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Welcome to our new Editorial Board member: Charlotta Turner

We are delighted to welcome Professor Charlotta Turner to the RSC Advances team!

 

Charlotta Turner_ RSC Advances Editorial Board Member

Charlotta Turner is a Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Lund University in Sweden. Her research is interdisciplinary, including analytical chemistry, supercritical fluid technology, and sustainable development aspects. She has more than 20 years of experience on the fundamentals of supercritical fluids in separation processes. Her current research focus is on the development of fast, selective, and bias-free separation methods using carbon dioxide expanded green solvents. An important inspiration is the enhanced use of biomass and industrial byproducts as sources of high-value compounds for use in food, health and environmental applications.

Charlotta Turner has published over 100 scientific articles, review papers and book chapters. She has received the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf’s award for environmental science (2005), the SSF Ingvar Carlsson Award for returning postdocs (2006), the AOCS Herbert J. Dutton Award for her work on lipid analysis (2015) and the Svante Arrhenius Award for her work on green and sustainable chemistry (2017). She is also awarded with Excellent Teacher Practitioner (ETP, 2017). Charlotta Turner is the chair of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Swedish Chemical Society, the chair of Lund University Food Faculty, and also a member of the Royal Engineering Science Academy (IVA) and the Royal Physiographic Society of Lund.

 

Browse a selection of Charlotta’s RSC publications:

Extending the design space in solvent extraction – from supercritical fluids to pressurized liquids using carbon dioxide, ethanol, ethyl lactate, and water in a wide range of proportions
Veronika Pilařová, Said Al Hamimi, Larissa P. Cunico, Lucie Nováková and Charlotta Turner
Green Chem., 2019, 21, 5427-5436
DOI: 10.1039/C9GC02140J

Black pepper-based beverage induced appetite-suppressing effects without altering postprandial glycaemia, gut and thyroid hormones or gastrointestinal well-being: a randomized crossover study in healthy subjects
Yoghatama Cindya Zanzer, Merichel Plaza, Anestis Dougkas, Charlotta Turner and Elin Östman
Food Funct., 2018, 9, 2774-2786
DOI: 10.1039/C7FO01715D

Evaluation and analysis of environmentally sustainable methodologies for extraction of betulin from birch bark with a focus on industrial feasibility
Mikael E. Fridén, Firas Jumaah, Christer Gustavsson, Martin Enmark, Torgny Fornstedt, Charlotta Turner, Per J. R. Sjöberg and Jörgen Samuelsson
Green Chem., 2016, 18, 516-523
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC00519A
 

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Welcome to our new Editorial Board member: Shirley Nakagaki

We are delighted to welcome Professor Shirley Nakagaki to the RSC Advances team!

 

Shirley Nakagaki RSC Advances Editorial Board

Shirley Nakagaki studied Chemistry at University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto Campus – USP – São Paulo (1982-1985). She received her Master degree from the UNESP – University of the State of São Paulo at Araraquara, in 1988 and PhD from the same University in 1993, under the supervision of Professor Yassuko Iamamoto. She conducted her postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) under the supervision of Professor Kenneth S. Suslick, working with Microporous Porphyrin Solids (2002-2003). She acted as a visiting professor at the University of Kyoto (1995) and the Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF) at the Université Clermont Auvergne (2016 and 2019). She was selected for the Assistant Professorship at Federal University of Paraná State at Curitiba in 1992, where she tenured and became Full Professor in 2015.

Her main interests lie in the study of metalloporphyrins and preparation of catalytic species for heterogeneous process for oxidation reaction, sequential reaction and esterification reaction, based on immobilization of catalytic species on solids like mesoporous silicas, layered compounds and different metal oxides.

Shirley was the director of the Inorganic division of the Brazilian Chemical Society –SBQ (2014-2017), Brazilian Chemical Society board and consultive council member (2018-2020) and SBQ incoming president-elect (2022-2024).

 

Browse a selection of Shirley’s RSC publications:

New highly brominated Mn-porphyrin: a good catalyst for activation of inert C–H bonds
Vinicius Santos da Silva, Shirley Nakagaki, Geani Maria Ucoski, Ynara Marina Idemori and Gilson DeFreitas-Silva
RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 106589-106598
DOI: C5RA20690A, Paper

Copper-phthalocyanine coordination polymer as a reusable catechol oxidase biomimetic catalyst
Kelly A. D. F. Castro, Flávio Figueira, Filipe A. Almeida Paz, João P. C. Tomé, Roberto S. da Silva, Shirley Nakagaki, M. Graça P. M. S. Neves, José A. S. Cavaleiro and Mário M. Q. Simões
Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 8144-8152
DOI: C9DT00378A, Paper

Oxidation catalyst obtained by the immobilization of layered double hydroxide/Mn(iii) porphyrin on monodispersed silica spheres
Karen Mary Mantovani, Kátia Cristina Molgero Westrup, Renaldo Marcos da Silva Junior, Silvia Jaerger, Fernando Wypych and Shirley Nakagaki
Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 3068-3073
DOI: C7DT03656F, Paper

Biomimetic oxidation of cyclic and linear alkanes: high alcohol selectivity promoted by a novel manganese porphyrin catalyst
Vinicius Santos da Silva, Warleson Cândido dos Santos Vieira, Alexandre Moreira Meireles, Geani Maria Ucoski, Shirley Nakagaki, Ynara Marina Idemori and Gilson DeFreitas-Silva
New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 997-1006
DOI: C6NJ03072F, Paper

Glycol metalloporphyrin derivatives in solution or immobilized on LDH and silica: synthesis, characterization and catalytic features in oxidation reactions
Kelly A. D. F. Castro, Mário M. Q. Simões, M. Graça P. M. S. Neves, José A. S. Cavaleiro, Fernando Wypych and Shirley Nakagaki
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, 4, 129-141
DOI: C3CY00472D, Paper

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Introducing Stacey Wetmore & Tapas Maji: Our New Editorial Board Members

We are delighted to welcome Professors Stacey Wetmore and Tapas Maji as our latest Editorial Board members!

Stacey Wetmore, RSC Advances Royal Society of Chemistry

Stacey D. Wetmore is Professor of Chemistry and Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) in Chemistry and Mathematics from Mount Allison University (Sackville, Canada) in 1995, and her Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) under the supervision of Prof. Russell Boyd in 1999. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Leo Radom at the Australian National University (Canberra, 1999–2001), she launched an independent research program at Mount Allison in 2001 and was recruited to the University of Lethbridge in 2006 as a Tier II Canada Research Chair, which was renewed in 2012.

Her research program currently uses computer modeling to study the chemistry of nucleic acids, including the structure and properties of modified nucleic acids and the function of enzymes that process nucleic acids such as those involved in DNA damage, repair and replication pathways. She has a superb research track record as recognized by the award of the most prestigious Chemical Institute of Canada Fellowship, the highest accolade that can be bestowed on a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

 

Browse a selection of Stacey’s work:

Manipulation of a DNA aptamer–protein binding site through arylation of internal guanine residues
Abigail J. Van Riesen, Kaila L. Fadock, Prashant S. Deore, Ahmed Desoky, Richard A. Manderville, Shahin Sowlati-Hashjin and Stacey D. Wetmore
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2018, 16, 3831-3840
DOI: 10.1039/C8OB00704G, Paper

Structural and electronic properties of barbituric acid and melamine-containing ribonucleosides as plausible components of prebiotic RNA: implications for prebiotic self-assembly
Sarabjeet Kaur, Purshotam Sharma and Stacey D. Wetmore
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 30762-30771
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06123D, Paper

How do hydrophobic nucleobases differ from natural DNA nucleobases? Comparison of structural features and duplex properties from QM calculations and MD simulations
Indu Negi, Preetleen Kathuria, Purshotam Sharma and Stacey D. Wetmore
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 16365-16374
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02576A, Paper

Tapas Kumar Maji, RSC Advances Editorial Board Meeting

 

 

Tapas Kumar Maji obtained his PhD in 2002 from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) in Kolkata. After a postdoctoral stint at Kyoto University, Japan, he joined Jadavpur University and then moved to Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore in 2006. Currently, he is a professor in Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit (CPMU) at JNCASR.

His current research interest focuses on the design and synthesis of bulk and nanoscale metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and organic porous polymers (particularly conjugated microporous polymer) for energy storage, generation and conversion, carbon capture and sequestration. He uses these materials for storage and separation of small (C1-C3) hydrocarbons. He also works on different photo-physical aspects of MOFs and coordination polymer gels. Professor Maji has published over 200 peer reviewed publications (h-index of 51). He was elected as the Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 2018 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2019.

 

Browse a selection of Tapas’ work:

Mechanochemical synthesis of a processable halide perovskite quantum dot–MOF composite by post-synthetic metalation
Sohini Bhattacharyya, Darsi Rambabu and Tapas Kumar Maji
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 21106-21111
DOI: 10.1039/C9TA05977F, Paper

Polar functional groups anchored to a 2D MOF template for the stabilization of Pd(0) nps for the catalytic C–C coupling reaction
Stephen Adie Adalikwu, Venkata Suresh Mothika, Arpan Hazra and Tapas Kumar Maji
Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 7117-7121
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04766A, Communication

MOF derived carbon based nanocomposite materials as efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions
Sohini Bhattacharyya, Chayanika Das and Tapas Kumar Maji
RSC Adv., 2018, 8, 26728-26754
DOI: 10.1039/C8RA05102J, Review Article

 

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Please Welcome Young-Shin Jun: Our Newest Editorial Board Member

 

We are delighted to welcome Professor Young-Shin Jun as our newest Editorial Board member!

Young-Shin Jun RSC Advances Royal Society of Chemistry

 

Young-Shin Jun is a Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA), where she leads the Environmental NanoChemistry Laboratory. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea), holds Master’s and PhD degrees in Environmental Chemistry from Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA), and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (California, USA). Professor Jun received a 2011 U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award, and was named a 2015 Kavli Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a 2016 Frontier of Engineering Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a 2018 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Her research is highly interdisciplinary: She investigates energy-related subsurface engineering systems, including geologic CO2 sequestration, conventional and unconventional oil and gas recovery, and hydrothermal energy. Based on a scientific understanding of nanoscale interfacial chemistry and solid nucleation, she seeks new treatment techniques and new catalysts for purifying drinking water and remediating contaminated water and soil, benefiting water reuse, managed aquifer recharge, and membrane processes. In addition, she studies biomineralization and bio-inspired chemistry to develop novel materials for a more sustainable environment.

 

Browse a selection of work published by Young-Shin:

Redox chemistry of CeO2 nanoparticles in aquatic systems containing Cr(VI)(aq) and Fe2+ ions
Jessica R. Ray, Xuanhao Wu, Chelsea W. Neil, Haesung Jung, Zhichao Li and Young-Shin Jun
Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2019, 6, 2269-2280
DOI: 10.1039/C9EN00201D, Paper

Nanoscale in situ detection of nucleation and growth of Li electrodeposition at various current densities
Haesung Jung, Byeongdu Lee, Miklos Lengyel, Richard Axelbaum, Jeeyoung Yoo, Youn Sang Kim and Young-Shin Jun
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 4629-4635
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA00343B, Communication

Effects of sulfate on biotite interfacial reactions under high temperature and high CO2 pressure
Lijie Zhang, Yaguang Zhu, Xuanhao Wu and Young-Shin Jun
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 6381-6390
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP07368F, Paper

Localized heating with a photothermal polydopamine coating facilitates a novel membrane distillation process
Xuanhao Wu, Qisheng Jiang, Deoukchen Ghim, Srikanth Singamaneni and Young-Shin Jun
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 18799-18807
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA05738A, Communication

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Welcome to our new Editorial Board member: Norio Shibata

We are delighted to welcome Professor Norio Shibata as our newest Editorial Board member!Professor Norio Shibata, Royal Society of Chemistry RSC Advances Editorial Board

Norio Shibata has been a Professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology since 2008. He received a Ph.D. (1993) in pharmaceutical sciences from Osaka University under the direction of Professor Yasuyuki Kita. He worked at Dyson Perrins Laboratory (Professor Sir Jack. E. Baldwin), Oxford University (JSPS fellow, 1994−1996), Sagami Chemical Research Institute (Dr. Shiro Terashima, 1996), after which he was a lecturer at Toyama Medical & Pharmaceutical University (1997−2003), and an associate professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology (2003−2008). He also acted as a visiting professor at the University of Rouen (2008, 2012) and Zhejiang Normal University (2017−), an academic visitor at the University of Oxford (2017, 2018) and University of Valencia (2017, 2019), a senior technical consultant at the National Engineering Technology Center of Fluoro Materials, Juhua Group Corporation (2017−).

He has received the ‘RSC Fluorine Prize’ (2005, UK), ‘The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Award for Divisional Scientific Promotions’ (2010, Japan), ‘Prizes for Science and Technology, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’ (2014, Japan), ‘CSJ Award for Creative Work in Chemical Society of Japan’ (2015, Japan), ‘Chinese Chemical Society, W.-Y. Huang Fluorine Prize’ (2015, China), ‘ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry’ (2019, US) and ‘The 18th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Awards by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’ (2019, Japan). His research interests are synthetic and medicinal fluorine chemistry.

Browse a selection of work published by Norio:

Synthesis of fluorinated donepezil by palladium-catalyzed decarboxylative allylation of α-fluoro-β-keto ester with tri-substituted heterocyclic alkene and the self-disproportionation of its enantiomers
Mayaka Maeno, Hiroya Kondo, Etsuko Tokunaga and Norio Shibata
RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 85058-8506
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA21253K, Communication

Flow trifluoromethylation of carbonyl compounds by Ruppert–Prakash reagent and its application for pharmaceuticals, efavirenz and HSD-016
Satoshi Okusu, Kazuki Hirano, Yoshimasa Yasuda, Etsuko Tokunaga and Norio Shibata
RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 82716-82720
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA19790F, Communication

Synthesis of aryl and heteroaryl tetrafluoro-λ6-sulfanyl chlorides from diaryl disulfides using trichloroisocyanuric acid and potassium fluoride
Ibrayim Saidalimu, Yumeng Liang, Kiyoteru Niina, Kazuhiro Tanagawa, Norimichi Saito and Norio Shibata
Org. Chem. Front., 2019, 6, 1157-1161
DOI: 10.1039/C9QO00191C, Research Article

An eccentric rod-like linear connection of two heterocycles: synthesis of pyridine trans-tetrafluoro-λ6-sulfanyl triazoles
Prajwalita Das, Kiyoteru Niina, Tomoya Hiromura, Etsuko Tokunaga, Norimichi Saito and Norio Shibata
Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 4931-4936
DOI: 10.1039/C8SC01216D, Edge Article

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Welcome to our new Editorial Board Member: Qingdong Zheng

We are pleased to introduce Professor Qingdong Zheng as our latest Editorial Board member!

Professor Qingdong Zheng, RSC Advances Editorial Board MemberQingdong Zheng is a Professor of State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry in the Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He obtained his B.S. (1998), and M.S. (2001) degrees from East China University of Science and Technology, and his Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. After carrying out his postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University, he joined CAS and took his current position in 2010.

Selected honors and awards include the “100 Talents Programme” of CAS in 2010, and distinguished Young Scholars of National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2013. His main interests lie in optoelectronic materials and the related energy, photonic, and electronic devices, especially conjugated small-molecule or polymeric materials for applications such as solar cells, photodetectors, field-effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, and sensors. He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has previously worked with RSC Advances as an Associate Editor.

Browse a selection of work published by Qingdong:

 

Indenothiophene-based asymmetric small molecules for organic solar cells
Qi Shang, Meng Wang, Jiajun Weib and Qingdong Zheng
RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 18144-18150
DOI: 10.1039/C7RA01902E, Paper

Solution-processed MoSx thin-films as hole-transport layers for efficient polymer solar cells
Jiajun Wei, Zhigang Yin, Shan-Ci Chen, Dongdong Cai and Qingdong Zheng
RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 39137-39143
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA01204C, Paper

Ladder-type dithienocyclopentadibenzothiophene-cored wide-bandgap polymers for efficient non-fullerene solar cells with large open-circuit voltages
Qisheng Tu, Changquan Tang and Qingdong Zheng
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 3307-3316
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA11404H, Paper

Enhancing the performance of photomultiplication-type organic photodetectors using solution-processed ZnO as an interfacial layer
Jianbin Wang and Qingdong Zheng
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, 7, 1544-1550
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC04962A, Paper

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Welcoming new RSC Advances Editorial board members

RSC Advances gives a warm welcome to the following new Editorial board members: Giridhar Madras, Heloise Pastore and Manuel Minas de Piedade.

Giridhar Madras has been a Full Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Science, India since 2007 and has published more than 450 international journal articles, which have more than 13000 citations and is among the most cited engineering scientists in India with a h-index of 55. His research interests are in the area of reaction engineering applied to polymers, supercritical fluids, and catalysis.


Heloise Pastore
is currently a Full Professor at the Chemistry Institute of the State University of Campinas in Brazil and has research interests and experience in Molecular sieves, isomorphic substitution, zeolites, mcm-41 and supramolecular arrangements.

Professor Pastore is responsible for the invention of two new families of molecular sieves called CAL and UEC.

 

Manuel Minas da Piedade‘s research interests are mainly focused on the energetics of molecules (e.g. fullerenes, PAHs, ionic liquids), crystals (nucleation, polymorphism, crystal engineering), and, very recently, also living cells. He is currently based at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal as an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

 

Please see a small selection of articles from our new board members below:

Facile one-pot scalable strategy to engineer biocidal silver nanocluster assembly on thiolated PVDF membranes for water purification
Maya Sharma, Nagarajan Padmavathy, Sanjay Remanan, Giridhar Madras and Suryasarathi Bose
RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 38972-38983
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA03143A, Paper

Lamellar zeolites: an oxymoron?
F. Solânea O. Ramos, Mendelssolm K. de Pietre and Heloise O. Pastore
RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 2084-2111
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA21573J, Review Article

Direct experimental observation of the aggregation of α-amino acids into 100–200 nm clusters in aqueous solution
Daniel Hagmeyer, Johannes Ruesing, Tassilo Fenske, Heinz-Werner Klein, Carsten Schmuck, Wolfgang Schrader, Manuel E. Minas da Piedade and Matthias Epple
RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 4690-4696
DOI: 10.1039/C2RA01352E, Paper

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Professor Karen Faulds joins the Editorial Board

A very warm welcome to Professor Karen Faulds!

Karen FauldsPlease join us in extending a very warm welcome to Professor Karen Faulds, as she joins the RSC Advances team as an Editorial Board member!

Karen is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and an expert in the development of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and other spectroscopic techniques for novel analytical detection strategies. She is the recipient of the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year award (2009), the RSC Joseph Black Award (2013) and the Craver Award from the Coblentz Society (2016). In 2011 was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012. She is the Strathclyde Director of the EPSRC and MRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging, OPTIMA and is the current Chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG).

Karen is very much looking forward to her new role:

‘I am delighted to be joining the Editorial Board for RSC Advances and look forward to working with the journal, it will be particularly exciting to work with a journal which has a remit which spans the diversity of the chemical sciences’

Karen Faulds and Matthew Baker have recently guest edited a Chemical Society Reviews themed issue on Fundamental Developments in Clinical Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy.

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RSC Supramolecular Chemistry Award for Editor-in-Chief Mike Ward

Each year the Royal Society of Chemistry presents prizes and awards to chemical scientists who have made a considerable contribution in their area of research, in industry and academia. This year, we are delighted to announce that RSC Advances Editor-in-Chief, Professor Mike Ward of the University of Sheffield, UK, has been awarded the 2016 RSC Supramolecular Chemistry Award, for his leading contributions to the synthesis, characterisation, host-guest chemistry and functional properties of self-assembled coordination cages.

The Supramolecular Chemistry Award is awarded biennially and recognises studies leading to the design of functionally useful supramolecular species.

In celebration of the 2016 RSC Prizes and Awards, we have collected together some of the research recently published by the winners. This collection showcases articles authored by the winners from across the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journals portfolio, which are free to access for a limited period. A full list of 2016 winners and more information about RSC Prizes and Awards can be found here.

Please join us in congratulating Mike on this achievement!

We would like to highlight the RSC Advances themed collection, Supramolecular chemistry: self-assembly and molecular recognition, Guest Edited by Mike Ward.

The articles in this issue cover many aspects of the formation of, and molecular recognition with, non-covalent self-assembled systems. Systems studied span the range of supramolecular assemblies from MOFs to gels, and potential applications or functional behaviour that are on display here include host/guest chemistry, spin crossover, molecular sensors, and extraction/separation. This collection of articles powerfully illustrates the diversity and increasing importance of supramolecular chemistry.

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Supramolecular cages for chemical weapons

The research of RSC Advances Chief Editor Mike Ward focussing on the development of supramolecular cages that trap chemical weapon stimulants, has been highlighted in Chemistry World.

Mike and his team at Sheffield University have developed new supramolecular cages that exploit the hydrophic effect and bind alkyl phosphonates inside. These phosphonates are very similar to organophosphorous chemical weapons. Cobalt or cadmium dications form the cage vertices and bis(pyrazolyl-pyridine) ligands run along each edge, forming a hydrophobic centre lined with CH groups. So, in water, the phosphonate hydrophobic alkyl tails are attracted to the inside of the cage. Whats more, the cage is luminescent and this luminescence reduces when alkyl phosphonate enters, meaning that the cages can also be used to signal the presence of chemical weapons.

The supramolecular structure

To find out more, read the full Chemistry World article based on this paper:

Binding of chemical warfare agent simulants as guests in a coordination cage: contributions to binding and a fluorescence-based response
Christopher G. P. Taylor, Jerico R. Piper and Michael D. Ward
Chem. Commun., 2016
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC02021F

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