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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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Andrew Cairns wins 2016 ESRF Young Scientist AwardAndrew Cairns wins 2016 ESRF Young Scientist Award

Andrew Cairns, a former DPhil and now visiting scientist in the Goodwin group has received the 2016 ESRF Young Scientist Award. Andrew was presented with the award at this year's ESRF User Meeting by Prof Massimo Altarelli, Chairman and Managing Director of the European XFEL. The award is one of the most prestigious in the international synchrotron community, and is coveted recognition of the achievements of scientists under the age of 35 (Andrew is just 27, making him one of the youngest-ever awardees). Previous recipients include Francesco Sette, current Director General of the ESRF.

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Launch of Oxford Impedance DiagnosticsLaunch of Oxford Impedance Diagnostics

A new Department of Chemistry spin-out has been launch. The company from the Professor JJ Davis' research provides novel diagnostic tests to assist in the diagnosis, prognosis and stratification of diseases. The base technology allows the development of simple, low cost diagnostic chips that can capture and measure the amount of target proteins in whole blood or serum.

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Oxford Advanced Surfaces win 2016 Rushlight AwardsOxford Advanced Surfaces win 2016 Rushlight Awards

Oxford Advanced Surfaces, a Chemistry spin-out commercialising research developed by Professor Mark Moloney, has achieved a double win in the Powered Transport and Clean Energy categories at the 2016 Rushlight Awards. Their Onto™ technology permits surface modification of reinforced composites, engineering plastics and aluminium that enables better bonding and aids the production of lighter weight vehicles with lower CO2 emissions. Philip Spinks, CEO at Oxford Advanced Surfaces, said “We are delighted to have been recognised for our team’s work in enabling industry to deliver cleaner and more efficient transport”.

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BMCS Lectureship for 2016 from the RSCBMCS Lectureship for 2016 from the RSC

Professor Stuart Conway has been awarded the 2016 Lectureship by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector of the RSC. This lectureship is awarded to someone who has made a significant advance in the subject through developing new products or methods. Stuart will deliver lectures at UK universities aimed particularly at first-year undergraduates, and an initial lecture as part of the RSC’s series of Thursday evening public lectures.

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Against Breast Cancer Collaboration published in the Angewandte ChemieAgainst Breast Cancer Collaboration published in the Angewandte Chemie

A research collaboration between Prof. S. Mohammed, Prof. C. V. Robinson,Prof. J. L. P. Benesch, Prof. B. G. Davis and Dr. W. B. Struwe from Against Breast Cancer have demonstrated in the laboratory that destruction of cancer cells can be enhanced by optimising trastuzumab (Herceptin) antibodies used to treat HER2+ breast cancer while reducing the dose and the possible side effects.

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Lilly Prizes for Excellence in Organic Chemistry ResearchLilly Prizes for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research

The Lilly Prizes for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research are awarded by Eli Lilly and Company Ltd. They are awarded for excellence in the first year of postgraduate study and are assessed on the quality of experimental work, written submission and viva voce at the point of examination for PRS transfer of status to DPhil. Dr Magnus Walter from Lilly’s came to award the prizes on Wednesday 13 January. The winners of the Lilly prizes for the year 2014-2015 are: Katrina Badiola (Supervisor – Professor Martin Smith) Jonathan Cremers (Supervisor – Professor Harry Anderson) Thomas Leissing (Supervisor – Professor Chris Schofield) Kerstin Lippl (Supervisor – Professor Chris Schofield) Mujahid Mohammad (Supervisor – Professor Ed Anderson)

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The 2016 RJP Williams lectureThe 2016 RJP Williams lecture

Professor Peter Sadler, FRS (Warwick) delivered the 2016 RJP Williams lecture, entitled ‘Bringing precious metals to life’ on 7 January, as part of a half-day symposium on bio-inorganic chemistry to commemorate Prof RJP Williams life and work. The symposium included presentations by Prof Jose Moura, Prof Nick Le Burn, Prof Kylie Vincent, Dr Glyn Williams, and Prof Chris Dobson, FRS

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