Now online – Insights from advanced methods in molecular dynamics Themed Issue

PCCP are pleased to anounce that the Insights from advanced methods in molecular dynamics themed issue is now online.  This issue aims to highlight the new insights and applications that have been enabled by the use of advanced molecular dynamics techniques and potentials. The issue is guest-edited by G. Andres Cisneros (Wayne State University), Haiyan Liu (University of Science & Technology of China), Jean-Philip Piquemal (Sorbonne Université) and Pengyu Ren (University of Texas at Austin).

Read the full collection online. It includes:

Elucidation of the conformational dynamics of multi-body systems by construction of Markov state models
Lizhe Zhu, Fu Kit Sheong, Xiangze Zeng and Xuhui Huang
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 30228-30235
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP02545E

On the calculation of equilibrium thermodynamic properties from molecular dynamics
Peter V. Coveney and Shunzhou Wana
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 30236-30240
DOI:  10.1039/C6CP02349E

Simulations of the water exchange dynamics of lanthanide ions in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate ([EMIm][EtSO4]) and water
Yi-Jung Tu, Matthew J. Allen and G. Andrés Cisneros
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 30323-30333
DOI:  10.1039/C6CP04957E

Calculating binding free energies of host–guest systems using the AMOEBA polarizable force field
David R. Bell, Rui Qi, Zhifeng Jing, Jin Yu Xiang, Christopher Mejias, Michael J. Schnieders, Jay W. Ponder and Pengyu Ren
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 30261-30269
DOI:  10.1039/C6CP02509A

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XLIV Congress of the Division of Physical Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society

PCCP was pleased to support the XLIV Congress of the Division of Physical Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society which took place in Naples from the 20th – 23rd September 2016.

The following were winners of the PCCP sponsored Poster Prizes.

Winner name Institution Poster title
Massimo Bernareggi University of Milan Temperature effects on the photocatalytic hydrogen production with Cu-Pt containing TiO2 materials
Ilaria Fortunati University of Padua Determination of FRET efficiency through fluorescence lifetime analysis using Cameleon sensors in HeLa cells
Livia Giotta University of Salento A mediatorless photoelectrochemical cell based on LIFT-immobilized Reaction Centers for the amperometric detection of herbicides
Rosario Oliva University of Naples Federico II The effect of DMSO on the thermotropic properties of cholesterol-containing DPPC liposomes

For more information please visit the conference website.

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PCCP themed issue “Developments in Density Functional Theory”

Click through to read the Themed Collection online Developments in Density Functional Theory, guest edited by Robert van Leeuwen, Johannes Neugebauer, Lucas Visscher and F. Matthias Bickelhaupt. Read the Editorial for an overview of the collection.


Editorial for PCCP themed issue “Developments in Density Functional Theory”
Robert van Leeuwen, Johannes Neugebauer, Lucas Visscher and F. Matthias Bickelhaupt
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 20864-20867
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP90143C, Editorial

How molecular is the chemisorptive bond?
R. A. van Santen and I. Tranca
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 20868-20894
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP01394E, Perspective

Time-dependent Dyson orbital theory
O. V. Gritsenko and E. J. Baerends
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 20945-20954
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP00888G, Paper

Extension of the interacting quantum atoms (IQA) approach to B3LYP level density functional theory (DFT)
Peter Maxwell, Ángel Martín Pendás and Paul L. A. Popelier
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 20986-21000
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP07021J, Paper

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Top 10 Reviewers for PCCP

In celebration of Peer Review Week, with the theme of Recognition for Review – we would like to highlight the top 10 reviewers for PCCP in 2016. They have been selected by the editor for their significant contribution to the journal.

Top 10 reviewers for PCCP
Dr Jose Plata, Duke University
Dr Martijn Zwijnenburg, University College London
Professor Katsuhiko Ariga, National Institute for Materials Science
Dr Wenwei Zheng , National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Professor Martin Korth, Ulm University
Dr Antonio Cammarata, Czech Technical University in Prague
Dr Leonardo Bernasconi, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Professor Jianing Li, University of Vermont
Professor Martin Suhm, Georg August Universitaet Goettingen
Professor Dennis Salahub, University of Calgary

We would like to say a massive thank you to these reviewers as well as the PCCP board and all of the community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

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Introducing Associate Editor Professor Kiyotaka Asakura

We are delighted to welcome Professor Kiyotaka Asakura as our newest Associate Editor for PCCP.

Professor Kiyotaka Asakura completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1981, and went on to complete his PhD at the same university in 1987. He subsequently moved to Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, Fritz-Haber-Instite, Berlin, then Assistant Professor, Lecturer and on to Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is now Professor at the Institute for Catalysis (ICAT), Hokkaido University, Japan.

Professor Kiyotaka Asakura has expertise in X-ray spectroscopy, surface science, catalyst characterization, catalysis and microscopy and his Editorial Office can be selected on submission to PCCP.

Welcome Professor Kiyotaka Asakura.

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Prebiotic chemistry themed collection now online

We are delighted to announce that the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) themed collection Prebiotic chemistry and the molecular origins of life is now online and free to access until the end of September 2016.

Guest Edited by Professor Irene A. Chen and Professor Mattanjah S. de Vries, this collection of articles showcases cutting edge research and Perspectives on the physical chemistry involved in the origins of life.

Read the full collection online

It includes:

cover image of prebiotic chemistry themed issueEditorial
From underwear to non-equilibrium thermodynamics: physical chemistry informs the origin of life
Irene A. Chen and Mattanjah S. de Vries
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 20005-20006 DOI: 10.1039/C6CP90169G

Perspective
A ‘bottom up’, ab initio computational approach to understanding fundamental photophysical processes in nitrogen containing heterocycles, DNA bases and base pairs
Barbara Marchetti, Tolga N. V. Karsili, Michael N. R. Ashfold and Wolfgang Domcke
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 20007-20027, DOI: 10.1039/C6CP00165C

Communication
Photochemical etiology of promising ancestors of the RNA nucleobases
M. M. Brister, M. Pollum and C. E. Crespo-Hernández
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 20097-20103, DOI: 10.1039/C6CP00639F

Paper
Possible interstellar formation of glycine through a concerted mechanism: a computational study on the reaction of CH2=NH, CO2 and H2
Zanele P. Nhlabatsi, Priya Bhasi and Sanyasi Sitha
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 20109-20117, DOI: 10.1039/C5CP07124K

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7th UK-Japan Symposium

We held the 7th UK-Japan Symposium at Burlington House, bringing together 115 scientists from over 40 institutions to discuss fundamental research advances in carbon nanomaterials. These materials have many exciting potential uses, from more efficient energy storage to better drug delivery, but we can only develop these applications if we understand their chemical properties.

Professor Alexei Kornyshev from Imperial College London said: “Most of the talks were very interesting, and I established a number of new contacts, and perhaps new collaborations will come out of it. The more I deal with Royal Society of Chemistry the more I see what an amazing organization it is. There is no equivalent.”

As well as more established experts, delegates heard from some rising stars, and over forty early career researchers presented their work during an extended poster session.

Robert Parker, our Chief Executive, said: “I was particularly pleased to see so many early career researchers talking part. Looking at the great work of our poster presenters, I feel very confident about the future of carbon nanomaterials research.”

We held the event in partnership with the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ). For the first time, we also received support from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, allowing us to attract an even wider audience of researchers.

It was followed a reception hosted by the Embassy of Japan to celebrate our close and long-standing partnership with the CSJ, and the even longer history of chemical collaboration between our two countries.

“I very much enjoyed the symposium and would say it was very useful and was more than I expected; the talks were very interesting and inspiring, particularly listening to people who are expert in their areas talking passionately about their work. During the poster session I had the opportunity to interact with people doing related work and I must say the comments I got were very helpful.”
Aminu Rabiu, University of Manchester, Winner of one of the PCCP Poster Prizes

“It is our hope that the symposium will provide a springboard for tomorrow’s activities in this field and contribute to strengthen our friendship. We look forward to continuing our close partnership between CSJ and RSC reflecting our deep and long history.”, said Professor Maruyama on behalf of the Chemical Society of Japan.

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Themed Collection now online – Neutron Scattering in Catalysis and Energy Materials

Click through to read the Themed Collection online Neutron Scattering in Catalysis and Energy Materials, guest edited by Richard Catlow (University College London), Stewart Parker and Ian Silverwood (ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility, STFC). Read the Editorial for an overview of the collection.

Determination of toluene hydrogenation kinetics with neutron diffraction
Marta Falkowska, Sarayute Chansai, Haresh G. Manyar, Lynn F. Gladden, Daniel T. Bowron, Tristan G. A. Youngs and Christopher Hardacre
Journal Article
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 17237-17243
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP01494A, Paper

An investigation of the effect of carbon support on ruthenium/carbon catalysts for lactic acid and butanone hydrogenation
Daniel R. Jones, Sarwat Iqbal, Simon A. Kondrat, Giacomo M. Lari, Peter J. Miedziak, David J. Morgan, Stewart F. Parker and Graham J. Hutchings
Journal Article
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 17259-17264
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP01311B, Paper

Bulk nanostructure of the prototypical ‘good’ and ‘poor’ solvate ionic liquids [Li(G4)][TFSI] and [Li(G4)][NO3]
Thomas Murphy, Sam K. Callear, Nageshwar Yepuri, Karina Shimizu, Masayoshi Watanabe, José N. Canongia Lopes, Tamim Darwish, Gregory G. Warr and Rob Atkin
Journal Article
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 17224-17236
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP00176A, Paper

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Official themed issue of the Bunsentagung 2016 meeting now online

The Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie and Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) are delighted to announce that the official themed issue of the international Bunsentagung 2016 meeting is now online.
The issue features high quality and original research on the meeting theme of “Basic Mechanisms in Energy Conversion”. The Guest Editors are Ralf Ludwig, Joachim Wagner, Matthias Beller, Angelika Brückner, Udo Kragl and Oliver Kühn.


Read the full collection online. It includes:

Editorial of the PCCP themed issue on “Basic Mechanisms in Energy Conversion”
Ralf Ludwig, Joachim Wagner, Matthias Beller, Angelika Brückner, Udo Kragl and Oliver Kühn
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 10680-10681
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP90095J

Ultrafast excited state dynamics of iridium(III) complexes and their changes upon immobilisation onto titanium dioxide layers
Stefanie Tschierlei, Antje Neubauer, Nils Rockstroh, Michael Karnahl, Patrick Schwarzbach, Henrik Junge, Matthias Beller and Stefan Lochbrunner
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 10682-10687
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP00343E

Charge carrier dynamics of methylammonium lead iodide: from PbI2-rich to low-dimensional broadly emitting perovskites
Johannes R. Klein, Oliver Flender, Mirko Scholz, Kawon Oum and Thomas Lenzer
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 10800-10808
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP07167D

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Nominations are open for the inaugural PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship

The winner will be awarded up to £1000 to attend and present their research at a leading international conference and be invited to contribute a Perspective article to the journal. Nominations must be made to the Editorial Office by 2 September 2016 via the lectureship nomination form.

We are delighted to announce we are welcoming nominations for the inaugural PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship. Launching this year, the lectureship will be awarded annually from 2016 onwards to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in physical chemistry, chemical physics or biophysical chemistry.

Lectureship details
The PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship recognises the significant contribution of early career researchers in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry and is a platform for an early career physical chemist to showcase their research to the wider scientific community. The recipient will receive up to £1000 contribution towards travel and accommodation costs to attend and present at a leading international meeting hosted by the PCCP Ownership Board. The recipient will also be invited to contribute a Perspective article to PCCP.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the lectureship, candidates must:
•    Have completed their PhD and be 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 using the PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship nomination form and a letter of recommendation.
•    Individuals cannot nominate themselves for consideration.
•    The recipient will be selected by the PCCP Editorial Board at the 2016 PCCP Editorial Board meeting. Details of the PCCP Editorial Board can be found online at www.rsc.org/pccp.
•    The 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.

Submit a nomination
To be considered for the lectureship the following must be sent to the Editorial Office
•    A letter of recommendation
•    A complete nomination form

Submission deadline 2 September 2016

Download nomination form

Submit nomination with letter of recommendation

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