A Short History of Chemistry in Belfast: From Andrews to Zeolites

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


As part of the celebration of the unveiling of a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Landmark in recognition of the the significant contributions to the chemical sciences of Professor Amilra Prasanna (AP) De Silva. As a former student and colleague of AP, the author applied to the RSC as a fitting tribute after he recently retired from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen's University Belfast (QUB). This application focused on AP's invention of a device to help care for his grandmother that is used in hospitals around the world. The unique mobile sensor was an alternative method to measuring sodium levels using molecule sensors.

This RSC Landmark will be unveiled in April 2024 and will be the second such plaque at QUB after one was unveiled in October 2013 to recognize Professor Thomas Andrews' work on the liquefication of carbon dioxide in 1869. This means QUB will be one of the few institutes to have more than one RSC Landmark.

This demonstrates a significant heritage and history of chemistry in Belfast, dating back to the establishment of QUB (then as Queen's College) in 1845. The intention of this communication is a snapshot of this rich history, highlighting some of the other notable chemists and chemistry associated with QUB's School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the intervening period between Andrews and de Silva. The reference to Zeolites in title acknowledges the presence of the mineral in the hills around Belfast and its use as a catalyst.
Period07 Jul 202411 Jul 2024
Event title9th EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC-9)
Event typeConference
LocationDublin, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational