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.

Chemistry Journal Club – 10th March 1-2pm H400/1

Dear all,

At the Chemistry Journal Club this week, Dr Ian Gass and Dr Steve Meikle will be discussing the paper ‘Dinuclear PhotoCORMs: Dioxygen-Assisted Carbon Monoxide Uncaging from Long-Wavelength-Absorbing Metal−Metal-Bonded Carbonyl Complexes’ by Li et al. (2017) Inorg. Chem. Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b03138

The Chemistry Journal Club will be meeting on Friday 10th March from 1-2pm in H400/1.

Look forward to seeing you there. Everybody welcome to attend.

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle

Chemistry Journal Club – Friday 3rd March 1-2pm H400/1

Dear all,

This week at the Chemistry Journal Club Dr Steve Meikle will be giving a presentation entitled “Self-assembly peptides and their applications

The chemistry journal club meets on Friday from 1-2pm in H400/1. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle

 

BSS and NSS survey

Unless you have been avoiding emails, not coming into university and not talking to anyone in the School you will, no doubt, be aware that the all undergraduate students are being asked to give their feedback on their university experience to date via either the Brighton Student Survey or the National Student Survey. This feedback is extremely important to both the school and university and helps us make changes for you.

You can read about some of the changes we made this academic year as a consequence of feedback from last year please do have a look at the your voice matters blog (https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/yourvoicematters/school-of-pharmacy-and-biomolecular-sciences/ )

The Brighton Student Survey (BSS)

The BSS is the School and University’s main opportunity to gather feedback from all level 4 and 5 students so that we can understand what we are doing well and what we can improve.  The BSS is opened on Monday 6 February and will close at midnight on Monday 6 March, if you haven’t yet, please do take 10 minutes to complete the survey – there are only a few days left and every response matters. Completing the survey automatically enters you into a prize draw with the opportunity to win a £200 voucher from the university.

How do I complete the survey?

The National Student Survey (NSS)

The National Student Survey (NSS) is commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is a national survey, undertaken by Ipsos MORI, which gathers the views of all final year undergraduates about what it has been like to study their course at their institution.

The survey comprises 27 questions in the survey cover teaching, assessment and feedback, learning opportunities, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development, and the student voice. There are also questions about careers, course delivery, work placements, welfare resources and facilities, social opportunities and overall satisfaction.

How do I complete the survey?

Because the school would really like to receive feedback from as many students as possible we have decided to donate £100 to the student society associated with the course that has the highest proportion of their students completing both the BSS and NSS so your society could receive up to £200 for 10 minutes of your time.

Chemistry Journal Club 24th February 1-2pm H400/1

Dear all,

This week at the Chemistry Journal Club we welcome Dr Donna Arnold (University of Kent), who will be presenting her research entitled “Towards designing multiferroic Materials based on BiFeO3”   

We will be meeting on Friday at 1-2 pm in H400/1, everybody is welcome to attend.

Look forward to seeing you there

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle

 

Chemistry Journal Club Friday 17th February 1-2 pm H400/1

Dear all,

This week at the Chemistry Journal Club we welcome Professor Alvaro Mata (Queen Mary University of London), who will be presenting his research entitled Building biomaterials through the dynamic and hierarchical assembly of peptides and proteins”   

http://www.matabioengineering.com/

We will be meeting on Friday at 1-2 pm in H400/1, everybody is welcome to attend.

Look forward to seeing you there

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle

Congratulations Kushal!

Congratulations to Kushal Sharma who passed his PhD viva this morning. Kushal’s research on probing ion transport mechanisms with synthetic channel-forming molecules was supervised by Dr Marcus Allen and Dr Peter Cragg.

Best of luck for the future!

Chemistry Journal Club – This Friday 1-2 pm (H400/1)

Dear all,

The semester two Chemistry Journal Club kicks off with a presentation from PhD student Blaise Geoghegan entitled “Spin crossover and switchable behaviour in iron(II)-based surfactants”.

The Chemistry Journal Club will be meeting on Friday at 1-2pm in Huxley Building H400/1.

Hope you can join us. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle