Student’s research published in international journal

From left to right: Dean of the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences Dr Allison Jones, Stephen Grieve, Gary Peczkowski, Laurie Crouch, Holly Maloney and Dr Rob Smith, Senior Lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry
From left to right: Dean of the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences Dr Allison Jones, Stephen Grieve, Gary Peczkowski, Laurie Crouch, Holly Maloney and Dr Rob Smith, Senior Lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry

A WIGAN student is one of four undergraduates from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) who have had their scientific research published in a highly specialised international journal.

The MChem students’ work, involving creating and analysing new ‘greener’ compounds, has featured in the high impact publication Tetrahedron Letters.

Holly Maloney from Aspull, together with Stephen Grieve, Gary Peczkowski,

Laurie Crouch and Holly Maloney, who have recently graduated from the four-year course are among a select group of undergraduates who have had their research published while still studying at this academic level.

Their work, entitled ‘A rapid, chromatography-free route to substituted acridine–isoalloxazine conjugates under microwave irradiation,’ formed part of their final year project.

Holly, 22, said: “It’s awesome and really energising to know our undergraduate research has been published in such a prestigious chemistry journal. We’re all really proud of our achievements and it’s a great asset to have on our CVs, especially as we’re about to enter the world of work.”

Dr Rob Smith, Senior Lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, was the students’ tutor on this project. He said: “It’s a phenomenal achievement for these four students to have been published in such a global industry publication.

“They’re among our first graduating MChem cohort and it’s such an accomplishment that currently half of the first group are leaving with their work in a publication.”