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Molecule of the Month!!!!


Water chains in coordination polymer host. For details please see the special issue on coordination polymers (edited by J.N. Moorthy and J.J. Vittal, July 2006 issue of Journal of Molecular Structure).



News Flash!

      S8-05-15 Lab won Second prize for safety (FoS SEAL award, 2005)

1) Frontiers in Crystal Engineering, edited by Edward R.T. Tiekink and Jagadese Vittal, Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2006, ISBN: 0-470-02258-2. The book reviews are available: (1) P.W. Codding , J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 (23), 7699, 2006. (2) L.J. Barbour, Crystal Growth & Design, 6 (6), 1553, 2006.

     Invited as a Keynote Speaker, 37th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC-37), Cape Town, South Africa, August 13-18, 2006.

      An invited feature article: A Rational Approach to Cross-linking of Coordination Polymers using the Photochemical [2+2] Cycloaddition Reaction by N. Mangayarkarasi and J.J. Vittal, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 27 (2006) 1091-1099. (with back cover page)

News about group members

      Sreenivas got married to Jyothsna in India on July 14, 2006 and joined ICES on July 6, 2006 – Congratulations Sreenivas for double achievements! 

      Mangai – left the group in May 2006

      Sreenivas  submitted his PhD Thesis – May 18, 2006

      Shirdi Sai Prasanna from India was on attachment in April-May 2006

      Ms. Song Yu-Mei and Mr. Tan Yun-Zhi from Prof. Ren-Gen Xiong’s lab from Nanjing, China visited our lab in March-April, 2006

      Wei Lee and Abdul went to Nanjing, China for training, 2005

      Tian Lu – Poster presentation at the MRS meeting, San Francisco, 2006

      Sreenivas - Poster presentation at the Bioinorganic conference, USA, 2005

      Meng Tack - Poster presentation at the MRS meeting, Boston, 2005

Students’ Achievements

      Mangai - Best Poster award at the SICC-4, 2005

      Meng Tack - FoS Graduate Research Award, 2005

      Sreenivas -Best Poster in Chemistry, 1st FoS Postgraduate Congress, 2005

      Sreenivas - Won Scholarship to attend ACA Small Molecule Course, 2005

      Sreenivas - Outstanding Mentorship Award for the Science Mentorship Programme in 2004

      Sreenivas - CrystEngComm best poster prize, sponsored by Royal Society of Chemistry at the ICMAT 2003

Recent Hot papers

L. Tian, T. Ouyang, K.P. Loh and J.J. Vittal, “La2S3 Thin Films from Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition of Single-source Precursor” J. Materials Chem. 16 (2006) 272-277

M.T. Ng, C. Boothroyd and J.J. Vittal,“Shape and size control of Ag2Se nanocrystals from Single precursor
[(Ph3P)3Ag2(SeC{O}Ph)2],” Chem. Commun., (2005) 3820


o          Chem. Comm. article on nano Ag2Se work in the September, 2005 issue of MRS Web Bulletin in the Research/Researchers section in http://www.mrs.org/connections/researchnews/200508_1.html

o          Highlights in Molecular Torch, an Internet webpage dedicated for nanotechnology on the nano Ag2Se work in http://www.moleculartorch.com/2005_08_01. Excerpts: “I have known Dr. Vittal, the primary author, since is early days as a crystallographer at the University of Western Ontario in London Ontario Canada. It is wonderf ul to see his research is moving towards applications of his skills in crystallography to nanocrystal growth.”

o          Cover page highlight of the Angew Chem. paper in the issue no.15, 2005. All the referees should consider the paper as significant to be considered for the cover page entry.

o          Dalton Trans., 2004, (1), 113 (No. 5 in the above list) was amongst the top ten accessed on the web from the online version of Dalton Transactions for the month of December 2003.

o          M.J. Zaworotko, "From dissymmetric molecules to chiral polymers: A new twist for supramolecular synthesis?" (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 37 (1998) 1211) highlighted our publication Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 37 (1998) 1114.

o          D. Bradley in the web journal Catalyst, (http://chemweb.com/alchem) July 3, 1998 issue entitled "Molecular architecture: designs on chemistry", highlighted our work in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 37 (1998) 1114.

Editorial Board

o          Associate Editor, Journal of Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic, Metal-Organic and Nano-Metal Compounds (A new Taylor and Francis Journal) from 2006

o         Member, International Editorial Board of Main Group Metal Chemistry – from 2003


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