07 Sep 2017
Professor Ayyappanpillai Ajayghosh, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST)
Dr. Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh is the Director of the CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, India and is a Professor and former Dean of Chemical Sciences, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR). His research contributions are in the interdisciplinary areas of organic photoresponsive materials, supramolecular chemistry, molecular self-assembly, organogels, molecular probes and sensors. He has developed a new class of functional soft materials namely pi-gels having potential applications in energy harvesting, sensing and security materials. His scientific contributions are recognized with the prestigious awards a few of these includes Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Chemical Sciences (2007), the Infosys Science Prize (2012), the Silver Medal of the Chemical Research Society of India (2013), the TWAS Prize for Chemistry (2013) and the J. C. Bose National Fellowship (2015). He is a fellow of the three major science academies of India and is a fellow of the World Academy of Sciences. He is an Associate Editor of PCCP and shares some of his thoughts & experiences.
Question: Could you share a short story on your most inspiring/satisfying research?
Answer: I believe my main contribution in science is the development of a new class of soft materials called π-gels made of self-assembled π-conjugated molecules. Most of these materials are fluorescent which a sensitive property is and hence these materials have potential applications in sensing, imaging and security. Our contributions in this area are well recognized nationally and internationally. It is very satisfying to note that the scientific community across the globe recognizes us.
Question: What, in your opinion has been the most exciting part of being an Associate Editor?
Answer: Associating with a journal from Royal Society of Chemistry is a prestige to any chemist, so is for me. The most exciting and interesting aspect, being an Associate Editor is the opportunity to read articles fresh before publishing. I enjoyed reading some of the best Physical Chemistry related work on soft materials. It is also exciting to see that many of the young researchers are impressed by the quality of PCCP and therefore submission to PCCP from India is going up.
31 Aug 2017
PCCP recently sponsored the symposium “Chemical Bonding and Reactivity Spanning the Periodic Table: A Symposium in Honor of Roald Hoffmann”, which was held at the 254th American Chemical Society meeting in Washington DC, August 20-24, 2017.
This symposium honored distinguished American Chemist and Nobel Prize winner, Prof. Hoffmann, who turned 80 years old this summer. Prof. Hoffmann has been influential in shaping the thinking of chemists working in a plethora of different fields – as evidenced by the talks given in the symposium by around 75 Hoffmann alumni, collaborators and friends, which showcased research in theoretical approaches to organic, organometallic, inorganic, biological and materials chemistry, as well as how matter responds to conditions of extreme external pressure.
Primarily experimental work was also featured in the symposium, and a historical lecture about Hoffmann’s role in the development of the “Woodward-Hoffmann” rules was given. Many of the speakers also highlighted Hoffmann’s role as a wonderful mentor, patient teacher and inspiring collaborator, as well as his artistic and humanistic endeavors.
PCCP was delighted to be involved with the meeting, and support our authors in discussing and advance their fields by participating at the symposium.
25 Jul 2017
This is your last chance to register to attend the upcoming Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering – SERS: Faraday Discussions (30 August – 1 September 2017, Glasgow, United Kingdom) as the final registration deadline is just a few days away. Be sure to register by 31 July 2017 to secure your place.
For full details of speakers and conference themes, please visit the event web page here.
24 Jul 2017
The 2nd European Conference on Physical Chemistry (ECPC-2017) will be held during September 24-27 2017 at Borgo, Corsica (France). The objective of this conference is to bring together researchers form countries all over Europe and keep abreast with the recent developments in this highly interdisciplinary field and will be of crucial importance for shaping the European scientific community. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is pleased to be supporting the event.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) Advisory Board member Wolfgang Lubitz will be present at the conference as a plenary lecturer.
21 Jul 2017
Femtochemistry Conference (FEMTO13) will take place in Cancún, México between 12-17 August 2017. FEMTO13 will bring together scientists from all over the world to present and discuss the most recent advances in femtoscience, including reaction dynamics; solvation phenomena; dynamics at interfaces; dynamics in biological systems; attosecond electron dynamics; and strong-field science and control of laser matter interactions; with contributions from both theory and experiment.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) will be supporting the event, contributing prizes for the best poster submissions, while PCCP Advisory Board member Dan Neumark will be present at FEMTO13 as an invited speaker.
30 Jun 2017
We are delighted to announce we are now welcoming nominations for the 2017 PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
14 Jun 2017
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is pleased to announce its latest Impact Factor is 4.123*
PCCP is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge original research across the fields of physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry. Last year we published 3443 articles, making PCCP the largest single journal in the physical chemistry field. Our wide reach in the community and rapid times to publication of 54 days** from receipt to acceptance ensure your research gets the attention it deserves.
Lead by our Editorial Board Chair (Seong Keun Kim, Seoul National University) and Deputy Chair (David Rueda, Imperial College London), our expert team of international Associate Editors and dedicated professional Editors ensure that PCCP is a home for urgent Communications & high quality Full Papers, authoritative Perspectives and community-led themed collections.
PCCP is proud to be a society journal and is co-owned by 19 national chemical societies. The journal is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the whole scientific community.
We would like to thank all our authors, readers, reviewers and Editorial & Advisory Board members for their continued support
Find the all the RSC’s journals newly published 2016 Impact Factors* here.
*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year, by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters).
08 Jun 2017
The 116th General Assembly of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry took place between 25-27 May 2017, at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern in Germany.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) Executive Editor Anna Simpson was at the event and presented the winners of the Poster Award with their certificates during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday 27 May 2017. This year’s winners were:
“Synthesis and Characterization of Small Gold Nanorods for Cellular Uptake by Neutrophil Granulocytes”
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz/D
“Hofmeister Effects in aqueous Oligopeptide solutions: The Termini matter for Guanidinium salts”
“A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Like-Charged Hydrogen Bonding in Ionic Liquids”
“Infrared spectroscopic investigations of N2 adsorbed to cold Rhodium Iron alloy cluster cations”
“Electro-catalytic CO Oxidation on UHV- Prepared Pt/Co3O4(111) Model Catalysts Studied by Electrochemical Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy”
Freie Universität Berlin/D
“Investigation of iron and silicon oxide formation in single levitated micro droplets by Raman and X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy”
“Entwicklung und Charakterisierung selbst-schwimmender Mikrokapseln mit biologischem Vorbild”
“Sub-Monolayer NIR-ew-CRD Spectroscopy: Picosecond Versus Continuous Wave Laser Excitation”
“Adsorption of acetone on TiO2 rutile(110)”
Back row, L-R: Anna Simpson, René Dallinger, Matthias Klein, Michael Erkelenz , Vasileios Balos, Markus Gerhards
Front row, L-R: Uwe Nickel, Jan Neumann, Ann-Kathrin Froin, Corinna Stumm, Jessica Kräuter, Ann-Katrin Baumann
Congratulations to each of the winners!
25 May 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for entries is 31 December 2017.
23 May 2017
The 2017 International Meeting on Atomic and Molecular Physics and Chemistry (IMAMPC) will be held in the city of Toruń, Poland at Nicolaus Copernicus University, 19 – 22 June 2017.
The meeting is primarily dedicated to young researchers, in the early stage of their scientific careers. In particular, a considerable number of oral presentations will be given by Ph.D. students. The conference is focused mainly on atomic and molecular physics and chemistry (both experimental and theoretical). During the meeting many plenary lectures will be presented by world-class experts.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics will be providing poster prizes at the event so submit and bring along your very best atomic and molecular physics and chemistry posters for consideration!