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14th Dec 2005: Congratulations to the winners of this year's  4th Year Poster Session sponsored by Eli Lilly S.A., Kinsale, Co. Cork. Many thanks to Kevin Lydon from  for presenting the prizes. (Click on images for large format).

1) Gillian Collins with Kevin Lydon, Lilly 2) Meabh Brennan with Kevin Lydon, Lilly 3) David Hennessy with Kevin Lydon, Lilly  4) Brain Coffey with Kevin Lydon, Lilly 5) Denise Wallis with Kevin Lydon, Lilly

1)       Environmental & Analytical Gillian Collins  (supervisor – Dr Damien Arrigan (Tyndall))

2)       Life Meabh Brennan (supervisor – Prof Anita Maguire)

3)       Materials & Structure David Hennessy (supervisor – Dr Justin Holmes)

4)       Environmental Chemistry Brain Coffey (supervisor – Dr Justin Holmes)

5)       Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compunds Denise Wallis (supervisor – Dr Dan McCarthy)

13th Dec 2005: Analytical Christmas Party Photos (viewable from within UCC only)

30th Nov 2005: The Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility is delighted to announce the opening of a new High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Centre in the Chemistry Department at UCC. Located on the 2nd floor of the Kane building this facility serves the mass spectral requirements requirements of the ABCRF, the Department of Chemistry and associated internal and external users. Contact Dr. Florence McCarthy for details

11th November 2005: The new Chemical Society website is now up and running! Please bear with us while we refine the site.

9th November 2005: Two proposals entitled ‘New Interdisciplinary Programme: BSc degree in Chemistry with Forensic Science’ coordinated by Jeremy Glennon, and 'Raising Environmental Awareness through Environmental Monitoring' coordinated by John Wenger and Debbie Chapman have been successful in the President’s Strategic Fund – well done to all involved.

3rd November 2005:
New Chemistry Email Distribution Lists for 2005/2006 are now available here.

2nd November 2005: ChemSoc Helpdesk for 1st and 2nd year students taking chemistry modules. The helpdesk should run regularly every tuesday and every second friday.  Check the Chemsoc website for details.

Tuesday 22nd November 2-3 p.m, Multifunctional Hall, 2nd floor of Student Centre. Free help with lecture material and advice about the course is provided!

8th October 2005: UCC Open Day: Thanks to all involved for making this a big success.


26th September 2005:

The UCC Staff Team beat Novartis in a thrilling Junior Interfirms Final. Four of the team came from Chemistry (Daire Cott, Brian Daly, Donal Keane and Rory Rice) and were managed by Chemistry's very own Jacqui Cusack and Frank Dillon. Final score in the game was 3-13 to 1-11, with Daire Cott getting man of the match.

26th September 2005: A warm welcome to all First Year Chemistry students. See the Undergraduate section for course information, lecture notes, practical timetables, old exams and much more ...

24th August 2005: Please check the 2005/2006 Intel Chemistry Computer Laboratory Teaching Timetable (Teaching Period 1)

1st August 2005: Congratulations to Prof. Anita Maguire on her appointment as new Head of Department of the Chemistry Department.

22nd July 2005: On behalf of the Chemistry Department, congratulations and best wishes to Prof. Jeremy D. Glennon on his recent appointment as Head of the Analytical Chemistry section.

Monday 4th July           photos

Primary and Junior Science
Summer Camp


28th June 2005: Congratulations to Norma Scully for winning the AGB prize as the best Analytical Chemistry speaker at the 57th Irish Universities Research Colloquium in Maynooth last Friday (22-24th June 2005).  Her presentation was entitled ‘Supercritical Fluid Generated Chiral and Achiral Stationary Phases for Liquid Chromatography’. Norma is currently presenting her work at the 29th Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques. 26 - 30 June 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden. Congratulations also to Thomas Townsend for winning best poster overall at the 57th Irish Universities Research Colloquium in Maynooth last Friday (22-24th June 2005).. The title of his poster was entitled 'Investigation of the Heterogeneous Reaction Between Ammonia and Sulfuric Acid/Oxalic Acid Aerosols'.



13th June 2005: What has the following got to do with Chemistry? Well just have a good look:

(they had their first win of the season last week against Beara construction, congratulations, the chemistry must have been good).


7th, 8th, 9th & 10th June 2005: Our web site was hacked (defaced) 5 times. Some access restrictions are now being employed, so if anybody involved in keeping the web sites up-to-date can not access the site, please let us know.


31st May 2005: SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE (3-4 months) for 3rd year or 4th year students available: Laboratory work in Celtic Sea Minerals, Currabinny, Carrigaline, Co. Cork. Private transport is essential, as there is no near bus stop. Please drop your CV into room 108, Kane Building for collection to be passed on. For further information contact Aoife Donovan.


25th May 2005: Please note that ALL CHEMISTRY WEB SERVERS will be SHUT DOWN THIS WEEKEND due to the installation of a new rack in lab.121 allowing higher capacity. Servers that will be not accessible from Friday 27th May 2005, 4 p.m. include,,, and It is hoped to have all up and running on Saturday afternoon, 28th May 2005. Apologies for the inconvenience. /mj


9th May 2005:  

The 2005 Schrödinger Lecture [By courtesy of the Austrian Embassy]

"Sex and Reproduction: Ready for Divorce?"

Wednesday May 18th at 4.30pm

Lecture Theatre G19, Kane Science Building

By Carl Djerassi, Emeritus Professor Stanford University

Professor Djerassi has a truly outstanding academic record with major contributions in Chemistry, Pharmacy/Medicine and in the Arts.

In the medical/pharmaceutical area Djerassi developed the first steroidal contraceptive and he was also involved in the development of antihistamines and topical corticosteroids. He was President of Syntex Research and was Chairman of Zoecon (now a subsidiary of Novartis).

In Chemistry, Djerassi has made many seminal contributions especially in the fields of natural products, mass spectrometry and circular dichroism. He has published in excess of one thousand scientific articles. His diverse contributions to the arts include many published poems, short stories and more recently science-in-theatre plays which have been performed in several countries. He also founded the Djerassi Resident Artists Programme in Woodside, California.



Congrats to ASHTON on winning the Saltys Challenge

Congrats to St Colemans on winning the University Challenge




23rd March 2005:   This year's finalists all together:



18th March 2005:   Check Vacancies under Jobs


11th March 2005:  

The recipient of the 2005


Annual Award for Chemistry

Professor David Leigh

Department of Chemistry

University of Edinburgh

will deliver his Award Lecture
Tooling Up for Nanoworld:  The ‘Magic’ of Molecular Machines

in G18, Kane Building


Wednesday April 6th, 4 p.m


The machines we use in everyday life are made up of ordered assemblies of moving parts (cogs, wheels, spindles, pistons etc), the movement of each of which is used to perform a task necessary for the overall function of the machine. One of the hottest current areas of chemistry is making molecules with moving parts, with the goal that they can be built up into ordered assemblies that function as nanoscopic machines carrying out tasks that single molecules are unable to do. We will discuss the latest developments scientists have made in this field including approaches to ‘smart’ materials, whether nanobots are science fact or science fiction, and the possibility of computers based on ‘molecular electronics’. We shall also investigate whether, as Arthur C Clarke once suggested, ‘sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’! For recent papers from the Leigh research group see: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 42, 5886-5589 (2003); Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 42, 3379-3383 (2003); Nature, 424, 174-179 (2003).


17th February 2005: An important F-Secure notice: Please patch your F-Secure with this hotfix from the the F-Secure website. Scroll down to the  Patch Availability section and select the F-Secure Anti-Virus for Workstations for your version. Prior to this you should consider upgrading to the latest F-secure antivirus, version 5.43 (from here), if 5.43 is not your current version.


20th January 2005: CHEM4 and CPC4 students check here for details of the PharmaChem Ireland Recruitment Traning Program that is on Mon 24th  and Tues 25th January.



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