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Melvyn shows how small molecules could help crack a big problem

JRA student Melvyn Ansell at work in a chemistry laboratory

Chemistry undergraduate Melvyn Ansell’s JRA project looked at small molecules to help solve one of the world’s biggest problems – the environmental impact of CO2 emissions.

The chemistry department at the University of Sussex is currently conducting research into clean fuels technology, looking at ways that greenhouse gases can be manipulated (eg conversion of CO2 to other molecules) to mitigate their effect on global warming.

Working in the Crossley lab, Melvyn created chemical compounds called Frustrated Lewis Pairs which could interact with strongly bounded molecular compounds such as CO2 – a greenhouse gas.

Melvyn says: “I felt the JRA would help me confirm my desire to do research in the future – and it has. It was a great opportunity to work with people who have already done research for a number of years and to work with a well integrated team.

“The research experience has been brilliant and has definitely made me want to seek out postgraduate studies.”

During Melvyn’s project a variety of new compounds were made and have the potential, once all the data has been collected, to be published in an academic paper.

Notes for Editors

For details of clean fuel technology research at Sussex, see Energy and Materials Chemistry and the Crossley lab.

University of Sussex Press office contacts: Maggie Clune and Jacqui Bealing. Tel: 01273 678 888. Email: press@sussex.ac.uk

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Last updated: Wednesday, 19 September 2012