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Best Poster PrizeBest Poster Prize

Congratulations to Shuyun Chng from the Moloney research group for the award of Best Poster prize for Symposium M (Advanced Nano and Polymeric Materials for Biological and Health Care Applications) at ICMAT 2015, Singapore, from 28 Jun to 3 Jul 2015, for the poster "Surface Modified Polymers for Anti-bacterial Purposes".

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Poster Prize WinnerPoster Prize Winner

Congratulations to Brianna Heazlewood for winning a Poster Prize at the Dynamics of Molecular Collisions XXV meeting, held in Asilomar, California, 12-17 July. Brianna is a Research Fellow in Tim Softley's group, working in the area of cold chemistry. The 25th DMC meeting, celebrating 50 years of chemical reaction dynamics, will be held at the beautiful and historic Asilomar Conference Grounds near Monterey, California. The DMC is a premier international meeting founded by Nobel Laureate John Fenn in 1965 and it has been chaired by several other Nobel Laureates since that time. It brings together experimentalists and theorists studying, at the highest level of detail, the physical basis of chemical phenomena.

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Poster Prize for Dan KohnPoster Prize for Dan Kohn

Congratulations to Dan Kohn for winning a Poster Prize at the 16th International Symposium on Novel Aromatic Compounds, ISNA16, in Madrid, 5-10 July. Dan is a first-year DPhil student in Harry Anderson's group and is working on the synthesis of polyyne rotaxanes.

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On the cover of LangmuirOn the cover of Langmuir

A paper by Robert K. Thomas and Jeffrey Penfold has been highlighted on the cover and as ACS Editors' Choice article in this issue of Langmuir. The article describes the fact that surfactants adsorbed at the air–water interface with structures more complicated than the expected single monolayer. This is from observations, mostly made by neutron or X-ray reflectivity, which show structures varying from the usual monolayer to monolayer plus one or two additional bilayers to multilayer adsorption at the surface.

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Highlighted in Angewandte ChemieHighlighted in Angewandte Chemie

A ‘Hot Paper' by Leon Harrington from the Hagan Bayley group has been featured on the inside cover of Angewandte Chemie. The paper describes a nanopore-based label-free kinase inhibitor assay, which was developed in collaboration with Stefan Knapp’s group at the Structural Genomics Consortium. The cover features artwork designed by Leon.

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ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty AwardACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Prof. Robert Paton receives an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the Computers in Chemistry (COMP) division of the American Chemical Society and OpenEye Scientific Software. The ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award provides $1,000 to up to four outstanding tenure-track junior faculty members. The Awards are designed to assist new faculty members in gaining visibility within the COMP community. Award certificates and prizes will be presented at the forthcoming ACS National Meeting in Boston.

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Prize at CatSlam competition, TU BerlinPrize at CatSlam competition, TU Berlin

Tom Lonsdale in the Vincent group won second prize in CatSlam 2015 at the Technical University of Berlin for his ‘slam’ on hydrogen-driven biocatalysis. Competitors were asked to teach catalysis to a non-expert audience via creative presentations. Other members of the Vincent group assisted by posing as enzymes.

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On the cover of Asian Journal of Organic ChemistryOn the cover of Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry

Edward J. Emmett and Michael C. Willis review has been highlighted on the cover of this month's Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry. The paper discusses the development of a number of different sulfur dioxide surrogates and show how they have been used to re-explore existing transformations, as well in the development of novel chemistries for the synthesis of sulfonyl-derived functional groups. The cover was designed by Karl Harrison

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2015 Hofmann Distinguished Lecture Imperial College London2015 Hofmann Distinguished Lecture Imperial College London

Professor Peter Edwards has given the 21st Hofmann Distinguished Lectur at Imperial College, London on the 23rd June 2015. Peter gave a talk titled 'The Electron in Solution". August Wilhelm von Hofmann was the founding Professor of the Royal College of Chemistry in 1845 which later became Imperial College in 1907. Hofmann is still remembered for his fundamental contributions to organic chemistry and was awarded the Royal Medal (1854), the Copley Medal (1875) and the Albert Medal (1881).

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Highlighted in Chemistry, a European JournalHighlighted in Chemistry, a European Journal

Hot Paper by Dr. Vicente Martí-Centelles and Prof. Paul Beer has been featured on the inside cover of Chemistry, a European Journal. Nitrate recognition by a complementary designed interlocked host system. A [2]rotaxane consisting of a dicatonic acridine-based axle component interlocked with a macrocycle creates a complementary trigonal shaped host cavity that selectively binds the nitrate anion in an aqueous solvent mixture

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Chemistry alumna Ruth Mastenbroek launches new ‘Oxford’ perfumeChemistry alumna Ruth Mastenbroek launches new ‘Oxford’ perfume

On 17 June perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek (Lady Margaret Hall, 1970) announced the launch of her new fragrance, OXFORD. Ruth read chemistry at Oxford and has drawn on her own experiences to create her new perfume. Ruth says ' Oxford is the scent of an awakening, the discovery of life's extraordinary adventures. When I came to Oxford, my philosophy was ‘Live Now!’- perhaps young and naïve, but also a useful mantra to make sure you do everything you want in life before it is too late'. Oxford is a unisex scent, and was inspired by Gitanes, the French cigarette brand favoured by Mastenbroek's fellow students when she attended Oxford. The fragrance includes bergamot, galbanum, basil as top notes; jasmine, clary sage, rosemary in the heart and amber, vanilla, patchouli, vetivert and oud as base notes. Oxford the fragrance is available at the University of Oxford Shop.

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On the cover of Dalton TransactionsOn the cover of Dalton Transactions

Recently published work from Jochen Niemeyer in the Aldridge group on M=B bond metathesis has been highlighted on the cover of Dalton Transactions. The synthetic and reaction chemistries of cationic iminoborylene complexes, which feature a unique heterocumulene structure, was systematically investigated. The reactivity of these iminoborylene systems towards a range of nucleophiles and unsaturated substrates has been investigated. The latter includes the first examples of M[double bond, length as m-dash]B metathesis reactivity with a carbodiimide, and results in Fe=B cleavage and formation of the isonitrile complexes.

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Ornella Barra visits Oxford ChemistryOrnella Barra visits Oxford Chemistry

On June 16 2015 the Department of Chemistry hosted one of the world’s top businesswomen. Ornella Barra, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance, has been described by Fortune magazine as ‘a driving force in Europe's healthcare industry’. A scientist by training, she discussed her career path from pharmacy graduate to Vice President of the world's largest pharmacy‐led health and beauty company, provided advice for graduates interested in entrepreneurship, and described a recent passion ? supporting Macmillan Cancer Support to train Boots UK pharmacists to advise those affected by cancer.

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EPSRC RISE FellowEPSRC RISE Fellow

Peter Edwards, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry has been awarded the accolade by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of being appointed EPSRC RISE Fellow. The RISE scheme is aimed at Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers working in the UK. RISE Fellows are renowned scientists and engineers who are fellows of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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On the cover of the Journal of Chemical PhysicsOn the cover of the Journal of Chemical Physics

Research by the Doye group has featured on the cover of the Journal of Chemical Physics. The paper introduces an improved version of the oxDNA coarse-grained model and the cover image shows an example DNA nanostructure for which the new model provides a better structural description.

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2015 Reaxys PhD Prize2015 Reaxys PhD Prize

Andrew Jupp, who is undertaking his DPhil with Jose Goicoechea, has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Reaxys PhD prize. As one of the finalists, he will be giving a presentation at the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium being held in Hong Kong in September, where the three winners will be announced.

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2015 Reaxys PhD Prize2015 Reaxys PhD Prize

Matthew Langton, who undertook his DPhil with Paul Beer, has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Reaxys PhD prize. As one of the finalists, he will be giving a presentation Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium being held in Hong Kong in September, where the three winners will be announced.

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Chair of the 2015 Advanced Research Grant PanelChair of the 2015 Advanced Research Grant Panel

Peter Edwards has been appointed Chair of the 2015 Advanced Research Grant Panel on Synthetic Chemistry and Materials of The European Research Council (ERC) The budget for this programme is expected to be in the region of 50M euros. Peter commented: "I’m delighted –and extremely honoured – to be elected to this important position for the 2015 Advanced Grant Programme of The European Research Council (ERC). Over the past few years, I’ve worked hard with colleagues on this Panel and from the ERC itself to promote excellent, curiosity-driven frontier research in this critically-important area of modern science for Europe"

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Charlie JonesCharlie Jones

In recognition of his services to teaching and research in the Department of Chemistry, Charlie Jones was awarded an Honorary MA on 6 June 2015. Charlie Jones retired in May this year after 49 years of service to the Department of Chemistry as a Mechanical Engineering Technician and Student Workshop Supervisor. The Honorary MA celebrates Charlie’s skills as a supervisor and technician in designing and building new instruments.

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Phys.org highlights bench top particle acceleratorPhys.org highlights bench top particle accelerator

Phys.org has highlighted a paper published in the New Journal of Physics by physicists from VU University Amsterdam and Professor Softley's research group. The work presented a design for a new one-meter-diameter magnetic synchrotron—a circular particle accelerator like the LHC—that could be used to study collisions between neutral hydrogen atoms and other atoms and molecules. The compact synchrotron could store beams of hydrogen atoms moving at a supersonic velocity of 600 meters per second (2100 km/hr, 1300 mph)—approximately twice the speed of sound. Supersonic beams of different neutral atoms and molecules would be injected into the ring from a supersonic beam source, enabling scientists to study their collisions inside the synchrotron.

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Ed Anderson wins OUSU  teaching award 2015  for Oustanding TutorEd Anderson wins OUSU teaching award 2015 for Oustanding Tutor

Ed Anderson had been shortlisted in all three MPLS categories – Most Acclaimed Lecturer, Outstanding Supervisor and Outstanding Tutor, (based on student nominations and the selections of an OUSU panel) and he won the Outstanding Tutor award. Ed was the only person out of any of the Divisions to be shortlisted for more than one award. Matt Rattley was also shortlisted in the Most Outstanding Tutor category.

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A collection of papers in memory of Professor Robert WilliamsA collection of papers in memory of Professor Robert Williams

Professor Bob Williams pass away earlier this year. Bob was a true pioneer in the field of bio-inorganic chemistry, especially concerning the role of calcium as a biological messenger. He contributed substantially to our understanding of the evolution of life. In memory of Professor Williams’ huge contribution to the field, the RSC have collated a number of his publications across a range of articles.

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RSC Poster Prize for Xinkun Ren at ESBOC ConferenceRSC Poster Prize for Xinkun Ren at ESBOC Conference

Congratulations to Xinkun Ren, from Prof. Luet Wong group (co-supervised by Prof. Jeremy Robertson) for winning the poster prize at the 49th European Symposium on Biological and Organic Chemistry in Gregynog, Wales for his poster “New P450 activities from drug oxidation”, which reported the discovery of novel P450 reaction types with applications in synthesis by enzyme evolution.

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Biosense ExhibitionBiosense Exhibition

Professor Chris Schofield's research on chemistry of oxygen sensing has been highlighted in a public exhibition called Biosense. The exhibition is at the Museum of Natural History, Oxford. The exhibit looks at how all living organisms need to sense changes in their environments and how current research is exploring the mechanisms involved, and how we might benefit from this understanding.

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VIP in Angewandte ChemieVIP in Angewandte Chemie

Work on a conjugated molecular nanotube by Patrik Neuhaus, Arjen Cnossen and coworkers from the Professor Harry Anderson research group has been published as a VIP in Angewandte Chemie. The tube consists of 12 porphyrin units and has a diameter of 24 Å.

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