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Professor Itaru Hamachi joins as Associate Editor

We are very pleased to welcome Professor Itaru Hamachi from Kyoto University as a new Associate Editor to the ChemComm team and look forward to working with him over the coming years.

Itaru is a chemical biologist with expertise in live-cell organic chemistry, chemical biology, bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, and supramolecular biomaterials. He is now accepting submissions to ChemComm in the area of chemical biology.

Itaru is looking froward to his new role:

I would like to encourage that new chemistry and chemical approaches between the chemistry and biology interfaces will appear in ChemComm, in order to decipher a lot of chemical-biology problems and also to create novel bio-inspired materials.

About Itaru:

Professor Itaru Hamachi was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan in 1960 and received his Ph.D. in 1988 from Kyoto University under the guidance of the late Professor Iwao Tabushi. Immediately thereafter he joined Kyushu University, where he worked as an Assistant Professor for three years in the Kunitake laboratory before he became an Associate Professor in the Shinkai laboratory in 1992. In 2001, he became a Full Professor at IFOC, Kyushu University and moved to Kyoto University in 2005 where he currently heads the bioorganic chemistry wing.

Professor Hamachi has been a PRESTO investigator for 7 years (from 2000 to 2006) and a team leader of two CREST projects (from 2008 to 2013 and then from 2013 to 2018), which all are supported by the Japan Science and Technology (JST) Agency.

Submit your next top-notch, high-impact research now to Itaru Hamachi’s Editorial Office.



Itaru’s recent articles in ChemComm and other Royal Society of Chemistry journals include:*

Protein recognition using synthetic small-molecular binders toward optical protein sensing in vitro and in live cells
Ryou Kubota and Itaru Hamachi
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, 44, 4454-4471
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00381K, Review Article

Ligand-directed dibromophenyl benzoate chemistry for rapid and selective acylation of intracellular natural proteins
Yousuke Takaoka, Yuki Nishikawa, Yuki Hashimoto, Kenta Sasaki and Itaru Hamachi
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 3217-3224
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC00190K, Edge Article
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Hoechst tagging: a modular strategy to design synthetic fluorescent probes for live-cell nucleus imaging
Akinobu Nakamura, Kazumasa Takigawa, Yasutaka Kurishita, Keiko Kuwata, Manabu Ishida, Yasushi Shimoda, Itaru Hamachi and Shinya Tsukiji
Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 6149-6152
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC01753F, Communication

*Access is free until 30/09/2016 through a registered RSC account.

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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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ChemComm Associate Editor Jonathan Sessler to receive the 2014 MSMLG Award

ChemComm warmly congratulates Associate Editor Jonathan Sessler, who will receive the 2014 MSMLG Award at the 4th International Conference on Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates (MSMLG2014), to be held in Shanghai, China, from 9-12th November.

Professor Jonathan Sessler
Professor Sessler, of the University of Texas at Austin, is to be recognized for his seminal contributions to colorimetric anion, cation, and neutral substrate sensors, as well as for his work on calixpyrrole-based self-assembly and molecular logic device design.

Professor Seiji Shinkai
The MSMLG Award will also be presented to Professor Seiji ShinkaiChemComm sends sincere congratulations! Professor Shinkai, of Kyushu University, Japan, designed the first molecular machines and played an integral part in the development of various functional calixarenes.  We invite you to check out our recent cross-journal collection of articles – including a good number from ChemComm – especially published in celebration of Seiji Shinkai’s 70th Birthday.

MSMLG2014
The International Conference on Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates is a biennial conference organized by the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST). Over 350 delegates from 25 countries are expected to attend. They will discuss innovative research and development in the fields of molecular sensors and molecular logic gates, molecular recognition and supramolecular self-assembly, and related research areas.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is a proud supporter of MSMLG 2014, sponsoring two poster prizes, the winners of which will each receive a hardbound copy of ‘Molecular Logic-based Computation’ from the RSC Books list.

For more information on the conference and to see the line-up of speakers, visit http://www.msmlg2014.org/.

Look out for ChemComm’s upcoming themed collection on Molecular Logic Gates and Information Processing in early 2015!

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ChemComm introduces Rachel Caruso as Associate Editor

We would like give Rachel Caruso, from the University of Melbourne a warm welcome into the ChemComm team as a new Associate Editor.

Rachel is a materials chemist with expertise in the fabrication of advanced porous functional materials. She is now accepting submissions to ChemComm in the area of materials chemistry.

Biography

Rachel completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow and group leader at Berlin’s Hahn-Meitner Institute and the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Germany. She returned to Australia in 2003 to take up an Australian Research Council Fellowship. Since 2008, Rachel has held a joint appointment between the University of Melbourne and CSIRO as an Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Chemistry and as a CEO Science Leader in the division of Materials Science and Engineering. She currently leads an Advanced Porous Materials research group which consists of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students at both the Univeristy of Melbourne and CSIRO.

With over 60 research papers accepted in international journals with high impact factors, Rachel’s publications are extremely well cited and she has had her research displayed on six journal covers.

Submit your next top-notch, high-impact Communication to Rachel Caruso’s Editorial Office

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Erwin Reisner 2014 RSC Award winner

Harrison-Meldola Memorial PrizeHarrison-Meldola Memorial Prize

ChemComm Advisory Board member Erwin Reisner is a Harrison-Meldona Memorial Prize winner. Erwin was awarded this prize for his work in combining molecular synthesis, chemical biology and materials chemistry to develop artificial photosynthesis.

Erwin’s communication ‘Al-doped ZnO inverse opal networks as efficient electron collectors in BiVO4 photoanodes for solar water oxidation’ (C3EE44031A) is part of the ‘Celebrating the 2014 RCS Prize and Award Winners’ themed collection and is free* to access for a limited time only.

You can access papers by other 2014 RSC Prize and Award Winners for free* for a limited time. A full list of winners and more information about RSC Prizes and Awards can be found at: www.rsc.org/awards.

*Access is free until 06.06.14 through a registered RSC account – click here to register

Erwin recent tutorial review describes an emerging technique which allows for the light-dependent activity of Photosystem II adsorbed onto an electrode surface to be studied. This fascinating review can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Protein film photoelectrochemistry of the water oxidation enzyme photosystem II
Masaru Kato, Jenny Z. ZhangNicholas Paul and Erwin Reisner
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00031E

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Yong-Qiang Tu: ChemComm Editor’s Choice

Yong-Qiang TuMeet our Associate Editor in Organic Chemistry: Yong-Qiang Tu

Professor Yong-Qiang Tu (Lanzhou University, China) handles submissions to Chemical Communications (ChemComm) in organic chemistry.

Yong-Qiang’s research interests centre on tandem rearrangement reactions and their application to the total syntheses of bioactive alkaloids, synthetic studies of biologically active natural products, and the construction of C-C and C-N bonds via C-H functionalisations. We invite you to submit your urgent research to his editorial office.

Read Yong-Qiang’s Editor’s Choice selection of ChemComm articles by clicking on the links below – all articles are FREE for a limited period!

ChemComm is the home of urgent high quality communications from across the chemical sciences. With a world-renowned reputation for quality and fast times to publication (average of 40 days), ChemComm is the ideal place to publish your research.


Yong-Qiang Tu’s Editor’s Choice:

Enantioselective total synthesis of (+)-brazilin, (−)-brazilein and (+)-brazilide A
Xuequan Wang, Hongbin Zhang, Xiaodong Yang, Jingfeng Zhao and Chengxue Pan  
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC42385A

Domino Rh-catalyzed hydroformylation–double cyclization of o-amino cinnamyl derivatives: applications to the formal total syntheses of physostigmine and physovenine
Wen-Hua Chiou, Chien-Lun Kao, Jui-Chi Tsai and Yun-Man Chang  
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC43257B

An organocatalytic asymmetric sequential allylic alkylation–cyclization of Morita–Baylis–Hillman carbonates and 3-hydroxyoxindoles
Qi-Lin Wang, Lin Peng, Fei-Ying Wang, Ming-Liang Zhang, Li-Na Jia, Fang Tian, Xiao-Ying Xu and Li-Xin Wang   
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45139A

A modular total synthesis of (±)-trigonoliimine C
B. Narendraprasad Reddy and Chepuri V. Ramana  
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45512B

Synthetic modification of salinomycin: selective O-acylation and biological evaluation
Björn Borgström, Xiaoli Huang, Martin Pošta, Cecilia Hegardt, Stina Oredsson and Daniel Strand  
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45983G

Highly enantioselective synthesis of chiral 7-ring O- and N-heterocycles by a one-pot nitro-Michael–cyclization tandem reaction
Renate Rohlmann, Constantin-Gabriel Daniliuc and Olga García Mancheño  
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47397J

A new versatile approach to synthesise enantioenriched 3-hydroxyoxindoles, 1,3-dihydroisobenzofuran and 3-isochromanone derivatives by a rhodium-catalyzed asymmetric arylation–cyclization sequence
Yi Li, Dong-Xing Zhu and Ming-Hua Xu  
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47927G

Enantioselective total synthesis of virosaine A and bubbialidine
Hideki Miyatake-Ondozabal, Linda M. Bannwarta and Karl Gademann
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC38783F

A catalytic multicomponent coupling reaction for the enantioselective synthesis of spiroacetals  
Lara Cala, Abraham Mendoza, Francisco J. Fañanás and Félix Rodríguez  
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC00118K

An easy access to fluoroalkanes by deoxygenative hydrofluorination of carbonyl compounds via their tosylhydrazones
Arvind K. Yadav, Vishnu P. Srivastava and Lal Dhar S. Yadav
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC00122A


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Jonathan Steed on why he likes ChemComm (video)

Watch as our Associate Editor Jonathan Steed explains what he likes most about ChemComm.

Jonathan Steed accepts submissions to ChemComm in the area of supramolecular chemistry.  His research interests are in anion sensing, soft materials chemistry, particularly supramolecular gels, crystal growth, structural chemistry and crystal engineering.

Submit your best new, urgent, original research to Jonathan Steed’s Editorial Office.

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Why publish with the RSC?(video)

Watch this video and find out why the world’s leading scientists choose to publish with the RSC.  Keep an eye out for ChemComm Associate Editor Jon Steed (1:37), as well as ChemComm Advisory Board members Polly Arnold (2:39) and David Smith (6:00).

Polly Arnold also sits on the Chemical Science Advisory Board, together with Ben Feringa (3:10) and Seong Keun Kim (3:52).

Also appearing in the video is Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board member Zijian Guo (2:58).

Submit your best work to ChemComm, Chem Sci, and Chem Soc Rev!   

Find out more about RSC Publishing: http://rsc.li/11ki0Uo

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Penny Brothers joins ChemComm as Associate Editor

ChemComm warmly welcomes Professor Penny Brothers (University of Auckland, New Zealand) as a new Associate Editor. 

Penny Brothers is now accepting submissions to ChemComm in the areas of porphyrin chemistry, the main group elements and organometallic chemistry.  Her current research interests also include the chemistry of new sustainable materials and inorganic medicinal chemistry. 

Submit your next top-notch, high-impact Communication to Penny Brother’s Editorial Office.

Biography

Penny Brothers was born and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and completed her BSc and MSc(Hons) degrees in chemistry at the University of Auckland.  In 1979 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and set off for Stanford University to begin a PhD in chemistry under the supervision of Professor Jim Collman.  Her PhD thesis, and much of her subsequent research work, has centered around the chemistry of porphyrin complexes.Professor Penny Brothers

In 1986 she returned to Auckland and spent two years working as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Warren Roper in the Department of Chemistry, focussing on organometallic chemistry.  In 1988 she took up her current academic position at the University of Auckland.

She has been a visiting scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2003, 2005, 2006) and a visiting professor at the University of California at Davis (1993), the University of Heidelberg (2003) and the University of Burgundy (2004, 2006).  She has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for 2007.

Her current research brings together her interests in porphyrin chemistry, the main group elements and organometallic chemistry.  She investigates how the porphyrin ligand can be used to modify the chemistry of elements such as boron and bismuth, and as a ligand in complexes containing unusual chemical bonds between transition metal and main group elements.  She has a number of research collaborations in NZ and internationally.

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Ramakrishnan joins as ChemComm Associate Editor

ChemComm is delighted to announce Professor S. Ramakrishnan (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) as a new Associate Editor.

Ramakrishnan is now accepting submissions to ChemComm in the areas of organic materials and polymers. Ramakrishnan will also act as an ambassador for the journal within India, helping to raise the profile of ChemComm and attract the high-quality scientific research being produced from Indian institutes.

Submit your next high-quality communication to Ramakrishnan’s Editorial Office.

Biography
Ramakrishnan completed his BSc from the University of Bombay, MSc from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1988.

After a two-year postdoctoral stint at the Corporate Research Laboratory of Exxon Research and Engineering Company at Annandale, New Jersey, he took up a faculty position in the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he is currently a full professor.

His research interests are in the areas of design and development of novel polymerization methods, hyperbranched polymers, polymerizable surfactants, understanding and regulating conformation of synthetic macromolecules in solution and conjugated polymers.

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