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On the cover of Nature Chemistry December EditionOn the cover of Nature Chemistry December Edition

Research by Dr Matthew Langton, Sean Robinson, Prof. Paul Beer and co-workers has been highlighted on the front cover of Nature Chemistry. Their paper describes the use of beta-cyclodextrin-functionalised rotaxanes as a platform to investigate halogen bonding intermolecular interactions in water. The results demonstrate that the halogen bonding systems can significantly outperform the hydrogen bonding analogues for anion recognition in water, and suggest that the interaction can serve as a basis for molecular recognition and assembly in aqueous solvents. The cover image was produced Dr. Karl Harrison.

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Review Highlighted on the cover of OrganometallicsReview Highlighted on the cover of Organometallics

The review by John Brown on the 'Rhodium Asymmetric Hydrogenation Observed during its Exponential Growth Phase' has been featured no the cover of Organometallics. The cover illustrates how NMR was very helpful in unraveling the intricacies of rhodium-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation, and the results provide a practical illustration of the Curtin-Hammett Principle. The artwork was design by Karl Harrison.

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RSC's Chemistry World Highlights paper by Richard Cooper and Jerome WickerRSC's Chemistry World Highlights paper by Richard Cooper and Jerome Wicker

Chemistry World has written an article about a paper published in the RSC journal CrystEngComm by Richard Cooper and Jerome Wicker on a machine learning approach to predict whether a small organic molecule will be able to crystallise. Since crystallinity is vital both for determining structures, and also for the delivery of many drugs, this work could provide valuable information.

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Syngenta Scholarship Scheme Interactive WorkshopsSyngenta Scholarship Scheme Interactive Workshops

Congratulations to Marta Brambilla from the Davies group, who was awarded a runner-up prize for her performance at the Syngenta Scholarship Scheme Interactive Workshops 2014

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GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2014GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2014

The Department of Chemistry was very pleased to welcome Dr Pan Procopiou to present the GlaxoSmithKline Prizes to the award winners: Sarah Morrow, Joseph Mason, Constantin Giurgiu, Susan Leung and Matthew Reeves

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Holly wins poster prizeHolly wins poster prize

Holly Reeve in the Vincent group won the poster prize at the RSC’s Challenges in Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals meeting in London on 5 November.

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Postgraduate Studentship from FindAPhDPostgraduate Studentship from FindAPhD

Sarah Morrow, who joined the first Synthesis for Biology & Medicine CDT cohort in October, has been awarded the Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences PhD Scholarship, worth £500, from FindAPhD.com. Sarah, who is also the recipient of an Oxford-Radcliffe Studentship at University College, is thrilled to have won this prize: “I am glad that the drawing goes some way to explain the importance of the interdisciplinary aspect of my training and the application of Chemistry to the wider world.

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Pfizer Second Year Graduate Poster Symposium 2014Pfizer Second Year Graduate Poster Symposium 2014

Congratulations to Alexander Graham Alexander Cavell & Lukas Pfeifer on winning prizes at the poster session. The poster session followed the Pfizer Symposium talks by Dr Scott L. Cockroft (University of Edinburgh), Dr Tom D. Sheppard (University College London), Dr Ai-Lan Lee (Heriot-Watt University) and Prof. George M. Whitesides (Harvard)

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Hot papers in Angewandte ChemieHot papers in Angewandte Chemie

Two recent "hot papers' from the Martin Smith group have recently been published in Angewandte Chemie. The first paper features a concise asymmetric synthesis of gephyrotoxin, a complex alkaloid isolated from the poison dart frog. The second relates to a catalytic asymmetric synthesis of axially chiral biaryls via a cation directed SNAr reaction.

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RSC thesis prizeRSC thesis prize

Matthew Langton (Beer group) has been awarded the inaugural RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group Thesis Award for best PhD thesis. His thesis entitled "Interlocked host molecules for anion recognition and sensing in aqueous solutions" describes various aspects of anion supramolecular chemistry, including halogen bonding-anion interactions in water, nitrate anion recognition by rotaxane and catenane hosts, and lanthanide-based rotaxanes for anion sensing. He receives a Prize and has been invited to give a talk at the up-coming Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (MASC) 2014 conference in Norwich in December.

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Hot article in Chemistry-A European JournalHot article in Chemistry-A European Journal

A recent paper based on work by Nick Phillips in the Aldridge group has been chosen as a ‘hot article’ by the editors of Chemistry-A European Journal. The paper examines strategies for the synthesis and stabilization of highly electrophilic gold complexes of potential catalytic relevance.

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Periodic Magazine 2014Periodic Magazine 2014

The 2014 edition of Periodic Magazine highlights research, spin-outs, crystallography, unusual chemistry careers, and some of the ways in which Oxford Chemistry is shaping the world we live in

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JACS SpotlightJACS Spotlight

Research by Andreas Bachmeier, Bonnie Murphy, and Fraser Armstrong has been highlighted as JACS Spotlight. Their paper advances the artificial photosynthesis frontier with the development of a platform in which visible light and a biosynthetic enzyme drive a fuel-forming hydrogenation reaction, moving away from the production of simple fuels such as hydrogen and C1 compounds that are obtained cheaply from fossil reserves using existing technology. Toward the generation of more sophisticated compounds, the authors exploit the functionality of the enzyme flavocytochrome c3, which catalyses the conversion of fumarate to succinate via the reduction of a central carbon−carbon double bond. When incorporated into a photoelectrochemical cell with water as the oxidant, the light-driven catalytic system can achieve a full photosynthetic cycle, producing succinate from fumarate and demonstrating the coupling of water oxidation to hydrogenation of an alkene functionality. These results expand the repertoire of light-driven, fuel-forming reactions towards reductive transformations of greater value than bulk fuel formation.

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Inside Cover of Angewandte Chemie International EditionInside Cover of Angewandte Chemie International Edition

The research work by Benjamin R. Mullaney, Dr. Amber L. Thompson and Prof. Paul D. Beer has been highlighted on the inside cover of Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The Communication showed an all-halogen-bonding rotaxane host with a photoactive rhenium(I) bipyridyl center in the macrocyclic component can optically sense halide anions by luminescence, with a high binding affinity and selectivity for iodide ions. The cover image was produced Dr. Karl Harrison. The Angewandte Chemie edition was back to back with another paper from Oxford jointly by the Stephen Faulkner and Paul D. Beer groups

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Third Year Graduate Lecture SymposiumThird Year Graduate Lecture Symposium

At the recent Third Year Graduate Lecture Symposium, four students were selected for their excellent presentations, each winning a prize sponsored by AstraZeneca: Agnes Tyburn, Bryony Elbert, Claire Mortimer, Karolina Korzycka.

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Tetrahedron Top AuthorsTetrahedron Top Authors

Professor Steve Davies and co-workers have been recognised as ‘Top Authors’ by Tetrahedron. Their paper on the asymmetric synthesis of (–)-(1R,7aS)-absouline was one of Tetrahedron’s most highly viewed articles.

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Doctor Honoris Causa from University of Stockholm in SwedenDoctor Honoris Causa from University of Stockholm in Sweden

Professor Maria João Ramos who was post-doc under Professor W. Graham Richards' supervision at the then Physical Chemistry Laboratory (PCL), and then 2000 became an Associate Director of the Centre for Computational Drug Discovery at Oxford and now the Vice-Chancellor for Research & Development at the University of Porto, in Portugal, has become Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Stockholm in Sweden, a degree which is to be awarded for outstanding contributions to Science.

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Poster Prize for Sabine RichertPoster Prize for Sabine Richert

Sabine Richert has won the poster prize at the 2014 EF-EPR conference in Marseilles. Her research is concerned with the investigation of supramolecular porphyrin nanostructures by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, a joint project between the Timmel and H. Anderson groups.

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JACS paper highlighted on cover and JACS Spotlight JACS paper highlighted on cover and JACS Spotlight

Research by Professor Bill David and DPhil student Josh Makepeace, along with coworkers at the ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, has been highlighted on the cover of JACS. Their paper presents a new type of process for the cracking of ammonia using sodium amide that is an alternative to the use of rare of transition metal catalysts. Ammonia is an attractive, ubiquitous and sustainable energy vector if its intrinsic hydrogen content can be accessed for use. The paper shows that sodium amide is effective at cracking ammonia and that this represents a new low-cost approach to on-demand hydrogen production.

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Skinner Prize for best poster presentationSkinner Prize for best poster presentation

Will Peng has won the Skinner Prize for the best poster presentation at the RSC Faraday Discussion 175: Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Nanoparticles, organised by the Faraday Division in association with the Materials Chemistry Division on the 17-19 September 2014 in Bristol University, UK. His study is concerned with design of magnetic functional nanoparticles. The award was presented by the President of the RSC Faraday Division, Prof. Gram Hutchings.

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Roche Public's Choice AwardRoche Public's Choice Award

Congratulations to Laura Jennings from the Conway Group who won the Roche Public's Choice Award for her talk at the EFMC 1st Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium. Laura presented her work on optimising in vivo probes for the BET Bromodomains.

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ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine ChemistryACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry

Professor Véronique Gouverneur is the recipient of an ACS 2015 National Award. The award is the ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry sponsored by Juhua Group Technology Center (China) for which the citation says Professor Gouverneur is distinguished for her contribution to late stage fluorination and for invigorating creatively the field of [18F] radiochemistry for applications in Positron Emission Tomography. Véronique will be honored at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in conjunction with the 249th ACS national meeting in Denver and she is one of only 2 people from European insitutions (and the other one is jointly associated with University of Toronto).

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2014 Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship2014 Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship

Jose Goicoechea has been elected one of eight 2014 Organometallics Young Investigator Fellows by the American Chemical Society. The award was presented at the 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco. Richard R. Schrock and John F. Hartwig were the recipients of the Senior Investigator Fellowships. Earlier this year Jose was also presented an award as a "Rising Star" at the 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry in Singapore.

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On the Cover of RSC ChemCommOn the Cover of RSC ChemComm

A collaboration between Andrew Seal (ISIS Spallation Neutron Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) and Peter Edwards has been highlighted on the cover of Chem Comm. The work looks at the lattice and molecular dynamics for the solid phases of the lowest melting-point metal, Li(NH3)4, which are determined by incoherent inelastic neutron scattering. Measurements of internal molecular displacements and distortions of the Li(NH3)4 units have been modelled and assigned using density functional theory calculations for the solid and molecular system. Inelastic neutron scattering measurement allow for the first determination of NH3 librational transitions.

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 DPhil Thesis Commendation DPhil Thesis Commendation

DPhil student Anna Rydzik has been awarded a commendation for her thesis, making her the second Merton DPhil student to achieve this in the last three years. Anna—a Graduate Prize Scholar in 2012/13—carried out research on an enzyme called γ-butyrobetaine hydroxylase (BBOX), which acts as a catalyst in the production of carnitine in the human body. Although carnitine, a popular diet supplement, is indispensable in the metabolism of fatty acids, inhibiting the role of BBOX has been shown to aid the recovery of stroke patients; Anna's work focused on finding a specific inhibitor and measuring its activity.

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