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!

2015 Publications So Far…

The group has had a good run of publications this year. So far our 2015 output of papers includes:

Intermolecular Bonding of Hemin in Solution and in Solid State Probed by N K-edge X-ray Spectroscopies
R. Golnak, J. Xiao, K. Atak, J. S. Stevens, A. Gainar, S. L. M. Schroeder & E. F. Aziz
Physical Chemistry – Chemical Physics 17 (2015), accepted.
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP04529K
Fenton-Like Oxidation of 4−Chlorophenol: Homogeneous or Heterogeneous?
C.-C. Kuan, S.-Y. Chang, S. L. M. Schroeder
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 54 (2015) 8122–8129.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b02378
Gold Deposition at a Free-Standing Liquid/Liquid Interface, Evidence for the Formation of Au(I) by Microfocus X-ray Spectroscopy (μXRF and μXAFS) and Cyclic Voltammetry
S. G. Booth, A. Uehara, S.-Y. Chang, J. F. W. Mosselmans, S. L. M. Schroeder, R. A. W. Dryfe
Journal of Physical Chemistry C 119 (2015) 16785–16792.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b05127
Synthesis of Polyurea-Polyether Core Shell Nanoparticles via Spontaneous Nanoprecipitation
P. Locatelli, S. Woutters, C. Lindsay, S. L. M. Schroeder, J. H. Hobdell & A. Saiani
RSC Advances 5 (2015) 41668-41676.
DOI: 10.1039/c5ra03662c
Structure and Bonding in Au(I) Chloride Species: A Critical Examination of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) Data
S.-Y. Chang, A. Uehara, S. G. Booth, K. Ignatyev, J. F. W. Mosselmans, R. A. W. Dryfe, S. L. M. Schroeder
RSC Advances 5 (2015) 6912-6918.
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13087A
Proton Transfer, Hydrogen Bonding, and Disorder: Nitrogen NEXAFS and XPS of Bipyridine-Acid Salts and Co-crystals
J. S. Stevens, L. K. Newton, C. Jaye, C. A. Muryn, D. A. Fischer & S. L. M. Schroeder
Crystal Growth & Design 15 (2015) 1776-1783.
DOI: 10.1021/cg5018278
Self-Association of Organic Solutes in Solution: A NEXAFS Study of Aqueous Imidazole
M. J. Thomason, C. R. Seabourne, B. M. Sattelle, G. A. Hembury, J. S. Stevens, A. J. Scott, E. F. Aziz & S. L. M. Schroeder
Faraday Discussions 179 (2015) 269-289..
DOI: 10.1039/C5FD00005J
Chemical Speciation and Bond Lengths of Organic Solutes by Core Level
Spectroscopy: pH- and Solvent-Influence on p-Aminobenzoic Acid

J. S. Stevens, A. Gainar, E. Suljoti, J. Xiao, R. Golnak, E. F. Aziz & S. L. M. Schroeder
Chemistry – A European Journal 21 (2015) 7256-7263.
DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405635

Sin-Yuen wins poster prize

At the recent Postgraduate Research conference of the School our group member Sin-Yuen Chang has won the First Year PhD poster prize for her poster entitled “The quest for a golden age in wastewater treatment”. Congratulations, Sin-Yuen!

Paper on Uranium/Plutonium Dioxide Dissolution in Nitric Acid

A joint paper with NNL on uranium/plutonium dioxide dissolution in nitric acid has been published.

The Chemistry of (U,Pu)O2 Dissolution in Nitric Acid
M.J. Carrott, P.M.A. Cook, O.D. Fox, C.J. Maher & S.L.M. Schroeder
Procedia Chemistry 7 (2012) 92-97.
DOI:10.1016/j.proche.2012.10.017

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!

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.

Paper in Journal of Fluorine Chemistry

A joint paper with two teams from the FUNFLUOS consortium has been accepted in the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry:

Aluminium(III) fluoride originating from decomposition of hydrazinium fluoroaluminate(III) under oxidative conditions: syntheses, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and some catalytic reactions
T. Skapin, Z. Mazej, A. Makarowicz, A. Jesih, M. Nickkho-Amiry, S. L. M. Schroeder, N. Weiher, B. Žemva, J. M. Winfield
Journal of Fluorine Chemistry 132 (2011), 703-712.
DOI:10.1016/j.jfluchem.2011.04.013

Success! VERSOX Beamline at DIAMOND Funded

It was announced today that the VERSOX soft X-ray spectroscopy beamline project at DIAMOND Light Source Ltd has been funded. Sven was one of the original proposers of this project, and as a member of the VERSOX Working Group he contributed to developing the case for supporting this beamline project. This beamline will provide our research team with a unique instrument for studying local interactions in organic materials, their nucleation – and surface chemistry in general. What makes VERSOX unique is its versatility – extending the use of soft X-ray spectroscopy beyond its traditional confines in ultra-high vacuum surface physics and chemistry. For example, soft X-ray studies of ‘wet’ soft matter, practical catalytic systems, biomaterials, pharmaceuticals, liquids and solutions will become possible for the first time in the UK. Right from the design stage the project will also take account of the needs of applied science and industrial users. As such it matches perfectly onto our research philosophy, which brings together fundamental science with its practical application.

More information is available by following this link.