From time to time, School of Chemistry staff and students will make the news! Below are excerpts from, and links to, recent news stories and articles about the School of Chemistry from print and electronic media.
RSC book on biological solid-state NMRSaturday, 8 March 2014 - 10:45am
The Royal Society of Chemistry are delighted to announce publication of the new book, Advances in Biological Solid-State NMR: Proteins and Membrane-Active Peptides, by Frances Separovic (School of Chemistry) and Akira Naito.
See the ToC and abstracts for each chapter here.
Research prize to PhD studentFriday, 7 March 2014 - 6:00pm
Congratulations to Boskovic group PhD student, Michele Vonci, who won a student poster prize at the recent "SANMAG" meeting at the University of Sydney.
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013/14Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 10:00pm
The discipline of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne was ranked top in Australia and 26 in the world according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013/14. See Top Universities.
New research laboratoriesFriday, 28 February 2014 - 11:15pm
Stage 2 East, the final stage of the laboratory redevelopment in Chemistry, was completed in February 2014. The new research laboratories on Level 2 of the East Wing of the Chemistry Building include excellent analytical and instrumentation areas, see http://www.chemistry.unimelb.edu.au/chemistry-building-redevelopment
Richard O’Hair elected Fellow of ANZSMSThursday, 6 February 2014 - 9:30pm
Prof. Richard O’Hair has been elected as an inaugural Fellow of the Australian New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS). Fellow status recognises and honours the contribution of distinguished members of ANZSMS to the field of mass spectrometry and their enduring support of the Society.
Rob Lamb, Executive Director of Canadian SynchrotronWednesday, 5 February 2014 - 10:15pm
Prof Rob Lamb from the School of Chemistry has been appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Light Source. See Light Source news.
Ship-shape inhibitors in the Williams Group!Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 11:15pm
Mannosidases are glycoside hydrolases that catalyze the hydrolysis of a diverse range of polysaccharides and glycoconjugates, with applications in the pharmaceutical, detergent, food, biofuels and oil and gas industries. Using a combination of computational chemistry, inhibitor design and synthesis, and X-ray crystallography of inhibitor/enzyme complexes, Dr Rohan Williams and Assoc Prof Spencer Williams, along with collaborators at York (UK), Newcastle (UK) and Barcelona (Spain) (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 1087-1091) have shown that that so-called mannoimidazole-type inhibitors are energetically poised to report faithfully on mannosidase transition-state conformation. Using the newly synthesized mannobiose-derived mannimidazole (ManMIm) direct evidence was provided for the conformational itinerary used by poorly characterized mannosidases and provided elusive, direct evidence in support of a boat-shaped transition state. You can read about the work here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201308334/abstract
Editorial role for Mark RizzacasaFriday, 17 January 2014 - 5:15pm
Professor Mark Rizzacasa has been invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, which is a companion journal to J. Med. Chem.
vale Valda McRaeSaturday, 4 January 2014 - 11:30am
Dr Valda McRae passed away on Friday 3 January. Valda was a great stalwart of the School and much loved. She will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues at the University of Melbourne.