Departmental news

Alpine ice shows iodine increase

Thursday 15 November 2018

Analysis of iodine trapped in Alpine ice has shown that levels of atmospheric iodine have tripled over the past century, which partially offsets human-driven increases in the air pollutant, ozone.

York Student brings Chemistry Outreach to Twitter

Monday 12 November 2018

Chemistry student shares his longstanding passion for communicating chemistry by suggesting new competition for #RealTimeChem week on Twitter.

NERC Doctoral Training Awards

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Chemistry receives a share of £100M funding to train the next generation of environmental scientists.

UK-Brazilian approach to a global problem

Tuesday 6 November 2018

As part of the UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation, Professor Michael North has written an article explaining how researchers in York and Brazil are working together to develop new methods to convert excess carbon dioxide into sustainable materials for battery technologies.

Nova Prize nominee

Monday 5 November 2018

Final year MChem student Melissa Davie has been nominated for the inaugural Nova Prize in Chemistry.

The gold standard

Monday 15 October 2018

The Department of Chemistry has been featured by The Royal Society of Chemistry in an article promoting initiatives to support diversity in the workplace.

York Research on Channel 4’s Grand Designs

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Research carried out by York atmospheric chemists was featured on Grand Designs, as a family in South-West London built a low-VOC emitting house.

Breakthrough in studying sustainable synthesis

Monday 8 October 2018

Research carried out in the research groups of Professor Ian Fairlamb and Dr Jason Lynam has developed a new method to probe chemical catalysts.

Traces of opiates found in ancient vessel

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Researchers at the University of York and the British Museum have discovered traces of opiates preserved inside a distinctive vessel dating back to the Late Bronze Age.

Times Good University Guide 2019

Tuesday 25 September 2018

The Department of Chemistry has placed 3rd in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship success

Monday 24 September 2018

Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro has been awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship and will join the new Molecular Materials research grouping in York.

New insights into insulin physiology and insect-transmitted diseases

Friday 21 September 2018

An international research team, led by Professor Marek Brzozowski in the Department of Chemistry, has fully characterised the insulin binding protein from the fruit fly. This provides new insight into human physiology and potential new routes to interfere with insect-transmitted diseases such as malaria and yellow fever.

Chemistry Professor awarded Haworth Memorial Lectureship

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Professor Gideon Davies has been awarded the Haworth Memorial Lectureship for his vital contributions to carbohydrate chemistry, and investigations of their biological roles.

York Atmospheric Chemist gives British Science Festival presidential address

Wednesday 12 September 2018

As newly named president of the British Science Association’s Chemistry Section, Dr Jacqui Hamilton will speak on the UK’s dangerously high diesel fuel pollution levels, and the hidden emissions we aren’t yet detecting.

Most Innovative Teacher of the Year

Thursday 6 September 2018

Dr Glenn Hurst has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ award based on his work using social media in new ways to enhance student engagement, understanding and communication.

Inspirational New National Teaching Fellow

Thursday 30 August 2018

Professor Andrew Parsons has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in recognition of his inspirational and innovative approaches to teaching.

Making artificial metalloenzyme assembly reversible

Monday 20 August 2018

A new anchoring strategy enables a synthetic catalyst to be bound strongly, yet reversibly, to a protein scaffold, thereby developing an artificial metalloenzyme that benefits from recyclable components.

Green chemistry solvent selection guide success

Monday 13 August 2018

A solvent selection guide developed in collaboration with York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence has been adopted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.

European Research Council to fund five-year research project

Wednesday 8 August 2018

Researchers in the Department of Chemistry will receive EUR 1.5m for vital Tropospheric Chlorine Oxidation work.

Department receives 97% overall satisfaction in 2018 NSS

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Chemistry confirms its place at the top of the Russell Group in National Student Survey results.

Science book success for York alumnus

Thursday 26 July 2018

York alumnus, Tim James, has written a popular science book entitled, ‘Elemental: How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything’.

Green Impact Award success

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Teams from the Department of Chemistry won five Green Impact Awards at the most recent ceremony, celebrating the achievements of teams from across the University.

Department of Chemistry featured in official album for Vote 100

Thursday 19 July 2018

The Department of Chemistry has been featured in the official History of Parliament Trust Vote 100 commemorative album, “Voice and Vote”.

York Chemists test air quality from Moorland fires

Thursday 12 July 2018

Scientists from the Department of Chemistry are flying their ‘lab-on-an-aeroplane’ through the smoke from wildfires in the North of England to understand the air pollution impact.

York student wins Salters’ Award

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Alice McEllin, one of our 2018 MChem graduates, has received a prestigious Salters’ Graduate Award.

Scientists from York involved in World Clean Air Day

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Scientists from the University of York have been involved in teaching children the importance of air quality as part of World Clean Air Day.

New method provides insight into disease

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Pioneering protein chemistry technique provides new insights into Leishmaniasis disease.

Chemistry PhD Student wins YUSU "GTA of the Year"

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Congratulations to Mark Dowsett who has won the "Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year" award in the 2018 York University Student Union (YUSU) Excellence Awards.

Dr Annie Hodgson receives Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award

Wednesday 30 May 2018

The award, which recognises excellence in teaching and learning support, will be conferred at one of the summer degree ceremonies.

Department 3rd in the UK in GUG 2019

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Chemistry holds its place in the top three UK Guardian University ranking.

New hope for cold cure

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Researchers have lab-tested a molecule that can combat the common cold virus by preventing it from hijacking human cells.

Celebrating ten years of Athena SWAN Gold

Monday 21 May 2018

In a two-day event, York Chemistry celebrated 10 years of holding an Athena SWAN Gold Award, the longest held award at this level.

Cracking the chiral code of DNA binding

Thursday 17 May 2018

MSc student Kiri Thornalley, working in the research team of Professor David Smith, has gained a detailed understanding of how self-assembled nanosystems bind biomolecules such as DNA.

Robin Perutz gives ‘Malcolm Green Lecture’

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Professor Robin Perutz delivered the ‘Malcolm Green Lecture’ at the University of Oxford.

York student contributes to Science paper on anti-cancer drug biosynthesis

Tuesday 8 May 2018

During his final year, Khoa Chung, an MChem (Industry) undergraduate student, has been involved in a project at the John Innes Centre, which is now published in Science magazine.

York chemists win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry awards

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Three Department of Chemistry academics have been recognised for their contribution to chemistry.

When chemistry gets personal

Friday 27 April 2018

A major feature article, published in Chemical Communications, tells the very personal story of research carried out in Professor David Smith’s research team over the past 12 years.

Department 6th in the UK in CUG rankings

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Chemistry keeps its place in the top 10 UK Complete University Guide rankings.

Chemistry Research Fellow Dr Liz Dickinson in RSC Voice Magazine

Thursday 19 April 2018

Dr Liz Dickinson has been featured in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Voice magazine, highlighting the importance of supporting researchers to return to work after a career break.

Johnson Matthey Poster Competition

Wednesday 11 April 2018

The Johnson Matthey Poster Competition took place on April 10 2018 with over thirty third year PhD students presenting their research.

Enhanced Wild Fund Scholarship funding

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Chemistry alumnus Dr Anthony Wild has doubled his annual donation to Wild Fund Scholarships from £100,000 to £200,000 for graduate students entering from 2018/19 onwards.

Green Chemistry graduate becomes Vice Chancellor

Friday 9 March 2018

Professor Egid Mubofu, who obtained his PhD in the Green Chemistry Group here at The University of York, has become Vice Chancellor at the University of Dodoma in Tanzania.

Chemistry Admissions Highlights

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Our Departmental undergraduate Chemistry Admissions newsletter shows what an exciting and successful year we have had.

Global fossil fuel emissions of hydrocarbons underestimated

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Global levels of ethane and propane in the atmosphere have been underestimated by more than 50%, new research involving scientists at the University of York has revealed.

Four Hot Papers in three different RSC journals

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Four papers published in 2017 from the Shimizu group have been chosen as Hot Papers in three different Royal Society of Chemistry journals (Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Green Chemistry and Food & Function).

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.