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Register now for Dalton Discussion 13

There’s still just time to submit a poster for Inorganic Photophysics and Photochemistry – Fundamentals and Applications: Dalton Discussion 13. The deadline date is 6 July.

The fields of photophysics and photochemistry of metal complexes – and their associated spectroscopic methodology – have never been more topical. This Discussion will bring together people from a wide range of disciplines, from theory and ultrafast spectroscopy to medicinal chemistry and biology, but all with a shared interest in the use of light.

Registration is quick and simple via our online booking system, so act today and benefit from early bird savings.

Taking part in this Dalton Discussion is a great way to get your own research work better known. You can also have your own poster abstract space at the meeting – submit yours now.

I will be attending the Discussion and would love to meet you, so come and join this timely and thought-provoking discussion and hear speakers who are among the key scientists in the field. Contributions from all photophysics-based disciplines will be welcome.

Also of interest: The RSC’s policy report on Solar Fuels and Artificial Photosynthesis: Science and innovation to change our future energy options

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Upcoming Conference: Eurobic 2012

The 11th European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (Eurobic 11) will be in Granada, Spain, from September 12-16, 2012.

The sessions will take place in the Conference Centre of Granada, in a beautiful part of the city within a few minutes walking distance to local hotels. The event is being hosted by the Inorganic Chemistry Department at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Granada, under the auspices of the University of Granada (UGR).

The conference will cover all topics of biological inorganic chemistry and includes lectures from the following plenary speakers

John H. Dawson, University of South Carolina, USA
Henryk Kozlowski, University of Wroclaw, Poland
Luis Liz Marzan, University of Vigo, Spain
Claudio Luchinat, University of Florence
Juan Manuel García Ruiz, Granada, Spain
Roland K.O. Sigel, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Montserrat Filella, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Thomas Hamelryck, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Michael John Hannon, University of Birmingham, UK

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Registration to the conference is still open and you can find out more details by visiting the Eurobic11 website.

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95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition

May 25th 2012, and Calgary welcomed chemists from Canada and further afield to the 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC2012).   With the Canadian Rockies providing a stunning backdrop, and with blue skies and glorious sunshine, the city was the perfect venue for this gathering.

About 2000 chemists arrived in Calgary to share research, catch up with old acquaintances and make new friends.  This was my third CSC meeting, and the conference is a highlight of my year. I therefore was not expecting the question I was asked at immigration; ‘Why would you travel all the way to Calgary from the UK to attend a conference?’ ‘He’s clearly not been to a CSC meeting’, I thought to myself as I collected my passport back and entered Canada, looking forward to my next few days at the conference.

Calgary Tower

Calgary Tower

The CSC meeting covers all branches of chemistry however, I attended mainly for the inorganic sessions.  The meeting programme provided an excellent range of inorganic themes, including hydrogen activation, physical methods for coordination chemistry, main group chemistry, solar fuels, metals in biology, ligand design, inorganic molecular modelling, optical and electronic materials, solid state chemistry, and catalysis. Reflecting the impact that inorganic chemistry has on many different areas of chemical research, 9 of these symposia were arranged jointly with other Canadian Society for Chemistry divisions. Two chemists were honoured at CSC2012 by Symposia in their name: Barry Lever and Howard Alper.

Of course, the conference was not all hard work and there was some hard partying as well!  Highlights included the Bruker event on Sunday night and, my favourite, the inorganic mixer on Tuesday night (which Dalton Transactions sponsored). I even found time during my stay in Calgary to have dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Calgary Tower!

Keeping up with the conference was helped by a number of people using Twitter to spread the excitement of the event (#CSC2012 if you want to take a look on Twitter), and Twitter was used to good effect. Anyone not able to attend could get the flavour of the meeting from the tweets, and those at the meeting could make sure they did not miss out on anything that had just been announced (free frisbees available in the Exhibition!). The organisers also posted photos from the conference on Flickr.

The Canadian Chemistry Conference is an excellent showcase for the best inorganic chemical research taking place in Canada and this year’s meeting provided an enjoyable and stimulating five days. Credit and thanks are due to the conference chair, Warren Piers (University of Calgary) and the other members of the organising committee for all their hard work and efforts in putting together an excellent programme of scientific and social events. I am looking forward to seeing what next year’s meeting in Quebec City brings!

Don’t miss these two inorganic conferences in Canada in July

6th International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry

Challenges in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (ISACS8)

To get a flavour of CSC meeting, take a look at these recent articles from some of the delegates at the conference.

Cycloruthenated sensitizers: improving the dye-sensitized solar cell with classical inorganic chemistry principles
Kiyoshi C. D. Robson, Paolo G. Bomben and Curtis P. Berlinguette
Dalton Trans., 2012, Advance Article
DOI=10.1039/C2DT30825H

Synthesis and reactivity of 2-azametallacyclobutanes
Alexander Dauth and Jennifer A. Love
Dalton Trans., 2012, Advance Article
DOI=10.1039/C2DT30639E

Non-innocent ligand behaviour of a bimetallic Cu complex employing a bridging catecholate
Tim J. Dunn, Linus Chiang, Caterina F. Ramogida, Michael I. Webb, Didier Savard, Miyuki Sakaguchi, Takashi Ogura, Yuichi Shimazaki and Tim Storr
Dalton Trans., 2012, Advance Article
DOI=10.1039/C2DT30444A

Rigid NON- and NSN-ligand complexes of tetravalent and trivalent uranium: comparison of U–OAr2 and U–SAr2 bonding
Balamurugan Vidjayacoumar, Sougandi Ilango, Matthew J. Ray, Terry Chu, Kristopher B. Kolpin, Nicholas R. Andreychuk, Carlos A. Cruz, David J. H. Emslie, Hilary A. Jenkins and James F. Britten
Dalton Trans., 2012, Advance Article
DOI=10.1039/C2DT30247K

Heterobimetallic lanthanide–gold coordination polymers: structure and emissive properties of isomorphous [nBu4N]2[Ln(NO3)4Au(CN)2] 1-D chains
Ryan J. Roberts, Xiaobo Li, Tye F. Lacey, Zhong Pan, Howard H. Patterson and Daniel B. Leznoff
Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 6992-6997
DOI=10.1039/C2DT30156C

Ni(II), Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes of PNP and PSP tridentate amino–phosphine ligands
Michael J. Sgro and Douglas W. Stephan
Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 6791-6802
DOI=10.1039/C2DT30373F

Were you at the CSC meeting? Share your stories of the conference with us in the comments below.

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6th International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry

We are pleased to invite you to ISBOMC12 which will be held at the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. UTSC is one of the three sister campuses making up the University of Toronto (St. George, Scarborough and Mississauga). The conference covers all aspects of bioorganometallic chemistry and includes lectures from these keynote speakers.

Kay Severin
Shunsaku Kimura
Takashi Hayashi
Bernhard K. Keppler
Rudolf K. Thauer
Peter Sadler

There is still time to register and submit an abstract; the deadline is March 31, so hurry!

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RSC Solid State Chemistry Group Christmas Meeting

This year’s meeting was a great success and we are proud to announce the winner of the Dalton Transactions Poster Prize was John Clark from the University of Bath. His poster detailed research into new lithium battery technology working with Grahame Gardiner and M. Saiful Islam and was titled ‘Lithium Ion Transport and Defect Chemistry of Mixed-Metal Phosphate Materials for Lithium Battery Applications’. Well done John.

This was the 31st RSC solid state meeting, you can find out more about the group by visiting their webpage or joining them at MyRSC.

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3rd Dalton Transactions International Symposium – Bioinorganic Chemistry

Banner for Dalton Transactions Symposium

The 3rd Dalton Transactions International Symposium was held at Osaka University and International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) at Kyushu University, Japan from the 14th-16th November. The aim of the event was to bring together scientists from around the world to discuss the exciting and ever expanding subject of bioinorganic chemistry and the symposium certainly delivered!

The conference began at Osaka University with a lecture titled ‘Reactivity of Mononuclear Copper Active-Oxygen Complexes’, by Shinobu Itoh (Osaka University) who examined the catalytic mechanism of the copper monooxygenases. This was followed by an overview of ligand design and metal complexes for use as diagnostic tools and therapeutic agents by Chris Orvig (University of British Columbia, Canada). Shun Hirota (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan) gave an insightful look into ‘Structural Changes of Metalloproteins and Metal-Peptide Complexes’ before we briefly broke for lunch. Rejuvenated, Erwin Reisner (University of Cambridge, UK) spoke on solar fuel-producing hybrid systems and the prospects for replacing enzymes with synthetic catalysts, he was followed by Takashi Hayashi (Osaka University) speaking on the ‘Construction of Supramolecular Hemoprotein Self-Assembly Systems’. Nils Metzler-Nolte (Ruhr University, Germany) began the final session of the day with a talk on ’Bioorganometallic Chemistry: Synthetic Strategies and Biomedical Applications for Metal-Peptide Bioconjugates’ with some interesting results on cell delivery and organelle localisation. The day in Osaka was then concluded by Kazuya Kikuchi (Osaka University) discussing his work into designing fluorogenetic labelling systems.

Professors Seiji Ogo, Yoshio Hisaeda, Tsutomu Katsuki and Dr Jamie Humphrey

Professor Seiji Ogo, Professor Yoshio Hisaeda, Dr Jamie Humphrey and Professor Tsutomu Katsuki enjoying dinner in Fukuoka

The Symposium then moved onto Fukuoka on Kyushu island, to 12CNER at Kyushu University, where the day was opened with a welcome by the Director of 12CNER, Professor Petros Sofronis. The scientific sessions began with Seiji Ogo (I2CNER, Kyushu University), who discussed his research into an [NiFe]hydrogenase mimic as a potential catalyst for electron extraction from hydrogen. Research into a range of novel nanomaterials containing Vitamin B12 activity was then discussed by Yoshio Hisaeda (Kyushu University). The bioinspired system his team have developed works under irradiation with visible light and can be applied to the degradation of organic halide pollutants. Chris Orvig, Erwin Reisner and Nils Metzler-Nolte were able to maximise their contribution to the symposium by joining us again at Kyushu University and sharing their expertise in their fields. The event was then rounded off by two excellent discussions; Yoshinori Naruta’s (Kyushu University) lecture on ‘Oxygen Activation with Bio-Inspired Molecular Catalysts’ and ‘Oxygen Atom Transfer and Dehydrogenation Reactions using Molecular Oxygen as Oxidant’ presented by Tsutomu Katsuki (Kyushu University).

The symposium was a great event for which we owe much thanks and gratitude to the local hosts, in particular Dalton Transactions Regional Associate Editor Shinobu Itoh, in Osaka and Advisory Board member Profesor Seiji Ogo in Fukuoka and all the speakers.  For more information about the symposium, including a full programme about the 2 day event see the website.

On the topicof one of the topics covered by the Symposium, next year Dalton Transactions will be publishing a themed issue ‘Application of inorganic chemistry for non-cancer therapeutics’, with guest editor Professor Kathy Franz (Duke University, NC, USA).

Some recent Dalton Perspectives which may also be of interest include

Approaches to efficient molecular catalyst systems for photochemical H2 production using [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site mimics, Mei Wang, Lin Chen, Xueqiang Li and Licheng Sun, Dalton Trans., 2011, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C1DT11166C

Synthesis and bio-functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles for medical diagnosis and treatment Thomas D. Schladt, Kerstin Schneider, Hansjörg Schild and Wolfgang Tremel,Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 6315-6343, DOI: 10.1039/C0DT00689K

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Challenges in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (ISACS8)

We are proud to announce that the International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (ISACS) series will return in 2012 to include Challenges in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (ISACS8) on 19 – 22 July in Toronto, Canada.

A range of topics will be covered including catalysis, organometallic chemistry, porous materials, main group chemistry, magnetism and materials for energy.

Full details surrounding the confirmed speakers and abstract submission process can be found on the dedicated webpage for this significant global conference.

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Poster prize winner Dr Subash Sahoo at the ACC3

We are very pleased to report that at the 3rd Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ACC-3), Dr Subash Sahoo, from the group of Prof. Rahul Banerjee of the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, was awarded the Dalton Transactions poster prize! His winning poster focussed on chiral coordination networks and proton conductivity along helical chains of hydrogen-bonded water molecules. More details of the conference can be found here.

Professor P. K. Bharadwaj (left) accepting the poster prize on behalf of Dr Subash Sahoo. The prize was awarded by Professor Mike Ward (right), Editor-in-Chief of RSC Advances

 

Dr Sahoo was awarded a Dalton Transactions certificate and a copy of the book Coordination polymers: design, analysis and application, which unfortunately he could not receive in person, but was accepted on his behalf by Prof. P. K. Bharadwaj.

The RSC Advances poster prize was awarded to Sandeep Kumar Dey for his poster on anion binding and host-guest chemistry with tripodal ligands, details for which can be found on the RSC Advances Blog.

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News from the 3rd Erlangen Symposium

Some of the speakers at Erlangen

Congratulations to Florian Pfaff from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany winner of the Dalton Transactions poster prize at the 3rd Erlangen Symposium earlier this month!

The symposium, organised by Professor Karsten Meyer, covered the topic of Redox-Active Metal Complexes: Control of Reactivity via Molecular Architecture and took place in from October 5th–October 8th, 2011 in Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg in the north of Bavaria.

Professor Dan Nocera at a poster session

Redox-active metal complexes are central to many fundamental processes that involve redox transformations of small molecules of industrial and biological relevance, like H2O, N2, NO, H2, O2, CO, and CO2. Research devoted to identifying and mimicking the “structure-function” relationships, which govern the metal complex catalyzed reactions, is essential in order to design novel species capable of catalyzing industrially relevant small molecule transformations.

Speakers included Dan Nocera, Geoff Cloke, Kenneth Karlin, Wonwoo Nam, Paul Chirik, Serena DeBeer, Felix Castellano, Hiroyuki Kawaguchi, Lechoslaw Latos-Grazynski, Frank Neese, Moritz Sokolowski, Felix Tuczek, Michael Wasielewski and Jeremy Smith. This conference aimed to bring together international junior and senior experts to report on and discuss their current research in this field. The conference delegates also had the opportunity to see more of Bavaria on the social activities and of course, to sample the local beer!

More information on the meeting can be found here. And why not also find out more about some of the symposium’s speakers:

The latest ChemComm Highlight from Dan Nocera:
Photocatalytic hydrogen production
Thomas S. Teets and Daniel G. Nocera
Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 9268-9274 DOI: 10.1039/C1CC12390D

Geoff Cloke’s recent themed issue:
Dalton Transactions Themed Issue on ‘New horizons in organo-f-block chemistry guest edited by Geoff Cloke.

Kenneth Karlin and Wonwoo Nam:
Spectroscopic and computational characterization of CuII–OOR (R = H or cumyl) complexes bearing a Me6-tren ligand
Yu Jin Choi, Kyung-Bin Cho, Minoru Kubo, Takashi Ogura, Kenneth D. Karlin, Jaeheung Cho and Wonwoo Nam
Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 2234-2241, DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01036G, Paper
This article features in the recent themed issue New Talent: Asia

Find out more about Jeremy Smith in this recent Chemistry World interview

Check out Karsten’s recent Chemical Science Edge Article:
Activation of elemental S, Se and Te with uranium(III): bridging U–E–U (E = S, Se) and diamond-core complexes U–(E)2–U (E = O, S, Se, Te)
Oanh P. Lam, Frank W. Heinemann and Karsten Meyer
Chem. Sci., 2011, 2, 1538-1547 DOI: 10.1039/C1SC00151E

Paul Chirik’s latest Dalton Trans. article:
Cyclisation of α,ω-dienes promoted by bis(indenyl)zirconium sandwich and ansa-titanocene dinitrogen complexes
Doris Pun, Donald J. Knobloch, Emil Lobkovsky and Paul J. Chirik
Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 7737-7747 DOI: 10.1039/C1DT10149

Were you at the meeting yourself? Or perhaps you also work on redox-active metal complexes? Tell us about your experience by posting a comment on this blog post below…..

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RSC Solid State Group Christmas Meeting 2011

The RSC Solid State Group will be hosting its 31st Christmas meeting  on 19th – 20th December 2011 at the University of Liverpool.

For more information about the groups activities visit their webpage or find them on MyRSC.

Invited talks will be given by Prof. Paul Attfield (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Martin Dove (Queen Mary, University of London), Dr Andrew Goodwin (University of Oxford) and Dalton Transactions Associate Editor, Prof. Russell Morris (University of St. Andrews).

Abstracts are invited for both oral and poster presentations and the deadline for abstract submission is 11th November.  Further information can be found here:

http://www.liv.ac.uk/chemistry/conferences/ssg/index.html

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