From final year project to research paper

Congratulations to Hannah Cave (PCS 2012-16) whose final year project work on the detection of chemical warfare agents has been published in the journal Supramolecular Chemistry (DOI: 10.1080/10610278.2019.1659268).

 

Bright Spark Symposium 2019

The university is hosting this year’s Royal Society of Chemistry Bright Spark Symposium. Run by the RSC Analytical Science Network this free event is designed to provide a low-pressure, friendly platform for early career analytical scientists to present their work to like-minded individuals and provide networking opportunities. The day will include a number of talks from our bright sparks as well as a poster session. All aspects of analytical science welcome! Spaces are free but limited.

Bright Spark symposium flyer

Graduation 2019

Last week we celebrated with this year’s graduates at their ceremony at the Brighton Centre. It is always a wonderful day seeing our students graduate and take all that hard work and determination forward in their lives. We wish you the very best for the future and hope you all keep in touch and come back to visit us. Join our LinkedIn alumni group and subscribe to this blog to keep up-to-date.

This year we also have some staff leaving. Course leader for Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences and organic chemistry lead Dr Gerry Gallacher has retired this summer. We are fortunate he will return in an honorary position for research and to help more students with projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Course leader and organic chemist Dr Gerry Gallacher receiving his retiriment gifts

Course leader and organic chemist Dr Gerry Gallacher receiving his retirement gifts

Our Head of School Professor David Timson is also retiring soon and was honoured at the ceremony by students and staff in the school and wider community for his service and commitment to the school with a standing ovation.

Before the ceremony we had a celebration event for the school where we award prizes to the graduates and have a little fizz and nibbles inviting their families and friends along to share their achievements. This year’s Chemistry winners were:

RSC Downland Prize for the best chemistry project – Luke Hawkins

Chemistry Division prizes for highest achiever on the course:

  • MChem – Brad Clarke
  • BSc(hons) Chemistry – Pippa Veal
  • BSc(hons) Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences – Jake Rigby

Alumni Prize (Chemistry) for Services to the School – Hayder Morsel

Chemistry prizewinners with certificates

Pictured from left to right: Pippa Veal, Luke Hawkins, Brad Clarke, Jake Rigby

Salters’ Institute Festival of Chemistry

Today chemistry@brighton welcomes 21 schools from Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London for the Salters’ Institute Festival of Chemistry. Teams of year 7 and 8 children undertake two practical challenges one set by Salters and one by the university with the opportunity to compete for prizes along the way. chemistry@brighton staff are involved in judging, technical assistance, chemistry quiz and the teacher programme for the day. This is an annual event which we host each year enabling students to gain practical experience in our laboratories whilst having fun competing against other schools in the South East.

PASS needs you!

advert for pass leader recruitment. Register your interest by end of MayWe’re recruiting for next year’s PASS leaders. It’s a great confidence booster and good way to meet the new first years, looks great on your CV and makes sure you remember all of that stuff you did in the first year. Email Dr Willows by end of May to register your interest.

Project month

May is project month for chemistry@brighton students in their 3rd and 4th years. Third year students hand their projects in just after Easter for binding and marking before their vivas next week. The MChem fourth years have submitted their scientific articles and are busy printing posters ready for their assessment day of vivas and poster session. Both third and fourth year projects here are full research tasks, and we often publish scientific papers with undergraduates as co-authors. It really sets them up for further research and improves their project management skills. These were some third years submitting a day early, great organisation skills guys! They don’t look too bleary eyed!Third year project students submitting work Third year project students submitting work

Graduate opportunities advertised

We’ve received information on some graduate opportunities coming up so have put them on our jobs page. Ensure you subscribe to the blog and check back regularly to see updates on vacancies we’ve been passed.

If you have a job or studentship you’d like to advertise then please contact us at chemistry@brighton.ac.uk

Spring outputs from the Chemistry Research and Enterprise Group

The chemists in lab H413 have been busy this spring and published on a broad range of research from water treatment to Ebola inhibition. We’re very proud to have undergraduate project students as co-authors of one paper.

Macromolecular crowding and membrane binding proteins: The case of phospholipase A, Yuzhang Wei, Isabel Mayoral-Delgado, Nicolas A. Stewart, Marcus K. Dymond, Chemistry and Physics of Lipids, 2019, 218, 91-102 DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphyslip.2018.12.006

FOXO1 and ETV6 genes may represent novel regulators of splicing factor expression in cellular senescence, Eva Latorre, Ostler, Elizabeth L. Ostler, Richard G. A. Faragher, Lorna W. Harries, FASEB Journal, 2019, 33, 1086-1097 DOI: 10.1096/fj.201801154R

A cryogel-based bioreactor for water treatment applications, Dmitriy A. Berillo, Jonathan L. Caplin, Andrew B. Cundy, Irina N. Savina, Water Research, 2019, 153, 324-334 DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.01.028

Unprecedented thiacalixarene fucoclusters as strong inhibitors of Ebola cis-cell infection and HCMV-gB glycoprotein/DC-SIGN C-type lectin interaction, Marwa Taouai, Vanessa Porkolab, Khouloud Chakroun, Coraline Cheneau, Joanna Luczkowiak, Rym Abidi, David Lesur, Peter J. Cragg, Franck Halary, Rafael Delgado, Franck Fieschi, Mohammed Benazza, Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2019, online  March 26 DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.9b00066

Fully funded chemistry PhD at the University of Brighton from October 2019

A project on colorimetric sensors for toxic organophosphorus compound will be available from October 2019. The studentship comprises a stipend (initially £15,009), consumables (£4,000 pa) and fees (at UK/EU rates). Details are at:

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2019-uob-organophosphate-sensors.aspx

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Peter Cragg (P.J.Cragg@brighton.ac.uk, +44 1273 642037).

Day conference for A level students

STEP UP Logo - School Transition & Experience Programme - Unlocking Potential

School Transition & Experience Programme – Unlocking Potential

As part of the STEP UP initiative we are holding a day conference for A level students on the 3rd April. Participants will:

  • get hands on experience of some of our larger analytical instruments,
  • refresh their study skills,
  • learn about applying to universities through UCAS,
  • hear from current students about what it is like to study chemistry and ask them questions,
  • experience a taster lecture on nerve agents

 

The day should be useful and fun with practical activities investigating contamination in the (fictional) Huxley vineyard’s latest batch of wine. Sussex-based schools in the University of Brighton Compact scheme should receive notification about the event. You can find out more and book here or visit our Step Up information page.