Introducing the new RSC Chemical Biology Book Series Editorial Board

The RSC has launched a new Book Series that will provide a suite of reference books on cutting-edge research at the interface of chemistry and biology. The first books in the series will be published in 2016. Find out more here.

Do you have an idea for a book topic for the series? Would you like to edit a book in the series? We would love to hear from you. Email Rowan Frame, Books Commissioning Editor.

Meet the new Editorial Board:

Professor Tom Brown, Editor-in-Chief
University of Oxford, UK
Tom’s research interests centre on Nucleic acids chemistry, in particular the relationship between structure and function, DNA sequence recognition and the application of oligonucleotide chemistry to genetic analysis, diagnostics and therapeutics. He is co-founder of three biotech companies: Oswel, ATDBio and PrimerDesign. He was recently awarded Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

Tom received his first degree in Chemistry at Bradford University, where he was awarded the Griffin and George Prize as most outstanding graduate. After a PhD at Bradford with Gordon Shaw he moved to Nottingham University, then to Oxford and Cambridge Universities to carry out postdoctoral research with Leslie Crombie and Gerry Pattenden FRS, John Jones and Olga Kennard OBE FRSrespectively. In 1985 he was appointed to a lectureship in Biological Chemistry at Edinburgh University where he was promoted to Reader and then Professor of Nucleic Acids Chemistry, and in 1995 he moved to a Chair in Chemical Biology at the University of Southampton. Tom was appointed Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry at the University of Oxford in 2013.

Professor Kira J. Weissman, Series Editor
Lorraine University, France
Kira has been in her present position, Professor of Enzymology at Lorraine University since 2010. Her current research interests include the mechanistic enzymology and structural biology of modular polyketide synthase and nonribosomal peptide synthetase systems.

Kira obtained her BS in Chemistry from Stanford University, California in 1995. Receipt of a Churchill Fellowship allowed her to relocate to the United Kingdom, where she carried out MPhil (1996), PhD (2000) and post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge with Professors Jim Staunton and Peter Leadlay. Her work at Cambridge was supported by several competitive fellowships, including a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. Following nomination to a lectureship in the Department of Biochemistry, she moved in 2007 to the University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany, to work in the group of Prof. Rolf Müller as an Alexander Humboldt Research Fellow. Dr. Weissman has been in her present position, Professor of Enzymology at Lorraine University, Nancy, France, since 2010.

Professor Chris L. Dupont, Series Editor
J. Craig Venter Institute, USA
Chris is an Assistant Professor in the Microbial and Environmental Genomics department at JCVI. His primary research focus is microbial physiology and the environmental and evolutionary influence on physiological variation. Since sequencing the first free-living bacterium, Haemophilus influenza, Chris’ department have been leading the field of microbial genomics.

Prior to joining JCVI, Chris received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he studied a variety of subjects including oceanic nickel biogeochemistry and the evolution of Ni-superoxide dismutase.  Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources and a Master’s Degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

Professor Sabine Flitsch, Series Editor
University of Manchester, UK
The Flitsch group at the University of Manchester is very interdisciplinary, consisting of synthetic chemists, enzymologists and molecular biologists and is involved in several topics that fall within the broad area of Chemical Biology, including glycosciences, biocatalysis and protein-ligand interactions. Sabine was recently awarded an RSC Interdisciplinary Prize.

Sabine graduated from University of Münster in Germany in 1982 with a first class Diploma in Chemistry. She received a Michael Wills scholarship to study for a D.Phil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Sir Jack E. Baldwin. She then took up a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work with Professor H. Gobind Khorana until 1988 before returning to Oxford to take up a lectureship in Organic Chemistry for 6 years. After joining the University of Edinburgh in 1995, Sabine was awarded the Zeneca Research Award in 1996 and the Glaxo Wellcome Award for Innovative Chemistry in 1997. She was also a BBSRC Research Development Fellow from 2001-4 and was recently awarded the Wolfson Merit Award by the Royal Society (2007-2012). In October 2004 Sabine moved to a Chair in Chemical Biology at the University of Manchester in the Department of Chemistry.

Professor Nick J. Westwood, Series Editor
University of St Andrews, UK
Nick’s research focusses on Chemical Biology and Natural Product Synthesis. The Westwood group works collaboratively with a number of other researchers in both these areas on various projects, such as developing sirtuin inhibitors and studying protein-protein interactions.

Nick Graduated with a first class honours degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford. He stayed at Oxford until 1995 to complete a DPhil in Chemistry with Prof. Christopher Schofield FRS. He then spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Harvard University. In 2001, he left Harvard University to become a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. Since 2013, he has been Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences Research Complex at the University of St Andrews and EaStCHEM.

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Materials Science Engineering (MSE 2014)

The biennial international conference “Materials Science Engineering (MSE 2014)” organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde will take place in Darmstadt from 23 – 25 September 2014.

Symposium topics include Functional Materials and Devices, Structural Materials, Synthesis and Processing, Characterisation, Modelling and Simulation, and Biomaterials.

The programme includes talks from Prof. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Volkswagen AG, the MRS President Oliver Kraft, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Prof. Dr. Peter J. Uggowitzer (ETH Zurich) and M.A. Meyers of the University of California, San Diego (USA). One of the highlights will be the Colloquium in Honour of Prof. Ludwig Schultz.

For further details and to register please visit the conference website.

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RSC books to support your antimicrobial research

On average antibiotics add 20 years to each person’s life, yet the rise of antimicrobial resistance is threatening to make them ineffective in the future.

Last month, the public voted for antibiotic resistance to be the challenge of the 2014 Longitude Prize. This month, David Cameron announced a review into why so few anti-microbial drugs have been introduced in recent years.

Are you are a researcher working in the antimicrobial area?  Do you want to learn more about the important challenge of antimicrobial resistance? Are you planning to submit an entry to the Longitude Prize? We have a range of books of interest to you. Click on the titles below to find out more about these books:

Successful Strategies for the Discovery of Antiviral Drugs
Manoj C. Desai (Editor), Nicholas A. Meanwell (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-657-2, Copyright: 2013

Polymeric Materials with Antimicrobial Activity: From Synthesis to Applications
Alexandra Muñoz-Bonilla (Editor), María Cerrada (Editor), Marta Fernández-García (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-807-1, Copyright: 2013

Biointerfaces: Where Material Meets Biology
Dietmar Hutmacher (Editor), Wojciech Chrzanowski (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-876-7, Copyright: 2014

Silver in Healthcare: Its Antimicrobial Efficacy and Safety in Use
Alan B. G. Lansdown (Author)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-006-8, Copyright: 2010

Photodynamic Inactivation of Microbial Pathogens: Medical and Environmental Applications
Michael R Hamblin (Editor), Giulio Jori (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-144-7, Copyright: 2011

Life Saving Drugs: The Elusive Magic Bullet
John Mann (Author)
ISBN (print): 978-0-85404-634-8, Copyright: 2004

Life Saving Drugs

BiointerfacesPolymeric Materials with Antimicrobial Activity

Silver in HealthcareSuccessful Strategies for the Discovery of Antiviral Drugs

Photodynamic Inactivation of Microbial Pathogens

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Polymer Chemistry Books for MACRO 2014

To celebrate the 2014 IUPAC World Polymer Congress (MACRO 2014), 6-11 July, Chiang Mai, Thailand, here is a highlight of our recent polymer books.

RSC Polymer Chemistry Series

Covering key themes in polymer chemistry research, this is a must-have collection for graduate-level students and above. Leading experts from across the globe have contributed to each book in this series, while Ben Zhong Tang leads a world-class Series Editorial Board.

  • Poly(lactic acid) Science and Technology edited by Alfonso Jiménez, Mercedes Peltzer and Roxana Ruseckaite
  • Phosphorus-Based Polymers edited by Sophie Monge and Ghislain David
  • Natural Rubber Materials (Volume 1: Blends and IPNs, Volume 2: Composites and Nanocomposites) edited by Sabu Thomas, Chin Han Chan, Laly Pothen, Rajisha K.R., Jithin Joy and Hanna Maria
  • Polymeric Materials with Antimicrobial Activity edited by Alexandra Muñoz-Bonilla, María Cerrada and Marta Fernández-García
  • Conjugated Polymers edited by Klaus Müllen, John R Reynolds and Toshio Masuda
  • Thiol-X Chemistries in Polymer and Materials Science edited by Andrew Lowe and Christopher Bowman
  • Functional Polymers for Nanomedicine edited by Youqing Shen
  • Fundamentals of Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization edited by Nicolay V Tsarevsky and Brent S Sumerlin
  • Healable Polymer Systems edited by Wayne Hayes and Barnaby W Greenland
  • Molecular Design and Applications of Photofunctional Polymers and Materials edited by Wai-Yeung Wong and Alaa S Abd-El-Aziz
  • Renewable Resources for Functional Polymers and Biomaterials edited by Peter Williams

 All the RSC Polymer Chemistry Series books are available as eBooks through the RSC eBook Collection.

RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series

A comprehensive resource of books covering key topics in nanoscience including the characterisation, performance and properties of nanostructured materials and technologies and their applications.

  • Polymer Nanocomposites by Emulsion and Suspension Polymerization edited by Vikas Mittal
  • Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites edited by Vikas Mittal
  • Polymer-based Nanostructures: Medical Applications edited by Pavel Broz
  • Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites edited by Dimitrios Tasis
  • Polymer Nanofibers: Building Blocks for Nanotechnology by Dario Pisignano

 All the RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series books are available as eBooks through the RSC eBook Collection.

Related Textbooks on Polymer Science

Commissioning Editor Leanne Marle will also be attending if you would like to meet her and find out more about book publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry please contact her.

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The Analytical Research Forum

Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Research Forum 2014

The Analytical Research Forum 2014 is a high impact scientific meeting for the UK analytical community, and would be of interest to people at various stages of their research careers.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has assembled keynote and invited speakers, along with early-stage researchers, to present during this day long conference.

To familiarise yourself with the variety of topics covered by analytical chemistry you can refer to a range of Series published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, including:

There is a dedicated section for analytical titles on the RSC Online Bookshop, with publications including Quantitative Proteomics, Advances in Biological Solid-State NMR, and Microfluidics in Detection Science.

The Royal Society of Chemistry also publishes Specialist Periodical Reports on an annual or biennial basis, providing systematic and detailed review coverage of recent developments in major areas of chemical research.

The Analytical Research Forum is taking place at The Chemistry Centre on Monday 7 July at Burlington House, London.  Registration is open until June 30, and for further information on the Analytical Research Forum you can contact the RSC Events Team.

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Histological Techniques: An Introduction for Beginners in Toxicology

Now published!!

Do you want to learn more about histological techniques and how to apply them successfully for you work? Histological Techniques by Robert Maynard, Noel Downes and Brenda Finney is the book for you! You can find out more on our website and buy the book here.


Histological techniques form the basis of many areas of research, yet they can often be poorly understood.  Aimed at postgraduate students and those at an early stage of their career, this title provides a detailed and comprehensive introduction to histological techniques.

In this book you will find a unique overview of the area with a guide to how to use and incorporate histological techniques within your own research, illustrated with detailed images and slides throughout. Chapters cover:

• An Introduction to Histopathology
• The Light Microscope
• How to Examine Histological Sections
• Tissue Processing: Fixation, Dehydration and Clearing
• Paraffin Wax: Embedding and Section Cutting
• Standard Staining Techniques
• The Theoretical Basis of Histological Staining
• Histochemistry

You may also be interested in books in the Issues in Toxicology Series. This Series is devoted to coverage of modern toxicology and assessment of risk. Written by expert scientists from academia, government and industry, each book serves as a reference and guide to investigations in toxicology, biomedicine, biochemistry, forensics and environmental/pollution sciences. Find out more here or email Rowan Frame at framer@rsc.org

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Read our latest biomaterials books

Recent titles from the RSC Smart Materials Series:

New RSC Soft Matter Series Books:

Relevant titles in the RSC Polymer Chemistry Series:

Also of interest:

Coming Soon:

  • Biointerfaces edited by Dietmar Hutmacher and Wojciech Chrzanowski
  • Cell Surface Engineering edited by Rawil Fakhrullin, Insung Choi and Yuri Lvov
  • Soft Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications edited by Jose Callejas-Fernandez, Joan Estelrich, Manuel Quesada-Perez and Jacqueline Forcada

Don’t forget all research level books are also included within the RSC eBook collection, which is accessible and fully searchable via the RSC Publishing Platform. All visitors have free full access to the table of contents, preface, front matter and first chapter of every eBook with their RSC Publishing Account.

If you have an idea for a book or would like more information about our titles please contact Materials Books Commissioning Editor, Leanne Marle

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Book Series Editor-in-Chief is Entrepreneur of the Year

Professor Tom Brown, a scientist at the University of Oxford and Editor-in-Chief of the new book series in chemical biology is the Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

The RSC Chemical Biology Book Series is a new venture that aims to provide a suite of high level research books on cutting-edge research at the interface of chemistry and biology. We are delighted to have recently appointed Professor Tom Brown as Editor-in-Chief.

Tom has been announced as the Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year. He is responsible for three tremendously successful start-ups, Oswel, ATDBio and Primer Design. Read his entrepreneurial story in the recent article in Chemistry World, Triple-Stranded Success Story, by Sarah Houlton.

Tom received his first degree and PhD in Chemistry at Bradford University. He moved to Nottingham University, then to Oxford and Cambridge University to carry out postdoctoral research. In 1985 he was appointed to a lectureship in Biological Chemistry at Edinburgh University where he was promoted to Reader then Professor of Nucleic Acids Chemistry. He moved to a Chair in Chemical Biology at Southampton University in 1995. As well as his continuing involvement in ATDBio and Primer Design, Tom is now an academic at the University of Oxford. His research interests lie in nucleic acid chemistry, DNA sequence recognition and the application of nucleic acids to nanotechnology, diagnostics and biology.

Tom co-edited the book, DNA Conjugates and Sensors, with Professor Keith Fox, University of Southampton. Find out more about this excellent volume, which describes the preparation of  DNA-conjugates and their applications as aptamers, riboswitches and nanostructures here…

DNA Conjugates and Sensors, Keith R Fox (Editor), Tom Brown (Editor), ISBN: 978-1-84973-427-1, Copyright 2012

You might also be interested to read some of Tom’s recent articles:

Triplex-mediated analysis of cytosine methylation at CpA sites in DNA
Marie W. Johannsen, Simon R. Gerrard, Tracy Melvin and Tom Brown
Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 551-553, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45917A, Communication

Self-reporting hybridisation assay for miRNA analysis
Jo-Anne Riley, Tom Brown, Nittaya Gale, Julie Herniman and G. John Langley
Analyst, 2014,139, 1088-1092, DOI: 10.1039/C3AN01825C, Paper

Combined nucleobase and backbone modifications enhance DNA duplex stability and preserve biocompatibility
Afaf H. El-Sagheer and Tom Brown
Chem. Sci., 2014,5, 253-259, DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51753E, Edge Article

Gold nanoparticles and fluorescently-labelled DNA as a platform for biological sensing
Amelie Heuer-Jungemann, Pascal K. Harimech, Tom Brown and Antonios G. Kanaras
Nanoscale, 2013,5, 9503-9510, DOI: 10.1039/C3NR03707J, Minireview

If you would like more information about the new RSC Chemical Biology Series, would like to be involved in a book project in this area, or would like to suggest ideas for book topics, please get in touch with Rowan Frame, Books Commissioning Editor at framer@rsc.org.

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Read our latest catalysis books

New Titles published in the RSC Catalysis Series

Economic Synthesis of Heterocycles by Xiao-Feng Wu and Matthias Beller

Authored by active researchers in the field, the book covers economic and sustainable approaches to heterocycle synthesis.

Catalysis in Ionic Liquids edited by Chris Hardacre and Vasile Parvulescu

Written by leading experts in the field, this is the reference source to find about catalysis in ionic liquids.

Specialist Periodical Reports

Catalysis Volume 26 edited by James Spivey, Yi-Fan Han and K M Dooley

Specialist Periodical Reports are published annually to help researchers quickly get to the literature they require. Critically reviewing major literature sources, invited experts provide a comprehensive overview of the key information published on catalysis research over the last twelve months.

 

Forthcoming Titles:

  • Enantioselective Multicatalysed Tandem Reactions by Hélène Pellissier
  • Heterogeneous Gold Catalysts and Catalysis edited by Zhen Ma and Sheng Dai
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acids and Conjugated Vegetable Oils edited by Bert Sels and An Philippaerts
  • Metal Nanoparticles for Catalysis edited by Franklin (Feng) Tao

 Available in print and online through the RSC eBook Collection.

Access for free the front matter, table of contents and first chapter of all our books in the Series when you register for a RSC Publishing Personal Account.

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Books Can Be Therapeutic…

Take a look at these latest “therapeutic” titles in the RSC Drug Discovery Series:

Biotherapeutics: Recent Developments using Chemical and Molecular Biology
Edited by Lyn H Jones and Andrew J McKnight
ISBN: 978-1-84973-601-5

Inhibitors of Molecular Chaperones as Therapeutic Agents
Edited by Timothy D Machajewski and Zhenhai Gao
ISBN: 978-1-84973-666-4

Pain Therapeutics
Edited by Charlotte Allerton
ISBN: 978-1-84973-645-9

This book is a well-balanced reference manual for new entrants into pain drug discovery or a general resource for the overview of the current state of pain therapeutics for more experienced researchers” Source: ChemMedChem 2014, 9, 855 – 857
Also, look out for these books coming out next in the series:
Interested in writing a book? Contact the Medicinal Chemistry Commissioning Editor, Rowan Frame, for more information about publishing books with the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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