December 2014

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The results of the latest assessment of research performance, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) came out at midnight on 18th December. These results directly affect the amount of funding the department receives from central government (via HEFCE) and hence are extremely important.

We were therefore extremely pleased to see that 93% of the department’s research was rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). 90% of our academic staff were included in the submission, demonstrating the strength and depth of the research going on within the department

Dr Chris Smith has been chosen by the editorial boards of Synlett, Synthesis and Synfacts as one of their ‘Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardees’ in 2015.

Individuals in this category are loosely defined as promising young professors at the beginning of their career.


On Monday 8th December the Chemistry Research Colloquium is by Dr Erwin Reisner, Cambridge University.

Dr Reisner is the  2014 “RSC Harrison-Mendola Memorial Prize” winner.

His talk “Combining Concepts from Homogenous and Heterogeneous catalysis for Solar Fuel Synthesis” will be at 4pm in Chemistry LTG preceded by refreshments in the foyer at 3.40pm.