Congratulations to Majed Chergui, winner of ACS Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology!

Structural Dynamics congratulates Editor-in-Chief, Majed Chergui, who has won the ACS Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology. The award recognizes outstanding and creative contributions to fundamental discoveries or inventions in ultrafast science & technology in areas of physics, chemistry, biology, or related fields. Please join us in congratulating Prof. Chergui on this honor!

Structural Dynamics is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief

AIP Publishing, in collaboration with the American Crystallographic Association, is seeking an Editor-in-Chief for Structural Dynamics (SDY). 

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Structural Dynamics congratulates Katherine Rowlinson!

Wednesday, April 25, 2019

Professor Katherine Rowlinson

Structural Dynamics would like to congratulate Katherine Rowlinson
(pictured at far left) for receiving the Judith Flippen-Anderson Memorial Structural Dynamics Poster Prize. Katherine received this prize, jointly organized by Structural Dynamics and the ACA, for her poster, Disorder in Deoxycholic Acid Inclusion Compounds: a Solid State NMR & Crystallographic Study. This work was presented at the 2019 British Crystallographic Association Spring Meeting which was held at the University of Nottingham from April 15 to April 18. The journal also gratefully acknowledges John Helliwell, Igor Levin and Nori Yasuoka for their work as members of the prize selection committee. To learn more about this prize, and other poster prizes sponsored by the ACA, click here.

Congratulations to 2018 ACA Fellow, Majed Chergui!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Structural Dynamics congratulates Editor-in-Chief, Majed Chergui, on being selected as a 2018 Fellow of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA).

ACA fellows are selected based upon their scientific achievements as well as their leadership in the field of crystallography. You can read more about Prof. Chergui and the ACA Fellows program here. Please join us in congratulating Prof. Chergui on receiving this honor!

Philip Coppens (1930-2017)

On June 21, 2017, our Advisory Board member, Professor Phil Coppens of the University of Buffalo passed away at the age of 86.

Phil was a pioneer in X-ray crystallography and in particular he is the father of photocrystallography (a term coined by him), which consists in irradiating molecular crystals to bring the molecules into their metastable excited state and determine the structure of the latter. This marked the birth of time-resolved X-ray crystallography, which with the improvement in time resolution over the years, has now blossomed into a major area in X-ray science, especially in the ultrashort time domain. He was famous for his creativity and depth of scholarship, as witnessed by the numerous prestigious honors that marked his career. He had been an Advisory Board member of Structural Dynamics since the launch of the journal in 2014 and had published four articles in the journal. The scientific community is mourning the passing of a pioneer in Science. We present all our condolences to his family and relatives.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Congratulations to Shaul Mukamel, Associate Editor of Structural Dynamics

On June 10th, the University of Chicago presented an honorary degree to Shaul Mukamel, one of Structural Dynamics’ associate editors. For Shaul’s theoretical research, which has changed and advanced the field of spectroscopy with applications in physics, chemistry, and biology, he received an honorary doctor of science degree. Congratulations to Shaul for this much-deserved recognition.

2017 OSA Fellows

Friday, January 6, 2017

Congratulations to Majed Chergui, Editor-in-chief of Structural Dynamics who has become a Fellow of the Optical Society of America for 2017.

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Ahmed H. Zewail (1946-2016)

On August 2nd 2016, Caltech Professor and Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail passed away at the age of 70. He was member of the Advisory Board of Structural Dynamics. One can say that the entire field of ultrafast structural dynamics was born of his achievements. Back in the mid-1980s, he was the first to use femtosecond laser technology to solve problems in chemistry and biology. In this respect, he implemented the so-called pump-probe method in the femtosecond time domain, which he applied systematically to problems of growing complexity. This culminated in his earning the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1999. Parallel to these achievements, throughout the 1990s, he also pioneered ultrafast electron diffraction and microscopy, demonstrating their power at solving problems in chemistry, biology and materials science.

Ahmed Zewail had an amazing ability at communicating the power of the methods he developed and the significance of his findings, by identifying the system that would best explain a phenomenon. He was a real genius, the kind of person for whom no matter how complex a question is, he would find the answer. As a matter of fact, Femtochemistry and ultrafast electron-based Science developed into dynamic fields in less than 10 years thanks to the spectacular, yet deep, breakthroughs he achieved.

Reaching the acmes of prestige and international recognition did not change his character. Being from Egypt, he always felt he had a duty to help and lift the level of education in his country in particular, but also in southern countries in general, what he used to call the “have nots”. His dream for decades was to create a first class scientific university in Egypt, and this dream became reality in the past few years. This was at the cost of a huge effort, which only a personality like his could undertake.

The scientific community is not only mourning the death of a leader and a pioneer in Science, but also a personality with a vast culture, a contagious enthusiasm and uplifting spirit and most of all, with a never failing humbleness, respect and kindness in his relation to anyone.
May his Soul rest in Peace.

Editor-in-Chief of Structural Dynamics

Structural Dynamics welcomes new Associate Editor Dr. Shaul Mukamel 

Structural Dynamics welcomes Dr. Shaul Mukamel to the Editorial Board. Dr. Mukamel is currently a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California Irvine, author of the well-known book Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy, and a recent inductee to the National Academy of Science. Read more about Dr. Mukamel here.

Structural Dynamics thanks Dr. Franz Pfeiffer and Dr. Linda Young for their service

Structural Dynamics thanks retiring Associate Editors Dr. Franz Pfieffer and Dr. Linda Young for their dedicated service to the journal. The support Dr. Pfeiffer and Dr. Young gave the journal during its initial launch and first two years of publication are greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Editor-in-Chief Majed Chergui, APS fellow and winner of the Edward Stern prize

Structural Dynamics congratulates Editor-in-Chief Majed Chergui on his receipt of the Edward Stern prize, the highest honor awarded by the International X-Ray Absorption Society (IXAS) for lifetime achievement in science. Read more about the prize here. The Journal also congratulates Dr. Chergui on his nomination as an APS Fellow in 2015.

Now indexed in Scopus and Thomson Reuters Web of Science™

Structural Dynamics articles can now be accessed through Scopus and through Thomson Reuters Web of Science services. You can browse the journal via journal title or E-ISSN or search for specific papers or authors. Note that individual articles may appear up to several weeks after publication online in the journal.

Structural Dynamics Congratulates 2015 EPS Fellow Majed Chergui

In May 2015 the European Physical Society announced that Majed Chergui, Editor-in-Chief of Structural Dynamics, had been named a Fellow of the EPS after an election by his peers. Please join us in congratulating Prof. Chergui on this honor!

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Structural Dynamics Congratulates John Helliwell, winner of the 8th Max Perutz Prize from the European Crystallographic Association

John R. Helliwell, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Manchester and member of the Structural Dynamics Advisory Board, has been named the winner of the Max Perutz Prize for 2015. The European Crystallographic Association cite Prof. Helliwell’s “pioneering achievements … in the development of experimental beamlines for structural biology worldwide” and his “outreach and dissemination of crystallography to the scientific community” in their announcement of the Prize. Please join us in congratulating Prof. Helliwell on this honor!

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Congratulations to Majed Chergui, Editor-in-Chief of Structural Dynamics: 2015 Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy & Dynamics Recipient

Structural Dynamics is proud to congratulate Majed Chergui, Editor-in-Chief of Structural Dynamics, on receiving the 2015 Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy & Dynamics, which recognizes outstanding research and notable contributions to the field of molecular spectroscopy and dynamics. Professor Chergui has been recognized for developing new methods and redefining the boundaries of molecular spectroscopy through extending the temporal and spectral range, and for his pioneering work in ultrafast X-Ray spectroscopy for studies in solution and the solid state. Prof. Chergui will receive the award at the 2015 APS March Meeting in March in San Antonio, Texas.

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Congratulations to Shaul Mukamel, Editorial Advisory Board member of Structural Dynamics: 2015 ACS Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science & Technology

Structural Dynamics congratulates Professor Shaul Mukamel, Editorial Advisory Board member of Structural Dynamics, on receiving the 2015 ACS Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science & Technology. Professor Mukamel will receive the award at the 249th ACS national meeting in Denver.

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The Biophysical Society announces the 2015 Society Fellows. The award honors the Society’s distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science, contributed to the expansion of the field of biophysics, and supported by the Biophysical Society.

Dr. George Phillips, Jr. receives the 2015 Biophysical Society Fellows Award for his fundamental contributions to studying protein structure, dynamics and solvation by X-ray diffraction and for promoting graduate and postdoctoral training in biophysics.

2014 ACA Fellows

Congratulations to Structural Dynamics Associate Editor, George Philips, and to Structural Dynamics Advisory Board Member, John Spence, who have become Fellows of the ACA for 2014.

John Spence receives the John Cowley Medal of the International Federation of Societies of Electron Micrsocopy for 2014. The award honors a microscopist who has made a major contribution to the field as epitomized by the pioneers for whom the Medals are named.

Structural Dynamics welcomes new Associate Editor Toshinori Suzuki

Structural Dynamics welcomes Toshinori Suzuki to the Editorial Board. Prof. Suzuki is a prominent scientist in molecular beam scattering and ultrafast spectroscopies of chemical reaction dynamics in gas and liquid phases. Toshinori Suzuki is a professor of chemistry at the Graduate School of Science of Kyoto University.

Prof John Helliwell joins Structural Dynamics Editorial Advisory Board
Congratulations to John Helliwell, recipient of the 2014 ACA Patterson Award

Structural Dynamics welcomes John Helliwell in its Editorial Advisory Board. John R. Helliwell (University of Manchester, UK) has been selected to receive the 2014 ACA Patterson Award for his pioneering contributions to the development of the instrumentation, methods and applications of synchrotron radiation in macromolecular crystallography. A longtime member of ACA and Professor of Structural Chemistry at the University of Manchester, UK, his career is dedicated to exploring new applications of synchrotron radiation and he has worked tirelessly to improve synchrotron and neutron facilities worldwide. Always driven by the desire to innovate and overcome existing limits, John expanded the use of anomalous dispersion techniques to explore new challenges in structural biology. He contributed to solving the phase problem by, among other things, introducing longer wavelength radiation to expand anomalous scattering applications for phasing to a wider range of scatterers. He is also recognized for having pushed forward the development of Laue methods for time-resolved studies and other applications, both in x-ray and neutron crystallography.

The truly innovative nature of his work is demonstrated by the large number of "firsts" encountered in a synopsis of his career. He led the design and realization of the first dedicated synchrotron radiation x-ray source (SRS) instrument for protein crystallography (1981) and of the first protein crystallography synchrotron radiation wiggler instrument (1984).

With US scientists, notable initiatives were in longer wavelength anomalous dispersion (Howard Einspahr), weakly scattering crystals (Steve Ealick), microcrystal diffraction (Britt Hedman and Keith Hodgson), virus crystal diffraction (Michael Rossman) and Laue diffraction (Keith Moffat). His work at SRS-Daresbury was highlighted in Scientific American. In the late 80s and into the 90s, he led the European working group for macromolecular crystallography for the ESRF Foundation Phase report and became Vice Chair and then Chair of the ESRF Science Advisory Committee.

From 1979 to 1999 he developed two-wavelength anomalous-dispersion phasing techniques using synchrotron radiation, particularly important for their applications in radiation sensitive cases. In 1995 he first demonstrated sharpened crystal mosaicity in microgravity grown protein crystals and in 1998 he conducted one of the first time-resolved Laue protein crystallography studies harnessing fast readout CCD detectors. In 2001-2002 he determined the first de novo structure of apocrustacyanin A1, solved with softer x-rays. In 2005 he initiated ab initio structure determination by MAD phasing of powder diffraction data and discussed the potential for extending the method to structures of large molecules containing anomalous scatterers.

He is the author of a classic book on protein crystallography Macromolecular Crystallography with Synchrotron Radiation, published by Cambridge Univ. Press in 1992 (available in paperback since 2005). He is a founding editor of the Journal of Synchrotron Radiation and was president of the European Crystallographic Association (2006 - 2009). He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IUCr journals (1996 - 2005) during which period Acta Crystallographica Section E and Section F were launched.
(24 April 2014)