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Oxford researcher strikes gold with chemistry display in ParliamentOxford researcher strikes gold with chemistry display in Parliament

Chris Spicer, 25, a PhD student in the chemistry department at the University of Oxford, struck gold at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of his chemistry research, walking away with a £3,000 prize. Chris presented his research on developing new chemistry for modifying proteins to dozens of politicians and a panel of expert judges as part of the poster competition SET for Britain, on Monday 18 March. His research was judged against 29 other shortlisted researchers' work and came out on top. Chris said, "It's great to have our work recognized in a field where there is so much great science going on at the moment."

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BP's Ultimate Field TripBP's Ultimate Field Trip

The final of BP's Ultimate Field Trip competition, in which a team of Oxford University chemists took part last week. The team devised a way to reduce the cost of car travel in China by making bioethanol from rice husks. The resulting fuel can be blended with petrol and used to power cars without any engine modifications, the team told the judges. Car owners who use this blended petrol can save themselves 8 US cents per litre, the team said.

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Pittcon 2013 Editors' Gold Award - Senova SystemsPittcon 2013 Editors' Gold Award - Senova Systems

Senova Systems of California for winning the 2013 Pittcon Editors' Award Gold Medal for their revolutionary pHit Scanner - the world's first calibration-free pH meter. pHit is a revolutionary new pH sensor platform which replaces current glass electrodes with solid state smart sensors that contain no glass, require no user calibration and can be stored dry. Senova Systems' scientists and engineers began their mission by licensing key intellectual property developed by Professor Richard Compton at Oxford's Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.

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On the Cover of J. Org. Chem.On the Cover of J. Org. Chem.

A Perspective article by Ben Pilgrim and Tim Donohoe has featured on the cover of Journal of Organic Chemistry. The article details the role of transition metals in the oxidative cyclisation of alkenes and subsequent application to natural product synthesis. The cover was designed with the help of Dr Karl Harrison

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On the Cover of J. Chem. Theory Comput.On the Cover of J. Chem. Theory Comput.

An article from Michele Ceriotti in the David Manolopoulos group, on the use of non-linear dimensionality reduction techniques to elucidate structural complexity in atomistic simulations has been highlighted on the cover of JCTC.

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Red Nose DayRed Nose Day

The Keytones Red Nose Day concert and cake sale raised a fantastic £573.10 for Comic Relief. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible and came along to support us.

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Cover picture for ChemSciCover picture for ChemSci

Research from groups in Bath (Drs Sofia Pascu and Rory Arrowsmith), The Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Dr Stan Botchway) and Oxford (Profs Jon Dilworth and Steve Faulkner and Drs Michael Jones, Mark Theobald and Philip Waghorn) has been published in Chem Sci 4, 1430-1441, 2013 with a cover picture from Dr Karl Harrison. The work describes the use of two-photon fluorescence lifetime measurements to determine the stabilities of metal complex in living cells

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On the cover of Chem CommOn the cover of Chem Comm

A paper describing the use of the Suzuki coupling to modify the glycocalyx of E coli by Chris Spicer from the Ben Davis group has been featured on the cover of Chem Comm. The cover was designed with the help of Karl Harrison and photography by Chris Spicer

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Hot Angew Paper for Ana&eumllle Dumas from the Davis GroupHot Angew Paper for Anaëlle Dumas from the Davis Group

Anaëlle Dumas, Christopher D. Spicer, Zhanghua Gao, Yuya A. Lin from the Davis group have had a paper on Self-Liganded Suzuki protein PEGylation highlighted as 'hot article'

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Physical Review Letters  Editors SuggestionPhysical Review Letters Editors Suggestion

Experimental work conducted by Hongliang Zhang from the Egdell group on the Elettra synchrotron in Trieste, Italy has been highlighted as an Editors Suggestion in Physical Review Letters. The paper, published on the 1st February, used angle-resolved photoemission to demonstrate that very pronounced band bending at the surface of indium oxide (the material used as the window electrode in almost all liquid crystal displays) leads to quantisation of electrons in the accumulation layer in particle-in-a-box like states. The paper has important implications for the performance of devices where contact must be made to an In2O3 surfaces. Suggestions are highlighted each week by the editors of the journal to promote interdisciplinary reading in the hope that this will lead readers to explore areas of physics outside their own areas of interest. The selection is based on the potential interest in the results presented and, importantly, on the success of the paper in communicating its message, in particular to readers from other fields.

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Hot paper in Angewandte ChemieHot paper in Angewandte Chemie

A paper by Tim Donohoe and Radek Lipinski reporting two new concepts applied to the synthesis of the C1-16 fragment of pectenotoxin 4 has been chosen as a hot paper by the journal Angewandte Chemie.

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On the Cover of OBCOn the Cover of OBC

An article on the dual-action inhibitors of HIF prolyl hydroxylases that induce binding of a second iron ion from the Prof Schofield group has been highlighted on the cover of the latest OBC

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Cancer Research UK funded studentCancer Research UK funded student

Volunteers at the Cancer Research UK store in Duke Street held a champagne reception to mark the shop re-opening after refurb. They were joined by Cyrille Thinnes, a doctoral student at the University of Oxford's chemistry department, who is helping to develop new treatments of the disease and is sponsored by the charity. Mr Thinnes said: "Researching new ways to fight cancer is very expensive and it couldn't be done without charities like Cancer Research UK. Every time someone comes in here and buys something, they're making a contribution towards the next generation of treatments".

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Record negative compressibility described in Nature MaterialsRecord negative compressibility described in Nature Materials

The discovery by DPhil student Andrew Cairns (Goodwin Group) that a simple inorganic solid - zinc dicyanoaurate - actually expands under pressure has been published today by Nature Materials. Andrew's work - which was carried out in collaboration with Amber Thompson (Chem Cryst) and researchers at the ESRF and the Universities of Aachen and Montpellier - has implications in the development of artificial muscles and high-precision pressure sensors. The Journal has also commissioned an accompanying News and Views article to highlight Andrew's exciting result.

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Poster PrizePoster Prize

Sean Gordon, a first year DPhil from the Brouard group was awarded first prize at the 2013 SDG meeting in Durham for the presentation of his group's poster entitled "Rotational angular momentum polarisation effects in the inelastic scattering of fully quantum state selected NO(X) with the rare gases.b

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Student AwardStudent Award

Geoffrey Nelson, a final year D.Phil. student in Professor John Foord's group, won one of the student awards at the Material Research Society Fall Meeting 2012, held in Boston, Massachusetts. This award was given by the 6th Diamond Electronics and Biotechnology - From Fundamentals to Applictions symposium for his oral presentation entitled "Surface and electrical modification of boron-doped diamond to detect dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid"

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DPhil students win First and Runner-up Prizes at the RSC Organic Chemistry Poster SymposiumDPhil students win First and Runner-up Prizes at the RSC Organic Chemistry Poster Symposium

Christopher Spicer (supervisor Ben Davis) won 1st prize and Rebecca Maksymowicz (supervisor Steve Fletcher) won a runner up prize at the prestigious RSC Chemistry Poster Symposium held in London on Dec 3rd. The symposium received 120 abstract submissions and 33 students from around the UK were selected to attend.

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Roman Abramovich invests in Oxford CatalystsRoman Abramovich invests in Oxford Catalysts

Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, is said to have injected £4.3m into Oxford Catalysts, the Aim-listed oil and gas technology company born out of the chemistry department. His stake of more than 3pc in the business is expected to be announced this morning, after the company raised 30.6m in a share issue yesterday. Oxford Catalysts develops technology to commercialise natural gas which would otherwise be burnt off and wasted as flares during oil production.

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Chemical Science Flash Presentation PrizeChemical Science Flash Presentation Prize

Matthew Langton attended the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Meeting in the week before Christmas, and was fortunate enough to win the Chemical Science Flash Presentation Prize for the talk entitled "Interlocked Host Molecules for Anion Recognition and Sensing".

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PSSB Article Highlighted as Editor's ChoicePSSB Article Highlighted as Editor's Choice

An article by DPhil student Matt Cliffe in the Goodwin Group has been given the distinction of an "Editor's Choice" highlight by Physica Status Solidi. Matt's paper describes a new approach to quantifying local geometry and symmetry in structural models of amorphous materials.

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On the Cover of Chem - Eur JOn the Cover of Chem - Eur J

A paper describing the enantioselective total synthesis of hodgkinsine B, by Rob Snell from the Willis group, is featured on the cover of Chemistry - A European Journal.

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On the Cover of Natural Product Reports Jan 2013On the Cover of Natural Product Reports Jan 2013

A comprehensive review by Dr. Refaat Hamed, Dr. Michael McDonough, et al. (Schofield group) covering the enzymes involved in beta-lactam biosynthesis has been featured on the cover of the Jan 2013 issue of the RSC journal Natural Product Reports. The cover illustration was created by Karl Harrison.

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First prize poster winnerFirst prize poster winner

Nazanin Rashidi, a 3rd year DPhil student working in Peter P. Edwards research group, was awarded the first prize at the RSC Early Career Energy Sector Chemists Symposium 2012 in Cranfield University, for her work on ''Solution-Processed Si-doped ZnO Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications.

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Davy Medal Presentation at The Royal SocietyDavy Medal Presentation at The Royal Society

Professor Fraser Armstrong FRS was awarded the Davy Medal in 2012 for his pioneering protein film electrochemistry allowing exquisite thermodynamic and kinetic control of redox enzymes, exemplified by hydrogenases, key in energy technology. The Davy Medal is awarded annually "for an outstandingly important recent discovery in any branch of chemistry". The medal is named after Humphry Davy FRS and was first awarded in 1877.

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Qian Li (Compton group) wins prize for best talk at the RSC Electroanalytical Group Student MeetingQian Li (Compton group) wins prize for best talk at the RSC Electroanalytical Group Student Meeting

The annual Postgraduate Meeting of the Electroanalytical Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry was held at Birkbeck College in London on December 6th. Ms Qian Li, 3rd year D.Phil. student in the Compton Group, shared the prize for the best talk for her lecture on the electrochemistry of quinones

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Prize for Paul KaufmanPrize for Paul Kaufman

Paul Kaufman (Merton) receiving the Salters graduate prize. Pictured on Paul's left is Professor Sir John Holman, Master of the Salters' Company and on the right is HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

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Highlighted in Nature Chemical BiologyHighlighted in Nature Chemical Biology

The discovery of ribosomal oxygenases by Wei Ge et al. from Chris Schofield's group was recently highlighted in Nature Chemical Biology. Their work defines new roles of oxygen in translational regulation and opens new therapeutic possibilities via oxygenase inhibition and by targeting modified over unmodified ribosomes.

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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 and Dr Peter Gallagher from Lilly's came to award the prizes on Thursday 29 November.

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On the Cover of Nature ChemistryOn the Cover of Nature Chemistry

Sarandis Marinakis (from Brian Howard group) and co-workers presented the first joint experimental and theoretical study of differential cross-sections for inelastic scattering of fully state-specified OH with He and Ar using velocity-map imaging in a crossed-molecular-beam arrangement. Hydroxyl radicals (OH) are important in many chemical systems, including combustion and atmospheric reactions, however experimentally measuring their velocities in specific internal quantum states has proved difficult.

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2012 Haagen-Smit Prize2012 Haagen-Smit Prize

Richard Wayne and a team of co-authors, including two colleagues from the PTCL, have been awarded the 2012 Haagen-Smit Prize. The award recognizes a paper published in 1991 as an outstanding contribution to Atmospheric Environment. The Prize is named named in honour of Professor. Arie Jan Haagen-Smit, a pioneer in the field of air pollution and one of the first editors of the International Journal of Air Pollution, a predecessor to Atmospheric Environment. The Haagen-Smit Prize is given annually to papers previously published in Atmospheric Environment. The 203-page article entitled The Nitrate Radical - Physics, Chemistry and the Atmosphere, was written to meet the needs of researchers in atmospheric chemistry. It was published simultaneously by the European Commission, who had supported some of the research as well as the costs of coordination and review meetings, and by Atmospheric Environment. The nitrate radical, NO3, is one of the most important free-radical oxidizing agents in the Earth's atmosphere, especially in polluted urban environments and at night. The review paper was an exhaustive and thorough compendium of knowledge existing at the time and covered all aspects of the physics and chemistry of the nitrate radical, including laboratory methods, spectroscopy, structure, photochemistry, chemical reactions, sources and sinks, and field measurements.

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