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.

RSC Poster Prize

The annual Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Research Forum took place yesterday at Burlington House, London. The day brought together Analytical Chemists from many areas showcasing research in spectroscopy, spectrometry, chromatography, electrochemistry and new sound based analysis. The one day event encourages early career researchers to present as well as bringing in senior speakers and highlights the breadth and importance of analytical chemistry in many areas of life.

Brighton PhD student Megi Kamenica presented a poster on her research into supramolecular lithium sensors under supervisors Dr Peter Cragg, Dr Bhavik Patel and Dr Alison Willows.  Hers was one of ten poster presenters invited to discuss their work further in a 3 minute flash presentation. She then went on to win the poster prize for the forum gaining a year’s e-subscription to a RSC journal. Congratulations Megi on your award.
Megi Kamenica at the conference