Short News

26.09.2017
JAFC selected in their new Virtual Issue ~4% of the papers published in the last 18 months to highlight recent notable advances in our understanding of polyphenol chemistry, metabolism and health benefits. We had two papers included in the top 4% ๐Ÿ™‚ See yourself at http://pubs.acs.org/page/jafcau/vi/polyphenols-research.html

01.08.2017
There is a postdoctoral researcher position open in our group! https://goo.gl/ci78Zd

02.06.2017
Summer students are here, but the summer is not!! Welcome Ira, Mimosa, Emilia and Maria. Nice to continue with you Saara, Joona, Valtteri and Saku as well ๐Ÿ™‚ P.S. Marica got another award for her PhD thesis, now from the PCS.

16.05.2017
Maarit got funded by the Academy!! Excellent news just keep on coming as we just welcomed Iqbal into our group! Welcome Iqbal, welcome funding and congrats Maarit ๐Ÿ™‚

28.04.2017
Our students did very well at the Kemian kevรคt ’17 symposium!! It was very easy to be proud of the whole group. We were quite many ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats to Marianna and Juuso for the awards as well! Now it is time for a short break so Happy 1st of May to All!

29.03.2017
Marica got the award for the best PhD thesis of 2016 from the Finnish Mass Spectrometry Society!! Woohoo! Can you beat that?

22.03.2017
Jussi got his 1st paper of the PhD thesis accepted!! He was also included in Peter Constabel’s great proanthocyanidin paper that was accepted this week as well! Two papers in one week is not bad at all ๐Ÿ™‚

07.02.2017
NCRG is looking for another excellent group member to work as a PhD student in the exciting world of tannins and their modifications. Look at the ad on the right for more details.

22.12.2016
Marica won the Best NCRG paper of the year award with the Toulouse paper. Congrats to Marica and Charlie! Merry Xmas and excellent new year 2017 to all group members, students and collaborators as well.

18.11.2016
Milla got funded by Raision tutkimussรครคtiรถ. Congratulations!!! Now we can finally make a combo of high quality, high resolution and high motivation with PA bioactivities ๐Ÿ™‚

16.10.2016
Double-good news for Nico this week. 3rd child born and 3rd paper practically accepted. Exciting times! Congrats to the whole family from everyone at NCRG.

26.09.2016
Marianna is our latest YouTube celebrity ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out yourself atย https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PG52oDDGJ8

… and Nico has just published our most expensive paper ever, thanks to J Dairy Sci.

12.08.2016
Matti got a permanent position at “Livsmedelsverket” in Uppsala! The new job includes utilisation and further development of mass spectrometric methods for trace level analysis of drug residues in food. Sounds excellent, so very many congrats to Matti from all of us at NCRG ๐Ÿ™‚

15.07.2016
Marica won the Dieter Treutter Memorial Prize at the ICP2016 for most outstanding presentation by a young scientist, and also the rest of the group did very well! Thanks Vienna, but no more wiener schnitzels for some time…

20.06.2016
We had a great pleasure to host prof. emeritus Daneel Ferreira in our group for several days. Now we all know much more of stereochemistry of plant tannins :). Marica and Daneel also had an excellent dissertation on Friday and the day ended with a very pleasant evening party. Thanks to everyone at NCRG and congrats Marica for honorable achievement!!

01.06.2016
Good or bad news first? Ola and Karolina left the building: thanks for all the help you provided. We failed to get Carsten back in Turku and that is a shame: funders do not know everything. Sometimes life is like that but new summer students bring balance by injecting positive energy into the lab.

24.05.2016
Our project proposal was evaluated as exceptional and outstanding in scientific quality and innovation by the Academy of Finland. Sounds fine, no complaints there ๐Ÿ™‚ Another 4 years and continuum to our Academy funding is thus secured. OptiFeed will start in September 2016.

01.04.2016
Aleksandra and Karolina joined our group for 2 months and Johanna came back to UTU, this time to Food Chemistry. Welcome to NCRG and welcome back! This is no joke despite the April Fools Day.

16.01.2016
Johanna got good post-doc news of her 4th paper, and Marica got her 3rd paper published after very minor changes. Nice job, both of you! No more tricky hurdles left for Marica in the final sprint towards PhD then ๐Ÿ™‚

21.12.2015
Very Merry Xmas and Excellently Fruitful New Year 2016 for all of our students, research group members and collaborators! Santa, could you please give something to the grant reviewers as well so that they would be more gifted next year and thus more positive towards our proposals ๐Ÿ™‚

27.11.2015
NCRG will receive additional energy in the format of two new PhD students, starting in January 2016. Congrats Sanjib and Milla, and welcome back to Finland Sanjib!

09.11.2015
Nico and Carsten had a race for their first paper of the PhD and Nico won just by a tiny margin! Congratulations, both of you! Now the race is on for the second one :). Who’s the winner this time?

20.08.2015
Our student-rich summer crew is getting close to the end of their posts. Thanks everyone for your hard work and let’s have a look at the excellent results then later as the whole package is finalized!

26.06.2015
Johanna got her PhD today! Very nice job altogether and after all ๐Ÿ™‚ Three of the four papers will be classics for sure. At the same time I wish nice summer for everyone from students to group members and collaborators. Summer will come, eventually…

23.04.2015
Our BSc and MSc students presented their work excellently at the Kemian kevรคt ’15 event! Congratulations to all of you and many thanks for keeping up the tradition of us winning at least one of the two poster awards ๐Ÿ™‚

16.04.2015
Marica’s second paper can be now downloaded from the JAFC website. This is another piece of excellent methodology of polyphenol analysis by MS/MS. Read it, use it, cite it. Two more to go and you’ve got the PhD, Marica ๐Ÿ™‚

12.03.2015
Our update on current knowledge of ellagitannin chemotaxonomy in plant species was accepted to be published in Phytochemistry. Very persistent work Johanna and a nice start for our own research on this subject outside the Oenothera world!

28.01.2015
Matti started today in his new job in Stockholm. Very nicely done Matti, congratulations! It really paid off to gain expertise in LC-MS and LC-MS/MS.

18.12.2014
Merry Christmas to all students, lab members and collaborators! Please enjoy your holidays, with or without any tannin additives. Wishing you all a very good New Year 2015 as well!

14.11.2014
Matti survived excellently from the elegant attacks by his opponent! Very nice performance both from Matti and Ray, now it is time for some relaxation, and to finalize the last manuscript ๐Ÿ™‚

10.9.2014
Marica had just recovered from the jet lag that was caused by the Nagoya experience and now she is already heading towards Toulouse to meat another set of worms. This time not on the plate, but under the microscope. Have a nice time in France!

8.9.2014
We just came back from the joint Polyphenol & Tannin Conference that was held in Japan. Really exciting cultural experience ๐Ÿ™‚ We listened good talks by Anu and Marica and otherwise gave four posters. Very well done indeed.

20.8.2014
Sorry for the long silence, but to update these new pages took more time than anticipated. Very many thanks to the university for forcing us to change the web application almost on a yearly basis! Now we are independent and will hopefully stick to the current system for at least two years ๐Ÿ™‚

25.5.2014
We hosted the Chemistry Course and Grant Application Course for ESRs of the LegumePlus and the Project Meeting for all project participants. Thanks very much for creating such a nice atmosphere for both of the events and see you soon in Reading!

26.3.2014
Marica just gor her 1st paper accepted in JAFC! The paper is just fantastic, although the publication process wasn’t. Hooray!! Then the next ms into the pipeline… ๐Ÿ™‚

28.2.2014
Matti is accelerating towards his PhD as the 3rd paper was just accepted in Phytochemistry. Another great paper of phenolic oxidation, very well done, Matti!

12.2.2014
Good news came in triplicate! First we got our excellent Oenothera paper with Marc accepted twice (must be a record??) and then Jeff managed to get his piece of art accepted as journal cover image for Annals of Botany. How about that?!

2.1.2014
Happy New Year to all lab members and collaborators, and welcome Scott to our lab!

13.12.2013
We all knew that this was a dangerous choice of date for Jaana’s dissertation, but everything went very well, starting from the loss of electricity in the opponent’s house during the early hours because of the Seija storm… Well done Jaana, although the steak was excellently medium ๐Ÿ™‚

7.11.2013
Dรฉjร -vu is French and typically means that a French guy always wins the prices during the LegumePlus meetingsโ€ฆ This is getting boring, Nico!

15.10.2013
Marion just flew back to Switzerland after a one-month visit to make room for Daniel for a two-month visit. Yes, and Daniel comes from…..Canada. A bad Finnish joke, I know… See you soon, and welcome.

25.7.2013
Marica won the prize for the best oral presentation in the alps, Young Scientists Symposium, organized by the Phytochemical Society of Europe! Well done, these prizes just keep on coming ๐Ÿ™‚

13.6.2013
LegumePlus network gave the second award for the best presentation, this time for oral presentation. Nico took this one, just like the previous award for the best poster! Can you keep up this pace, Nico?

23.5.2013
Anu’s first Phytochemistry paper was accepted today. Hooray! It’s looking pretty good now for the PhD.

16.5.2013
Two prizes were given for the best posters of the Kemian Kevรคt 2013 event and our students polished the table by taking both of them. Thanks for keeping up the tradition, Jussi and Anni!

3.4.2013
Johanna managed to get her ellagitannin characterization paper accepted in Chemoecology! Very well done, the paper will be highly useful for the whole field of chemical ecology!

18.3.2013
We faced a new week without two ESRs. Nico, have a great time during your secondment in Wageningen! Christos, enjoy the British weather after the hectic six weeks in cold Finland!

7.3.2013
The Seminar Cruise of Natural Chemistry Research Group was held again in Viking Line’s ferries. This time we had the possibility to test the slightly weird entertainment supply of the brand new Viking Grace…

4.2.2013
We had the priviledge to welcome three new researchers today in our group. Welcome Jeff, Carsten and Christos. Let’s head for some crazy science together!

4.1.2013
Jari managed to be the first one to publish a paper during 2013. Quickly done! Only 24 more are needed for us to catch up with 2012…

24.12.2012
Merry Christmas to all group members, students and collaborators. Let the New Year be even more successful to all of you.

13.12.2012
Many thanks for everyone for the nice “pikkujoulu” evening. Especial thanks to Matti for the organization and for sharing your good taste for music with the rest of us ๐Ÿ™‚

3.12.2012
Jaana just got her 3rd paper out this year! Exceptional work by a PhD student, although it is sometimes a tricky job to please the referees ๐Ÿ™‚

22.11.2012
Nico won the prize for the best poster in the LegumePlus meeting that was held in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Marica and JP gave very nice oral presentations and the meeting was successful also otherwise. The food was simply excellent!

5.10.2012
Ellagitannins made it into the first ever Science paper of our department! Well done you exciting molecules!! Many thanks for the collaborators as well.

3.9.2012
Marica jumped from undergraduate to graduate student position today. Congrats for the MSc and the best of luck for the PhD!

1.8.2012
Nicolas Baert from France joined our group to work under the LegumePlus project. Welcome Nico and good luck with your challenging PhD project!

24.7.2012
Marica had a very good oral presentation in the XXVIth International Conference on Polyphenols in Florence, Italy. Well done Marica, excellent work by an undergraduate!

26.-29.6.2012
The kick-off meeting of the EU-funded LegumePlus project was succesfully held in Reading, UK. Good work Irene and Prabhat with the organisation of the meeting.

13.-15.6.2012
XXXIV Finnish NMR Symposium was organized at the Harjattula Manor, and Jaana won the prize for the best poster! Well done Jari and Petri with the organization!