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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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Open for Nominations: 2017 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship

We are delighted to announce we are now welcoming nominations for the 2017 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, last year’s winner, Dr David Glowacki, delivered the 2016 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship presentation at the Faraday Joint Interest Group Conference 2017.

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 2017 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 2017 lectureship, the following must be sent to the Editorial Office
•    A letter of recommendation
•    A complete nomination form

Submission deadline: 15th August 2017

Download nomination form

Submit nomination with letter of recommendation

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2018

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. See previous winners here.

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 2018 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

To download an Application Form, or for further information visit abstrust.org or contact abstrustuk@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2017.

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Faraday Joint Interest Group Conference 2017

11 – 13 April 2017

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

This meeting is the first of its kind, and aims to bring the UK Physical Chemistry community together once every 2-3 years to highlight excellent research. The aim of the conference is to increase the visibility of the UK physical chemistry community and encourage links with international researchers as well as those in industry.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Sir Fraser Stoddart (2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Northwestern University)
Professor Chris Dobson (University of Cambridge)
Professor Ifor Samuel (University of St Andrews)
Professor Peter Bruce (University of Oxford)
Dr. Józef Lewandowski (University of Warwick)

Dr. David Glowacki, will be giving his PCCP Emerging Lectureship Award talk at the conference on Wednesday 12th April, presented by PCCP Deputy Editor, Katie Lim.

Visit the website to register or for more details. Registration closes: 28 March 2017

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2017 PCCP – Chemical Society of Japan Prizes

PCCP are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 PCCP Prizes for Outstanding Achievement of Young Scientists in Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics. These were awarded  at a prize ceremony held at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan on the 16th March in Tokyo, Japan.  The winners each received a commemorative book and a PCCP Prize certificate.

 

From left: Prof. Yasuhiro Iwasawa (University of Electro-Communications, former CSJ president, founder of PCCP-CSJ award); Prof. Ryou Kubota (prize winner); Prof. Kenta Mizuse (prize winner); Prof. Miho Hatanaka (prize winner); Prof. Hisashi Yamamoto (Chubu University, Current CSJ President); Sarah Thomas (RSC Program Manager); Robert Parker (RSC Chief Executive Officer); Hiromitsu Urakami (RSC Manager, Japan); Prof. Mitsuo Sawamoto (Kyoto University)

(1) Dr. Ryou Kubota
Assistant Professor

Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University  
Artificial Regulation and Imitation of Living Systems based on Supramolecular Coordination Chemistry

 

(2) Dr. Kenta Mizuse
Assistant Professor
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Department of Chemistry, School of Science
“Direct imaging study of gas-phase ultrafast molecular dynamics using a newly developed space-slice ion imaging technique”

 

(3) Dr. Miho Hatanaka
Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry,
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kindai University
Theoretical Study of the Lanthanide Chemistry: structural fluctuation, catalytic ability, and luminescence

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Outstanding Reviewers for Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics in 2016, 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.

Professor Katsuhiko Ariga, National Institute for Materials Science

Dr Leonardo Bernasconi, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Dr Antonio Cammarata, Czech Technical University in Prague

Professor Ayan Datta, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

Professor Sergei Manzhos, National University of Singapore

Dr Aurelien Perera, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Dr Jose Plata, Duke University

Professor Yasuteru Shigeta, University of Tsukuba

Professor Leonidas Tsetseris, National Technical University of Athens

Dr Lijun Xu, Honeywell UOP

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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Borders in science and nations are artificial. Should we have borders within India?

Read Professor E. Arunan’s thought-provoking arguments for a world without borders:

Borders in science and nations are artificial. Should we have borders within India? 
E. Arunan
Current Science, 2017, 112 (3), 435-436.

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The inaugural PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship is awarded to Dr David Glowacki

Launching this year, the Lectureship was created to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in physical chemistry, chemical physics or biophysical chemistry who is making an outstanding contribution to their field and is at an early stage of their career.

An image of a lecture being given in a lecture theatre

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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 PCCP Editorial Board meeting, at which, Dr David Glowacki, University of Bristol, was selected as the inaugural recipient.

As part of the Lectureship Dr Glowacki will be awarded a travel bursary of £1000 to attend and present at a leading international event in 2017, where he will be presented his Lectureship award. Dr Glowacki has also been invited to contribute a Perspective article to PCCP.

Many congratulations to Dr Glowacki on behalf of the PCCP Ownership Societies and Editorial Board.

Nominations for the 2017 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship will open next summer, keep up to date with latest journal news on the blog, Twitter, newsletter and e-TOC alerts.

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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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