May 2021: Rachel Heelas has successfully secured an Undergraduate Research Bursary from the Royal Society of Chemistry to pursue a summer research project in the group. Rachel will be working on machine learning assisted computational screening of porous materials for gas separation applications. Welcome to the group, Rachel!
February 2021: Elena gives a research seminar at the Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling on the development of high-throughput screening protocols suitable for designing mixed matrix membranes for gas separations.
A 133Xe atom adsorbed on the lipid membrane of a respiratory virus: e.g. SARS, H1N1, influenza. 133Xe is released from a molten salt nuclear reactor; its separation from 85Kr is needed.
February 2021: Our collaborative study with engineers from Lancaster University, led by Prof. Claude Degueldre, was published in an open access journal of Medicine in Novel Technology and Devices. It shows that short life fission gases released from a molten salt reactor can be used for radiopharmacy, and it contains Izzy's review of the effective Xe/Kr separations using porous materials.
February 2021: Our study on selective gas uptake and rotational dynamics in a (3,24)-connected metal-rganic framework material has been accepted for publication
in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
January 2021: 4th Midlands Computational Chemistry Meeting 2021 took place online, supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Division, the Institute of Physics Computational Physics Group and CCP5. Elena gave an invited talk on "High-throughput computational screening of porous materials for biogas purification".
Josh and Abbie received poster prizes for their respective studies on "The dielectrophoretic interactions between charged particles" and "Modelling the fabrication of binary nanoparticle superlattices". Well done, both!
January 2021: A 5-year multidisciplinary Programme grant "Metal Atoms on Surfaces and Interfaces (MASI) for Sustainable Future" is funded by EPSRC. In MASI, a team of scientists from four UK Universities (Nottingham, Cardiff, Cambridge, Birmingham) with 12 industrial and academic partners will make advances in the use of metals in a broad range of technologies focusing on reduction of our dependence on critically endangered elements.
MASI will be launched later this year and work on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and its conversion into useful chemicals; the production of 'green' ammonia as an alternative zero-emission fuel and a new vector for hydrogen storage; and a provision of more sustainable fuel cells and electrolyser technologies.