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Announcing the RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship Series

RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship Series; RSC Desktop Seminar; RSC Lectureship Seminar

The RSC is proud to recognise exceptional scientists through our series of journal lectureships. Typically, our winners are given the opportunity to present their award-winning work at international conferences or meetings, which has not been possible this year due to the disruption to in-person events caused by the global pandemic.

As a result, the RSC is delighted to announce our inaugural free, online-only RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship Series, featuring virtual talks by our recent journal lectureship winners. Each session will include an introductory talk by a journal board member as well as the lectureship winner.

The RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship Series is an effort to not only replace in-person research seminars during the current pandemic situation but to also expand access for researchers around the world looking to connect to some of the leading minds in the chemical sciences. The RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureships will take place during a variety of time zones to accommodate our winners from different regions, so we encourage any and all interested to register and attend.

The 2021 RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship Series has now ended. A full list of the events which were held can be found below – we look forward to meeting you at our future events!


Past events:

ChemComm Emerging Investigator LectureshipRSC Desktop Seminar, #RSCLectureship, #RSCDesktopSeminar, Bill Morandi, ChemCOmm Emerging Investigators Lectureship, Douglas Stephan, shuttle catalysis, ETH Zurich, frustrated Lewis pairs, alkali-metal amides, reduction of CO, CO activation

JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Join us Thursday, 18 February

10:00 – 11:30 am EST | 7:00 – 8:30 am PST | 15:00 – 16:30 GMT

Featuring talks from Editorial Board member Dr Vassilia Zorba and lectureship winner Dr George L. Donati

Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Join us Tuesday, 23 February

16:00 – 17:30 CST | 17:00 – 18:30 KST | 8:00 – 9:30 GMT

Featuring talks from Associate Editor Professor Jaebum Choo and lectureship winner Dr Yi-Lun Ying

2019 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship

RSC Desktop Seminar, #RSCLectureship, #RSCDesktopSeminar, Qiang Zhang, Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship, Kisuk Kang, energy chemistry, Li metal, electrolyte interfaces, battery chemistry, cathode materials, lithium-ion batteries, Tsinghua University, Seoul National University

Join us Thursday, 11 March

9:00 – 10:30 GMT | 17:00 – 18:30 CST | 18:00 – 19:30 KST

Featuring 2019 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship winner Professor Qiang Zhang and Journal of Materials Chemistry A & Materials Advances Associate Editor Professor Kisuk Kang

Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship

RSC Desktop Seminar, #RSCLectureship, #RSCDesktopSeminar, Alison Narayan, University of Michigan, Natural Product Reports Lectureship, Marnix Medema, Wagenigen University, biocatalysis, synthesis, natural product discovery, microbiome ecology

Join us Monday, 15 March

14:00 – 15:30 GMT | 10:00 – 11:30 EDT

Featuring 2020 lectureship winner Professor Alison Narayan and NPR Editorial Board member Professor Marnix Medema

2019 EES Lectureship

RSC Desktop Seminar, #RSCLectureship, #RSCDesktopSeminar, Maria Lukatskaya, ETH Zurich, EES Lectureship, Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo, batteries, electrolytes, materials design, electrochemical energy storage, cathode

Join us Thursday, 18 March

15:00 – 16:30 CET | 10:00 – 11:30 EDT | 14:00 – 15:30 GMT

Featuring talks from EES Editorial Board member Professor Linda Nazar and lectureship winner Dr Maria Lukatskaya

PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship

RSC Desktop Seminar, #RSCLectureship, #RSCDesktopSeminarJoin us Tuesday, 23 March

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CET | 10:00 – 11:30 GMT

Featuring talks from Associate Editor Professor Bo Albinsson and lectureship winner Dr Federico Calle-Vallejo

2020 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship

RSC Desktop Seminar, #RSCLectureship, #RSCDesktopSeminar, Giulia Grancini, Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship, Vana Vaynzof, perovskite solar cells, perovskite interface, University of Pavia, Technical University of DresdenJoin us Thursday, 25 March

9:00 – 10:30 EDT | 13:00 – 14:30 GMT | 14:00 – 15:30 CET

Featuring 2020 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship winner Professor Giulia Grancini and Journal of Materials Chemistry C & Materials Advances Associate Editor Professor Yana Vaynzof

Biomaterials Science Lectureship

Join us Tuesday, 30 March

8:00 – 9:30 AM EDT | 12:00 – 13:30 GMT | 20:00 – 21:30 CST

Featuring talks from Editor-in-Chief Professor Jianjun Cheng and lectureship winner Dr Kanyi Pu

2020 EES Lectureship

Join us Wednesday, 31 March

10:00 – 11:30 CDT | 15:00 – 16:30 GMT | 16:00 – 17:30 CET |

9am Central US Time; 3pm UK; 4pm Germany

Featuring talks from EES Editorial Board Chair Professor Joseph Hupp and joint lectureship winner Dr Yana Vaynzof

Polymer Chemistry LectureshipRSC Desktop Seminar, #RSCLectureship, #RSCDesktopSeminar, Rachel O'Reilly, Polymer Chemistry Lectureship, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, polymer nanostructures, University of Birmingham, dynamic materials

Join us Tuesday, 20 April

20:30 – 22:00 PM AEDT | 10:30 – 12:00 GMT

Featuring talks from Editor-in-Chief Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik and lectureship winner Professor Rachel O’Reilly

ChemSocRev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship

RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship with ChemSocRev

Join us Wednesday, 21 April

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT | 12:00 – 1:30 PM PDT | 19:00 – 20:30 GMT

Featuring talks from ChemSocRev Advisory Board member Professor Shirley Meng and lectureship winner Dr Jun Lu

2020 EES Lectureship

RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship with EES

Join us Tuesday, 27 April

6:00 – 7:30 PM KST | 9:00 – 10:30 GMT

Featuring talks from EES Advisory Board member Professor Kyung Byung Yoon and joint lectureship winner Dr Wooyul Kim

Soft Matter Lectureship

RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship with Soft Matter

Join us Thursday, 29 April

09:00 – 10:30 EST | 14:00 – 15:30 BST

Featuring talks from Soft Matter Editor-in-Chief Professor Darrin Pochan and lectureship winner Dr Valeria Garbin

Lab on a Chip Pioneers of Miniaturization Lectureship

RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship with Lab on a Chip

Join us Thursday, 13 May

12:00 – 13:30 PST | 20:00 – 21:30 BST

Featuring talks from former Lab on a Chip Editor-in-Chief Professor Abe Lee and lectureship winner Dr Wilbur A. Lam

Find out more about the RSC’s recent prizes and awards, journal lectureships, and upcoming events.

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Contributors to the 2018 New Frontiers in Indian Research collection

This profile offers a short introduction to the researchers who have contributed to this themed collection on the talent emerging from India and the excellent work that is being done by them. We would like to congratulate them and their teams on their achievements to date and hope they have continued success in the future as they continue their careers.

Read the collection now!

Dr Masashi ArakawaDr Masashi Arakawa received Ph.D degree in chemistry from The University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2011 under supervision of Prof. H. Kagi and Dr. H. Fukazawa.  His Ph.D work was hydrogen ordering in ice under low temperature and high pressure observed from neutron diffraction, which was carried out under the support of JSPS research fellowship.  Subsequently, he moved to Kyushu University, Japan, to join Prof. A. Terasaki’s group as an Assistant Professor, working on reaction and spectroscopy of gas-phase free metal clusters.  One of the primary research interests is reaction of small mineral clusters related to chemistry in the universe, especially, molecular evolution.



Dr Anindya Datta

Anindya Datta was born obtained his  B. Sc. (Hons). and M. Sc.  from Calcutta University, studying in Presidency College and University College of Science and Technology, respectively. He was a CSIR research fellow with Prof. Kankan Bhattacharyya in Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science and obtained his Ph. D. from Jadavpur University  After his postdoctoral research with Prof. Jacob W. Petrich in Iowa State University and After a brief stint in Raja Ramanna Centre of Advanced Technology, Indore, he joined Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where he is presently a Professor of Chemistry.  He is a recipient of Bronze Medal of Chemical Research Society of India and Fellow of National Academy of Science, India. His research interest is in ultrafast processes in Chemistry and Materials Science.


Dr Ankona DattaAnkona received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2000. She did her graduate research work on chiral water soluble porphyrins for catalysis and recognition with Prof. John T. Groves at Princeton University (Ph.D., 2006). After graduating from Princeton she joined as a postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Prof. Ken Raymond at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on macromolecular MRI contrast agents. Since 2010 she is a faculty in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India. Ankona and her team of vibrant students use molecular interaction insights from coordination chemistry and molecular recognition to develop chemical probes for tracking cell signal mediating molecules and metal ions in living systems.


Professor Chandan Jana

Chandan K. Jana completed his graduation in Chemistry from Calcutta University in 2002 and in 2005, he received his M.S. in Chemical Science (with Prof. N. Jayaraman) from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. In that year, he joined the group of Prof. A. Studer at the University of Muenster, Germany, as a member of the International Graduate School of Chemistry for his doctoral studies and he received his Ph.D. degree in 2008. He then moved to the group of Prof. K. Gademann, first at EPFL and then the University of Basel, Switzerland, for his postdoctoral research (2009–2011). In 2011, he returned to India and started his independent research career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, where he became an Associate Professor in 2015. His research and teaching interest center on organic chemistry.


Professor Sabuj Kundu

Sabuj Kundu obtained his PhD in 2009 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA under the supervision of Professor Alan S. Goldman. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor William D. Jones at University of Rochester, NY (2009-11) and Professor Maurice Brookhart at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011-13). Subsequently, in 2013 he returned to India to join as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, where he is presently an Associate Professor. He received the DST-INSPIRE Faculty fellowship, India. His group is focused on various aspects of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis for sustainable chemical transformations.



Professor Bani Kanta SarmaDr. Bani Kanta Sarma received his BSc and MSc in chemistry from Cotton College, Gauhati University and IIT Guwahati, respectively. Subsequently, he joined Prof. G. Mugesh’s research group at the Department of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore to carry out his doctoral studies. During his PhD, he worked on the antioxidant activity of organoselenium compounds, especially ebselen and its analogues. He was awarded “Prof. S. Soundararajan Medal” for the year 2008-2009 for the best PhD thesis of the year in the area of Inorganic Chemistry at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. Upon finishing his PhD, he pursued his postdoctoral studies with Prof. Thomas Kodadek in the area of peptoid chemistry and chemical biology at the UT Southwestern Medical Centre and The Scripps Research Institute Florida. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Shiv Nadar University as Assistant Professor in 2014. His current research interest is to understand the various aspects of carbonyl-carbonyl noncovalent interactions and their role in the stabilization of small molecules and various protein secondary structures.


Professor Ravi Venkatramani Ravi Venkatramani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences, at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. Ravi obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 2005 from the University of Rochester, NY, USA. Subsequently, he was a post-doctoral fellow, first in the Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2005-2007) and then in the Department of Chemistry at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA (2007-2012). At TIFR, Ravi`s research group extracts effective reaction coordinates and pathways governing biomolecular function and electronic charge flow through molecules using rigorous statistical and dynamical descriptions. Notable contributions of the group over the last few years include: 1) the concept of a molecular breadboard circuit, wherein single molecules with multiple lead contact points offer dozens of possible current flow channels and as many as four conductance states, and 2) the discovery of a new optical (UV-Visible) charge transfer spectral band to probe biomolecular dynamics. Ravi is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and serves as the secretary to the RSC-West India Section

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Congratulations to the EuChemS Poster Prizewinners

EuChemSOn the 26th August approximately 1,500 delegates from 60 different countries came to Liverpool for the 7th EuChemS Chemistry Congress. The theme was Molecular frontiers and global challenges, a topic addressed over 5 days by over 100 speakers and in over 500 poster presentations.

To celebrate the diverse range and oustanding quality of the posters a number of Royal Society of Chemistry journals awarded poster prizes. All prizewinners received an official certificate and a £50 voucher for use in the RSC bookstore.

And if you missed the action, don’t worry! You can watch some of the Poster highlights on Youtube now – featuring Immo Klose, winner of a Chemical Science poster prize and Anjali Das, winner of the Polymer Chemistry prize.

Congratulations to all of the winners in the list below!

James Rushworth (Imperial College London Biomaterials Science
G.T. Kasun Kalhara Gunasooriya (Ghent University) Catalysis Science and Technology
Daniel Payne (National Institute for Materials Science) Chemical Communications
Lorenzo D’Amore (Universitat de Girona) Chemical Communications
Mohammad Bodiuzzaman (IIT Madras) Chemical Communications
Roser Morales-Martínez (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) Chemical Communications
Alex Grigoropoulos (University of Liverpool) Chemical Science
Ema Horak (Ruđer Bošković Institute Chemical Science
Eike Dornsiepen (Philipps-Universität Marburg) Chemical Science
Leana Travaglini (University of Strasbourg) Chemical Science
Immo Klose (University of Vienna) Chemical Science   
Mauricio Morais (King’s College London) Chemical Science   
Dowine de Bruijn (University of Groningen) Chemical Society Reviews
Nils Schmickler (Universität Bonn) Chemical Society Reviews
Peter McNeice (Queen’s University Belfast) Chemical Society Reviews
Natalie Dehnhardt (Philipps-Universität Marburg) Dalton Transactions
David Williamson (University of Bath) Energy & Environmental Science
Alessandro Manfrin (ETH Zürich) Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts
Robert Woodward (Imperial College London) Green Chemistry
Michael Gärtner (Universität Frankfurt) Journal of Materials Chemistry and Material Horizons
Anna-Bea Bornhof (Université de Génève) MSDE
Marcus Richter (Dresden University of Technology) Nanoscale
Philip Lane (Sheffield Hallam University) Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Gabriella Kervefors (Stockholm University) Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Jonathan Davidson (University of Cambridge) PCCP
Anjali Devi Das (Università degli Studi di Parma) Polymer Chemistry
Christian Goldhahn (ETH Zürich) Reaction Chemistry & Engineering
Cathryn Shepherd (Heriot-Watt University) RSC Advances
Marco Chino (Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II”) RSC Advances
Sabina Alexandra Nicolae (Queen Mary University of London) Sustainable Energy & Fuels



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International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (ISACS) 2011

After a successful introduction in 2010, the International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (ISACS) is set to return in 2011. Continuing its support of the RSC flagship journal Chemical Science, this significant new global symposia series is ambitious in its scale and coverage.

The second three symposia, like ISACS 1-3, will be held on three continents, over three separate weeks and have already attracted support from some of the leading names in the chemical sciences.

– ISACS4: Challenges in Renewable Energy
– ISACS5: Challenges in Chemical Biology
– ISACS6: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry

Professor Tianquan Lian, from Emory University, Atlanta, said about the ISACS2 meeting: “The scientific content of the conference was of the highest quality and the hospitality was just superb. I have already told my colleagues about this wonderful conference and the new journal”.

Each ISACS event will feature a single stream of plenary lectures complemented by oral presentations and extensive poster sessions with plenty of time dedicated to networking. The chance for young researchers to present their work alongside some of the leading and emerging names in the field is an opportunity not to be missed.

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