Two more inductees in our quest to take over the world with green plastic, public engagement and good beer: Paniz Pahalvanlu has joined us for the summer from the University of British Columbia (Canada). She’s working with Genny on some poly(depsipeptoid)s. Tatjana Daenzer has joined us as an Erasmus student from the University of Mainz (Germany). She’s working with Fern on derivatising some of Holger Frey’s intriguing junction-functionalised block copolymers. Welcome!
Birth Announcement: The EPSRC-funded CRITICAT Centre for Doctoral Training is recruiting its first cohort of students. Check out this joint venture between the Universities of Edinburgh, St. Andrew’s and Heriot-Watt at http://www.criticat.org!
Fern is doing a PhD in the Green Materials Laboratory. She’s a Principal’s Career Development Scholar, meaning she gets her feet wet in a chosen training area. In Fern’s case this is Entrepreneurship. She’s pretty good at this side gig, too! 500 quid for biodegradable tents! Huzzah!
Congratulations to Laura and Jarret: Their full paper in Macromolecules has now been published. This paper expands our recent work on iron-mediated controlled radical polymerisation and raises some particularly interesting mechanistic questions. These catalysts are among the fastest and best controlled iron-based systems for ATRP. If you’d like to use them in your own research, we’re always happy to collaborate – let us know if you’d like a sample!
If you’re thinking about a PhD in polymer chemistry, you really should consider applying for a position in the Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces Centre for Doctoral Training, hosted by the Universities of Edinburgh, Durham and Leeds. Contact me directly if you have any questions, or head to http://www.dur.ac.uk/soft.matter/cdt/ for more details.
After a post-birthday day off, I come back to my office and my wonderful lab has done a simply amazing decorating job. Well done team! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
If you’re in the “Shaver” group, you really should shave. Especially when your productivity depends on it.
The fire makes it special. Thomas/Shaver joint social and science discussions on the way!
Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle was a Scottish physician and scholar who studied medicine, anatomy and, importantly, chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Recent research has shown a very strong link to the chemical content of the Sherlock Holmes writing and the lectures that Professor Crum Brown taught Doyle at our very own School of Chemistry.
Luckily, we’re still inspiring students at the University of Edinburgh to think critically, be creative and apply their scientific insight to chemical and non-chemical endeavours.
In the photo above, “Sherlock” investigates the knitted structure of graphene at a recent “Doors Open” day at the University of Edinburgh.