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Congratulations, Dr Chang!

Our group member Sin-Yuen Chang has passed her PhD viva subject to very minor corrections, and has already submitted the revised thesis, titled “Studies of Metal Speciation and Nucleation in Complex Functional Liquid Systems“. Sin-Yuen has already taken up a position at Diamond Light Source, and a visiting appointment at the University of Leeds, through which she will continue to collaborate with our team. Congratulations , Dr Chang!

JACS paper!

Under leadership of Akihiro Uehara a combined electrochemical/X-ray absorption spectroscopy study deconstructing the famous Brust-Schiffrin synthesis of gold nanoparticles has been carried out. The results elucidates some of the transformations taking place during this two-phase synthesis. The results show that the reaction at the oil-water interface includes a time dependent evolution of the Au(I) species formed as intermediates, and identifies the nature of the (also time dependent) thiolate side products.

Electrochemical Insight into the Brust-Schiffrin Synthesis of Au Nanoparticles
A. Uehara, S. G. Booth, S.-Y. Chang, S. L. M. Schroeder, T. Imai, T. Hashimoto, J. F. W. Mosselmans & R. A. W. Dryfe
Journal of the American Chemical Society 137 (2015) 15135–15144.
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b07825

Sustainable Heavy Metal Removal from Mining Effluents

We have just published a study of sustainable heavy metal removal from copper mining effluents in Chile by use of bark chips, a sustainable by-product of the local forestry industry.

Sustainable Natural Adsorbents for Heavy Metal Removal from Wastewater: Lead Sorption on Pine Bark (Pinus Radiata D.Don) G. Montes-Atenas & S. L. M. Schroeder Surface . . . → Read More: Sustainable Heavy Metal Removal from Mining Effluents

Sweet X-ray spectroscopy

We recently realised that Near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy at the C K-edge can distinguish between different saccharides because minute variations in average C-O bond lengths manifest as detectable shifts of the shape resonances associated with these bonds. This opens up the possibility for novel analytical approaches, for example to identify different types of . . . → Read More: Sweet X-ray spectroscopy

Congratulations Dr Indar!

Our team member Devon Indar has just received official notification that he has been awarded a PhD for his diessertation on the “Oxidation of Alcohols Using Heterogeneous Au/TiO2 Catalysts”. Congratulations Devon!

Last updated: 11th October, 2015

2015 Publications So Far…

The group has had a good run of publications this year. So far our 2015 output of papers includes:

Intermolecular Bonding of Hemin in Solution and in Solid State Probed by N K-edge X-ray Spectroscopies R. Golnak, J. Xiao, K. Atak, J. S. Stevens, A. Gainar, S. L. M. Schroeder & E. F. Aziz Physical . . . → Read More: 2015 Publications So Far…

New leadership role for Sven

Sven has been appointed as Director of Research and Innovation in the the new leadership team for the School of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Follow this link for more information:

http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/faculty/news/2015/new-leadership-roles-in-chemical-and-process-engineering.shtml

Last updated: 9th October, 2015

Congratulations, Josh!

News came through today that our team member Josh Goldberg has been awarded a PhD degree for his research on the “Detection and Removal of Degradation Products from Liquid Systems”. Congratulations, Josh!

Last updated: 9th October, 2015

Congratulations Chris!

Congratulations are in order to our group member Chris Maher, who passed his PhD viva today subject to only minor corrections to his dissertation entitled “OPTIONS FOR TREATMENT OF LEGACY AND ADVANCED NUCLEAR FUELS”.

Last updated: 3rd April, 2014

Paper comparing peptide surface functionalisation methods for poly-caprolactone

We have published an XPS study comparing two methods for poly-caprolactone surface functionalisation with cell-binding RGD peptides.

Immobilisation of Cell-Binding Peptides on Poly-ε-Caprolactone (PCL) Films: A Comparative XPS Study of Two Chemical Surface Functionalisation Methods J.S. Stevens, A.C. de Luca, S. Downes, G. Terenghi, S.L.M. Schroeder Surface and Interface Analysis (2014) early view. . . . → Read More: Paper comparing peptide surface functionalisation methods for poly-caprolactone