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Introducing Journal of Materials Chemistry A Associate Editor Christine Luscombe

Christine Luscombe received her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2000. She then worked with Profs. Andrew Holmes and Wilhelm Huck in the Melville Laboratory of Polymer Synthesis at the University of Cambridge where her research focused on surface modifications using supercritical carbon dioxide for her PhD. She received the Syngenta Award for best organic chemistry project for her PhD. In January 2004, she joined the group of Prof. Jean Fréchet for her post-doctoral studies where she began her research on semiconducting polymers for organic photovoltaics. She was the recipient of the Lindemann Fellowship as well as the Trinity College Junior Research Fellowship (University of Cambridge) for her post-doctoral studies.

In September 2006, she joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. She received a number of young faculty awards including the NSF CAREER Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, as well as the Sloan Research Fellowship. Her current research focuses on the synthesis of semiconducting polymers for energy applications. She is currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Board for Macromolecules and ACS Macro Letters, and is an Associate Editor for J. Mater. Chem. A. She is also serving on the IUPAC Polymer Education and Polymer Terminology Committees.

Her recent papers include:

Thiophene based hyperbranched polymers with tunable branching using direct arylation methods
Ken Okamoto, Jeremy B. Housekeeper, Forrest E. Michael and Christine K. Luscombe
Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 3499-3506

Simple procedure for mono- and bis-end-functionalization of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene)s using chalcogens
Ken Okamoto and Christine K. Luscombe
Chem. Commun., 2014, advanced article

Influence of fluorine substituents on the film dielectric constant and open-circuit voltage in organic photovoltaics
Pinyi Yang, Mingjian Yuan, David F. Zeigler, Scott E. Watkins, Jason Lee and Christine Luscombe
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, accepted manuscript

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Introducing Journal of Materials Chemistry A Deputy Editor-in-Chief Hiroshi Imahori

We are delighted to introduce the new Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Professor Hiroshi Imahori.

Professor Imahori completed his doctorate in organic chemistry at Kyoto University. From 1990-1992, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA. In 1992, he became an Assistant Professor at ISIR, Osaka University. In 1999, he moved to the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, as an Associate Professor. Since 2002, he has been a Professor of Chemistry at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. Since 2007, he has also been a Principal Investigator at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (WPI-iCeMS), Kyoto University. He has been awarded the Japanese Photochemistry Association Prize (2004), JSPS Prize (2006), CSJ Award for Creative Work (2006), Tokyo Techno Forum 21 Gold Medal Prize (2007), Osaka Science Prize (2007), and NISTEP Researcher Award (2007).

Hiroshi Imahori’s current interests involve artificial photosynthesis, molecular photovoltaics, organic functional materials, and drug delivery systems. To date, he has written more than 250 original papers, including:

Conjugated donor–acceptor (D–A) copolymers in inverted organic solar cells – a combined experimental and modelling study
Venla Manninen, Mika Niskanen, Terttu I. Hukka, Felix Pasker, Simon Claus, Sigurd Höger, Jinseok Baek, Tomokazu Umeyama, Hiroshi Imahori and Helge Lemmetyinen
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 7451-7462

Synthesis of low bandgap polymers based on thienoquinodimethane units and their applications in bulk heterojunction solar cells
Tomokazu Umeyama, Yusuke Watanabe, Masaaki Oodoi, Douvogianni Evgenia, Tetsuya Shishido and Hiroshi Imahori
J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 24394-24402

Tunable, strongly-donating perylene photosensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells
Simon Mathew and Hiroshi Imahori
J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 7166-7174

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Professor Kazuhito Hashimoto, for his direction during the last year. Professor Hashimoto is stepping down as he has been appointed as an Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy for Japan. We would like to congratulate him on the role.

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Introducing Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C Advisory Board Members

We are delighted to introduce the international scientists that are our Advisory Board Members!


Journal of Materials Chemistry A

From left to right: Amparo Fuertes, Saiful Islam, Paul Mulvaney, Linda Nazar, Markus Niederberger, Cheng-Yong Su and George (X S) Zhao.


Journal of Materials Chemistry B

From left to right: Etienne Duguet, Luis Liz-Marzan, George Malliaras and Jan van Hest


Journal of Materials Chemistry C

From left to right: From left to right: Top row: David Evans, Mark Green, Tomiki Ikeda, Takashi Kato, Kuang-Lieh Lu; Bottom row: Seth Marder, Paolo Samori, Ram Seshadri and Christoph Weder.

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Introducing Journal of Materials Chemistry A Associate Editor Stephen Skinner

Stephen Skinner is a Reader in Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London with research interests in new materials for energy generation/storage technologies. He is primarily interested in the development of materials for solid oxide fuel cells and in understanding their transport properties, utilising a combination of diffraction and spectroscopic techniques. In-situ structural and electrical characterisation of oxides and the determination of the oxygen transport kinetics are key areas of interest. He is a member of the ISIS neutron source facility access panel, Diamond I20 working group and the Materials Chemistry Division Council of the RSC.

His recent papers include:

In situ compatibility studies of lanthanum nickelate with a ceria-based electrolyte for SOFC composite cathodes
R. Sayers, J. E. Parker, C. C. Tang and S. J. Skinner
J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 3536-3543

Evidence for the catalytic oxidation of La2NiO4+δ
R. Sayers and S. J. Skinner
J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 414-419

Structural properties of Ce-doped strontium titanate for fuel cell applications
Denis J. Cumming, John A. Kilner and Stephen Skinner
J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 5021-5026

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Introducing Journal of Materials Chemistry B Associate Editor Jeroen Cornelissen

Jeroen Cornelissen is Professor in Biomolecular Nanotechnology at the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. He studied chemistry in The Netherlands with a minor in polymer chemistry carried out at the Eindhoven University of Technology with Prof. E.W. Meijer and a major in Supramolecular Chemistry and Catalysis at the University of Nijmegen with Prof. R.J.M. Nolte. He received his PhD (cum laude) from the latter university in 2001 for research carried out under the supervision of Prof. R.J.M. Nolte. After post-doctoral work at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, U.S.A. he returned to Nijmegen, where he was appointed as an Assistant Professor until 2009. His current research interests are in well-defined polymer architectures, hybrid systems of synthetic macromolecules and biopolymers and the use of viruses as building blocks in functional materials.

His recent papers include:

Time-programmed helix inversion in phototunable liquid crystals
Sarah J. Aßhoff, Supitchaya Iamsaard, Alessandro Bosco, Jeroen J. L. M. Cornelissen, Ben L. Feringa and Nathalie Katsonis
Chem. Commun., 2013, Advance Article

Relative size selection of a conjugated polyelectrolyte in virus-like protein structures
Melanie Brasch and Jeroen J. L. M. Cornelissen
Chem. Commun., 2012,48, 1446-1448

Solution scattering studies on a virus capsid protein as a building block for nanoscale assemblies
Marta Comellas-Aragonès, Friso D. Sikkema, Guillaume Delaittre, Ann E. Terry, Stephen M. King, Dirk Visser, Richard K. Heenan, Roeland J. M. Nolte, Jeroen J. L. M. Cornelissen and Martin C. Feiters
Soft Matter, 2011,7, 11380-11391

Hydrogen bonding and chemical shift assignments in carbazole functionalized isocyanides from solid-state NMR and first-principles calculations
Chandrakala M. Gowda, Filipe Vasconcelos, Erik Schwartz, Ernst R. H. van Eck, Martijn Marsman, Jeroen J. L. M. Cornelissen, Alan E. Rowan, Gilles A. de Wijs and Arno P. M. Kentgens
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 13082-13095

Electrostatic self-assembly of virus–polymer complexes
Mauri A. Kostiainen, Panu Hiekkataipale, Jose Á. de la Torre, Roeland J. M. Nolte and Jeroen J. L. M. Cornelissen
J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 2112-2117

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Introducing Journal of Materials Chemistry C Associate Editor Natalie Stingelin

Natalie Stingelin is a Reader at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK, where she conducts research in the broad area of organic functional materials, including organic electronics, multifunctional inorganic/organic hybrids and smart, advanced optical systems based on organic matter. She has more than 70 papers, is an Associate Editor of Journal of Materials Chemistry C, and in 2011 she received an ERC Young Investigator Award.

Her recent papers include:

Synthesis and charge transport studies of stable, soluble hexacenes
Balaji Purushothaman, Sean R. Parkin, Mark J. Kendrick, Daniel David, Jeremy W. Ward, Liyang Yu, Natalie Stingelin, Oana D. Jurchescu, Oksana Ostroverkhova and John E. Anthony
Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 8261-8263

Solution-processed small molecule transistors with low operating voltages and high grain-boundary anisotropy
Liyang Yu, Xiaoran Li, Jeremy Smith, Steven Tierney, Richard Sweeney, B. K. Charlotte Kjellander, Gerwin H. Gelinck, Thomas D. Anthopoulos and Natalie Stingelin
J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 9458-9461

A flexible n-type organic semiconductor for optoelectronics
Ke Gui, Karyn Mutkins, Paul E. Schwenn, Karsten B. Krueger, Almantas Pivrikas, Pascal Wolfer, Natalie Stingelin Stutzmann, Paul L. Burn and Paul Meredith
J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 1800-1806

Fullerene crystallisation as a key driver of charge separation in polymer/fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells
Fiona C. Jamieson, Ester Buchaca Domingo, Thomas McCarthy-Ward, Martin Heeney, Natalie Stingelin and James R. Durrant
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 485-492

A low band gap co-polymer of dithienogermole and 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole by Suzuki polycondensation and its application in transistor and photovoltaic cells
Zhuping Fei, Jong Soo Kim, Jeremy Smith, Ester Buchaca Domingo, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Natalie Stingelin, Scott E. Watkins, Ji-Seon Kim and Martin Heeney
J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 16257-16263

Low band gap selenophene–diketopyrrolopyrrole polymers exhibiting high and balanced ambipolar performance in bottom-gate transistors
Munazza Shahid, Thomas McCarthy-Ward, John Labram, Stephan Rossbauer, Ester Buchaca Domingo, Scott E. Watkins, Natalie Stingelin, Thomas D. Anthopoulos and Martin Heeney
Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 181-185

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Introducing Journal of Materials Chemistry A Associate Editor Zhiqun Lin

Professor Zhiqun Lin received his B.S. degree in Materials Chemistry from Xiamen University in 1995, Masters degree in Macromolecular Science from Fudan University in 1998, and PhD degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2002. He joined Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor in 2004, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. He moved to Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. His research focuses on solar cells, functional nanocrystals, conjugated polymers, semiconductor organic/inorganic nanocomposites, block copolymers, hierarchical structure formation and assembly, and surface and interfacial properties.

His recent papers include:

Graphene-based transparent flexible electrodes for polymer solar cells
J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 24254-24264

Assembling and positioning latex nanoparticles via controlled evaporative self-assembly
J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 16968-16972

Conjugated rod–coil and rod–rod block copolymers for photovoltaic applications

J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 17039-17048

Controlled evaporative self-assembly of hierarchically structured bottlebrush block copolymer with nanochannels
J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 14248-14253

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Introducing the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B and C Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editors-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Chemistry

Dongyuan Zhao was born in Shenyang, Liaoning Province in June 1963. He was a undergraduate student at Jilin University (1980-84), got his Master degree from Chemistry Department at Jilin University (1987), and a Ph.D.degree from Jilin University and Dalin Institute of Chemical Physics (1990). He began his academic career almost immediately as a lecturer in Chemical Engineering Department at the Shenyang Institute of Chemical Technology, and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 1992. In 1992-93, he was a visiting scholar in the Chemistry Department of University of Regina. After postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science (with Prof. Daniella Goldfarb, 1993-94), University of Houston (with Prof. Larry Kevan, 1995-96), and University of California at Santa Barbara (with Prof. Galen D. Stucky, 1996-98), he joined the faculty of the Fudan University in Dec.1998, where he is now Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Zhao‘s research includes:

• Macro- and Microscopically Topological Construction of Highly Ordered Porous Materials

• Designed Synthesis, Assembly, Growth and Properties of Mesoporous Materials

• Structure and Synthesis Design of Novel Microporous Molecular Sieves

…………………………………………………• Rational Synthesis and Organization of Novel Patterned Nanoscale Materials.

His recent papers include:

Ligand exchange triggered controlled-release targeted drug delivery system based on core–shell superparamagnetic mesoporous microspheres capped with nanoparticles, J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 17677-17684
Self-assembly of monodispersed silica nano-spheres with a closed-pore mesostructure, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 11523-11528
Post-enrichment of nitrogen in soft-templated ordered mesoporous carbon materials for highly efficient phenol removal and CO2 capture, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 11379-11389
A hierarchical adsorption material by incorporating mesoporous carbon into macroporous chitosan membranes, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 11908-11911

Ordered mesoporous graphitized pyrolytic carbon materials: synthesis, graphitization, and electrochemical properties, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 8835-8845Dr. Zhao

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Chemistry A

Kazuhito Hashimoto is currently a professor of chemistry at the University of Tokyo. After he received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Tokyo, he obtained a research position at the Institute for Molecular Science (Okazaki, Japan) in 1980. In 1989, he was invited as a lecturer in the Department Applied Chemistry at the University of Tokyo, where he was promoted to an associate professor in 1991. When he became a full professor in 1997, he opened his own laboratory at the Research Centre of Advanced Science & Technology. He also succeeded the chair of the Department of Applied Chemistry in 2003 and opened the laboratory at this department, too. His current research interests are development of functionalized materials for energy conversion and environmental purifications such as photocatalysts, polymer photovoltaic materials, electrochemical catalysts and microbial catalysts.

His recent papers include:

Efficient oxygen reduction by a Fe/Co/C/N nano-porous catalyst in neutral media, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C2TA00392A
Poly(bis-2,6-diaminopyridinesulfoxide) as an active and stable electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 12263
Synthesis and application of poly(fluorene-alt-naphthalene diimide) as an n-type polymer for all-polymer solar cells, Chem. Commun., 2012,48, 5283-5285

.Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Chemistry B

Christine E. Schmidt is the B.F. Goodrich Endowed Professor of Materials Engineering in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Schmidt received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995. She conducted postdoctoral research at MIT as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, joining the UT Austin faculty in 1996. Dr. Schmidt will be moving to the University of Florida to be the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor & Department Chair for the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, effective January 1, 2013. Dr. Schmidt’s research is focused on developing new biomaterials and biomaterial composites (e.g., electronic polymer composites, natural material scaffolds and processed tissues) for neural engineering applications.

Her recent papers include:

Neuronal growth promoting sesquiterpene–neolignans; syntheses and biological studies, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012,10, 383-393

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Chemistry C

Peter Skabara was born in Edinburgh in 1968. He was educated at Bolton School and gained his first degree from QMW, University of London. After completing his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Martin Bryce at the University of Durham (1994), he went on to work in the group of Professor Klaus Müllen at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. In 2005 he joined the University of Strathclyde as the first WestCHEM Professor and is currently the 1870 Young Chair of Chemistry. His research activities involve the synthesis of electroactive molecules and macromolecules and their application in organic semiconductor devices.

His recent papers include:

BODIPY-based conjugated polymers for broadband light sensing and harvesting applications, J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 14119-14126
Electrochromic properties of a poly(dithienylfuran) derivative featuring a redox-active dithiin unit, Polym. Chem., 2012,3, 2277-2286
Incorporation of fused tetrathiafulvalene units in a DPP–terthiophene copolymer for air stable solution processable organic field effect transistors, J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 11310-11315

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Author Profile: Vincent Rotello

Vincent RotelloVincent Rotello is the Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with an appointment in the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He has been the recipient of the NSF CAREER and Cottrell Scholar awards, as well as the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, the Sloan Fellowships, and the Langmuir Lectureship, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.). He is currently an Executive Editor for Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews and Associate Editor for North America for the Journal of Materials Chemistry, and is on the Editorial Board of nine other journals. His research program focuses on using synthetic organic chemistry to engineer the interface between hard and soft materials, and spans the areas of devices, polymers, and nanotechnology/bionanotechnology, with over 340 papers published to date. He is actively involved in the development of new nanomanufacturing methods. In the area of bionanotechnology, his research includes programs in delivery, imaging, diagnostics and nanotoxicology.

1. Which projects are you working on at the moment?
We are working on a range of products in the areas of nanomaufacturing, drug/gene/protein delivery, and diagnostics.

2. What motivated you to specialise in studying nanoparticles?
What moves me in this research is the integration of small-molecule synthesis and supramolecular chemistry concepts and techniques with materials science. There’s all sorts of interesting things that happen when you go from one molecule to hundreds or thousands on a particle.

3. What are the hot topics in materials research at the moment?
The shift from empirical nanotechnology to the true understanding of nanoscale structure and dynamics.

4. What current problem would you like to see science provide a solution to?
Human health remains a crucial focus, with curing/preventing disease presenting a complex and multidisciplinary challenge.

5. What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of your career?
Two things–seeing something new every day and playing a role in the development of young scientists

6. What’s the secret to being a successful scientist?
Have fun!

7. Which scientist past or present do you most admire?
I’m a sucker for the old school natural philosophers like da Vinci–it would have been nice to be able to do the “renaissance” thing.

8. If you weren’t a scientist, what would you be?
A chef–I can do well by myself in the kitchen.

Here’s a selection Professor Rotello’s recent articles in Journal of Materials Chemistry.

You can read more about Professor Rotello’s research here or on the Rotello Research Group website.

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Welcome to our new Associate Editor, Natalie Stingelin!

I am delighted to welcome Dr Natalie Stingelin to the Journal of Materials Chemistry team as an Associate Editor. In her new role for the journal, Natalie will be handling papers in the area of organic functional materials.

Natalie is a Senior Lecturer in Organic Functional Materials at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK. Prior to this appointment she conducted research at the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, and at Queen Mary, University of London. She obtained the degree of Engineer in Materials Science in 1997, and in 2001 completed her doctoral studies, for which she was awarded the ETH Medal. Her current research interests encompass the broad field of organic functional materials, including organic electronics, multifunctional inorganic/organic hybrids, and smart, advanced optical systems based on organic matter.

Why not submit your next high impact materials chemistry paper to Journal of Materials Chemistry? Benefit from the choice of having your article handled by our team of professional editors based in our Cambridge office or one of our four Associate Editors, Vince Rotello, Ram Seshadri, Natalie Stingelin or Dongyuan Zhao.

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