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The Cardiff Chemistry Conference 2013

17 May 2013

Now in its 12th year, the annual Cardiff Chemistry Conference is a forum for leading scientists from across the world to present the results of their ground-breaking research, with lectures covering the full spectrum of Chemistry as well as the interfaces between Chemistry and other scientific disciplines. This year’s event was held on 13th and 14th May 2013 in the Cardiff School of Chemistry. The scientific program was opened by Prof. Manfred Scheer (University of Regensburg, Germany), discussing the chemistry of polyphosphorus compounds. Prof. Chris Hunter, FRS (University of Sheffield) closed the first day with an overview of his systematic work defining complex recognition interfaces.

On the second day, Prof. Tom Simpson, FRS (University of Bristol) opened with a tour-de-force on the biosynthesis of a range of polyketide natural products. Prof. Hans-Joachim Freund (Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany) described detailed structural studies on heterogeneous catalysts, while the second speaker from Sheffield, Prof. Patrick Fowler, FRS, discussed novel computational approaches to aromaticity. The programme was closed by Prof. Dirk Trauner (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Münich, Germany) discussing the chemistry of colour, and how synthetic chemistry may lead to new treatments for some types of blindness.

The lectures from these eminent scientists from outside Cardiff were interspersed with a number of shorter presentations from PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from the Cardiff School of Chemistry. Of these, Andrew Wood, working in Professor Gerald Richter’s group, was awarded a prize for the best talk. Prizes were also awarded for the best posters presented, these going to Thomas O’Brien (Dr Ben Ward’s group; 3rd place), Stella Matthews (Prof Rudolf Allemann’s group; 2nd place) and Owen Bonello (Dr Simon Pope/Dr Ian Fallis; 1st place).

We are grateful to the Royal Society of Chemistry South East Wales local section for supporting this event.

Cardiff Chemistry Conference 2013