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Red Kite VII – June 17th 2015

The seventh meeting of the Red Kite Network will be held on Wednesday 17th June, 2015 at ISIS.

Attendance will be free of charge and there will be a transport from Oxford and a drinks reception thanks to generous sponsorship from ISIS.  There will also be a tour of the ISIS facility, however we need to know how many people are coming for safety as well as the nicer things, like making sure we don’t run out of tea, coffee, and nibbles.

The tour will be followed by a microsymposium, comprising a number of short talks by local speakers, focused on the use of neutrons.

Programme

12.15 pm Coach Leaves South Parks Road
1.00 pm Arrival at R80 (ISIS Target Station 2)
1:15 pm Tours of ISIS start
2:15 pm Tea, Coffee and Posters in R80 foyer
2.40 pm Transit to CR12/13 R68 Ground floor
2.55 pm Stephen Hull (ISIS) Introduction and Welcome
3.05 pm Craig Bull (ISIS) “Materials at Extreme Conditions – The Role of Neutrons”
3.25 pm Nicola Steinke (Oxford) “TBC”
3.40 pm Joe Kelleher (ISIS) “Deformation and Stress Measurement on the Engin-X Instrument”
4.05 pm Samual Duyker (Oxford/ANSTO) “Structural Transformations in Torsionally Flexible Cyanide Frameworks”
4.15 pm Stuart Bartlett (RCaH/Bath) “Dynamic Structural Changes by in-situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy”
4.30 pm Dominic Fortes (ISIS/UCL) “The Structure of Water in Salt Hydrates”
4.50 pm Return to R80 foyer
5.00 pm Wine reception and Posters
6.00 pm Coach departs for Oxford.

 

There will be a general structural science poster session and as before, the best will be rewarded.

In order to ensure there is enough tea/coffee/cake/poster prizes/seats on the bus, please let Amber L. Thompson (amber.thompson@chem.ox.ac.uk) or Marek Jura (marek.jura@stfc.ac.uk) know.

If you need transport from Oxford, we need to know BY THURSDAY 11TH JUNE, otherwise we need a complete list of names by 10AM MONDAY 15TH JUNE to arrange security clearance for the tours of ISIS. So, please fill in and email the form below:

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Name:
Institution:
I will be presenting a poster (Yes/No)
I will require a place on the coach (Yes/No)
Special Dietary Requirements:
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Red Kite VI

The sixth meeting of the Red Kite Network will be held on Thursday 8th January, 2015 in the Main Lecture Theatre in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

Attendance will be courtesy of the John Fell Oxford University Research Fund. The meeting will consist of three sessions, each commencing with a half hour Plenary delivered by a leading academic, followed by shorter talks by younger researchers.

Provisional Programme

9:00 Set up Posters etc.
9:50 Introduction
10:00 Dr. Jin-Chong Tan
(Oxford)
“Connecting Terahertz Vibrations in Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) to Elastic Structural Dynamics”
10:30 Will Fletcher
(Oxford)
“Conformation Bias: A Bayesian Approach to Protein Structure”
10:50 Dr. Jesus Campos- Manzano
(Oxford)
“Molecular Distortion Effects of Weak Interactions in Crystal Lattices. A Joint Crystallographic-Computational Study”
11:10 Tea Break
11:30 Dr. Matt Tucker
(ISIS)
“Is the future of Crystallography Disordered?”
12:00 Dr. Mark Chadwick
(Oxford)
“Organometallic Chemistry in the Solid State: A Route to Stabilisation of Sigma-Alkane Complexes”
12:20 Dr. Mark Senn
(Oxford)
“Large Negative Thermal Expansion in the Ruddlesden-Popper Perovskites and the role of Soft Mode “Trapping” Mechanisms”
12:40 Dr. Pascal Parois
(Oxford)
“Resolution of Metal Site Occupancies using Multiple Wavelengths”
1:00 Lunch & Posters
(JR Seminar Room)
2:30 Dr. Sylvia McLain
(Oxford)
“The structure of Biological Association in Solution”
3:00 Dr. Daniel Woodruff
(Oxford)
“Control of superconductivity in layered lithium iron selenide hydroxides Li1–xFex(OH)Fe1–ySe”
3:20 Sean Robinson
(Oxford)
“Halogen-bonding Anion Receptors: Investigating Halogen Bond Covalency”
3:40 Dr. Silvia Capelli
(ISIS)
“Correlating Structural Features with Physical Properties”
4:00 Drinks Reception & Posters (JR Seminar Room)

 

Those not speaking are encouraged to bring posters and the best will be rewarded.

Lunch is included, as is a small drinks reception after the meeting in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room. These will only be available to registered attendees.

Parking is notoriously difficult in Oxford, so please keep that in mind if travelling and we would recommend the train or Park & Ride.

In order to ensure there is enough tea/coffee/cake/sandwiches/poster boards etc., please let us know you are coming and whether you are going to bring a poster by emailing the registration form below to amber.thompson@chem.ox.ac.uk.

The registration deadline is 5pm on Friday 2nd January and we will confirm receipt by email.

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Name:
Institution:
I will be presenting a poster (Yes/No)
Special Dietary Requirements:
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Advanced Notice – January 8th 2015

OxfordRed Kite VI will be held on 8th January 2015 in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

The full programme will be announced nearer the time, but it will be in a similar one day format to the fifth meeting, comprising short talks and poster sessions. Following the support from John Fell Oxford University Research Fund, we hope to be able to provide lunch and a wine reception at the end.

The plenary speakers are confirmed as Drs. Sylvia McLain (Biochemistry, Oxford), Jin-Chong Tan (Engineering, Oxford) and Matt Tucker (ISIS).

Please make a note in your diary, I hope it will be an excellent event and we look forward to seeing you there.

Red Kite V

The fifth meeting of the Red Kite Network will be held on Wednesday 8th January, 2014 in the Main Lecture Theatre in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

Attendance will be courtesy of the John Fell Oxford University Research Fund. The meeting will consist of three sessions, each commencing with a half hour Plenary delivered by a leading academic, followed by three shorter talks by younger researchers.

Programme

9:00 Set up Posters etc.
9:50 Introduction
10:00 Prof. Andrew S. Weller (Oxford) “Organometallic reactivity and catalysis in the solid state”
10:30 Jerome G. P. Wicker (Oxford/ISIS) “Predicting crystallisation propensity of small molecules”
10:45 Markus Gerstel (Oxford) ‘Quantifying radiation damage in MX
11:00 Joshua A. Hill (Oxford) “Structural trends in transition-metal dicyanometallate framework materials’”
11:15 Tea Break
11:45 Dr. Arwen R. Pearson (RCaH/Leeds) A new approach to time-resolved crystallography
12:15 Andrew R. Jupp (Oxford) “The heptaphosphide cage as a novel source of organophosphorus compounds”
12:30 Rémi A. Tirfoin (Oxford) “Single-crystal X-ray characterization: a versatile diagnostic tool in organometallic chemistry”
12:45 Andrew Johnston (Oxford) “Cracking the structure of cocaine”
1:00 Lunch & Posters (JR Seminar Room)
2:30 Prof. A. Michael Glazer (Oxford) “The continuing saga of lead zirconate titanate”
3:00 Dr. Mark R. Warren (Diamond) “Using crystallography to watch your reaction”
3:20 Dr. Lynne H. Thomas (Bath/RCaH) Seeing the wood through the trees: unravelling the nanostructure of cellulose microfibrils
3:40 Dr. Tristan Youngs (ISIS) “Studies of mixed length scale heterogeneous systems at ISIS”
4:00 Drinks Reception & Posters (JR Seminar Room)

 

Those not speaking are encouraged to bring posters and the best will be rewarded.

Lunch is included, as is a small drinks reception after the meeting in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room. These will only be available to registered attendees.

Parking is notoriously difficult in Oxford, so please keep that in mind if travelling and we would recommend the train or Park & Ride.

In order to ensure there is enough tea/coffee/cake/sandwiches/poster boards etc., please let us know you are coming and whether you are going to bring a poster; the registration form is below. The registration deadline is Noon on Monday 6th January and we will confirm receipt by email.

 

 

Advanced Notice – January 8th 2014

OxfordRed Kite V will be held on 8th January 2014 in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

The full programme will be announced nearer the time, but it will be in a similar one day format to the third meeting, comprising short talks and poster sessions. Following the support from John Fell Oxford University Research Fund, we hope to be able to provide lunch and a wine reception at the end.

The plenary speakers are confirmed as Prof. Andrew S. Weller (Oxford), Dr. Arwen Pearson (RCaH/Leeds) and Prof. Mike Glazer (Oxford).

Please make a note in your diary, I hope it will be an excellent event and we look forward to seeing you there.

Red Kite IV – September 9th 2013

The fourth meeting of the Red Kite Network will be held on Monday 9th September, 2013 at Diamond House (Room G.59 and the Atrium).

Attendance will be free of charge and there will be a transport from Oxford and a drinks reception thanks to generous sponsorship from Diamond. There will also be a tour of Diamond Light Source, however we need to know how many people are coming for safety as well as the nicer things, like making sure we don’t run out of tea, coffee, and nibbles.

The tour will be associated with a microsymposium, comprising a number of short talks by local speakers, focussed on the use of synchrotron radiation as a structural probe.  The programme is below or can be downloaded in printable format.

Programme

12.15 pm Coach Leaves South Parks Road
12.50 pm Arrival Diamond  Register, collect badge & put up posters
1:15 pm Dr. Harriott Nowell (Diamond)  Introduction and Welcome
1:20 pm Dr. Steve Thompson (Diamond) “I11 Upgrade Project”
1.50 pm Dr. Philip Chater (Diamond) “Structural Chemistry Through the Length Scales”
2.20 pm Tours, Tea, Coffee and Posters in R22
3.50 pm Dr. Anna Warren (Diamond)  “X-ray Imaging as a Tool for Crystal Location”
4.10 pm Jon Treacy (Diamond/Manchester) “SXRD of Metal Oxides”
4.30 pm Rich Knighton (Oxford) “Towards Selective Anion Binding By Templated Interlocked Structures”
4.50 pm Karim Sutton (Oxford) “Big Methods for Small Molecules”
5.10 pm Drinks reception and Posters
6.00 pm Coach departs for Oxford.

 

There will be a general structural science poster session and as before, the best will be rewarded  (and yes, it will probably tweet).

In order to ensure there is enough tea/coffee/cake/poster prizes/seats on the bus, please let Amber L. Thompson (amber.thompson @ chem.ox.ac.uk) know if you would like to come. If you need transport from Oxford and/or would like to go on one of the tours, we need to know BY MONDAY 26TH August.  So, please let us know:

– Whether you need transport from Oxford
– If you would like to go on the tour of Diamond
– Whether you are going to bring a poster (it doesn’t have to be synchrotron radiation based)
– If you would prefer not to be added to the private announcement mailing list

 

Red Kite III

The third meeting of the Red Kite Network will be held on Thursday 10th January, 2013 in the Main Lecture Theatre in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

Attendance will be courtesy of the John Fell Oxford University Research Fund.  The meeting will consist of three sessions, each commencing with a half hour Plenary delivered by a leading academic, followed by three shorter talks by younger researchers.

Programme

9:00 Set up Posters etc.
9:50 Introduction
10:00 Prof. Paul R. Raithby (Bath/RCaH) “Photocrystallography: Watching Chemistry Happen”
10:30 Keary M. Engle (Oxford) “Hydrogen-Bonding Effects on the Reactivity of Fluoride Anion”
10:45 Matthew P. Blake (Oxford) “Alkaline Earth- and Rare Earth-Transition Metal Complexes”
11:00 Andrew B. Cairns (Oxford) Understanding the Unusual Mechanical Properties of Cyanide Framework Materials
11:15 Tea Break
11:45 Prof. Elspeth F. Garman (Oxford) “From Hot to Cool and Back Again: The Radiation Damage Challenge in MX”
12:15 Sebastian D. Pike (Oxford) “Characterization a Rhodium(I) Sigma Alkane Complex Formed by a Crystal to Crystal Transition”
12:30 Dr. Russell W. Driver (Oxford) “Intramolecular C-H…O Hydrogen Bonding in Small Molecules”
12:45 Simon Cassidy (Oxford/Diamond) “EXAFS Studies of High Vacancy Solids”
1:00 Lunch & Posters (JR Seminar Room)
2:30 Prof. David A. Keen (ISIS) “Complexity in Cubic and Nearly Cubic Crystals”
3:00 Dr. Micheal McDonough (Oxford) “The Crystal Structure of AspH in Complex with the an EGF-like Domain from the Blood Coagulation Factor X”
3:20 Dr. Kirsten E. Christensen (Oxford) “Aperiodicity: Between Order and Disorder”
3:40 Dr. Julia Parker (Diamond) “It’s All About the ‘Mussel’ Strength”
4:00 Drinks Reception & Posters (JR Seminar Room)  

 

Those not speaking are encouraged to bring posters and the best will be rewarded.

Lunch is included, as is a small drinks reception after the meeting in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room.  These will only be available to registered attendees.

Parking is notoriously difficult in Oxford, so please keep that in mind if travelling and we would recommend the train or Park & Ride.

In order to ensure there is enough tea/coffee/cake/sandwiches/poster boards etc., please let us know you are coming and whether you are going to bring a poster; the registration form is below.  The registration deadline is Noon on Monday 7th January  and we will confirm receipt by email.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

A photo of a Red Kite has won the award for Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the 11-14 age group category.

The young photographer, Owen Hearn said, “Seeing this red kite with an aeroplane in the distance was a moment I couldn’t miss.” The shot is symbolic for him for two reasons. It was taken at the centre of the Bedfordshire site chosen for London’s third airport back in the late 1960s. Owen went on, “Opposition to the planned airport stopped it going ahead, which is why I can photograph the wildlife on the farm today.”

Owen Hearn's Photo of a Red Kite
Owen Hearn’s Photo of a Red Kite