Chemical compartmentalisation by membranes: from biological mechanism to biomimetic applications

This PCCP themed issue is devoted to research into understanding, mimicking and harnessing the compartmentalisation of biology using in vitro model systems. ‘Chemical compartmentalisation by membranes: from biological mechanism to biomimetic applications‘ explores the methods physical scientists have developed to reconstitute in vitro models of biologically functional interfaces and compartments, whether they may be membranes composed of natural lipids, or biomimetic self-assembled membranes constructed from block copolymers or polyelectrolytes.

The Guest Editors for this themed collection are Barbara Ciani (University of Sheffield, UK) and Paul Beales (University of Leeds, UK) and their Editorial can be views for free until the 31st August 2015, along with this selection of articles:

Credit: Barbara Ciani and Paul Beales

Bioinspired nanoreactors for the biomineralisation of metallic-based nanoparticles for nanomedicine, Jennifer Bain and Sarah S Staniland, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.,2015,17, 15508-15521, DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00375J

Protein synthesis in artificial cells: using compartmentalisation for spatial organisation in vesicle bioreactors, Yuval Elani, Robert V. Law and Oscar Ces, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.,2015,17, 15534-15537, DOI: 10.1039/C5CP05933F (Open Access)

Mechanical and molecular basis for the symmetrical division of the fission yeast nuclear envelope, Stefania Castagnetti, Bojan Božič and Saša Svetina, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.,2015,17, 15629-15636, DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01243K

Native silica nanoparticles are powerful membrane disruptors, Hend I. Alkhammash, Nan Li, Rémy Berthier and  Maurits R. R. de Planque, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.,2015,17, 15547-15560, DOI: 10.1039/C5CP05882H

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A single hydrogen bond affects photophysics of chromophores

Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is a luminescent protein with a central chromophore and is used in biological imaging. By modifying the chromophore itself or the protein environment, the photophysical properties can be fine-tuned, yet until recently this has not been well understood. However, Lars Andersen (Aarhus University) and his group have developed a laser-action spectroscopy technique to enable the chromophore to be studied in a vacuum. This has revealed that a single hydrogen bond initiated a 0.5eV shift in the absorption spectrum of the GFP chromophore and highlights the importance of understanding the biophysics of  chromophores and how this can help in the development of new colour chromophores.

Interested to know more?

Read the full article in Chemistry World by Michaela Muehlberg.

Or, take a look at the original communication which is free to access until 6th August 2015:

How far can a single hydrogen bond tune the spectral properties of the GFP chromophore, H. Y. Kiefer et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5CP02764K

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PCCP record Impact Factor of 4.49

We are pleased to announce that PCCP’s Impact Factor* has risen to a record high of 4.49.

Co-owned by 19 national societies, PCCP has a large and truly international readership which spans many communities in the broad fields of physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry.

With fast publication times, great author service and a popular themed issue programme, PCCP remains the ideal home for high-quality research.

We thank all of our authors, referees and Board members for their continued support of the journal.

We invite you to submit your next high-quality paper to PCCP.

Check out the following selection of highly cited articles that contributed to this Impact Factor:

Peter Politzer, Jane S. Murray and Timothy Clark
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP00054K

Peng Wang, Baibiao Huang, Ying Dai and  Myung-Hwan Whangbo
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40823F

Min-Quan Yangab and Yi-Jun Xu
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP53325E

Jianzhang Zhao, Shaomin Ji , Yinghui Chen , Huimin Guo and Pei Yang
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP23144A

Samuel L. Kleinman, Renee R. Frontiera, Anne-Isabelle Henry, Jon A. Dieringer and Richard P. Van Duyne
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP42598J

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2014 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2015).
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Bunsentagung 2015 – Poster Prize Winners

The 114th General Assembly of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry, Bunsentagung 2015, was held on 14-16th May 2015 in Bochum, Germany. PCCP were proud to award 16 poster prizes that were presented by Professor Joachim Sauer of Humboldt University of Berlin (pictured).

Bunsentagung 2015 Poster Prize Winners:

Vasileios Balos, MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz/D

Andre Fielicke, TU Berlin/D

Stefan Frittmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/D

Norah Heinz, Universität zu Köln, Germany

Max Kauer, Ruhr-Universität Bochum/D

Dr Tilman Kottke, Universität Bielefeld/D

Bastian Kruger, Universität Göttingen/D

Svenja Maria Janke, Universität Göttingen/D

Jessica Luck, Helmholtz-Institut Ulm für elektrochemische Energiespeicherung/D

Dr Hubertus Marbach, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg/D

Dr Konrad Meister, FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam/NL

Suraj Naskar, Universität Hannover/D

Ibrahim Sadiek, Universität Kiel/D

Dominik Spiegel, Universität Düsseldorf/D

Anke Stamm, TU Kaiserslautern/D

Banu Yesilyurt, Universität Köln/D

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Theoretical chemistry developments: from electronic structure to simulations

PCCP would like to introduce this week’s themed issue that explores theoretical chemistry, ranging from electronic structure theory to molecular dynamics simulations. ‘Theoretical chemistry developments: from electronic structure to simulations‘ aims to give an overview of developments in the field and give a voice to the younger researchers who are shaping the future through the development of theoretical tools that will dominate the field of quantum chemistry.

The guest editors of the issue are Barbara Kirchner (University of Bonn) and Frank Neese (Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion) and their editorial can be viewed for free untill  30th July 2015, along with this selection of articles:

Simulations of room temperature ionic liquids: from polarizable to coarse-grained force fields, Mathieu Salanne, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 14270-14279, DOI: 10.1039/C4CP05550K

Towards an ab initio description of the optical spectra of light-harvesting antennae: application to the CP29 complex of photosystem II, Sandro Jurinovich, Lucas Viani, Ingrid G. Prandi, Thomas Renger and Benedetta Mennucci, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 14405-14416, DOI: 10.1039/C4CP05647G

How simple is too simple? Computational perspective on importance of second-shell environment for metal-ion selectivity, Ondrej Gutten and Lubomír Rulíšek, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 14393-14404, DOI: 10.1039/C4CP04876H

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Recent HOT articles in PCCP

Check out the following HOT articles, these have all been made free to access for a limited time:

Graphical Abstract
Structure and energetics of the anisole–Arn (n = 1, 2, 3) complexes: high-resolution resonant two-photon and threshold ionization experiments, and quantum chemical calculations

Federico Mazzoni, Maurizio Becucci, Jan Řezáč, Dana Nachtigallová, François Michels, Pavel Hobza and Klaus Müller-Dethlefs
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 12530-12537
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01166C

Oxygen diffusion in single crystal barium titanate
Markus Kessel, Roger A. De Souza and Manfred Martin
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 12587-12597
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01187F

Vibrational control of electron transfer reactions: A feasibility study for the fast coherent transfer regime
P. Antoniou, Z. Ma, P. Zhang, D. N. Beratan and S. S. Skourtis
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00610D

Three-dimensional sp2-hybridized carbons consisting of orthogonal nanoribbons of graphene and net C
Meng Hu, Xu Dong, Bingchao Yang, Bo Xu, Dongli Yu and Julong He
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 13028-13033
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01621E
Graphical Abstract
Two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectra: modeling correlated electronic and nuclear motion
F. Terenziani and A. Painelli
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 13074-13081
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01485A

Self-assembly and coverage dependent thermally induced conformational changes of Ni(II)-meso-tetrakis (4-tert-butylphenyl) benzoporphyrin on Cu(111)
Liang Zhang, Michael Lepper, Michael Stark, Dominik Lungerich, Norbert Jux, Wolfgang Hieringer, Hans-Peter Steinrück and Hubertus Marbach
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 13066-13073
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01490E

Gas-phase chemistry of technetium carbonyl complexes
Yang Wang, Zhi Qin, Fang-Li Fan, Hiromitsu Haba, Yukiko Komori, Shi-Wei Cao, Xiao-Lei Wu and Cun-Min Tan
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 13228-13234
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00979K

Generating hydrated electrons through photoredox catalysis with 9-anthrolate
Christoph Kerzig and Martin Goez
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 13829-13836
DOI
: 10.1039/C5CP01711D

Hybrid nanostructures for SERS: materials development and chemical detection
Sara Fateixa, Helena I. S. Nogueira and Tito Trindade
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01032B

Is seven the minimum number of water molecules per ion pair for assured biological activity in ionic liquid–water mixtures?
Hiroyuki Ohno, Kyoko Fujita and Yuki Kohno
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00768B

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Awards for Achievements in Physical Chemistry

PCCP is pleased to announce that the winners of the 2014 awards for achievements in physical chemistry, received their prizes on 5th May 2015 at the University of Birmingham. Professor Helen Fielding of UCL presented these awards on behalf of the Faraday Division.The winners of the 2015 awards have now also been announced.

The 2014 winners:

Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prizes 2014 Winner – David Glowacki, University of Bristol/Stanford University

Bourke Award 2014 Winner – Professor Ann McDermott, Columbia University

Chemical Dynamics Award 2014 Winner – Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing, University of Bristol

Liversidge Award 2014 Winner – Professor Michael Ashfold, University of Bristol

Left: Andrew Orr-Ewing, Helen Fielding, David Golwacki and Michael Ashfold

Right: Ann McDermott and Helen Fielding

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PCCP Tulip2015 Awards

We are delighted to announce the winners of the PCCP Tulip2015 awards that were given at the Tulip2015 Summer School on Modern Developments in Spectroscopy in Noordwijk in the Netherlands. This year, there were two winners of the prize, best presentation went to Sana Habka of CEA Saclay, France for her poster on “Gas Phase Spectroscopy of Zwitterionic Complexes” and best layout went to Ana Krin of Max-Planck-Institut für Struktur und Dynamik der Materie, Hamburg, Germany  for her poster on “Enantiomer Identification in Mixtures Using Broadband Microwave Spectroscopy”. The winners each received a certificate and a cash prize.

Pictured (left): Prof. Wybren Jan Buma (co-chair of the Tulip Summer School), Prof. Jennifer Herek (co-chair of the Tulip VI Summer School), Sana Habka (PCCP Poster prize winner for best presentation) and Prof. Paul Corkum (lecturer at Tulip2015 and presenting the award on behalf of the committee of all 6 Tulip lecturers).

Pictured (right): Prof. Wybren Jan Buma, Prof. Jennifer Herek, Prof. Paul Corkum, and Ana Krin (PCCP Poster prize winner for best poster layout/text).

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Recent HOT PCCP Articles

Check out the following HOT articles, these have all been made free to access for a limited time:

Hidden photoinduced reactivity of the blue fluorescent protein mKalama1
Russell B. Vegh, Dmitry A. Bloch, Andreas S. Bommarius, Michael Verkhovsky, Sergei Pletnev, Hideo Iwaï, Anastasia V. Bochenkova and Kyril M. Solntsev
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00887E, Paper

Rayleigh light scattering properties of atmospheric molecular clusters consisting of sulfuric acid and bases
Jonas Elm, Patrick Norman and Kurt V. Mikkelsen
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01012H, Paper

Comparison of the plasmonic performances between lithographically fabricated and chemically grown gold nanorods

Lei Shao, Yuting Tao, Qifeng Ruan, Jianfang Wang and Hai-Qing Lin   Physicochemical design and analysis of self-propelled objects that are characteristically sensitive to environments
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 10861-10870
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00715A, Paper

Order and disorder around Cr3+ in chromium doped persistent luminescent AB2O4 spinels
Neelima Basavaraju, Kaustubh R. Priolkar, Didier Gourier, Aurélie Bessière and Bruno Viana
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 10993-10999
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP01097G, Paper

Physicochemical design and analysis of self-propelled objects that are characteristically sensitive to environments

Satoshi Nakata, Masaharu Nagayama, Hiroyuki Kitahata, Nobuhiko J. Suematsu and Takeshi Hasegawa
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 10326-10338
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00541H, Perspective

Strong field laser control of photochemistry

Ignacio R. Solá, Jesús González-Vázquez, Rebeca de Nalda and Luis Bañares
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00627A, Perspective

Nuclear quantum tunnelling in enzymatic reactions – an enzymologist’s perspective  Strong field laser control of photochemistry
Linus O. Johannissen, Sam Hay and Nigel S. Scrutton
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00614G, Perspective

Internal heavy atom effects in phenothiazinium dyes: enhancement of intersystem crossing via vibronic spin–orbit coupling
Angela Rodriguez-Serrano, Vidisha Rai-Constapel, Martha C. Daza, Markus Doerr and Christel M. Marian
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP00194C, Paper

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2015 PCCP – Chemical Society of Japan Prizes

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 PCCP Prizes for Outstanding Achievement of Young Scientists in Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics. These were awarded by Dr Robert Parker (CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry) and Dr Anna Simpson (PCCP Editor) at a prize ceremony held at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan at Nihon University, College of Science and Technology on 27th March. The winners each received a commemorative book, a PCCP Prize certificate and a financial award.

The prizewinners:

Dr. Manabu Kanno of Tohoku University for his work on ”Laser Control of Attosecond Electron Dynamics Nonadiabatically Coupled with Femtosecond Molecular Vibrations

Dr. Michio Yamada of Tokyo Gakugei University for his work on”Unveiling the Unique Structures and Chemical Reactivities of Endohedral Metallofullerenes

Dr. Taniyuki Furuyama of Tohoku University) for his work on ”Development of azaporphyrin complexes with main-group elements

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