IREU Site: Strathclyde University

IREU | Summer Projects in the UK

The IREU program no long specifically identifies specific projects in advance. One to two months prior to the selected student arriving at his/her IREU site, the ACS Program Director, with the host institution and student will determine a more specific project that meets the research interests of the student and research needs of the hosting lab. Lab/PI descriptions are listed below.

U.S. undergraduate students may select from amongst the following projects offered at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland, UK) for the 2016 summer ACS IREU:

IREU Code Key Words/Lab Description Project Mentor
STR.1 novel organic semiconductors, solar cells, electrochemistry Prof. Peter Skabara
STR.2 bionanotechnology, nano medicine, nanoparticles Prof. Duncan Graham

(STR.1) Strathclyde University Project 1

Prof. Peter Skabara

Professor Peter J. Skabara holds the James Young Chair of Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. His group is best known for its ability to synthesise novel organic semiconductors. The materials encompass small to large molecules (up to 8,000 Da), well-defined and monodisperse oligomers and polymers prepared by chemical or electrochemical methods. Over the last 15 years, he has collaborated with device experts for applications such as solar cells (Samuel, St Andrews; Sariciftci, Linz), thin film transistors (MERCK Chemicals; Anthopoulos, ICL), OLEDs (CDT), hybrid LEDs (Martin, Strathclyde; Humphreys, Cambridge), organic lasers (Dawson, Strathclyde; Turnbull, St Andrews; Bradley, ICL), electrogenerated chemiluminescence (Bard, Texas). He has established a device fabrication lab within his group, which now routinely produces and characterises OLEDs, OPVs and OFETs, all in-house. His group currently consists of 23 researchers who are being trained in synthesis, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, AFM, device fabrication and device testing.

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(STR.2) Strathclyde University Project 2

Prof. Duncan Graham

Duncan Graham is the Research Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde.  He is based in the new Technology and Innovation Centre which is a £100 M investment in multidisciplinary research facilities with Graham heading the theme of bionanotechnology.  His research focuses on nano medicine and involves developing new methods of diagnosing disease based on a combination of functionalised nanoparticles and surface enhanced Raman scattering, improved drug efficacy and regenerative medicine.  Facilities available cover chemistry, characterisation tetechniques, category 2 biology laboratories for molecular and cell biology, and several spectroscopy laboratories with over 20 Raman spectrometers.  Current large research programs focus on cardiovascular disease and cancer diagnostics.

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