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The front cover of issue 9 features work by Tomislav Frišĉić from the University of Cambridge (UK) and McGill University (Canada) and colleagues from Croatia, the UK and USA. The authors discuss the concept of a solvent-free research laboratory which would eliminate the use of solvents for both chemical synthesis and the structural characterization. The team used the mechanochemical click coupling of isothiocyanates and amines as the model reaction using an electrical, digitally controllable laboratory mill. 49 different thiourea derivatives were synthesized and all products were characterised by X-ray diffraction and solid-state NMR spectroscopy.
A model for a solvent-free synthetic organic research laboratory: click-mechanosynthesis and structural characterization of thioureas without bulk solvents, Vjekoslav Štrukil, Marina D. Igrc, László Fábián, Mirjana Eckert-Maksić, Scott L. Childs, David G. Reid, Melinda J. Duer, Ivan Halasz, Cristina Mottillo and Tomislav Friščić, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 2462-2473
The inside front cover of this issue highlights work by Chan Beum Park and co-workers from KAIST and Seoul National University, Korea, who report the synthesis of graphene-wrapped CuO hybrid materials by CO2mineralization. These materials were created from CoCO3 microspheres mineralized on graphene oxide nanosheets and were shown to be promising materials for lithium ion batteries. The hybrid materials demonstrated greatly enhanced stability and recyclability of the CuO anode for the Li ion batteries.
Synthesis of graphene-wrapped CuO hybrid materials by CO2 mineralization, Jong Wan Ko, Sung-Wook Kim, Jihyun Hong, Jungki Ryu Kisuk Kang and Chan Beum Park, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 2391-2394
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