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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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EPSRC Established Career Fellowship EPSRC Established Career Fellowship

Professor Andrew Weller has been awarded a prestigious Established Career Fellowship by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). This five–year, £1.9–million, award will support research into the development of new catalytic methodologies that add value to fossil–derived resources and the manufacture of novel types of polymeric materials with boron–nitrogen backbones. Alongside Weller is a co–investigator of Professor Stuart Macgregor (Heriot–Watt University) who will study, using computational techniques, these new catalyst systems.

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Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes and Awards 2015Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes and Awards 2015

Professors Paton, Wallace, Kukura, and David have been recognised by the RSC for those who are advancing excellence across the chemical sciences. They have been awarded the: Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2015: Professor Robert Paton; Norman Heatley Award 2015: Professor Mark Wallace; Marlow Award 2015: Professor Philipp Kukura; and John B Goodenough Award 2015: Professor William David, ISIS Facility and University of Oxford

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2015 Founders' Award of the British Zeolite Association2015 Founders' Award of the British Zeolite Association

Matt Cliffe, a DPhil student in the Goodwin group, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Founders' Award of the British Zeolite Association "for his work in the synthesis and characterisation of defective MOF materials". The Founders' Award is an annual award for UK based postgraduate students working in the area of micro or mesoporous science. In the BZA's own words "It aims to celebrate the best/most promising postgraduate scientist of the year". The Award, which consists of a trophy and a cash prize, will be presented to Matt at the BZA Annual Meeting in Chester, where Matt will present a lecture on his prize-winning work. Congratulations Matt!

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Professor Ben Davis has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society Professor Ben Davis has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society

Professor Davis is noted for his chemical interrogation and manipulation of biological systems, particularly those that hinge on carbohydrates and proteins. He has developed selective and benign bond forming strategies that have been applied to biology, allowing the construction of synthetic biomolecules and bioconjugates; the creation of synthetic cells and viruses; and in vivo chemistry. These have enabled associated mechanistic details of protein and sugar biology to be elucidated and exploited for biotechnological applications.

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Defect engineering highlighted by Chemistry WorldDefect engineering highlighted by Chemistry World

A recent PCCP article by Matt Cliffe and Josh Hill, both DPhils in the Goodwin group, has been highlighted by Chemistry World. Their results have shown how the mechanical properties of a metal-organic framework (MOF) can be controlled and optimised by varying defect concentrations. Working together with collaborators at Diamond and Paris, Matt and Josh have used their approach to design a defective MOF that not only shrinks when heated, but breaks a number of records in the process.

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European Prize for Organometallic Chemistry to Professor Malcolm L. H. GreenEuropean Prize for Organometallic Chemistry to Professor Malcolm L. H. Green

Professor Malcolm Green has been awarded the first the European Prize for Organometallic Chemistry created by the Division of Organometallic Chemistry (DOM) of the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS). Malcolm L. H. Green, Emeritus Professor receives this prize for his outstanding contributions to the field of organometallic chemistry including pioneering studies of molybdenocene and tungstenocene systems, novel methods for molecular inorganic synthesis, for catalysis and for carbon materials as well as fundamental studies of alpha- and beta-hydrogen migratory insertions and C-H bond activations – the well-established term agostic interaction was conceived by Professor Green.

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On the cover of OrganometallicsOn the cover of Organometallics

A research paper by Sebastian Pike et. al. from the Professor Weller research group has been highlighted no the cover of the ACS journal Organometallics. The work shows the solid–gas catalysis of alkene hydrogenation by crystals of large anion protected Rh phosphines. Experiments found that the heterogeneous solid–gas catalysis had most active sites sitting near the surface. The cover illustration was produced by Karl Harrison.

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Mr Xiaofei Zhou wins Chinese government award Mr Xiaofei Zhou wins Chinese government award

Compton group D.Phil. student Mr Xiaofei Zhou wins Chinese government award for outstanding self-funded students abroad. An award ceremony was held at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in London on Friday April 24th for the 32 UK based winners of this prestigious competition which was inaugurated in 2003. Xiaofei Zhou was presented with a certificate (and cheque) by the Ambassador Liu Xiaoming. Professor Richard Compton delivered a short invited speech on behalf of all the supervisors.

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Oxford Science Blog highlights 'silly walks' researchOxford Science Blog highlights 'silly walks' research

Research by the Kukura group recently published in eLife was highlighted by the Oxford Science blog. The study describes the application of a new high-speed nanometric imaging technique to study how molecular motors move along actin filaments. The work shows that myosin 5 takes 'stiff-legged' steps to achieve highly efficient motion on the nanoscale. The results are important both for our general understanding of efficient mechanochemical transduction and any future efforts in producing artificial nanomachines.

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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 work probes the structural properties of bulges in DNA duplexes, and the cover image represents a variety of DNA nanostructures in which this motif is used.

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Dalton Transactions Poster Prize for Christopher Wright at Southern Dalton Meeting 2015Dalton Transactions Poster Prize for Christopher Wright at Southern Dalton Meeting 2015

Congratulations to Christopher Wright, from the Professor Dermot O'Hare group for winning a poster prize at the Southern Dalton Meeting 2015 in Brighton for his poster on "Well-defined tungsten catalysts for selective ethylene oligomerisation". The Southern Dalton Regional meeting is on all aspects of inorganic chemistry.

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Congratulations to Alavi-Mandell award winnerCongratulations to Alavi-Mandell award winner

Dr Rebekka Hueting has recently been given the Alavi-Mandell award for the publication of an article in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine entitled 'A Comparison of the Behaviour of 64 Cu-acetate and 64 Cu-ATSM in vitro and in vivo' The award is given to individuals who were trainees/students at the time the work was carried out and made a major contribution to the completion of the project. Rebekka, the first author of the paper published in the JNM, was a DPhil student in the chemistry department under the joint supervision of Prof J. Dilworth and Prof V. Gouverneur; this study was conducted in collaboration with Prof. Ruth Muschel (Oncology).

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Nature Chemistry paper highlighted in SynformNature Chemistry paper highlighted in Synform

Work from Martin Smith and Robert Paton’s groups on the catalytic enantioselective synthesis of indanes, which was recently published in Nature Chemistry (http://t.co/aA1h1j1bRw) has been highlighted in Synform. The article describes the development of a kinetically controlled 5-endo-trig reaction directed by a chiral ammonium counter-ion and detailed quantum calculations to probe the potential mechanism of the transformation.

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On the cover of RSC's AnalystOn the cover of RSC's Analyst

A paper by Enno Kaetelhoen and Richard Compton entitled "Testing and validating electroanalytical simulations " is featured on the cover of The Analyst (issue no 8, April 15th 2015). In the paper the authors address approaches towards testing electrochemical simulation software. The artwork is by Enno.

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Hot article in Angewandte ChemieHot article in Angewandte Chemie

Recently published work from Peter Clark in the Dixon Group has been highlighted by the editors of Angewandte Chemie as a ‘hot article.’ The paper describes the discovery of LP99, the first epigenetic BRD7/9 probe to be developed. In addition to cellular inhibition of these proteins, LP99 has been used to reveal a previously undemonstrated role of BRD7/9 in inflammation pathways.

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RSC Poster Prize for Sophie Gearing at BCA 2015RSC Poster Prize for Sophie Gearing at BCA 2015

Congratulations to Cooper group student Sophie Gearing for winning an RSC CrystEngComm poster prize at the British Crystallographic Association Meeting in York for her poster “Does it Crystallise?”, which reported studies of crystallinity in a set of molecular materials.

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Professor RJP WilliamsProfessor RJP Williams

Professor Bob Williams died last week at the age of 89 after a short illness and period in hospital. He was one of the most eminent chemists in the history of our department – a true pioneer of the field of bio-inorganic chemistry especially concerning the role of calcium as a biological messenger, and contributed substantially to our understanding of the evolution of life – and he will be greatly missed as a colleague.

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Highlighted in Nature PhysicsHighlighted in Nature Physics

Research by the Kukura group has been published and highlighted in Nature Physics. The study provides new insight into the mechanism of singlet exciton fission, the process responsible for quantum efficiencies greater than 100% in some organic semiconductors when used in photovoltaics.

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On the cover of Dalton TransactionsOn the cover of Dalton Transactions

This issue of Dalton Transactions was a special themed issue including papers from September 2014 event Dalton Discussion 15. The meeting included a celebration of the work of Professor Jon Dilworth and where he was presented RSC's Becquerel Medal. The main event at the meeting was his celebration by the RSC Radiochemistry group and his plenary after he received the medal The day and issue highlights – Metal ions in medical imaging: optical, radiopharmaceutical and MRI contrast. The cover was designed by Karl Harrison.

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On the cover of Biophysical JournalOn the cover of Biophysical Journal

Research by the Doye group on modelling RNA toehold-mediated strand displacement has featured on the cover of Biophysical Journal. The cover image shows the invading blue strand displacing the green incumbent strand from the red substrate strand. The article has also featured on the Biophysical Society's blog.

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RJP Williams Lecture 2015RJP Williams Lecture 2015

The RJP Williams Lecture 2015 was presented on 10th March by Professor Matthew Rosseinsky FRS, University of Liverpool. His talk was entitled “Identification of New Functional Materials - Integration of Experiment and Computation?" Pictured: Professors Matthew Rosseinsky (centre), Philip Mountford (right) and Simon Clarke (left).

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