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Read our most impactful Inorganic Materials papers of 2017!

Inorganic materials and nanoparticles are being applied to many of the most pressing challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. They are currently being investigated for their applications in batteries, solar cells, photocatalysts for water splitting and pollutant degradation, and medical theragnostics. Here are some of the most impactful papers in solid state inorganic chemistry from Dalton Transactions in 2017.

 

Most Downloaded Reviews:

These Frontier and Perspective articles are receiving a lot of attention online, reviewing the advances and trends that are making waves in the solid-state inorganic chemistry community.

 

Thioborates: potential nonlinear optical materials with rich structural chemistry 

Yu-kun Lian, Li-Ming Wu and Ling Chen

Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 4134-4147

DOI: 10.1039/C6DT04767J

 

This review summarizes thioborates and their structural motifs ranging from zero-dimension to three-dimension. The most commonly observed building units of these examples are planar-triangle BS3 and tetrahedron BS4. Thioborates possess advantages with respect to their structural diversity, optical nonlinearity, laser-induced damage threshold and transparency range, and represent potentially a rich supply of new nonlinear optical materials.

 

 

A chemical approach to perovskite solar cells: control of electron-transporting mesoporous TiO2 and utilization of nanocarbon materials

Tomokazu Umeyama and Hiroshi Imahori

Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 15615-15627

DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02421E

 

This Perspective highlights recent chemical approaches to perovskite solar cells, including the control of electron-transporting mesoporous TiO2 and the utilization of nanocarbon materials.

   

 

Engineering transition metal phosphide nanomaterials as highly active electrocatalysts for water splitting

Yanmei Shi and Bin Zhang

Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 16770-16773

DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03648E

 

This Frontier article will highlight recent advances in engineering the composition and structure of TMPs for higher water electrolysis performances.

   

 

Most Cited Articles:

This original research is off to a great start, as some of our most cited work these papers and communications are already being recognized by the nanomaterials and solid-state chemistry community.

 

Novel p–n heterojunction BiOI/CeO2photocatalyst for wider spectrum visible-light photocatalytic degradation of refractory pollutants

Xiao-Ju Wen, Cheng-Gang Niu, Lei Zhang and Guang-Ming Zeng

 

  Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 4982-4993

DOI: 10.1039/C7DT00106A

 

A novel BiOI/CeO2 photocatalyst with high photocatalytic performance was successfully synthesized via a facile in situ precipitation method. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is ascribed to the formation of a p–n junction, which promotes carrier separation.

 

All-inorganic perovskite quantum dot/mesoporous TiO2 composite-based photodetectors with enhanced performance

Lin Zhou, Kai Yu, Fan Yang, Jun Zheng, Yuhua Zuo, Chuanbo Li, Buwen Cheng and Qiming Wang

  Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 1766-1769

DOI: 10.1039/C6DT04758K

 

Herein, we evaluated an all-inorganic perovskite based MSM photodetector employing a bilayer composite film of mp-TiO2 and CsPbBr3 quantum dots as a photosensitizer.

 

 

 

Na2.32Co1.84(SO4)3 as a new member of the alluaudite family of high-voltage sodium battery cathodes

Debasmita Dwibedi, Ritambhara Gond, Allumolu Dayamani, Rafael B. Araujo, Sudip Chakraborty, Rajeev Ahuja and Prabeer Barpanda

  Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 55-63

DOI: 10.1039/C6DT03767D

 

A novel alluaudite, Na2+2xCo2−x(SO4)3, has been unveiled as a potential high-voltage (ca. 4.8–5.8 V) sodium battery cathode demonstrating antiferromagnetic ordering.

 

 

 

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Rising Stars in Coordination Chemistry – Call for Submissions

This year’s International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC2018) is being held in Sendai, Japan, from July 30th – August 4th and features a ‘Rising Stars’ session aimed at PhD students and early career researchers. If you, or someone you know, is a Rising Star in Coordination Chemistry see the flyer below for further details.

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Congratulations to the poster prize winners at the Ohio Inorganic Weekend!

 

Last month saw the occasion of the Ohio Inorganic Weekend (OIW), which brings together researchers of inorganic chemistry from across the Midwest. Organised and hosted by Dr Hannah Shafaat (Ohio State University) and featuring 20 oral presentations and 119 posters on a diverse range of topics, including catalysis, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry, and solid-state materials, the event was a huge success. The relaxed setting enabled undergraduate and graduate students to present and discuss their work, frequently for the first time outside their home institution, and provided an excellent venue for initiating collaborations. The RSC was on-hand to award poster prizes to the best student poster presentations.

The Prize winners were:

1st Place – Desislava Dikova (University of Michigan)
Investigations into sensitizing GaP photocathodes with CdSe quantum dots

2nd Place – Arden Hammer (Oberlin College)
Ligand Shape Directs the Symmetry of Extended Inorganic Motifs in Lead Oxide Naphthoates

3rd Place (Joint) – Julian Sobieski (Kent State University)
Assessing Steric Bulk of Protecting Groups and Bidentate Ligands via a Computational Determination of Exact Cone Angle (θo) and Exact Solid Angle (Θo)

3rd Place (Joint) – Zach Smith (The Ohio State University)
Spectroscopic Investigations of the Novel Mn/Fe Ligand Binding Oxidases

4th Place – Jenna Bouquot (Kenyon College)
Synthesis of γ-(2-bromo-2-methylpropionyl)-ɛ-caprolactone and polymerization using a pseudo-alumatrane catalyst

Desislava Dikova (left) receiving her prize from Dr Shafaat (right) Zachary Smith (left) receiving his prize from Dr Shafaat (right)

For more information about the OIW, including a full list of presentations and pictures of the poster session visit the conference page on the Shafaat Research Group website. 

Dalton Transactions offers a huge congratulations to all poster prize winners!

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Congratulations to the GFSM prize winners!

Earlier this year the 39th international meeting of the French Speaking Mössbauer Society (Groupe Francophone De Spectrométrie Mössbauerwas held in Béni-Mellal, Morocco. The conference was organized by Prof. Mohammed Sajieddine from the University Sultan Moulay Slimane and gathered 78 participants with 42 contributions (15 talks and 27 posters) including Invited speakers Prof. Hiroki Oshio (Univ. of Tsukuba), Prof. Abdelilah Benyoussef (Acad. Hassan II Sci. Techniques, Rabat, Morocco), Dr. Moulay Tahar Sougrati (Univ. Montpellier II, France) and Prof. Stanislaw Mieczyslaw Dubiel (AGH Univ. Sci. Tech., Krakow, Poland).

The meeting was centered on the input of Mössbauer spectroscopy in solid state chemistry and physics with a special emphasis on nanomaterials and current trends and applications of the technique. Delegates came from France, Belgium, Portugal, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Ivory Coast. A Mössbauer school was organized prior to the conference with invited lecturers Dr. Jean Marc Grenèche (Le Mans Univ.), Dr. Mustapha Abdelmoula (Univ. of Lorraine) and Dr. Jean Juraszek (Univ. of Rouen).

The event, which was held for the first time in North Africa, was a great success. It gathered scientists either using or interested in the Mössbauer technique to discuss the latest trends and advances. The GFSM, chaired by Prof. Yann Garcia (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium), organizes this meeting every year. Previously the meeting has been held at Le Mans (2016), Jülich (2015), Montpellier (2014), Nancy (2013), Rouen (2012), Strasbourg (2011) and Lisbon (2010).

Out of the numerous posters, the GFSM 2017 poster prize (150 €) was awarded to Mohammed Ounacer (University Sultan Moulay Slimane) from the group of Prof. Mohammed Sajieddine. The Dalton Transactions prize was awarded to Houria Benaissa (Université catholique de Louvain) from the group of Prof. Yann Garcia, on thermal sensors based on 4H-1,2,4-triazole derivatives. This later prize was delivered by Prof. Hiroki Oshio (Dalton Transactions advisory board member).

Houria Benaissa (centre) receiving her award from Dalton Transactions advisory board member Hiroki Oshio  (left) and Jean-Claude Jumas (right)

A GFSM 2017 thesis prize (300 €) was also delivered to Siham Difi (Montpellier and Marrakech) by Dr. Jean-Claude Jumas (Montpellier, poster committee chairman).

 

Dalton Transactions offers a huge congratulations to all the prize winners!

 

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Congratulations to the RSC prize winners at the 67th JSCC symposium!

Earlier this year the 67th conference of the Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry (JSCC) was held at Hokkaido University, co-organised by The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ). Including both fundamental and applied work on synthesis and properties of coordination compounds, encompassing organometallics and bioinorganic chemistry, the event was a huge success with over 1000 attendees. More than 150 talks, in English and in Japanese, were given over three days, including Award Lectures by world-renowned academics, including Omar M. Yaghi (University of California, Berkeley), Yoshiaki Nishibayashi (University of Toyko), Jian-Ren Shen (Okayama University), and Erwin Reisner (University of Cambridge).

A number of presentation slots were also allocated to students, and the RSC was on-hand to offer poster prizes.  This marks the eighth year running that Dalton Transactions and CrystEngComm have awarded prizes at this event, and this year also saw the presentation of the inaugural Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers awards. Out of a total of 460 poster presentations, the award winners were:

The Dalton Transactions award for outstanding poster presentation goes to Shuji Akinaga, in the group of Makoto Fujita at The University of Toyko, for his poster entitled “Inner-functionalization of crystalline meso-porous peptide complexes
The CrystEngComm award for outstanding poster presentation goes to Masashi Fujimura, in the group of Ryotaro Matsuda, for his poster entitled “溶存酸素吸着を実現する光応答性ナノポーラス金属錯体の設計
An Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers award for outstanding poster presentation went to Shuto Mochizuki, in the group of Takashi Uemura at Kyoto University, for his poster entitled “Fabrication of ultrathin polymer films using metal-organic frameworks with 2-D nanospace
An Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers award for outstanding poster presentation went to Yoshiyuke Takemoto, of Nagoya Institute of Technology, for his poster entitled “Catalytic silylation of N2 by use of T-shaped cobalt complex bearing iminophosphorane ligands

The winners were given an RSC heat-sensitive mug as seen in the photo above of Yoshiyuke Takemoto – who we hope doesn’t drink coffee while using that solvent drying system!

 

The RSC offers its hearty congratulations to all the winners!

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Congratulations to the USIC 2017 prize winners!

This August the Universities of Scotland Inorganic Chemistry Conference 2017 (USIC 2017) was held at the University of St Andrews, to great success. It brings together inorganic chemistry students from Scotland and the north of England and featured internationally renowned keynote speakers Claire J. Carmalt, Andrew Goodwin, Robert Tooze, and Piet van Leeuwen as well as a number of speaking slots reserved for student talks.

 

The Dalton Transaction prize for best oral presentation was given to Alice Bumstead at the University of St Andrews for her talk Modulator-Mediated Synthesis and Structural Transformations of an Interpenetrated Zirconium MOF. The prize for best poster presentation was awarded to Reuben Leveson-Gower, a recent graduate of Durham University, for his poster entitled Novel Iridium (III) Pincer Complexes. Dalton Transactions offers a huge congratulations to both winners!

 

Alice Bumstead (left) and Reuben Leveson-Gower (right) being presented their awards by Dr Petr Kilian (University of St Andrews)
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Congratulations to Professor Yoshiaki Nishibayashi, winner of the JSCC Award for Creative Work!

Dalton Transactions is pleased to sponsor the Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry (JSCC) Award for Creative Work. The inaugural award was won by Professor Yoshiaki Nishibayashi, of The University of Tokyo, and was presented by Professor Hiroshi Nishihara, JSCC president, during the recent 67th Conference of JSCC at Hokkaido University.

     Right – Professor Yoshiaki Nishibayashi, JSCC Award for Creative Work winner,                   Left – Professor Hiroshi Nishihara, JSCC president, 

Professor Nishibayashi gave an excellent award lecture entitled Development of Catalytic Nitrogen Fixation Using Transiition Metal-Dinitrogen Complexes. He has been at the University of Tokyo since 2005 and currently has 200 publications to his name. As well as the construction of molecular scaffolds for supporting dinuclear catalysts for nitrogen fixation, Professor Nishibayashi also studies the design and synthesis of transition metal catalysts for organic transformations. More information about his work can be found at his website.

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Congratulations to the DYME prize winners!

Last week saw the Dalton Younger Members Event (DYME) held at the University of Bath. This is a free biennial event designed to support PhD students and post-doctoral researchers within the Inorganic community, providing presentation and networking opportunities for early career researchers in a relaxed and friendly setting.

 

The event was organised by Dr Jennifer Garden (University of Edinburgh) and Emma Sackville (University of Bath), the post-doctoral and PhD representatives of the RSC Dalton Division, and featured plenary talks by Robin Bedford, Rebecca Melen, and Geoff Spikes as well as a packed schedule of oral and poster presentations by PhD and post-doctoral researchers.

 

Dalton Transactions was on hand to offer prizes for the best oral and poster presentations. The winners were:

 

Best Oral Presentations:

Conrad Goodwin (University of Manchester)

Alice Johnson (University of Zaragoza)

 

Best Poster Presentations:

Jamie Hunter (University of Edinburgh)

Kristine Laws (King’s College London)

Gemma Trott (University of Oxford)

L-R: Jennifer Garden,  Alice Johnson, Kristine Laws, Jamie Hunter, Conrad Goodwin, Gemma Trott, Emma Sackville 

 

 

DYME alternates years with the Meeting of Inorganic Chemists Recently Appointed (MICRA) which will be hosted by Rebecca Melen next year at Cardiff University.

 

 

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Congratulations to the poster prize winners at the Southern Dalton Meeting!

The RSC library at Burlington House recently hosted the Dalton Division Southern Regional Meeting. Organised by Professor Manfred Bochmann, Dr John Fielden, and Dr Joseph Wright from the University of East Anglia, the Meeting provided an opportunity for PhD and post-doctoral researchers from ten local institutions to exchange ideas and research results on all aspects of coordination, inorganic, organometallic, and bioinorganic chemistry. Dalton Transactions‘ Deputy Editor, Mike Andrews, was on hand to present poster prizes. Congratulations go to:

 

Lucy Currie, from University of East Anglia, for her poster Thiol Triggered Photodeauration and Reductive Elimination from Gold(III) Pincer Complexes
Jonathan Robson, from Imperial College London, for his poster Water-soluble ruthenium vinyl probes for rapid fluorescence visualisation of CO in cells

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the Dalton Transactions poster prize winners at EUROCVD21 – Baltic ALD15!

The joint 21st biennial European Chemical Vapor Deposition conference and the 15th International Baltic Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition was held recently at Linköping, Sweden. The conference boasted a series of international renowned invited speakers, as well as a full schedule of oral and poster presentations by graduate and post-doctoral researchers on wide range of topics. Three such researchers were awarded Dalton Transactions poster prizes. Congratulations go to:

Peter Kubiak, working at the University of Bath, for the poster Deposition of Calcium Sulfide Based Materials via AA-CVD
Francesca Visentin, working at the University of Padova, for the poster Morphological, structural and tribocorrosion behaviour of TiO2 MOCVD coating on Ti substrates with different morphology
Andreas Werbrouck, working at Ghent University, for the poster PE-ALD of lithium aluminum silicon oxide solid electrolyte layers using LiHMDS 

More information about the conference can be found here.

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