November 2012

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On Thursday 29th November, Dr Clint Sharrad from The University of Manchester will be giving a talk in the Department of Chemistry, “Molecular Basis for Actinide/Lanthanide Separations”. His talk will be at 14.30pm in Chem LTG followed by refreshments in the Chemistry Foyer at 15.30pm.

On Thursday 22nd November, Dr Louise Natrajan from The University of Manchester will be giving a talk in the Department of Chemistry.  The title of her talk is “Adventures in f-Element Chemistry: Using Emission Spectroscopy to Probe the Electronic Properties and Structure of Multimetallic Complexes”

 Her talk will be at 2.30pm in Chem LTG followed by refreshments in the foyer at 3.30pm

On Thursday 15th November, Professor Guosheng Shao from The University of Bolton will be giving a talk in the Department of Chemistry, “A designer approach for the formulation of sustainable photovoltaic materials and devices”. His talk will be at 2.30pm in Chem LTG followed by refreshments in the Chemistry Foyer.

On Thursday 8th November, Dr Beth Bromley from The University of Durham will be giving a talk in the Department of Chemistry, “The Tumbleweed: An approach to creating designed protein motion”. 

Her talk will be at 2.30pm in Chem LTG. 

Biomolecular motors have inspired the design and construction of artificial nanoscale motors and machines based on nucleic acids, small molecules, and inorganic nanostructures. However, the high degree of sophistication and efficiency of biomolecular motors, as well as their specific biological function derives from the complexity afforded by protein building blocks. Here, we discuss a novel bottom-up approach to understanding biological motors by considering the construction of synthetic protein motors. Specifically, we present a design for a synthetic protein motor that moves along a linear track, dubbed the “Tumbleweed.”

Please come along.

Ben Thomas, MChem Chemistry student, has won the “Bowen Cup” and Royal Society of Chemistry Prize for Analytical Chemistry. The Bowen Cup was inaugurated by Dr Humphry Bowen in 1988 and is awarded annually together with the RSC prize to the student gaining the top marks in part 2 Analytical Chemistry. The Chemistry Department at Reading is allocated a Royal Society of Chemistry prize as recognition of the quantity and quality of its analytical chemistry teaching. The picture shows Ben receiving the Bowen Cup from Professor Laurence Harwood, Professor of Organic Chemistry.