Dr Rafal Klajn’s UK tour as the 2017 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship winner

We are delighted to announce that Dr Rafal Klajn, winner of the 2017 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship, will be giving a series of lectures at UK universities during the week commencing 16th July 2018.

Rafal began his independent research career in November 2009 at the Weizmann Insitute of Science, Israel, directly after obtaining his PhD degree. His group has worked on nanoscale reactivity and self-assembly – incorporating photo-responsive moieties into nanoporous solids, working with superparamagnetic nanoparticles of various shapes and demonstrating that cubic nanoparticles of iron oxide could spontaneously assemble into helical materials, and developing the concept of “dynamically self-assembling nanoflasks” capable of accelerating chemical reactions using light, working with flexible metal-organic (coordination) cages that can encapsulate diverse organic molecules ranging from fluorescent dyes to nonpolar pharmaceuticals, among other projects.

He is currently an Associate Professor at Department of Organic Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science and now focuses on creating synthetic out-of-equilibrium systems and “life-like” materials, not only to develop innovative functional materials, but also to tackle what he deems as one of the most important and fascinating problems – the origin of life.

As part of the Lectureship, Rafal presents 3 lectures and we are delighted to announce that these will be taking place during his UK tour. He will be giving these in conjunction with lectures for the ChemComm sponsored 2018 Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize that was also awarded to him. You can find details for his upcoming UK tour below.

Day University Host
Monday 16th July University of Bristol Professor Jonathan Reid
Tuesday 17th July Durham University Professor Jonathan Steed
Wednesday 18th July University of Nottingham Professor David Amabilino
Thursday 19th July University of Cambridge Professor Jonathan Nitschke
Friday 20th July University College London (UCL) Dr Tung Chun Lee
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Chem Soc Rev prize winners at the EFCATS School on Catalysis

The European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) School on Catalysis was held 25 – 29 June 2018 at Castle Liblice in the Czech Republic.

The motivation behind the conference is ‘where experiment and theory meet in catalysis’. This year’s program included tutorial and plenary lectures from international experts in the field, including Professor Gabriele Centi (University of Messina), Emiel Hensen (Eindhoven University of Technology), Bert Sels (KU Leuven) and many more.  The talks covered a wide range of topics such as industrial catalysis, two-dimensional materials, molecular sieves and petrochemistry.

We’re delighted to announce that the Chem Soc Rev poster prize was awarded to Nicolas Sadovnik and the Chem Soc Rev oral presentation prize was awarded to Chelsea L. Tucker.

Well done Nicolas and Chelsea (pictured below), from everyone at Chem Soc Rev!

                                                           

 

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Rubén Martín: Winner of the Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship 2018

On behalf of the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board, we are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship – Rubén Martín. Our warmest congratulations to Rubén for being selected as the very first Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator!

Rubén was born in Barcelona. He was awarded his PhD in 2003 at Universitat de Barcelona, where he worked with Professor Anotoni Riera on the total synthesis of glycosidase inhibitors. During his independent career, he has received the 2010 RSEQ Young Investigator Award, the 2011 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, the Eli Lilly Young Research Investigator Award, the 2017 Marcial Menno Lectureship Award and the 2017 OMCOS Award.

He began his independent career at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, where he worked with Prof Alois Fürstner on the application of novel iron catalysts for cross-coupling and Alder-ene type reactions. He then moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked with Prof Stephen L. Buchwald and developed new synthetic strategies for metal-catalyzed C-C and C-N bond-forming reactions. In 2008, he joined the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ) as a group leader, and in 2013 he was promoted to Associate Professor.

He is currently an ICREA Research Professor at the ICIQ and his group’s research interests focus on the discovery and development of synthetically useful organometallic methodologies.

As part of the Lectureship, Rubén will present a lecture at three locations over the coming year, with at least one of these events taking place at an international conference, where he will be formally presented with his Pioneering Investigator Lectureship certificate. Details of his lectures will be announced in due course – keep an eye on the blog for details.

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Outstanding Reviewers for Chemical Society Reviews in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Chemical Society Reviews 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.

Professor Amina Antonacci, National Research Council (CNR), ORCID: 0000-0001-9751-4910
Professor Pingyun Feng, University of California, ORCID: 0000-0002-3245-3739
Professor Philip Gale, University of Sydney, ORCID: 0000-0003-1937-0725
Professor Hiroshi Kitagawa, Kyoto University, ORCID: 0000-0002-7906-8061
Professor Alexander James MindenMiller, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ORCID: 0000-0003-3684-577X
Professor Yukihiro Ozaki, Kwansei-Gakuin University, ORCID: 0000-0002-4479-4004
Professor Huisheng Peng, Fudan University, ORCID: 0000-0001-6022-1778
Professor Jonathan Reid, University of Bristol, ORCID: 0000-0001-9390-3951
Professor Bin Ren, Xiamen University, ORCID: 0000-0001-6955-3015
Professor Cheng Wang, Xiamen University, ORCID: 0000-0002-2142-2945

We would also like to thank the Chemical Society Reviews Board and the general chemical sciences 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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HOT Chem Soc Rev articles for November

The referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 5th January 2018.

Crossed beam polyatomic reaction dynamics: recent advances and new insights
Huilin Pan, Kopin Liu, Adriana Caracciolo and Piergiorgio Casavecchia
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00601B, Review Article

This article is part of the themed collection: Chemical reaction dynamics

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Variational transition state theory: theoretical framework and recent developments
Junwei Lucas Bao and Donald G. Truhlar
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00602K, Review Article

This article is part of the themed collection: Chemical reaction dynamics

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Advances in the synthesis of nitroxide radicals for use in biomolecule spin labelling
Marius M. Haugland, Janet E. Lovett and Edward A. Anderson
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00550K, Tutorial Review

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Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship 2018 – nominations now open!

Know an outstanding mid-career scientist who deserves recognition? Nominate now for the 2018 Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship

We are pleased to welcome nominations for the 2018 Pioneering Investigator Lectureship for Chem Soc Rev.

All nominations must be received by Monday, 19 February 2018.

The Pioneering Investigator Lectureship replaces our previous Emerging Investigator Lectureship, and aims to recognise mid-career scientists who have firmly established themselves in their independent careers. Early career researchers can be nominated for the ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship

• Recognises mid-career scientists who have firmly established themselves in their independent careers, continuously publish innovative work, and have pioneered several research areas.

• Eligible nominees should have completed their PhD between 15th September 2002 and 14th September 2009.

Lectureship details

• The recipient of the lectureship will be invited to present a lecture at three different locations over a 12-month period, with at least one of these events taking place at an international conference.

• The recipient will receive a contribution of £1500 towards travel and accommodation costs for their lectures, as well as a certificate.

• The recipient will be asked to contribute a review article for the journal.

How to nominate

Self-nomination is not permitted. Nominators must send the following to the editorial team via chemsocrev-rsc@rsc.org by Monday, 19 February 2018.

• Recommendation letter, including the name, contact details and website URL of the nominee.

• A one-page CV for the nominee, including a summary of their education, dates of key career achievements, a list of up to five of their top independent publications, total numbers of publications and patents, and other indicators of esteem, together with evidence of career independence.

• A copy of the candidate’s best publication to date (as judged by the nominator).

• Two supporting letters of recommendation from two independent referees. These should not be someone from the same institution or the candidate’s post doc or PhD supervisor.

The nominator and independent referees should comment on the candidate’s presenting skills.

Incomplete nominations or those not adhering to the above requirements will not be considered, and nominees will not be contacted regarding any missing or incorrect documents.

Selection procedure

• The editorial team will screen each nomination for eligibility and draw up a shortlist of candidates based on the nomination documents provided.

• Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a brief supporting statement summarising their key achievements, highlighting the impact of their work and justifying why they deserve the specific lectureship for which they have been entered.

• The recipient of the lectureship will then be selected and endorsed by a selection panel composed of members of the ChemSocRev Editorial Board. The winner will be announced in the first half of 2018.

NB: Please note that members of the selection panel from the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board are not eligible to nominate, or provide references, for this lectureship.

For any queries, please contact the editorial team at chemsocrev-rsc@rsc.org.

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HOT Chem Soc Rev articles for October

The referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 13th December 2017.

Two-dimensional boron: structures, properties and applications
Zhuhua Zhang, Evgeni S. Penev and Boris I. Yakobson
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017,46, 6746-6763
DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00261K, Review Article

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Exploring the emergence of complexity using synthetic replicators
Tamara Kosikova and Douglas Philp
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00123A, Review Article

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CSR Primer

The Chemical Society Reviews Editorial Board is proud to announce a collection of Tutorial Reviews on some of the most cutting-edge, exciting research in the chemical sciences. This is an excellent resource or ‘primer’ for students, to help them learn more about various topics of investigation and to provide additional guidance in the next steps of their career.

This fall, students around the world will begin their graduate studies looking for that perfect match for their doctoral studies. Students often find the process of identifying a research topic and an advisor a stressful and uncertain process. Understandably, many students are only versed in the fundamentals of chemistry from their undergraduate coursework, with a limited knowledge of what constitutes the state-of-the-art in chemical research.  With this in mind, the Chemical Society Reviews Editorial Board thought it would be timely to provide a collection of Tutorial Reviews on some of the most cutting-edge, exciting research in the chemical sciences.  The Board sees this as a resource or ‘primer’ for students, to help them learn more about various topics of investigation and to perhaps aid them in their decision making process.  To all the new graduate students, the Editorial Board and staff of Chemical Society Reviews would like to extend our congratulations to you on the next stage of your education and we hope this collection might provide some additional help in informing you about what might be the best path for your research interests.

Please click here to view our Primer.

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HOT Chem Soc Rev articles for August

The referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 6th October 2017.

Spatiotemporal hydrogel biomaterials for regenerative medicine
Tobin E. Brown and Kristi S. Anseth
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article
10.1039/C7CS00445A, Review Article

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Controlled droplet microfluidic systems for multistep chemical and biological assays
T. S. Kaminski and P. Garstecki
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article
10.1039/C5CS00717H, Tutorial Review

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HOT Chem Soc Rev articles for July

The referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 10th September 2017.

Asymmetric Brønsted Acid Catalysis with Chiral Carboxylic Acids
Chang Min and Daniel Seidel
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00239K, Review Article

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Defense contracts: molecular protection in insect-microbe symbioses
Ethan B. Van Arnam, Cameron R. Currie and Jon Clardy
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00340D, Review Article

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