Departmental news

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 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.

6 for the price of 1!

Tuesday 13 September 2016

York team publish a new method for the formation of 6 medicinally important molecules from a single precursor.

Government advisers look to York experts for insight into bio-waste

Monday 12 September 2016

A delegation of top Government officials visited the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), a University of York subsidiary, this week to investigate how waste can be converted into valuable products to benefit the UK economy.

Mn-catalysed C-H activation breakthrough

Thursday 8 September 2016

A significant breakthrough in understanding the mechanisms involved in manganese-catalysed C-H bond activation

Presidential Lecture at BA Festival of Science

Thursday 8 September 2016

Avtar Matharu, Deputy Director, Green Chemistry of Excellence will give the prestigious Chemistry Section Presidential Address today in Swansea at the 2016 British Association Festival of Science.

York chemist awarded Royal Society Research Professorship

Tuesday 6 September 2016

University of York Chemist, Professor Gideon Davies, has been awarded the prestigious Royal Society Ken Murray Research Professorship.

Selective synthesis rules uncovered

Thursday 1 September 2016

York chemists uncover rules for the selective synthesis of medicinally important structures.

Tracking Pollution in West Africa

Thursday 1 September 2016

York chemists operating research aircraft over West Africa have detected organic materials in the atmosphere over a number of urban areas, contributing to concerns of the rise in pollution across the region.

Sniffing Out 10,000-Year-Old Glue

Saturday 20 August 2016

An international study involving researchers at York has provided evidence of the earliest known combined use of animal and plant products to make a decorative ‘glue’.

Outstanding NSS results in all areas

Wednesday 10 August 2016

York Chemistry has achieved outstanding results in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

A fifth of global warming ‘hidden’ from climate data, scientists find

Thursday 28 July 2016

Global warming has been underestimated by approximately 19 per cent, scientists at the University of York say.

York chemist creates solution to boost biorefineries

Tuesday 26 July 2016

University of York chemists have come up with a unique solution to ensure biorefineries are economically resilient to oil price fluctuations.

York academic awarded top Royal Society accolade

Tuesday 19 July 2016

A University of York chemist, whose research has made important contributions to the development of flat-screen displays for TVs, computers and mobile phones, has been awarded a prestigious Royal Medal of the Royal Society.

Roy Fenton Scholarships

Tuesday 12 July 2016

Following a generous donation, the Department of Chemistry will establish The Roy Fenton Scholarship.

York chemists lead breakthrough in carbon capture

Monday 4 July 2016

Chemists from the University of York have developed an innovative new green method of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power stations, chemical and other large scale manufacturing plants.

‘Spiro-ing’ out of control

Monday 27 June 2016

York team wins EPSRC grant to make medicinally important ‘spirocyclic’ molecules

CIEC win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Tuesday 21 June 2016

The University of York’s Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) has won the 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Inspiration and Industry Award.

YUSU Rewards Excellent Teaching

Thursday 16 June 2016

York chemistry received three of the 2016 YUSU Excellence Awards.

Science out of the Lab

Wednesday 15 June 2016

As part of York Festival of Ideas, a group of PhD students organised a hands-on practical chemistry event on Parliament Street in York city centre.

Fracking reverses atmospheric hydrocarbon trends

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Study suggests fracking is responsible for a reversal in atmospheric hydrocarbon trends.

Award-Winning Musical Chemist

Monday 6 June 2016

Oliver Wass, who studied for a BSc in Chemistry here in York from 2012 to 2015, and achieved a first class degree, has won the 2016 Guildhall School of Music Gold Medal.

6reen Chemi5try celebrates Prof James Clark

Monday 23 May 2016

A tribute and reflection of James Clark’s contribution to green chemistry on his 65th birthday

MChem project leads to first-author publication

Friday 20 May 2016

Tom Nicol (MChem, 2015) has had his MChem project work published in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics as first author. Tom’s project was a theoretical study, supervised by Dr Seishi Shimizu, focusing on cyclodextrins.

High-affinity iron binding

Wednesday 11 May 2016

High-affinity iron binding in Campylobacter jejuni, the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK

Hat-trick of awards for York chemists

Monday 9 May 2016

Three University of York chemists have received prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) awards.

As Hard as Snails?

Tuesday 3 May 2016

International study involving York researchers shows how hardness of calcite crystals can be modified, providing new insights into the mechanical properties of inorganic / organic nanocomposites.

Prof Pratibha Gai Elected FRS

Friday 29 April 2016

Professor Pratibha Gai has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of her ground-breaking work.

Breakthrough in the treatment of inherited genetic disease

Thursday 28 April 2016

Scientists at the Universities of York and Leiden have made a significant breakthrough in the treatment of an inherited genetic disorder which damages muscle and nerve cells in the body.

York Chemistry in UK Top 5

Monday 25 April 2016

The excellence of Chemistry at York recognised in the 2017 Complete University Guide, achieving an outstanding 4th place.

Discovering the science that helps us access nature

Monday 25 April 2016

Dr Seishi Shimizu’s research shows how fundamental scientific theory can unlock access to natural products and ingredients, and improve industrial processes.

York Chemist profiled for IWD2016

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Professor Pratibha Gai profiled by Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) for International Women's Day 2016

Researchers' new advance in quest for second generation biofuels

Monday 29 February 2016

Scientists at the University of York are part of an international research team that has made a significant step forward in understanding the processes naturally occurring enzymes use to degrade microbe-resistant biomass, a key aim in the development of biofuels.

Chemists discover how sulphur is used by organisms

Tuesday 16 February 2016

A critical discovery about how bacteria feed on an unusual sugar molecule found in leafy green vegetables finally reveals how sulphur is harnessed by living organisms. The work may inform strategies to boost our ‘good’ gut bacteria and promote digestive health.

York chemist takes her research to Parliament

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Dr Katrina Bakker, 30, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The University of York, hailing from Peterborough, is attending Parliament to present her chemistry research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 7 March.

York Chemistry tops Russell Group in 2015 NSS

Tuesday 9 February 2016

The recently published 2015 NSS results show that 98% of our students are satisfied with the quality of their Chemistry degree here in York.

Chemist awarded 2016 Freedericksz Medal

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Professor John Goodby, FRS, has been awarded the 2016 Freedericksz Medal of the Russian Liquid Crystal Society for his “Outstanding Research in the Field of Chemistry of Liquid Crystals”.

York Chemist performs research for BBC science programme

Friday 15 January 2016

Professor Alastair Lewis of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science has performed research for the BBC science programme Trust Me I'm A Doctor into whether chemicals released from scented candles pose a danger to health.

Chemists develop new drug synthesis method

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Chemists from the University of York have developed a new approach for the synthesis of piperazines – drug compounds used to treat hay fever and HIV.

York Chemist awarded BEM

Monday 4 January 2016

Adrian Whitwood has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2016 New Year Honours List.

Leverhulme Trust Award

Tuesday 22 December 2015

Investigating the factors controlling coral biomineralisation

York chemist wins accolade from US peers

Tuesday 24 November 2015

A University of York chemist, Professor Robin Perutz has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

York chemists reveal structure of key cancer target enzyme

Friday 20 November 2015

Chemists from the University of York have published research unveiling the 3-D structure of human heparanase, a sugar-degrading enzyme which has received significant attention as a key target in anti-cancer treatments.

Ringing the changes ‘opens the road to new medicines’

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Inspired by the classic 'ball-in-a-cup' children's toy, chemists at the University of York have discovered an innovative method to make medicinally important molecules.

Chemists plug into metal’s role in the circuit of life

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Molybdenum is an essential nutrient for most living species because it causes vital biochemical transformations to occur fast enough to sustain life. In humans, a genetic inability to produce molybdenum-containing proteins is fatal because a molybdenum enzyme known as sulfite oxidase is required by every cell in the body.

Sugar molecules lose their ‘Cinderella’ status

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Carbohydrates are often considered the ‘Cinderella’ molecules of biology yet they are a feature of an increasing number of medicines, from small molecule drugs to protein therapeutics or vaccines.

Conducting gels – from waste to wealth

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Research by chemists at the University of York has demonstrated an innovative way of using a gel to extract precious metals such as silver and gold from waste and convert them into conducting nanoparticles to form a hybrid nanomaterial potentially suitable for a range of high-tech applications.

York chemist gives Franklin Lecture

Monday 9 November 2015

Professor Lucy Carpenter gave her Royal Society Rosalind Franklin lecture at the Royal Society on Wednesday 28 October, and received the Award from Professor Dame Carol Robinson DBE FMedSci FRS, Chair of the Rosalind Franklin Award Committee.

Role of sugars in carrageenan gelation clarified

Friday 6 November 2015

MChem project on statistical thermodynamics of food yields publication in 'Food Hydrocolloids’

Chemist confirms robustness of global warming temperature data

Tuesday 3 November 2015

A new study by a University of York chemist confirms that historical temperature data records constitute reliable evidence of climate change.

Carbon dioxide photoreduction

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Catalytic carbon dioxide photoreduction with rhenium-bipyridine-zinc porphyrin dyads has potential for storing solar energy in chemical bonds

Hydrogen bonding to metal fluoride complexes

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Every chemist knows about hydrogen bonding or thinks they do so