The Cover Feature illustrates the effect of two different zinc/ligand molar ratios on enzyme loading in the “one‐pot” aqueous synthesis of ZIF‐8‐encapsulated lipases from Rhizomucor miehei and Pseudomonas fluorescens. In their Full Paper, F. Pitzalis, C. Carucci et al. demonstrate that the different Zn/ligand (L) ratios affected both the surface area, the loading, and the specific activity of the biocatalysts. More information can be found in the Full Paper by F. Pitzalis, C. Carucci et al. on page 1578 in Issue 7, 2018 (DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201701984).
Congratulations to PhD researcher Naghmeh Kamali, NUIG, who won joint first prize in the annual BOC postgraduate prize with Yannick Casamayou-Boucau. The BOC (The Linde Group) award is made on the consideration of the relative academic achievements, research outcomes and impact, and actual contribution to the school’s activities of the applicants.
Laurie Ryan was named the inaugural winner of the WGPA (Women's Gaelic Players Association) Young Leader Award for 2018. This award is given as a reflection of the pursuit of excellence in a dual career (playing commitment and professional development), leadership off the field, and contribution made to the work of the WGPA. Laurie was presented at the launch of the WGPA annual scholarship programme, where she also received a scholarship from the WGPA and ICON plc, who support learning in the life sciences sector. This adds to the Gold level, UL GAA - Bank of Ireland High performance scholarship Laurie received earlier this year.
Vinnova, Sweden's innovation agency visited SSPC and The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) headquarters in the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick. Vinnova, Sweden's government agency for innovation, strive to contribute to sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation. We do this mainly by funding innovation projects and the research needed to develop new solutions. We also invest long term in strong research and innovation environments.