Apr 052011
 
John Fell Fund Application Successful

The results have just been announced for the latest round of applications to the John Fell Oxford University Research Fund.  Our proposal for funding for a temperature controlled Peltier stage microscope with polarizing filters for the study of solid-state phase transitions in crystalline materials was successful.  Polarized light allows the ready detection of discontinuous changes … Read the rest

Mar 302011
 
An Engagement with X-rays

Not content with showing off the eye-catching brilliance of her new diamond engagement ring, final year Inorganic Chemistry student Rowena Scott wanted to reveal the beautiful symmetry of its atomic structure. She recorded an X-ray diffraction pattern from the diamond using one of the Chemistry Department’s new state of the art, SuperNova dual source X‑ray … Read the rest

Feb 012011
 
Structure of the Month - February 2011

Presented by:  Dr. Andrew D. Schwarz & Liban M. A. Saleh
Research Leader:  Prof. Philip Mountford & Prof. Simon Aldridge
Published:  Journal of the American Chemical Society

Transition-metal boryl compounds (L)M(BX2)x, containing 2‑center, 2‑electron σ‑bonds have been a topic of outstanding interest due to pivotal roles … Read the rest

Jan 012011
 
Structure of the Month - January 2011

Presented by:  Nicholas H. Evans & Christopher J. Serpell
Research Leader:  Prof. Paul D. Beer
Published: Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Catenanes and rotaxanes are highly attractive targets for the supramolecular chemist due to their potential uses as molecular machines or as selective hosts for ionic and molecular guests. This molecule was synthesised via chloride anion … Read the rest

Dec 012010
 
Structure of the Month - December 2010

Presented by:  Dr. Adrian B. Chaplin
Research Leader:  Prof. Andrew S. Weller
Published:  Journal of the American Chemical Society

Making and breaking C–C bonds in the solid state:  The structure of [Ir(BINOR‑S)(PiPr3)][BArF4] over the temperature range 100–250 K reveals a dynamic equilibrium between Ir(III) C–C agostic and Ir(V) bis-alkyl … Read the rest

Nov 172010
 
BCA/PCG Poster Prize

Jeremy Law, a Part II student working with Dr Nick Rees and Dr David Watkin, has won a prize for his poster entitled “Alternative Approaches to Hydrogen Atom Location in the Solid State”. He presented his work to the joint ISIS Crystallography User Group and British Crystallographic Association PCG/SCMP meeting “Current Research in Physical Crystallography”… Read the rest

Nov 162010
 

Congratulations to Dr David Watkin who received an award under the Oxford Teaching Awards scheme for excellence in teaching as attested by student feedback and with the support of the department. He received a certificate presented by Professor Andrew Hamilton, the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford at Rhodes House.
The Oxford Teaching Awards scheme, co-ordinated by the … Read the rest

Nov 012010
 
Structure of the Month - November 2010

Presented by:  Nicola K. S. Davis & Dr. Amber L. Thompson
Research Leader:  Prof. Harry L. Anderson
Published:  Journal of the American Chemical Society

Molecules with large planar π-systems show a strong tendancy to aggregate due to π-π interactions. This tetra-anthracene-fused porphyrin forms dimers with the molecules twisted with respect to each other. Bulky aryl … Read the rest

Sep 012010
 
Structure of the Month - September 2010

Presented by:  Dr. Nathan L. Kilah, Matthew D. Wise, Christopher J. Serpell, Nicholas G. White, Dr. Kirsten E. Christensen & Dr. Amber L. Thompson
Research Leader:  Prof.
Paul D. Beer
Published:  Journal of the American Chemical Society

This structure represents the first use of solution phase halogen bonding to control and facilitate the anion templated … Read the rest

Aug 012010
 
Structure of the Month - August 2010

Presented by:  Dmitry Kondratiuk, Johannes Sprafke & Dr. Amber L. Thompson.
Research Leader:  Prof. Harry L. Anderson
Published: Journal of the American Chemical Society

Molecules with many strongly coupled π-electrons exhibit unique optical and electronic behaviour because of the way they interact with electric fields, particularly high-frequency optical fields.  The crystals of this material are … Read the rest