Chemical Science Reviewer Spotlight – February 2023

To further thank and recognise the support from our excellent reviewer community, we are highlighting reviewers who have provided exceptional support to the journal over the past year.

This month, we’ll be highlighting Katherine Bujold, Sabrina Conoci, Tierui Zhang and Junpei Yuasa. We asked our reviewers a few questions about what they enjoy about reviewing, and their thoughts on how to provide a useful review.

Katherine Bujold, McMaster University










Katherine Bujold, McMaster University. Katherine’s research group focuses on the synthesis and development of chemically modified DNA nanostructures for biological applications. More specifically, the group is studying how backbone modifications and biocompatible ligands can facilitate the cell entry and/or cell surface of nucleic acid-based nanostructures.

Tierui Zhang, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences












Tierui Zhang, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Tierui’s research focuses on the discovery of novel solar-responsive nanomaterials for the sustainable conversion of resource molecules such as water, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen into fuels and valuable chemicals.


Sabrina Conoci, University of Messina














Sabrina Conoci, University of Messina. Sabrina’s work involves the development of bio-nano-technologies for medical applications including PCR-free nucleic acids detection, cancer research and regenerative medicine


Junpei Yuasa, Tokyo University of Science














Junpei Yuasa, Tokyo University of Science. Junpei’s research interests include metal assemblies exhibiting chiroptical properties, such as circularly polarized luminescence (CPL).


What encouraged you to review for Chemical Science?

Sabrina Conoci: I was encouraged to review because Chemical Science is a top journal with cutting-edge research papers.


What piece of advice would you give your past self when preparing your first review?

Tierui Zhang:  I would like to suggest my past self develops his review skills by learning from excellent reviews. He should treat every manuscript with care and respect and give comments clearly, thoughtfully, and productively.


What do you enjoy most about reviewing?

Junpei Yuasa: I am always happy to review papers from Chemical Science, because I can learn a lot of new techniques and chemistry insights from the high quality manuscripts submitted to the journal.

Tierui Zhang: By reviewing, I can catch up with the state-of-the-art works in research fields I am interested in, which is important to identify the orientation and direction of my research.


What has been your biggest learning point from reviewing?

Katherine Bujold: It is important to give clear and constructive feedback for suggested improvements to the paper. This way, the authors will have an easier time making the proposed changes to their manuscript.


Tune in next month to meet our next group of #ChemSciReviewers!


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