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Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 1st Edition: Applications in Everyday Life

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

With great sorrow we inform you that on October 22 our good friend ALEXANDER KUDINOV passed away at the age of 61 because of a grave illness.

We all knew him as a talented chemist, often met him at conferences on boron chemistry and listened to him with great interest.

We will remember him.

Vladimir Bregadze, Elena Shubina and Dmitry Loginov

Sadly Professor Malcolm Wallbridge passed away on Tuesday this week. Malcolm was one of our first Professors at Warwick and really shaped the Department in its early years and throughout its growth in the 1990's. His influence on what we do today is great. He was responsible for shaping both Inorganic and Polymer Chemistry at Warwick as it is today as well as an even more wider contribution as Head of Department. The Department would be a very different place without his considerable influence. His wife and son are making funeral arrangements and a wake will be held in Scarman House on Tuesday 21st June – the department will have more details in due course. Malcolm will be sadly missed.

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Letter from Dr. Hiroyuki Nakamura


Dr. Igor ChizhevskyDr. Igor Chizhevsky

On May 23, 2016 Professor Dr. Igor Chizhevsky unexpectedly passed away as a result of thrombosis at the age 63. In the modern era of fast spreading and less challenging monoboron chemistry, his unexpected death is a serious blow to all of his friends, colleagues, and to all members of scientific community and, particularly, for those who are dedicated and surviving true researchers of boron cluster chemistry!

Igor T. Chizhevsky was born in Moscow in 1952. After graduating from the Chemistry Department of Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas Industry (1975), he was employed in the Institute of Organoelement Compounds in the laboratory of Organometallic Compounds headed by Prof. A. N. Nesmeyanov. In 1982 he received his Candidate of Chemistry degree (PhD). The title of his Candidate thesis was "Synthesis, stereochemistry and reactivity of functionally substituted norbornadiene–rhodium π‐complexes". From 1987 he started to work on metallacarborane chemistry within the group of Professor L.I. Zakharkin, and from 1989 in the group of Professor V.I. Bregadze. In 1991–1993 he worked as a Senior Research Associate in the laboratory of Professor M.F. Hawthorne, University of California, Los Angeles (USA). He received his Doctor of Science degree in 1999 (the title of his Dr. Sci. thesis is "Cyclopentadienyl and dicarbollyl complexes of platinum group metals with cycloolefins and related dienyl ligands"). Since 2000 he was a full Professor of Chemistry and a head of the laboratory of Transition Metals Metallacarboranes of the Institute of Organoelement Compounds of the Russian academy of sciences (RAS). Scientific interests of his laboratory focus on the organometallic chemistry of polyhedral organoboron and metallacarborane clusters, their reactivity and catalytic properties. Igor T. Chizhevsky is the author of several reviews and more than 200 papers in the fields of organometallic and metallacarborane chemistry. Since 1998 he is a member of International Committee of European Conferences on Boron Chemistry (EUROBORON), and since 2012 he is a member of the International Committee of IMEBORON. He was a leading specialist in the field of platinum group organometallic chemistry and catalysis by metallacarboranes. His works were characterized by in‐depth investigations and thoroughness. He was brilliant scientist with spacious mind. We miss him very much and our sincere condolences to his family!

Vladimir Bregadze and Narayan Hosmane
Members of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS) and the Surviving Members of the Polyhedral Boron Chemistry

Professor Kabalka Retires After 46 Years at UT

Abstract Proposal submission is extended
to April 18, 2016!

The ICNCT17 Program Committee cordially invites you to submit abstracts online for oral and poster presentations.
Please visit the conference website for relevant details and updates.

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Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to invite you to the 17th International Congress on Neutron Capture Therapy (ICNCT‐17) to be held on October 2nd through 7th, 2016 at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA.

Since its inception in 1983, ICNCT has been a meeting place for all researchers in the field of Neutron Capture Therapy of Cancer encompassing Chemistry, Neutron Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Medicine, and related fields.

The format of the conference will be similar to the one held before, with plenary talks, short presentations and posters highlighting current progress in the all relevant areas of the neutron capture therapy.

Abstract submission is now open and the early bird registration will begin in May 2016.

Geographically Columbia, Missouri is in the heart of United States, approximately 120 miles west of St. Louis and 120 miles east of Kansas City.

Thank you for your consideration. Please visit the conference website for relevant details and updates.

With Best Regards,

Satish S. Jalisatgi, President
David W. Nigg, Secretary and Treasurer
International Society for Neutron Capture Therapy

Emeritus Professor Heinrich Nöth

We Lost Another Major Player in Boron Science!

Dear Boron Colleagues:

We are very sorry to give you another sad news so soon about Emeritus Professor Heinrich Nöth who passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015 in Germany. Although the details are still unknown, but his sudden death has been confirmed by his student (through an e‐mail correspondences with Bakthan Singaram), and his friends and colleagues in Germany, Wolfgang Beck, Thomas Klapötke and Wolfgang Kaim. This is a great loss to our Boron Community as lately we have been losing many major players in the field. May God rest his soul in peace! Our sincere condolences to Heinz's family.

Professor Bakthan Singaram has passed along the following message to our Boron Community.

Dear Narayan:

Here is a copy of the e‐mail I got from Dr. Andrew Schlegel, a student of Prof. Noeth. I do not have any further confirmation about Heins' death. He was a very good friend of mine and I spent 3 months in LUM during my sabbatical in 1998. Take care.


―――――――― Original Message ――――――――


Aw: How are you all?


Wed, 8 Jul 2015 22:35:24 +0200


Ursula Schlegel


Ursula Schlegel


Bakthan Singaram

Dear Bakthan,

We are currently on holiday in Switzerland. Unfortunately I received the sad message that Prof. Nöth died on 26. Juni. My father read it in the Munich Newspaper.
I dont know further circumstances. The funeral is for the family only. As soon as i have further Information i will let you know.

Best regards

Prof. Robert Williams

Another Great Loss to our Boron Community!

Sadly, Emeritus Professor Robert Williams passed away on Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 in Lake Forest, CA. He had minor surgery in March, and his health deteriorated rapidly thereafter. This is another major loss to our Boron Community as lately we have been losing many major players in the field. May God rest his soul in peace! Our sincere condolences to Bob's family.

Professor G. Surya Prakash has passed along the following message to our Boron Community.

Dear Narayan,

I am sorry to inform you that our friend, Bob Williams passed away on Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 in Lake Forest, CA after a brief illness (email from his wife Barbara below). I hope you will be able to pass on this message to the Boron Community.

Unfortunately, we are losing all the major players of the field.

Best regards,


Should you wish to send a message to Bob's family, please contact Bob's wife, Barbara S. Williams <> and/or Surya G Prakash <>.

BORAM XV Coming Soon!

The 2016 Boron in the Americas Meeting (BORAM XV) is planned for June 25–28th at Queen's University in Kingston.

The 2014 Sheldon G. Shore Lecture

Sheldon G. Shore Lecture

Professor Sheldon G. Shore passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 4, following a surgery in mid March. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues around the world.

His obituary was published in the Chicago Tribune on April 9, 2014: Professor of Chemistry, Ohio State University; son of the late Louis and Lillian, brother of Melvin and the late Sam (Edna Gerstein), uncle to Dave, Diane, Barb, Gary, Steve. Funeral Services Friday, April 11th 2:00 PM at Beth‐El Ridgelawn Cemetery, 5736 N Pulaski, Chicago.

The Ohio State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will honor Dr. Shore at the annual Sheldon Shore lecture. This year's Shore Lecture is on Friday, April 25, and will be given by Professor Peter J. Stang of the University of Utah. This year, we will reflect on Professor Shore's passing and on his many contributions to the field of inorganic chemistry highlighting his extensive research in the chemistry of boron.

A Memorial service will be held at 5:30 PM, following the Shore Lecture.

If you wish to share a special memory, a photo, or personal remark, please visit the Guest Book available through Tribune.

Sheldon G. Shore Lecture

Another Great Loss to our Boron Community!

Sadly, Professor Sheldon Shore passed away earlier today, April 4, 2014. Many of you know that Sheldon had surgery last month on March 18th. He had experienced a difficult recovery with some serious complications post surgery. Although it had appeared Sheldon was making some progress, earlier this week his condition unfortunately began to significantly deteriorate.

Professor Sheldon Shore was the Inaugural Chairman of the Boron in the Americas organization, formerly known as BUSA and has mentored many younger boron chemists who have made their names in the field!

Additional information regarding funeral/memorial arrangements will be posted as it becomes available.

Prof Ken Wade FRS Passed Away on March 16, 2014

Professor Kenneth Wade Dr. Mark Fox has passed along the following message to the Boron Community. Should you wish to send a message to Ken's family, please contact Mark.

Dear fellow Boron chemists,

With sadness, this message is to let you all know that Ken Wade passed away last Sunday.

While many of us are familiar with his seminal work on skeletal/cluster electron‐counting rules, there are just as many of us that have enjoyed discussions with Ken and will miss him as a great friend.

Ken remained extremely active and was still passionate about chemistry. He visited the Durham Chemistry department last week and just had a publication accepted. A summary on his outstanding contributions to chemistry can be found at


Dear Boron Community:

We are sad to hear the bad news about Professor George Kabalka's wife Beth Kabalka. Our sincere Condolences to George Kabalka and his family and we pray that she will rest in peace!

Narayan Hosmane

Herbert BinderWe Lost Another Boron Chemist:
Professor Emeritus Herbert Binder (1936–2012)

Herbert Binder was born in Germany on July 28, 1936 and received his Ph.D. degree in 1966 from Universität Heidelberg and then joined the faculty of Anorganische Chemie at the Universität Stuttgart in 1981 and remained there until his retirement in 1998. Although he maintained his residence in Stuttgart throughout, he spent his retired life in Sweden, that is the home of his wife, Rangna.

Indeed, his contribution to the halogenated boron cages and their conversion to free radical species is noteworthy. It is really sad that we lost another boron chemist on November 6, 2012 due to illness. He will be remembered in the hearts of those who had some impact of his acquaintance scientifically and socially!

Save the date for next BORAM Meeting!

The 2014 Boron in the Americas Meeting (BORAM XIV) will take place from June 15–19th on the Newark Campus of Rutgers University.

The conference venue is located less than 15 minutes from the Newark/New York (EWR) airport and in close proximity to metropolitan New York (ca. 20–30 minutes to midtown or lower Manhattan).

More detailed information coming soon...

Frederick M. Hawthorne awarded National Medal of Science
by President Barack Obama

Frederick M. HawthorneProfessor Frederick M. Hawthorne is awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama. Hawthorne works at the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine. Courtesy of The University of Missouri

President Barack Obama awarded MU professor and researcher M. Frederick Hawthorne the National Medal of Science in a White House ceremony Feb. 1. Hawthorne is one of 12 researchers from across the U.S. who received the National Medal of Science, which is the nation's highest honor in the field. The award recognizes those who have made “outstanding contributions” to the field of science, according to a White House press release. The President's Committee on the National Medal of Science, a group of 12 scientists and engineers appointed by the president, selected the recipients.

White House AwardA separate White House news release included a brief award description of the recognized scientific achievements of each laureate. The award recognizes Hawthorne for his lifetime of “highly creative pioneering research in inorganic, organometallic and medicinal borane chemistry,” according to the release. (See more of this story)

Obama Bestows Nation's Top Scientific Honors
American Chemical Society's Chemical & Engineering News, By Susan R. Morrissey

M. Frederick Hawthorne awarded national medal of science
In Science, By Gloria S. Ross, special to the Beacon

Norman GreenwoodSad News! Norman Greenwood passed away on Nov. 14, 2012

Norman Neill Greenwood FRS (1925–2012)
Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds

Norman Greenwood was born in Australia in 1925 and graduated from Melbourne University before going to Cambridge. His wide‐ranging researches in inorganic and structural chemistry have made major advances in the chemistry of boron hydrides and other main‐group element compounds. He also pioneered the application of Mössbauer spectroscopy to problems in chemistry. He is a prolific writer and inspirational lecturer on chemical and educational themes, and has held numerous visiting professorships throughout the world.

Among the many stories that Professor Greenwood recounts is how his philosophy of teaching influenced his approach to writing his important textbook Chemistry of the Elements.

"The first thing that I wanted to emphasise was that chemistry was exciting, wondrous even, that when properly understood a lot of it is very straightforward, it is accessible, but it has to be presented in a reasonable form. That the facts of chemistry are astounding often, but also we have to remember that a compound might be beautiful to look at, it may be readily made or difficultly made, but might also be useful. And so I wanted to join the idea of the actuality rather than just an abstract idea of chemistry."

Greenwood and Earnshaw's Chemistry of the Elements has today been translated into several European and Asian languages, and is widely regarded around the world as being one of the most influential chemistry bibles of our time. Web of Stories is delighted to share Professor Norman Greenwood's video life story from his childhood in Australia, followed by his time as a PhD student at Cambridge University under the direction of Harry Emeléus, to his present status of Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Leeds University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Member of the French Academy of Sciences.

Icons of Boron Chemistry

Icons of Boron Chemistry by Narayan S. Hosmane
CHEMISTRY International July–August 2012 Volume 34 No. 4
The News Magazine of IUPAC

BORAM XIII Awards 2012

The Boron in the Americas (BORAM) Organization presented the 2012 Awards to Professor Bakthan Singaram of the University of California—Santa Cruz and Professor Frieder Jäkle of the Rutgers University—Newark, New Jersey at its thirteenth meeting held at Purdue University, the home of Herbert C. Brown.

BORAM Pioneer Awards 2012

The BORAM Organization presented the Pioneer Awards in 2012 to TWO Nobel Laureates in Chemistry (Ei‑ichi Negishi of Purdue University and Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University) and a Priestley Medalist M. Frederick Hawthorne (Director of International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine at the University of Missouri‑ Columbia) at its thirteenth meeting held at Purdue University, the home of Herbert C. Brown.

BORAM XIII and H.C. Brown Centennial Celebration

  • BORAM XIII / H.C. Brown Centennial Celebration will be held at Purdue University, the home of Herbert C. Brown (organized by the Local Organizing Committee and Chairman P. V. Ramachandran)
  • BORAM XIII – June 3–6, 2012
  • Herbert C. Brown Birth Centennial Celebration – June 7–8, 2012
  • 29th Herbert C. Brown Lectures – June 9, 2012

Morris SrebnikRemembering Morris Srebnik (1947–2011)

By Simcha Srebnik Stecklov

My father passed away of a sudden heart attack on the morning of Friday, December 2nd of 2011, in his Jerusalem apartment. He left us far too early and abruptly. Beyond being a devoted father he was part of many different communities—from chemistry to human rights to cycling to cats. This page is meant as a place for family, friends and colleagues who have been touched by Morris to write and share their stories or pictures (

Special Lecture: In the Memory Lane of Boron Icons 1981–2011
(who are no longer with us!)In the Memory Lane of Boron Icons 1981

Presented by Narayan S. Hosmane
On behalf of IME Boron XIV Organizing Committee

Special Memories Shared on YouTube

Dr. Bernard SpielvogelDr. Bernard F. Spielvogel Died on May 10, 2011


Dr. Spielvogel had over 40 years experience in synthetic boron chemistry and was employed in a variety of academic, government, and business positions. His academic appointments included The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Northern Illinois University, and Mt. Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. He served as a research grant administrator at the Army Research Office for 20 years. He founded or co‐founded 5 high tech companies based upon boron technology. His research led to over 135 publications and 50 patents. He was the principal inventor on patents in the field of boron analogs of amino acids, peptides, and nucleic acids. These compounds and related boron compounds have been found to have a broad spectrum of biological and pharmacological activity.

Obituary: Bernard F. Spielvogel (

Professor William N. Lipscomb, Jr.Another Great Loss—William N. Lipscomb has Died at Age 91

Winner of the 1976 Nobel prize in chemistry and boron chemistry pioneer, William N. Lipscomb, Jr., died at age 91 from pneumonia and other complications resulting after a fall. Bill died at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

Bill is survived by a wife, Jean, 3 children, 3 grandchildren, and 4 great‑grandchildren.

Obituary: William N. Lipscomb (ChemViews)
Eulogy for William N. Lipscomb, Jr., by his son, James S. Lipscomb

Professor F. Gordon A. StoneWe Lost a True Pioneer of Boron Chemistry in F. Gordon A. Stone

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011, F. Gordon A. Stone passed away at his home. He was very comfortable and suffered no pain, he simply went to sleep. He was also very much aware that it was the three‐year‐anniversary of his wife Judith's death, to whom he was married for 52 years. It has been made known that it was Gordon's adamant and unwavering wish that no one knew of his medical situation. "Those who knew him and remembered him best will know what an extremely private person Gordon was and that he wished for anyone to see him at anything less than a position of strength."

Obituary: F. Gordon A. Stone (University of Bristol)

Professor Lee J. ToddRemembering Professor Lee Todd

On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, Professor Lee Todd passed away after several months of declined health. The family and friends of Lee Todd (1936–2011) invite you to celebrate his life and accomplishments in a Memorial Service on:
Saturday, May 28, at 2:00 p.m.
Quaker Meeting House
3820 East Moores Pike
Bloomington, IN 47401

In honor of his wishes, the family has established the Lee J. Todd Chemistry Memorial Scholarship for students who pursue a chemistry degree at Indiana University. Donations may be made in his memory to the Indiana University Foundation. Please reference account number 37‐AS06‐47‐8 and mail to: Indiana University Foundation, PO Box 2298, Bloomington, IN 47402.

Two Boron Chemists Receive The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010

Ei-ichi Negishi (left); Akira SuzukiThe Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010 was awarded jointly to Richard F. Heck, Professor Ei‐ichi Negishi of Purdue University, and Professor Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University, Japan, "for palladium‐catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis"

Photos by U. Montan:
Professor Ei‐ichi Negishi (left) and Professor Akira Suzuki (right)

New Books on Boron are Dedicated to Boron Chemistry Pioneers

Boron Science: New Technologies and Applications

William N. Lipscomb, Jr.With 29 chapters and 58 authors from all over the world, Boron Science: New Technologies and Applications, edited by Narayan Hosmane, will be published by CRC Press in March 2011 and is dedicated to Emeritus Professor William N. Lipscomb, Jr.(Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1976) on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

This book is the first of its kind to comprehensively cover the latest in boron science in a single source. The text addresses the application of boron in chemistry, industry, medicine, and pharmacology and explains its role in such problems as catalysis, hydroboration, superconductors, materials, and magnetic and nonmagnetic nanoparticles as well as in medical applications such as cancer therapy.

Boron and Gadolinium Neutron Capture Therapy for Cancer Treatment

M. Frederick HawthorneCo‐authored with his collaborators, John Maguire (USA), Yinghuai Zhu (Singapore) and Masao Takagaki (Japan), Narayan Hosmane presented to the world the first of its kind book on Boron and Gadolinium Neutron Capture Therapy for Cancer Treatment by dedicating it to Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne (Priestley Medal 2009), who is one of the founders of polyhedral boron chemistry, has dedicated his later career to curing cancer through the innovative, state‐of‐the‐art therapy, known as Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) which is the subject of this book. Much of the progress in this experimental endeavor rests on Professor Hawthorne's work.

The book focuses on two concurrent experimental therapies in cancer treatment known as BNCT and gadolinium neutron capture therapy (GdNCT) using a variety of boron‐ and gadolinium‐based compounds. Some of the gadolinium compounds serve the dual purpose as being MRI contrast agents and GdNCT agents. The book describes why BNCT and GdNCT were not at the forefront of the clinical trials during the past seven to eight decades since the discovery of neutrons by John Chadwick in 1932 and how the latest development in the synthesis of target boron‐ and gadolinium‐based drugs have turned the area to be the hottest one and worthy of further investigation with the new clinical trials in the USA and elsewhere.

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Pioneers of Boron Chemistry

Herbert Brown Herbert C. Brown
Winner of the 1979 Nobel prize in chemistry, died in December 2004 at the age of 92
M. Frederick Hawthorne M. Frederick Hawthorne
Institute Director, International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine, University of Missouri—Columbia
William Lipscomb William N. Lipscomb
Winner of the 1976 Nobel prize in chemistry, died in April 2011 at the age of 91
Robert Parry Robert Walter Parry
Passed away on Friday, December 1, 2006; A memorial service was held on December 9, 2006, at Evans & Early Mortuary, Salt Lake City, Utah
Sheldon Shore Sheldon G. Shore
Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Ohio State University
Gordon Stone F. Gordon A. Stone
Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Baylor University, passed away on April 6, 2011.
Robert Brotherton Robert J. Brotherton
Passed away in February 2001, less than one year before the Boron Americas meeting was held in Death Valley, Calif.

Lipscomb's Periodic Table of the Elements

We see that boron has one more electron than beryllium and one less electron than carbon. Bill sought to learn more about the nature of the chemical bond through calculation. But the computing time grows dramatically and beyond the possible very quickly with the number of electrons, placing most carbon compounds out of reach in the 1960s. The fewer electrons the better for calculations, but the chemistry of beryllium and lithium is correspondingly less complex. That leaves boron.

Bill's Periodic Table

Bill's Periodic Table: Illustrated by Jean C. Evans