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NJC Editor-in-Chief Wais Hosseini wins Joseph-Achille Le Bel Award

Editor-in-Chief Professor Mir Wais Hosseini is one of two recipients of the the Grand Prix Joseph-Achille Le Bel Award, 2016 in recognition of his remarkable discoveries in supramolecular chemistry. The prize is awarded annually and recognises French chemists whose work have achieved international acclaim.

After starting his scientific career under the direction of Jean-Marie Lehn, Professor Hosseini created his own laboratory and focussed his research towards molecular tectonics’ which corresponds to large-scale (millimeter) molecular architectures in the solid state by self-assembling “tectons”. The formation of these non-covalent assemblages involves three types of interactions: coordination bonds, combinations of directional hydrogen bonds and electrostatic interactions, and van der Waals interactions. Their structure can be controlled and programmed according to one, two or even three dimensions by coding information at the tecton level.

His work has brought a major breakthrough in the field of supramolecular chemistry and the study of self-assembly processes as well developing compounds that can be regarded as a new generation of coordination polymers in the crystalline state. His work on “molecular tectonics” has been carried out for more than twenty years in his laboratory and has resulted in an international recognition of his team.

Professor Hosseini has also been the recipient of the CWS Organic Chemistry and Co-ordination Chemistry Prizes and the CNRS Silver Medal in 2011. His international recognition was rewarded by the European Academy of Sciences in 2004 and by the Academia Europaea in 2006.

The NJC Editorial office sends its congratulations to Professor Hosseini on receiving this prestigious award.

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Christina Moberg elected as President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Graphical AbstractProfessor Christina Moberg (Editorial Board Member, New Journal of Chemistry),  was recently elected as the new President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Upon her election as President in July, Professor Moberg said:
As the new President, I see one important task being to emphasise the significance of basic science in social development. There is a risk that we concentrate too many resources on contemporary problems, forgetting that the primary task of scholarly research is to find solutions for as yet unidentified questions, thus fulfilling the needs of future generations

Graphical AbstractProfessor Moberg’s own research, at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH focuses on organic chemistry.

In 1998, Professor Moberg was awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize in Chemistry, for her achievements in synthetic organic chemistry, particularly for the methods with which she succeeded in solving the problem of dangerous mirror forms of molecules. She has also received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Science at Lund University.

Source: http://www.kva.se/en/pressroom/Press-releases-2014/ny-preses-och-standig-sekreterare

Please join us in congratulating Professor Moberg on her new appointment!

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Programs of the NJC Symposia in Canada (June 2015)

The 4th series of NJC Symposia: New Directions in Chemistry is just two weeks away. Be sure to register now to meet the editors and Editorial Board of NJC during one of the three days on our schedule.


Dates:

June 2 at the Université de Montréal (Host: Professor Davit ZARGARIAN) Pavillon J-A Bombardier, Salle 1035

June 3 at McGill University (Host: Professor Robin ROGERS) Otto Maass Chemistry Bldg, Room 217

June 5 at York University (Host: Professor Gino LAVOIE) Lassonde Bldg, Auditorium C

Each day-long symposium begins at 9 am. The detailed scientific programs are given below (click on an image to see a larger view).

These symposia are free and open to all interested persons. You are kindly asked to register (so that we know how many of you to expect for coffee). Once on the Announcement page, you can click on the name of the university where you wish to attend the symposium. You will then be connected to the EventBrite website to order your free ticket.

New Journal of Chemistry 2015 Symposium

Program of the NJC Symposium at University of Montreal on June 2nd

New Journal of Chemistry 2015 Symposium

Program of the NJC Symposium at McGill University on June 3rd

New Journal of Chemistry 2015 Symposium

Program of the NJC Symposium at York University on June 5th

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Announcing the 2015 NJC Symposia in Canada

After Alsace, China and Sweden, the 4th NJC Symposia will take place in eastern Canada in June 2015. Three one-day events are scheduled, during which NJC board members and invited guest speakers will present their work around the theme of New Directions in Chemistry.

Please join us to meet…
Members of the NJC Editorial Board who will be participating in the 2015 NJC Symposia are:
Editor-in-Chief Professor Mir Wais HOSSEINI (University of Strasbourg, France)
Associate Editor Professor Peter JUNK (James Cook University, Australia)
Professor Len BARBOUR (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Professor Debbie CRANS (Colorado State University, USA)
Professor Takashi KATO (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Professor Christina MOBERG (KTH, Stockholm, Sweden)
Professor Sijbren OTTO (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Professor Dai-Wen PANG (Wuhan University, China)
NJC Managing Editor Dr Denise PARENT (CNRS, Montpellier, France) will also be present.

Dates:
June 2 at the Université de Montréal (Host: Professor Davit ZARGARIAN)
June 3 at McGill University (Host: Professor Robin ROGERS)
June 5 at York University (Host: Professor Gino LAVOIE)
The scientific programs will be available soon. Please check this blog in about two weeks.

These symposia are free and open to all interested persons. You are kindly asked to register (so that we know how many of you to expect) by clicking on the name of the university in the table below—where you wish to attend the symposium. (You will be connected to the EventBrite website to order your free ticket.)

Université de Montréal McGill University York University
June 2 June 3 June 5
Université de Montréal Logo McGill University Logo

We all look forward to meeting you in Montréal or Toronto in June!

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NJC Editor-in-Chief recipient of award in macrocyclic chemistry

Mir Wais Hosseini, Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Strasbourg and at the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) has been honoured with the 2014 Izatt Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry. Professor Hosseini was presented with the award at the 9th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, held in Shanghai in June 2014.

Presentation of the Izatt-Christensen award at the 2014 ISMSC meeting.

Presentation of the 2014 Izatt-Christensen Award to Mir Wais Hosseini (middle), flanked by ISMSC-9 Chair Zhanting Li (Fudan University) and former recipient Makoto Fujita (The University of Tokyo).

This award, given to the top macrocyclic chemist in the world as selected by his/(her) peers, is sponsored by IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. and is awarded yearly. Professor Hosseini received the award for his work in molecular tectonics and molecular machines. He joins a prestigous group of chemists working in the broad area of macrocyclic chemistry, including his Strasbourg colleague Jean-Pierre Sauvage, who received the first Izatt Christensen Award in 1991.

An overview (in French) of the research topics studied in Professor Hosseini’s group can be found on his laboratory website.

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Update for the NJC Symposia in Sweden

Last announcement! The 3rd series of NJC Symposia: New Directions in Chemistry will take place in May 2014. These symposia are being organised with the collaboration of KTH in Stockholm and Lund University. The NJC Board and editors are being hosted by Profs Mikael Lindström and Christina Moberg at KTH and Prof. Ola Wendt in Lund. We warmly thank the hosts and their institutions for their support in making these events possible.

Schedule
May 21st: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science & Engineering, Lecture Hall K1, from 9 am to 5 pm
May 23rd: Lund University, Kemicentrum, Lecture Hall B, from 9 am to 5:30 pm

We hope to meet many colleagues from Sweden but also Denmark, Norway and Finland during these 2 days.

If you wish to attend, please contact either Christina Moberg (kino ‘at’ kth.se) for the Stockholm date or Ola Wendt (Ola.Wendt ‘at’ chem.lu.se) for the Lund date to register your interest.

Full details are on the flyers and programs below (click on an image to see a larger image).

NJC Symposium at KTH on May 21, 2014NJC Symposium at KTH on May 21, 2014
NJC Symposium at Lund University on May 23, 2014NJC Symposium at Lund University on May 23, 2014

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Announcing the 2014 NJC Symposia in Sweden

2014 NJC Symposia: New Directions in Chemistry

Following on 2012’s NJC Symposia in 3 Chinese cities, NJC editorial board members and editors will be travelling to Sweden for two 2014 NJC Symposia: New Directions in Chemistry. Each one-day symposium will feature presentations by NJC editorial board members and invited guest speakers.


Please join us and meet... 
Members of the NJC Editorial Board who will be participating in the 2014 NJC Symposia are:
Co-Editor-in-Chief Professor Mir Wais HOSSEINI (University of Strasbourg, France)
Associate Editor Professor Jaïrton DUPONT (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Associate Editor Professor Peter JUNK (James Cook University, Australia)
Professor Len BARBOUR (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Professor Debbie CRANS (Colorado State University, USA)
Professor Odile EISENSTEIN (CNRS, Montpellier, France)
Professor Christina MOBERG (KTH, Stockholm, Sweden)
Professor Sijbren OTTO (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Professor Dai-Wen PANG (Wuhan University, China)
NJC Managing Editor Dr Denise PARENT (CNRS, Montpellier, France) will also be present.

Dates:
May 21 at the KTH in Stockholm (Host: Professor Christina MOBERG)
May 23 at Lund University (Host: Professor Ola WENDT)
Full details and the scientific programs will be available soon. Please check this blog in the coming weeks.
These symposia are free and open to all interested persons.
We all look forward to meeting you in Stockholm or Lund in May!
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Andre Cobb named to NJC Board

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Andre Cobb to New Journal of Chemistry‘s International Advisory Board.

Alexander John Andre Cobb chemistAndre is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Reading. He graduated from King’s College London in 1997 and moved to UCL to conduct his Ph.D. research with Professor Charles Marson on the design of new asymmetric catalytic processes. From there he moved to Cambridge to undertake postdoctoral research, first with Dr Florian Hollfelder in the Biochemistry Department, working on the development of synthetic enzymes, and then with Professor Steve Ley in the Chemistry Department in the areas of medicinal chemistry and asymmetric methodology.

In 2005, Andre moved to a faculty position at the University of Reading where he investigates new methods in the synthesis of biologically relevant molecules—particularly unnatural amino acids. He was awarded a university prize for Best Research Output in 2010, and a Thieme Chemistry Journals award in 2011. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.

As a member of the Editorial Board, Andre is interested in using social media to promote NJC. We welcome Andre and look forward to the first tweet!

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Three new members named to the NJC Editorial Board

New Journal of Chemistry is proud to welcome three new Board Members. They will take part in the future development of the journal with their colleagues on the board. To get to know them, here is some information about our new members.

 

Dai-Wen Pang from Wuhan University, PR China

Dai-Wen PANG (庞代文) was born in 1961 in Songzi, China. Luojia Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine at Wuhan University, his research interests focus on the development of new nanobioprobes and nanobioprobe-based methodologies for biomedical research and clinical diagnosis, especially quantum dot-based dynamic biotracking and bioimaging for virus invasion, tumor metastasis and cancer diagnosis. Dai-Wen has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

 

Dai-Wen earned both his B.S. in Chemistry (1982) and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (in 1992, under the direction of Profs. Chuan-Sin CHA and Zong-Li WANG) at the University of Wuhan. Appointed in 2011 as Chief Scientist by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China to work on the Project of National Basic Research Program of China, he will bring to the Board all of his experience and knowledge. Among his various distinctions, Dai-wen received the First Award of the Natural Science Prize of the Ministry of Education of China (2006) and most recently the distinction of National Outstanding Scientist (2012).

 

Dai-Wen’s reaction on accepting his nomination: “It is really my honor to be an NJC Editorial Board member. In my opinion, chemistry should intercross with other disciplines, especially, it should get into life sciences. We chemists should be able to contribute to the fight against diseases such as viruses, cancers and so on. We have great opportunities at the interfaces among chemistry, biology, and nanoscience. I will try my best to promote interdisciplinary study of chemistry with biology, medicine, and nanoscience etc..”

 

Christina Moberg of KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

Christina MOBERG was born in 1947. Full Professor at the KTH School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Organic Chemistry Department in Stockholm since 1997, she obtained her B.Sc. at the University of Stockholm and her Ph.D. at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm with Prof. Martin Nilsson. Her research interests are centered on asymmetric metal catalysis and concern mainly the development of selective synthetic methods. Christina’s special interests are to determine the role of symmetry in asymmetric reactions and in the design of self-adaptable ligands.

 

Christina has received several awards, such as the “Göran Gustafsson Prize” from the Swedish Academy of Sciences, the “Sixten Heyman Prize” from Gothenburg University and the “Ulla and Stig Holmquist Prize” from Uppsala University; Christina was also awarded the Rosalyn Franklin Lecture tour in Britain in 2005. She has been “knighted” by the French President into the French National Order of Merit in 1999. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Christina served as vice-President of the former academy until mid 2011.

 

Christina feels that Board members and play an important role in today’s scientific community: “As the borders between the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry are becoming less pronounced, a broad-based forum such as the New Journal of Chemistry has an important role to fulfill. As a member of the Editorial Board I will be happy to assist in future development of the journal. Strict adhesion to ethical guidelines is a prerequisite for the promotion of science, and the Board, together with the authors, reviewers, and Editors, should do its best to ensure that strict ethical rules are obeyed.”

 

Sijbren Otto from Groningen University, The Netherlands

Sijbren OTTO was born in Groningen in the Netherlands in 1971. Associate Professor in the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, he received his M.Sc. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees cum laude from the same university, working in the group of Prof. Jan B. F. N. Engberts. After his Ph.D. he moved to the United States for a year as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Steven Regen, investigating synthetic systems mediating ion transport through lipid bilayers. In 1999 he received a Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to the University of Cambridge, where he worked for two years with Prof. Jeremy Sanders on dynamic combinatorial libraries. Sijbren then embarked on an independent research career in Cambridge as a Royal Society University Research Fellow.

 

 

Sijbren moved back to the University of Groningen in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. His research interests are broad and range from supramolecular chemistry to systems chemistry, embracing topics like catalysis, molecular recognition, self-assembly and self-replication. Sijbren was awarded an ERC starting grant in 2011, a VICI grant in 2013 and currently coordinates a Marie Curie Initial Training Network on Systems Chemistry.

Regarding NJC, Sijbren has these thoughts: “I think it is important to support a general chemistry journal carried by non-profit chemical societies in order to maintain the balance between commercial and non-profit journals. At the same time, it is important to safeguard the quality of such journals at a time of an ever-increasing quantity of manuscripts that are produced throughout the world. “

 

We extend a warm welcome to our three new Board members on behalf of all the actors of the journal! We look forward to collaborating with them in the coming years.

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NJC’s new Associate Editor is from Brazil

  

Jairton Dupont

Prof. Jairton Dupont, NJC's new Associate Editor

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jairton Dupont as NJC‘s Associate Editor for the Americas. He is a professor of the Institute of Chemistry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) located in Porte Alegra in Brazil’s southernmost state. He replaces Prof. Michael Scott (formerly at the University of Florida and now at NSF). 

Jaïrton has close ties to France and the UK (NJC‘s two “homes”), having received his Ph.D. degree from the Université Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg (France). After a period as a post-doc at the University of Oxford (UK), he joined the UFRGS, taking up his current position in 1992. His research interests are mainly centered on ionic liquids with special emphasis in catalysis, nanomaterials and alternative energies. Jaïrton has authored well over 200 scientific works, including an organometallic chemistry textbook. 

 Among his various distinctions, Jaïrton is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and he has received many awards such as the Humboldt Research Award, the Conrado Wessel Award, the TWAS Award and the Brazilian Gran Cruz. He has returned to the “Old World” on numerous occasions, including as an invited professor at ULP, the University of Nuremberg-Erlangen (Germany) and Universidad de Alcala de Henares and Rovira i Virgili (Spain). Click here to see his CV (in Portuguese).  

Jaïrton’s commitment to excellence in scientific publishing is based on the following: “The worldwide dissemination of scientific achievements relies mostly on periodicals and therefore reputable professional journals are the most significant platform tool in this process. New Journal of Chemistry is certainly one of the platforms for the dissemination of the most important scientific global achievements in chemistry in their whole diversity.”  

I extend a warm welcome to Jaïrton on behalf of the NJC Editorial Board, the editors of NJC, RSC Publishing and the CNRS.  

To submit your work to NJC, click here (or paste this link into your browser: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/njc). 

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