After just over 7 years spent on the second floor of the Chemistry Building, the group has now moved to brand new labs on the 4th floor! We can't wait to put this new space to good use and do some great chemistry!
Congratulations to Kamil who brilliantly defended his thesis, examined by Prof. Duncan Browne (UCL) and Dr Giacomo Crisenza (UoM)! PhD#4 of the De Bo group and last one to be celebrated in the 2nd floor labs. We wish Kamil all the best for this future endeavours.
Guillaume was invited as a speaker in the CMCC Mechanochemistry Discussions Seminar Series. This seminar series is hosted by the NSF Center for Mechanical Control of Chemistry (CMCC). The seminars feature guest speakers from around the world who are working in mechanochemistry and related fields.
The group is growing as we welcome new members: Maria (PhD, 3L), Nerea (visiting PhD, 5L), Kiril (MChem, 4R), and Rosa (MChem, 3R). We also welcome back Qianqian (1R) who came back for a MPhil.
Kamil, Lei, and Danny has showcased their research during our annual Departmental Postgraduate Conference. Many congratulations to Kamil who was awarded the prize for the best organic presentation in the organic section!
Guillaume has been promoted to Professor of Organic Chemistry
Guillaume has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. This funding supports exceptional mid-career researchers and help them consolidate their teams and conduct pioneering research on topics and with methods of their choosing. This €2M award will enable us to enhance polymer mechanochemistry with mechanical bonds.
This prestigious lecture is given annually by a younger chemist working in the area of macrocyclic and/or supramolecular chemistry. The award lecture is given in memory of Professor Bob Hay, one of the pioneers of macrocyclic chemistry in the UK.
The lecture was presented at the MASC annual meeting, held online in 2021. The cup was delivered by Prof. Ross Forgan, who won the cup last year.
Guillaume will keep the cup until the next MASC meeting when I'll pass it on to the next winner.
The Young Researchers Medal is awarded to a by the Macro group to UK-based scientist whose contributions to polymer science show outstanding promise for the future. Guillaume will be awarded a bronze medal and will deliver a medal award lecture at the Macro Group UK meeting in Autumn 2022.
This award is a great recognition for the what the group has achieved over the past 6 years.
We welcome James Ormson to the group who's joining us for a PhD. He will be working on the mechanochemistry of catenane. We also welcome Qianqian and Herman for their MChem final year research project this month. Welcome to all!