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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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Recent HOT articles in Faraday Discussions

Take a look at these two recent HOT articles, which are part of Faraday Discussion 162:

Stability and migration barriers of small vanadium oxide clusters on the CeO2(111) surface studied by density functional theory
Joachim Paier, Thomas Kropp, Christopher Penschke and Joachim Sauer
DOI: 10.1039/C3FD00012E, Paper

Operando atomic structure and active sites of TiO2(110)-supported gold nanoparticles during carbon monoxide oxidation
Marie-Claire Saint-Lager, Issam Laoufi and Aude Bailly
DOI: 10.1039/C2FD20157G, Paper

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Core-shell metal nanoparticles successful in solvent-free aerobic oxidation

Graham Hutchings, Christopher Kiely et al. have found that trimetallic Au-Pd-Pt nanoparticles supported on activated carbon are highly active and selective catalysts for the solvent-free aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol.

In their recently published paper, they demonstrate that when a small amount of Pt metal is alloyed into Au-Pd sols, a high selectivity toward benzaldehyde can be achieved while still preserving high conversion levels. Their work is an exciting step towards making the industrially very important process of oxidation of primary alcohols to aldehydes cheap and environmentally friendly.

Read this HOT article today:

Switching-off toluene formation in the solvent-free oxidation of benzyl alcohol using supported trimetallic Au–Pd–Pt nanoparticles
Qian He, Peter J. Miedziak, Lokesh Kesavan, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Meenakshisundaram Sankar, Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez, Michael M. Forde, Jennifer K. Edwards, David W. Knight, Stuart H. Taylor, Christopher J. Kiely and Graham J. Hutchings
DOI: 10.1039/C2FD20153D

They recently presented and discussed their paper at the Faraday 162 meeting in Berlin.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Register now for FD162: Fabrication, Structure and Reactivity of Anchored Nanoparticles

We’d love you to join us for FD162: Fabrication, Structure and Reactivity of Anchored Nanoparticles which will take place in Berlin, Germany from 10-12 April 2013.

Register now

Check out the programme on the website – highlights include Gabor Somorjai (University of California at Berkeley) and Charlie Campbell (University of Washington Seattle) giving the opening and closing lectures.

Faraday Discussions are a unique and high-impact series of international conferences. Each Faraday 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 (IF) is 5.0

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.

We hope to see you there! Register to attend by 15th March 2013.

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