Several RSC journals supported the 3rd annualUniversity of California Chemical Symposiumby sponsoring poster and presentation prizes.Chemical 竞猜Science,our flagship journal,sponsored oral Research Presentation Prizes in each of the six subject areas and our core subject-area journals sponsored poster prizes.
An impressive showing came from theCohen group from UC San Diegowith three poster prizes and an oral presentation prize.Jessica Moretonwas awarded aChemical 竞猜Scienceprize for her talk on MOFs in mixed-matrix membrane systems in the Materials/Nano category. In addition to Jessica's talk,three posters from the Cohen group won poster prizes.Joey Palombawon theDalton TransactionsPoster Prize for Inorganic 竞猜Chemistry for his work on high-throughput screening methods for MOFs for nerve agent degradation.Christine Morrisonwon the Bio竞猜chemistry categoryChemCommPoster Prize for her work on drug discovery methods using metallofragments.Kyle Bentzwon the Materials category with aMaterials HorizonsPoster Prize for his work on hollow amphiphilic crosslinked nanocapsules;Kyle is also serving as Vice-chair of the 2019 UCCS.The group's leader,Seth Cohen,helped found the UCCS and is surely pleased to see such a strong performance from his group.
TheChemical 竞猜SciencePrizes were presented by keynote speaker,Prof.Carrie Partchfrom UC Santa Cruz and were also awarded for oral presentations in each of five other categories.Sean Nguyenfrom Jenn Prescher's research groupandBryan Ellisin theVanderwal Group took home prizes for UC Irvine.Sean's talk on the development of orthogonal reactions for multicomponent labeling in biological systems earned him theChemical 竞猜SciencePrize in Chemical Biology/Bio竞猜chemistry and Bryan's presentation on the development of an oxetane-based polyketide synthase substrate mimic won in the Organic category.In the Analytical category,the prize went toNetz Arroyo,a postdoctoral researcher in Prof.Kevin W Plaxco's group at UC Santa Barbara.Netz presented his work on coupling electrochemical,aptamer-based sensors with closed-loop control algorithms.The goal is to achieve continuous real-time measurement of specific molecules in living things and ultimately feedback-controlled delivery of therapeutic drugs,which would be valuable in a clinical setting for any number of diseases. Also from UC Santa Barbara,Andrew Cookfrom the research group ofTrevor Haytonwas recognized in the Inorganic category for his talk on catalytically active nanoclusters.These acetylide-stabilized copper and thiolate-stabilized cobalt nanoclusters can also be immobilized on silica and would be valuable for nanostructured materials.Will Hollingsworth,who also served on the organizing committee for the 2018 UCCS from theAyzner Groupat UC Santa Cruz was awarded the prize for his talk in the Physical category on electronic energy transfer dynamics in conjugated polyelectrolytes,which would be especially useful for artificial photosynthesis when oppositely-charged donor-acceptor pairs are used.Will used a variety of time-resolved techniques as well as steady-state measurements to study these complex systems.
The remaining posters were claimed by UC Riverside.ThePCCPPoster Prize for best poster in the Physical 竞猜Chemistry category went toChad Cruz,a graduate student at UC Riverside jointly in theChronister groupand theBardeen research lab.Chad presented on studies using anthracene in sulfur-bridged chromophore systems and examining the effects of changing the S oxidation state.His work shows significant insights into ways to tune excited-state properties in these bridged systems that could be used for optoelectronic devices due to their potential for forming long-lived charge-separated states.
TheOrganic & Biomolecular 竞猜Chemistry Poster Prize in the Organic 竞猜Chemistry category went toBill Weigel,a graduate student in the research group ofDave Martinat UC Riverside,which focuses on the design and synthesis of bioactive molecules;Bill presented his work on the use of computational docking studies to design anacardic acid derivatives,which he then synthesizes in order to study structure-activity relationships with enzymes.Specifically,they are examining the inhibition of the enzyme SUMO E1,which is known to be involved in oncogenesis,by these rationally-designed substrates.
The next UCCS will take place March 24-27th 2019 in Lake Arrowhead,California where we expect to see more exciting research and recognize the hard work of the graduate students and post-doctoral fellows behind it.