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2010 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship2010 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

Dr Emily Flashman has been awarded a prestigious 2010 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, one of only 10 awarded nationally each year. This 4 year fellowship will enable her to pursue independent research, studying the oxygen sensing mechanisms of the HIF hydroxylases, enzymes involved in regulating oxygen levels in the body. Emily’s work aims to correlate the oxygen sensing properties of these enzymes in isolated systems with those in the much more complex cellular environment.

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Professor Patrick Perlmutter Academic Visitor Autumn 2010Professor Patrick Perlmutter Academic Visitor Autumn 2010

The chemistry department is delighted to welcome Professor Patrick Perlmutter from the School of Chemistry, Monash University, Australia to be an academic visitor for 2010. His group applies organic synthetic chemistry in a wide range of areas including new methodology, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry as well as new materials and emerging technologies. My hosts are Profs. Steve Davies and George Fleet and I will be sharing an office with Prof. Fleet (Office 10, Level 1) until the end of January 2011. I would be delighted to meet with members of the CRL and discuss science and any matters Antipodean (even the cricket).

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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. The winners of the Lilly prizes for the year 2009-2010 are: Andreas Glawar (Supervisors: Professor George Fleet and Dr Terry Butters) Diane Lim (Supervisor: Dr Ed Anderson) Elizabeth Rayment (Supervisor: Dr Ed Anderson) Michael Tucker (Supervisor: Professor Tim Donohoe) Jonathan Williams (Supervisors: Dr Angela Russell and Professor Adrian Harris) The following students have received commendations for their performance at the PRS interviews and the high standard of their experimental work and written submissions: Alison Hawkins (Supervisor: Professor Darren Dixon) Thomas Lorkin (Supervisor: Professor Steve Davies) Anna Rydzik (Supervisor: Professor Chris Schofield) Rushabh Shah (Supervisor: Professor Steve Davies)

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Nature paper highlightedNature paper highlighted

A paper in Nature about the dynamics of the primary photoisomerization event in vision by global research collaboration between Oxford, Milano, Bologna, Essen, Max-Planck-Institut and Berkeley has been highlighted in many places, including being chosen as News of the Week by C&EN news. Philipp Kukura working with others used ultrafast spectroscopy to show that this reaction's extreme speed results from a "conical intersection" of the first electronic excited state and the ground state. The researchers initiated the photoisomerization of rhodopsin by exciting the chromophore with 10-fs pulses of 500-nm laser light. They then probed the reaction dynamics with time-delayed pulses in the visible and near-infrared spectral regions. The conical intersection can be seen as a funnel that attracts and accelerates photoexcited molecules, triggering ultrafast chemical reactions and their decay to the ground state. This physical entity represents the cornerstone for understanding the paradoxically fast and efficient photoinduced process initiating vision.

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Society of Chemical Industry Poster PrizeSociety of Chemical Industry Poster Prize

Freddy Oropeza, a 3rd year D. Phil. student in Russ Egdell's group, won the prize for the best poster at a meeting on Photocatalysis organised at University College London by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI). The poster described some of his work on TiO2-based photocatalysts.

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Collaborative ‘hot article’ in Chem. CommunCollaborative ‘hot article’ in Chem. Commun

A recent paper based on work by Andrey Protchenko and Liban Saleh carried out in the CRL as part of a collaborative project involving the Aldridge and Mountford groups, together with Cameron Jones and co-workers at Monash University has been selected as a ‘hot article’ by Chem Commun. The paper reports on divergent reaction site selectivity for Group 13 nucleophiles towards Group 4 substrates.

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Telegraph reports - Oxford spin-outs are 'commercial blueprint'Telegraph reports - Oxford spin-outs are 'commercial blueprint'

An article this week in the Daily Telegraph discussed the findings of the UK Life Science Start-up Report 2010. The news story mentions "If all universities matched Oxford's ability to commercialise life science research the UK would have 25pc more cutting-edge companies" and that "that Oxford University is by far the best UK university at commercially exploiting its research in the field"

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Roche Continents – Youth! Arts! Science!Roche Continents – Youth! Arts! Science!

Emily Parker, a Second Year DPhil student in the research group of Dr Mark Moloney developing novel biomaterials, recently participated in the prestigious "Roche Continents – Youth! Arts! Science!”workshop in Salzburg, Austria. Project participants, comprising 100 top students from universities across Europe, explored the common ground of innovation and creativity in the arts and science. The aim of “Roche Continents”, an annual event which first took place in 2007, is to encourage students to try out new and unconventional forms of cooperation while together exploring the notions of creativity and innovation in the arts, music and science. As in years past, the 2010 programme includes "Continents" — a series of concerts at the Salzburg Festival that give the students the opportunity to explore the work of a modern composer.

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Chemical Communication's hot articleChemical Communication's hot article

Work by Omar Boutureira and co-workers from the BGD group on fluoro-glycoprotein synthesis has been highlighted in Chemical Communications as a HOT Article and also featured on a Cover and ChemComm blog. Researchers developed a tag-and-modify strategy that allows the practical synthesis of homogenous fluorinated glyco-amino acids, peptides and proteins carrying a fluorine label in the sugar, allowing access to the first set of examples of directly radiolabelled ([18F]-glyco)proteins.

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Wolfson Research Merit Award for David ManolopoulosWolfson Research Merit Award for David Manolopoulos

Congratulations to David Manolopoulos on being awarded a prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award by The Royal Society. The award will be used to support Prof. Manolopoulos’ research into the influence of quantum mechanical (zero point energy and tunnelling) effects in the nuclear motion on the behaviour of a wide variety of condensed phase systems containing hydrogen atoms.

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Angewandte's hot articleAngewandte's hot article

Work by Harriet Teare in the Gouverneur group has been highlighted in Angewandte as a HOT Article and also highlighted in the August of RSC's Chemistry World. The paper reports the synthesis of [18F]radiolabelled Selectfluor from high specific activity [18F]F2. This work carried out in collaboration with Prof. O. Solin (Turku PET centre Finland), Prof G. Sandford (Durham) and GE Healthcare opens the door to novel 18F-radiochemistry based on electrophilic fluorination.

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Fulbright AstraZeneca Research Scholar Fulbright AstraZeneca Research Scholar

Simon Sprague, a finishing D.Phil. student within the JWB group, has won a prestigious scholarship for Stanford University. Simon will join the Trost Group at Stanford as the Fulbright AstraZeneca Research Scholar in October 2010, and will investigate the use of palladium-catalysed asymmetric allylic alkylation reactions for the synthesis of a range of biologically-important molecules. The appointment was recently highlighted in the Times Higher Education magazine.

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Poster Prize WinnerPoster Prize Winner

Congratulations to second year DPhil student Tom Skinner of the Dullens group on being awarded a Poster Prize at the 4th International Conference on Recrystallization and Grain Growth recently held in Sheffield. Tom presented his poster on ‘Grain boundary fluctuations in two-dimensional colloidal crystals’.

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24th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry Poster Prize Winner24th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry Poster Prize Winner

Congratulations to Pei Jen Tiong from the Mountford group on being awarded a Poster Prize at the 24th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry recently held in Taipei. Pei Jen presented some of her recent results on the chemistry of titanium hydrazide complexes

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iPod Winning PosteriPod Winning Poster

Saul Moorhouse, a first year PhD student in the O'Hare group, was awarded a SRMS 2010 Poster Prize at the 7th International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science 11th-14th July, held at the Said Business School in Oxford. His poster, entitled "Time-resolved in situ X-ray diffraction studies on Beamline I12", detailed recent work carried out in Dermot O'Hare's group and at Diamond Light Source. The iPod was presented to Saul by Professor Wim Bras (Grenoble) - photo credit Diamond Light Source.

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Milestone for Prof. R.G. ComptonMilestone for Prof. R.G. Compton

Congratulations to Prof. Richard Compton, whose recent article in Electrochim. Acta, 55, 2010, 5163 has seen him join the élite group of scientists to publish over 1000 papers (according to Web of Science http://wok.mimas.ac.uk/). At only 55, he is one of the youngest researchers ever to achieve this milestone, and is looking forward to adding significantly to his total.

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Dalton Transactions' hot articleDalton Transactions' hot article

Work by Laura Sewell in the Weller group has been highlighted in the Dalton Transactions as a HOT Article. Their paper reports that attempts to synthesise “12-electron” low coordinate [Rh(PR3)2]+ cations using the PtBuiBu2 ligand results in rapid equilibrium between C-H activated Rh(III) isomers, which react as a masked 12-electron [Rh(PtBuiBu2)2]+ Rh(I) fragments. This work has particular implications with regard to C-H activation processes and the active species in catalysis when using Rh-phosphine fragments.

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Talk wins Graduate Student Coulson PrizeTalk wins Graduate Student Coulson Prize

Congratulations to Sarah Remmert, who has been awarded the Coulson Prize for the best talk at the RSC Theoretical Chemistry Group's 30th Graduate Student Meeting, held this year at Nottingham University. Sarah, who works in the Clary group, gave an excellent talk on reduced dimensionality quantum dynamics for polyatomic reactions, and brings the prize to Oxford for the fourth year in a row.

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Chemistry of Materials CoverChemistry of Materials Cover

An article by Andrew Goodwin and collaborators in Cambridge, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Stony Brook has been featured on the cover of the July 13 Issue of Chemistry of Materials. The research describes the structure of amorphous calcium carbonate, a key mineral precursor of the shells and skeletons of marine organisms.

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5th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Poster Prize Winner5th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Poster Prize Winner

Congratulations to second year PhD student Simon Picot, who was awarded an ISMSC 2010 Poster Prize at the 5th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry 6th-10th June, held in Nara, Japan. Simon presented his poster on “Pseudorotaxanes formed by electron-deficient macrocycles and electron-rich indolocarbazole”, detailing recent work from Paul Beer’s group.

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Hot off the PressHot off the Press

The paper in Chemical Communications by Dr R B Hamed et al from C J Schofield has been highlighted in "Hot off the Press" section of Natural Products Reports. The work highlights the the use of crotonase superfamily enzymes as biocatalysts for the preparation of functionalised N-heterocycles of different ring sizes from amino acid aldehydes and malonyl-CoA derivatives. The carboxymethyl substituted N-hetereocycles were also converted to the corresponding bicyclic beta-lactams of potential therapeutic interest.

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5th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Poster Prize Winner5th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Poster Prize Winner

Congratulations to third year PhD student Johannes Sprafke who was awarded the ChemComm Poster Prize at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry in Nara, Japan, on 6-10 June. Johannes's poster titled "Cooperativity and Selectivity in the Binding of Porphyrin Oligomers to Carbon Nanotubes" presented recent work carried out in Harry Anderson's group.

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Nobel Laureate Professor Roald Hoffmann lectures in the ICLNobel Laureate Professor Roald Hoffmann lectures in the ICL

Whilst Professor Roald Hoffmann (Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry 1981) was visiting Oxford to attend the 2010 Encaenia where he received his Honorary Degree, he kindly visited the Department of Chemistry and gave a lecture entitled “ALL THE WAYS TO HAVE A BOND” in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Lecture Theatre.

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On the cover of Chemical CommunicationsOn the cover of Chemical Communications

This cover designed by Karl Harrison highlights work from Prof Gouverneur and Prof Dilworth's laboratories on the radiosyntheses of 18F-labelled of functionalised bis(thiosemicarbazonato) Cu-complexes to be used for positron emission tomography.

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Chem Comm Cover PaperChem Comm Cover Paper

A paper by Sonia Bracegirdle and Edward A. Anderson has been featured on the cover of RSC's Chem Comm, issue 20. The research features an efficient route to hydroxylated aromatics has been developed, via the oxidation of aryl organosilanes under functional group-tolerant and relatively mild conditions, using sub-stoichiometric amounts of fluoride promoters. The cover was designed for the Anderson group by Karl Harrison.

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Chem Comm Featured ArticleChem Comm Featured Article

A review article by Neil V. Rees and Richard G. Compton has been highlighted as a feature article in Chemical Communications 2010, Volume 46, Issue 24. The review discusses the use of voltammetry as a probe of distance, starting with scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and to the present day with characterisation of moving particles and nanoscale measurements.

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Royal Society 2010 AwardsRoyal Society 2010 Awards

Professor Allen Hill of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry has been awarded the Royal Medal. The Royal Medals, known also as The Queen's Medals, are awarded annually for the most important contributions to the advancement of natural knowledge and for distinguished contributions in interdisciplinary or applied sciences. Professor Allen Hill's work on electrochemistry led to ways of measuring blood glucose and this resulted in devices that are used by diabetics throughout the world.

Professor Carol Robinson, Royal Society Professor and Dr Lee’s Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Davy Medal. The Davy Medal is awarded annually for an outstandingly important recent discovery in any branch of chemistry. Professor Robinson’s award recognised her ground-breaking use of mass spectrometry for the characterisation of large protein complexes.

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2010 Malcolm Green lecture2010 Malcolm Green lecture

Prof Maurice Brookhart gave the 2010 Malcolm Green lecture entitled "C-H Activation Chemistry and Alkane Complexes of Late Transition Metal Complexes", pictured with Malcolm and Jenny Green.

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Royal Society of Chemistry Young Industrialist of the Year Award 2010Royal Society of Chemistry Young Industrialist of the Year Award 2010

Jon-Paul Griffiths, currently Group Manager at Oxford Advanced Surfaces Group PLC, is the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry Young Industrialist of the Year Award 2010. This prize was awarded for his dedication and tenacity in researching novel applications of carbene chemistry which led to him, along with Dr Mark Moloney, setting up the spin-out Oxford Advanced Surfaces. Jon-Paul moved to OAS to lead technology development in the areas of advanced material design and surface modification. Through his leadership the company attracted several multi-national development partners and then floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in December 2007

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JACS Cover Features Davis Group Sugar SynthesisJACS Cover Features Davis Group Sugar Synthesis

A paper that describes the total synthesis and reveals the mechanism of pectin self-assembly builds on the Oxford rich tradition of jam technology and has been featured on the front cover of the June 2 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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