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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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NJC in China: 3rd Stop Beijing

After Hong Kong and Shanghai, the last day of the 2012 NJC Symposium: New Directions in Chemistry took place at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Chemistry (ICCAS) in Beijing.

The day began with a repeat of my presentation to the students on preparing and publishing scientific manuscripts. Two attendees were the winners of the drawing for the classic books “Elements of Style” (William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White) and “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” (Lynne Truss) offered by NJC.

Professor Jiannian Yao (Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and NJC Board member) and ICCAS Vice-Director Zhen-Zhong Yang made the opening remarks on behalf of the Institute, while NJC co-Editor-in-Chief Wais Hosseini presented the journal.

A full day of 10 presentations included ones by Profs Deqing Zhang (Laboratory of Organic Solids, ICCAS), Buxing Han (Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry Laboratory, ICCAS), and Zhongfan Liu (Center for Nanochemistry, Peking University).

Prof. Deqing Zhang presents an overview of the Institute to the NJC team.

The scientific attaché of the French Embassy and the director of the CNRS office in Beijing honored us with their presence. I also had the pleasure of meeting the staff of the RSC office in Beijing, who are housed in the Institute.


Deqing Zhang makes a point to Zhen-Zhong Yang and I during dinner.


While our very busy week officially ended with a lovely Chinese banquet with our hosts, some of us were up bright and early the next morning for an expedition to the Great Wall at Badaling, northwest of Beijing. The outing was organized by the Institute and two of the graduate students accompanied us to facilitate the visit. Many thanks to them!

 

Thus ends our week-long visit to Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China. All in our group enjoyed it immensely and we were greatly impressed by what we heard and saw in the institutions that we visited.  

We thank our hosts and all who participated in one way or another in these three NJC New Directions in Chemistry Symposia. We are very grateful to them for their kindness and hospitality.

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NJC in China: 2nd Stop Shanghai

After 2 days in Hong Kong, 9 of us continued on to Shanghai for the 2nd stop on the NJC China tour

We were thrilled to see our name in lights on the front of the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) building where the symposium was held. 

 

ECUST President Xu Hong Qian (in the middle of the front row) and his colleagues, Professors Bozhong Mu (at the left in the back row) and Chunyan Bao (at the right end of the front row), made us feel like visiting royalty with their welcome. 

The programming was top-notch, with interesting lectures on a diverse variety of topics by NJC Board members and invited speakers Professors Yi Yang (ECUST), Guoxin Jin (Fudan University) and Dawei Ma (Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry). 

Biological chemistry, chemical methodology & reactivity, organization were the themes of the session. 

Before the symposium opening, I gave a course for the students and younger researchers on writing up their research results for publication in scientific journals. 

After the serious scientific business began, the non-less-serious business of socializing, at a lovely Chinese banquet (with numerous toasts) hosted by Prof. Qian. For those of us who were still feeling energetic, our hosts took us for a visit to the famous Bund area of Shanghai, where we admired the night lights. 

 

Thursday was our “day off” and a chance to do a little sightseeing. Two lovely ladies from ECUST were our guides for the morning. We bargained in the souvenir shops, visited the famous Yu Yuan Garden, then lunched in a nearby restaurant, before flying to our next, and last, stop of Beijing. 

Left to right: NJC Board members Len Barbour, Odile Eisenstein, Peter Junk and Helen Hailes near the entrance to the Yu Yuan Garden. 

Check back soon to read about Beijing!

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NJC in China: 1st Stop Hong Kong

Our group of 11 NJC Board members and editors arrived in Hong Kong at the beginning of the week for the first of 3 stops on our 2012 China tour. About half of us are China “virgins” so we are quite excited and are looking forward to the week that awaits us.

University of Hong Kong Professor of Chemistry, Vivian Yam and her group were our hosts; they did such a great job, taking care of us and making sure we didn’t get lost in the 3D topology of the University!

The first symposium was a full program of 14 presentations by NJC board members/editors and Hong Kong chemists. Listening to these, I was struck by the connections between talks that, at first glance, had no relationship. Some of these were:

  • ion channels (for biology and batteries by Dan Yang and Takashi Kato, respectively)
  • use of porous materials (Len Barbour and JN Moorthy)
  • the effects of aggregation (Kato again and Ben Zhong Tang)
  • separating similar species (Michael Scott and Moorthy)
  • fluorine containing systems (Odile Eisenstein and Peter Junk)
  • transaminases (Helen Hailes and Ling Peng)

At the end of a long day, Niamh O’ Connor and Jamie Humphrey (of the RSC Publishing office in Cambridge) hosted the board members, editors and Vivian Yam for a lovely dinner. While sipping a velvety Australian Shiraz wine provided by Vivian, we tasted Shanghai-style delicacies, to give us a fore-taste of our upcoming stop.

Left to right: Vivian Yam welcoming NJC members; Editor-in-chief Mir Wais Hosseini breaking the chicken; tea service. (Thanks to Debbie Crans for these photos.)

Thanks to Vivian and her team, all the participants, and the French Consulate of Hong Kong and Macau (who gave financial support) for making this event such a scientific success and a delight for all of us, who came such a long way!

Next stop: Shanghai!

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Catalyst expert named to NJC Advisory Board

The Editors-in-Chief of NJC welcome 3 new members to the boards. Earlier this year Len Barbour of Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Takashi Kato of the University of Tokyo were appointed to the Editorial Board, while Davit Zargarian, at the University of Montreal in Québec, Canada, has joined the International Advisory Board.

In this post, I present Professor Davit Zargarian, who has been at the University of Montreal since 1993.

Davit Zargarian began his studies at the University of Toronto as an undergraduate in the group of Professor Martin Moskovits, working on the oxidation of ethylene. After his B. S. degree, he moved to the University of Waterloo to join the new organometallic chemistry/homogenous catalysis laboratory led by Professor Todd Marder. His M. S. studies centered on the preparation of Rh-alkynyl complexes. The University of Ottawa was his next home, where Davit prepared his Ph. D. thesis with Professor Howard Alper on the Ni- and Pd-catalyzed carbonylation of alkenes and alkynes. In 1991, Davit moved to the Scripps Institute for his first postdoctoral stint. After working on Os-catalyzed dihydroxylation of olefins in the group of Professor Barry Sharpless, Davit moved across the street to the San Diego campus of the University of California to work in the research group of Professor Don Tilley, studying the chemistry of Hf-silyl complexes.

Davit returned to Canada in 1993 to take up a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Montreal, where he learnt to teach inorganic and organometallic chemistry in French and moved up the ranks to become Full Professor in 2004. The Zargarian research group typically consists of a small group of enthusiastic students focused on the coordination and organometallic chemistry of first-row transition metals (primarily nickel) featuring ligands such as indenyls, bis- and tris(pyrazolyl)alkanes, and various types of pincer ligands. The main theme of their studies is homogeneous catalysis promoted by new complexes designed and synthesized by the group.

Davit has a message to address to the chemistry community worldwide: “I look forward to joining my colleagues on the international advisory  board in their efforts to strengthen New Journal Chemistry as a society publication that will contribute to the advancement of the chemical sciences. With the rapid worldwide growth of chemical research over the past two decades, it is incumbent on all of us to take steps to avoid fragmentation of our research results, strive to interpret the avalanche of new data being generated worldwide, and formulate this data into new knowledge that can be communicated to the research community and the society at large. In this spirit, I urge my fellow inorganic and organometallic chemists to consider publishing their latest research results in the form of articles and perspectives in NJC.”

We wish a warm welcome to Davit and look forward to a fruitful collaboration with him as a representative of the Canadian chemistry community.

 

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South African chemist joins NJC Editorial Board

The Editors-in-Chief of NJC welcome 3 new members to the boards. Earlier this year Len Barbour of Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Takashi Kato of the University of Tokyo were appointed to the Editorial Board, while Davit Zargarian, at the University of Montreal in Québec, Canada, has joined the International Advisory Board. Len and Takashi will be participating in the 2012 NJC Symposia: New Directions in Chemistry, which will be held in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing during the last week of April.

In this post I present Len Barbour, professor of chemistry at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Len completed his Ph.D. research in 1994 at the University of Cape Town, where he studied physico-chemical aspects of inclusion compounds under the direction of Professor Luigi Nassimbeni. He then moved to the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC) to work as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Jerry Atwood. Len continued at UMC as a Research Assistant Professor until 2003, at which time he moved back to South Africa to take up an Associate Professor position at Stellenbosch University. Len was promoted to Full Professor in 2005 and two years later was awarded a South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Nanostructured Functional Materials, a position that was recently renewed.

Len’s research interests centre on structure-property relationships in molecular crystals. Properties of interest include porosity, nonlinear optics, and anomalous thermal expansion, with the main objective being to gain new insights into physical processes that occur at the molecular scale. Using a crystal engineering approach, the group carries out multifaceted studies that include the synthesis of molecular building blocks, crystallisation studies, kinetic and thermodynamic measurements, X-ray structure elucidation, computation and process engineering.  Methodology development is also a strong research theme within the group.

Of his nomination to the NJC Board, Len had this to say: “I was greatly honoured when asked to join the editorial board of the New Journal of Chemistry—an invitation that I accepted without hesitation. NJC has a longstanding record of publishing outstanding papers that cover a broad range of subdisciplines within chemistry, and I very much look forward to making meaningful contributions aimed at maintaining and even improving the journal’s profile.

We look forward to welcoming Len Barbour onto the Editorial Board of NJC at the upcoming Board meeting.

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Professor Takashi Kato appointed to NJC Editorial Board

The Editors-in-Chief of NJC welcome 3 new members to the boards. Earlier this year Len Barbour of Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Takashi Kato of the University of Tokyo were appointed to the Editorial Board, while Davit Zargarian, at the University of Montreal in Québec, Canada, has joined the International Advisory Board. Len and Takashi will be participating in the 2012 NJC Symposia: New Directions in Chemistry, which will be held in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing during the last week of April.

In this post, I present Takashi Kato, who is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology of the School of Engineering at The University of Tokyo since 2000. His research focuses on the development of self-assembled functional materials including liquid crystals, gels, polymers, stimuli-responsive materials, nanostructured ion- and electron-active materials, and bio-inspired hybrids.

Takashi received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Tokyo in 1988. After his postdoctoral research at Cornell University with Professor Jean M. J. Frechet on supramolecular liquid crystals and polymers (1988-1989), he joined The University of Tokyo. Takashi is the recipient of numerous awards from a variety of organizations around the world: the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists (1993), the Wiley Polymer Science Award (Chemistry, 2001), the 17th IBM Japan Science Award (Chemistry, 2003), the 1st JSPS Prize (2005), the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society (2008), Molecular Science Forum Lecture Professorship of the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science (2009), and the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (2010).

Takashi has published about 350 papers including original papers, reviews, and chapters of books. He is an Associate Editor of Polymer Journal (2002-present) and is also on several advisory boards, including those of two RSC journals—Journal of Materials Chemistry and Chemical Science.

“It is my great pleasure to join the Editorial Board of New Journal of Chemistry. Interdisciplinary fields relating to and surrounding chemistry and interdisciplinary fields in chemistry are becoming more important both to advance science and to resolve global issues. I believe New Journal of Chemistry is an excellent forum for this mission.”

With his vast experience in chemistry and in working with RSC Publishing, we are looking forward to having Takashi Kato’s input into NJC‘s editorial policy and his help for the promotion of the journal.

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Announcing the 2012 NJC Symposia in China

Three prestigious institutions will be hosting members of the NJC editorial board and two NJC editors for the 2012 NJC Symposium: New Directions in Chemistry, which will be held during the last week of April 2012. Each one-day symposium will feature presentations by the editorial board members, prominent local chemists and the editors.

These symposia are free and open to all interested persons.

Please send an email with your full name, affiliation, status and which symposium you wish to attend by April 15th. This will allow us to welcome you under the best conditions.

Please join us and meet:

Members of the NJC Editorial Board who will be participating in the 2012 NJC Symposia include:
Co-Editor-in-Chief Professor Mir Wais HOSSEINI (University of Strasbourg, France)
Associate Editor Professor Michael SCOTT (University of Florida, USA)
Associate Editor Professor Peter JUNK (Monash University, Australia)
Professor Len BARBOUR (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Professor Debbie CRANS (Colorado State University, USA)
Professor Odile EISENSTEIN (CNRS, Montpellier, France)
Professor Helen HAILES (University College London, UK)
Professor Takashi KATO (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Professor J N MOORTHY (Indian Institute of Technology, India)

NJC Managing Editor Dr Denise PARENT (Montpellier, France) and NJC Assistant Editor Dr Ling PENG (Marseille, France) will also be present.


April 23 at the University of Hong Kong (Host: Professor Vivian YAM)
Guest Speakers: Professors CHE Chi-ming and YANG Dan (University of Hong Kong); Professors JIA Guochen and TANG Ben Zhong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

April 25 at East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai (Host: Professor QIAN Xuhong)
Guest Speakers: Professor MA Dawei (Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry); Professor JIN Guoxin (Fudan University); Professor YANG Yi (ECUST)

April 27 at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (Host: Professor YAO Jiannian)
Guest Speakers: Professor LIU Zhongfan (Peking University); Professors HAN Buxing and ZHANG Deqing (Institute of Chemistry, CAS Beijing)


Full details and the scientific programs will be available soon. Please check this blog in the coming weeks.

We all look forward to meeting you in Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing in April!

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NJC board welcomes vanadium chemistry expert

We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Debbie Crans, Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University, to the Editorial Board of NJC. Professor Crans’ research, published in ~150 refereed papers, focuses on transition metal ions (especially vanadium) and is driven by applications in medicine as well as understanding their toxicity.

Prof. Crans’ reaction to her nomination was that it would allow her to make a difference in new ways, indirectly referring to her 10+ year stint as Program Chair of the Inorganic Division of ACS.

Debbie began her studies at the University of Copenhagen, before undertaking her Ph.D. research in enzyme-catalyzed organic synthesis at Harvard in the group of Prof. George Whitesides. She then moved further west to UCLA for a postdoctoral project in mechanistic enzymology with Orville Chapman and Paul Boyer. In 1987, Debbie joined the faculty of Colorado State University, from which she received the Best Teacher Award for 2010–2011.

This is the latest in many distinctions that Debbie has been honored with, including an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award and a Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In 2004 Debbie was the first laureate of the Vanadis Award, recognizing her contributions to vanadium science.

NJC’s staff and Boards extend a warm welcome to Prof. Crans as we look forward to a fruitful collaboration.

Find out who else is on NJC‘s Editorial Board!

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Indian organic photochemist joins NJC board

We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Prof. Jarugu Narasimha Moorthy of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur to the Editorial Board of NJC. Professor Moorthy is an expert in organic photochemistry, particularly in the solid state. He also works in the area of supramolecular chemistry, with a special interest for guest/host systems.

In accepting this position, Prof. Moorthy will work on promoting NJC amongst the Indian chemistry community in particular:
“I consider it a privilege to be part of the editorial board. As a member, I will try to critically analyze and offer suggestions that will contribute to increasing the impact of the journal. Of course, I shall endeavor to enhance the attention of the chemical community in the region in NJC as a very good journal for high quality topical and emerging interdisciplinary research.”

Narasimha Moorthy did his undergraduate and graduate studies in Bangalore, obtaining his Ph.D. degree in 1994 under the mentorship of Prof. K. Venkatesan. He then decided to visit the world, working successively at the University of Houston (Texas, USA), the University of Wuerzburg (Germany) and the University of Victoria (B.C., Canada) with Professors Jay Kochi, Waldemar Adam and Cornelia Bohne, respectively. In 1998 he returned to India, joining IIT Kanpur as an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department, where he was promoted to full Professor in 2007.

In addition to his Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Narasimha has received a number of awards and distinctions. Most recently he was awarded the 2009 Bronze Medal of the Chemical Research Society of India and was elected a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Science (FASc) in Bangalore in 2010.

NJC’s staff and Boards wish a warm welcome to Prof. Moorthy and look forward to a fruitful collaboration.

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