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Top 10 most-downloaded articles: Q3 July–September 2015

Take a look at the most-downloaded RSC Advances articles from the months of July, August and September 2015 and let us know what you think!

Synthesis of Nitrogen Doped Graphene from Graphene Oxide within Ammonia Flame for High performances Supercapacitors
Delong Li, Chaozhi Yu, Miaosheng Wang, Yupeng Zhang and Chunxu Pan
RSC Adv., 2014,4, 55394-55399
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA10761F

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

Use of amine electride chemistry to prepare molybdenum disulfide intercalation compounds
Amila Udayanga Liyanage and Michael M. Lerner
RSC Adv., 2014,4, 47121-47128
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA07405J

Electrospun polycaprolactone membranes incorporated with ZnO nanoparticles as skin substitutes with enhanced fibroblast proliferation and wound healing
Robin Augustine, Edwin Anto Dominic, Indu Reju, Balarama Kaimal, Nandakumar Kalarikkal and Sabu Thomas
RSC Adv., 2014,4, 24777-24785
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA02450H

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

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

Nanocomposites of Graphene/Polymers: A Review
W. K. Chee, H. N. Lim, N. M. Huang and I. Harrison
RSC Adv., 2015,5, 68014-68051
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA07989F

Effect of Microstructure and Metal-Oxide Barriers on Carrier Transport in Top-Down Processed Low Dense Nanograined n-type PbTe
P. K. Rawat and P. Banerji
RSC Adv., 2014,4, 29818-29825
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA02701A

Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals: Controlled Synthesis and the Surface Chemistry in Organic Media
Jin Chang and Eric R. Waclawik
RSC Adv., 2014,4, 23505-23527
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA02684E

One-Pot Synthesis of Pd@PdPt Core-Shell Nanocubes on Carbon Supports
Cheonghee Kim, Jiwhan Kim, Sungeun Yang and Hyunjoo Lee
RSC Adv., 2014,4, 63677-63680
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13447H

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Does size matter? Rational design of potent ice recrystallization inhibitors

Ice recrystallization inhibition (IRI) activity is a highly desirable property for an effective cryoprotectant. Cryopreservation is a very important process for regenerative medicine therapies, but ice recrystallization causes reduced post thaw cell viability. Although antifreeze proteins (AFPs) and antifreeze glycoproteins (AFGPs) were first investigated as cryoprotectants, their ability to bind and alter the ice crystals behaviour has encouraged researchers to look for further improvement in this field. This has led to the development of AFGP to AFGP analogues and further to the discovery of small carbohydrate-based IRIs with similar IRI activity to that of native AFGP-8.

In this review, Robert Ben and co-workers from the University of Ottawa, Canada, present recent developments of IRIs mainly focusing on novel small molecules that have emerged as potential cryoprotectants.

Designing ice recrystallization inhibitors: from antifreeze (glyco)proteins to small molecules

They begin with the molecular mechanism of the ice recrystallization phenomenon and it’s relation with IRI activities of biological antifreezes. The recent strategies for improving antifreeze compounds have been thoroughly discussed including large protein or peptide analogues, easily accessible synthetic polymers, simple mono- and disaccharide derivatives, truncated C-linked glycopeptides and carbohydrate or lysine-based surfactants/gelators. This review nicely highlights the importance of hydration index, relative orientation of hydrophilic groups and size of the linker of synthetic antifreeze compounds on their overall IRI activity.

In future these kinds of highly IRI active small molecules may replace the most widely used cytotoxic cryoprotectant DMSO and improve upon currently limited cryopreservation protocols.

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Designing ice recrystallization inhibitors: from antifreeze (glyco)proteins to small molecules

Anna K. Balcerzak, Chantelle J. Capicciotti, Jennie G. Briard and Robert N. Ben,  RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 42682-42696

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The importance of hydrophobic moieties in ice recrystallization inhibitors

Anna K. Balcerzak, Michela Febbraro and Robert N. Ben,  RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 3232-3236

Developing highly active small molecule ice recrystallization inhibitors based upon C-linked antifreeze glycoprotein analogues

John F. Trant, Robyn A. Biggs, Chantelle J. Capicciotti and Robert N. Ben,  RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 26005-26009

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Cystic fibrosis treatment clears the way

Stabilising a mucus attacking enzyme with cross-links could allow it to be delivered orally to fight infections in cystic fibrosis patients.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the commonest opportunistic pathogens in cystic fibrosis. The bacterium produces alginate, a polysaccharide which causes significant mucus build-up in the lungs and intestine. In addition to affecting patients’ quality of life, this also significantly obstructs the delivery of antibiotics, requiring increased dosages which can lead to antibiotic resistance and an increased chance of side-effects.

Guillermo Castro at the National University of La Plata in Argentina, and his team, investigate the delivery of drugs with significant administrative problems’…

Interested? If so, read the full article at Chemistry World here.

Cross-linking alginate lyase in the presence of BSA stabilises the enzyme but leaves the active site intact
Please click on the below title to access the original article which is free to access until 7th April 2014 :

Development of novel alginate lyase cross-linked aggregates for the oral treatment of cystic fibrosis
G. A. Islan, Y. N. Martinez, A. Illanes and G. R. Castro
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 11758-11765
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA47850E

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‘HOT’ articles!

Our referees have spoken once again and chosen the below ‘HOT’ articles. Please have a gander and let us know what you think in the comments section below:

Mn2+/graphene oxide nanocomposite efficiently catalyzes the epoxidation of alkenes with H2O2
Weiguo Zheng, Rong Tan, Lili Zhao, Yaju Chen, Chuanwu Xiong and Donghong Yin
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 11732-11739
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA47183G

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Enzymatic oxidation as a potential new route to produce polysaccharide aerogels
Kirsi S. Mikkonen, Kirsti Parikka, Jussi-Petteri Suuronen, Abdul Ghafar, Ritva Serimaa and Maija Tenkanen
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 11884-11892
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA47440B 

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Sensitive and regenerable organochalcogen probes for the colorimetric detection of thiols
Shah Jaimin Balkrishna, Ananda S. Hodage, Shailesh Kumar, Piyush Panini and   Sangit Kumar
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 11535-11538
DOI: 10.1039/C4RA00381K

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Top 10 most-accessed articles: October – December 2013

Take a look at our most-downloaded articles from the months of October, November and December 2013 and let us know what you think!

System-dependent melting behavior of icosahedral anti-Mackay nanoalloys
Hassan Yousefi Oderji, Hassan Behnejad, Riccardo Ferrando and Hongbin Ding
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 21981-21993
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA43401J

Using a two-step deposition technique to prepare perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) for thin film solar cells based on ZrO2 and TiO2 mesostructures
Dongqin Bi, Soo-Jin Moon, Leif Häggman, Gerrit Boschloo, Lei Yang, Erik M. J. Johansson, Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin, Michael Grätzel and Anders Hagfeldt
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 18762-18766
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA43228A

Graphene–inorganic nanocomposites
Song Bai and Xiaoping Shen
RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 64-98
DOI: 10.1039/C1RA00260K

Electrode materials for aqueous asymmetric supercapacitors
Faxing Wang, Shiying Xiao, Yuyang Hou, Chenglin Hu, Lili Liu and Yuping Wu
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 13059-13084
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA23466E

One-pot synthesis of homogeneous core–shell Cu2O films with nanoparticle-composed multishells and their photocatalytic properties
Chen Chen, Haiyan Xu, Ling Xu, Fengjun Zhang, Jinkuang Dong and Hao Wang
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 25010-25018
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA43450H

Iron-containing nanomaterials: synthesis, properties, and environmental applications
Boris I. Kharisov, H. V. Rasika Dias, Oxana V. Kharissova, Victor Manuel Jiménez-Pérez, Betsabee Olvera Pérez and Blanca Muñoz Flores
RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 9325-9358
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA20812A

Review of recent advances in carbon dioxide separation and capture
Saeed Danaei Kenarsari, Dali Yang, Guodong Jiang, Suojiang Zhang, Jianji Wang, Armistead G. Russell, Qiang Wei and Maohong Fan
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 22739-22773
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA43965H

Graphene-based photocatalytic composites
Xiaoqiang An and Jimmy C. Yu
RSC Adv., 2011, 1, 1426-1434
DOI: 10.1039/C1RA00382H

Bioelectrochemical systems (BES) for sustainable energy production and product recovery from organic wastes and industrial wastewaters
Deepak Pant, Anoop Singh, Gilbert Van Bogaert, Stig Irving Olsen, Poonam Singh Nigam, Ludo Diels and Karolien Vanbroekhoven
RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 1248-1263
DOI: 10.1039/C1RA00839K

Synthesis of graphene-based nanomaterials and their application in energy-related and environmental-related areas
Guixia Zhao, Tao Wen, Changlun Chen and Xiangke Wang
RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 9286-9303
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA20990J

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‘HOT’ articles – take a look!

Our referees have selected the below ‘HOT’ articles for this month. Please have a read and let us know your thoughts below!

Utilization of the photophysical and photochemical properties of phosphorescent transition metal complexes in the development of photofunctional cellular sensors, imaging reagents, and cytotoxic agents
Kenneth Kam-Wing Lo, Steve Po-Yam Lia
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 10560-10585
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA47611A

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Carbon-based quantum dots for fluorescence imaging of cells and tissues
Pengju G. Luo, Fan Yang, Sheng-Tao Yang, Sumit K. Sonkar, Liju Yang, Jessica J. Broglie, Yun Liu and Ya-Ping Sun
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 10791-10807
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA47683A 

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Automated system for extraction and instantaneous analysis of millimeter-sized samples
Jie-Bi Hu, Ssu-Ying Chen, June-Tai Wu, Yu-Chie Chen and Pawel L. Urban
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 10693-10701
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA48023B 

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10 of the Highest Cited RSC Advances Articles from 2013

Here are 10 of the highest cited RSC Advances articles published in 2013:

Thermo-responsive fluorescent vesicles assembled by fluorescein-functionalized pillar[5]arene
Huacheng Zhang, Xing Ma, Junfei Guo, Kim Truc Nguyen, Quan Zhang, Xiao-Jun Wang, Hong Yan, Liangliang Zhu and Yanli Zhao.
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 368-371
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA22123C

Bioinspired self-cleaning surfaces with superhydrophobicity, superoleophobicity, and superhydrophilicity
Shunsuke Nishimoto and Bharat Bhushan.
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 671-690
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA21260A

Organocatalytic enantioselective decarboxylative Michael addition of beta-ketoacids to alpha,beta-unsaturated ketones
Young Ku Kang, Hyun Joo Lee, Hyoung Wook Moon and Dae Young Kim.
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 1332-1335
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA21945J

First application of core-shell Ag@Ni magnetic nanocatalyst for transfer hydrogenation reactions of aromatic nitro and carbonyl compounds
Manoj B. Gawande, Huizhang Guo, Anuj K. Rathi, Paula S. Branco, Yuanzhi Chen, Rajender S. Varma and Dong-Liang Peng.
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 1050-1054
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA22143H

3-Substituted 2-phenyl-indoles: privileged structures for medicinal chemistry
Henrik Johansson, Tanja Bøgeløv Jørgensen, David E. Gloriam, Hans Bräuner-Osborne and Daniel Sejer Pedersen.
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 945-960
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA21902F

Towards artificial neurons and synapses: a materials point of view
Doo Seok Jeong, Inho Kim, Martin Ziegler and Hermann Kohlstedt.
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 3169-3183
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA22507G

Rational design on n-type organic materials for high performance organic photovoltaics
Christos L. Chochos, Nikos Tagmatarchis and Vasilis G. Gregoriou.
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 7160-7181
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA22926B

Recent advances in electrochemical glucose biosensors: a review
Chao Chen, Qingji Xie, Dawei Yang, Hualing Xiao, Yingchun Fu, Yueming Tana and Shouzhuo Yao.
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 4473-4491
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA22351A

Laser flash synthesis of graphene and its inorganic analogues: An innovative breakthrough with immense promise
Prashant Kumar
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 11987-12002
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA41149D

Aqueous biphasic systems: a benign route using cholinium-based ionic liquids
Shahla Shahriari, Liliana C. Tomé, João M. M. Araújo, Luís Paulo N. Rebelo, João A. P. Coutinho, Isabel M. Marrucho and Mara G. Freire.
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 1835-1843
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA22972B

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Toilet purification system doubles as hydrogen fuel cell

An electrolysis cell that couples energy storage with water purification and reuse has been developed as part of a wider project to make a self-sustaining toilet.

The electrochemical system reduces the yellow colour of wastewater at the same time as producing hydrogen

The electrochemical system reduces the yellow colour of wastewater at the same time as producing hydrogen

Electrochemical approaches to water purification are not unknown but often focus on wastewater in industrially developed areas. Michael Hoffmann, and colleagues at the California Institute of Technology in the US, hope their electrochemical water splitting method for purifying human waste, at the same time as generating hydrogen gas, will eventually be introduced into areas with underdeveloped infrastructure.

Read the full article at Chemistry World.

Electrochemical treatment of human waste coupled with molecular hydrogen production
Kangwoo Cho, Daejung Kwon and Michael R. Hoffmann  
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 4596-4608
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA46699J

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HOT papers in RSC Advances

Here are the latest HOT papers published in RSC Advances:

Size-adjustable annular ring-functionalized mesoporous silica as effective and selective adsorbents for heavy metal ions
Fa-Kuen Shieh, Chia-Teng Hsiao, Hsien-Ming Kao, Yu-Chein Sue, Kuan-Wei Lin, Chang-Cheng Wu, Xi-Hong Chen, Lei Wan, Ming-Hua Hsu, Jih Ru Hwu, Chia-Kuang Tsung and Kevin C.-W. Wu  
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 25686-25689
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA45016C

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A quantitative assessment of the production of ˙OH and additional oxidants in the dark Fenton reaction: Fenton degradation of aromatic amines
Claudio Minero, Mirco Lucchiari, Valter Maurino and Davide Vione  
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 26443-26450
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA44585B

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Synthesis of dibenzyl carbonate: towards a sustainable catalytic approach
Giulia Fiorani and Maurizio Selva  
RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 1929-1937
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA42904K

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