Archive for the ‘Themed Issue’ Category

The free energy landscape: from folding to cellular function – PCCP themed collection, Issue 14

PCCP is delighted to present its latest themed issue collection which includes an excellent selection of articles on the free energy landscape: from folding to cellular function, guest edited by Ruth Nussinov and Peter Wolynes. Read their Editorial to find out more.

The free energy landscape: from folding to cellular function themed collection features a broad range of Papers and Communications and features the following Perspective articles:

The binding mechanisms of intrinsically disordered proteins
Jakob Dogan, Stefano Gianni and Per Jemth  

The free energy landscape in translational science: how can somatic mutations result in constitutive oncogenic activation?
Chung-Jung Tsai and Ruth Nussinov   
 
Protein conformation as a regulator of cell–matrix adhesion
Vesa P. Hytönen and Bernhard Wehrle-Haller

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Astrochemistry – PCCP themed collection, Issue 8

Graphical abstract: Front coverPCCP is delighted to present an excellent collection of articles on the theme of astrochemistry, Guest Edited by Wendy A. Brown. Read her Editorial to find out more.

The outside front cover features Formation of hydroxyacetonitrile (HOCH2CN) and polyoxymethylene (POM)-derivatives in comets from formaldehyde (CH2O) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) activated by water by Grégoire Danger, Albert Rimola, Ninette Abou Mrad, Fabrice Duvernay, Gaël Roussin, Patrice Theule and Thierry Chiavassa

The Astrochemistry themed collection features a broad range of Papers and Communications and features the following Perspective article:

Three milieux for interstellar chemistry: gas, dust, and ice
Eric Herbst
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 3344
DOI:10.1039/C3CP54065K

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High performance computing in the chemistry of materials collection

PCCP themed collection: High performance computing in the chemistry of materials

Guest Editors: Richard Catlow and Scott Woodley (University College London)

PCCP is delighted to announce the high-profile themed web collection on ‘High performance computing in the chemistry of materials’. It is our pleasure to invite submissions for this collection.

Accepted articles will be published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) as and when they are ready, with a web collection prepared in 2014.

Deadline for Submissions: 17th March 2014

The applications of high performance computing (HPC) now play a major role in almost all areas of chemistry, but they are particularly effective in the field of materials chemistry. HPC is now being used in an increasingly predictive manner in modelling the structures (both surface and bulk), properties and reactivity of materials; and modelling techniques are now widely used in a complementary manner with experiments.

The collection will highlight the current state-of-the-art in the field by focussing on the following applications areas:

  • Energy materials
  • Surface Structures and properties
  • Reactivity and catalysis
  • Nano- and defect Chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Electronic materials
  • Soft Matter and porous materials

Manuscripts can be submitted in any reasonable format using our online submissions service. Submissions should be high quality manuscripts and will be subject to rigorous peer review. Please indicate upon submission that your manuscript is intended for this themed collection.

The deadline for submissions to the collection is 17th March 2014, though submissions before this date are of course welcomed.

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PCCP themed issue: Organic Field Effect Transistors

PCCP themed issue: Organic Field Effect Transistors

Guest Editors: Zhenan Bao (Stanford University), Antonio Facchetti (Northwestern University), Wenping Hu (Chinese Academy of Sciences), K. Krishnamoorthy (CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory-Pune)

PCCP is delighted to announce a high-profile themed issue ‘Organic Field Effect Transistors’. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit an original research article for this themed issue.

Deadline for Submissions: 2nd June 2014


The promise of low cost and flexible transistors has encouraged research groups to explore many avenues and resulted in organic field effect transistors (OFETs) with device efficiencies comparable to amorphous silicon based devices. Nonetheless many questions remain about various aspects of underlying physical chemistry of such devices:

  • The vast majority of research on OFETs has focused on developing the semiconductors, with relatively little effort devoted to identifying a dielectric that would also ameliorate the device efficiency. The interaction between the semiconductor and the dielectric is crucial, yet it remained unexplored until very recently.
  • Additional insight into the interaction between the radicals of the semiconductor with the dielectric could lead to fabrication of OFETs with low operating voltages which would be better suited to large scale commercialisation.
  • A few initial reports show that limited doping can have a positive impact on device performance. Understanding the magnitude of doping and the concurrent band edge modulation would be useful to fabricate highly efficient OFETs.
  • The exploration of electrolytes to identify the nature of ions required as the dielectric and its diffusion could open a new area of research.
  • Flurocarbon containing semiconductor based OFETs have been widely demonstrated to be n-type transistors: understanding the underlying mechanism for this phenomenon could lead to new and exciting developments in the field.

This themed issue in PCCP aims to provide new physical chemistry insights into these and other questions, providing a better understanding of how and why current devices function. Such knowledge and understanding will be essential in the quest to further enhance the efficiency of OFETs.

Further information:

  • Manuscripts can be submitted in any reasonable format using our online submissions service.
  • Submissions should be high quality manuscripts and will be subject to rigorous peer review.
  • Please indicate upon submission that your manuscript is intended for this themed issue.
  • The deadline for submissions to the themed issue is the 2nd June 2014, although submissions before this date are of course welcomed.
  • Accepted papers will be published online as soon as they are ready, to avoid any delay.
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Imaging molecular dynamics – PCCP themed collection, Issue 2

Graphical abstract: Front coverPCCP is delighted to present its current issue which includes an excellent collection of articles on the theme of  Imaging molecular dynamics, Guest Edited by Mike Ashfold and David Parker. Read their editorial to find out more about some of the latest developments in this exciting field.

The outside front cover features a A velocity map imaging study of the photodissociation of the à state of ammoniaby Javier D. Rodríguez, Marta G. González, Luis Rubio-Lago and Luis Bañares.

Imaging molecular dynamics themed collection features a broad range of Papers and Communications and features the following Perspective articles:

Velocity map imaging of ion–molecule reactions
Roland Wester
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP53405G

Fast sensors for time-of-flight imaging applications
Claire Vallance, Mark Brouard, Alexandra Lauer, Craig S. Slater, Edward Halford, Benjamin Winter, Simon J. King, Jason W. L. Lee, Daniel E. Pooley, Iain Sedgwick, Renato Turchetta, Andrei Nomerotski, Jaya John John and Laura Hill
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP53183J

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PCCP themed issue: Size Selected Clusters and Particles: From Physical Chemistry to Catalysis

PCCP themed issue: Size Selected Clusters and Particles: From Physical Chemistry to Catalysis

Guest Editors: Stefan Vajda (Argonne National Laboratory) and Jeroen van Bokhoven (ETH Zürich)

Deadline for Submissions: 16th May 2014

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is delighted to announce a high-profile themed issue ‘Size Selected Clusters and Particles: From Physical Chemistry to Catalysis’.

Please do let us know if you are interested in contributing to this themed issue by emailing the PCCP Editorial Office (pccp-rsc@rsc.org). We look forward to hearing from you.

The themed issue will be published in PCCP in 2014. It will receive great exposure, and get significant promotion.

PCCP is a high-impact, community spanning, international journal publishing work of the highest quality in the broad fields of physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry.

Ultrasmall clusters and particles consist of dominantly under-coordinated surface atoms, but the ratio of facet to corner and edge atoms increases with growing size. The variety and controllability of surface or binding-site atoms offers an excellent tuning knob to optimize binding, reactivity and catalytic properties. Moreover, small particles facilitate reaction pathways that are not feasible on extended rigid surfaces, because they can undergo dynamical structural changes.

This themed issue aims to address the need for the fundamental understanding of the evolution of physicochemical and catalytic properties of matter starting with small subnanometer size clusters that consist of only a handful of atoms, up to particles nanometers in size. Both experimental and computational contributions are welcome.

Please note that:

  • Submissions must contain new physical insight and should be high quality manuscripts of original, unpublished research.
  • Communications and full papers can be submitted for consideration.
  • If you are interested in submitting a ‘PCCP Perspective-review’ article this themed issue, please get in touch with the Editorial Office for more information about Perspective articles.
  • Manuscripts can be submitted in any reasonable format using our online submissions service.
  • You should indicate upon submission that your manuscript is intended for this themed issue.
  • All submissions will be subject to an initial assessment by the editors and, if appropriate, rigorous peer review.

The deadline for submissions to the themed issue is 16th May 2014, although submissions before this date are of course welcomed.

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PCCP themed collection: Recent Developments in Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence – out now!

Metal Enhanced Fluorescence Editoral CoverWe are delighted to announce that the PCCP themed collection on Recent Developments in Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence has now been published online – take a look today!

The themed collection was Guest Edited by Chris D. Geddes.

The cover article is an editorial on Metal-enhanced fluorescence by Chris D. Geddes.

Recent Developments in Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence themed collection features a broad range of Papers and Communications and features the following Perspective articles:

Take a look at the collection today!

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013: Multiscale modelling

Journal cover imageCongratulations to Professors Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel who were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems”.

The ability of scientists to model ever more complex systems in a shorter time-frame has been an important development over recent years, enabled by advances in computing power coupled with exciting new approaches such as that established by Karplus, Levitt and Warshel.

Professor Warshel’s PCCP Perspective article, with Shina Caroline Lynn Kamerlin, on “Multiscale modeling of biological functions” gives an overview of developments in the application of this technique to complex biological systems as well as potential future directions for research in this area:

Multiscale modeling of biological functions
Shina Caroline Lynn Kamerlin and Arieh Warshel
DOI: 10.1039/C0CP02823A

Check out the full PCCP themed issue on Multiscale modelling today to find out more about this Nobel Prize winning field!

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Web-collection on porous materials with FEZA 2014

We are delighted to announce a cross journal web collection on porous materials in conjunction with the FEZA 2014 conference which will cover all aspects of science and technology associated with ordered porous materials – zeolites, zeotypes, mesostructured materials and porous coordination polymers.

Nine Royal Society of Chemistry publications are encouraging submissions for the collection:

- Catalysis Science & Technology
- Dalton Transactions
- Green Chemistry

- Journal of Materials Chemistry A
- Journal of Materials Chemistry B
- Journal of Materials Chemistry C
- Nanoscale

- Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP)
- RSC Advances

The overall theme of the conference is “Porous Systems: From Novel Materials to Sustainable Solutions” and it will cover a wide range of topics from the synthesis of porous solids, advanced characterization, modeling, gas adsorption and separation, catalytic applications and natural occurring zeolites to the sustainable technological uses of porous systems and their applications in biology and medicine.

Submissions are welcome to the relevant journal across the themes of the conference. We encourage you to submit to this collection highlighting the challenges and opportunities in the fast moving field of porous materials.

Articles can be submitted from now until the 30th April 2014 and the collection will receive promotion at the conference in September. Please indicate in your covering letter that your submission is for consideration for the FEZA 2014 collection. Please note that all submissions will be subject to the normal peer review process.

If you have any queries or for more information, please contact the relevant Editorial Office: catalysis-rsc@rsc.org, dalton-rsc@rsc.org, materialsa-rsc@rsc.org, materialsb-rsc@rsc.org, materialsc-rsc@rsc.org, nanoscale-rsc@rsc.org, pccp-rsc@rsc.org or advances-rsc@rsc.org.

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PCCP themed issue: Physical Chemistry of Nanoparticles

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is delighted to announce a forthcoming high-profile themed issue on “Physical Chemistry of Nanoparticles”, with Guest Editors Jochen Küpper (Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY and University of Hamburg) Alf Mews and Horst Weller (University of Hamburg).

This will be the official themed issue of the international Bunsentagung 2014 meeting on the same theme organised by the Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft (DBG) which takes place in 2014 in Hamburg, Germany.  Free copies of the themed issue will be available at the meeting, maximising the visibility and profile of all published papers.

Deadline for submissions: 20th December 2013

If you wish to contribute to this themed issue, please contact the PCCP Editorial Office: pccp-rsc@rsc.org

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