December marks the end of our first term at the University of Liverpool and was a busy and successful month for the group. Lewis completed his introductory essay “An Introduction to Magnetic Transition Metal Oxalates” for his MChem research project. Kate and Lucy attended the Royal Society of Chemistry Solid State Group Christmas Meeting at the University of Reading, where Kate presented a poster on “Inorganic and Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Analogues of S = ½ Kagome Antiferromagnets.”
We also got some fantastic funding news this month, as we were selected to receive support from the STFC’s competitive four-year ISIS Facility Development PhD Scholarship scheme. Our project will be co-supervised by Dr Gøran Nilsen and Dr Sarah Youngs at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility. Project and application details will be posted here early in the New Year. We will also have plenty of beam time to keep us busy throughout 2018!
Finally, we celebrated the festive season and the end of a busy term with several of the other Materials Innovation Factory research groups with a joint Christmas outing to Liverpool’s Ghetto Golf. Both Kate and Lucy ended on a high, with a hole-in-one at the 18th!