Chemistry Postgraduate Conference features talks, prizes and home-made gin

The 2018 School of Chemistry Postgraduate Conference took place on the 7th and 8th of June.

The conference featured oral presentations from the third year PhD students and posters by the second year students, highlighting the wide scope and high quality of the research in the School.

Discussions spanned the full range of chemistry, including the way pollutant molecules perturb the chemistry of the atmosphere; new techniques for drug discovery; and organic, inorganic and nanoscale catalysis.

The event concluded with a plenary lecture by Dr Stuart Cantrill, the editor of Nature Chemistry, who gave light-hearted insights into the process of publishing and home-made gin infusions. This was followed by a wine reception, and a staff-student ball.

Prizes were voted for by the students and staff, and were awarded for talks by Robert Lowe, Jacob Hauser and Sarah Atkinson; and for posters by Jack Caudwell, Jamie Mannering and Chloe Townley. The Dr Kate Furneau prize for outstanding non-academic contributions to postgraduate life in the School was also presented to Ryan Hubball.

The conference was organised by Anna Luty in the Postgraduate Office, and by Ryan and his colleagues on the Postgraduate Committee. We are also very grateful to the Royal Society of Chemistry, Alfa Aesar, ThermoFisher Scientific, Redbrick Molecular and Digital BioPharma Ltd. who sponsored the prizes and the reception.