Congratulations, Dr Chang!

Our group member Sin-Yuen Chang has passed her PhD viva subject to very minor corrections, and has already submitted the revised thesis, titled “Studies of Metal Speciation and Nucleation in Complex Functional Liquid Systems“. Sin-Yuen has already taken up a position at Diamond Light Source, and a visiting appointment at the University of Leeds, through which she will continue to collaborate with our team. Congratulations , Dr Chang!

Congratulations Dr Indar!

Our team member Devon Indar has just received official notification that he has been awarded a PhD for his diessertation on the “Oxidation of Alcohols Using Heterogeneous Au/TiO2 Catalysts”. Congratulations Devon!

Matt Hudson Shortlisted by IChemE for “Young Chemical Engineer of the Year”

Dr Matthew Hudson, an alumnus of our group who completed his PhD in 2010, has been shortlisted for the ‘IChemE Young Chemical Engineer of the Year’ award. After completing his PhD Matt joined Shell, with whom he currently works in Houston, Texas.

Congratulations Matt!

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Vanessa is Undergraduate Student of the Year

Congratulations to our group member Vanessa Suinggi, who has received the award ‘Undergraduate Student of the Year 2012’ of our Faculty. This is a tremendous achievement!

Vanessa recently completed her final year research project on the surface analysis of acrylic paint films, working alongside Beth Willneff.

Read here for the full list of 2012 Distinguished Achievement awards

Read here for the full citation associated with Vanessa’s award (impressive reading!).

We wish Vanessa all the best for her future at Shell in Malaysia.

PhD+ award for Jo

Our recent PhD graduate Joanna Stevens has been awarded an EPSRC PhD+ grant to continue, now as a postdoc, her successful soft X-ray spectroscopy work on local structure in complex organic solids. Congratulations!

New arrivals

It is the time of the year where people come and go. We would like to welcome

  • Devon Indar and Amani Musharah, who join our team as new PhD students from September 2010. Both will work on the catalytic upgrading of chemicals from sustainable feedstocks.
  • Dr Elizabeth Willneff,  who took up her position as Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow in the School on 1 September. Beth will work on strategies for the analysis and conservation of artist’s acrylic emulsion paints.
  • Dr Yvonne Gründer, who will join us from the University of Kiel (Germany) on 1 November; Yvonne will be a joint postdoc between the Dryfe and SLMS research groups, working on in situ XAS studies of the nucleation and growth of metal nanoparticles at liquid-liquid interfaces in collaboration with DIAMOND Light Source and Mark Schlossman at the University of Illinois Chicago.
  • Lauren Newton, Michael Foo and Will Johnson, who will work with us in the academic year 2010/11 for their final year MEng research projects.

Norbert in a commercial

Norbert Weiher, an alumnus from our group, can now be seen all over Brazil having the lead role in this Volvo television commercial. Note his strong German accent …