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RISE EventRISE Event

At a meeting last week at the House of Commons, organised by the EPSRC, RISE Fellows, Leaders and Rising Stars highlighted the diversity and richness of EPSRC supported research to Members of the Houses of Lord and the House of Commons and particularly members of the Science and Technology Select Committee as well as Chief Scientific Advisors and members of EPSRC Council. Peter Edwards , one of the EPSRC RISE Fellows noted ; “ Such events are of course amazingly important; in fact I can do no better than to quote directly from Professor Philip Nelson , Chief Executive EPSRC who said ‘Closer relationships between researchers and decision-makers are helping to create a healthier , more resilient , more productive and more connected nation“

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Professor Robert Adlington’s 60th birthdayProfessor Robert Adlington’s 60th birthday

The sub department of organic chemistry held a six-aside football match in celebration of Professor Robert Adlington’s 60th birthday. He was joined by Professors Chris Schofield and Tom Brown, Dr Sam Thompson, and a group of postdocs and students. Prof. Adlington is one of the longest serving members of the academic staff and is now in his 36th year as a member of Oxford Chemistry. Happy Birthday Rob!

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On the Cover of Organic & Biomolecular ChemistryOn the Cover of Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry

Work from Robert Paton has been featured as the latest front cover of Organic and Bimolecular Chemistry. The article, which explains why a confined imidodiphosphoric acid catalyst succeeds where other chiral phosphoric acid catalysts fail, features as one of 2016’s Hot Articles in Organic and Bimolecular Chemistry..

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The BRSG-NMRDG Annual Prize 2016The BRSG-NMRDG Annual Prize 2016

The 2016 BRSG-NMR DG Annual Prize for Excellent Contribution to Magnetic Resonance has been awarded to Professor Andrew Baldwin, for his work on the dynamics of very large biomolecular systems in conjunction with the development of NMR experiments suitable for studying functionally relevant, but sparsely populated, states in high molecular weight proteins.

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Campaign to have new element named after Henry MoseleyCampaign to have new element named after Henry Moseley

Scientists from Oxford and around the world are campaigning for one of the new super-heavy chemical elements to be named after Henry Moseley. Their Letter to the Editor of the The Times was highlighted in the News section of The Times and recognises if not for his death at Gallipoli, Henry Moseley would have almost certainly been awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of atomic numbers and thus made sense of the periodic table of elements.

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Unexpected link between supramolecular chemistry and frustrated magnetism published in Nature ChemistryUnexpected link between supramolecular chemistry and frustrated magnetism published in Nature Chemistry

A collaboration between Andrew Cairns, Matt Cliffe and Joe Paddison in the Goodwin group and researchers at Diamond and Paris has today been published in Nature Chemistry. The article describes how supramolecular interactions in simple inorganic cyanides can mimic the magnetic interactions in frustrated magnets. Complex magnetic states that harbour emergent quasi-particles of potential application in data storage can now be realised in these supramolecular analogues, where the particles are stable to much higher temperatures.

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DNA folding in Nature CommunicationsDNA folding in Nature Communications

A theory-experiment collaboration between John Schreck in the Doye group and researchers in Ljubljana has been published in Nature Communications. The article describes design principles for the rapid folding of a DNA strand into a highly knotted pyramidal structure. The Oxford group used simulations to identify the folding bottlenecks that have to be avoided in the optimal design.

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Disorder by design study published in Nature CommunicationsDisorder by design study published in Nature Communications

A collaboration between Ali Overy and Arkadiy Simonov in the Goodwin group and researchers at Cambridge, Diamond, and ESRF has today been published in Nature Communications. The article describes an approach to engineering materials that contain specific types of strongly correlated disorder which impart useful characteristics inaccessible to ordered states. The study focusses particularly on controlling dynamical properties of materials, such as is needed for next generation thermoelectric materials.

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Andrew Cairns wins 2016 ESRF Young Scientist AwardAndrew Cairns wins 2016 ESRF Young Scientist Award

Andrew Cairns, a former DPhil and now visiting scientist in the Goodwin group has received the 2016 ESRF Young Scientist Award. Andrew was presented with the award at this year's ESRF User Meeting by Prof Massimo Altarelli, Chairman and Managing Director of the European XFEL. The award is one of the most prestigious in the international synchrotron community, and is coveted recognition of the achievements of scientists under the age of 35 (Andrew is just 27, making him one of the youngest-ever awardees). Previous recipients include Francesco Sette, current Director General of the ESRF.

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Launch of Oxford Impedance DiagnosticsLaunch of Oxford Impedance Diagnostics

A new Department of Chemistry spin-out has been launch. The company from the Professor JJ Davis' research provides novel diagnostic tests to assist in the diagnosis, prognosis and stratification of diseases. The base technology allows the development of simple, low cost diagnostic chips that can capture and measure the amount of target proteins in whole blood or serum.

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Oxford Advanced Surfaces win 2016 Rushlight AwardsOxford Advanced Surfaces win 2016 Rushlight Awards

Oxford Advanced Surfaces, a Chemistry spin-out commercialising research developed by Professor Mark Moloney, has achieved a double win in the Powered Transport and Clean Energy categories at the 2016 Rushlight Awards. Their Onto™ technology permits surface modification of reinforced composites, engineering plastics and aluminium that enables better bonding and aids the production of lighter weight vehicles with lower CO2 emissions. Philip Spinks, CEO at Oxford Advanced Surfaces, said “We are delighted to have been recognised for our team’s work in enabling industry to deliver cleaner and more efficient transport”.

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BMCS Lectureship for 2016 from the RSCBMCS Lectureship for 2016 from the RSC

Professor Stuart Conway has been awarded the 2016 Lectureship by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector of the RSC. This lectureship is awarded to someone who has made a significant advance in the subject through developing new products or methods. Stuart will deliver lectures at UK universities aimed particularly at first-year undergraduates, and an initial lecture as part of the RSC’s series of Thursday evening public lectures.

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Against Breast Cancer Collaboration published in the Angewandte ChemieAgainst Breast Cancer Collaboration published in the Angewandte Chemie

A research collaboration between Prof. S. Mohammed, Prof. C. V. Robinson,Prof. J. L. P. Benesch, Prof. B. G. Davis and Dr. W. B. Struwe from Against Breast Cancer have demonstrated in the laboratory that destruction of cancer cells can be enhanced by optimising trastuzumab (Herceptin) antibodies used to treat HER2+ breast cancer while reducing the dose and the possible side effects.

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

The Lilly Prizes for Excellence in Organic Chemistry Research are awarded by Eli Lilly and Company Ltd. They are awarded for excellence in the first year of postgraduate study and are assessed on the quality of experimental work, written submission and viva voce at the point of examination for PRS transfer of status to DPhil. Dr Magnus Walter from Lilly’s came to award the prizes on Wednesday 13 January. The winners of the Lilly prizes for the year 2014-2015 are: Katrina Badiola (Supervisor – Professor Martin Smith) Jonathan Cremers (Supervisor – Professor Harry Anderson) Thomas Leissing (Supervisor – Professor Chris Schofield) Kerstin Lippl (Supervisor – Professor Chris Schofield) Mujahid Mohammad (Supervisor – Professor Ed Anderson)

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The 2016 RJP Williams lectureThe 2016 RJP Williams lecture

Professor Peter Sadler, FRS (Warwick) delivered the 2016 RJP Williams lecture, entitled ‘Bringing precious metals to life’ on 7 January, as part of a half-day symposium on bio-inorganic chemistry to commemorate Prof RJP Williams life and work. The symposium included presentations by Prof Jose Moura, Prof Nick Le Burn, Prof Kylie Vincent, Dr Glyn Williams, and Prof Chris Dobson, FRS

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MPLS Impact Awards 2015/16MPLS Impact Awards 2015/16

The MPLS Division has newly started an award scheme for research and highlighted our research staff in the department by giving the following awards: Professor Tom Brown has been given lifetime awards for external engagement and promoting impact; and Professor Dermot O’Hare and Professor Kylie Vincent, have been recognised for excellence in 'generating broad user interactions that achieved impact or are conducive to achieving impact'.

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On the Cover of On the Cover of "Chemistry - A European Journal"

Work from the Paton group has been featured as a ‘Hot Article’ on the front cover of Chemistry: A European Journal. The paper describes the role of the wider protein environment to make the first step of the demethylation reaction in JMJD2A possible, using Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics. Credit for cover image: Dr. Karl Harrison.

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Outstanding Student PaperOutstanding Student Paper

Xian Du's presentation at the 14th International Conference on Clean Energy 2015 (ICCE 2015) held in Saskatoon, has been awarded the Outstanding Student Paper. The presentation was titled: THERMODYNAMIC ANALYSIS AND EXPERIMENTAL VALIDATION OF DRY REFORMING OF METHANE (DRM) UNDER A REACTANTS-DILUTED ATMOSPHERE.

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Pershing Square Graduate ScholarshipPershing Square Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Bobojon Nazarov for being awarded a Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship. Bobojon is currently researching the mechanisms underlying cardiac disease with the aim of improving drug therapies through his DPhil in Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science at Oxford University. Prior to this, Bobojon worked in Financial Services firms and completed an MSc in Financial Economics followed by an MSc in Pharmacology. By completing the DPhil and the MBA, he is hoping to address the gap between biomedical discoveries occurring in labs and the products currently offered to consumers.

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Wiley Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Practical Prizes 2015Wiley Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Practical Prizes 2015

Four chemistry students were honoured for their practical work in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Part II Open Day and Wine Reception, sponsored by Wiley. The winning students were Noah Miller (1st year St Peters), Clarissa Luxton (1st year Balliol), Cameron Taylor (2nd year St Hughs) and Joshua Sauer (2nd year St Hildas). Congratulations on an outstanding performance in the PTC practical laboratories. The Department is very grateful to Wiley for funding these prizes and supporting the wine reception.

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AstraZeneca Sponsored 3rd Year DPhil SymposiumAstraZeneca Sponsored 3rd Year DPhil Symposium

Congratulations to the four third year DPhil prize winning students who were rewarded for their presentations over the two-day organic symposium. The winners of prizes sponsored by AstrazZeneca were Marius Myreng Haugland (Ed Anderson), Manjeet Majhail (Mike Willis), Lukas Pfeifer (Veronique Gouverneur) and Pietro Marafini (Tom Brown)

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​BFWG Kathleen Hall Fellowship​BFWG Kathleen Hall Fellowship

Congratulations to Anne Makena, 2015 winner of the Kathleen Hall Fellowship from the British Federation for Women Graduates. Anne is a DPhil student in the Schofield group and a Rhodes Scholar at Somerville College. Her research explores the structural and biochemical properties of clinically-relevant metallo-beta-lactamases, which play an important role in bacterial mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, by catalysing the hydrolysis of virtually all classes of beta-lactam antibiotics.

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The 2015 Katritzky Lecture by Roger Y. TsienThe 2015 Katritzky Lecture by Roger Y. Tsien

Presenting to a full ICL Lecture Theatre - and an 'overflow' audience in the Abbotts Kitchen - on Tuesday 10th November, Chemistry Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien ForMemRS gave a stunning 2015 Katritzky Lecture entitled "Molecules against cancer or for long-term memory storage". This Katritzky lecture, the 6th in the series, derives from the generous benefaction of the late Professor Alan Katritzky FRS and, on this occasion, was a joint event between St Catherine's College and the Department of Chemistry. The photograph shows Roger and Wendy Tsien receiving a framed copy of the Katritzky Lecture 2015 announcement together with Roger Ainsworth (Master of St Catherine's College), Rupert Katritzky and Peter Edwards.

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Include and RespectInclude and Respect

The Department of Chemistry and the Oxfordshire charity, Restore, are raising awareness of mental health issues during National Anti-Bullying Week, to ensure that all students and employees have access to the support available to them. This is the second annual event the Department has held, and include talks from key speakers, substantial information sharing, and a cake sale to raise money for Restore.

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Multi-year £3.3M Extension of Strategic Alliance with Summit TherapeuticsMulti-year £3.3M Extension of Strategic Alliance with Summit Therapeutics

Summit Therapeutics plc have announced a multi-year extension of its exclusive strategic alliance with the research teams of Professor Steve Davies, Professor Angela Russell and Professor Dame Kay Davies (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics) until November 2019, with an option to extend it for a further 12 months, to support and accelerate development of future generation utrophin modulators for the treatment of the progressive muscle wasting disorder, DMD. Summit will continue to sponsor a drug discovery and development programme in the University of Oxford research laboratories to identify and develop oral utrophin modulators for the treatment of DMD. This research programme, originally running to November 2016, will now continue until November 2019 with an option to extend it for a further 12 months. As part of the extension, Summit will increase the funding to £0.83 million a year starting in November 2015

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Pfizer Second Year Graduate Poster Symposium 2015Pfizer Second Year Graduate Poster Symposium 2015

Congratulations to Martine Abboud, Sam Calderwood, Thomas Coxon and John Jolliffe on winning prizes at the poster session. The poster session followed the Pfizer Symposium talks by Dr Andrew Lawrence (University of Edinburgh), Dr David Blakemore (Worldwide Medicinal Chemistry, Pfizer, Cambridge), Professor Beining Chen (University of Sheffield) and Professor Jonathan Clayden (University of Bristol).

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Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2015Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2015

Prof Dame Carol Robinson and Prof Kylie Vincent have been named in the 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2015 report. Prof Vincent is tagged as a ‘Rising Star’. The 2015 report identifies 50 inspirational women in biobusiness in the UK who are challenging the status quo to bring better health to people around the world. This year, amongst the 50, there are 16 Rising Stars, up from 10 last year. They are the young leaders, the ones to watch, who are inspiring the next generation and making a global impact.

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Highlighted on the Cover of PCCPHighlighted on the Cover of PCCP

A perspective article written by the Brouard group and collaborators has appeared on the front cover of PCCP. The cover image was created by Karl Harrison. The perspective reviews progress made in the study of dynamical stereochemistry or 'stereodynamics', in particular new experimental techniques being developed in Oxford and elsewhere, which make use of orienting electric fields and ion imaging methods to help unravel the mechanism and dynamics of collisions involving oriented molecular species. These prototype systems, isolated in the gas phase, allow detailed, quantitative understanding of the steric effect on molecular collisions.

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GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2015GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2015

GlaxoSmithKline Prizes 2015 The Department of Chemistry was very pleased to welcome Dr Pan Procopiou to present the GlaxoSmithKline Prizes to the award winners: The GlaxoSmithKline Awards in Organic Chemistry Part II David Ascough – 1st prize (Part II Supervisor: Professor Veronique Gouverneur, currently Synthesis for Biology and Medicine CDT student) Osman Tack – 2nd prize (Part II Supervisor: Professor Veronique Gouverneur, currently DPhil student with Veronique Gouverneur) These prizes are awarded to the two highest ranked Oxford graduates (based on their combined Part I and Part II performance) who continue into postgraduate research in Organic Chemistry in Oxford, in the same calendar year. The GlaxoSmithKline 3rd Year Undergraduate Prizes in Practical Organic Chemistry Hugo Kent-Egan (Part II supervisor – Professor Rob Adlington) Vaishnavi Khullar (Part II supervisor – Professor Chris Schofield) Owen Smith (Part II supervisor – Professor Martin Smith) These three prizes are awarded to 3rd year undergraduates who have shown excellence in their experimental work and written submission.

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Scopus Young Researcher UK AwardScopus Young Researcher UK Award

Congratulations to Dr Michael Booth, 2015 winner of the Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology category in the Scopus Young Researcher UK Awards. A postdoctoral researcher in the Bayley Group and Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Michael’s research involves the development of synthetic cells and tissues, which can express functional proteins under the control of light.

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