News in 2018
Novel molecular designs unlock therapeutic potential of nicotine receptors
15 June 2018
Seven million people die each year from smoking related diseases, according to the World Health Organisation, with the annual death toll expected to rise to eight million by 2030.
Predicting the outcome of the arms race between man and bacteria
7 June 2018
Through computer simulations, scientists can predict if bacteria can be stopped with popular antibacterial therapies or not – a breakthrough which will help select and develop effective treatments for bacterial infections.
Polymer crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport
25 May 2018
Chemists from the universities of Bristol and Cambridge have found a way to create polymeric semiconductor nanostructures that absorb light and transport its energy further than previously observed.
Professor Chris Willis awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry
23 May 2018
In recognition of her outstanding service on numerous Royal Society of Chemistry committees over more than 25 years, Chris has been awarded an RSC 2018 Award for Service
A concept to tune and address the packing parameter of amphiphiles - research from the Faul group.
16 May 2018
A paper from the Faul Research Group, with collaborators from China, Diamond Light Source and the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) has just appeared as inside front cover in the latest issue of Chemical Science – featuring the Clifton Suspension Bridge, amongst others!
Poster Prize Success for Michael O'Hagan
15 May 2018
Chemical Synthesis CDT student Michael O’Hagan (Galan group) won 2nd Poster Prize at the RSC North West Regional Meeting
Three professors from the School awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry
8 May 2018
Three professors from the School of Chemistry have won prestigious awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
18th Bristol Synthesis Meeting hosted by the School of Chemistry
18 April 2018
The 18th Bristol Synthesis Meeting took place on Tuesday 10th April 2018 and brought together over 550 chemistry researchers from institutions around the UK, Ireland and further afield to listen to five renowned speakers representing diverse areas of organic chemistry. The vast majority of the delegates were postgraduate students and the enthusiasm this brought to the conference was palpable.
Bristol researchers awarded over €10M in European Research Council grants
12 April 2018
Five senior researchers from the University of Bristol have been awarded over €10M in European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants in recognition of their ‘excellent science’ and potentially ground-breaking research.
New aza-Heck reaction for the preparation of complex N-heterocyclic ring systems
6 April 2018
New research from Paul Pringle, John Bower and colleagues outlines a new aza-Heck reaction for the preparation of complex N-heterocyclic ring systems.
Undergraduate Student Society host Diversity in STEM Event.
20 March 2018
The event was a huge success with over 60 attendees and 20 post-16 students from local Schools in Bristol.
New methods for quantifying cooperative hydrogen bond strengths
12 March 2018
A recently published paper describes mimics of peptides and proteins built from symmetrical ureas rather than amino acids, which gives them the unusual property that their hydrogen bonding network can choose whether to face up or down the chain.
Plastic Fantastic: turning plastic pollution into cleaning agents
26 February 2018
Bristol Scientists have discovered a way to re-use your plastic waste to breakdown harmful substances in waste water supplies, as described by a paper published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Lung cancer drug resistance explained by computer simulations
14 February 2018
Researchers from the School of Chemistry, and the University of Parma, Italy, have used molecular simulations to understand resistance to osimertinib - an anticancer drug used to treat types of lung cancer.
Caught in a spin: cation rotation is too rapid to support ferroelectric domains
12 February 2018
A recent paper, by Dr Tom Oliver's group, with collaborators at the Rutherford Appleton National Laboratory, describes the use of two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy to investigate the presence of long-lived (anti-) ferroelectric domains in hybrid lead-halide perovskite thin films.
Recent Publications from the Aggarwal Group
22 January 2018
The group of Professor Varinder Aggarwal performed a publication strike, with three papers accepted to the journal Angewandte Chemie over just a few weeks.
The early bits of life
17 January 2018
How can life originate before DNA and genes? One possibility is that there are natural processes that lead to the organisation of simple physical objects such as small microcapsules that undergo rudimentary forms of interaction, self-organisation and information processing.
Structural and Functional Studies of the Daunorubicin Priming Ketosynthase DpsC
12 January 2018
Research by led by John Crosby, Matt Crump with collaborators at University of Irvine, USA has recently been featured in a paper in Chemical Biology