Organic Chemistry Frontiers opens for submissions

We are pleased to announce that Organic Chemistry Frontiers is now open for submissions.

Editor-in-Chief Shengming Ma from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIOC, CAS), together with his international Editorial team welcome cutting-edge original research work in the field of organic chemistry from China, Asia and the rest of the world.

We aim to become one of the world leading journals in the field of organic chemistry by publishing high level research work on all disciplines of organic chemistry, especially those focusing on new and significantly improved methodologies and protocols.

The first issue of Organic Chemistry Frontiers is expected in the first quarter of 2014. All submissions to the Associate Editors will be handled efficiently and fairly to ensure the high scientific criteria of this journal.

By publishing with Organic Chemistry Frontiers, you will benefit from:

  • Rapid publication by a publisher who can be trusted to maintain the highest ethical and production standards
  • All content will be free to access until end of 2015, ensuring the highest visibility for your work
  • No submission charges or page limits, and free colour
  • Open access publishing options
  • Simple and user-friendly online submission process      

Please visit the home page to find out more about this new exciting journal. Part of the Frontiers project, Organic Chemistry Frontiers is part of a not-for-profit society partnership between the Chinese Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and SIOC.

Be a part of this new collaboration – submit your work today.

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英国皇家化学学会中文网站上线了

我们很高兴展示新的中文网站。

作为世界上领先的化学社区,我们致力于科技领域的跨国交流与合作。

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我们全新的中文网站是一个中心,在这里,中国科学家可以发现了解我们的传统、活动、出版业务、合作伙伴与社区信息,并了解如何参与进来。

通过全球的合作伙伴,我们能够推进卓越,支持创新并构架化学科学的未来–造福科学和人类福祉。

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Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers is now open for submissions

Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers CoverWe are delighted to announce that Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers is now open for submissions. Editor-in-Chief, Professor Song Gao (Peking University), invites you to submit your latest research.

We are pleased to welcome Associate Editors Professor Yi Xie (University of Science and Technology China, China) and Professor Lee Cronin (Glasgow University, UK) to the Editorial team.  Submissions to Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers’ Associate Editors are handled fairly, quickly and efficiently.

Professor Cronin and Professor Xie welcome articles on inorganic and organometallic molecules and solids with explicit applications. This includes inorganic chemistry research at the interfaces of materials science, energy, nanoscience, catalysis and bio-inorganic chemistry. Papers should be of high significance and answer fundamental questions relevant to interdisciplinary applications. For more information on how to submit and author guidelines please see our instructions to authors.

Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers is part of the Frontiers project: a unique collaboration between the Chinese Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Journal will publish the best inorganic chemistry research from China, Asia and the rest of the world to an international audience. 

Be a part of this new collaboration – submit your work today.

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Cheap gum removes oil from wastewater

Oil removal from oily water systems using immobilized flaxseed gum gel beads

Long et al., RSC Adv., 2012, Advance Article

‘Flaxseed gum beads can be used to remove oil from wastewater systems,’ claim Chinese scientists.
Flaxseed gum is a mixture of proteins and polysaccharides such as arabinose, rhamnose, fucose, xylose and others. Yu-Jie Fu and co-workers, at the Ministry of Education, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China, explain that the flaxseed gum beads can remove 0.55 g of oil per gram of beads. They showed that flaxseed gum beads have better adsorption capacities than activated carbon.

The flaxseed gum content in the immobilised beads was 30 mg per gram and oil removal was carried out with 2mm diameter beads at room temperature and pH of 7.5.

When investigating the removal of 1.0 kg of oil from oil–water emulsions by immobilized flaxseed gum beads v/s activated carbon. 1.82kg of flaxseed gum beads was required to remove 1.0kg of oil, costing only 2.67 RMB (chinese currency) compared to 2.17 kg of powdered activated carbon costing 43.40 RMB.  Furthermore, the flaxseed gum beads is resuable allowing lower processing costs than traditional oil removal methods. Flaxseed gum bead technology holds great promise as an alternative environmentally-friendly method for oil removal from wastewater.

Read the full paper published in RSC Advances for free:

Oil removal from oily water systems using immobilized flaxseed gum gel beads
Jing-jing Long, Yuan-gang Zu, Yu-jie Fu, Meng Luo, Pan-song Mu, Chun-jian Zhao, Chun-ying Li, Wei Wang and Ji Li
RSC Adv., 2012, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA20375H, Paper

– Kathleen Too, Deputy Editor, RSC Advances

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Highly efficient blue electrophosphorescence using simple CBP isomers with high triplet energies

Phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes (PhOLEDs) offer high quantum efficiency compared to conventional fluorescent OLEDs because they can harness both singlet and triplet exitons for emission. Green and red PhOLEDs with 100% internal quantum efficiency have been reported, but highly efficient and stable blue PhOLEDs have yet to be developed because of the lack of suitable host materials possessing higher triplet energy levels than blue phosphors. In this hot paper Chuluo Yang, Dongge Ma and colleagues report two simple CBP isomers with high triplet energies as efficient hosts for blue phosphorescent OLEDs, and the efficiencies of the o-CBP-based device are over 2 times higher than those of CBP. Interested to know more? Read the article for free until 2nd March. (Free registration required)

Efficient blue electrophosphorescence using CBP isomers

Simple CBP isomers with high triplet energies for highly efficient blue electrophosphorescence: Shaolong Gong, Xun He, Yonghua Chen, Zuoquan Jiang, Cheng Zhong, Dongge Ma, Jingui Qin and Chuluo Yang, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 2894-2899

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– Russell Johnson, Development Editor, Journal of Materials Chemistry

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Using blood, not urine, to diagnose kidney stones

A method to diagnose urinary lithiasis at an early stage has been devised by Wei Hang and colleagues in Xiamen, China. The method can also distinguish between the different types of stone, which is important when considering treatment options.

Currently, distinguishing between types can only be done after the stones have been removed from a patient, making it difficult to prescribe a treatment.

Urinary lithiasis, stones in the lower urinary tract, has become more common, with about 100,000 new cases each year. It causes substantial pain and leads to renal failure. The stones are caused by a build up of organic materials and inorganic crystals.

The team’s diagnostic method uses elemental analysis on blood serum samples to detect the levels of barium, gallium, antimony and sodium; variations from the norm are linked to the appearance of stones. The test subjects could then be subdivided into calcareous and non-calcareous stone patients by metallomic profiling, and the team found that selenium levels play a major role in this classification.

Analysing kidney stones using blood samples

Gao et al., Anal. Methods, 2012

Compared with urine samples, blood serum samples show smaller variability under normal physiological conditions so are a better choice for elemental screening, say the researchers.

Early diagnosis of urinary lithiasis via elementary profile of serum samples
Yao Gao, Ning Yang, Xiaomei Yan, Wei Hang, Jinchun Xing, Jiaxin Zheng, Eryi Zhu and Benli Huang
Anal. Methods, 2012, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2AY05705K

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DOI: 10.1039/C1MT00116G

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Biofunctionalised graphene as an anticoagulant

Wang et al, 2012Scientists in China have come up with a green way to reduce graphene oxide so that it can be used in the biomedical field.

The team has used the anticoagulant heparin, a straight-chain anionic glycosaminoglycan and a natural polymer, to reduce and stabilise the graphene oxide. The heparin–reduced graphene oxide sheets show excellent biocompatibility and activity as a blood anticoagulant, according to the researchers. They also say that the heparin–reduced graphene oxide could bind strongly to anticancer drugs for highly efficient loading.

In order to read more about this work, please download the full article for free by simply registering here:

Green and easy synthesis of biocompatible graphene for use as an anticoagulant
Yi Wang, Pu Zhang, Chun Fang Liu, Lei Zhan, Yuan Fang Li and Cheng Zhi Huang
RSC Adv., 2012, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C2RA00841F

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Nanoscience: Removing cadmium from blood

Removing cadmium from bloodResearchers at Lanzhou University, China, have designed a nanocomposite to effectively remove cadmium ions from human blood.

Previous materials designed for this purpose have either had good selectivity, high saturation magnetisation or good water dispersibility, but the new material has all three properties. And, the composite is highly supermagnetic, making subsequent removal of the nanoparticles easier.

Removing cadmium (which is produced during industrial processes) from the blood is important because they bind to proteins in the body, affecting their functions.

The nanocomposite consists of four components; The first is magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, chosen for their low toxicity. They are coated with polyethylenimine to increase the amino groups on the particles’ surface to bind Cd2+, but also to lower nanoparticle uptake by red blood cells, maximising the circulation time of the composites in the blood. Polyethylene glycol is grafted onto this as an anchor for negatively charged 2,2’-phenylazanediyl, which counteracts the hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions between the nanoparticles and plasma proteins or white blood cells.

Read the Nanoscale article now:

2, 2′-(phenylazanediyl) diacetic acid modified Fe3O4@PEI for selective removal of cadmium ions from blood
Jun Jin, Fang Yang, Fengwei Zhang, Wuquan Hu, Shao-bo Sun and Jiantai Ma
Nanoscale, 2012
DOI: 10.1039/c2nr11481j

– Jane Hordern, Deputy Editor, Nanoscale

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Two Hot Papers on materials for white LEDs

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient single-layer white polymer light-emitting devices employing triphenylamine-based iridium dendritic complexes as orange emissive componentDendritic complexes for white polymer light-emitting diodes. Chinese scientists have fabricated single-layer white polymer light-emitting devices (WPLED) by double-doping sky-blue emitter iridium(III) bis(2-(4,6-difluorophenyl)-pyridinato-N,C2)picolinate (FIrpic) into orange iridium dendrimers. These WPLEDs achieve the maximum current/power/external quantum efficiencies of 37.0 cd A−1/19.4 lm W−1/18.5%, which are among the highest efficiencies for dual-color WPLEDs ever reported.

Highly efficient single-layer white polymer light-emitting devices employing triphenylamine-based iridium dendritic complexes as orange emissive component: Minrong Zhu, Jianhua Zou, Sujun Hu, Chen’ge Li, Chuluo Yang, Hongbin Wu, Jingui Qin and Yong Cao, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 361-366

Graphical abstract: Stacking-induced white-light and blue-light phosphorescence from purely organic radical materialsStacking-induced phosphorescence from organic radical materials. A new class of organic phosphorescent materials have been developed by scientists at University of Science and Technology of China. Based on salts of an organic radical material, the phosphorescent complexes show stacking-induced white-light and blue-light phosphorescence. The team say that these materials could lead to new LEDs.

Stacking-induced white-light and blue-light phosphorescence from purely organic radical materials: Guo-Ping Yong, Yi-Man Zhang, Wen-Long She and Ying-Zhou Li, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 18520-18522

Read both of the papers for free until 12th January (free registration required).

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AstraZeneca Young Investigator Award to Chem Soc Rev Advisory Board member

We are delighted to announce that Chem Soc Rev Advisory Editorial Board member, Professor Shuli You, has received the 2011 AstraZeneca Young Investigator Award for Asia.

Professor You’s research focuses on the development of  stereoselective C-H functionalisation processes and catalytic asymmetric dearomatisation reactions as well as highly enantioselective Friedel-Crafts alkylation of indole and pyrrole systems.

Professor You will be presented with a $50,000 unrestricted research grant intended to help further growth and development of his research program at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China.

Many congratulations from Chem Soc Rev!

– Fiona McKenzie, Development Editor, Chem Soc Rev

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