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

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

Paper comparing peptide surface functionalisation methods for poly-caprolactone

We have published an XPS study comparing two methods for poly-caprolactone surface functionalisation with cell-binding RGD peptides.

Immobilisation of Cell-Binding Peptides on Poly-ε-Caprolactone (PCL) Films: A Comparative XPS Study of Two Chemical Surface Functionalisation Methods
J.S. Stevens, A.C. de Luca, S. Downes, G. Terenghi, S.L.M. Schroeder
Surface and Interface Analysis (2014) early view.
DOI:10.1002/sia.5396

Postdoc position – application deadline 16 January 2014

Research Associate,  Surface and Interface Analysis

Closing date : 16/01/2014

Employment type : Fixed Term

Duration : 1 year in the first instance, then another 3 years subject to review

Location : Sackville Street, Manchester

Salary : £29,837 to £36,661 per annum

Hours per week : Full-time

Follow this link for more details and the application forms

Matt Thomason passed PhD viva

On Friday, 22 March 2013 our group member Matt Thomason passed his PhD examination subject to minor corrections in his PhD thesis, Soft X-ray Spectroscopy of Molecular Species in Solution: Studies of Imidazole and Imidazole/Water Systems.

Congratulations Matt!

Paper on Novel Spectroelectrochemical Technique

A windowless electrochemical cell for the spectroscopic investigation of the liquid-liquid interface, using a dual droplet configuration, has been designed. The setup permits in situ probing of the bulk solutions and the interfacial region by fibre-optic UV-vis spectroscopy, microfocus X-ray fluorescence (XRF) elemental mapping, and microfocus X-ray absorption near-edge structure (micro-XANES) spectroscopy. The electrodeposition of Au, induced by ion transfer of the tetrachloroaurate complex from a halogenated solvent (containing a weak reducing agent) to the aqueous phase, has been monitored by a combination of the three techniques. The reaction can be followed in-situ by UV-vis spectroscopy by detecting the oxidised form of the reducing agent. Voltammetric evidence suggests the formation of interfacial Au(I) species, whereas micro-XANES detect the presence of metallic Au(0).

In Situ Spectroelectrochemistry at Free-Standing Liquid-Liquid Interfaces: UV-vis Spectroscopy, Microfocus X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Fluorescence Imaging
Y. Gründer, J.F.W. Mosselmans, S.L.M. Schroeder & R.A.W. Dryfe
Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117 (2013), 5765–5773.
DOI:10.1021/jp312060f

Paper on XPS of Amino Acids and Peptides

Having made some unexpected impact with our 2009 Surface and Interface Analysis paper on the XPS of saccharides (see here), we are now publishing a conceptually similar paper, this time dealing with the XPS of several amino acids and peptides derived from them:

Quantitative Analysis of Complex Amino Acids and RGD Peptides by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
J.S. Stevens, A.C. de Luca, M. Pelendritis, G. Terenghi, S. Downes, S.L.M. Schroeder
Surface and Interface Analysis (2013), in press.
DOI: to be confirmed

Joint Paper on Surface-Functionalised Polymer Conduits for Peripheral Nerve Repair

A joint paper on surface-functionalised polymer film substrates used in conduits for peripheral nerve repair has been published.

Immobilisation of Cell-Binding Peptides on Poly-ε-caprolactone Film Surface to Biomimic the Peripheral Nervous System
A.C. de Luca, J.S. Stevens, S.L.M. Schroeder, J.B. Guilbaud, A. Saiani, S. Downes & G. Terenghi
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 101 (2013) 491–501.
DOI:10.1002/jbm.a.34345

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.

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!