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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PCCP’s latest Impact Factor is 4.449

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is pleased to announce its latest Impact Factor is 4.449*

PCCP is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge original research across the fields of physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry. Last year we published 3425 articles, making PCCP the largest single journal in the physical chemistry field. Our wide reach in the community and rapid times to publication ensure your research gets the attention it deserves.

Lead by our Editorial Board Chair and Deputy Chair, our expert team of international Associate Editors and dedicated professional Editors ensure that PCCP is a home for urgent Communications & high quality Full Papers, authoritative Perspectives and community-led themed collections. PCCP is proud to be a society journal and is co-owned by 19 national chemical societies. The journal is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the whole scientific community.

We would like to thank all our authors, readers, reviewers and Editorial & Advisory Board members for their continued support

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year, by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters).

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2017

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that enables a promising student/non-tenured young 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. Although the fund is administered by the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust, the award is not restricted to spectroscopists.

Applications are invited for the 2017 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

For further information contact John Chalmers at, email: vibspecconsult@aol.com

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2016.

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Ruth Signorell joins PCCP as an Associate Editor

PCCP would like to welcome Ruth Signorell as our newest Associate Editor for 2016.

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. Before coming to ETH Zurich she was a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (2005-2012) and an Assistant Professor at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2002-2005). She was an undergraduate student at ETH Zurich, where she also received her PhD.

Professor Signorell says of her appointment;

“PCCP has made a continuous effort to ensure competent and fair review processes. After serving for many years on the Advisory Board of PCCP, I am now very much looking forward to becoming even deeper involved in the process itself as an Associate Editor.”

Read Professor Signorell’s  most recent PCCP article here:

Ultraviolet broadband light scattering for optically-trapped submicron-sized aerosol particles
Grégory David, Kıvanç Esat, Irina Ritsch and Ruth Signorell
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 5477-5485
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP06940H, Paper

A pulsed uniform Laval expansion coupled with single photon ionization and mass spectrometric detection for the study of large molecular aggregates
Bernhard Schläppi, Jessica H. Litman, Jorge J. Ferreiro, David Stapfer and Ruth Signorell
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 25761-25771
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00061K, Paper

Timescales of water transport in viscous aerosol: measurements on sub-micron particles and dependence on conditioning history
Jessica W. Lu, Andrew M. J. Rickards, Jim S. Walker, Kerry J. Knox, Rachael E. H. Miles, Jonathan P. Reid and Ruth Signorell
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 9819-9830
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP54233E, Paper

On behalf of Professor Signorell and the rest of our Editorial Board, we would like to invite you to submit your best work to PCCP.

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New partnership between Overleaf and Royal Society of Chemistry journal PCCP

Posted on behalf of Mary Anne Baynes, Overleaf

Image of RSC and Overleaf logos

London – May 16: We are delighted to announce a new partnership between Overleaf and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Through this partnership, authors submitting to Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) will have access to the award-winning Overleaf collaborative cloud-based writing and reviewing tool with 1-click submission into the PCCP ScholarOne submission system.

A PCCP journal template is available within the Overleaf platform to help authors write, collaborate and publish their work in the correct journal format. Once authors are finished writing, they can quickly and easily submit to PCCP using the 1-click submission link within Overleaf. All files and necessary information will be seamlessly transferred to the PCCP submission system – greatly simplifying the author’s submission experience.

Caroline Burley, Journals Operations Manager, Publishing Services & Production at the Royal Society of Chemistry, says:

“Our authors want the submission process to be quick and simple, so we’re very pleased to be partnering with Overleaf to offer this benefit to PCCP’s authors. This development makes the process of submitting a paper to PCCP from the Overleaf platform as easy as the click of a button.”

John Hammersley, Founder & CEO of Overleaf says:

“I’m hugely excited for Overleaf to be able to support the Royal Society of Chemistry, the PCCP journal and their authors through this new partnership. Simplifying and streamlining an author’s writing and submission experience is a major goal for Overleaf and this partnership addresses that perfectly.”

Links to the template and Overleaf platform are available at the PCCP journal website.

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About The Royal Society of Chemistry
We are the oldest chemical society in the world and in 2016 we’re celebrating 175 years of progress and people in the chemical sciences. Throughout the year, we’re sharing the stories of how our members past and present have helped to change the world with chemistry.

With over 50,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe, we are the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organisation with 175 years of history and an international vision of the future.

We promote, support and celebrate chemistry. We work to shape the future of the chemical sciences – for the benefit of science and humanity.

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About Overleaf
Founded in 2012 and with over 400,000 registered users, Overleaf is an academic authorship tool that allows seamless collaboration and effortless manuscript submission, all underpinned by cloud-technology. By providing an intuitive online collaborative writing and publishing platform, Overleaf is making the process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents quicker and easier. Researchers and academics can now write, collaborate, and publish with a single click, directly from the Overleaf web-app. Publishers and Institutions are partnering with Overleaf to provide customized writing templates, simple reference tool linking, and one-click publishing submission links.

Supported by Digital Science, Overleaf aims to make science and research faster, more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific writing process into one place in the cloud – from idea, to writing, to review, to publication.

Follow @overleaf and @PCCP on Twitter.

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Themed collection now online: Electron delocalization and aromaticity

All articles in the collection are free to access until 17 June 2016

Cover image for Kekule issue showing a sketch of a benzene moleculeClick through to read the Themed Collection online: ‘‘Electron delocalization and aromaticity: 150 years of the Kekulé benzene structure’’

Guest Edited by Gabriel Merino and Miquel Solà this collection of articles celebrates the 150th anniversary of the seminal paper ‘‘Sur la constitution des substances aromatiques’’ by August Kekulé and presents a snapshot of present-day research in aromaticity.

All articles in the collection are free to access until 17 June 2016, including:

Editorial
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Kekulé benzene structure
Gabriel Merino and Miquel Sola
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 11587 DOI:10.1039/C6CP90088G

Perspective
Beyond organic chemistry: aromaticity in atomic clusters
Alexander I. Boldyrev and Lai-Sheng Wang
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 11589 DOI:10.1039/C5CP07465G

Communication
How does tetraphenylethylene relax from its excited states?
Antonio Prlj, Nađa Došlić and Clémence Corminboeuf
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 11606 DOI:10.1039/C5CP04546K

Paper
Computational study on donor–acceptor optical markers for Alzheimer’s disease: a game of charge transfer and electron delocalization
Francesca Peccati, Marta Wiśniewska, Xavier Solans-Monfort and Mariona Sodupe
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 11634 DOI:10.1039/C5CP07274C

Click through to read the full collection online: ‘Electron delocalization and aromaticity: 150 years of the Kekulé benzene structure’, free to access until 17 June 2016

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