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Dr James & Dr Fossey with student helpers at the international conference at the East China University of Science & Technology in May 2007
Dr James & Dr Fossey with student helpers at the international conference at the East China University of Science & Technology in May 2007
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Bath is currently collaborating with Sichuan University on the computational analysis of an important catalytic process

Internal News - 26 February 2008

Bath-China collaborations boosted by £10,000 grant

Dr Tony James, in the Department of Chemistry, and Professor Jianzhang Zhao, from Dalian University of Technology - one of China’s leading science and engineering universities - have been awarded a prestigious China-UK Networking grant of £10,000 to co-host a workshop at the University later this year.

The Royal Society grant is part of the China-UK Science Networks scheme launched in 2007. The scheme aims to initiate and develop enduring partnerships between UK and Chinese scientists.

The workshop: Catalysis & sensing for our environment will be held in Bath from 3-10 May 2008. It will be attended by top academics from China and Europe, including five from the Department of Chemistry.

Dr James said: “Professor Jianzhang Zhao worked as a Research Fellow in my group for two years. During that time he carried out excellent research and together we published a number of highly-cited papers. Since his return to China we have continued collaboration and have recently published a paper together.

“The workshop will be a great opportunity to discuss future research collaborations, preliminary grant applications and arrange possible exchanges of researchers.”

The event is the latest in a series of collaborations between the Department of Chemistry and universities in China.

In 2007 Dr James was invited to the Chinese British Embassy to discuss joint projects and funding streams. He has also given a lecture at an international conference at the East China University of Science & Technology and made contacts with the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry.

Dr John Fossey, in the Department of Chemistry, who will be organising the event along with Dr James and Dr Steven Bull, is collaborating with Xin Wang, from Sichuan University, on the computational analysis of an important catalytic process identified by Dr Fossey. Supporting laboratory work is underway in Bath now.

In September a new research project was started with Professor Yun-Bao Jiang from Xiamen University, and a visiting student will join the research group in Bath later this year.

The China-UK Science Networks scheme was launched by the UK Office of Science & Innovation and the Chinese Ministry of Education. The grant is being administered by the Royal Society, on behalf of the UK Government Office for Science, and by the China Scholarship Council, on behalf of the Ministry of Education in China.

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