News in 2020
Green Impact Silver Award
10 July 2020
The School of Chemistry Admin Team has been awarded the Silver Award by the Green Impact scheme.
Ground-breaking project by scientists could help Government achieve UK’s net zero carbon target
26 June 2020
Chemists, biochemists and physicists at Bristol, Exeter and Sheffield have teamed up in a £7.25M 5-year project that could drive down the cost of energy production and help in the Government’s net zero carbon ambitions.
Three Bristol chemists awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry
24 June 2020
Three members of the School of Chemistry have received awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Air Quality Research for Primary School Children
9 June 2020
A resource which uses the UK’s Air Quality Archive and facilitates research by primary children, their teachers, and their carers, has now gone live.
Chemical evidence of dairying by hunter-gatherers in highland Lesotho in the first millennium AD
20 May 2020
After analysing organic residues from ancient pots, a team of scientists led by the University of Bristol, including members of the School of Chemistry, has uncovered new evidence of dairying by hunter-gatherers in the landlocked South African country of Lesotho in the mid-late first millennium AD.
Revolutionary new method for dating pottery sheds new light on prehistoric past
24 April 2020
A team from the School of Chemistry has developed a new method of dating pottery which is allowing archaeologists to date prehistoric finds from across the world with remarkable accuracy.
School of Chemistry produces WHO hand sanitiser for city's key workers
22 April 2020
A team from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry is producing World Health Organisation (WHO) hand sanitiser for key workers throughout the city, as part of its ongoing community efforts throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
£2.2 million grant to support five years of research in the field of synthetic chemistry
1 April 2020
Jonathan Clayden has been awarded a €2.5M (£2.2M) Advanced Grant from the ERC, one of nine awards in chemistry across the whole of Europe, of which two came to the UK. The project in the field of synthetic chemistry is entitled 'Artificial Translation with Dynamic Foldamers: Relaying Encoded Messages into Chemical Function'
EPSRC New Investigator Award 2020 for research on protocellular materials
13 March 2020
Dr Pierangelo Gobbo, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the School of Chemistry, has won an EPSRC New Investigator Award worth £392,000.
Florence Gregson, from the University of Bristol's School of Chemistry, wins gold at national STEM awards
12 March 2020
Nine University of Bristol students presented their research in the Houses of Parliament on 9 March 2020 as part of a national competition which celebrates early stage or early career researchers; Florence Gregson, from the school of Chemistry, was awarded the gold medal.
Carbon chains can adopt fusilli or spaghetti type shapes depending if they have odd or even numbers of atoms
9 March 2020
Helical shapes are very familiar in the natural world and, at the molecular level, of DNA, the very blueprint of life itself.
Development of new blood test for GPs could help diagnose brain tumours earlier
26 February 2020
The School of Chemistry will be involved in new research, funded by Cancer Research, to produce a simple blood test to help diagnose brain tumours. Thanks to funding of nearly £500,000 from Cancer Research UK, this blood test could be used by GPs in primary care to allow earlier diagnosis. Around 60,000 patients in the UK are living with a brain tumour but only 20 per cent of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis, partly because they present late with large inoperable tumours.
Scientists discover new non-sticky gels
3 February 2020
Scientists from the School of Chemistry and Université Paris-Saclay have discovered a new class of material – non-sticky gels.
Accelerated speed of discovery could lead to more effective smoking cessation aids
13 January 2020
As smokers know all too well, nicotine is highly addictive. It’s hard to quit smoking, a habit that claims the lives of more than seven million people each year.
Catalytic protocells get zingy
10 January 2020
Artificial cells capable of oxygen gas production and chemical signalling have been prepared using a combination of synthetic and biological catalysts through an international collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of Padua in Italy.