We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Department of Chemistry

News / Twitter

Five-year fellowship for Russell Taylor

Many congratulations to Dr Russell Taylor, Lecturer in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, who has been awarded a prestigious Manufacturing Fellowship by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). This five-year, £900,000 award will support research into the development of new manufacturing processes that directly convert natural gas to value-added commodity chemicals. The project is supported by project partners, Johnson Matthey and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) who will provide guidance on aspects of technical and commercial application and process development.

(3 May 2018)

Judith Howard awarded Chancellor’s Medal

Congratulations to Professor Judith Howard CBE FRS on the award of Chancellor’s Medal. The prestigious Chancellor's Medal is given to an academic staff member with a long and distinguished employment history at Durham University, who has made outstanding contributions to research and who continues to enhance the University's reputation nationally and internationally post-retirement.


Judith joined Durham Chemistry as a Professor of Crystallography (the first female full professor) in 1991 and became the first (and only) female head of a five-star chemistry department nationally. Judith has built instruments that allow scientists to apply techniques to prove theories experimentally and advance the field of X-ray crystallography. She developed low temperature X-ray  and neutron diffraction methods to explore  electron density distributions, chemical bonding descriptors  and magnetic properties in molecules more precisely.

Judith is the chairman of OlexSys – a successful university spin-off (2010) - which provides the popular Olex2 software for solution and refinement of crystallographic data. Her publication record is remarkable with over 1500 articles and an h-index of 78.

(30 Apr 2018)

Durham Chemistry in University Research Video

The University has just published a video covering some of the research highlights at Durham: 

Durham Chemistry is featured in the video by our staff members: Prof Jas Pal Badyal and Dr Robert Pal.

Durham University Research

(23 Mar 2018) » More about Durham Chemistry in University Research Video

SCI Process Chemistry Award for Professor Graham Sandford

Congratulations to Professor Graham Sandford and the Durham Fluorine Group on receiving the 2018 SCI Process Chemistry Award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline-AstraZeneca-Syngenta-Pfizer for research on selective direct fluorination and continuous flow fluorination technology development. The highly competitive award is intended to recognise research into industrially-relevant areas of synthetic organic chemistry in order to raise awareness of the challenges faced by synthetic chemists in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. A panel composed of eight process chemists from AstraZeneca, GSK, Pfizer and Syngenta selected the winner and, as part of the prize, Professor Sandford will present an award lecture at the 2018 SCI Process Chemistry Conference in Cambridge.

(23 Jan 2018) » More about SCI Process Chemistry Award for Professor Graham Sandford

Durham Chemistry welcomes two Royal Society Newton International Fellows

Durham Chemistry is delighted to welcome two new research staff members who have been awarded prestigious Royal Society Newton International Fellowships.


(23 Mar 2018) » More about Durham Chemistry welcomes two Royal Society Newton International Fellows

Successful International Award for Durham Chemistry

Congratulations to Dr Paul McGonigal and Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro of this department on their successful bid in collaboration with Prof Andy Monkman (Physics), and Dr Chris Groves (Engineering) for a Rutherford Strategic Partnership Grant programme that will bring four early career scientists to Durham University from India, Malaysia, and Mexico as Rutherford Strategic Fellows (RSFs). During the 2018–2019 programme, the four RSFs will be hosted by the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) in the area of Organic Energy Materials.

Further details of this international award can be found at the DEI website


(27 Feb 2018)