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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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St Anne's Chemistry Fresher wins 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Bill Bryson PrizeSt Anne's Chemistry Fresher wins 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Bill Bryson Prize

Jessica Ham, one of four new Chemistry students at St Anne's, has been awarded the 2012 Bill Bryson Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The prize is designed to encourage and recognise clear science communication in schools and colleges. Open to students aged 5-18, the competition attracts hundreds of entries annually from around the UK - in formats ranging from power point presentations to puzzles. Jessica's winning contribution - a comic strip entitled 'Flask in a Mask' - is to be recognised formally at a gala dinner in London later this term. Congratulations Jess!

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New superconductor described in Nature MaterialsNew superconductor described in Nature Materials

Collaboration between Simon Clarke's group and Stephen Blundell's group in Oxford Physics and involving colleagues at Durham and the ISIS neutron and muon facility has resulted in the characterisation of a new high temperature superconductor in which lithium and ammonia have been intercalated into iron selenide. The layered form of iron selenide had already been shown to lose all electrical resistance, but only when cooled below about 8 degrees above absolute zero. The Letter in Nature Materials reports that the new intercalate retains superconductivity at temperatures five times higher. The use of the neutron and muon facilities at ISIS was key to characterising the structure by enabling the light atoms to be located and for measurement of some of the fundamental superconducting properties such as the penetration depth. "Since the discovery of these layered iron-based superconductors in 2008, we have been engaged in an intensive search to optimize the superconducting properties by changing the chemical composition of the spacer layer between the iron-containing layers", explained Simon Clarke. "Our new results are the first characterisation of an example in which a molecular species has been incorporated into the structure of such a material. Excitingly, we have discovered that in this case this leads to superconductivity up to 43 kelvin, higher than in any iron selenide-derived compound reported so far." "We have studied the superconducting properties using a variety of techniques," added Stephen Blundell. "In particular, results using radioactive particles called muons have shown that our new material is a very well-behaved superconductor. Most significantly, the new synthetic route which has now been developed opens up the possibility of further exploitation of related molecular species in this and other systems in order to greatly optimize the superconducting properties in this family."

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Professor David Logan Foreign FellowshipProfessor David Logan Foreign Fellowship

Professor David Logan has been elected as a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of India. The National Academy of Sciences, India was founded in the year 1930, with the objectives to provide a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of views among them. Today it has about 1571 Members and 1579 Fellows including 29 Honorary Fellows and 88 Foreign Fellows.

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Eisai Part 1 A PrizesEisai Part 1 A Prizes

Our top second year students were honoured at the annual Eisai prize ceremony on Wednesday, 10 October. The prizes were awarded by Dr. Luis Castro, Head of Chemistry of the UK Discover NeuroScience Product Creation Unit, for outstanding performance in the Part IA exams. The winning students are Jonathan Mannouch (STC), Katrina Mennie (CCH), Rafal Wiewiora (PBK), Sarah Morrow (JES) and Alexander Bajjon (MER). Congratulations for a truly outstanding performance. The Department is very grateful to Eisai for funding and supporting these prizes.

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MPLS Vacation Bursary Poster PrizeMPLS Vacation Bursary Poster Prize

Sarah Morrow who did a vacation bursary project with Roel Dullens won joint first prize at the MPLS Vacation Bursary Poster competition. Sarah is a 3rd year undergraduate from Jesus College.

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IRPC Collaborative Research ProgrammeIRPC Collaborative Research Programme

After finalising an agreement earlier in the year, the £1M collaborative Research and Development Project on High Performance Polymers between the IRPC Public Company Ltd of Thailand and the groups of Prof.’s Foord and Moloney in Oxford is now underway. Three new research workers have joined the Department, with a main aim of the research focussing on the fabrication of functional polymer nanocomposites.

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40 Years of Service40 Years of Service

Congratulations and thanks go to Neville Baker who last week completed 40 years of service to the Department of Chemistry, working in the electronics workshop in the Physical and Theoretical chemistry Laboratory.

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The GlaxoSmithKline 3rd Year Undergraduate PrizesThe GlaxoSmithKline 3rd Year Undergraduate Prizes

The Department of Chemistry was very pleased to welcome Dr Pan Procopiou to present the GlaxoSmithKline Prizes to the award winners: "The GlaxoSmithKline 3rd Year Undergraduate Prizes in Practical Organic Chemistry": Gareth Langley ( Part II supervisor, Professor Chris Schofield) ;Charlie McTernan (Part II supervisor, Professor Tim Donohoe); Jessica Thien (Part II supervisor, Dr Jeremy Robertson)

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The GlaxoSmithKline Awards in Organic Chemistry Part IIThe GlaxoSmithKline Awards in Organic Chemistry Part II

The Department of Chemistry was very pleased to welcome Dr Pan Procopiou to present the GlaxoSmithKline Prizes to the award winners: "The GlaxoSmithKline Awards in Organic Chemistry Part II": 1st prize David Shepherd (Part II supervisor, Dr Rob Paton); 2nd prize Philip Gerken (Part II supervisor, Dr Angela Russell)

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Presentation of Athena SWAN Bronze AwardPresentation of Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena SWAN Working Group receives Bronze award, pictured are members of the working group; Stephen Faulkner, Tim Softley, Nick Green, Rhiannon Evans, Charlotte Dodson, Grant Ritchie, Emily Flashman, Mark Brouard, Jenni Collins Asel Sartbaeva, Jessica Gilbert and Kylie Vincent.

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Lecture PrizeLecture Prize

Catherine Ball, a 3rd year student from the Willis group, has won a prize for one of the two best lectures at the Lilly Organic Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium 2012. Her talk described her work on a new copper-catalysed route to cinnolines.

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On the cover of JCPOn the cover of JCP

Research from the Doye group has been featured on the cover of the 7 October issue of The Journal of Chemical Physics. The cover depicts a kissing complex formed from two DNA hairpins.

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Poster PrizePoster Prize

Bonan Liu, a 1st year DPhil student working in the Edwards research group, was awarded the third poster prize at the 19th Joint Annual Conference of CSCST-SCI in Reading. His poster reviewed his first year's work on methanol conversion to hydrocarbons via Molybdenum Oxide modified ZSM-5 zeolite catalysts for higher selectivity to aromatic products and discussed the potential mechanism of the reaction.

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Poster PrizePoster Prize

Nazanin Rashidi, a 3rd year DPhil student working in the Edwards research group, was awarded the second poster prize at the 19th Joint Annual Conference of CSCST-SCI in Reading, for her work on preparation and characterisation of highly conducting Si doped ZnO thin films using spray pyrolysis technique for optoelectronic applications.

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Poster PrizePoster Prize

Congratulations to Joe Abdalla, a second year DPhil student in the Aldridge group, who won the poster prize at the annual RSC Main Group Chemistry meeting in London, for his work on sigma complexes of carbene adducts of boranes and alanes

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IOP Highlight: Mass-Selective Neutron SpectroscopyIOP Highlight: Mass-Selective Neutron Spectroscopy

Work undertaken by Andrew Seel of Peter Edwards' group and Michele Ceriotti of the PTCL has been highlighted by the Institute of Physics in their IOPSelect collection for September. In their article, published in the Journal of Physics Condensed Matter, they demonstrate the feasibility of deep inelastic neutron scattering (DINS) in acting as a mass-selective neutron spectroscopy, determining the width of momentum distributions and average kinetic energies for 7Li and 19F simultaneously. The results as determined by DINS for these weakly scattering nuclei are found to be within 5% of that calculated from quasi-harmonic density calculations.

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Poster PrizePoster Prize

Congratulations to Rebecca Maksymowicz, a 3rd year DPhil student working with Steve Fletcher, who was awarded a prize for best poster at the 27th RSC Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group Postgraduate Symposium in Stevenage. Her poster presented a new method for catalytic asymmetric C-C bond formation using alkenes as nucleophiles.

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Hot paper in Angewandte ChemieHot paper in Angewandte Chemie

A paper by Rebecca Musgrave, Rob Turbervill, and Mark Irwin from the Goicoechea group has been designated as a "Hot Paper" in Angewandte Chemie. The work describes the synthesis and characterisation of the first transition metal complexes containing anionic N-heterocyclic dicarbene ligands.

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Chem Comm Interviews Steve DaviesChem Comm Interviews Steve Davies

Colleagues, students, zebra fish, fruit flies, worms and bankers - Steve Davies is happy to work with them all for the good of chemistry. He reveals why he is a very lucky man.

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European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry Poster PrizeEuropean Federation for Medicinal Chemistry Poster Prize

Congratulations to James Egleton, a 1st year Cancer Research UK-funded D.Phil student working with Angela Russell, who was awarded a poster prize at the EFMC 22nd International Symposium of Medicinal Chemistry in Berlin earlier this month. Just ten poster prizes were awarded from over 600 contributors. James presented his work on the development of specific, non-covalent colorimetric probes of a breast cancer biomarker.

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Chemical Science Top 10 ArticleChemical Science Top 10 Article

A paper by DPhil student Ines Collings and former Part II student Joe Ogborn (both in the Goodwin Group) together with Amber Thompson (Chemical Crystallography) is one of the top 10 most accessed articles in Chemical Science this month. The paper describes a supramolecular approach to understanding and controlling mechanical behaviour in metal–organic frameworks.

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Symposium PrizeSymposium Prize

Oral Communication Prize RSC Fluorine Group Symposium 2012 Congratulations to Elena Benedetto, a 3rd year D Phil student working with Veronique Gouverneur and John Brown, who was awarded one of the three prizes for best oral communication at the recent RSC Fluorine Group Symposium in St Andrews. Elena presented her more recent work on Ir-catalysed fluorination.

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Poster PrizePoster Prize

Congratulations to Dr Matthew Tredwell, a postdoctoral research fellow working with Veronique Gouverneur, who was awarded a poster prize at the recent 20th International Symposium of Fluorine Chemistry in Kyoto. His poster presented a new method for the direct [18F]fluorination of electron rich phenols with [18F]fluoride. The results of this study were published earlier this year in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

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Published in Science - Alkane ComplexesPublished in Science - Alkane Complexes

A paper by Seb Pike (Weller group) and Amber Thompson (Chemical Crystallography) has been published in Science. The work demonstrates a new route to long-sought after sigma–alkane complexes of transition metals, allowing for the molecular structure of a Rhodium–alkane complex to be determined by X-ray diffraction techniques.

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2012 AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer & Syngenta prize2012 AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer & Syngenta prize

Professor Tim Donohoe has been awarded the 2012 AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer & Syngenta prize for Process Chemistry Research. The award will be presented at the forthcoming SCI Process Development Symposium being held in Cambridge between the 5th and 7th December 2012. Tim will receive a trophy and a cheque for £16,000 to support further research.

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Margaret C. Etter Student
Lecturer AwardMargaret C. Etter Student Lecturer Award

Congratulations to Karim Sutton, a first year DPhil student working with Dr Richard Cooper, who was awarded a Margaret C. Etter Student Lecturer Award at the recent American Crystallographic Association annual meeting in Boston. His talk was about determination of oxidation states in mixed-valent materials using tunable synchrotron radiation. The awards were established to honour the memory of Professor Etter (1943-1992), who was a major contributor to the field of organic solid-state chemistry.

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Asymmetric catalysisAsymmetric catalysis

A paper by Rebecca Maksymowicz and Phillipe Roth from the Fletcher group has been published in Nature Chemistry. The work demonstrates that alkylmetal species generated in situ from alkenes can be used instead of premade organometallics in asymmetric catalysis. The process uses a new air stable copper catalyst, works at room temperature and shows remarkable tolerance to solvents and functional groups.

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Thesis Prizes for Chemistry Part II, 2012Thesis Prizes for Chemistry Part II, 2012

Inorganic Chemistry First Prize: Sarah Hodgson, St. Catherine's College Organic Chemistry The Bannister Trust Prize: Jointly David Shepherd, St. Catherine's College, Adam Gammack, New College; Physical And Theoretical Chemistry First Prize: Philip Derry, New College. Other prizes included Inorganic Chemistry Proxime Accesserunt: Jointly Emrys Evans, New College, Rebecca Musgrave, Oriel College, Paul Kaufman, Merton College; Organic Chemistry Runner-Up Prizes: Jointly Matt Rattley, Somerville College, Karolis Leonavicius, St. Edmund Hall, and the Physical And Theoretical Chemistry Proxime Accesserunt Dorcas Tan, Christ Church, William Gault, The Queen's College, David Wilkins, St. Edmund Hall

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