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Plastics recycling with a difference

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The BBC televsion programme Blue Planet II has led to heightened awareness and public concern about plastic pollution. The University of Birmingham's Professor Andrew Dove recently co-authored an article for Sience journal with Dr Haritz Sardon. In the article, he explains how chemists are rising to the global challenge of plastic pollution by developing both new methods of recycling used plastics and producing plastics from recylced materials which offer the possibility of infinite recyclability.
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17/05/2018

BP - University of Birmingham team wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

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BP Project Pelican, a collaboration between BP Upstream Technology Subsurface Technology Centre, the University of Birmingham School of Chemistry and Kernow Analytical Technology Ltd, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Industry-Academia Collaboration Award winner for 2018.
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16/05/2018

Distinguished University of Birmingham chemist elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

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One of the University of Birmingham's leading scientists and senior academics, Professor Tim Softley, has been named amongst the most eminent scientists and technologists in the UK and the Commonwealth.
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10/05/2018

Birmingham chemist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

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Professor Andrew Dove, who works at the University of Birmingham, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Norman Heatley Award winner for 2018. He was born in Scunthorpe and raised in Spenborough and Heckmondwike.
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08/05/2018

PhD studentship applications for iDesign organic synthesis research projects now open

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The University of Birmingham has joined forces with industry partners in the Netherlands and Germany to launch iDesign, an EU-funded training network that will train students how to prepare bespoke structurally and functionally diverse, three-dimensional molecules with desirable physicochemical properties for drug discovery.
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16/02/2018

Birmingham launches new training network to train six PhD students to use cutting-edge organic synthesis to aid drug discovery

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The University of Birmingham has joined forces with industry partners in the Netherlands and Germany to launch iDesign, an EU-funded training network that will train students how to prepare bespoke structurally and functionally diverse, three-dimensional molecules with desirable physicochemical properties for drug discovery.
Date:
16/02/2018

The Faraday Institution Announces £42 Million for Energy Storage Research

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Today (23 January 2018) the Faraday Institution announced up to £42 million in new government funding to four UK-based consortia to conduct application-inspired research aimed at overcoming battery challenges to accelerate the electric vehicle (EV) revolution.
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23/01/2018

Frankincense – much more than a fragrant smell

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You may be familiar with frankincense through its role in the Christmas story, and its use in religious ceremonies. Frankincense has been used medicinally in the East for thousands of years, but recently scientists in the West have started to examine it, and find that incensole acetate (one of the molecules behind its distinctive odour) in particular has some interesting properties.
Date:
21/12/2017

National Biofilms Innovation Centre

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The UK's world-class expertise in the research of biofilms has been recognised through the launch of a new National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC). The University of Birmingham is already a major player in biofilm research in many different disciplines. Research here ranges from studying biofilms in rivers, through using biofilms to improve stress resistance of biocatalysis, to investigating new ways to combat biofilms on medical devices or on human tissues.
Date:
27/11/2017

Birmingham research team working to develop 'smart insulin' profiled by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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The groundbreaking work of Birmingham researcher Dr John Fossey and his team to transform how people with type 1 diabetes manage their condition was recently profiled in a Royal Pharmaceutical Society journal article.
Date:
16/11/2017
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