End of first year

Chemistry@brighton labs

Happy first years in the lab

The sun is out and the students are on study leave before exams start next week. What better place to do your revision than a sunny beach with a cool sea breeze.

Our first years have made it to the end of the year and as a last teaching event we held our annual errors lab. Who knew errors could be so much fun! Right from the start our students learn the essentials of analytical chemistry, accuracy and precision and this lab puts into practice and illustrates the errors in the equipment they use. The challenge is rewarded with prizes for the first team to finish, the best designed results sheet, the best data and the most salient results.

We hope you’ve had a great first year here at Brighton, we’ve certainly enjoyed working with you! Good luck for the exams.

 

Chemistry Journal Club Friday 19th May 1-2pm H400/1

Dear all,

At the Chemistry Journal Club this week, Luke Damerum (MRes Student) will be delivering a presentation “Cyclic Peptides“.

The Chemistry Journal Club will be meeting on Friday 19th May from 1-2pm in H400/1. Everybody welcome to attend

Look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle

Chemistry Journal Club Tomorrow 1-2pm H400/1

Dear all,

At the Chemistry Journal Club tomorrow I will be giving an overview of “3D Printing of Microfluidic Devices : Current Approaches and Future Perspectives“, based on Bhattacharjee et al. Lab Chip, 2016, 16, 1720 DOI: 10.1039/c6lc00163g and Waheed et al. Lab Chip, 2016, 16, 1993 DOI: 10.1039/c6lc00284f

The Chemistry Journal Club will be meeting at 1-2pm tomorrow in H400/1. Everybody is welcome to attend

Hope to see you there,

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle

Chemistry Journal Club Tomorrow 1-2pm H400/1

Dear all,

At the Chemistry Journal Club tomorrow MRes student Viktoriia Prus will give a presentation entitled “Biosorbents as a promising tool for heavy metal removal from water”

The Chemistry Journal Club will be meeting in H400/1 from 1-2pm. All welcome to attend

Hope to see you there,

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle

Final year research project submission day

Jaspreet (BSc(hons) Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences) and Lorraine (BSc(hons) Chemistry) submitting their dissertations for binding

Charis and Emily (both BSc(hons) Chemistry) submitting their projects to our friendly school office staff member Matt

This morning our final year BSc and third year MChem students are submitting their research project dissertations. They have been working hard in the lab all year doing some fantastic innovative and challenging research.  The final challenge is a defence of their work by oral viva voce exam, but we’ll give them a couple of weeks break before that!

In the meantime they will enjoy ChemSoc’s night out in celebration of submitting their work (and the second year’s analytical validation report) and continue to work hard on their other modules. The end is in sight now though, well done to all of you!

New LinkedIn group for chemistry & PCS alumni

We have just set up a group on LinkedIn so graduates can keep in touch with us and each other and network with other graduates to share experiences, jobs, and memories of their time here. If you are a graduate of Chemistry (BSc, MChem & MRes) or Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences please come and join us. It would be fantastic to hear what you’re up to now and to keep in touch

Chemistry Journal Club Friday 31st March 1-2pm H400/1

Dear all,

At the Chemistry Journal Club this week Dr Steve Meikle will be discussing “Mobile Technologies in Biochemical and Environmental Analysis“.

The Chemistry Journal Club will be meeting on Friday from 1-2pm in H400/1, everybody is welcome to attend.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle

 

PhD Studentship at UoB

An opportunity to undertake a funded PhD at the University of Brighton is now available. Details of the projct and how to apply are available at the UoB website

Reducing chaos and improving yield: an innovative approach to maximising the efficiency of biofuel production

Project in brief

Microbial fermentations (eg. those used in biofuel production) are often relatively inefficient. The products of the fermentation are often harmful to the microbes. In the case of ethanol (and other alcohols) this toxicity results from generalised effects on biomolecules and systems rather than specific inhibition of a single process. In this project, the student will test recently advocated hypotheses that propose that the reduction of chaotropic effects in fermentations will reduce energy use and increase the efficiency of the process.

Project supervisors

Lead: Prof David Timson
Second: Dr Marcus Dymond

Other collaborators

Dr John E Hallsworth – Queen’s University, Belfast

Chemistry Journal Club Friday 24th March 1-2pm H406

Dear all,

At the Chemistry Journal Club this week we welcome Dr Dmitriy Berillo, Marie Curie Research Fellow at University of Brighton, to present his research entitled Preparation of biocompatible cryogels for biomedical application”.

The Chemistry Journal Club will be meeting on Friday from 1-2pm in H406, everybody is welcome to attend.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle

Medal winners discuss their research

On Tuesday we were fortunate to hear two Royal Society of Chemistry medal winners discuss their award winning research. Professor Christine Cardin (University of Reading) and Dr Susan Quinn (University College Dublin) were awarded the Rita & John Carnforth Award, alongside Professor John Kelly (Trinity College Dublin) for their structural work on DNA – transition metal complexes, proof of the origins of the “light-switch” effect and its implications for mechanisms of DNA damage.

Students and staff gathered to hear the advantages of working in collaborative teams across the chemistry and life-science interface with an example of research that could not be done any other way. This is reflective of the research that is done here at Brighton and many of the final year students are starting their path on this type of collaboration already in their final year projects.