Departmental news

EPSRC New Investigator Award for Dr Meghan Halse

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Dr Meghan Halse has been awarded £210,439 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support research on “Lighting up Magnetic Resonance: SABRE optimisation powered by in situ detection”.

Unlocking wood biomass

Thursday 8 February 2018

Researchers in the Department of Chemistry have discovered a set of enzymes capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood. The enzymes could potentially contribute to the conversion of wood biomass into valuable chemical commodities.

All genders welcome

Friday 2 February 2018

The Department of Chemistry has become the first academic department at the University of York to introduce specific ‘all genders welcome’ toilets.

York chemists solve long-term supply issues of sparteine chiral ligands

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Scientists from the University of York have developed a new synthetic route that delivers significant quantities of two very important sparteine-based chiral ligands that could help in future development of drug molecules.

Atmospheric Chemists and Defra talk air quality

Monday 29 January 2018

Scientists at York discuss the role of research in support of the Government's UK Clean Air Strategy.

OBE for York Chemistry Honorary Fellow

Friday 19 January 2018

Alumnus and Honorary Fellow of the University of York, Dr Stan Higgins, was recognised in the New Year’s Honours with an OBE for services to the Chemical Process industrial sector.

York Talks 2018

Friday 19 January 2018

On Wednesday 10 January 2018, over 700 people participated in a day of lively, accessible presentations sampling the great variety of innovative and world-leading research taking place in York.

LGBT STEMinar 2018

Monday 15 January 2018

The University of York hosted the UK’s largest ever meeting of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender) individuals working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Researchers unlocking potential for next-generation medical scanning

Tuesday 9 January 2018

Researchers have developed a new way to magnetise molecules found naturally in the human body, paving the way for a new generation of low-cost magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that would transform our ability to diagnose and treat diseases including cancer, diabetes and dementia.

New Year Honours for Professor Pratibha Gai

Friday 5 January 2018

Professor Pratibha Gai has been appointed a Dame for services to chemical sciences and technology.

Large spiroclip research grant

Thursday 14 December 2017

Dr Will Unsworth and Prof Richard Taylor have been awarded £451,905 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support research into “Spiroclip Technology: from Catalogue to Spirocycle in One Step”.

Sun, sea and electrochemistry

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Researchers from the Department of Chemistry have found a new way of safely trapping the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, as a solid mineral, dawsonite.

Journal honour for Professor John Goodby

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Emeritus Professor John Goodby has been honoured with a special edition of the journal, Liquid Crystals.

Professor Sir John Holman gives final lecture

Wednesday 29 November 2017

After many years of inspiring our undergraduates in Physical Chemistry, Professor Sir John Holman gave his final lecture to our second year students.

Roadside air quality targets may be met ahead of schedule

Wednesday 29 November 2017

European estimates of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) directly emitted from vehicles may have been overestimated, according to new analysis of public data by scientists based at the University of York.

York hosts Dial-a-Molecule 3D Meeting

Friday 24 November 2017

The Department of Chemistry recently hosted a major national ‘Dial-a-Molecule’ conference on Synthetic Tools for Exploration of 3D Pharmaceutical Space.

Chemistry student wins Intern of the Year

Friday 24 November 2017

A final year Chemistry student at the University of York has won Intern of the Year for her innovative work with North Yorkshire Police.

Gay Times honour for York academic

Monday 20 November 2017

At a star-studded event, Professor David Smith of York's Department of Chemistry was nominated for a Gay Times Honour in recognition of his advocacy as an LGBT+ scientist.

Celebrating diversity in chemistry

Thursday 16 November 2017

Diversity in the chemical sciences was celebrated at a flagship event, hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry, in collaboration with Athena SWAN Gold Award chemistry departments from the University of York and Imperial College, London.

Glenn named social media superstar

Wednesday 15 November 2017

An academic in the Department of Chemistry has been recognised as one of the top 10 UK social media superstars in a competition celebrating the excellent social media work being done in Higher Education.

First ChemSoc lecture

Friday 10 November 2017

Academic staff in the Department of Chemistry shared their excitement over their own research in the first open lecture, organised by ChemSoc, in which undergraduate students could find out more about research carried out in the department.

NERC Parliamentary Reception

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Professor Ally Lewis and Dr Sarah Moller from the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) attended a National Environment Research Council (NERC) Parliamentary Reception on Monday 16th October.

Top-level library design award

Monday 23 October 2017

Dr Will Unsworth, Leverhulme Trust Early career Research Fellow has been awarded the highest monetary incentive from the European Lead Factory.

Science down under

Monday 23 October 2017

Dr Annie Hodgson recently accompanied five talented A-level science students to attend the 39th International Science School (ISS) in Sydney, Australia.

Food flavour on a molecular scale

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Dr Seishi Shimizu, in collaboration with Professor Steven Abbott of TCNF Ltd and Professor Matubayasi of Osaka University, has been measuring how much vanilla, almond or lemon flavour is bound to food macromolecules, which is crucial to understanding food flavour and aroma.

York Chemistry retains 4th position in University League Table

Monday 25 September 2017

Chemistry at York has once again been recognised in the 2018 University League Table published by The Times, with the Department retaining its 4th position.

An app for applicants

Monday 25 September 2017

An interdisciplinary team of staff and students from the Departments of Chemistry and Theatre, Film and Television (TFTV) combined their expertise to design and produce the first mobile app to support admissions at in the Department of Chemistry.

Tobacco-smoke residue that lingers in furniture, curtains and house dust can still be harmful

Monday 18 September 2017

Dr Jacqueline Hamilton, Reader in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) has written a piece on the harmful effects of tobacco-smoke residue for The Conversation UK.

York chemists pioneer new directional drug release gel

Friday 15 September 2017

Scientists in the Department of Chemistry have created a new smart gel that can be shaped by UV light and is able to control the direction in which drugs are released.

Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA?

Friday 15 September 2017

Researchers in the Department of Chemistry have shown that molecules brought to earth in meteorite strikes could potentially be converted into the building blocks of DNA.

Leading national education conference held in Department of Chemistry

Wednesday 30 August 2017

The Variety in Chemistry Education and Physics Higher Education Conference (ViCEPHEC) is the leading national conference for chemistry and physics education at tertiary level in the UK. This year the conference was held in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York between 23 and 25 August.

University teddy bear is cover model

Wednesday 30 August 2017

The cover image on the current issue of ChemComm was inspired by the Parkin group’s review of their recent advances in developing a transformative new technique for bioelectrochemistry.

Towards the Quadruple Carbon-Carbon Bond

Thursday 24 August 2017

New theoretical studies support the view that C2 has partial quadruple bond character.

Smith group mixes it up

Tuesday 22 August 2017

New research from the Smith group has reported innovative new materials that successfully ‘mix up’ four different components, each of which performs a different job in the final gel.

High ranking in Nature Index 2017 Innovation Table

Wednesday 16 August 2017

The University of York has been ranked in the Top 100 in the world, and 7th in the UK, for its influence on industry and innovation.

York chemist elected Education Group Chair

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Dr Glenn Hurst has been elected Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Tertiary Education Group. Glenn will succeed Professor Simon Lancaster in this position (president elect of the Education Division Council).

Outstanding 2017 NSS Results

Wednesday 9 August 2017

With an overall student satisfaction rating of 95% and outstanding other results in the National Student Survey, York has confirmed its reputation as one of the very best places to study chemistry in the UK.

Chemistry scientist shortlisted for Gay Times Honour

Thursday 27 July 2017

Professor David Smith has been shortlisted in the inaugural Gay Times Honours for the Barbara Burford Award STEM Academics and Intellectuals.

Expert Reaction: Diesel and petrol car ban

Thursday 27 July 2017

Professor Alastair Lewis, from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (WACL), reacts to a new government report that suggests any new diesel and petrol cars could be banned from 2040.

York chemistry PhD student awarded SCI Scholarship

Thursday 20 July 2017

Anna Zhenova, PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded an SCI scholarship of £5,000 over two years to support her studies in green chemistry and alternative solvent development.

York chemistry PhD student brings new ideas to aviation fluid research

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Dr Nicole Whitelaw, who has worked with the pioneers of safety critical aviation fluids for more than six years, is bringing new ideas to Kilfrost Ltd. after being awarded a PhD in the study of supramolecular material science.

Polar solvents promote halogen bonds over hydrogen ones

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Professor Robin Perutz is one of the researchers in on ongoing collaboration with the universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and York, investigating competition between hydrogen bonding and halogen bonding when co-crystals form.

Understanding the role of nitrogen oxides in the nocturnal atmosphere

Thursday 29 June 2017

Researchers in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory (WACL) and several US institutions have carried out work to understand the importance of nighttime chemistry in controlling air pollutants.

York chemistry student YouTube stars

Wednesday 28 June 2017

With over 175 videos on YouTube, first year York Chemistry Students have, over the past 7 years, created one of the most diverse sources of online educational material in the field of polymer chemistry.

Bio-based solvent awarded prestigious international award

Tuesday 27 June 2017

A bio-based solvent developed in the Green Chemistry labs has been awarded a prestigious international award for innovation.

Clarke Group’s spirotastic success

Friday 16 June 2017

York chemists have devised a simple two-step route to molecules important in drug discovery.

Chemistry scientist featured as LGBT+ role model

Friday 16 June 2017

Professor David Smith has been featured as an LGBT+ role model on the new Institute of Physics’ (IoP) LGBT+ Diversity Programme’s ‘role models in science’ flyer.

Landmark paper for the Smith Group

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Professor David Smith recently reached the landmark of publishing his 25th paper in the journal Chemical Communications.

New cellular imaging paves way for cancer treatment

Friday 9 June 2017

Researchers in the Department of Chemistry and the University of Leiden have pioneered a technique which uses florescent imaging to track the actions of key enzymes in cancer, genetic disorders and kidney disease.

York backs Technician Commitment

Monday 5 June 2017

The University of York has pledged its commitment to a sector-wide scheme aimed at addressing some of the key challenges facing technical staff working in research.

Joint Research Consortium launched by York and Durham

Wednesday 24 May 2017

A new virtual consortium has been jointly launched by York and Durham chemistry departments.

Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship renewed

Wednesday 17 May 2017

The Wellcome Trust have renewed Professor Fred Antson’s Senior Research Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science for a further five years.

York Chemistry 2nd in Guardian University League Table

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Chemistry at York have moved to 2nd place in The Guardian University League Table 2018.

Chemistry student’s Laidlaw Scholarship success

Tuesday 16 May 2017

A chemistry undergraduate student has won one of the first Laidlaw Scholarships in York.

BLCS Young Scientist Prize Winner

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Dr Richard Mandle has won the 2017 British Liquid Crystal Society Young Scientist Prize.

York chemist awarded Royal Society University Research Fellowship

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Dr Jon Agirre has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.

Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize Winner

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Professor Odile Eisenstein has been awarded the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize.

York chemist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry prize

Tuesday 9 May 2017

A University of York scientist has been awarded the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize.

Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Awards

Friday 5 May 2017

Dr Moray Stark has been awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award for 2017.

York Chemistry retains Top 5 position

Thursday 27 April 2017

Chemistry at York has once again been recognised in the 2018 Complete University Guide, with the Department retaining its 4th position.

RSC re-accredits chemistry UG and PGT programmes

Wednesday 26 April 2017

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has re-accredited the Department of Chemistry’s undergraduate chemistry programmes and the MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technologies.

European research collaboration to prove feasibility of using starch in energy storage and green catalysis

Monday 24 April 2017

Scientists in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) have teamed up with industry partners to turn renewable plant-based resources such as potato starch into a potential energy source for electric cars.

Organic Chemist wins industry-sponsored prize for Process Chemistry

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Professor Peter O’Brien has been awarded the 2017 AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer & Syngenta prize for Process Chemistry Research.

Molecules in the body more visible in new detection system

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Scientists in the Department of Chemistry have developed a technique that will enhance the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in identifying disease.

Inaugural Chemistry Research Fellowships Open Day

Wednesday 29 March 2017

The Department of Chemistry held its inaugural Independent Research Fellowships Open Day on Friday 24th March.

Emerging Areas of Photochemistry: From Fundamentals to Applications Symposium

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Over 130 researchers from across UK and overseas gathered at the Department of Chemistry of the University of York on 16th and 17th March 2017 for the Emerging Areas of Photochemistry: From Fundamentals to Applications symposium.

3D structure of enzyme opens path to new drug design in brain disease

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Researchers at the University of York and Simon Fraser University, Canada, revealed the 3D structure of an enzyme that could provide a crucial step forward in treating neurodegenerative diseases.

Scientists identify a new way gut bacteria break down complex sugars

Monday 27 March 2017

New light has been shed on the functioning of human gut bacteria which could help to develop medicines in the future to improve health and wellbeing.

Chemistry postdoc runner-up in science outreach comp

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Sandra Greive, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the York Structural Biology Laboratory (YSBL), is a runner-up in the online science competition ‘I’m a scientist get me out of here’.

Is the Punjab choking Delhi?

Thursday 9 March 2017

Dr Avtar S Matharu completed a successful one-week scientific scoping mission in North India, funded by the University of York’s BBSRC Grand Challenges Research Fund Impact Acceleration Award, to explore the development of rural biorefineries to avoid the burning of agricultural residues postharvest.

Funding boost for state-of-the-art equipment

Tuesday 7 March 2017

The University of York’s Department of Chemistry has been awarded £1.6million to invest in state-of-the-art equipment used to investigate the three dimensional structures of biological molecules.

Chemistry student awarded Santander sports scholarship

Monday 6 March 2017

Elspeth McLeod, 4th year student, is one of four York students to have been awarded a Santander Elite Sports Scholarship worth £5000.

B is for Biophysics

Monday 6 March 2017

A York chemistry paper will feature in the virtual "B is for Biophysics".

Increased risk of air pollution for Heathrow airport

Tuesday 28 February 2017

A new report released by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warns that a third Heathrow runway could result in increased air pollution due to the higher levels of traffic the development will cause.

Landmark free online course, eeDc, demystifies everyday organic chemistry

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Exploring Everyday Chemistry (eeDc), a pioneer University of York MOOC, delivered by the FutureLearn platform, attracted learners from over 100 countries.

GRASPing silly putty

Monday 30 January 2017

As part of a Green Reactants and Sustainable Products (GRASP) project in the Green Chemistry Centre for Excellence (GCCE) to further embed green and sustainable chemistry within the curriculum, Dr Glenn, Hurst, Dr Avtar Matharu and Dr Brendan Garrett focused on practical chemistry; specifically, silly putty.

York alumnus performs in Pelléas Ensemble

Friday 27 January 2017

On Wednesday 25 January 2017, the Pelléas Ensemble played at the University of York, featuring Chemistry alumnus, Oliver Wass, playing the harp.

Green Chemistry wins H2020 Funding

Friday 20 January 2017

The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) has been awarded three-year Horizon 2020 funding as part of a multidisciplinary and multi-actor collaborative Research and Innovation Action (RIA) coordinated by Unitelma Sapienza University, Italy.

Chemistry student wins Penultimate Year Prize from the RSC

Monday 16 January 2017

Charlotte Gregson, year 4 MChem student, has won the Penultimate Year Prize for Analytical Chemistry from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Green Chemistry win major BBI grant

Friday 13 January 2017

The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence has won and will lead on a major new €4.5M Bio-based Industries (BBI) consortium grant “ReSolve” aimed at the major industrial and research challenge of seeking sustainable and safe bio-based solvents

Green Chemistry help explore ways of reducing food waste

Monday 9 January 2017

Green Chemistry and the University of York are to lead a new research project examining how food manufacturing systems can be improved to reduce waste.

Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 75 years

Thursday 5 January 2017

Scientists, including our chemists, have solved a puzzling break in continuity of ocean warming records that sparked much controversy after climate data was published in the journal Science in 2015.

Scientists develop new antibiotic for gonorrhoea

Wednesday 4 January 2017

Chemists and biologists at the University of York have harnessed the therapeutic effects of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules to develop a new antibiotic which could be used to treat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea.

Newton grant aids to develop new collaborations in Thailand

Monday 19 December 2016

Developing a potential collaboration with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).

Cutting air pollution

Wednesday 14 December 2016

How can the UK government meet its legal air pollution targets?

Green Chemistry features in Autumn Statement

Thursday 24 November 2016

Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence will provide vital research-enabled evidence in shaping the bioeconomy of the North of England announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement.

EPSRC Grant for Organic Synthesis

Tuesday 22 November 2016

York team wins EPSRC grant for developing new routes to 3-D fragments, scaffolds and pharmaceuticals.

Putting Hyperpolarisation in a Spin

Monday 21 November 2016

Researchers in the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM) have discovered a new method that allows highly sensitive signals to be stored outside of a magnetic field for up to 15 minutes which could pave the way for studying biochemical reactions non-invasively in the body.

Prestigious award for Chemistry

Thursday 17 November 2016

The Department of Chemistry has received a high profile industry award.

10th anniversary for Cape Verde Observatory

Friday 11 November 2016

The Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVO), run by chemists from the University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories along with German and Cape Verdean scientists, celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.

Archaeological evidence at major risk in wetlands

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Important archaeological remains at wetland sites across the world could be at immediate risk, say scientists at the University of York.

Royal Society Athena Prize Runner Up

Thursday 20 October 2016

Professor Paul Walton has been awarded a Royal Society Athena Runner Up Prize.

Silver and Sand – just what the chemists ordered

Tuesday 4 October 2016

York's organic chemists have discovered a cheap and efficient way to make lots of new compounds with great potential in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries.

Chemistry ranked 4th in The Times’ Good University Guide 2017

Monday 3 October 2016

Chemistry at York has been ranked 4th in The Times’ Good University Guide 2017.

£1M donation from York Alumnus

Monday 3 October 2016

The Department of Chemistry is to benefit from a £1M gift from alumnus Dr Anthony H Wild.

Ancient eggshell protein breaks DNA time barrier

Tuesday 27 September 2016

An international study involving researchers in the Chemistry department at York have unlocked a key to obtaining ancient protein sequences much older than was previously thought possible, thanks to the help of ancient ostrich eggshells.

Eleanor Dodson Fellowship

Friday 23 September 2016

The celebration of 50 years of Chemistry at York and the generous donations of our alumni have led to the creation of ‘The Eleanor Dodson Fellowship Fund’.

Top of the Russell Group in NSS 2016

Monday 19 September 2016

With an overall student satisfaction score of 97%, York was placed joint 1st out of the 21 Russell Group universities offering chemistry degrees.

A new sensor for multiple disease biomarkers

Monday 19 September 2016

A new type of device has been developed that can monitor multiple disease biomarkers in parallel using electrophotonic technology

4th for teaching

Tuesday 13 September 2016

The 2017 Guardian league table has ranked York 4th in the UK for teaching quality in Chemistry.