Since Sam’s initial post on 3D printing on the Southampton Chemistry Sustainability blogsite in July 2016, he has been busy designing new pieces of equipment and has put together a short article on what he has been up to:
Shortly after the JAK Supramolecular group invested in a 3D printer, they have used it to create a many handy tools in the lab.
Microscope Slide holder: designed by Blue Carter and Sam Willstead
This was designed to hold sample vials and microscope slides for analysis. It makes viewing and assessing crystals for SCXRD much easier on our low cost microscope. The height of the holder also makes manipulating crystals in oil easier when on a microscope slide.
Phone Holder for Microscope: designed by shanos
The blueprints were downloaded for free from a site called thingiverse, where users share 3D printable designs.
The holder allows photos to be taken easily from a microscope using a phone. Although microscopes which can take photos do exist, these are very costly and typically harder to use. Another interesting feature of this design is that the images on the phone could potentially be connected wirelessly to a large screen or projector, which could be applied in teaching students.
Findenser Clamp: designed by Sam Willstead
This was designed specifically to hold waterless condensers (findensers). Because of the large size of findensers, traditional clamps struggle to hold them. The 3D printed design conveniently slots directly over the top, and can be tightened quickly.
We welcome Ningjin Zhang to the group. Ningjin is a CSC funded PhD student jointly supervised by JAK and Prof. Simon Coles. Ningjin will be working on high resolution crystallographic analysis of switchable supramolecular systems.
Congratulations to Blue Carter who has been awarded a highly competitive Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship to spend two years in the group of Prof. Annie Powell at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Blue will carry out detailed magnetism and surface immobilisation studies for his project “1,8-Naphthalimide based ligands for supramolecular lanthanide spintronics”
Check out our latest publication in collaboration with the Gale group: Latest JACS
PDRA Dominic Wales is currently visiting the lab of Professor Karen Edler in the Chemistry department of the University of Bath. He is conducting soft matter experiments (DLS, tensiometry and small angle x-ray scattering) using the molecules our group has developed for Langmuir-Blodgett studies. This work is funded by a Travel Grant that Dominic secured earlier this year from the Directed Assembly Network.
Aaron Scott has just joined the group for his 10 week summer studentship. Aaron will be investigating LB films of Ln(III) based amphiphiles.
Tim and June, who were summer interns in 2015 present some of our sustainability work at a Sustainability Conference in Southampton in April