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Sugar meeting

Jesús Jiménez Barbero-presidente RSEQ(1) pierreProf. Jesús Jiménez-Barbero (CIC Biogune) and Dr. Pierre Çarçabal (Orsay) gave two talks in our Department. Jesús titled his talk “Sugars and glycomimetics: From conformation to recognition…” and Pierre “Sifting through sugars: carbohydrate interactions with water, protons and peptides“. We enjoyed with both talks and worlds (solution and gas phase) and had the opportunity to change some ideas.

In the photographs above Prof. Jesús Jiménez-Barbero (left) and Pierre Çarçabal (right)

XII SIJ Barcelona

From 3 to 6 November 2015, Barcelona hosted the 12th edition of the Symposium of Young Researchers of Sigma-Aldrich RSEQ (XII-SIJ). As every year, the conference is aimed at researchers in all areas of chemistry under 40 years, it aims to encourage the dissemination of research by young chemists, encourage the creation of research networks among young people and encourage interdisciplinary of chemistry XXI century.

The symposium was held in the heart of Barcelona and attendees were able to enjoy both the scientific level of the talks and the visit to the city of Barcelona during the first evening of the conference.

In addition, during the symposium prizes Sigma-Aldrich RSEQ this year has been awarded to doctors Gulías Moses Costa (University of Santiago de Compostela), Julio Fillol Lloret (Catalan Institute of Chemical Research), Carlos Martí Gastaldo (University are delivered Valencia) and Rocio Ortiz Ponce (Universidad de Málaga). They have also been granted the SusChem-MESTRELAB-JIQ Dr. Antonio Jesús Martínez Martínez (University of Strathclyde), awards in the category postdoc; Cayetana Zarate and Saez (Catalan Institute of Chemical Research) in predoc category. Emilio J. Cocinero (oral communication) and Montse (flash communication) contributed at the meeting.



Book chapter about carbohydrates

9783319192031Pierre Çarçabal and Emilio J. Cocinero wrote a book chapter about carbohydrates on the book “Gas-Phase IR Spectroscopy and Structure of Biological Molecules“. The series Topics in Current Chemistry presents critical reviews of the present and future trends in modern chemical research. The scope of coverage is all areas of chemical science including the interfaces with related disciplines such as biology, medicine and materials science.

The goal of each thematic volume is to give the non-specialist reader, whether in academia or industry, a comprehensive insight into an area where new research is emerging which is of interest to a larger scientific audience. Each review within the volume critically surveys one aspect of that topic and places it within the context of the volume as a whole.

The most significant developments of the last 5 to 10 years are presented using selected examples to illustrate the principles discussed. The coverage is not intended to be an exhaustive summary of the field or include large quantities of data, but should rather be conceptual, concentrating on the methodological thinking that will allow the non-specialist reader to understand the information presented. Contributions also offer an outlook on potential future developments in the field. In the figure, the cover of the book.


IBER 2015

The XIII Iberian Joint Meeting on Atomic and Molecular Physics (IBER2015) meeting was organized by the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division of the Portuguese Physics Society (Sociedade Portuguesa de Física), in collaboration with the Atomic and Molecular Physics Group of the Spanish Societies of Physics and Chemistry (Real Sociedad Española de Física and Real Sociedad Española de Química). Emilio J. Cocinero presented a invited talk at the meeting. In the picture bellow some participants enjoying of the great beach of Aveiro.


HRMS 2015

The XXIV Colloquium on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy (HRMS 2015) was organized in Dijon last August 23-28, 2015. Emilio J. Cocinero gave a plenary talk at the meeting and Patricia Écija and Iciar Uriarte presented two poster on the conformational map of methyl-ribofuranose and cotinine. Next meeting in the HRMS series will be in Helsinki in 2017. Alberto Lesarri (UVA), Dionisio Bermejo (CSIC) and José Luis Domenech (CSIC) were the Spanish team at the HRMS 2015.


In the photo above  Emilio J. Cocinero is giving the plenary talk at the HRMS 2015.


In the picture above Patricia Écija (left) and Iciar Uriarte (right) presented two posters at the meeting.

Exo-2,3-Epoxynorbornane published on ChemPhysChem

Our work about exo-2,3-epoxynorbornane was published on ChemPhysChem, 2015, 16, 2609–2614. We showed a study of exo-2,3-epoxynorbornane in the gas phase by pulsed jet Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy in the 4–18 GHz region. Six isotopologues were observed and characterized in their natural abundance. The experimental substitution and effective structures were obtained. Comparison with the structure of norbornane shows significant differences in several bond lengths and valence angles upon introduction of the epoxy group. All the work is supported by quantum chemical calculations.


Sevoflurane dimer cover in PCCP

A collaborative study between Pate’s group (Virginia University), Lesarri’s group (University of Valladolid) and our group concluded in PCCP publication which was highlight as Journal cover by the journal. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 18282-18287.

In this work we have examined the stereoselectivity of molecular recognition between two molecules of the anesthetic sevoflurane using broadband rotational spectroscopy. The transient axial chirality of sevoflurane is revealed upon the formation of the dimer, as two different diastereoisomers made of either homo- or heterochiral species are detected in a supersonic jet expansion. In both clusters the complex is stabilized by a primary C–H···O hydrogen bond, assisted by weak C–H···F interactions. This intermolecular binding regime is characterized by a mixture of electrostatic and dispersive interactions, midway between classical hydrogen bonds and van der Waals clusters.


Iciar and Emilio in ISMS2015 (Illinois)

The International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS-2015, June 20 – 24) was organized by second time  in Champaign-Urbana (Illinois). The meeting brought together about 500 researchers. Emilio gave a Flygare Award Lecture (which recognizes outstanding contributions on the molecular spectroscopy) at a Plenary Session on “What can we expect of high-resolution spectroscopies on carbohydrates?“ and Iciar titled her talk “Unravelling the Conformational Landscape of Nicotinoids: the Structure of Cotinine by Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy“. Emilio J. Cocinero was also elected new member of International Advisory Committee for the three next years.

IMG_20150624_095257_pequeñaPhoto: (From left to right) Emilio J. Cocinero, Shanshan Yu, Richard Dawes and Susana L. Widicus Weaver received the Flygare Award.


Rolando Lozada and Pierre Çarçabal visit Bilbao

Rolando Lozada and Pierre Çarçabal came to our laboratory to do some measurements. The visit was a success and we could characterize a new system.


Picure: Iciar, Rolando and Emilio in Bilbao

VII SusChem-JIQ Awards-2015

The SusChem-JIQ Awards aim to give public recognition to the work of young researchers under 40 years in the field of chemistry in our country.
premios suschem

Premio INNOVA-Mestrelab: David Fairen Jiménez.

Finalists: Manuel Moliner Marín y Diana Maté Mate

Premio PREDOC-Mestrelab: Cayetana Zárate Sáez

Finalists: Elena Navarrete Astorga y Sandra Arias López

Premio POSTDOC-Mestrelab: Antonio J. Martínez Martínez

Finalists: Laia Vilà Nadal y Alberto Fernández Tejada

Premio FUTURA-Mestrelab: Vicent Blay Roger
(Ingeniero Químico at Universidad de Valencia, mark 9,82 y 48 Honours)



You can see the full press-release in the next link .

Jon Hougen in Bilbao!!!

Prof. Jon T. Hougen (NIST, USA) is one the most recognized researchers in the molecular spectroscopy field. His interests are Quantum mechanical and group theoretical calculations of quantities of molecular spectroscopic interest for various cases of interaction between rotational, vibrational and electronic motion, with particular emphasis on rotational energy levels and rotational line intensities.

John gave a wonderful talk titled “A New Hybrid Program for Fitting the MW Spectra of Methylamine-like Molecules”. We have the opportunity to change some ideas.

2015-05-04 12.04.30Prof. Hougen during his talk at the Univerisidad del País Vasco.


RSEQ Prizes 2015

The Governing Board meeting on 09.04.2015 decided to approve the proposal of the committe of the call for 2015. The winners in the various categories are:


Prof. José Luis Mascareñas Cid, Prof. Nuria López Alonso, Prof. Ruben Martin Romo, Prof. Kilian Muñiz Klein, Prof. Concepció Rovira Angulo, Prof. Felix J. Zamora Abanades, Prof. Luisa De Cola, Prof. Eva M. Hey-Hawkins, Prof. Ferenc Joó, Prof. Joao Rocha, Dr. Moses Gulías Costa, Dr. Julio Fillol Lloret, Dr. Carlos Martí Gastaldo, Dra. Rocio Ponce Ortiz and Ms. Maria Luisa Prolongo Sarria.




More information in the this link

The Spanish Ministry funded MW project of group.


The project “Estudio de sistemas biológicos y atmosféricos por Espectroscopía láser y de microondas de alta resolución” led by Francisco J. Basterretxea and Emilio J. Cocinero was funded by Spanish Ministry (MINECO). This project will address future experiments. Additionally,  MINECO  granted this project with a Ph. D student (FPI grant).

British scientist Prof. Ben Davis gave talks in Bilbao on the influence of carbohydrates in diseases

The scientist at the University of Oxford Prof. Ben Davis, an expert in the study of the effects of carbohydrates and proteins in disease development, gave a presentation entitled “The World is made of sugar and dirt”.

Professor Davis has focused his career on the border between chemistry, biology and biomedicine and its work has led to the advancement of scientific knowledge, drug development, markers and probes.

In addition, Prof. Davis had the opportunity to visit our laboratory. We discussed about current and future projects.



Picture: Prof. Benjamin G. Davis giving a talk.