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

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

Congratulations Dr Birar

Congratulations from all of the chemistry division to Dr Vishal Birar who successfully defended his PhD in a 4 hour viva today. The thesis entitled “Does SIRT1 or cytostasis underlie the anti-ageing activity of trans-stilbenes?” is the culmination of three years hard work and was examined by Professor Mark Bagley of the University of Sussex and Dr Allison Lansley of the University of Brighton.

Dr Vishal Birar image2

Vishal  has become a well-liked member of the department helping undergraduates and fellow postgraduates alike. We wish him well in the future as he starts his career in research.