Chemistry accidents and injuries revealed

There have been 334 recorded accidents, injuries and “near misses” in the Oxford University Chemistry Department since 2010, The Oxford Student can reveal. The figures obtained by freedom of information request shed light on the dangers faced by chemists in the course of their studies and research. The average number of incidents per year is […]

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Late building, fire, break-in, faulty fire alarm: problems beset new Chemistry labs

Image Credit: jarmoluk Difficulties have plagued the opening of the Oxford University Chemistry Department’s new teaching labs which were supposed to be fully functional by the time students arrived at the beginning of Michaelmas.  These problems include the late delivery of the building in addition to a “small fire and break-in”, The Oxford Student can […]

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Brooker’s Merocyanine and Solvatochromism: How a chemical changes colour depending on its solvent

Picture Credit: NileRed (CC BY-SA 4.0) Dissolved in each member of this assortment of vials seen to the right is Brooker’s Merocyanine (or MOED). This prismatic array of solutions arises from very different interactions seen in each vessel between solvent (the liquid) and MOED (the solute). The fascinating property that allows the colour changes is […]

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Scientists at Oxford win funding to develop new research into health and the environment

Two scientists from Oxford University have been awarded an £80,000 fellowship to develop their research into health and renewable energy sources. Tim Sudmeier’s project looks at creating ammonia through electrolysis in order to store electricity from wind farms and other renewable energy sources. The other project, led by Tom Fleming, has been researching drugs that […]

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University apologises after “humiliating” and “inappropriate” email blunder

Oxford University’s Chemistry Department has been forced to apologise after circulating a list of students who failed their first-year examinations, in a blunder described as “unacceptable” and “humiliating” by students. Earlier this month, the Department emailed all-second year Chemists, listing the 14 students who had failed at least one of their preliminary examinations. The email, […]

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Creative fresher wins chemistry award

Jessica Ham, a fresher studying Chemistry at St Anne’s College, has been awarded the 2012 Bill Bryson Prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry for her ‘Flask in a Mask’ comic strip. The competition was created as a way to encourage and recognize clear science communication in primary and secondary school students in both the UK and […]

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