James and Sin-Yuen Join Us as PhD Students

Two MEng graduates who have pursued their final year dissertation research with us this academic year have been awarded PhD studentships to re-join us in September.

James Black, who has just completed his MEng dissertation on laser-ablation ICP-MS analysis of prehistoric pottery, will work in a project funded by GSK and EPSRC, investigating the effect of impurities on polymorphic forms. His main supervisor will be Roger Davey and he will be co-supervised by Sven Schroeder.

Sin-Yuen Chang will return on a President’s Doctoral Scholar award to investigate low-energy alternative technologies for wastewater treatment by in situ generation of hydrogen peroxide with novel catalysts. This project is a continuation of Sin-Yuen’s MEng dissertation project. Sven Schroeder will be her main supervisor and Ted Roberts her co-supervisor.

Congratulations to both! We are all looking foward to seeing James and Sin-Yuen again in September.

Sin-Yuen Wins Chemical Engineering Course Prize

Congratulations are in order to our team member Sin-Yuen Chang, who has just been awarded the Course Prize for being the highest performing student on the MEng Chemical Engineering degree programme of the School. Sin-Yuen has just completed her MEng final year dissertation research with us, carrying out mechanistic studies of Au-catalysed aerobic oxidations of halogenated organic wastewater components. She has recently also been awarded a President’s Scholarship to continue her work with us as a PhD student from September 2012. Congratulations Sin-Yuen!

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.

Group Photo

CCI group 2012
The CCIC group after their March 2012 meeting. From left to right – Front row: Christine Stokes, Klaudia Urbaniak, Geoff Dent, Afifuddin Mohamed Roslan, Ghazala Sadiq, Adrian Gainar, Peter Ivanov, Amani Musharah, Devon Indar. Second row: Luanga Nchari, Monika Walczak, Sarah Gilks, Roger Davey, Roisin Montague, Sin-Yuen Chang, Joshua Goldberg. Third row: James Black, Sven Schroeder, Vanessa Suinggi, Loris Doyle. To be completed…

Not present: Chris Maher (PhD student), Yogita Sen (academic visitor), Qiuying Su (MSc student), Simon Black (visiting Professor)

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available

We have got a fixed term Postdoctoral Research Associate position in a research council-funded Smart Laboratory Automation pilot project available.

An excellent first degree in a relevant science or engineering discipline (e.g. Analytical Science, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics) is required. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Sven Schroeder on the implementation of automated laboratory workflows, as part of a smart chemical laboratory concept with electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) that is piloted within the EPSRC Dial-a-Molecule Grand Challenges network.

The successful candidate must have experience in computer programming and the installation of operating systems and applications software for scientific instruments, data acquisition hardware and associated software drivers. You will also be a self motivated individual with strong problem-solving ability and willingness to work both independently and in collaboration.

The successful candidate will work closely together with other Research Associates in our laboratory. The project requires liaison through project meetings with partner groups at the University of Southampton. At the end of the project the candidate will write an academic publication for a high impact journal. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the safe management of the laboratory environment.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr SLM Schroeder:

Email: s.schroeder@manchester.ac.uk

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Further particulars

Closing date: 17/01/2012
Reference: E&PS-00546
Faculty / Organisational unit : Engineering & Physical Sciences
Salary : £29,099 to £35,788
Employment type : Fixed Term
Duration: Fixed term until 30 June 2012
Hours per week : Full time
Location : Sackville Street
Apply Online

Research Associate in Smart Laboratory Automation

Art and Science Do Mix! Join Us Next Week at the Manchester Science Festival

Several outreach activities at the Manchester Science Festival 2011, which runs from 22 – 30 October 2011, are directly related to our collaboration with Tate Britain:

25 Oct, Tuesday, 10:30 – 15:30: Family activity – ‘Art and Science do Mix’ at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Chemistry Family Day

25 Oct, Tuesday, 18 – 20:30: Dialogues: art and science – Dr Bronwyn Ormsby speaking!

29 Oct, Saturday, 11 – 15:00: ‘Art and Science do Mix!’ at the Science Spectacular run by University of Manchester (Facebook link)

Come along and join us!

Dr Hamizah Mohd Zaki

Our group member Hamizah Mohd Zaki was awarded her PhD on 10 October 2011. Congratulations Hamizah!

Congratulations Vicky!

Our group member Vicky Fawcett successfully defended her PhD today and passed subject to minor corrections. The title of her thesis is Polymorphism from a Solution Perspective: Rationalisation at the Molecular Level. Congratulations Dr Fawcett!

Dr Nchari

Congratulations to our research group member Luanga Nchari, who has now fulfilled all requirements for the award of his PhD degree on mechanistic studies of chiral amplification reactions with dialkylzinc reagents.

Welcome to Dr Monika Walczak

Dr Monika Walczak

Photograph (c) University of Lund

A warm welcome to Dr Monika Walczak, who will join us in May as a postdoctoral research associate to work with X-ray spectroscopies on the surface chemistry of large organic molecules used as corrosion inhibitors. Monika joins us coming from her current appointment at the Polish Academy of Sciences and she will work both with our team and Rob Lindsay’s in the School of Materials.