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News 2019

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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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’

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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.

New funding to create collaboration with Kobe University, Japan

Posted on 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

Posted on Thursday 25 July 2019

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

Towards clinical coagulation control

Posted on 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

Posted on Friday 5 July 2019

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

The Roger J Mawby Demonstrating Awards

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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?

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on Thursday 7 March 2019

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

Structure of heat-loving virus revealed

Posted on Tuesday 19 February 2019

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

A Simple Recipe for Highly Conductive Gels

Posted on 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.