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Warwick Chemist tackling Tuberculosis awarded Industrial Fellowship

Timur Avkiran, a postgraduate researcher in the Department of Chemistry, has been awared an Industrial Fellowship by The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to design and synthesise small molecule drugs for improving Tuberculosis treatment.

Mon 09 October 2017, 09:44 | Tags: ChemBio

Who was Sir John Warcup Cornforth? The chemist who overcame deafness to win the Nobel Prize


Sir John Warcup Cornforth was a Nobel Prize-winning chemist who was born a century ago (7 September 1917).

Sir John was known for his work in the field of stereochemistry, the study of how the spatial arrangement of atoms affects the properties of a chemical compound. He went on to study at the University of Oxford and work as a professor at the universities of Warwick, Suffolk and California in Los Angeles.

In celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday, Sir John has been honoured with a Google Doodle.

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Thu 21 September 2017, 13:47 | Tags: people

Chemistry Outreach Programme shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award


Warwick Chemistry's Schools Outreach Programme has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award 2017 in the ‘Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year’ category.

Known as the “Oscars of Higher Education”, the 13th annual ceremony takes place on Thursday 30 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Fri 08 September 2017, 10:52

Welcome to new students!


Congratulations to everyone who has been offered a place to study at Warwick Chemistry in October 2017! Please see the Welcome to Warwick page for our essential checklist and information about what to do before you arrive. We’ll also be sending out Welcome Packs to all new starters, with an introduction from our award-winning ChemSoc and a summary of what to expect in your first few weeks at Warwick, so keep an eye out for yours.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Warwick in October. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please feel free to contact our UG Administrator, Lucy Johnson.

Best wishes

Ann Dixon, Senior Admissions Tutor

Department of Chemistry

Mon 21 August 2017, 10:06

Scott, Fox and Gibson develop 'metallohelical antifreezes'


A collaboration between the Fox, Scott and Gibson groups has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The team were inspired by how small helical antifreeze proteins in Nature enable extreomophiles to survive low temperatures, where other species would not survive. Rather than using traditional peptide/protein chemistry, the team used self-assembled metallohelicates which have similar dimensions to a small alpha helix, and found some which were remarkably potent at stopping ice crystal growth ; a major technological challenge in applications from wind farms, to aircraft to cryopreservation. Modelling studies showed that the underlying activity could be linked the patches of hydrophobicity (water liking) and hydrophobicity (water hating).

Read the paper here

Antifreeze Protein Mimetic Metallohelices with Potent Ice Recrystallization Inhibition Activity

Thu 10 August 2017, 07:57 | Tags: PolymerChem publications Synth&Cat Theory&Sim

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