Editor’s Collection: Kate Jolliffe

In this month’s Editor’s collection, Associate Editor Kate Jolliffe is excited to share some of her favourite recent Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry articles

The Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry Editor’s collection is a showcase of some of the best articles published in the journal, hand selected by our Associate Editors and Editorial Board members. For this month’s selection, Associate Editor Kate Jolliffe has highlighted some of her favourite recent works. Take a look at what she thought of the articles below, and find out more about the research and the researchers behind the papers in our interviews with the authors.

Kate’s Selection: 

Rational Design of Small Molecule Fluorescent Probes for Biological Applications

Joomyung V. Jun, David M. Chenoweth and E. James Petersson

Kate’s comment: “New fluorophores are highly sought after for the development of tools for biological applications. This review provides a nice overview of the functional fluorescent probes and the factors effecting their photophysical properties. Importantly it provides general guidelines for the rational design of new fluorophores with tailored photophysical properties for applications in chemical biology.”

Find out more in our interview with the authors


One-pot synthesis of porphyrin-based [5]rotaxanes

Pablo Martinez-Bulit, Benjamin H. Wilson and Stephen J. Loeb

Kate’s comment: “The synthesis of mechanically interlocked molecules with high degrees of complexity frequently requires multiple synthetic steps, which limits the ability to explore their functionality. Here, Loeb and co-workers report a clever synthesis of porphyrin containing [5]rotaxanes , in a one-pot reaction, opening the door to the synthesis of a wide range of mechanically locked architectures that can be fine-tuned for specific applications.”

Find out more in our interview with the authors


Absolute handedness control of oligoamide double helices by chiral oxazolylaniline induction

Ling Yang, Chunmiao Ma, Brice Kauffmann, Dongyao Lia and Quan Gan

Kate’s comment: “The incorporation of a chiral group at the terminus of an aromatic oligoamide strand has been shown to provide complete chiral control in the self-assembly of synthetic antiparallel double helices from quinoline containing foldamers, opening opportunities for the future exploitation of these materials as chiral sensors or catalysts.”

Find out more in our interview with the authors


Facile synthesis of sulfotyrosine-containing α-conotoxins

Changpeng Li and Chunmao He

Kate’s comment: “Tyrosine sulfation is an important post-translational modification that is believed to modulate biological function but is underexplored because of difficulties with both the isolation and synthesis of sulphated peptides. Here, He and Li demonstrate the facile synthesis of sulfated conotoxins by combining the sulfate ester deprotection and folding steps into a one pot procedure. Importantly they show that, in the case of conotoxins, the sulfate ester is not as acid labile as expected.”

Find out more in our interview with the authors


Meet the Editor:

Katrina (Kate) Jolliffe received her BSc (Hons) in 1993 and PhD in 1997 from the University of New South Wales. She then held positions at Twente University, The Netherlands; the University of Nottingham, UK and the Australian National University before taking up an Australian Research Council QEII fellowship at The University of Sydney in 2002. In 2007 she became a Senior lecturer at the same institution and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 and to full Professor in 2009. She currently holds the position of Payne-Scott Professor at The University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has been awarded the Beckwith (2004), Biota (2006), Birch (2017) and H. G. Smith (2018) medals of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Her research interests are in the areas of supramolecular, peptide and organic chemistry, with a focus on the design and synthesis of functional molecules, such as molecular sensors capable of detecting anions in biological environments or cyclic peptides for application in biology and medicine.
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