Congratulations to Elli Chatzopoulou and Matthew Barrett, who were awarded two of the three poster prizes at the Royal Society of Chemistry organic division regional meeting held in Nottingham on April 25th 2014. Elli and Matt are both 3rd year PhD students in the School of Chemistry working in molecular synthesis and catalysis. Elli is supervised by Paul Davies while Matt is jointly supervised by Paul Davies and Richard Grainger.
Elli Chatzopoulou, a 3rd year Doctoral researcher in the Davies Group, was selected to present a poster at theRSC Organic Division Poster Symposium in Burlington House, London. The RSC Organic Division chose 37 students to present at the Poster Symposium, giving them the opportunity to discuss their work with delegates from industry, academics and other peers. Elli's poster was entitled ''Highly regioselective synthesis of 2,4,5-(hetero)aryl substituted oxazoles by intermolecular [3+2]-cycloaddition of unsymmetrical internal alkynes''. More information about Elli's work can be found in a recent publication in Chemical Communications.
Dr Ana B. Caballero, a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Mike Hannon’s group, was one of the lucky researchers who got the chance to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (LNLM), after passing several national and international selection processes. This year the LNLM was dedicated to Chemistry and 34 Nobel Laureates congregated in Lindau, with 625 researchers from 78 countries. During this trip, she was invited to present her work at a satellite event organized by Bayer, where she received the First Prize for her poster entitled “DNA-targeted multimodal gold nanoparticles: Towards a new generation of theragnostic anticancer agents“
Dr. Paramaconi Rodriguez wins the CIDETEC award which recognizes recently published article “The promoting effect of adsorbed carbon monoxide on the oxidation of alcohols on a gold catalyst” which is featured on the cover of Nature Chemistry in 2012.
Congratulations to Rowena Fletcher-Wood, who won 2nd prize for best student poster ("Zeolites and Other Molecular Sieves for Environmental Remediation") at the British Zeolite Association Meeting that was held recently at Keele University. Her work concentrates on the synthesis and characterisation of zeolites and other molecular sieves for the selective reduction and uptake of carcinogenic Cr(VI) in wastewater, with the object of recycling the chromium back into industry.
Marie Betou, a 4th year PhD student in Dr Richard Grainger’s research group, recently presented her work at the 8th Junior National Organic Synthesis Trust (J-NOST) conference in Guwahati, India. For the past 5 years the Royal Society of Chemistry Organic Division has chosen approximately 8 UK PhD students to speak at the J-NOST conference, building links with Indian chemists at a comparative stage of their career, and representing both the RSC and the younger members of the UK organic chemistry community. Marie presented a talk entitled “Semipinacol rearrangement of cis-fused β-lactam diols into keto-bridged bicyclic lactams“
Claire Green, a PhD student in Dr Mark Read's Group, has won first prize for her poster entitled " A Computational Study of ThO2: A Possible Nuclear Fuel" at the Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS) Christmas Meeting hosted by the University of Nottingham.