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The year in review – Materials chemistry in RSC Advances 2020

Looking back at 2020, we would like to share with you some of the great research that has been published in RSC Advances over the year. We are proud to present a selection of the most popular 2020 materials chemistry papers, reviews and HOT articles published so far.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles and as always, all our articles are open access – free to read and accessible to everyone.

RSC Advances in the news

Three-dimensional directional nerve guide conduits fabricated by dopamine-functionalized conductive carbon nanofibre-based nanocomposite ink printing
Shadi Houshyar, Amitava Bhattacharyya et al. DOI: 10.1039/D0RA06556K

Amitava Bhattacharyya and colleagues have developed a new conducting nanocomposite ink composed of dopamine, carbon nanofibers and polycaprolactone to facilitate and guide the growth of nerve cells.

The study by Rahim Rahimi and colleauges was published in November and was covered in several news outlets, including a story in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.

 

2020 HOT articles

Over the year, our reviewers and Associate Editors have handpicked articles of particular interest and marked them as HOT. We are very pleased to highlight some outstanding 2020 materials chemistry HOT articles:

Modular design and self-assembly of multidomain peptides towards cytocompatible supramolecular cell penetrating nanofibers
Su Yang and He Dong, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA04748A

 ‘The efficacy of chemotherapy or gene therapy, in large part, depends on the ability of chemotherapeutics or genetic materials to cross the cell membrane to reach the cytoplasm. Designing nanomaterials that can facilitate intracellular delivery of therapeutics to the cytosol is of great interests from both fundamental research and practical point of view. This work is focused on a supramolecular approach for the design, and synthesis of supramolecular cell penetrating nanofibers (SCPNs) which have potent membrane activity and excellent cytocompatibility for intracellular delivery of therapeutics and/or imaging agents.’

Read the interview with He Dong about her article here.

 

More HOT articles

A polypropylene mesh coated with interpenetrating double network hydrogel for local drug delivery in temporary closure of open abdomen
Ze Li, Peige Wang et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10455K

Sandwich-structured poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) composite film containing a boron nitride nanosheet interlayer
Fujia Chen, Jianhua Xu et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09780E

Synthesis and characterization of thermoresponsive ZIF-8@PNIPAm-co-MAA microgel composites with enhanced performance as an adsorption/release platform
Juan A. Allegretto, Matias Rafti et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09729E

Large-pore-size membranes tuned by chemically vapor deposited nanocoatings for rapid and controlled desalination
Mengfan Zhu and Yu Mao, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA07629E

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Most popular 2020 articles

Reviews

Ultrathin permselective membranes: the latent way for efficient gas separation
Roberto Castro-Muñoz, Joaquín Coronas et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02254C

Carbon and graphene quantum dots: a review on syntheses, characterization, biological and sensing applications for neurotransmitter determination
Somayeh Tajik, Mohammadreza Shokouhimehret al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00799D

Advances in intrinsic self-healing polyurethanes and related composites
Bertrand Willocq, Jean-Marie Raquez et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01394C

Papers

Fabrication of CS/GA/RGO/Pd composite hydrogels for highly efficient catalytic reduction of organic pollutants
Lei Ge, Tifeng Jiao et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01884H

Relative cooling power modeling of lanthanum manganites using Gaussian process regression
Yun Zhang and Xiaojie Xu, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03031G

Self-assembled functional components-doped conductive polypyrrole composite hydrogels with enhanced electrochemical performances
Juanjuan Yin, Tifeng Jiao et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00102C

Density functional theory study of palladium cluster adsorption on a graphene support
Riaz Hussain, Khurshid Ayub et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01059F

An effective utilization of MXene and its effect on electromagnetic interference shielding: flexible, free-standing and thermally conductive composite from MXene–PAT–poly(p-aminophenol)–polyaniline co-polymer
Kanthasamy Raagulan, Kyu Yun Chai et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09522E

Effects of PEDOT:PSS:GO composite hole transport layer on the luminescence of perovskite light-emitting diodes
Yuanming Zhou, Xianan Cao et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA04425C

High performance flexible supercapacitors based on secondary doped PEDOT–PSS–graphene nanocomposite films for large area solid state devices
Syed Khasim, Yogendra Kumar Mishra et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01116A

Digging deeper: structural background of PEGylated fibrin gels in cell migration and lumenogenesis
A. I. Shpichka, P. S. Timashev et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08169K

In situ polymerization of graphene-polyaniline@polyimide composite films with high EMI shielding and electrical properties
Kui Cheng, Junhe Yang et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08026K

New, highly versatile bimolecular photoinitiating systems for free-radical, cationic and thiol–ene photopolymerization processes under low light intensity UV and visible LEDs for 3D printing application
Emilia Hola, Joanna Ortyl et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10212D

Self-healing composite hydrogel with antibacterial and reversible restorability conductive properties
Mimpin Ginting, Hestina et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00089B

Study on antibacterial properties and cytocompatibility of EPL coated 3D printed PCL/HA composite scaffolds
Lijiao Tian, Na Wang et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10275B

Preparation and optimization of activated nano-carbon production using physical activation by water steam from agricultural wastes
Mohammad Amin Nazem, Saeed Shirazian et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07409K

Fabrication of magnetic iron oxide-supported copper oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4/CuO): modified screen-printed electrode for electrochemical studies and detection of desipramine
Somayeh Tajik, Mohammadreza Shokouhimehr et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02380A

Molecular flattening effect to enhance the conductivity of fused porphyrin tape thin films
Giuseppe Bengasi, Nicolas D. Boscher al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09711B

Asymmetric molecular modification of viologens for highly stable electrochromic devices
Mark Kim, Hong Chul Moon al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09007J

Synthesis of polyacrylonitrile nanoflowers and their controlled pH-sensitive drug release behaviour
Qi Lian, Dongjun Wang al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01427C

Polyimide aerogels with novel bimodal micro and nano porous structure assembly for airborne nano filtering applications
Shahriar Ghaffari Mosanenzadeh, Hani E. Naguib al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03907A

Fabrication of ideally ordered TiO2 through-hole membranes by two-layer anodization
Takashi Yanagishita, Hideki Masuda al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA07650C

High-temperature resistant water-soluble polymers derived from exotic amino acids
Sumant Dwivedi, Tatsuo Kaneko al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA06620F

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The year in review – Inorganic chemistry in RSC Advances 2020

Looking back at 2020, we would like to share with you some of the great research that has been published in RSC Advances over the year. We are proud to present a selection of the most popular 2020 inorganic chemistry papers, reviews and HOT articles published so far.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles and as always, all our articles are open access – free to read and accessible to everyone.

2020 HOT articles

Over the year, our reviewers and Associate Editors have handpicked articles of particular interest and marked them as HOT. We are very pleased to highlight some outstanding 2020 inorganic chemistry HOT articles:

Hierarchical micro-/mesoporous zeolite microspheres prepared by colloidal assembly of zeolite nanoparticles
Walter Rosas-Arbelaez, Anders E. C. Palmqvist et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA07394F

Walter Rosas Arbelaez and Professor Anders Palmqvist (Chalmers University of Technology)

The focus of the article was to develop a zeolite material with two different porosities (micro and meso) using silicalite-1 nanoparticles (ca. 100 nm) and aggregate them by a controlled evaporation process into well-defined micron-sized spheres. In addition, the process does not use any template to form mesopores but only by the interspace generated between the particles after their aggregation. We find this topic of high interest, since many similar materials have been prepared using mesopore templates and/or need long preparation times and high temperature, parameters that have a big impact in the production economics at large scale.’

Read the interview with the authors about their article here.

 

 

 

 

More HOT articles

Recovery of yttrium and europium from spent fluorescent lamps using pure levulinic acid and the deep eutectic solvent levulinic acid–choline chloride
Ioanna M. Pateli, Nerea Rodriguez Rodriguez et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05508E

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Most popular 2020 articles

Challenges and opportunities in the recovery of gold from electronic waste
Mudila Dhanunjaya Rao, Jason B. Loveet al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07607G, Review

Aqueous-phase detection of antibiotics and nitroaromatic explosives by an alkali-resistant Zn-MOF directed by an ionic liquid
Jian-Hua Qin, Lu-Fang Ma al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08733H

Two 1D homochiral heterometallic chains: crystal structures, spectra, ferroelectricity and ferromagnetic properties
Zhuoqiang Zhou, Zhao-Xi Wang al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00732C

Local structure order parameters and site fingerprints for quantification of coordination environment and crystal structure similarity
Nils E. R. Zimmermann and Anubhav Jain, DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07755C

Rhenium(I) complexation–dissociation strategy for synthesising fluorine-18 labelled pyridine bidentate radiotracers
Mitchell A. Klenner, Giancarlo Pascali et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00318B

PaperGold dipyrrin-bisphenolates: a combined experimental and DFT study of metal–ligand interactions
Kolle E. Thomas, Abhik Ghosh et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09228E

Novel hypophosphite hybrid perovskites of [CH3NH2NH2][Mn(H2POO)3] and [CH3NH2NH2][Mn(H2POO)2.83(HCOO)0.17] exhibiting antiferromagnetic order and red photoluminescence
Mirosław Mączka, Dagmara Stefańska et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03397A

Tantalum(V) 1,3-propanediolate β-diketonate solution as a precursor to sol–gel derived, metal oxide thin films
Christopher Beale, Andreas Offenhäusser et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02558E

Crystal structure, magneto-structural correlation, thermal and electrical studies of an imidazolium halometallate molten salt: (trimim)[FeCl4]
Palmerina González-Izquierdo, and Imanol de Pedro et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00245C

Biferrocenyl Schiff bases as efficient corrosion inhibitors for an aluminium alloy in HCl solution: a combined experimental and theoretical study
Uzma Nazir, Faiz Ullah Shah et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10692H

Co-crystallization of antibacterials with inorganic salts: paving the way to activity enhancement
Oleksii Shemchuk, Raymond J. Turner et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10353H

Separation of neodymium and dysprosium by solvent extraction using ionic liquids combined with neutral extractants: batch and mixer-settler experiments
Sofía Riaño, Koen Binnemans et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08996A

Ruthenium carboranyl complexes with 2,2′-bipyridine derivatives for potential bimodal therapy application
Ricardo G. Teixeira, Andreia Valente et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01522A

Transport properties of polycrystalline SnTe prepared by saturation annealing
Dorra Ibrahim, Bertrand Lenoir et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10841F

Novel light-emitting clays with structural Tb3+ and Eu3+ for chromate anion detection
Stefano Marchesi, Fabio Carniato et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05693F

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The year in review – Food chemistry in RSC Advances 2020

Looking back at 2020, we would like to share with you some of the great research that has been published in RSC Advances over the year. We are proud to present a selection of the most popular 2020 food chemistry papers, reviews and HOT articles published so far.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles and as always, all our articles are open access – free to read and accessible to everyone.

RSC Advances in the news

3D printing of milk-based product
Cheng Pau Lee, Rahul Karyappa and Michinao Hashimoto, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05035K

Michinao Hashimoto and colleauges have developed a method to 3D print milk that preserves nutrients and prevents proteins from denaturating. By changing the rheological properties of the printing ink, they 3D printed milk at room temperature through a cold extrusion process.

The study was published in August and was covered in several news outlets, including Chemical & Engineering News: Food for thought: Milk prints and veggie options.

 

 

Most popular 2020 articles

Reviews

New insights into red plant pigments: more than just natural colorants
José A. Fernández-López, José M. Angosto et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03514A

Advances in nanotechnology and antibacterial properties of biodegradable food packaging materials
Heba Mohamed Fahmy, Ahmed Esmail Shalan et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02922J

Papers

Biorefinery of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) using non-thermal and clean emerging technologies: an update on the curcumin recovery step
Maria Isabel Landim Neves, M. Angela A. Meireles et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08265D

Analysis of 17 elements in cow, goat, buffalo, yak, and camel milk by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)
Lu Chen, Ligang Deng et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00390E

Influence of co-cultures of Streptococcus thermophilus and probiotic lactobacilli on quality and antioxidant capacity parameters of lactose-free fermented dairy beverages containing Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels pulp
Sabrina Laís Alves Garcia, Flávia Carolina Alonso Buriti et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08311A

Ultrasound treatment inhibits browning and improves antioxidant capacity of fresh-cut sweet potato during cold storage
Yanfang Pan, Xihong Li et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA06418D

Oleogelation using pulse protein-stabilized foams and their potential as a baking ingredient
Athira Mohanan, Supratim Ghosh et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07614J

Development of a novel Maillard reaction-based time–temperature indicator for monitoring the fluorescent AGE content in reheated foods
Bei Hu, Xia Zhang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01440K

Production of flavorful alcohols from woods and possible applications for wood brews and liquors
Yuichiro Otsuka, Naoyuki Matsui et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA06807A

Active biodegradable packaging films modified with grape seeds lignin
Pavel Vostrejs, Adriana Kovalcik et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA04074F

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The year in review – Environmental chemistry in RSC Advances 2020

Looking back at 2020, we would like to share with you some of the great research that has been published in RSC Advances over the year. We are proud to present a selection of the most popular 2020 environmental chemistry papers and reviews published so far.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles and as always, all our articles are open access – free to read and accessible to everyone.

Most popular 2020 articles

Reviews

Sonochemical degradation of pesticides in aqueous solution: investigation on the influence of operating parameters and degradation pathway – a systematic review
Meghdad Pirsaheb and Negin Moradi et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA11025A

Application progress of enhanced coagulation in water treatment
Hongmei Cui, Xiaoling Cao et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02979C

Papers

Elimination of humic acid in water: comparison of UV/PDS and UV/PMS
Shoufeng Tang, Yandi Rao, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01787F

The effects of geochemical processes on groundwater chemistry and the health risks associated with fluoride intake in a semi-arid region of South India
D. Karunanidhi, Priyadarsi D. Roy, DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10332E

Microwave assisted green synthesis of Fe2O3/biochar for ultrasonic removal of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals
Zakaria Anfar, Noureddine El Alem et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00617C

The synthesis and application of (E)-N′-(benzo[d]dioxol-5-ylmethylene)-4-methyl-benzenesulfonohydrazide for the detection of carcinogenic lead
Mohammed M. Rahman, Abdullah M. Asiri, DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09080K

Metal (Cd, Cr, Ni, Pb) removal from environmentally relevant waters using polyvinylpyrrolidone-coated magnetite nanoparticles
Jie Hong, Jamie Lead et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10104G

The biosorptive uptake of enrofloxacin from synthetically produced contaminated water by tamarind seed derived activated carbon
Sucharita Samanta, Gopinath Halder et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08995K

High-efficiency adsorption and regeneration of methylene blue and aniline onto activated carbon from waste edible fungus residue and its possible mechanism
Hongyan Li, Feng Zhang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01245A

Effects of WO3 and SiO2 doping on CeO2–TiO2 catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NO with ammonia
Rongrong Fan, Rong Wang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00053A

Atmospheric implication of synergy in methanesulfonic acid–base trimers: a theoretical investigation
Dongping Chen, Wenliang Wang et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08760E

Anionic azo dyes removal from water using amine-functionalized cobalt–iron oxide nanoparticles: a comparative time-dependent study and structural optimization towards the removal mechanism
Qurrat-ul-Ain, Fariha Aslam et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07686G

Cobalt–carbon/silica nanocomposites prepared by pyrolysis of a cobalt 2,2′-bipyridine terephthalate complex for remediation of cationic dyes
Nusaybah Alotaibi, Thirumurugan Prakasam et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02752A

Nano ferrites (AFe2O4, A = Zn, Co, Mn, Cu) as efficient catalysts for catalytic ozonation of toluene
Hongbin Jiang, Fenglin Yang et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10601D

Ultrasound-assisted leaching of vanadium from fly ash using lemon juice organic acids
G. Rahimi, T. Gu et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09325G

Effects of lipid membrane composition on the distribution of biocidal guanidine oligomer with solid supported lipid membranes
Yeonjeong Ha and Jung-Hwan Kwon, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03108A

Solubility, speciation and local environment of chlorine in zirconolite glass–ceramics for the immobilisation of plutonium residues
Stephanie M. Thornber, Neil C. Hyatt et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA04938G

 

2020 Editors’ Collections

Environmental chemistry: Pollution control

This collection, guest-edited by RSC Advances Associate Editor Feng Zhao (Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences) features articles on the theme ‘pollution control’, illustrating the notability, quality and variety of publications in RSC Advances. These articles are already among the most highly cited research articles in the journal, illustrating their impact. Subject areas include absorptive materials, photocatalytic materials, bio-magnetic membranes and method development.

 

 

 

Nanomaterials for the environment

This collection, guest-edited by RSC Advances Associate Editor Ranjit T. Koodali (Western Kentucky University), features articles published in the journal in 2019 on nanomaterials for the environment. The themed collection reflects the myriad innovative approaches developed by researchers to remove pollutants using novel, and often using cost-effective approaches for both the synthesis and subsequent removal of pollutants.

 

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The year in review – Energy research in RSC Advances 2020

Looking back at 2020, we would like to share with you some of the great research that has been published in RSC Advances over the year. We are proud to present a selection of the most popular 2020 energy research papers, reviews and HOT articles published so far.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles and as always, all our articles are open access – free to read and accessible to everyone.

2020 HOT articles

Over the year, our reviewers and Associate Editors have handpicked articles of particular interest and marked them as HOT. We are very pleased to highlight some outstanding 2020 HOT articles on energy:

Photocurrent generation by a photosystem I-NiO photocathode for a p-type biophotovoltaic tandem cell
Yuya Takekuma, Morio Nagata et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01793K

Mechanistic understanding of humin formation in the conversion of glucose and fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in [BMIM]Cl ionic liquid
Zhanwei Xu, Z. Conrad Zhang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05641C

Selective production of bio-based aromatics by aerobic oxidation of native soft wood lignin in tetrabutylammonium hydroxide
Takashi Hosoya, Tatsuhiko Yamada et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03420G

Ethanol-blended petroleum fuels: implications of co-solvency for phytotechnologies
Michael O. Eze and Simon C. George et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10919F

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Most popular 2020 articles

Recent advances in the design of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries
Nourhan Mohamed and Nageh K. Allam, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03314F, Review

Synthesis of a hierarchical carbon fiber@cobalt ferrite@manganese dioxide composite and its application as a microwave absorber
Ailing Feng, Guanglei Wu , DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10327A

Biomass-derived three-dimensional carbon framework for a flexible fibrous supercapacitor and its application as a wearable smart textile
Chunghsuan Hsiao, Nyanhwa Tai et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07441D

Gold nanoparticle–cellulose/PDMS nanocomposite: a flexible dielectric material for harvesting mechanical energy
Manojit Pusty and Parasharam M. Shirage, DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10811D

High voltage vacuum-processed perovskite solar cells with organic semiconducting interlayers
Azin Babaei, Henk J. Bolink et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00214C

Influence of electronically conductive additives on the cycling performance of argyrodite-based all-solid-state batteries
Florian Strauss, Torsten Brezesinski et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10253A

Computational prediction of structural, electronic, and optical properties and phase stability of double perovskites K2SnX6 (X = I, Br, Cl)
Un-Gi Jong, Chol-Jun Yu and Yun-Hyok Kye et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09232C

Enhanced ethanol production from sugarcane molasses by industrially engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae via replacement of the PHO4 gene
Renzhi Wu,  Ribo Huang et al. DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08673K

Eucalyptus red grandis pretreatment with protic ionic liquids: effect of severity and influence of sub/super-critical CO2 atmosphere on pretreatment performance
Francisco Malaret, Jason P. Hallett et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02040K

Process analysis of solar steam reforming of methane for producing low-carbon hydrogen
Enkhbayar Shagdar, Heping Tan et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09835F

Silicon nanocrystal hybrid photovoltaic devices for indoor light energy harvesting
Munechika Otsuka, Tomohiro Nozaki et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00804D

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The year in review – Chemical biology & Medicinal chemistry in RSC Advances 2020

Looking back at 2020, we would like to share with you some of the great research that has been published in RSC Advances over the year. We are proud to present a selection of the most popular 2020 chemical biology and medicinal chemistry papers, reviews and HOT articles published so far.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles and as always, all our articles are open access – free to read and accessible to everyone.

2020 HOT articles

Over the year, our reviewers and Associate Editors have handpicked articles of particular interest and marked them as HOT. We are very pleased to highlight some outstanding 2020 chemical biology and medicinal chemistry HOT articles:

Accelerating the repurposing of FDA-approved drugs against coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19)
Simona De Vita, Gianluigi Lauro, Giuseppe Bifulco et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA09010G

In their article Giuseppe Bifulco, Gianluigi Lauro and colleagues at University of Salerno, Italy, developed a new computational protocol to identify FDA-approved drugs that could be used to fight the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Focussing on three SARS-CoV-2 targets; main protease, papain-like protease and spike protein, the researchers narrowed down the number of potential ligands by carrying out a virtual screening followed by applying the Inverse Virtual Screening approach previously developed by the research group. The best ligands for each protein were further investigated with molecular dynamics simulations confirming the promising binding modes.

Italy was one of the countries most affected by the first outbreak this spring and we felt the responsibility, as scientists, to contribute to the research of possible cures,’ says Bifulco. ‘We hope that our data can be used by other research groups as starting point to figure out new treatments for this disease. We are very confident about the results achieved and we will keep on working on the matter.’

Read the interview with the authors about their article here.

 

 

 

 

More HOT articles

Molecular targets and anticancer activity of quinoline–chalcone hybrids: literature review
Mamdouh F. A. Mohamed and Gamal El-Din A. Abuo-Rahma, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05594H, Review

In silico identification of SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein–ACE2 complex inhibitors from eight Tecoma species and cultivars analyzed by LC-MS
Seham S. El Hawary, Usama Ramadan Abdelmohsen et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA08997D

P-stereocontrolled synthesis of oligo(nucleoside N3′→O5′ phosphoramidothioate)s – opportunities and limitations
Ewa Radzikowska, Barbara Nawrot et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA04987E

A novel cerium(III)–isatin Schiff base complex: spectrofluorometric and DFT studies and application as a kidney biomarker for ultrasensitive detection of human creatinine
Sheta M. Sheta, El-Sayed R. H. El-Gharkawy et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10133K

A simple and cost-effective approach to fabricate tunable length polymeric microneedle patches for controllable transdermal drug delivery
Yongli Chen, Xu Zhang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01382J

Consensus virtual screening of dark chemical matter and food chemicals uncover potential inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 main protease
Marisa G. Santibáñez-Morán, José L. Medina-Franco et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA04922K

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Most popular 2020 articles

Reviews

Nature as a treasure trove of potential anti-SARS-CoV drug leads: a structural/mechanistic rationale
Ahmed M. Sayed, Usama Ramadan Abdelmohsen et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA04199H

Synthesis and application of coumarin fluorescence probes
Xiao-ya Sun, Xiao-jing Wang et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10290F

Benefits and applications of microwave-assisted synthesis of nitrogen containing heterocycles in medicinal chemistry
Maged Henary, Giancarlo Cravotto et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01378A

Non-ionic small amphiphile based nanostructures for biomedical applications
Badri Parshad, Ljiljana Fruk et al. DOI: 10.1039/D0RA08092F

Papers

Facile approach to benzo[d]imidazole-pyrrolo[1,2-a]pyrazine hybrid structures through double cyclodehydration and aromatization and their unique optical properties with blue emission
Gi Hun Bae, Ikyon Kim et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01140A

Synthesis of phosphonoacetate analogues of the second messenger adenosine 5′-diphosphate ribose (ADPR)
Ondřej Baszczyňski, Barry V. L. Potter et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09284F

Evaluation of cytotoxic potential of structurally well-characterized RNA targeted ionic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) Cu(II) & Zn(II) DACH–mefenamato drug conjugates against human cancer cell lines
Huzaifa Yasir Khan, Farukh Arjmand et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07464C

Two novel ACE inhibitory peptides isolated from longan seeds: purification, inhibitory kinetics and mechanisms
Atthasith Nuchprapha, Aphichart Karnchanatat et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00093K

Antibiofilm, antimicrobial and cytotoxic activity of extracellular green-synthesized silver nanoparticles by two marine-derived actinomycete
Ahmed A. Hamed, Ahmed N. Emam et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA11021F

Enhancement of ibuprofen solubility and skin permeation by conjugation with L-valine alkyl esters
Ewa Janus, Adam Klimowicz et al. DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00100G

Extracellular electron transfer mediated by a cytocompatible redox polymer to study the crosstalk among the mammalian circadian clock, cellular metabolism, and cellular redox state
Masahito Ishikawa, Katsutoshi Hori et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10023G

Development and characterization of a babassu nut oil-based moisturizing cosmetic emulsion with a high sun protection factor
Michael Jackson Ferreira da Silva, Maria Célia Costa Pires et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00647E

Histidine-conjugated DNA as a biomolecular depot for metal ions
Soyoung Park, Hiroshi Sugiyama et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01267J

High-throughput toxicity screening of novel azepanium and 3-methylpiperidinium ionic liquids
Angela L. Tether, Stephen A. Kelly et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03107K

A ZnII complex of ornidazole with decreased nitro radical anions that is still highly active on Entamoeba histolytica
Promita Nandy, Saurabh Das et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02597F

Synthesis of tricyclic carbohydrate–benzene hybrids as selective inhibitors of galectin-1 and galectin-8 N-terminal domains
Chunxia Wu, Yuanyuan Zhang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03144E

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The year in review – Catalysis in RSC Advances 2020

Looking back at 2020, we would like to share with you some of the great research that has been published in RSC Advances over the year. We are proud to present a selection of the most popular 2020 catalysis papers, reviews and HOT articles published so far.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles and as always, all our articles are open access – free to read and accessible to everyone.

2020 HOT articles

Over the year, our reviewers and Associate Editors have handpicked articles of particular interest and marked them as HOT. We are very pleased to highlight some outstanding 2020 HOT articles on catalysis:

Ultrathin sulfate-intercalated NiFe-layered double hydroxide nanosheets for efficient electrocatalytic oxygen evolution

Xiao-Xiao Jiang, Jian-Ping Lang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00845A

Jian-Ping Lang, Soochow University, and colleagues have introduced a facile method for the synthesis and modification of ultrathin NiFe-layered double hydroxides (LDHs). The LDH nanosheets are highly efficient electrocatalysts in the oxygen evolution reaction.

We have acquired a simple and promising method for synthesizing ultrathin LDHs nanosheets. In particular, we are very excited about the universality of the synthesis of different two-dimensional materials that are widely used in the field of energy storage and conversion,’ says Lang.

Read the interview with Jian-Ping Lang about his article here.

 

 

More HOT articles

Nanocellulose enriches enantiomers in asymmetric aldol reactions
Naliharifetra Jessica Ranaivoarimanana, Takuya Kitaoka et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA07412H

NaBH4 induces a high ratio of Ni3+/Ni2+ boosting OER activity of the NiFe LDH electrocatalyst
Yaqiong Wang, Shihe Yang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA06617F

Understanding the mechanism of the competitive adsorption in 8-methylquinoline hydrogenation over a Ru catalyst
Yuan Dong, Hansong Cheng et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01277G

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Most popular 2020 articles

Reviews

Catalytic conversion of ethane to valuable products through non-oxidative dehydrogenation and dehydroaromatization
Hikaru Saito and Yasushi Sekine, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03365K

Cu2O as an emerging semiconductor in photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic treatment of water contaminated with organic substances: a review
Babatunde A. Koiki and Omotayo A. Arotiba, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA06858F

Recent advancements in g-C3N4-based photocatalysts for photocatalytic CO2 reduction: a mini review
Runlu Liu, Shenmin Zhu et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05779G

Papers

One-pot multicomponent synthesis of thieno[2,3-b]indoles catalyzed by a magnetic nanoparticle-supported [Urea]4[ZnCl2] deep eutectic solvent
The Thai Nguyen and Phuong Hoang Tran, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00773K

Green synthesis of CuO nanoparticles using Lantana camara flower extract and their potential catalytic activity towards the aza-Michael reaction
Rakesh Chowdhury, Md. Harunar Rashid et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01479F

Comparison of electrocatalytic activity of Pt1−xPdx/C catalysts for ethanol electro-oxidation in acidic and alkaline media
Qiang Zhang, Fengxing Jiang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00483A

CO2 photoreduction to CO/CH4 over Bi2W0.5Mo0.5O6 solid solution nanotubes under visible light
Yang Wang, Mingyi Zhang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00672F

Production of green diesel from catalytic deoxygenation of chicken fat oil over a series binary metal oxide-supported MWCNTs
N. Aliana-Nasharuddin, Y. H. Taufiq-Yap et al. DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08409F

Sulfamic acid incorporated HKUST-1: a highly active catalyst and efficient adsorbent
Mahmoud M. Kaid, Amr Awad Ibrahim et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01063D

Photocatalytic hydrogen evolution by co-catalyst-free TiO2/C bulk heterostructures synthesized under mild conditions
Claudio Imparato, Antonio Aronne et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01322F

One-pot synthesis at room temperature of epoxides and linalool derivative pyrans in monolacunary Na7PW11O39-catalyzed oxidation reactions by hydrogen peroxide
Castelo B. Vilanculo, Jesus Avendano Villarreal et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00047G

Three-dimensional NiCoP hollow spheres: an efficient electrode material for hydrogen evolution reaction and supercapacitor applications
Jiban K. Das, J. N. Behera et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00047G

Modification of fibrous membrane for organic and pathogenic contaminants removal: from design to application
Mohammad Neaz Morshed, Vincent Nierstrasz et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01362E

Elucidating the ionic liquid distribution in monolithic SILP hydroformylation catalysts by magnetic resonance imaging
Jakob Maximilian Marinkovic, Anders Riisager et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09515B

Characterization of biocompatible pig skin collagen and application of collagen-based films for enzyme immobilization
Li He, Yaowen Liu et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10794K

Synergistic effect of Ni–Ag–rutile TiO2 ternary nanocomposite for efficient visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity
Petri M. Leukkunen, Marko Huttula et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA07078E

Proline derived guanidine catalysts forge extensive H-bonded architectures: a solution and solid state study
Zahraa S. Al-Taie, Jack A. Wilson et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07508A

Enzyme immobilization inside the porous wood structure: a natural scaffold for continuous-flow biocatalysis
Christian Goldhahn, Munish Chanana et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10633B

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The year in review – Biological chemistry in RSC Advances 2020

Looking back at 2020, we would like to share with you some of the great research that has been published in RSC Advances over the year. We are proud to present a selection of the most popular 2020 biological chemistry papers, reviews and HOT articles published so far.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles and as always, all our articles are open access – free to read and accessible to everyone.

RSC Advances in the news

Smart capsule for non-invasive sampling and studying of the gastrointestinal microbiome
Jose Fernando Waimin, Rahim Rahimi et al. DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10986B

Source: Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

The study by Rahim Rahimi and colleagues was published in April and was covered in several news outlets. Purdue University News describes the invention: Purdue University researchers built a way to swallow a tool that acts like a colonoscopy, except that instead of looking at the colon with a camera, the technology takes samples of bacteria. The technology could also move throughout the whole GI tract, not just the colon. This tract, in addition to the colon, includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestine and rectum. Essentially, this tool would make it possible to conduct a “gut-oscopy”. A video showing how it would work is on YouTube.

It’s all about being able to take samples of bacteria anywhere in the gut. That was impossible before,’ said Rahim Rahimi, a Purdue assistant professor of materials engineering.

 

2020 HOT articles

Over the year, our reviewers and Associate Editors have handpicked articles of particular interest and marked them as HOT. We are very pleased to highlight some outstanding 2020 biological chemistry HOT articles:

Molecular crowding induces primer extension by RNA polymerase through base stacking beyond Watson–Crick rules
Shuntaro Takahashi, Naoki Sugimoto et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA06502A

In their article Shuntaro Takahashi, Naoki Sugimoto and colleagues investigated the effect of chemical environments on gene replication of the virus RNA polymerase, providing insight into not only the evolution of life but also the mechanism of mutation of the virus genome including SARS-CoV-2.

The stability of the Watson-Crick base pair is NOT always the most stable, which can be perturbed by molecular environments. Therefore, we speculated that the replication of nucleic acids in the enzyme could also be affected by molecular environments and cause replication errors”, says Professor Sugimoto. “We were excited to find the replication rules became dependent on the stacking interactions more than Watson-Crick base pairing under molecular crowding conditions. This indicates that the replication error can be simply explained by the changes in dielectric constant.

Their results suggest that the molecular environment could take part in the evolution of life by enhancing the replication error of genome sequences and highlight the significance of molecular environments of patients’ cells for spreading viruses.

Read the interview with the authors about their article here.

 

 

 

More HOT articles

Aggregation of biologically important peptides and proteins: inhibition or acceleration depending on protein and metal ion concentrations
Benjamin Gabriel Poulson, Mariusz Jaremko et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09350H, Review

Lophiostomin A–D: new 3,4-dihydroisocoumarin derivatives from the endophytic fungus Lophiostoma sp. Sigrf10
Ziling Mao, Ligang Zhou et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00538J

Read the full HOT article collection

Most popular 2020 articles

Reviews

Nanozyme-based catalytic theranostics
Yanan Zhang, Kelong Fan et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09021E

G-Protein coupled receptors: structure and function in drug discovery
Chiemela S. Odoemelam, Philippe B. Wilson et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA08003A

Antimicrobial peptides from Bombyx mori: a splendid immune defense response in silkworms
Jannatun Nesa, Octavio L. Franco et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA06864C

Papers

Anti-HIV drug repurposing against SARS-CoV-2
Peng Sang, Li-Quan Yang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA01899F

Merits of photocatalytic and antimicrobial applications of gamma-irradiated CoxNi1−xFe2O4/SiO2/TiO2; x = 0.9 nanocomposite for pyridine removal and pathogenic bacteria/fungi disinfection: implication for wastewater treatment
Gharieb S. El-Sayyad, Mohamed Gobara et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10505K

An atomic resolution description of folic acid using solid state NMR measurements
Manasi Ghosh, Krishna Kishor Dey et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03772A

Characterization of insulin cross-seeding: the underlying mechanism reveals seeding and denaturant-induced insulin fibrillation proceeds through structurally similar intermediates
Mohsen Akbarian, Ali Akbar Moosavi-Movahedi et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05414C

iTRAQ-based proteomic analysis reveals several key metabolic pathways associated with male sterility in Salvia miltiorrhiza
Ruihong Wang, Hongbo Guo et al. DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09240D

Natural deep eutectic solvent supported targeted solid–liquid polymer carrier for breast cancer therapy
Xianfu Sun, Mariappan Rajan et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03790G

Lessons learned in engineering interrupted adenylation domains when attempting to create trifunctional enzymes from three independent monofunctional ones
Taylor A. Lundby, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05490A

An intermolecular-split G-quadruplex DNAzyme sensor for dengue virus detection
Jeunice Ida, Theam Soon Lim et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05439A

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The year in review – Analytical chemistry in RSC Advances 2020

Looking back at 2020, we would like to share with you some of the great research that has been published in RSC Advances over the year. We are proud to present a selection of the most popular 2020 analytical chemistry papers, reviews and HOT articles published so far.

We hope you enjoy reading these articles and as always, all our articles are open access – free to read and accessible to everyone.

RSC Advances in the news

Confirmatory non-invasive and non-destructive differentiation between hemp and cannabis using a hand-held Raman spectrometer
Lee Sanchez, Dmitry Kurouski et al. DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08225E

In the beginning of the year, the paper by Lee Sanchez an colleagues received a lot of attention in the media, including an article in Chemistry World: “Scientists in the US have found a new use for their handheld Raman spectrometer: it can determine whether a sample should legally be classified as cannabis. In the US, hemp can contain up to 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but above that concentration, it is considered cannabis. The device produces a chemical fingerprint that clearly indicates how much THC it contains.”

 

2020 HOT articles

Over the year, our reviewers and Associate Editors have handpicked articles of particular interest and marked them as HOT. We are very pleased to highlight some outstanding 2020 analytical chemistry HOT articles:

New, inexpensive and simple 3D printable device for nephelometric and fluorimetric determination based on smartphone sensing
Ezequiel Vidal, Claudia E. Domini et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02975K

The article by Ezequiel Vidal and colleagues ‘describes the creation and validation of a cheap 3D printed device that can be attached to a smartphone for making chemical determinations. This gadget represents an ideal solution for developing countries, remote places and on site determinations.

 Read the interview with Ezequiel about his article here.

 

 

 

More HOT articles

A phenol phosphorescent microsensor of mesoporous molecularly imprinted polymers
Xiaodong Lv and Peng Gao, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02834G

Real-time and in situ observation of structural evolution of giant block copolymer thin film under solvent vapor annealing by atomic force microscopy
Kaori Takano, Tomohiro Hayashi et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09043F

A gradient screening approach for retired lithium-ion batteries based on X-ray computed tomography images
Aihua Ran, Guodan Wei et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03602A

Label-free single-molecule identification of telomere G-quadruplexes with a solid-state nanopore sensor
Sen Wang, Deqiang Wang et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05083K

Gas phase methanol synthesis with Raman spectroscopy for gas composition monitoring
Pavel Maksimov, Jero Ahola et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA04455E

Read the full HOT article collection

Most popular 2020 articles

Reviews

Flexible potentiometric pH sensors for wearable systems
Libu Manjakkal, Saoirse Dervin and Ravinder Dahiya, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA00016G

Graphene quantum dot based materials for sensing, bio-imaging and energy storage applications: a review
Y. Ravi Kumar, S. K. Khadheer Pasha et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03938A

Recent progress in chemosensors based on pyrazole derivatives
Alexis Tigreros and Jaime Portilla, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02394A

Papers

Ecofriendly densitometric RP-HPTLC method for determination of rivaroxaban in nanoparticle formulations using green solvents
Prawez Alam, Faiyaz Shakeel et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA07825H

Coupling of digital image processing and three-way calibration to assist a paper-based sensor for determination of nitrite in food samples
Zohreh Almasvandi, Ali R. Jalalvand et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10918H

Rapid, quantitative and ultra-sensitive detection of cancer biomarker by a SERRS-based lateral flow immunoassay using bovine serum albumin coated Au nanorods
Luchun Lu, Chongwen Wang et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA09471G

Room-temperature preparation of a chiral covalent organic framework for the selective adsorption of amino acid enantiomers
Fang Liu, Xiu-Ping Yan et al. DOI: 10.1039/D0RA02647F

A comparative study on the structural features of humic acids extracted from lignites using comprehensive spectral analyses
Yuanqin Zhang, Yi Su et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03166F

Slowness curve surface acoustic wave transducers for optimized acoustic streaming
Richard O’Rorke, Ye Ai et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA10452F

Electrochemical detection of 2-nitrophenol using a heterostructure ZnO/RuO2 nanoparticle modified glassy carbon electrode
Md. Tamez Uddin, Md. Akhtarul Islam et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA08669B

Di-functional luminescent sensors based on Y3+ doped Eu3+ and Tb3+ coordination polymers: fast response and visible detection of Cr3+, Fe3+ ions in aqueous solutions and acetone
Hongyan Liu, Jun Han et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA06407F

Dual enzyme-like activity of iridium nanoparticles and their applications for the detection of glucose and glutathione
Qingqing Wang, Shaoqin Liu et al., DOI: 10.1039/D0RA05342B

Microscopic investigations on the healing and softening of damaged salt by uniaxial deformation from CT, SEM and NMR: effect of fluids (brine and oil)
Jie Chen, Deyi Jiang et al., DOI: 10.1039/C9RA05866D

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Feature interview with RSC Advances Executive Editor Laura Fisher

Laura Fisher is Executive Editor for RSC Advances at the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is responsible for the strategic development of the journal, working with members of the Editorial Board and Associate Editors to ensure RSC Advances upholds its standards of quality and impact, and supports the global chemistry community. She kindly agreed to talk about her career in publishing and her aspirations for RSC Advances in the future.

You started as Managing Editor for RSC Advances in June 2019 and in January this year, you were appointed as Executive Editor. Going forward, what is your vision for the journal? What can authors and readers expect of RSC Advances in the future?

I’ve really enjoyed working with the RSC Advances team for the past year. My previous role was across five journals, all of which were much smaller and more subject-specific, as well as not being open access. RSC Advances offers completely different challenges in terms of the size of the journal and engaging with authors across a much broader subject range, and I have learned a lot in the past year! I have really enjoyed the Open Access focus, and working with our huge team of Associate Editors who cover so many different subjects and geographies, but are all so engaged with what we are doing.

In the future I would like us to engage with more and more early career researchers, and give them opportunities to be involved in the journal, whether it is as web writers on our blog, as reviewers, or as Associate Editors. I’d also really like to engage with more people who are really passionate about open access publishing, as I really believe it is the future of our field.

Soon after you started as Executive Editor, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. How has this affected you and the journal? What has been most challenging?

From a personal standpoint the biggest transitions have been working from home rather than seeing my colleagues and teammates in the office every day, and also the lack of international travel. I was lucky to get out to China and meet some of the community there last November, but it has been really strange not getting to meet authors and readers in person at conferences over the past year.

From a journal point of view we saw a big spike in submissions at the start of lockdown, when I guess more people had time for writing, and more recently a slight dip as labs are opening up and people are focussing on getting their research back on track. We are also seeing funding being limited in certain regions, which can be challenging for open access.

I also think there have been some positives though, such as the way we have learned to communicate with each other remotely through various means, and that could have a really big benefit going forwards both in terms of collaboration, but also in limiting the amount of international travel for conferences, which is a big part of both my role as an Executive Editor, as well as those of our authors, editors, and readers.

It is the International Open Access Week and you are leading one of the largest gold open access chemistry journals in the world. What makes RSC Advances an important journal in the work towards open research?

The main thing for me is that we are really trying to make open access publishing as inclusive as possible. Our APCs are some of the lowest in the industry, and we offer waivers and discounts to authors from developing countries. To me that shows that we really are doing this for the researchers, and to make chemical science more accessible for everyone.

What would you say to researchers who are on the fence about open access?

It really depends on their reasoning. For those who have concerns about whether the research is reliable and of high quality, I would highlight the fact that at RSC Advances our standards have not changed since before we were open access. Our reject rate has been steady at ~55% for the past 7 years, and this shows that we are applying the same quality standards to open access work as we were previously. 

It is also important to clarify that at the RSC we keep our editorial decisions very separate from any decisions about discounts or waivers. We do that for a good reason – so that we are only judging people’s research on the research itself, and not on the author’s ability to pay an APC. That is the way it should always be.

Finally I would tell people that one of the main benefits of open access is that your research can be read by more people. Under the subscription model only people at institutions with subscription access, or those who pay per article, can read articles, whereas with Open Access anyone can read your work. That includes people at institutions with lower budgets, people in developing countries who don’t generally have broad access to research, and people working in different fields. This means more opportunities for citation and collaboration.

You have a background in research yourself, a PhD in chemistry. Please could you tell us about that?

I did my undergraduate degree and my PhD at the University of Bath. Technically my PhD is in chemical engineering, but it had a quite heavy chemistry focus – synthesising and characterising MOFs, and then measuring their hydrogen adsorption capacity for potential use in fuel cells. After leaving Bath I completed a postdoc at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. However, I have to say I was never a very good practical chemist, and my accident-prone nature made me realise that being in the lab probably wasn’t the best career path for me. I really wanted to stay involved in science though, which is why I applied to work at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In the past, you have worked on several different journals as well as been involved in the launching of new journals. What made you interested in a career in publishing in the first place? What do you find most exciting with RSC Advances?

As I said in the previous question, it was mostly wanting to stay involved in science but recognising that a career in research didn’t really suit me. I also really enjoy writing, and initially was attracted to the language editing side of the role – helping authors improve their papers. As my career developed I realised I was better at the more outward-facing side of the editor role, and I really enjoy getting to work directly with members of the scientific community on a daily basis. The breadth of scope in RSC Advances makes that even better, because there are so many people who have published in, reviewed for, or read the journal, and each has a different insight.

What is the most common question people ask you about RSC Advances and what is your response to it?

I get a lot of questions from people who have been offered a transfer to RSC Advances from another RSC journal, asking why this is. The main reason is that we get a lot of really great work submitted to all of our journals at the RSC, but sometimes that work isn’t suitable for the journal it was submitted to, whether that is because it isn’t in scope, or because it doesn’t meet the novelty or impact standards of that journal. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t great work, and we want to keep as much of that great work as we can at the RSC, by offering the authors the option to publish in a more suitable journal. 

We see this as a service for authors, because the transfer is automatic once they approve it, so they don’t have to go through the submission process from the beginning again, and if their paper has already been through peer review, we can often use the same referees, or even the same referee reports, saving the authors time.

Sometimes a transfer offer will be made to one of our subscription journals, and sometimes it will be an open access journal, such as RSC Advances. The only criterion driving transfer offers is the suitability of the venue for the paper in question. And of course, these transfer offers are always optional! 

Do you have any favourite RSC Advances articles? If so, which ones and why?

There was a paper earlier in the year where the authors had been inspired by the way beetles capture water from the air in deserts, and had used the same concept to design a surface that could capture water from fog, with the potential to generate drinking water in arid regions. I really do love how nature can inspire scientists in so many ways!

Back in 2016–2018 when I was working on the journal Soft Matter there was a series of papers in RSC Advances and Soft Matter where the authors were engineering edible microballoons that could be used to deliver nutritional supplements to babies in developing countries. The work they had published with us helped them secure a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant. It’s really great when publications in our journals lead to work that can make such a difference in the world.

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