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Hot article in Angewandte ChemieHot article in Angewandte Chemie

A recent paper based on work by Christina Tang in the Aldridge group and carried out in the CRL has been selected as a ‘hot article’ by Angewandte Chemie. Transition metal complexes containing aminoboranes (R2N=BH2) as ligands have been synthesized and - in contrast to isoelectronic alkene donors – shown to feature ‘end-on’ binding of the BN ligand.

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RSC Supramolecular and Macrocycles Meeting Poster Prize winnerRSC Supramolecular and Macrocycles Meeting Poster Prize winner

Congratulations to second year PhD student, Nicola Davis, who was awarded the Chem Comm Poster Prize at the 2009 RSC Supramolecular and Macrocycles Meeting 15-16 December, held in Cambridge. Nicola's poster titled "Towards Larger π-Conjugated Sheets: Fusing Anthracenes to Porphyrins" described her recent work carried out in Harry Anderson's group.

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Syngenta Postgraduate Scholarship 2009Syngenta Postgraduate Scholarship 2009

Congratulations to Cedric Callens, a final year postgraduate student in the Donohoe group, for winning one of the prestigious Syngenta Scholarships. Cedric who was one of the 15 postgraduates short-listed from applicants throughout the UK, was recently awarded his prize on 7th December. These Scholarships are awarded each year to a very few final year PhD students following an extensive 2 days workshop at the Jealott's Hill International Research Centre. (Photo taken by Ian Hayhurst)

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Pfizer Poster Symposium 2009 WinnerPfizer Poster Symposium 2009 Winner

Congratulations to final year PhD student, Michael Muratore, who has been awarded the Pfizer Prize at the Pfizer Poster Symposium, held on the 3rd December 2009 at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. Michael's poster entitled 'Highly enantioselective N-acyliminium cyclisations' described his work carried out in the Dixon group on the development of highly enantioselective cyclisation cascades under chiral Bronsted acid catalysis for the synthesis of complex fused tetracyclic beta-carbolines with high optical purity.

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On the cover of OBCOn the cover of OBC

The first issue of OBC for 2010 features the collaborative research work of Stuart Conway's group and Professor Andrew Holmes from Melbourne. The work covers the synthesis and biological evaluation of phosphatidylinositol phosphate affinity probes which can be used as a tool in drug discovery and biomarker development. The cover was designed by Karl Harrison.

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ChemComm Feature ArticleChemComm Feature Article

Research published by the Jason Davis and Paul Beer research groups in the RSC ChemComm journal has been highlighted as a "Feature Article" The article summarises the developments made in surface assembly and characterisation including recent progress in exploiting templating methods to interlock molecular systems on surfaces.

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Research Highlighted in Chemistry WorldResearch Highlighted in Chemistry World

A recent publication by Pavol Jakubec and Dane Cockfield of the Darren Dixon group was highlighted in Chemistry World. The research—recently reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society—describes a 12 step route to the structurally complex and biologically relevant manzamine alkaloid, (–)-Nakadomarin A. The low step count was a result of the strategic application of bifunctional organocatalysis, transition metal catalysis and complexity building multicomponent cascade sequences and allowed significant quantities of the natural product to be synthesised.

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Template for Success - a Hot article in Chemical Communications Template for Success - a Hot article in Chemical Communications

Recent research from the Paul Beer's group on the use of chemical templation to make a triply interlocked capsule published in the Chem Comm has been highlighted as a hot article. The paper covers the work where sulfate templation has been used in the synthesis of a novel tris-urea-based triply interlocked capsule, whose structure has been verified by DOSY NMR, mass spectrometry and molecular modelling investigations.

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Hot Paper in Angewandte Chemie International EditionHot Paper in Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Recent research conducted by Dr Andrew Ashley, a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College and based in the Dermot O'Hare laboratories, has demonstrated that CO2 can be selectively converted into the liquid fuel methanol, CH3OH, in the presence of H2 and a 'Frustrated Lewis Pair'. This work has been reported in Angewandte Chemie International Edition and highlighted as a 'Hot Paper'.

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Oxford Organic Chemistry Poster Symposium 2009Oxford Organic Chemistry Poster Symposium 2009

The annual Oxford Organic Chemistry Poster Symposium, sponsored by Pfizer, was held on Thursday 15th October 2009, and all 2nd year organic and biological chemistry D.Phil.s students (i.e. 37 posters) were invited to participate. This year, Dr. John Moses (Nottingham) and Dr. Bruno Linclau (Southampton) were the external judges, in addition to Dr. Charlie Mowbray and Dr. Mark Bunnage, both representatives from Pfizer.
Congratulations to Cedric Callens who has been awarded the first prize with his poster entitled “Extending the scope of the tethered aminohydroxylation (TA)”, one of the key research areas in the Donohoe group

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Beth Cummings wins poster prizeBeth Cummings wins poster prize

Beth Cummings, a graduate student from the PTCL, has won the prize for the best poster at the recent Cavity Enhanced Spectroscopy meeting in Leiden , 2-6 November 2009. The poster was entitled “Real-time simultaneous measurements of oxygen and carbon dioxide in breath”.

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On the cover of Journal of Chemical Physics On the cover of Journal of Chemical Physics

Work by Alex Wilber in Dr Jonathan Doye's group has been featured on the cover of The Journal of Chemical Physics. The research uses computer simulations to explore how to design synthetic patchy particles to self assemble into symmetric shell-like structures similar to virus capsids

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Research Highlighted in C&E NewsResearch Highlighted in C&E News

A recent publication by Justin Chalker and Part II Charlotte Wood of the Ben Davis group was highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News. The research—recently reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society—features a novel water-soluble catalyst for Suzuki-Miyaura cross coupling. The catalyst enabled the first Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling on protein substrates and is also useful in small molecule synthesis.

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A New Thermodynamically Stable Phase of IceA New Thermodynamically Stable Phase of Ice

A recent paper published in Physical Review Letters by Christoph Salzmann and collaborators in Physics and at UCL has been highlighted by Science News, US News and World Report, and Wired. The work describes the discovery of a new thermodynamically stable phase of ice which they named ice XV. Previous theoretical work had suggested that the new phase should be ferroelectric. However, using neutron diffraction at ISIS, the team found that ice XV is in fact antiferroelectric

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Professor John BrownProfessor John Brown

Professor John Brown from the PTCL died on September 10th 2009. An obituary has been written by Professor John Rowlinson for inclusion in the Exeter College Record, and we reproduce this in the link below with kind permission.

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Times Higher Education Serendipity Award 2009Times Higher Education Serendipity Award 2009

THE Serendipity Award 2009, celebrating the unexpected outcomes of research, has been awarded Mark Moloney. While researching how penicillin is made, he discovered that a similar process could be used to control the surface characteristics of polymers, and this led to formation of the University spin out, Oxford Advanced Surfaces.

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On the cover of Inorganic ChemistryOn the cover of Inorganic Chemistry

Collaborative research between Professor Philip Mountford and Dr Nick Rees in the CRL and Dr Georgii Nikonov and his group at Brock University, Canada, has been featured on the cover of Inorganic Chemistry. The article describes mechanistic details of the reactions of reactions of organosilanes with imido complexes of molybdenum and tungsten.

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Inorganic Visiting FellowInorganic Visiting Fellow

Professor Paul O'Brien of the Chemistry Department of the University of Manchester is taking up residence in Magdalen as a Visiting Fellow this term. Paul is best known for his work on devising new chemical routes to materials, especially chalcogenides as thin films or in nanoparticluate form. He is, this year, the first recipient of the RSC's Peter Day Award.

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Former Head of Inorganic Chemistry wins Enrico Fermi International PrizeFormer Head of Inorganic Chemistry wins Enrico Fermi International Prize

John Goodenough was Professor and Head of Inorganic Chemistry in Oxford between 1977 and 1986) and is co-recipient of this year's Enrico Fermi Prize. The citation for the prize states “For his lasting contributions to materials science and technology, especially the science underlying lithium-ion batteries.” The Enrico Fermi Award is a Presidential award, one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology awards given by the U.S. Government. It recognizes scientists of international stature for their lifetimes of exceptional scientific, technical, engineering, and/or management achievements related to the development, use, control, or production of energy.

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Enzymes inspire new catalyst design for hydrogen productionEnzymes inspire new catalyst design for hydrogen production

RSC's Chemistry World has a highlighted the work from the Professor F.A. Armstrong group. The news story writes "A novel enzyme-based catalyst developed by UK and US researchers hints at new ways of designing catalysts for the water-gas shift reaction, an important industrial reaction in the production of high grade hydrogen. " When the research was started, the first two authors Oliver Lazarus and Tom Woolerton, were Part II and first year DPhi students respectively in the Armstrong group.

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Philip Mountford riding highPhilip Mountford riding high

"Highlights in Chemical Science" the chemical news service from across the RSC publishing has recently interviewed Professor Philip Mountford. In the online article Philip Mountford talks about jockeying, bribing techniques and the challenges ahead for chemistry.

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"And as for fate, I'm sure no man escapes it"

Angewandte Chemie has recently highlighted the publication of an article by Professor Timothy Donohoe in the form of an author profile. Find out about Tim's favourite foods, dinner guests and much more. The publication by Tim's research group marks their 10th paper published in Angewandte Chemie since 2000

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The Carbohydrate Research Award 2009The Carbohydrate Research Award 2009

The 2009 Carbohydrate Research Award for Creativity in Carbohydrate Chemistry has been won by Professor Ben Davis. Given every two years, the Award was established in 2001 by the Editors and Publisher of Carbohydrate Research and consists of a cheque for $1000, a certificate and a complimentary subscription to the journal for two years. The Award is presented to a carbohydrate scientist, no older than 15 years past the PhD, who has made significant original contributions to the field, in its broadest sense. Professor Davis will present a lecture on his work during the opening ceremony of the 15th European Carbohydrate Symposium in Vienna, Austria (July 19–24, 2009) and will be invited to publish a paper based on his research in Carbohydrate Research.

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YouTube PitchYouTube Pitch

Harriman House has worked with Professor Richards to market a book on YouTube. In the video - filmed by Karl Harrison and Keith Waters - Professor Graham Richards talks about his latest book 'Spin-Outs', a guide to - and personal history of - successfully creating spin-out businesses from university intellectual property.

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Angewandte Chemie International Edition Hot Article – Two’s CompanyAngewandte Chemie International Edition Hot Article – Two’s Company

Work by Romaeo Dallanegra and Adrian Chaplin of the Weller group has been highlighted as a hot paper in Angewandte Chemie. Their research has uncovered a new binding mode of amine boranes at metal centres, which shows the close approach of two of these weakly bound ligands at one metal centre. This discovery has implications for the design of catalysts that utilise group 13/15 materials for chemical hydrogen storage and the synthesis of new “inorganic” polymeric materials.

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Highlighting the Centre for Advanced ESR (CAESR)Highlighting the Centre for Advanced ESR (CAESR)

An article published in Chemistry & Industry magazine has focused on the multidisciplinary research taking place using Oxford's ESR centre. Nearly a dozen research groups use the facilities to work on topics as diverse as bird migration or quantum information processing, protein structure and hydrogen storage materials.

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On the Cover of Tetrahedron LettersOn the Cover of Tetrahedron Letters

Work from Professor George Fleet's research group has been featured on the cover of Tetrahedron Letters. The research reports the first synthesis of unprotected di-C-methyl branched monosaccharides by an efficient Kiliani reaction on a branched deoxyketose. The paper itself is the 101st published work by Professor Fleet in Tetrahedron Letters.

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Royal Society Professorship and Dr Lee's Professorship-elect of ChemistryRoyal Society Professorship and Dr Lee's Professorship-elect of Chemistry

CAROL V. ROBINSON, M.SC Wales, D.PHIL Camb, Professor of Mass Spectrometry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Senior Research Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, Fellow of the Royal Society and Royal Society Research Professor, has been appointed Royal Society Professor in the Department of Chemistry with effect from 1 October 2009. She will assume the Dr Lee's Professorship of Chemistry upon expiry of the Royal Society Professorship. Professor Robinson will be a fellow of Exeter College.

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Science and Technology Facilities Council Highlights WorkScience and Technology Facilities Council Highlights Work

The results (Chem. Commun., 2009, 2556-2558)of a collaborative study between Peter Battle's group in Oxford and Mona Bahout's group in Rennes have been highlighted in the annual report of the STFC. The research, which has also been picked out as a research highlight by Nature Chemistry and the CNRS involved the use of in-situ neutron diffraction to monitor high-temperature reactions between mixed-metal oxides and dihydrogen gas. The experiments were carried out at ILL Grenoble in collaboration with Dr. Paul Henry. The collaboration between the groups in Oxford and Rennes was funded by a grant from the British Council

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FCO appoints David Clary as chief scientific adviser FCO appoints David Clary as chief scientific adviser

Professor David Clary FRS has been appointed as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Professor Clary will take up his position in August 2009. Professor Clary is President of Magdalen College Oxford, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and, until recently, was the President of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In his role of Chief Scientific Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Professor Clary will provide advice to the Foreign Secretary, Ministers and officials on science, technology and innovation.

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