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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ANM2017 – Advanced Nanomaterials

ANM is an annual conference series on Advanced Nano Materials which will be held from 19-21 July at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, focusing on the following events:

  • 9th International conference on Advanced Nanomaterials
  • 3rd International conference on Advanced graphene materials
  • 2nd International conference on Advanced magnetic and spintronics materials
  • 1st International conference on Advanced polymer materials and Nanocomposites

The various topics covered will include:

  • Nanomaterials
  • Magnetic materials
  • Spintronics materials
  • Nano electronics
  • Nano medicine
  • Nano mechanics

The early bird registration deadline is 30 April – register here now or visit the ANM website for the full programme, list of speakers and more information.

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ISMSC ISACS 2017

This year, the 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry will be run in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s biennial ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry meeting and will take place from 2-6 July in Cambridge.

Themes covered at the conference will spread the breadth of macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry, and the event will also offer the possibility for to students and researchers at their early-stage career to present their scientific work in form of poster presentations.

Topics covered will include:

  • Sensing and Measurement
  • Dynamic Adaptation
  • Confinement
  • Catalysis
  • Interfacing with Biology
  • Working with Light
  • Topology

Plenary speakers confirmed:

Poster abstract submission is open until 24 April – click here to find out how to submit or visit the website for more information.

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ANNIC 2017

 

The Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference (ANNIC) is an opportunity to share research findings with a wide audience, promote knowledge exchange, and network. The event will host high-profile plenary speakers, world-class researchers, oral and poster presentations supported by both Molecular Systems Design & Engineering and Nanoscale Horizons, workshops, sponsor exhibits and afterworks.

This year, it will be taking place at Roma Eventi – Piazza di Spagna in Rome, from 18-20 October.

Macro topics that will be covered at the conference include:

  • Nanoelectronics
  • Nanophotonics & Nano-optics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanotechnology for Energy and Environment
  • Nanobiotechnology, Nanomedicine & Nanosafety
  • Nanocharacterization & Nanomanufacturing

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Abstract submission closes 9 May – click here to submit your abstract now or visit the ANNIC website for more information.

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AEM2017 – Advanced Energy Materials

 

AEM2017 is a premier conference series on energy materials which will be held from 11-13 September at the University of Surrey, focusing on the following events:

  • 2nd International Conference on Advanced Energy Materials
  • 4th International Conference on Advanced Graphene Materials
  • 10th International Conference on Advanced Nano Materials
  • 1st International Conference on Solar Energy Materials
  • 3rd International Conference on Hydrogen Energy

These international symposia, which will be hosted simultaneously as parallel sessions, will promote the gathering of scientists, students and industry experts to exchange and enhance their knowledge and vanguard ideas for future energy applications.

The various topics explored will include:

  • Energy materials
  • Hydrogen energy
  • Hydrogen production
  • Fuel cells
  • Biofuels

Abstract submission ends 15 April – click here to enter and visit the website for further information.

 

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9th International Conference on Advanced Materials 2017

This year, the 9th International Conference on Advanced Materials (ROCAM) will take place from 11-14 July in Bucharest, Romania, and will present an overview of the latest developments in advanced materials theory, modeling, processing, characterization and applications.

 

ROCAM, in coordination with the 2nd International Symposium on Dielectric Materials and Applications, is a place for scientists, students and industrialists to have direct access to the community of international experts of advanced materials and applications. Presentations will cover a broad range of topics from basic to applied science in relationship with major issues such as energy, environment, biotechnologies, electronics and optoelectronics.

The conference will also be a unique occasion for students to introduce their work, some of them having the possibility to take part to the student speech contest, and for exhibitors to meet their customers. Poster prizes, supported by Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, will also be presented.

Confirmed key speakers include the following:

Abstract submission ends 15 April – click here to enter now and visit the website for more information.

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ICONAN 2017

 

The International Conference On Nanomedicine And Nanobiotechnology is an annual gathering that hosts high-profile plenary speakers, world-class researchers, oral and poster presentations, workshops, sponsor exhibits and afterworks. It is a great opportunity to share research findings with a wide audience, promote knowledge exchange, and network.

This year the event, which will take place from 25-27 September at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, will cover topics of interest such as: targeted drug delivery and nanocarriers; nanomedicine for cancer diagnosis & therapy; biological & medical nanodevices and biosensors and tissue engineering and regenerative nanomedicine.

Confirmed plenary speakers will include:

Early bird abstract submission ends 14 April – submit now or visit the ICONAN website for more information and the full programme.

 

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Annual IMSE Stakeholder Event

Imperial College London’s Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering are holding their Annual Stakeholder event on the 20th April, to showcase IMSE’s convergence-style research & celebrate their new briefing paper series. Guests will be from the College, industry, research councils and beyond, and this will be an excellent opportunity to make new connections and catch up with colleagues.

Programme Details

Thursday 20 April 2017

15.00–18.30

Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington Campus, SW7 2AZ

Professor Claire Adjiman and Professor Nic Harrison, Co-Directors of IMSE, request the pleasure of your company for an afternoon research showcase and an introduction to IMSE’s new briefing papers.

15.00–16.00 Pecha Kucha Research Showcase
16.00–17.30 Poster Session and afternoon tea
17.30–18.00 Remarks from Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost for Research at Imperial; Professors Claire Adjiman and Nic Harrison, Co-Directors of IMSE; and Professor Jonathan Seville, President of IChemE.

Visit the event website to register or submit an application for the poster session!

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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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Outstanding Reviewers for Molecular Systems Design & Engineering in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Molecular Systems Design & Engineering in 2016, 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.

Professor Paul Low, University of Western Australia
Dr Paul Mathias, Fluor Corporation
Dr Sarim Dastgir, Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute
Dr Laura De Laporte, Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien
Dr Vladan Mlinar, Brown University
Professor Alexander Shaplov, Russian Academy of Sciences
Dr Pasquale Stano, University of Salento
Dr Ivan Stoikov, Kazan Federal University
Dr Shen-Long Tsai, National Taiwan University of Science & Technology
Dr Timothy Vaden, Rowan University

We would also like to thank the Molecular Systems Design & Engineering board 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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