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On the cover of OrganometallicsOn the cover of Organometallics

A collaboration between Professor Jenny Green and Alexander (Sandy) Kilpatrick from Geoff Cloke's research group in Sussex has been highlighted on the cover of Organometallics. The paper focuses on the reductive activation of CO2 Across a Ti-Ti double bonds. Sandy has since moved to Oxford to join the O'Hare research group. The cover illustration was created by Dr Karl Harrison

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On the cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical PhysicsOn the cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Research by the Doye group has featured on the inside front cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. The work probes the mechanisms for CO oxidation catalysed by small bimetallic clusters with the cover image illustrating a variety of potential intermediates as well its relevance to the catalysis of exhaust gases.

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C&EN highlights Russian doll complexesC&EN highlights Russian doll complexes

Work on the synthesis and photophysics of nested Russian doll complexes by Sophie Rousseaux and coworkers has been highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News (19 Oct. 2016 page 30). The complex consists of a 6-porphyrin nanoring inside a 12 porphyrin nanoring.

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Presentation of CHEMISTRY PART IA, 2015  PRIZESPresentation of CHEMISTRY PART IA, 2015 PRIZES

The SAB Miller Prizes for the Part IA examinations have been presented to the top undergraduates by Dr. Sue James from SAB Miller PLC. The prizes were awarded to: Yining Yang, Merton College; Chester Chen, Hertford College; Bruno Vanderstichele, New College; Wilfred Diment, St. Catherine's College; Benjamin Williams, Wadham College; Elisabetta Ronchi, Pembroke College

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The 2015 Malcolm Green LectureThe 2015 Malcolm Green Lecture

The Inorganic Chemistry seminar series got off to a flying start on Friday 9th October with the 2015 Malcolm Green Lecture presented by Professor Ernesto Carmona (Universidad de Sevilla, pictured (left) with Professor Malcolm Green (right)). Professor Carmona’s lecture was entitled "Complexes with Molybdenum-Molybdenum Multiple Bonds"

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New magnetic state published in ScienceNew magnetic state published in Science

A collaboration between Joe Paddison in the Goodwin group and researchers at Warwick, Copenhagen, and the ESS and the ILL facilities has been published in Science. The article describes the discovery that garnet-structured Gd3Ga5O12 ('GGG') adopts a bizarre magnetic state at low temperatures that is intermediate between liquid and solid. Individual magnetic moments of Gd3+ ions fluctuate as if in a liquid-like state, but collective multi-spin loops adopt a crystal-like multipolar order. This order is hidden because neutron scattering - our usual way of studying ordered magnetic states - is not directly sensitive to multipolar correlations.

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Hot Article and Front Cover for Hamilton Group researchHot Article and Front Cover for Hamilton Group research

Work from the Hamilton group has been featured as a ‘Hot Article’ on the front cover of Chemistry: A European Journal. The paper describes a modular synthetic route to non-peptidic beta-strand mimetics that are conformationally pre-organised to mediate protein-protein interactions. Credit for cover image: Dr Peter Knipe.

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The TMCS PrizeThe TMCS Prize

Congratulations to Jonathan Mannouch and Tim Wiles, who share this year's TMCS Prize for their outstanding performances in the year-1 TMCS training programme, which led to their award of a distinction in the MSc in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. Jonathan will now embark on his DPhil at Oxford with William Barford, while Tim starts his PhD with Fred Manby in Bristol.

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Silver Athena SWAN awardSilver Athena SWAN award

The department is delighted to announce that the Department of Chemistry was successful in its application for its Silver Athena SWAN award. This was the only Silver awarded to an MPLS department in this round of applications. The Athena SWAN programme recognises equality and diversity, particularly within STEM subjects, and the Silver award recognises the work that has been undertaken to improve the gender balance of students and employees, and the improved support and development available to all.

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Top 2 for University of OxfordTop 2 for University of Oxford

The UK has 34 universities in the Times Higher Education ranking of the world's top 200 institutions. Oxford climbs to second place, while Cambridge and Imperial College London also make the top 10 in fourth and eighth places respectively. The tables rank universities worldwide on measures like teaching, research and international outlook - for example numbers of overseas students and staff.

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New TMCS CDT 2015 cohortNew TMCS CDT 2015 cohort

TMCS second cohort have arrived and attended a welcome afternoon on 30th September, to meet the leadership team and have an informal induction. The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training aim is to transform PhD training in theoretical and computational chemistry, and to deliver the research leaders of the future required by both academia and industry. The students receive integrated, in-depth training in the core activities of fundamental theory, software development, and application to contemporary research challenges.

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'Hot paper' in Angewandte Chemie'Hot paper' in Angewandte Chemie

A recently accepted article by Jesus Campos and Simon Aldridge has been designated as a 'hot paper' by the editors of Angewandte Chemie. The manuscript outlines a boron analogue of the Negishi coupling for C-B bond formation, via a bench-top protocol using an air and moisture-stable boryl metal reagent.

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MSc passes for TMCS StudentsMSc passes for TMCS Students

All 11 members of the first TMCS cohort have successfully passed the MSc in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, as the culmination of their year-1 training. Four members of the cohort achieved distinctions: Dom Fijan, Jonathan Mannouch, Tim Naginey and Tim Wiles.

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2015 Reaxys PhD Prize2015 Reaxys PhD Prize

Andrew Jupp, who is carrying out his DPhil with Jose Goicoechea, has recently been announced as one of the three winners of the 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize. The final was held in Hong Kong, where the nine shortlisted finalists had to succinctly describe their research in a 15 minute presentation in front of experts from academia and industry. The three winners were chosen based on the originality and impact of their work and their ability to convey this research in front of an audience of leading scientists.

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Article in The Martlet, University CollegeArticle in The Martlet, University College

Sarah Morrow and James Silk (SBM CDT 2014 cohort) feature in the latest issue of The Martlet, University College’s alumni magazine, in an article entitled: "The Formula for Good Chemistry at Univ.” (Photography Rachel Harrison, University College Oxford)

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Poster Prize for Simon CassidyPoster Prize for Simon Cassidy

Congratulations to Simon Cassidy of the Clarke group for winning a poster prize at the European Conference on Solid State Chemistry in Vienna. He described the co-intercalation of potassium and ammonia into iron selenide to make high temperature superconductors. The work was performed at the Diamond Light Source, which has sponsored his D.Phil. work.

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New Head of Department for Oxford ChemistryNew Head of Department for Oxford Chemistry

We are pleased to announce that Professor Mark Brouard has been appointed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board,University of Oxford, as Head of the Department of Chemistry for a period of 5 years with effect from 1st September 2015. Professor Brouard is the current Head of the Physical and Theoretical Laboratory, and a member of the Chemistry Management Board as well as the Chair of the Athena SWAN committee. Research in the Brouard Group is concerned with studying the mechanisms of simple gas phase reactions using polarized laser pump and probe (flash photolysis) techniques. Experiments fall under three main categories: Reaction Dynamics, Photodissociation Dynamics, and Imaging Mass Spectrometry.

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New SBM CDT websiteNew SBM CDT website

The EPSRC CDT in Synthesis for Biology and Medicine has launched a new website, to coincide with opening the applications cycle for 2016/17. Two of the incoming SBM CDT students, starting in October 2015, have been awarded prestigious scholarships based on academic merit, which will support them through their DPhil studies: Robert Scanes: Oxford-Radcliffe Graduate Studentship from University College Tudor Balan: Lady Margaret Hall-SBM CDT Scholarship

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Dr Kristína CsatayováDr Kristína Csatayová

The department is very sad to announce that Dr Kristína Csatayová died on 26th July at the age of 32. Kristína secured her DPhil under the supervision of Professor Steve Davies last year, and was a postdoctoral research assistant to both Steve Davies and Angela Russell. She will be remembered for her outstanding contribution to chemistry and for being an exceptional scientist and human being. She will be greatly missed amongst her peers, friends and families. A donation to the Sobell House Hospice Charity (https://www.justgiving.com/Kristina-Csatayova) would be a wonderful way to support a cause that is important to her family and friends, and to honour Kristína who lost her life after a fierce battle with cancer.

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Best Poster PrizeBest Poster Prize

Congratulations to Shuyun Chng from the Moloney research group for the award of Best Poster prize for Symposium M (Advanced Nano and Polymeric Materials for Biological and Health Care Applications) at ICMAT 2015, Singapore, from 28 Jun to 3 Jul 2015, for the poster "Surface Modified Polymers for Anti-bacterial Purposes".

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Poster Prize WinnerPoster Prize Winner

Congratulations to Brianna Heazlewood for winning a Poster Prize at the Dynamics of Molecular Collisions XXV meeting, held in Asilomar, California, 12-17 July. Brianna is a Research Fellow in Tim Softley's group, working in the area of cold chemistry. The 25th DMC meeting, celebrating 50 years of chemical reaction dynamics, will be held at the beautiful and historic Asilomar Conference Grounds near Monterey, California. The DMC is a premier international meeting founded by Nobel Laureate John Fenn in 1965 and it has been chaired by several other Nobel Laureates since that time. It brings together experimentalists and theorists studying, at the highest level of detail, the physical basis of chemical phenomena.

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Poster Prize for Dan KohnPoster Prize for Dan Kohn

Congratulations to Dan Kohn for winning a Poster Prize at the 16th International Symposium on Novel Aromatic Compounds, ISNA16, in Madrid, 5-10 July. Dan is a first-year DPhil student in Harry Anderson's group and is working on the synthesis of polyyne rotaxanes.

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On the cover of LangmuirOn the cover of Langmuir

A paper by Robert K. Thomas and Jeffrey Penfold has been highlighted on the cover and as ACS Editors' Choice article in this issue of Langmuir. The article describes the fact that surfactants adsorbed at the air–water interface with structures more complicated than the expected single monolayer. This is from observations, mostly made by neutron or X-ray reflectivity, which show structures varying from the usual monolayer to monolayer plus one or two additional bilayers to multilayer adsorption at the surface.

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Highlighted in Angewandte ChemieHighlighted in Angewandte Chemie

A ‘Hot Paper' by Leon Harrington from the Hagan Bayley group has been featured on the inside cover of Angewandte Chemie. The paper describes a nanopore-based label-free kinase inhibitor assay, which was developed in collaboration with Stefan Knapp’s group at the Structural Genomics Consortium. The cover features artwork designed by Leon.

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ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty AwardACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Prof. Robert Paton receives an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the Computers in Chemistry (COMP) division of the American Chemical Society and OpenEye Scientific Software. The ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award provides $1,000 to up to four outstanding tenure-track junior faculty members. The Awards are designed to assist new faculty members in gaining visibility within the COMP community. Award certificates and prizes will be presented at the forthcoming ACS National Meeting in Boston.

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Prize at CatSlam competition, TU BerlinPrize at CatSlam competition, TU Berlin

Tom Lonsdale in the Vincent group won second prize in CatSlam 2015 at the Technical University of Berlin for his ‘slam’ on hydrogen-driven biocatalysis. Competitors were asked to teach catalysis to a non-expert audience via creative presentations. Other members of the Vincent group assisted by posing as enzymes.

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On the cover of Asian Journal of Organic ChemistryOn the cover of Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry

Edward J. Emmett and Michael C. Willis review has been highlighted on the cover of this month's Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry. The paper discusses the development of a number of different sulfur dioxide surrogates and show how they have been used to re-explore existing transformations, as well in the development of novel chemistries for the synthesis of sulfonyl-derived functional groups. The cover was designed by Karl Harrison

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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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