Gibson Group News
Caroline wins a poster prize
Caroline Biggs has won a poster prize at the 2014 MacroGroup UK young researchers meeting, held in Durham 24/25 July.
Her poster was entitled 'Polymer Functionalised Surfaces for Microarray Applications'
MIG Office move
Matt Gibson has moved to a new office in the MAS building, number 4.06 (4th floor, near the elevator).
Phone number is the same, but may not work for a few days.
Rob Deller gets PhD
Rob Deller becomes first GibsonGroup student to recieve PhD! Well done.
Paper Published in EPJ
Our latest paper is now online in the European Polymer Journal. This papers describes the use of carbohydrates (sugars) as the core building blocks to make reproducible, well defined polymers. This templated synthesis offers more control than e.g. radical polymerization, and can access very low DP polymers (less than 10 repeat units). Using micheal Addition chemistry (sometimes called 'thiol-ene click....) we could functionalise the cores to obtain glycopolymers and thermo-responsive polymers which were also shown to be degradable.
Paper Published in Carbohydrate Reserach
A collaborative paper with Liz Fullam in the School of Life Sciences has been pubished in Carbohydrate Reserach. This paper describes the identification of a boronic-acid based probe which can discriminate between arabinose and ribose in aqueous solution, by means of a differential fluoresence response. The ability to discirminate between these two sugars is important to enable monitoring of the activity of isomerase enzymes involved in the construction of bacterial cell walls.
Read the paper here;
Shortlisting for RSC Emerging Tech Prize
Our blood freezing methods, inspired by antifreeze proteins found in fish, has been shortlisted for an RSC emerging technology prize.
Interview with MIG for Noreen Murrary Award Online
Watch/Listen to MIG discussing how philanphropic donations can make a huge difference to ambitious research projects.