Chemistry Journal Club Talk in W501 12:00 – 13:00pm Thursday 5th March 2015 – Dr Ekaterina Lokteva

Chemistry Journal Club round 2 is set to start up on Thursday 5th March 2015 in W501 between 12:00 and 13:00 pm. Our speaker is Dr Ekaterina Lokteva who will tell us about green chemistry education and research activity in Russia with an emphasis on catalysis.

All are welcome, so please come along to what I am sure will be a great talk.

Final year projects

Our final year project students are entering the final phase of practical work after a busy couple of weeks. The students spent an intensive week in the lab concentrating on their practical work and advancing their projects on considerably. This culminated in presenting their work so far to their peers and supervisors this morning. Well done to all.

Chemistry is not always about the lab though and a couple did manage to escape for a day to collect water samples at the local marinas. Matt and Oli visited Shoreham, Brighton and Newhaven marinas to gather samples to test on the electrochemical sensors they have been developing this year.

Some analysis was done in the field to get characteristics of the water

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Last samples of the day and two happy, and cold, students returned with the samples to the lab

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RSC visit on Friday

RSC poster

We will be having a visit by the RSC on friday 20th February and they will have a stand in the Huxley foyer. John Hirwe will be available all day for you to discuss membership and what the RSC can do for you. He will be dropping into some lectures during the day and do go and say hello at the stand.

Look, there’s a hole

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The first session of the Chemistry Journal Club kicked off with a slightly left field paper on proton transport through graphene. Not a traditional chemistry article and surprisingly, given our host for the session, not a metal in sight either. Ian skilfully managed to convince the audience that protons could quite conceivably travel through the little tiny gaps in the graphene structure and introduced us to hBN. Discussions ensued as to the possible useful applications and all went away pondering how it fits in with life, the universe and everything.

Many thanks to Ian Gass for hosting the first session and introducing us to something that we may well have never picked up otherwise.

New Chemistry Journal Club

This semester we are pleased to launch a new chemistry journal club open to all staff and students interested in current chemistry topics of research. This will be a regular forum where we can all be introduced to new research we may not have been aware of. This may be in the form of talks around a journal article, or guest speakers talking about their work, followed by a discussion.

The inaugural session takes places this Thursday 12th February, 12-1pm in W301 and will be led by Dr Ian Gass. All are welcome, from undergraduates, postgraduates, postdocs and staff. There may even be cake available.

If you are interested in bringing a paper to the club or maybe trialling an upcoming research presentation then please contact Dr Ian Gass.

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