Twitter conference poster competition winners announced
ECG Bulletin July 2019
The ECG sponsored two prizes for the environmental chemistry poster competition (#RSCPoster) at the Royal Society of Chemistry (@RoySocChem) Twitter conference on 5-6th March 2019. This conference is a 24-hour online event held entirely over Twitter to bring members of the scientific community together to share their research, network, and engage in scientific debate.
Rhona Savin (@RhonaSavin) won best poster for her work on the modification of camphene for the synthesis of a renewable polyacrylamide. This addition polymer, whilst unlikely to be fully biodegradable, contains a breakable amide bond that produces a precursor of the original monomer, making it entirely recyclable. Twitter questions focussed on the sustainability, industrial applications and end-of-life pathways for the material. For the full discussion, see the Twitter entry at https://twitter.com/RhonaSavin/status/1102884841475981313.
The runner up was Hannah Walker (@hlwalker28) who is interested in gaining a better understanding of reactive oxidised nitrogen species in the UK's rural atmosphere. In her work with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), she is monitoring NOy species that can act as precursors of other pollutants, including tropospheric ozone. Questioners asked about the sources and hazards of NOy, from human health to eutrophication, and techniques employed to predict reactions and detect particular species. For the full discussion and further questions check the Twitter entry: https://twitter.com/hlwalker28/status/1102865240608387073.