Welcome to the Goldup Group website!

The Group in July 2019

The Goldup Group carry out cutting edge research on the synthesis and application of mechanically interlocked molecules such as rotaxanes and catenanes at the University of Southampton. See the "Research" section of the website for more details.


**In 2020, Steve gave a public lecture about the group's research at the New York Academy of Science Game Changers symposium. If you're interested an accessible overview of the work we do, see below. For more details, take a look at our publications!**


17/6/2022 - The group finally get the opportunity to shoot Steve in the back (and also many times in the front) when the much delayed group paintball session finally takes place! Everyone survived (mostly) unscathed...

16/6/2022 - Anrua, Andrea and Patrick's paper on co-conformational "topological" stereochemistry (perhaps it's time to revisit the nomenclature...) in catenanes has been accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. - congrats all! Pre-print is here if you can't wait for the ASAP.

18/6/2022 - Steve travels to the International Symposium on Supramolecular and Macrocyclic Chemistry in Euegene Oregon to give an arrogantly titled lecture "Completing Mechanical Chirality". We'll see how that goes down!

15/6/2022 - Steve presents an invited lecture on the group's research (online) at the Wuhan University of Technology hosted by the excellent Professor Xiao-Yu Yang.

2/6/2022 - Steve presents a plenary lecture on the group's research at the Chirality Symposium organized by the van’t Hoff Foundation. The symposium also featured award lectures from Profs Donna Blackmond, Benjamin List and Bert Meijer - really stellar science and hospitality!

12/5/2022 - Jack, Peter and David's article on mechanical axial chirality has been accepted in Nature Chemistry. Preprint is still here if you want can't wait for the peer reviewed typeset version!

3/5/2022 - Steve presents an invited lecture at the University of Zurich hosted by the excellent Jason Holland. A great couple of days of science in such lovely surroundings!

29/3/2022 - Congratulations (soon to be) Dr Rizzi - Federica successfully defends her PhD! Thanks to Bruno Linclau and Paul Beer for being excellent examiners!

13/3/2022 - Steve delivers an invited lecture on the group's research at Kaust (online) hosted by the excellent Prof Niveen Khashab.

18/1/2022 - Jack's paper in collaboration with Antoni Frontera and Mark Symes is accepted and online now in Angew. Chem. - congrations! For more information see here

6/1/2022 - Jack, Peter, David and Patrick's preprint on axial chirality in catenanes and rotaxanes is up online (click here for preprint)! Let's see what the reviewers think... we like it!

14/12/2021 - The Goldup Group attend the annual RSC MASC Interest Group meeting (online). Lots of excellent talks, including a flash presentation from our own David Lozano, and lots of excellent posters, including two prize winning examples from Arnau Rubio and Peter Gallagher. Exciting couple of days and a great excuse to end the year with a celebratory coffee!

13/12/2021 - Steve gives an invited talk at the Leaders in the Field Symposium (online) organised jointly by RSC Chemical Science and JNCASR Bangalore in India.

8/12/2021 - Steve presents the group's work at Loughborough University (online).

29/11/2021 - Alberto, David, Andrew, Mike, Jorge and Graham's article on chiral interlocking auxiliaries is published in Nature Chemistry! Congratulations all! - see here for details

14/11/2021 - Steve presents the group's research at the University of Dortmund (online) as part of the DFG funded Research Training Group “Confinement Controlled Chemistry” DTG colloquim series.

16/9/2021 - Congratulations Dr Poom! Well done on completing your PhD and giving us a great excuse to celebrate. Good luck in your next career steps back in Thailand - you wil be missed! The group went out for dinner to mark the occasion :-)


2/9/2021 - The Goldup and Niemeyer groups hold an online super-group meeting. A great opportunity to talk science and get a new perspective on some of our projects. Thanks to everyone in both groups for making it a lively event but particularly to the people who presented from the Niemeyer (Dennis, Dana and Matthias) and Goldup (Federica, David and Arnau) groups!

23/8/2021 - Steve takes part in the PhD defense (online) of Mr, now Dr, Denis Jansen from the Niemeyer group who did a great job presenting and defending his work on catenane-based catalysts.

20/7/2021 - Alberto, Mike, David, Andrew and Jorge's paper on our new chiral interlocking auxiliary concept has been accepted! Can't tell you where yet but if you want to get a sneak preview, the preprint is here

4/6/2021 - Our paper on reversible electronic energy transfer within a rotaxane framework in collaboration with Nathan McClenaghan and co-workers is online in Chem. Sci. - check it out here

1/6/2021 - Steve presents the group's research (virtually) at the University of Wroclaw hosted by Dr Bartosz Szyszko. It was a great opportunity to talk science with colleagues and learn some new chemistry!

14/5/2021 - Our paper on spin-labelled rotaxanes in collaboration with Marco Lucarini and co-workers is online now in Chem. Sci. - check it out here

26/4/2021 - Our paper on rotaxane-based single ion magnets is online in Angew. Chem. now! Congratulations Peggy, Jamie and Aman from the Goldup group and all our collaborators! - check it out here

30/4/2021 - Steve presents the group's research (virtually) at the New York University Abu Dhabi hosted by Dr Ali Trabolsi.

24/3/2021 - Steve presents the group's research (virtually) at the University of Sussex hosted by Dr Barnaby Greenland.

23/3/2021 - Steve presents the group's work at the ChiralMat 2021 online meeting. Lots of excellent talks and discussion! Thanks to the organisers Paul McGonigal, Robert Pal and Jess Wade for putting on such an excellent meeting.

22/3/2021 - Our collaborative paper with Marco Lucarini and co-workers on spin labelled rotaxanes is online on ChemRxiv. Check it out here.

18/3/2021 - Our collaborative paper with Maxie Roessler and Rachel Crespo-Otero on mechanically interlocked single ion magnets is online on ChemRxiv. Check it out here.

10/3/2021 - The last viva for a few weeks at least! Congratulations Andrew on an excellent thesis defence! Have fun in Cambridge with Jonathan Nitschke!

5/3/2021 - Federica's paper on TADF rotaxanes is now online in Angew. Chem.! More details here.

28/2/2021 - Our collaborative paper with Nathan McClenaghan on resonance energy transfer within a rotaxane framework is now online on ChemRxiv. Check it out here!

25/2/2021 - Another week another viva - congratulations Shu! And another terrible picture. This has the makings of a group tradition.

18/2/2021 - Jack has passed his viva - congratulations! He's moving on to pastures new (Geneva with Stefan Matille!), so to send him on his way, we gave him this slightly scary group photo. Not sure why... (but awesome photoshopping from Federica) Are you team catenane or team rotaxane?

4/2/2021 - Our collaborative paper with Eli Zysman-Colman, Ifor Samuel and Thomas Penfold on using the mechanical bond to tune the performance of a TADF emitter is now online on ChemRxiv - a real team effort but spearheaded in Southampton by Federica! Check it out here.

22/1/2021 - Steve presents the group's research (online) at the University of Milan.

12/1/2021 - After (a LOT of) hard work from a lot of people (David and Alberto deserve special thanks though!), our new chiral interlocking auxiliary approach to mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes is now online on ChemRxiv. Coming to a journal near you soon (hopefully!). Check it out here.

1/1/2021 - Another year, another lockdown. Stay safe everyone. Hopefully 2021 improves soon...

17/12/2020 - Jack wins a poster prize at the MASC annual meeting! Yay! It's his last ever poster with us. Boo!

16/12/2020 - Steve (and quite a few other people!) help organise the virtual MASC annual meeting. Lots of really excellent speakers and the online social went pretty much to plan...

10/12/2020 - Steve gives a plenary lecture as part of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute annual meeting - worth staying up for!

22/10/2020 - Steve presents alongside Nathalie Busschaert and Carson Bruns at the ChemPhysChem virtual symposium, chaired by the inimicable Fraser Stoddart!

1/9/2020 - Steve gives an online lecture on the group's work as part of the RSC Desktop seminar series.

27/8/2020 - The inaugural virtual MASC Early Career Seminar! The series was kicked off in style by Laura Bickerton from the University of Oxford. If you are interested in attending this talk and future talks in the series, click here.

6/8/2020 - Jack's perspective on methods for the synthesis of chiral interlocked molecules appears in Chem. Loving the TOC graphic too!

23/7/2020 - Our collaborative paper with Wybren Jan Buma on the use of vibrational circular dichroism in the analysis of mechanically chiral molecules is published in Chem. Sci.

18/6/2020 - Steve is interviewed by the excellent Jennifer Newton for Chemistry World, discussing why he's excited to be working to make interlocked molecules useful. Read more here.

15/6/2020 - We're back in the lab! It's not how it was, and probably won't be for a while. But I do love the smell of ether in the morning!

26/5/2020 - Our paper with Thien Ngo on the use of the mechanical bond to facilitate the synthesis of chromophore arrays appears in Chem. Commnun.

24/4/2020 - Steve takes part in a Chem. Sci. webinar on publishing.

17/4/2020 - Andrew's chiral gold complex is selected for #featuredstructureFriday by the CSD :-)

7/4/2020 - The Goldup Group, as part of a team of colleagues at the University of Southampton are making materials to help local hospitals test their PPE (David and Noel shown in action).

17/3/2020 - The Goldup Group is in lockdown. Hopefully we'll be back in the lab soon. For now it's paper and thesis writing. Stay safe everyone.

10/3/2020 - Our collaborative paper with the Tavassoli group on the synthesis and properties of mechanically interlocked DNA is online. Looking forward to seeing where this goes next!

9/3/2020 - Andrew's paper on the use of chiral rotaxane ligands in gold catalysis is online in Chem - great work. Read more here.

5/3/2020 - Steve delivers a public lecture at the New York Academy of Sciences "Game Changers: 9 Young Scientists Transforming Our World" event. Lots of amazing science and really impressive questions from members of the public, young and old. For a report of the meeting, click here.

4/3/2020 - Steve attends the presentation dinner for the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom and receives his medal. A very fancy shindig! Not every day you get paraded into a room to sound of a trumpet fanfare! Great opportunity to hang out with fellow finalist Matt Fuchter - it seems like ages (because it is) since we were PhD students in the Barrett group!

19/2/2020 - Mike Jinks, a long standing member of the group leaves for pastures new. It's been great working with you Mike and good luck with your next steps!

18/2/2020 - Steve travels to Oxford to give an invited lecture, hosted by the excellent Matthew Langton, on "the Chemical Consequences of the Mechanical Bond". Lots of fun and lots of great science in the discussions afterwards!

5/2/2020 - Igor Larrosa (Manchester) visits the department to give his RSC Corday Morgan Prize lecture! Great science and a great opportunity to catch up with an old friend!

22/1/2020 - Steve and Andrew's take on some of the challenges involved in taking interlocked molecular machines from the lab bench into the real world is out now in ACS Central Science. Simplicity is the word! It's not the last word on the subject by any means, but hopefully it will get people talking! Click here for more information.

15/1/2020 - It is now official! Steve has been named as a Chemistry FInalist in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK! This award is thanks to all the hard work of Goldup Group member past and present, to give credit where it's due. Steve gets the money though!

5/1/2020 - Steve was supposed to fly to Japan today to take part in the International Symposium on the Molecular Engine in Chiba, before travelling on to Singapore for the International Conference on Synthetic Chemistry and Catalysis. Unfortunately he hasn't been able to travel for various reasons. Shame to miss out on the science and catching up with friends, but, based on Twitter, it looks like the meetings were a huge success without him!

2/1/2020 - Starting the new decade with a bang - Peggy's (Zhihui Zhang) paper on interlocked luminescent platinum complexes in collaboration with Gareth Williams from the University of Durham is out now in Chem. Sci. - well done! Click here for more information.

23/12/2019 - All good things must come to an ened - it's Dr Florian Modicom's last day in the group. Florian joined us back at QMUL for an internship, returned for a PhD in Southampton and then won an EPSRC doctoaral Prize to start a new research area in the group as a post doc! Thanks for all the hard work and good times - its' been a pleasure growing old with you! Good luck in Oxford with in the Fletcher Group - they are very lucky to have you!

17/12/2019 - The last event in a very exciting December, Ellen Jamieson passed her viva today! Thanks to her examiners, Paul McGonigal and Matt Baud, and also to Paul for his excellent research talk!. Not to worry though, Ellen is back in the New Year to start a new research area in the group as an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow - looking forward to it!

16/12/2019 - Last conference of the decade! Steve and most of the group attend the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry annual meeting organised by the excellent Jen Hiscock, Chris Serpell and Aniello Palma, who did an amazing job both in arranging an outstanding range of speakers and feeding and watering almost 200 delegates! A great way to end the decade!

12/12/2019 - Final trip to Manchester for the year! Steve takes part in the Leigh Group 30th Anniversary Symposium. Amazing to see the quality and variety of talks - not just chemistry! Lots of laughs as well, and of course, catching up with old friends and new.

11/12/2019 - the Goldup Group Christmas Party - lot's to celebrate this year! Not sure the dress code was properly communicated though...

25/11/2019 - Another trip to Manchester! Steve travels up to act as external examiner for Javier Echavarren from the Leigh Group. Lots of fun talking about his exciting work with molecular machines!

2/12/2019 - Steve and Ellen travel to London for the excellent Royal Society of Chemistry Organic Division Poster Symposium. An excellent day, as ever!

1/11/2019 - Steve travels to Manchester to act as external examiner for Adyasha Panigra from the Larrosa Grouph. A real pleasure disucssing her chemistry and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends (and sneak in an invited lecture on the group's research!).

8/10/2019 - Professors Ryota Iino (Institute of Molecular Science) and Kazushi Kinbara (Tokyo Institute of Technology) visit Southampton to present the research as part of an exciting new project on Molecular Engines - really excellent lectures and a pleasure to talk with them afterwards about the future of the project! (and of course a little time for some well deserved refreshments after a long day of science!)

Ryota and Kazhushi

27/9/2019 - Research groups are constantly changing - co-workers go on to better things and new people arrive to join the team! In the last few weeks Alberto and Peggy have left ( :-( ) but Andrea, Noel, Roman, Peter and Molly have joined ( :-) ). Welcome to our new members and good luck to our departing colleagues - come back and see us soon! One last dinner (mostly) all together...

alberto leaving

24-25/9/2019 - Steve attends the Chemical Science Symposium on Advanced Materials along with Andrew and Shu. A very interesting and productive couple of days - Steve presented a lecture, Shu and Andrew presented posters of their recent results and Andrew won a poster prize - congratulations!

heard poster prize

19/9/2019 - Steve travels to the USA to take part in a Foresight meeting on the future of molecular machines (big topic!). It was a very interesting and productive few days.

29/8/2019 - a big day in the group - Peggy's viva! Thanks to Paul Lusby (Edinburgh) and Darren Bradshaw (Southampton) for doing a great job examining her thesis! And also thanks to Paul for an excellent invited research lecture in the afternoon - busy day! Peggy needs to get more used to celebrating - her cork popping face doesn't look very relaxed (before and after below)...

peggy viva

28/8/2019 - Steve travels to Cambridge to carry out a PhD exam (congratulations John Carpenter!) and deliver an invited lecture on the group's recent results.

23/8/2019 - Ellen and Steve wrote a News and Views piece highlighting some recent work from the Credi group. Click here to read our take on this new application of mechanical chirality.

23/8/2019 - we have submitted our first pre-print to ChemRxiv - very easy process and and a great way to get results we are really excited about out there quickly! Click here read about chiral rotaxanes for Au-mediated reactions!

21/8/2019 - the excellent Kim Jelfs (click here) visit Southampton to give an invited lecture on clever computational methods for difficult problems.

14-18/7/2019 - Steve attends the 2019 Chirality meeting in Bordeaux and delivers a lecture on the group's latest results.

12/7/2019 - Amanda and Matt attend the Early Career RSC MASC meeting in Lincoln organised by Gareth Lloyd to present their work on interlocked biomolecules - see here

1/7/2019 - Steve has been awarded a Roayl Society Wolfson Research Fellowship to investigate the applications on interlocked molecules!

9-14/6/2019 - Steve, Ellen, Mike and Andrew attend the Gordon Research Conference on Artificialy Molecular Switches and Motors - a really excellent meeting, even if we are slightly biased (Steve co-organised it with the excellent Ivan Aprahamian). Looking forward to the next one which will be organised by the unstopable Dirk Trauner and Stefan Hecht (see below for the silly and serious sides).


22/5/2019 - Steve attends the excellent EastChem meeting in Norwich

6/5/2019 - Steve has gone sailing! Always good to learn a new skill. And the walk to work in the morning is pretty nice!

2/5/2019 - Steve delivers an invited lecture at the University of Geneva and enjoys a really excellent day of scientific discussions hosted by Fabien Cougnon (check out some of his recent work here).

16/4/2019 - Steve delivers a plenary lecture at the C5 meeting on the group's recent research.

14/4/2019 - Steve attends the C5 Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry at Northwest A&F University in Yangling, which aims to bring together researchers from China, Australia and the UK. Thanks to the local organising committee, , Profs Xiaoyu Hu (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics), Yuxin Pei (Northwest A&F University), Zhichao Pei (Northwest A&F University) and Leyong Wang (Nanjing University), for putting together a great meeting!

13/4/2019 - Steve delivers an invited lecture at the International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry at Fudan University, organised by the excellent Prof Junli Hou.

12/4/2019 - Mathieu, Florian and Jamie's synthesis of a topologically chiral catenane is published in Chem! For more details click here.

11/4/2019 - Steve travels to China to deliver research lectures and catch up with friends and collaborators.

8/4/2019 - Congratulations to Ellen Jamieson, a current PhD student in the Goldup Group, who has won an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship to stay on in the group as a PDRA and start a new area of research. And now for something completely different...

30/3/2019 - The group now has a Twitter life of its own - follow them @GoldupLab for group news, #realtimechemistry and (hopefully) tasteful humour!

18/3/2019 - It's always a bittersweet day when one of the group leave to take up a new position - sad to see them go, proud of what they are going on to do! Good luck to Mathieu Denis who, having had a very productive few years (7 articles!), is moving to work with Prof Ivan Huc. Excited to see what you do next, Mathieu!

12/3/2019 - Steve travels to Paris to deliver an invited lecture at the Spring meeting of the Organic Division of the French Chemical Society - great science and great hospitality!

5/3/2019 - Ellen won the Macromolecular Journal poster prize at the ERC Grantees' conference last year. If you're interested in the science behind the prize click here. Or for more details click here for Ellen and Florian's recent paper in Angew. Chem.

28/2/2019 - Jamie, Florian and Mathieu's paper on the stereoselective synthesis of topologically chiral catenanes is accepted in Chem! Well done all!

24/1/2019 - Steve travels to the Univeristy of Vienna to give an invited lecture. Beautiful city, lovely food (and great chemistry, obviously) but a little chilly!

10/1/2019 - Steve, Ellen, Peggy and Federica travel to Imperial for a meeting on Chirality organised by Matt Fuchter and David Amabilino.

31/12/2018 - Happy New Year! 2018 was very kind to the Goldup Group with lots of manuscripts accepted (7 excluding highlights!) and new people arriving - looking forward to more of the same in 2019!

28/12/2018 - Florian and Ellen's paper on a novel rearrangement directed by the mechanical bond has been accepted in Angew. Chem. - well done all! - click here for more details.

18/12/2018 - Peggy and Aman's paper in collaboration with Maxie and Martina at QMUL has been accepted in J. Am. Chem. Soc. - great news! - click here for more details.

17/12/2018 - Steve and most of the group travel to Lancaster for the end of year party (of science!) that is the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry meeting! Lots of great talks and poster, supported by a large number of excellent sponsors.

11/12/2018 - It's the Goldup Group Christmas party. Secret Santa definitely has a sense of humour - Steve's gift was both insulting and worryingly accurate... Something to work on in the New Year...

26/11/2018 - ERC Grantee Conference (from supramolecular towards systems chemistry) where Steve presented an invited lecture and Ellen and Peggy presented posters on their latest results. Congratulations to Ellen on winning a poster prize!

22/11/2018 - Steve travels to Cambridge to carry out a PhD viva - congratulations Dr Liu!

9/11/2018 - Florian successfully defends his PhD thesis - congratulations Dr Modicom!

8/11/2018 - Prof Gareth Williams visits Southampton to deliver a lecture and discuss our collaboration on interlocked luminescent metal complexes.

23/10/2018 - Steve travels to Dublin to carry out a PhD examination deliver an invited lecture. Congratulations Dr Aletti!

10/10/2018 - Steve delivers an invited lecture at the International Symposium on Advanced Molecular Sciences in Shanghai organised by molecular machinists Profs He Tian, Da-Hui Qu and Ben Feringa.

9/10/2018 - Steve visits Prof Haibo Yang, an old friend of the group, at East China Normal University to discuss chemistry and deliver an invited lecture.

8/10/2018 - Steve visits the Prof Kelong Zhu (he of of ring-though-ring shuttling fame!) at Sun Yat-Sen University to discuss chemistry and deliver an invited lecture.

5/10/2018 - Steve visits the excellent Ho Yu Au-Yeung at Hong Kong University to discuss chemistry and deliver an invited lecture.

1/10/2018 - Steve delivers an invited talk on the group's recent results at the Joint RSC-CSJ Symposium: Designing Molecular Function at the Nano-Scale: Catalysis, Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry in London.

28/9/2018 - Steve delivers an invited talk on the group's recent results at the UK-India Symposium on Advances in Organic Chemistry in Oxford.

27/9/2018 - Welcome to the group Federica, Arnau and Matthew - excellent to have you on board for your PhD. We expect great things!

25/9/2018 - Steve finally updates the website!

24/9/2018 - Mike and Alberto's paper (and lots of other people's - it was a really big group effort) on the diastereoselective synthesis of mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes is accepted in Angewandte Chemie - great work guys! - click here

30/8/2018 - Steve is officially no longer a "young" chemist and the group mark the occasion with style! Props to Ellen on the cake (tasted as good as it looks!) and whoever bought the crown :-)

27/7/2018 - Steve and Peggy travel to Sendai for the International Coordination Chemistry Conference to present recent results from the group. And discover there is (obviously) chirality everywhere! And Sendai is really hot!

25/7/2018 - Prof Yuichi Ohya from Kansai Univeristy visits to give an invited lecture on supramolecular biomaterials - exciting stuff!

12/7/2018 - Steve joins Chem. Sci. as an Associate Editor for Supramolecular Chemistry.

6/7/2018 - Steve, Mathieu, Aman and Florian travel to the ISMSC in Quebec to hear what's new in the world of macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry.

29/6/2018 - Mathieu Sollogoub (Sorbonne in Paris) visits the group and gives an invited lecture in the department.

28/6/2018 - The group have a barbeque on the Common. Lots (too much) of very nice food and a good opportunity for a new group photo!

18/6/2018 - Steve gives a lecture at the Directed Assembly and Dial a Molecule joint early career meeting.

7/6/2018 - The group welcomes its newest member - Dr Amanda Acevedo-Jake, a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie funded post doc!

4/5/2018 - Mathieu's papers on rotaxane sensors are published back to back in Angewandte Chemie. Not often we manage that. Just goes to show that rotaxane-based sensors are an under-explored area..

2/5/2018 - Steve gives a public lecture at the Oxford University Science Society hosted by Nessa Carson (AKA @SuperScienceGrl).

25/4/2018 - We welcome the excellent Yann Trolez (University of Rennes) to the department to give an invited lecture and discuss our ongoing collaboration.

23/4/2018 - Steve travels to the University of Duisburg-Essen hosted by the excellent Jochen Niemeyer to talk science and give a lecture on the group's recent research. And play with swords. It was an excellent day but the sword may have been the hgh point!

6/4/2018 - Mathieu, Jess and Kajally's work in collaboration with Prof Mike Watkinson on using rotaxane ligands as fluorescent sensors for metal ions is online now in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and will be published back to back with Mathieu's other (!) article on rotaxanes as ditopic hosts. - click here for more details.

4/4/2018 - Ellen and Florian's review on chirality in interlocked molecules has been accepted for publication in Chem. Soc. Rev. It's quite long (45 pages - a real labour of love) and covers all the stereogenic units based on the mechanical bind reported so far AND proposes some new structures that have yet to be made - time to get back in the lab and make some molecules! No TOC graphic yet but here's the picture from our biographies. Can you tell we're not quite used to the bright spring sunshine yet?

24/3/2018 - Steve's Highlight of a recent paper by Paul Beer on using rotaxanes as enantioselective hosts is online now in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. - click here for more details.

20/3/2018 - Florian and Jamie's paper on the efficient (I mean *really* efficient!) synthesis of catenanes is out in J. Am. Chem. Soc. - click here for more details.

12/3/2018 - Congratulations to Florian, currently a 3rd year PhD student in the group, who has won an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship to work on an exciting new project as a post doc (once he's handed in his thesis ;-) )! A good excuse for a little afternoon bubbly!

5/3/2018 - Our paper on fluorescent rotaxanes as ditopic hosts has appeared online in Angew. Chem. as a Hot Paper! This was a collaboration with Prof Kate Jolliffe at the University of Sydney made possible by a Royal Society travel grant. Huge thanks to all involved, particularly to Mathieu Denis (Southampton) and Lei Qin (Sydney) who did a great job working out what was actually going on! For more information click here.

27/2/2018 - Steve visits the University of Birmingham to give an invited talk on the group's recent results hosted by Jim TuckerLots of great science going on in Birmingham Chemistry and big plans for the future - very exciting times!

20/2/2018 - Steve visits the University of Cardiff to examine Mr (now Dr) Francesco Fassano from the group of the excellent Davide Bonifazzi. And also give an invited lecture about the group's recent work - busy day! Francesco did a great viva - wonderful depth and breadth of knowledge!

10/1/2018 - Steve travels to the University of St Andrews to deliver an invited lecture on the group's recent results hosted by Euan Kay and Eli Zysman-Colman. Great day of science, lovely location and an opportunity to catch up with old friends - shame its so far away!

18/12/2017 - The University of Southampton hosts the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Discussion Group Early Career Meeting (or MASC ECR for short!). Thanks to all of the poster presenters, speakers and sponsors for making it such a great day - it's reassuring to know that the future of UK chemistry is safe with the next generation! Click here if you want to know more about the meeting. And thanks to our plenary speaker, Bruce Gibb who cam all the way from the USA to show us how it's done - excellent science and audience participation! Finally, thanks to the the Goldup Group team who kept the show on the road! (and of course, after all the excitement, there was still time to relax with friends!)

14/12/2017 - Our paper in collaboration with Profs Lucarini and Mezzina on the EPR of paramagnetic rotaxanes is online now! Great work all and particularly Valentina Bleve who persevered to make and analyse these facinating compounds - well done! For more information click here.

12/12/2017 - Dr (!) Mathieu Denis successfully defends his thesis - congratulations, Mathieu! Thanks to the examiners Tony James and Ramon Rios for putting him through his paces. And after the excitement, Mathieu relaxes...

7/12/2017 - Steve delivers an invited lecture at Imperial College on the group's recent results hosted by the excellent Dr Silvia Diez-Gonzalez. Nice to be back in London for the day and catch up with friends and colleagues.

27/11/2017 - Christmas comes early to the Goldup Group. Someone obviously just can't wait...

20/11/2017 - The Functional Inorganic Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry section were honoured to host a delegation from the University of Kanazwa for a half day symposium on supramolecular chemistry. Great science and great to see to catch up with old friends to experience a bit of early Christmas!

15/11/2017 - Great to have the excellent Dr Matteo Palma from QMUL at the University of Southampton today talking about new ways to assemble carbon-rich materials.

23/10/2017 - Steve presents the group's research at Tokyo Institute of Technology hosted by Prof Takata. Great opportunity to catch up with some of the lovely rotaxane chemistry going on at TIT - for example see here.

19/10/2017 - Steve delivers an invited lecture at the University of Tokyo host by Prof Ito and his team. Lots of exciting science going on - really exciting to see what can happen when you think really big!

18/10/2017 - Steve presents the group's results at Tokyo University of Science hosted by Prof Saito and his colleagues. Good food, good science, good company - what's not to like!

15/10/2017 - Steve delivers an invited lecture at the 3rd International Symposium on Center of Excellence for Innovative Material Sciences Based on Supramolecules in Kanazawa organised by Porfessors Mizuni, Maeda and Akine. Really excellent science from the other speakers as well as the students who gave short presentations and posters. Also a good opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. And make perhaps the friendlietst and prestigiuous catenane Steve's ever been involved with!

14/10/2017 - Steve travels to Japan to present the group's work (and eat sushi, of course)

4/2017 - Gone but not forgotten - Jamie Lewis' gift to Steve will ensure that at least he remembers his own name!

3/10/2017 - Congratulations to Luuk Steemers from the University of Amsterdam on an excellent PhD defence. Brilliant chemistry elegantly presented. It was a pleasure to take part in your defense (and a great opportunity to dress up!).

2/10/2017 - Steve travels to the University of Amsterdam to deliver an invited lecture on the group's recent results and participate in a PhD examination.

29/9/2017 - This month has been one of change- new PhDs arriving, long standing group members going on to better things. Finishing the end of an era theme, today is Dr Jamie Lewis' last day in the group. Jamie is moving to Imperial College to start his own group as an Imperial College Research Fellow - good luck Jamie! No pressure but you should know that we expect great things!

27/9/2017 - The group is very excited to welcome four (!) new PhD students - Theerapoom, Andrew, Shu Zhang and Jack. It's going to be a busy lab this year!

25/9/2017 - Steve travels to Stockholm to deliver a lecture at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) on the group's recent results as part of the Aulin Erdtman Young Investigator lecture series

12/9/2017 - Dr Marzia Galli leaves the group today after four years pioneering new rotaxane catalysts, and more recently as part of her EPSRC doctoral prize, some very exciting new chemistry coming to a journal near you soon! We're going to miss Marzia but are very excited about her new role with Merck in Rome - good luck Marzia!

27/8/2017 - Steve attends the GECO meeting in Dinnard to hear some excellent organic chemistry presentations from across Europe and present the groups recent work in functional interlocked molecules. The location is pretty nice too!

17/8/2017 - The group *finally* celebrate recent successes properly - Marzia's new job with Merck, Jamie's Imperial College Fellowship and Steve's promotion. Congratulations also go to Mathieu who, as always, destroyed us all at bowling!

9/8/2017 - Steve and Mathieu's review on the active template approach to catenanes and rotaxanes is published in Nature Reviews Chemistry - click here

4/8/2017 - Our collaboration with Dr Thien Ngo and Prof Francis D'Souza on the synthesis and properties of mechanically interlocked porphyrins is online now in Chemical Science - click here!

1/8/2017 - Steve is promoted to a personal chair and Professor of Chemistry!

26/7/2017 - Dr Marzia Galli officially graduated today - congratulations Marzia!

10/7/2017 - Steve gives and invited lecture at the Chirality 2017 meeting in Tokyo organised by Profs Takata and Toru Asahi. Great opportunity to bring our work on unnusual chirality to a new audience! It was an excellent meeting with some great entertainment including a boat tour of Tokyo Bay and a banquet that got everyone dancing!

7/7/2017 - Steve and Jon Kitchen host a a post-ISMSC Supramolecular Symposium in Southampton focussing on new and unpublished research. Our speakers did us proud (too many to mention here - check out the symposium web page) - it was a fun and informal day with really excellent science! (photography wasn't great though - we hope to post something better soon!)

5/7/2017 - Jamie Lewis delivers a flash presentation on his oligorotaxanes work at the ISMSC - excellent job!

5/7/2017 - Steve presents the Bob Hay Cup to the 2017 winner, Scott Cockroft from the University of Edinburgh. See if you can tell which of the two images below was modified...

4/7/2017 - Steve delivers the 2016 Bob Hay Lecture at ISMSC 2017 (long story...). Jamie may not have been taking it very seriously though (see photo)

2-6/7/2017 - Steve, Jamie and Mathieu attend the excellent International Symposium of Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry organised by Jonathan Nitschke and take advantage of the opportunity to get some family photos with Fraser Stodart and Dave Leigh (four generations of a family tree!) and James Crowley, Jamie's PhD supervisor!

26/6/2017 - Steve is promoted to Professor of Chemistry (effective August 2017)!

10/6/2017 - Steve, Marzia and Mathieu travel to the USA to the Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Switches and Motors organised by Prof Amar Flood - a really outstanding meeting with excellent science and discussions! And also, table tennis.

9/5/2017 - Steve travels to beautiful Hangzhou to deliver an invited lecture at the British-Chinese Symposium of Supramolecular Chemistry and Materials Science at Zhejiang University organised by the excellent Profs Feihe Huang and Hao Li. A day of excellent science, good company and great food!

1/5/2017 - Our European Research Council Consolidator Grant studying the synthesis and applications of interlocked chiral molecules begins today!

18/4/2017 - Jamie's review in collaboration with Profs Loeb and Beer on the use of metal ions in the synthesis of interlocked molecules has been published as part of a special issue of Chem. Soc. Rev. - see here

17/4/2017 - Steve and Mathieu attend the innagural C3 Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry to foster links between researchers in the UK, China and Australia. The meeting was organised in beautiful Xiamen by Professors Yun Bao and Xiao-Yu Cao and not only was the science excellent, the hospitality was too (including some unexpected singing from our host!).

10/3/2017 - Mathieu Denis has won an EPSRC Doctoral Prize award to develop his research in new directions after his PhD - congratulations Mathieu - great to have you around for another year!

8/3/2017 - Christoph Schalley from the Frei Universität in Berlin visits Southampton to present some excellent supramolecular chemistry!

27/2/2017 - Steve presents the group's research at the excellent OrgSyn meeting in Manchester to celebrate not only excellent chemistry but also Fluorochem's 50th birthday!

18/1/2017 - Jamie, Luca and Joby's paper on oligorotaxanes has been highlighted in Synfacts by Timothy Swager and Constantin-Christian Voll - see here

9/1/2017 - Jamie and Joby's paper on the protecting group free synthesis of [4]rotaxanes has been published as part of a special issue of Molecules - see here

31/12/2016 - Thanks from the Goldup group to our collaborators, reviewers (OK most of them) and readers for a great 2016!

25/12/2016 - Merry Christmas to all! Oh, and Jamie and Joby's paper was accepted today in Molecules!

21/12/2016 - Jamie, Joby and Luca's paper appears on the cover of JACS. On the left below is the final version. On the right is our favourite runner up (Jamie showing off his POVRay skills!)

15/12/2016 - The Group accept the Bob Hay Cup on Steve's behalf at the MASC meeting.

14/12/2016 - The Group travel to MASC2016 in Edinburgh (great logo!). It's been an eventful week with plenty to celebrate - have fun guys!

14/12/2016 - Jamie Lewis has been awarded the Dean's Prize by the University of Southampton for his contribution to research at the University - congratulations Jamie!

13/12/2016 - Ms Marzia Galli is soon to be Dr Marzia Galli after successfully defending her thesis today! Marzia is the first student to graduate from the Group in Southampton - congratulations Marzia!

23/11/2016 - Steve visits the University of Bologna, home of rotaxane chemists Credi and Balzani, hosted by Professor Marco Lucarini to present the group's research and develop collaborations. And after a wonderful dinner had a very atmospheric tour of the city!

21/11/2016 - Steve has been awarded the 2016 Bob Hay Lectureship by the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry discussion group in recognition of the group's research!

14/11/2016 - Steve presents the group's research at Merck in Chilworth, Southampton's "local" industrial chemistry giant!

10/11/2016 - Jamie, Joby and Luca's paper on the efficient and controlled synthesis of oligorotaxanes has been highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News - click here.

9/11/2016 - Southampton hosted a visit today from the Royal Society, a body that close to our hearts (they currently fund Steve's fellowship). It was a very useful meeting with some interesting new directions coming out of the Global Challenges Fund. Any budding academics, it's worth checking out the Royal Society's Fellowship schemes - a very good way to start your career!

7/11/2016 - Jamie and Marzia's review on mechanically interlocked molecule-based ligands has just appeared in Chem. Commun. - click here.

5/10/2016 - And in other news, Jamie, Joby and Luca's paper on the synthesis of oligorotaxanes is out now in J. Am. Chem. Soc. - precision engineered oligorotaxanes for all!

5/10/2016 - BIG NEWS!!! The Nobel Prize for Chemistry for "The Design and Synthesis of Molecular Machines" was awarded today to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard (Ben) Feringa! A really big day for molecular machinists and chemists everywhere. Congratulations - inspiring and inspired scientists all!

29/9/2016 - Nice end to the week - Mathieu won first prize in the PhD poster competition!

27/9/2016 - New year, new research, new students: welcome to the group Ellen, Aaron, Courtney, Elayda and Thomas! (pictures to follow)

23/9/2016 - Steve is one of the top 10 peer reviewers for Chem. Soc. Rev. in 2016! Not sure if that means he's unusually nice, unsually tough...?

7/9/2016 - Ed's paper on self-sorting for the stereospecific synthesis of [3]rotaxanes with two different rings by taking advantage of the detailed mechanism of the AT-CuAAC reaction is online now in Angew. Chem. - check it out here!

21/7/2016 - Jamie's poster was selected by the poster judges for a short talk at the Telluride meeting. He gave an excellent presentation of his recent work on oligo-rotaxanes - coming to a journal near you soon!

19/7/2016 - Steve presents the group's work at the Molecular Rotors, Motors, and Switches Workshop in beautiful Telluride, Colorado.

15/7/2016 - We were very pleased to host Prof Keiji Hirose from Osaka University and hear his fascinating thoughts on chirality in rotaxane structures.

24/6/2016 - The Southampton Supramolecular Chemistry Symposium was a great success. Lots of excellent talks from our invited PhD and PDRA speakers and our plenary speaker AP de Silva did us proud. Congratulations to our poster and talk prize winners. Thanks also to our generous sponsors. We hope to see many of you again next year: http://goldup.soton.ac.uk/SouthamptonSupra/

9/5/2016 - Marzia, Cath and Marc's paper on the "easy" anti-Markovnikov hydrobromination of alkenes in the New Talent issue of Org. Biomol. Chem. is up online - if you need a primary bromide and need it quick you should check it out!

5/5/2016 - Steve's Early Excellence author profile in the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry is online. Not too many cringe-worthy answers there...

22/4/2016 - Steve's News & Views article on a new rotaxane catalyst from Dave Leigh's group is published. Click here for more information.

22/4/2016 - Steve visits the Cronenbourg campus at the University of Strasbourg hosted by Jean-François Nierengarten to deliver an invited lecture, discuss even more science and eat even more lovely local food, this time choucroute. A diet may be needed after this trip...

21/4/2016 - Steve visits the downtown campus at the University of Strasbourg hosted by Prof Jean Weis to deliver an invited lecture, discuss science and eat a lot of tarte flambée. There was a bit of time for site seeing during the visit, including the birth place of Charles Friedel of Friedel-Crafts fame!

18/3/2016 - Last visit on this trip! Steve visits our collaborator, Dr Thien Ngo, at NIMS in Tsukuba to deliver an invited lecture and discuss an exciting forthcoming paper - watch this space!

17/3/2016 - Steve visits the Yokohama campus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, hosted by Profs Osakada and Suzaki, to deliver an invited lecture. Lot's of excellent discussion about interlocked molecules and chirality!

15/3/2016 - Steve visits the Unversity of Osaka, hosted by Profs Harada and Nakanishi, to deliver an invited lecture and eat some excellent food!

14/3/2016 - Steve visits the Unversity of Kyoto, hosted by Prof Terao, to deliver an invited lecture.

10/3/2016 - Steve delivers an invited talk at an exciting International Supramolecular Chemistry Symposium (click here for details) in Kanazawa organised by Profs Ogoshi, Mizuno, Akine and Maeda.

8/3/2016 - Steve's off to Japan to visit our collaborators and visit some excellent rotaxane chemists in Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo and NIMS.

27/1/16 - Our paper on the high yielding synthesis of macrocycles has been published online in Chem. Sci. Click here to see the accepted copy. It was a joint effort but thanks to Jamie for leading the team and particular congratulations to Mathieu, Elise and Cath on their first paper with the group. Definitely not their last though!

22/1/16 - Great day and great talks with our collaborators from Kanazawa in Japan, Profs Tomoki Ogoshi, Katsuhiro Maeda, Shigehisa Akine and Motohiro Mizuno. Lots of excellent science and discussions. Photos from the day to follow soon!

8/1/16 - Dr Ed Neal's last day in the Goldup Group as he's moving on to pastures new. Thanks for all the hard work Ed and good luck for the future!

1/1/16 - Happy New Year!

22/12/15 - Congratulations to Ed Neal on winning the MASC2015 prize for the best flash talk. Well done Ed!

21/12/15 - Our paper in collaboration with Dr Thien Ngo in NIMS has been published online - see here.

12/12/15 - Steve travels to PacifiChem in Hawaii to present the group's research on mechanically chiral rotaxanes. (photo below is provided below is for proof only and is not representative of how Steve spent his time)

24/11/15 - Marzia and Jamie's paper in Angew. Chem. on rotaxane catalysts (click here for the original article) has been highlighted in a very nice Nature Chem. N&V article by the excellent Ai-Lan Lee (click here for N&V piece).

11/11/15 - PhD positions availableto to join the group in 2016 and work on exciting applications of interlocked molecules in catalysis - check out the vacancies page for details and how to apply.

4/11/15 - Our colleague Jon Kitchen's new website is now live - check it out here. Very excited to be working together on a Directed Assembly Network Pump Priming Grant!

28/10/15 - Steve visits Universität Wien to present the group's work on "functional rotaxanes" and visit Prof Nuno Malide (check him out here) and his colleagues. Not only great science and hospitality but it turns out Nuno is a local celebrity - see below! (and yes Steve is aware that he looks like a tourist who bumped into an actor on the metro and asked for a photo).

16/10/15 - Congratulations to Jess on passing her viva - well done Dr Pancholi!

21/9/15 - Marzia and Jamie's paper is now online as an Angewandte Early View - check it out if you like your catalysts interlocked, stimuli responsive and selective!

10/9/15 - Jess handed in her these today - looking forward to the viva celebrations!

5/9/15 - Congratulations to Aysegul, ex-visitor in the Goldup Group who got married today!

19/8/15 - Congratulations to Marzia and Jamie who have just had their paper accepted in Angewandte. Link will be posted once it's online!

19/8/15 - Ed has just finished his JSPS summer placement working with the excellent Tomoki Ogoshi. And here's a photo to prove it. Off round Japan now and then back to Southampton to finish up a few things...

14/7/15 - The group's work has been highlighted in the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Facility's annual report 2013-2014. This service is a really excellent national resourse and we really wouldn't have been able to do a lot of our work without their support - thanks guys!

17/6/15 - The re-establishment of the Southampton Supramolecular Chemistry Symposium went extremely well last week - excellent science, good company and a bit of magic thrown in. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year!

16/6/15 - Congratulations to (soon to be Dr) Rob Bordoli on successfully defending his thesis!

4/6/15 - Steve visits Temple University in Philadelphia and presents the group's work, hosted by Bill Wuest. Lots of great chemistry chat and excellent food!

30/5/15 - Finally! An up to date group photo. Anyone would think they were shy!

21/5/15 - Congratulations to Jamie Lewis, the Goldup Group's first Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow!

20/5/15 - Steve presents his final Hickinbottom Award Lecture at an excellent one day symposium in Liverpool. And receives his medal!

18/5/15 - Steve's Nature Nano N&V piece has just appeared online.

12/5/15 - Congratulations to Zhi-Hui Zhang (Peggy) who has won CSC PhD funding to join the group in October!

11/5/2015 - Welcome to Mathieu, a visiting student from Rennes.

15/4/15 - Steve presents the group's work in Leeds.

13/4/15 - Welcome to Thomas, a visiting student from Rennes.

30/3//15 - Steve's collaborative paper on the degradation of Rhodamine B with Steve Dunn from QMUL just appeared online in RSC Advances.

11/3/15 - Welcome to our new PDRA Elise Rochette!

13/2/15 - Ed's paper on the formation of [3]rotaxanes is online now!

4/2/15 - Steve is at Imperial College today delivering an RSC Hickinbottom prize lecture alongside Profs Fraser Stodart and David Leigh - tough gig!

4/2/15 - Ben's paper on unnusual selectivity in the PEPPSI-IPent mediated couplings of aryl chlorides is online now.

3/2/15 - Congratulations to Ed on having his paper accepted in Chem. Sci.!

20/1/15 - And congratulations to Dr Ben again - paper accepted in Chem. Comm.!

8/1/15 - Congratulations to (Dr) Ben Groombridge on passing his viva! Well done!

7-9/1/2015 - Steve does a viva tour of the UK to examine students in Birmingham, London and Edinburgh. Three vivas in three days! Thank goodness all of them performed very well - it was a pleasure!

5/1/2015 - Happy New Year to all and welcome to our visiting collaborator Diogo Lüdtke from UFRGS in Porto Alegre in Brazil! (http://www.iq.ufrgs.br/dsl/index.php/diogo-s-ludtke)

23/12/2014 - Merry Christmas all from the Goldup Group (tree courtesy of Mathieu). Looking forward to more great science in the New Year - roll on 2015!

16/12/2014 - Marzia won the prize for best flash presentation at MASC2014 - well done!

15/12/2014 - we may have a new logo, as designed by Jamie during at bit of "down time" at MASC2014!

15/12/2014 - the group travelled to Norwich for MASC2014 where Ed, Jess and Marzia presented posters and talks on our latest reseach. Awesome meeting organised by Sean Bew ably assisted by Zoe - really outstanding chemistry in beautiful surroundings.

27/11/2014 - Steve gives his second RSC Hickinbottom Award Lecture in Sheffield. Really lovely city but a bit hilly for a run (in the rain)!

25/11/2014 - Steve gives his first RSC Hickinbottom Award lecture in Bath as a double bill with Silvia Diez-Gonzalez from Imperial College. As always, a great opportunity to see old friends, make new ones, talk chemistry and wander Bath's beautiful (if rainy) streets (photo below is from the hotel room, once the rain had stopped).

18/11/2014 - Steve visits Rennes to meeting with our collaborators and present the group's work. Excellent chemistry and excellent food, as expected!

5/11/2014 - Maraisa, a visiting PhD student from Diogo Lüdtke's group at UFRGS in Porto Alegre, joins the group to work on the development of Zn mediated rotaxane synthesis - welcome Maraisa!

28/10/2014 - Steve cooks a traitional Brazilian churrasco for Diogo's group (alternative interpretation: Steve has photo taken pretending to cook and then goes back to eating and drinking while someone else does the work).

21/10/2014 - Steve presents the group's work at the Multidisciplinary Chemistry Without Borders Symposium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, alongside a stunning line up of scientists from all over the world.

3/10/2014 - The lab is up and running and we've made our first new rotaxane in our labs in Southampton - well done Marzia!

19/9/2014 - The Goldup Group have landed in Southampton! The lab's nearly set up. Looking forward to getting started on the 29th of September!

18/9/2014 - The Goldup Group have hit the road. Sad to be leaving QMUL but we're excited about our home and new start!

30/08/2014 - Steve is now officially 90% of the way to 40. Oh well, there's always cake to make it better!

10/8/2014 - Steve presents the group's work on mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes at the RSC ISACS Challenges in Organic Chemistry meeting in Shanghai.

30/7/2014 - Slightly belated news - Steve has been admited as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry as announced in the Times newspaper on Wednesday 16th July!

25/7/2014 - Jess' paper on the synthesis and evaluation in living cells of biologically targeted zinc sensors is currently #3 in the list of most downloaded papers for Chem. Sci. for the last 30 days!

10/7/2014 - Bubbly, donuts and chemistry - it must be group meeting time! (oh, and we got a grant yesterday - watch this space if you've got a background in catalysis and are looking for a postdoc...)

17/6/2014 - Steve presents the group's work at the Shanghai Normal University hosted by Prof Hai-Bo Yang. Lots of excellent questions and interesting discussions after the talk. Wei Wang and Jiang-Kun Ou-Yang from the Yang group were excellent tour guides the day before - their feet (high above Shanghai in the Pearl of the Orient) are shown below!

15/6/2014 - Steve presents the group's work on functional rotaxanes at Zeijiang University in Hanzhou, hosted by Prof Feihe Huang. After the talk there was time for a tour with two excellent students from the Huang group, Yujuan and Xiaofan.

12-13/6/2014 - Steve attends and speaks at the first Purple Mountain Research Meeting in Nanjing, hosted by Prof Leyong Wang. An excellent meeting with an awesome line up of speakers! And a really impresive banquet venue!

11/6/2014 - Steve presents the group's work at the ISMSC in Shanghai

10/6/2014 - Our paper on mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes has been highlighted in Nature Nanotechnology - click here

9/6/2014 - Jess presents her Zn sensing work, soon to appear in Chem. Sci., at the ISMSC in Shanghai.

6/6/2014 - Steve gives an invited lecture at the "Frontiers in Molecular Recognition and Function" symposium hosted by Professor Chuan-Feng Chen and Professor Sanzhong Luo at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. An excellent day of science (and some very nice food)! And the day before there was time for some sightseeing at the impressive Forbidden City and Summer Palace with Professor Chen's student Mr (soon to be Dr) Yun Shen.

3/6/2014 - Steve gives an invited lecture at the East China University of Science and Technology, hosted by Professor He Tian and Professor Da-Hui Qu. There was even time for some sight seeing the day before with two excellent guides from the Tian and Qu groups, Yao and Luan - "holiday" snap below!

27/5/2014 - Congratulations to Jess on getting her first paper accepted. In Chem. Sci. no less!

10/5/2014 - Hurry! Applications close on Monday for our funded 2014 PhD positions - more information

6/5/2014 - Steve's been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Hickinbottom Award in recognition of the Group's pioneering work on rotaxane synthesis. Very exciting - pub tonight!

14/4/2014 - Steve travels to Southampton to give a talk on the group's functional(ised) rotaxanes.

9/4/2014 - Just in - Steve will be presenting the group's work on mechanically chiral rotaxanes at the ISMSC in Shanghai this June!

8/4/2014 - We have just advertised two fully funded PhD studentships to start in October - click here

3/4/2014 - Catherine Fletcher and Jamie Lewis join the group to work on our EPSRC funded Bright Idea - welcome!

12/3/2013 - Just received informal confirmation that Steve's Royal Society University Research Fellowship has been renewed until October 2017!

5/3/2014 - Rob's recent paper in JACS has been highlighted in Chemistry World - click here

25/2/2014 - Steve travels to Newcastle to give a talk and visit the department.

22/2/2014 - Rob's paper on mechanically chiral rotaxanes is online and open access - click here

17/1/2014 - Steve and Ed's Feature Article for the Chem. Commun. Emerging Investigator Edition 2014 is online and open access - click here

16/1/2014 - Steve attends the EPSRC Inspire workshop for some top class mentoring and interdisciplinary discussions.

18/12/2013 - the group travel to Glasgow for the excellent MASC2013 meeting and Jess wins a well deserved poster prize!

26/11/2013 - Kajally Jobe passes his PhD viva - the Goldup Group's first Dr!

20/11/2013 - Steve pops over to Bloomsbury to give a research talk at UCL and discuss collaborations.

31/10/2013 - Steve gives a talk at the Pfizer-Neusentis Symposium in Oxford and helps judge their poster competion. Tough work - really outstanding research!

17/9/2013 - Vaishali Sanger joins the Goldup Group as an MSc student - welcome!

16/9/2013 - Louisa and Sabri join the group to do their 4th year project - welcome!

23/8/2013 - Joby's JACS paper on the mechanical stabilisation of a Cu(I)-organometallic is online and open access - click here

23/7/2013 - Marzia Gali joins the group early as a very keen PhD student!