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New Programme in Molecular Biochemistry and Chemical BiologyNew Programme in Molecular Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

The Department of Chemistry has been successful in a joint bid with Biochemistry to establish a Four-Year Programme in Molecular Biochemistry and Chemical Biology. This gives us funding for 6 4-year studentships in the first instance and applications are invited now (closing date 3rd March) for the first intake in Oct 2006

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MP exchange scheme brings politician to ChemistryMP exchange scheme brings politician to Chemistry

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey visited the Chemistry Research Laboratory on Friday 20 January as part of a nationwide scheme which pairs academics with Members of Parliament. Dr Simon Titmuss, Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, spent a week in Westminster in November shadowing Mr Vaizey in his parliamentary and constituency business. On Friday the MP made a return visit to the University to find out more about Dr Titmuss’s research on the physics and chemistry of surfaces.

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£2 Million Grant from Siemens Molecular Imaging Limited and DTI£2 Million Grant from Siemens Molecular Imaging Limited and DTI

A grant of £2 million from Siemens Molecular Imaging Limited and DTI has been awarded to Professor Jon Dilworth and Dr Veronique Gouverneur in Chemistry and Professor M. Brady of the Medical Vision Laboratory, Oxford, for the project 'Chemistry and Image Analysis for Assessment of Radiation Therapy using PET'. The programme will focus on the development of compounds of the radioisotopes 64-Cu and 18-F for imaging tumour hypoxia and new software for the analysis of the images and monitoring and management of radiotherapy.

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New Medicinal Chemistry Programme in Cancer ChemotherapyNew Medicinal Chemistry Programme in Cancer Chemotherapy

The Department of Chemistry has been successful in a joint bid (with Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology, Pathology, Biochemistry, the IMM and others) to establish a Medicinal Chemistry programme in cancer chemotherapy. This gives us funding for 2 studentships per year for five years in the first instance and applications are invited now (closing date 30th January) for the first intake in Oct 2006

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Professor Baylay receives share of $4 Million grantProfessor Baylay receives share of $4 Million grant

The research groups of Hagan Bayley, here at Oxford, and Reza Ghadiri, at the Scripps Research Institute, have been awarded a joint grant of over $4 million from the Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies programme of the US National Institutes of Health. The long-term goal is to enable the sequencing of a human genome for $1000 or less. The programme is described on pages 60-61 of the 19th December 2005 issue of Chemical and Engineering News.

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Presentation to Professor Richard P. WaynePresentation to Professor Richard P. Wayne

A volume of papers published in his honour was presented to Professor Richard Wayne in Cambridge at a dinner on Wednesday 14 December 2005 attended by a group of distinguished atmospheric scientists. The volume was prepared to mark Professor Wayne's 67th birthday the preceding week and his impending retirement in 2006. Dr Michiel Thijssen performed the presentation on behalf of Elsevier, Amsterdam, who are the publishers of the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. Professor Wayne was the founding Editor of this journal, and was Editor-in-Chief for more than 30 years. Drs Tony Cox and Tim Wallington were the guest Editors, and they collected together some 28 original scientific papers written in honour of Professor Wayne. Authors of these papers included former doctoral students of Professor Wayne, research assistants in his group and visitors to it, collaborators on national and international cooperative products, and several of those who had welcomed Professor Wayne into their own laboratories at one time or another. The papers in this dedicated volume covered a range of topics in laboratory studies addressing atmospheric chemistry, and reflected many of the interests that Professor Wayne has had during some 45 years of active research.

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Latest Issue of ChemComm Highlights Professor Sir Jack Baldwin's Research CareerLatest Issue of ChemComm Highlights Professor Sir Jack Baldwin's Research Career

For the series of ChemComm 40th Anniversary articles, the article titled 'Sir Jack Baldwin, FRS: Biomimetic studies at Oxford' written by Moses and Adlington overviews some aspects of Professor Baldwin's spectacular career, with an emphasis on his contributions towards the field of biomimetic synthesis.

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Phil Humphreys wins Pfizer Poster PrizePhil Humphreys wins Pfizer Poster Prize

Phil Humphreys, a graduate student in Dr Hodgson's research group, has been awarded a prize for one of the best posters at the annual Pfizer poster symposium.

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Professor Richard Compton awarded the Breyer Medal for 2006Professor Richard Compton awarded the Breyer Medal for 2006

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI ) has announced that Professor Richard Compton win be the Electrochemistry Division Breyer Medalist for 2006. The Breyer Medal and Lecture commemorates the late Dr Bruno Breyer, who was born in Czechoslovakia, educated in Germany, and later became a pioneer of AC polarography in Australia. The medal is awarded for internationally-recognized contributions in the field of electrochemistry.

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Professor Fraser Armstrong research highlightedProfessor Fraser Armstrong research highlighted

Research carried out in Professor Fraser Armstrong's group on Hydrogen Cycling Enzymes and Enzyme Fuel Cells is being featured this week in Science as 'Editors Choice' and in PNAS as a Commentary and also an Editorial - 'From the Cover'. These reports relate to the paper in PNAS which describes discoveries and proof of concept advances for future hydrogen fuel cell technology - largely the work of Dr Kylie Vincent and James Cracknell.

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Graduate students win Syngenta ScholarshipsGraduate students win Syngenta Scholarships

Dale Johnson (Donohoe group) and Dennis Kruchinin (Davies Group) attended a workshop run by Syngenta along with 13 other chemists from around the country. As a result of our performances they were both awarded Syngenta Scholarships which includes a cash prize and money for conference travel.

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RSC annual reviewRSC annual review

A review co-authored by Drs Grant Ritchie (Royal Society URF) and Rob Peverall (EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow) from the Chemistry Department together with colleagues from the University of Bristol has been highlighted in the Annual Reports in the Progress of Chemistry (RSC) as the cover‚ article. The paper describes the recent developments in sensitive cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy using diode lasers in areas as diverse as plasma chemistry, aeronomy and breath analysis.

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New Spin-Out CompanyNew Spin-Out Company

This week the latest spin-out company from the Department received funding. Oxford Catalysts Ltd is a clean energy company based on the research of Professor Malcolm Green FRS and Dr Tiancum Xiao. It is he eighth company spun put since 2001 when the department entered into a partnership with IP2IPO group Plc.

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Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration between Oxford-Dundee-ImperialInterdisciplinary Research Collaboration between Oxford-Dundee-Imperial

Dr Mann (Imperial College), Dr Gouverneur (Oxford University) and Professor Cantrell (University of Dundee) have been awarded a 3-year grant of £840K by the BBSRC under the initiative 'Selective chemical intervention in biological systems'. The team will use a chemical genetic approach to identify protein kinase substrates. Dr Gouverneur has been allocated £354K as co-investigator of this research programme.

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Jack Chung wins Roche Symposium AwardJack Chung wins Roche Symposium Award

Jack Chung, a graduate student in Dr Hodgson's research group, has won the Synthetic Methodology Award at the Roche Symposium for Leading Chemists of the Next Decade held on Oct 26- 28 in Basel, Switzerland.

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Hot Article in this issue of ChemCommHot Article in this issue of ChemComm

John Brown and colleagues at Oxford University demonstrate that the hydroboration of stilbenes, catalysed by QUINAP complexes, proceeds not only with high enantioselectivity, but also with high reqioselectivity.

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Dr Ben Davis has been awarded the 2005 Mullard AwardDr Ben Davis has been awarded the 2005 Mullard Award

The Royal Society has announced that the recipient of the 2005 Mullard Award is Dr Benjamin Davies, from the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, for his pioneering work on carbohydrate and enzyme/proteins and for recognising the commerical potential of his research.

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£1.6 million Grant for Oxford Chemistry£1.6 million Grant for Oxford Chemistry

Hagan Bayley, Ben Davis, Neil Oldham and Chris Schofield have been awarded a 5-year grant of £1.6 million by the BBSRC under the initiative 'Selective chemical intervention in biological systems'. The funds are for the discovery of small molecules that can be used to explore the roles of the post-translational modification of proteins in living cells. The team aim to create an international resource in this area.

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AstraZeneca Award for Organic Chemistry 2005AstraZeneca Award for Organic Chemistry 2005

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr Veronique Gouverneur won the AstraZeneca Award for Organic Chemistry 2005. The Award ceremony will take place at AstraZeneca Charnwood Laboratories late November 2005.

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Presentation of the Degussa AwardPresentation of the Degussa Award

Tuesday 11 October 2005 to the top three candidates in the Chemistry Part IA examination held in Trinity Term 2005: Emma J Dell (Jesus College), John D Stubley (Hertford College), Peter M Wright (St John's College)

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Hot Article and Cover Feature for Dr Hodgson's Research.Hot Article and Cover Feature for Dr Hodgson's Research.

In Chem. Comm. David Hodgson and grad student Deepshikha Angrish report an expanded synthetic role for alkene metathesis catalysts. Unsaturated diazoesters undergo Grubbs(II)-catalysed dimerisation at the diazo functionality then ring-closing alkene metathesis, giving dienyl dilactones in a one-flask process.

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Chemist who made today's consumer electronics possibleChemist who made today's consumer electronics possible

From the obituary of Tony Orchard published in the Guardain 20th Sept 2005.
Tony Orchard, who has died aged 64, was a pioneer of inorganic chemistry whose research helped lay the foundation for much modern technology

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Ben Davis group publication highlightedBen Davis group publication highlighted

The ACS magazine Chemistry and Engineering News have featured one of the papers of the Ben Davis group. The work featured is on a hybrid polymer that can prevent oxidative damage of sperm and enhance fertility, and has just been published online in Nat. Chem. Biol.

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Theoretical Chemistry NewsTheoretical Chemistry News

The department is pleased to annouce that the new Coulson Professor is David Logan and that David Manolopoulos has been granted the title of Professor of Theoretical Chemistry

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Professor Baldwin's historic Chem Comm Paper Highlighted by RSCProfessor Baldwin's historic Chem Comm Paper Highlighted by RSC

This year Chem Comm ceebrates 40 years of publication and has looked back at its most cited research papers and has produced a top 40 list. Topping the chart with more than 1500 citations is Jack Baldwin’s 1976 paper 'Rules for ring closure'. Baldwin scores a second hit at number 18 with his follow-on communication '5-Endo-trigonal reactions: a disfavoured ring closure'. The publication by Ray Freeman and Gareth Morris was 16th in the list and a paper by Mark Eddowes and Allen Hill's came in at number 36 too

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Nature's Careers and Recruitment Section highlights Oxford ChemistryNature's Careers and Recruitment Section highlights Oxford Chemistry

A recent article in Nature on Chemistry Careers and Recruitment highlights Oxford's Department of Chemistry spin-out companies and its role in training the next generation of skilled scientists

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Poster PrizePoster Prize

Deepshikha Angrish, a 2nd year grad student in David Hodgson's Group, won 1st prize in the poster session at the 16th International Symposium on Olefin Metathesis and Related Chemistry, Poznan, Poland (Aug 7-12 '05)

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RSC Research HighlightRSC Research Highlight

Dr Craig Banks and Prof Richard Compton's research has been highlighted as a 'Hot Article' in the RSC journal The Analyst. The paper is 'Exploring the electrocatalytic sites of carbon nanotubes for NADH detection: an edge plane pyrolytic graphite electrode study', Analyst, 2005, 130(9) 1232

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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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