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First edition of IQCC Forum

Tomorrow (Sep. 28, 10.00-12.30h) will take place the first edition of the IQCC Forum, a quarterly meeting-place where high-quality science will be discussed. The IQCC Forum provides the opportunity for young researchers (and more advanced researchers) to present their work to a wide audience. This will lead to better knowledge of the work that is being

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The quest for selectivity in hydrogen atom transfer reactions

Aliphatic C–H bond functionalization is at the frontline of research because it can provide straightforward access to simplified and cost-effective synthetic procedures. A number of these methodologies are based on hydrogen atom transfer (HAT), which, as a consequence of the inert character of C–H bonds, often represents the most challenging step of the overall process.

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ChemEurJ cover on C60 opening using Rh-catalyst

Albert Artigas, Anna Pla-Quintana, Agustí Lledó, Anna Roglans, and Miquel Solà, members of the DiMoCat group of the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis, have developed a synthetic method to generate open-cage fullerenes in a catalytic process. The Rh(I) catalyst employed is able to promote not only the [2+2+2] cycloaddition reaction but also the subsequent

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Gioxcat spin-off company opens up

LastJuly 20th 2018,GIOXCAT SL spin-off companyfrom the University of Girona was constituted. The new company will be located in the Scientific and Technological Park, and has been founded by the researchers from the IQCC institute Miquel Costas, Xavi Ribas and Cristina Garcia. GIOXCAT SL activity will be based on the know-how developed by the QBIS-CAT

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Ziegler-Natta catalysts for olefin polymers

High impact in polymer science through publication in the top journal Progress in Polymer Science (IF= 25) by the team of Dr. Albert Poater in collaboration with Prof. Giovanni Talarico (Univ. Naples); Prof. Luigi Cavallo (KAUST), and Naimeh Bahri (IPPI, Tehran). This publication (Prog. Polym. Sci. 2018, 84, 89-114) summarizes any computational work done in

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Lilly PhD award for Michela Milan

Today the Lilly PhD awards from the RSEQ and Lilly in the field of Organic, Pharmaceutical and Analytical Chemistry were announced. And one of the three winners was Michela Milan from QBIS-Cat and IQCC! Congratulations Michela!

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Talking with… ALICIA CASITAS

Alicia Casitas graduated in Chemistry at the University of Girona in 2007. She finished her PhD in the Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi (IQCC) under the supervision of Dr. Miquel Costas and Dr. Xavi Ribas in the field of organometallic copper complexes. Then, she joined the laboratory of Prof. Alois Fürstner in Germany and three

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ChemPhysChem Cover for Sn2 mini-review

Today a mini-review on bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (SN2) reactions was published in ChemPhysChem, by Trevor Hamlin, Marcel Swart and Matthias Bickelhaupt. It describes the dependence of the energy profile on the nucleophile, leaving group, central atom, substituents, and solvent: The reaction potential energy surface (PES), and thus the mechanism of bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (SN2), depends profoundly on

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Albert Artigas wins second prize in “your thesis in 4 minutes” contest

On 22ndMay 2018, Albert Artigas, a PhD researcher of the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis (IQCC) working in the DiMoCat group won the second prize of the contest “your thesis in 4 minutes” held at the University of Girona. Albert delivered a brilliant informative lecture entitled “photovoltaic energy”. The PhD thesis of Albert, supervised

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IQCC Science Slam, May 11, 2018

In 2015 and 2016, the IQCC organized for the first and the second time the Science Slam, which took place within the general context of the Setmana de la Ciència. This week on Friday May 11 the IQCC organizes the thirdedition to show the most representative research projects of the Institute to a wide audience. The research carried out

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