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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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Professor Karen Faulds joins the Editorial Board

A very warm welcome to Professor Karen Faulds!

Karen FauldsPlease join us in extending a very warm welcome to Professor Karen Faulds, as she joins the RSC Advances team as an Editorial Board member!

Karen is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and an expert in the development of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and other spectroscopic techniques for novel analytical detection strategies. She is the recipient of the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year award (2009), the RSC Joseph Black Award (2013) and the Craver Award from the Coblentz Society (2016). In 2011 was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012. She is the Strathclyde Director of the EPSRC and MRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging, OPTIMA and is the current Chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG).

Karen is very much looking forward to her new role:

‘I am delighted to be joining the Editorial Board for RSC Advances and look forward to working with the journal, it will be particularly exciting to work with a journal which has a remit which spans the diversity of the chemical sciences’

Karen Faulds and Matthew Baker have recently guest edited a Chemical Society Reviews themed issue on Fundamental Developments in Clinical Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy.

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RSC Supramolecular Chemistry Award for Editor-in-Chief Mike Ward

Each year the Royal Society of Chemistry presents prizes and awards to chemical scientists who have made a considerable contribution in their area of research, in industry and academia. This year, we are delighted to announce that RSC Advances Editor-in-Chief, Professor Mike Ward of the University of Sheffield, UK, has been awarded the 2016 RSC Supramolecular Chemistry Award, for his leading contributions to the synthesis, characterisation, host-guest chemistry and functional properties of self-assembled coordination cages.

The Supramolecular Chemistry Award is awarded biennially and recognises studies leading to the design of functionally useful supramolecular species.

In celebration of the 2016 RSC Prizes and Awards, we have collected together some of the research recently published by the winners. This collection showcases articles authored by the winners from across the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journals portfolio, which are free to access for a limited period. A full list of 2016 winners and more information about RSC Prizes and Awards can be found here.

Please join us in congratulating Mike on this achievement!

We would like to highlight the RSC Advances themed collection, Supramolecular chemistry: self-assembly and molecular recognition, Guest Edited by Mike Ward.

The articles in this issue cover many aspects of the formation of, and molecular recognition with, non-covalent self-assembled systems. Systems studied span the range of supramolecular assemblies from MOFs to gels, and potential applications or functional behaviour that are on display here include host/guest chemistry, spin crossover, molecular sensors, and extraction/separation. This collection of articles powerfully illustrates the diversity and increasing importance of supramolecular chemistry.

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Supramolecular cages for chemical weapons

The research of RSC Advances Chief Editor Mike Ward focussing on the development of supramolecular cages that trap chemical weapon stimulants, has been highlighted in Chemistry World.

Mike and his team at Sheffield University have developed new supramolecular cages that exploit the hydrophic effect and bind alkyl phosphonates inside. These phosphonates are very similar to organophosphorous chemical weapons. Cobalt or cadmium dications form the cage vertices and bis(pyrazolyl-pyridine) ligands run along each edge, forming a hydrophobic centre lined with CH groups. So, in water, the phosphonate hydrophobic alkyl tails are attracted to the inside of the cage. Whats more, the cage is luminescent and this luminescence reduces when alkyl phosphonate enters, meaning that the cages can also be used to signal the presence of chemical weapons.

The supramolecular structure

To find out more, read the full Chemistry World article based on this paper:

Binding of chemical warfare agent simulants as guests in a coordination cage: contributions to binding and a fluorescence-based response
Christopher G. P. Taylor, Jerico R. Piper and Michael D. Ward
Chem. Commun., 2016
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC02021F

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Thomson Reuters Research Excellence – India Citation Award: Congratulations to Dr Vandana Bhalla!

We are delighted to report that RSC Advances Associate Editor Dr Vandana Bhalla (Guru Nanak Dev University) has become the first woman scientist in India to receive a Thomson Reuters Research Excellence – India Citation Award, at a ceremony held on 18 September 2015 in New Delhi, India.

This prestigious award is to presented every three years to 10 highly influential scientists and researchers in India, for their outstanding and pioneering work, and their influential contribution to global research.

Dr Bhalla has recently joined RSC Advances as an Associate Editor in the area of supramolecular chemistry, and we look forward to receiving your submissions in this area.

Dr Vandana Bhalla

Dr Vandana Bhalla (center) receives her 2015 Thomson Reuters Research Excellence – India Citation Award

Here are a few of Dr Bhalla’s recent publications in RSC Advances:

Fluorescent aggregates of AIEE active triphenylene derivatives for the sensitive detection of picric acid
Harshveer Arora, Vandana Bhalla and Manoj Kumar
RSC Adv., 2015,5, 32637-32642
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA04337A, Paper

Silver nanoparticles: facile synthesis and their catalytic application for the degradation of dyes
Kamaldeep Sharma, Gurpreet Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Manoj Kumar and Vandana Bhalla
RSC Adv., 2015,5, 25781-25788
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA02909K, Paper

Rhodamine appended hexaphenylbenzene derivative: through bond energy transfer for sensing of picric acid
Radhika Chopra, Vandana Bhalla, Manoj Kumar and Sharanjeet Kaur
RSC Adv., 2015,5, 24336-24341
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA00436E, Paper

Facile synthesis of gold nanoparticles using aggregates of pentacenequinone derivative and their catalytic activity for oxidative polymerization, homocoupling and reduction
Kamaldeep Sharma, Vandana Bhalla and Manoj Kumar
RSC Adv., 2014,4, 53795-53800
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA11116H, Paper

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Announcing our new peer review process for RSC Advances

Since we launched RSC Advances in 2011, the response from you – our authors and readers – has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to you, the journal continues to go from strength to strength, publishing only high quality work that is well conducted and adds to the development of the field, across the breadth of the chemical sciences.

So, we are excited to tell you that – to support this success and our commitment to publishing high-quality research, and to ensure we continue to provide the standard of author service you expect – RSC Advances will shortly be adopting a new Associate Editor peer review process.

What does an Associate Editor peer review process mean?

First and foremost, it means that you can be sure that your work will be in the safe hands of an expert, every step of the way.

Phase 1: Your manuscript will be assigned to an Associate Editor, matching its subject area to the Associate Editor’s knowledge and expertise.

Phase 2: Expertise from an extended Reviewer Panel will be utilised; reviewers will assess your article and submit a report to the Associate Editor. In parallel, the Associate Editor will prepare a report on your paper.

Phase 3: The Associate Editor assigned to your work will make a decision about your manuscript based on both their report and the reviewer’s report.

RSC Advances Editor-in-Chief Mike Ward will continue in his position, helping to guide and develop the journal. Both he and the Editorial Board have provided their full support to the new process, which, in the coming months, will see the appointment of additional Associate Editors, all experts in their field, and an extended specialist Reviewer Panel.

Leading the way in innovation

On launch in 2011, RSC Advances’ sophisticated topic modelling provided users with enhanced browsing, enabling you to search for articles under one or more of 12 main subject categories. This search capability was soon extended by more than 100 additional sub-categories. In November 2013, the capacity to sign up to subject-based alerts, taking you straight to the content that is most relevant to you, again made RSC Advances stand out from the crowd.

Now, the journal is proud to once again be leading the way with an innovative new peer review process that will ensure we continue to publish only quality research, whilst providing the best customer service for our authors.

Submit your article now, and see the benefits for yourself.

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Dr Amitava Das joins the RSC Advances Editorial Board

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Amitava Das (CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, India) to the RSC Advances Editorial Board. 

Dr Amitava DasAmitava graduated from Jadavpur University in Kolkata (India) and pursued his Ph.D degree at the same University. After postdoctoral stint in the group of Professor Jon A. McCleverty at Birmingham University and then at Bristol University (UK), he joined the CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (India) in 1992.  He was elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 2010 and the National Academy of Science (India) in 2012.  In 2013, Amitava moved to the Organic Chemistry Division of the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (Pune, India).  His major research interests focus on synthetic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and photoinduced processes for developing materials for molecular recognition, sensing, bioimaging, diagnostic and DSSC applications.

We are delighted to welcome Amitava and his expertise to the Editorial Board and look forward to working with him.


The end of 2013 also marks the retirement of Professors T. N. Guru Row, Suning Wang and Marcos Eberlin from the Editorial Board as they finish their terms.  We would like to thank them all for their support of RSC Advances over the last few years and their help in shaping and guiding the journal from it’s launch in 2011.

Professors Guru Row, Suning Wang and Marcos Eberlin

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Professor Mike Ward welcomes the RSC Advances Advisory Board

Professor Mike Ward, Chair of the RSC Advances Editorial Board, welcomes the new Advisory Board to the Journal.

RSC Advances is delighted to announce the appointment of a 25-strong Advisory Board.  It consists of distinguished academics from all over the world whose collective work, in keeping with the broad scope of the Journal, covers all areas of the chemical sciences with an emphasis on interdiscplinary and emerging areas.  As the Journal goes from strength to strength – passing 2000 published articles and moving from monthly to weekly publication in just a year and a half after starting – the Editorial Board members and publishing team look forward to working with our Advisory Board members in helping to promote the Journal around the world, to improve the content even further, and to ensure that RSC Advances remains at the forefront of chemistry publishing.”

Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh
National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, India
Ali Khademhosseini
Harvard Medical School, USA
Bruce Arndtsen
McGill University, Canada
Jinghong Li
Tsinghua University, China
Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani
Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil
Kenneth Lo
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sally Brooker
University of Otago, New Zealand
Hiromi Nakai
Waseda University, Japan
S. Chandrasekhar
Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, India
Colin Raston
Flinders University, Australia
Yougtae Chang
National University of Singapore, Singapore
John Roberts
Caltech, USA
Hui-Ming Cheng
Shenyang National Laboratory, China
Siddhartha Roy
Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, India
Kilwon Cho
Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
Magnus Rueping
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Andrew deMello
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Bradley D. Smith
University of Notre Dame, USA
Koichi Eguchi
Kyoto University, Japan
Roman Surmenev
Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia
Teruo Fujii
University of Tokyo, Japan
Nico Völcker
University of South Australia, Australia
Stefan Grimme
University of Bonn, Germany
Christoph Weder
University of Freibourg, Switzerland
Malcolm Halcrow
University of Leeds, UK
Chunhua Yan
Peking University, China

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