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Velkomen tilbake, Ludvik!

Ludvik Espeland has joined the Department of Chemistry as PhD-student in organic synthesis and drug chemistry. He is funded by UiB's strategic program on global societal challenges.
Ludvik holds a master's degree in chemistry from UiB (2019). He will work on the project "Inhibitors of bacterial fatty acid synthesis" where the goal is to identify inhibitors of the enzyme FabF, which is an important enzyme in the fatty acid metabolism of bacteria and thus can form the basis for development of new antibiotics. Ludvik will be supervised by Bengt Erik Haug, Jarl Underhaug and Ruth Brenk (Department of Biomedicine).

Welcome Lakshmi!

Lakshmi Suresh recently joined our department as a PhD student. She will be working with Assoc. Prof. Erwan Le Roux on organometallics and catalysis with a strong emphasis on tailor-made catalysts for the copolymerization of epoxides with CO2. She completed her integrated MSc in Chemistry from Pondicherry University (India) in 2019, and was awarded a scholarship for «Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research» (INSPIRE) conferred by the Government of India from 2014 to 2019. She also was a research intern at Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in 2017.

Thanks to you

The party organizers would like to thank everyone for a splendid Christmas-pot-luck-party! Thanks to all 61 attendees who joined in singing the Chemistree Carols, contributed to a variety of exciting dishes, and gave your all in the Christmas quiz!

Wishing you a pleasant Christmas celebration and an exciting and challenging new year! Best regards from Eirin, Frida, Louise, Beate, Nina, Markus, Zeeshan and Bengt Erik

Excellent Christmas party!

Yesterday’s chemistry pot-luck Christmas party was great fun and a big success, clearly matching previous year’s events and even surpassing those in attendance! A clever and well-received novelty was to precede the party by an hour of sampling of seasonal products from ABC (the Alchemy/Academic Brewing Company) – thanks guys! Huge thanks are obviously due to Bengt Erik and his crew of organic synthetic chemists: Eirin, Frida, Louise, Beate, Nina, Markus, and Zeeshan. They made such a big effort to the benefit of all of us attending the party and, by facilitating a shared and joyous evening and thus adding to the working environment; to everybody at the department. The variety of tasty dishes was only met by the variety in challenges presented by Quizmaster Bjørn – the photo of the winning team was shot before the virtual nature of the prize was revealed.

InstaChem – a reality!

Thanks to the enthusiasm and know-how of Monica, Karianne and Unni LB, the Department of Chemistry is now proudly launching our own instagram account. The purpose is to attain increased visibility to and interaction with prospective and present students, with glimpses from research and life as a student at our department. Please navigate your browser to https://www.instagram.com/kjemisk_uib/ and log-in, sign-up, follow or whatever you like. Please also supply Karianne with photos and comments to add to this stream, and cross-post and tag as you see fit.

NKS Nobel-feiring en suksess

Årets Nobelfest ble en stor suksess! Over 30 deltakere stilte for å få med seg det spennende foredraget om årets Nobelprisvinnere i kjemi som førsteamanuensis Yansong Zhao fra Høgskulen på Vestlandet holdt, samt for å ta del i den påfølgende festen med skalldyrsmiddag – eller chili sin carne for dem som ønsket et vegetariansk alternativ – og noe godt i glasset. Det ble god stemning med musikk og Nobelfestquiz etter middagen. Du er hjertelig velkommen til å bli med — om ett år! Fotograferende referent: Beate H.

Dr Wietse!

A very sharp-looking Wietse Smit  successfully defended his thesis Phosphine- and Indenylidene-Based Z-Selective Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts and Catalyst Stability: Decomposition, Olefin Isomerization and Regeneration last Friday. Sincere and impressed gratulations!

Calling innovative students!

Did you know that you can apply to receive 1 million NOK in funding from the Norwegian Research Council for your business idea? Are you a student approaching the end of your masters program, and have a business idea you would like to pursue? The application deadline for the StudENT-grant is February 12th, and mobilization has already started.

For more information, consult NRC, VIS or contact Innovation advisor at UiB, Susan Johnson.

Join for an evening of Nobel and prawns!

When: 22. November, kl 19.00

Where: Realfagbygget, Tripletten (3069)

CC: 100 kr (members), 200 kr (non-members)

Sign up at: https://bit.ly/348Ya5n

You are most welcome!

New and not-so-new MS instrumentation — important news!

Regarding the heralded Agilent 6500 UHPLC-ESI-QTOF hi-res LC/MS instrumentation, the good news is that most of the hardware has already reached the department and the installation will proceed during weeks 48-50.
Please note that the installation process demands that our existing lo- and hi-res MS instrumentation is taken out of production due to lack of nitrogen gas. The last day of any kind of MS acquisitions (low and high resolution) this year, will be Sunday November 24. If everything goes according to plan, both the new and old instrumentation will be online and running on a new N2-generator during the first week (low resolution, QqQ) and second week (high resolution, QqTOF and TOF) of January.
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