CHEM21 launches online training platform

The CHEM21 project launched its new online training platform at the Royal Society of Chemistry on 13th June 2016.  The platform comprises a range of free, shareable and interactive educational and training materials created to promote the uptake of green and sustainable methodologies, with a particular focus on the synthesis of pharmaceuticals.

The launch event formed part of a 2 day workshop and symposium on ‘Practical Aspects of Green Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry’ 13th-15th June, showcasing the research of the CHEM21 consortium in a series of presentations and exploring some of the key themes of the project in interactive small group exercises.  The workshop was attended by 40 delegates  and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

CHEM21-themed book

The RSC have published a book ‘


Registration open for CHEM21 Workshop 13th – 15th June, London, UK

The CHEM21 consortium is running a themed workshop and symposium on ‘Practical Aspects of Green Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry’ on the 13th -15th June 2016 at  RSC Burlington House, London, UK.

This highly interactive workshop will be delivered by a blend of CHEM21 academics and industry experts in the field, involving group work and problem solving exercises alongside seminars to explore a broad range of cutting-edge case studies and industrial examples on greening the synthesis of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).  More information on the event can be found in the CHEM21 workshop flyer.

The workshop is free of charge and is open to students, academics and industrialists.  Places are limited and will be allocated on case by case basis.  If you are interested in attending please please complete the registration form including a brief supporting statement explaining your reasons for applying.

University of York CHEM21PhD student wins a bronze medal for chemistry at the SET for Britain poster competition in Westminster

Ryan Gorman, a final year chemistry PhD student working on the CHEM21 project in Prof Richard Taylor’s research group at the University of York, was awarded the medal for his research into making drug synthesis affordable and more environmentally-friendly by developing novel copper catalysed procedures. Alongside the medal, Ryan will receive a prize of £1,000.

The SET for Britain awards celebrate young researchers who are working on science that may help medicine in the future.  Gold, silver, and bronze winners were selected from 30 finalists shortlisted from hundreds of entries for the annual competition.  Students presented posters summarising their work in the chemical sciences to MPs and a jury of experts in the field.

Ryan, aged 25 from Leeds, said: “I am overwhelmed. I was honoured just to be selected, never mind winning a prize.  There were so many fantastic posters and there is so much great research.

“Entering the competition, I learnt a lot about presenting to people from different backgrounds. It’s a good challenge to try to explain your chemistry to people who aren’t in the field.  You can get so stuck in your ways when you’re just talking to other chemists so it’s great to talk about the bigger picture.”

Professor Helen Fielding, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: “As a member of the chemistry judging panel, it has been inspirational to see so many excellent posters from the finalists.  Chemistry is crucial to society, playing an important role in energy, health, food, and tackling climate change.

“Inspiring young people into science is also crucial for the UK’s economic growth and job creation. We hope that many more talented scientists – like these finalists – have the opportunity to contribute to society.  I’m thrilled to see such excellent and inspiring science going to Parliament.”Ryan Gorman SET prize winner

Ryan was interviewed by BBC radio York on the ‘Teatime with Elly Fiorentini’ show on Wednesday 11th March at 16:40 which can be found at




1st CHEM21 Young Researchers Network meeting


The first CHEM21 Young Researchers Network Meeting was held at Kings Manor in York on 13th November 2013.  The aim of the meeting was to bring together PhD students and Post-Doctoral researchers from across the consortium to increase communication, encourage familiarity across work packages and share scientific insight.

The day consisted of a mixture of networking activities, brainstorming and a series of talks from both academics and industrialists on the theme of ‘Preparing young researchers for 21st century industry’.

Feedback from the day was positive and will inform the content of future events.  The networking activities were particularly popular; “enjoyable, informative, met lots of new people, learned about other projects in Chem21. Would definitely like to attend future meetings”

Team building activity

Team building activity

Networking evening at York Brewery

Networking evening at York Brewery

CHEM21 PhD student videos


To celebrate RSC Chemistry week which has a theme of ‘Health’, researchers at The University of York have released a series of short films about how CHEM21 PhD students are working towards a greener pharmaceutical industry