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Celebrating our Golden Authors: Prof. Shaikh M. Mobin

Prof. Shaikh M. Mobin and Dalton Transactions

This year, we are celebrating the 50th volume of Dalton Transactions by taking a look at some of our authors who have published over 50 articles in the journal. This week we learn what Dalton Transactions means to Professor Shaikh M. Mobin.

 


Our author at a glance:

Prof. Shaikh Mobin is based in the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT Indore), India. His research is focused on the design and synthesis of novel MOFs and COFs, and their applications in sensing, drug delivery, energy storage and conversion, catalysis and more. He chooses to publish in Dalton Transactions because it has “the fairest review process and wide readership among traditional inorganic chemists” and is a ‘bible for fundamental inorganic chemistry articles’.

 

Please can you summarise your most recent research published in Dalton Transactions?

Our latest research was an invited review. This invitation came to us in a very crucial time in 2020 when we all were under lockdown and this review helped us a lot in keeping the group members’ momentum high and it prevented us in our worries of loss of time apart. In this review, we highlighted the recent and future prospects on mixed-metal MOFs as emerging supercapacitor candidates.

 

How do you intend to expand upon your research in the future?

From bench work to publications, research has been a very challenging task these days. Thus, to keep up with the pace and quality of research, we are planning to expand our research in various upcoming areas. In this regard, we have so far been able to keep a good amount of co-workers and we would like to continue to keep this trend going. We will also continue to have multi-disciplinary work within the group, and most important is to keep yourself updated with the track of ongoing research in your field.

 

What would you say are the biggest barriers which need to be overcome to expand your research?

The biggest barriers which I can immediately think about are (i) Research funding and (ii) state of the art research facilities. Both are correlated and with the recent pandemic, this may put up a further barrier in basic research funding. We have ideas that comprise of both fundamental research and applied research, but getting it funded is still a major hurdle and also exploring for easy accessible facilities to complete such projects is challenging. Nevertheless, that also indicates that we must have the best project proposal to compete for available funding.

 

You’ve published over 50 articles in Dalton Transactions, which of these works do you find to be most interesting/significant for our broad inorganic audience?

Our work on solid-state structural transformations (see Retention of single crystals of two Co(II) complexes during chemical reactions and rearrangement and Single-crystal to single-crystal transformations in discrete hydrated dimeric copper complexes) is always very special for me. The other most interesting work is the design and synthesis of  A novel mesoionic carbene based highly fluorescent Pd(II) complex as an endoplasmic reticulum tracker in live cells, which also appeared as cover art for Dalton.

Another area of research which I find more interesting is electrochemical sensing by employing: (i) Small biomolecule sensors based on an innovative MoS2–rGO heterostructure modified electrode and (ii) Non-enzymatic amperometric sensing of glucose by employing sucrose templated microspheres of copper oxide (CuO). All these areas of works have attracted good readership across the globe.

 

Outside of your own research, please suggest a Dalton Transactions article which you think has made a significant contribution to its field?

Although it’s difficult to choose any one particular impactful article, if I had to suggest one article in the area of solid-state structural reactivity, I would choose the perspective by Vittal, J. J. et al on Photochemical reactions of metal complexes in the solid state, which has well written notes on this topic. Another perspective, which I personally feel has quite an impact to inorganic readership in the area of electronic structure, is Electronic structure alternatives in nitrosylruthenium complexes by Profs Kaim and Lahiri, which nicely covers the fundamental aspects of electronic structure. In optical sensing, I would suggest Triarylborane substituted naphthalimide as a fluoride and cyanide ion sensor by Misra et al., which is very interesting in this field.

 

What advice do you have for young researchers new to your field?

One must be aggressive in your research with checking the updated literature in your own field. As I said above, from bench work to publications, research is extremely challenging these days: for instance, you may discuss some work in your group meeting and by the time you have your next group meeting, you may see similar work has been published. Do your research planning very carefully and have a good team and give them liberty to work.

 

What does Dalton Transactions mean to you?

I call it a “Bible for Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry articles”. It’s one of my all-time favourite journals.

 

Why do you choose to publish in Dalton Transactions?

Dalton has the fairest review process and wide readership among traditional inorganic chemists.

 

What is your experience of publishing with Dalton Transactions?

It has always been satisfying and excellent.

 

You can check out Shaikh’s most recent Dalton Transactions article on the prospects of mixed-metal MOFs as supercapacitors below.


Recent highlights and future prospects on mixed-metal MOFs as emerging supercapacitor candidates

Richa Rajak, Ravinder Khttps://doi.org/10.1039/D0DT01676Dumar, Shagufi Naz Ansari, Mohit Saraf and Shaikh M. Mobin*

Dalton Trans., 2020, 49, 11792-11818

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Register now for the New Talent Europe desktop seminar!

Among the immense disruption faced by the scientific community in 2020, one significant loss has been the cancellation or postponement of conferences, symposia, and other scientific meetings. Emerging investigators have been particularly effected by this, having lost the chance to present their research at a key stage in their career. Dalton Transactions, therefore, has decided to launch a desktop seminar series, aimed specifically at early career researchers and based on our popular New Talent series of themed issues.

 

The next desktop seminar is based on our 2018 themed issue, New Talent: Europe attendance is free and registration is now open.

The seminar will be held on April 23, 2021 and will be chaired by Dalton Transactions Editorial Board Member, Professor Marinella Mazzanti. The talks will cover a wide spectrum of topics within inorganic chemistry, including metal-organic frameworks, bioinorganic chemistry, and organometallic chemistry.

 

Speakers: 

 

Professor Wendy Lee Queen

EPFL Switzerland

Talk Title: Realizing the global benefits of the world’s most porous materials

To find out more about Professor Queen’s work, check out her article in the New Talent: Europe themed issue on Selective CO2 adsorption by a new metal–organic framework: synergy between open metal sites and a charged imidazolinium backbone.

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Dr Nicola Farrer

University of Oxford, UK

Talk Title: Metals in medicine: challenges and opportunities

To find out more about Dr Farrer’s work, check out her article in the New Talent: Europe themed issue on Platinum(iv) azido complexes undergo copper-free click reactions with alkynes.

 

 

 

 

Dr Clément Camp

CNRS, Université Lyon 1, France

Talk Title: Cooperative Heterobimetallic C-H bond Activations at Supported Tantalum/Iridium Pair-site Catalysts

To find out more about Dr Camp’s work, check out his recent article: Mechanistic investigations via DFT support the cooperative heterobimetallic C–H and O–H bond activation across Ta[double bond, length as m-dash]Ir multiple bonds.

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Register now to attend these exciting talks!

https://www.rsc.org/events/detail/46391/dalton-transactions-new-talent-europe 

 

Future desktop seminars will include more speakers from our 2018 themed issue, New Talent: Europe, as well as our 2020 themed issue, New Talent: Americas, so watch this space for more details or sign up to our newsletter!  

 

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Register now for the Dalton Transactions New Talent: Asia-Pacific desktop seminar

Among the immense disruption faced by the scientific community in 2020, one significant loss has been the cancellation or postponement of conferences, symposia, and other scientific meetings. Emerging investigators have been particularly effected by this, having lost the chance to present their research at a key stage in their career. Dalton Transactions, therefore, has decided to launch a desktop seminar series, aimed specifically at early career researchers and based on our popular New Talent series of themed issues. The first of these desktop seminars is based on our 2019 themed issue, New Talent: Asia-Pacific, and registration is now open.

The seminar will be held on February 2, 2021 and will be chaired by Dalton Transactions Associate Editor, Vadapalli Chandrasekhar. The talks cover a wide spectrum of topics within inorganic chemistry, including bioinorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, and molecular magnetism.

 

Speakers: 

 

Somdatta Ghosh-Dey

Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata, India

Talk Title: Small Molecule Interactions with Heme and Copper bound Amyloid β peptides associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

To find out more about Professor Ghosh-Dey’s work, check out her article on Nitrite reductase activity of heme and copper bound Aβ peptides.

 

 

 

 

Tetsuro Kusamoto

Institute for Molecular Science, Japan

Talk Title: A Cu(II)-radical heterospin magnetic chain: temperature-dependent Jahn-Teller distortion correlated to π-conjugation and magnetic properties

To find out more about Professor Kusamoto’s work, check out his article on One-dimensional magnetic chain composed of CuII and polychlorinated dipyridylphenylmethyl radical: temperature-dependent Jahn–Teller distortion correlated to π-conjugation and magnetic properties.

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Neville

University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia

Talk Title: Spin crossover dinuclear complexes: ligand and guest effects

To find out more about Professor Neville’s work, check our her article on Heteroatom substitution effects in spin crossover dinuclear complexes.  

 

 

 

Register now to attend these exciting talks!

https://www.rsc.org/events/detail/45987/dalton-transactions-new-talent-asia-pacific

 

Future desktop seminars will be based on our 2018 themed issue, New Talent: Europe, and our 2020 themed issue, New Talent: Americas, so watch this space for more details or sign up to our newsletter!  

 

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Dalton Transactions Symposia: Advancing Inorganic Chemistry

In November Dalton Transactions is holding a series of symposia on the theme of Advancing Inorganic Chemistry. These one-day meetings will be held in three different cities – Tianjin, Nanjing, and Shanghai  – and feature presentations on the cutting edge of inorganic chemistry by leading researchers from around the world.

Richard Layfield (University of Sussex, UK), Nils Metzler-Nolte (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany), Sascha Ott (Uppsala University, Sweden), and Christine Thomas (The Ohio State University, USA) will be joined by Guanqun Song (RSC Editorial Development Manager – Beijing) and Andrew Shore (Executive Editor – Dalton Transactions) as well leading researchers from the host cities.

The symposia give anyone with an interest in inorganic chemistry the opportunity to speak to leading researchers in the field as well as RSC editorial staff. There will also be poster sessions, giving early career researchers the chance to discuss their research in a relaxed setting.

We’ve put together a web collection of recent papers in Dalton Transactions by speakers and hosts at these events, or see below for more details and links to the registration pages for each event.

 

November 26th:TianjinREGISTER HERE

Hosted by Xianhe Bu (Nankai University) and featuring Chunming Cui (崔春明) (Nankai University), Yi Ding (丁轶) (Tianjin University of Technology), Lingdong Sun (孙聆东) (Peking University) and Ruqiang Zou (邹如强) (Peking University).

 

November 28th:Nanjing REGISTER HERE

Hosted by Jinglin Zuo (Nanjing University) and featuring Jian-Ping Lang (郎建平) (Soochow University), Ming-Liang Tong (童明良) (Sun Yat-Sen University), Hai-Long Jiang (江海龙) (University of Science and Technology of China), and Jing Zhao (赵劲) (Nanjing University). 

 

November 30th:ShanghaiREGISTER HERE

Hosted by Dalton Transactions Associated Editor Guo-Xin Jin (Fudan University) and featuring  Qiaowei Li (李巧伟) (Fudan University), Yingfeng Han (韩英锋) (Northwest University), Chi Zhang (张弛) (Tongji University), and Yong Cui (崔勇) (Shanghai Jiao Tong University).

 

 

 

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Workshop on Silicon Nanoparticles

Earlier this month the Workshop on Silicon Nanoparticles was held in Bertinoro, Italy. Organised by Dalton Transactions Associate Editor Paola Ceroni (University of Bologna), the workshop gathered world-renowned scientists in the field of silicon nanocrystals and porous silicon, such as Leigh Canham (University of Birmingham, UK), Michael Sailor (University of California, San Diego, US), and Brian Korgel (University of Texas at Austin, US). The workshop was a great success, providing a forum to discuss the latest developments in the field and the most debated aspects related to properties of silicon nanoparticles.

Dalton Transactions was pleased to provide awards to the best Oral and Poster presentations.

The best oral presentation was awarded to Rens Limpens, for his talk entitled  “Carrier Dynamics and Mobilities in Doped Silicon Nanocrystals: When Do Free Carriers Matter?”

The best poster presentation was awarded to Sara Angeloni, for her poster entitled “9-10 Diphenyl Anthracene-functionalized Silicon Nanocrystals via covalent and non-covalent method

 

Dalton Transactions offers a huge congratulations to both of the presentation winners!

 

 

 

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UK-India Symposium on Advances in Inorganic Chemistry

This September saw the occasion of the UK-India Symposium on Advances in Inorganic chemistry, held at The University of Manchester. Jointly organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chemical Research Society of India, it is the fourth such meeting held in the UK. The purpose is encourage collaborations and discussion by bringing together world-renowned researchers from the respective countries. 

Dalton Transactions Editorial Board member V. Chandrasekhar (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Hyderabad) gave an excellent lecture on multiple bonding between heavier main-group elements. The journal was also on hand to provide prizes to the best poster presentations by early-career researchers.

The winners of the Dalton Transactions Outstanding Poster Presentation awards were:

Cordelia U. Dueke-Eze (University of Lagos, Nigeria) for her poster entitled Synthesis, Characterisation and antibacterial activity of halogen substituted Isonicotinic acid hydrazide Schiff bases and their Co(II) and Cu(II) complexes 

Vijay Parmer (The University of Manchester, UK) for his poster entitled Towards High-Temperature Single-Molecule Magnets 

Poster prizes were also awarded by The University of Manchester to Benjamin L. L. Réant, Jessica Cid, and Rosie Magnall.

Left-to-right: Cordelia U. Dueke-Eze, Vijay Parmer, Benjamin L. L. Réant, Jessica Cid, and Rosie Magnall receiving their poster prizes from Sourav Pal (IISER-Kolkata)

Dalton Transactions offer a huge congratulations to all poster prize winners!

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Congratulations to the EuroBIC poster prize winners!

This August saw the occasion of the 14th European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (EuroBIC), held at the University of Birmingham in the UK. With an excellent line up of internationally renowned plenary and keynote speakers the event was a huge success, attracting around 400 attendees.

The Royal Society of Chemistry was pleased to support the event, offering poster prizes of books and book vouchers. The winners of RSC vouchers were:

  • Raul Berrocal-Martin (University of Glasgow) – Dalton Transactions Poster Prize
  • Wilma Neumann (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – Metallomics Poster Prize
  • Ying Zhou (University of Hong Kong) – ChemComm Poster Prize
  • Leon Jenner (University of East Anglia) – Chemical Science Poster Prize

The following presenters also won the RSC Highly Commended Poster Awards:

  • Gloria Vigueras Bautista (University of Murcia)
  • Nicolai Burzlaff (Friedrich-Alexander University)
  • Samya Banerjee (University of Warwick)
  • Riccardo Bonsignore (Cardiff University)
  • Philip Ash (University of Oxford)

Dalton Transactions associate editor Nils Metzler-Nolte (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and Chemical Science assistant editor William King were on hand to award the prizes.

Raul Berrocal-Martin (left) receiving the Dalton Transactions prize from Nils Metzler-Nolte (right) Ying Zhou (left) receiving the ChemComm prize from Nils Metzler-Nolte (right)
Leon Jenner (left) receiving the Chemical Science prize from William King (right) Gloria Vigueras Bautista (left) receiving a Highly Commended Poster Prize from William King (right)
Riccardo Bonsignore (left) receiving a Highly Commended Poster Prize from William King (right) Philip Ash (left) receiving a Highly Commended Poster Prize from William King (right)

The RSC offers a hearty congratulations to all poster prize winners!

Next year the 19th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (ICBIC 19) will be held in Interlaken, Switzerland – August 11th to 16th. The next European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (EuroBIC 15) will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, in August 2020. 

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Congratulations to the JSCC Award Winners!

This July saw the occasion of The 68th Conference of Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry (JSCC), held in Sendai. The event was a great success, featuring over 200 talks in both English and Japanese spread over six sessions as well as almost 300 posters.

Professor Takahiko Kojima (right) receiving his JSCC Award for Creative Work from Professor Hiroshi Nishihara, JSCC president (left).

Dalton Transactions is pleased to sponsor the JSCC Award for Creative Work. This year the award was won by Professor Takahiko Kojima, who gave an excellent award lecture entitled Development of Functionality of Metal Complexes Based on Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer.  Professor Kojima has been at the University of Tsukuba and has published over 150 works, including a recent review on the Characteristics and reactivity of ruthenium-oxo species.

Graphical Abstract,

T. Ishizuka, H. Kotani and T. Kojima, Dalton Trans., 2016,
45, 16727–16750

 

Dalton Transactions‘ Deputy Editor, Mike Andrews, and the RSC’s Editorial Development Manager for Japan, Hiromitsu Urakami, were on-hand to award poster prizes for the best student poster presentations.

The Dalton Transactions Award went to Yuta Ohtsubo of Kyushu University, for his poster: 

多孔性金属錯体を利用した水素分子の核スピン変換の促進

(Promotion of nuclear spin conversion of molecular hydrogen using a porous metal complex)

Yuto Ohtsubo (right) receiving his award from Mike Andrews (centre) and Hiro Urakami (left)

The CrystEngComm award went to Tomohiro Fujimoto of Osaka University, for his poster: 

オスミウム錯体を触媒とするアルケンの1,2-アミノアルコール化反応における反応活性種の同定と反応性

(Identification and Reactivity of Active Species in the 1,2-Aminohydroxylation of Alkenes Catalyzed by an Osmium Complex)

Tomohiro Fujimoto (right) receiving his award from Mike Andrews (left)

 The Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers award went to Aoyama Tomokazu of Tokyo Metropolitan University for his poster:

水素生成を目指した新規水溶性超分子システムの調製と触媒機能

(Preparation and catalytic activity of a novel water-soluble supramolecular system aimed at hydrogen production)

Aoyama Tomokazu (right) receiving his award from Mike Andrews (centre) and Hiro Urakami (left)

The poster prize winners received a journal certificate and a colour changing RSC mug!

 

The RSC offers a hearty congratulations to prize winners at the JSCC!

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Meeting of Inorganic Chemists Recently Appointed

Chemical Communications, Chemical Science and Dalton Transactions are pleased to sponsor the 2018 Meeting of Inorganic Chemists Recently Appointed (MICRA). This biennial event is being organised by Dr Timothy Easun and Dr Rebecca Melen from Cardiff University, and is taking place on 10 – 12 September 2018 at Cardiff University in Wales.

The meeting brings together junior inorganic chemistry academics from across the UK to help aid their development into independent researchers through networking and exchanging experiences. MICRA 2018 will have exciting talks from experts such as Paul Saines (University of Kent), Timothy Easun (Cardiff University) and Rebecca Melen (Cardiff University).

For more information and to register, go to: https://www.micra2018.com/

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Read a selection of our most downloaded Magnetism articles!

We are delighted to highlight this selection of top downloaded articles in the field of magnetism, published since September 2017. These articles provide a valuable insight into the latest advances and trends in the area.

Crystal structures and magnetic properties of two series of phenoxo-O bridged dinuclear Ln2 (Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy) complexes

Marek Machata, Radovan Herchel, Ivan Nemec and Zdeněk Trávníček

Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 16294-16305

Different solvent molecules as ligands in the molecular structures of the dinuclear Ln(III) Schiff base complexes (Ln = Gd, Tb, and Dy) influenced the magnetic properties of the Dy(III) derivatives.

Slow magnetisation relaxation in tetraoxolene-bridged rare earth complexes

Maja A. Dunstan, Elodie Rousset, Marie-Emmanuelle Boulon, Robert W. Gable, Lorenzo Sorace and Colette Boskovic

Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 13756-13767

 

Two tetraoxolene-bridged dinuclear Dy(III) complexes exhibit slow relaxation in ac magnetic susceptibility studies with zero-field quantum tunnelling of the magnetisation that is suppressed by the application of a dc magnetic field.

A spin crossover (SCO) active graphene-iron(II) complex hybrid material

Kuppusamy Senthil Kumar, Ivan Šalitroš, Zahia Boubegtiten-Fezoua, Simona Moldovan, Petra Hellwig and Mario Ruben

Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 35-40

 

A graphene-spin crossover (SCO) complex hybrid (Gr-SCO-A), prepared by non-covalently anchoring a pyrene tethered iron(II)-SCO complex 1 with single/few layer graphene sheets, shows persistent thermal and light induced SCO.

Carrier-doped aromatic hydrocarbons: a new platform in condensed matter chemistry and physics

Satoshi Heguri and Katsumi Tanigaki

Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 2881-2895

 

High quality bulk samples of the first four polyacenes, naphthalene, anthracene, tetracene, and pentacene, doped with alkali metal in 1:1 and 1:2 stoichiometries were prepared and their fundamental properties were systematically studied. The carrier doped typical aromatic hydrocarbons showed a large variety of properties as well as charge transfer complexes and metal doped fullerides. We open a new category in condensed matter chemistry and physics.

These articles are free to view until 31st July 2018

We do hope that you will find this selection of articles of interest and that you will consider submitting your future research papers to the journal – manuscripts can be easily submitted via our online submissions portal. See our author guidelines for information on our article types or find out more about the advantages of publishing in a Royal Society of Chemistry journal.

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