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Cover article in PCCP Cover article in PCCP

An invited article by Jonathan Doye, Alex Wilber and Ard Louis on computer simulations of crystallization is featured on the front cover of the current issue of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

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Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Oxford ChemistRoyal Society of Chemistry Award for Oxford Chemist

Professor Tim Donohoe has been awarded one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's 2006 Corday-Morgan Medals for distinguished contributions to synthetic organic chemistry.

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Chemistry Football Tournament 2007Chemistry Football Tournament 2007

The football team called First-floor United Chemists (FUC) in CRL led by the captain Dr. Yingjian Xu has won the title of Catalyst Tournament Champion 2007. The team FUC mainly derived from the Red Dragon in 2006 (who won the third place last year) has achieved an always-winning performance in this tournament. The 11 players are respectively from Brown’s group (Amit Hemnani, Bao Nguyen and Yingjian Xu), Adlington’s group (Andrew Lawrence, Jonathan George and Patrick Durkin), Willis’s group (Anthony Fletcher and James Osborne), Hodgson’s group (Philip Humphreys), Maloney’s group (Lawrence Harris) and Robertson’s group (William Unsworth).

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Screensaver Project CompletedScreensaver Project Completed

On Friday 27 April the Screensaver Project finally came to a close. The project, developed with the National Foundation for Cancer Research has run for six years and has at various times been funded by Intel, Microsoft and by IBM, but was chiefly a collaboration with United Devices Inc of Austin Texas. It has been an enormous success, involving over 3.5 million personal computers in more than 200 countries.

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Chemical probes beat antibodies at own gameChemical probes beat antibodies at own game

The paper in Nature by Sander I. van Kasteren, Holger B. Kramer, Henrik H. Jensen, Sandra J. Campbell, Joanna Kirkpatrick, Neil J. Oldham, Daniel C. Anthony and Benjamin G. Davis which provides a new way of detecting biological structures could help in the fight against disease. The new method, developed by scientists at Oxford University, uses chemistry to assemble proteins into ‘protein probes’ that can be sent into the body to, for instance, detect inflammation and disease in the brain.

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Hot Chem Comm Paper JM Brown research groupHot Chem Comm Paper JM Brown research group

Chemists in Oxford, UK have shown that in palladium-catalysed cross-coupling reactions, the outcome of competition between aryl bromides and aryl triflates depends on the nucleophilic partner; Suzuki couplings with R–B generally follow a different pattern from other R–M species.

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Hot Chem Comm Paper for FA Armstrong research groupHot Chem Comm Paper for FA Armstrong research group

The work by Christopher F. Blanford, Rachel S. Heath and Fraser A. Armstrong has been highlighted for their attachment of substrate-like anthracene based units to the surface of pyrolytic graphite which greatly enhances the adsorption of high-potential fungal laccases, blue Cu enzymes that catalyse the four-electron reduction of O2, providing a stable cathode for enzymatic biological fuel cells and electrochemical studies.

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BBC Magazine article highlights Oxford ChemistryBBC Magazine article highlights Oxford Chemistry

The May BBC Focus magazine has an article about the news that new drugs could be discovered much faster thanks to a screening process developed by Dr Pedro Ballester with Professor Graham Richards The process is over 1500 times faster than current techniques.

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Angewandte Chemie cover pictureAngewandte Chemie cover picture

Recent work by Markus Hoffmann, Craig Wilson, Barbara Odell and Harry Anderson on porphyrin wire nanorings is featured on the front cover of Angew. Chem. and also in Chemistry World.

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RSC's Theoretical Chemistry Group PrizeRSC's Theoretical Chemistry Group Prize

Anne Gilbert, a third year D.Phil. student in Theoretical Chemistry and a graduate student at Balliol, has won the Coulson Prize for the best speaker at the 27th Graduate Student Meeting of the RSC's Theoretical Chemistry Group, held at Birmingham on April 18th, with a talk entitled 'Optics and transport in disordered heavy electron materials'.

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Hot Paper in Organic and Biomolecular ChemistryHot Paper in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry

Recent work by Michael Frampton, Harry Anderson and coworkers on the synthesis and spectroscopy of deuterated porphyrin dimers has been highlighted as a 'Hot Paper' in Org. Biolmol. Chem. The article is titled 'Synthesis and near-infrared luminescence of a deuterated conjugated porphyrin dimer for probing the mechanism of non-radiative deactivation'.

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Royal Institution Friday Evening DiscourseRoyal Institution Friday Evening Discourse

Professor Graham Richards is to present a talk titled 'Molecules by the million' as the March 16th Royal Institution Friday Evening Discourse. Friday Evening Discourses (FEDs) are an integral part of the Royal Institution's events programme, having been established by Michael Faraday in 1826. FEDs are by tradition formal occasions, and while evening dress is not obligatory, it is customary.

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Search for new drugs speeded upSearch for new drugs speeded up

New drugs could be discovered much faster thanks to a screening process developed by Dr Pedro Ballester with Professor Graham Richards The process is over 1500 times faster than current techniques. It works by searching a database of molecules for those with a similar shape to known drugs; as molecules with similar shapes are likely to have similar properties. The new method could bring huge benefits for the pharmaceutical industry and have many other uses including creating a new breed of Internet search engine. The work has been highlighted by New Scientist Tech News as a breaking news story.

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Advanced Light Source Science HighlightAdvanced Light Source Science Highlight

Research carried out by David Payne (Egdell group) and published last year in Physical Review Letters has been featured as a Science Highlight on the web page of the Advanced Light Source Synchrotron in Berkeley, California. The work shows that conventional textbook explanations of structural distortions in compounds such as PbO and Bi2O3 need to be revised in the light of new findings about the electronic structure of these compounds derived from X-ray emission spectroscopy.

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100th Publication between two independent Oxford Chemistry Research Groups100th Publication between two independent Oxford Chemistry Research Groups

The paper in Organic Letters 2007, 9, 623-62 is the 100th joint publication between the groups of George Fleet of the Organic Chemistry department and David Watkin of the Chemical Crystallography Laboratory. More than 100 crystal structures of sugars and sugar mimics - both protected and unprotected - have been reported, even though carbohydrates have a reputation for being difficult to crystallise well.

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Angewandte Chemie Very Important PaperAngewandte Chemie Very Important Paper

Current research in the Aldridge group on the fundamental reactivity of M=B double bonds has been highlighted as a VIP paper in Angewandte Chemie. The study, part of the Dphil work of graduate student Glesni Pierce, reveals a novel mechanism for insertion of unsaturated molecules into transition metal ligand bonds. The paper 'Cationic Terminal Aminoborylene Complexes: Controlled Stepwise Insertion into M-B and B-N Double Bonds' by Glesni A. Pierce, Simon Aldridge, Cameron Jones, Timo Gans-Eichler, Andreas Stasch, Natalie D. Coombs, and David J. Willock is now online.

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Merck Sharp and Dohme Fellowship AwardMerck Sharp and Dohme Fellowship Award

Phil Humphreys, a graduate student in the Hodgson group, has been awarded a 2006 Merck Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (one of two awarded in Europe), to carry out postdoctoral research with Prof. Larry Overman at U.C. Irvine.

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Formal opening of Siemens Oxford Molecular Imaging LaboratoryFormal opening of Siemens Oxford Molecular Imaging Laboratory

The Siemens Oxford Molecular Imaging Laboratory (SOMIL), located in the Inorganic Chemistry Building, was formally opened by Michael Reitermann, President of Siemens Molecular Imaging, on January 24th 2007.

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Annual Highlight paper by Oxford theoristsAnnual Highlight paper by Oxford theorists

A paper by Andrew Mitchell, Martin Galpin and David Logan from Theoretical Chemistry, has been chosen by the Editorial Board of Europhysics Letters as a highlight article from all Letters published in 2006 - covering important new research, in topical areas, that the Board found particularly insightful and useful. Their paper, entitled 'Gate voltage effects in capacitively coupled quantum dots', deals with the role of electron interactions in the transport behaviour of quantum dots.

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RSC Awards Medals Symposium of the Royal Society of Chemistry RSC Awards Medals Symposium of the Royal Society of Chemistry

David Clary the President of Faraday Division of Royal Society of Chemistry, Oxford presented the following prizes and medals Rosalind Allen (Harrison Prize, Edinburgh University), Fred Manby (Marlow Medal, Bristol University)), John Simons (Liversidge Lecturer, Oxford), Helen Fielding (Corday-Morgan Medal, UCL) and Mark Child (Boys-Rahman Lecturer, Oxford)

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Ben Davis talks to James Mitchell Crow about nature's fuzzy logic.Ben Davis talks to James Mitchell Crow about nature's fuzzy logic.

The new look Chemical Biology, combines Research News, showcasing newsworthy articles and important scientific advances, and Research Articles, a point of access to all chemical biology content from across RSC Publishing. Not only that, there are new article types: insights into exciting research areas and interviews with leading scientists (Oxford's Professor Ben Davis and his Sugar solutions).

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World Economic Forum Announces Technology Pioneers 2007World Economic Forum Announces Technology Pioneers 2007

Oxford Medical Diagnostics Ltd, a spin-out from the PTCL, has been selected as one of the top 50 Technology Pioneers for 2007 by the World Economic Forum currently taking place in Davos, Switzerland. The Company develops trace gas analysers based upon cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy for the industrial and medical markets. After a successful second round of investment in 2006 they moved into new premises located at Oxford University's Begbroke Science Park. Through further research contracts with hospitals the Company, together with Professor Gus Hancock's team in the PTCL, are involved in clinical trials to establish potential disease markers for breath diagnosis. Further information can be requested by emailing: wolfgang.denzer@omdiagnostics.com

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Organic and Biolmolecular Chemistry cover pictureOrganic and Biolmolecular Chemistry cover picture

Recent work by Andrew Cheetham, Tim Claridge and Harry Anderson on the synthesis of cobalt-linked rotaxanes is featured on the front cover of Org. Biolmol. Chem.

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Poster Prize at the Stereodynamics 2006Poster Prize at the Stereodynamics 2006

Sophie Horrocks was awarded a Poster Prize at the Stereodynamics 2006 conference in Arcachon, France, for her contribution 'Investigating the Vibrationally Mediated Photodissociation of Ozone'. This meeting is devoted to experimental and theoretical aspects of molecular orientation effects on collision processes in gas phases, at interfaces and in condensed media. Sophie has now been invited to write an article on her work for publication in PCCP.

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MPLS Division Graduate Student PrizeMPLS Division Graduate Student Prize

Chris Rodgers was awarded equal first prize for his talk on 'The Chemistry Underlying Robins' Magnetic Sense' at the MPLS Division Graduate Student Prize Symposium on 6 December 2006. He was one of 8 speakers selected from over 20 entries from the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Mathematics, Earth Sciences and Zoology.

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SME of the Month for Oxford Catalysts SME of the Month for Oxford Catalysts

Royal Society of Chemistry has chosen Oxford Catalysts as their SME of the Month. The Company was set up to commercialise almost 20 years of catalyst research by the world-renown Professor Malcolm Green and his team at the University of Oxford's Wolfson Catalysis Centre, which has resulted in two patented technology platforms. Since the successful IPO, the Company had moved into its own custom-fitted offices and laboratories at Milton Park, Oxfordshire.

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Hot Chem Comm Paper for Electricity from low-level H2 in airHot Chem Comm Paper for Electricity from low-level H2 in air

Vincent et al describe an extreme test for a biological hydrogen-cycling catalyst: the generation of electricity from just 3% H2 released into still, ambient air. This is achieved with an open fuel cell comprising an anode modified with the unusual hydrogenase from Ralstonia metallidurans CH34, that oxidizes trace H2 in atmospheric O2, connected via a film of electrolyte to a cathode modified with the fungal O2-reductase, laccase.

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New Chemistry spin-out company to improve road safety New Chemistry spin-out company to improve road safety

The 64th spin-out company from the University of Oxford, OxTox Ltd, will produce drug-testing kits for the police to use on drivers that are as reliable and easy to use as breathalysers for alcohol. OxTox Ltd will build upon breakthrough electrochemical sensor technology developed in the research group of Professor Richard Compton in Oxford's Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.

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ExxnMobil Practical PrizegivingExxnMobil Practical Prizegiving

Representatives of ExxonMobil visited the PTCL on Thursday 2nd November and presented prizes for the best Physical Chemistry practical work to six undergraduates, Alethea Leung, Charles Heald, Sarah Elliott, Claire Brooks, Kat Emmett and Carmen Lei. Pictured are the prizewinners, PTCL practical course committee members and ExxonMobil representatives Sian Mikkelsen and Stephen Fulleylove.

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Hot Paper in Angewandte Chemie for Professor T.J. DonohoeHot Paper in Angewandte Chemie for Professor T.J. Donohoe

The paper by Stereoselective Synthesis of Pyrrolidines: Catalytic OxidativeCyclisations Mediated by Osmium, Timothy J. Donohoe, Gwydion H.Churchill, Katherine M. P. Wheelhouse (née Gosby) and Paul A. Glossop has been highlighted for its new pathway for oxidative cyclization.

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