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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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Chemistry Part IB Examination Prizes 2012Chemistry Part IB Examination Prizes 2012

The Univeristy Gibbs Prizes have been awarded to Thomas Coxon, University College - First; Tanatorn Khotavivattana, Merton College - Proxime accessit; and Book Prizes for : Charlie McTernan, Hertford College; Christopher Sandford, Merton College; Tristan Dodson, Wadham College

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Chemistry Part  IA Examination Prizes 2012Chemistry Part IA Examination Prizes 2012

Elliot Neale, Lady Margaret Hall has been awarded the OUP prize for the Chemistry Part IA Examination 2012                                                  

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Chemistry Part  IA Examination Prizes 2012Chemistry Part IA Examination Prizes 2012

Jonathan Mannouch, St. Catherine's College; Katrina Mennie, Christ Church Rafal Wiewiora, Pembroke College; Sarah Morrow, Jesus College; Alexander Bajjon, Merton College have been awarded the EISAI prizes for the Chemistry Part IA Examination 2012

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Preliminary Examination Prizes 2012Preliminary Examination Prizes 2012

David Ascough, Merton College; Gavin Young, Magdalen College; Watcharaphol Paritmongkol, Merton College have been awarded the BRUKER Prizes for the preliminary examination in chemistry 2012

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RS Davy MedalRS Davy Medal

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.

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Best talk and Best PosterBest talk and Best Poster

Congratulations to Dr Jess Healy and David Hewings from the Conway group who won the best talk and best poster prizes, respectively, at the recent RSC Bioorganic Group Forum at the University of Leicester. They are pictured with the conference organiser, Dr Andrew Jamieson, and the plenary lecturer, Professor Chris Schofield.

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D.Phil Thesis commendationD.Phil Thesis commendation

Anthony Boshen Wu working the Jeremy Robertson research group has been awarded a thesis commendation from the MPLS Graduate Studies Office based on the exceptional examiners' comments . Boshen thesis was on the 'Synthesis of Taurospongin A and Other Biologically Active Natural Products'

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