Departmental news

Perspectives on the Circular Economy

Friday 24 January 2020

In his recent Perspectives article in Science, 'Rethinking chemistry for a circular economy', Professor James Clark explores the use and re-use of chemical products in the modern age.

York academic to lead study into the timings of the evolution and expansion of early humans in Europe

Wednesday 11 December 2019

A University of York academic is to lead a study into the timings and root causes of the evolution and expansion of early humans in Europe.

York laboratory awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize

Thursday 21 November 2019

The University of York’s Structural Biology Laboratory (YSBL) in the Department of Chemistry has been awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize.

Marine viruses inspire synthetic chemistry

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Researchers from the Department of Chemistry have contributed to the discovery of a remarkable new enzyme from a marine virus that is capable of adding iodine atoms to a diverse array of small organic molecules.

Core-shell gel bead ‘doughnuts’

Friday 8 November 2019

New research from the Smith group has discovered an innovative way of formulating functional soft gels by encapsulating them within a shell, rather like the jam filling in a doughnut.

American Chemical Society education award

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Dr Glenn Hurst has been recognised with one of the 2020 American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement awards.

UKCGE Research Supervision Recognition

Tuesday 22 October 2019

An academic from the Department of Chemistry is among the first in the UK to be recognised by a national Research Supervision Recognition Programme.

Grant award for project to tackle air pollution in West African cities

Thursday 17 October 2019

Environmental and atmospheric scientists at the University of York and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have been awarded £674,000 for a research project which aims to measure air pollution in some of West Africa’s fastest growing cities.

New way to test for drug resistant infections

Thursday 10 October 2019

Scientists from across the University, including researchers from the Department of Chemistry, have developed a method to test whether an infection is resistant to common antibiotics.

Learning About Green Pharmaceutical Synthesis

Thursday 10 October 2019

A recent educational study from the Department outlines an innovative approach to teaching students about environmentally-friendly methods of pharmaceutical synthesis.

We're 4th in the UK

Monday 23 September 2019

Chemistry at York in top ten in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

Sweet success of parasite survival could also be its downfall

Monday 16 September 2019

York scientists are part of an international team which has discovered how a parasite responsible for spreading a serious tropical disease protects itself from starvation once inside its human host.

New research on ancient rhino tooth could unlock evolution mysteries

Thursday 12 September 2019

Scientists from the University of York were involved in a project to extract original proteins providing genetic data from a 1.77 million-year-old rhino tooth.

European Research Grant award winner

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Dr Lianne Willems has been awarded a five-year research grant worth €1.5m to support the first phase of her career as an independent academic here in York.

Improving Chemical Handling in Teaching Labs

Friday 6 September 2019

Dr Moray Stark from the Department of Chemistry at York has developed a powerful Teaching Laboratory intervention to help students improve their chemical handling skills.

Athena SWAN Gold Award – Secrets of Success

Thursday 5 September 2019

The Department of Chemistry's Athena SWAN Gold submission document has now been made freely available on the University web pages.

New funding to create collaboration with Kobe University, Japan

Friday 9 August 2019

Our researchers are to collaborate with colleagues in Japan to combat ground level ozone - a major pollutant in East Asia.

Pioneer in Organometallic Chemistry to join Department

Thursday 25 July 2019

Professor Andrew Weller will be joining the Department in January 2020 from the University of Oxford.

Towards clinical coagulation control

Tuesday 16 July 2019

The latest research from the Smith group presents heparin binding agents with greater stability and lower toxicity, which may be useful in helping control blood clotting after major surgery.

National Student Survey 2019

Friday 5 July 2019

We’re delighted to have some of the happiest chemistry students in the UK.

The Roger J Mawby Demonstrating Awards

Thursday 27 June 2019

There were six winners in this year’s Roger J Mawby Demonstrating Awards, which recognise and reward outstanding performance from Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in the Department of Chemistry.

We’re 4th in the UK

Friday 7 June 2019

Chemistry at York retains its place in the top five in the Guardian University Guide.

YUSU Excellence Awards for Chemistry academics

Thursday 6 June 2019

Three Chemistry academics recognised as winners in the York University Students Union Excellence Awards.

European collaboration shines a light on enzyme discovery for industry

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Scientists at the University of York are playing a key role in a European consortium which has provided a disruptive technological breakthrough to allow the discovery and characterisation of novel enzymes for industrial biotechnology.

A multidimensional approach to blood serum analysis

Friday 17 May 2019

A new spectroscopic technique that suppresses water absorptions allows infrared spectroscopic analysis of blood serum proteins for biomedical applications.

Green solvent wins Environmental Leader Top Product award

Thursday 16 May 2019

An environmentally-friendly solvent developed in our green chemistry laboratories has won a top US industry award.

GloSAT looks to history to predict future climate change

Tuesday 14 May 2019

York’s Department of Chemistry will play a crucial role in a project to accurately estimate global climate change since the start of the industrial era, using data collated since the days of the Clipper ships over 200 years ago.

Dr Alison Parkin wins Edward Frankland Fellowship

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Dr Alison Parkin receives fellowship in recognition of research into sustained production of hydrogen in high levels of oxygen.

Is your sunscreen as good as it could be?

Tuesday 7 May 2019

Researchers investigating how sunscreen ingredients interact with UV light are calling for more scientific tests to determine how effective commercial sunscreens are in protecting people from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Athena SWAN Gold Award Success

Tuesday 7 May 2019

The Department was delighted with the announcement in May 2019 that it had received a new Athena SWAN Gold Award. In 2007, York Chemistry was the first department nationally to win an Athena SWAN Gold, and has held it continuously ever since.

Department of Chemistry moves into the UK top five

Wednesday 1 May 2019

This week the Department confirmed its place among the UK's most highly regarded departments for the subject of Chemistry. The Department is ranked 4th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2020.

York Academic Highly Commended in Educate North Awards

Friday 26 April 2019

Dr Glenn Hurst, Assistant Professor of Chemical Education in the Department, has been highly commended in the Teaching Excellence category at the Educate North Awards.

Professor Lucy Carpenter elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Professor Lucy Carpenter from the Department of Chemistry has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of her contribution to science

Enterprise Fellowship Success

Tuesday 2 April 2019

A researcher from the Department of Chemistry has been awarded a fellowship to help translate his work into a potential business idea.

European Research Council Advanced Grant Success

Friday 29 March 2019

Professor Lucy Carpenter has been awarded £2m to study how ozone in the lower atmosphere interacts with the sea’s surface from the prestigious Advanced Grant Fund of the European Research Council (ERC).

Johnson Matthey Poster Competition

Thursday 28 March 2019

The annual Johnson Matthey Poster Competition took place on Tuesday 26 March 2019 with thirty of our third-year PhD students presenting their work.

York Academic Shortlisted for Educate North Award

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Dr Glenn Hurst, Assistant Professor of Chemical Education in the Department of Chemistry, has been shortlisted for the Teaching Excellence Award at the Educate North Awards.

York research presented at Westminster

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Dr Aimee Clarke presented her research to MPs in the Houses of Parliament at the STEM for Britain event

Awards for York Researchers

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Professor Jane Thomas-Oates and Dr Alison Parkin have recently both been recognised with two separate awards for their high quality research, which uses key analytical methods to shed light on important chemical and biological processes.

Senior Fellow HEA Award

Thursday 7 March 2019

Dr Glenn Hurst has become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Structure of heat-loving virus revealed

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Cryo-electron microscopy has provided vital clues to the nature of virus assembly

A Simple Recipe for Highly Conductive Gels

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Gels self-assembled by simply mixing sustainable, commercially-available ingredients have high conductivities and great potential for use in energy technology.

2019 Process Chemistry Award

Wednesday 9 January 2019

Professor Ian Fairlamb has been awarded the 2019 AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Syngenta Prize for Process Chemistry Research.

ACU Blue Charter fellowship success

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Green Chemistry first year PhD student Parul Johar has been awarded an ACU Blue Charter fellowship of £10,000.

Inorganic Aromaticity Switching

Thursday 22 November 2018

New theoretical studies predict that S2N2 is the first example of an inorganic ring that can switch its aromaticity on electronic excitation.

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.