Hydrogen breakthrough fuels new technology research

Hydrogen on the periodic table

The future of energy production has long been a source of concern for scientists. Now, following a recent discovery by a team including Catz Fellow Professor Peter Edwards, one answer could lie in the safe use of hydrogen for powering vehicles.

The main obstacle facing scientists working on hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles has been finding a storage method that does not put drivers and passengers at risk. That obstacle could soon be overcome by using benign hydrocarbon wax as a storage medium.

The Thomas and Joanne Peterson Scholars

Kylie Walsh

Donavan Hernandez-Garcia

Alexander Pollok

Victor Chan

Welcome to new fellows

St Catherine’s welcomes two new fellows this term.

The Hon Mr Justice Sir Ian Dove, Q.C. (Honorary Fellow) is a judge of the High Court in England and Wales. Ian was appointed Queens’ Counsel in 2003 and specialises in environmental, planning and immigration law.

Professor Susannah Speller (Fellow by Special Election) is Associate Professor at the Department of Materials at the University. She was as awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship in 2005.

Social impact award for transforming lives

John Latham (2015, Continuing Education), who recently completed his research masters at in applying cognitive behavioural therapies to families with complex needs at Catz, has won the Vice Chancellor’s Social Impact Award. John co-founded the charity One-Eighty, a psychology behaviour support service for young people who have been identified as struggling in school, their family or in their community. Their work helps resolve behavioural issues before they manifest as problems later on.

Music tells refugees' stories

A Catz Alum is using his passion for music to articulate the testimonies of refugees living in the so-called ‘Jungle’ in Calais. Daniel Baboulene (2012, Music) has been pursuing a career in music for films since he graduated from St Catz last year. He has already had some success, having scored the soundtrack for a film shown at the Cannes Film festival. He is now involved in a film project called The Crossing which shares the stories of people who have fled their homes following conflicts around the world.

St Catz architecture praised on the BBC

Professor William Whyte, Professor of Social and Architectural History and Fellow of St John's College, has described St Catherine’s as “one of the most amazing buildings in Britain” on a short film for BBC Radio Oxford. The video tour of concrete buildings in Oxford includes the Florey Building at The Queens’s College and the Denys Wilkinson Building at the Department of Physics.


Fun with the family

Balloon animals, face-painting and magic tricks aren’t usually associated with a world-class academic institution, but here at St Catz they are a staple in our Biennial Family Day. This year nearly 100 people came back to the College on a sunny Saturday in September to indulge in a bit of family fun. In addition to the usual festivities our visitors were able to hunt for treasure in the College gardens, learn a few new skills in a circus workshop and find out how clouds are made in a science roadshow.

Rowing exchange to Japan

In September a squad from the St Catherine’s College Boat Club took part in the Oxford Shield Regatta in Tokyo. The event, now in its 56th year, attracts crews from universities and clubs across Japan. The St Catz crew are there following a similar visit by members of the Tsukuba University Rowing Club earlier this year.

The Boat Club President Georgios Ntentas (2014, DPhil Medical Sciences), who organised the exchange, said “Not only is it a brilliant chance to compete internationally, it's also a great chance to create ties with another club and keep training up over summer”

Clinical Chemistry

William Marshall (1963, Biochemistry)

Clinical Chemistry (Elsevier, 2016), now in its eighth edition, considers what happens to the body's chemistry when affected by disease. Each chapter covers the relevant basic science and effectively applies this to clinical practice. It includes discussion on diagnostic techniques and patient management and makes regular use of case histories to emphasise clinical relevance, summarise chapter key points and to provide a useful starting point for examination revision.


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