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2010 Gibson-Fawcett Award2010 Gibson-Fawcett Award

Dr Simon Clarke has been awarded the first Royal Society of Chemistry Gibson-Fawcett Award. The Gibson-Fawcett Award is to recognise original and independent contributions to materials chemistry. This award recognises the contributions of two great chemists, Reginald Gibson and Eric Fawcett.

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2010 Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize2010 Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize

Dr Andrew Goodwin from the ICL has been awarded the 2010 Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The award, which is given for "the most meritorious and promising original investigations in chemistry", recognises Andrew's work in materials with negative thermal expansion, and in the field of total scattering methods.

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Oxford hosts inaugural meeting of EPSRC Career Acceleration FellowsOxford hosts inaugural meeting of EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellows

On Thursday, 15th April 2010, the inaugural meeting of EPSRC-funded Career Acceleration Fellows was held at St Catherine's College, Oxford. The meeting was organised by Dr Christopher Blanford of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. The day-long strategy and networking event was attended by 26 Fellows, Prof. Peter Edwards, and four from the EPSRC, including the CEO, Prof. David Delpy. The Department of Chemistry hosts four of the 47 current Career Acceleration Fellows — Christopher Blanford, Stephen Fletcher, Andrew Goodwin, and Philipp Kukura —and the University of Oxford as a whole hosts 12, the greatest share of any university. Fewer than 4% of applicants are awarded these five-year Fellowships. Professor Edwards noted, “we were delighted to host this, the first-ever such meeting. Its importance was reflected in the attendance, and active participation of David Delpy.”

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Ben Davis at EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVALBen Davis at EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL

Professor Ben Davis recently appeared at the Edinburgh Science Festival (3-17 April) taking part in a debate about the potential of synthetic life and the ethical questions it raises. The debate was chaired by Quentin Cooper - BBC Science Presenter and featured rof. Ben Davis (Oxford University) and Dr. Jim Haseloff, researcher and lecturer in synthetic biology (Cambridge University) with Prof. Joyce Tait, Innogen Centre (Edinburgh University) and Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh. As a result Ben Davis was also interviewed in the The Scottish Herald and appeared on the BBC Radio 4's Material World science program talking about artificial life and synthetic biology.

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CRL Research the Subject of Angewandte Highlight ArticleCRL Research the Subject of Angewandte Highlight Article

Recent work from Drasko Vidovic in the Aldridge group on group 13 analogues of the classical organometallic ligands CO and N2, published late last year in Angewandte Chemie, is the subject of a highlight article just published by the same journal.

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Prize for Part II StudentPrize for Part II Student

Congratulations to Part II Student, Jonathan Ross, who was awarded a prize for best oral communication at the SCI Regional Undergraduate Symposium held at Bath University on 24 March 2010. Jonathan’s presentation titled "Gold-Catalyzed Cross Coupling Reactions: Beyond Protodemetalation" described his recent work carried out in Véronique Gouverneur’s group.

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On the cover of Chem. Eur. J.On the cover of Chem. Eur. J.

Research from Harry Anderson's group and collaborators at the University of Mons, Strasbourg, University College London and BASF on a dithiophene rotaxane is highlighted on the front cover of Chemistry European Journal.

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Journal of Organic Chemistry Cover for Prof D M HodgsonJournal of Organic Chemistry Cover for Prof D M Hodgson

The cover, designed by Karl Harrison, highlights work from Prof Hodgson's laboratory on the syntheses of (–)-cubebol and related epimers involving sterecontrolled intramolecular cyclopropanation of α-lithiated terminal epoxides as the key step.

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Research highlighted by Physical Review LettersResearch highlighted by Physical Review Letters

Work by Andrew Goodwin and collaborators at the University of Cambridge and Ohio University has been highlighted as an "Editors' suggestion" in the March 22 issue of Physical Review Letters. The work describes how experimental diffraction data might actually be used to determine the structures of amorphous materials. The APS highlight journal "Physics" has commissioned a viewpoint article summarising the work.

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Celebrating 350 years of the Royal Society Celebrating 350 years of the Royal Society

A special issue of Philosophical Transactions A has been assembled to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. It comprises a number of articles by leading scientists covering a spread of the Physical Sciences in a manner not requiring the reader to be a specialist to gain understanding of the content. The authors were selected on the basis of their knowledge and experience in a topical area of research and they were invited to present their personal analysis of the status of the topic, promising and less promising approaches being used at the moment and, where possible, some bold conclusions. From Oxford, Professor Peter Edwards and Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton provide articles on difference between metals and non-metals and synthetic protein mimetics respectively.

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Research Highlighted in Journal of Breath ResearchResearch Highlighted in Journal of Breath Research

The article 'A chemometric study on human breath mass spectra for biomarker identification in cystic fibrosis' published in Journal of Breath Research has been selected as one of the eight papers in the journal's Highlights of 2009 collection. The article describes a collaborative effort between the Ritchie and Hancock groups in the PTCL and clinicians at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford. The journal's Highlights are a selection of papers that collectively represent the high quality and breadth of contributions published in the journal, receiving the highest praise from international referees and a high number of downloads from the journal website during 2009.

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Research Highlighted in JAC SelectResearch Highlighted in JAC Select

An article the Fraser Armstrong had published last year in JACS (first authors Dr Erwin Reisner and Danny Powell -Somerville, Part II) has been chosen for Issue 8 of JACS Select, focusing on Harnessing Energy for a Sustainable World. The Journal of the American Chemical Society has introduced JACS Select, the journal's thematic Web-based collections of recently published JACS papers. All articles will remain free to non-subscribers until the appearance of the next JACS Select.

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Special Issue of Inorganica Chimica ActaSpecial Issue of Inorganica Chimica Acta

Inorganica Chimica Acta (ICA) has provided an opportunity to celebrate Jonathan R. Dilworth's continuing contributions to chemistry with this special ICA volume. The present compilation of dedicated papers from Jonathan’s colleagues and co-workers from across the globe, encompasses a range of areas in inorganic chemistry including synthesis, structural studies, catalysis, and the delivery of radio-pharmaceuticals.

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PTCL PRACTICAL PRIZESPTCL PRACTICAL PRIZES

Practical Prizes, sponsored by ExxonMobil, were presented by Dr Vinod Pathrose following a presentation by the Company on Thursday, 11 March. Prize Winners were: Michael Juniper (Lincoln) Matthew Horrocks (Oriel) Samantha Ivell (Lincoln) Kristopher Ward (St John’s) Dave Taylor (Trinity) Chris Menelaou (Corpus Christi)

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Hot Article in Dalton TransactionsHot Article in Dalton Transactions

Work by Rebekka Hueting, Jon Dilworth, Veronique Gouverneur and Martin Christlieb in collaboration with co-workers at Paul Scherrer Institute and Vrije Universiteit Brussels has been selected as a Dalton Transactions Hot Article. The paper describes new functionalised bis(thiosemicarbazone) ligands that have been radiolabeled with both 64Cu and 99mTc. The 64Cu-complexes were conjugated to bombesin derivatives and showed good tumour uptake in in-vivo imaging.

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Roald Hoffmann to be awarded Honorary Degree Roald Hoffmann to be awarded Honorary Degree

The University has announced the conferment of Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) to the Nobel Prize winning chemist Roald Hoffmann. Peter Edwards noted 'This is truly marvellous news. I am delighted for Roald, and indeed for Chemistry, that the University of Oxford has chosen to honour one of the true giants of our subject. Equally important, he is a man who engages the public-at-large as a visionary and inspirational teacher and communicator. Roald has also spent great energy and time in bringing together scientists and artists from different races and religions, particularly in the Middle East, for common causes, principles and peace'

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Science, PNAS and Nature: Chemistry highlight Donohoe group work on metathesisScience, PNAS and Nature: Chemistry highlight Donohoe group work on metathesis

Science, PNAS and Nature Chemistry journals have highlighted work recently published by the Donohoe group on the construction of aromatic compounds using cross metathesis (T. J. Donohoe, J. F. Bower, PNAS, 2010, doi:10.1073/pnas.0913466107). This work features a first in class method of making valuable organic compounds in a particularly concise manner and application to the synthesis of complex pharmaceutical and natural product targets is anticipated.

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C&EN highlights C&EN highlights "Magnetically Probed Protein Interactions"

Chemical and Engineering News features an article on work by Kiminori Maeda and Alex Robinson (from the the Chris Timmel group) published this week in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The paper describes how weak magnetic fields can be used to assess biomolecular dynamics of protein-substrate interactions.

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Carbohydrate Research feature cover for 2010Carbohydrate Research feature cover for 2010

Following on from the news that an OBC journal cover image for the Stuart Conway's was selected as the publishers promotion cover for the journal in 2010. Elsevier has selected a cover for a fore-coming issue of Carbohydrate Research to be the feature cover for 2010. The cover illustrates research by the Ben Davis group. Both of these illustrations were designed by Karl Harrison.

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ChemComm Most Cited Communications 2009ChemComm Most Cited Communications 2009

A communication describing a new sodium iron arsenide NaFeAs synthesised by Dr Dinah Parker in the Clarke group has been one of the most highly cited Chemical Communications published in 2009. The compound is one of a series of layered iron compounds which exhibits unconventional superconductivity. The characterisation of NaFeAs was carried out in collaboration with Stephen Blundell's group in Oxford Physics and made use of the neutron and muon instruments at the ISIS facility

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JCP Highlighted Research JCP Highlighted Research "Electronic spectrum of a triply-charged ion"

Collaborating workers from Oxford, Uppsala and Paris have measured and analysed the first full electronic spectrum of a molecule with three positive charges, OCS+++. Neutral molecules were ionised by extreme uv light from the storage ring BESSY II in Berlin and all three electrons were detected in coincidence using the magnetic bottle TOF technique developed in the Eland group. Strong electron correlation was included in calculations to interpret the spectra.

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"Most Accessed" article in Chemistry - A European Journal

A research paper by Anna J. McConnell, Christopher J. Serpell, Amber L. Thompson, David R. Allan and Paul D. Beer is one of the most accessed journal articles for December 2009. The paper concerns the work on 'Calix[4]arene-Based Rotaxane Host Systems for Anion Recognition'. This is the second time that a paper from the Beer group has been in the most accessed list.

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Prelog Medal 2010Prelog Medal 2010

Professor Carol Robinson, Royal Society Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Prelog Medal for 2010. The medal is awarded annually from the ETH Zurich and is awarded to Carol for her work on the application of mass spectrometry to macromolecular complexes. It will be presented at a symposium honouring the award later this year. Previous Prelog Lecturers can be found at

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SSOCJ Award Lecture for Ben DavisSSOCJ Award Lecture for Ben Davis

Ben Davis has been selected for the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (SSOCJ) Lectureship Award for 2010 and will give this lecture in September 2010. The last and only other UK recipient was Steve Davies in 1998.

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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 status. The winners of the Lilly prizes for the year 2008-2009 are:Sonia Bracegirdle (Supervisor: Dr Ed Anderson) Andrew Charlton (Supervisor: Professor David Hodgson) Alexander Cresswell (Supervisor: Professor Steve Davies) Andrew Kyle (Supervisor: Professor Darren Dixon) Armin Thalhammer (Supervisor: Professor Chris Schofield) Stephen Wallace (Supervisor: Dr Martin Smith)

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MBE in New Year Honours 2010MBE in New Year Honours 2010

Professor Bob Williams, Royal Society's Napier Research Professor Emeritus, Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College and Honorary Fellow of Merton College, has been made an MBE for services to the community in North Oxford

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Front-cover paper in the first 2010 issue of European J of Inorg ChemFront-cover paper in the first 2010 issue of European J of Inorg Chem

A collaboration between the Jo Peach and Jon Dilworth research groups has appeared as the front-cover paper in the first 2010 issue of European J of Inorg Chem. The work was done in the CRL by two Part II students in the Peach group and a then-DPhil student in Jon Dilworth's group (who did the electrocemistry and the calculations)

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VIP paper and Front Cover in Angewandte ChemieVIP paper and Front Cover in Angewandte Chemie

Work described by Adrian Chaplin and Andrew Weller in their Communication (DOI: 10.1002/anie.200905185), which has relevance to the catalytic synthesis of new Group 13/15 materials, has been selected as a VIP paper and Front Cover in Angewandte Chemie. A dirhodium complex formed via a low-coordinate rhodium(I) intermediate has a structure with three different amine-borane activation modes: a bridging borane, an agostic BHRh interaction, and a base-stabilized boryl ligand. This BH activation of an amine-borane ligand

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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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