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:


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

Students as researchers

The paper “Cation binding, transport and theoretical calculations of coneptert-butylhexahomotrioxacalix[3]arene tris(acetic acid)” by K. Griffiths, K. Sharma, P. M. Marcos, J. R. Ascenso, J. Nind, K. Cottet and P. J. Cragg has just been published in Supramolecular  Chemistry (2015, 27, 167-173).

It demonstrates the importance of students as researchers at the University of Brighton: Kieran Griffiths was an MRes student, Kushal Sharma is a PhD student, Jade Nind was a final year project student and Kevin Cottet, from the Université Joseph Fournier in Grenoble, was an intern working on his Master’s degree. Prof. Paula Marcos and Prof. José Ascenso are colleagues from the Universidade de Lisboa and the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa. Congratulations to all my coauthors!