2015 Winners of the New Journal of Chemistry Poster Prize

Profiles of the 5 NJC Poster Prize winners in 2015 and their award-winning work are presented.

New Journal of Chemistry is delighted to present the five winners of the NJC poster prizes awarded in 2015.

WGidt - NJC Poster prize 2015Wjatscheslaw Gidt (Ph.D. student working in the group of Prof. Helmut Sitzmann at the Technischen Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany) received the award at the 13th Ferrocene Colloquium (held in Leipzig last winter) for his poster entitled “Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity of the Chromium Complexes [4CpCrX]2 (X = OAc, Cl, I, OTf)”.

His study shows that paramagnetic cyclopentadienylmetal halides of nickel, cobalt and iron, with bulky alkylcyclopentadienyl ligands, are very reactive starting materials for the formation of novel organometallic compounds capable of carbon-carbon bond formation or cleavage.


This summer, at the International Conference on Advanced Inorganic Complex Nanomaterials held in Namur, Belgium, two young scientists were honoured.SoraChoi - NJC Poster prize 2015

Sora Choi (Ph.D. student under the supervision of Prof. Moonhyun Oh at the Yonsei University, Korea) won a poster prize for her work “Structural and Morphological Transformation of Metal-Organic Frameworks via Destruction and Reconstruction Pathways” in which she reports the structural and morphological transformations of three-dimensional Kagome-like structured hexagonal lumps (In-MIL-68, [In(OH)(BDC)]n) with blunted ends, into three-dimensional quartz structured hexagonal rods (QMOF-2, [InH(BDC)2]n) with pointed ends.

CedricMarien - NJC Poster prize 2015

Cédric Marien (Ph.D. student with Didier Robert at the University of Strasbourg, France and the INRS, Canada) received the award for his research that aims to develop TiO2 based nanostructures for the photo(electro)catalytic removal of organic compounds in water. His poster “Removal of organic pollutants by photocatalysis with TiO2 nanotubes” reported TiO2 nanotubes electrochemically grown on titanium foils. The study shows that the photocatalytic activity of the tubes depends on their morphology, particularly on the internal diameter and wall thickness.


The XIII International Symposium on Bioinorganic Chemistry held in Karpacz, Poland, in September, also revealed two young talented chemists.

KSokolowski- NJC Poster prize 2015The award-winning poster of Kamil Sokołowski (postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in the research group of Prof. Janusz Lewiński), entitled “Bio-inspired fixation of CO2 on organozinc hydoxides: efficient routes to novel nanomaterials based on zinc carbonates”, summarized his Ph.D. project. The presented research demonstrated that carbon dioxide in combination with well-defined organozinc hydroxides of the type [RZnOH]n or [(R)xZny(L)z(OH)n], can be successfully utilized for the formation of novel molecular organozinc carbonates, as well as meso- and microporous materials with unique physicochemical properties. The studies underline the great potential of simple organozinc precursors featuring CO2-reactive Zn–OH groups and proton-reactive Zn–C bonds for the design of new functional materials based on zinc carbonate components.

Joanna_Watly - NJC Poster prize 2015Joanna Wątły (Ph.D. student under the supervision of Prof. Henryk Kozlowski at the University of Wroclaw, Poland) was also recognised for her work, “The Impact of the Cu(II) Coordination on the Structural and Thermodynamic Properties of Poly-His Peptides”, in which she studied the coordination of Cu(II) with (His)6-tag peptide (used in IMAC chromatography) and peptide fragments from snake venoms. The results showed that all studied peptides have a high affinity towards Cu(II) ions. Formation of an α-helical structure induced by metal-ion coordination and the occurrence of polymorphic binding states is very characteristic for these peptides, but the most interesting results were obtained for a snake venom peptide fragment with nine histidine residues. The specific role of these nine His residues in venom is unknown, but this peptide may play a key role in the interaction with metal ions and consequently in the inhibition of the snake metalloproteases.

Congratulations to all five winners !

We wish them continuing success in their research and send them our best wishes for 2016!

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One Response to “2015 Winners of the New Journal of Chemistry Poster Prize”

  1. sun says:

    the paper: Synergistic effects of Zn and Pd species in TiO2 towards efficient photo-reduction of CO2 into CH4 : New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 483
    have many academic misconduct problems.
    1 All of this the data in the paper is done by limei guo, I have attached the doctoral dissertation of limei guo for confirmation. The doctoral dissertation of limei guo is written in Chinese, the part is red is all the data for New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 483, these data was done by limei guo 4 years ago. yanlong yu and zijian lan did not do any experiments.
    2 This manuscript (New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 483) contains the same set of data (for Zn) as Separation and Purification Technology 171 (2016) 118–122. Actually, these paper are all from limei guo’s doctoral thesis. They just have written two papers using the same set of data.
    3 Please see these papers, as far as I know, they only have five kind of datas: Pd, Zn, Mn, Cu, C. They use combination method to “build” papers.
    New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 483
    Improved photocatalytic activity of TiO2 modified with unique O–Zn–Cl surface species
    Enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO 2–Cu/C with regulation and matching of energy levels by carbon and copper for photoreduction of CO 2 into CH 4
    Adjustment and Matching of Energy Band of TiO2-Based Photocatalysts by Metal Ions (Pd, Cu, Mn) for Photoreduction of CO2 into CH4
    Modification of Pd and Mn on the Surface of TiO2 with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity for Photoreduction of CO2 into CH4
    TiO 2–Pd/C composited photocatalyst with improved photocatalytic activity for photoreduction of CO 2 into CH 4
    4 In this paper: Synergistic effects of Zn and Pd species in TiO2 towards efficient photo-reduction of CO2 into CH4 : New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 483, the DFT calculation is done by pirated Materials Studio software. The pirated software was dowloaded from muchong.com/bbs/.
    5 As far as I know, in the peer review process of this manuscript: New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 483, one of the reviewers(Ying Ma, Huazhong University of Science and Technology) is a friend of the corresponding author, they have published some papers together before(Langmuir 2003, 19, 3001-3005).

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