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HOT ChemComm articles for July

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 5th September 2018.

Transformation of single MOF nanocrystals into single nanostructured catalysts within mesoporous supports: a platform for pioneer fluidized-nanoreactor hydrogen carriers
Ignacio Luz, Mustapha Soukri and Marty Lail
Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 8462-8465
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC04562C, Communication

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Defective Pt nanoparticles encapsulated in mesoporous metal–organic frameworks for enhanced catalysis
Qiang Wang, Xu-Sheng Wang, Chun-Hui Chen, Xue Yang, Yuan-Biao Huang and Rong Cao
Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 8822-8825
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC04485F, Communication

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Tetrahedral DNAzymes for enhanced intracellular gene-silencing activity
Hien Bao Dieu Thai, Fabienne Levi-Acobas, Soo-Young Yum, Goo Jang, Marcel Hollenstein and Dae-Ro Ahn
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC05721D, Communication

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Strong carbon cage influence on the single molecule magnetism in Dy–Sc nitride clusterfullerenes
Christin Schlesier, Lukas Spree, Aram Kostanyan, Rasmus Westerström, Ariane Brandenburg, Anja U. B. Wolter, Shangfeng Yang, Thomas Greber and Alexey A. Popov
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC05029E, Communication

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CdZnSe@ZnSe colloidal alloy quantum dots for high-efficiency all-inorganic perovskite solar cells
Qinghua Li, Jinke Bai, Tingting Zhang, Chao Nie, Jialong Duan and Qunwei Tang
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC05517C, Communication

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Upgrading gasoline to high octane number using Zeolite-like Metal Organic Framework molecular sieve with ana-topology
Mohamed Eddaoudi,  M Infas Mohideen,  Youssef Belmabkhout,  Prashant Bhatt,  Zhijie Chen,  karim adil  and  Aleksander Shkurenko
Chem. Commun., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC04824J, Communication

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ChemComm to keep double-blind peer review option

Since July 2017, ChemComm has been running an experiment; offering authors a choice on how their manuscript is peer reviewed. Authors have had the option to choose between the customary ‘single-blind’ peer review, where reviewers remain anonymous while knowing who the authors are or choose to keep their identity from reviewers, who will assess the work without knowing who the authors are – i.e., ‘double-blind’ peer review. 12 months on, as our experiment comes to a close, we want to share some of our findings, which have led us to decide to keep optional double-blind peer review on ChemComm.

Over the last 12 months, 10% of ChemComm authors chose the double-blind option at submission. In line with data published in the Peer Review Congress abstracts1, authors from India and Iran had higher than average uptake, whereas USA, Japan, Germany and the UK all showed less than 5% uptake. During the trial we gathered feedback from authors to understand their motivations for choosing either single- or double-blind peer review. We found that those who chose double-blind, perceived this option to be more fair and all said they would choose it again next time they submit. Those who opted for single-blind peer review did so because of familiarity with the process, with a small proportion saying they would chose double-blind next time.

Authors are responsible for anonymising their own manuscripts, and we found that a significant portion of manuscripts were not fully anonymised, in many cases due to author and/or affiliation details being present in the main article. This is something we want to explore further to see if there are actions we can take to increase the proportion of manuscripts that are fully anonymised. If you do want to choose double-blind peer review for your submission, guidelines for successfully anonymising your manuscript can be found in our handy checklist along with more detailed guidelines for authors and reviewers.

Overall, our findings suggest that the quality of the reviews received was comparable for both single- and double-blind review and author satisfaction levels were also equal for both. Although it is unclear at this stage whether double-blind peer review truly reduces bias during the peer review process, it has been clear to us that there is strong advocacy for it from some members of our community. Therefore, we want to continue offering our authors at ChemComm a choice and therefore the option to choose double-blind peer review will remain as a permanent feature.

We continue to welcome your comments and feedback and encourage you to try double-blind peer review for your next submission.

 

1Elisa De Ranieri et al. Analysis of Uptake and Outcome in Author-Selected Single-blind vs Double-blind Peer Review at Nature Journals https://peerreviewcongress.org/prc17-0305

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PCET 2018 – a successful gathering for the chemistry community

The 3rd International Conference on Proton Coupled Electron Transfer (PCET) was held recently from 10 – 14 June in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA. The meeting was a great success and one that ChemComm was very happy to support.

There were 128 attendees overall included attendees spanning 15 countries. The topics of the 81 posters and 34 talks presented covered all areas of Chemistry, one of which was presented by Ken Sakai, Kyushu University and sponsored by ChemComm.

The 4th PCET meeting will be held in 2021 in Catalonia, Spain, and will be hosted by Toni Llobet.

 

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HOT ChemComm articles for June

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 3rd August 2018.

Highly Lewis acidic cationic alkaline earth metal complexes 
Jürgen Pahl, Steffen Brand, Holger Elsen and Sjoerd Harder
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC04083D, Communication

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Single-site labeling of lysine in proteins through a metal-free multicomponent approach
Maheshwerreddy Chilamari, Neetu Kalra, Sanjeev Shukla and Vishal Rai
Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 7302-7305
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC03311K, Communication

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Controlling the growth of fullerene C60 cones under continuous flow
Ibrahim K. Alsulami, Thaar M. D. Alharbi, David P. Harvey, Christopher T. Gibson and Colin L. Raston
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC03730B, Communication

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Formal water oxidation turnover frequencies from MIL-101(Cr) anchored Ru(bda) depend on oxidant concentration
Asamanjoy Bhunia, Ben A. Johnson, Joanna Czapla-Masztafiak, Jacinto Sá and Sascha Ott
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02300J, Communication

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Smart urea ionic co-crystals with enhanced urease inhibition activity for improved nitrogen cycle management
Lucia Casali, Luca Mazzei, Oleksii Shemchuk, Kenneth Honer, Fabrizia Grepioni, Stefano Ciurli, Dario Braga and Jonas Baltrusaitis
Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 7637-7640
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC03777A, Communication

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CO2-Triggered microreactions in liquid marbles
Xinjie Luo, Hongyao Yin, Xian’e Li, Xin Su and Yujun Feng
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01786G, Communication

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HOT ChemComm articles for May

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 6th July 2018.

A quasi-solid-state and self-powered biosupercapacitor based on flexible nanoporous gold electrodes
Xinxin Xiao and Edmond Magner
Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 5823-5826
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02555J, Communication

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Late stage modifications of P-containing ligands using transition-metal-catalysed C–H bond functionalisation
Zhuan Zhang, Pierre H. Dixneuf and Jean-François Soulé
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02821D, Feature Article

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A novel three-fluorophore system as a ratiometric sensor for multiple protease detection
Yana Okorochenkova, Martin Porubský, Sandra Benická and Jan Hlaváč
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01731J, Communication

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The environmental-sensitivity of a fluorescent ZTRS–Cd(II) complex was applied to discriminate different types of surfactants and determine their CMC values
Fei Deng, Shuangshuang Long, Qinglong Qiao and Zhaochao Xu
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC03888K, Communication

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An intrinsically compressible and stretchable all-in-one configured supercapacitor
Mengmeng Hu, Jiaqi Wang, Jie Liu, Jiaheng Zhang, Xing Ma and Yan Huang
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC03375G, Communication

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Paraffinic metal–organic polyhedrons: solution-processable porous modules exhibiting three-dimensional molecular order
Kenichiro Omoto, Nobuhiko Hosono, Mika Gochomori and Susumu Kitagawa
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC03705A, Communication

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Philip Power at 65: an icon of organometallic chemistry

Professor Philip P. Power (University of California, Davis) turned 65 in April 2018 and in honour of this anniversary and his immense influence on the field of organometallic chemistry we’re pleased to introduce a new cross-journal themed collection

Guest edited by Roland C. Fischer, Michael S. Hill, and David J. Liptrot the collection brings together 27 of Professor Power’s key RSC papers with specially commissioned work for Dalton Transactions and Chem. Commun. by over 45 by his coworkers and protégés.

Read the editorial, in which the guest editors give an overview of Professor Power’s career and highlight some of his contributions to the study of low coordinate systems, multiple bonding, small molecule activation, and London dispersion forces, or read on to check out some of the many hot articles inspired by his work.

 

1,3,2-Diazaborole-derived carbene complexes of boron

Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 41-44
10.1039/C7DT04079B

 

1,3,2-Diazaborole-derived carbene complexes of boron were synthesized via 1,2-hydrogen migration.

 

 

A snapshot of inorganic Janovsky complex analogues featuring a nucleophilic boron center

 

Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 12734-12737
10.1039/C7CC07616A

The addition of phenyl lithium (PhLi) to an aromatic 1,3,2,5-diazadiborinine (1) afforded isolable ionic species 2, which can be deemed as an inorganic analogue of a Janovsky complex.

 

Neutral two-dimensional organometallic–organic hybrid polymers based on pentaphosphaferrocene, bipyridyl linkers and CuCl

Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 1014-1017
10.1039/C7DT04286H
 

The reaction of the Pn ligand complex [Cp*Fe(η5-P5)] (1: Cp* = η5-C5Me5) with CuCl in the presence of 4,4′-bipyridine or 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene leads to the formation of three unprecedented neutral 2D organometallic–organic hybrid networks.

 

 

C–H and H–H activation at a di-titanium centre

 

Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 13117-13120
10.1039/C7CC07726B

An NHC promotes intramolecular C–H activation in bis(pentalene)dititanium; this process is reversed by the addition of hydrogen, forming a dihydride.

 

Divergent reactivity of nucleophilic 1-bora-7a-azaindenide anions

Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 734-741
10.1039/C7DT04350C
 

The reactions of 1-bora-7a-azaindenide anions, prepared in moderate to excellent yields by reduction of the appropriate 1-bora-7a-azaindenyl chlorides with KC8 in THF, with alkyl halides and carbon dioxide were studied.

 

 

Carbodiimides as catalysts for the reduction of a cadmium hydride complex

 

Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 460-462
10.1039/C7CC08393A

A rare terminal cadmium hydride complex has been synthesised. Reduction to the cadmium(I) dimer complex was achieved upon treatment with carbodiimides.

All articles in this collection will be free to access until the 19th of June. 

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HOT ChemComm articles for March

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 4th May 2018

An umpolung of Lewis acidity/basicity at nitrogen by deprotonation of a cyclic (amino)(aryl)nitrenium cation
Jiliang Zhou, Liu Leo Liu, Levy L. Cao and Douglas W. Stephan
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01331D, Communication

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Aqueous immiscible layered double hydroxides: synthesis, characterisation and molecular dynamics simulation
Kanittika Ruengkajorn, Valentina Erastova, Jean-Charles Buffet, H. Chris Greenwell and Dermot O’Hare
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC00528A, Communication

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Ultrasmall Ru2P nanoparticles on graphene: a highly efficient hydrogen evolution reaction electrocatalyst in both acidic and alkaline media
Tingting Liu, Shuo Wang, Qiuju Zhang, Liang Chen, Weihua Hu and Chang Ming Li
Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 3343-3346
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01166D, Communication

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Catalytically active nanorotor reversibly self-assembled by chemical signaling within an eight-component network
Abir Goswami, Susnata Pramanik and Michael Schmittel
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01496E, Communication

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Impact of partial interpenetration in a hybrid ultramicroporous material on C2H2/C2H4 separation performance
Daniel O’Nolan, David G. Madden, Amrit Kumar, Kai-Jie Chen, Tony Pham, Katherine A. Forrest, Ewa Patyk-Kazmierczak, Qing-Yuan Yang, Claire A. Murray, Chiu C. Tang, Brian Space and Michael J. Zaworotko
Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 3488-3491
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01627E, Communication

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On the nature of organic and inorganic centers that bifurcate electrons, coupling exergonic and endergonic oxidation-reduction reactions
John W. Peters, David N. Beratan, Gerrit J. Schut and Michael W. W. Adams
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01530A, Feature Article

 

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Outstanding Reviewers for Chemical Communications in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Chemical Communications in 2017, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Professor Koji Hirano, Osaka University, ORCID: 0000-0001-9752-1985
Professor Marcel Hollenstein, Institut Pasteur, ORCID: 0000-0003-0263-9206
Professor Yu Sherry Jiang, Harvard Medical School
Professor Joohoon Kim, Kyung Hee University, ORCID: 0000-0003-1481-2440
Dr Matthew Lloyd, University of Bath, ORCID: 0000-0002-4821-4361
Professor Arpad Molnar, University of Szeged, ORCID: 0000-0001-9191-450X
Professor David Nelson, University of Strathclyde, ORCID: 0000-0002-9461-5182
Professor Kyungsoo Oh, Chung-Ang University, ORCID: 0000-0002-4566-6573
Professor Carlos del Pozo, University of Valencia, ORCID: 0000-0002-0947-5999
Professor Jin Xie, Nanjing University, ORCID: 0000-0003-2600-6139

We would also like to thank the Chemical Communications Board and the general chemical sciences community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.

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HOT ChemComm articles for February

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 6th April 2018.

Challenges and advances in the computational modeling of biological phosphate hydrolysis
Dušan Petrović, Klaudia Szeler and Shina Caroline Lynn Kamerlin
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC09504J, Feature Article

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Copper-catalyzed three-component cyclization of amidines, styrenes, and fluoroalkyl halides for the synthesis of modular fluoroalkylated pyrimidines
Xue-Qiang Chu, Bu-Qing Cheng, Yao-Wei Zhang, Danhua Ge, Zhi-Liang Shen and Teck-Peng Loh
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC09571F, Communication

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Encoding matter with regiospecific 12C/13C isotopic labels
James J. La Clair
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC00080H, Communication

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Unravelling Lawesson’s reagent: the structure of monomeric (4-methoxyphenyl)phosphine disulfide
Artur Mardyukov, Dominik Niedek and Peter R. Schreiner
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC00034D, Communication

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Enhanced hydrogen spillover to fullerene at ambient temperature
Hirotomo Nishihara, Tomoya Simura and Takashi Kyotani
Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC00265G, Communication

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Spatially resolved coding of λ-orthogonal hydrogels by laser lithography
Rhiannon R. Batchelor, Eva Blasco, Kilian N. R. Wuest, Hongxu Lu, Martin Wegener, Christopher Barner-Kowollik and Martina H. Stenzel
Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 2436-2439
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC09619D, Communication

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Nucleus infiltrated by peptide gene switch

Researchers in India have taken a step towards selective gene regulation by making a peptide-based artificial transcription factor that can upregulate a luciferase reporter gene in mammalian cells.1

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
Top: Schematic representation of the artificial transcription factor. DBD = DNA binding domain, NLS = nuclear localisation signal, AD = activationdomain, CPP = cell penetrating peptide. Bottom: The main DNA recognition motif is a pair of symmetry related helices inserted into the major groove of the target DNA.

Transcription factors are proteins that bind to specific DNA sequences and control gene expression by converting DNA to RNA. Since transcription factors are important for turning genes on or off, the researchers hope that artificial transcription factors could treat diseases by rebalancing perturbations in cellular pathways. Lead researcher, Siddhartha Roy, from the Bose Institute in Kolkata, says their work ‘is part of a continuing effort to develop small peptides that are deliverable inside the cell and can regulate – either inhibit or activate – the expression of specific genes.’

Read the full story by Fiona Tscherny on Chemistry World.

References

1 K Roy et al, Chem. Commun., 2018, DOI: 10.1039/c7cc09279b

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