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Jiri’s Paper in JACS

Our first paper has just been accepted for publication in The Journal of the American Chemical Society! The article describes the inter- and intramolecular interactions that can occur between even simple aromatic groups (e.g., phenyl rings) in fluorescent molecular rotors. Congratulations

Aisha Picks Up BFWG Scholarship

Second-year PhD student Aisha Bismillah has been selected for a Scholarship by the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG). After submitting a research proposal and attending an interview in London in early July, she has been awarded the Marjorie Shaw

Ketaki Joins for the Summer

The group has recently welcomed Ketaki Samanta, a visiting PhD student from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata. Ketaki will be a part of the group for four months with the support of a Newton–Bhaba Fellowship. In Durham, she

3MT Win for Aisha

Aisha took part in the Durham University heats for the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. She made it through to the university final, having won first place in the Faculty of Science round. Congratulations, Aisha! The 3MT is an international competition

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

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