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Sussex chemist wins prestigious competition

Dr Samantha Furfari with Prof. Emma Raven, Dalton Division President

Dr Samantha Furfari has won a Royal Society of Chemistry poster competition at the Dalton 2018 meeting, held at the University of Warwick from 3-5 April.

The meeting hosted the annual RSC Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Dalton Poster Symposium, which provides an opportunity for inorganic chemists, who are at an early stage of their career, to present their work to peers and senior representatives from industry and academia.

Each year the competition sees a field of very strong candidates from the UK and abroad come together to share their research.

This year Dr Furfari won the postdoctoral category of the competition, receiving a certificate and travel bursary to facilitate her attendance at a conference of her choice.

She said: “The conference as a whole was a fantastic experience, and the poster symposium in particular showcased innovative inorganic and organometallic research from across the UK and abroad. It was a great opportunity to discuss my own work and see other world-leading research; to win this prize really was the icing on the cake.”

Dr Furfari, who presented her research, ‘Investigating the substituents effects of trans aklynyl-cyaphide complexes’, works in Dr Ian Crossley’s Lab as a Research Fellow on an ESPRC-funded project.

Dr Crossley said: “Competition in this symposium is always strong, with many of the largest and most internationally esteemed inorganic chemistry groups represented. For Sam and her work to be recognised is an outstanding achievement, and really underlines the impact of our science. She should be extremely proud.” 

The poster symposium is funded by the Geoffrey Wilkinson Foundation, which seeks to promote the breadth and strength of inorganic chemistry, both within the UK and internationally. 

By: Jessica Gowers
Last updated: Tuesday, 10 April 2018