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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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Poster Prize at  EMBO Chemical Biology ConferencePoster Prize at EMBO Chemical Biology Conference

DPhil student Jacob Bush won the prize for best poster at the 2014 EMBO Chemical Biology Conference, at EMBL in Heidelberg. Jacob reported on his work on photoaffinity probes carried out in Christopher Schofield's group.

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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 article considers possible mechanisms for the heterogeneous nucleation of ice with the image illustrating a ice nucleus grown on a crystalline substrate with a larger lattice constant than ice.

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DPhil research recognised by Diamond PhD AwardDPhil research recognised by Diamond PhD Award

Matt Cliffe, a final-year DPhil student in the Goodwin Group, has been selected as runner up in this year’s Diamond PhD Investigator Award on the basis of his work studying correlated defects in metal–organic frameworks. In the judges’ own words: "We were very impressed by the fact that Matt took on a difficult challenge, gave the problem a great deal of thought and, due to a great deal of determination on his part, obtained excellent results. In addition, he helped to expand the capabilities of Diamond’s I15 beam line." Matt receives a £300 cash prize and his work is to be the focus of a highlight article by Diamond. Congratulations Matt!

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Poster Prize for Karolina KorzyckaPoster Prize for Karolina Korzycka

Congratulations to third year D.Phil. student Karolina Korzycka who was awarded the Chemical Science Poster Prize at the conference "Challenges in Organic Chemistry", ISACS2014, in Shanghai, on 7-10 August. Karolina's poster presented recent work carried out in Harry Anderson's group.

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Thesis commendation for Krishna SharmaThesis commendation for Krishna Sharma

Krishna Sharma a M.Sc. (by Research) student in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Martin D. Smith, has just passed his final viva examination and received excellent comments from the examiners. Due to which the MPLS has awarded him with a Thesis commendation. Krishna Sharma will be leaving the department and will be starting a Ph.D. in Chemistry this October at Trinity College, University of Cambridge on a fully funded scholarship offered by the Trinity College and University of Cambridge.

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Poster Prize for SabinePoster Prize for Sabine

DPhil student Sabine Richert has won the poster prize at the 2014 IUPAC photochemistry meeting in Bordeaux. Sabine reported on her EPR work of supramolecular porphyrin nano-structures. Sabine is working with Harry Anderson and the Chris Timmel research group.

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Christian van Engers wins Poster Prize at Faraday Discussion 172Christian van Engers wins Poster Prize at Faraday Discussion 172

Christian van Engers (Materials) and Nico Cousens (Chemistry) who have been working with Prof Susan Perkin and Professor Nicole Grobert (Materials) since January won a poster prize at the recent Faraday Discussion meeting on Carbon in Electrochemistry.

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Poster Prize at IUPAC World Polymer Congress MACRO 2014Poster Prize at IUPAC World Polymer Congress MACRO 2014

Three Oxford DPhil students were awarded poster prizes from several sessions at the IUPAC World Polymer Congress MACRO 2014 conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand this July. Tom Arnold, a DPhil student in the O’Hare group, won Best Poster Award (1st Prize) on "Permethylindenyl complexes for use in ethylene polymerisation". Tom is industrially sponsored by SCG Chemicals, Thailand. Kaylie Smith, a DPhil student in the Moloney group, was awarded Best Poster Award (2nd Prize) on "Spherical particulate poly (ether ketone ketone) by a Friedel-Crafts dispersion polymerization”. Kaylie is an 1851 Royal Commission Industrial Fellow in conjunction with Ketonex Ltd. Celine Shepherd, a DPhil in the Foord and Moloney groups, won Best Poster Award (2nd Prize) on "Functionalised carbon black and silica polypropylene nano composites". Celine is industrially sponsored by IRPC, Thailand.

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Dr Arthur (Syd) BaileyDr Arthur (Syd) Bailey

Dr Arthur (Syd) Bailey, Tutor in Chemistry and a colleague in the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, died peacefully, on 27 July, after having been resident in Iffley Care Home for the last year. Syd (or Sid) was a genuine Oxford chemist, gaining a first in 1946 (Oriel), and a D.Phil. in 1948. He was a University demonstrator, and lecturer at New College and Trinity, before coming a fellow of St Peter’s in 1962. He was an expert in heterocyclic aromatic chemistry and retired in 1989. He is very fondly remembered both for his decency and sense of humour as well as for his research and teaching.

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Hot Article in Angewandte ChemieHot Article in Angewandte Chemie

A research paper from the Gouverneur Group has been published in Angewandte Chemie (Inside Cover produced by J. Huvelle). The paper presents a new approach for the 18F-labeling of pinacol-derived aryl boronic esters with 18F-fluoride. The reaction is applicable to 6-[18F]-fluoro-L-DOPA, a radiotracer not widely available in the clinic because its synthesis requires much less accessible [18F]F2. This research was highlighted in a recent article published in Chemical and Engineering News (Issue July, 14 2014).

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Poster prize at ISXB1Poster prize at ISXB1

Lydia Gilday won a poster prize at the 1st International Symposium on Halogen Bonding (ISXB1) held in Porto Cesareo, Italy. Lydia's poster described her use of a single charge-assisted halogen bond to template the formation of a [2]catenane, and she was awarded a year's subscription to SYNFACTS by sponsor Thieme.

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2014 Reaxys PhD Prize2014 Reaxys PhD Prize

Lydia Gilday, who undertook her DPhil with Paul Beer, has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Reaxys PhD prize. As one of the finalists, she will present her research at the Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Conference held in Grindelwald, Switerland in September, where the three winners will be announced.

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BBC Radio 4 interviews Carol Robinson BBC Radio 4 interviews Carol Robinson

The BBC Radio 4 programme "The Life Scientific" has a 30 minute radio show about the career of Professor Dame Carol Robinson. Carol Robinson describes her remarkable journey from leaving school at 16 to work as a lab technician at Pfizer, to becoming the first female Professor of Chemistry at both Oxford and Cambridge University, despite an eight year career break to bring up three small children. Listen to the show on BBC iPlayer.

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ROX Structures published in NatureROX Structures published in Nature

Work led by Rashed Chowdhury from the Schofield group has recently led to the solution of multiple structures of ribosomal oxygenses (ROX) including in complex with their substrates as recently reported in Nature (2014, 510, 422-6). The structures reveal that new protein hydroxylation activities can evolve by changing the coordination position from which the iron-bound substrate-oxidizing species reacts and will be useful in the development of selective inhibition of the ROX, some of which are involved in the regulation of translation.

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VIP article in Angewandte ChemieVIP article in Angewandte Chemie

A research paper from the Hayward Group, and collaborators in the Oxford Physics Department, has been published as a VIP article in Angewandte Chemie. The paper details the synthesis and characterisation of a new family of vanadium oxide-hydride phases – the first stoichiometric, anion-ordered, transition metal oxide-hydride phases ever reported. These new phases contain sheets or chains of apex-linked V3+O4 squares stacked with SrH layers/chains, such that the n=∞ member, SrVO2H, can be considered to be analogous to "infinite-layer" phases, such as Sr1-xCaxCuO2 (the parent phase of the high-Tccuprate superconductors), but with a d2 electron count. All three oxide–hydride phases exhibit strong antiferromagnetic coupling, with SrVO2H exhibiting an antiferromagnetic ordering temperature, TN>300 K. The strong antiferromagnetic couplings are surprising given they appear to arise from Π-type magnetic exchange.

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First PRize RSC Fluorine Group MeetingFirst PRize RSC Fluorine Group Meeting

Lukas Pfeifer, a second year student in the Gouverneur group won first prize for a student lecture at the recent RSC Fluorine Group Meeting that took place in St Andrews (http://chemistry.st-andrews.ac.uk/fluorine/Programme.html). Lukas presented a new catalytic method for the hydrofluorination of styrene. This work was recently published in Angewandte with Dr Enrico Emer and Dr J. M. Brown FRS.

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SCI ScholarshipSCI Scholarship

Tanatorn Khotavivattana, a first year D Phil student in the Gouverneur group won an SCI scholarship to study the radiolabelling of functional groups to produce traceable isotopes for use in PET scanning. The SCI Scholars fund established in 1920 was endowed by the bequests of Rudolph Messel and John Gray, former presidents and founding members of SCI. SCI Scholarships are prestigious and competitive awards, well-respected by industry professionals and academics.

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Best poster awardBest poster award

Andrew Jupp, a 2nd year D.Phil. student working with Jose Goicoechea, won a poster prize at the 20th International Conference on Phosphorus Chemistry (ICPC 2014) in Dublin, Ireland. Andy’s poster, which focused on the chemistry of the 2-phosphaethynolate anion, was one of the six posters that received a €100 award sponsored by Springer.

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On the cover of Inorganic Chemistry FrontOn the cover of Inorganic Chemistry Front

Research by Vaida Arcisauskaite, Daniel DeBrincat and Tingting Weng in the McGrady group has been highlighted on the cover of Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers. The article identifies the electronic features of extended metal atom chains (EMACs) that lead to effective molecular rectification (the preferential flow of current in one direction). The cover was designed by Karl Harrison.

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2014 MGMS Silver-Jubilee Prize2014 MGMS Silver-Jubilee Prize

The 2014 MGMS Silver Jubilee Prize has been awarded to Dr Robert Paton. This award is made by the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Soceity to outstanding researchers in the field of molecular modelling, and recognises Rob's outstanding contributions towards the computational modelling of structure, reactivity and selectivity in organic and bioorganic chemistry.

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Honorary degree for Professor Jean-Marie LehnHonorary degree for Professor Jean-Marie Lehn

Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1987 for his pioneering studies on the chemical basis of molecular recognition, received the Degree of Doctor of Science. He was one of the founders of the field of supramolecular chemistry and also visited the Department of Chemistry and gave a talk entitled "Perspectives in Chemistry: From Supramolecular Chemistry towards Adaptive Chemistry".

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