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Celebrating 20 years of society collaboration in physical chemistry and chemical physics

We are proud to announce that PCCP is holding a symposium at the 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress on Monday 27th August entitled: “Celebrating 20 years of society collaboration in physical chemistry and chemical physics”. Join us at this special one-day symposium to mark volume 20 of PCCP being published, which aims to celebrate and encourage collaboration between nations across the physical chemistry and chemical physics community.

This unique event will feature scientific talks from distinguished PCCP Editorial Board members and the recipient of the 2017 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship, Professor Ryan Steele (University of Utah), covering a variety of topics that reflect journal’s broad scope. The symposium also includes a panel discussion, led by the Chair of the PCCP Ownership Board, Dr Lene Hviid (Shell) on the importance and value of collaboration in the physical chemistry community for the benefit of research and individual careers.

The symposium will be led by Professor Seong Keun Kim, the Chair of PCCP and Dr Katie Lim, PCCP Executive Editor.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Kiyotaka Asakura (Institute for Catalysis, Hokkaido University)
    “The sensitivity and resolution development of X-ray spectroscopy – smaller, faster, thinner and sparser samples”
  • Professor Piero Baglioni (University of Florence)
    “Polymer hydrogel networks and complex fluid for the conservation of modern and contemporary art”
  • Professor Luis Bañares (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
    “Molecules under strong laser fields: Shaping ultrafast photodissociation dynamics and stereodynamics”
  • Professor Anna Krylov (University of Southern California)
    “Collaboration between theory and experiment in physical chemistry and chemical physics: The whole is larger than the sum of the parts”
  • Dr Anouk Rijs (Radboud University)
    “Peptide self-assembly; one non-covalent interaction at a time”
  • Professor David Rueda (Imperial College London)
    “How Cas9 Finds Off-Targets”
  • Professor Henry Schaefer (University of Georgia)
    “Some Chemistry Involving Hypervalent Iodine”
  • Professor Ryan Steele (The University of Utah)
    “2017 PCCP Lectureship – From Electrons to Molecular Vibrations … and Back”

Join us at the the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool (ACC Liverpool) on Monday, 27th August for this special event. For more information, see the Full Programme.

The European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) is holding its 7th Chemistry Congress in Liverpool, United Kingdom on 26th – 30th August 2018. The Congress is an internationally respected, large-scale event for the chemical sciences.

For more information about this exciting conference, please visit the conference web page.

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Recent Appointees in Physical Chemistry (RAPC) 2018

Recent Appointees in Physical Chemistry (RAPC) 2018

20-22 August 2018, University of Birmingham, UK.

Registration closes on 06th August 2018

RAPC provides an important forum bringing together early-career researchers and academics appointed in the last 5-years. Established colleagues will share their experiences on becoming a research leader covering topics such as the funding landscape, innovation in teaching, public engagement, publishing and commercialisation will also be covered. Dr Steven Lee (University of Cambridge) will present his Marlow Award<http://www.rsc.org/ScienceAndTechnology/Awards/MarlowAward/2017-winner.asp> winning work on single molecule fluorescence microscopy. Conference delegates are invited to present an overview of their research via oral and poster presentations. The social programme comprises of conference dinner and numerous networking opportunities.

Registration is £100 and will cover registration, accommodation, the conference dinner and meals throughout the conference.

Don’t miss this chance to build your network and to present your research. Please submit your abstract by 31st July via following link: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/chemistry/news/events/2018/recent-appointees-physical-chemistry-2018.aspx.

For any queries, please contact Dr Ruchi Gupta (r.gupta.3@bham.ac.uk).

 

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Changes to PCCP Communication articles

PCCP Communications are urgent reports of highly original and significant work likely to have a high impact on the community and of such importance that rapid publication is justified.

We are making some changes to the format of PCCP Communications to ensure they are succinctly communicating the most urgent research.

 

From 1st August 2018, all Communications articles submitted to PCCP must:

  • Not exceed 4 printed journal pages
  • Be submitted on a Communications template
  • Include 4 or fewer figures including tables
  • Be submitted with a short statement justifying why the work merits urgent publication as a Communication

 

PCCP Communications are:

  • given priority treatment
  • fast-tracked through the publication process
  • appear prominently at the front of the journal in a dedicated Communications section ensuring rapid exposure 

 

Submit your most urgent work as a Communication here now!

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Open for Nominations: 2018 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship

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

The recipient will receive £1000 to cover travel and accommodation costs to attend and present at a leading international meeting hosted by a PCCP Owner society. The recipient will also be invited to contribute a Perspective article to PCCP.

Launched with great success in 2016, previous winner’s include: 

Dr David Glowacki, University of Bristol (2016 winner) and

Professor Ryan P. Steele, University of Utah (2017 winner).

Read a selection of their work in the PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship Themed Collection.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the lectureship, 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 Lectureship nomination form and a letter of recommendation.
•    Individuals cannot nominate themselves for consideration.
•    Selection will be made by the PCCP Editorial Board at the 2018 PCCP Editorial Board meeting.
•    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 2018 Lectureship, the following must be sent to the Editorial Office
•    A letter of recommendation
•    A complete nomination form

Submission deadline: 20th June 2018

Download nomination form

Submit nomination with letter of recommendation

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2019

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. (We define 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 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, but is open to all involved with or utilising analytical science-based techniques.

Applications are invited for the 2019 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

An Application Form can be downloaded from:

www.abstrust.org/kirkirkbright-bursary-award-application-form

or for further information visit:

www.abstrust.org or contact abstrustuk@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 30 November 2018.

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Outstanding Reviewers for Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics in 2017, 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 Leonardo Bernasconi, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ORCID: 0000-0002-9460-7975

Dr Gunther Brunklaus, University of Münster, ORCID: 0000-0003-0030-1383

Dr Sergei Manzhos, National University of Singapore, ORCID: 0000-0001-8172-7903

Dr Karolina Milowska, University of Cambridge, ORCID: 0000-0002-1765-759X

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

Dr Aurelien Perera, Université Pierre et Marie CURIE, ORCID: 0000-0001-9119-6659

Professor Antonio Rizzo, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche – Area della Ricerca di Pisa, ORCID: 0000-0003-3037-5906

Dr Keisuke Takahashi, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), ORCID: 0000-0002-9328-1694

Professor Leonidas Tsetseris, National Technical University of Athens, ORCID: 0000-0002-0330-0813

Dr Hai Xiao, California Institute of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0001-9399-1584

We would also like to thank the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics board and the physical 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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2017 PCCP HOT Articles collection – online and free to access

This collection showcases all 2017 Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) articles highlighted as HOT by the handling editor.  Congratulations to all the authors whose articles are featured.

Read it here now for free until the end of February 2018!

It includes:

Perspective 
Solid surface vs. liquid surface: nanoarchitectonics, molecular machines, and DNA origami
Katsuhiko Ariga, Taizo Mori, Waka Nakanishi and Jonathan P. Hill
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 23658-23676. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02280H

Perspective 
Carbon nitrides: synthesis and characterization of a new class of functional materials
S. Miller, A. Belen Jorge, T. M. Suter, A. Sella, F. Corà and P. F. McMillan
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 15613-15638. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02711G

Perspective 
Curly arrows, electron flow, and reaction mechanisms from the perspective of the bonding evolution theory
Juan Andrés, Patricio González-Navarrete, Vicent Sixte Safont and Bernard Silvi
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 29031-29046. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06108K

Communication 
Mechanism and kinetics of the electrocatalytic reaction responsible for the high cost of hydrogen fuel cells
Tao Cheng, William A Goddard, Qi An, Hai Xiao, Boris Merinov and Sergey Morozov
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 2666-2673. DOI: 10.1039/C6CP08055C

Paper 
Influence of orientation mismatch on charge transport across grain boundaries in tri-isopropylsilylethynyl (TIPS) pentacene thin films
Florian Steiner, Carl Poelking, Dorota Niedzialek, Denis Andrienko and Jenny Nelson
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 10854-10862. DOI: 10.1039/C6CP06436A

Paper 
Influence of cations in lithium and magnesium polysulphide solutions: dependence of the solvent chemistry
Georg Bieker, Julia Wellmann, Martin Kolek, Kirsi Jalkanen, Martin Winter and Peter Bieker
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 11152-11162. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01238A

Paper 
Covalent-reaction-induced interfacial assembly to transform doxorubicin into nanophotomedicine with highly enhanced anticancer efficiency
Chenchen Qin, Jinbo Fei, Ganglong Cui, Xiangyang Liu, Weihai Fang, Xiaoke Yang, Xingcen Liu and Junbai Li
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 23733-23739. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02543B

We hope you enjoy reading the articles.

Is your research HOT? Our editors are already handpicking the hottest 2018 content for our rolling 2018 PCCP HOT Articles collection. Submit your work for consideration now.

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2017 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship: awarded to Professor Ryan P. Steele

Nominations were open to all and were made by leading researchers from around the world. The nominee list was shortlisted by the Editorial Board prior to the Fall 2017 PCCP Editorial Board meeting, at which, Professor Ryan P. Steele, University of Utah was selected as the 2017 recipient.

Professor Steele’s research focuses on in fundamental physical chemistry and problems in which unique electronic structure leads to interesting nuclear dynamics. He develops theoretical methods that efficiently interface accurate electronic structure theory with electronic and nuclear dynamics.

As part of the Lectureship, Professor Steele will be awarded a travel bursary of £1000 to attend and present at a leading international event in 2018, where he will be presented his Lectureship award. Professor Steele has also been invited to contribute a Perspective article to PCCP.

Many congratulations to Professor Steele on behalf of the PCCP Ownership Societies and Editorial Board.

Nominations for the 2018 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship will open next summer. Keep up to date with latest journal news on the blogTwitternewsletter and e-TOC alerts.

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Celebrating Women in Chemistry on the 150th Anniversary of Marie Curie’s Birthday

November 7, 2017 is the 150th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska-Curie‘s birthday. Curie’s life exemplified the challenges that women aspiring to creative and rewarding intellectual endeavours faced even in the Age of Enlightenment.  Today, we are fortunate to live in a time when college education and science careers are open to women (at least, in most countries). Yet, there are still many barriers, biases, and inequalities that women pursuing careers in science and technology face.  One pervasive problem is a perception of intellectual inferiority of women; examples include public remarks by former Harvard president Larry Summers and a recent manifesto of a Google engineer. What I find mind-boggling is that these beliefs survive despite overwhelming objective evidence of female excellence in STEM fields. However, the perception is reinforced by another phenomenon: under-appreciation and under-recognition of women’s contributions and achievements in STEM.

To mark the 150th birthday of Marie Curie, the Journal of Physical Chemistry has published a compilation of papers highlighting female physical chemists. The breadth of topics covered in these papers and the quality of science they present make a powerful statement.  The Editorial shares several facts about the history of female authorship, including the reference to Curie’s 1901 paper, which is believed to be the first paper by a female author published in the journal.

At PCCP we have an ongoing commitment to diversity, and proud history of publishing work from female authors and striving to ensure a balanced Editorial Board which is reflective of the field. Yet, of course more work towards achieving a level playing field will be done.

To celebrate Marie Curie’s birthday, we have collated a gallery of cover images of PCCP papers to highlight just some of the excellent contributions made to the journal by female scientists in the physical chemistry field. We hope you enjoy them.

Anna KrylovPCCP Editorial Board member

The articles include:

In search of metal hydrides: an X-ray absorption and emission study of [NiFe] hydrogenase model complexes
Serena DeBeer et al.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 10688. DOI: 10.1039/C5CP07293J

The role of alkali metal cations in the stabilization of guanine quadruplexes: why K+ is the best
Fonseca Guerra et al.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 20895. DOI: 10.1039/C6CP01030J

Phosphine passivated gold clusters: how charge transfer affects electronic structure and stability
Doreen Mollenhauer and Nicola Gaston
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 29686. DOI: 10.1039/C6CP04562F

Chirped-pulse Fourier transform millimeter-wave spectroscopy of ten vibrationally excited states of i-propyl cyanide: exploring the far-infrared region
Amanda L. Steber, Melanie Schnell et al.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 1751. DOI: 10.1039/C6CP06297K

Fingerprints of inter- and intramolecular hydrogen bonding in saligenin–water clusters revealed by mid- and far-infrared spectroscopy
Marie-Pierre Gaigeot, Edwin L. Sibert III, Anouk M. Rijs et al.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 20343. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01951C

Dewetting acrylic polymer films with water/propylene carbonate/surfactant mixtures – implications for cultural heritage conservation
Debora Berti et al.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 23723. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02608K

The effect of π-stacking, H-bonding, and electrostatic interactions on the ionization energies of nucleic acid bases: adenine–adenine, thymine–thymine and adenine–thymine dimers
Krylov et al.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 2292. DOI: 10.1039/B919930F

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New PCCP Associate Editor: Anna Krylov

We are delighted to welcome Anna Krylov as our newest Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Associate Editor.

Anna Krylov, University of Southern California, USA

ORCiD orcid.org/0000-0001-6788-5016

Anna Krylov is the Gabilan Distinguished Professor in Science and Engineering and a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southern California working in the area of theoretical and computational quantum chemistry. Born in Donetsk, Ukraine, Krylov received her M.Sc. from Moscow State University and her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she worked on molecular dynamics in rare gas clusters and matrices under the supervision of Professor Benny Gerber. Upon completing her Ph.D., she joined the group of Prof. Martin Head-Gordon at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral research associate, where she became involved with electronic structure method development. In 1998, she joined the Department of Chemistry at USC.

Professor Krylov’s research is focused on theoretical modeling of open-shell and electronically excited species. She develops robust black-box methods to describe complicated multi-configurational wave functions in single-reference formalisms, such as coupled-cluster and equation-of-motion approaches. She developed the spin-flip approach, which extends coupled-cluster and density functional methods to diradicals, triradicals, and bond-breaking. Krylov also develops many-body theories for describing metastable electronic states (resonances) and tools for spectroscopy modeling (including non-linear optical properties). Using the tools of computational chemistry, and in collaboration with experimental laboratories, Krylov investigates the role that radicals and electronically excited species play in combustion, gas- and condensed-phase chemistry, solar energy, bioimaging, and ionization-induced processes in biology.

Professor Krylov’s research has been recognized by several awards including the Dirac medal from the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC), Theoretical Chemistry Award from the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society, and Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Krylov is an elected member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and a Board Member of WATOC.

I am delighted to serve the community as an Associate editor of PCCP. Since its inception, PCCP has been promoting high-quality rigorous research, by providing excellent peer-reviewed publication platform.”

As a PCCP Associate Editor, Anna will provide her expertise in the fields of:

  • Theoretical studies and methods
  • Kinetics, spectroscopy
  • Energy storage/conversion
  • Electrochemistry

Submit your best work in these areas to Anna now.

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