Top 10 most read MSDE articles – Q3 2018

This month sees the following articles in MSDE from the last 12 months that are in the top ten most read during July – September 2018.

Why not take a look at the articles today and blog your thoughts and comments below.

Deep learning for chemical reaction prediction
David Fooshee, Aaron Mood, Eugene Gutman, Mohammadamin Tavakoli, Gregor Urban, Frances Liu, Nancy Huynh, David Van Vranken and Pierre Baldi
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2018,3, 442-452
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00107J

Enabling precision manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients: workflow for seeded cooling continuous crystallisations

A solution-processable dissymmetric porous organic cage

Cooperative effects of inorganic and organic structure-directing agents in ZSM-5 crystallization

Catalytic single-chain polymeric nanoparticles at work: from ensemble towards single-particle kinetics

Modulating the catalytic activity of enzyme-like nanoparticles through their surface functionalization

Anti-viral RNAi nanoparticles protect shrimp against white spot disease

Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2018,3, 38-48
DOI10.1039/C7ME00092H

Statistical models are able to predict ionic liquid viscosity across a wide range of chemical functionalities and experimental conditions

Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2018,3, 253-263
DOI10.1039/C7ME00094D

pH responsive glycopolymer nanoparticles for targeted delivery of anti-cancer drugs

Beyond native block copolymer morphologies

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Frontiers of Molecular Engineering: A First-of-its-Kind Conference

Reposted from RSC Americas Blog, words by Marika Wieliczko.

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 27: The University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering in partnership with the National Science Foundation, The Institution of Chemical Engineers and Molecular Systems Design & Engineering hosted “Frontiers of Molecular Engineering” at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Randy Belice for the University of Chicago.) © Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

Beyond publishing high-quality journals, The Royal Society of Chemistry aims to bring together communities of researchers from all stages of their careers and from around the world for active exchange of ideas. The inaugural Frontiers of Molecular Engineering Symposium was organized by members of the Molecular Systems Design & Engineering (MSDE) team and hosted by the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) at the University of Chicago. This first-of-its-kind symposium brought together world leaders in the emerging field of molecular engineering to share their latest work and to discuss key challenges to innovation.

Developing a diverse, interdisciplinary community

Left to right: Laura Fisher, Andy Ferguson, Luke Connal, Marcus Müller, Patrick Stayton, Neil Hammond, and Kristi Kiick. (Photo credit: Randy Belice for the University of Chicago.) © Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago

As a joint venture between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), MSDE is a truly interdisciplinary, first-of-its kind journal, crossing the boundary between chemistry and chemical engineering. Dr. Neil Hammond, Executive Editor, and Dr. Laura Fisher, Deputy Editor of MSDE, work with the Editorial Board to develop the journal and the community that it caters to – spanning experimental, theoretical, and computational research in physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and materials science, with the international Editorial Board reflecting the diversity of the field. Over the course of the two-day event, 25 researchers convened to discuss their discoveries and the future of molecular engineering with 120 attendees that included researchers from all levels, from graduate students to experienced research scientists. Speakers came from institutions across the globe, including the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, Australian National University, Imperial College London, and Collège de France.  Along with Laura and Neil, almost all of the Editorial Board members attended and contributed to the success of the symposium, including Juan de Pablo, Claire Adjiman, Luke Connal, Andrew de Mello, Andrew Ferguson, Samson Jenekhe, Kristi Kiick and Patrick Stayton.


“Advances in our ability to manipulate molecules have led to the concept of using molecular principles to engineer solutions to societal problems.”


The Chair of the Editorial Board, Juan de Pablo, Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at IME and vice president of national laboratories at UChicago, opened the symposium, noting that advances in the ability to manipulate molecules “has led to the concept of using molecular principles to engineer solutions to societal challenges.” The conference included a panel discussion focused on how molecular engineering is taught and researched at three of the key molecular engineering institutes: Board Members Claire Adjiman, Professor of Chemical Engineering and co-Director of the Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, and Patrick Stayton, Bioengineering Distinguished Term Professor and Director of the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute at the University of Washington, joined Matthew Tirrell, dean and founding Pritzker director of the IME for the panel discussion on the past, present, and future of molecular engineering.

Left to right: Editorial Board Chair Juan de Pablo and Board Members Patrick Stayton and Claire Adjiman join IME Director Matthew Tirrell for a panel discussion at the Frontiers of Molecular Engineering Symposium on September 27 2018. (Photo credit: Randy Belice for the University of Chicago.) © Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago

Cutting-edge research

Poornima Padmanabhan is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and her paper on gravitational collapse of colloidal gels was featured on the cover of Soft Matter earlier this year. Emphasizing the interdisciplinarity of the emerging molecular engineering field, she said she attended the event to “learn about the cutting-edge science and get new ideas for my research.” Frontiers of Molecular Engineering initiated in-depth discussions of critical issues that intersect with this new field of scientific study. Presentations focused primarily on fundamental materials science, with an emphasis on global challenges in health care and the environment.

On the health care side, Sarah Heilshorn of Stanford, who also serves on the Editorial Board of Biomaterials Science, covered new developments in stem cell transplantation. John Rogers of Northwestern University discussed bio-resorbable implants and the development of water-soluble transient electronics. Jeffrey Hubbell, Eugene Bell Professor of Tissue Engineering at IME, studies cancer immunotherapy, or ways to use the body’s immune system to find and fight cancer, and highlighted innovations in drug delivery systems for tumor suppression. Specifically, he discussed whether targeted therapies injected into the bloodstream could be as effective as treatments injected into tumors, with fewer adverse effects. Hubbell remarked, “We found that if we use targeted drugs, we have just as much efficacy, with less toxicity.” MSDE Editorial Board Member Pat Stayton discussed his group’s work on molecular engineering of macromolecular therapeutics.

Invited speakers Sarah Heilshorn, Jeffrey Hubell, John Rogers, Seth Darling, Patrick Stayton, and Chong Liu. (Photo credit: Randy Belice for the University of Chicago.) © Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

Presentations on the environment included the work of Argonne National Laboratory’s Seth Darling on water technologies with functionalities ranging from energy transduction to pollution mitigation. Chong Liu, Assistant Professor at IME, also presented her research on water, which focuses on materials for electrochemical resource mining; this work is applicable to, for example, uranium extraction from seawater or heavy metals recovery from wastewater. During the “Molecular Engineering for Energy Research” session, Chaired by Boeing-Martin Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington and MSDE Editorial Board Member Samson Jenekhe, Christine Luscombe discussed her research on conducting polymers for wearable electronics. Christine, who is the Campbell Career Development Endowed Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and part of the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington, explained her work on how to design and build organic electronics that can be stretched while retaining the optical properties for energy capture solutions.

During the session on “Molecular Engineering of Soft Biological Assemblies,” Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Chris Spadaccini spoke on additive manufacturing. Chinedum Osuji, who recently moved from Yale University to become Eduardo D. Glandt Presidential Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, presented self-assembled polymers and molecular materials with bespoke textures. MSDE Board Member Luke Connal from Australian National University presented his research using enzymes as the inspiration for designing and engineering catalysts.

Poster session and prizes

Conference programming also featured a poster session with work from more than 40 researchers from across the globe; held in the modern and spacious atrium of the IME, the poster session was an opportunity for attendees to showcase and discuss their research with one another and get to know their peers and seek advice from leading experts. From the myriad engaging discussions, attendees learned from one another and surely to come are many future collaborations and continued friendships. Vivek Sharma, an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is interested in soft matter interfaces and rheology, the connection between the macroscopic behavior & applications and the physicochemical properties of the underlying molecular/macromolecular species. He was drawn to the meeting by the opportunity to attend cutting-edge research presentations by leading researchers while simultaneously witnessing how the molecular systems engineering approach is already impacting diverse scientific disciplines and quests.

Vivek Sharma discusses his research in soft matter and rheology with Chinedum Osuji during the poster session at the Frontiers of Molecular Engineering Symposium at the Institute for Molecular Engineering on September 27, 2018. (Photo credit: Anne Ryan) © Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

Cecilia Leal discusses her research on microfluidic synthesis of cubosomes and cuboplexes with Sarah Heilshorn at the Frontiers of Molecular Engineering Symposium on September 27 2018. (Photo credit: Anne Ryan) © Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago

Cecilia Leal is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying cubosomes. She presented her research on microfluidic synthesis of cubosomes and cuboplexes, loaded with nucleic acid. She said the best part of the meeting was that there were plenty of opportunities to chat with colleagues and friends.


“The best part of the meeting was that there were plenty of opportunities to chat with colleagues and friends.”


On day two, three students each were recognized for their outstanding posters and received a $100 cash prize from MSDE . Ashley Guo, a fourth-year student at IME, was honored for her poster, “Understanding nucleosome dynamics using diffusion maps.” James Crawford from the Colorado School of Mines was recognized for his outstanding poster on “Deoxygenation of Unsaturated Linoleic Acid to Heptadecane over Zeolite Supported Pt/ZIF-67 Catalysts” and Hao Yanfrom Stanford University received a prize for his poster “Diamond meets molecules: Scientific opportunities with diamondoids.”

Highlights from the poster session and reception held in the atrium of the IME during the Frontiers of Molecular Engineering symposium on September 27 2018. (Photo credit: Randy Belice for the University of Chicago.) © Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago

The Emerging Investigator Award

Prof. Juan de Pablo (at right) presented the first MSDE Emerging Investigator Award to Prof. Andrew Ferguson. (Photo credit: Randy Belice for the University of Chicago.) © Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago

The second day also included the presentation of MSDE’s inaugural prize for best emerging investigator paper to Andrew Ferguson, Associate Professor of Molecular Engineering at IME. Ferguson was honored for his paper “Rational design of patchy colloids via landscape engineering.” The paper was part of athemed issue, which features work that showcases molecular engineering approaches from leading scientists in the earlier stages of their independent research careers. The 2018 Molecular Systems Design & Engineering Emerging Investigators were individually nominated by members of the journal Editorial and Advisory Boards in recognition of their potential to influence future directions in the field. The Board has been so impressed with Andrew that he was asked to join them, and is now one of the newest Editorial Board Members of MSDE.

Recognizing an emerging field

Matthew Tirrell, dean and founding Pritzker director of IME, said, “This conference demonstrates how the Institute for Molecular Engineering and the University of Chicago have become the epicenter of the emerging field of molecular engineering. This is where world-class researchers from across disciplines come to discuss advancements and promising research in the field.”

Matthew Tirrell, Director of the IME. (Photo credit: Randy Belice for the University of Chicago.) © Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

Ryan Shafranek, a fourth-year chemistry PhD student from the University of Washington in attendance, summed up the symposium this way: “It was an informative and promising conference for the growing community surrounding molecular-level design.”


“This is where world-class researchers from across disciplines come to discuss advancements and promising research in the field.”


Frontiers of Molecular Engineering was co-organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago sponsored by Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and the National Science Foundation. This article has been enhanced with adapted content from an original report, courtesy of theInstitute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

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Welcoming new members to the MSDE Editorial Board

We are delighted to welcome Linda Broadbelt, Luke Connal, Andrew Ferguson, Niveen Khashab and Patrick Stayton to the Molecular Systems Design & Engineering Editorial Board.

Linda Broadbelt is Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Associate Dean for Research of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University.

Her honors include selection as the winner of the R.H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering from AIChE, the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial Chemistry and Engineering from the American Chemical Society, the Dorothy Ann and Clarence Ver Steeg Award, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, and an AIChE Women’s Initiative Committee Mentorship Excellence Award, selection as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of AIChE, and a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, appointment to the Defense Science Study Group of the Institute for Defense Analyses, and selection as the Su Distinguished Lecturer at University of Rochester, Ernest W. Thiele Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame and the Allan P. Colburn Lecturer at the University of Delaware.

Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of multiscale modeling, complex kinetics modeling, environmental catalysis, novel biochemical pathways, and polymerization/depolymerization kinetics.

 

Luke Connal is a Senior Lecturer at the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University (ANU) where he is an ANU Futures Fellow.

He received a bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a PhD in polymer chemistry both from the University of Melbourne, Australia. In 2009 he completed a post-doctoral position with Frank Caruso developing new techniques for the self-assembly of polymers. He was then a joint Sir Keith Murdoch postdoctoral Fellow and Australian Linkage International Fellow at University of California Santa Barbra with Prof Craig Hawker. In 2013 Luke returned to the University of Melbourne as a veski Innovation Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In 2017 he moved his group to the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University.

His research program is in the design of advanced polymeric materials for applied systems. He has been recognised by numerous awards such as the ACS Chemical and Engineering News Talented 12.

Luke’s MSDE paper 2D and 3D-printing of self-healing gels: design and extrusion of self-rolling objects won the IChemE Senior Moulton Medal in 2017.

 

 

Andrew Ferguson is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

He earned an M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Princeton University in 2010 where he worked with Thanos Panagiotopoulos, Pablo Debenedetti, and Yannis Kevrekidis. From 2010 to 2012 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT working with Arup Chakraborty. He commenced his independent career in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2012, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in January 2018. He joined the IME in July 2018.

His research uses computation and theory to understand and design self-assembling materials, macromolecular folding, and antiviral therapies.

Andrew is the recipient of a 2017 UIUC College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, 2016 AIChE CoMSEF Young Investigator Award for Modeling & Simulation, 2015 ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2014 NSF CAREER Award, 2014 ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator, and was named the Institution of Chemical Engineers North America 2013 Young Chemical Engineer of the Year.

Andrew’s MSDE paper Rational design of patchy colloids via landscape engineering won the Best Paper by an Emerging Investigator Award at the Frontiers of Molecular Engineering Symposium in Chicago in September 2018.

 

Niveen M. Khashab is an Associate Professor at the Physical Sciences and Engineering Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

During her doctoral studies at the University of Florida, Prof. Khashab trained in organic chemistry in the laboratory of Prof. Alan R. Katritzky. During her post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and then at Northwestern University, Prof. Khashab continued her training in Sir Fraser Stoddart’s laboratory, where she worked on designing and making mechanized silica nanoparticles and molecular switches. Prof. Khashab has received the Crow award for organic innovation in 2006 and AlMarai award for excellence in nanotechnology in the Middle East region in 2013. She is also the 2017 recipient of the L’Oreal-Unesco international women in science award.

Her current efforts focus on the design, synthesis, and applications of organic-inorganic hybrid materials that are porous and dynamically controlled by stimuli (pH, light, magnet, enzymes….). Her lab aims to develop systems that can be triggered on demand using molecular self-assembly and supramolecular tools.

 

Patrick Stayton serves as Distinguished Career Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. He is the founding Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering and Sciences.

He received his B.S. in Biology (summa cum laude) from Illinois State University, his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, also at the University of Illinois. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and has been the recipient of the Clemson Award from the Society For Biomaterials and the CRS-Cygnus Recognition Award from the Controlled Release Society.

His research group works at the interface of fundamental molecular science and applied molecular bioengineering in the drug delivery, diagnostics, and regenerative medicine fields. Dr Stayton has a strong interest in translating the group’s research, and is a co-founder of the company Jewel Biotherapeutics based on drugamer and cell therapy work, PhaseRx Inc. based on RNA delivery, and Nexgenia Inc. based on pharma bioprocessing.

 

 

Please join us in warmly welcoming the new members of the MSDE Editorial Board!

 

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Top 10 most-read Molecular Systems Design & Engineering articles – Q2 2018

This month sees the following articles from the last 12 months in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering that are the top ten most read during April–June 2018:

Beyond native block copolymer morphologies
Gregory S. Doerk and Kevin G. Yager
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 518-538
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00069C

Advancements on the molecular design of nanoantibiotics: current level of development and future challenges
Roxana Jijie, Alexandre Barras, Florina Teodorescu, Rabah Boukherroub and Sabine Szunerits
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 349-369
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00048K

Targeted drug delivery using iRGD peptide for solid cancer treatment
Xiangsheng Liu, Jinhong Jiang, Ying Ji, Jianqin Lu, Ryan Chan and Huan Meng
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 370-379
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00050B

Design and engineering of high-performance photocatalytic systems based on metal oxide–graphene–noble metal nanocomposites
Narendra Singh, Jai Prakash and Raju Kumar Gupta
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 422-439
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00038C

Modulating the catalytic activity of enzyme-like nanoparticles through their surface functionalization
Roberto Cao-Milán, Luke D. He, Spencer Shorkey, Gulen Y. Tonga, Li-Sheng Wang, Xianzhi Zhang, Imad Uddin, Riddha Das, Mine Sulakc and Vincent M. Rotello
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 624-628
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00055C

Design of transition-metal-doped TiO2 as a multipurpose support for fuel cell applications: using a computational high-throughput material screening approach
Meng-Che Tsai, John Rick, Wei-Nien Su and Bing-Joe Hwang
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 449-456
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00039A

In vitro delivery of calcium ions by nanogated mesoporous silica nanoparticles to induce cancer cellular apoptosis
Derrick Tarn, Chia-Jung Yu, Jie Lu, Anna Hartz, Fuyuhiko Tamanoi and Jeffrey I. Zink
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 384-392
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00046D

Directing block copolymer self-assembly with permanent magnets: photopatterning microdomain alignment and generating oriented nanopores
Manesh Gopinadhan, Youngwoo Choo, Lalit H. Mahajan, Dennis Ndaya, Gilad Kaufman, Yekaterina Rokhlenko, Rajeswari M. Kasi and Chinedum O. Osuji
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 549-559
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00070G

Computational design of biological circuits: putting parts into context
Eleni Karamasioti, Claude Lormeauab and Jörg Stelling
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 410-421
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00032D

Inverting the design path for self-assembled block copolymers
Karim R. Gadelrab, Adam F. Hannon, Caroline A. Rossa and Alfredo Alexander-Katz
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017,2, 539-548
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00062F

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Welcoming Andrew deMello to the MSDE Editorial Board

We are delighted to welcome Professor Andrew deMello (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) to the Molecular Systems Design & Engineering Editorial Board.

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Andrew is currently Professor of Biochemical Engineering in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich and Head of the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering. Prior to his arrival in Zurich he was Professor of Chemical Nanosciences and Head of the Nanostructured Materials and Devices Section in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London.

He obtained a 1st Class Degree in Chemistry and PhD in Molecular Photophysics from Imperial College London in 1995 and subsequently held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley working with professor Richard Mathies.

His research interests cover a broad range of activities in the general area of microfluidics and nanoscale science. Primary specializations include the development of microfluidic devices for high-throughput biological and chemical analysis, ultra-sensitive optical detection techniques, nanofluidic reaction systems for chemical synthesis, novel methods for nanoparticle synthesis, the exploitation of semiconducting materials in diagnostic applications, the development of intelligent microfluidics and the processing of living organisms.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Professor deMello to the MSDE Editorial Board!

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Materials Discovery Research Symposium

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Top 10 Most-read Molecular Systems Design & Engineering articles – Q1 2018

This month sees the following articles in Molecular Systems Design & Engineering that are in the top ten most read from January – March 2018.

Why not take a look at the articles today and blog your thoughts and comments below.

Insights from molecular dynamics simulations for computational protein design
Matthew Carter Childers and Valerie Daggett
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 9-33
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00083E

A road towards 25% efficiency and beyond: perovskite tandem solar cells
T. TodorovO. Gunawan and S. Guha
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 370-376
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00041J

Evaluating the friction of rotary joints in molecular machines
Tad HoggMatthew S. Moses and Damian G. Allis
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 235-252
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00021A

Beyond native block copolymer morphologies
Gregory S. Doerk and Kevin G. Yager
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 518-538
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00069C

A solution-processable dissymmetric porous organic cage
A. G. Slater, M. A. Little, M. E. Briggs, K. E. Jelfs and A. I. Cooper
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2018, 3, 223-227
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00090A

Elucidating multi-physics interactions in suspensions for the design of polymeric dispersants: a hierarchical machine learning approach
Aditya MenonChetali GuptaKedar M. PerkinsBrian L. DeCostNikita BudwalRenee T. RiosKun ZhangBarnabás Póczos and Newell R. Washburn
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 263-273
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00027H

Designing multi-layer graphene-based assemblies for enhanced toughness in nacre-inspired nanocomposites
Wenjie XiaJake SongZhaoxu MengChen Shao and Sinan Keten
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 40-47
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00022C

Targeted drug delivery using iRGD peptide for solid cancer treatment
Xiangsheng Liu, Jinhong Jiang, Ying Ji, Jianqin Lu, Ryan Chan and Huan Meng
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 370-379
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00050B

Design and engineering of high-performance photocatalytic systems based on metal oxide–graphene–noble metal nanocomposites
Narendra SinghJai Prakash and Raju Kumar Gupta
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 422-439
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00038C

Molecular devices based on reversible singlet oxygen binding in optical and photomedical applications
Mikhail A. Filatov and Mathias O. Senge
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 258-272
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00042H

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Welcoming Kristi Kiick to the MSDE Editorial Board

We are delighted to welcome Professor Kristi Kiick (University of Delaware, USA) to the Molecular Systems Design & Engineering Editorial Board.

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Kristi Kiick is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Deputy Dean of the University of Delaware College of Engineering. Following a BS in chemistry at the University of Delaware, Professor Kiick received MS in chemistry from the University of Georgia, USA then an MS and PhD in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA before returning to join the faculty of the University of Delaware in 2001.

Professor Kiick has been awarded several honours, including the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, the DuPont Young Professor Award, and the Delaware Biosciences Academic Research Award.

The Kiick Research Group current research programs are focused on combining biosynthetic techniques, chemical methods, and bioinspired assembly strategies for the production of advanced multifunctional biomaterials.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Professor Kiick to the MSDE Editorial Board!

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Outstanding Reviewers for Molecular Systems Design & Engineering in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for MSDE in 2017, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Dr Daniel Carvajal, Northwestern University
Dr Shengfeng Cheng, Virginia Tech, ORCID: 0000-0002-6066-2968 
Professor Seth Darling, Argonne National Lab, ORCID: 0000-0002-5461-6965 
Dr Ting Ge, Duke University, ORCID: 0000-0003-2456-732X
Dr Yamin Li, Tufts University, ORCID: 0000-0002-5535-1807 
Dr Xingkun Man, Beihang University, ORCID: 0000-0003-4266-1539
Professor Ras Pandey, University of Southern Mississippi, ORCID: 0000-0003-4233-8897
Dr Athanasios Papadopoulos, Centre for Research and Technolgy-Hellas, ORCID: 0000-0001-6584-5811
Dr Run Zhang, University of Queensland, ORCID: 0000-0002-0943-824X 
Dr Huacheng Zhang, University of Texas at Austin, ORCID: 0000-0002-1716-5763 

We would also like to thank the MSDE boards and the molecular engineering community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Top 10 Most-read Molecular Systems Design & Engineering articles – Q4 2017

This month sees the following articles in Molecular Systems Design & Engineering that are in the top ten most read from October – December 2017.

Why not take a look at the articles today and blog your thoughts and comments below.

Insights from molecular dynamics simulations for computational protein design
Matthew Carter Childers and Valerie Daggett
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 9-33
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00083E

Elucidating multi-physics interactions in suspensions for the design of polymeric dispersants: a hierarchical machine learning approach
Aditya MenonChetali GuptaKedar M. PerkinsBrian L. DeCostNikita BudwalRenee T. RiosKun ZhangBarnabás Póczos and Newell R. Washburn
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 263-273
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00027H

Advancements on the molecular design of nanoantibiotics: current level of development and future challenges
Roxana JijieAlexandre BarrasFlorina TeodorescuRabah Boukherroub and Sabine Szunerits
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 349-369
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00048K

Targeted drug delivery using iRGD peptide for solid cancer treatment
Xiangsheng Liu, Jinhong Jiang, Ying Ji, Jianqin Lu, Ryan Chan and Huan Meng
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 370-379
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