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Newcastle University and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) announce collaboration

The Scheme for the Promotion of Academic Research and Collaboration, Government of India (SPARC) has awarded funding to support collaboration between physical chemists at Newcastle University and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

Hydrogen bonds vital to polymers and proteins

The collaboration was established to merge the technical skills of Newcastle’s microwave spectroscopists with Bangalore’s expertise of an important and long-standing challenge of fundamental science.

The aggregated effects of hundreds, thousands or, sometimes, millions of hydrogen bonds determine the structure of many synthetic polymers. The bonds control the shape and function of proteins.

Collaborative research by scientists at the University of Newcastle, IISc. Bangalore, and Frank Lovas at the National Institute of Standards (NIST) in the US recently showed that a hydrogen bond can exist between two individually-isolated molecules of H2S.

The work was published by Angewandte Chemie: International Edition and reported by Chemical and Engineering News and Steam India Reports during 2018.

The SPARC Collaboration

SPARC is supporting further research by the Newcastle and Bangalore team, such as investigating hydrogen bonding to water, benzene and ethene.

Arijit Das, postgraduate researcher at IISc, is currently visiting Newcastle and performing experiments alongside Eva Gougoula (Newcastle postgraduate) and Nick Walker.

Arijit presented his results at the Annual Northern Universities Meeting of Chemical Physics at the University of York on 11th July, 2019.

The SPARC is providing support for Nick Walker to visit Bangalore, perform research, teach students and learn about IISc. from December until February, 2020.

Eva Gougoula and Arijit Das configuring a microwave spectrometer at Newcastle University.
Eva Gougoula and Arijit Das configuring a microwave spectrometer at Newcastle University

published on: 19 July 2019