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2017 Outstanding Reviewers

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

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 Katsuhiko, Ariga National Institute for Materials Science, ORCID: 0000-0002-2445-2955
Dr Anzar Khan, Korea University, ORCID: 0000-0001-5129-756X
Dr Tapas Purkait, Johns Hopkins University, ORCID: 0000-0001-8948-6526
Dr Lichan Chen, Huaqiao University, ORCID: 0000-0002-0838-776X
Dr Kun Liu, eLab Solutions
Dr Ying Huang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, ORCID: 0000-0002-4364-9323
Dr Lei Yu Yangzhou, University, ORCID: 0000-0001-5659-7289
Dr Murat Yavuz Dicle, University, ORCID: 0000-0003-3452-8551
Dr Kaustabh Maiti, Central Electrochemical Research Institute
Dr Fan Dong, Chongqing Technology and Business University, ORCID: 0000-0003-2890-9964
Dr Serap Evran, Ege University, ORCID: 0000-0001-6676-4888
Dr Nirmal Goswami, University of South Australia, ORCID: 0000-0002-8950-6459
Dr Xinguo Zhang, Sun Yat-Sen University, ORCID: 0000-0002-8950-0831
Dr Hyo Jin Seo, Pukyong National University, ORCID: 0000-0002-0490-8484
Dr Dattatray Late, National Chemical Laboratory
Miss Xi Chen, National University of Singapore, ORCID: 0000-0002-8096-1455
Dr Zhaoyin Wen, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, ORCID: 0000-0003-1698-7420
Dr Soumik Siddhanta, Johns Hopkins University, ORCID: 0000-0002-1383-6224
Dr Jiaxing Li, Institute of Plasma Physics, ORCID: 0000-0002-7683-2482
Dr Peng Liu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr Lihua Gan, Tongji University
Dr Miao Shi, University of Rochester, ORCID: 0000-0002-9719-6825
Dr Neal Chung Tai-Shung, National University of Singapore, ORCID: 0000-0002-4569-7169
Dr Xiangyang Shi, Donghua University, ORCID: 0000-0001-6785-6645
Dr Wei Li, Capital Normal University, ORCID: 0000-0001-7669-1125
Dr Bin Ding, Donghua University
Dr Changqiong Zhu, CoolComposites
Dr Dan Xiao, Sichuan University, ORCID: 0000-0001-5295-0540
Professor Sarbani Pal, MNR Degree & PG College, ORCID: 0000-0003-1730-0782
Dr Shiwei Qu, The Scripps Research Institute, ORCID: 0000-0002-9358-066X
Professor Priyadarsi De, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, ORCID: 0000-0001-5486-3395
Miss Mehmet Yola, Sinop University
Dr Xinle Li, E O Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ORCID: 0000-0001-5747-4029
Dr Kevin Wu, National Taiwan University, ORCID: 0000-0003-0590-1396
Dr Jiaguang Zhang, University of Lincoln, ORCID: 0000-0001-7238-4021
Dr Tongchuan Gao, University of Pittsburgh, ORCID: 0000-0003-4800-3641
Dr Jian Li, Northwest Normal University, ORCID: 0000-0001-5104-1564

Thank you to the RSC Advances board and our community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

The RSC Advances Associate Editors work hand in hand with a dedicated reviewer panel made up of specially selected expert reviewers from across all fields of the chemical sciences (http://www.rsc.org/journals-books-databases/about-journals/rsc-advances/reviewer-panel/). If you would be interested in joining this reviewer panel, please contact us at advances@rsc.org with a resumé to receive further information.

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RSC Advances Reviewer Panel: 2017 Outstanding Reviewers

We are delighted to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for RSC Advances in 2017, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen from the reviewer panel based on the quantity, quality and timeliness of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

A big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers on the RSC Advances reviewer panel that have supported the journal.

Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Mr Rok Borstnar, Laboratory for genotoxicity
Dr Nghia Truong, Phuoc Monash University, ORCID: 0000-0001-9900-2644
Dr Wujun Fu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr S. Girish Kumar, CMR University, ORCID: 0000-0001-9132-1202
Dr Nicholas Geitner, Duke University, ORCID: 0000-0003-4313-372X
Dr Emanuele Curotto, University of Arcadia, ORCID: 0000-0001-9119-3263
Dr Yoong Ahm Kim, Chonnam National University, ORCID: 0000-0003-4074-7515
Dr Paul Trippier, Texas Tech University
Dr Michele Ceotto, Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, ORCID: 0000-0002-8270-3409
Dr Chunping Yang, Hunan University, ORCID: 0000-0003-3987-2722
Dr Wei Li, Utah State University, ORCID: 0000-0003-2802-7443
Dr Mark Waterland, Massey University, ORCID: 0000-0002-8493-9407
Dr Leo Small, Sandia National Laboratories, ORCID: 0000-0003-0404-6287
Dr Marija Gizdavic-Nikolaidis, The University of Auckland, ORCID: 0000-0002-8076-8508
Dr Xin Liu, State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, ORCID: 0000-0002-4422-4108
Dr Zhijie Ma, University of Colorado Boulder, ORCID: 0000-0002-0734-1903
Dr Juliano Bonacin, University of Campinas, ORCID: 0000-0001-9399-1031
Dr Daniela Giacomazza, Istituto di Biofisica, ORCID: 0000-0002-6667-0205
Dr Ekkehard Lindner, Universitat Tubingen
Professor Zhenghua Tang, South China University of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0003-0718-3164
Dr Weixia Zhang, Harvard University, ORCID: 0000-0002-5835-2020
Dr Sreekuttan Unni, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, ORCID: 0000-0002-0403-9186
Professor Christian Robl, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Professor Stanislaw Slomkowski, Center of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, ORCID: 0000-0003-1543-535X
Dr Rui Oliveira, Universidade do Minho, ORCID: 0000-0002-3989-8925
Dr Wan Basirun, University of Malaya, ORCID: 0000-0001-8050-6113
Dr Yang Zhang, Arizona State University
Dr Maria Timofeeva, Novosibirsk State Technichal University
Dr Luis Simon, University of Salamanca, ORCID: 0000-0002-3781-0803
Dr Tsinghai Wang, National Tsing Hua University, ORCID: 0000-0003-4629-2005
Dr Thomas Mayer-Gall, Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West, ORCID: 0000-0002-2822-6461
Dr Guowei Zhou Qilu, University of Technology
Dr Xiehong Cao, Nanyang Technological University, ORCID: 0000-0002-3004-7518
Dr Quanjun Xiang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, ORCID: 0000-0002-4486-7429
Dr Miklós Kubinyi, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, ORCID: 0000-0002-6343-0820
Dr Hu Li, Guizhou University, ORCID: 0000-0003-3604-9271
Dr Xuefeng Guo, Nanjing University, ORCID: 0000-0002-5492-5899
Dr Ahmad Zoolfakar, Universiti Teknologi MARA
Dr Bogdan-Marian Tofanica, Technical University of Iasi, ORCID: 0000-0002-4975-4650
Dr Zhiwei Xu, Tianjin Polytechnic University, ORCID: 0000-0003-1308-8884
Dr Tamás Vidóczy, Institute of Structuraél Chemistry
Dr Marinos Pitsikalis, University of Athens, ORCID: 0000-0002-7836-4862
Dr Haibo Shu, China Jiliang University, ORCID: 0000-0003-1728-2190
Dr Lin Zhang, Auburn University
Dr Ignacio Alfonso, Instituto de Química Avanzada de Cataluña, ORCID: 0000-0003-0678-0362
Dr Igor Komarov, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, ORCID: 0000-0002-7908-9145
Dr Xiao-Yu Hu, Nanjing University, ORCID: 0000-0002-9634-315X
Dr Zhe Wang, National Institutes of Health
Dr Muhammad Hossain, Yeungnam University, ORCID: 0000-0002-3428-8271
Dr Vaibhav Mehta, Marwadi University, ORCID: 0000-0003-4426-3374

Thank you to the RSC Advances board and our 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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Read our most downloaded RSC Advances articles of 2017

We are delighted to present a collection which showcases some of the most accessed RSC Advances articles published in 2017. This provides an easy way to access the most important papers published in RSC Advances in this year in your area of research.

RSC Advances is the largest open access chemistry journal, bringing you the latest research from right across the chemical sciences. For enhanced browsing and discoverability, topic-modelling technology automatically categorises articles into one or more of the 12 main subject categories and over 100 further subcategories.

The articles in the collection highlight the most exciting and important research published across analytical chemistry, biological chemistry, catalysis, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, energy, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, nanoscience, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

Follow the link to find our most downloaded articles in your research area.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles!

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Equation to end bond order contention

A researcher in the US has proposed a new way of computing bond order, which he says is more general and more consistently accurate across diverse kinds of materials.

Computed bond orders in red, sum of bond orders in blue, and net atomic charges in black for two hexafluorides

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry SF6 contains six single-order S–F bonds and confirms that SF6transcends the Lewis octet rule that predicts four rather than six shared electron pairs around the central sulfur atom. The Db–F bond order (0.75) is lower than the S–F bond order (0.95)

Bond order quantifies how many electrons two atoms in a material share. But it’s a theoretical concept, not something you observe experimentally, so defining it and calculating it can get a bit fuzzy. ‘Some new chemistry students find it difficult to memorise which rules apply to which chemicals. For example, why should N2 and CF4 be described by a Lewis structure while triplet O2 and SF6are not?’ says Thomas Manz of New Mexico State University. ‘My method introduces a unifying principle where you no longer have to memorise different rules for different materials. All you have to do is calculate and you will get the accurate bond order,’ he explains.

Interested? The full story can be read in Chemistry World.

The original article can be read below and is free to access until the 13th November 2017:

Introducing DDEC6 atomic population analysis: part 3. Comprehensive method to compute bond orders
Thomas A. Manz
RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 45552-45581
DOI:10.1039/C7RA07400J

 

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RSC Advances 2016 Impact Factor – 3.108

The 2016 Journal Citation Reports® have just been released and we are pleased to  announce that RSC Advances received an Impact Factor of  3.108.

We would like to thank all our authors, referees and readers who have contributed to this success, as well our Editorial and Advisory Boards for their hard work and continued support. Because of you, RSC Advances has maintained its position as a high quality, broad multidisciplinary journal.

We invite you to submit your best work to RSC Advances!

Here are the top five articles that contributed to the 2016 Impact Factor. All of these articles will be free to access for 4 weeks.

Size-controlled silver nanoparticles synthesized over the range 5–100 nm using the same protocol and their antibacterial efficacy
Shekhar Agnihotri, Soumyo Mukherji and Suparna Mukherji*
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA44507K, (Open Access)
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 3974-3983, Paper

Zinc oxide based photocatalysis: tailoring surface-bulk structure and related interfacial charge carrier dynamics for better environmental applications
S. Girish Kumar and K. S. R. Koteswara Rao*
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13299H
RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 3306-3351, Review Article

Recent developments in heterogeneous photocatalytic water treatment using visible light-responsive photocatalysts: a review
Shuying Dong, Jinglan Feng, Maohong Fan, Yunqing Pi, Limin Hu, Xiao Han, Menglin Liu, Jingyu Sun* and Jianhui Sun*
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13734E
RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 14610-14630, Review Article

Removal of basic dye Auramine-O by ZnS:Cu nanoparticles loaded on activated carbon: optimization of parameters using response surface methodology with central composite design
Arash Asfaram, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Shilpi Agarwal, Inderjeet Tyagi and Vinod Kumar Gupta*
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA15637D
RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 18438-18450, Paper

Glutaraldehyde in bio-catalysts design: a useful crosslinker and a versatile tool in enzyme immobilization
Oveimar Barbosa, Claudia Ortiz, Ángel Berenguer-Murcia, Rodrigo Torres, Rafael C. Rodrigues* and Roberto Fernandez-Lafuente*
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA45991H
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 1583-1600, Review Article

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Top 10 most downloaded articles – January-March 2017

Take a look at our most-downloaded articles for the months of January, February and March 2017 below:

Free radicals, natural antioxidants, and their reaction mechanisms
Satish Balasaheb Nimse and Dilipkumar Pal

RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 27986-28006
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13315C

Size-controlled silver nanoparticles synthesized over the range 5–100 nm using the same protocol and their antibacterial efficacy
Shekhar Agnihotri, Soumyo Mukherji and Suparna Mukherji
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 3974-3983
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA44507K

Thermal-runaway experiments on consumer Li-ion batteries with metal-oxide and olivin-type cathodes
Andrey W. Golubkov, David Fuchs, Julian Wagner, Helmar Wiltsche, Christoph Stangl, Gisela Fauler, Gernot Voitic, Alexander Thaler and Viktor Hacker
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 3633-3642
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA45748F

Electrically conductive polymers and composites for biomedical applications
Gagan Kaur, Raju Adhikari, Peter Cass, Mark Bown and Pathiraja Gunatillake
RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 37553-37567
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA01851J

Auxetic mechanical metamaterials
H. M. A. Kolken and  A. A. Zadpoor
RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 5111-5129
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA27333E

Graphene and its nanocomposite material based electrochemical sensor platform for dopamine
Alagarsamy Pandikumar, Gregory Thien Soon How, Teo Peik See, Fatin Saiha Omar, Subramaniam Jayabal, Khosro Zangeneh Kamali, Norazriena Yusoff, Asilah Jamil, Ramasamy Ramaraj, Swamidoss Abraham John, Hong Ngee Lim and Nay Ming Huang
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 63296-63323
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13777A

Hydration of nitriles to amides by a chitin-supported ruthenium catalyst
Aki Matsuoka, Takahiro Isogawa, Yuna Morioka, Benjamin R. Knappett, Andrew E. H. Wheatley, Susumu Saito and Hiroshi Naka
RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 12152-12160
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA15682J

Dual protection of amino functions involving Boc
Ulf Ragnarsson and Leif Grehn
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 18691-18697
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA42956C

Synthesis and properties of molybdenum disulphide: from bulk to atomic layers
Intek Song, Chibeom Park and Hee Cheul Choi
RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 7495-7514
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA11852A

Photovoltaic enhancement of bismuth halide hybrid perovskite by N-methyl pyrrolidone-assisted morphology conversion
Ashish Kulkarni, Trilok Singh, Masashi Ikegami and Tsutomu Miyasaka
RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 9456-9460
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA28190G

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Tomography keeps its cool to analyse ice cream

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry This 3D rendered image shows a central air cell bounded by faceted ice crystals. Scale bar is 100mm

Researchers from the UK have developed a new 3D x-ray tomography (XRT) method to visualise the effects of changing temperature on the microstructure of ice cream.

Ice cream is a mixture of milk, fats, sugars, proteins, emulsifiers, stabilisers and flavours that are aerated and then frozen to form a soft solid comprising about 30% ice, 50% air, and 5–15% fat droplets suspended in a sugar solution. Its quality depends on the size of its ice crystals and air bubbles: smaller crystals and bubbles make it smoother and creamier. And since this complex colloid is unstable above –30˚C, its microstructure will change during shipping and storage (domestic freezers are usually at around –18˚C), which will affect its taste and texture.

Interested? The full article can be read in Chemistry World.

The original RSC Advances article can be read below and is open access:

Synchrotron X-ray tomographic quantification of microstructural evolution in ice cream – a multi-phase soft solid
Enyo Guo et al.,
RSC Adv.,2017, 7, 15561-15573
DOI: 10.1039/C7RA00642J

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Welcoming new RSC Advances Editorial board members

RSC Advances gives a warm welcome to the following new Editorial board members: Giridhar Madras, Heloise Pastore and Manuel Minas de Piedade.

Giridhar Madras has been a Full Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Science, India since 2007 and has published more than 450 international journal articles, which have more than 13000 citations and is among the most cited engineering scientists in India with a h-index of 55. His research interests are in the area of reaction engineering applied to polymers, supercritical fluids, and catalysis.


Heloise Pastore
is currently a Full Professor at the Chemistry Institute of the State University of Campinas in Brazil and has research interests and experience in Molecular sieves, isomorphic substitution, zeolites, mcm-41 and supramolecular arrangements.

Professor Pastore is responsible for the invention of two new families of molecular sieves called CAL and UEC.

 

Manuel Minas da Piedade‘s research interests are mainly focused on the energetics of molecules (e.g. fullerenes, PAHs, ionic liquids), crystals (nucleation, polymorphism, crystal engineering), and, very recently, also living cells. He is currently based at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal as an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

 

Please see a small selection of articles from our new board members below:

Facile one-pot scalable strategy to engineer biocidal silver nanocluster assembly on thiolated PVDF membranes for water purification
Maya Sharma, Nagarajan Padmavathy, Sanjay Remanan, Giridhar Madras and Suryasarathi Bose
RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 38972-38983
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA03143A, Paper

Lamellar zeolites: an oxymoron?
F. Solânea O. Ramos, Mendelssolm K. de Pietre and Heloise O. Pastore
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 2084-2111
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA21573J, Review Article

Direct experimental observation of the aggregation of α-amino acids into 100–200 nm clusters in aqueous solution
Daniel Hagmeyer, Johannes Ruesing, Tassilo Fenske, Heinz-Werner Klein, Carsten Schmuck, Wolfgang Schrader, Manuel E. Minas da Piedade and Matthias Epple
RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 4690-4696
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA01352E, Paper

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Sandpaper electrode harvests electricity from friction

Researchers in South Korea have developed a method to turn common sandpaper into an electrode that generates current from friction, promising a way to power portable devices with ambient mechanical energy.

Source: © iStock Sandpaper already has the rough texture required to make an effective triboelectric generator

Wirelessly powering small devices by harvesting energy from the environment could eliminate the need to ever recharge them. This is especially useful for embedded sensors as they will often be located in inaccessible places without a power supply, for example, on the inside of machines or the side of buildings.

Interested? Read the full article in Chemistry World.

The original article can be read below:

Large-sized sandpaper coated with solution-processed aluminum for a triboelectric nanogenerator with reliable durability
Daewon Kim, Hye Moon Lee and Yang-Kyu Choi
RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 137-144
DOI:  10.1039/C6RA26677K

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Major society chemistry publishers jointly commit to integration with ORCID

ORCID provides an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship and innovation activities, ensuring authors gain full credit for their work.

Today, we signed their open letter, along with ACS Publications, committing to unambiguous identification of all authors that publish in our journals.

The official press release can be read here.

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