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Launch of AWE-UCL Centre for Computational Materials Science

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AWE has launched the Centre for Computational Materials Science (CCMS) at University College London (UCL) to support AWE’s technical programme, and help nurture and potentially recruit the next generation of computational chemists at AWE. The CCMS is a collaborative enterprise between AWE and UCL, specifically centred on the area of modelling and materials science, and is funded through AWE’s technical outreach programme. 

New paint makes tough self-cleaning surfaces

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A new paint that makes robust self-cleaning surfaces has been developed by a team led by UCL researchers. The coating can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel and when combined with adhesives, maintains its self-cleaning properties after being wiped, scratched with a knife and scuffed with sandpaper.

International Women's Day

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Start: Feb 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM
End: Mar 12, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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There are a number of events being organised across UCL for International Women’s Day. We have compiled a list of events on our website

Chemistry Department and MAPS Faculty Postgraduate Open Day

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Start: Jan 14, 2015 2:30:00 PM

On Wednesday 14th January 2015 from 2.30 pm there will be a Chemistry Department open day for prospective graduate students, focussing on those interested in pursuing inorganic and materials, physical, organic or computational chemistry PhD, EngD and Masters programmes at UCL Chemistry.

The Departmental event will be held concurrently with the MAPS Faculty open day, which starts from 1.00 pm, full details of which can be found on the UCL Postgraduate Open Day 2015 website.

World REF Article

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Start: Dec 22, 2014 12:00:00 AM

After a formidable amount of work, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise is complete and published. The results, which capture the UK chemistry research environment, and the quality and impact of that research, will no doubt prompt much discussion, analyses and comparison around the world. But what do the results mean for UK chemistry today and for the future of chemistry in general?  Find out more here.

REF Publication: Key results for Department

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The REF exercise is a six yearly assessment that assess the outputs, research environment and impact of the research from departments in every university in the UK. On the basis of the assessment HEFCE determine the amount of funding each university will receive.

3D model shows survival strategies of bacteria

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Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, for example during treatment with antibiotics, and scientists have unravelled the secrets of how they do this with a new 3D model.

Award For Chemistry in Green Impact Award

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The Chemistry department's Green Impact team "All the good names Argon" has won the Platinum award at this year's Green Impact Awards on Tuesday (10th June 2014). This is thanks to the hard work of the all members of the Green Impact Team! We want to encourage more people in the department to become more sustainable, especially starting this September when the friendly competition heats up again – email us at

RSC 2014 Barrer Award - Dr Luis Gomez-Hortiguela

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Dr Luis Gomez-Hortiguela has received the Barrer Award for his outstanding predictive computational studies of templating and reactivity of microporous materials.

Professor Stephen Price awarded SASP Erwin Schrödinger Medal

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Professor Stephen Price awarded SASP Erwin Schrödinger Medal

Professor Stephen Price received last week in the University Centre Obergurgl in Tyrol the SASP Erwin Schrödinger Medal. This award for outstanding research activities was passed as part of the "XIXth Symposium on Atomic, Cluster and Surface Physics (SASP)" by Prof. Roland Wester.

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