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Supervisor Contact

Dr Bao Nguyen

Room G17, School of Chemistry

Tel: (011334) 30109

Mobile: 07833924420


The best way to reach Dr Nguyen in non-urgent cases is by email.


Most students and postdocs rent properties from outside the university, but for students and short term placements, the university provide an accommodation service, which can be found at

Report and handover

At the end of your placement/degree, you are expected to clean up your fumehood and bench and hand over your clearly labelled samples. A list of samples and compounds you made will be expected, along with the samples stored in vials. The list should allow correlation between spectral data and the physical samples. This will allow other members to follow up on your work for publications purpose. Please make every effort to clean round-bottom flasks and transfer your compounds to vials as you progress through your project and do not occupy them until the end.

You are also expected to leave an electronic copy of your report/thesis. The best practice would be to update this report as you go along. Don’t expect to be able to go back and characterise a compound at the end, as this has frequently been found to be disaster. Too many things can go wrong in research!

All data and report should be store in the group shared Y: drive.

Working hours

The normal working hours are 8.30 – 18.00, week days only. Work outside these hours is allowed for postdocs and PhD students provided that there are other workers within line of sight and ear shot. NO ONE is allowed to work alone in the laboratory, at any time! This is the most important safety rule you need to know. Generally, as undergraduate students you must not work without someone more senior in the lab. Graduate students and postdocs can work outside these hours, but must sign-in the afterhours log book.

Lab safety

A safety induction will be given at the start of your placement, outlining the emergency procedures and contacts. No eating and drinking is allowed in the lab at any time. Your bag should be left in the write up area. If you are the last person who leave the lab, then it is your duty to make sure everything is safe, including what is in other people’s fumehoods.

For overnight reactions, you'll need a form signed by Dr Bao Nguyen or a postdoc which you will display clearly next to your reaction.

Please remember that all experiments need to have their COSSH form properly filled in and countersigned by Dr Bao Nguyen or a postdoc. Any change in scale or procedure to an old experiment would result in a new COSSH form to be signed. Reactions on scale >5g generally need a new COSSH form each time.

All new members are strongly advised to go through the School's safety rules and safety procedures before starting lab work.


All experiments need to be included in your lab-book, WITH PROPER RISK ASSESSMENTS (the risk associated with every chemicals you use need to be evaluated) and signed by me or a senior PhD student/postdoc before starting. If the experiment is a repeat, then you won’t need new signature, but will still need to carry out the risk assessment in the book. A repeat here means the exact same reaction/experiment, with no increase in scale. Scaling up is always very dangerous!

The lab-book must stay in the lab, especially if you have a reaction overnight. Please feel free to make a copy of it if you are writing up using the photocopier machine or your mobile phone.

Characterisation data

All novel compounds (cannot be found in Reaxys) will have to be fully characterised (1H, 13C NMR, IR, UV (if UV active) and MS, and others if required). If your compound is known, then you will need to match 2 of the above data with literature values. If the literature does not provide the full characterisation of the compound, it is your duty to the community to do it. All these need to be included in your report.

A form for this has been conveniently prepared in the Y: drive at \Data\Forms.

NMR and store registration

Separated forms can be collected from store for these registration.

All NMR users need to be trained by Simon Barrett (NMR room) before using the service. After that you will need to contact David Waller to generate your NMR username and password. Instructions for downloading NMR data can be found at NMR data.


Please make your best effort to return chemicals and equipments back to their original place right after use. Failing this will affect other colleagues in the lab. All researchers in the lab are expected to keep their working area tidy and organised, particularly outside their fumehoods. Music and radio are allowed, but the volume should not be too loud to interfere with the safety of the lab and other groups. Headphones are prohibited in the lab for obvious reason.

New chemicals should be labelled with the group name (BNN) and the date of arrival to keep track of their quality. They also need to be entered to the group chemical database before use.. It is important to update the database when a chemical is spent or its location is changed.

Group data and computer related issues

See NMR data, Software Installations and IT Facilities.

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