News

Jan ’22: David Procter and Nik secure £669k from the EPSRC for a project entitled “Relaying radicals for catalytic couplings: Catalysis with SmI2“.

December ’21: Nik is awarded a Visiting Fellowship at St. Catherine’s College Oxford for Hilary Term 2022.

October ’21: Molecular actinide-actinide bonds are finally here – Th3 published in Nature.

September ’21: We welcome Ryan and Corinne to the group.

March ’21: We welcome Emma to the group.

March ’21: Ben defends his PhD thesis and joins the University’s Research IT team.

March ’21: Jia-Li defends her PhD thesis….and stays in the group as a PDRA.

Sept ’20: We welcome new members to the group – Nathan Alcock and Ammar Khakoo

Sept ’20: Vikki leaves us for pastures new in Liverpool, and goes with all our good wishes and thanks.

Apr ’20: Jonny defends his PhD thesis – good luck at the AWE, Jonny!

Apr ’20: Nik steps down as Head of Department of Chemistry.

Mar ’20: Francis Livens and Nik secure £931k from the EPSRC for a project entitled “Compositional and Structural Evolution of Plutonium Dioxide: Underpinning Future Decisions“, part of a c. £2.3M collaboration with Imperial College, the Diamond Light Source and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

Dec ’19: James defends his PhD thesis.

Sept ’19: Ben’s Nat. Chem. is published.

Sept ’19: We welcome new members to the group – Xiaoyu Han, Lin Yang and Annabel Basford.

Apr ’19: Jia-Li, Jonny, Jon and Nik attend the 1st annual meeting of the Transcend consortium.

Jan ’19: Vikki and Saira’s Nat. Commum. is published.

Jan ’19: Adam, Jia-Li and Naomi secure 33,558 kAU on ARCHER from the Materials Chemistry Consortium.

Dec ’18: James’ Energy and Environmental Science paper is published.

Oct ’18: Distinctive is dead, long live Transcend.

Sept ’18: We welcome new members to the Group – Sophie Cooper, Nic Greaves, George Dooley and Callum Robinson.

Sept ’18: Ben’s Chem. Comm. is published.

Sept ’18: Sophie S-H submits her thesis!

Sept ’18: Jonny wins best poster at Plutonium Futures!

Sept ’18: Vikki and Nik take FORTRESS to the ICFE.

Jul ’18: Adam, Jia-Li and Naomi secure 32,206 kAU on ARCHER from the Materials Chemistry Consortium.

Apr ’18: Nik takes over as Head of School of Chemistry.

Feb ’18: Kieran passes his viva with minor corrections – well done Kieran!

Dec ’17: Bengt and Han-Shi depart for pastures new – our thanks and very best wishes go with them.

Dec ’17: Adam, Jia-Li and Naomi secure 36,391 kAU on ARCHER from the Materials Chemistry Consortium.

Nov ’17: Nik’s review on Transuranic Computational Chemistry is published in CEJ.

Nov ’17: Vikki is awarded 991,670 CPU hours on the EPSRC’s “Cirrus” Tier 2 facility.

Nov ’17: Nik lectures to sixth formers at the University of Birmingham on “How far does the periodic table go?” as part of the West Midlands Chemistry Teachers’ Centre series.

Oct ’17: Nik visits Prof Jun Li at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Oct ’17: Bengt and Sophie present talks and posters at the Theme 2 meeting of the Distinctive Consortium.

Sept ’17: We welcome new members to the Group – Adam Thetford, Naomi Ofili, Jon Tanti, Ben Atkinson, Jia-Li Chen, Zöe Whalley and Jenny Millward.

Sept ’17: Happy birthday, Bill – The Beast is published!

May ’17: Check out Nik’s prediction of seventeen coordinate actinide compounds (a new world record coordination number).