Year: 2016

MASC 2016

The McGonigal Group ended the year by attending the RSC’s annual macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry meeting (MASC), which was held in Edinburgh this year. The meeting was a great opportunity for us catch up on the latest developments in the field,

Andrew, Mary, and Edward Get Started

October marked the beginning of the new academic year and brought three new members to the McGonigal group. Andrew Turley (MChem, Newcastle University 2016) began his PhD at the same time as Durham undergraduates Mary Gibbins and Edward Mitchell officially started their final-year

Brette Arrives from Across the Pond

Brette Chapin joined the McGonigal Group at the start of September, having recently completed her PhD at UT Austin. During her PhD in the Anslyn Group, Brette investigated the fluorescent response of boronic acid hosts to saccharide binding. In Durham, she’ll use her

Doing it by the Büchi

We recently received delivery of two Büchi R-100 rotavap systems for laboratory CG233. Thanks to Jiří for setting them up. They’ll come in very handy later in the year when things get even busier in the McGonigal, Walton, and Avestro

Gemma Sends Herself to Coventry

MChem student Gemma Parker has graduated from the McGonigal Group and Durham University. After a well-earned break over the summer, she will move to the University of Warwick, Coventry, to study for a PhD in the Chaplin Group, where she

Aisha Wins Again

Aisha picked up her second poster award in a month, winning the second-place prize at the RSC’s 2016 North West Organic Division Regional Meeting at the University of Central Lancashire. The conference gave Aisha the opportunity to return to her alma mater for the first time

First-Place Finish for Aisha

Aisha has been awarded the a prize for the Best Faculty of Science Poster at the Durham University Reserachers’ Poster Competition. The goal of annual university-wide competition is to effectively communicate research to members of the public and to fellow students from

Poster Prize for Jiří

On April 6, the McGonigal Group made the short trip north to Newcastle to attend the RSC’s Organic Division North East Regional Meeting 2016. Jiří’s poster ‘Cycloheptatrienes – a New Class of Luminogenic Materials’ was awarded a Poster Prize, sponsored by AstraZeneca. Congratulations Jiří! As

Realising Our Potential

We now have an EmStat3+ Potentiostat set up and running in the lab. The instrument will allow us to perform bulk electrolysis experiments and to analyse the electrochemical properties of the new compounds that we are synthesising. For more photographs of our laboratory space, see

Jiri Joins the Team

Jiří Šturala joined the group this week as our first Postdoctoral Researcher, supported by a prestigious Experientia Foundation Fellowship. During his PhD at UCT Prague, Jiří investigated heteroarenium salts, Tröger’s base analogues, and graphite oxide reduction. In Durham, he’ll use his synthetic organic and computational chemistry skills to

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