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Our paper “Center for Astrobiology: Toward the RNA-World in the Interstellar Medium—Detection of Urea and Search of 2-Amino-oxazole and Simple Sugars” accepted in Astrobiology

In the past decade, astrochemistry has witnessed an impressive increase in the number of detections of complex organic molecules. Some of these species are of prebiotic interest such as glycolaldehyde, the simplest sugar, or aminoacetonitrile, a possible precursor of glycine. Recently, we have reported the detection of two new nitrogen-bearing …

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Our paper “Conformational impact of the aliphatic side chain in local anaesthetics: benzocaine, butamben and isobutamben” accepted in Chemical Communications

We studied the impact of the aliphatic side chain in the stability and conformational landscape of the local anaesthetics benzocaine, butamben and isobutamben, combining high resolution rotational spectroscopy in the microwave and millimetre regions and quantum-mechanical calculations. The study reveals the connections between the alkyl chain flexibility and molecular conformations. …

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Our paper “Observation of the Unbiased Conformers of Putative DNA-Scaffold Ribosugars” accepted in ACS Central Science

The constitution, configuration, and flexibility of the core sugars of DNA molecules alter their function in diverse roles. Conformational itineraries of the ribofuranosides (fs) have long been known to finely determine rates of processing, yet we also know that, strikingly, semifunctional DNAs containing pyranosides (ps) or other configurations can be …

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Dr. José Elguero and Dr. Ibon Alkorta visited our group!

Dr. José Elguero and Dr. Ibon Alkorta visited our group a week ago. They gave two amazing talks at the University of the Basque Country entitled “El futuro de la ciencia” (by Dr. Elguero) and “Anion-anion and cation-cation complexes” (by Dr. Alkorta). In the picture bellow, Dr. Alkorta giving his …

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Aran Insausti and Emilio J. Cocinero at the ISMO

Aran Insausti and Emilio J. Cocinero have visited Pierre Carçabal at the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay (ISMO) in order to cooperate with the PIC project. In the picture bellow Emilio, Pierre and Aran (from left to right).

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Emilio J. Cocinero will give a talk at the University of Valladolid (UVA)

Emilio J. Cocinero will give a talk called “Unravelling bio-structures by high resolution spectroscopies and applications” at the University of Valladolid (UVA) on Friday (October 11). Emilio Cocinero will present several studies on biomolecules (carbohydrates and glycopeptides) and several applications, exploiting an experimental strategy which combines microwave and laser spectroscopies …

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Emilio J. Cocinero will give a talk at “Centro de Astrobiología”

The next 4th of October, Emilio J. Cocinero will give a talk called “Unravelling bio-structures and applications by high resolution spectroscopies: Microwave and Laser spectroscopies” at “Centro de Astrobiología”, in Madrid. You can watch the talk live clicking on the following link: Click bellow for more information: http://www.cab.inta.es/es/agenda/289/seminario-4-10-2019-unravelling-bio-structures-and-applications-by-high-resolution-spectroscopies-microwave-and-laser-spectrocopies

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The History of the Universe by Carlos Briones

Briones gave an amazing informational talk about the History of the Universe, from its formation to today’s world, using a chemical point of view expressed in art works. You can click on the link bellow if you want to watch it: https://www.eitb.eus/es/divulgacion/videos/detalle/5854860/naukas-bilbao-2018-charla-carlos-briones/

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Our research about Conformational Behavior of D-Lyxose accepted in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Understanding the conformational preferences of carbohydrates is crucial to explain the interactions with their biological targets and to improve their use as therapeutic agents. We present experimental data resolving the conformational landscape of the monosaccharide d-lyxose, for which quantum mechanical (QM) calculations offer model-dependent results. This study compares the structural …

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Our research about Degradation Mechanism and Relative Stability of Methylammonium Halide Based Perovskites accepted in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Journal

The correct identification of all gases released during hybrid perovskite degradation is of great significance to develop strategies to extend the lifespan of any device based on this semiconductor. CH3X (X = Br/I) is a released degradation gas/low boiling point liquid arising from methylammonium (MA+) based perovskites, which has been …

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BBVA foundation´s “Red Leonardo” creation

Emilio J. Cocinero attend the meeting about the creation of “Red Leonardo”, initiative driven by the BBVA foundation. In the picture bellow, Dr. Marek Grzelczak, Dr. Guillermo Mínguez Espallargas, Martín Fañanás Mastral, Emilio J. Cocinero (from left to right).

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Our research about Competing Dispersive Interactions accepted in JPCL

Modern structural studies of biologically relevant molecules require an exhaustive interplay between experiment and theory. In this work, we present two examples where a poor choice of the theoretical method led to a misinterpretation of experimental results. We do that by performing a rotational spectroscopy study on two large and …

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Conferences on High-Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy

The 2018 Edition of the Prague Series of International Conferences on High-Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy was held in Bilbao (Spain) this September 3-7. We presented recent results focused on solving various structural problems of Chemistry at the molecular level. In particular, the conformational landscape of large clusters and biomolecules, including sugars, …

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Emilio J. Cocinero gives a talk in Kaiserslautern, Germany

Emilio J. Cocinero was invited by Markus Gerhards to Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he presented several studies on biomolecules (carbohydrates and glycopeptides) and several applications, exploiting an experimental strategy which combines microwave and laser spectroscopies in high resolution, computation and synthesis. In addition, other applications of high resolution spectroscopies were presented.

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Emilio J. Cocinero gives a talk in The Biofisika Institute, Bilbao

Emilio J. Cocinero attended to the Biophysics Seminar in The Biofisika Institute in Bilbao. He presented several results on the conformational landscape of several carbohydrates, peptides and glycopeptides with different biological roles, which have been obtained due to the combination of Laser and Microwave spectroscopy and theoretical calculations.

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Emilio J. Cocinero gives a talk in the ICMol, Valencia

Emilio J. Cocinero gave a talk at the Instituto de Ciencia Molecular (ICMol) in Valencia about several studies on carbohydrates exploiting an experimental strategy which combines microwave and laser spectroscopies in high resolution, computation and synthesis. Carlos Martí-Gastaldo was the host.

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Emilio J. Cocinero gives a talk in the IBBI 2018 in Texel, Holland

Emilio J. Cocinero was invited to the 10th edition of the Isolated Biomolecules Biomolecular Interactions “IBBI 2018”. He presents several studies about the elucidation of biomolecule structures (carbohydrates and glycopeptides) through high resolution spectroscopies. In the photo, IRID spectra of Tn-Thr* and Tn-Ser* Antigens presented at the talk.

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Emilio J. Cocinero gives two talks in Biennial Meeting of RSEQ in Sitges

Emilio J. Cocinero was invited to give two talks in the XXXVI Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry in Sitges. He particped in two different Symposiums (Structural determinants of the molecular recognition processes in biological molecules and Prebiotic chemistry in space and earth). In the Photo, Emilio …

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Camilla Calabrese wins competitive funding

Camilla Calabrese

Camilla Calabrese has recently been awarded a Juan de La Cierva Formación Fellowship. This is quite competitive call funded by the Spanish MINECO that highlight their excellent scientific and academic performance. Congratulations!

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Carlos Martí-Gastaldo and David González give a talk in our Department

Carlos Martí-Gastaldo gave a great talk about MOFs titled: “Charge transport and photo-activity in Metal-Organic Frameworks: Ultrathin Films and Porous Crystals” and David González about Supramolecular Chemistry: “Hierarchical Supramolecular Construction of Self-assembled Nanotubes by Coupling Cooperative Effects”. In the photo from left to right, Carlos Martí-Gastaldo, Aurelio Mateo-Alonso, David González …

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Shapes, Dynamics, and Stability of β Ionone and Its Two Mutants

We report the potential of state-of-the-art rotational technique (recently built at the University of the Basque Country) with an extended molecular analysis of three biomolecules combined to quantum chemical calculations and crystallized data comparison. The results are impressive: more than 8000 transitions have been assigned, corresponding to the rotational structures …

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