Top 10 Reviewers for Chemical Science

Many thanks to our reviewers and community

In celebration of Peer Review Week, with the theme of Recognition for Review, we would like to highlight the top 10 reviewers for Chemical Science in 2016, as selected by the editor for their significant contribution to the journal.

Top 10 Reviewers for Chemical Science:
– Professor Takashi Hisatomi – University of Tokyo, Japan
– Professor Jun Kubota – Fukuoka University, Japan
– Dr Thomas Snaddon – Indiana University, USA
– Professor Dr Frank Würthner – Universität Würzburg, Germany
– Professor Kazuhiko Maeda – Tokyo Institute of Technology , Japan
– Professor Stefan Matile – University of Geneva, Switzerland
– Professor Dr Gilles Gasser – University of Zurich, Switzerland
– Professor Jonathan Nitschke – University of Cambridge, UK
– Professor Atsushi Fukuoka – Hokkaido University, Japan
– Professor Chunhai Fan – Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, CAS, China
– Professor Juyoung Yoon – Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea

We would like to say a massive thank you to these reviewers as well as the Chemical Science board and all of the chemistry community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

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Top 10 most accessed Chemical Science articles from April – June 2016

From April – June 2016, our most downloaded Chemical Science articles were:

Evaluating metal–organic frameworks for natural gas storage
Jarad A. Mason, Mike Veenstra and Jeffrey R. Long
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 32-51
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC52633J, Perspective

Rethinking the term “pi-stacking”
Chelsea R. Martinez and Brent L. Iverson
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 2191-2201
DOI: 10.1039/C2SC20045G, Perspective

Macrocycles: lessons from the distant past, recent developments, and future directions
Andrei K. Yudin
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 30-49
DOI: 10.1039/C4SC03089C, Perspective

Reversible photo-induced trap formation in mixed-halide hybrid perovskites for photovoltaics
Eric T. Hoke, Daniel J. Slotcavage, Emma R. Dohner, Andrea R. Bowring, Hemamala I. Karunadasa and Michael D. McGehee
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 613-617
DOI: 10.1039/C4SC03141E, Edge Article

Metal–organic framework-based CoP/reduced graphene oxide: high-performance bifunctional electrocatalyst for overall water splitting
Long Jiao, Yu-Xiao Zhou and Hai-Long Jiang
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 1690-1695
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC04425A, Edge Article

Sulfonyl fluorides as privileged warheads in chemical biology
Arjun Narayanan and Lyn H. Jones
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 2650-2659
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC00408J, Perspective

Accurate calculation of the absolute free energy of binding for drug molecules
Matteo Aldeghi, Alexander Heifetz, Michael J. Bodkin, Stefan Knapp and Philip C. Biggin
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 207-218
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02678D, Edge Article

Pot economy and one-pot synthesis
Yujiro Hayashi
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 866-880
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02913A, Perspective

Vitrimers: permanent organic networks with glass-like fluidity
Wim Denissen, Johan M. Winne and Filip E. Du Prez
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 30-38
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02223A, Minireview

Topochemical molten salt synthesis for functional perovskite compounds
Lihong Li, Jinxia Deng, Jun Chen and Xianran Xing
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 855-865
DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03521J, Perspective

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EMBO Chemical Biology meeting

31 August – 3 September 2016 at EMBL Heidelberg

The EMBO Chemical Biology meeting is one of the leading conferences in Chemical Biology in Germany and not only attracts national but also many international speakers and attendees on a biannual basis.

Taking place 31 August – 3 September 2016 at the new Advanced Training Centre at EMBL Heidelberg, the conference provides a great platform for researchers working in the field of Chemical Biology, from tool development to biological applications, and from computational drug design to synthetic chemistry.

Chemical Science and Chemical Communications are delighted to support this meeting, and there’s lots to look forward to again on this 6th edition of the symposium:

  • Frances H. Arnol – Keynote lecture on ‘Innovation by Evolution: Expanding the Enzyme Universe’
  • Edward Tate – Lecture on ‘Probing and Drugging Protein Lipidation’
  • Christopher Schofield – Lecture on ‘The Chemistry of Oxygen Sensing in Humans and Other Organisms’
  • Giulio Superti-Furga – Keynote lecture on ‘Solute Carriers, Metabolism and Drug Response: a Magic Triangle’
  • Jennifer Prescher – Lecture on ‘Expanding the imaging toolbox’

… and many more excellent speakers. Access the full scientific programme here.

Meet the team:

Dr May Copsey (Executive Editor of Chemical Science and Chemical Communications) will be attending the event. She looks forward to meeting many of you in Heidleberg, and would love to hear about your research and meet with our readers, authors and referees. Please do get in touch with May if you would like to arrange a meeting in advance.

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HPLC-free synthesis slashes protein production time

Written by William Bergius for Chemistry World

Chemists in Germany have devised a faster, cheaper and greener way to synthesise proteins which avoids the need to use high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC).

Being able to chemically synthesise proteins from scratch allows them to be modified with atom-by-atom precision, and in ways that are not possible in nature. For example, researchers can introduce non-natural amino acids into proteins or tag them with fluorescent markers.

Graphical Abstract

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S. F. Loibl, Z. Harpaz, R. Zitterbart and O. Seitz
Chem. Sci., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC01883A, Edge Article

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Shape-shifting hydrogel can heal itself

Written by Jamie Durrani for Chemistry World

A shape-memory hydrogel that also has self-healing properties has been developed by scientists in China. The new material can repair itself and return to its original shape even after being cut into segments.
Both self-healing and shape-memory polymers have many potential uses, including in aerospace, textiles and biomedicine. Now, a team lead by Tao Chen and Jiawei Zhang from the Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering has developed a material that combines both of these useful properties.

The hydrogel is produced by polymerising acrylamide in the presence of a boronic acid-grafted alginate and poly(vinyl alcohol). After immersion in calcium chloride solution, the polymer is strengthened by the reversible double network of boronic acid-diol ester bonds, and chelation of the alginate chains with the calcium cations.

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Stretchable supramolecular hydrogels with triple shape memory effect
Xiaoxia Le, Wei Lu, Jing Zheng, Dingyi Tong, Ning Zhao, Chunxin Ma, He Xiao, Jiawei Zhang, Youju Huang and Tao Chen
Chem. Sci., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC02354A, Edge Article

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Chemical Science continues achieving with its latest Impact factor

Aiming higher for 2016 and beyond

Since Chemical Science was launched in 2010, we have been overwhelmed by the support of our global community. And with our latest Impact factor at 9.144, according to citation data released by Thomson Reuters in its 2015 Journal Citation Reports®, we are truly grateful to all of you – our authors, referees, readers, Associate Editors, and Editorial and Advisory Board members – for your enthusiastic support towards the journal’s success.C6SC90001A

In less than six years, Chemical Science has grown and developed into one of the world’s leading chemistry journals, maintaining a strong and sustained impact, even as we saw significant growth in the number of articles published in recent years.

And having gone open access in 2015, it continues to be free to read, as well as free for authors to publish in – all publication charges continue to be waived. Therefore through Chemical Science your high-quality work can be freely read, with absolutely no barriers, by your peers and by researchers around the world.

We want our momentum to keep on building

With increasing submissions, this does mean that now – more than ever – it is essential that we publish only the best of the best, nothing less than the most exceptional science. For us, it’s all about quality and excellence, recognition and visibility, as we aim higher for the rest of 2016 and beyond.

We aim for Chemical Science to be the global home for cutting-edge solutions to today’s most pressing challenges, communicated worldwide, without barriers – will you join us as we move closer to our vision?

Then submit only your top-quality work to Chemical Science, and be a key part of the solution.

Top cited Chemical Science articles:

Perspectives and Minireviews

Evaluating metal–organic frameworks for natural gas storage
Jarad A. Mason, Mike Veenstra and Jeffrey R. Long
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 32-51
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC52633J, Perspective

Earth-abundant hydrogen evolution electrocatalysts
James R. McKone, Smaranda C. Marinescu, Bruce S. Brunschwig, Jay R. Winkler and Harry B. Gray
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 865-878
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51711J, Minireview

Transition metal-catalyzed direct nucleophilic addition of C–H bonds to carbon–heteroatom double bonds
Xi-Sha Zhang, Kang Chen and Zhang-Jie Shi
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 2146-2159
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC53115E, Minireview

NKP-1339, the first ruthenium-based anticancer drug on the edge to clinical application
Robert Trondl, Petra Heffeter, Christian R. Kowol, Michael A. Jakupec, Walter Berger and Bernhard K. Keppler
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 2925-2932
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC53243G, Perspective

Edge articles

A dual emission fluorescent probe enables simultaneous detection of glutathione and cysteine/homocysteine
Xiao-Feng Yang, Qian Huang, Yaogang Zhong, Zheng Li, Hua Li, Mark Lowry, Jorge O. Escobedo and Robert M. Strongin
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 2177-2183
DOI: 10.1039/C4SC00308J, Edge Article

Sandmeyer trifluoromethylthiolation of arenediazonium salts with sodium thiocyanate and Ruppert–Prakash reagent
Grégory Danoun, Bilguun Bayarmagnai, Matthias F. Gruenberg and Lukas J. Goossen
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 1312-1316
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC53076K, Edge Article

Photoredox activation and anion binding catalysis in the dual catalytic enantioselective synthesis of β-amino esters
Giulia Bergonzini, Corinna S. Schindler, Carl-Johan Wallentin, Eric N. Jacobsen and Corey R. J. Stephenson
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 112-116
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC52265B, Edge Article

A pillar[5]arene/imidazolium [2]rotaxane: solvent- and thermo-driven molecular motions and supramolecular gel formation
Shengyi Dong, Jiayin Yuan and Feihe Huang
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 247-252
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC52481G, Edge Article

Read more about the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journals 2015 impact factors

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year to articles published in the preceding two years, by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2015 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2016).

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MOF 2016 Conference

11th-15th September at the Hilton Long Beach, California

The 5th International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks & Open Framework Compounds (MOF 2016) is the premier conference on open framework materials, which represent a fast-growing new field of chemistry.

Held 11th-15th September 2016 in beautiful Long Beach, California, this year’s conference will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest research encompassing Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs), and recent additions to the field of nanoporous materials, such as molecular cage compounds.

Chemical Science and CrystEngComm proudly sponsor this conference, which will feature a number of lectures by both established researchers from across the globe and early-career scientists who are making recent, novel contributions. Contributed oral and poster presentations and a commercial exhibition will also add to the mix.

Mark your calendar today and register now!

Photograph of Dr Jeanne Andres

Meet the team:

Dr Jeanne Andres (Deputy Editor of Chemical Science) will be attending the event. She would love to hear about your research and meet with our readers, authors and referees. Please do get in touch with Jeanne if you would like to arrange a meeting in advance.

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As easy as TT

Written by Heather Powell for Chemistry World

Scientists’ discovery that π electron repulsion is more important than previously thought might change our understanding of conjugation. The effect is behind peculiar irregularities in bond lengths and resonance energies of conjugated molecules that our textbooks cannot explain.

Conjugated molecules like 1,3-pentadiene have π electrons that are delocalised across several bonds. Conjugation lowers a molecule’s overall energy and makes it more stable. However, a few years ago, researchers from Long Island University, US, claimed that conjugation could actually destabilise some molecules. They calculated cyanogen (NC–CN) to be less stable than its non-conjugated analogue ethylenediamine (H2NCH2–CH2NH2). Many researchers have tried to disprove this, but so far, no one has been able to give a simple explanation for these apparently counterintuitive results.

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Yirong Mo, Huaiyu Zhang, Peifeng Su, Peter D. Jarowski and Wei Wu
Chem. Sci., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC00454G, Edge Article
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Top 25 most-downloaded Chemical Science articles January–March 2016

Take a look at the 25 most-downloaded Chemical Science articles from the first quarter of 2016 – many are open access.

Which conformations make stable crystal structures? Mapping crystalline molecular geometries to the conformational energy landscape
Hugh P. G. Thompson and Graeme M. Day
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 3173-3182, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC01132E, Edge Article
Open access

Pot economy and one-pot synthesis
Yujiro Hayashi
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 866-880, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02913A, Perspective
Open access

Macrocycles: lessons from the distant past, recent developments, and future directions
Andrei K. Yudin
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 30-49, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC03089C, Perspective
Open access

Evaluating metal–organic frameworks for natural gas storage
Jarad A. Mason, Mike Veenstra and Jeffrey R. Long
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 32-51, DOI: 10.1039/C3SC52633J, Perspective
Open access

Reversible photo-induced trap formation in mixed-halide hybrid perovskites for photovoltaics
Eric T. Hoke, Daniel J. Slotcavage, Emma R. Dohner, Andrea R. Bowring, Hemamala I. Karunadasa and Michael D. McGehee
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 613-617, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC03141E, Edge Article
Open access

The ligand unwrapping/rewrapping pathway that exchanges metals in S-acetylated, hexacoordinate N2S2O2 complexes
J. A. Denny, W. S. Foley, A. D. Todd and M. Y. Darensbourg
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 7079-7088, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02269J, Edge Article
Open access

Rethinking the term “pi-stacking”
Chelsea R. Martinez and Brent L. Iverson
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 2191-2201, DOI: 10.1039/C2SC20045G, Perspective
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Structurally plastic peptide capsules for synthetic antimicrobial viruses
Valeria Castelletto, Emiliana de Santis, Hasan Alkassem, Baptiste Lamarre, James E. Noble, Santanu Ray, Angelo Bella, Jonathan R. Burns, Bart W. Hoogenboom and Maxim G. Ryadnov
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 1707-1711, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03260A, Edge Article
Open access

A versatile synthetic route for the preparation of titanium metal–organic frameworks
Lanfang Zou, Dawei Feng, Tian-Fu Liu, Ying-Pin Chen, Shuai Yuan, Kecheng Wang, Xuan Wang, Stephen Fordham and Hong-Cai Zhou
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 1063-1069, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03620H, Edge Article
Open access

Dual gold/photoredox-catalyzed C(sp)–H arylation of terminal alkynes with diazonium salts
Adrian Tlahuext-Aca, Matthew N. Hopkinson, Basudev Sahoo and Frank Glorius
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 89-93, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02583D, Edge Article
Open access

Sulfonyl fluorides as privileged warheads in chemical biology
Arjun Narayanan and Lyn H. Jones
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 2650-2659, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC00408J, Perspective
Open access

Asymmetric supercapacitors with high energy density based on helical hierarchical porous NaxMnO2 and MoO2
Xue-Feng Lu, Zhi-Xiang Huang, Ye-Xiang Tong and Gao-Ren Li
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 510-517, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03326H, Edge Article
Open access

Vitrimers: permanent organic networks with glass-like fluidity
Wim Denissen, Johan M. Winne and Filip E. Du Prez
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 30-38, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02223A, Minireview
Open access

Metal–organic framework-based CoP/reduced graphene oxide: high-performance bifunctional electrocatalyst for overall water splitting
Long Jiao, Yu-Xiao Zhou and Hai-Long Jiang
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 1690-1695, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC04425A, Edge Article
Open access

Aromatic hydrocarbon macrocycles for highly efficient organic light-emitting devices with single-layer architectures
Jing Yang Xue, Tomoo Izumi, Asami Yoshii, Koki Ikemoto, Takashi Koretsune, Ryosuke Akashi, Ryotaro Arita, Hideo Taka, Hiroshi Kita, Sota Sato and Hiroyuki Isobe
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 896-904, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03807C, Edge Article
Open access

Peptide-based synthetic vaccines
Mariusz Skwarczynski and Istvan Toth
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 842-854, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03892H, Minireview
Open access

Accurate calculation of the absolute free energy of binding for drug molecules
Matteo Aldeghi, Alexander Heifetz, Michael J. Bodkin, Stefan Knapp and Philip C. Biggin
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 207-218, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC02678D, Edge Article
Open access

Thin metal nanostructures: synthesis, properties and applications
Zhanxi Fan, Xiao Huang, Chaoliang Tan and Hua Zhang
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 95-111, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC02571G, Minireview
Open access

Combination of Ru(II) complexes and light: new frontiers in cancer therapy
Cristina Mari, Vanessa Pierroz, Stefano Ferrari and Gilles Gasser
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 2660-2686, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC03759F, Perspective
Open access

Designing logical codon reassignment – Expanding the chemistry in biology
Anaëlle Dumas, Lukas Lercher, Christopher D. Spicer and Benjamin G. Davis
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 50-69, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC01534G, Minireview
Open access

Computational design of molecules for an all-quinone redox flow battery
Süleyman Er, Changwon Suh, Michael P. Marshak and Alán Aspuru-Guzik
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 885-893, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC03030C, Edge Article
Open access

Dialkylbiaryl phosphines in Pd-catalyzed amination: a user’s guide
David S. Surry and Stephen L. Buchwald
Chem. Sci., 2011, 2, 27-50, DOI: 10.1039/C0SC00331J, Perspective

An ultrasensitive near-infrared ratiometric fluorescent probe for imaging mitochondrial polarity in live cells and in vivo
Haibin Xiao, Ping Li, Wei Zhang and Bo Tang
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 1588-1593, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC04099J, Edge Article
Open access

Visible light-mediated gold-catalysed carbon(sp2)–carbon(sp) cross-coupling
Suhong Kim, Jaime Rojas-Martin and F. Dean Toste
Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 85-88, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03025K, Edge Article
Open access

Synthesis of high quality two-dimensional materials via chemical vapor deposition
Jingxue Yu, Jie Li, Wenfeng Zhang and Haixin Chang
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 6705-6716, DOI: 10.1039/C5SC01941A, Perspective
Open access


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Multiphase NMR of whole animal leaves shrimp unscathed

Richard Massey writes about a hot Chemical Science article for Chemistry World

An NMR technique that allows solid, gel and solution-state chemistry to be studied simultaneously has been applied to a living organism for the first time. By demonstrating the technique on live shrimp, the US-led team hope the method will eventually unpick chemical processes in larger biological systems.

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Whilst solution-state NMR spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) routinely explore living systems, they only reveal information on fully solubilised molecules. If you want to study insoluble biological material such as membranes, muscle or bone, solution-phase NMR won’t work. Yet to combat diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, caused by soluble proteins crystallising into solid fibres, it’s essential more information is gained about the chemistry occurring across these interfaces. Read the full article in Chemistry World»


Read the original journal article in Chemical Science – it’s open access:
Comprehensive multiphase NMR applied to a living organism
Yalda Liaghati Mobarhan, Blythe Fortier-McGill, Ronald Soong, Werner E. Maas, Michael Fey, Martine Monette, Henry J. Stronks, Sebastian Schmidt, Hermann Heumann, Warren Norwood and André J. Simpson
Chem. Sci., 2016, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C6SC00329J, Edge Article

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