Hello from London, where I have temporarily set up camp in light of the uncertain situation in Toyko in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan. I would like to bring your attention to more cheerful matters, such as the essay competition, mentioned here a couple of weeks ago. As announced on the competition page , the Nature Chemistry team planned to enlist the help of an independent judge that is, from outside NPG to review the entries and make decisions on the winning essays. Well, we actually have two independent judges — we are delighted that Matthew Hartings and Michelle Francl have both agreed to take on that role. Matt Hartings works at the American University in Washington, DC, on the uses of metals in biological systems, either for medicinal purposes metal complexes with anti-cancer activity or environmental ones protein mimics that could, for example, convert CO 2 into valuable chemicals.
Essay competition update
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Thanks to everyone who participated in our writing competition! We were delighted to receive so many entries almost in total. Some elements — copper and nitrogen in particular — proved more popular than others, but all seven elements up for grabs were well represented, we had fun reading the essays, and we learned some quirky anecdotes in the process I shall share these in future posts. Believe me, the judging was by no means easy. But with input from all of the Nature Chemistry editors and our two external judges — previously introduced here — we got down to a selection of seven essays and we are now delighted to announce the winners in atomic number order of the elements :.
Matt Rattley is in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, and works on cascade catalysis in heterocycle synthesis — and is also one of the winners of our In Your Element essay competition. I think it had a lot to do with my teachers in school — my first A Level teacher in particular a brilliant man called John Luton was very passionate about science and definitely passed on the bug. It might also be a bit of rebellion, as my parents repeatedly refused my requests for a chemistry set for birthdays or Christmas. They were a bit tricky to prepare, but thankfully they worked on the first thing we tried the nitro-Mannich reaction , and having screened that, some of the others in the lab are finding some new reactions that it can also catalyse. Which historical figure would you most like to have dinner with — and why?
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