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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.


Energy Symposium

Although certain leaders on the other side of the Atlantic reject the idea of Global Warming, we still have to face the fact that our carbon emission triggered  a world-wide climate change. Weather we will survive it, as a human species, or not partially depends on its magnitude and on our adaptive capabilities.

With this goal in mind, the University of Sheffield is doing its bit by organising the 2017 Energy Symposium: a day filled with short presentations and posters to foster collaborations and new ideas for a greener future!

It will be this Monday, 24th of August 2017, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Come and join us and save the world!


Liam’s master thesis defence

On May 10th, Liam Banerji successfully defended his master thesis here in the Chemistry department. Liam worked on developing a new analytical tool to resolve spectral shifts dynamics. These band-shift are characteristics of electronic and structural modification of the proteins. He was able to resolve previously unknown band-shift within the heme-proteins called cytochrome bc1.

Congratulation to Liam and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours!