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Sneak preview: Nanoplasmonics accepted papers

We are delighted to share with you a selection of the Accepted Manuscripts that will be discussed at the upcoming Faraday Discussions meeting on the theme of Nanoplasmonics in London, UK from 16-18 February 2015.

We  hope you enjoy reading the articles. Join us for this Discussion and to present your own research poster alongside leading scientists including Mark Brongersma (Stanford University), Niek van Hulst (ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences), Sergey Bozhevolnyi (University of Southern Denmark), Martin Moskovits (University of California, Santa Barbara) and many more.

Submit your poster abstract by 8 December and get involved

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Read this selection of Accepted Manuscripts which will be presented in London:

Surface Plasmon Enabled Liquid-Junction Photovoltaic Cell
Martin Moskovits, Woo-ram James Lee, Galen D Stucky and Syed Mubeen Jawahar Hussaini
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00185K

A classical treatment of optical tunneling in plasmonic gaps: extending the quantum corrected model to practical situations
Ruben Esteban, Asier Zugarramurdi, Pu Zhang, Peter J.A. Nordlander, Francisco Jose Garcia Vidal, Andrey Borisov and Javier Aizpurua
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00196F

Relaxation dynamics of a quantum emitter resonantly coupled to a coherent state of localized surface plasmon
Khachatur V Nerkararyan and Sergey Bozhevolnyi
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00165F

Plasmonics on the slope of enlightenment: the role of transition metal nitrides
Urcan Guler, Alexander Kildishev, Alexandra Boltasseva and Vladimir Shalaev
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00208C

Light emission in nonlocal plasmonic metamaterials
Viktor Podolskiy, Pavel Ginzburg, Brian Wells and Anatoly Zayats
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00186A

Plasmonic networks for single-photon emission control
Michele Gaio, Marta Castro-Lopez, Jan Renger, Prof. Dr. Niek F. van Hulst and Riccardo Sapienza
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00187G

Fluorescence axial nanotomography with plasmonics
Nicholas I Cade, Gilbert Fruhwirth, Alexey V Krasavin, Tony Ng and David Richards
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00198B

Ultimate limit of field confinement by surface plasmon polaritons
Jacob Khurgin
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00193A

Ultrafast dynamics of nanoplasmonic stopped-light lasing
Sebastian Wuestner, Tim Pickering, Joachim M Hamm, A Freddie Page, Andreas Pusch and Ortwin Hess
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00181H

Surface plasmon enhanced energy transfer between gold nanorods and fluorophores:application to endosytosis study and RNA detection
Yinan Zhang, Guoke Wei, Jun Yu, David Birch and Yu Chen
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00199K

Second Harmonic Generation on Self-Assembled Tilted Gold Nanowires
Alessandro Belardini, Marco Centini, Grigore Leahu, Eugenio Fazio, Concita Sibilia, Josef Haus and Andrew Sarangan
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00200H

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Faraday Discussions Impact Factor is 4.19

Faraday Discussions | Royal Society of Chemistry We are pleased to announce that the new Impact Factor* of Faraday Discussions is 4.19.

We were delighted to host Discussions in a variety of exciting areas over the last year – check out the associated Faraday Discussions volumes today:

Thanks to all our authors, speakers, readers, delegates, committee members and everyone else who has contributed to the continued success of Faraday Discussions.

We encourage you to get involved – register for one (or more!) of the excellent meetings still to come this year:

New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials
1 – 3 September 2014, London, UK

Organic Photonics & Electronics
8 – 10 September 2014, Strathclyde, UK

Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles
17 – 19 September 2014, Bristol, UK

Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry
27 – 29 October 2014, Xiamen, China

Not able to join us this year? Find out more about the Faraday Discussions we have planned for 2015 and beyond..

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Read more about the 2013 Impact Factors from across RSC Publishing on the RSC Publishing Blog.

*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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Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles – last chance to register!

Thumbnail for Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles Faraday DiscussionCheck out a selection of the Accepted Manuscripts that will be discussed at the upcoming Faraday Discussions meeting on the theme of Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles taking place in Bristol, UK from 17-19th September 2014.

We hope that you will join us to discuss this exciting topic along with leading scientists including Paul Alivisatos, Hedi Mattoussi, Mostafa El-Sayed, Peter Dobson and many more.

Registration closes on 18 August, so make sure you book your place today!

You can find out more about the unique format of Faraday Discussions on our FAQs page.

Enjoy reading this selection of Accepted Manuscripts:

A Multifunctional Amphiphilic Polymer as a Platform for Surface-Functionalizing Metallic and other Inorganic Nanostructures
Wentao Wang, fadi aldeek, Xin Ji, Birong Zeng and Hedi Mattoussi
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00154K

Multifunctional Silica-Coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: A Facile Four-in-One System for In-Situ Study of Neural Stem Cells Harvesting
yung-kang Peng, Cathy N.P. Lui, Tsen-Hsuan Lin, Chen Chang, Pi-Tai Chou, Ken KL Yung and Edman Tsang
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00132J

A low cost synthesis method for functionalised iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia from readily available materials
Ivan P Parkin, Joseph C Bear, Bin Yu, Cristina Blanco Andujar, Quentin Andrew Pankhurst, Paul Mcnaughter, Paul Southern and Marc-Krystelle Mafina
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00062E

Functionalised Gold and Titania Nanoparticles and Surfaces For Use as Antimicrobial Coatings
Sacha Noimark, Kristopher Page, Joseph C Bear, Carlos Sotelo-Vazquez, Raul Quesada Cabrera, Yao Lu, Elaine Allan, Jawwad A Darr and Ivan P Parkin
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00113C

Design of FeBi nanoparticles for imaging applications
Marlene Branca, Frederic Pelletier, Diana Ciuculescu, Chun-Cheng Lin, Raphael Serra, Jean-Gabriel Mattei, Marie-José Casanove, Reasmey Tan, Marc Respaud, Catherine Amiens and Baptiste Cottin
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00105B

The Properties and Performance of a pH-responsive Functionalised Nanoparticle
Sandra Ast, Peter Rutledge and Matthew Houghton Todd
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00110A

Bisphosphonate ligands improve the water solubility of quantum dots
Siti Fatimah Abdul Ghani, Michael Wright, Juan Gallo-Paramo, Melanie Bottrill Bottrill, Mark Green, Nicholas J Long and M. Thanou
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00151F

Lanthanide Nano-drums: A New Class of Molecular Nanoparticles for Potential Biomedical Applications
Richard A Jones, Annie J Gnanam, Jonathan F Arambula, Jessica N Jones, Jagannath Swaminathan, Xiaoping Yang, Desmond Schipper, Justin W. Hall, Lauren J DePue, Yakhya Dieye, Jamuna Vadivelu, Don J Chandler, Edward M Marcotte, Jonathan L Sessler, Lauren I R Ehrlich and Katherine A Brown
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00117F

Aptamer-Conjugated Theranostic Hybrid Graphene Oxide with Highly Sensitive Biosensing and Combined Therapy Capability
Bhanu Priya Viraka Nellore, Avijit Pramanik, Suhash Reddy Chavva, Sudarson Sekhar Sinha, Christen Robinson, Zhen Fan, Rajashekar Kanchanapally, Justin Grennell, Ivy Weaver, Ashton T. Hamme II and Paresh C Ray
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00074A

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Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry – poster deadline

We are delighted to share with you a selection of the Accepted Manuscripts that will be discussed at the upcoming Faraday Discussions meeting on the theme of Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry taking place in Xiamen, China from 27-29th October 2014.

We hope that you will join us to discuss this exciting topic along with leading scientists including Peidong Yang, Lee Cronin, Nenad Markovic, Zhong Lin Wang and many more. Register today!

Submit a poster abstract by 18th August

You can find out more about the unique format of Faraday Discussions on our FAQs page.

Enjoy reading this selection of Accepted Manuscripts:

Comparison of photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of a synthetic photocatalyst system with Photosystem II
Yi-Hsuan Lai, Masaru Kato, Dirk Mersch and Erwin Reisner
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00059E

Graphene-supported iron-based nanoparticles encapsulated in nitrogen-doped carbon as a synergistic catalyst for hydrogen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions
Xinhe Bao, Jing Wang, Guoxiong Wang, Shu Miao and Jiayuan Li
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00123K

Bridging Silicon Nanoparticles and Thermoelectrics: Phenylacetylene Functionalization
Shane Ashby, Jason A. Thomas, Jorge García-Cañadas, Gao Min, Jack Corps, Anthony V Powell, Hualong Xu, Wei Shen and Yimin Chao
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00109E

Carbonization of Self-assembled Nanoporous Hemin with a Significantly Enhanced Activity for Oxygen Reduction Reaction
Yan Xie, Chizhou Tang, Zhiqiang Hao, Yang Lv, Ruixia Yang, Xuming Wei, Wei-Qiao Deng, Anjie Wang, Baolian Yi and Yujiang Song
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00121D

Mechanisms for CO oxidation on Fe(III)-OH-Pt interface: a DFT study
Gang Fu, Nanfeng Zheng, Guangxu Chen and Yun Zhao
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00144C

Effect of Double Blocking Layers at TiO2/Sb2S3 and Sb2S3/spiro-MeOTAD Interfaces on Photovoltaic Performance
Nam-Gyu Park, Hyun-Woo Kang and Jin-Wook Lee
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00126E

A facile two-step method for fabrication of plate-like WO3 photoanode under mild conditions
Nan Wang, Jian Zhu, Xiaojia Zheng, Feng-Qiang Xiong, Baokun Huang, Jingying Shi and Can Li
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00139G

Mesoporous Perovskite Solar Cells: Material Composition, Charge-Carrier Dynamics, and Device Characteristics
Yixin Zhao, Alexandre Nardes and Kai Zhu
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00128A

Check back to this post for more articles over the coming weeks!

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Organic Photonics & Electronics – HOT research in Faraday Discussions

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It’s all HOT research (as recommended by the referees) and it’s all due to be discussed at Organic Phontonics & Electronics: Faraday Discussion 174 in Strathclyde from 8-10 September 2014.

You can get involved:

Read these papers to have a sneak-preview of the HOT research featuring at this exciting event:

Breaking the simple proportionality between molecular conductances and charge transfer rates
Ravindra Venkatramani, Emil Wierzbinski, David H Waldeck and David N Beratan
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00106K

Dynamic Amplification of Light Signals in Photorefractive Ferroelectric Liquid Crystalline Mixtures
Takeo Sasaki, Satoshi Kajikawa and Yumiko Naka
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00068D

Computation of Hole Mobilities: Comparison of Single Crystal and Surface Adsorbed Models
Rose A Krawczuk, Joseph J.W. McDouall, William Mitchell and Steven Tierney
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00082J

Highly efficient organic devices based on small-molecule organic semiconductors
Karl Leo, Vadim Lyssenko and Simone Hofmann
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00094C

Bio-sorbable, liquid electrolyte gated thin-film transistor based on a solution processed zinc oxide layer
Luisa Torsi, Mandeep Singh, Gerardo Palazzo, Giuseppe Romanazzi, Gian Paolo Suranna, Nicoletta Ditaranto, Cinzia Di Franco, Maria Vittoria Santacroce, Mohammad Yusuf Mulla, Maria Magliulo and Kyriaki Manoli
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00081A

Hybrid organic semiconductor lasers for bio-molecular sensing
Anne-Marie Haughey, Caroline Foucher, Benoit Guilhabert, Alexander Kanibolotsky, Peter Skabara, Glenn A Burley, Martin D Dawson and Nicolas Laurand
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00091A

Characterization and simulation of electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistors
Katharina Melzer, Marcel Brändlein, Bogdan Popescu, Dan Popescu, Paolo Lugli and Giuseppe Scarpa
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00095A

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Join us to discuss this HOT research

Faraday Discussions, Royal Society of Chemistry. Journal cover image.Check out these HOT articles which have recently been published as Accepted Manuscripts in Faraday Discussions:


Effects of Structural Disorder and Surface Chemistry on Electric Conductivity and Capacitance of Porous Carbon Electrodes

Boris Dyatkin and Yury Gogotsi
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00048J

Redox-active electrolyte for supercapacitor application
Elzbieta Frackowiak, Mikolaj Meller, Jakub Menzel, Dominika Gastol and Krzysztof Fic
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00052H

Nanodiamond surface redox chemistry: influence of physicochemical properties on catalytic processes
Thomas Varley, Katherine B Holt, George Harrison and Meetal Hirani
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00041B

Organocatalysis for New Chiral Fullerene-based Materials
Rosa M. Girón, Silvia Reboredo, Juan Marco-Martínez, Salvatorre Filippone and Nazario Martin
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00065J


All four articles will be discussed at upcoming Faraday Discussions meetings on:

Find out more about the unique format of Faraday Discussions and register to attend one or both of these exciting meetings: http://rsc.li/fd-events.

There are even some bursaries to help undergraduates and postgraduates attend!

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Opportunities for discussion with prize winning researchers

We are delighted to announce that the Spiers Memorial Award Winners for 2014 are:

Professor Pulickel M. Ajayan Professor Pulickel M. Ajayan, Rice University for his pioneering contributions to the field of carbon based nanomaterials.
Professor Fred Wudl Professor Fred Wudl, University of California, Santa Barbara for his many innovative developments to the field of organic electroactive materials and plastic electronics.

We invite you to join us and hear these award winning researchers delivering their introductory lecture at a Faraday Discussions meeting later in the year.

Faraday Discussions journal cover imageProf. Ajayan will deliver the Introductory lecture at New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials: Faraday Discussion 173 which takes place in London between 1 – 3 September 2014.

Prof. Wudl will be starting off proceedings with his lecture at Organics, Photonics & Electronics: Faraday Discussion 174 in Strathclyde, Scotland (8-10 September 2014).

As with all Faraday Discussion meetings there is also an opportunity for you to take part:

  • Submit a poster. The deadlines are 23 June 2014 for New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials, and 16 June 2014 for Organics, Photonics and Electronics.
  • Join the disussion. All the discussion of papers at the meeting are recorded and published as part of the final volume so every delegate has a chance to be fully involved. There is more information on how Faraday Discussions work in our FAQs.
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    Gold intermediate found in green synthesis

    A gold ketenylidene species (Au2=C=C=O) has been identified as a key intermediate in the partial oxidation of acetic acid over a gold/TiO2 catalyst – a reaction that could have important consequences for environmentally friendly organic synthesis. Gold and TiO2 both play a part in the catalysis, with C–H bond scission occurring at the former and C–O scission at the latter.

    Such reactions could represent important routes to the de-oxygenation of acids and esters derived from bio-renewable intermediates, and hence the green manufacture of important bulk chemicals.

    Read this fascinating Faraday Discussions article today:

    Mechanistic insights into the partial oxidation of acetic acid by O2 at the dual perimeter sites of a Au/TiO2 catalyst
    Matthew Neurock, Isabel Xiaoye Green, Wenjie Tang and John Yates
    DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00002H

    This exciting work will be discussed FD162: Fabrication, Structure and Reactivity of Anchored Nanoparticles.

    Registration for this exciting event closes on Friday 15th March so hurry to secure your place!

    Register now

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    Faraday Discussions most-read articles in 2012

    Image of Michael Faraday giving a lectureWe are pleased to present the most read articles in Faraday Discussions in 2012.

    Attending a Faraday Discussion is a unique opportunity to discuss your work with leading researchers in important areas of physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry and chemical physics. Faraday Discussions are a unique and high-impact series of international conferences. Each Discussion is on a specific “hot topic”, and 24 papers are presented and discussed by world class speakers. The 24 papers and discussion (including new research presented by any delegate) are published in the Faraday Discussions journal.

    The journal is SCI indexed, and the latest Impact Factor is 5.0.

    Join us in 2013 for some excellent discussions: http://rsc.li/fd-upcoming-meetings.

    Sign up to receive our free table-of-contents e-alert when each new volume goes online.

    Top 25 most-read Faraday Discussions articles for 2012

    Realizing artificial photosynthesis
    Devens Gust, Thomas A. Moore and Ana L. Moore
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00110H

    Ionic Liquids: Past, present and future
    C. Austen Angell, Younes Ansari and Zuofeng Zhao
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00112D

    Artificial photosynthesis for solar fuels
    Stenbjörn Styring
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00113B

    Electron transfer kinetics in water splitting dye-sensitized solar cells based on core–shell oxide electrodes
    Seung-Hyun Anna Lee, Yixin Zhao, Emil A. Hernandez-Pagan, Landy Blasdel, W. Justin Youngblood and Thomas E. Mallouk
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00083G

    Excitons and charges at organic semiconductor heterojunctions
    Richard H. Friend, Matthew Phillips, Akshay Rao, Mark W. B. Wilson, Zhe Li and Christopher R. McNeill
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00104C

    Graphene-based supercapacitors in the parallel-plate electrode configuration: Ionic liquids versus organic electrolytes
    Youngseon Shim, Hyung J. Kim and YounJoon Jung
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00086A

    Hydrogen evolution on nano-particulate transition metal sulfides
    Jacob Bonde, Poul G. Moses, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Jens K. Nørskov and Ib Chorkendorff
    DOI: 10.1039/B803857K

    Development of highly efficient supramolecular CO2 reduction photocatalysts with high turnover frequency and durability
    Yusuke Tamaki, Katsuhiro Watanabe, Kazuhide Koike, Haruo Inoue, Tatsuki Morimoto and Osamu Ishitani
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00091H

    Design principles of photosynthetic light-harvesting
    Graham R. Fleming, Gabriela S. Schlau-Cohen, Kapil Amarnath and Julia Zaks
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00078K

    Artificial leaf device for solar fuel production
    Yutaka Amao, Naho Shuto, Kana Furuno, Asami Obata, Yoshiko Fuchino, Keiko Uemura, Tsutomu Kajino, Takeshi Sekito, Satoshi Iwai, Yasushi Miyamoto and Masatoshi Matsuda
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00097G

    Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy: new materials, concepts, characterization tools, and applications
    Jon A. Dieringer, Adam D. McFarland, Nilam C. Shah, Douglas A. Stuart, Alyson V. Whitney, Chanda R. Yonzon, Matthew A. Young, Xiaoyu Zhang and Richard P. Van Duyne
    DOI: 10.1039/B513431P

    Physical constraints on charge transport through bacterial nanowires
    Nicholas F. Polizzi, Spiros S. Skourtis and David N. Beratan
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00098E

    A Ga2O3 underlayer as an isomorphic template for ultrathin hematite films toward efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting
    Takashi Hisatomi, Jérémie Brillet, Maurin Cornuz, Florian Le Formal, Nicolas Tétreault, Kevin Sivula and Michael Grätzel
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00103E

    Micro-convection, dissipative structure and pattern formation in polymer blend solutions under temperature gradients
    Takeshi Nambu, Yuji Yamauchi, Takahiro Kushiro and Shinichi Sakurai
    DOI: 10.1039/B403108C

    Light-driven water oxidation with a molecular tetra-cobalt(III) cubane cluster
    Giuseppina La Ganga, Fausto Puntoriero, Sebastiano Campagna, Irene Bazzan, Serena Berardi, Marcella Bonchio, Andrea Sartorel, Mirco Natali and Franco Scandola
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00093D

    Kinetics of light-driven oxygen evolution at α-Fe2O3 electrodes
    Laurence M. Peter, K. G. Upul Wijayantha and Asif A. Tahir
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00079A

    The interface ionic liquid(s)/electrode(s): In situ STM and AFM measurements
    Frank Endres, Natalia Borisenko, Sherif Zein El Abedin, Robert Hayes and Rob Atkin
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00050K

    Copper dioxygen (bio)inorganic chemistry
    Edward I. Solomon, Jake W. Ginsbach, David E. Heppner, Matthew T. Kieber-Emmons, Christian H. Kjaergaard, Pieter J. Smeets, Li Tian and Julia S. Woertink
    DOI: 10.1039/C005500J

    Simultaneous frequency and dissipation factor QCM measurements of biomolecular adsorption and cell adhesion
    Michael Rodahl, Fredrik Höök, Claes Fredriksson, Craig A. Keller, Anatol Krozer, Peter Brzezinski, Marina Voinova and Bengt Kasemo
    DOI: 10.1039/A703137H

    Accumulative electron transfer: Multiple charge separation in artificial photosynthesis

    Susanne Karlsson, Julien Boixel, Yann Pellegrin, Errol Blart, Hans-Christian Becker, Fabrice Odobel and Leif Hammarström
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00089F

    Colloidal metal oxide particles loaded with synthetic catalysts for solar H2 production
    Fezile Lakadamyali, Masaru Kato and Erwin Reisner
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00077B

    Nanoparticle catalysts with high energy surfaces and enhanced activity synthesized by electrochemical method
    Zhi-You Zhou, Na Tian, Zhi-Zhong Huang, De-Jun Chen and Shi-Gang Sun
    DOI: 10.1039/B803716G

    Gold nanoparticle-polymer/biopolymer complexes for protein sensing
    Daniel F. Moyano, Subinoy Rana, Uwe H. F. Bunz and Vincent M. Rotello
    DOI: 10.1039/C1FD00024A

    A novel self-healing supramolecular polymer system
    Stefano Burattini, Howard M. Colquhoun, Barnaby W. Greenland and Wayne Hayes
    DOI: 10.1039/B900859D

    Bio-tribology
    Duncan Dowson
    DOI: 10.1039/C2FD20103H

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    Filming the motions of individual lipids

    Image of observation area, lipid bilayer and cover glassSuper resolution microscopy breaks the diffraction limit. Professor Dr Stefan Hell is credited for the development of STED or stimulated emission depletion microscopy. In this paper arising from the Faraday Discussion on Lipids & Membrane Biophysics STED is used in combination with FCS or fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to follow the diffusion of dye labeled lipids in membrane model systems on glass and mica.

    Super resolution microscopy is used to study the diffusion of labelled lipids, two labels are employed, one that localises in the liquid ordered and one that localises in the liquid disordered phase of the lipid membrane model. Through STED, and with the two new probes introduced, the rate of 2D diffusion in the membrane can be measured. As the localisation of the two probes is different, a map of the disordered and ordered domains can be generated.

    by Dr Thomas Just Sørensen

    Read this fascinating article which was presented as part of the Faraday Discussion on Lipids & Membrane Biophysics:

    STED microscopy detects and quantifies liquid phase separation in lipid membranes using a new far-red emitting fluorescent phosphoglycerolipid analogue
    Alf Honigmann, Veronika Mueller, Stefan W. Hell and Christian Eggeling
    DOI: 10.1039/C2FD20107K

    Read all the results and Discussion in the Lipids & Membrane Biophysics Discussion volume.

    We’d love you to join us at a future meeting: more details on the Faraday Discussions events website.

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