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Fankuchen Memorial AwardFankuchen Memorial Award

Dr David Watkin gave the 2010 Fankuchen Lecture at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association. The Fankuchen Memorial Award is made roughly every three years, usually in connection with the teaching of crystallography. The title of this years lecture was "The Gold Standard - is it getting tarnished". For several decades structure analysis using X-ray crystallography was regarded as a gold standard because in favourable cases, and when the work was carried out carefully, the results were both precise and accurate. The fear now is that developments in hardware and software have made the technology accessible to non-specialists, with the risk that some of the traps which Nature lays being overlooked, leading to sub-optimal analyses. The topic discussed in the talk was whether or not we need all analyses to be optimal, or whether, in a time of austerity, they simply have to be fit-for-purpose.

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Luyun Jiang UK winner of the 2011 SciFinder Academic Exchange Program.Luyun Jiang UK winner of the 2011 SciFinder Academic Exchange Program.

Sixteen outstanding Ph.D. students from schools in 13 countries will gather in Columbus, Ohio, this August to collaborate with Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) as members of the 2011 SciFinder AcademicExchange Program. As members of the program, participants will receive an exclusive look inside the world's premier organization for chemical information as well as travel to the 242nd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Denver, Colo. The program participants will spend one week meeting with CAS senior management, editorial scientists and technical specialists to advise and discuss insights on global trends in chemistry from the perspective of young scientists and to help advance the science of informatics. Luyun Jiang, is a DPhil student in John Foord's group, and is the only winner one from the UK.

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Ben Davis wins 2012 Tetrahedron Young Investigator AwardBen Davis wins 2012 Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award

The Executive Board of Editors and the Publisher of Tetrahedron Publications have decided that the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award for Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry in 2012 has been awarded to Ben Davis. He will give a plenary lecture at the 13th Tetrahedron Symposium in Amsterdam. Each recipient also receives a certificate and an award of US $1,000. Additionally, a Symposium-in-Print in one of the journals will be published in each of their honour. As with the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, which these awards complement, the awards are made on an annual basis. These awards are presented to individuals who have exhibited "exceptional creativity and dedication" in the fields of Organic Synthesis and of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry espectively. Ben is the first UK recipient and only the 2nd non-US recipient.

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2011 Liebig Lectureship Award2011 Liebig Lectureship Award

Professor Veronique Gouverneur is the recipient of the 2011 Liebig Lectureship Award of the Organic Division of the German Chemical Society. The Liebig lecturer is invited to visit several German Universities and Institutes for talks. Veronique will lecture on the theme "Fabulous Fluorine".

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Dalton Transactions Hot ArticleDalton Transactions Hot Article

In a collaboration between researchers at the University of Oxford, Nankai University and Tsinghua University, Luet-Lok Wong and colleagues determined the substrate-free crystal structure of a variant of CYP102A1 (P450BM3) with generic activity-enhancing properties (KT2).

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Honorary Japanese Ramsay FellowshipHonorary Japanese Ramsay Fellowship

Dr Kiminori Maeda has been awarded an Honorary Japanese Ramsay Fellowship for one year with effect from 1 October 2011. These Fellowships are awarded by the Ramsay Trustees to "Japanese nationals who have shown outstanding merit as advanced students of chemical research and who are currently pursuing their work at postdoctoral level at a university in the UK." In collaboration with the Timmel, Mackenzie and Hore groups, Dr Maeda plays a pivotal role in the DARPA-funded project "Quantum Effects in Magnetoreception" which aims to determine whether birds use magnetically sensitive photochemical reactions to detect the direction of the Earth's magnetic field as a navigational aid.

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New €3.2M ERC Grant AwardsNew €3.2M ERC Grant Awards

The Department is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of two five year ERC "Starting Grants". Roel Dullens has received a grant of €1.5 million on "Impurities in Colloidal Materials - tuning the properties of crystals, powders and glasses" and Andrew Goodwin has received a grant of €1.7 million on "Solving the nanostructure problem: Understanding, exploiting and designing functional disordered materials"

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Hottest Articles in Journal of Magnetic ResonanceHottest Articles in Journal of Magnetic Resonance

Work by Hannah Hogben in collaboration with Ilya Kuprov and colleagues in the Oxford e-Research Centre has been ranked No. 1 in the Top 25 Hottest Articles published in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance between January and March 2011. The article, Spinach - a software library for simulation of spin dynamics in large spin systems describes efficient algorithms for simulating the behaviour of 40 or more coupled spins in NMR, EPR and Spin Chemistry experiments.

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2011Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize2011Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize

Dr. Philipp Kukura of the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory is the recipient of the 2011Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It is awarded for the most promising original investigations in chemistry and published results of those investigations. The prize was given for Philipp's original contributions to ultrafast and single molecule spectroscopy and consists of £5000 and a medal.

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Research Students Win Presentations RSC AwardsResearch Students Win Presentations RSC Awards

Two Chemistry DPhil students were awarded prizes for oral presentations at the "RSC Electrochemistry Group London and South East Region Postgraduate Electrochemistry Meeting and ISE Satellite Student Regional Symposium on Electrochemistry" held at University College London on 17th May 2011. Yige Zhou in Richard Compton's group was awarded first prize for her talk entitled "The electrochemistry of single silver nanoparticles via nanoparticle-electrode collision processes". Zulkifli Idris in Kylie Vincent's group was joint runner-up for his presentation "NAD+/NADH-cycling by a catalytic moiety of the Soluble Hydrogenase from Ralstonia eutropha studied by Protein Film Electrochemistry".

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RSC 2011 Sir George Stokes Award RSC 2011 Sir George Stokes Award

Professor Richard G Compton is the recipient of the 2011 Sir George Stokes Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry which recognises outstanding and sustained contributions to analytical science by someone working in a complementary field, which has led to developments of seminal importance for chemical analysis. Compton's citation is for his 'work in translating original and fundamental insights in interfacial charge transfer mechanisms and their kinetics into innovative and robust analytical sensing protocols [which has] revolutionised the field of electroanalysis. The award consists of a medal and £2,000

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RSC Interdisciplinary Prize for 2011RSC Interdisciplinary Prize for 2011

Professor Carol Robinson, Royal Society Professor in Chemistry, has been awarded an RSC Interdisciplinary Prize for 2011. Interdisciplinary prizes are awarded for work at the interface between chemistry and other disciplines. Carol is awarded the prize for her development of a new area of research, gas phase structural biology, using highly refined mass spectrometry techniques. The prize itself consists of a medal and £5000.

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Hagan Bayley elected to the Fellowship of the Royal SocietyHagan Bayley elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society

Professor Hagan Bayley is Professor of Chemical Biology at the Department of Chemistry and a Fellow of Hertford College. He uses a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the fundamental properties of biological transmembrane protein pores and their applications in nanotechnology. His approach to single-molecule detection with engineered pores is being used by the company he founded, Oxford Nanopore. Hagan on receiving the award said 'Oxford Chemistry has been a wonderful place to work over the last 7 years and the fellowship reflects, not just the talents of my research group, but also the strengths of our department.'

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David Manolopoulos elected to the Fellowship of the Royal SocietyDavid Manolopoulos elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society

Professor David Manolopoulos is a Professor of Theoretical Chemistry in the Chemistry Department and a Tutorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall. His research has contributed to many different aspects of chemical dynamics, ranging from the exact quantum mechanical description of elementary chemical reactions in the gas phase to the approximate inclusion of quantum mechanical zero point energy and tunnelling effects in dynamical simulations of condensed phase systems.

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2011 Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award2011 Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award

Professor Tim Donohoe is the recipient of the 2011 Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The award, which consists of £2000 and a medal, is given for the development of new methods or strategies employed in the construction of organic molecules. The prize was awarded for Tim’s contributions to organic synthesis using both redox and metathesis processes.

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RSC Perkin Prize 2011RSC Perkin Prize 2011

Professor Steve Davies, Waynflete Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of Chemistry has been awarded the prestigious RSC Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry 2011. The Perkin Prize for organic chemistry is awarded for sustained originality and achievement in research in any area of organic chemistry. The prize consists of a medal and £5000. It is awarded this time for Steve’s fundamental contributions in the areas of stereocontrol in organometallic chemistry, asymmetric synthesis and total synthesis.

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Hot paper from the Compton and Donohoe groupsHot paper from the Compton and Donohoe groups

A paper from Professor Richard G. Compton's group, in collaboration with Professor Timothy J. Donohoe, has been highlighted as a Hot Article by the New Journal of Chemistry. In this paper the electrochemical hydrogenolysis of various protecting groups has been performed in an ionic liquid for the first time.

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RJP Williams Lecture for 2011RJP Williams Lecture for 2011

The RJP Williams Lecture for 2011 was presented on April 28th by Professor Malcolm H Chisholm FRS, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Ohio State University. Professor Chisholm's lecture was the concluding element of this year's highly successful Inorganic Chemistry Graduate Symposium at which 30 final year graduate students in Inorganic Chemistry present highlights of their research to the Department.

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Hot article in Journal of Materials ChemistryHot article in Journal of Materials Chemistry

The article "High-temperature redox chemistry of La1.5+xSr0.5−xCo0.5Ni0.5O4+δ (x = 0.0, 0.2) studied in situ by neutron diffraction", describing research carried out by a team including Peter Battle, has been identified as a "hot article" by Journal of Materials Chemistry . The team found the first structural evidence for the coexistence of both anion vacancies and interstitial anions in a material that could be used for the anode in a solid-oxide fuel cell. Neutron powder diffraction was used to study the redox behaviour of two n = 1 Ruddlesden–Popper oxides in real time as the sample was heated and exposed to H2.

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Core@shell chemistry published in Nature ChemistryCore@shell chemistry published in Nature Chemistry

Research by Professor Paul Beer's group has recently been published in Nature Chemistry. The work covers the chemistry of bimetallic core@shell nanoparticles which often have properties that are different from those of single-metal or alloy nanoparticles. The work shows a route to such nanoparticles that bind the second metal to the core surface prior to reduction. The unique catalytic properties of the nanoparticles are demonstrated in the selective production of chloroaniline.

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Stephen Wallace wins symposium prizeStephen Wallace wins symposium prize

Stephen Wallace, a final year DPhil student from Martin Smith's group has won the SCI regional postgraduate organic chemistry symposium at the University of Bath. This is Stephen's third major prize this year, having already won the Royal Society of Chemistry Younger members' poster symposium (at the University of Manchester) and the Eli Lilly national postgraduate prize in organic chemistry (as judged by Prof Barry Trost).

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Chemical Science Top 10 Accessed ArticlesChemical Science Top 10 Accessed Articles

A research paper by Paul Beer's group entitled Cation-induced molecular motion of spring-like [2]catenanes has appeared in the top 10 articles most accessed for March 2011 in the RSC journal Chemical Science.

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Learned Society of WalesLearned Society of Wales

Professor Graham Richards CBE has been elected to the Learned Society of Wales. The Learned Society of Wales was formally launched on 25 May 2010, and will not only recognise and rejoice in Wale's great talent, it will also harness and channel that talent for the good of our country. It will act as a defender of and protagonist for the very activities and functions that necessarily underpin the notion of Welsh cleverness.

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Exploiting EpigeneticsExploiting Epigenetics

Work from Kai-Hsuan Chang, Oliver King and colleagues in the Schofield group, together with collaborators at the Structural Genomics Consortium, has been highlighted as a Very Important Paper in ChemMedChem. This article reports the most potent inhibitors of histone demethylases identified to date. Histone demethylases are important enzymes in the epigenetic regulation of gene expression, and play key roles in various aspects of development. Several have been identified as potential targets for the treatment of oesophageal, breast, prostate and colon cancers.

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BCA/CCG Poster Competition PrizeBCA/CCG Poster Competition Prize

Jasper Adamson a first year DPhil student in Dr Andrew Goodwin's group has won the poster prize at the recent BCA meeting - The 2011 Spring Meeting of the British Crystallographic Association held at the University of Keele between 11th and 14th April 2011. The poster was titled 'A Curious Case of Hexahydroxytriphenylene' and prize the book 'International Tables' Volume A, shown with Jasper in the photo.

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Molecular SwitchesMolecular Switches

Work by Ian Jones from the Hamilton group describing an anion-dependent switch is reported in Angewandte Chemie. The addition of chloride to a diphenylacetylene causes the conformation of the H-bond acceptor to switch from the urea protons to the amide proton, suggesting the use of such systems as fluorescent anion sensors.

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Professor John Albery’s 75th BirthdayProfessor John Albery’s 75th Birthday

To celebrate Professor John Albery’s 75th Birthday, a conference was held in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory on the 5th April. John was most recently the Master of University College having previously been the Professor of Chemistry at Imperial College following many successful years as Lecturer in Physical Chemistry in Oxford and a Fellow of Univ. All the lectures were given by friends and students of John: the opening talk was by Professor Rudy Marcus who had been a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford in 1975-76 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1992. Some 120 people attended.

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RATIONAL DESIGN OF CATALYSTSRATIONAL DESIGN OF CATALYSTS

Edman Tsang and his team have developed a new method to evaluate adsorption strength of substrate molecule on surface of metal nanoparticle by 13C NMR, which can guide industry for rational design of supported metal catalysts for some important catalytic and electrocatalytic reactions in energy and chemical sectors. The initial results have been published in Science (8 April 2011, 332, 224).

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RSC Faraday Division Awards Symposium RSC Faraday Division Awards Symposium

On Tuesday April 5th, the PTCL hosted an Awards Symposium on behalf of the RSC's Faraday Division. Previous Division President, Professor David Clary (himself the RSC Liversidge Prize winner) presented the Faraday Lectureship to 1986 Chemistry Nobel Laureate, Professor John Polanyi; the Bourke Award to Professor Michael Bowers and the Chemical Dynamics Award to the PTCL's own Professor Gus Hancock.

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BBC WorldService highlights work from the Compton GroupBBC WorldService highlights work from the Compton Group

The recent Science in Action program had a section on the science of food tasting and how companies make sure that every meal tastes good and every dish tastes the same week in week out. People with refined palates and a great sense of taste can help, but science and technology also play an important role, and for this last part Professor Compton and Dr Neil Rees were interviewed about their research on electrochemical methods to measure the strength of chilli and garlic.

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