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The 27th Young Scientist Symposium was held at Bangor University, September 18th 2012. With 47 delegates in attendance the symposium is a great opportunity for scientists from Bangor and Glyndwr Universities, at the early stages of their career, to present their work, as well as network and share information and knowledge. A great varied programme was presented, both in the oral and poster presentations.

A well structured and clearly presented winning oral presentation was given by Mark Pitts. Mark is a third year student at Bangor University, conducting research under the supervision of Prof M Baird. His talk was entitled “Towards the Detection of TB”.  In second place was a presentation on the “Synthesis and Testing of New Dyes for Dye Sensitised Solar Cells” by Moneer Mohsen. James Maskery was awarded third place in the competition for his presentation on “When is a Hydrogen Bond a Hydrogen Bond?”.
Oral Presentation Prize Giving (L to R): Moneer Mohsen, James Maskery and Mark Pitts and Dr Malcolm Jones (RSC North Wales Section)
Two industrial speakers gave plenary talks during the day. Dr James Timmis, a Bangor graduate, currently works for Liquid Research Ltd and spoke about the properties, uses and potential of magnetic liquids. Dr Anna Codina from Bruker  UK Ltd explained how reactions could be monitered using different techniques during process development, and how this could contribute to understanding the processes involved.
A high number of poster presentations made judging particularly difficult this year. Prizes for the best poster presentations with analytical chemistry as their main theme or underpinning the research presented (sponsored by the RSC North West Analytical Division) were awarded to:

  • Lingyu Han, Glyndwr University – “Extensional Rheometry and Dynamic Light Scattering of Telechelic Associating Polymer Solutions” (1st);
  • Mark Long, Bangor University - “Towards a Synthesis of a Neuroactive Polybioside from the Social Wasp Polybia paulista”(2nd);
  • and Ben Butler Bangor University – “Enhancing the Quantitative Capacity of MALDI-TOF MS” (3rd).
Poster Presentation Prize Giving (L to R): Mark Long, Dr Vera Thoss (RSC North West Analytical Division) Lingyu Han and Dr Lorrie Murphy (accepting on behalf of Ben Butler)
Before the winners were announced, the North Wales Local Section held a special award ceremony to show their appreciation to two extremely valued long serving members of the committee. Dr Andrew Nichol, and Dr Peter Lloyd were presented with a certificate and commemorative plate in recognition of their hard work over the years. Their committment to the section has been second to none, and the committee express their thanks to both. May we wish them the best in their retirement from the committee!
RSC North Wales Section Special Presentation (L to R): Dr Erica Roberts (Chair RSC North Wales Section), Dr Malcolm Jones (RSC North Wales Section), Dr Andrew Nichol (Left Panel) and Dr Peter Lloyd (Right Panel)
Our thanks to the sponsors; the North West Analytical Division, Liquids Research Ltd, and also the North West Trust whom kindly sponsor this event annually. Thanks also go to the judging panel, Dr Malcolm Jones, Dr Peter Lloyd, Dr Andrew Nichol, and Dr Vera Thoss. Last but not least, thanks go to Dr Lorrie Murphy for her help with organising the event this year, Dr Jesus Cirre (Glyndwr University) as well as all the staff behind the scenes at Bangor University.

- Dr Erica Roberts (Chair RSC North Wales Section)

Posted by Emily James on Jul 16, 2013 3:47 PM BST
Fresher's Cocktail Party (Sept 2012)
Bangor’s third annual fresher's cocktail party was held to end a busy Welcome Week for new undergraduate students.  The fresher’s and peer guides only event was held to give an insight into Bangor’s usual ChemSoc cocktail parties, as well as it being a final party where the students could mingle together with their course mates before beginning their courses.  The event was a success, with the majority of the new undergraduates signing up for membership to ChemSoc.

Charity Cocktail Party in aid of SOS Africa (Oct 2012)
Bangor’s ChemSoc held a charity cocktail party, on behalf of Dr Mathew Davies, to help raise money for SOS Africa. Dr Mathew Davies had been fundraising all year on behalf of SOS Africa through various events, from running marathons to showing and allowing photos with his Olympic torch.  SOS Africa is a small, non-profit, African children's charity, which funds the care and education of underprivileged African children. Bangor felt it was a worthy cause and were very pleased to say that they helped to raise over £230 towards the fundraising goal. 

Dr Mathew Davies (in blue), shown to the left, with Dr Peter Holliman's research group at the SOS Africa cocktail party.

Christmas Dinner (Dec 2012)
This year's formal Christmas Dinner was held at Meifod Country House Hotel, Bontnewydd.  There was plenty of drinking, eating and being merry to be had and some even braved a go (or two!) on the rodeo bull!  A fun-filled evening, it was the perfect way to end the semester.

Left - One of Bangor's first year undergraduates having a go on the rodeo bull!

Trip to Fun Centre, Caernarfon (Feb 2013)
A trip to the Fun Centre, Caernarfon was held in February.  This is a children’s indoor play area, which opens in the evenings to accommodate adults.  The event was well-attended and plenty of fun was had.

RSC-sponsored Trip to Wylfa Nuclear Power Station (March 2013)
The RSC very kindly sponsored Bangor ChemSoc to attend an industrial trip to Wylfa Nuclear Power Station.  A group of approx. 50 students attended the afternoon event, with a lecture given by Mr Andrew Taylor, Head of Project Delivery Organisation at the Magnox' Wylfa Site. The lecture was interesting, informative, and sparked debate amongst the students present.  Mr Taylor's lecture gave participants an insight into the nuclear industry-reactor types, waste management, future of nuclear industry, and the roles at the site. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and the large number of attendees, Bangor were unable to have a tour of the site or the visitor's centre and so hope to rearrange a return trip in the near future to spend more time to look around.

End of year cocktail party (April 2013)
The end of year cocktail party was held in April. It was well attended, especially by final year undergraduates who had a presentation of "fun degree awards" as voted by their peers, with awards ranging from "most likely to win a Nobel Prize" to "best dressed male/female".

Change of committee
The Bangor University ChemSoc has also changed its committee over this academic year-with an expansion in committee members, including undergraduate students from each year group.  Bangor hopes to be able to plan and deliver more events during the next academic year, with plans already in place for Welcome Week 2013.
Posted by Emily James on Jul 16, 2013 1:58 PM BST
Intercollegiate quiz competition - March 2013
The Intercollegiate quiz competition was held on the 2nd March by the RSC Deccan Section, in association with the School of Pharmacy. The competition was well received and over 30 teams participated in a screening test, from which 6 teams were selected to go into the final rounds. The quiz competition had questions for the audience as well as 4 different rounds for the contestants: direct question, hit the target, rapid fire and buzzer.

The honourable judges for the competition were Prof. V.Peesapati (Hon. Secretary RSC- DS) and Dr V.V.L.N Prasad (Head Dept of Pharmaceutical Analysis). The competition was won by the team from the Bharat Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hyderabad. The first runners up were from the T.K.R College of Pharmacy, Hyderabad and the second runners up were from Palamuru University, Mahabubnagar. The winning and runner up teams were awarded with a cash prize, certificate and a book from the RSC-DS.

Padmabhushan Prof.T.R.Seshadri FRS FNA Memorial Lecture – March 2013
The memorial lecture was held at the IICT Lecture Hall on the 9th March and given by Prof.Ashwini Nangia (School of Chemistry, Hyderabad University) on “Cocrystals and Salts of Poorly Soluble APIs - Solubility and Stability Advantage”.

Prof. Ashwini Nangia spoke about the new method developments in drug research by preparing co-crystals and their salts in order to improve their bio-availability to increase the efficacy of the drug. Around 100 students and staff members attended the lecture and the RSC Deccan Section honoured the speaker with a gift.

Quiz/Puzzle on Chemistry in Daily Life for School Children – April 2013
The RSC-DS designed quiz and puzzle competition for school children and held it at the Nagarjuna Nagar community Hall, Tarnaka, Hyderabad on the 11th April. Prof. Peesapati, Deccan Section Secretary executed the event with the help of Dr.(Mrs) Ch. Krishna Kumari and Mr. P. Venkatesh (Executive members of RSC-DS).

The aim of the event was to create awareness among school children (10 to 16 years old) of the role chemistry plays in our daily life: in the food, in the air, in the kitchen, in the bathroom and every object we can see or touch. Around 30 students participated and six candidates were selected for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in two categories. Students appreciated and enjoyed the event.

Invited talk by Dr Daniel G. Miller – April 2013
The RSC-DS arranged a talk by Dr Daniel G. Miller (USA) on the “Integrated Scientific and Regulatory Requirements for Cell-based Therapy products” at the bNational Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) on the 12th April.

Dr Miller spoke about development of a novel bio-artificial liver system concept. The technology developed by them is very important in the medicinal field and useful for an extracorporeal blood filtration system that removes harmful substances in blood including LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) and immune complexes that are responsible for the inflammatory reactions of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus). The team under Dr. Miller’s direction completed preclinical and clinical studies of this technology and gained FDA approval.

Students of M.S.Pharm and staff members of NIPER-Hyderabad attended the lecture. He clarified many doubts raised by students. RSC-DS honoured the speaker.

Food and Nutrition – May 2013
The RSC-DS and Nagarjuna Nagar Welfare Association-Tarnaka, Hyderabad jointly conducted a lecture and cooking competition on food and nutrition, to create awareness on the importance of nutrition and healthy food habits. Around 75 people attended the event, 25 of these participating in the competition.

The registered participants prepared various vegetarian food items and displayed for the competition. The array of naturally brightly coloured and tasty food varied from different types of currys, salads, pulow, chocolates and most of the items were prepared from fresh vegetables, spices, grains, lentils, yogurt, cocoa butter and nuts.

Dr. (Mrs) P Ashlesha (Head of the Dept. of Food & Nutrition, Koti Womens College) and Dr. (Mrs) Usha Sastry (Retd. Scientist, CCMB) judged the entries according to their nutritional value, ingredients and presentation. The winners were:
  • First Prize: Mrs. Leela,   (Dosa)
  • Second Prize: Mrs. Anjali Sahani, (Fruit salad)
  • Third Prize:  Mrs. Neesha  (Panneer masala)
  • Consolation Prize: Mr. Umakanth (Palak mixed vegetable salad)
The competition was followed by a 30 minute lecture by Prof. P. Ashlesha on the importance of macro and micro nutrients. She also spoke about the importance of breast feeding babies for a minimum of six months (to protect and strengthen its immune system). Thanks go to Dr.Padmaja, Mrs. Peesapati and Mr. P Venkatesh, who helped Prof. V. Peesapati, (Secretary RSC-DS) in organizing this event.

Prof. V. Peesapati Appears in Local Paper, Promoting Deccan Section Activities - June 2013

Professor V. Peesapati was interviewed by “The Hans India”, in which he explained the work of the RSC Deccan Section and promoted the benefits of a chemistry degree. You can read the article by clicking on the photo.

Posted by Emily James on Jul 15, 2013 2:51 PM BST
The RSC’s West India Local Section held their first student chemistry outreach event on the 20th October 2012 at KTHM College Nashik, entitled: ‘Opportunities and Advances in Chemical Sciences’. Nearly 200 post-graduate students and teachers, from Nashik and nearby PG Science Colleges, participated in the event – a clear success! 

Mrs Nirmala Pawar and Dr. Vidya Avasare introduced the audience to the Vision and Mission of RSC, which was followed by a key note address by Professor Goutam Lahiri, IITB, on ‘Opportunities and Advances in Chemical Sciences’.
The scientific sessions were contributed to by eminent professors and scientists from the diverse fields of organic, inorganic, physical and materials chemistry. Some inspiring talks were delivered:
  • “Redox Non-Innocent Assembly: Leading to Alternate Electronic Structures”. Professor Goutam Lahiri,  IIT Bombay
  • “Conducting Plastics: Fundamental and Applications”. Dr. M. Jayakannan, IISER-Pune
  • “Organic Synthesis: Myths and Facts”. Dr. Rodney Fernandes, IIT Bombay
  • “Tiny Twinkling Specks of Sand”.  Professor Anindya Datta, IIT Bombay
  • “Stereoselective Synthesis and Applications of Donor Acceptor Cyclopropanes (DACs)”.  Dr. Santosh Gharpure, IIT Bombay
  • “Implications of Macromers in Biology”. Dr. Jayant Khandare, Piramal Health Sciences Pvt. Ltd. Goregaon, Mumbai  

Professor Vidya Avasare MRSC planned and coordinated the event diligently, taking the chemistry outreach of the RSC’s West India Local Section beyond major cities. Dr. Raghunath Toche, convener of the conference from KTHM College, Nashik, expressed gratitude towards the RSC’S West India Local Section for organising the event.
You can find out more about the West India Local Section here.
Posted by Emily James on May 29, 2013 4:25 PM BST
The Royal Society of Chemistry Thames Valley section and the Society of Biology Thames Valley branch organised a joint event at Reading University on 31 October 2012.

“Blood Sugar Sensors Monitoring Diabetes: Electrochemistry and Enzymes Put to a Useful Purpose” was the story of how the glucose sensor was invented. As the instrument that gives diabetics control over their sugar levels and allows them to be in charge, its invention is one of the greatest stories in modern chemistry.

Speaker Allen Hill, Emeritus Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Honorary Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford, and Tony Cass, Professor of Chemical Biology in the Dept. of Chemistry and Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry told this very personal story.

Professor Hill developed the subject of Bioelectrochemistry in the 1970s and was concerned with the development of biosensors, particularly the glucose sensor for convenient use by diabetics, in the 1980s.

Professor Cass pioneered the use of synthetic electron transfer mediators for enzyme biosensors and his work in this area led to the development of the first electronic blood glucose measuring system. Currently he is working on minimally invasive devices for continuous glucose sensing.

“Following the RSC Landmark Award awarded earlier this year for the research into the Blood Sugar Sensor; Prof. Allen Hill and Prof. Tony Cass both provided excellent talks on the research, development and future of these sensors, which are now used by millions of diabetics every year. The lectures were preceded by a free buffet dinner and drinks, which provided members of both the SoB and RSC an opportunity to socialise together. Over 30 members attended this event.”

To find out more about the Thames Valley Section’s past and forthcoming events, including Top of the Bench, family lecture “As if by magic” and Functional foods: good science or marketing hype?, visit their webpage.  
Posted by Holly Salisbury on Feb 6, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
"RSC Belgium took part in the third Greenlight for Girls day in Brussels on Saturday October 13. The venue was the International School of Brussels (ISB) in Watermael-Boitsfort. The RSC team had a great time running three workshops on the theme of culinary chemistry to groups of enthusiastic young scientists.

The RSC Belgium team for the day consisted of (from left to right) Amourie Prentice, Carolyn Ribes, Becki Scott, Albert Einstein and Rita Woodward with Tim Reynolds behind the camera. Our old friend Peter Casey of Blindseer Productions provided Einstein and the girls had great fun interacting with Albert throughout the day!

Each of the workshops brought together around a dozen young women aged 11 to 15. Most participants were Anglophone but the RSC Belgium team was ready and able to work with the girls in French and Dutch too. Each of the students got to do a range of experiments during the 45 minute sessions including some cheese-making.

Other chemical based workshops offered during the day included sessions on cosmetics and fragrances, plastics, and experiments from the hit TV series the ‘Big Bang Theory’. Other workshops focused on IT, physics, engineering and biotechnology.

All the 250 - 300 young ladies who attended the day had a great time and took back some fantastic memories, a goody bag and their own personalised lab coat, provided this year by IT giant Google.

About G4G
The Greenlight for Girls organisation is a Brussels-based, international non-profit organization that works to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to girls of all ages and backgrounds. The main aim is to stimulate greater participation of girls, young women and career-age women in STEM-related studies and careers. To achieve this mission, G4G carry out a range of activities around the world, with a special focus on reaching less-advantaged communities."
Posted by Holly Salisbury on Jan 22, 2013 10:27 AM GMT
March – Invited lecture “Lipids as Potential Anti-Cancer Drugs”

Professor U.N. Das MD FAMS, Editor in chief of “Lipids in Health & Disease”, gave a lecture at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad on March 19 2012, under RSC-DS.
“Dr Das spoke about their research studies: he mentioned that incubation of cells with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) induced apoptosis of tumour cells, and augmented free radical generation and formation of lipid peroxidation products selectively in tumour cells compared to normal cells. This increase in free radical generation and lipid peroxidation occurred despite the fact that the uptake of PUFAs was at least 2 to 3 times higher in the normal cells, compared to tumour cells.  GLA induced apoptosis of tumour cells, caused DNA strand breaks, decreased the anti-oxidant content of tumour cells, and suppressed the expression of oncogenes ras and Bcl-2, whilst enhancing that of p53.
In a preliminary open label clinical study, it was noted that anti-tumour injections of GLA regressed glioma tumours and enhanced the survival of these patients for more than 2 years, which was considered significant without any significant side effects.
Around 150 delegates including NIPER students and staff, and those from other universities and nearby industry R&D scientists attended the lecture, which concluded with a question and answer session at the end of the lecture. 
March – Guest Lecture “Is Type II Diabetes Mellitus a Brain Dis-order”

Professor U.N. Das spoke at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Anurag Group of Institutions, Hyderabad, on the 22nd March 2012 on the subject: “Is Type II Diabetes Mellitus a Brain Dis-order”.
“Dr Das Spoke about type II diabetes mellitus (DM): it is characterized by an increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines, a decrease in the concentrations of endothelial nitric oxide (eNO) and adiponectin, and an alteration in hypothalamic peptides that control satiety and hunger regulated insulin secretion.  Polyunsaturated fatty acids, (PUFAs) that decrease HMG-CoA reductase and ACE, augment eNO synthesis, modulate vascular tone, and potentiate insulin action both in the peripheral tissues and brain, are known to be decreased in maternal and foetal plasma and tissues. PUFAs are also known to modulate the actions of hypothalamic peptides, leptin, and adiponectin and suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines.  
Thus, sub-optimal maternal and foetal plasma and tissue concentrations of PUFAs lead to low-grade systemic inflammation, seen in type II DM, which may be aggravated by consumption of a high energy diet, saturated and trans-fats.
Finally he says that type 2 DM is due to an imbalance among hypothalamic peptides, the gastrointestinal tract, cytokines, nutrition, and life style factors, and has its origins in the brain and so is a disorder of the brain.  
This lecture was well attended by around 200 attendees, mainly students and staff of Pharma colleges in and around Hyderabad, and was well received by students who expressed their thanks to RSC-DS.”
June – Pharma Talent Quiz

The Royal Society of Chemistry – Deccan Section ran a Pharmacy quiz competition for M.S (Pharm) students in association with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad at NIPER-Hyderabad on the 18th June 2012.

140 M.S (Pharm) students participated in the Pharma talent quiz, divided into four teams:
Team A - Pharmacology & Toxicology
Team B - Medicinal Chemistry
Team C - Pharmaceutics
Team D - Pharmaceutical Analysis

The aim of this program, organised by Prof. V. Peesapati and Dr. V. Jayathirtha Rao of the RSC-DS, was to give the students an opportunity to prepare for job interviews for their future career, so that they can face interviews with confidence.
After three rounds of questions on Pharma and Medicinal Chemistry related topics, 16 Students were selected for the final quiz on the basis of initial screening (Slip test).
Team B were declared the Winners with the highest overall score and Team D were the runners up. The winners and runners up received prizes and certificates were given to all participants. 
RSC–DS and the NIPER teaching staff commented on the team’s sporting spirit and good use of knowledge and logical deduction to work out their answers to quiz questions.

The events all concluded with tea and biscuits, and the RSC-DS honoured the guests.
Posted by Holly Salisbury on Jan 10, 2013 11:58 AM GMT

January – Interactive chemistry lectures and chemistry demonstration

On January 21 2012, the RSC Deccan Section ran a collaborative event with St. Mary’s College, Hyderabad. Two popular lectures, given by Prof. V. Lakshmi Pathi and Prof. Ch. Krishna Kumar, were followed by a Chemistry demonstration given by Prof. V. Peesapati and Prof. V. Jayathirtha Rao.

Professor Lakshmi Pathi spoke about the transformation of cell to life and Professor Krishna Kumar spoke about the periodic table, involving A–Level students. The interactive demonstration was on natural products and their relevance in daily life, and students conducted some of the chemistry tests. Over 200 science students and staff from St Mary’s College attended the event and students had the opportunity to have their queries, questions and doubts answered and clarified by the speakers.
February - Professor T R Seshadri FRS Memorial Lecture

Dr. Ch. Mohan Rao, Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad, delivered the Professor T R Seshadri FRS Memorial Lecture on February 3 2012. The lecture on ‘Chemistry, Biology and Medicine’ covered Proteomics and Nucleomics, highlighting their relevance to medicine.
Over 250 delegates, comprising staff and students of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (NIPER), the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), CCMB, Academic Institutions, and Local R&Ds in Hyderabad, attended the lecture and took part in interactive discussions with the speaker.
February - Chemistry Competition: Essay Writing, Elocution and Quiz

RSC-DS ran a one day programme, “Chemistry Competition: Essay Writing, Elocution and Quiz”, on February 25, 2012. The event was put together by RSC-DS members Prof. V. Peesapati, Prof. Dr. V. Jayathirtha Rao and Dr YVD Nageswar in association with Chaitanya PG College, (Autonomous) Warangal, AP, India.
“The overall aim of this programme is to provide cutting edge scientific talks, debates, quizzes etc. across broad topic areas. The RSC will work in partnership with Universities, Colleges and Higher Education providers in these regions to promote RSC Educational activities and to develop
valuable contacts to build educational networks. In this direction RSC-DS is happy to associate with Chaitanya PG College, one of the leading colleges in Warangal City (AP).”
The morning session, Essay writing and Elocution, saw 15 PG students of Chemistry from several colleges in different Andhra Pradesh districts compete on the subject of “Industrial Catalysis”. Three students were chosen for prizes based on the overall performance. For the evening session, the Quiz Programme, 39 Students belonging to 13 different PG Colleges participated in the Chemistry Quiz Competition, culminating with a prize giving. All the participants got RSC-DS participation certificates.
The event generated extremely positive feedback from the students who thought it was an excellent programme, very useful, and giving confidence to students. They requested that RSC-DS run more of this type of event in order to help them achieve their academic goals.
Posted by Holly Salisbury on Jan 4, 2013 9:06 AM GMT
When Helen Kinney approached the RSC Kent Local Section for help in attending the Biomaterials Annual Conference in Nottingham earlier this year, they rose to the challenge and provided sponsorship towards her accommodation costs.
At 18 years old Helen undertook voluntary research in biomaterials at the University of Greenwich in Medway in January 2012 after early completion of her A-levels. The results of her in vitro studies were positive and she had an abstract and poster presentation accepted for the 2012 conference.

“On the 27th- 28th June, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend the annual UK Society for Biomaterials conference in Nottingham. Here I was able to attend presentations by those carrying out current research in the field, as well as view and discuss the research posters of others. This was not only fascinating in terms of new areas of knowledge and hypotheses, but also in experiencing different approaches to research itself.

The talks covered a range of topics, including mechanobiology and the use of sophisticated bioreactors for in vitro studies, the development of scaffolds and material formulation and modification for tissue engineering, and the factors influencing cell response in different circumstances. I also had the chance to discuss my own research on bioactive composite membranes, completed alongside others at Greenwich University during my recent placement, and presented as an abstract poster at the conference.

I found the experience a very informative and valuable one, which definitely enthused me even further ready for the start of my studies of Biochemistry at university next year. I am very grateful to the Kent Local Section of the RSC for supporting my attendance, and to those at the Medway Campus of Greenwich University, including Nichola Coleman, Andrew Hurt and Sam Booth, without whom I would not have had the chance to carry out research nor consequently attend such an event.”

Posted by Holly Salisbury on Dec 21, 2012 1:16 PM GMT
The RSC’s West India Section organised an event titled ‘Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry’ at Rajgad Dnyanpeeth’s College of Science and Pharmacy, Bhor, Pune, on Saturday 28th July, 2012. This event was truly an outreach event, aimed at educating students from rural colleges.
This event consisted of three full length organic chemistry talks. The first talk rekindled the ‘Concepts behind Reaction Mechanisms’ and was delivered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar (Piramal Healthcare Ltd.). The second talk was titled ‘Reaction Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry’ and was delivered by Dr. Abhijit Roychowdhury (Piramal Healthcare Ltd.). The third talk then disclosed the ‘Implications of Organic Chemistry’, by Santosh Mhaske (NCL Pune).
The students enjoyed the simplicity of organic chemistry through the ‘basic concepts’ using the white board, and around 250 students attended this event from the Science and Pharmacy College. Prof. Vidya Avasare (Sir Parashurambahu College) presided over this session and provided the concluding remarks.

Posted by Holly Salisbury on Dec 13, 2012 9:50 AM GMT
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