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Mobility Grant Awarded

RCN mobility grant awarded to Janakiram

The CHOCO group is thrilled to announce that our resarcher Dr. Janakiram Vaitla received a 3-year mobilty grant from the Research Council of Norway for his application: “Catalytic Enantioselective Sigmatropic Rearrangements of Vinyl Sulfonium Ylides”. This grant will allow Janakiram to travel to the United States to work with Prof. Huw Davies.

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New High Pressure Multireactor

New High Pressure Multireactor

The CHOCO Group recently bought a new MBS 2500 from Parr thruogh their Norwegian distributor Houm AS. Now we can run 9 reactions in parallell with high pressure and individual measurement of pressure. Screening of new catalysts will be much easier now!

At a ceremony with Ashot as host, she got the name Maggie after the late iron lady Margareth Thatcher

Our own postdoc Ashot Gevorgyan and the brilliant engineer Wojciech from Parr who made the instrument.

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Associate Editor Organometallics

Associate Editor Organometallics

CHOCO PI Kathrin has been appoined member of the editorial team at the ACS journal Organometallics. Organometallics publishes high-quality articles on the synthesis, structure, reactivity, and applications of organometallic compounds. Kathrin will contribute her expertise on computational modelling of organometallic systems to assist the journal in selecting high-quality submissions in the field.

 

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Angewandte Publication

Angewandte Publication

New publication from the CHOCO group in Angewandte Chemie: Iron‐Catalyzed Carbenoid Transfer Reactions of Vinyl Sulfoxonium Ylides: An Experimental and Computational Study

Congratulations to Dr. Janakiram Vaitla, very well deserved.

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Life in Tromsø – Louise Poutot

Life in Tromsø – Louise Poutot

In the spring of 2018 the CHOCO group had a MSc student from Besançon, Louise Poutot, visiting.

What were you working on?

I had to prospect the effect of different Lewis acids on CO2, using Gaussian 09. My work had the title “Study of the Activation of Carbon Dioxide by Lewis Acids“. I worked with the theoretical team of the CHOCO Group.

How did you like working in Tromsø?

The work environment was perfect! I had a shared office with 2 others and they were really nice. Also I never worked in such a place, but I think conditions were ideal for working, everybody was really nice, there is whiteboard in corridors for researchers to work and talk together without bothering anyone in office. The athmosphere was really good and the pause room is nice and cosy, especially with the coffee machine! 

What were challenges with work/project/etc?

The biggest challenges for me were to discover a new work environment and a new country with its culture. Using new tools and being efficient were also challenging.

How was life in Tromsø?

Life in Tromsø is nice, the town is not really big, but there is a lot of things to see, visit and it’s really different compared to what I know in France. I met a lot of people. I played cardboard games, ate pizza, and discovered that somewhere on earth some people eat whale. I tasted brown cheese (hmm… Sorry Yngve but I don’t like it. At all.) I also discovered what it is to live with the midnight sun! Strange experience: snow and sun at midnight in June – an unforgettable experience!

Obviously I had a really good stay in Tromsø, and The CHOCO group is nice and warm and very welcoming. I’m happy I was there and I hope to come back. Once again Thank you all!

Thank you Louise for three months with your pleasant demeanor and your contribution to furthering research – one step at a time!

The CHOCO group thanks the Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences and the Tromsø Research Foundation for contributing to finance Louise’s stay.

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CHOCO out-of-town meeting

CHOCO out-of-town meeting 2018

The CHOCO out-of-town meeting 2018 took place at Hamn on Senja (September 25-26).

On Tuesday we cooked an international dinner with food from Serbia, Spain, Norway, Germany, Armenia and Egypt. On Wednesday we had career-development exercises were CHOCO members learned how to write CVs and job applications – and how not to. Afterwards half of the group went on a long hike. 🙂

Impressions from the meeting:

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Did you think?

Did you think?

The CHOCO group and Karen O. H. Dundas from IK have arranged the exhibition ‘Did you think?’ at Nerstranda. In total, 22 roll-ups were produced for the exhibition.

Together with Maria Olsson from the Dept. for Psychology, we used the occasion to write a comment on gender balance in academia and the importance of role models: http://nordnorskdebatt.no/article/trodde-du

Special thanks to Nerstranda for the location, to the UiT 50 year anniversary committee and the NT-faculty for financing, and to Torger Grytå for the design.

 

 

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NordCO2 course

NordCO2 course (Sep 12-14, 2018)

The CHOCO group together with several other members of the NordCO2 consortium organized a great course on ‘Mechanisms for CO2 activation’ at UiT. 22 students from UiB, UiO, UU, UiT, AU and KTH joined, with lecturers coming from all the Nordic Countries (Denmark, Iceland, Sween, Finland and Norway).

Impressions from the course:

 

 

 

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