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Department of Chemistry


Simon Beaumont on Next-Generation Catalyst Design

Exciting work from Simon Beaumont’s group (as part of a collaborative research team comprising researchers at Aston and Leeds universities) has just been published in the high-impact journal Nature Materials.

The study reports the successful selective dual-functionalisation of porous materials with a high degree of spatial control over where each functionality is located (selectively to either large or small pores). The value of these new materials is demonstrated as unusually selective catalysts for an otherwise challenging one-pot oxidation of cinnamyl alcohol to cinnamic acid.

(17 Nov 2015) » More about Simon Beaumont on Next-Generation Catalyst Design

BSc Awards for Carole Hubery and Emma Elliott

Many congratulations to Carole Hubery and Emma Elliott on their Bachelor of Science awards from Open University (OU). They recently graduated at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Saturday 17th October. They thoroughly enjoyed being graduands, taking part after years of being in the audience of graduation ceremonies here.

(6 Nov 2015) » More about BSc Awards for Carole Hubery and Emma Elliott

Dr Zhao wins RSC poster prize

Congratulations to Dr Xiaotao Zhao (current PDRA in the Bryce group) who was awarded joint 1st prize in the poster competition at the RSC 2nd Asian-European Symposium on Organic Optoelectronics, Edinburgh 27-29 October 2015. The photo shows the two prizewinners with Professor Graeme Cooke from University of Glasgow (Graeme obtained his PhD in the Bryce group in 1992!).

(30 Oct 2015)

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)