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Marc Garcia-Borràs, member of Research Team that receives 2021 Royal Society of Chemistry award

Today, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has announced the 2021 RSC prize winners that recognise individuals, collaborations and teams for their exceptional achievements in advancing the chemical sciences. This year’s 2021 RSC Organic Division Horizon Prize: Bioorganic Chemistry Award recognizes an international Team for the discovery of a new class of enzymes, the pericyclases,

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Margarida Borrell wins RSEQ-Lilly Award for PhD studies

Today the Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ) and Lilly announced that Margarida Borrell Recasens, PhD student at the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis (IQCC) received one of the three 2021 RSEQ-Lilly awards for best PhD studies in organic, pharmaceutical and analytical chemistry (XIX Premios de Investigación para Alumnos de Doctorado en las áreas de

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A remarkable research conference

On May 13-14, several IQCC members participated in a remarkable research conference. For Laia Vicens, Anna Vidal, Albert Poater and Sílvia Simon, going to a conference was nothing new, but this time was different. This was not because of Covid restrictions, but instead because all participants were between 11 and 12 years old! They were present

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IQCC (virtual) Science Slam, June 2-9

The Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis of the University of Girona  organizes the 2021 virtual edition of the Science Slam to show the most representative research projects of the Institute to a wide audience. A Science Slam is a form of science communication where scientists present their own scientific research work in a short

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Carla Calvó-Tusell receives best oral presentation award at Next Generation of Biocatalysis in Bern

Last week at the Next Generation of Biocatalysis conference in Bern, Carla Calvó-Tusell, PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Marc Garcia-Borràs and Dr. Sílvia Osuna, presented her work on switching the cofactor specificity of FDH enzyme, and won one of the best oral presentation awards. Congratulations Carla!   Girona, June 1, 2021 For more

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Summer scholarships for UdG students (beques d’estiu 2021)

The Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis (IQCC) of the University of Girona (UdG) is a worldwide reference unit in computational chemistry and catalysis that aims at carrying out groundbreaking research on predictive chemistry for catalysis, with special focus on the processes occurring at the confined space for the coming years. One of the pillars

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Jesús Luque-Urrutia wins RSEQ-GEQC Prize for best computational chemistry paper in 2020

Former member Jesús Antonio Luque-Urrutia has been awarded the 2nd prize for best computational chemistry paper in 2020 given by the Computational Chemistry Group (GEQC) of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (Real Sociedad Española de Química, RSEQ).  He has received the award for his paper “Do carbon nano?onions behave as nanoscopic Faraday cages? A comparison

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Cover Organometallics on Fe-organometallic species

The journal Organometallics features on its front cover the recently published article “Well-Defined Aryl-Fe(II) Complexes in Cross-Coupling and C–H Activation Processes”. Iron embedded in a tetradentate N3C macrocyclic ligand scaffold allows the stabilization of valuable low-spin aryl-Fe(II) species, permitting the study of the intrinsic organometallic reactivity of these key intermediates in Fe-catalyzed cross-coupling and C-H

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Sustainable catalysis by Mn: Amide synthesis from alcohols leading to generation of hydrogen

Density functional theory calculations unveil the mechanism of the original example of a base-metal-catalyzed synthesis of amides from alcohols and amines, generating H2 as a subproduct. Instead of a convoluted mechanism with the implication of dissociation of some ligand of the manganese catalyst, our DFT calculations describe a facile protocol, where the catalyst only produces

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Cover Nat. Chem. on a three-shell nanoreactor enables record synthesis of functionalized fullerene

Recently, in collaboration with M. von Delius and co-workers from the Ulm University, a new paper was published by E. Ubasart, C. Fuertes-Espinosa, C. Garíca-Simón, L. Gómez, X. Ribas on a three-shell supramolecular complex enables the symmetry-mismatched chemo- and regioselective bis-functionalization of C60. The paper was recently published online in Nature Chemistry: E. Ubasart, O. Borodin,

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