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Molecular Systems Design & Engineering welcomes new Editorial Board member Yongye Liang and new Advisory Board members!

We are delighted to welcome Professor Yongye Liang (Southern University of Science and Technology, China) to the Molecular Systems Design & Engineering Editorial Board, and the new members of our Advisory Board.

Yongye is Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Southern University of Science and Technology, China. Following a BS in chemistry at Nanjing University, he received an MS and PhD in chemistry at the University of Chigago, then carried out postdoctoral research at Stanford University until joining Southern University of Science and Technology in 2012. Professor Liang was named by Thomson Reuters as a 2016 Highly Cited Researcher.

His primary research interest is molecular engineering, which combines chemical design and synthesis with device studies to develop advanced functional materials for organic electronics, electrocatalysis, and bioimaging. His current research focuses on:

  • Improving the performance of polymer solar cells by developing new materials for active layer and interlayer
  • Designing and synthesizing non-precious metal based electrocatalysts for electrochemical energy conversion
  • Developing organic based electrode materials and conducting organic binders for sustainable electrical storage
  • Making new fluorophores with emission in the NIR region, high brightness and good biocompatibility

We also warmly welcome new Advisory Board members to the Molecular Systems Design & Engineering team, joining the full Advisory Board as follows:

  • Alfredo Alexander-Katz, MIT, USA
  • Helena Azevedo, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Andre Bardow, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Jeremy Baumberg, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Neil Champness, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Jennifer Cochran, Stanford University, USA
  • Marc-Olivier Coppens, UCL, UK
  • Graeme Day, University of Southampton, UK
  • Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University, USA
  • Robert Falconer, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Andrew Ferguson, University of Illinois, USA
  • C. Daniel Frisbie, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Arthi Jayaraman, University of Delaware, USA
  • Takashi Kato, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Ludwik Liebler, ESPCI Paris, France
  • Sang Ouk Kim, KAIST, Korea
  • Heidi Mansour, University of Arizona, USA
  • Bert Meijer, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Axel Mueller, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
  • Ki Tae Nam, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Mark Olson, Tianjin University, China
  • Ho Bum Park, Hanyang University, South Korea
  • Jon Parquette, Ohio State University, USA
  • Boaz Pokroy, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Jeffrey Rimer, University of Houston, USA
  • Shu Seki, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Randy Snurr, Northwestern University, USA
  • Doros Theodorou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Matthew Tirrell, University of Chicago, USA
  • Bernhardt L. Trout, MIT, USA
  • Raymond W. Y. Wong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Kim Woodrow, University of Washington, USA
  • Jia Zhu, Nanjing University, China

The full Molecular Systems Design & Engineering team cam be found on our website.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day in MSDE

As part of International Women’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate research led by women and published in Molecular Systems Design & Engineering. With a big thank you to these researchers, and to all women that have contributed to work published in the journal, we encourage you to read their excellent work!


  • Professor Heidi Mansour, University of Arizona, USA and Advisory Board member for Molecular Systems Design & Engineering

Microparticulate/nanoparticulate powders of a novel Nrf2 activator and an aerosol performance enhancer for pulmonary

delivery targeting the lung Nrf2/Keap-1 pathway
Priya Muralidharan, Don Hayes, Stephen M. Black and Heidi M. Mansour
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 48-65
DOI: 10.1039/C5ME00004A

Solid-state respirable particle engineering design, physicochemical characterization, & in vitro aerosolization of advanced microparticulate/nanoparticulate dry powder inhalers targeting the lung Nrf2/Keap-1 pathway.

 


Deracemisations under kinetic and thermodynamic control
A. R. A. Palmans
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 34-46
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00088F

Various methods of deracemising mixtures of enantiomers are discussed that permit to isolate one of the enantiomers in essentially quantitative yield.

 


Activity-based assessment of an engineered hyperthermophilic protein as a capture agent in paper-based diagnostic tests
E. A. Miller, M. W. Traxlmayr, J. Shen and H. D. Sikes
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 377-381
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00032K

The minimalist protein scaffold rcSso7d is endowed with a non-native analyte-binding face and assessed as an alternative to antibodies in an in vitro point-of-care diagnostic test format.

Engineering affinity agents for the detection of hemi-methylated CpG sites in DNA
B. E. Tam, K. Sung and H. D. Sikes
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 273-277
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00073H

A methyl-binding domain protein was engineered to bind to hemi-methylated DNA and tested in a biochip-based methylation detection assay.

 


Molecular engineering of cyanine dyes to design a panchromatic response in co-sensitized dye-sensitized solar cells
Giulio Pepe, Jacqueline M. Cole, Paul G. Waddell and Scott McKechnie
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 86-98
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00014B

Cyanines are optically tunable dyes with high molar extinction coefficients, suitable for applications in co-sensitized dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs); yet, barely thus applied.

Molecular engineering of fluorescein dyes as complementary absorbers in dye co-sensitized solar cells
Giulio Pepe, Jacqueline M. Cole, Paul G. Waddell and Joseph R. D. Griffiths
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 402-415
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00075D

Fluoresceins are molecularly engineered to extend their optical absorption to lower wavelengths, allowing their use in dye co-sensitized solar cells.

 

Rationalizing the suitability of rhodamines as chromophores in dye-sensitized solar cells: a systematic
molecular design study

Giulio Pepe, Jacqueline M. Cole, Paul G. Waddell and James I. Perry
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 416-435
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00076B

Rhodamines are analyzed to judge their suitability in dye sensitized solar cells, revealing their predominant auxiliary role with DSC-functional co-sensitizers.

 


Hierarchical design of synthetic gel composites optimized to mimic the impact energy dissipation response of brain tissue
Bo Qing and Krystyn J. Van Vliet
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 290-300
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00051G

Bilayered polymer design significantly enhances mechanical tunability, allowing the composite to replicate the impact energy dissipation response of brain tissue.

 


The construction and application of Markov state models for colloidal self-assembly process control
Xun Tang, Michael A. Bevan and Martha A. Grover
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2017, 2, 78-88
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00092D

Markov state models have been widely applied to study time sequential events in a variety of disciplines.

 


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 grand challenge in the field of structural biology is to design and engineer proteins that exhibit targeted functions.

 


Design of block copolymer membranes using segregation strength trend lines
Burhannudin Sutisna, Georgios Polymeropoulos, Valentina Musteata, Klaus-Viktor Peinemann, Apostolos Avgeropoulos, Detlef-M. Smilgies, Nikos Hadjichristidis and Suzana P. Nunes
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 278-289
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00033A

A trend line method to facilitate the design of new block copolymer membranes, based on self-assembly and non-solvent induced phase separation is proposed.

 


Enabling method to design versatile biomaterial systems from colloidal building blocks
S. Saxena and L. A. Lyon
Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2016, 1, 189-201
DOI: 10.1039/C6ME00026F

Soft microgels, hard spheres, and live cells can be centrifuged with polyelectrolytes to develop complex biomaterial systems.

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ICMAT 2017: 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies

The Molecular Systems Design & Engineering team is proud to announce our sponsorship of the upcoming Materials Research Society of Singapore event ICMAT 2017: 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies, which will be taking place on 18–23 June 2017 at Suntec Singapore.

At ICMAT 2017 there will be 29 Symposia covering contemporary topics of importance for the science, engineering and technology of materials. The meeting will be a multidisciplinary forum providing over 2,000 research scientists and engineers a first-hand learning platform, as well as the opportunity to share and exchange ideas with some of the best minds in the field.

Abstract submission closes on 27 January

In addition to public lectures from Nobel laureates Hiroshi Amano (Physics, 2014) and Andre Geim (Physics, 2010), there will be plenary lectures from:

  • Hiroshi Amano (Nagoya University, Japan)
  • Andre Geim (University of Manchester, UK)
  • C. N. R. Rao (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India)
  • George Whitesides (Harvard University, USA)
  • Zhenan Bao (Stanford University, USA)
  • Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
  • Ben Zhong Tang (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, China)
  • Qi-Kun Xue (Tsinghua University, China)

Registration opens 10 February!

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European Materials Research Society 2017 Spring Meeting

The 2017 E-MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit will be held in the extended and modernized Convention Centre of Strasbourg (France), from May 22 to 26, 2017.

The conference will consist of 26 parallel symposia with invited speakers, oral and poster presentations and a plenary session to provide an international forum for discussing recent advances in the field of materials science. The conference will be augmented by an exhibition of products and services of interest to the conference participants.

In particular, Semiconductors Symposium M, Novel transport phenomena in organic electronic devices: heat, spin and thermoelectricity, will review our physical understanding of such processes and the state-of-the-art for devices.

Abstract submission closes on 18 January – submit yours today!

Invited speakers for this symposium:

  • Sir Richard Friend (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Zhigang Shuai (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Valy Vardeny (University of Utah, USA)
  • Mariano Campoy-Quiles (ICMAB, Spain)
  • Henning Sirringhaus (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Peter Bobbert (TU Eindhoven, Netherlands)
  • (TBC) Rachel Segalman (UCSB, USA)
  • Stefano Sanvito (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Xavier Crispin (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Martijn Kemerink (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Alek Dediu (CNR Bologna, Italy)
  • Jairo Sinova (Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany)

For more information, including the Scientific Committee and hot topics to be covered, please see the symposium page on the MRS 2017 website.

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Asia-Pacific Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics Conference 2017

We are delighted to announce that Molecular Systems Design & Engineering will be sponsoring the 2017 Asia-Pacific Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics Conference (AP-HOPV17), to be held at Yokohama, Japan on 3–4 February 2017.

Organised by Chair Tsutomo Miyasaka (Toin University of Yokohama, Japan) and co-Chairs Hiroshi Segawa (University of Tokyo, Japan) and Ivan Mora-Seró (Universitat Jaume I, Spain) and building upon the success of previous HOPV conferences, AP-HOPV17 will provide an excellent opportunity for scientists and engineers worldwide to exchange information and discussions on the latest developments in photovoltaics.

Poster abstract submission deadline: 9 January 2017

Invited speakers include:

  • (Keynote) Martin Green, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • (Keynote) Anders Hagfeldt, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Chris Case, Oxford PV Ltd, UK
  • Yi-Bing Cheng, Monash University, Australia
  • James Durrant, Imperial College London, UK
  • Liyuan Han, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  • Jenny Nelson, Imperial College London, UK
  • Nam-Gyu Park, Sunkyunwan University, Korea
  • Sang Il Seok, UNIST, Korea
  • Tze-Chien Sum, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Koichi Yamashita, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Kai Zhu, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
  • Atsushi Wakamiya, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Peter C. Y. Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Annamaria Petrozza, Istituto Italiano de Tecnologia, Italy
  • Qing Shen, University of Electrocommunications, Japan
  • Elizabeth von Hauff, Amsterdam University, The Netherlands
  • Yanfa Yan, University of Toledo, USA

 

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Congratulations to the ANNIC 2016 award winners!

We are delighted to announce the winners of prizes sponsored by Molecular Systems Design & Engineering awarded at the ANNIC 2016 conference, recently held in Barcelona, Spain.

  • The outstanding ANNIC 2016 abstract was awarded to Prof. Won-Gun Koh from Yonsei University, Korea for the abstract “Hydrogel Micropattern Incorporating Nanostructures for Fluorescence-based Biosensing”
  • The best ANNIC 2016 student abstract was awarded to Mr Armandas Balcytis from the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia for the abstract “Mode control in SOI microring resonators through sub-wavelength modifications”
  • The best ANNIC 2016 poster presentation was awarded to Dr Sergey Dubkov from the National Research University of Electronic Technology, Russia for the abstract “CVD-growth of MWCNT arrays on Me-Ct-N-(O) thin films”

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Koh, Mr Balcytis and Dr Dubkov! The winners’ abstracts can be read in the ANNIC 2016 Book of Abstracts, available from the conference website.

ANNIC 2016 General Chair Prof. Joan Ramon Morante of the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) presenting the awards to (left) Prof. Won-Gun Koh, (centre) Mr Armandas Balcytis and (right) Dr Sergey Dubkov

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Royal Society of Chemistry and ACS Publications commit to ORCID integration

Yesterday, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society Publications Division, ACS Publications, both signed the ORCID Open Letter committing to unambiguous identification of all authors that publish in our journals.

The official press release can be found here: http://rsc.li/orcid

In brief, this partnership with ORCID will resolve ambiguity in researcher identification caused by name changes, cultural differences in name presentation, and the inconsistent use of name abbreviations, thereby ensuring their contributions are appropriately recognized and credited.


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2016 AIChE Annual Meeting

2016 AIChE Annual Meeting

The AIChE Annual Meeting is nearly here! This meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover a wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

Molecular Systems Design & Engineering Editorial Board Chair Juan de Pablo, Editorial Board member Claire Adjiman and Advisory Board member Matthew Tirrell will be presenting their recent work at the meeting.

Make sure to visit Stand 33 in the East Lounge, Ballroom Level of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square where the Royal Society of Chemistry and Molecular Systems Design & Engineering Executive Editor Neil Hammond will be on hand to talk about your work:

RSC stand location

See the full Technical Program for the meeting. Juan, Claire, Matthew and Neil look forward to welcoming you to San Francisco!

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