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Funds and award


First grant awarded!

Dr. Chauvet is the recipient of EPSRC’s notorious Young Investigator Award.

This grant will cover a 3-years postdoc and the necessary equipment to pursue the ultrafast investigation of newly synthesised -intriguing- porphyrins (£ 380k).

Big thanks to the EPSRC for funding the “Property-Enhanced Porphyrins” project and all the people involved in the reviewing process.



Celebrating the graduates

Congratulation to Steve and Tom for having successfully defended their master thesis!

It was an intense but rewarding job: getting the first ultrafast Transient Absorption data of the group.

Looking back at it, it is always an amazing feat; that of making a molecule speak… something that you cannot even see by eye, being too small, moving too fast, but still being able to listen to it by means of high power laser and a dose of computational modelling 🙂

We wish you all the best for your future career.

Think out of the box

Think out of the box!

Challenge: Where to get a custom-made magnetic stirrer bar of less then 1 mm in diameter?

Solution: Well… nowhere! Hence with the expertise of Tom Franklin from Tony Ryan’s group, Steve and I started developing our own home-made magnetic plastic that can take what ever shape we need! Here is the team in action:

Here are the first results:

Steps to the magnetic plastic

And indeed, it is magnetic!

For a first trial, the magnetic plastic is a quite promising material; let’s see if we can induce within it a permanent magnetic moment.

… to be continued.