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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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Congratulations to the NJC Poster Prize winner at ISXB-1

NJC was pleased to honour Alavi Karim from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) for her outstanding poster presentation at the 1st International Symposium on Halogen Bonding (ISXB-1) that was held in Porto Cesareo (Italy) on June 18–22.

Alavi Karim is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology where she works under the supervision of Dr. Mate Erdelyi. Her project currently focuses on Understanding Halogen Bonding in Solution.

In her award-winning poster titled “The Nature of [N–Cl–N]+ and [N–F–N]+ Halogen Bonds in Solution” she presented solution-phase NMR spectroscopy data and theoretical studies investigating the geometries and stabilities of the highly reactive, lighter haloniums in comparison to their well-studied iodonium and bromonium centered analogues. Alavi said: “We have characterized three-centre-four-electron halogen bonds, [N–X–N]+, in solution and demonstrated the iodine-, bromine- and chlorine-centred halogen bonds to be static symmetric. In line with fluorine, the [N+–F···N] system shows different behaviour in comparison to the heavier halogens. The complex is asymmetric and thus encompasses one conventional-covalent and one conventional-weak halogen bond. The fluorine- and chlorine-centred systems are highly reactive and could therefore only be stabilized in solution at low temperature. The conclusions drawn from NMR studies were supported by DFT calculations.”

The poster prize committee and winner (from left to right): Giuseppe Resnati, Francesca Baldelli-Bombelli, Alavi Karim and Pierangelo Metrangolo.

Many congratulations to Alavi on receiving her NJC poster prize. She also received a book from the Royal Society of Chemistry and a 1-year electronic subscription to New Journal of Chemistry.

You can read more about the ISXB-1 by visiting their website.

To keep up-to-date with all the latest research, sign up for the journal’s e-alerts.

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Meet NJC Editors at 2014 Summer Conferences

NJC is sponsoring several conferences during the coming summer months, starting in just a couple of weeks. We look forward to meeting you at one of these events.

15th French-American Chemical Society Meeting Logo Managing Editor Denise Parent will be attending the 15th French-American Chemical Society Meeting: June 1–5 in Avignon (France), at which Dr Rémi Chauvin will give the NJC Lecture.
97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition Logo NJC is a sponsor of two symposia at the Canadian Chemistry Society Conference: June 1–5 in Vancouver (Canada). The sponsored symposia are “pi-Conjugated Materials: From Design to Application” (Chairs: Jaclyn Brusso and Dwight Seferos) and “Functional Inorganic and Hybrid Polymers” (Chairs: Thomas Baumgartner, Derek Gates, Jens Müller).
1st International Symposium on Halogen Bonding logo Denise Parent will also be attending the 1st International Symposium on Halogen Bonding: June 18–22 in Porto Cesareo (Italy), for which NJC is a sponsor.
20th International Conference on Phosphorus Chemistry Assistant Editor Laurent Vial will represent NJC at the 2014 International Conference on Phosphorus Chemistry: June 28–July 2 in Dublin (Ireland). NJC will sponsor a coffee break for attendees.
12th European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference Logo NJC is also sponsoring the 12th European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference: August 24–28 in Zurich (Switzerland).
 

NJC‘s editors will also be attending a number of other conferences this summer. Feel free to contact our editors if you too will be attending one of these events.

• Assistant Editor Yannick Guari is an invited speaker at the annual Gecom-CONCOORD meeting: May 18–23 in Vers (France).

• Assistant Editor Ling Peng will be giving a lecture at the BioDendrimer 2014 meeting: June 18–20 in Lugano (Switzerland), which NJC has also supported in the past.

• Associate Editor Peter Junk will be a participant in the 27th Rare Earth Research Conference: June 22–26 in Lake Tahoe (USA).

Yannick Guari will also be at the 14th International Conference on Molecule-Based Magnets: Juy 5–10 in St Petersburg (Russia).

• Associate Editor Jaïrton Dupont, as a member of the International Advisory Board, will be attending the 19th International Symposium on Homogenous Catalysis: July 6–11 in Ottawa (Canada).

• In July Peter Junk will attend meetings on 3 continents. Look for him at the following meetings:
Terrae Rare: July 7–12 in Cologne (Germany); XXVI International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry: July 13–18 in Sapporo (Japan); 8th Australian Organometallic Chemistry Symposium: July 22–25 in Magnetic Island (Australia).

Ling Peng will be attending Challenges in Organic Chemistry (ISACS14): August 7–10 in Shanghai (China).

Jaïrton Dupont is an invited lecturer at the Gordon Conference on Ionic Liquids: August 17–22 at the Sunday River Resort (USA).

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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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Peer Review and Editorial Responsibility

Last month I attended the joint meeting of two societies for scientific editors (EASE and ISTME) that took place in the seaside resort town of Blankenberge in Belgium. Two days filled with presentations, discussions and networking attracted about 85 participants from around the world. Most were scientific editors who occupy a variety of positions in the public or private sector or work as freelance editors. But there were also consultants in the publishing field, translators, and an internet content expert.

I was particularly inspired by the presentation of Dr Irene Hames (member of COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics) who was the opening keynote lecturer. Dr Hames spoke on peer review: what is it? what problems does it face? how to improve it? what does the future hold?

Here I will focus on just one aspect of her presentation, adding some of my own views (the full presentation can be viewed here).

Quality peer review, highly valued by authors, depends on reviewers and editors working together. The time and effort furnished by voluntary reviewers are indispensible for the good functioning of the peer review system. Editors expect reviewers to be able to judge the quality of a manuscript, and ideally to give an opinion on the suitability of the work for the particular journal that has sent it out for review. But this is a lot to ask for! It is indeed difficult for any reviewer to master in detail the editorial policies of all journals that they review for so as to determine what is a suitable manuscript for a given journal.

An editor who knows his or her journal well is the best placed to judge what is suitable for publication in the journal. An editor who simply counts “votes” is abdicating their responsibility towards their journal. Editors need to read the manuscript, fashion their own opinion, then analyse the reports they receive to make a decision that takes into consideration their journal’s scope and editorial policy. Reviewers give advice and recommendations, but the final decision rests with the editor, who needs to fully shoulder that responsibility.

The dedication of scientific reviewers allows the peer review system to function. The skill, insight and judgement of the editor are essential factors in making it function well. Peer review does not absolve an editor from taking responsibility for the editorial decisions that she or he makes.

NJC‘s editors all strive to offer fair and impartial peer review of high quality to our authors, while respecting the work of the voluntary peer reviewers.

“Reviewers advise, editors decide.”

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Profiles of the 18th ESOC Bursary Awardees

NJC, committed to supporting the younger members of the chemistry community, underwrote student bursaries at this summer’s 18th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry, held in Marseille this past July. The 8 young awardees, from 8 European countries, are briefly profiled here.

Szilvia Deak is a second year Ph.D. student in the research group of Prof. Ferenc Faigl at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Organic Chemistry and Technology (Hungary). The group develops novel regio- and stereoselective metallation processes for the synthesis of atropisomeric functionalised biaryls (1-phenylpyrrole derivatives) and optically active heterocyclic compounds (oxiranes, oxetanes, pyrrolidines) as potential chiral ligands and organocatalysts.
Szilvia’s poster was entitled “Atropisomeric amino alcohols as new chiral ligands in asymmetric synthesis”.

Paulina Hamankiewicz is currently finishing her Ph.D. thesis on molecular and chiral recognition of organic compounds using carbohydrate derivatives, decorated with urea moieties. She will be graduating from the University of Warsaw (Poland), where she is in the group of Prof. Janusz Jurczak (Laboratory of Stereocontrolled Organic Synthesis).
Paulina’s poster: “Benzene, naphthalene, and anthracene urea derivatives as convenient tools for chiral recognition”.

Maria Riala is from the Department of Chemistry of the University of Cyprus in Nicosia (Cyprus). After her undergraduate degree she completed her Ph.D. studies in the Research Laboratory of Fullerene and Supramolecular Chemistry under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Nikos Chronakis and graduated in June 2013. Maria’s research is focused on the synthesis of bis- and trisadducts of C60 with an inherently chiral addition pattern utilizing enantiomerically pure tethers.
Maria’s poster: “Synthesis of chiral Th-symmetrical hexakis adducts of C60.

Ekrem Kaplan is a Masters chemistry student at Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). Under the supervisor of Prof. Esin Hamuryudan, Ekrem is preparing peripheral and non-peripheral substituted manganese(III) phthalocyanine bearing carboxylic side groups and investigating their electrochemical properties.
Ekrem’s poster: “Synthesis and Electrochemical Studies of Carboxylic Acid Functionalized Phthalocyanines”.

Tatiana Dias is a Ph.D. student in the Chemistry Research Centre at the University of Minho (Portugal) in the group of Prof. Fernanda Proença. The research group’s work is focused on the synthesis of new drug candidates, mainly nitrogen and oxygen-containing heterocyclic structures. Tatiana’s research has been centred on the development of new synthetic methodologies to prepare chromene derivatives to be tested as anticancer agents.
Tatiana’s poster at ESOC was “2-Hydroxychalcones and carbon acid derivatives: Reactivity studies in acid media”.

Kostas Voreakos is writing up his Master’s dissertation, after completing his research in the group of Dr. Dimitris Georgiadis of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). The research group focuses on the design and synthesis of metallopeptidase inhibitors and the development of synthetic methodologies for medicinal applications. Previously, Kostas earned first degrees in both chemistry and food technology.
Kostas’s poster at ESOC was entitled “Conformationally Constrained Phosphinic Peptides: Synthesis of α,β-Disubstituted Phosphinyl Propanoates and Development of δ-lactam Phosphinic Surrogates”.
Phosphinic Peptides
Agnese Stikute is a 4th year undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry of Riga Technical University (Latvia). She works in the Institute of Technology of Organic Chemistry/Department of Chemical Technology of Biologically Active Compounds under the supervision of Prof. Mara Jure. Agnese’s research is devoted to the synthesis of analogues of natural antioxidants, focused on the discovery and optimization of the synthesis of cinnamoyl anilines and their derivatives.
Agnese’s poster: “Cyclization of monoanilides of arylidene malonic acid”.

Kärt Reitel is a Ph.D. student in Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia). She works in the organic synthesis group under the supervision of Prof. Tõnis Kanger. Kärt’s main research topic is the synthesis of cyclopropane-containing compounds and their application in organocatalytic reactions.
Kärt’s ESOC poster was entitled “Aminocatalytic Michael addition of cyclopropane-containing aldehydes to nitroolefins”.

Congratulations to all the awardees! (Check out “who is who” in the photo montage below.)

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Highlights of the 8th International Dendrimer Symposium

The 8th International Dendrimer Symposium was successfully held in Madrid on June 23–27 with Prof. Maria Angeles Muñoz-Fernandez as the chair. More than 200 scientists from all over the world participated in IDS-8 to present their latest achievements in dendrimer science.

The meeting opened with the “Ramon Areces” welcome lecture delivered by Prof. Virgil Percec, who depicted a fascinating material genome approach to construct complex dendrimer systems. Using dendritic motifs to create different types of fractal patterns was nicely exemplified by Prof. George Newkome, whereas capitalization on new strategies for dendrimer synthesis was the main focus in the lecture of Prof. René Roy. Prof. Dieter Schlüter reported the synthesis and characterization as well as discontinuities in dendronized polymers, whereas Dr. Anil Patri presented lessons learned from preclinical assessment of dendrimers.

Prof. Donald Tomalia gave a vivid and brief overview on the development of dendrimer science and focused in particular on the dendritic effects, which were further discussed in the lectures of Dr. Anne-Marie Caminade and Dr. Takuzo Aida. The meeting ended with the closing lecture of Dr. Jean-Pierre Majoral, who discussed the dendrimer space in nanomedicine and foresaw a bright future for dendrimers in therapeutic applications.

Poster prizes provided by several sponsors, including NJC, were awarded just before this closing lecture. The NJC laureats were profiled in an earlier post.

It is to note that, beside the excellent scientific program, there was a fantastic social program with a visit of the Prado museum and the Real Madrid stadium as well as the flamenco gala evening.

The next IDS meeting will be hosted by René Roy in Montreal, Canada in 2015. NJC will be there and we look forward to another excellent conference in the fascinating field of dendrimers.

Snapshots from the conference (courtesy of the organizers), including at far left the opening lecture by Virgil Percec (photo courtesy of Don Tomalia).

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Three young chemists honoured at the 8th International Dendrimer Symposium

New Journal of Chemistry sponsored 3 poster prizes at the 8th International Dendrimer Symposium that took place this summer in Madrid, continuing its support of this series of symposia and the dendrimer community in general.

Guang Zhang is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the group of Klaus Müllen at the MPI for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. He is conducting research on polyphenylene dendrimers and their applications for fluorescent blue light emitting diodes. Zhang’s poster reported G1 and G2 dendrimers having triphenylamine on the surface and pyrene in the core, which showed promising properties as blue OLED materials. Guang’s reaction to winning the NJC Poster Prize: “It is a great honor for me to receive the prize. It’s also a big surprise that I can have access to NJC for free for one year.”

Surface Functionalized Polyphenylene Dendrimers for Deep Blue Light  Emitting Diodes
G. Zhang, M. Baumgarten, R. Trattnig, M. Auer, E. J. W. List, K. Müllen

The winner from Spain is Javier Sánchez, who currently is a postdoctoral fellow at the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón, where he also carried out his Ph.D. research in the group of María Ángeles Muñoz Fernández.  The focus of Javier’s research is anti-HIV activity, but always with an eye to the potential clinical applications. He explains: “I always try to elucidate the mechanisms by which the different dendrimers behave as they do on the HIV-1 cycle.” The research presented at the conference looked at the anti-HIV activity of different carbosilane dendrimers. After development of the dendrimers they were tested using toxicity assays, inflammatory cytokines induction, HIV infection and cell phenotyping by flow cytommetry. This has led to a dendrimer that as a microbicide has anti-HIV activity for different HIV viral strains.

Anti-HIV Activity of Thiol-Ene Carbosilane Dendrimers and Potential Topical Microbicide
J. Sánchez-Rodríguez, L. Díaz, M. Galán, M. Maly, R. Gómez, F. J. de la Mata, J. L. Jiménez, M. A. Muñoz- Fernández

The 3rd winner is from the group of Eric Simanek at Texas Christian University in the USA. Changsuk Lee is now a postdoctoral fellow, after having obtained his Ph.D. under the direction of Daniel Romo at Texas A&M University in 2010. Changsuk works towards the development of drug delivery vehicles by using various sizes and shapes of dendrimers; to date triazine dendrimers are the best delivery vehicles among others tested. The winning poster covered the synthesis of a prodrug platform with paclitaxel, its biodistribution, mice efficacy testing, and molecular dynamic simulations.

Synthesis and Biological Assessment of a Triazine Dendrimer with 16 Paclitaxel Groups
C. Lee, S.-T. Lo, J. Lim, V. C. P. da Costa, S. Ramezani, G. M. Pavan, O. Annuziata, X. Sun, E. E. Simanek

Congratulations to all 3 winners, who received a certificate, RSC book and a one-year NJC subscription.

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