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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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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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