November 2014

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G BrownCongratulations to Dr Geoff Brown, who is part of a successful bid for £3M funding from the BBSRC.

The research, led by Prof Ian Graham (Biology, University of York), will investigate the biosynthesis of diterpenoids. These naturally-occurring chemicals produced by plants have a huge range of uses (fragrances, pharmaceuticals, vitamins, sunscreen, sweeteners, …) but are only produced in small quantities, making their extraction too expensive for commercialisation. They’re also notoriously difficult to synthesis in the laboratory on a large-enough scale.

This project aims to exploit synthetic biology, the reprogramming of simple biological organisms, to get around these problems and produce the molecules in larger quantities. This will involve lots of chemical analysis, which is where Dr Brown and our state-of-the-art Chemical Analysis Facility will come in. In particular, our 700 MHz NMR spectrometer will be used extensively to determine the chemical structures of the diterpenoids produced and explore their biosynthesis in more detail.

Watch out for updates in a year or so!

On Monday 1st December, the  Chemistry Department Research Colloquium will be given by Professor Julie Macpherson, University of Warwick.

Her talk “Development and Application of Intelligent Diamond Based Sensors”, will be at 4pm in Chemistry LTG preceded by refreshments in the foyer at 3.40pm.

ALL WELCOME

On Monday 24th November, the  Chemistry Department Research Colloquium will be given by Professor Juri  Rappsilber, University of Edinburgh.

His talk “Structural analysis of proteins in native environments, fact or fiction?”, will be at 4pm in Chemistry LTG preceded by refreshments in the foyer at 3.40pm.

ALL WELCOME

On Monday 17th November, the  Chemistry Department Research Colloquium will be given by Professor Tom Welton, Imperial College London.

His talk, “Ionic Liquids: Solvents for Sustainable Chemistry”, will take place at 4.00 pm in Chemistry LTG preceded by refreshments in the Chemistry Foyer at 3.40pm.

All Welcome

On Monday10th November, the  Chemistry Department Research Colloquium is by Dr Russell Binions, Queen Mary, University of London.

His talk, “Electric Field Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition of Functional Thin Films”, will take place at 4.00 pm in Chemistry LTG preceded by refreshments in the Chemistry Foyer at 3.40pm.

All Welcome