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Carbon dioxide sees the light

Collaborators in Spain and Germany have built a microreactor that uses visible light to drive a reaction that turns carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide – an important chemical building block.

The reverse water–gas shift (RWGS) reaction converts carbon dioxide and hydrogen into carbon monoxide and water and is often performed at high temperatures over a copper catalyst. Scientists around the world are working to design more efficient catalysts so that the RWGS reaction can proceed at lower temperatures but many of these can’t be used in industry due to the poor transition from lab to reactor. Now, Alexander Navarrete, from the University of Valladolid in Spain, has taken on this challenge by combining the catalyst and the reactor in one small device. Read the full article in Chemistry World»


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Novel windows for “solar commodities”: a device for CO2 reduction using plasmonic catalyst activation
Alexander Navarrete, Sergio Muñoz, Luis M. Sanz-Moral, Juergen J. Brandner, Peter Pfeifer, Ángel Martín, Roland Dittmeyer and María J. Cocero
DOI: 10.1039/C5FD00109A, Paper

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Cheap and sensitive test for a key prostate cancer marker

Scientists in Italy have developed a cheap and disposable sensor that can detect the presence of the prostate cancer biomarker sarcosine in urine.

Worldwide, prostate cancer is the second most common tumour in males and is responsible for more than 250,000 deaths each year. An early diagnosis – when the tumour is organ-confined – dramatically improves the success of therapy and is achieved by monitoring certain marker molecules. Read the full article in Chemistry World»


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An electrochemiluminescent-supramolecular approach to sarcosine detection for early diagnosis of prostate cancer
Giovanni Valenti, Enrico Rampazzo, Elisa Biavardi, Elena Villani, Giulio Fracasso, Massimo Marcaccio, Federico Bertani, Dunia Ramaldi, Enrico Dalcanale, Francesco Paolucci and Luca Prodi 
DOI: 10.1039/C5FD00096C, Paper

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Most read articles in Faraday Discussions: January-March 2015

Faraday Discussions cover imageRead on to find out which Faraday Discussions articles your colleagues were downloading between January and March 2015!

AuAg bimetallic nanoparticles: formation, silica-coating and selective etching
Benito Rodríguez-González, Ana Sánchez-Iglesias, Michael Giersig and Luis M. Liz-Marzán
DOI: 10.1039/B303205A

In situ Raman study of lithium-ion intercalation into microcrystalline graphite
Christopher Sole, Nicholas E. Drewett and Laurence J. Hardwick
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00079J

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

Control parameters for electrochemically relevant materials: the significance of size and complexity
J. Maier
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00135D

Systems materials engineering approach for solar-to-chemical conversion
Chong Liu and Peidong Yang
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00264D

Inkjet printing of graphene
Kirill Arapov, Robert Abbel, Gijsbertus de With and Heiner Friedrich
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00067F

Imaging molecular structure through femtosecond photoelectron diffraction on aligned and oriented gas-phase molecules
Rebecca Boll, Arnaud Rouzée, Marcus Adolph, Denis Anielski, Andrew Aquila, Sadia Bari, Cédric Bomme, Christoph Bostedt, John D. Bozek, Henry N. Chapman, Lauge Christensen, Ryan Coffee, Niccola Coppola, Sankar De, Piero Decleva, Sascha W. Epp, Benjamin Erk, Frank Filsinger, Lutz Foucar, Tais Gorkhover, Lars Gumprecht, André Hömke, Lotte Holmegaard, Per Johnsson, Jens S. Kienitz, Thomas Kierspel, Faton Krasniqi, Kai-Uwe Kühnel, Jochen Maurer, Marc Messerschmidt, Robert Moshammer, Nele L. M. Müller, Benedikt Rudek, Evgeny Savelyev, Ilme Schlichting, Carlo Schmidt, Frank Scholz, Sebastian Schorb, Joachim Schulz, Jörn Seltmann, Mauro Stener, Stephan Stern, Simone Techert, Jan Thøgersen, Sebastian Trippel, Jens Viefhaus, Marc Vrakking, Henrik Stapelfeldt, Jochen Küpper, Joachim Ullrich, Artem Rudenko and Daniel Rolles
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00037D

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

Methodologies for the analysis of instantaneous lipid diffusion in md simulations of large membrane systems
Matthieu Chavent, Tyler Reddy, Joseph Goose, Anna Caroline E. Dahl, John E. Stone, Bruno Jobard and Mark S. P. Sansom
DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00145H

Importance of many-body orientational correlations in the physical description of liquids
Hajime Tanaka
DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00110E

Enhanced oxygen evolution activity by NiOx and Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles
Lucas-Alexandre Stern and Xile Hu
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00120F

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

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

Signal to noise considerations for single crystal femtosecond time resolved crystallography of the Photoactive Yellow Protein
Jasper J. van Thor, Mark M. Warren, Craig N. Lincoln, Matthieu Chollet, Henrik Till Lemke, David M. Fritz, Marius Schmidt, Jason Tenboer, Zhong Ren, Vukica Srajer, Keith Moffat and Tim Graber
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00011K

Electrochemical conversion and storage systems: general discussion
Andrew Mount, Shizhao Xiong, Xuyi Shan, Hyun-Wook Lee, Xiaoliang Yu, Yimin Chao, Galen Stucky, Gang Chen, Zhen Qi, Graham Hutchings, Yiren Zhong, Rudolf Holze, Wei Han, Lee Cronin, Shihe Yang, Hong Li, Xiang Hong, Erwin Reisner, Yong Yang, Weimin Xuan, Clare Grey, Ram Seshadri, Liqiang Mai, Jiafang Xie, Fuping Pan, Zhonghua Li, Joachim Maier, Zhongqun Tian, Yanxia Chen, Bingwei Mao, Heinz Frei, Changxu Lin, Fenglin Liao, Deyu Liu, Nanfeng Zheng, Rui Lin, Rose-Noelle Vannier, Dehui Deng, John M. Griffin, Nenad Markovic, Haimei Zheng and Ryoji Kanno
DOI: 10.1039/C5FD90001H

A GPU-accelerated immersive audio-visual framework for interaction with molecular dynamics using consumer depth sensors
David R. Glowacki, Michael O’Connor, Gaetano Calabró, James Price, Philip Tew, Thomas Mitchell, Joseph Hyde, David P. Tew, David J. Coughtrie and Simon McIntosh-Smith
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00008K

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

Electrochemical characterisation of graphene nanoflakes with functionalised edges
Mailis M. Lounasvuori, Martin Rosillo-Lopez, Christoph G. Salzmann, Daren J. Caruana and Katherine B. Holt
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00034J

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

Oxygen reduction reaction by electrochemically reduced graphene oxide
Santosh Kumar Bikkarolla, Peter Cumpson, Paul Joseph and Pagona Papakonstantinou
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00088A


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Electrical component hitches a ride with mechanical support

A new composite material that can simultaneously withstand mechanical loads and store electrical energy has been created by scientists in the UK and Belgium. Based on activated carbon fibres, the structural supercapacitor has been formed into a full-size car boot lid that can power LEDs.


Read the full article in Chemistry World»

Read the original article in Faraday Discussions – it’s free to access until 8th August:
FD 172: Multifunctional Structural Energy Storage Composite Supercapacitors
Natasha Shirshova, Hui Qian, Matthieu Houlle, Quentin Fontana, Joachim H G Steinke, Anthony R.J. Kucernak, Emile Greenhalgh, Alexander Bismarck and Milo Sebastian Peter Shaffer
Faraday Discuss., 2014, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00055B

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Nucleation: an article collection and an upcoming meeting

We are delighted to highlight some excellent research recently published in a range of Royal Society of Chemistry journals on a theme of nucleation and its role in directing the assembly of materials.

Nucleation – A Transition State to the Directed Assembly of Materials is also the topic of a Faraday Discussions meeting taking place in Leeds, UK from 3 March – 1 April 2015.

Find out more about the meeting on our website and then submit your oral abstract via our submission system today. The deadline is 30 June 2014.

You can also find more details about what makes Faraday Discussions different from other meetings.

We hope you enjoy the following selection of reviews and original research:

Crystallising trimesic acid from DMSO solutions – can crystallography teach us anything about the process of crystal nucleation?
Roger J. Davey, Monika Brychczynska, Ghazala Sadiq, Geoffrey Dent and Robin G. Pritchard
CrystEngComm, 2013,15, 856-859
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE26712H

Ionic co-crystals of racetams: solid-state properties enhancement of neutral active pharmaceutical ingredients via addition of Mg2+ and Ca2+ chlorides
Fabrizia Grepioni, Johan Wouters, Dario Braga, Saverio Nanna, Baptiste Fours, Gérard Coquerel, Geraldine Longfils, Sandrine Rome, Luc Aerts and Luc Quéré
CrystEngComm, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CE00409D

Pre-nucleation clusters as solute precursors in crystallisation
Denis Gebauer, Matthias Kellermeier, Julian D. Gale, Lennart Bergström and Helmut Cölfen
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 2348-2371
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60451A

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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


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This week’s HOT article

Take a look at this exciting article that has been recently published online:

Nanoscale control of interfacial processes for latent fingerprint enhancement
Rachel M. Sapstead (nee Brown), Karl S. Ryder, Claire Fullarton, Maximilian Skoda, Robert M. Dalgliesh, Erik B. Watkins, Charlotte Beebee, Robert Barker, Andrew Glidle and A. Robert Hillman  
DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00053B

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New fingerprint technology presented at Faraday Discussion 164

Nanoscale control of interfacial processes for latent fingerprint enhancementRobert Hillman and co-workers describe their new technique that allows latent fingerprints on metal surfaces to be visualised, even after the culprit has tried to wipe them away, in their recent Faraday Discussion paper, which was presented at Faraday 164 in Durham, UK.

Their technique exploits the insulating characteristics of the fingerprint deposit as a “mask” to direct electrodeposition of an electroactive polymer to the bare metal between the fingerprint ridges.

Their research has been covered by BBC News, The Guardian and The Daily Mail.

Read their article in Faraday Discussions:

Nanoscale control of interfacial processes for latent fingerprint enhancement
A. Robert Hillman, Rachel M Brown, Karl Scott Ryder, Claire Fullarton, Maximilian W. A. Skoda, Robert M Dalgliesh, Erik Watkins, Charlotte Beebee, Robert Barker and Andrew Glidle
DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00053B

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Recent HOT articles in Faraday Discussions

Strong field control of predissociation dynamics
María E. Corrales, Garikoitz Balerdi, Vincent Loriot, Rebeca de Nalda and Luis Bañares
DOI: 10.1039/C2FD20143G

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

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