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National Chemical Landmark Award celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin's Nobel Prize in ChemistryNational Chemical Landmark Award celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin's Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry has awarded a new National Chemical Landmark blue plaque to the University of Oxford Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Britain's only female Nobel Prize winner and to coincide with the UN International Year of Crystallography 2014.

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Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising by Chemistry KeytonesMacmillan Cancer Support fundraising by Chemistry Keytones

The Keytones concert and cake sale raised a fantastic £413.50 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible and came along to support us. If you would still like to make a donation you can do so at www.justgiving.com/TheKeytonesSingForMacmillan

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RSC Joseph Black Award 2014 WinnerRSC Joseph Black Award 2014 Winner

Professor Shabaz Mohammed has been awarded the RSC Joseph Black Award 2014 for his seminal contributions to the teaching and practice of analytical chemistry and his inventive developments in chromatographic separations and proteomic characterisation. Shabaz is a Associate Professor of Proteomics in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is also a theme leader at the Netherlands Proteomics Centre and maintains a 'guest' lecturer status at Utrecht University.

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RSC Charles Rees Award 2014 WinnerRSC Charles Rees Award 2014 Winner

Professor Tim Donohoe has been awarded the RSC Charles Rees Award 2014 for his multiple contributions to modern heterocyclic chemistry. Tim's research interests lie in the field of heterocyclic chemistry, catalysis and the synthesis of natural products. He also has a burgeoning interest in the area of hydrogen borrowing and the application of new catalytic reactions to the synthesis of aromatic systems. In 2001 he moved to the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford as Lecturer in Chemistry and Fellow of Magdalen College. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and he was Head of Organic Chemistry at Oxford between 2006 and 2011.

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RSC Catalysis in Organic Chemistry Award 2014 WinnerRSC Catalysis in Organic Chemistry Award 2014 Winner

Professor Michael Willis has been awarded the RSC Catalysis in Organic Chemistry Award 2014, for innovations in catalytic methodology in organic synthesis applied towards C-C bond formation and the assembly of heterocycles. In January 2007 he moved to the University of Oxford, where he is now a Professor of Chemistry and Fellow of Lincoln College. He was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in 2005, an Established Researcher Fellowship in 2013, and the 2008 AstraZeneca Research Award for Organic Chemistry. His group's research interests are based on the development and application of new catalytic processes for organic synthesis.

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Poster prize for Zilei LiuPoster prize for Zilei Liu

Zilei Liu (Fleet group) won a poster prize at the RSC Carbohydrate Spring meeting in Bath on April 31-1 May for his presentation titled: Short and Sweet Approaches to Large Scale Syntheses of L-Glucose and D-Gulose from D-Glucose, by an approach that gives easy access to otherwise expensive and inaccessible sugars. Some of this work is described in Angew. Chem. Int. Edit. 2014, 53, 1160-1162.

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Thesis commendationThesis commendation

Rob Turbervill's D.Phil. thesis on the reactivity of anionic main-group cluster cages has received a commendation from MPLS division. This achievement has been highlighted on the Wadham college webpage. The thesis entitled Solution Reactivity Studies of Group 15 Zintl Anions Towards Unsaturated Substrate was praised atruly outstandin by the D.Phil. examiners and as exceptional by MPLS division. Rob is currently working as a PDRA in the Goicoechea group funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Prize award.

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Professor Peter Edwards elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Professor Peter Edwards elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Peter Edwards, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Fellow of St Catherine's College, has been elected among the class of 2014 as Foreign Honorary Members. One of America's most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading centre for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education. Professor Edwards is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Member of the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, and Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2003 he was awarded the Royal Society's Hughes Medal and in 2012 gave its Bakerian Lecture. He said: 'This really is a dream for me to receive such a tremendous honour. I am absolutely delighted and feel truly privileged to be elected to the Academy.' Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading 'thinkers and doers' from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Margaret Meade and Martin Luther King Jr in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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OxSyBio - New Oxford Chemistry Spin-OutOxSyBio - New Oxford Chemistry Spin-Out

A new University of Oxford spin-out, OxSyBio, will develop 3D printing techniques to produce tissue-like synthetic materials for wound healing and drug delivery. In the longer term the company aims to print synthetic tissues for organ repair or replacement. Isis Innovation, the University's research commercialisation company announced today that OxSyBio has raised 1 million from IP Group plc, the developer of intellectual property based businesses, subject to the achievement of milestones. The new company will refine and advance the 3D droplet printing technology devised by Professor Hagan Bayley's group at the University's Department of Chemistry. (Printed droplet networks c.500 microns across [Credit: Oxford University/A Graham].

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Research highlighted in Angewandte ChemieResearch highlighted in Angewandte Chemie

A recent paper by Andrew Jupp and Jose Goicoechea has been highlighted in Angewandte Chemie. The original article, which was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society late last year, described the synthesis of a phosphorus-containing analogue of urea (phosphinecarboxamide). The Angewandte Highlight raises interesting questions regarding the influence of "heavy" p-block elements on the physical and chemical properties of relatives of well-established organic molecules. It concludes that the compound offers "great potential for the development of innovative applications or new synthetic pathways that may pave a way to further exciting molecules”.

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Hot Article in AnalystHot Article in Analyst

The paper "Nanoparticles in Sensing Applications: On What Timescale Do Analyte Species Adsorb on the Particle Surface?" by Enno Katelhon and Richard G. Compton has been selected as a hot article.

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On the cover of Chemical Physics LettersOn the cover of Chemical Physics Letters

For the second time in March 2014 a paper from the Compton group is featured on the cover of Chemical Physics Letters! The most recent is a 'Frontiers Article' entitled 'Simultaneous electrochemical and 3D optical imaging of silver nanoparticles' by Christopher Batchelor-McAuley, Kristina Tschulik and Richard Compton together with collaborators from Paris, France.

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CrystEngComm cover and Hot ArticleCrystEngComm cover and Hot Article

A study by DPhil student Ines Collings has been highlighted on the cover of CrystEngComm. Ines's work develops a simple rule that allows the mechanical behaviour of framework materials to be predicted based only on their geometry and was selected by the journal editors as February's top 'Hot Article'

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HOT Article in Organic & Biomolecular ChemistryHOT Article in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry

The research paper by Steve Davies et al. describing the asymmetric synthesis of C(5)-substituted transpentacins via a diasereoselective Ireland Claisen protocol has been selected to be featured as a HOT article in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry.

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Inorganic Chemistry Graduate Symposium and 2014 Malcolm Green LectureInorganic Chemistry Graduate Symposium and 2014 Malcolm Green Lecture

The Inorganic Chemistry Graduate Symposium took place on 25th - 26th March. This featured excellent research presentations by 33 final year graduate students across the full range of inorganic chemistry. The Symposium culminated in the 2014 Malcolm Green Lecture, presented by Professor Harry B Gray from the California Institute of Technology (pictured with Malcolm Green, Professor and Head of Inorganic Chemistry until 2003), and his lecture was entitled "Solar-Driven Water Splitting".

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On the Cover of Angewandte ChemieOn the Cover of Angewandte Chemie

In a communication A. D. Hamilton, S. Thompson, et al. reveal a strategy for mediating β-sheet interactions through the use of a tetrasubstituted diphenylacetylene to induce the formation of β-sheet structures in two directions. β-Sheets, key secondary structural elements of folded proteins, are commonly involved in therapeutically important protein–protein interactions and are a critical constituent of amyloid deposits in many neurodegenerative conditions. (illustration by Dr. Karl Harrison).

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COVER OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERSCOVER OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS

The cover of the March 18th issue of CPL features an article entitled "Equality of diffusion-limited chronoamperometric currents to equal area spherical and cubic nanoparticles on a supporting electrode surface" authored by Enno Kaetelhoen, Eddy Barnes and Richard Compton together with collaborators from Julich, Germany. The image was created by Enno

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Chemistry at WOW HOWChemistry at WOW HOW

Wow! How? is an annual volunteer-run family science fair held at the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum. Attracting thousands of visitors each year, the one-day event takes place during National Science & Engineering Week. It is also part of the annual Oxfordshire Science Festival.

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On the cover of Angewandte ChemieOn the cover of Angewandte Chemie

An article by Anna Rydzik and Jurgen Brem from Schofield group in collaboration with Tim Claridge was featured on the front cover of Angewandte Chemie. The work looks at monitoring conformational changes in the NDM-1 Metallo-β-lactamase by 19F NMR spectroscopy.

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Solving the energy crisis: from crystals to solar fuelsSolving the energy crisis: from crystals to solar fuels

Oxford chemists bring an interactive stand to Oxfordshire Science Festival 2014. In partnership with the Museum of History of Science 'Crystals Day', Imperial College, London, & the Solar Fuels Network.

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I’m a Scientist, Get me out of hereI’m a Scientist, Get me out of here

Mark Wallace is joining the ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here’ competition this March. Hoping to inspire school students about science, Mark risks being ‘voted off’ or stands to win £500 towards science communication. ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here’ is a free online X Factor-style competition where school students get to meet and interact with scientists, and students are the judges. Students challenge the scientists over intense, fast-paced online live chats. They then ask the scientists all the questions they want to, and vote for their favourite scientist to win the £500 prize. Tutorial Fellow and Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Mark Wallace, commented: “The idea of the project is to give students a better understanding of science and what it is like to be a scientist. It’s a great opportunity to genuinely engage with students, talking to them one to one, and hopefully inspiring them to think about becoming a scientist in the future.” Mark’s session of ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here’ takes place from 10-21 March with eight themed zones, four general zones 60 scientists, and nearly 140 different schools from Shetland to Cornwall taking part.

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On the cover of TetrahedronOn the cover of Tetrahedron

A review by Professor David Hodgson and Dr Andrew Charlton on 'Methods for Direct Generation of α-Alkyl-Substituted Aldehydes' has been highlighted on the cover of Tetrahedron. Many paths, one destination. The figure highlights some of the reviewed Csp3−Csp3 asymmetric bond-forming processes that, by overall formal nucleophilic substitution, result in an electrophile losing a leaving group and becoming attached at the α-carbon of an aldehyde.

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Three papers in PNASThree papers in PNAS

Work by the Loenarz and Schofield groups, published as three back-to-back papers in PNAS, identifies novel oxygenase catalysed modifications to ribosomes, in organisms ranging from yeasts to flies and humans. Inhibition of the discovered prolyl hydroxylations can affect the accuracy of protein synthesis, and lead to increased read-through of premature stop codons, including some of clinical relevance (e.g. for Duchenne muscular dystrophy). The work has been conducted in collaboration with Peter Ratcliffe, Matt Cockman (Oxford Medicine) and Pablo Wappner (Argentina).

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ACS Editors’ ChoiceACS Editors’ Choice

The research paper by Steve Davies et al. describing the first asymmetric synthesis and absolute configuration assignment of the marine natural product (−)-nakinadine A, published in Organic Letters, has been selected to be featured in ACS Editors’ Choice.

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DR HONORIS CAUSA DR HONORIS CAUSA

On the 21st February 2014 the University of Salamanca conferred the degree DR HONORIS CAUSA on Professor Steve Davies. Steve is only the third chemist to receive this award, the previous two recipients being Sir Derek Barton (1995) and Steve Ley (2005). The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest universities in the world and only awards three honorary doctorates per year.

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David Clary elected Einstein Professor of Chinese Academy of SciencesDavid Clary elected Einstein Professor of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor David Clary has been elected Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This award is made to distinguished international scientists working at the frontiers of science and technology. Professor Clary will give lectures associated with his award in Dalian and Beijing in March 2014. More details of the Einstein Professorship can be found here

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Oxford Chemistry highlighted at the 79th Israeli Chemical Society MeetingOxford Chemistry highlighted at the 79th Israeli Chemical Society Meeting

A cross-departmental delegation from Oxford Chemistry were invited to attend the 79th ICS meeting in Tel Aviv, February 4-5 2014. The meeting featured talks by Veronique Gouverneur, Harry Anderson, Tim Softley, Darren Dixon, Andy Weller, Tim Claridge and Andy Baldwin and was attended by the British Ambassador to Israel. The Oxford team were all made honorary life members of the Israeli Chemical Society.

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Henry Moseley seminar by Prof. Russ EgdellHenry Moseley seminar by Prof. Russ Egdell

The ICL seminar on the 11th Feb 2014 was given by Prof. Russ Egdell from our department, on "Henry Moseley: The Centenary of X-ray spectroscopy and the modern form of the Periodic Table"

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€85 million European programme targets novel antibiotics – ENABLE project€85 million European programme targets novel antibiotics – ENABLE project

Oxford Chemistry is pleased to announce the project, which includes over 30 European universities, research institutes and companies, led by GlaxoSmithKline and Uppsala University. The consortium is joining forces in the 6 year project called ENABLE (European Gram-Negative Antibacterial Engine), supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) to develop novel antibiotics against Gram-negative pathogens. It has the mission to complete phase 1 clinical trials of at least one novel anti-bacterial for Gram-negative infections by 2019 and includes open calls for candidates outside the consortium.

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Research highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News and Chemistry WorldResearch highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News and Chemistry World

A paper describing new functional materials that allow conversion of light into macroscopic helical motion has been published by Stephen Fletcher in collaboration with the Nathalie Katsonis Group at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. The article was recently appeared in Nature Chemistry and has been highlighted in Chemistry World and C&E News - the later article includes a 2 minute video showing how these springs mimic motions used by cucumber tendrils to help the plant reach the sun.

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