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Bruker UK Ltd Prizes for Prelim Exam ResultsBruker UK Ltd Prizes for Prelim Exam Results

Bruker UK Ltd. proudly sponsor prizes for the three first year chemistry students who score top marks in their preliminary exams. The 2009 winners are Philip Derry (New College), Karolis Leonavicius (St. Edmund Hall), Philip Gerken (Exeter College).

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Highlighted research in RSC Chemical ScienceHighlighted research in RSC Chemical Science

Work by Justin Chalker, Angel Lin and Omar Boutureira from the BGD group on protein cross metathesis has been highlighted by the RSC's popular science news magazine Chemical Science. The researchers tagged a protein with an amino acid to make a structure that can be transformed into new proteins in a Nobel Prize-winning reaction called olefin cross metathesis. This carbon-carbon double bond forming process is an important transformation reaction in organic chemistry with a broad spectrum of use, explains Davis, but until their work last year no one knew how to apply it to proteins.

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Scholarship for Samantha ShanleyScholarship for Samantha Shanley

Samantha Shanley, a 4th year student from the BGD group was awarded the Jeremy R. Knowles Memorial Travel Scholarship and was invited to present her research at the Bioorganic Gordon Conference held at the Proctor Academy, June 14-19, 2009

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Spin DoctorsSpin Doctors

In its Trinity edition, Oxford Today features an article about the Centre for Advanced Electron Spin Resonance (CAESR) funded by the EPSRC and BBSRC describing the research carried out by the many Oxford groups using the facility ranging from quantum computing and hydrogen storage to the study of protein-protein interactions and molecular compasses

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Poster Prize for Keriann BackusPoster Prize for Keriann Backus

Keriann Backus, a 2nd year student from the BGD group and part of the joint NIH-Oxford programme, was awarded the 'Pfizer Outstanding Poster Prize' at the Bioorganic Gordon Conference held at the Proctor Academy, June 14-19, 2009

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Angewandte Chemie Highlights AuthorsAngewandte Chemie Highlights Authors

Prof Gouverneur likes steak & chips, Prof Davis likes bread. Veronique Gouverneur (4 May 2009 issue)and Ben Davis (18 May 2009 issue) have both been selected recently by Angewandte Chemie for author profiles, which recognise the publication of more than ten papers in the journal since 2000.

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European Lectureship Award for Dr Simon AldridgeEuropean Lectureship Award for Dr Simon Aldridge

Dr Simon Aldridge has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's 2009/2010 Dalton Transactions European Lectureship for his work in main group and transition metal organometallic chemistry. The award seeks to recognize the achievements of an emerging European inorganic chemist; Dr Aldridge will present the lecture at three locations within Europe during the coming year.

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ChemComm Hot ArticleChemComm Hot Article

A research paper by the John Brown group has been highlighted by the RSC as a hot article. The work titled "Comparative catalytic C–H vs. C–Si activation of arenes with Pd complexes directed by urea or amide groups" gives new insight which has potential uses in synthetic chemistry, as the rate limiting step of many palladium catalysed C-H activation reactions is the formation of the palladocycle intermediate. In addition to increasing the rate of the reaction, ureas are easily hydrolysed from the final product under mild conditions, making industrial application of this technique a real possibility. John Brown hopes that further studies of this type will give synthetic chemists 'the ability to synthesise simple aromatic compounds with full control of substitution pattern and with gentle reagents'.

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RSC Award for Professor DilworthRSC Award for Professor Dilworth

The Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award has been given to Professor Dilworth for work on the development and applications of technetium and other transition metal complexes as radiopharmaceutical diagnostic agents for clinical use. The award is new and will in the future be made biannually. The award comprises an honorarium and medal and the recipient gives four lectures within the UK between September 2009 and May 2010.

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David Watkin gives the Kathleen Lonsdale LectureDavid Watkin gives the Kathleen Lonsdale Lecture

Every two years, the Young Crystallographers Group of the British Crystallographic Association nominate a speaker to give the prestigious Kathleen Lonsdale Lecture. Traditionally, they invite well respected scientist who has a good rapport with students. This year the Lonsdale Lecturer was David Watkin who is well known within the community, principally as a result of his involvement with the highly respected refinement software CRYSTALS, developed in Oxford and through the BCA biannual teaching school which he co-founded twenty-five years ago.

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Honour for Professor Edwards Honour for Professor Edwards

The Presidium of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina has elected Professor Peter Edwards for membership of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The selection of new academy members is a rigorous process and demands a consensus of agreement between the Presidium and the Senators of the academy. Election to the academy is made in recognition of his scientific achievements and his personal standing.

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Dirk Aarts wins the Martinus van Marum Prize 2009Dirk Aarts wins the Martinus van Marum Prize 2009

Dirk Aarts, University Lecturer in the PTCL and Student of Christ Church, has won the prestigious Martinus van Marum medal and prize of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities for his doctoral thesis (Utrecht, the Netherlands (2005)) and subsequent publications. The prize is awarded once every five years in the area of chemistry and chemical technology in recognition of original research work.

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BCA Award for David WatkinBCA Award for David Watkin

David Watkin has been elected as Honorary Member of the British Crystallographic Association for his outstanding services to the organisation and crystallography as a whole. The award was made in particular recognition of his role as a teacher, in both the UK and worldwide. The presentation was made at the annual meeting of the BCA which was held at the end of April at Loughborough University.

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SCI AwardSCI Award

Simon Sprague, a final year doctoral student working in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, has won the prize for best post-graduate student talk at the 20th SCI Graduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry. His talk 'Manganese(III) acetate-mediated synthesis of fused lactone-pyrrolidinone ring systems' given at the meeting in Cambridge, featured results from his recent work in the Burton group.

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Ben Pilgram wins Salters' Graduate Prize 2009Ben Pilgram wins Salters' Graduate Prize 2009

Ben Pilgram a Part II student in Professor Donohoe's group has won the Salters' Graduate Prize 2009. Ben was chosen as the nominee for Oxford University, as he won the Gibbs Prize for Part I finals last year. Ben was then shortlisted for interview at the Salters' Institute and became a prize-winner this month. Earlier this year chemisty/chemical engineeing departments in the UK were asked to nominate final year undergraduate students for the Salters' Graduate Prize 2009. The prize (of £1000) is awarded to candidates who are judged to be likely to hold leading positions in the chemical and related industries in the future.

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Oxford Part II project highlighted in NatureOxford Part II project highlighted in Nature

Results from James Reeve's Part II project (Harry Anderson's group) on dyes for second harmonic generation imaging, published in J. Am. Chem. Soc., have been highlighted in Nature.

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Student PrizesStudent Prizes

Two Oxford theoretical chemists have won prizes at the annual Graduate Student Meeting of the RSC Theoretical Chemistry Group, held this year in Cardiff. Tom Markland became the third consecutive Balliol theoretical chemist to win the Coulson Prize for the best oral presentation, with a talk on quantum diffusion of hydrogen atoms in water and ice. And Sarah Remmert won a PCCP-sponsored prize for the best graduate student poster.

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Adam Park (Part II Chemist) completes the 2009 Marathon des SablesAdam Park (Part II Chemist) completes the 2009 Marathon des Sables

Adam Park, the youngest UK competitor and a Part II chemist in the Russ Egdell group, has completed the 2009 Marathon des Sables. The runners had to carry all their food and equipment along the 6 day, 220 km Sahara desert course. Billed as the toughest footrace on the planet, Adam has already raised over £3000 for an autistic children charity.

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Two Oxford Chemists receive IUPAC Honorable Mention awardsTwo Oxford Chemists receive IUPAC Honorable Mention awards

Jason Holland and David Payne have received honorable mention awards in the 2009 IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists for the best Ph.D. theses in the chemical sciences as described in 1000-word essays.

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Highlighted researchHighlighted research

Research by the Conway group has been highlighted online in Chemical Biology. Their work has modified AG10, a compound that destroys mitochondrial activity, to generate a new spatially-selective mitochondrial probe. Scientists investigating mitochondria often treat them with AG10 allowing their function to be studied. The key benefit of the work is in providing chemical tools that offer the prospect of high-resolution investigation of mitochondrial function for the first time.

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Angewandte Chemie Highlights Porphyrin-Based Molecular WiresAngewandte Chemie Highlights Porphyrin-Based Molecular Wires

Results from a collaboration between Harry Anderson's group (Oxford) and Richard Nichols's group (Liverpool) on the electrical conductance of single molecules has been highlighted by Herbert Meier in Angewandte Chemie.

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Nature Chemical Biology highlights oxygen sensing researchNature Chemical Biology highlights oxygen sensing research

Work from the Schofield group is the focus of a Nature Chemical Biology article which highlights an Angewandte Chemie paper by Loenarz et al. about the stereoelectronic gauche effect being crucial for protein-protein recognition in human oxygen sensing. The findings also suggest possible involvement of stereoelectronic effects in the regulation of other protein functions.

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Hot Paper in Angewandte Chemie International Edition - Three of a kindHot Paper in Angewandte Chemie International Edition - Three of a kind

Work by the Professor Schofield group titled "Iron-Mediated Cleavage of C–C Bonds in Vicinal Tricarbonyl Compounds in Water" has been highlighted as hot paper. The research found that vicinal tricarbonyl compounds undergo C–C cleavage mediated by ferric ions (through a possible illustrated intermediate). The observed cleavage of ninhydrin and dehydroascorbic acid has relevance to the detection of amino acid and the metabolism of vitamin C.

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The Inaugural Katritzky Lecture Feb 2009The Inaugural Katritzky Lecture Feb 2009

Sir John Meurig Thomas delivered the first Katritzky Lecture in the Inorganic Chemistry Lecture Theatre. The title of the lecture was ‘The Genius of Michael Faraday’. See photographs from the evening

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ExxonMobil practical prizes ExxonMobil practical prizes

Prizes for practical work in the PTCL were presented by Jenny Pratt of ExxonMobil on Thursday 29th January. Jenny was an Oxford Chemistry undergraduate at Lincoln College, and she gave a presentation before the prizegiving outlining employment prospects at the Company.

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VIP communication paper in Angewandte ChemieVIP communication paper in Angewandte Chemie

Karaked Tedrsee in Edman Tsang's group has reported the use of small molecules such as formic acid as a chemical probe to interrogate surface features of metallic nanoparticles by 13C NMR spectroscopy through different adsorption modes, which facilitate surface-site differentiation and quantification at good resolution. Tsang group have been investigating the relationship between catalysis with respect to nanoparticle structure and they believe that the new technique may allow to explore the exciting possibility of engineering nanoparticle surface for catalysis.

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On the cover of OBCOn the cover of OBC

Research from Harry Anderson's group on porphyrin-based drugs for two-photon photodynamic therapy has been published in three back-to-back articles in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry and highlighted on the front cover.

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The Guardian interviews Professor RichardsThe Guardian interviews Professor Richards

In a interview titled "Spin-out Doctor" Professor Graham Richards, tells the Guardian's Linda Nordling about his new book "Spin-Outs: Creating Businesses from University Intellectual Property" and the serendipitous events in his life which led him to make millions from research.

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Cover paper of The AnalystCover paper of The Analyst

A paper by Gus Hancock and Grant Ritchie's groups in the PTCL has been featured on the front cover of The Analyst. The study describes the use of optical feedback cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy for the sensitive detection of gas phase species in the near infrared, and the cover shows the design of the V shaped cavity with the resultant mode structure. The design allows for line narrowing and increased detectivity over conventional cavity techniques. The system was demonstrated on the detection of isotopically substituted carbon dioxide.

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Angewandte Chemie Highlights Oxford Nanotube ResearchAngewandte Chemie Highlights Oxford Nanotube Research

A joint research communication by the Professor MLH Green and Professor BG Davis has been highlighted in the recent Angewandte Chemie journal. Multiwall WS2 nanotube templates were used as hosts to prepare core-shell PbI2@WS2 nanotubes by a capillary-wetting method. Conformal growth of PbI2 layers on the inner wall of the relatively wide WS2 nanotubes (i.d. ca. 10 nm) leads to nanotubular structures which were not previously observed in narrow carbon nanotube templates.

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