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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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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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PCCP’s newest Associate Editor

PCCP would like to welcome Anouk Rijs as our newest Associate Editor for 2016. 

Anouk Rijs currently holds a position as Assistant Professor in Molecular and Biophysics within the free electron laser laboratory FELIX of the Radboud University (the Netherlands). She has a PhD in physical chemistry from the Free University in Amsterdam. Subsequently, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher for professors Mattanjah de Vries (University of California Santa Barbara) and Wybren Jan Buma (University of Amsterdam). As a NWO-VENI fellow at FOM Institute Rijnhuizen (now DIFFER) she developed novel instrumentation and interfaced this with IR free electron lasers. She is an expert on IR action spectroscopy for the structural characterization and conformation dynamics of peptides and continuously pushes the boundaries of current research in IR action spectroscopy. At Radboud University, she recently has developed a research program on the far-IR/THz spectroscopy to probe soft vibrational motions which are directly related to the secondary structure of peptides and peptide aggregates. Dr. Rijs was co-editor of an edition of Topics in Currents Chemistry (Springer) entitled “Gas-Phase IR Spectroscopy and Structure of Biological Molecules”.

In 2014, she was awarded the Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professor award for her work in physical chemistry specializing on the investigation of biomolecular systems using IR and THz radiation, and with the FOM Minerva Award 2015 for best physics publication of the last two years by a female lead author.

Dr Rijs says of her appointment:

“I am looking forward to becoming an Associate Editor of PCCP, one of my favorite physical chemistry journals. I really appreciate the PCCP special issues and focus editions. Moreover, I am excited, besides my responsibility for handling submitted articles, to use my knowledge and expertise to drive the scientific direction and content of the journal.”

Read Dr Rijs’ most recent PCCP article here:

Can far-IR action spectroscopy combined with BOMD simulations be conformation selective?
Jérôme Mahé, Sander Jaeqx, Anouk M. Rijs and Marie-Pierre Gaigeot
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 25905-25914. DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01518A

On behalf of Dr Rijs 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 Associate Editor for PCCP

Professor Martin Pumera has become PCCP‘s newest Associate Editor.

Martin Pumera is an Assoc. Prof. at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his PhD at Charles University, Czech Republic, in 2001. After two postdoctoral stays (in the USA, Spain), he joined the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, in 2006 for a tenure-track arrangement and stayed there until Spring 2008 when he accepted a tenured position at NIMS.

In 2009, Prof. Pumera received a ERC-StG award and in 2010 joined NTU. Prof. Pumera has broad interests in nanomaterials, microsystems and electrochemistry, in the specific areas of 1D and 2D materials, micro/nanomotors, lab on a chip, sensing and energy storage devices. He published over 300 peer-reviewed articles.

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

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Austrian Physical Society becomes co-owner of PCCP

PCCP is delighted to announce that the Österreichische Physikalische Gesellschaft (OePG) has recently become the nineteenth society to co-own PCCP. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is proud to be a Society journal and is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the whole scientific community.

Wolfgang E. Ernst, President of the OePG, says ‘The Österreichische Physikalische Gesellschaft is very happy to be on board with PCCP as a new co-owner. Many groups in the physics institutes of Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, and Vienna participate in research projects, the results of which perfectly fit the mission of PCCP. I am confident that 2015 will be an excellent year for the partnership between PCCP and the Österreichische Physikalische Gesellschaft.’

Javier Aoiz, Chair of PCCP‘s Ownership Board and representative of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, says ‘On behalf of the full Ownership Board, it is a pleasure to welcome the Österreichische Physikalische Gesellschaft as a new co-owner of PCCP.  The Austrian Physical Society has become the twentieth Society from 19 different European and non-European countries participating in, what was since its very inception, an exciting project.

PCCP was launched in 1999, and since then the number of papers published each year has grown by three and a half times; in 2014, the journal published almost 4,000 papers. It is now a well-established journal and a sure reference in the interdisciplinary field of Physical Chemistry-Chemical Physics covering a broad scope of cutting-edge scientific subjects.

We are sure the journal will benefit from the participation of the OePG and that the contribution from Austrian scientists will soar in the near future.’

To celebrate this new partnership, PCCP has created a collection of top cited articles from authors based in Austria to showcase some of the great Austrian research published recently in the journal. These articles are free to read until 28th February 2015.

PERSPECTIVES:
Understanding photosynthetic light-harvesting: a bottom up theoretical approach
Thomas Renger and Frank Müh
DOI: 10.1039/c3cp43439g, Perspective

ORIGINAL RESEARCH:
Matter–wave interference of particles selected from a molecular library with masses exceeding 10000 amu
Sandra Eibenberger, Stefan Gerlich, Markus Arndt, Marcel Mayor and Jens Tüxen
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP51500A, Paper

A step towards the a priori design of ionic liquids
Heiko Niedermeyer, Claire Ashworth, Agnieszka Brandt, Tom Welton and Patricia A. Hunt
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP50521A, Paper

Internal state thermometry of cold trapped molecular anions
Rico Otto, Alexander von Zastrow, Thorsten Best and Roland Wester
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP43186F, Paper

Polarisabilities of alkylimidazolium ionic liquids
Katharina Bica, Maggel Deetlefs, Christian Schröder and Kenneth R. Seddon
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP43867H, Paper

N-site de-methylation in pyrimidine bases as studied by low energy electrons and ab initiocalculations
D. Almeida, D. Kinzel, F. Ferreira da Silva, B. Puschnigg, D. Gschliesser, P. Scheier, S. Denifl, G. García, L. González and P. Limão-Vieira
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP50548K, Paper

The relevance of interfaces for oxide ion transport in yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films
Matthias Gerstl, Gernot Friedbacher, Frank Kubel, Herbert Hutter and Jürgen Fleig
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP42347B, Paper

Long-range Li+ dynamics in the lithium argyrodite Li7PSe6 as probed by rotating-frame spin–lattice relaxation NMR
V. Epp, Ö. Gün, H.-J. Deiseroth and M. Wilkening
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP44379E, Paper

Electron attachment to the dipeptide dialanine: influence of methylation on site selective dissociation reactions
Benjamin Puschnigg, Stefan E. Huber, Michael Probst, Katrin Tanzer, Violaine Vizcaino, Filipe Ferreira da Silva, Paul Scheier, Paulo Limão-Vieira and Stephan Denifl
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP44230F, Paper

Irreversible thermochromism in copper chloride Imidazolium Nanoparticle Networks
Martin Kronstein, Konstantin Kriechbaum, Johanna Akbarzadeh, Herwig Peterlik and Marie-Alexandra Neouze
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP50430A, Paper

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New Associate Editors for PCCP

We are delighted to welcome three new Associate Editors to PCCP, Bo Albinsson, Luis Bañares and Henry F. Schaefer III. All three Associate Editors will start handling submissions very soon, so we encourage you to submit your best work to these Editorial Offices now.

Bo Albinsson
Bo Albinsson is professor in Physical Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. He is currently vice head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering with responsibility for the graduate training (presently over 200 PhD students in four graduate schools) and will become the Director of the Chalmers Area of Advance for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology beginning in 2015. Albinsson has a long-standing interest in mechanisms for energy and electron transfer reactions with relevance for solar energy research and he has lately been involved in developing DNA nanostructures with photo redox active functionalizations. 13 students have completed their PhD under the supervision of Bo Albinsson and he has published over 120 refereed scientific publications in mostly high impact journals.

Luis Bañares
Professor Bañares is Chair of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Ultrafast Lasers at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain. He received his PhD in Chemistry from UCM in 1990. Following postdoctoral research associate positions at California Institute of Technology (USA) and Universität Würzburg (Germany) with Fulbright and Alexander von Humboldt fellowships, respectively, he joined UCM as an assistant professor, associate professor and since 2007 as full professor. His research interests are related to experimental and theoretical chemical reaction dynamics and femtochemistry. His work focuses on the understanding of fundamental chemical reactions and photodissociation processes at a molecular level.

Henry F. Schaefer
Dr. Schaefer is currently Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia, USA. He received his B.S. degree in chemical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from Stanford University. For 18 years he served as a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. His research involves the use of state-of-the-art computational hardware and theoretical methods to solve important problems in molecular quantum mechanics.

All three Editors will start to handle manuscripts soon, so we encourage you to submit now to these three new Editorial offices.

Take a look at some of the recent contributions the new Associate Editors have made to PCCP:

Triplet–triplet annihilation photon-upconversion: towards solar energy applications
Victor Gray, Damir Dzebo, Maria Abrahamsson, Bo Albinsson and Kasper Moth-Poulsen
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C4CP00744A, Perspective

Imaging the stereodynamics of methyl iodide photodissociation in the second absorption band: fragment polarization and the interplay between direct and predissociation
Marta G. González, Javier D. Rodríguez, Luis Rubio-Lago and Luis Bañares
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C4CP03823A, Paper

Proton-transfer in hydrogenated guanine–cytosine trimer neutral species, cations, and anions embedded in B-form DNA
Yuexia Lin, Hongyan Wang, Yingxi Wu, Simin Gao and Henry F. Schaefer III
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C3CP54904F, Paper

New PCCP Associate Editors: Bo Albinsson (left), Luis Bañares (centre) and Henry F. Schaefer (right).

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ELECTROCHEM 2014 Poster Prize

Congratulations to Jing Wang who was recently awarded a PCCP poster prize at the ‘Electrochem2014′ conference which took place at Loughborough Univeristy, UK from 7th–9th September. Jing Wang’s poster was entitled ‘Electrodeposition and Characterisation of Novel Ni-NbOx Composite Coatings as a Diffusion Barrier for High Temperature Electronics Packaging’ and he was awarded the prize by Professor Rob Hillman, PCCP Advisory Board member.

The Electrochemconference series has emerged as an established annual UK & Ireland event, where a cross-disciplinary range of electrochemistry, fundamental and applied, is on show with a particular view on broadening exchange of knowledge, providing information about the latest research developments, linking academia to industry and suppliers, and engaging with the next generation of electrochemists and electrochemical entrepreneurs.

PCCP will be awarding more Poster Prizes next year, so please do let us know of any suitable conferences which PCCP could sponsor in 2015.

Electrochem 2014 - Poster prize winner

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Faraday Discussions Award Symposium – University College London, February 2014

Faraday Discussions Award winners

Faraday Discussions Award winners, from left to right, Dr Andrew Goodwin, Professor Bert Weckhuysen, Professor Shik Chi (Edman)Tsang, Aron Walsh, Professor Geoff Thornton, representing the Faraday Division President, Alisa Becker, RSC Programme Manager, Physical Sciences, Secretary to the Faraday Division

Written by Sarah Thirkell, Development Editor

PCCP Advisory Board member Professor Bert Weckhuysen was among the 2013 RSC Prize and Award winners honoured at a symposium held by the Faraday Division on 26 February 2014 at University College London (UCL).

The Faraday Division presented four RSC Prizes and Awards:

• Professor Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University) – the Bourke award

• Dr Andrew Goodwin (University of Oxford) – the Marlow award

• Professor Shik Chi (Edman) Tsang (University of Oxford) – the Surfaces and Interfaces award

• Dr Aron Walsh (University of Bath) – the Harrison-Meldola memorial prize

Professor Weckhuysen also serves as an Advisory Board member for Chemical Society Reviews, while Dr Aron Walsh is the current winner of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A Emerging Investigator award.

The four honourees gave excellent presentations about their research before being awarded a medal and certificate by Professor Geoff Thornton, on behalf of the President of the Faraday Division.

You may be interested in reading a selection of these award winners’ recent publications:

Structural investigation of a hydrogen bond order–disorder transition in a polar one-dimensional confined ice
Jaspar Adamson, Nicholas P. Funnell, Amber L. Thompson and Andrew L. Goodwin
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 2654-2659 DOI: 10.1039/C3CP53994F

Geometric switching of linear to area negative thermal expansion in uniaxial metal–organic frameworks
Ines E. Collings, Matthew G. Tucker, David A. Keen and Andrew L. Goodwin
CrystEngComm, 2014, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C3CE42165A

Recent advances in secondary ion mass spectrometry of solid acid catalysts: large zeolite crystals under bombardment
Jan P. Hofmann, Marcus Rohnke and Bert M. Weckhuysen
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 5465-5474 DOI: 10.1039/C3CP54337D

Transition metal-catalyzed oxidative double bond cleavage of simple and bio-derived alkenes and unsaturated fatty acids
Peter Spannring, Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx, Bert Weckhuysen and Bert Klein Gebbink
Catal. Sci. Technol. 2014, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/C3CY01095C

Hydrogenolysis of ethylene glycol to methanol over modified RANEY® catalysts
Cheng-Tar Wu, Jin Qu, Joseph Elliot, Kai Man Kerry Yu and Shik Chi Edman Tsang
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 9043-9050 DOI: 10.1039/C3CP51619A

Palladium on iron oxide nanoparticles: the morphological effect of the support in glycerol hydrogenolysis
Junwei Ge, Ziyan Zeng, Fenglin Liao, Weiran Zheng, Xinlin Hong and Shik Edman Tsang
Green Chem. 2013, 15, 2064-2069 DOI: 10.1039/C3GC40712H

Computational screening of structural and compositional factors for electrically conductive coordination polymers
Davide Tiana, Christopher H. Hendon, Aron Walsh and Thomas P. Vaid
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, Advanced Article DOI: 10.1039/C3CP00008K

Conductive metal–organic frameworks and networks: fact or fantasy?
Christopher H. Hendon, Davide Tiana and Aron Walsh
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 13120-13132 DOI: 10.1039/C2CP41099K

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PCCP – Weizmann mini symposium: 1st April 2014

Join us for the upcoming joint Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) – Weizmann Institute of Science mini-symposium on Tuesday 1st April 2014.

The event is free to attend for all delegates and no registration is necessary.

More details of the exciting programme can be found below.

PCCP Weizmann Mini Symposium advert

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Insights into “carbon bonds” highlighted

Schematic of proposed "carbon bond"The work of PCCP Advisory Board member Professor Elangannan Arunan on noncovalent bonding interactions has been highlighted in the latest Edition of Chemical & Engineering News. The so-called “carbon bonds” have been suggested as the force behind the hydrophobic effect.

You can find the full details of this fascinating research here:

The X–CY (X = O/F, Y = O/S/F/Cl/Br/N/P) ‘carbon bond’ and hydrophobic interactions
Devendra Mani and E. Arunan
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP51658J

The C&EN article also discusses the important work of Professor T. N. Guru Row’s group which very recently appeared in Chemical Communications on X-ray data which provides experimental evidence of the effect:

Experimental evidence for ‘carbon bonding’ in the solid state from charge density analysis
Sajesh P. Thomas, Mysore S. Pavan and T. N. Guru Row
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47226D

And while you are at it, check out the PCCP Perspective by Peter Politzer et al. which provides an overview of this area:

Halogen bonding and other σ-hole interactions: a perspective
Peter Politzer, Jane S. Murray and Timothy Clark
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP00054K

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