#RSCPoster Twitter conference – we were there, were you?

When, in 2017, #RSCposter conference was born, it was a groundbreaking concept. A Twitter-based, non-conventional conference, where participants from any part of the world could submit their poster in the same moment, suddenly allowed unprecedented exchange and discussion.

As we all know, online conferences have become mainstream in the course of 2020… But this did not make this edition, held on 2 and 3 March, less enjoyable!

Our team has contributed with three posters from our PhD candidates, Arianna, Valeria and Giuliana. In case you missed them, here’s a quick recap of their research:

Arianna uses peptide-based fibrils as a supramolecular organocatalyst. Thanks to this innovative approach, she has been able to accelerate the organocatalytic cycle.

Valeria made a name for herself with her triarylborane catalysed N-alkylation of amines with aryl esters, a project she carried out in Melen’s group. With this protocol, she managed to obtain her products with excellent yields and mild conditions, avoiding toxic metals, high temperature, and undesirable byproducts.

Giuliana has gained the spotlight with her poster about organocatalysed Michael addition to nitroalkenes via masked acetaldehyde, rather than free acetaldehyde. She developed a procedure that can have a potential application in pharmaceutical industry: as an example, for the synthesis of Pregabalin, a drug with antiepileptic and anticonvulsant activity.

This year, participants were over 900, from 62 countries!

We would like to thank the organizers who make this special event possible every year – for a wrap up of the event, here’s a link to the RSC article. For two days, people from all over the world interact and exchange information, regardless of their career stage and their role, and this creates a priceless sense of belonging to a community. A great scientific community!

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