Archive for December, 2010

Merry Christmas from Faraday Discussions!

Important dates for 2011, take a look at next year’s Discussions:

Faraday Discussion 150: Frontiers in Spectroscopy
6 – 8 April 2011, Basel, Switzerland

Faraday Discussion 151: Hydrogen Storage Materials
18 – 20 April 2011, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxon, United Kingdom

Faraday Discussion 152: Gold
4 – 6 July 2011, Cardiff, UK

Faraday Discussion 153: Coherence and Control in Chemistry
25 – 27 July 2011, Leeds, UK

Faraday Discussion 154: Ionic Liquids
22 – 24 August 2011, Belfast, UK

Faraday Discussion 155: Artificial Photosynthesis
5 – 7 September 2011, Edinburgh, UK

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

The Faraday Discussions team

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FD148: Spectroscopy, Theory and Mechanism in Bioinorganic Chemistry

Just published, Faraday Discussion 148

Spectroscopy, Theory and Mechanism in Bioinorganic Chemistry

Hot Articles in this Volume

Relating dynamic protein interactions of metallochaperones with metal transfer at the single-molecule level
Jaime J. Benítez, Aaron M. Keller, David L. Huffman, Liliya A. Yatsunyk, Amy C. Rosenzweig and Peng Chen
Faraday Discuss., 2011, 148, 71-82

Prediction of nitroxide spin label EPR spectra from MD trajectories: application to myoglobin
Egidijus Kuprusevicius, Gaye White and Vasily S. Oganesyan
Faraday Discuss., 2011, 148, 283-298

Development of an infrared spectroscopic approach for studying metalloenzyme active site chemistry under direct electrochemical control
Adam J. Healy, Holly A. Reeve and Kylie A. Vincent
Faraday Discuss., 2011, 148, 345-357

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Top Ten most-read Faraday Discussions articles in October

The latest top ten most accessed Faraday Discussions articles

See the most-read papers of October 2010 here:

P. F. Barker, S. M. Purcell, P. Douglas, P. Barletta, N. Coppendale, C. Maher-McWilliams and J. Tennyson, Faraday Discuss., 2009, 142, 175-190, DOI: 10.1039/B819079H
Zhi-You Zhou, Na Tian, Zhi-Zhong Huang, De-Jun Chen and Shi-Gang Sun, Faraday Discuss., 2009, 140, 81-92
DOI: 10.1039/B803716G
Liangliang Cao and Di Gao, Faraday Discuss., 2010, 146, 57-65
DOI: 10.1039/C003392H
Christopher D. Daub, Jihang Wang, Shobhit Kudesia, Dusan Bratko and Alenka Luzar, Faraday Discuss., 2010, 146, 67-77
DOI: 10.1039/B927061M
Mathilde Reyssat, Denis Richard, Christophe Clanet and David Quéré, Faraday Discuss., 2010, 146, 19-33
DOI: 10.1039/C000410N
Peter J. Rossky, Faraday Discuss., 2010, 146, 13-18
DOI: 10.1039/C005270C
Maria D’Acunzi, Lena Mammen, Maninderjit Singh, Xu Deng, Marcel Roth, Günter K. Auernhammer, Hans-Jürgen Butt and Doris Vollmer, Faraday Discuss., 2010, 146, 35-48
DOI: 10.1039/B925676H
Guillaume Stirnemann, Peter J. Rossky, James T. Hynes and Damien Laage, Faraday Discuss., 2010, 146, 263-281
DOI: 10.1039/B925673C
Malte U. Hammer, Travers H. Anderson, Aviel Chaimovich, M. Scott Shell and Jacob Israelachvili, Faraday Discuss., 2010, 146, 299-308, DOI: 10.1039/B926184B
Joseph W. Krumpfer and Thomas J. McCarthy, Faraday Discuss., 2010, 146, 103-111
DOI: 10.1039/B925045J
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Interview with Sason Shaik: The magic of chemistry

Sason Shaik talks to Yuandi Li about doing chemistry in an aircraft shelter, inspiring youngsters and the importance for chemists to sell themselves

Sason Shaik

Sason Shaik is professor of chemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He is well known as a proponent of valence bond theory, has contributed much to its revival and is also noted for his work on charge shift and ferromagnetic bonding. He is an avid promoter of chemistry and gives public lectures about its importance.

What inspired you to get into chemistry?

From an early age, I started taking an interest in chemistry. I have no idea why – my parents didn’t buy me a kit and there was nothing to push me in this direction. I simply went to pharmacies and photography stores where you could buy all kinds of chemicals and I started mixing them. Most of the time I didn’t know what I was doing because I had not yet learnt any chemistry, but I was fascinated by colour changes, or what I call the ‘magic of chemistry’. My interest became stronger when I started learning chemistry because I had very good teachers.

You had the chance to pursue writing, which is also something you enjoy. Have you ever thought what might have happened if you’d taken that route?

I don’t know. I still write poetry and I publish some. The other possibility is that I would have been a writer, because I like expressing myself in an accurate way. In poetry, you have to say something in a single phrase, you can’t waste words. So I guess either a writer or a poet. But probably I’m a better chemist.

You have mentioned that your poetry is something you feel has benefited your research. Why is that?

Well, I think in poetry, you really have to have tremendous insight about whatever you’re writing, because you have to express something in four or five short lines. And this is something that I find myself trying to exercise in my science. This is also how ideas come to me when I think about complex problems. My brain has learnt somehow to summarise the final outcome of my thinking in terms of a sentence and I will go and check it. Also, my thinking is very visual and mathematical equations speak to me via molecules and molecular motions. In poetry you’re playing with imagery and a way to express it so everyone can feel what you feel.

You can find the whole interview here


Have a look at Sason’s recent articles in PCCP and Faraday Discussions

Water as biocatalyst in cytochrome P450

Devesh Kumar, Ahmet Altun, Sason Shaik and Walter Thiel

Faraday Discuss., 2011, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C004950F

Valence bond all the way: From the degenerate H-exchange to cytochrome P450

Sason Shaik

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 8706-8720

Valence bond modelling and density functional theory calculations of reactivity and mechanism of cytochrome P450 enzymes: thioether sulfoxidation

Sason Shaik, Yong Wang, Hui Chen, Jinshuai Song and Rinat Meir

Faraday Discuss., 2010, 145, 49-70

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