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Just published: High-Resolution NMR Techniques in Organic Chemistry, 3rd Edition, by Tim ClaridgeJust published: High-Resolution NMR Techniques in Organic Chemistry, 3rd Edition, by Tim Claridge

This internationally renowned text describes the most important NMR spectroscopic techniques for the structure elucidation of small molecules and the investigation of their behavior in solution. Appropriate for advanced-undergraduate and graduate students, research chemists and NMR facility managers, this thorough revision now also includes dynamic exchange processes and their analysis, modern developments including residual dipolar couplings, pure-shift NMR, multiple receivers, fast methods, and hyperpolarization, the use of NMR methods to study protein-ligand binding interactions and a new chapter on the application of common 1D and 2D methods via a worked example.

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Blue Plaque for Dorothy HodgkinBlue Plaque for Dorothy Hodgkin

A blue plaque has been unveiled in honour of Oxford Chemistry alumna and Nobel Laureate Dorothy Hodgkin. The ceremony, organised by the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board and supported by Somerville College and the Department of Chemistry, took place at Dorothy Hodgkin’s former home, 94 Woodstock Road, Oxford. The plaque at 94 Woodstock Road and Professor Richard Cooper, Vice-President of the British Crystallographic Association

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On the Cover of JACS: Symmetry Switching of Negative Thermal Expansion by Chemical ControlOn the Cover of JACS: Symmetry Switching of Negative Thermal Expansion by Chemical Control

Work by a team of researchers lead by Mark Senn has today been highlighted on the front cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The communication describes how uniaxial negative thermal expansion (NTE) can be switched on or off in the layered Ruddlesden-Popper perovskite Ca3–xSrxMn2O7 by precisely tuning its lattice dynamics through chemical control of the composition x. This switching results from two competing crystallographic phases with different symmetries that may be "dialled in" by changing the chemical composition. This underlying mechanism may be exploited to tailor other lattice dynamical properties of this and similar materials.

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Research Highlighted in Chemical and Engineering NewsResearch Highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News

A recent communication by Alexander Hinz and Jose Goicoechea has been highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News. The synthesis of AsCO–, a heavy congener of cyanate, is described in the paper, which was published in Angewandte Chemie. The group is conducting further studies on the use of this unusual anion in synthesis.

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The 2016 Inorganic Graduate Research Conference and Malcolm Green LectureThe 2016 Inorganic Graduate Research Conference and Malcolm Green Lecture

This year’s Inorganic Chemistry Graduate Research Conference took place on 19 and 20 April. This featured excellent research presentations by 22 final year graduate students across the full range of inorganic chemistry. The Research Conference culminated in the 2016 Malcolm Green Lecture, presented by Professor Daniel Nocera from Harvard University (pictured centre with Malcolm Green (right), Professor and Head of Inorganic Chemistry until 2003, and Philip Mountford). His lecture was entitled “Solar-to-Fuels Conversion by the Artificial Leaf”.

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Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award 2015 WinnerApplied Inorganic Chemistry Award 2015 Winner

Recently the Department hosted the RSC Awards symposium and Professor Yi Lu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) received the Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award 2015. Awarded for his original research on the catalytic activity of DNA in the presence of metal ions, and the development of a new class of sensors for on-site and real-time detection of metal ions in environmental monitoring, food safety, and medical diagnostics. Dr. Yi Lu received his B.S. degree from Peking University in 1986, and Ph.D. degree from University of California at Los Angeles in 1992 under Professor Joan S. Valentine. After two years of postdoctoral research in Professor Harry B. Gray group at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Lu started his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1994. He is now Jay and Ann Schenck Professor of Chemistry in the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering. He is also a member of the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and Institute of Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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Centenary Prize 2015 WinnerCentenary Prize 2015 Winner

Recently the Department hosted the RSC Awards symposium and Professor Chad Mirkin (Northwestern University) received the Centenary Prize 2015. Awarded for his development of spherical nucleic acids and new nanotechnology-based tools in biomedicine and materials science. Chad Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a chemist and a world-renowned nanoscience expert, who is known for his discovery and development of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) and SNA-based biodetection and therapeutic schemes, the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography and related cantilever-free nanopatterning techniques, On-Wire and Co-Axial Lithography, and contributions to supramolecular chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis. He has authored over 600 manuscripts and over 900 patent applications worldwide (252 issued), and he is the founder of multiple companies, including Nanosphere, AuraSense, and AuraSense Therapeutics.

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Bruker Thesis PrizeBruker Thesis Prize

Dr Claudia Tait has been awarded the prestigious Bruker Thesis Prize by the ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry “recognizing outstanding work by PhD students in the field of ESR Spectroscopy”. Claudia undertook her DPhil work in CAESR under the supervision of Christiane Timmel and in collaboration with Harry Anderson before recently joining the research group of Stefan Stoll at the University of Washington.

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Nature Chemistry Science Papers highlightedNature Chemistry Science Papers highlighted

Dr Lingbing Kong’s work conducted in the groups of Professor Ben Davis and Professor Hagan Bayley has been published in Nature Chemistry. Single-molecule recapitulation of bacterial sugar export has been achieved by combining chemical polyglycosylation and nanolitre detection. As a result, how bacteria knit their “sugar armour” could be observed one molecule at a time. This work has been highlighted on the Oxford Science Blog. This paper together with another Nature Chemistry paper published earlier this year by Dr Kong, Dr Vijayakrishnan and coworkers in the Davis group, in collaboration with GlycoVaxyn (now LimmaTech and GSK), has shown some significant progress in the further development of novel antibacterials that might provide a new way to fight against antibiotic resistance.

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Poster Prize Marcin KonowalczykPoster Prize Marcin Konowalczyk

Congratulations to Marcin Konowalczyk, first year DPhil student in Christiane Timmel’s group in CAESR. Marcin won the poster prize for his work on optically detected magnetic field effects at the 49th RSC ESR conference in at the University of Essex in Colchester.

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ISACS19 Chemistry World Poster Prize for Aubert RibaucourtISACS19 Chemistry World Poster Prize for Aubert Ribaucourt

Congratulations to Aubert Ribaucourt, a student on the OxIOSCR Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme and member of the Hodgson group, for winning the Chemistry World Poster Prize at the 19th International Symposium on Advancing the Chemical Sciences: Challenges in Organic Chemistry, held on 20-23 March in Irvine, USA. He described the total synthesis and structural revision of the cytotoxic agent aruncin B.

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Award for Process Chemistry ResearchAward for Process Chemistry Research

Professor Michael Willis was awarded the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Syngenta 2015 award for Process Chemistry Research. As part of the award he delivered a lecture at the recent 33rd SCI Process Development Symposium held at Churchill College, Cambridge. Process Development is the application of chemistry to the scale up of new synthetic processes from the laboratory, through pilot plant to full scale commercial manufacture and into life cycle management. It is an extremely broad discipline, crossing the boundaries between synthetic organic chemistry, process technology and chemical engineering.

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An autonomous molecular assembler for programmable chemical synthesisAn autonomous molecular assembler for programmable chemical synthesis

The research groups of Andrew Turberfield in Physics and Ben Davis and Tom Brown in Chemistry have published a paper in Nature Chemistry describing a DNA nano-machine that carries out programmed molecular assembly. The machine directs a cascade of controlled reactions to create oligomers linked by olefin or peptide bonds. The sequence of assembly reactions is recovered by DNA ligation (enzymatic or click), PCR amplification and DNA sequencing. The system can be programmed to achieve combinatorial assembly; other linkage chemistries and molecular constructs could be used.

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Honorary Member of the Cuban Society of ChemistryHonorary Member of the Cuban Society of Chemistry

Professor Graham Richards has appointed as a Honorary Member of the Cuban Society of Chemistry, for his outstanding contribution to Chemistry and the Cuban chemical community. Professor Graham Richards has been invited celebrate this honour at the Aula Magna of the University of Havana, the oldest and most important scientific institution in Cuba.

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Renée Haver wins Award for the best Oral Presentation in the field of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists in Blankenberge, BelgiumRenée Haver wins Award for the best Oral Presentation in the field of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists in Blankenberge, Belgium

Renée Haver, a D.Phil. student in Harry Anderson’s group, received the Award for the best Oral Presentation in the field of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists in Blankenberge, Belgium (16-18 March 2016). The title of her presentation was "Nested Nanorings: Molecular Russian Dolls”.

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CINF Scholarship for Scientific ExcellenceCINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence

Wilian Cortopassi, a PhD student in the Paton group has received a CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the 251st Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego. Wilian receives $1000 from the Division of Chemical Information, based on the contents, presentation, and relevance of his work to the field of cheminformatics and related sciences.

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Oxford Biotrans opening in Milton ParkOxford Biotrans opening in Milton Park

Oxford Biotrans has opened a new laboratory facility and offices at Milton Park near Didcot. Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood, chairwoman of the Commons All Party Science and Technology Select Committee attended the opening of the offices on Friday. Oxford Biotrans has been supported by over 20 years of research, led by Dr Luet Lok Wong at the Department of Chemistry. Following a £2.5m investment, the company, which develops enzymatic process technologies yielding high-value chemical compounds, has moved to Milton Park and 12 staff now work at the headquarters. The first product to be brought to market is Nootkatone, the scent and flavour of grapefruit.

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RISE EventRISE Event

At a meeting last week at the House of Commons, organised by the EPSRC, RISE Fellows, Leaders and Rising Stars highlighted the diversity and richness of EPSRC supported research to Members of the Houses of Lord and the House of Commons and particularly members of the Science and Technology Select Committee as well as Chief Scientific Advisors and members of EPSRC Council. Peter Edwards , one of the EPSRC RISE Fellows noted ; “ Such events are of course amazingly important; in fact I can do no better than to quote directly from Professor Philip Nelson , Chief Executive EPSRC who said ‘Closer relationships between researchers and decision-makers are helping to create a healthier , more resilient , more productive and more connected nation“

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Professor Robert Adlington’s 60th birthdayProfessor Robert Adlington’s 60th birthday

The sub department of organic chemistry held a six-aside football match in celebration of Professor Robert Adlington’s 60th birthday. He was joined by Professors Chris Schofield and Tom Brown, Dr Sam Thompson, and a group of postdocs and students. Prof. Adlington is one of the longest serving members of the academic staff and is now in his 36th year as a member of Oxford Chemistry. Happy Birthday Rob!

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On the Cover of Organic & Biomolecular ChemistryOn the Cover of Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry

Work from Robert Paton has been featured as the latest front cover of Organic and Bimolecular Chemistry. The article, which explains why a confined imidodiphosphoric acid catalyst succeeds where other chiral phosphoric acid catalysts fail, features as one of 2016’s Hot Articles in Organic and Bimolecular Chemistry..

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The BRSG-NMRDG Annual Prize 2016The BRSG-NMRDG Annual Prize 2016

The 2016 BRSG-NMR DG Annual Prize for Excellent Contribution to Magnetic Resonance has been awarded to Professor Andrew Baldwin, for his work on the dynamics of very large biomolecular systems in conjunction with the development of NMR experiments suitable for studying functionally relevant, but sparsely populated, states in high molecular weight proteins.

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Campaign to have new element named after Henry MoseleyCampaign to have new element named after Henry Moseley

Scientists from Oxford and around the world are campaigning for one of the new super-heavy chemical elements to be named after Henry Moseley. Their Letter to the Editor of the The Times was highlighted in the News section of The Times and recognises if not for his death at Gallipoli, Henry Moseley would have almost certainly been awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of atomic numbers and thus made sense of the periodic table of elements.

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Unexpected link between supramolecular chemistry and frustrated magnetism published in Nature ChemistryUnexpected link between supramolecular chemistry and frustrated magnetism published in Nature Chemistry

A collaboration between Andrew Cairns, Matt Cliffe and Joe Paddison in the Goodwin group and researchers at Diamond and Paris has today been published in Nature Chemistry. The article describes how supramolecular interactions in simple inorganic cyanides can mimic the magnetic interactions in frustrated magnets. Complex magnetic states that harbour emergent quasi-particles of potential application in data storage can now be realised in these supramolecular analogues, where the particles are stable to much higher temperatures.

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DNA folding in Nature CommunicationsDNA folding in Nature Communications

A theory-experiment collaboration between John Schreck in the Doye group and researchers in Ljubljana has been published in Nature Communications. The article describes design principles for the rapid folding of a DNA strand into a highly knotted pyramidal structure. The Oxford group used simulations to identify the folding bottlenecks that have to be avoided in the optimal design.

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Disorder by design study published in Nature CommunicationsDisorder by design study published in Nature Communications

A collaboration between Ali Overy and Arkadiy Simonov in the Goodwin group and researchers at Cambridge, Diamond, and ESRF has today been published in Nature Communications. The article describes an approach to engineering materials that contain specific types of strongly correlated disorder which impart useful characteristics inaccessible to ordered states. The study focusses particularly on controlling dynamical properties of materials, such as is needed for next generation thermoelectric materials.

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