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2015 Hofmann Distinguished Lecture Imperial College London2015 Hofmann Distinguished Lecture Imperial College London

Professor Peter Edwards has given the 21st Hofmann Distinguished Lectur at Imperial College, London on the 23rd June 2015. Peter gave a talk titled 'The Electron in Solution". August Wilhelm von Hofmann was the founding Professor of the Royal College of Chemistry in 1845 which later became Imperial College in 1907. Hofmann is still remembered for his fundamental contributions to organic chemistry and was awarded the Royal Medal (1854), the Copley Medal (1875) and the Albert Medal (1881).

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Highlighted in Chemistry, a European JournalHighlighted in Chemistry, a European Journal

Hot Paper by Dr. Vicente Martí-Centelles and Prof. Paul Beer has been featured on the inside cover of Chemistry, a European Journal. Nitrate recognition by a complementary designed interlocked host system. A [2]rotaxane consisting of a dicatonic acridine-based axle component interlocked with a macrocycle creates a complementary trigonal shaped host cavity that selectively binds the nitrate anion in an aqueous solvent mixture

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Chemistry alumna Ruth Mastenbroek launches new ‘Oxford’ perfumeChemistry alumna Ruth Mastenbroek launches new ‘Oxford’ perfume

On 17 June perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek (Lady Margaret Hall, 1970) announced the launch of her new fragrance, OXFORD. Ruth read chemistry at Oxford and has drawn on her own experiences to create her new perfume. Ruth says ' Oxford is the scent of an awakening, the discovery of life's extraordinary adventures. When I came to Oxford, my philosophy was ‘Live Now!’- perhaps young and naïve, but also a useful mantra to make sure you do everything you want in life before it is too late'. Oxford is a unisex scent, and was inspired by Gitanes, the French cigarette brand favoured by Mastenbroek's fellow students when she attended Oxford. The fragrance includes bergamot, galbanum, basil as top notes; jasmine, clary sage, rosemary in the heart and amber, vanilla, patchouli, vetivert and oud as base notes. Oxford the fragrance is available at the University of Oxford Shop.

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On the cover of Dalton TransactionsOn the cover of Dalton Transactions

Recently published work from Jochen Niemeyer in the Aldridge group on M=B bond metathesis has been highlighted on the cover of Dalton Transactions. The synthetic and reaction chemistries of cationic iminoborylene complexes, which feature a unique heterocumulene structure, was systematically investigated. The reactivity of these iminoborylene systems towards a range of nucleophiles and unsaturated substrates has been investigated. The latter includes the first examples of M[double bond, length as m-dash]B metathesis reactivity with a carbodiimide, and results in Fe=B cleavage and formation of the isonitrile complexes.

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Ornella Barra visits Oxford ChemistryOrnella Barra visits Oxford Chemistry

On June 16 2015 the Department of Chemistry hosted one of the world’s top businesswomen. Ornella Barra, Executive Vice President of Walgreens Boots Alliance, has been described by Fortune magazine as ‘a driving force in Europe's healthcare industry’. A scientist by training, she discussed her career path from pharmacy graduate to Vice President of the world's largest pharmacy‐led health and beauty company, provided advice for graduates interested in entrepreneurship, and described a recent passion ? supporting Macmillan Cancer Support to train Boots UK pharmacists to advise those affected by cancer.

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EPSRC RISE FellowEPSRC RISE Fellow

Peter Edwards, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry has been awarded the accolade by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of being appointed EPSRC RISE Fellow. The RISE scheme is aimed at Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers working in the UK. RISE Fellows are renowned scientists and engineers who are fellows of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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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 paper introduces an improved version of the oxDNA coarse-grained model and the cover image shows an example DNA nanostructure for which the new model provides a better structural description.

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2015 Reaxys PhD Prize2015 Reaxys PhD Prize

Andrew Jupp, who is undertaking his DPhil with Jose Goicoechea, has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Reaxys PhD prize. As one of the finalists, he will be giving a presentation at the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium being held in Hong Kong in September, where the three winners will be announced.

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2015 Reaxys PhD Prize2015 Reaxys PhD Prize

Matthew Langton, who undertook his DPhil with Paul Beer, has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Reaxys PhD prize. As one of the finalists, he will be giving a presentation Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium being held in Hong Kong in September, where the three winners will be announced.

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Chair of the 2015 Advanced Research Grant PanelChair of the 2015 Advanced Research Grant Panel

Peter Edwards has been appointed Chair of the 2015 Advanced Research Grant Panel on Synthetic Chemistry and Materials of The European Research Council (ERC) The budget for this programme is expected to be in the region of 50M euros. Peter commented: "I’m delighted –and extremely honoured – to be elected to this important position for the 2015 Advanced Grant Programme of The European Research Council (ERC). Over the past few years, I’ve worked hard with colleagues on this Panel and from the ERC itself to promote excellent, curiosity-driven frontier research in this critically-important area of modern science for Europe"

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Charlie JonesCharlie Jones

In recognition of his services to teaching and research in the Department of Chemistry, Charlie Jones was awarded an Honorary MA on 6 June 2015. Charlie Jones retired in May this year after 49 years of service to the Department of Chemistry as a Mechanical Engineering Technician and Student Workshop Supervisor. The Honorary MA celebrates Charlie’s skills as a supervisor and technician in designing and building new instruments.

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Phys.org highlights bench top particle acceleratorPhys.org highlights bench top particle accelerator

Phys.org has highlighted a paper published in the New Journal of Physics by physicists from VU University Amsterdam and Professor Softley's research group. The work presented a design for a new one-meter-diameter magnetic synchrotron—a circular particle accelerator like the LHC—that could be used to study collisions between neutral hydrogen atoms and other atoms and molecules. The compact synchrotron could store beams of hydrogen atoms moving at a supersonic velocity of 600 meters per second (2100 km/hr, 1300 mph)—approximately twice the speed of sound. Supersonic beams of different neutral atoms and molecules would be injected into the ring from a supersonic beam source, enabling scientists to study their collisions inside the synchrotron.

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Ed Anderson wins OUSU  teaching award 2015  for Oustanding TutorEd Anderson wins OUSU teaching award 2015 for Oustanding Tutor

Ed Anderson had been shortlisted in all three MPLS categories – Most Acclaimed Lecturer, Outstanding Supervisor and Outstanding Tutor, (based on student nominations and the selections of an OUSU panel) and he won the Outstanding Tutor award. Ed was the only person out of any of the Divisions to be shortlisted for more than one award. Matt Rattley was also shortlisted in the Most Outstanding Tutor category.

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A collection of papers in memory of Professor Robert WilliamsA collection of papers in memory of Professor Robert Williams

Professor Bob Williams pass away earlier this year. Bob was a true pioneer in the field of bio-inorganic chemistry, especially concerning the role of calcium as a biological messenger. He contributed substantially to our understanding of the evolution of life. In memory of Professor Williams’ huge contribution to the field, the RSC have collated a number of his publications across a range of articles.

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RSC Poster Prize for Xinkun Ren at ESBOC ConferenceRSC Poster Prize for Xinkun Ren at ESBOC Conference

Congratulations to Xinkun Ren, from Prof. Luet Wong group (co-supervised by Prof. Jeremy Robertson) for winning the poster prize at the 49th European Symposium on Biological and Organic Chemistry in Gregynog, Wales for his poster “New P450 activities from drug oxidation”, which reported the discovery of novel P450 reaction types with applications in synthesis by enzyme evolution.

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Biosense ExhibitionBiosense Exhibition

Professor Chris Schofield's research on chemistry of oxygen sensing has been highlighted in a public exhibition called Biosense. The exhibition is at the Museum of Natural History, Oxford. The exhibit looks at how all living organisms need to sense changes in their environments and how current research is exploring the mechanisms involved, and how we might benefit from this understanding.

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VIP in Angewandte ChemieVIP in Angewandte Chemie

Work on a conjugated molecular nanotube by Patrik Neuhaus, Arjen Cnossen and coworkers from the Professor Harry Anderson research group has been published as a VIP in Angewandte Chemie. The tube consists of 12 porphyrin units and has a diameter of 24 Å.

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EPSRC Established Career Fellowship EPSRC Established Career Fellowship

Professor Andrew Weller has been awarded a prestigious Established Career Fellowship by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). This five–year, £1.9–million, award will support research into the development of new catalytic methodologies that add value to fossil–derived resources and the manufacture of novel types of polymeric materials with boron–nitrogen backbones. Alongside Weller is a co–investigator of Professor Stuart Macgregor (Heriot–Watt University) who will study, using computational techniques, these new catalyst systems.

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Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes and Awards 2015Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes and Awards 2015

Professors Paton, Wallace, Kukura, and David have been recognised by the RSC for those who are advancing excellence across the chemical sciences. They have been awarded the: Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2015: Professor Robert Paton; Norman Heatley Award 2015: Professor Mark Wallace; Marlow Award 2015: Professor Philipp Kukura; and John B Goodenough Award 2015: Professor William David, ISIS Facility and University of Oxford

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2015 Founders' Award of the British Zeolite Association2015 Founders' Award of the British Zeolite Association

Matt Cliffe, a DPhil student in the Goodwin group, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Founders' Award of the British Zeolite Association "for his work in the synthesis and characterisation of defective MOF materials". The Founders' Award is an annual award for UK based postgraduate students working in the area of micro or mesoporous science. In the BZA's own words "It aims to celebrate the best/most promising postgraduate scientist of the year". The Award, which consists of a trophy and a cash prize, will be presented to Matt at the BZA Annual Meeting in Chester, where Matt will present a lecture on his prize-winning work. Congratulations Matt!

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Professor Ben Davis has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society Professor Ben Davis has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society

Professor Davis is noted for his chemical interrogation and manipulation of biological systems, particularly those that hinge on carbohydrates and proteins. He has developed selective and benign bond forming strategies that have been applied to biology, allowing the construction of synthetic biomolecules and bioconjugates; the creation of synthetic cells and viruses; and in vivo chemistry. These have enabled associated mechanistic details of protein and sugar biology to be elucidated and exploited for biotechnological applications.

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Defect engineering highlighted by Chemistry WorldDefect engineering highlighted by Chemistry World

A recent PCCP article by Matt Cliffe and Josh Hill, both DPhils in the Goodwin group, has been highlighted by Chemistry World. Their results have shown how the mechanical properties of a metal-organic framework (MOF) can be controlled and optimised by varying defect concentrations. Working together with collaborators at Diamond and Paris, Matt and Josh have used their approach to design a defective MOF that not only shrinks when heated, but breaks a number of records in the process.

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European Prize for Organometallic Chemistry to Professor Malcolm L. H. GreenEuropean Prize for Organometallic Chemistry to Professor Malcolm L. H. Green

Professor Malcolm Green has been awarded the first the European Prize for Organometallic Chemistry created by the Division of Organometallic Chemistry (DOM) of the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS). Malcolm L. H. Green, Emeritus Professor receives this prize for his outstanding contributions to the field of organometallic chemistry including pioneering studies of molybdenocene and tungstenocene systems, novel methods for molecular inorganic synthesis, for catalysis and for carbon materials as well as fundamental studies of alpha- and beta-hydrogen migratory insertions and C-H bond activations – the well-established term agostic interaction was conceived by Professor Green.

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On the cover of OrganometallicsOn the cover of Organometallics

A research paper by Sebastian Pike et. al. from the Professor Weller research group has been highlighted no the cover of the ACS journal Organometallics. The work shows the solid–gas catalysis of alkene hydrogenation by crystals of large anion protected Rh phosphines. Experiments found that the heterogeneous solid–gas catalysis had most active sites sitting near the surface. The cover illustration was produced by Karl Harrison.

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Mr Xiaofei Zhou wins Chinese government award Mr Xiaofei Zhou wins Chinese government award

Compton group D.Phil. student Mr Xiaofei Zhou wins Chinese government award for outstanding self-funded students abroad. An award ceremony was held at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in London on Friday April 24th for the 32 UK based winners of this prestigious competition which was inaugurated in 2003. Xiaofei Zhou was presented with a certificate (and cheque) by the Ambassador Liu Xiaoming. Professor Richard Compton delivered a short invited speech on behalf of all the supervisors.

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Oxford Science Blog highlights 'silly walks' researchOxford Science Blog highlights 'silly walks' research

Research by the Kukura group recently published in eLife was highlighted by the Oxford Science blog. The study describes the application of a new high-speed nanometric imaging technique to study how molecular motors move along actin filaments. The work shows that myosin 5 takes 'stiff-legged' steps to achieve highly efficient motion on the nanoscale. The results are important both for our general understanding of efficient mechanochemical transduction and any future efforts in producing artificial nanomachines.

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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 work probes the structural properties of bulges in DNA duplexes, and the cover image represents a variety of DNA nanostructures in which this motif is used.

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Dalton Transactions Poster Prize for Christopher Wright at Southern Dalton Meeting 2015Dalton Transactions Poster Prize for Christopher Wright at Southern Dalton Meeting 2015

Congratulations to Christopher Wright, from the Professor Dermot O'Hare group for winning a poster prize at the Southern Dalton Meeting 2015 in Brighton for his poster on "Well-defined tungsten catalysts for selective ethylene oligomerisation". The Southern Dalton Regional meeting is on all aspects of inorganic chemistry.

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Congratulations to Alavi-Mandell award winnerCongratulations to Alavi-Mandell award winner

Dr Rebekka Hueting has recently been given the Alavi-Mandell award for the publication of an article in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine entitled 'A Comparison of the Behaviour of 64 Cu-acetate and 64 Cu-ATSM in vitro and in vivo' The award is given to individuals who were trainees/students at the time the work was carried out and made a major contribution to the completion of the project. Rebekka, the first author of the paper published in the JNM, was a DPhil student in the chemistry department under the joint supervision of Prof J. Dilworth and Prof V. Gouverneur; this study was conducted in collaboration with Prof. Ruth Muschel (Oncology).

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Nature Chemistry paper highlighted in SynformNature Chemistry paper highlighted in Synform

Work from Martin Smith and Robert Paton’s groups on the catalytic enantioselective synthesis of indanes, which was recently published in Nature Chemistry (http://t.co/aA1h1j1bRw) has been highlighted in Synform. The article describes the development of a kinetically controlled 5-endo-trig reaction directed by a chiral ammonium counter-ion and detailed quantum calculations to probe the potential mechanism of the transformation.

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