John Evans and students came from 20 different countries, including participants from as far afield as Brazil, China and an ursine representative from Australia. 

(8 Apr 2014) » More about 2014 Powder Diffraction and Rietveld Refinement school

Prof Ken Wade

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Prof. Ken Wade (1932–2014) passed away on 16th March. Ken joined the Durham Chemistry in 1961, was Head of Department from 1986 until 1989 and continued to be extremely active in Durham Chemistry after his formal retirement in 1997. He will be greatly missed.

(19 Mar 2014) » More about Prof Ken Wade

Durham Crystallography in top journal Science

A stunning image of X-ray diffraction data collected from a benzene single crystal taken during research carried out by Professor Judith Howard and Dr Michael Probert appears on the front cover of the latest issue of the prestigious journal ScienceTogether with former Durham PhD student and postdoctoral fellow Dr Michael Probert, Judith has reviewed recent developments in single-crystal X-ray studies of chemical and materials sciences in an article which is one of the main features in Science’s 100 year celebration of Crystallography.

(11 Mar 2014) » More about Durham Crystallography in top journal Science

Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for Kosmas Prassides

Congratulations to Professor Kosmas Prassides on his appointment as a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder for research on "New Chemistry of Functional Molecular Materials". Professor Prassides is an authority on molecular superconductors and the physics and chemistry of condensed matter. Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award scheme provides universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

(31 Jan 2014)

Jennifer Norcliffe wins Poster Prize

Congratulations to Jenny Norcliffe on winning a runners-up poster prize at the RSC BMCS Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium held at Cambridge University last December. This symposium was designed to showcase the very best postgraduate research in the field of biological chemistry and medicinal chemistry. 

(21 Jan 2014) » More about Jennifer Norcliffe wins Poster Prize

BCA Poster Prize for Matthew Tate

Congratulations to Matt Tate who was awarded the “Solid State Chemistry Poster Prize” at this week’s British Crystallographic Association conference. Matt was a Durham M. Chem. student and is currently in the first year of his PhD working on oxide ion conductors for energy-related applications with Dr Ivana Evans. Matt’s poster was on structural properties of Nb doped bismuth oxides.

(10 Apr 2014)

David Parker awarded RISE fellowship

Congratulations to Professor David Parker who has been honoured as a Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers (RISE) Fellow. The RISE initiative, a partnership between the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering, recognises established and future research leaders in engineering and the physical sciences.


(10 Apr 2014) » More about David Parker awarded RISE fellowship

Caitlin Langford wins Biomaterials Poster Prize

Congratulations to Caitlin Langford on winning a poster prize at the RSC Biomaterials conference at the University of Manchester on the 7 & 8th Jan this year. The title of her poster was “Post-polymerization Functionalization of Thiol-Acrylate Emulsion Templated Porous Polymers”.

(13 Mar 2014)

Esma Okur awarded top prize at Tokyo meeting

Congratulations to Esma Okur on an award for best poster at the International School and Symposium on Molecular Materials (ISSMM2013) in Tokyo on November 2013. Her poster was titled "Structural and Electronic Properties of KxCs3-xC60 Fulleride Superconductors".

(13 Mar 2014)

Tracker Dyes Grant Success

Congratulations to Professor David Parker and Dr Robert Pal on a large EPSRC award to carry out a project titled "EuroTracker Dyes: Synthesis and Application in Functional Cell Imaging". This project involves developing bright europium (Eu) complexes as stains and responsive probes of particular organelles within living cells.

(13 Mar 2014) » More about Tracker Dyes Grant Success