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Chem Soc Rev Oral Presentation Prize for the 2nd Early Career Researchers Meeting of the RSC–Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group

Dr Guillaume De Bo (left) presenting the Chem Soc Rev prize to Aisha Bismillah (right).

The 2nd Early Career Researchers Meeting of the RSC-Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (RSC-MASC) Group took place on 27th July 2018 at the University of Manchester, UK. This one-day symposium was organised by Dr. Guillaume De Bo (University of Manchester) and was attended by PhD students and post-doctoral researchers within the supramolecular field.

The meeting consisted of fifteen selected talks from submitted abstracts, and all attendees were invited to present a poster. The day ended with a plenary lecture by Professor Anthony Davis (University of Bristol) on ‘Biomimetic Carbohydrate Recognition:  The Host-Guest Chemistry of Carbohydrates in Water’.

Chem Soc Rev was proud to sponsor this successful symposium. Aisha Bismillah (Durham University) was awarded the Chem Soc Rev oral presentation prize for her talk on ‘Shape-Selective Crystallisation of Fluxional Carbon Cages’.

 

Congratulations Aisha from everyone at Chem Soc Rev!

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

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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Rafal Klajn: Winner of the Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2017

On behalf of the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board, we are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship – Rafal Klajn from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Our warmest congratulations to Rafal!

Rafal was born in Poland, where he completed his undergraduate studies. He was awarded his PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2009 at Northwestern University, where he worked with Professors Bartosz A Grzybowski and Sir J Fraser Stoddart on fabricating new hybrid materials incorporating inorganic nanoparticles and molecular switches. For his doctoral research, he was awarded the 2008 International Precious Metals Institute Student Award, the 2010 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, and the 2013 Victor K. LaMer Award from the American Chemical Society.

Rafal Klajn

He began his independent research career in November 2009 at the Department of Organic Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor directly after obtaining his PhD degree. Since then, 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 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 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 Emerging Investigator Lectureship certificate. Details of his lectures will be announced in due course – keep an eye on the blog for details.

Read these Open Access articles by Rafal Klajn:

Spiropyran-based dynamic materials
Rafal Klajn
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 148-184
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60181A, Review Article,  Open Access

Dual-responsive nanoparticles that aggregate under the simultaneous action of light and CO2
Ji-Woong Lee and Rafal Klajn
Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 2036-2039
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC08541H, Communication,  Open Access

Magnetic field-induced self-assembly of iron oxide nanocubes
Gurvinder Singh, Henry Chan, T. Udayabhaskararao, Elijah Gelman, Davide Peddis, Artem Baskin, Gregory Leitus, Petr Král and Rafal Klajn
Faraday Discuss., 2015, 181, 403-421
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00265B, Paper,  Open Access
From themed collection Nanoparticle Synthesis and Assembly

Controlling the lifetimes of dynamic nanoparticle aggregates by spiropyran functionalization
Pintu K. Kundu, Sanjib Das, Johannes Ahrens and Rafal Klajn
Nanoscale, 2016,8, 19280-19286
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR05959G, Paper,  Open Access

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.  Nominations for the 2018 Lectureship will open later in the year – keep an eye on the blog for details, and read more about our previous winners.

2016:     Gonçalo Bernardes from the University of Cambridge, UK

      Guihua Yu from the University of Texas at Austin, USA

2015:     Aron Walsh from the University of Bath, UK

2014:     Peng Chen from Peking University, Beijing, China

2013:     Xile Hu from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

2012:     Xiaogang Liu from the National University of Singapore and Institute of Materials Research Engineering, A*STAR, Singapore

2011:     Cristina Nevado from the University of Zurich, Switzerland

2010:     Shu-Hong Yu from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

2009:     Matt Gaunt from the University of Cambridge, UK

2008:     Kazuya Kikuchi from Osaka University, Japan

Read our excellent 2016 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigators themed issue and watch out for our upcoming Emerging Investigators issue next year.

 

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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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