Sustainable Heavy Metal Removal from Mining Effluents

We have just published a study of sustainable heavy metal removal from copper mining effluents in Chile by use of bark chips, a sustainable by-product of the local forestry industry.

Sustainable Natural Adsorbents for Heavy Metal Removal from Wastewater: Lead Sorption on Pine Bark (Pinus Radiata D.Don)
G. Montes-Atenas & S. L. M. Schroeder
Surface & Interface Analysis 47 (2015) 996-1000.
DOI: 10.1002/sia.5807

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!

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

Sin-Yuen shortlisted for SET award 2012

It has been announced today that our group member Sin-Yuen Chang is one of the three finalists for the 2012 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Student of the Year Awards in Chemical Engineering. The SET Awards are Europe’s most important awards for science and technology undergraduates. There were nearly five hundred entries for the Chemical Engineering award this year, so it is already a considerable achievement to have been shortlisted.

The full list of all 2012 SET award finalists is available here.

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.

Luanga Wins 2nd Prize in Research Impact Competition

Our team member Dr Luanga Nchari recently won the 2nd prize for efficient pitching of a research impact idea at the CEAS impact showcase. This was a two day event for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers to explore how to identify, understand and communicate the potential economic, social and cultural impacts of their research. Luanga proposed an idea to make palm oil mills in more energy and eco-efficient, to help increase the income of poor small holders in rural Cameroon who currently use inefficient artisan palm oil milling methods that produce low yields.

Read on here

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.

Soft X-ray Beamline Invited for Full Proposal

The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) of DIAMOND Light Source Ltd has recommended that the Versatile Soft X-ray Spectroscopy Beamline project is invited for full proposal.

New Research Grant: MBase

The Molecular Basis of Advanced Nuclear Fuel Separations (MBase)

Our group is part of this newly EPSRC-funded consortium. Project partners are in the School of Chemistry, the University of Lancaster, Imperial College London, the University of Reading, Idaho National Labs (USA), the UK National Nuclear Laboratory and Serco Assurance.

Follow this link for more details