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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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Blaise Pascal Research Chair for Professor Veronique GouverneurBlaise Pascal Research Chair for Professor Veronique Gouverneur

Professor Veronique Gouverneur is one of the recipients of the prestigious "Blaise Pascal Research Chairs". The other recipients for 2012 are Professor E. Blackburn (American, Biologist, Nobel Prize in Medicine 2009), Professor S. J Russel (British, Berkeley, Computer Sciences) and Professor A. Mazarakis-Ainian (Greek, Archeology); these chairs were established in 1996 by the State and the Ile-de-France region. Each chair allows highly qualified, internationally acclaimed, foreign research scientists in all disciplines, accompanied if they wish by other research workers, to continue their work on a scientific project for a 12 months period that could be spread over two years in a higher learning institution or research institution in Paris/Ile-de-France. The management of these chairs is undertaken by the " Fondation de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure ". Previous winners for chemistry include Professor A. Zewail (Nobel Prize 1999), Professor A. Moore or Professor D. Curran to name just a few. Veronique will be hosted by the CEA in Saclay (Paris, South West).

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On the Cover of Chemical Physics LettersOn the Cover of Chemical Physics Letters

A research paper by Claire Vallance has been featured on the cover of Chemical Physics Letters. The article - Cavity-enhanced optical methods for online microfluidic analysis - reviews a variety of strategies for increasing the pathlength and thereby improving the detection sensitivity of absorption measurements, covering extended-pathlength single-pass methods, multi-pass measurements, and finally a range of cavity-enhanced methods. The work concludes that cavity-enhanced approaches show considerable promise for applications in which a high detection sensitivity is required within a small probed volume.

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The enzymes of beta-lactam biosynthesis is one of the most read articles in Natural Product ReportsThe enzymes of beta-lactam biosynthesis is one of the most read articles in Natural Product Reports

A comprehensive review by Dr. Refaat Hamed, Dr. Michael McDonough, et al. (Schofield group) covering the mechanisms, structures and biocatalytic applications/biotechnological potential of the enzymes involved in beta-lactam biosynthesis

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Dixon Group's Enantioselective synthesis of tetrahydropyridines is one of the Most Read Articles in Organic LettersDixon Group's Enantioselective synthesis of tetrahydropyridines is one of the Most Read Articles in Organic Letters

A recent paper from the Dixon group on the 'One-Pot Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of Tetrahydropyridines via a Nitro-Mannich/Hydroamination Cascade' is currently one of the most read papers in Organic Letters. The paper describes the one-pot synthesis of usefully protected tetrahydropyridine motifs via a cascade sequence using a combination of organo- and gold catalysis. The products are afforded in good yields and excellent enantioselectivities.

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Dixon group paper on the total synthesis of Manzamine A is top of Most Read Articles in JACSDixon group paper on the total synthesis of Manzamine A is top of Most Read Articles in JACS

A recent paper from the Dixon group on the 'Total Synthesis of Manzamine A and Related Alkaloids' is currently the number 1 most read paper in JACS. The paper describes the development of an inventive and innovative route to this biologically important family of alkaloids - a natural product class with a rich history in Oxford. A stereoselective Michael addition, two different types of nitro-Mannich cyclization cascades, a Z-selective ring closing metathesis and a Stille coupling to a key late stage enol triflate intermediate, all featured to compact the route to 18 steps, the shortest to date

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JACS SelectJACS Select

A paper from the BGD group has been featured in the latest JACS Select issue; 'The Chemistry-Glycobiology Frontier'. The paper describes a new biocatalytic method for attaching pure glycans to intact antibodies. This is the such first method and it has the potential to allow the development of finely-tuned mAb-based drugs.

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Science Communication PrizeScience Communication Prize

Martin Munzel, postdoctoral research fellow working with Chris Schofield has won the Klaus Tschira Preis, a German award for science communication. The prize is awarded annually for postdoctoral scientists who write a short article which explains their own resesearch to the wide public. The texts are judged both for their scientific quality and their writing style. The winning articles are published in the popular science magazine Bild der Wissenschaft. - photo: Ronald Frommann, copyright Klaus Tschira Stiftung

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