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                         ews & Achievements

                         A selection of recent highlights.
                         More news can be found at

                                                                               A blue plaque has been unveiled in honour
                                                                               of Oxford Chemistry alumna and Nobel
                                                                               Laureate Dorothy Hodgkin at her former
                                                                               family home, 94 Woodstock Road, Oxford.
                                                                               It was here that the Nobel telegram arrived
                                                                               in October 1964.
                                                              We were delighted to receive a Silver Athena SWAN Award in
                                                              recognition of our work to improve the gender balance of students
                                                              and employees, and to improve the support and development
                                                              available to all.
          Work is underway on new undergraduate teaching labs.   Professor Stuart Conway has been awarded the 2016 Lectureship
          Find out more on pages 16 and 17 and learn how you can support   by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector of the Royal
          the project and dedicate a crucial part of the new laboratory.   Society of Chemistry.  The BMCS aims to further the interests of
                                                              all members of the RSC involved in the pursuit and understanding
          Professor David Clary has been knighted for services to
          international science. Sir David, President of Magdalen College   of biologically active molecules and its lectureship is awarded to
          since 2005, served as the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the   someone who has made a significant advance in the subject through
          Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2009 to 2013. He leads a   developing new products or methods.
          research group studying the theory and computer simulation on the   Two Rushlight Clean Energy Awards were won by Oxford
          reactions, energy transfer and dynamics of polyatomic molecules.    Advanced Surfaces,  a Chemistry spin-out commercialising
          The author of over 300 papers in theoretical chemistry, Sir David is   research developed by Professor Mark Moloney.   Rushlight
          also Editor of Chemical Physics Letters and a Reviewing Editor of   promotes the development and deployment of clean technologies
          Science.                                            and sustainable energy solutions.  Oxford Advanced Surfaces
                                                              develops technology that aids the production of lighter weight
          Professor Bill David has been elected to the Fellowship of the   vehicles, a crucial step towards lower CO  emissions.
          Royal Society. Bill’s research is in energy materials chemistry and   We welcome Professor Charlotte Williams. Charlotte has joined
          the atomic, molecular and nano-structure of materials. He has made   Oxford Chemistry from Imperial College London, where she led
          significant contributions to the development of neutron and X-ray   a highly successful multidisciplinary research group in polymer
          powder diffraction and is currently investigating materials that   chemistry.
          facilitate the use of ammonia as an energy vector.
                                                              More new spin-out companies have been launched this year by
          Six Oxford professors received prestigious Royal Society of   Oxford chemists. Read about Oxford Impedance Diagnostics,
          Chemistry awards and prizes. The Tilden Prize was awarded to   Oxford Mass Technologies, OXACs and OxStem on page 11.
          Veronique Gouveneur and Dermot O’Hare, the Harrison-Meldola   A symposium was held in May in
          Memorial Prize to Susan Perkin, the Interdisciplinary Prize to   celebration of Professor Malcolm
          Peter Hore, the Liversidge award to Peter Bruce, and the Frankland   Green’s 80th Birthday. Malcolm was
          Award to Andrew Weller.
                                                              presented with a copy of a collection
          Professor Tom Brown won the BBSRC’s Innovator of the Year   of his articles published by the Royal
          competition for his high impact serial entrepreneurship in DNA   Society of Chemistry, highlighting
          chemistry and outstanding commitment to innovation. Research   his vast contribution to Inorganic
          in the Brown Group is interdisciplinary, focusing on nucleic acid   Chemistry over the last 50 years.
          chemistry and its applications in other fields including DNA
          diagnostics, forensic science and nanotechnology.

                       We are delighted to be working in partnership with Elsevier and gratefully acknowledge their sponsorship
                       contribution to this magazine. Thank you also to Oxford University Press for their generous gift-in-kind towards the
                       cost of printing.

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