January: Armes group publishes its 500th paper (N. J. Warren et al., JACS, 2015, 137, 1929-1937). Vicki Cunningham attends a control of emulsion polymerisation symposium in Frankfurt, Germany and presents a poster
February: Steve Armes and Sasha Mykhaylyk get an 871 K capital equipment grant from EPSRC to purchase a new world-class SAXs instrument (to be commissioned by March 31st, 2016 - watch this space!) Trip to Diamond synchrotron, SAXS study of structural transformations of hydrogen-bonded thermo-responsive worm-like micelles under shear
March: Matt Derry attends SC/SCI Colloids Group conference Arrested gels, dynamics, structure and applications in Cambridge, UK. Sarah Canning and Greg Smith start their post-docs in the Armes group.
April: Visiting Lecturers: Prof. Jan Skov Pedersen (Aarhus University, Denmark) and visits from Scott Bader (great CDT seminar from Dr. Steven Brown!), Lubrizol and CSIRO scientists (home of RAFT polymerisation). Steve Armes, Sasha Mykhaylky and Lee Fielding attend the annual High Polymer Research Group Meeting at Pott Shrigley
May: Fourth International Symposium Frontiers in Polymer Science, Lake Garda, with a talk from Steve Armes and posters from PengCheng Yang, Vicki Cunningham, Liam Ratcliffe, Beulah McKenzie and Nick Warren
June: European Polymer Federation (EPF) conference in Dresden Germany, with talks from Joe Lovett, Liam Ratcliffe and Matt Derry. Lee Fielding presented a talk at the 'ACS 2015 Colloid & Surface Science Symposium' at Carnegie Mellon University. Dave Growney leaves the group to start a job at Lubrizol.
July: Armes fest 500 (a conference held in Sheffield to celebrate 500 papers from the Armes group!), annual summer Armes Group BBQ, Dr. Sarah Canning passes PhD viva. Graduation for Armes group MChem students: Bernice Akpinar, Danielle Steel and Rheanna Perry.
August: Charlotte Mable has her first PhD paper accepted for publication in Chemical Science. Steve Armes attends Fusion 'Functional Polymeric Materials' meeting at Ascot; ACS Boston Talks from Steve Armes, Charlotte Mable, Vicki Cunningham, Joe Lovett, Nick Penfold, Liam Ratcliffe, Mark Williams and Nick Warren (twice). There will also be a poster from Mark Williams. Congratulations to Dr. Dave Growney for passing his PhD viva!
September: ECIS meeting in Bordeaux , will be attended by Steve Armes, Yin Ning and Matt Derry. Jeppe Madsen and Irene Canton will give talks at the 27th European Conference on Biomaterials ESB2015, Krakow, Poland. Dr Mark Williams leaves the group, Dr Lee Fielding leaves the group to start a Lectureship in the School of Materials at The University of Manchester