SCI scholar Lisa Murphy
7 Jan 2010
Lisa was born in 1983, and has lived in Durham all her life. She went to school at Framwellgate Moor Comprehensive, where she did her A-levels in Chemistry (A) maths (A) and Biology (A), and an AS level in physics (A). She then moved on to Durham University, where she did a Master of Chemistry degree (1st class).
Throughout her undergrad, she achieved a series of prizes: 1st year: a Norton prize from her college for being best in chemistry 2nd year: the Huntsmann-Tioxide scholarship (the top three students in the year were interviewed for this, and Lisa was chosen) 3rd year: a merit award for gaining above 70% in the mock exams 4th year: she won the SET student of the year award for best chemistry student (a UK wide award, for which Lisa was nominated by the department).
Lisa was also awarded a prestigious Doctoral Fellowship from Durham University to fund her postgraduate studies.
Lisa's current research is based around synthesising and characterising novel luminescent platinum complexes, involving cyclometallating N^C^N terdentate ligands. Such luminescent complexes are being used in organic light-emitting diodes as phosphorescent dopants. Her research group is also going to test the complexes for use as intracellular sensors. Their ambition is to prepare complexes that exhibit blue emissions by modifying the ligands. This is quite difficult to achieve.
Her interests include playing badminton, socialising with friends, walking and ballroom dancing. In her second year, she was secretary for DUCS (the Durham University Chemical Society), involved in organising social events and fun chemistry-based lectures for the department.
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