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Ruth Signorell, PCCP Associate Editor, celebrated with 2019 Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship

PCCP are delighted to report that Ruth Signorell, Associate Editor has been awarded Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship.

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.

 A PCCP Associate Editor since 2016, Ruth considers submissions in her field of expertise: clusters and aerosols experimental physical chemistry.

Submit to Ruth now here.

 

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Celebrating International Women’s Day: by Anna Krylov

March 8, Year 2019:  International women day #108.

“Long gone are the days when women had to fight for the most basic rights, such as making their own financial and medical decisions, voting, or pursuing a degree or a profession of their choice. Yet, the gender equality remains elusive: All fun and rewarding careers remain male dominated, be it science, tech, finance, law, medicine, or entertainment. And within each profession, the representation of women at the top echelons is much lower than at the base of the pyramid. Why so? Professional leadership groups and scientists worldwide are looking for answers and trying to identify and remove the obstacles for the advancement of women.

“The Royal Society of Chemistry has recently published a report on “Breaking the barriers in which the reasons for the leaky pipeline in the UK academia are investigated. Consistently with similar studies, the main finding is that there is no single reason and, consequently, there is no simple solution.

“The report contains a number of recommendations and suggestions to funding agencies, institutions, and professional organizations. Some of them are no-brainers, like lowering the tolerance for harassment, improving the childcare options, and importance of mentoring . But other points raised in the report need to be, in my opinion, carefully considered. For example, the report’s critique of the current academic culture and funding models can be perceived as a suggestion that the expectations of scientific excellence and high productivity need to be lowered for women, which is of course untrue and unproductive.

“What I think we need to focus more on, is to identify what individual female researches can do to advance their own career. And what pitfalls they should try to avoid. An example of such positive and inner-looking write up is the Lean in” book by Sheryl Sandberg. Although I do not agree with all of its content, I find its general spirit empowering and specific advice useful.

“My personal opinion notwithstanding, the studies, discussions, and conversations about many different aspects of gender equality are important for us as a society.”

Find out more about “Breaking the barriers” here:

 

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Anna Krylov, PCCP Associate Editor, celebrated with Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship

PCCP are delighted to report that Anna Krylov, Associate Editor has been awarded Mildred Dresselhaus Guest Professorship.

Researching “molecules and light”, Anna is currently spending her Guest Professorship sabbatical year at Universitat Hamburg.

 

“Hamburg is where theory and experiment together are pushing the frontiers of light science,” she says.

Anna Krylov believes that failures are instrumental to success. Credit: UHH/CUI, Adler

Read more about Anna, her motivations and her sabbatical plans here:

Maximal satisfaction comes from solving the hardest problems

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PCCP Associate Editor Henry F. Schaefer III awarded American Institute of Chemists Gold Award

First presented by the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) in 1926, the Gold Medal is the AIC’s highest
award. It recognizes service to the science of chemistry and to the profession of chemistry or chemical engineering in the United States. Previous winners include a number of Nobel laureates Glenn T. Seaborg and Herbert C. Brown, as well as other renowned researchers and scientists representing the many facets of the world of chemistry. Recent medalists include Ronald Breslow, Jacqueline Barton, Chad Mirkin, Stephen Lippard and Gerald Meyer.

PCCP is delighted to learn that Associate Editor Henry F. Schaefer III has been selected to receive the 2019 American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal.

Professor Henry F. Schaefer III is currently Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia, USA. His research involves the use of state-of-the-art computational hardware and theoretical methods to solve important problems in molecular quantum mechanics.

Read his recent research:

Paper 
The reaction of alkyl hydropersulfides (RSSH, R = CH3 and tBu) with H2S in the gas phase and in aqueous solution
Linxing Zhang, Xinhao Zhang, Yun-Dong Wu, Yaoming Xie, Jon M. Fukuto and Henry F. Schaefer
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP05503C

Paper 
The bismuth tetramer Bi4: the ν3 key to experimental observation
Mitchell E. Lahm, Preston R. Hoobler, Justin M. Turney, Kirk A. Peterson and Henry F. Schaefer
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 21881-21889. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP03529F

Paper 
Vibrational frequencies, structures, and energetics of the highly challenging alkali metal trifluorides MF3 (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs)
Zhi Sun and Henry F. Schaefer
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 18986-18994. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP03434F

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Introducing PCCP’s new Editorial Board Chair David Rueda

David Rueda, Imperial College London, UK

Having served on the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) Editorial Board as Deputy Chair, David looks forward to his new role as Editorial Board Chair.
 
“It’s an honour to Chair the Editorial Board of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics in 2019.
 
“In this new role, I look forward to assisting the Editorial Board to maintain the high-quality standards of our journal.”
 
Submit your best physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry research today.

 

David’s research involves the development of quantitative single-molecule approaches to investigate the interactions between proteins and nucleic acids to elucidate the mechanism of complex biochemical reactions.

Find out more about David here or read his recent PCCP article:

Paper 
Reduced structural flexibility for an exonuclease deficient DNA polymerase III mutant
Hailey L. Gahlon, Alice R. Walker, G. Andrés Cisneros, Meindert H. Lamers and David S. Rueda
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 26892-26902. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP04112A

David has selected some of the most outstanding physical chemistry and chemical physics research from the past year to share with you. Read them now for free until the end of March 2019:

Paper
Consequences of Mg2+ binding on the geometry and stability of RNA base pairs
Antarip Halder, Rohit Roy, Dhananjay Bhattacharyya and Abhijit Mitra
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 21934-21948. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP03602K

Paper
Conformational changes of DNA induced by a trans-azobenzene derivative via non-covalent interactions
Hong Zhang, Haohao Fu, Xueguang Shao, Christophe Chipot, Antonio Monari, François Dehez and Wensheng Cai
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 22645-22651. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP03836H
 
Paper
Turn-off mode fluorescent norbornadiene-based photoswitches
Behabitu Ergette Tebikachew, Fredrik Edhborg, Nina Kann, Bo Albinsson and Kasper Moth-Poulsen
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 23195-23201. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP04329A

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Quantum effects in complex systems: Faraday Discussion

We are delighted to announce that Quantum effects in complex systems will be held in Coventry, United Kingdom on 11 – 13 September 2019.

Nuclear quantum effects such as zero-point energy conservation, tunneling, non-adiabaticity and coherence play an important role in many complex chemical systems of technological and biological importance. Zero-point energy differences are key to understanding the experimentally-observed differences in the thermodynamic properties of normal and heavy water, while both theoretical and experimental work has highlighted the role of quantum tunnelling in enzyme-catalyzed hydrogen transfer reactions. Photochemical reactions, involving multiple potential energy surfaces, are implicitly quantum-mechanical in nature, while recent spectroscopic investigations are providing new insight into the role of quantum coherence in the efficient energy transfer processes observed in photosynthetic centers.

The challenge of understanding nuclear quantum effects in complex, many-particle systems has in recent years led to rapid growth in the development of new theoretical and experimental tools aimed at providing an atomic-level view of quantum effects. New simulation methods, such as centroid molecular dynamics, ring-polymer molecular dynamics and the linearized semi-classical initial value representation provide computationally-efficient routes to calculating quantum-dynamical properties in complex systems, while new experimental methods such as time-resolved 2-dimensional spectroscopy provide increasingly sophisticated insights into the subtle role of quantum coherence in system sizes that reach into the realms of biological complexes and conjugated polymers.

These coupled developments in both theory and experiment will undoubtedly lead to new insights into chemical processes in which quantum effects play an important role, including:

  • Biological and artificial photosynthesis
  • Hydrogen storage materials
  • Proton transfer in fuel cell materials
  • Animal magnetoreception
  • Tunnelling in enzyme-catalyzed reactions
  • Chemical reactivity at low temperatures
  • Electron transport in organic polymers

Given the rapid rate of development and broad application domains, the principal aim of this Faraday Discussion is to provide a snapshot of the current theoretical and experimental state-of-the-art in methods designed to interrogate and rationalize the role of quantum-mechanical effects in complex systems; simultaneously, this meeting will act as a new forum to discuss ideas which span the experimental/theoretical domains.

For more information, please visit the event web page.

Submit an oral/paper abstract by 3 December 2018! The poster abstract deadline is 1 July 2019.

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New PCCP Associate Editor: Chantal Daniel

We are delighted to welcome Chantal Daniel as our newest Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Associate Editor.

Chantal Daniel, Institute of Chemistry, University of Strasbourg, France

ORCiD  0000-0002-0520-2969

Chantal Daniel is CNRS Research Director at the Institute of Chemistry, University of Strasbourg. She graduated in 1985 with a PhD on transition metal complexes excited states and strong electron correlation. She joined the Institute for Molecular Sciences Okazaki, Japan in 1986 as a JSPS fellow and the IBM Research group in Kingston, USA in 1988 as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Her research in theoretical chemistry is focused on the photophysics and photochemistry of coordination compounds and excited state properties, including quantum dynamics. Using electronic structure theory and vibronic models, the Daniel group simulated ultrafast processes in transition metal complexes used as luminescent probes, electron transfer triggers, DNA intercalators and Photoinduced release Carbonyl Materials.

“I think that PCCP is one of the best publications as meeting point for experimentalists and theoreticians working in fundamental aspects of physical chemistry and chemical physics.”

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

  • Theory, both electronic structure and dynamics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Photochemistry and Photophysics
  • Molecular based materials

Submit your best work in these areas to Chantal now.

Read Chantal’s latest article in PCCP here:

Excited-states of a rhenium carbonyl diimine complex: solvation model, spin-orbit coupling, and vibrational sampling effects. Sebastian Mai, Hugo Gattuso, Maria Fumanal, Aurora Munoz-Losa, Antonio Monari, Chantal Daniel and Leticia Gonzalez. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 27240-27250. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP05126C

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2018 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship: awarded to Professor Debashree Ghosh

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, Professor Debashree Ghosh (Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science) was selected as the 2018 recipient.

Professor Ghosh develops and applies accurate quantum chemical methods to understand the interaction between light and coupled bio-chromophores. Electronic structure theory gives us unique tools to understand the energy states of the chromophores and their coupling to each other and therefore, gives us a glimpse into their photochemistry and photo-dynamics.

As part of the Lectureship, Professor Ghosh will be awarded a travel bursary of £1000 to attend and present at a leading international event in 2019, where she will be presented her Lectureship award. Professor Ghosh has also been invited to contribute a Perspective article to PCCP.

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

Nominations for the 2019 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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New PCCP Associate Editor: Ron Naaman

We are delighted to welcome Ron Naaman as our newest Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Associate Editor.

Ron Naaman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Born in Israel, Prof. Ron Naaman earned his BSc in 1973 from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and his PhD in 1978 from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University in California, and spent a year in the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University. In 1981, Prof. Naaman joined the Weizmann Institute. From 1989-1995, Ron chaired the Institute’s Chemical Services Unit and from 1995-2000, he headed the Department of Chemical Physics. From 2008-2010, Prof. Naaman was the Chair of the Scientific Council at the Institute. Prof. Naaman is the incumbent of the Aryeh and Mintzi Katzman Professorial Chair.

His research focusses on studying interactions of electrons and their spin with organic and bio-related molecules.

As a PCCP Associate Editor, Ron will provide his expertise in the fields of:

  • Electron-molecule interactions
  • Organic-inorganic interfaces
  • Spintronics
  • Molecular electronics
  • Organic electronics
  • Photovoltaic devices
  • Electron transfer

Submit your best work in these areas to Ron now.

Read Ron’s latest article in PCCP here:

Bacteriorhodopsin based non-magnetic spin filters for biomolecular spintronics. Vaibhav Varade, Tal Markus, Kiran Vankayala, Noga Friedman, Mordechai Sheves, David H. Waldeck and Ron Naaman. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 1091-1097. DOI: 10.1039/C&CP06771B

 


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11th Congress on Electronic Structure: Principles and Applications

The 11th Congress on electronic structure: Principles and applications (ESPA-2018) will be held in Toledo, Spain on 17–19 July 2018. ESPA is a series of international conferences covering all aspects of Theoretical Chemistry from method development to state-of- the-art- applications across computational molecular science.

The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, the APQTC (Asociación para la Promoción de la Química Teórica y Computacional), and the organizers of this conference are delighted and honored to host this ESPA conference in the historic city of Toledo, World Heritage Site, during the summer of 2018.

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is pleased to support the meeting and will provide a poster prize.

Register now!

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