Over the last four months, five members from the Smith group (School of Chemistry), including three women, took part in the 4th National RSC/SCI Retrosynthesis Competition: Elizabeth Munday, Nassilia Attaba, Stéphanie Spoehrle, Calum McLaughlin and Jude Arokianathar. This prestigious competition consists of two rounds and is entered by teams coming from both academia and industry. To progress to the final, each team had to propose a synthesis of acosmine, a complex natural product with a diaza adamantane core. They submitted their entry in December and got selected for the final in January.
The final took place at the SCI headquarters in London on the 10th of March. Ten teams presented their synthesis of a second natural product, Eucalrobusone D, in front of a jury. The St Andrews Team won second Prize.
(Picture: Left to right: Elizabeth Munday, Calum McLaughlin, Stéphanie Spoehrle, Nassilia Attaba, Jude Arokianathar)
Dr Rajamalli Pachai Gounder (a postdoc at the School of Chemistry) has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship.
Nidhi Sharma, a PhD student in Chemistry, won the runner-up prize for best poster at the School of Chemistry’s Final Year Postgraduate Symposium, held in December 2016.
Arola Moreras Marti, a first year PhD student in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was awarded the prize for best poster at the inaugural meeting of the Scottish Planetary Science Network in the National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh in March 2017. Arola’s poster was titled ‘Lithotrophic communities and biosignatures in geothermal environments in Iceland: an analogue for Mars life’. Arola’s prize was a £50 voucher for a book shop which she plans to spend on more astronomy books.
Alice Green (2016 MChem Chemistry Graduate), was selected to receive one of the prestigious Salters Graduate Prize’s at a ceremony at the Salters Institute in London on December 9th.
The Salters Awards are given to Chemistry graduates of exceptional ability and promise. Alice is pictured receiving her award with the Master of the Salters Company and Dr Annette Doherty, a senior vice president at GSK. Alice is now carrying out a Ph.D in Oxford.
Professor Sharon Ashbrook (School of Chemistry) has been selected as the next recipient of the Suffrage Science award for women in engineering and physical sciences. The Suffrage Science scheme celebrates women in science across the UK for their scientific achievement and for their ability to inspire others.
The Award (an heirloom) is handed down from one recipient to the next, and in this case Sharon will receives a bespoke piece of designer jewellery from Professor Polly Arnold (Edinburgh, Chemistry), who was the previous recipient for engineering and the physical sciences.