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Journal lectureships 2017 – nominations open!

We are pleased to welcome nominations for the 2017 Emerging Investigator Lectureships for ChemComm and Chem Soc Rev.

All nominations must be received by Monday, 30 January 2017.

Nominations are open for these journal lectureships – only one entry needed per nominee, as each nomination will be considered for both competitions as appropriate.

ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship
• Recognises emerging scientists in the early stages of their independent academic career
• Eligible nominees should have completed their PhD on or after the 15th September 2008, and should also have published as least one article in ChemComm during the course of their independent career

Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship
• Recognises emerging scientists who have made significant contributions to their research field
• Eligible nominees should have completed their PhD on or after the 15th September 2008

Lectureship details
• Recipients of these lectureships will each 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.
• Each recipient will receive a contribution of £1500 towards travel and accommodation costs for their lectures, as well as a certificate.
• Recipients will be asked to contribute a review article for the specific journal awarding their lectureship.

How to nominate
Self-nomination is not permitted. Nominators must send the following to the editorial team via chemcomm-rsc@rsc.org OR chemsocrev-rsc@rsc.org by Monday, 30 January 2017. Each nomination will be considered for both lectureships.
• Recommendation letter, including the name, contact details and website URL of the nominee.
• A one-page CV for the nominee, including their date of birth, summary of education, career and key 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.
• Recipients of each lectureship will then be selected and endorsed by a selection panel composed of members of each journal’s Editorial Board. Winners of the lectureships will be announced in the first half of 2017.

NB: Please note that members of the selection panel from the ChemComm and Chem Soc Rev Editorial Boards are not eligible to nominate, or provide references, for these lectureships.

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

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

The prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 was awarded jointly to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa for their outstanding contributions to the design and synthesis of molecular machines. Many congratulations to all of them!

To mark this special occasion, we would like to highlight our most recent review on this area:

Matthew A. Watson and Scott L. Cockroft
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00874C

We also invite you to read the recent manuscripts published by the Nobel Prize winners in Chem Soc Rev and other journals in our portfolio:

Wavelength-selective cleavage of photoprotecting groups: strategies and applications in dynamic systems
Mickel J. Hansen, Willem A. Velema, Michael M. Lerch, Wiktor Szymanski and  Ben L. Feringa
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, 44, 3358-3377
DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00118H, Tutorial Review

Cooperative capture synthesis: yet another playground for copper-free click chemistry
Xisen Hou, Chenfeng Ke and  J. Fraser Stoddart
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 3766-3780
DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00055J, Tutorial Review

A metal–organic framework immobilised iridium pincer complex
Martino Rimoldi, Akitake Nakamura, Nicolaas A. Vermeulen, James J. Henkelis, Anthea K. Blackburn, Joseph T. Hupp, J. Fraser Stoddart and Omar K. Farha
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 4980-4984
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC01376G, Edge Article

End-capping of amphiphilic nanotubes with phospholipid vesicles: impact of the phospholipid on the cap formation and vesicle loading under osmotic conditions
Petra M. Erne, Peter Štacko, Derk Jan van Dijken, Jiawen Chen, Marc C. A. Stuart and Ben L. Feringa
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 11697-11700
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC05101D, Communication

Reversible gel–sol photoswitching with an overcrowded alkene-based bis-urea supergelator
Sander J. Wezenberg, Christelle M. Croisetu, Marc C. A. Stuart and Ben L. Feringa
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 4341-4346
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC00659K, Edge Article

Porphyrinic supramolecular daisy chains incorporating pillar[5]arene–viologen host–guest interactions
Maher Fathalla, Nathan L. Strutt, Srinivasan Sampath, Khabiboulakh Katsiev, Karel J. Hartlieb, Osman M. Bakr and J. Fraser Stoddart
Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 10455-10458
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC03717D, Communication

Synthesis of a metal-free coordinating ring via formation of a cleavable [2]catenane
Frédéric Niess and Jean-Pierre Sauvage
Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 10790-10792
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC46452K, Communication

Great expectations: can artificial molecular machines deliver on their promise?
Ali Coskun, Michal Banaszak, R. Dean Astumian, J. Fraser Stoddart and Bartosz A. Grzybowski
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 19-30
DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15262A, Tutorial Review

If you wish, you can read all RSC manuscripts by Prof. Ben L. Feringa, by Prof Jean-Pierre Savage and by Sir J. Fraser Stoddart.

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2016 Emerging Investigator Lectureship: Gonçalo Bernardes

Dr Gonçalo Bernardes (University of Cambridge, UK), one of the winners of the 2016 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship, is currently on his Lectureship tour.

He graduated from the University of Lisbon in 2004 and completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, UK in 2008 under the supervision of Professor Ben Davis working on reaction engineering for site-selective protein modification. He then undertook postdoctoral work at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany under the guidance of Prof Peter Seeberger. He currently leads a research group at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge where he holds a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship.


Gonçalo recently attended the XXIV EFMC-ISMC Symposium, where he delivered his RSC Prize Lecture.

“Chemical Pharmacology of Protein Conjugates and Natural Products”
2016 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship
XXIV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry
28 August – 1 September 2016. Manchester, United Kingdom



He was also formally awarded his Lectureship certificate by Richard Kelly, Executive Editor (Royal Society of Chemistry).

Photograph: © Fabien Venturi
Richard Kelly (left) awards the Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator
Lectureship 2016 to Dr Gonçalo Bernardes (right)



Did you know? Gonçalo kept a trip diary of his SAFEA-RSC Visiting Researcher Programme China, where he gave the first talk of his Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigators Lectureship tour earlier this year.

Read more about his trip diary in China on MyRSC, the online chemistry community.

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2016 Emerging Investigator Lectureship: Guihua Yu

Dr Guihua Yu (University of Texas at Austin), one of the winners of the 2016 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship, is currently on his Lectureship tour.

Guihua recently delivered in Asia (China and Singapore) two of his three lectures:

“Lithium Redox Flow Batteries Towards Large-Scale Energy Storage”
2nd International Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage
Organised by the Organization Committee and Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials (iChEM)
Xiamen University, China, 15-17 June 2016


“Two-Dimensional Materials for Flexible Energy Storage Devices”
IUMRS-ICEM2016
International Union of Materials Research Societies – International Conference on Electronic Materials
Suntec, Singapore, 4-8 July 2016


Guihua will next be speaking at the ACS symposium “ENFL: 2D Materials: Graphene & Beyond & their Device Applications” in Philadelphia on 24 August 2016, where he will be formally awarded with his Lectureship certificate.

Watch this place for more details soon!


Meet the team:

Photograph of Dr Jeanne Andres
Dr Jeanne Andres (Deputy Editor of Chemical Society Reviews) will be attending the Fall ACS meeting in Philadelphia. She would love to hear about your research and meet with our readers, authors and referees. Please do get in touch with Jeanne if you would like to arrange a meeting in advance.

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Gonçalo Bernardes and Guihua Yu: Winners of the Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2016

On behalf of the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board, it is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2016 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship: Gonçalo Bernardes (chemical biology), University of Cambridge, UK, and Guihua Yu (energy nanomaterials), University of Texas at Austin, USA. Our warmest congratulations to Gonçalo and Guihua!

Gonçalo Bernardes

Gonçalo graduated from the University of Lisbon in 2004 and completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, UK in 2008 under the supervision of Professor Ben Davis working on reaction engineering for site-selective protein modification. He then undertook postdoctoral work at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany under the guidance of Prof Peter Seeberger. He currently leads a research group at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK where he holds a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship. He also the Director of the Chemical Biology and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Unit at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. His research interests lie in the field of chemical biology, particularly in developing novel aqueous reactions for site-specific protein modification with the aim of using them to understand key biological processes and apply them to the construction of targeted therapeutics.

Guihua Yu

Guihua Yu is currently an Assistant Professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Harvard University (with Professor Charles M. Lieber) in 2009, after graduating from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in chemistry (summa cum laude) in 2003. Guihua did his postdoctoral research at Stanford University (2009-2012) with Professors Zhenan Bao, Yi Cui, and Eric Shaqfeh. His research focuses on rational design and synthesis of functional nanoscale materials, a fundamental understanding of their chemical and physical properties, and development of large-scale assembly and integration strategies to enable their technologically important applications in energy, electronics, environment and life sciences.

As part of the Lectureship, Gonçalo and Guihua will each present a lecture at three different locations over the coming year, with at least one of these events taking place at an international conference, where they will be also be formally presented with their Emerging Investigator Lectureship certificate. Details of their lectures will be announced in due course – keep an eye on the blog for details.

The Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship is an annual lectureship which recognises emerging scientists who have made a significant contribution to their research field.  For information on previous winners, see our past blog entries.

Read these recent articles by Gonçalo Bernardes and by Guihua Yu:

Natural product modulators of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels as potential anti-cancer agents
Tiago Rodrigues, Florian Sieglitz and Gonçalo J. L. Bernardes
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00916B, Tutorial Review
From themed collection 2016 Emerging Investigators

Construction of homogeneous antibody–drug conjugates using site-selective protein chemistry
Padma Akkapeddi, Saara-Anne Azizi, Allyson M. Freedy, Pedro M. S. D. Cal, Pedro M. P. Gois and Gonçalo J. L. Bernardes
Chem. Sci., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC00170J, Minireview

A chemistry and material perspective on lithium redox flow batteries towards high-density electrical energy storage
Yu Zhao, Yu Ding, Yutao Li, Lele Peng, Hye Ryung Byon, John B. Goodenough and Guihua Yu
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015,44, 7968-7996
DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00289C, Review Article

Nanostructured conductive polymers for advanced energy storage
Ye Shi, Lele Peng, Yu Ding, Yu Zhao and Guihua Yu
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015,44, 6684-6696
DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00362H, Tutorial Review

Watch out for our upcoming issue later this year: Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigators Issue 2016 – check out the online collection, new articles will be added as they are published

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2015 ChemSocRev Emerging Investigator Lectureship winner presents at Columbia University

Professor Walsh being awarded with his Lectureship.

The winner of this year’s ChemSocRev Emerging Investigator Lectureship, Professor Aron Walsh (University of Bath, UK) kicked off his Lectureship tour earlier this week by presenting a seminar on hybrid perovskites at Columbia University, USA. At this seminar, Aron was also awarded with his official Lectureship certificate and he was “very honoured to have been selected”.

Aron’s research is in the area of computational materials science and it focuses on developing novel functional materials with potential applications in energy conversion, storage and transport, and for the development of thermoelectric, ferroelectric and photovoltaic devices.  As part of his Lectureship tour, Aron will also present at the 43rd Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces in Palm Springs, USA on 17-21 January 2016, and give a special lecture at ETH Zurich, Switzerland  on 7 February 2016.

Also of interest: Take a look at our recent ChemSocRev themed collection on Applied Computational Chemistry, guest edited by Israel Fernández and Fernando P. Cossío.

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Aron Walsh announced as Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship winner 2015

On behalf of the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board, we are delighted to announce Professor Aron Walsh from the University of Bath as the winner of the 2015 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

Aron graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 and is currently Professor of Materials Theory at Bath’s Department of Chemistry. His group’s research involves the development and application of multi-scale techniques to model the properties of functional materials. On accepting the award, he commented, “It is an exciting time for computational materials chemistry. I am fortunate to be part of a vibrant community, to have a network of talented collaborators, and a wonderful research group. I will use this Lectureship to showcase our latest advances towards sustainable solar energy solutions.”

As part of his award, Aron will give a sponsored lecture at a selected international meeting, where he will be also be formally presented with his Emerging Investigator certificate. Details of his lecture will be announced in due course.

 The Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship is an annual lectureship which is given to recognise an emerging scientist who has made a significant contribution to their research field.  Nominations for the 2016 Lectureship will open later in the year – keep an eye on the blog for the details.

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Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2015 – nominations open

Chem Soc Rev is pleased to invite nominations for the 2015 Emerging Investigator Lectureship.  This annual lectureship is given to recognise an emerging scientist who has made a significant contribution to their research field.

Previous winners include:

photo of Peng Chen photo of Xile Hu photo of Xiaogang Liu
2014 – Peng Chen from the Peking University, Beijing, China
2013 – Xile Hu from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland
2012 – Xiaogang Liu from the National University of Singapore and Institute of Materials Research Engineering, A*STAR
2011 – Cristina Nevado from the University of Zurich in Switzerland
2010 – Shu-Hong Yu from the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei
2009 – Matt Gaunt from the University of Cambridge in the UK
2008 – Kazuya Kikuchi from Osaka University in Japan

Qualifying details

To be eligible for the Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship, the candidate should have completed their PhD on or after 15th September 2006.

Lectureship details

The winner of the lectureship will be asked to present a lecture at an international meeting.  The Chem Soc Rev Editorial Office will provide the sum of £1000 to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs.  The recipient will be presented with a certificate and will also be asked to contribute a review to the journal.

Nominations

Those wishing to make a nomination should send details of the nominee, including a brief CV together with a letter supporting the nomination, to the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Office by 15th December 2014.

Please note that self nomination is not permissible.

Following the close of nominations, nominees will be contacted and asked to summarise their key achievements and identify up to 5 of their top independent publications.  They will also be asked to highlight the impact of their work and discuss how their research has evolved from their previous supervisor’s.

Selection

The recipient of the lectureship will be selected and endorsed by the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board.

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Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship: Xile Hu

Professor Xile Hu, of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, was the winner of the Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2013

Professor Hu chose to give his award lecture at the recent EUCHEM Conference on Organic Free Radicals, which took place at the end of June. He was also presented with his Emerging Investigator certificate at the event.

Chris Barner-Kowollik (KIT) presents Xile Hu with his Emerging Investigator award certificate

Congratulations again to Professor Hu! 

The Emerging Investigator Lectureship is an annual award which recognises an emerging scientist who has made a significant contribution to their research field.  Nominations for the 2015 award will open later in the year – watch this space.

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Chem Soc Rev Chair wins the Supramolecular Chemistry Award

Philip Gale, chair of the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board, has won the 2014 Supramolecular Chemistry Award for his outstanding body of work on small organic molecules containing hydrogen bond donor arrays for selective guest complexation, and the design and study of minimalist anion transporters.

Supramolecular Chemistry Award 2014 WinnerPhil was delighted to receive this award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. “My group is working to find new ways of treating cancer and cystic fibrosis using anion transporters and I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of my students and post-docs has been recognised in this way,” he says.

We would like to congratulate Phil on this achievement and take this opportunity to thank him for his excellent contributions towards the Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship reviews journal, Chem Soc Rev which continues to publish high-impact, succinct and reader-friendly articles at the forefront of the chemical sciences.

Phil’s research paper, published in Chemical Science earlier this year , describes a new design principle for transmembrane anion carrier and is free* to access, so click the link below to download it in full.

Lipophilic balance – a new design principle for transmembrane anion carriers
Hennie Valkenier, Cally J. E. Haynes, Julie Herniman, Philip A. Gale and Anthony P. Davis
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC52962B

Phil has published several papers in RSC Journals this year including his most recent communication in Chem Comm on the tripodal molecules for the promotion of phosphoester hydrolysis. Many of his papers are free to download as they have been published via open access, you can visit his author archive to view the full collection.

All articles in the dedicated themed collection of papers celebrating the 2014 RSC Prize and Award winners are free* to access until 6th June.

*Access is free through a registered RSC account – click here to register

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