July 2015

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Karl Hampton, a Part 3 MChem Chemistry with a Year in Industry student, currently on placement at Malvern Instruments in Great Malvern, has published a paper in the Journal of Chromatography A.

It’s great to see work from placement students getting published in the scientific literature. As well as being a fantastic achievement for Karl, engaging undergraduate students with research is one of the University’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Priorities, and the industrial placements available on our MChem and BSc programmes are just one of the many ways in which the department provides such opportunities.

“Analytical mitigation of solute–capillary interactions in double detection Taylor Dispersion Analysis” in J. Chromatog. A

Last week, Professor Howard Colquhoun and collaborators presented their cutting-edge work on self-healing materials at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London.

The team, led by Professor Colquhoun and Professor Wayne Hayes from the chemistry department, along with Professor Clive Siviour (Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford), gave visitors a very hands-on insight into how materials can be designed to heal themselves after incurring damage. From computer-aided design, to synthesis in the department’s research laboratories, to the production of prototypes for use in car and aircraft components, these polymeric materials have enormous potential for enhancing the durability, lifetime and safety of critical engineering components.

The final exhibition stand represented the combined efforts of a large team, including Post-docs and PhD students working in the Reading labs: Kate Lim, Lewis Hart, Corinne Mcewan, Ben Baker, Tahkur Singh Babra, and Antonio Feula; Ellie Gotay from the University Events Team, and the Faculty Outreach and Access Facilitator, Ben Littlefield; and further research students from Oxford.

To find out more, read the University’s press release or watch the video trailer.

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