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Oxfordeye ExhibitionOxfordeye Exhibition

The print exhibition form the Virtual Tour of Oxford by Karl Harrison is on show again. For the next few months Blackwells bookshop will display 11 of the large prints in their coffee shop.

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Nature Highlights Oxford Research PaperNature Highlights Oxford Research Paper

Professor Hagan Bayley and Seong-Ho Shin's paper published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (127, 10462-10463 (2005)) has been highlighted in the current issue of Nature Aug 2005. The paper describes the stepwise growth of a single polymer chain observed inside a 'nanoreactor'.

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RSC AwardsRSC Awards

RSC News reports that Tilden Lectureships have been awarded to Paul Beer and to Richard Compton, and the Carbohydrate Award to Antony Fairbanks

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BBC Radio Website of the DayBBC Radio Website of the Day

Quote - Oxford University Screensaver Lifesaver Project (25/07/05) This isn't new, but like The Hunger Site it's a brilliant use of the web to make the world a better place, so always warrants a repeat plug! Oxford's Screensaver Lifesaver Project is one of the highest-profile examples of 'grid computing', in which people volunteer their computers' spare processing power to help the fight against disease. To take part in the project, just download an 'intelligent screensaver' which kicks in when your machine is idle.

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Several Leverhulme Trust Grants Awarded to Chemistry Several Leverhulme Trust Grants Awarded to Chemistry

Professor John Simons and Dr Lavina Snoek at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory will exploit a new laser-based strategy which will probe the structure, bonding and conformation of biomolecular ions. Understanding the factors which control their shapes and the ways in which they interact with each other and with their environment is key to understanding biological processes ranging from metabolism to immunology and pharmacology.

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Several Leverhulme Trust Grants Awarded to Chemistry Several Leverhulme Trust Grants Awarded to Chemistry

Professor Fraser Armstrong at Inorganic Chemistry and Professor Sarah Gurr at Plant Sciences will investigate and develop an application of fungal enzymes called laccases, which have great potential as ‘green’ energy sources and cleaners. Laccases catalyse the clean and efficient conversion of oxygen to water, and the researchers plan to establish ways of attaching them to electrodes to make them function as fuel cell electrocatalysts.

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Several Leverhulme Trust Grants  Awarded to ChemistrySeveral Leverhulme Trust Grants Awarded to Chemistry

A joint project between Dr Antony Fairbanks at the Chemistry Research Laboratory and Professor Edith Sim in Pharmacology will employ chemical synthesis and compound testing to research new therapeutic agents against tuberculosis and other mycobacteria.

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News for David ManolopoulosNews for David Manolopoulos

The Vice-Chancellor and the Head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division have agreed that the title of Professor should be awarded to David Manolopoulos.

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Hot Article Highlight for Prof Compton's ResearchHot Article Highlight for Prof Compton's Research

Members of Prof Compton's research group with the assistance of Dr John Jones have made a significant breakthrough in tackling the problem of toxic metal pollution in drinking and environmental waters. They have developed a novel material to remove toxic metals such as arsenic and cadmium from rivers and drinking water supplies. This research, which could potentially save millions of lives in countries such as Bangladesh, has been highlighted as a Hot Article in the RSC journal Chem. Comm. Gregory G. Wildgoose, Henry C. Leventis, Andrew O. Simm, John H. Jones and Richard G. Compton, Chem. Comm. (2005), 29, 3694-3696

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Award of Royal Society University Research Fellowship to Dr Sofia PascuAward of Royal Society University Research Fellowship to Dr Sofia Pascu

Dr Sofia Pascu, currently working with Professor J. Sanders at the University of Cambridge has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to collaborate with Professors Jon Dilworth, Malcolm Green and Jeremy Sanders (Cambridge) starting in October 2005.

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RSC Award for Professor ChildRSC Award for Professor Child

Professor Child has been offered the RSC S F Boys-A Rahman Lectureship for 2006/7. Established through funds derived from the 1987 international conference on the Impact of supercomputers on chemistry, this lectureship is awarded biennially in recognition of outstanding innovatory research in the area of computational chemistry, including both quantum chemistry and molecular simulations.

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Prize for Graduate StudentPrize for Graduate Student

Trevior J. Davies, a 3rd year graduate student in the Compton Group, won the prize for the best student lecture at the 'Great Western' meeting of the RSC Electrochemistry Group held recently in Bristol. Trevor lectured on 'New insights into graphite electrochemistry' and wins a free trip to lecture at the ELECTROCHEM 2005 meeting in Newcastle.

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Hot Article Highlight for Prof Compton's ResearchHot Article Highlight for Prof Compton's Research

Prof Compton's Research has been highlighted as a 'Hot Article' in the RSC journal J. Mater. Chem. The paper is 'Graphite powder derivatised with poly-L-cysteine using building-block chemistry? a novel material for the extraction of heavy metal ions' Gregory G. Wildgoose, Henry C. Leventis, Ieuan J. Davies, Alison Crossley, Nathan S. Lawrence, Li Jiang, Timothy G. J. Jones and Richard G. Compton. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2005, 15(24), 2375 - 2382

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CRL wins the RIBA AwardCRL wins the RIBA Award

The Royal Institute of British Architects has given its award for the southern region to the CRL. Seventy one new buildings across the UK and the EU have been rewarded with RIBA Awards for their high architectural standards and their contribution to their local environment. These RIBA Award winners will be contenders for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the RIBA’s most prestigious prize.

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Fellowship for Dr Antony FairbanksFellowship for Dr Antony Fairbanks

Dr Antony Fairbanks has been nominated for the Visiting Oxford Fellowship at the University of Canterbury from 10 July to 13 October 2006.

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Dr Andrew Smith awarded Royal Society University Research FellowshipDr Andrew Smith awarded Royal Society University Research Fellowship

Dr Andrew Smith, currently working for Prof Steve Davies in the organic section of the Chemistry Research Laboratory, has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship to start in October 2005.

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Party for Michael Saunders and Ralph HignellParty for Michael Saunders and Ralph Hignell

Organic Chemists joined together on Thursday 10 June 2005 to celebrate over 90 years combined service for two members of the technical support team. Michael Saunders retired from his post in the undergraduate teaching laboratories earlier this year, and Ralph Hignell leaves the glassware stores in July. Colleagues, academic members of staff and students gathered at a reception in the Atrium of the new Chemistry Research Laboratory to mark the occasion, which was followed by a dinner in the University Club. We will miss both Michael and Ralph and wish them well in their hopefully long and happy retirement.

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Department of Chemistry welcomes Dr Fidel CastroDepartment of Chemistry welcomes Dr Fidel Castro

Dr Fidel Castro, Chief Scientific advisor to the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba on the 26th May 2005 took a tour of the new Chemistry Research Laboratory facilities, see photographs from the day.

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Prof. H. L. Anderson's research highlighted as a Prof. H. L. Anderson's research highlighted as a "hot article"

Prof. H. L. Anderson's recent article about building a nanoporous framework, published in Chem. Comm. has been highlighted by the RSC as a 'hot article'. The publication reports a quinoidal porphyrin has been synthesised with such a curved p-system that p–p stacking leads to the formation of cyclic trimer aggregates in the crystal, which pack to generate cylindrical channels with an internal diameter of 1.0 nm.

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