30 Sep 2015
Congratulations to the Poster Prize winners at the 9th Symposium on Biorelevant Chemistry.
We were please to present the prize to these winners:
- Ayaka Nakashima (Nagoya University)
- Kotaro Nishiyama (University of Tokyo)
- Hayato Kawai (Nagoya University)
- Takeya Shou (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
- Takayuki Miki（Kyoto University）
Organized by the Chemical Society of Japan, the Biorelevant Chemistry Symposium took place from 10-12th Sept in Kumamoto, Japan.
From left to right: Professor Rie Wakabayashi (Poster award committee co-chair), Professor Hiroyuki Asanuma (Poster award committee chair), Ayaka Nakashima, Kotaro Nishiyama , Hayato Kawai , Takeya Shou , Takayuki Miki, Professor Masahiro Takagi (Chair of the Division of Biotechnology, Chemical Society of Japan), Professor Itaru Hamachi (Vice-Chair of the Division of Biofunctional Chemistry, Chemical Society of Japan).
25 Sep 2015
RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium 2015, headline sponsored by F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd.
Abstract submission is now open.
This poster symposium for final year organic chemistry PhD students will take place at The Royal Society of Chemistry at Burlington House, in London, Monday 30 November 2015.
The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 30 September 2015.
Get more information or submit an abstract now.
This symposium offers final year PhD students a chance to showcase their research to their peers, leading academics and industrial chemists. It is open to all branches of organic chemistry – in its broadest interpretation – and has a tradition of being the most competitive and highly-regarded organic chemistry symposium for PhD students in the UK and Ireland.
There will be a first prize of £500, two runner-up prizes of £250, and a ‘selected by Industry’ prize – also of £500. Industrial delegates will select this winner based on the potential for application in an industrial context.
We would like to thank F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. and our industry sponsors for their generous support of this event.
10 Sep 2015
Amogh Kulkarni, a graduate student at IISER Pune, India, writes on a recent OBC article
Recently, researchers from The University of Sydney, under the leadership of Dr. Elizabeth New, have reported a novel redox probe that selectively localises in Mitochondria. This fluorescent probe, NpFR2, has been used to identify the variations in the oxidative capacity of the haematopoietic cells.
Targeting Mitochondria has become one of the most important research protocols due to its immense importance to organelle-specific drug delivery. Mitochondria, being the power house of a cell, are the focus of researchers working in the area. Similarly, reactive oxygen species (ROS) have a key role and their levels are important in maintaining the redox homeostasis of the cell. A number of biological processes have been linked to mitochondrial ROS levels. These include response to hypoxia, immune responses, cellular differentiation and maturation, autophagy and ageing.
In this paper, Dr. Elizabeth New et al., presents this novel compound that can be used reversibly and has a reduction potential within the biologically relevant range. To target mitochondria, a triphenyl phosphonium (TPP) group is been incorporated into the molecule. Further, they test this molecule in haematopoietic cells and can identify the mitochondrial ROS levels of different types of cells such as bone marrow macrophages, thymus and spleen.
NpFR2 can further be combined with other fluorescent probes and antibodies for further understanding of mitochondrial ROS in different cell processes.
Find out more in their Communication:
Mitochondrially targeted redox probe reveals the variations in oxidative capacity of the haematopoietic cells
Amandeep Kaur, Kurt W. L. Brigden, Timothy F. Cashman, Stuart T. Fraser and Elizabeth J. New
19 Aug 2015
19th European Symposium of Organic Chemistry (ESOC2015)
Congratulations to the Poster Prize winners at ESOC 2015.
The winners are:
- Michael E. Muratore (OBC Best Oral Comm Prize) – “The versatility of gold(I) catalysis applied to the total synthesis of (-)-nardoaristolone B and lundurine C”
- Joanna Wencel-Delord (OBC Poster Prize) – “Asymmetric C-H activation and dynamic kinetic resolution: new tool for the synthesis of axially chiral biaryls”
- Szilár Varga (ChemComm Poster Prize) – “Organocatalytic approach to indole terpenoids”
- Ana M. Matos (MedChemComm Poster Prize) - “Genista tenera as a source of new innovative molecular leads against diabetes and related amyloid disorders: phytochemistry, synthesis and mechanism of action”
The European Symposium of Organic Chemistry is a biannual event which is held all over Europe. The 19th European Symposium of Organic Chemistry was held from 12th – 16th of July in Lisbon, at the Universidade de Lisboa. The conference is aimed at stimulating new emerging areas in Organic Chemistry.
Photos of the winners below (from left to right): Michael E. Muratore, Joanna Wencel-Delord, Ana M. Matos and Szilár Varga.
07 Aug 2015
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19 Jun 2015
Carbohydrate Active Enzymes in Medicine and Biotechnology Meeting
19-21 August 2015, St Andrews, UK
Oral and poster abstract submission deadline is 26 June.
Register now to secure your place – members of the Royal Society of Chemistry are eligible for a reduced rate. The meeting will cover the following topics:
- Insights into carbohydrate active enzymes in medicine
- Use of carbohydrate active enzymes in biotechnology
- Understanding mechanism and structure of carbohydrate active enzymes
- Exploiting carbohydrate active enzymes in biosynthesis
The three day conference programme comprises of 15 plenary talks, including Prize and Award Lectures presented by Sabine Flitsch – Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Prize 2014, Gideon Davies – Royal Society of Chemistry Khorana Prize 2014 and Glyn Hemsworth – Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award.
For more information and to book your place please visit our event page.
05 Jun 2015
It’s the final day of our symposium series and it’s been another great one, in the historic city of Kyoto. Many thanks to our host Professor Keiji Maruoka.
Entrance to the Kyoto symposium
Professor Ken Itami
The speakers again presented some really exciting and innovative research. Alongside the international speakers Professor Naoto Chatani from Osaka University presented his work on Ni-catalysed functionalization of C-H bonds; OBC Editorial Board member Professor Kenichiro Itami (Nagoya University) talked about how C-H functionalization can be applied to biological and materials problems; and Professor Michinori Suginome presented on chirality-switchable helical macromolecules.
Speakers, host and RSC staff
Once again we saw some great work from some early career researchers: Professors Norie Momiyama (Institute of Molecular Research), Takuya Hashimoto (Kyoto University), Yusuke Kita and Koji Hirano (both from Osaka University).
It’s been a fantastic week of organic chemistry. Many thanks to all the hosts and speakers for making it a great set of symposia!
04 Jun 2015
On to day two of the symposium series, this time at University of Tokyo’s fantastic new auditorium.
The international speakers were joined by a great line-up of researchers from the Tokyo area. First up was Professor Keisuke Suzuki from University of Tokyo, giving a great tour of his research on synthesis of hybrid natural products.
Professor Keisuke Suzuki gives his talk in the University's new auditorium
MedChemComm Advisory Board member Professor Mikiko Sodeoka from RIKEN presented some really nice work on trifluoromethylation of olefins and then the day was rounded off with a fantastic talk from Professor Hiroaki Suga (University of Tokyo) on his innovative peptide research.
Flash Presenter Assistant Professor Keiji Mori
As in Sendai we heard some really nice talks from a number of early career researchers: Professor Keiji Mori (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology), Professor Yuichiro Hirayama (University of Shizuoka), Professor Shuhei Kusumoto and My Shunichiro Kato (both from University of Tokyo).
Participants in Tokyo
Many thanks to Professor Masayuki Inoue for hosting a great day!
02 Jun 2015
We’ve just completed a great first day of the Japan Organic Chemistry Symposia.
Hosted by Professor Masahiro Terada at Tohoku University, the symposium featured speakers from the host university, Nihon University and Hokkaido University, along with international members of our journals’ Editorial Boards.
Tohoku University students outside the auditorium
First up was Professor Hidetoshi Tokuyama from Tohoku University, presenting on his syntheses of dihydrooxepine-containing epidithiodiketopiperazine natural products, then Erik Sorensen from Princeton University and the Editorial Board of Organic Chemistry Frontiers talked about some of his latest research in C-H functionalization.
Professor Tokuyama presenting
After lunch the packed audience saw talks from Professor Hiroyuki Isobe from Tohoku University on his latest research on cycloarylenes, and then Huw Davies from Emory University and the ChemSocRev Editorial Board talked about the NSF CCI Center for Selective C-H Functionalization, a really innovative collaboration between researchers in the US.
The packed audience in Sendai
Mid-afternoon saw some great Invited lectures by early career faculty: Professors Nozomi Saito and Shintaro Ishida from Tohoku University, Tsuyoshi Mita from Hokkaido University and Atsushi Kobayashi from Nihon University.
Hosts, speakers and the Royal Society of Chemistry team
The day was rounded off with plenary lectures from Professor Masaya Sawamura from Hokkaido University on hydrogen bonding with nonpolar sp3 C-H bonds in enantioselective cooperative metal catalysis, and Professor Margaret Brimble from University of Auckland and the Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry Editorial Board on some of her latest syntheses of benzannulated spiroketal natural products.
We’d like to thank Professor Terada and his colleagues for making it such a great symposium!
Speaker abstracts and biographies
02 Jun 2015
This week the Royal Society of Chemistry is visiting three institutes in Japan for our 2015 Organic Chemistry Symposia. We’ll be at Tohoku University on Monday 1st June, University of Tokyo on Wednesday 3rd and Kyoto University on Friday 5th.
Each symposium will feature speakers from Japanese universities along with three international speakers who will travel to each institute.
The symposia are presented by our journals Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Frontiers, and supported by ChemComm, Chemical Society Reviews and Chemical Science. We’re very grateful to our hosts -Professor Masahiro Terada in Sendai, Professor Masayuki Inoue in Tokyo and Professor Keiji Maruoka in Kyoto – for their support for these events.
We hope to see you at one of the symposia!
More details about the symposia, including schedules and biographies:
Sendai | Tokyo | Kyoto