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News 2021

Dr Glenn Hurst Awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Posted on Thursday 5 August 2021

Glenn Hurst has been recognised with a prestigious Advance HE 2021 National Teaching Fellowships in recognition of his remarkable contributions to higher education teaching and pedagogy.

Self-Propelling Gel Beads as Highly-Mobile Waste Collectors

Posted on Thursday 5 August 2021

Recent research from the Department of Chemistry has created gel beads that can spontaneously move when placed in water. By assembling a unique nanoscale network within the particles, the beads become turbo-charged and better able to remove a pollutant dye from the water.

Switching Catalyst Selectivity

Posted on Monday 26 July 2021

Recent research from the Department of Chemistry has shown that the selectivity of palladium-catalysed reactions can be dramatically switched using very small changes in reaction conditions.

Funding wins more time for THYME

Posted on Thursday 22 July 2021

A regional collaborative project has won funding to continue for another year.

Department of Chemistry maintains its place in the UK top 10

Posted on Monday 12 July 2021

The Department has once again confirmed its place among the UK's most highly regarded departments for the subject of Chemistry. The Department is ranked 8th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2022.

Green Impact Triple Award Success for Green Chemistry

Posted on Thursday 8 July 2021

The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) has won three top prizes in this year’s NUS Green Impact Awards, including Platinum Awards for both Labs and Offices.

Two Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Awards for Chemistry

Posted on Tuesday 6 July 2021

Chemistry lecturers, Dr Julia Sarju and Dr Lizzie Wheeldon have received the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award 2021 in recognition of ‘excellent contributions’ to learning and teaching activities in the Department of Chemistry.

PhD Supervisor of the Year Award for Chemistry academic

Posted on Tuesday 6 July 2021

Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro has been recognised as ‘PhD Supervisor of the Year’ in the York University Students Union (YUSU) Excellence Awards

York Chemistry Emeritus Professor elected to Royal Society Council

Posted on Thursday 1 July 2021

Professor Robin Perutz, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemistry has been elected to the Council which governs the Royal Society, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scientific institutions in the world.

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One of the largest ever land mammals evolved into a dwarf elephant, study finds

Posted on Tuesday 22 June 2021

An extinct species of dwarf elephant experienced a weight and height reduction of 8,000kg and almost two metres after evolving from one of the largest land mammals that ever lived, a new study has confirmed.

Johnson Matthey Poster Competition: June 2021

Posted on Wednesday 16 June 2021

The Department of Chemistry’s annual Poster competition for PhD students took place on Wednesday 9 June, and this year was held online for the first time.

Integrating systems thinking into chemistry education

Posted on Tuesday 15 June 2021

Undergraduate student research investigating staff perceptions of a ‘systems thinking’ approach in chemistry education indicates it is viewed positively. In particular, the systems thinking approach has potential advantages in providing benefits to student learning, facilitating interdisciplinary teaching/learning, and enhancing student employability – ultimately leading to societal benefits.

York scientists win prestigious prizes from Royal Society of Chemistry

Posted on Tuesday 15 June 2021

Scientists from the University of York have been recognised for their pioneering work in the inaugural ‘Horizon Prizes’ awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Towards Genuine Inclusion of Disabled Scientists Post Pandemic

Posted on Tuesday 15 June 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all but the consequences have not been felt equally. In a new article, Dr Julia Sarju suggests strategies for the genuine inclusion of disabled scientists and argues that the time has never been more important to take action.

York Enzymologists part of team to win Horizon Prize

Posted on Friday 11 June 2021

Researchers at York, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Manchester, GSK and Prozomix Ltd, have been recognized with one of the inaugural Royal Society of Chemistry Horizon Prizes.

International collaboration wins Royal Society of Chemistry Prize

Posted on Wednesday 9 June 2021

An international research team, led by groups at The Crick (UK) and Stanford University (USA) and joined by Dr Jon Agirre (York Structural Biology Laboratory, Department of Chemistry), has been recognised with one of the inaugural Royal Society of Chemistry Horizon Prizes.

Team led by York Chemists wins Inaugural Royal Society of Chemistry Horizon Prize

Posted on Monday 7 June 2021

Research to explore the mechanistic details of important catalytic reactions, led by two academics in York, has been recognized with one of the inaugural Royal Society of Chemistry Horizon Prizes.

Professor Eleanor Dodson Honoured by Australian Academy of Science

Posted on Thursday 27 May 2021

Professor Eleanor Dodson FRS, an Emeritus of the Department, has been elected as a Corresponding Member of the Australian Academy of Science.

Step-closer to nasal spray drug delivery for Parkinson’s disease

Posted on Tuesday 25 May 2021

Scientists at the University of York have made significant progress in the development of a nasal spray treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

The work of York scientist inspires children’s story

Posted on Wednesday 19 May 2021

Research led by a University of York scientist is the inspiration behind a new online children’s story.