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Raffaella Buonsanti and Corinna Schindler: Winners of the ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2019!

Raffaella Buonsanti

Raffaella Buonsanti obtained her PhD in Nanochemistry in 2010 at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory, University of Salento. Afterwards, she moved to the US where she spent over five years at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, first as a postdoc and project scientist at the Molecular Foundry and after as a tenure-track staff scientist in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.

She is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at EPFL in Switzerland. Her group works at the interface of materials chemistry and catalysis, using colloidal chemistry tools to synthesize controlled and tunable nanocrystals and to advance the current knowledge on the electrocatalytic conversion of small molecules into value-added chemicals. You can also learn more about Raffaella’s group and research on Twitter @lnce_epfl.

 

 

 

Corinna Schindler

Corinna was awarded her PhD in 2010 at the ETH Zurich, where she worked with Professor Erick M. Carreira on the total synthesis of Banyaside B and Microcin SF608. She has been awarded several honors during her independent career, including a 2016 David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship, a 2016 NSF CAREER award, a 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a 2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, a 2019 Marion Milligan Mason Award, and a 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her group’s research focuses on the development of new synthetic transformations relying on environmentally benign metals and the synthesis of complex molecules of biological importance in cancer treatment and infectious diseases. Find more info about Corinna and her group on Twitter @SchindlerLab.

 

 

 

 

As part of the Lectureship award, Raffaella and Corinna will each present lectures at three locations over the coming year, with at least one of these events taking place at an international conference. Details of the lectures will be announced in due course but keep an eye on Twitter @ChemCommun for details!

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HOT Chemical Communication articles for April

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until  15th August 2019.

Drastic lattice softening in mixed triazole ligand iron(II) spin crossover nanoparticles
Mario Piedrahita-Bello, Karl Ridier, Mirko Mikolasek, Gábor Molnár, William Nicolazzi, Lionel Salmon* and Azzedine Bousseksou*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 4769-4772
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01619H, Communication

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Highly symmetrical, 24-faceted, concave BiVO4 polyhedron bounded by multiple high-index facets for prominent photocatalytic O2 evolution under visible light
Jianqiang Hu, Huichao He, Liang Li, Xin Zhou,* Zhaosheng Li,* Qing Shen, Congping Wu, Adullah M. Asiri, Yong Zhou* and Zhigang Zou
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 4777-4780
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01366K, Communication

 

 

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Controlling the morphological evolution of a particle-stabilized binary-component system
Tao Li,* Jason Klebes, Jure Dobnikar* and Paul S. Clegg
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 5575-5578
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01519A, Communication

 

 

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Formation of enantioenriched alkanol with stochastic distribution of enantiomers in the absolute asymmetric synthesis under heterogeneous solid–vapor phase conditions
Yoshiyasu Kaimori, Yui Hiyoshi, Tsuneomi Kawasaki, Arimasa Matsumoto and Kenso Soai*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 5223-5226
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01875A, Communication

 

 

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Rapid screening of the hydrogen bonding strength of radicals by electrochemiluminescent probes
Qinghong Xu, Jiali Liang, Xu Teng, Xin Yue, Ming Lei, Caifeng Ding and Chao Lu*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 5563-5566
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01210A, Communication

 

 

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Photo-oxygenation inhibits tau amyloid formation
Takanobu Suzuki, Yukiko Hori, Taka Sawazaki, Yusuke Shimizu, Yu Nemoto, Atsuhiko Taniguchi, Shuta Ozawa, Youhei Sohma,* Motomu Kanai* and Taisuke Tomita*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 6165-6168
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01728C, Communication

 

 

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HOT ChemComm articles for March

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until Friday 21st June 2019.

Amperometric monitoring of vesicular dopamine release using a gold nanocone electrode
Nan Zhang, Wei Zhao, Cong-Hui Xu,* Jing-Juan Xu* and Hong-Yuan Chen
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 3461-3464
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01280J, Communication

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Photo-writing self-erasable phosphorescent images using poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) as a photochemically deoxygenating matrix
Jinxiong Lin, Shigang Wan, Wenfeng Liu and Wei Lu*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 4299-4302
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01388A, Communication

 

 

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Selective amidation by a photocatalyzed umpolung reaction
Debasish Ghosh, Rajesh Nandi, Saikat Khamarui, Sukla Ghosh and Dilip K. Maiti*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 3883-3886
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01079C, Communication

 

 

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A free radical alkylation of quinones with olefins
Shuai Liu, Tong Shen, Zaigang Luo and Zhong-Quan Liu*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 4027-4030
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01704F, Communication

 

 

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Probing transient non-native states in amyloid beta fiber elongation by NMR
Jeffrey R. Brender, Anirban Ghosh, Samuel A. Kotler, Janarthanan Krishnamoorthy, Swapna Bera, Vanessa Morris, Timir Baran Sil, Kanchan Garai, Bernd Reif, Anirban Bhunia* and Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 4483-4486
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01067J, Communication

 

 

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A nickel(II)-catalyzed asymmetric intramolecular Alder-ene reaction of 1,7-dienes
Wen Liu, Pengfei Zhou, Jiawen Lang, Shunxi Dong,* Xiaohua Liu and Xiaoming Feng*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 4479-4482
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC01521C, Communication

 

 

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HOT ChemComm articles for February

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until Friday 24th May.

Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticle as Multifaceted Probe for Tissue Imaging
Yu-Hong Cheng, Toby Siu-Chung Tam, Siu-Leung Chau, Samuel Kin-Man Lai, Ho-Wai Tang, Chun-Nam Lok, Ching-Wan Lam and Kwan-Ming Ng*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 2761-2764
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC00356H, Communication

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One-Pot, Modular Approach to Functionalized Ketones via Nucleophilic Addition/Buchwald-Hartwig Amination Strategy
Jorn de Jong, Dorus Heijnen, Hugo Helbert and Ben L. Feringa*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 2908-2911
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC08444K, Communication

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Soft Self-assembled Sub-5 nm Scale Chessboard and Snub-Square Tilings with Oligo(para-phenyleneethynylene) Rods
Constance Nürnberger, Huanjun Lu, Xiangbing Zeng, Feng Liu,* Goran Ungar,* Harald Hahn, Heinrich Lang, Marko Prehm and Carsten Tschierske*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 4154-4157
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC00494G, Communication

 

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Dual-Wavelength Lasing from Organic Dye Encapsulated Metal-Organic Framework Microcrystals
Yue Zhang, Haiyun Dong, Yuan Liu, Chunhuan Zhang, Fengqin Hu* and Yong Sheng Zhao*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 3445-3448
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC10232E, Communication

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Hybridization Chain Reaction-Based Nanoprobe for Cancer Cell Recognition and Amplified Photodynamic Therapy
Mengyi Xiong, Qiming Rong, Gezhi Kong, Chan Yang, Yan Zhao, Feng-Li Qu,* Xiao-Bing Zhang* and Weihong Tan
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 3065-3068
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC10074H, Communication

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Synthesis of Renewable Acetic Acid from CO2 and Lignin over Ionic Liquid-Based Catalytic System
Huan Wang, Yanfei Zhao, Zhengang Ke, Bo Yu, Ruipeng Li, Yunyan Wu, Zhenpeng Wang, Juanjuan Han and Zhimin Liu*
Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 3069-3072
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC00819E, Communication

 

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Dr Rafal Klajn’s UK tour as the 2018 Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize winner

We are delighted to announce that Dr Rafal Klajn, winner of the ChemComm sponsored 2018 Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize, will be giving a series of lectures at UK universities during the week commencing 16th July 2018.

Rafal began his independent research career in November 2009 at the Weizmann Insitute of Science, Israel, directly after obtaining his PhD degree. His group has worked on nanoscale reactivity and self-assembly – incorporating photo-responsive moieties into nanoporous solids, working with superparamagnetic nanoparticles of various shapes and demonstrating that cubic nanoparticles of iron oxide could spontaneously assemble into helical materials, and developing the concept of “dynamically self-assembling nanoflasks” capable of accelerating chemical reactions using light, working with flexible metal-organic (coordination) cages that can encapsulate diverse organic molecules ranging from fluorescent dyes to nonpolar pharmaceuticals, among other projects.

He is currently an Associate Professor at Department of Organic Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science and now focuses on creating synthetic out-of-equilibrium systems and “life-like” materials, not only to develop innovative functional materials, but also to tackle what he deems as one of the most important and fascinating problems – the origin of life.

As part of the Prize, Rafal presents 3 lectures and we are delighted to announce that 2 of these will be taking place during his UK tour. He will be giving these in conjunction with lectures for the 2017 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship that was also awarded to him. You can find details for his upcoming UK tour below.

Day University Host
Monday 16th July University of Bristol Professor Jonathan Reid
Tuesday 17th July Durham University Professor Jonathan Steed
Wednesday 18th July University of Nottingham Professor David Amabilino
Thursday 19th July University of Cambridge Professor Jonathan Nitschke
Friday 20th July University College London (UCL) Dr Tung Chun Lee
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Meeting of Inorganic Chemists Recently Appointed

Chemical CommunicationsChemical Science and Dalton Transactions are pleased to sponsor the 2018 Meeting of Inorganic Chemists Recently Appointed (MICRA). This biennial event is being organised by Dr Timothy Easun and Dr Rebecca Melen from Cardiff University, and is taking place on 10 – 12 September 2018 at Cardiff University in Wales.

The meeting brings together junior inorganic chemistry academics from across the UK to help aid their development into independent researchers through networking and exchanging experiences. MICRA 2018 will have exciting talks from experts such as Paul Saines (University of Kent), Timothy Easun (Cardiff University) and Rebecca Melen (Cardiff University).

For more information and to register, go to: https://www.micra2018.com/

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ChemComm poster prize winner at the 16th Symposium for Host-Guest and Supramolecular Chemistry

The 16th Symposium for Host-Guest and Supramolecular Chemistry was held on 2 – 3 June 2018 at the Tokyo University of Science in Japan.

This annual symposium covers all aspects of the chemical sciences related to molecular recognition and supramolecular chemistry, including the discussion of topics around intermolecular interactions. The event included a special lecture by Dr Shigeki Sasaki and invited lectures by Dr Takashi Hayashi and Dr Katsuhiko Ariga.

ChemComm is delighted to announce that the ChemComm poster prize was awarded to Hiroshi Koganezawa from the Tokyo University of Science for a poster entitled ‘Synthesis of [2]Rotaxanes with Spirofluorene and Pyrrole Moieties’.

Well done Hiroshi from everyone at ChemComm!

 

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ChemComm poster prize winner at the 2018 European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting

The 2018 European Materials Research Society (EMRS) Spring Meeting was held from the 18th – 22nd June in the Strasbourg Convention Centre in France.

The EMRS Spring Meeting is the society’s major conference and covers all aspects of materials science including energy and environment, biomaterials, semiconductors, nanomaterials, functional materials, and materials processing and characterization. It offers on average 25 topical symposia and is widely recognised as being of the highest international significance, with approximately 2,500 attendees every year.

ChemComm is proud to announce that the ChemComm poster prize was awarded to Dr Manal Alkhamisi from the University of Nottingham (School of Physics and Astronomy) for ‘The Growth and Fluorescence of Phthalocyanine Monolayers and Thin Films on Hexagonal Boron Nitride’. Manal was awarded the prize by ChemComm Associate Editor Steven De Feyter.

Well done Manal!

 

ChemComm Associate Editor Steven De Feyter (left) awarding the poster prize to Dr Manal Alkhamisi (right)

 

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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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