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.

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.

student research

This has been a busy week for the chemists studying with us as it brings the culmination of the hard work on their research projects. The third years have defended their submitted work in oral viva voce examinations in tropical conditions with the nice weather we’ve been having. A good performance by the students and a chance to really delve into the details of their research.  All that was missing were the margharitas and sun loungers, which may have calmed a few nerves.

Our M level students for MChem and MRes have been presenting their research in the chemistry journal club and answering questions from the audience. Our MChem has also been presenting a poster of research with further questioning from the assessors, so a very busy week indeed.

Simon presenting his MChem poster with supervisor Dr Ian Gass

Simon presenting his MChem project poster with supervisor Dr Ian Gass

Chemistry Journal Club 5th May – Postponed

Dear all,

Unfortunately there will be no Chemistry Journal Club tomorrow. However, next Thursday we will have two presentations delivered by MRes student Marta Walasek and MChem student Simon Easton.

Further details will be posted shortly.

Kind regards,

Dr Steve Meikle