The 29th biennial meeting of the Institute of Physics Polymer Physics Group

The 29th biennial meeting of the Institute of Physics Polymer Physics Group will take place from 11-13 September 2019 at the University of Lincoln, UK.  The early registration deadline is 19 July 2019 and poster abstract submission will remain open until 23 August 2019.

 

The Founders’ Prize lecture will be given by Masao Doi (Beihang University, China), and the invited speakers (confirmed) are Rachel Evans (Cambridge, UK), Marie-Pierre Laborie (Freiburg, Germany), Juan de Pablo (Chicago, USA) and James Sharp (Nottingham, UK).

Please see the conference website http://paps19.iopconfs.org/home for further details.  The event is open to all with an interest.

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Open for Nominations: 2019 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship and Themed Issue

Now welcoming nominations for the 2019 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship and inaugural Themed Issue.

Lectureship and Themed Issue details
Recognising and supporting the significant contribution of early career researchers in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry, the lectureship is a platform for early career physical chemists to showcase their research to the wider scientific community.

The lectureship recipient will receive £1000 to cover travel and accommodation costs to attend and present at a leading international meeting. The recipient will also be invited to contribute a Perspective article to PCCP. In addition, selected nominees will be invited to submit to an inaugural Emerging Investigator Themed Issue.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the lectureship and themed issue, candidates must:
•    Have completed their PhD 

•    Be actively pursuing an independent research career within physical chemistry, chemical physics or biophysical chemistry.
•    Be at an early stage of their independent career (typically this will be within 10 years of completing their PhD, but appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path).

Selection criteria, nomination and judging process
•    Nominations must be made via email to pccp-rsc@rsc.org using the PCCP Emerging Investigator nomination form and a letter of recommendation.
•    Nominators may only nominate one candidate for consideration per year.

•    Individuals cannot nominate themselves for consideration.
•    Selection will be made by the PCCP Editorial Board at the 2019 Fall PCCP Editorial Board meeting.
•    The Lectureship winner will be selected based on their nomination, with due consideration given to the letter of recommendation, candidate biography, research achievements, previous PCCP publications and overall publication history.
•    Selected shortlisted nominees, as chosen by the PCCP Editorial Board, will be invited to submit to an inaugural Emerging Investigator Themed Issue following the 2019 Lectureship winner selection.

Submit a nomination
To be considered for the 2019 Lectureship and Themed Issue, the following must be sent to the Editorial Office
•    A letter of recommendation
•    A complete nomination form

Submission deadline: 26 July 2019

Download nomination form

Submit nomination with letter of recommendation

 

Find out more about our previous winner’s: 
Professor Debashree Ghosh, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (2018 winner)
Professor Ryan P. Steele, University of Utah (2017 winner) 
Dr David Glowacki, University of Bristol (2016 winner)
Read a selection of their work in the PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship Winners Collection.

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Official themed issue of the Bunsentagung 2019 meeting now online and free to access!

The Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft and Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) are delighted to announce that the official themed issue of the Bunsentagung 2019 meeting is now online.

Functional materials form the core of many modern technologies, e.g. in energy conversion and storage, heterogeneous catalysis, drug delivery, implants, biosensors and optical devices. The challenges in the design and characterization of modern materials are diverse and interdisciplinary. They require joint research across scientific boundaries. The most challenging tasks range from the synthesis of materials, the developments of novel experimental characterization tools and theoretical methods for atomistic description of material properties, in silico material screening for tailoring the interaction of materials with their environment and device engineering. Physical chemistry is a key scientific discipline for successful achievement of these tasks.

The issue is guest-edited by Benjamin Dietzek (Jena University), Leticia Gonzalez (University of Vienna), Christina Roth Free (University of Berlin), Sebastian Schlücker (University of Duisburg-Essen), Andrey Turchanin (Jena University), Dr Maria Wächtler (Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena).

Read the official full collection online free until 31 August 2019.

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PCCP sponsors 9th Molecular Quantum Mechanics conference (MQM19), Heidelberg Germany, 30 June- 5 July, 2019

The 9th Molecular Quantum Mechanics conference (MQM19) to be held in Heidelberg Germany from June 30th to July 5th, 2019.

The MQM 2019 in Germany will be held in honor of Prof. Werner Kutzelnigg, Prof. Wilfried Meyer and Prof. Sigrid Peyerimhoff and in memory of Prof. Reinhart Ahlrichs. All of these four outstanding scientists have made seminal contributions to the field of electronic structure theory, in particularly to the understanding of electron correlation phenomena and in the development of new and powerful approximation methods in this area.

All invited and contributed talks for the 9th Molecular Quantum Mechanics Conference in Heidelberg have been confirmed. The latest version of the program is available at: https://www.mqm2019.org/detailed-program/

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics is delighted to be providing poster prizes together with book vouchers.

Registration for the conference is still open and the abstract submission deadline for posters has been extended to May 31st. Click here for registration and abstract submission

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Horizons in Hydrogen Bond Research (HBOND2019), 24 – 27 September 2019, Amsterdam

HBOND2019 is the 23rd edition of the premier international conference on “Horizons in Hydrogen Bond Research” and will be taking place 24 – 27 September 2019 in Amsterdam. It gathers scientists from all over the world working in the field of hydrogen bonding research, from weak to strong interactions, studied in virtually all states of matter by a multitude of experimental and theoretical methods.

The conference will be preceded by a Young Researchers Symposium. This event on Monday, 23 September 2019 is organized by and for PhD students, and gives them the opportunity to present their research to their peers and to the participants of the main event.

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics is delighted to be providing three poster prizes together with book vouchers.

Registration is now open!

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Gordon F. Kirkbright and Edward Steers Bursary Awards, 2020

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that assists a promising early career scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning. The fund for this bursary was established in 1985 as a memorial to Professor Gordon Kirkbright in recognition of his contributions to analytical spectroscopy and to science in general.

Owing to the generosity of one of our former trustees, an eminent atomic spectroscopist, Professor Edward B.M. Steers, we are now, from 2020, in the position of being able to award an Edward Steers bursary, in addition to the long standing Gordon Kirkbright bursary, to similarly assist a promising early scientist engaged in or utilising analytical spectroscopic techniques.

The ABS Trust defines early career as being either a student, or an employee in a non-tenured academic post or in industry, within 7 years of award of PhD excluding career breaks. The same conditions apply to each bursary.

Applications are invited for both the 2020 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary and the 2020 Edward Steers Bursary. Although both funds are administered by the ABS Trust, the Kirkbright award is not restricted to spectroscopists, but is open to all involved with or utilising analytical science-based techniques.

Application Forms can be downloaded from:

http://www.abstrust.org/kirkirkbright-bursary-award-application-form
and
http://www.abstrust.org/steers-bursary-award-application-form

or for further information visit:

http://www.abstrust.org/, or contact abstrustuk@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 30 November 2019.

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New PCCP Associate Editor, John Zhang

We are delighted to welcome John Zhang as our newest Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Associate Editor.

 

John Zhang, New York University Shanghai

ORCiD 0000-0003-4612-1863

John Zhang is professor of chemistry at New York University Shanghai and Director of NYU-ECNU Center for Computational Chemistry at NYU Shanghai. His current research focuses on protein structure and dynamics, fragment quantum chemistry study of biomolecules, polarizable force field, protein-ligand interaction, protein-protein interaction, ab initio molecular dynamics study of biomolecules and computational drug design.

Submit your best work to John now.

Read John’s latest Papers in PCCP here:
BAR-based optimum adaptive sampling regime for variance minimization in alchemical transformation: the nonequilibrium stratification
Xiaohui Wang, Xingzhao Tu, John Z. H. Zhang and Zhaoxi Sun
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 2009-2021. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP07573A

Direct folding simulation of helical proteins using an effective polarizable bond force field
Lili Duan, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 15273-15284. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02101A

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Ruth Signorell, PCCP Associate Editor, celebrated with 2019 Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship

PCCP are delighted to report that Ruth Signorell, Associate Editor has been awarded Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship.

Ruth Signorell has been Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich since November 2012. Her research group works in the area of spectroscopy of clusters and aerosol particles. The current focus is on photoelectron spectroscopy and optical trapping of single aerosol particles.

 A PCCP Associate Editor since 2016, Ruth considers submissions in her field of expertise: clusters and aerosols experimental physical chemistry.

Submit to Ruth now here.

 

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99th Chemical Society of Japan Annual Meeting – PCCP Prize Winners

The 99th Chemical Society of Japan Annual Meeting took place in Konan University, Japan between the 16th – 19th March 2019.

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emma Wilson, Director of Publishing delivered a greeting speech and awarded PCCP Prize Certificates for Outstanding Achievement of Young Scientists in Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics with committee chair and PCCP Advisory Board member Professor Yasuhiro Iwasawa.

Prizes were awarded to:

1. Dr. Hikaru Kuramochi, Research Scientist RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics – “Development of ultrafast time-domain Raman spectroscopy using few-cycle pulses and its application to complex molecular systems”

2. Dr. Koji Oohora, Assistant Professor Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering – “Hemoprotein engineering by chemical modification toward artificial enzyme and biomaterials”

3. Dr. Ken Sakaushi, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Materials Science Center for Green Research on Energy and Environmental Materials – “Two-Dimensional Conjugated Frameworks towards Unveiling Microscopic Energy Storage/Conversion Mechanisms”


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Outstanding Reviewers for Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics in 2018

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) in 2018, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Dr Attila Bende, National Institute for R&D of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, ORCID: 0000-0002-5347-1514

Dr Leonardo Bernasconi, University of Pittsburgh, ORCID: 0000-0002-9460-7975

Professor Francesc Illas Riera, Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (IQTCUB), ORCID: 0000-0003-2104-6123

Dr Vladan Mlinar, School of Engineering, Brown University, ORCID: 0000-0003-0078-3693

Dr Isao Ohkubo, National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), ORCID: 0000-0002-4187-0112

Dr Aurelien Perera, LPTMC Sorbonne University, ORCID: 0000-0001-9119-6659

Dr Antonio Rizzo, Istituto per I Processi Chimico Fisici (IPCF), CNR

Professor Dennis Salahub, University of Calgary, ORCID: 0000-0002-9848-3762

Dr Ian Shuttleworth, Nottingham Trent University, ORCID: 0000-0001-8655-9718

Dr Héctor Vázquez, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, ORCID: 0000-0002-3865-9922

We would also like to thank the PCCP board and the physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

 

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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