Top 15 Chem Soc Rev articles April–June 2014

We are delighted to share with you the top 15 most downloaded Chem Soc Rev articles from April–June 2014!

Top 15 most downloaded Chem Soc Rev articles for Q2 2014

Heterogeneous photocatalyst materials for water splitting
Akihiko Kudo and Yugo Miseki
DOI: 10.1039/B800489G
From themed collection Renewable Energy

Recent advances in the chemistry of lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystals
Feng Wang and Xiaogang Liu
DOI: 10.1039/B809132N

Solution-processable metal oxide semiconductors for thin-film transistor applications
Stuart R. Thomas, Pichaya Pattanasattayavong and Thomas D. Anthopoulos
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS35402D

The chemistry of graphene oxide
Daniel R. Dreyer, Sungjin Park, Christopher W. Bielawski and Rodney S. Ruoff
DOI: 10.1039/B917103G

Metal–organic framework composites
Qi-Long Zhu and Qiang Xu
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60472A
From themed collection Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs)

Recent progress in metal–organic complexes for optoelectronic applications
Hui Xu, Runfeng Chen, Qiang Sun, Wenyong Lai, Qianqian Su, Wei Huang and Xiaogang Liu
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60449G

Selection of boron reagents for Suzuki–Miyaura coupling
Alastair J. J. Lennox and Guy C. Lloyd-Jones
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60197H
From themed collection Celebrating the 2014 RSC Prize and Award Winners

AIE macromolecules: syntheses, structures and functionalities
Rongrong Hu, Nelson L. C. Leung and Ben Zhong Tang
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00044G

Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip platforms: requirements, characteristics and applications
Daniel Mark, Stefan Haeberle, Günter Roth, Felix von Stetten and Roland Zengerle
DOI: 10.1039/B820557B
From themed collection From microfluidic applications to nanofluidic phenomena

Engineering nanointerfaces for nanocatalysis
Zhi-cheng Zhang, Biao Xu and Xun Wang
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60389J
From themed collection Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy

Progress in bismuth vanadate photoanodes for use in solar water oxidation
Yiseul Park, Kenneth J. McDonald and Kyoung-Shin Choi
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35260E
From themed collection Solar fuels

Oxygen electrocatalysts in metal–air batteries: from aqueous to nonaqueous electrolytes
Zhong-Li Wang, Dan Xu, Ji-Jing Xu and Xin-Bo Zhang
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60248F
From themed collection Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy

A review of electrode materials for electrochemical supercapacitors
Guoping Wang, Lei Zhang and Jiujun Zhang
DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15060J

Selective gas adsorption and separation in metal–organic frameworks
Jian-Rong Li, Ryan J. Kuppler and Hong-Cai Zhou
DOI: 10.1039/B802426J
From themed collection Metal Organic Frameworks

Mesoporous materials for clean energy technologies
Noemi Linares, Ana M. Silvestre-Albero, Elena Serrano, Joaquín Silvestre-Albero and Javier García-Martínez
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60435G
From themed collection Catalysis for Production of Renewable Energy


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Hot Chem Soc Rev articles for September

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 15th October 2014

Biological metals and metal-targeting compounds in major neurodegenerative diseases
Kevin J. Barnham and Ashley I. Bush  
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014,43, 6727-6749
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00138A, Review Article
From themed collection Molecular medicine and neurodegenerative diseases


Steam electrolysis by solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) with proton-conducting oxides
Lei Bi, Samir Boulfrad and Enrico Traversa  
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00194J, Review Article


Metal-catalyzed activation of ethers via C–O bond cleavage: a new strategy for molecular diversity
Josep Cornella, Cayetana Zarate and Ruben Martin  
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00206G, Review Article


Strategies for improving the performance and stability of Ni-based catalysts for reforming reactions
Shuirong Li and Jinlong Gong  
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00223G, Tutorial Review

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Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship: Xile Hu

Professor Xile Hu, of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, was the winner of the Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2013

Professor Hu chose to give his award lecture at the recent EUCHEM Conference on Organic Free Radicals, which took place at the end of June. He was also presented with his Emerging Investigator certificate at the event.

Chris Barner-Kowollik (KIT) presents Xile Hu with his Emerging Investigator award certificate

Congratulations again to Professor Hu! 

The Emerging Investigator Lectureship is an annual award which recognises an emerging scientist who has made a significant contribution to their research field.  Nominations for the 2015 award will open later in the year – watch this space.

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Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) Themed Issue

We are excited to introduce the new Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) themed issue of Chem Soc Rev.

The area of MOFs has become one of the fastest growing fields in chemistry, and this special issue is dedicated to the topic. It follows on from the well-received 2009 issue of Chem Soc Rev on the same theme.

Read the editorial by the guest editors Susumu Kitagawa and Hong-Cai “Joe” Zhou, and then browse the issue:

Metal-Organic Frameworks
Chemical Society Reviews, Issue 16, 2014

If you are attending the MOF2014 conference in Japan later in the year, you may be interested to know that all delegates will receive a free USB flash drive containing a copy of the whole MOFs themed issue.

We hope you enjoy reading it!

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ChemSocRev Impact Factor rises to a record high – 30.4!

Thomson Reuters have just released their latest citation data and Chemical Society Reviews’ (Chem Soc Rev) Impact Factor has risen to a record high of 30.425! ChemSocRev - Issue 16

With a truly international authorship publishing accessible and reader-friendly articles, Chem Soc Rev really is the home of high impact reviews from across the chemical sciences. You can read our most highly cited review articles listed below.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the journal’s success so far – our authors, referees, readers and Editorial and Advisory Boards – we are very grateful for your support.

Find out how other Royal Society of Chemistry journals are ranked in the latest Impact Factor release

Top cited Chem Soc Rev reviews:

Reviews

Graphene-based composites
Xiao Huang, Xiaoying Qi, Freddy Boey and Hua Zhang

A review of electrode materials for electrochemical supercapacitors
Guoping Wang, Lei Zhang and Jiujun Zhang

Graphene-based semiconductor photocatalysts
Quanjun Xiang, Jiaguo Yu and Mietek Jaroniec

C–C, C–O and C–N bond formation via rhodium(III)-catalyzed oxidative C–H activation
Guoyong Song, Fen Wang and Xingwei Li  
From themed collection C-H Functionalization

Upconversion nanophosphors for small-animal imaging
Jing Zhou, Zhuang Liu and Fuyou Li

The golden age: gold nanoparticles for biomedicine
Erik C. Dreaden, Alaaldin M. Alkilany, Xiaohua Huang, Catherine J. Murphy and Mostafa A. El-Sayed  
From themed collection Nanomedicine

Fluorescent indicators based on BODIPY
Noël Boens, Volker Leen and Wim Dehaen

Mechanochemistry: opportunities for new and cleaner synthesis
Stuart L. James, Christopher J. Adams, Carsten Bolm, Dario Braga, Paul Collier, Tomislav Friščić, Fabrizia Grepioni, Kenneth D. M. Harris, Geoff Hyett, William Jones, Anke Krebs, James Mack, Lucia Maini, A. Guy Orpen, Ivan P. Parkin, William C. Shearouse, Jonathan W. Steed and Daniel C. Waddell

Tutorial Reviews

Mesoporous silica nanoparticles in biomedical applications
Zongxi Li, Jonathan C. Barnes, Aleksandr Bosoy, J. Fraser Stoddart and Jeffrey I. Zink  
From themed collection Nanomedicine

Organocatalytic umpolung: N-heterocyclic carbenes and beyond
Xavier Bugaut and Frank Glorius

Mesoporous metal–organic framework materials
Weimin Xuan, Chengfeng Zhu, Yan Liu and Yong Cui

*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 2013 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2014).

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Hot Chem Soc Rev articles for July

All of the referee-recommended articles below are free to access until 19th August 2014

Learning from photobiology how to design molecular devices using a computer
S. Gozem, F. Melaccio, H. L. Luk, S. Rinaldi and M. Olivucci  
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014,43, 4019-4036
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00037D, Tutorial Review
From themed collection Supramolecular photochemistry


Pyrene-fused pyrazaacenes: from small molecules to nanoribbons
Aurelio Mateo-Alonso  
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00119B, Review Article


Water adsorption in MOFs: fundamentals and applications
Jérôme Canivet, Alexandra Fateeva, Youmin Guo, Benoit Coasne and David Farrusseng 
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00078A, Review Article
From themed collection Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs)


Design, synthesis and excited-state properties of mononuclear Ru(II) complexes of tridentate heterocyclic ligands
Amlan K. Pal and Garry S. Hanan  
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00123K, Tutorial Review


Recycling of carbon dioxide to methanol and derived products – closing the loop
Alain Goeppert, Miklos Czaun, John-Paul Jones, G. K. Surya Prakash and George A. Olah  
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00122B, Review Article


Smart chemistry in polymeric nanomedicine
Rong Tong, Li Tang, Liang Ma, Chunlai Tu, Ryan Baumgartner and Jianjun Cheng  
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00133H, Review Article

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Developments in bioorthogonal protein chemistry

by webwriter Kate Montgomery, who is currently doing a PhD in drug delivery using polymer based nanoparticles, her project is a collaboration between Imperial College London and CSIRO in Melbourne. When she is not making extremely sticky polymers in the lab, Kate enjoys reading, running (very slowly) and deep sea diving.

This review article by Chen et al., based at Peking University in Beijing, encompasses a wide range of recent work on bioorthogonal protein chemistry mediated by transition metals in living cells.

The definition of bioorthogonal chemistry is a reaction which can take place inside a living system without disrupting the biological processes surrounding it. The reactants must be inert to any molecules or biomolecules in the surrounding environment, selective in their reaction with each other and non-toxic. The aim of bioorthogonal reactions is to label or influence a key biomolecule so that either it, or its effects, can be tracked. Successful bioorthogonal reactions will allow for the study of biomolecules such as proteins within living systems, in real time. This review focuses on recent work by groups who have significantly contributed to protein chemistry and have widened the scope of bioorthogonal reactions.

Unsurprisingly, most reaction conditions do not meet the strict criteria of bioorthogonal reactions. The use of transition metals is discussed with a focus on the well-known Cu(I)-catalysed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) which is described as a ‘hallmark of bioorthogonal chemistry’ due to its high specificity, reaction rate and selectivity. The triazole product is stable and unreactive but this reaction is prevented from being bioorthogonal by the toxicity of the Cu(I) ions.

Chen and co-workers review research focused on overcoming the toxicity problems seen with Cu(I), including the strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC). This work developed by Bertozzi et al. is a ‘copper-free’ version of the CuAAC reaction. Chen et al. additionally discuss their own work, on ligand-assisted CuAAC reactions, using a BTTAA ligand (2-[4-({bis[(1-tert-butyl-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)methyl]amino}methyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-1-yl]acetic acid) to reduce toxicity. The authors also assess the use of other transition metals, such as palladium, as replacements for copper in bioorthogonal conjugation reactions, both on the cell surface and within an intracellular environment.
bioorthogonal protein chemistry
Ligand-assisted CuAAC labelling of proteins in the bacterial periplasm.

To download the full article for free* click the link below:
Maiyun Yang, Jie Li and Peng R. Chen
DOI: 10.1039/C4SC00646A

This article is part of the Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigators themed issue, which showcases up-and-coming scientists who are internationally recognised for making outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

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Applied Computational Chemistry Themed Issue

Applied Computational ChemsitryWe are delighted to introduce Issue 14 as a themed issue on Applied Computational Chemistry, published in honour of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, which was awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.

The issue’s foreword is written by Kendall N. Houk and guest editors Israel Fernández and Fernando P. Cossío who introduce the themed issue in their editorial.

Over the last decades, computations chemistry had become a powerful tool in Chemistry, so we hope you enjoy reading the issue. For the full collection, click on the link below:

Applied Computational Chemistry
Chemical Society Reviews
Issue 14
Page 4897 to 5142

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Molecular Capsules from Resorcinol derived Calixarenes: Host-Guest Chemistry

Kevin Murnaghan is a guest web-writer for Chemical Communications. He is currently a Research Chemist in the Adhesive Technologies Business Sector of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, based in Düsseldorf, Germany. His research interests focus primarily on enabling chemistries and technologies for next generation adhesives and surface treatments. Any views expressed here are his personal ones and not those of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.

In this Chem. Soc. Rev. review article, Kenji Kobayashi and Masamichi Yamanaka from Shizuoka University, Japan, give a detailed account of the host guest chemistry of a particular type of calixarene. Simple calixarenes are usually derived from, for example, a phenol and formaldehyde in an electrophilic aromatic substitution reaction. This yields a puckered basket structure containing a ring of methylene spaced phenols groups.

Calixarenes based on 1,3-dihydroxybenzene, also known as resorcinol (calix[4]resorcinarenes) are derived from similar chemistry and are described in this review. Capsule like materials containing covalently bound spacers between pairs of calix[4]resorcinarene units are briefly mentioned, while the majority of the review is devoted to capsules (or cavitands) containing substitutents capable of hydrogen bonding, metal coordination and other dynamic bonding, resulting in powerful, self-assembled host-guest interactions. The calix-[4]-resorcinarenes have extra rigidity in their structure, due to methylene bridging between the resorcinol oxygens of neighbouring units, with functional groups at the in-between 2-position.

Functionality introduced includes carboxylic acids, nitriles, halides, boronic acids, aldehdyes, alcohols and even a biypridyl unit. For example, a cavitand, containing phenol groups, not involved with other bonding, can be deprotonated to neatly bind pyrazine, in a hydrogen bound network, resulting in a dimeric self assembled cavitand.

Generic calix[4resorcinarene structures and a host-guest interaction with pyrazine]

Other examples are provided with mixed donors such as phenols and pyrdine groups in the same material. These heterodimeric cavitands can give access to a more advanced level of specificity, in these cases, for a variety of organic guests. Stronger bound capsule systems are described based on metal coordination. A nitrile substituted calix-[4]-resorcinarene and its palladium, platinum and counter-anion host-guest chemistry are briefly described, while examples self-assembled capsules with coordinating bipyridyl and dithiocarbamate units are also included.

The molecular and synthetic variety in this review is impressive. It is an enjoyable read, and should prove valuable to researchers in many disciplines. The application of such designed and potentially specific calix[4]resorcinarenes, and their mode of action in self-assembling and modifying guest reactivity is a  fascinating research area!

Read this Chem. Soc. Rev., Review Article today for free:

Self-assembled capsules based on tetrafunctionalized calix[4]resorcinarene cavitands
Kenji Kobayashi and Masamichi Yamanaka
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00153B

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Supramolecular Photochemistry Themed Issue

Chemical Society Reviews is delighted to present a themed issue on supramolecular photochemistry, dedicated to Professor Nick Turro, who sadly passed away in 2012. To celebrate Turro’s enormous contribution to photochemical sciences,  guest editor Alberto Credi has gathered together the most prominent, recent advances in photochemistry at its frontiers with supramolecular chemistry, materials science, and biochemistry.

To read the full collection, click on the link below:

Chemical Society Reviews, Issue 12, Supramolecular Photochemistry
Guest Editor: Alberto Credi

We hope you enjoy reading this collection as much as we did!

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