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 probe the chemistry of dynamic cations.
On December 21 and 22, the annual MASC meeting was in town, showcasing recent developments in supramolecular and macrocyclic chemistry. Aisha presented the first ever McGonigal Group poster to see the light of day at a conference.
As well as witnessing some exciting science, Paul, Aisha, and Gemma attended a very memorable conference dinner at Durham Castle and enjoyed a short-lived hot streak at the MASC ‘Supramolecular Casino’.
The McGonigal Group celebrated the end of term and the upcoming Christmas holidays with silly hats, Thai food, and our Walton Group colleagues. Bring on 2016!
Group Christmas Dinner 2015. From left to right: Archie, Paul, Gemma, Aisha, Alex, Chris, Jack, Jasmine, and James.
We recently received delivery of a CombiFlash Rf+ purification system. The system will reduce time spent on compound purifications, minimising solvent waste and giving improved chromatographic resolution compared to manual flash chromatography.
For more photographs of our laboratory space, see the virtual Laboratory Tour.
Over the next few months, Paul will move gradually out of the penumbra of Northwestern and on to the sunny North of England! The McGonigal Group will open for business on June 1, 2015.