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Ivan Aprahamian wins Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize

Photograph of Professor Ivan AprahamianThe International Committee of the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry is delighted to announce that the 2016 Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize, given annually to an outstanding early-career supramolecular chemist, has been awarded to Professor Ivan Aprahamian, Dartmouth College, USA for his exciting research on molecular switches – congratulations!

As part of the Prize, Prof. Aprahamian will give a lecture at the 11th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry meeting in Seoul, Korea which takes place from 10–14 July 2016.

Photograph of Dr Jeanne AndresDr Jeanne Andres (Deputy Editor of ChemComm) will be attending the event and will present the award in person. She would love to hear about your research and meet with our readers, authors and referees. Please do get in touch with Jeanne if you would like to arrange a meeting in advance.

We are also delighted to announce that the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry in 2017 will be held in conjuction with ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry.

Our keynote speakers will be:

  • François Diederich (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • David Leigh (The University of Manchester, UK)
  • Jeffrey Long (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Vivian Yam (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Xi Zhang (Tsinghua University, China)

Full details of all the confirmed speakers may be found on the event website.

We hope you can join us in Cambridge, UK – save the dates 2–6 July 2017!

While you are waiting you might like to check out some of our recent themed collections of articles in the area of supramolecular chemistry – Enjoy!

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Top 25 most-downloaded ChemComm articles January–March 2016

Here are the 25 most-downloaded ChemComm articles from the first quarter of 2016:

The surface chemistry of metal–organic frameworks
Christina V. McGuire and Ross S. Forgan
Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 5199-5217, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04458D, Feature Article
From themed collection 2015 Emerging Investigators

Radical C–H functionalization to construct heterocyclic compounds
Jin-Tao Yu and Changduo Pan
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 2220-2236, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC08872K, Feature Article

Fluorescent probes for the selective detection of chemical species inside mitochondria
Zheng Xu and Lin Xu
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 1094-1119, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09248E, Feature Article

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, 47, 2071-2073, DOI: 10.1039/C0CC05002D, Communication

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, 50, 10555-10572, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03109A, Feature Article

Reduction of graphene oxide via L-ascorbic acid
Jiali Zhang, Haijun Yang, Guangxia Shen, Ping Cheng, Jingyan Zhang and Shouwu Guo
Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 1112-1114, DOI: 10.1039/B917705A, 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, 48, 3686-3699, DOI: 10.1039/C2CC00110A, Feature Article

Aggregation-induced emission: phenomenon, mechanism and applications
Yuning Hong, Jacky W. Y. Lam and Ben Zhong Tang
Chem. Commun., 2009, 4332-4353, DOI: 10.1039/B904665H, Feature Article

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, 49, 9449-9451, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC46105J, Communication

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, 50, 13338-13341, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC05752J, Communication
From themed collection Celebrating the 2016 RSC Prize and Award Winners

All-inorganic cesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals for photodetector applications
Parthiban Ramasamy, Da-Hye Lim, Bumjin Kim, Seung-Ho Lee, Min-Sang Lee and Jong-Soo Lee
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 2067-2070, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC08643D, Communication

Photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2 using heterogeneous catalysts with controlled nanostructures
Shunji Xie, Qinghong Zhang, Guodong Liu and Ye Wang
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 35-59, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC07613G, Feature Article

Preparation and applications of novel composites composed of metal–organic frameworks and two-dimensional materials
Shaozhou Li, Kai Yang, Chaoliang Tan, Xiao Huang, Wei Huang and Hua Zhang
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 1555-1562, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09127F, Feature Article

Aerobic oxidation catalysis with stable radicals
Qun Cao, Laura M. Dornan, Luke Rogan, N. Louise Hughes and Mark J. Muldoon
Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 4524-4543, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47081D, 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, 50, 10355-10375, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC02515F, Feature Article

Insight into the crystallization of amorphous imine-linked polymer networks to 2D covalent organic frameworks
Brian J. Smith, Anna C. Overholts, Nicky Hwang and William R. Dichtel
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 3690-3693, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC10221A, Communication

Creating a thermally activated delayed fluorescence channel in a single polymer system to enhance exciton utilization efficiency for bluish-green electroluminescence
Jiajia Luo, Guohua Xie, Shaolong Gong, Tianheng Chen and Chuluo Yang
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 2292-2295, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09797E, Communication

Highly crystalline covalent organic frameworks from flexible building blocks
Liqian Xu, San-Yuan Ding, Junmin Liu, Junliang Sun, Wei Wang and Qi-Yu Zheng
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 4706-4709, DOI: 10.1039/C6CC01171C, Communication

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, 47, 6858-6860, 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, 2820-2822, DOI: 10.1039/B704325B, Communication

Pharmaceutical cocrystals: along the path to improved medicines
Naga K. Duggirala, Miranda L. Perry, Örn Almarsson and Michael J. Zaworotko
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 640-655, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC08216A, Feature Article

Photo-click construction of a targetable and activatable two-photon probe imaging protease in apoptosis
Mi Zhou, Jing Hu, Mengmeng Zheng, Qinhua Song, Jinbo Li and Yan Zhang
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 2342-2345, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09973K, Communication

Cobalt(III) catalyzed C-8 selective C–H and C–O coupling of quinoline N-oxide with internal alkynes via C–H activation and oxygen atom transfer
Nagaraju Barsu, Malay Sen, J. Richard Premkumar and Basker Sundararaju
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 1338-1341, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC08736H, Communication

Novel solvent properties of choline chloride/urea mixtures
Andrew P. Abbott, Glen Capper, David L. Davies, Raymond K. Rasheed and Vasuki Tambyrajah
Chem. Commun., 2003, 70-71, DOI: 10.1039/B210714G, Communication

Chemical synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles
Taeghwan Hyeon
Chem. Commun., 2003, 927-934, DOI: 10.1039/B207789B, Feature Article

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Sunset for perovskites?

Perovskites have arguably transformed solar energy more in the last few years than other technologies have in decades. But British researchers have called into question optimistic predictions of undiscovered perovskites.

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Hybrid perovskites are a mix of organic and inorganic ions with the same crystal structure as calcium titanium oxide (CaTiO3). Halide perovskites are a subset of these structures containing halide ions such as fluoride or chloride. Iodide perovskites such as methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) can convert sunlight to electricity.

Researchers use a decades-old geometric ‘tolerance factor’ to propose new combinations of ions that will form stable perovskites. Now, Robert Palgrave and his team at University College London, UK, have reassessed the validity of the tolerance factor in predicting new hybrid perovskite structures. Read the full article in Chemistry World»

Read the original journal article in Chemical Science – it’s open access:
On the application of the tolerance factor to inorganic and hybrid halide perovskites: a revised system
W. Travis, E. N. K. Glover, H. Bronstein, D. O. Scanlon and R. G. Palgrave 
Chem. Sci., 2016, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC04845A, Edge Article

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Iron-rich silicate plays cosmic matchmaker

Computational chemists in Spain have discovered that iron in cosmic dust grains helps turn hydrogen atoms into molecular hydrogen (H2).

The average density of the interstellar medium is several billion times less dense than even the best vacuum chambers on Earth. Collisions between hydrogen atoms are therefore rare, and when they do occur, only one out of every 100,000 creates H2. Read the full article in Chemistry World»

Read the original journal article in ChemComm – it’s open access:
Does Fe2+ in olivine-based interstellar grains play any role in the formation of H2? Atomistic insights from DFT periodic simulations
J. Navarro-Ruiz, P. Ugliengo, M. Sodupe and A. Rimola 
Chem. Commun., 2016, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C6CC02313D, Communication

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