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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

2011 The International year of CHEMISTRY

This much belated post is aimed at readers, who like me, have had an extremely busy year 2011, failing miserably in my self appointed tasks of bringing subjects of importance to the attention of the specialised and general public, Science especially: Metallurgy, Materials Science,Modelling, Materials Chemistry and Thermodynamics
and the benefits of the scientific method to improve the well-being of humanKind and objective shared by the initiatives of my colleagues in chemistry and related. In order to bring information, invention into practice I blog on Innovation and Management with a distinct focus on  Materials Science (Technology) and Engineering.

 2011 The International year of CHEMISTRY

Thanks to a tweet by IYC poster designer:  Simon C. Page - Excites

Friday, 4 November 2011

The French Journal, "La Recherche award for Chemistry 2011" goes to a team from the Co-ordination Chemistry Lab,Univ Paul Sabatier Toulouse .

The winning paper :

"A novel approach for fluorescent thermometry and thermal imaging purposes using spin crossover nanoparticles" was published by the Royal Society for Chemistry (RSC) in it's Journal of Materials Chemistry by  

Lionel Salmon, Gábor Molnár, Djelali Zitouni, Carlos Quintero, Christian Bergaud, Jean-Claude Micheau and Azzedine Bousseksou
J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 5499-5503

DOI: 10.1039/C0JM00631A
Received 08 Mar 2010, Accepted 04 May 2010
First published on the web 26 May 2010

"Temperature plays a fundamental role in all fields of science; hence the development of methods for measuring this property remains in vogue. Within this vast field, fluorescent thermometry appears as a simple, noninvasive and cost-effective method for providing good spatial, temporal and thermal resolution in both solid and liquid phases, even in distant or inaccessible environments. " 

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 Dan Shechtman

This post arose from my concern that my Nobel Prize widget was dated 2009 and did not up-date automatically. I have instead added RSS feed (1). The feed covers all prizes. My guess is that the Nobel site webmasters feel that scientists and engineers must have a wide cultural background, don't you agree?  I do.

This years Nobel in Chemistry goes to Dan Shechtman. for Quasi crystal discovery after a 25 year struggle for acceptance by the Scientific Community.

To celebrate this years prize is a true example of how science can and should be done. The finding and the work leading to its acceptance are truly interdisciplinary covering not only chemistry, metallurgy-metallic glasses materials science, microscopy (again) but also highly modern mathematics (Penrose patterns ) with a background history in art and design (Medieval Islamic patterns)
. Cf. The video on my wall above where this is particularly well explained, by Professor Sven Lidin, Member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, in the interviewed by freelance journalist Joanna Rose about the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Dan Shechtman "for the discovery of quasicrystals".

If you have trouble finding the video currently top Left on my Video Wall here is a direct link:
This is a video not to be missed [LINK] and 3. below.

NB there are many other articles and features in the NOBEL.ORG (4) site eg. Chemistry Matters (5)

1.  RSS feed_Nobelprize_org
2.  Penrose patterns or tiles
3.  This is a video not to be missed [LINK
4. "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry". Nobelprize.org. 26 Oct 2011
5. Chemistry Matters

Friday, 1 April 2011

FREE TRIAL -Large Collection of selected papers on Materials Science and Engineering from Maney Press


7 issues freely available electronically
1-Technology, History and Society
2-Materials Science and Engineering: overview
5-Mining, Extractive Metallurgy and Earth Sciences
6-Natural Materials

Maney is best known to the Materials Science community as publisher to The Institute of Materials Minerals and Minning-IOM3 edited Materials Science Technology and Engineering peer review journals - all freely available online to members of IOM3


in reference to: ingentaconnect Publication: Virtual Maney - Materials Science & Engineering (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Jobs in Chemistry - Chemistry Jobs


Chemistry World

RSC-Royal Society for Chemistry -> RSS feeds_A Selection

RSC-Royal Society for Chemistry -> RSS feeds

Selection of 12- RSS feeds from a total of 29 specialised peer reviewed journals plus 2 General publications

RSC - J. Mater. Chem. latest articles

RSC - Energy Environ. Sci. latest articles

RSC - Green Chem. latest articles

RSC - J. Anal. At. Spectrom. latest articles

RSC - CrystEngComm latest articles

RSC - Chem. Soc. Rev. latest articles

RSC - Lab Chip latest articles - downsize your lab!

RSC - Nanoscale latest articles

RSC - Nat. Prod. Rep. latest articles

RSC - Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. latest articles

RSC - Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. latest articles

RSC - Soft Matter latest articles   (my comment -In memory of the Prof. Pierre Gilles de Gennes FRS whose research began in Solid State Physics & Metallurgy  then on to lower energetic-(lower cost?) Soft Matter.

ChemWeb and The Alchemist

No serious website or blog about science and chemistry including my pages entitles "The Material chemists" can afford to ignore ChemWeb.com and it's attractive and functional, free house journal-newsletter, The Alchemist, cf Ref1 below.

In a major overhaul of my personal library I came across a paper version of "the alchemist-2001! cf.archives ref1. below)" (free online mag) . I went back to the site of which I am a registered member-(sadly too inactive). As a materials oriented person, fittingly, I found a couple of features on materials science one of which involved biomimetics (copying nature's processes to find improved processes (cheaper-less energy intensive) and products (improved properties) compared with existing choices.

"conch shells might be used as a model for creating composite materials as tough as steel but much less dense and perhaps far less costly to make in terms of energy and expense."
-Conch shell gives nano- insights into composite materials

The other concerned  storage materials involving nanotechnology

issue overview

biomimetics: Tough as conch

materials: Storage in a whirl

analytical: Water's secret scents

environment: Burning for nitrous

robotics: Testing times for tox robot

politics: Nuclear issues

1. Achives: Jan 1997-to date 
2. Chemweb.com back ground.
3.  ChemWeb and the Alchemist

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Free Journal_Computational Molecular Science-1st Issue Jan2011_ from Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews, shortened to WIREs, offers free and easy access to it's 1st issue of Computational Molecular Science. More, if you get your library to opt-in, then a further 6 issues, corresponding to a full free 1st years publication subscription are on offer.. After a rapid review, I added most of the papers to my private collection. I liked the summaries on chemical bonding and the possibility of providing insight into computational materials sciences issues.

Well worth a visit.
en référence à : Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Molecular Science - Wiley Online Library (afficher sur Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

UK Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Faculties University Rank 2010 Final. Check it out

Check the UK University Rank and Ranking criteria here:

Faculty satisfaction with the ranking methods are very variable - Tell us more.

UK Chemistry Faculties Ranked - 2010 final assessement

Chemical Engineering UK Universities Ranked - final

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