“25 Years of Research in The Department of Chemistry, 1986-2011. Talk by Professor Matthew Almond

On Thursday 25th October, at 2.30pm in Chem LTG, Professor Matthew Almond will be giving a talk to the Department. 

This talk will summarise 25 years of research by Matthew in the Department of Chemistry. He will discuss how his interests have developed from looking at small molecules in low temperature matrices, to materials chemistry – studying deposition of thin films by Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition. More recently his interests have moved into the areas of Forensic Science and Archaeometry. A common theme is infrared spectroscopy, but those attending the talk will find links…very tenuous…to The Spice Girls, England’s World Cup Win in 1966 and the Coalition Government.




Kunal Rastogi, PhD Student at Reading along with rest of Team Cumulonimbus Wins Weather Forecasting Challenge During NCAS Funded Field Trip to Isle of Arran

Kunal Rastogi, PhD student at the University of Reading, participated in an NCAS funded atmospheric measurement summer school on the Isle of Arran covering a variety of topics including Atmospheric Dynamics, Weather Forecasting as well as Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics. Kunal’s team ‘Cumulonimbus’ won the Weather Forecasting Challenge by making the best weather prediction for the Isle of Arran compared both to the BBC forecast and the WRF modelling software.  Kunal received a radiosonde and weather balloon as reward for the accurate forecast.

Beth Good
James Ingram
Karolina Sama
Kunal Rastogi
Rachel Holmes
Shani Tiwari
Mentor – Tor Smith


The 19th Joint Annual Conference of the Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology in the UK and the Society of Chemical Industry, Chinese UK Group

On 15 September 2012, the CSCST-UK (the Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology in the UK) and SCI-CS (the Society of Chemical Industry, Chinese UK Group) convened successfully the 19th Joint Annual Conference of CSCST-SCI in the vibrant Whiteknights campus of the University of Reading.  This event was also strongly supported by the Department of Chemistry, University of Reading and the Education Section and the Science & Technology Section of the Chinese Embassy in the UK.  It was attended by nearly 150 participants from both academic and industrial institutions in different regions of the UK and China and dedicated to “Innovation in Chemical Science and Technology”.  With the keyword of innovation, the topics of the conference thus emphasized the latest developments and achievements of chemical science and technology in different fields of chemistry. 

For further details and photos of the conference please visit the conference website at:



Team Teaching Award for Chemical Education Group

The Chemical Education Group within the Department of Chemistry have won a prestigious University Team Teaching Award for The Development of a New Skills-Based Module – CH1CC1 “Chemical Concepts in Context”.  The prize was one of only five such awards made within the University in 2012 for “Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning”.  The prize winning team were: Matthew Almond, Joanne Elliott, John McKendrick, David Nutt, Elizabeth Page, Andy Russell and Sally Wade (from Department of Chemistry) together with Helen Hathaway (Library) and Judy Turner (Study Advice).

The photograph shows (front) Helen Hathaway and Elizabeth Page and (back) David Nutt and Andy Russell who have received the award on behalf of the team from Professor Gavin Brooks (Pro-Vice Chgancellor for Teaching and Learning) who is standing on the left of the back row.