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Xavi Ribas wins RSEQ Scientific Excellence Award

Xavi Ribas has been awarded one of the four PREMIOS A LA EXCELENCIA INVESTIGADORA awards given by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (Real Sociedad Española de Química- RSEQ). These are individual awards designed to recognize scientific excellence scientists that have shown scientific leadership in their area. Congratulations Xavi!

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Girona Seminar 2018 with a #ChemNobel

In the coming week (April 4-6) there will be the main event of the year: #GirSem18. This three-day conference is the latest in a series of biannual scientific meetings that have taken place since 1993. From 2016 onwards the conference series have one general topic (Predictive Catalysis) that is in line with the research aims of

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Young Researchers Symposium #YRS18

Next Tuesday, April 3, will take place the Young Researchers Symposiumat the Centre Cultural La Mercèin connection with the Girona Seminar (April 4-6). This symposium will be organized for, and by, PhD students in order to showcase their results, and we encourage all participants of the Girona Seminar to also attend this symposium. The organizers

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ACS Catalysis Cover on retro-aldolase activity

Enzymes exist as ensembles of conformations that are important for function. Tuning these populations of conformational states through mutation enables evolution toward novel activity. In the paper published in ACS Catalysis, Adrian Romero-Rivera, Marc Garcia-Borràs, and Sílvia Osuna describe a “shortest path map” tool based on inter-residue correlations along microsecond-scale MD simulations that is able

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Happy Holidays

The University is closed (until Jan. 8), so enjoy the Christmas holidays! We leave you with the best wishes for 2018:

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Supramolecular recognition for site-selective C-H oxidation

Site-selective C-H functionalization of aliphatic alkyl chains is a longstanding challenge in oxidation catalysis, given the comparable relative reactivity of the different methylenes. A supramolecular, bioinspired approach is described to address this challenge. A Mn complex able to catalyze C(sp3)-H hydroxylation with H2O2 is equipped with 18-benzocrown-6 ether receptors that bind ammonium substrates via hydrogen bonding.

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Former IQCC member publishes in Nature

A few weeks ago for the first time an IQCC-related paper appeared in Nature, with the publication of “Discovery of a selective catalytic p300/CBP inhibitor that targets lineage-specific tumours”, with Maricel Torrent as one of the authors. Maricel defended her PhD thesis “On the mechanisms of Transition-Metal Catalyzed Model Reactions of Industrial and Synthetic Importance:

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Chem. Comm. Cover on Chemical Reactivity of Endohedral HF@C60

A group of chemists from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid lead by Prof. Nazario Martín and from the University of Southampton lead by Prof. Richard J. Whitby together with the IQCC members Sílvia Osuna, Miquel Solà, and Marc Garcia-Borràs (ex-member of the IQCC, now in UCLA) have reported the first chemical modification on the endohedral

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Cover at Anales de Química on metal-imido species

Today Teresa Corona and Anna Company reported in Anales de Química on metal-imido species, including the Cover picture by them. The corresponding paper (in Spanish) can be found here: Teresa Corona Prieto, Anna Company Casadevall “Especies metal-imido de alta valencia con metales tardíos de la primera serie de transición” An. Quím. 2017, 162-169

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Special award for Marcel Swart by Serbian Chemical Society

Today Prof. Marcel Swart received a special award from the Serbian Chemical Society for his continuous support for advancing chemical sciences in Serbia. The award was given in Belgrade at the Annual Meeting of the Serbian Chemical Society in honor of 120 years of the Society. The prize was handed out by the division manager

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