Department of Chemistry strengthens links with Chinese universities

Tony James, from the Department of Chemistry, has been appointed as a Guest Professor of Shandong Normal University, further strengthening the Department's numerous links in China.

Tony has recently returned from a trip to China funded by the Royal Society and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), as part of a two-year joint project to develop fluorescent sensors with Professor Jianzhang Zhao (Dalian University of Technology).

During the two-week trip Tony visited East China University of Technology (ECUST), where he is a Guest Professor, and delivered talks to students. Starting in October 2012 students from ECUST will be able to spend two years in the Department of Chemistry at Bath, one year at the end of their BSc Programme (BSc from ECUST) and then on a one-year Masters Course in Drug Discovery (MSc from Bath).

Tony also went to Dalian University of Technology, where he is a Hai-Tian Scholar, to visit Professor Jianzhang Zhao's research group and, whilst there, he met with Bath PhD student Katherine Lawrence, who was spending three weeks in Professor Zhao’s group funded by the Joint Project (RS-NSFC). As well as delivering a lecture in the Department of Chemistry, Tony met with Professor Hongjun Chen who is Deputy Director of International Office of DUT to discuss student exchanges between Bath and Dalian.

Whilst visiting Jinan, in Shandong Province, Tony delivered a lecture at Shandong Normal University and was awarded a Guest Professorship by Vice President Professor Bo Tang.

Before returning to Bath, Tony delivered a talk at Nankai University in Tianjin at the Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials hosted by Professor Yongjun Zhang.

The links between the Department of Chemistry and China are going from strength to strength particularly through the establishment of a Joint Catalysis & Sensing for our Environment (CASE) Lab in Bath, Birmingham and Shanghai (ECUST). The next event is CASE12, a joint conference to be hosted by Professor Shuli You at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in April 2012.

Tony James with members of staff at the CASE Lab

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