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BBC World Service Recording at ISACS12

Want to know what Daniel Nocera thinks about wirelessly beaming energy from space? Over the coming weekend, the BBC World Service will be broadcasting an episode of The Forum, which was recorded at the RSC’s ISACS12 conference last week entitled “Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy”.

Quentin Cooper hosts the programme in which Daniel Nocera of Harvard University, Clare Grey of the University of Cambridge, Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz of the State University of Campinas and Jim Watson of the UK Energy Research Council discuss the work in their areas of expertise and future challenges for renewable energy as a whole.

The programme will be broadcast at 23.06 GMT on Saturday 14th September, 10.06 GMT on Sunday 15th September and 2.06 GMT on Monday 16th September. Find out when this is in your local time at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmeguide/.

It will also be available to listen on the iPlayer shortly after the broadcasts have finished and you will be able to hear it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01g94yj.

– Written by Yuandi Li, RSC Science Executive

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Inaugural Chemical Science Lectureship announced

We are delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural Chemical Science Lectureship – Professor Kevan Shokat.

The 2013 Chemical Science Lectureship was awarded in the area of chemical biology and the award lecture was given at Challenges in Chemical Biology (ISACS11) in Boston, USA, in July. Professor Shokat was presented with his award by Chemical Science Associate Editor, Professor Tom Muir.

Shokat

Tom Muir presenting Kevan Shokat with his Chemical Science Lectureship at ISACS11

Professor Shokat obtained his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and following appointments at Stanford University and Princeton University, in 1999 he moved to UC San Francisco to his current appointment as Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology.

The Shokat Lab’s research is focused on using the tools of synthetic organic chemistry, structural biology, genetics, and mathematical modelling to gain insight into how signalling networks transmit information in normal and disease settings. Their guiding principle is to use chemistry to answer questions that cannot be addressed by the use of biochemistry or genetics— they seek to provide tools, which fill in the gaps left behind by more traditional approaches.

Award Details
The lectureship, which will be awarded annually, will recognize sustained excellence in research by a mid-career scientist within the chemical sciences. The recipient of the Lectureship is selected and endorsed by the Chemical Science Editorial Board.

The recipient will be invited to present a plenary lecture at a relevant International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (ISACS); they will also receive a certificate, $2000 and will be invited to contribute to Chemical Science.

The 2014 Chemical Science Lectureship winner will give a plenary lecture at one of the 2014 ISACS meetings:

  • ISACS 13: Challenges in Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Chemistry – July 2014, Dublin, Ireland
  • ISACS 14: Challenges in Organic Chemistry (Synthesis) – August 2014, Shanghai, China
  • ISACS 15: Challenges in Nanoscience – August 2014, San Diego, USA

More information about these conferences will appear on the ISACS website soon.

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Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12) – final registration 5 Aug

Final Registration Deadline – 5 August 2013

You have just a few days left to secure a place at the 12th conference in the International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (ISACS) series as registration for Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12) closes on Monday 5 August 2013.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join outstanding researchers from across the globe to explore the themes of photovoltaics, solar fuels, new battery materials, fuel cells and molecular catalysis.

Registration is quick and simple via the online booking system and spaces are filling up fast so be sure to guarantee yours now.

Programme Live

We are pleased to announce that the ISACS12 programme is now available to view online. Take a look at the schedule to discover the full speaker line up and stimulating lecture titles over the entire four days. 

Find Out More

For the latest information on Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12) or any of the conferences in the series, please follow ISACS on twitter or visit the dedicated webpage.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge.

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Double Chem Sci covers for Southampton University

We are delighted to announce that Issue 8 of Chemical Science is now online, with both cover articles by researchers from the University of Southampton.

The Front cover features a HOT Edge Article by the group of Chem Soc Rev Chair Philip Gale, while Ali Tavassoli’s team’s HOT chemical biology work is highlighted on the Inside front cover.

C3SC90023ATowards predictable transmembrane transport: QSAR analysis of anion binding and transport
Nathalie Busschaert, Samuel J. Bradberry, Marco Wenzel, Cally J. E. Haynes, Jennifer R. Hiscock, Isabelle L. Kirby, Louise E. Karagiannidis, Stephen J. Moore, Neil J. Wells, Julie Herniman, G. John Langley, Peter N. Horton, Mark E. Light, Igor Marques, Paulo J. Costa, Vítor Félix, Jeremy G. Frey and Philip A. Gale
Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 3036-3045
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51023A

C3SC90024J
A cyclic peptide inhibitor of C-terminal binding protein dimerization links metabolism with mitotic fidelity in breast cancer cells
Charles N. Birts, Sharandip K. Nijjar, Charlotte A. Mardle, Franciane Hoakwie, Patrick J. Duriez, Jeremy P. Blaydes and Ali Tavassoli
Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 3046-3057
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC50481F

Both are Open Access, so read and download these excellent articles now for free.

The issue includes many exciting and referee-recommended Edge Articles, plus Perspectives and Minireviews from leading researchers– read the whole issue here!

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Two labels, two locations, one protein

Research reported in Chemical Science describes a new method for labelling proteins with two different chemical components at two separate, selected locations on the protein structure.

Scientists in the UK used the local protein microenvironment to control the outcome of reactions between cysteine residues on the surface of a double cysteine mutant of green fluorescent protein (GFP).

They formed sulfonium salts of the two cysteine residues and found that, dependent on the different environments of their α-protons, one underwent an elimination reaction to form a dehydroalanine while the other residue was protected from elimination by another part of the protein. They were able to convert this second sulfonium salt to an azide, presenting two different functional groups on the protein that could react in different ways to label the protein surface.

The team demonstrated that they could successfully label the protein with both an alkyne dye via the azide and a simple thiol via the dehydroalanine, presenting a simple method for site-selective dual labelling of proteins.

Read this ‘HOT’ Chemical Science article today for free:

A novel approach to the site-selective dual labelling of a protein via chemoselective cysteine modification
Ramiz I. Nathani, Paul Moody, Vijay Chudasama, Mark E. B. Smith, Richard J. Fitzmaurice and Stephen Caddick*
Chem. Sci., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51333E

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Chemical Science Impact Factor rises to 8.3

Chemical Science is dedicated to publishing research of exceptional significance from across the chemical sciences.  For us, it’s all about giving our authors the visibility and recognition their research deserves.

So we are delighted to announce that our 2012 Impact Factor* has risen to an impressive 8.314. This fantastic result further demonstrates that Chemical Science is one of the leading general chemistry journals.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the journal’s success so far – our authors, referees, readers and Editorial and Advisory Boards – we are very grateful for your support.

Our unique combination of high quality articles, flexible format and excellent Associate Editors, makes it clear why so many leading scientists have already chosen to publish in Chemical Science.  You can see our most highly cited articles listed below.

We invite you to submit your exceptional research to Chemical Science today.

Publishing your research in Chemical Science means your article will have excellent visibility and will be read and cited by your colleagues.  See the citation profile of Chemical Science articles compared to other leading general chemistry journals.

Find out how other Royal Society of Chemistry journals are ranked in the latest Impact Factor release

Top cited Chemical Science articles:

Perspectives

Dialkylbiaryl phosphines in Pd-catalyzed amination: a user’s guide
Author(s): Surry, David S.; Buchwald, Stephen L.

Diamine ligands in copper-catalyzed reactions
Author(s): Surry, David S.; Buchwald, Stephen L.

Exploiting single-ion anisotropy in the design of f-element single-molecule magnets
Author(s): Rinehart, Jeffrey D.; Long, Jeffrey R.
DOI: 10.1039/c1sc00513h Published: 2011

Minireviews

Continuous flow multi-step organic synthesis
Author(s): Webb, Damien; Jamison, Timothy F.

Modifying MOFs: new chemistry, new materials
Author(s): Cohen, Seth M.

Reactivity modulation in container molecules
Author(s): Breiner, Boris; Clegg, Jack K.; Nitschke, Jonathan R.

Carbocatalysis: Heterogeneous carbons finding utility in synthetic chemistry
Author(s): Dreyer, Daniel R.; Bielawski, Christopher W.

Graphene-based electronic sensors
Author(s): He, Qiyuan; Wu, Shixin; Yin, Zongyou; et al.

Edge Articles

Hydrogen storage and carbon dioxide capture in an iron-based sodalite-type metal-organic framework (Fe-BTT) discovered via high-throughput methods
Author(s): Sumida, Kenji; Horike, Satoshi; Kaye, Steven S.; et al.

Chemical tuning of CO2 sorption in robust nanoporous organic polymers
Author(s): Dawson, Robert; Adams, Dave J.; Cooper, Andrew I.

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper.  Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years.  Data based on 2012 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2013).

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Final chance to register for ISACS11 – don’t miss Shokat, Trauner, Yonath and many more!

Registration Deadline – Friday 21 June 2013

You have just a few days left to secure your place at the 11th conference in the International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (ISACS) series as registration for Challenges in Chemical Biology (ISACS11) closes on Friday 21 June 2013.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join outstanding researchers from across the globe to explore the themes of immunology, microbiology, chromatin biology, epigenetics, cancer biology, systems biology and neuroscience.

Registration is quick and simple via the online booking system and spaces are filling up fast so be sure to guarantee yours now.

Programme Live

We are pleased to announce that the ISACS11 programme is now available to view online. Take a look at the schedule to discover the full speaker line up and stimulating lecture titles over the entire four days.

Find Out More

For the latest information on Challenges in Chemical Biology (ISACS11) or any of the conferences in the series, please sign up for the exclusive newsletter, follow ISACS on twitter or visit the dedicated webpage.

I look forward to welcoming you to Boston.

Best regards

Professor Ben Davis
Chairman of the Conference Committee
isacs@rsc.org

The International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (ISACS) partner the RSC’s flagship journal Chemical Science – Winner of the ALPSP Award for Best New Journal 2011.

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Exceptional poster prizes now available for ISACS11 (Challenges in Chemical Biology)

We are delighted to announce that the RSC and Roche have teamed up to offer two exceptional PhD poster prizes for the best contributions at Challenges in Chemical Biology (ISACS11).

The winners will be rewarded with an all-expenses paid trip to Shanghai, China later this year where they will attend a two-day RSC-Roche symposium and be given the unique opportunity to present their work to Roche staff along with other leading PhD students.

As this exciting news has only just been publicised we have decided to extend the poster abstract submission deadline to Wednesday 22 May 2013.

Be sure to take advantage of the excellent opportunity to showcase your work to a truly global audience at ISACS11 and have a chance to win a trip to China by submitting a poster abstract today.

ISACS11

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Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12)– last chance to submit!

The oral abstract deadline for Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12) is almost upon us.  Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to showcase your work to a truly global audience and submit before Friday, 3rd May 2013.

Registration for this significant conference is now opensecure your space today and benefit from the early bird discount. Student rates and bursaries are also available.

For full details on Challenges Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12), please visit the dedicated website.

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Excellent visibility for your research

Chemical Science is dedicated to publishing findings of exceptional significance from across the chemical sciences. We want our authors’ research to get the visibility and recognition it deserves.   

The graph below shows the number of citations to articles published in 2012 in Chemical Science and other leading general chemistry journals.    

It’s clear to see from this data that articles in Chemical Science are less likely to receive no citations and after just a few months of publication articles will be highly cited - 30% of 2012 Chemical Science articles have already received 5 or more citations.  

Publishing your research in Chemical Science means your article will have excellent visibility and will be read and cited quickly by your colleagues.   

ChemSci citations

Citations to articles published in 2012 (Data downloaded from ISI Web of Science on 4 April 2013)

Learn more about Chemical Science  

Browse the latest articles from Chemical Science

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