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Honour for Professor Sir Jack Baldwin, FRSHonour for Professor Sir Jack Baldwin, FRS

Professor Sir Jack Baldwin, FRS has been awarded the Paracelsus Prize and Medal of The Swiss Chemical Society for 2006. This is awarded - every two years to a scientist who has performed outstanding and internationally acknowledged research in the field of Chemistry.

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One of Science Direct top downloadsOne of Science Direct top downloads

An article by Prof Richard Compton was 2nd most downloaded article on Science Direct during April, May and June, 2006 within the Chemistry subject area. The paper was titled Graphite impurities cause the observed 'electrocatalysis' seen at C60 modified glassy carbon electrodes in respect of the oxidation of l-cysteine. Analytica Chimica Acta, Volume 566, Issue 1, 1 April 2006, Pages 1-4. Kachoosangi, R.T.; Banks, C.E.; Compton, R.G.

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

The Department of Chemistry has awarded the Lilly Prize to four outstanding DPhil students that have just completed their first year. They winners are Lisa Fishlock (TJD group) Yu-Hong Lam (VG group) Kenneth Ling (SGD group) Jasmin Mecinovic (CJS group).

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Dalton Transactions prize winnerDalton Transactions prize winner

Sofia I. Pascu, Royal Society University Research Fellow and Drapers' Research Fellow at St Anne's College, University of Oxford, has won the Dalton Transactions prize for the best presentation at the 2006 MICRA conference for her talk entitled 'Designing molecular probes for medical imaging.

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The Analyst “Hot Article – Interfering Metals get Blocked OutThe Analyst “Hot Article – Interfering Metals get Blocked Out"

The Compton research group has had a recent paper published in the Analyst highlighted as a Hot Article. The paper titled Diffusional protection of electrode surfaces using regular arrays of immobilised droplets: overcoming interferences in electroanalysis is by Andrew O. Simm, Olga Ordeig, Javier del Campo, Francesc Xavier Muñoz, and Richard G. Compton. c.f. The Analyst, 2006, 9, 987-989.

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David Logan to give the RSC Tilden LectureDavid Logan to give the RSC Tilden Lecture

The RSC has honoured Professor David Logan by awarding him a Tilden Lectureship. The award has been made in recognition of his leadership in the development of new theoretical ideas relevant to outstanding problems in solid-state chemistry and physics.

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New Chemistry spin-out to transform surfacesNew Chemistry spin-out to transform surfaces

The latest spin-out company from the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford Advanced Surfaces Ltd, plans to apply surface science to develop a revolutionary coating for materials like plastics and Teflon. Oxford Advanced Surfaces, the 62nd company to spin out from Oxford, will exploit coatings technology developed by the founders Dr. Mark Moloney and Dr. Jon-Paul Griffiths in the Chemistry Department.

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ChemComm hot article and cover picture for researchChemComm hot article and cover picture for research

The current issue (35) of ChemComm highlights on the cover and as a hot article the recent work by Ka-Yuen Ng, Andrew R. Cowley and Paul D. Beer. The work covers the anion templated double cyclization assembly of a chloride selective [2] catenane.

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Hot paper in Angewandte ChemieHot paper in Angewandte Chemie

An article entitled 'Storing and Releasing Hydrogen with a Redox Switch' by Jennifer Green and Nilay Hazari, collaborating with Andrew Weller of Bath University has been chosen as a 'Hot Paper' by the editors of Angewandte Chemie and highlighted in Nature as a 'Storage Story'

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Journal cover for Prof Russ Egdell group's research workJournal cover for Prof Russ Egdell group's research work

Work carried out by the Egdell group in collaboration with Graeme Watson at Trinity College Dublin features on the cover of the latest issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry

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Thomas Rising wins award for best lectureThomas Rising wins award for best lecture

One of Dr Antony Fairbanks's 3rd year DPhil students, Thomas Rising, has won an award for the best student lecture at the recent 23rd International Carbohydrate Symposium in Whistler, Canada

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RSC highlights research paperRSC highlights research paper

Recent work carried out in the Compton Group into elucidating the electrocatalytic sites on multiwalled carbon nanotubes has been highlighted in the RSC supplement Chemical Science.

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Professor John Simons to give the RSC 2007/8 Liversidge LectureProfessor John Simons to give the RSC 2007/8 Liversidge Lecture

The RSC has honoured Professor John Simons in recognition of his broad contributions at the interface of chemical physics and biochemistry and many innovative contributions to chemical physics, particularly the dynamics of reactions initiated by photon absorption.

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Recognition of DistinctionRecognition of Distinction

As a Recognition of Distinction Oxford University has conferred the title of Professor of Chemistry upon Mark Brouard, Ben Davis, David Hodgson and Philip Mountford and has conferred the title of Reader in Chemistry upon Veronique Gouverneur and Mark Moloney.

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Appointment of the Head of the Sub-department of Organic ChemistryAppointment of the Head of the Sub-department of Organic Chemistry

Professor Donohoe has been appointed to the Headship of the Sub-department with effect from 1 October 2006 for a period of five years.

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Lars Kuhn wins Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry Award for Young ScientistsLars Kuhn wins Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry Award for Young Scientists

Lars Kuhn a 2. year D.Phil. student in the group of Prof. P.J. Hore at the Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, was awarded the Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry Award for Young Scientists (donated by John Wiley & Sons) for the research on the characterization of residual structure in the denatured state of the Trp-Cage protein using photo-CIDNP pulse-labeling technique. The prize (EUR 1500) will be presented to him at this year's EUROMAR conference in York (20 July) prior to the talk which he will give on the subject.

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Royal Society University Research FellowsRoyal Society University Research Fellows

The Department has a long tradition of hosting Royal Society University Research Fellows (URFs), and the advertisement for the 2007 URF scheme has now appeared on the Royal Society website.

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Nature Chemical Biology news highlights the work by the Bayley groupNature Chemical Biology news highlights the work by the Bayley group

Matthew Holden and colleagues describe how overexpressed ion channels and pores can be transferred directly from bacterial colonies to lipid bilayers for functional analysis by single-channel electrical recording. The work is a step towards the difficult tasks of high-throughput screening of membrane proteins and the production of membrane-protein arrays. Nature Chemical Biology 2, 314-318 (2006). The paper is accompanied by a News & Views by Dan Minor of UC San Francisco.

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Chinese Delegation Visits Chemistry Research LaboratoryChinese Delegation Visits Chemistry Research Laboratory

Mr. Jianzhu Meng, the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of China Committee of Jiangxi Province, visited Oxford and the Chemistry Research Laboratory at the beginning of June 2006. He toured the laboratory and meet with chinese graduate students. See the photographs of the visit.

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The Royal Society elects Professor Eland as a new fellowThe Royal Society elects Professor Eland as a new fellow

Professor John Eland (University Lecturer, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory) has been elected to join the Fellowship of the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science. Professor Eland is distinguished for seminal conceptual, instrumental and methodological contributions to the study of molecular ionization by photon and electron impact.

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Professor Beer's research feature article in ChemCommProfessor Beer's research feature article in ChemComm

A research paper by Paul D. Beer, Mark R. Sambrook and David Curiel describes how they have developed a general anion templation strategy for the construction of a variety of interpenetrated and interlocked molecular structures based upon the coupling of anion recognition with ion-pairing.

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Chemistry Makes SenseChemistry Makes Sense

In a published letter to the Times ( Monday 1st May) Professor Richards pointed out that we must acknowledge chemistry is a vital tool in ensuring Britain's future health and wealth.

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Successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange of Oxford Catalysts Group Plc.Successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange of Oxford Catalysts Group Plc.

Today (26th April) saw the successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange of Oxford Catalysts Group Plc. The company is based on the research of Malcolm Green and Tiancun Xiao and is focused on the generation of clean fuels. £15 million was raised for Oxford Catalysts via an over-subscribed placing of shares, valuing the Company at £65 million. A further £2 million was raised on behalf of IP2IPO Limited. The value of shares held by the University amounts to more than £12 million. The Group's catalysts are based on over 19 years of research at the University of Oxford's world-leading Wolfson Catalysis Centre, headed by Professor Malcolm Green, a highly regarded inorganic chemist and a co-founder of the Company. This research has resulted in a unique platform of licensed intellectual property and proprietary rights.

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Janet Banham wins JEOL MedalJanet Banham wins JEOL Medal

Ms Janet Banham (ICL, Timmel group) has been awarded the 2006 JEOL studentship prize. She was awarded the JEOL medal at the 39th meeting of the Royal Society of Chemistry ESR meeting in Edinburgh. The lectures are judged by the RSC ESR Group Committee on the basis of both the scientific content of each lecture and the manner in which it is delivered.

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2006 RSC Bader Award2006 RSC Bader Award

The 2006 RSC Bader Prize, for eminence in organic chemistry by someone not yet holding a professorship in the British Isles, has been awarded to Dr David M. Hodgson. The prize has been given for his development of novel synthetic technology for use in total synthesis, including novel carbenoid, lithiation and epoxide chemistry.

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Two Awards for Dr Ben DavisTwo Awards for Dr Ben Davis

Ben Davis has been awarded one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's 2005 Corday-Morgan Medals for contributions to synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology. He has also been awarded the 2006 International Association for Protein Structure Analysis and Proteomics Young Investigator Award.

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Telegraph highlights new phases of ice discoveredTelegraph highlights new phases of ice discovered

Two new phases of ice have been discovered by Dr Christoph Salzmann (ICL) in collaboration with scientists from UCL, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and the University of Innsbruck. The preparation and structures of the new phases, which have been named ices XIII and ice XIV, were reported in the 24 March issue of Science www.sciencemag.org.

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Hot Paper in Organic and Biomolecular ChemistryHot Paper in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry

Recent work carried out in the Beer group has been highlighted as a hot paper in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. The article details studies into the application of an exciting new method of disctete anion templation for the formation of interlocked molecules.

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Phil Humphreys wins SCI Meeting Best Lecture PrizePhil Humphreys wins SCI Meeting Best Lecture Prize

Phil Humphreys, a graduate student in Dr Hodgson's research group, has been awarded the prize for the best lecture at the annual SCI Fine Chemicals Group Regional (South) Graduate Symposium.

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Newly opened imaging suite can 'see' single moleculesNewly opened imaging suite can 'see' single molecules

Oxford has become the UK's first university to open the world's most advanced imaging facilities. At the ceremony, the Nikon Imaging Suite was opened at the University's Chemical Research Laboratory (CRL). It's designed to give biomedical and nanotechnology researchers access to the latest microscopes and imaging technology. Unlike conventional imaging systems, where researchers must mix and match in their studies to achieve results, the high-tech suite allows researchers to view events at a sub-miscroscopic level in real-time in a single integrated network.

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