Finally, this beast of a paper has been accepted and is currently in press. You can already find the accepted manuscript on the Elsevier website. After a long review process I am very relieved that this is finally done. Now waiting for the proof and then the final version will hopefully be available soon. But with 19 figures and the current manuscript having a whopping 51 pages this might take a moment or two.
Our group has a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship in “High-pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Solar Water Splitting Materials” available to start in October 2015. It’s open to all UK/EU students who meet the EPSRC residency criteria.
The full advert can be found on the group website http://payneresearch.org. For any further information please contact Dr David Payne (d.payne – at – imperial.ac.uk).
Since moving to Imperial in January I’ve gotten involved in a project on pyrochlores. To be more specific the “species” of interest is Pb2Ir2O6O’. Besides the fact that I seem to end up working with toxic chemicals wherever I go this is actually a structure of beauty. During my initial literature search I decided to play with the ONE reference structure on the ICSD and out came the picture below. It’s a view of the  face of said pyrochlore with the atom colours changed. I thought this is too pretty not to share. Now we’ll see how well the synthesis goes. Watch this space!
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C has already got our “just accepted” paper on CeVO4 on his website. Final version will be published after editing etc, but you can already check it out here.
The guys at the Department of Chemistry at the University of California Irvine have really done themselves proud with this Parody of a Disney song. A Disney twist on an ode to Chemistry!
A lot has been written about this group of ladies over the past weeks – and rightfully so. I couldn’t resist buying one and was lucky enough to get my order in before they ran out of stock. I think the best bit about it is the detail – the T-Rex is a lot of fun to build and obviously I adore the chemist. So, go Lego! And let’s hope we see more science related sets soon.