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Call for papers: Photoluminescence of lanthanide-doped phosphor materials

RSC Advances is delighted to announce a new themed collection titled ‘Photoluminescence of lanthanide-doped phosphor materials’. This collection is Guest Edited by Dr Ram Sagar Yadav (Banaras Hindu University), Prof. Bryce S. Richards (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Professor Joanna Pisarska (University of Silesia) and Professor Xinyu Ye (JiangXi University of Science and Technology).

Scope: 

The aim of this collection is to focus on the synthesis, as well as the structural and optical properties, of different types of lanthanide-doped phosphor materials, such as phosphors, nano-phosphors and phosphor composites. This collection welcomes primary research articles as well as review articles, related to the synthesis, characterization and applications of different types of the lanthanide-doped phosphor materials.

The lanthanide ions can produce multicolor photoluminescence, and contain various distinct energy levels in which some are meta-stable. Each energy level can be excited with a certain excitation wavelength, with the emitted light of lanthanide ions covering emissions in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared regions. Due to the various properties of lanthanide ions, lanthanide-doped phosphor materials can be utilised for different technological applications in various fields, such as display devices, red-green-blue (RGB) emitting materials, light emitting diodes (LEDs), phosphor-converted LEDs (pc-LEDs), white LEDs, solar cell, optical heating, temperature sensing and bio-imaging.

Lanthanide ions also enable upconversion (UC) and downconversion (DC) of photons. The UC process is helpful for measuring the temperature sensing sensitivity of different phosphor materials, as it depends on the fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) of the two thermally coupled (TC)/non-thermally coupled (NTC) emitting levels. In these cases, the emission intensity of one level is found to increase while that of the other decreases when the external temperature of the sample is increased, and vice-versa. This generates lattice vibration in the host lattice, which initiates a shift in the population of the excited ions from one level to the other. The plot between FIR-based sensitivity and external temperature gives temperature sensing, which can be examined in the other lanthanide-doped phosphor materials.

The aim of this collection is to focus on the synthesis, as well as the structural and optical properties, of different types of lanthanide-doped phosphor materials, such as phosphors, nano-phosphors and phosphor composites. This collection welcomes primary research articles as well as review articles, related to the synthesis, characterization and applications of different types of the lanthanide-doped phosphor materials.

Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advanced materials for wastewater treatment and desalination
  • Synthesis of green nanomaterials
  • Advanced nanocomposites from waste resources
  • Nanocomposite modification and functionalization
  • Computational studies of nanocomposite materials
  • Life-cycle analysis of nanocomposite materials

How to submit:
Both Papers and Review articles will be considered for this issue. All submissions will be subject to an initial assessment by Associate Editors and, if suitable for the journal, they will be subject to rigorous peer review to meet the usual high standards of RSC Advances.

Our APC is among the lowest in the industry and there are no submission charges. Discounts and waivers are offered to authors from developing countries.

If you would like to submit to this issue the manuscript should be prepared according to our article guidelines and submitted via our online system anytime before the submission deadline of 30 January 2023. During submission, authors will be asked if they are submitting for a themed collection and should include the name of the themed collection. If you would like to submit but require additional time to prepare your article, please do let us know by contacting the journal.

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RSC Advances Outstanding Student Paper Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce our winners for the RSC Advances Outstanding Student Paper Awards 2021.

These awards recognise outstanding work published in the journal in 2021, for which a substantial component of the research was conducted by a student. We received over 900 nominations, which were shortlisted, and the winning papers were then selected by our Editorial Board and Associate Editors. Below, we highlighted the winner of each subject category, and highlight the research paper that won them the award.

Analytical chemistry

Vanessa N. Ataide, São Paulo University, Brazil

Vanessa is recognised for her outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Enhanced performance of pencil-drawn paper-based electrodes by laser-scribing treatment.

Vanessa graduated in Chemistry (2015) from Presbyterian Mackenzie University. She received her M.Sc. (2018) from the Institute of Chemistry of the University of São Paulo under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Thiago R. L. C. Paixão. She is currently a Ph.D. student with the same supervisor and in the same institution. Her research interests include electrochemical paper-based devices, carbon materials, fabrication of electrochemical sensors using low-cost techniques, and analytical applications involving clinical and environmental interest species. She receives financial support from São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP (Grant Number: 2018/14462-0). She is currently doing an internship at Colorado State University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Charles S. Henry, supported by FAPESP (Grant Number: 2021/10388-2). She is developing carbon-based low-cost electrochemical devices for the detection of Covid-19.

Biological & medicinal chemistry

Nova O. Dora, University of Kent, UK

Nova is recognised for her outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs) as nanoscale enhancers of cisplatin anticancer activity

Nova grew up in London and developed a strong interest in Science whilst at school. She went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Kent, Canterbury during which she completed her final year research project investigating mechanisms of drug resistance in cancer cell lines. This was an area of great interest and so Nova then stayed at the University of Kent to complete a Masters by Research investigating the potential of supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs) as novel cancer treatments. After completing her masters program, Nova completed a PGCE in secondary education and is now a science teacher at a secondary school in West London. In her free time Nova likes to partake in sports such as netball and swimming and enjoys travelling and reading.

Catalysis

Jairus L. Lamola, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Jairus is recognised for his outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Evaluation of P-bridged biaryl phosphine ligands in palladium-catalysed Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling reactions.

Jairus Lamola was born in Sebokeng, a small township in Gauteng Province, South Africa. He graduated with BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry, and BSc Hons Chemistry degrees from the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He then obtained a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry, in 2018 under the supervision of Dr Edwin Mmutlane. He received the Faculty of Science Dean’s award for the best final-year BSc student in 2015 as well as the top third-year student awards in Chemistry and Biochemistry (2015).

He started PhD studies in Organic Chemistry in 2019 under the supervision of Prof. Chris Maumela and co-supervision of Prof. Cedric Holzapfel and Dr Paseka Moshapo. His doctoral research focuses on the design and development of novel P-bridged biaryl phosphine ligands for palladium-catalysed cross-coupling reactions. The PhD study has so far resulted in the publication of four research articles in international peer reviewed journals. Although he spends most of his time learning new aspects of life, he also enjoys cooking, storytelling, admiring nature and its biodiversity.

Computational and theoretical chemistry

Abhishek T. Sose, Virginia Tech, USA

Abhishek is recognised for his outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Modelling drug adsorption in metal–organic frameworks: the role of solvent.

Abhishek Tejrao Sose is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. student working under the supervision of Dr. Sanket Deshmukh in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research is focused on the integration of the newly emerging field of artificial intelligence (AI) with Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations to accelerate the design of new hybrid materials including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), for biomedical and energy applications. A large part of his research also involves the development of accurate and transferable all-atom (AA) and coarse-grained (CG) models that are accelerated by optimization algorithms.

After finishing his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in 2017, Abhishek decided to pursue his doctoral studies at Virginia Tech. Thus far, he has published four peer-reviewed journal articles (including three first-authored articles) as part of his Ph.D. experience and given 6 oral presentations and 5 poster presentations at national and international conferences. Recently he was awarded the ‘Best poster award’ at Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII) Technical Conference & review 2022 at Virginia Tech for his work on investigating the molecular-level interactions between polymers and functionalized metal-organic frameworks. Moreover, his work on the development of forcefield interactions between MoS2 and water was featured as a supplementary cover for The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (JPCC). His latest work on the ‘Investigation of structure and dynamics of water confined between hybrid layered materials of graphene, boron nitride, and molybdenum disulfide’ was published in The Journal of Material Science as an invited article.

Energy chemistry

Alexandra H. Teodor, University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Alexandra is recognised for her outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Aqueous-soluble bipyridine cobalt(ii/iii) complexes act as direct redox mediators in photosystem I-based biophotovoltaic devices. 

Alexandra Heather Teodor was born in 1995. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry in 2016 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, focusing her studies on analytical and physical biochemistry. Alexandra then enrolled in the doctoral program of the joint University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Graduate School of Genome Science and Technology. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Barry Bruce to pursue her doctoral research in bio-hybrid electronic devices, furthering her interests in spectroscopy, physical, and electrochemical sciences. Alexandra graduated with her PhD in 2022, and accepted a job offer as a Space Photovoltaics Scientist for The Aerospace Corporation in California. She hopes to continue doing impactful work that will give back to the community.

Environmental chemistry 

Yin Sim Ng, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Yin Sim Ng is recognised for his outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in The enhancement of treatment capacity and the performance of phytoremediation system by fed batch and periodic harvesting

Yin Sim Ng was born and raised in Penang, Malaysia. He gained his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering, from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2014. During undergraduate studies, he secured JPA scholarship from Public Service Department of Malaysia. He thereafter successfully registered himself as a Graduate Engineer with Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). His passion and interest in biology, environmentally consciousness and the exposure to the final year project drove him to take up graduate studies in research related to phytoremediation and green technology (sustainable water and wastewater treatment). He joined Associate Professor Dr. Derek Chan Juinn Chieh group specialised in biochemical process and biotechnology involving plant and cell in the same faculty.

His Masters’ research focussed on phytoremediation studies in evaluating the exact phytoremediation rate (inorganics removal such as ammonia, nitrate and phosphate) by axenic method, the performance in fish farm wastewater and enhancing their treatment capacity and efficiency. He succeeded in isolation of the axenic cultures of Hemianthus callitrichoides, Vesicularia montagnei (Christmas moss), Salvinia molesta, Spirodela polyrhiza, and Lemna sp. for his study and side projects. He also received travel bursary from the university to attend International Phytotechnologies Conference in Hangzhou, China that organised by International Phytotechnology Society (IPS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSCAS) in Autumn 2016. He obtained Master of Science (Chemical Engineering) in 2018. His doctorate studies concentrate on the role, mechanism, and mitigation of fouling from marine algae and their organics in the membrane distillation system. He obtained MyMaster Scholarship from Ministry of Education Malaysia and USM Fellowship from the university for his studies. So far, he has published 8 international journal papers and 1 conference proceedings (ISI and Scopus indexed). He was invited to perform 2 manuscript reviews in Journal of Hazardous Materials. He is also a member of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Microbiology Society, UK.

Food chemistry

Yao Lu, Renmin University of China, China

Yao Lu is recognised for her outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Promotion effects of flavonoids on browning induced by enzymatic oxidation of tyrosinase: structure–activity relationship

Yao Lu received her M.S degree from the Department of Chemistry, Renmin University of China in 2021, under the guidance of Prof. Rui-Min Han. Her research field is physical chemistry mainly concerning the interactions of flavonoids with tyrosinase. Her research interest is biochemical reaction mechanism in the perspective of optical spectroscopy.

Inorganic chemistry

Aayushi Arora & Preeti Oswal, Doon University, India

Aayushi & Preeti are recognised for their outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Catalytically active nanosized Pd9Te4 (telluropalladinite) and PdTe (kotulskite) alloys: first precursor-architecture controlled synthesis using palladium complexes of organotellurium compounds as single source precursors

Ms. Aayushi Arora who was born in Agra (INDIA) in the year 1993, studied at Doon University Dehradun (2017-2021) for Ph.D. under supervision of Dr. Arun Kumar. She has been the recipient of the highly prestigious Indo-U.S. Fellowship for Women in STEMM (WISTEMM). With this fellowship, she carried out research work in 2020 at Texas A&M University, U.S.A under supervision of Prof. John A. Gladysz. She has also been felicitated by the Hon’ble Governor of the State of Uttarakhand (INDIA) at Rajbhawan on Uttarakhand Foundation Day for her achievements as a young woman in science. Her research includes development and applications of new catalytic systems, designing fluorescent probes for sensing of metal ions and Werner’s complexes for hydrogen bond donor catalysis. She has contributed to publishing more than two dozen of publications including articles and book chapters. In a short span of time, her h-index is 8.

Preeti Oswal was born in Himachal Pradesh, India in 1995. After receiving B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemistry in year 2017, she became the recipient of a highly prestigious and national-level DST-INSPIRE fellowship from Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India for pursuing Ph.D. research for five years. For last 04 and half years, she has been a Ph.D. scholar at Department of Chemistry, Doon University Dehradun (INDIA) under supervision of Dr. Arun Kumar. She is working on designing novel organochalcogen and organophosphorous compounds which she uses as building blocks for catalysts and electrolysts. Her research experience includes homogeneous, heterogenous and nano-catalysis of various organic reactions such as Suzuki coupling, C-O coupling, aldehyde to amide transformation, allylation of aldehydes and Sonogashira coupling. She has also fabricated Pd6P at nanoscale and explored its electrocatalytic application in hydrogen evolution reaction. At a very young age and in a short span of time, she has contributed to publishing more than 20 articles in the journals of high repute, and 4 book chapters.

Materials chemistry

Shyam K. Pahari, University of Massachusetts, USA

Shyam is recognised for his outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Designing high energy density flow batteries by tuning active-material thermodynamics

Shyam Pahari is a doctoral candidate in inorganic chemistry at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, studying energy materials in the lab of Prof. Patrick Cappillino. His dissertation research focuses on designing high energy-density active materials for non-aqueous redox flow batteries by examining the effect of molecular structure on thermodynamic properties of electrolytes. In particular, he investigates the interplay between solvation free energy and lattice enthalpy in determining active material solubility utilizing experimental and computational approaches.

Shyam is a first-generation college student and holds Master’s in Science from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, he briefly worked as a high school chemistry teacher.

Nanoscience

Mina Shawky Adly, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Mina is recognised for his outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Efficient removal of heavy metals from polluted water with high selectivity for Hg(ii) and Pb(ii) by a 2-imino-4-thiobiuret chemically modified MIL-125 metal–organic framework

Mina Fanous is currently a lecturer of physical chemistry at Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University. He earned his Bachelor of Science at Mansoura University, in 2012, and his master degree in Physical Chemistry from the same university. He received a joint supervision grant from the Ministry of Higher Education from 2019 to 2020. He has worked under the supervision of professor Samy El-Shall at the College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. In his thesis, he pioneered metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for different applications in adsorption and catalysis. He has obtained Ph.D. degree in surface chemistry and catalysis
in 2021 from Mansoura Univesity. Recently, Mina’s research focuses on the synthesis of new MOFs and their applications related to the environment and energy such as heavy metals removal, solar steam generation, and supercapacitors. He supervises research activities in the same field and teaches surface chemistry to bachelor students in different programs at the faculty of science as well as catalysis to students at the faculty of education. He has been involved in a collaborative research project financed by STDF in Egypt. He has seven publications
in high impacted journals, one in JACS journal.

Organic chemistry

Ajaz Ahmed, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, India

Ajaz is recognised for his outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in Conversion of N-acyl amidines to amidoximes: a convenient synthetic approach to molnupiravir (EIDD-2801) from ribose

Ajaz Ahmed was born and brought up in the Poonch District of Jammu & Kashmir. He received B.Sc. from Govt Gandhi Memorial Science College Jammu, India, and M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from Bundelkhand University Jhansi, U. P. India. Following this, he joined Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) Jammu, a laboratory under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Jammu, Govt of India in August 2017 as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) after qualifying National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by CSIR. He has cracked various national level exams like, CSIR-NET-JRF Dec.-2016, CSIR-NET-JRF-June 2017, GATE-2016, GATE-2019, and GATE-2020 conducted by IIT. He has recently submitted his thesis entitled “N-Glycosylation as a Tool Box for the Generation of Medicinally Important Nucleosides and Disaccharide Mimetics” to Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) for Ph.D degree under the supervision of Dr. Debaraj Mukherjee, Principal  scientist in Natural Product and Medicinal Chemistry Division. His area of research is glycoscience which includes nucleoside chemistry, oligosaccharide synthesis, total synthesis of biologically active compounds, development of novel methods for glycosylation. and affordable routes for active phramacetical ingredients (API). He has 11 published papers in different reputed journals of organic chemistry and 2 review articles to his credits and also filed three patents related to API synthesis.

Physical chemistry

Rosaria Cercola, University of York, UK

Rosaria is recognised for her outstanding contribution in the research advance presented in A “one pot” mass spectrometry technique for characterizing solution- and gas-phase photochemical reactions by electrospray mass spectrometry

Rosaria Cercola joined Caroline Dessent’s group at the University of York in 2015 as a PhD student, where she explored the gas-phase photochemistry of biological and pharmaceutical molecules.

She also developed a passion for science communication and outreach throughout her journey. She is now the Editorial Assistant at Science in School, the European journal for science teachers funded and supported by EIROforum.

Outside of work, Rosaria is the founder of “PhD and then what?” where she addresses themes like life abroad, PhD journey and post PhD careers.

 

Please welcome us in congratulating all of our winners!

 

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May & June 2022 RSC Advances Popular Advances Articles

Welcome to May & June’s Popular Advances article round up!

Every month we update our 2022 RSC Advances Popular Advances Article Collection to showcase all of the articles selected by our reviewers and handling editors as Popular Advances in 2022. Don’t forget to come back next month to check out our latest Popular articles.

We hope you enjoy reading and as always, all of our articles are open access so you can easily share your favourites online and with your colleagues.

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A two-step screening to optimize the signal response of an auto-fluorescent protein-based biosensor
Shunsuke Tajima, Eiji Nakata, Reiko Sakaguchi, Masayuki Saimura, Yasuo Moric and Takashi Morii
RSC Adv., 2022, 12, 15407-15419

N,N-Dimethylformamide-stabilized ruthenium nanoparticle catalyst for β-alkylated dimer alcohol formation via Guerbet reaction of primary alcohols
Tatsuki Nagata, Kanji Okada, Ryota Kondo, Takashi Toyao, Ken-ichi Shimizu, Takeyuki Suzuki and Yasushi Obora
RSC Adv., 2022, 12, 16599-16603

Metal- and base-free tandem sulfonylation/cyclization of 1,5-dienes with aryldiazonium salts via the insertion of sulfur dioxide
Xiaohong Wang, Fengzhi You, Baojian Xiong, Lei Chen, Xuemei Zhang and Zhong Lian
RSC Adv., 2022, 12, 16745-16750

Pyridine appended 2-hydrazinylthiazole derivatives: design, synthesis, in vitro and in silico antimycobacterial studies
Ramkishore Matsa, Parameshwar Makam, Guneswar Sethi, Ahammed Ameen Thottasseri, Aswani Raj Kizhakkandiyil, Krishna Ramadas, Vignesh Mariappan, Agieshkumar Balakrishna Pillai and Tharanikkarasu Kannan
RSC Adv., 2022, 12, 18333-18346

 

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Call for papers: Metal Extraction and Recycling

RSC Advances is delighted to announce a new themed collection titled ‘Metal Extraction and Recycling’. This collection is Guest Edited by Professor Jason Love (University of Edinburgh), Professor Alexandre Chagnes (University of Lorraine), Professor Isabelle Billard (Université Grenoble Alpes), Professor Magdalena Regel-Rosocka (Poznan University of Technology), Dr Euan Doidge (Imperial College London)

Scope: 

This themed collection aims to highlight the chemistry and chemical processes that underpin, and provide insight into, metal extraction and recycling. Metal recycling and extraction is an exciting and diverse topic for which fundamental chemical knowledge and its application are required. It is hoped that this collection would provide both greater awareness of the issues in metal extraction and recycling and showcase the advances provided by chemists and researchers in allied disciplines.

How to submit:

Both Papers and Review articles will be considered for this issue. All submissions will be subject to an initial assessment by Associate Editors and, if suitable for the journal, they will be subject to rigorous peer review to meet the usual high standards of RSC Advances.

Our APC is among the lowest in the industry and there are no submission charges. Discounts and waivers are offered to authors from developing countries.

If you would like to submit to this issue the manuscript should be prepared according to our article guidelines and submitted via our online system anytime before the submission deadline of 21 December 2022. During submission, authors will be asked if they are submitting for a themed collection and should include the name of the themed collection. If you would like to submit but require additional time to prepare your article, please do let us know by contacting the journal.

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April 2022 RSC Advances Review Articles

Welcome to April’s review round up!

Every month we update our 2022 Reviews in RSC Advances collection to showcase all of the review articles published in RSC Advances in 2022. Don’t forget to come back next month to check out our latest reviews.

We hope you enjoy reading and as always, all of our articles are open access so you can easily share your favourites online and with your colleagues.

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Browse a selection of our April reviews below:

Development of nano- and microdevices for the next generation of biotechnology, wearables and miniaturized instrumentation
Luna R. Gomez Palacios and A. Guillermo Bracamonte
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 12806-12822

Recent advances in the application of magnetic bio-polymers as catalysts in multicomponent reactions
Zohreh Kheilkordi, Ghodsi Mohammadi Ziarani, Fatemeh Mohajer, Alireaza Badiei and Mika Sillanpää
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 12672-12701

Major contaminants of emerging concern in soils: a perspective on potential health risks
Naga Raju Maddela, Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan, Dhatri Kakarla, Kadiyala Venkateswarlue, and Mallavarapu Megharaj
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 12396-12415

A review on I–III–VI ternary quantum dots for fluorescence detection of heavy metals ions in water: optical properties, synthesis and application
Bambesiwe M. May, Mokae F. Bambo, Seyed Saeid Hosseini, Unathi Sidwaba, Edward N. Nxumalo, and Ajay K. Mishra
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 11216-11232

Electrode materials for stretchable triboelectric nanogenerator in wearable electronics
Irthasa Aazem, Dhanu Treasa Mathew, Sithara Radhakrishnan, K. V. Vijoy, Honey John, Daniel M. Mulvihill, and Suresh C. Pillai
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 10545-10572

Review on the preparation and application of lignin-based carbon aerogels
Cai-Wen Wu, Peng-Hui Li, Yu-Meng Wei, Chi Yang, and Wen-Juan Wu
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 10755-10765

Emerging cold plasma treatment and machine learning prospects for seed priming: a step towards sustainable food production
Amruta Shelar, Ajay Vikram Singh, Paul Dietrich, Romi Singh Maharjan, Andreas Thissen, Pravin N. Didwal, Manish Shinde, Peter Laux, Andreas Luch, Vikas Mathe, Timotheus Jahnke, Manohar Chaskar, and Rajendra Patil
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 10467-10488

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April 2022 Popular Advances Articles

Welcome to April’s Popular Advances article round up!

Every month we update our 2022 RSC Advances Popular Advances Article Collection to showcase all of the articles selected by our reviewers and handling editors as Popular Advances in 2022. Don’t forget to come back next month to check out our latest Popular articles.

We hope you enjoy reading and as always, all of our articles are open access so you can easily share your favourites online and with your colleagues.

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Synthesis and evaluation of new chalcones and oximes as anticancer agents
Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 10307-10320

Linking heat and electricity supply for domestic users: an example of power-to-gas integration in a building
Emanuele Moioli
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 10355-10365

Rhabdastrenones A–D from the sponge Rhabdastrella globostellata
Do Thi Trang, Dan Thi Thuy Hang, Duong Thi Dung, Nguyen Thi Cuc, Pham Hai Yen, Phan Thi Thanh Huong, Le Thi Huyen, Nguyen Xuan Nhiem, Bui Huu Tai, and Phan Van Kiem
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 10646-10652

Comparison of mesoporous fractal characteristics of silica-supported organocatalysts derived from bipyridine-proline and resultant effects on the catalytic asymmetric aldol performances
Guangpeng Xu, Liujie Bing, Bingying Jia, Shiyang Bai, and Jihong Sun
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 10800-10814

Diverse and efficient catalytic applications of new cockscomb flower-like Fe3O4@SiO2@KCC-1@MPTMS@CuII mesoporous nanocomposite in the environmentally benign reduction and reductive acetylation of nitroarenes and one-pot synthesis of some coumarin compounds
Morteza Hasanpour Galehban, Behzad Zeyenizadeh, and Hossein Mousavi
RSC Adv., 2022,12, 11164-11189

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Call for papers: Chemistry in Biorefineries

RSC Advances is delighted to announce a new themed collection titled ‘Chemistry in Biorefineries‘. This collection is Guest Edited by Professor Alejandro Rodríguez Pascual (Universidad de Cordoba), Professor Carlos Martín Medina (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) and Professor Fabio Montagnaro (University of Naples Federico II).

Scope

The non-renewable nature of fossil fuels makes the current economic model unsustainable. The biorefinery concept, which takes traditional refineries as a starting point and adapts them to environmentally friendly processes based on bioresources as raw materials, has attracted the interest of a large number of scientists. Recent sustainable mobility outlooks indicate that electrification will coexist for a long time with combustion-based propulsion, thus entrusting biorefinery processes and the production of advanced biofuels with increasing importance.

Achieving a sustainable production of bio-based fuels, chemicals and materials requires a deep understanding of the chemistry behind biorefining processes. In this themed collection, we would like to invite researchers to submit original research papers directed to deepen the current knowledge of chemistry in biorefinery. Potential topics include:

  • New raw materials, analysis and characterization of biomass
  • Chemistry of pre-treatment and/or fractionation processes
  • Catalytic and biocatalytic conversion to biofuels, platform chemicals and fine chemicals
  • Thermal processes for the conversion of biomass into biofuels
  • Clean technologies
  • Biobased polymers; natural fiber-based polymeric composites
  • Lignonanocellulose and nanocellulose chemistry
  • New industrial experiences
  • LCA
  • Food applications of lignocellulose-derived products

How to Submit

Both Papers and Review articles will be considered for this issue. All submissions will be subject to an initial assessment by Associate Editors and, if suitable for the journal, they will be subject to rigorous peer review to meet the usual high standards of RSC Advances.

Our APC is among the lowest in the industry and there are no submission charges. Discounts and waivers are offered to authors from developing countries.

If you would like to submit to this issue the manuscript should be prepared according to our article guidelines and submitted via our online system anytime before the submission deadline of 30 November 2022. During submission, authors will be asked if they are submitting for a themed collection and should include the name of the themed collection. If you would like to submit but require additional time to prepare your article, please do let us know by contacting the journal.

 

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RSC Advances Popular Advances – an Interview with Ponnadurai Ramasami

We are very pleased to introduce Professor Ponnadurai Ramasami, who is joint corresponding author on the paper, Theoretical study of a derivative of chlorophosphine with aliphatic and aromatic Grignard reagents: SN2@P or the novel SN2@Cl followed by SN2@C?. The manuscript was well received by reviewers and was handpicked by our reviewers and handling editors to be part of our Popular Advances collection.  Ponnadurai told us more about the work that went into this article and what he hopes to achieve in the future. You can find out more about the authors and their article below. To view our other Popular Advances, please explore our collection here.

 

Professor Ponnadurai Ramasami, CSci, CChem, FRSC, FICCE, MMast, received his PhD in Physical Chemistry and became full Professor in 2013. He leads the Computational Chemistry Group, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at the University of Mauritius. The research group focuses on the use of computational methods to solve chemistry and interdisciplinary problems. The group is particularly interested in collaborating with experimentalists, and they use computational methods to complement experimental research. He has already published 260 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and he has edited several books. He is the chairman of the annual Virtual Conference on Chemistry and its Applications.

 

 

 

 

 

Could you briefly explain the focus of your article to the non-specialist (in one or two sentences only) and why it is of current interest?

The focus of the article is the computational investigation of SN2 reactions in organic molecules which contain both phosphorus and chlorine atoms.

The SN2 reaction mechanism was discovered in the 1930’s by scientists Hughes and Ingold, and since then has been used in a number of syntheses; however, it is still of current interest as new aspects of this mechanism, at the molecular level, are still being discovered. These aspects include new sites of nucleophilic attack which are not immediately chemically intuitive.

How big an impact could your results potentially have?

In textbooks, SN2 reactions are defined in a firm way, often taking the example of SN2 at the carbon atom, detailing hill-shaped potential energy surfaces and nucleophilic attack at one specific atom centre. However, our research indicates that these well-established facts may change. Potential energy surfaces may take the shape of single, double or triple wells or a combination of hill and well shapes. The most preferred site of nucleophilic attack may change according to what neighbouring groups are present in the molecule of interest. It is important to include and try to explain these differences in chemistry textbooks.

Could you explain the motivation behind this study?

The Computational Chemistry Group of the University of Mauritius (CCUoM) was set up in 2003 in the Department of Chemistry. Our interest has always been on the investigation of different aspects of reaction mechanisms. We have a programme to study SN2 reaction mechanisms, which resulted in two PhD graduates and several publications. We started by studying the effect of different nucleophiles. Another part of the programme involved studying SN2 reactions at different atoms within one molecule. This started in 2017, when we came across one experimental study which involved SN2 at the phosphorus atom. We tried to explain the results of this experimental study using computational methods, which led us to discover SN2 at the chlorine atom.

In your opinion, what are the key design considerations for your study?

For SN2 reactions, the key design considerations involve the reactive atom centres, neighbouring groups, the solvent and the nucleophiles. These may be used to tune reactions to design molecules of interest.

Which part of the work towards this paper proved to be most challenging?

Working with bulky molecules was the most challenging part. Computations involving bulky molecules are demanding in terms of computational cost. It is often challenging to strike the right balance between computational cost and accuracy of results.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment?

When this research project started, it was about SN2 reactions at the phosphorus atom but along the research journey, we stumbled on the SN2 at the chlorine atom, which offers a new world of possibilities to investigate. The possibilities are what we are most excited about.

What is the next step? What work is planned?

Our next projects will involve changing key factors in the SN2 reaction mechanism involving the chlorine atom and determining the effect. We are considering changing the nucleophiles which we investigated, modifying the solvent system, and changing neighbouring groups. We are also considering investigating SN2 reactions at other reactive atoms, such as bromine and iodine.

 

Theoretical study of a derivative of chlorophosphine with aliphatic and aromatic Grignard reagents: SN2@P or the novel SN2@Cl followed by SN2@C?

Nandini Savoo,a   Lydia Rhyman*ab  and  Ponnadurai Ramasami*ab

 

 

 

 

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Research infographic: SWIR emissive RosIndolizine dyes with nanoencapsulation in water soluble dendrimers

The use of small molecule fluorescent probes for high resolution in vivo biological imaging has profoundly impacted clinical diagnostics.

Jared H. Delcamp et al. from the University of Mississippi and University of Southern Mississippi have synthesised two new xanthene-based rosindolizine dyes that demonstrate great potential to be applied as fluorescent imaging probes in the shortwave infrared region.

Find out more about RozIndz dyes in the open access article:

SWIR emissive RosIndolizine dyes with nanoencapsulation in water soluble dendrimers

Jared H. Delcamp et al. , RSC Adv., 2021,11, 27832-27836

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Call for papers: Advanced Nanocomposites for Desalination and Wastewater Treatment

RSC Advances is delighted to announce a new themed collection titled ‘Advanced Nanocomposites for Desalination and Wastewater Treatment’. This collection is Guest Edited by Professor Ahmad Fauzi Ismail (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Professor PeiSean Goh (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Professor Takeshi Matsuura (University of Ottawa, Canada).

 

Scope

Wastewater treatment and desalination have long served as viable options to provide safe drinking water and to reduce the environmental impact of human activities. Over the past decades, extensive works have been dedicated to the development of advanced functional materials that show enhanced physicochemical properties for applications in desalination and wastewater treatment. Currently, advanced nanocomposite materials are at the forefront of this research. Through the combination of two or more nanomaterials, synergistic effects can be achieved to augment the performances of a broad range of materials. These nanocomposite materials are bestowed with astonishing characteristics such as high hydrophilicity, high surface area, richness in surface functionalities, fast transport, and high selectivity. This special issue aims to collect and compile research articles and reviews focusing on the development of advanced nanocomposite materials for water and wastewater treatment.

Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advanced materials for wastewater treatment and desalination
  • Synthesis of green nanomaterials
  • Advanced nanocomposites from waste resources
  • Nanocomposite modification and functionalization
  • Computational studies of nanocomposite materials
  • Life-cycle analysis of nanocomposite materials

 

How to submit

Both Papers and Review articles will be considered for this issue. All submissions will be subject to an initial assessment by Associate Editors and, if suitable for the journal, they will be subject to rigorous peer review to meet the usual high standards of RSC Advances.

Our APC is among the lowest in the industry and there are no submission charges. Discounts and waivers are offered to authors from developing countries.

If you would like to submit to this issue the manuscript should be prepared according to our article guidelines and submitted via our online system anytime before the submission deadline of 30 November 2022. During submission, authors will be asked if they are submitting for a themed collection and should include the name of the themed collection. If you would like to submit but require additional time to prepare your article, please do let us know by contacting the journal.

 

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