Salters’ Festival of Chemistry

This week we once again played host to the Salters Festival of Chemistry. This is an annual event which brings together schools from all over East and West Sussex and some in Surrey and Kent as well.

They had an entertaining day starting with an introduction to chemistry and Brighton and where chemistry can take you. Then it was on to the first practical activity, The Salters’ Challenge. This was a murder mystery where the pupils used our laboratories and equipment to idenitfy some unknown substances and nail the suspect. Some great forensic sleuthing from all involved!

After lunch was the University Challenge (not the quiz show!). This involved identifying functional groups and testing chemicals to produce a spectrum of colour. Then both pupils and their teachers were treated to a Chemical Magic show from our very own Professor Hal Sosabowski.

Final part of the day was the prizegiving. All of the schools performed very well and there were some tough decsions for the judges. Final results were:

Salters’ Challenge University Challenge
1st Farlington School, Horsham Brighton College, Brighton
2nd The Hawthorns School, Bletchingley Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham
3rd Priory School, Lewes Lavant House, Chichester

We hope everyone that came enjoyed their day and saw how exciting university chemistry can be. Thanks to all of our staff involved with the day and for the schools for being so keen and enthusiastic. We’ll see you next year!

Student successes

Royal Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Research Bursary

One of our MChem students has successfully gained a bursary to undertake some research at the university with Dr Irina Savina and Professor Sergey Mikhalovsky during the summer. Lorraine will spend 7 weeks within the research laboratories at the University of Brighton developing novel macroporous gels based on lignin. Lignin is currently attracting attention for its low cost and eco-friendly properties and is produced as a by-product of the wood and paper industry. Lorraine will be synthesising and characterising polymers made from lignin taking advantage of the adsorption ability to remove metals from water.

 

Salter’s Graduate prize shortlist

Congratulations also go to one of our final year chemists, Lois, who was nominated by us to compete for the Salter’s graduate prize for chemistry and chemical engineering. Whilst not quite gaining the final prize we are very pleased that she was shortlisted for interview. The prizes are awarded based on assessment of the candidate to occupy leading positions in public life and we are certain that Lois will do will in her career once she graduates.

First Journal club of 2015/16

We’re into the scond week of term now and with all the fun of induction week over everyone is back to work. The first journal club of the year takes places tomorrow and all are invited. It will take place in E33 Galileo at 12-1pm. Galileo is the room above the 3D design area in engineering (on the route through from Cockcroft level 2 to Huxley). Take the metal stairs and it is immediately on your left.

Professor Vladimir Y. Smorodin

The Institute for Sustainable Environment,  Clarkson University, USA
“Influence of surface/interfacial heterogeneity of solids and membranes on their effective properties and interfacial phenomena in colloid systems”

The Institute for Sustainable Environment
Clarkson University
PO Box 5708
Potsdam, NY 13699-5708, USA
Web Page: http://www.clarkson.edu/ise/Affiliate_profiles/index.html

It should be a good talk, we look forward to seeing you there

Goodbye final year students

Chemistry Division 2015

All of our final year students have now finished their exams and are off to start the next step in their lives. The staff in the chemistry division would like to congratulate them on their hard work and enthusiasm during the time they were with us. I know they are all waiting eagerly for their results now and I am sure they will reflect the effort they have put in. We got some great work out of them in their projects, some of which will be used within   journal articles currently being written. It has been a very successful year for our undergraduates.

This year is the first year we have two chemistry degrees graduating. They have often worked alongside each other as well as following their particular chemistry interests.

First up is our very successful BSc(hons)Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences course. These students often go on to populate labs in pharmaceutical companies or onto further study doing Masters courses and PhDs. This year will be no exception.

PCS 2015

Then we have our first cohort of the BSc(hons) Chemistry course. Numbers were a little light in the final year as many of this first cohort went off on placement this year, we’ll see them again next year when we welcome them back.

chemistry 2015

Congratulations to all, we have enjoyed helping you develop as scientists and wish you the very best in whatever the future holds for you.

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Last exams!

A few sighs of relief and celebrations as our Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences and Chemistry (geochemistry route) students took their last exam today. The Biochemistry route Chemists still have to wait until Tuesday but I am sure they will join the celebrations then. Well done you’ve all worked so hard this year.

Last exam 2015