Archive for February, 2016

Enzyme mutagenesis sweetens prebiotics

Sugar lumpsEuropean scientists have developed an enzyme to cleanly and cheaply produce a healthier sugar with prebiotic properties.

Prebiotics – compounds that nourish the good bacteria in our gut – have become important synthetic targets due to their potential role in preventing diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. There are a limited number currently available for use in food, and most do not have the additional benefit of tasting sweet. Read the full article in Chemistry World»

Read the original journal article in ChemComm – it’s free to access until 30 March 2016:
Converting bulk sugars into prebiotics: semi-rational design of a transglucosylase with controlled selectivity
Tom Verhaeghe, Karel De Winter, Magali Berland, Rob De Vreese, Matthias D’hooghe, Bernard Offmann and Tom Desmet 
Chem. Commun., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09940D, Communication

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Solar cells firing on all cylinders

Scientists in china have manufactured cylindrical dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs) capable of generating a stable electrical output at different times of the day. Compared to their traditional flat counterparts, if correctly positioned so that the sun moves around their axis, their output is far less dependent of the angle of the sun. Read the full article in Chemistry World»

Read the original journal article in ChemComm – it’s free to read* until 22nd March 2016:
Cylindrical dye-sensitized solar cells with high efficiency and stability over time and incident angle
Qunwei Tang, Lei Zhang, Benlin He, Liangmin Yu and Peizhi Yang 
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC10105K, Communication

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Top 25 ChemComm articles October–December 2015

The 25 most-downloaded ChemComm articles in the fourth quarter of 2015 were as follows:

Design and synthesis of nitrogen-containing calcined polymer/carbon nanotube hybrids that act as a platinum-free oxygen reduction fuel cell catalyst
Tsuyohiko Fujigaya, Takeshi Uchinoumi, Kenji Kaneko and Naotoshi Nakashima
Chem. Commun., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1CC11303H, Communication

Improvement of oxygen reduction reaction and methanol tolerance characteristics for PdCo electrocatalysts by Au alloying and CO treatment
Yu-Chen Wei, Chen-Wei Liu and Kuan-Wen Wang
Chem. Commun., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1CC15110J, Communication

Ultrasensitive electrochemical immunoassay of proteins based on in situ duple amplification of gold nanoparticle biolabel signals
Xiaoli Qin, Aigui Xu, Ling Liu, Wenfang Deng, Chao Chen, Yueming Tan, Yingchun Fu, Qingji Xie and Shouzhuo Yao
Chem. Commun., 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC01439E, Communication

Multifunctional catalysis by Pd-polyoxometalate: one-step conversion of acetone to methyl isobutyl ketone
Robert D. Hetterley, Elena F. Kozhevnikova and Ivan V. Kozhevnikov
Chem. Commun., 2006, DOI: 10.1039/B515325E, Communication

The surface chemistry of metal–organic frameworks
Christina V. McGuire and Ross S. Forgan
Chem. Commun., 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04458D, Feature Article
From themed collection 2015 Emerging Investigators

Production of few-layer phosphorene by liquid exfoliation of black phosphorus
Jack R. Brent, Nicky Savjani, Edward A. Lewis, Sarah J. Haigh, David J. Lewis and Paul O’Brien
Chem. Commun., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC05752J, Communication

π-Electron rich small molecule sensors for the recognition of nitroaromatics
Sankarasekaran Shanmugaraju and Partha Sarathi Mukherjee
Chem. Commun., 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC07513K, Feature Article

Nanostructured electrochromic smart windows: traditional materials and NIR-selective plasmonic nanocrystals
Evan L. Runnerstrom, Anna Llordés, Sebastien D. Lounis and Delia J. Milliron
Chem. Commun., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03109A, Feature Article

Yttrium alkyl complexes with a sterically demanding benzamidinate ligand: synthesis, structure and catalytic ethene polymerisation
Sergio Bambirra, Daan van Leusen, Auke Meetsma, Bart Hessen and Jan H. Teuben
Chem. Commun., 2003, DOI: 10.1039/B208502J, Communication

Graphene quantum dots: emergent nanolights for bioimaging, sensors, catalysis and photovoltaic devices
Jianhua Shen, Yihua Zhu, Xiaoling Yang and Chunzhong Li
Chem. Commun., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2CC00110A, Feature Article

Reduction of graphene oxide viaL-ascorbic acid
Jiali Zhang, Haijun Yang, Guangxia Shen, Ping Cheng, Jingyan Zhang and Shouwu Guo
Chem. Commun., 2010, DOI: 10.1039/B917705A, Communication

Aggregation-induced emission: phenomenon, mechanism and applications
Yuning Hong, Jacky W. Y. Lam and Ben Zhong Tang
Chem. Commun., 2009, DOI: 10.1039/B904665H, Feature Article

Key processes in ruthenium-catalysed olefin metathesis
David J. Nelson, Simone Manzini, César A. Urbina-Blanco and Steven P. Nolan
Chem. Commun., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC02515F, Feature Article

Recent developments in transition metal carbides and nitrides as hydrogen evolution electrocatalysts
Wei-Fu Chen, James T. Muckerman and Etsuko Fujita
Chem. Commun., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC44076A, Feature Article
From themed collection Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution

A facile synthesis of UiO-66, UiO-67 and their derivatives
Michael J. Katz, Zachary J. Brown, Yamil J. Colón, Paul W. Siu, Karl A. Scheidt, Randall Q. Snurr, Joseph T. Hupp and Omar K. Farha
Chem. Commun., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC46105J, Communication

Layered double hydroxides toward electrochemical energy storage and conversion: design, synthesis and applications
Mingfei Shao, Ruikang Zhang, Zhenhua Li, Min Wei, David G. Evans and Xue Duan
Chem. Commun., 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC07296D, Feature Article

A superior catalyst with dual redox cycles for the selective reduction of NOx by ammonia
Zhiming Liu, Yang Yi, Junhua Li, Seong Ihl Woo, Baoyi Wang, Xingzhong Cao and Zhuoxin Li
Chem. Commun., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC43041C, Communication

Rapid synthesis of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanocrystals in an aqueous system
Yichang Pan, Yunyang Liu, Gaofeng Zeng, Lan Zhao and Zhiping Lai
Chem. Commun., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C0CC05002D, Communication

Aerobic oxidation catalysis with stable radicals
Qun Cao, Laura M. Dornan, Luke Rogan, N. Louise Hughes and Mark J. Muldoon
Chem. Commun., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47081D, Feature Article

Strongly green-photoluminescent graphene quantum dots for bioimaging applications
Shoujun Zhu, Junhu Zhang, Chunyan Qiao, Shijia Tang, Yunfeng Li, Wenjing Yuan, Bo Li, Lu Tian, Fang Liu, Rui Hu, Hainan Gao, Haotong Wei, Hao Zhang, Hongchen Sun and Bai Yang
Chem. Commun., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1CC11122A, Communication

Synthesis and catalytic properties of MIL-100(Fe), an iron(III) carboxylate with large pores
Patricia Horcajada, Suzy Surblé, Christian Serre, Do-Young Hong, You-Kyong Seo, Jong-San Chang, Jean-Marc Grenèche, Irene Margiolaki and Gérard Férey
Chem. Commun., 2007, DOI: 10.1039/B704325B, Communication

Nano-structured ternary niobium titanium nitrides as durable non-carbon supports for oxygen reduction reaction
Minghui Yang, Abigail Rose Van Wassen, Rohiverth Guarecuco, Héctor D. Abruña and Francis J. DiSalvo
Chem. Commun., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45732J, Communication

Chemical synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles
Taeghwan Hyeon
Chem. Commun., 2003, DOI: 10.1039/B207789B, Feature Article

Yolk/shell nanoparticles: new platforms for nanoreactors, drug delivery and lithium-ion batteries
Jian Liu, Shi Zhang Qiao, Jun Song Chen, Xiong Wen (David) Lou, Xianran Xing and Gao Qing (Max) Lu
Chem. Commun., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1CC13658E, Feature Article

Exploration of the medical periodic table: towards new targets
Nicolas P. E. Barry and Peter J. Sadler
Chem. Commun., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC41143E, Feature Article
From themed collection Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry


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Véronique Gouverneur – our new ChemComm Chair

ChemComm is delighted to announce Professor Véronique Gouverneur as its new Editorial Board Chair.

Professor Véronique Gouverneur (and friend!)

Véronique Gouverneur, who is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, leads a dynamic research group and holds a tutorial fellowship in organic chemistry at Merton College Oxford. She has been internationally recognised for her outstanding and original work in fluorine chemistry, and has recently been awarded the Tetrahedron Chair for 2016. She was also the Blaise Pascal Chair from 2012 to 2014, and is currently holding a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013-2018).

Her research aims to develop new approaches to address long-standing problems in the synthesis of fluorinated analogues of natural products, pharmaceutical drugs and molecular [18F] labelled probes for PET imaging.

Véronique takes on the role from Professor Richard R. Schrock, our previous Chair, to whom we remain extremely grateful for his vision and leadership for ChemComm, throughout a period of exceptional development and continued success for the journal. As he now passes the baton, we look forward to working with Véronique towards an even more exciting and dynamic future for ChemComm.

A very warm welcome to Véronique from all of us here at ChemComm!

Read some of Véronique’s recent publications in ChemComm and other Royal Society of Chemistry journals:

Synthesis and characterization of a novel N–F reagent derived from the ethano-Tröger’s base: 1JFN coupling constants as a signature for the N–F bond
Raul Pereira, Jamie Wolstenhulme, Graham Sandford, Timothy D. W. Claridge, Véronique Gouverneur and Ján Cvengroš
Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 1606-1609
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC08375C, Communication

Methylation followed by fluorination of the ethano-Tröger’s base affords a novel N–F reagent more reactive than Selectfluor bis(tetrafluoroborate). This study provides 1JFN coupling constants to characterize the N–F group.
Asymmetric 18F-fluorination for applications in positron emission tomography
Faye Buckingham and Véronique Gouverneur
Chem. Sci., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC04229A, Minireview
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Coordination diversity in hydrogen-bonded homoleptic fluoride–alcohol complexes modulates reactivity
Keary M. Engle, Lukas Pfeifer, George W. Pidgeon, Guy T. Giuffredi, Amber L. Thompson, Robert S. Paton, John M. Brown and Véronique Gouverneur
Chem. Sci., 2015,6, 5293-5302
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC01812A, Edge Article
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A dual radiolabelling approach for tracking metal complexes: investigating the speciation of copper bis(thiosemicarbazonates) in vitro and in vivo
Rebekka Hueting, Veerle Kersemans, Matthew Tredwell, Bart Cornelissen, Martin Christlieb, Antony D. Gee, Jan Passchier, Sean C. Smart, Véronique Gouverneur, Ruth J. Muschel and Jonathan R. Dilworth
Metallomics, 2015,7, 795-804
DOI: 10.1039/C4MT00330F, Paper

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