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Interview La Caixa Junior Group Leader Alicia Casitas

Yesterday Alicia Casitas received formally the LaCaixa Junior Group Leader certificate, which she had obtained earlier this year, and which allowed her to start her independent research line at the IQCC. She started working in July, and will be working on “Sustainable Chemical Processes with Earth-Abundant Metals”. During the ceremony Alicia was interviewed (in Spanish)

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Redox-active copper ligands with tunable H-bonding

Today, Marcel Swart, Isaac Garcia-Bosch and co-workers report on catalytic aerobic oxidation of alcohols by copper complexes bearing redox-active ligands with tunable H-bonding groups. They describe the structure, spectroscopy, and reactivity of a family of copper complexes bearing bidentate redox-active ligands that contain H-bonding donor groups. Single-crystal X-ray crystallography shows that these tetracoordinate complexes are stabilized

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Trapping Iron(III)-Oxo species at the boundary of the “Oxo-Wall”

Today, Miquel Costas and co-workers reported in JACS on the trapping of Fe(III)=oxo species. Terminal non-heme iron(IV)-oxo compounds are among the most powerful and best studied oxidants of strong C-H bonds. In contrast to the increasing number of such complexes (>80 thus far), corresponding one-electron-reduced derivatives are much rarer and presumably less stable, and only two

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Dariusz Szczepanik, new Marie Curie fellow

Starting 1stOctober 2018, Dariusz W. Szczepanik has become a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie postdoc researcher of the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis (IQCC) working in the DiMoCat group. Dr. Szczepanik obtained his PhD at the Jagiellonian University (UJ) in 2013 with academic honours. His doctoral research in the field of mathematical chemistry, under the supervision of Prof.

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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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Marc Montilla wins ESCB2 Poster Prize

At the Second European Symposium On Chemical Bondingthat took place in Oviedo (Sep. 3-7), Marc Montilla won one of the Poster Prizes, for his poster on “Applications of an energy-based origin-independent decomposition of nonlinear optical properties”. Congratulations Marc!

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Lorenzo D’Amore’s triplet: GirSem18, ECOSTBio, EuChemS

This year has been a splendid year for Lorenzo D’Amore, where he has presented his poster “A Highly Reactive Oxoiron(IV) Complex Supported By Bioinspired N3O Macrocyclic Ligand” at three conferences, and has won a poster prize at all three!!! Girona Seminar (Apr. 6): Nature Chemistry Poster Prize Final Workshop of ECOSTBio COST Action CM1305 (Apr. 11): Chemistry-European

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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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Laia Vicens wins ICCC 2018 Poster Award

During the 43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC2018) that was held from July 30 to August 4, 2018 in Sendai, Japan, Laia Vicens won the poster prize for Session 16 on “Bioinspired small molecule activation”. Her poster had as title “Combination of iron coordination compounds and peptides in bioinspired oxidation reactions: designing artificial enzymes”. Congratulations

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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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