Dalton Division Northern Regional Meeting 2017

This years northern regional meeting for the Dalton Division of the RSC was held at the Department of Chemistry on the 29th of June. The conference was organised by academic researchers from the University of Sheffield,  Dr Jonathan Foster and Dr Elizabeth Edwards, and Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Christopher Whiteoak.

This day-long conference was an opportunity for Ph.D. and post-doctoral researchers in the area of inorganic chemistry to present their work. The conference was very well attended with over 100 delegates registering.

There were sixteen different speakers from seven northern universities including two key-note talks. The first was given by Dr Anthony Haynes from The University of Sheffield who talked about his research using rhodium and iridium complexes as homogeneous catalysts for use in decarbonylation reactions. The second was given by Prof. Robin Perutz from The University of York who presented research on hydrogen and halogen intermolecular bonding, including some research conducted in collaboration with Prof. Lee Brammer (a summary of their Chem Sci paper can be read here). As well as various talks the conference featured a poster session, with 60 posters being on display.

Prizes were awarded to those students with the best talk and also those with the best posters. Congratulations to Nicolas Yates from the University of York; Rebecca Stones from the University of Leeds and Neringa Tamosiunaite from the University of Leicester who won the poster prizes.

Congratulations are also extended to Beth Crowston, Ph.D. researcher in the Ward group, who won the prize for the best talk for her presentation entitled:

“Water-Soluable, Dual-Modal Optical/MRI Probes for Biological Imaging”

Two complexes synthesised for use as Dual modal optical/MRI imaging agentsBeth’s talk was about the design, synthesis and testing of water soluable complexes which can be used as imaging agents. The idea is to combine both Optical imaging and MRI techniques into a single dual modal unit that combines the advantages of both techniques. To this end Beth has synthesised two multinuclear Ru(II)-Gd(III) complexes Results show both complexes are better relaxivity agents than the currently used commercial contrast agents due to their increased size and slower tumbling in solution. In addition, the RuGd probe also looks to be mitochondria specific when staining cells, although this is preliminary and needs to be shown experimentally.

'I'm very pleased to have been recognised for my talk. There were so many excellent talks on the day, I'm really happy to have won!'

The day finished with a trip to the Sentinel Brewery in Sheffield which was attended by nearly 40 delegates and included a very "informative" tour of the brewery.

Additional information:
The Dalton Division of the RSC aims to promote the study and dissemination of all aspects of inorganic chemistry through the organisation of symposia and other special events. The northern region meets annually for a special one day conference. For more information visit their website.

Written By:
Joe Clarke

With thanks to Dr Jonathan Foster, Beth Crowston and Dr Elizabeth Edwards