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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.
For more information, see the original article in The Daily Telegraph.
GibsonGroup Science heads to Space!
On Saturday morning (east cost US time, Saturday night in UK), a team of students from Edgecombe Community College (Carolina, USA), in collaboration with NASA and NC space grant, will launch a student-lead high altitude baloon, including an experiment based on the GibsonGroups innovative cryopreservation science.
The balloon will be launched to 60 to 100,000 feet, so high that the curvature of the Earth will be clearly visible. It will contain experiments to track movement, altitude humitity and more, but also 1 additional science experiment. The students, lead by Jillian Leary approached Professor Gibson to ask if the GibsonGroup's unique ice-growth inhibiting polymers, inspired by Natures antifreeze proteins, could be included as an experiment to see how cells respond to the harsh high-altitude envirnoments. The polymers are design to stop ice crystals growing, and enables cells, which would otherwise need large volumes of toxic solvents to survive being frozen and stressed. This technology has the potential to revolutionise regenerative and transplantation medicine.
The launch will be streamed live on facebook https://www.facebook.com/EdgecombeCC/posts/?ref=page_internal
Highly reactive molecule imaged for the first time by David Fox group & IBM published in Nature Nanotechnology.
David Fox who spearheaded the project along with Anish Mistry in collaboration with IBM have synthesised and imaged a highly reactive molecule for the first time, Triangulene. It was first hypothesised in the 1950’s and ever since, chemists have struggled to synthesise it until now.
Triangulene, a triangular fragment of graphene which contains two radicals is predicted to have desirable properties for electronic devices. For more information see the article attached.
Excellence in Chemistry UG Scholarships for 2017 entry
Warwick is privileged to attract high fliers. To reward hard work and promote outstanding achievement in Chemistry, we are proud to offer scholarships of up to £1000 for our top performing students. These are available to every UK and EU student that chooses us as their first choice and achieves A* at A Level Chemistry, or 7 in higher Level Chemistry, and excels in their other subjects too.
If you have any questions about scholarships or any aspects of Chemistry at Warwick please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0)24 7652 3678
and we’ll be happy to help.
Welcome to new students
Congratulations to everyone who has been offered a place to study at Warwick Chemistry in October 2016! Please see our enrolment pages 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 Admissions Administrator, Lucy Brickwood.
Ann Dixon, Senior Admissions Tutor
Department of Chemistry