Open for Nominations: 2018 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship

We are delighted to announce we are now welcoming nominations for the 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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25th International Conference on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy

The 25th International Conference on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy (Bilbao 2018) is taking place in Bilbao, Spain between 3-7 September 2018.

The Bilbao 2018 Conference will be the 25th edition of the Conference, marking the ‘silver anniversary’ in a history that started biannually in 1970 to bring together spectroscopists from the East and West of Europe and all around the Globe. Adding to a powerful scientific program with ten invited talks, we will have a special 25th Anniversary Session featuring a conference by the Nobel Laureate Prof. Dudley R. Herschbach.

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

Register now!

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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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2018 Joint ICTP-IAEA School and Workshop on Fundamental Methods for Atomic, Molecular and Materials Properties in Plasma Environments poster award winners!

The 2018 Joint ICTP-IAEA School and Workshop on Fundamental Methods for Atomic, Molecular and Materials Properties in Plasma Environments was held at ICTP in Trieste, Italy, from 16 – 20 April 2018. Six Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics poster prizes were awarded.

First prize was awarded to Marta Patricia Alejandra Mendez for her contribution “Inelastic collision calculations of heavy targets”.

Joint second prize was awarded to Szabolcs Goger for “Theoretical studies on the dynamics of the HO + HBr → H2O + Br reaction” and Francisco Ramirez for “Real time electron dynamics using TDDFT”.

Joint third prize was awarded to Jerome Deprince for “Plasma environment effects on K-lines of astrophysical interest”, Chuanguo Zhang for “Long-term evolution of cascades in bcc tungsten: effects of size distribution of interstitial clusters” and Suvam Singh for “Electron and positron induced scattering from propene”.

 

Congratulations to the awardees!

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PCCP Tulip VII Summer School Award

We are delighted to announce the winner of the PCCP Tulip2018 award that was given at the Tulip VII Summer School on Modern Developments in Spectroscopy, 3–6 April 2018 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.  The winner for the best presentation was Meissa Diouf of the Free University Amsterdam with a poster on HIGH-RESOLUTION CARS STUDY OF THE FUNDAMENTAL VIBRATION IN T2 AND DT. The winner received a certificate and a cash prize.

Pictured (left to right): Prof. Wybren Jan Buma (co-chair of the Tulip Summer School), Meissa Diouf (PCCP Poster prize winner for best presentation), Prof. Ivan Powis (lecturer at Tulip2018 and presenting the award on behalf of the committee of all 6 Tulip lecturers) and Dr. Maurice Janssen (co-chair of the Tulip Summer School).

Congratulations to Meissa Diouf!

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RSC Theoretical Chemistry Group Conference

The Theoretical Chemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry is pleased to announce the TCG conference 2018, which will be held at the University of Sheffield between 16 – 18 July.

The meeting will cover a broad spectrum of theoretical and computational chemistry, including talks by leading international and UK scientists. It will also incorporate the TCG Graduate Student Meeting, where final-year graduate students compete for the Coulson prize for the best graduate student talk.

Confirmed speakers:
  • Christine Mottet (Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille, France)
  • Karen Johnston (University of Strathclyde, UK)
  • Paul Popelier (The University of Manchester, UK)
  • Daniel T. Crawford (Virginia Tech, USA)
  • Marie-Pierre Gaigeot (University of Evry, France)

For more information, please visit the conference web page.

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is pleased to support the meeting and will provide a prize for the best graduate student talk.

The deadline for registration is 8 June. The deadlines for talk and poster abstracts are 18 May and 1 June, respectively.

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98th Chemical Society of Japan Annual Meeting PCCP Prize Winners!

The 98th Chemical Society of Japan Annual Meeting took place in Funabashi, Japan between the 20-23 March 2018. The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Hiromitsu Urakami attended the meeting and PCCP Prize Certificates for Outstanding Achievement of Young Scientists in Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics were awarded to:

  1. Dr Daishi Fujita, University of Tokyo: “Geometric control of molecular self-assembly”
  2. Dr Hideto Ito, Nagoya University: “Development of Precise Synthetic Methodologies for 1D and 2D Nanocarbon Architectures”
  3. Dr Emiko Kazuma, RIKEN: “Real-time and Real-space Observation of Single-Molecule Chemical Reaction Induced by Localized Surface Plasmon”
  4. Dr Toshiki Sugimoto, Kyoto University: “Unveiling Emergent Properties of Strongly Correlated and Frustrated Proton System: Sum-Frequency-Generation Spectroscopy of Heteroepitaxial Water Ice “

Top row, L-R: Yoshito Watanabe (Nagoya Univ, CSJ Academic Research Activation Committee Chair), Katsuhiko Ariga (National Institute for Materials Science, PCCP Prize Selection Committee), Atsushi Nakajima (Keio Univ, PCCP Prize Selection Committee)
Bottom row, L-R: Toshiki Sugimoto, Daishi Fujita, Hisashi Yamamoto (Chubu Univ, CSJ President), Yasuhiro Iwasawa (The University of Electro-Communications, PCCP Prize selection committee chair), Hiromistu Urakami, Hideto Ito, Emiko Kazuma

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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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Mourning the loss of Professor Gaoquan Shi

The physical chemistry community mourns the loss of Professor Gaoquan Shi, who recently passed away.

Photograph of Gaoquan Shi

We are sad to announce that Professor Gaoquan Shi passed away on the 1st March 2018. Gaoquan will be sorely missed by PCCP and the entire community. A PCCP Associate Editor for over five years, his contributions to the journal, field and community were widespread.

As a Professor of Chemistry at Tsinghua University, his research interests were focused on functional polymers, especially the syntheses and applications of conducting polymers and carbon nanomaterials.

A selection of Gaoquan’s recently published articles are highlighted below in his memory.

Paper 
High-performance gas sensors based on a thiocyanate ion-doped organometal halide perovskite
Yue Zhuang, Wenjing Yuan, Liu Qian, Shan Chen and Gaoquan Shi
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 12876-12881. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01646H

Communication 
Pyridinic nitrogen-rich carbon nanocapsules from a bioinspired polydopamine derivative for highly efficient electrocatalytic oxygen reduction
Zhengran Yi, Zheye Zhang, Shuai Wang and Gaoquan Shi
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 519-523. DOI: 10.1039/C6TA09315A
 
Edge Article 
Water-enhanced oxidation of graphite to graphene oxide with controlled species of oxygenated groups
Ji Chen, Yao Zhang, Miao Zhang, Bowen Yao, Yingru Li, Liang Huang, Chun Li and Gaoquan Shi
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 1874-1881. DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03828F

Review Article 
Flexible graphene devices related to energy conversion and storage
Xiluan Wang and Gaoquan Shi
Energy Environ. Sci., 2015, 8, 790-823. DOI: 10.1039/C4EE03685A

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Themed collection now online: Complex molecular systems: supramolecules, biomolecules and interfaces

Guest-edited by Tahei Tahara (RIKEN), Akio Kitao (University of Tokyo), Yasuhisa Mizutani (Osaka University), Hideki Kandori (Nagoya Institute of Technology) and Masaaki Fujii (Tokyo Institute of Technology), the special issue is a collection which brings together the most recent studies of this important and emerging field of physical chemistry and chemical physics.

We are delighted to announce that the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) themed collection Complex molecular systems: supramolecules, biomolecules and interfaces is now online. 

It includes:

Editorial 
Complex molecular systems: a frontier of molecular science
Tahei Tahara, Akio Kitao, Yasuhisa Mizutani, Hideki Kandori and Masaaki Fujii
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 2945-2946. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP90010H

Perspective 
Multiscale methods framework: self-consistent coupling of molecular theory of solvation with quantum chemistry, molecular simulations, and dissipative particle dynamics
Andriy Kovalenko and Sergey Gusarov
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 2947-2969. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP05585D

Communication 
The effect of regioisomerism on the photophysical properties of alkylated-naphthalene liquids
Narayan, K. Nagura, T. Takaya, K. Iwata, A. Shinohara, H. Shinmori, H. Wang, Q. Li, X. Sun, H. Li, S. Ishihara and T. Nakanishi
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 2970-2975. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP05584F

Paper 
Protonation/reduction dynamics at the [4Fe–4S] cluster of the hydrogen-forming cofactor in [FeFe]-hydrogenases
Moritz Senger, Stefan Mebs, Jifu Duan, Olga Shulenina, Konstantin Laun, Leonie Kertess, Florian Wittkamp, Ulf-Peter Apfel, Thomas Happe, Martin Winkler, Michael Haumann and Sven T. Stripp
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 3128-3140. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP04757F

Paper 
Analysis of the conformational properties of amine ligands at the gold/water interface with QM, MM and QM/MM simulations
Dongyue Liang, Jiewei Hong, Dong Fang, Joseph W. Bennett, Sara E. Mason, Robert J. Hamers and Qiang Cui
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 3349-3362. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06709G

We hope you enjoy reading the articles. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this themed collection or PCCP.

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