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International Day of Women and Girls in Science at IQCC

Today (11th of Febraury) is the International day of Women and Girls in Science. In order to celebrate this day, three of our IQCC women (Dr. Sílvia Osuna @silviaosu, Dr. Sílvia Simon @SilviaSimonR and Carla Calvó @ccalvotusell) will give lectures at Schools. Furthermore, Dr. Sílvia Osuna will participate in a round-table discussion at the “Científiques Catalanes 2.0”

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New Beatriu de Pinós project for Marc Garcia-Borràs

On February 1st, Dr. Marc Garcia-Borràs started his new Beatriu de Pinós project (MSCA COFUND) entitled “Computational characterization of enzymatic reactive intermediates for the discovery and design of new biocatalytic activities”. This 3-year project will allow Dr. Garcia-Borràs to work as an independent researcher at the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis (IQCC) and the

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Mimicking the full catalytic cycle of sMMO for the first time

Soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO) carries out methane oxidation at 4 °C and under ambient pressure in a catalytic cycle involving the formation of a peroxodiiron(III) intermediate (P) from the oxygenation of the diiron(II) enzyme and its subsequent conversion to Q, the diiron(IV) oxidant that hydroxylates methane. Synthetic diiron(IV) complexes that can serve as models for

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Carbon dioxide fixation and reduction by phosphine-free iron catalysts

In search of green sustainable chemistry there are different objectives to move forward in our quest to improve the world surrounding us. Here, in this contribution a collaborative study between the experimental group of Prof. Jean Luc Renaud (Univ. Normandy, France) and Dr. Albert Poater (IQCC) for the complementary computational part is reported. They have been able to achieve not only

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Cover ChemEurJ on supramolecular NMR spectra of hemicarceplexes

The incarceration of o?benzyne and 27 other guest molecules within hemicarcerand 1, as reported experimentally by Warmuth, and Cram and co?workers, has been studied by density functional theory (DFT). The 1H-NMR chemical shifts, rotational mobility, and conformational preference of the guests within the supramolecular cage were determined, which showed intriguing correlations of the chemical shifts

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Pau Besalú receives SCQ Oral Presentation award

During the 11th meeting of Young Researchers of the Catalan Countries (XI Trobada de Joves Investigadors dels Països Catalans) that was held from January 28 to 30 in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain, Pau Besalú won the best seminar prize. His oral presentation had as title “New optimally?tuned range?separated density functional theory for the accurate calculation

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PhD defense Albert Artigas

Next Friday (31st of January, 11h, Aula Magna, Faultat de Ciències) will take place the defense of the doctoral thesis of Albert Artigas Ruf titled “Cyclization reactions for the functionalization of fullerenes: Experimental and theoretical studies” supervised by Dr Anna Roglans, Dr Miquel Solà and Dr Agustí Lledó from IQCC We wish him good luck and all the best!

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Cover IJQC on consistent spin and oxidation states of oxoiron complexes

We report here a computational study on a series of FeII, FeIII, and FeIV hydroxo/oxoiron complexes with a broad palette of ligands. We are interested in assessing the robustness of widely used density functionals for their prediction and description of structures and spin states for the examined oxoiron complexes. We have used a variety of density

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Former IQCC member Oriol Planas publishes in Science

After some recent papers in Nature, and Nature by members of the IQCC, and in Nature, Science and Science by former IQCC members, right now we have a new entry: Today a former IQCC member (Oriol Planas) publishes in Science as first author, with the publication of “Fluorination of arylboronic esters enabled by bismuth redox catalysis”. Oriol defended his PhD

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Farewell my friend, István Mayer

István has left us. I first met prof. István Mayer in 1998, when I was on my first pre-doctoral stay in Heidelberg. I was just starting to study his work on basis set superposition error correction and I think he found kind of amusing that a Ph.D. student from Girona became so interested in his

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