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Dr Matt Powner wins the Thieme Chemistry prize

Dr Matt Powner (UCL Chemistry) has been awarded the 2015 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award. The award is to recognise promising young professors at the beginning of their career and is made by the editorial boards of the journals Synlett, Synthesis, and Synfacts.

Published: Dec 18, 2014 4:17:58 PM

Revealed: how bacteria drill into our cells and kill them

A team of scientists has revealed how certain harmful bacteria drill into our cells to kill them. Their study shows how bacterial ‘nanodrills’ assemble themselves on the outer surfaces of our cells, and includes the first movie of how they then punch holes in the cells’ outer membranes.

Published: Dec 2, 2014 4:47:40 PM

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Research Excellence Framework 2014 Results

MSSL is delighted to be part of the top-rated university in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework, and to be listed as one of the top physics departments in the UK.

Published: Dec 18, 2014 3:39:39 PM

Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) results

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) results were released on 18th December 2014, which determine our level of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the next few years.

Published: Dec 18, 2014 10:47:01 AM

Cosmic Chemistry

Professor Andrea Sella and Professor Steve Price have explored the unusual reactions taking place in nebulae that the textbooks say shouldn’t be happening - reactions that allow new stars to form.  To watch their short programme on the BBC FOUR Programme "The Sky at Night", please follow this link.

Published: Dec 15, 2014 3:55:31 PM

2014 "Gerhard Ertl" Lecture

Richard Catlow gave the 2014 "Gerhard Ertl" Lecture in Berlin on 10 December 2014. The lecture and award are named after the 2007 Nobel Laureate and are for contributions to Catalytic and Surface Science. The award is made annually by the three universities in Berlin and the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society.  The  theme of the lecture was the role of computer modelling as a tool in surface and catalytic science and highlighted work in these fields at UCL in recent years. The lecture and award ceremony were attended by Prof Ertl.

Published: Dec 15, 2014 3:54:23 PM

Professor Sofia Olhede elected a member of the International Statistical Institute

Professor Sofia Olhede has been elected a member of the International Statistical Institute at the 2014 Membership Elections following her services to the international workshop on the Future of Statistics. This meeting produced the International Year of Statistics Report (accessible via the below link).

Published: Dec 15, 2014 9:53:41 AM