DIT Success at 60th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, UCC

Congratulations to Rajath Varma, a PhD student in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, who won the Best Oral Presentation Prize (Analytical) at the 60th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, held in UCC on 11th – 13th June. Rajath is supervised by Dr Brendan Duffy, CREST and Prof John Cassidy, Asst. Head of School. His talk presented some of his work on the use of sol-gel technology to improve the corrosion protection properties of aluminium and steel. The work is applied in particular to the aircraft industry, which traditionally relies on chromium intensive techniques. Rajath discussed a range of synthetic and analytical techniques he uses to examine his novel materials.

Two other DIT students gave oral presentations at the colloquium. Susan O’Hara, who is supervised by Dr Patrice Behan and Dr Barry Foley and who is based in the Marine Institute under the supervision of Dr Brendan McHugh, presented some of her work on the use of silicone based sampling devices for monitoring polyaromatic hydrocarbons in the Irish marine environment. Reenamole George, who is supervised by and Dr Suresh Pillai (CREST), presented some of her work on the synthesis and mechanism of novel visible light absorbing materials used to decompose water and air-borne pollutants.

DIT students presenting posters were Pradeepan Periyat, on novel materials for nanochromic display devices, Patricia Nobmann, on an examination of carbohydrate fatty acid derivates, Aoife O’Gorman, on a spectroscopic analysis of undamaged and damaged foodstuffs, Aja Tsan, on capillary electrophoresis for separation of pharmaceuticals and Nicholas Nolan, on a study of how pollutants adsorb on to catalyst surfaces (work carried out in Rice, Texas as part of the FAS Science Challenge). Patricia and Aoife are based in DIT Cathal Brugha St.

The Colloquium is a hugely popular event which provides an opportunity for chemistry postgraduates across Ireland to present their work in both Oral and Poster format. It is run under the auspices of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, with Pfizer as main sponsor. The School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences was pleased to accept the invitation to host the colloquium next year.

A summary of research activities in the School is available to download in a poster format (A4 pdf) and for more information on the research activities in the School, contact Dr Sarah Rawe, Chair of the School Research Committee: sarah.rawe@dit.ie.

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