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Nottingham’s green labs win big at industry awards

The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry (CNL) have been named ‘Project of the Year’ at the RICS Awards 2017, East Midlands. The iconic building, which was officially opened in February this year by GSK Chief Executive Sir Andrew Witty, was awarded the ‘Design through Innovation Award’ as well as scooping ‘Project of the …

The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry are officially opened

Monday 27 February 2017 saw the official opening of The University of Nottingham’s ‘green lab’ on its Jubilee campus. The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry (CNL) were designed to ensure minimal environmental impact. They incorporate all the latest developments in sustainable construction and renewable energy provision to ensure that they will have a …

First chemical reaction takes place at Nottingham’s green lab

The first chemical reaction has taken place at the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry (CNL) . The momentous experiment was carried out by undergraduate project student – Lisa Morrison along with Ana Santos and Margarida Trindade, both PhD students in Chemistry at the University. The group, which is led by Professor Peter Licence, …

Blue plaque for birthplace of Nottingham’s famous explosives lecturer

A blue plaque has been unveiled today at the birthplace of a Nottingham chemistry professor whose hair-raising explosives lectures have achieved legendary status. Colonel BD Shaw was a Nottingham alumnus, decorated First World War hero, prize marksman and an academic member of staff for more than 40 years. He also went on to become one of …

Fireflies and tiger stripes: chemistry camp inspiring scientists of the future

By Mollie Plummer What is it that makes fireflies glow? And how do tigers get their stripes? These are the kind of questions that 120 students from across the UK will be aiming to answer when they have the chance to be scientists for two days at Salter’s Chemistry Camps for 15-year-olds taking place at …

Prestigious stateside trip for Nottingham’s green chemistry expert

The University of Nottingham’s green chemistry expert and YouTube star Professor Martyn Poliakoff has recently returned from a prestigious visit to the US and Canada, as part of a mission to showcase the excellence of UK science. Professor Poliakoff accompanied David Willetts, the Minister of Universities and Science, in his capacity as Foreign Secretary of …

A new element in the Periodic Table… called Nottingham!?

Two new elements have been added to the Periodic Table: Flerovium and Livermorium. And, of course, the University’s Periodic Table of Videos has made the addition of Livermorium the subject of their latest video. The discoveries were made at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California – and that’s where Livermorium gets its name from. But …

University’s Periodic Table of Videos beats out big boys for top internet award

The Webby Awards are billed as the internet’s Oscars – they are about as prestigious as it gets. And the University’s Periodic Table of Videos has punched above its weight to bag the award in the reality online film category, over the stiffest of competition. The videos series, which has hundreds of thousands of hits …

£5m funding for research to enable fossil fuel replacements

The ChemEnSus project is a five year £5mil Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded programme aiming to apply coordination chemistry to the generation of new multi-functional porous materials to provide innovative solutions for key issues around environmental and chemical sustainability. The project will develop new materials that have applications in hydrogen and gas storage, …