This month, Chemical Science is delighted to welcome Zhenan Bao as Associate Editor in the area of organic materials. Zhenan received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1995, and after a spell at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs, joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University in 2004. She was appointed to her present position as Professor in 2012.
Zhenan was awarded the Beilby Medal and Prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009, for her contributions and discoveries in the field of organic semiconductors. These included demonstrating that conjugated polymers can produce high mobilities of charge carriers when self-assembled using solution deposition.
She also featured in Thomson Reuter’s ‘Top 100 Materials Scientists’ report in 2011, which identified researchers with the highest citation counts for papers published in 2000–2010.
The Bao Group’s research utilizes the basic principles in chemistry, physics and material sciences to enable novel applications and development of flexible, stretchable electronics and energy devices. Current research projects within the group include organic semi-conductor design, organic and carbon solar cells, and electronic skin.
The group has published work in a number of Royal Society of Chemistry journals, and you can read more about it in the following articles:
Probing interfacial molecular packing in TIPS-pentacene organic semiconductors by Surface enhanced Raman Scattering
Jie Xu, Ying Diao, Dongshan Zhou, Yisha Mao, Gaurav Giri, Wei Chen, Nan Liu, Stefan C B Mannsfeld, Gi Xue and Zhenan Bao
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014, Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/C3TC32581D
Sequentially solution-processed, nanostructured polymer photovoltaics using selective solvents
Do Hwan Kim, Jianguo Mei, Alexander L. Ayzner, Kristin Schmidt, Gaurav Giri, Anthony L. Appleton, Michael F. Toney and Zhenan Bao
Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 1103-1109, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE43541E, Paper
A review of fabrication and applications of carbon nanotube film-based flexible electronics
Steve Park, Michael Vosguerichian and Zhenan Bao
Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 1727-1752, DOI: 10.1039/C3NR33560G
Confined organization of fullerene units along high polymer chains
Lei Fang, Peng Liu, Benjamin R. Sveinbjornsson, Sule Atahan-Evrenk, Koen Vandewal, Sílvia Osuna, Gonzalo Jiménez-Osés, Supriya Shrestha, Gaurav Giri, Peng Wei, Alberto Salleo, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Robert H. Grubbs, K. N. Houk and Zhenan Bao
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, 1, 5747-5755, DOI: 10.1039/C3TC31158A
5,11-Conjugation-extended low-bandgap anthradithiophene-containing polymer exhibiting enhanced thin-film order and field-effect mobility
Ying Jiang, Jianguo Mei, Alexander L. Ayzner, Michael F. Toney and Zhenan Bao
Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 7286-7288, DOI: 10.1039/C2CC32473C
Impact of regioregularity on thin-film transistor and photovoltaic cell performances of pentacene-containing polymers
Ying Jiang, Sanghyun Hong, Joon Hak Oh, Rajib Mondal, Toshihiro Okamoto, Eric Verploegen, Michael F. Toney, Michael D. McGehee and Zhenan Bao
J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 4356-4363, DOI: 10.1039/C2JM15483H
Graphene–sponges as high-performance low-cost anodes for microbial fuel cells
Xing Xie, Guihua Yu, Nian Liu, Zhenan Bao, Craig S. Criddle and Yi Cui
Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 6862-6866, DOI: 10.1039/C2EE03583A
We are delighted to announce that Chemical Science has now been listed in Thomson Reuters’ Science Citation Index® (SCI).
The journal has featured in the Science Citation Index Expanded™ (SCIE), the database behind Web of Science™, since its launch; however we are pleased to now feature in the SCI as well. The SCI contains the highest ranking journals in their fields, further emphasizing the quality of research published in Chemical Science.
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Theory had predicted the presence of Φ interactions in actinide systems but it had never been observed experimentally, until now. Scientists in the US using high-energy x-ray spectroscopy to study the involvement of the f-orbitals in actinide sandwich complexes have experimental evidence for this unusual interaction in thorocene.
At its most basic level, bonding in actinide molecules is typically comprised of a small amount of covalent orbital mixing in the presence of overwhelming ionic attractions. However, in many cases it is proposed that these small changes in f-element covalency are responsible for profound changes in chemical reactivity and actinide properties.
Covalency is a fundamental concept used to describe how elements share electrons in chemical bonds. For the d-block transition metal series, 3d, 4d, and 5d orbitals extend well into the periphery of the atom and can interact with valence orbitals of ligand atoms to form covalent chemical bonds. In contrast, the 4f orbitals of lanthanides are very core-like and their interactions with ligands are – in general – assumed to be of comparatively little chemical consequence. The actinide elements lie between these two extremes, and the extent to which valence f and d orbitals participate in chemical bonding is a subject of debate in the community.
Read the original journal article in Chemical Science:
New evidence for 5f covalency in actinocenes determined from carbon K-edge XAS and electronic structure theory
Stefan G. Minasian, Jason M. Keith, Enrique R. Batista, Kevin S. Boland, David L. Clark, Stosh A. Kozimor, Richard L. Martin, David K. Shuh and Tolek Tyliszczak
Chem. Sci., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC52030G, Edge Article
Researchers in the UK, Spain and Switzerland say a method they have developed for probing electron transfer reactions could help them design more efficient solar cells.
Monitoring the behaviour of charges in photovoltaic devices is important for improving charge collection, especially in dye sensitised solar cells (DSSCs) that convert sunlight to electricity. Creating efficient solar cells is pivotal for meeting increasing energy demands especially as the world looks to move away from fossil fuels. DSSCs have many attractive features being simple to make, flexible and transparent, but they still have a way to go in terms of efficiency.
A research team led by Piers Barnes of Imperial College London has pioneered a technique that measures the diffusion coefficient of a less well reported phenomenon known as hole hopping, which occurs between sensitised dye molecules anchored to surfaces (in this case TiO2).
Read the original journal article in Chemical Science:
The reorganization energy of intermolecular hole hopping between dyes anchored to surfaces
Davide Moia, Valérie Vaissier, Ismael López-Duarte, Tomás Torres, Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin, Brian C. O’Regan, Jenny Nelson and Piers R. F. Barnes
Chem. Sci., 2014, Advance Article
On 6th November 2013, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick hosted a Chemical-Science sponsored symposium on Chemical Biology. The symposium was convened to celebrate several prizes and awards from the RSC Chemistry Biology Interface Division. There were over 130 attendees from industry and many different UK Universities, including a healthy number of local attendees from Warwick.
The first talk of the day was from Prof. Richard Silverman, winner of the RSC Centenary Prize medal, who got things off to a great start and some excellent discussion/questions from the audience. Prof Thomas Carell (Chemical Science invited speaker) and Prof Gregory Challis (from the home team) completed an excellent first session. After a quick break, we had talks from Prof Benjamin Davis (President of RSC Chemistry Biology Interface Division and Chemical Science Associate Editor) and last but not least, Prof Rein Ulijn gave his Norman Heatley Award lecture.
It is also important to thank the Warwick Centre for Analytical Science for sponsoring lunch and the student helpers who helped make this a great event. It goes without saying that the speakers enjoyed a well-earned dinner in the evening to celebrate the awards!
Dr. Matthew I. Gibson
University of Warwick and Conference Chair
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Chemical fidelity of an RNA polymerase ribozyme
James Attwater, Shunsuke Tagami, Michiko Kimoto, Kyle Butler, Eric T. Kool, Jesper Wengel, Piet Herdewijn, Ichiro Hirao and Philipp Holliger*
Chem. Sci., 2013,4, 2804-2814
Remodeling a β-peptide bundle
Matthew A. Molski, Jessica L. Goodman, Fang-Chieh Chou, David Baker, Rhiju Das and Alanna Schepartz
Chem. Sci., 2013,4, 319-324
Clickable, photoreactive inhibitors to probe the active site microenvironment of fatty acid amide hydrolase
Susanna M. Saario, Michele K. McKinney, Anna E. Speers, Chu Wang and Benjamin F. Cravatt
Chem. Sci., 2012,3, 77-83
A cyclic peptide inhibitor of C-terminal binding protein dimerization links metabolism with mitotic fidelity in breast cancer cells
Charles N. Birts, Sharandip K. Nijjar, Charlotte A. Mardle, Franciane Hoakwie, Patrick J. Duriez, Jeremy P. Blaydes* and Ali Tavassoli*
Chem. Sci., 2013,4, 3046-3057
Chemical biology toolkit for exploring protein kinase catalyzed phosphorylation reactions
Sanela Martić and Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz
Chem. Sci., 2013,4, 42-59
Metallohelices with activity against cisplatin-resistant cancer cells; does the mechanism involve DNA binding?
Viktor Brabec, Suzanne E. Howson, Rebecca A. Kaner, Rianne M. Lord, Jaroslav Malina, Roger M. Phillips, Qasem M. A. Abdallah, Patrick C. McGowan, Alison Rodger and Peter Scott
Chem. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51731D
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