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An archive of some past news stories from the School. For the most up to date news, visit our News page.

Graduation 2013
Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2013

We would like to offer our congratulations to our 2013 graduating class.

Science and the Assembly
Science and the Assembly

Scientists from the Cardiff Catalysis Institute put on an exhibition as part of the RSC Science and the Assembly event at the Senedd. 

Prof Bowker describing the information available from the CCI’s XPS system for Welsh Government Minister Leighton Andrews and University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan.
Welsh Government Minister visits the Cardiff Catalysis Institute

Leighton Andrews, the Welsh Government Minister for Education and Skills visited the Cardiff Catalysis Institute

Salters 2013
Salters Chemistry Festival at Cardiff University

On Thursday 16th May the School of Chemistry hosted the annual Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.

CCI Science Cafe
BBC Radio Wales Science Café visits the Cardiff Catalysis Institute

The popular BBC Radio Wales programme the Science Café visited the Cardiff Catalysis Institute to learn more about catalysts and the work of the Institute.

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The Cardiff Chemistry Conference 2013

Showcasing the Latest Developments in Chemistry.

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Cardiff Chemistry is one of the world's leading Schools

Cardiff School of Chemistry has been ranked in the world’s top 200 Chemistry departments according to a recently released prestigious international league table.

National Science and Engineering Week Workshops
National Science and Engineering Week Workshops

As part of National Science and Engineering week (15th – 24th March 2013), a team of volunteers from the School of Chemistry recently ran a series of chemistry workshops in secondary schools across South Wales.

Samuel Miller, Marcus Connolly, Dr Tom Tatchell and Joe Bricknell.
THRIVE Winners Experience Jaguar Land-Rover Plant

The School of Chemistry is pleased to announce this year’s THRIVE Experience Winners. 

Learned Society Wales
Professor Rudolf Allemann elected as a fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

Professor Rudolf Allemann of the School of Chemistry has been elected as a fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. 

Jo Norman, Programmes Team Leader from the sponsor EDF Energy, with Max and Sir Trevor McDonald.
Cardiff Chemistry Student Wins Undergraduate of the Year Award

Max Feller, a year 2 student in the School of Chemistry has won the “Low Carbon Undergraduate of the Year Award”, sponsored by EDF Energy.

RSC Awards Symposium
Royal Society of Chemistry Prize and Award symposium

On Friday 8th March the School of Chemistry hosted a Royal Society of Chemistry Prize and Award symposium on behalf of the Dalton Division.

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Applications to Study Chemistry at Cardiff at a Record High

Data from UCAS indicates that Cardiff University has seen a significant increase in the number of applications to study. The School of Chemistry has seen the most dramatic rise (51%) in applications.

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Creating a stronger, greener UK

Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) to lead new Catalysis hub

Polymer
More efficient gas separations using a rigid ladder polymer

A new polymer developed by researchers at Cardiff may lead to more efficient large-scale separation of gas mixtures for chemical engineering and energy generation.

Spins under pressure: A mechanistic understanding of homogeneous catalysis by high pressure EPR.
Spins under pressure: A mechanistic understanding of homogeneous catalysis by high pressure EPR.

A £498K grant has been awarded to Dr. Damien Murphy by EPSRC to develop a high pressure Electron Paramagnetic Resonance system in the School of Chemistry.

Dr Jennifer Edwards
Dr Jennifer Edwards wins prestigious international Clara Immerwahr Award

Dr Jennifer Edwards is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Clara Immerwahr award.

Science Careers Fair – 2012
Science Careers Fair – 2012

Wednesday 7th November saw the second Science Careers fair take place with around 300 students from the Schools of Bioscience and Chemistry attending.

Figure 1. The South Transept of York Minster and circular Rose Window. Courtesy of R. Walker and A. Holton.
Preserving cultural heritage – a new coating for York Minster?

Dr Karen Wilson, Prof Adam Lee and their Science Heritage Programme funded PhD student Rachel Walker have recently investigated the potential of hydrophobic surface coatings as protection for the cathedral walls and grotesques. 

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Five Permanent Academic Positions Available

Five permanent academic positions (chair/reader/senior lecturer/lecturer) are available in Cardiff School of Chemistry. 

Nakarin Subjalearndee, Yan Ma, Ziyu Wang.
International Postgraduate Scholarships 2012

The School of Chemistry is pleased to announce the following recipients of this year’s International Postgraduate Scholarships.

Professor Adam Lee
Solar Reactor EPSRC grant

Professor Adam Lee has been awarded £221k as part of a £1.2M collaborative EPSRC grant entitled "Solar fuels via engineering innovation".

Dr Karen Wilson
UK-USA Collaborative Project In Renewable Fuels

Dr Karen Wilson has been awarded a major grant under the NSF-EPSRC International Collaboration in Chemistry programme to work on catalytic conversion of biomass to fuels.

University Scholarships
School Welcomes Scholarship Winners 2012

The School of Chemistry is very proud to award students University Scholarships and the University also awards Naim Dangoor Scholarships to students from the School of Chemistry.

Graduation 2012
Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2012

We would like to offer our congratulations to our 2012 graduating class.

Professor Graham Hutchings FRS
A Catalyst for Change

The Cardiff Catalysis Institute has received a major University investment in its search for faster, cleaner and more economic industrial processes.

Professor Graham J. Hutchings being presented with the 2011 French-Great Britain Chemistry Prize by Professor Gerard Ferey of the University Of Versailles
Two Catalysis Awards for Professor Graham Hutchings

In Munich at the 15th International Congress on Catalysis Professor Hutchings will deliver the Heinz Heinemann Award lecture. 

A Celebration of Organic Chemistry
A Celebration of Organic Chemistry Symposium

On Friday 15th June 2012, the School of Chemistry hosted a special one-day symposium to celebrate the contribution that organic chemistry makes to society and to mark the career of Professor Keith Smith, who will retire later this year.

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A Celebration of Organic Chemistry

On Friday 15th June 2012, the School of Chemistry will host a special one-day symposium to celebrate the contribution that organic chemistry makes to society and to mark the career of Professor Keith Smith, who will retire later this year.

Cardiff Chemistry Conference 2012
Cardiff Chemistry Conference

The School of Chemistry recently hosted the latest in a long-running series of annual conferences, with a number of distinguished external speakers presenting work spanning the broad spectrum of chemistry. 

James Robinson wins Coulson Prize
James Robinson wins Coulson Prize

James Robinson,  presented his research at the Royal Society of Chemistry's Theoretical Chemistry Group annual Graduate Student Meeting on 9 May, and was awarded the Coulson Prize for the best talk at the meeting. 

2012 Beilby Medal Awarded to Professor Adam Lee
2012 RSC Beilby Medal Awarded to Adam Lee

Professor Adam Lee has been awarded the 2012 Beilby Medal and Prize.

Neil Robertson, Nathan Allen (President), Keith Bugler, and Oliver Burrows.
Chemistry Society Wins Award

The School of Chemistry is pleased to announce that the Chemistry Society has won "Most Improved Society" at the Cardiff Students Union Society Awards.

Problematic polymers
Problematic Polymers

PhD students Brendan Rowan and Ryan Sharpe from Cardiff School of Chemistry travelled to Builth Wells on Wednesday 14th March to take part in a Chemistry at Work event.

Nature Chemistry
Nature Chemistry: The Role of Conformational Movements for Enzyme Function

The role of protein motions in enzyme catalysis is a key issue in modern enzymology.

Professor Michael Grätzel
Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture Symposium

In association with the Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture, given by Professor Michael Grätzel on 22nd March 2012, a half-day symposium on Advances in Solar Energy took place in the Cardiff School of Chemistry. 

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Schlumberger Foundation Faculty

Dr. Nida Ambreen, a postdoctoral fellow from Pakistan, has won one of the prestigious Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future fellowships to work with Prof. Thomas Wirth. 

Cardiff High Field NMR Facility
Cardiff High Field NMR Facility

The Cardiff High Field NMR Facility in the School of Chemistry has opened its doors on 1 March 2012.

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Cardiff Chemistry Conference 2012

The Cardiff Chemistry Conference will be held in the School of Chemistry on 14th - 15th May 2012.

Nanotechnology on display
Nanotechnology on display at Welsh Government's Science Strategy Meeting

Professor John Harries, the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales' gave a presentation on the Welsh government's newly announced Science Strategy. 

Welsh Schools Visit
Welsh Medium schools visit the School of Chemistry

The School of Chemistry recently hosted a laboratory-based event, welcoming around eighty A-level pupils from eight different Welsh medium schools from across Wales.

Discovery Science Club
Discover Science Club

The School of Chemistry recently hosted a Discover! Saturday Club event, welcoming around thirty Year 9 level female pupils from eight different schools across South East Wales. 

BBSRC GRANT
BBSRC Grant: Protein-ligand coupled motions in DHFR catalysis

A £550k grant has just been awarded by BBSRC to staff in the School of Chemistry.

Prof Thomas Wirth
Design of Electrochemical Flow Cells

A microreactor for electrochemical synthesis has been designed and fabricated in the group of Professor Thomas Wirth.

Closing the Loop
Closing the Loop

The Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) has been investigating catalytic routes for upgrading the stream of low value C7-C12 alkanes from natural gas and biomass into much more useful chemicals.

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Cardiff PhD Student Invited On RSC Delegation To India

Sarah Adams, a third year PhD student in the chemistry department under the supervision Prof. Rudolf K. Allemann, will represent all UK postgraduate students by touring India as part of a Royal Chemistry Society delegation.

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New Research Grant Awarded

A £440K grant has been awarded by BBSRC to staff in the Schools of Chemistry and Medicine. The award, entitled “Controlling cell death and proliferation with encodable visible light responsive proteins” was awarded to Professor Rudolf Allemann and Professor Gerald Richter in the School of Chemistry.

Figure 1 showing an electrode surface with (a) single strand; (b) duplex; (c) sensitiser bound to DNA; (d) irradiated sensitiser
Multi-disciplinary project grant for electrochemical DNA biosensing

A research team involving Drs Niek Buurma and Simon Pope, together with collaborators at the University of Bath, has been awarded research funding under the Bio-E Initiative for a multi-disciplinary project aiming at enhancing electrochemical DNA biosensing.

ISIS
Cardiff Research Highlighted in ISIS Annual Review

Collaborative research from Drs Ian Fallis, Simon Pope, Peter Griffiths and Alison Paul has been highlighted in the ISIS annual review document. ISIS is a muon and neutron source facility based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Tom Edwards
Tomos Edwards wins Salters' Chemistry Prize

Congratulations to Tomos Edwards, a year 4 MChem student in the School of Chemistry, who has been awarded one of the prestigious 2011 Salters' Prizes in Chemistry.

The Chemistry of Me
The Chemistry of Me

Visitors to Techniquest’s Science of Me event at the end of November had the chance explore the chemistry of the body.

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Undergraduate Prizes 2010-11

The School of Chemistry is pleased to announce the winners of various prizes awarded each year to those students excelling in differing areas of the undergraduate course.

A new reference book on Organoselenium Chemistry has been published.
New Reference Book Published, Edited by Professor Thomas Wirth

A new reference book, edited by Thomas Wirth, on Organoselenium Chemistry has been published recently (Nov. 2011).

Fig 2. SEM images of a carbonate core shell grown around a gold nanoparticle. The sample was developed by Charlie Davis who recently started work on the NERC grant.
NERC Grant Awarded

Dr Phil Davies & Prof Gary Attard from the School of Chemistry, in collaboration with Dr Steven Barker from Earth Sciences have been awarded a studentship by NERC

Dangoor Scholarships
School Welcomes Scholarship Winners

The School of Chemistry is very proud to award students University Scholarships and the University also awards Naim Dangoor Scholarships to students from the School of Chemistry.

Chemistry attracts talented international student
Chemistry Attracts Talented International Student

Mesele Oluwaseun is the winner of the University’s Commonwealth Scholarship, joining the School of Chemistry after beating off competition from across all academic disciplines.

Open Day
Cardiff University Open Day

On Saturday 17th Sept, the University welcomed visitors to explore the history and architecture of the University buildings, to exhibit our research, and to give a taste of what actually goes on inside!

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Hands-on Chemistry at Techniquest

Self-inflating balloons, multi-coloured markers and amazing red cabbage were just three of the hands-on experiments at Techniquest on Saturday 23rd July.

Top ten Soft Matter article
Top Ten Soft Matter Article

Cardiff academics Drs Pete Griffiths and Alison Paul, in collaboration with Dr Dave Adams at Liverpool,, are utilizing SANS to elucidate the structure-activity relationships between the nano- and macro-scale structures of novel self-assembling protein gels

M4 Colloids 2011
M4 COLLOIDS 2011

The Cardiff School of Chemistry was pleased to host the annual M4Colloids Group one-day meeting on 21st July.

Clare Morton Livery Guild Award
Clare Morton Wins Welsh Livery Guild Award

1st Year Postgraduate student Clare Morton has been awarded the prestigious Welsh Livery Guild

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Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2011

We would like to offer our congratulations to our 2011 graduating class.

Prof Thomas Wirth
Professor Thomas Wirth is co-Chair of the First Open-Access Chemical Society Journal

Professor Thomas Wirth has been appointed to the position of co-chair of the editorial advisory board of 'ChemistryOpen'.

Major Grant to Develop Optogenetic Methods
Major Grant to Develop Optogenetic Methods

A team led by Professor Rudolf Allemann in the School of Chemistry has been awarded a research grant of £550K. 

Dr Peter Griffiths
Targeting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

A new technique which targets antibiotic-resistant bacteria and shields patients from the toxic aspects of the antibiotic drug has been developed by University scientists.

Dr Mark Elliott
Dr Mark Elliott Appointed to Editorial Board of Two Journals

Dr Mark Elliott, a senior lecturer in organic chemistry, has been appointed to the editorial board of Heterocyclic Communications and Heterocyclic Letters.

Professor Graham Hutchings FRS
Chemical Society of France Award

Professor Graham Hutchings has been awarded The Chemical Society of France (SCF) 2011 SCF French-British Prize. 

It's a Gas
It's a Gas

The new Chemistry Demonstration Show 'It's a Gas' has gone on tour.

Dr Ben Ward
Research Selected for Leading National Report

Groundbreaking work from Cardiff University has been chosen as one of the most important research projects currently taking place in universities.

Professor Graham Hutchings FRS
Improving catalysis

University research may help to improve the way that metal nanoparticles are used in catalysis.

C & E News Magazine
Faster Catalysts Highlighted by C&E News Magazine

Research by Chris Parlett, Adam Lee and Karen Wilson from the School of Chemistry, and their collaborators at York and Leeds, has been featured in the Science and Technology concentrates section of the ACS magazine Chemical & Engineering News.

Salters’ Festival of Chemistry
Salters' Chemistry Festival

On Wednesday 4th May the School of Chemistry hosted the annual Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, welcoming sixty Year 7 and 8 pupils from fifteen different schools from across Wales.

Dr Peter Griffiths
SARTRE Science Team Award

Work by Dr Peter Griffiths of the School of Chemistry, along with collaborators has earned the SARTRE Science Team Award for 'best interdisciplinary dynamics'.

Awards for CCI Staff
International Precious Metals Institute Awards for CCI Staff

Two members of the School of Chemistry based in the Cardiff Catalysis Institute have been awarded prizes from the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) based in the US.

Awards for CCI Staff
International Precious Metals Institute Awards for CCI Staff

Two members of the School of Chemistry based in the Cardiff Catalysis Institute have been awarded prizes from the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) based in the US.

Professor Adam Lee
McBain Medal Awarded to Professor Adam Lee

Professor Adam Lee has been awarded the 2011 McBain Medal of the Society of Chemical Industry and Royal Society of Chemistry for his contributions to colloid and surface science. 

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Eight academic staff from the School of Chemistry elected as Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales

Eight members of the School of Chemistry have been elected as fellows of the Learned Society of Wales in the Society's inaugural election cycle (Professors Bowker, Carpenter, Cavell, Harris, Knight, Knowles, Roberts and Smith). 

Prof Barry Carpenter
Towards an Artificial Leaf

Work from the Cardiff School of Chemistry, led by Professor Barry Carpenter in the Physical Organic Chemistry Centre, has revealed a new strategy to make an "artificial leaf".

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Uncovering Chemistry Secrets 2010

A one day course designed to support A-level Chemistry.

Dr Karen Wilson
Dr Karen Wilson awarded Royal Society Industry Fellowship

Dr Karen Wilson has been awarded a Royal Society Industry Fellowship to work with Johnson Matthey over the next four years to nano-engineer a new generation of heterogeneous catalysts for biofuel production.

RSC Chemistry symposium 2011
RSC Chemistry Symposium 2011

Cardiff recently hosted a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Faraday Division Awards Symposium, sponsored by the South East Wales Local Section of the RSC at which three leading physical chemists presented their research.

Dr Alison Paul
Dr Alison Paul Interviewed for Member Profile in SCI Publication Chemistry and Industry

Dr Alison Paul has been interviewed for a member profile article in the latest edition of the SCI publication Chemistry and Industry.

Imaging Work Featured in Chemistry World
Imaging Work Featured in Chemistry World

Work by Mike Coogan and Flora Thorp-Greenwood from the School of Chemistry, along with collaborators from Bioscience, has been featured in the research news section of the RSC magazine Chemistry World.

Year of Chemistry

BBC Radio Wales reporter Adam Walton visited Cardiff University's School of Chemistry and heard about the recently opened Cardiff Catalysis Institute and the Flash Bang Wallop roadshow which will be going on the road for this, the International Year Of Chemistry.

Dr Tippmann Research Published
Tippmann Group Research is Published in PNAS

The paper, entitled: Importance of single molecular determinants in the fidelity of expanded genetic codes, is on the role of fidelity in incorporating nonnatural amino acids is available online at the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, USA.

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Chemistry and Environmental Management

The School of Chemistry is participating in the rollout of the University Environmental Management System. 

Professor Graham Hutchings FRS
Gold-palladium nanoparticles for the selective oxidation of carbon-hydrogen bonds

Work recently published in Science, from the group of Professor Graham Hutchings, shows how gold-palladium nanoparticles can be used for the highly selective oxidation of the C-H bond in toluene.

Dr Simon Pope
Dr Simon Pope's Research Features in RSC Journal

Work from Simon Pope’s research group has been selected for a special issue of the RSC journal Chemical Communications.

Dr Mark Elliott
The Truth About Forensic Science

Dr Mark Elliott, Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry, and Dr Romina Carabott of the University of Glamorgan and Expert Forensics recently gave public lectures about forensic science at events organised by the Glamorgan Women’s Institutes.

Professor Graham Hutchings FRS
Academia Europaea

In recognition of his ground-breaking work in the field of catalysis, Professor Graham Hutchings FRS has been invited to become a member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) - an international association of experts from all disciplines who are leaders in their own subject areas.

The Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) has been formally opened by Professor Robert Grubbs, the 2005 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry.
Nobel Laureate Opens Cardiff Catalysis Institute

The Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) has been formally opened by Professor Robert Grubbs, the 2005 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry. 

Sustainable Catalysts
Sustainable Catalysts

The Leverhulme Trust have funded a £151K research project over three years, led by Dr. Ben Ward to investigate and develop new catalysts based upon calcium complexes.

Tackling respiratory disease.
Tackling Respiratory Disease

Nick Tomkinson from the School of Chemistry has been awarded £1.6M from the EPSRC with additional support of up to £1.3M from GlaxoSmithKline to develop selective molecular tool compounds for use in the discovery of innovative molecular targets for respiratory disease.

Prof Rudolf Allemann
Professor Rudolf Allemann interview

Professor Rudolf Allemann interviewed on BBC Radio Wales

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Postgraduate Success at National Meeting

Kevin Jones from the School of Chemistry has won first prize in the SCI Fine Chemicals Group 21st “Graduate Symposia for novel organic chemistry”.

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Uncovering Chemistry Secrets 2010

A one day course designed to support A-level Chemistry.

Scanning tunnelling microscopy image of an iron oxide surface recorded 
in the Surface Science laboratory at Cardiff with the inset showing 
atomic resolution of part of the terrace.
Cardiff surface scientists to be “SLiMEd”.

Prof Mike Bowker & Dr Phil Davies are part of a team spearheaded by Prof Parkes that have been awarded a grant of £650k to investigate the generation of hydrogen by microorganisms that are present under the Earth’s surface at depths of up to ~3 km.

High Performance Computing
High Performance Computing for Understanding Heterogeneous Catalysis

Researchers within the Cardiff Catalysis Institute of the School of Chemistry will be working with the newly announced HPC for Wales facility to improve our understanding of the atomic scale processes responsible for catalytic activity.

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New Smells Through Synthetic Biology

Scientists in the School of Chemistry Cardiff University and at the Biological Chemistry Department at Rothamsted Research have received an award worth over £1 million by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

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Cardiff Spring Conference 2010

The Cardiff Spring Conference will be held in the School of Chemistry on 5th – 6th May 2010, and will include lectures given by a number of eminent scientists including two Nobel Laureates.

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SWSBC2010

The South West Structural Biology Consortium Meeting 2010 will take place on 22nd and 23rd June 2010 in the School of Chemistry, Cardiff University.

Salters’ Festival of Chemistry
Salters’ Festival of Chemistry

On Wednesday 24th March the School of Chemistry hosted a Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, welcoming sixty Year 7 and 8 pupils from fifteen different schools from Wales and England.

The crystal structure of the nanoporous crystal showing the “molecular wall-tie” ligands (green) binding between the iron centres.
What’s in the box?

A paper published in the journal Science describes research by Dr. Grazia Bezzu and Prof. Neil McKeown in which beautiful nanoporous crystals are made from iron phthalocyanine, a close relative of the important biologically active unit heme. 

Dr James Platts
Dr Jamie Platts Awarded Research Fellowship

Dr. Jamie Platts has recently been awarded a Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust for “Accurate Simulation of Non-Covalent Interactions”, with £43K over two years.

A new spin on catalysis
A new spin on catalysis

A new £489K project funded by EPSRC will help to uncover the importance of electron spins (paramagnetism) in organometallic redox centres, which are used for oligomerisation catalysis.

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Focus on Outreach

Peter Hollamby is the Innovation and Engagement Coordinator in the School of Chemistry. Peter’s duties involve curriculum support for A level chemistry, and developing support mechanisms which aid first year undergraduate students in their transition to university education.

President’s Research Scholarships

Seventy two PhD scholarships are being offered by the University over the next two years as part of a new £4M investment to coincide with the inauguration of Professor Sir Martin Evans (Nobel Prize for Medicine 2007) as Cardiff University’s new President.

Richard Edden
Dr Richard Edden

Dr Edden has left the School of Chemistry to take up an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Radiology of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.

Professor Graham Hutchings FRS
Graham Hutchings elected FRS

Professor Graham Hutchings of the School of Chemistry has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), one of the highest honours in the academic world.

Dr Karen Wilson
Cardiff Chemists collaborate to conserve York Minster

Dr Karen Wilson, in collaboration with Professor Adam Lee in Cardiff and Dr Kate Giles at the University of York, are using advanced X-ray techniques to investigate the composition of the limestone and historic mortars used to build York Minster

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Innovation and Excellence Award in Sustainable Technology

The Institute of Chemical Engineers Innovation and Excellence Award in Sustainable Technology was presented to Professor Graham Hutchings and Dr Jenny Edwards of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, and to Dr Armin Liebens of Solvay. 

Catalysts from chalk
Catalysts from chalk

EPSRC is funding a £100K project in Cardiff to design asymmetric hydroamination catalysts based on environmentally benign Group 2 metals, particularly calcium

South Wales Young Peoples’ Chemistry Conference
Young Peoples' Chemistry Conference

Young Peoples' Conference organised by the schools of chemistry at Cardiff University and the University of Glamorgan.
30th June 2009

Quantum Tunnelling in Enzyme-Catalysed Reactions Book Cover
Quantum Tunnelling in Enzyme-Catalysed Reactions

The School of Chemistry’s Professor Rudolf Allemann together with Professor Nigel Scrutton of the University of Manchester have edited and contributed to an exciting new book that brings together the foremost practitioners in the field.

RAE
RAE 2008

The Cardiff School of Chemistry has received a strong rating in the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise

Prof Neil McKeown
Unlocking The Power of Hydrogen

Cardiff is currently the only Welsh university playing a part in a major new UK initiative working towards the production of clean, low cost, sustainable hydrogen energy. 

M W Roberts awarded Honorary Fellowship
Professor Wyn Roberts awarded honorary fellowship

Professor Wyn Roberts has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Cardiff University in recognition of the wide-ranging contributions that he has made to research, education, administration and scholarship within the university since he arrived in Cardiff as Professor of Chemistry in 1979.

An electron microscope image of a mixed Au/Pd metal particle on an oxide support, from an active catalyst.
Cardiff Catalysis Institute

Cardiff University has established the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) within the School of Chemistry.

AG Evans Award
A tale of three heads!

The A.G. Evans medal commemorates the life and work of the distinguished scientist who led the Chemistry Department at Cardiff from 1952 until 1979. This year it was awarded to Professor M. W. Roberts at a seminar held in his honour and attended by Professor Evans daughter and son in law and some of the top scientists in the field of surface science and catalysis.

Interdisciplinary research generates bright ideas
Interdisciplinary research generates bright ideas

A major research grant, awarded to scientists at Cardiff University, will further the development of a novel tool to understand the causes of human diseases.

Prof Neil McKeown
Neil McKeown wins Beilby Medal and Prize

Professor Neil McKeown has just won the RSC/Society of Chemical Industry Beilby Medal and Prize for 2008, for "outstanding achievements in materials chemistry".

Prof Kenneth Harris
Kenneth Harris elected Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Professor Kenneth Harris has been elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Creative Chemistry
Creative Chemistry

A research team led by Professor Graham Hutchings has been awarded a major research grant to target technology for the conversion of methane to chemicals.

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Chemistry wins grant to provide UK analytical service

Dr Albert Carley and Prof. Mike Bowker have been awarded a 4-year EPSRC grant to provide UK university research groups with access to facilities for XPS surface analysis.

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Uncovering Chemistry Secrets

Schoolchildren from across Britain have taken part in a chemistry workshop at the University designed to encourage interest in the subject and address the growing shortage of scientists in the UK.

Prof Barry Carpenter
Barry Carpenter wins Christopher Ingold Lectureship

Professor Barry Carpenter has been awarded the 2008/9 Sir Christopher Ingold Lectureship of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Prof David Knight
David Knight wins RSC Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry

Professor David Knight has been awarded the 2006 Industrially-sponsored Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


IOP thesis prize

Dr Zhongfu Zhou, who is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the research group of Professor Kenneth Harris, has been awarded the Computational Physics Thesis Prize of the Institute of Physics for 2005/6.



Centre For Physical Organic Chemistry Opened
Centre For Physical Organic Chemistry Opened

The School of Chemistry's Cardiff Centre for Physical Organic Chemistry was officially opened by Nobel Laureate, Professor Robert Grubbs.

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Nobel laureate joins University

Nobel Laureate Professor Dr Robert Huber has joined Cardiff University. Professor Huber of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Germany will spearhead the development of Structural Biology, part of a university-wide initiative in Chemical Biology, on a part-time basis. Professor Huber was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (together with Johann Deisenhofer and Hartmut Michel) for the determination of the 3-dimensional structure of a photosynthetic reaction centre.

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New Zinc Sensor Developed

As described in an article featured by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Simon Pope has designed a europium-containing luminescent sensor that can selectively detect the presence of zinc in physiologically modelled conditions.

A photo of Professor Gabor Somorjai and Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the Wolfson Laboratory.
World leading nanoscientists open laboratory

Professor Gabor Somorjai (pictured right) and Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS (pictured left), both of whom are Honorary Fellows of the University, have jointly carried out the official opening of the Wolfson Laboratory for Nanoscience in the School of Chemistry.

Prof Kenneth Harris
2007/2008 Tilden Medal for Professor Harris

Professor Kenneth Harris has been awarded the 2007/2008 Tilden Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry.