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Themed collection Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

15 articles
Editorial

The extraordinary impact of Michael Faraday on chemistry and related subjects

To mark the sesquicentenary of his passing, this editorial, by one of Michael Faraday’s distant successors as Director and Fullerian Professor at the RI, focuses on Faraday's output and influence as a scientist.

Graphical abstract: The extraordinary impact of Michael Faraday on chemistry and related subjects
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Feature Article

What [plasma used for growing] diamond can shine like flame?

The gas-phase chemistry underpinning the chemical vapour deposition of diamond from microwave-activated methane/hydrogen plasmas is surveyed.

Graphical abstract: What [plasma used for growing] diamond can shine like flame?
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Feature Article

Acetylene Hydrochlorination Using Au / Carbon: A Journey Towards Single Site Catalysis

From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Feature Article

The RSC Faraday prize lecture of 1989 on platinum

This article outlines many of Michael Faraday's views on, and experiments with, platinum. It also describes the continuing importance and utilization of platinum, both as perceived in 1989 and from present perspectives.

Graphical abstract: The RSC Faraday prize lecture of 1989 on platinum
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Open Access Feature Article

Long range electrostatic forces in ionic liquids

Experimental evidence for long range surface forces in ionic liquids is collated and examined, key outstanding questions are identified, and possible mechanisms underpinning these long range forces are explored.

Graphical abstract: Long range electrostatic forces in ionic liquids
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Open Access Feature Article

Transient electrochemistry: beyond simply temporal resolution

Transient electrochemistry is a powerful method to solve many physicochemical issues.

Graphical abstract: Transient electrochemistry: beyond simply temporal resolution
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Communication

Calculation and experimental measurement of paramagnetic NMR parameters of phenolic oximate Cu(II) complexes

Unusual 1H and 13C NMR shifts for paramagnetic bisoximato copper(II) complexes are understood by combining DFT calculations and multidimensional experiments.

Graphical abstract: Calculation and experimental measurement of paramagnetic NMR parameters of phenolic oximate Cu(ii) complexes
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Communication

High magnetic relaxivity in a fluorescent CdSe/CdS/ZnS quantum dot functionalized with MRI contrast molecules

Fluorescent quantum dots functionalized with Gd(III) MRI contrast agents produce an unprecedentedly high T1 relaxivity per particle (6800 mM−1 s−1).

Graphical abstract: High magnetic relaxivity in a fluorescent CdSe/CdS/ZnS quantum dot functionalized with MRI contrast molecules
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Communication

A kinetic study of mechanochemical halogen bond formation by in situ31P solid-state NMR spectroscopy

In situ 31P solid-state NMR studies of mechanochemical halogen bond formation provide insights into the cocrystallisation process and an estimate of the activation energy.

Graphical abstract: A kinetic study of mechanochemical halogen bond formation by in situ31P solid-state NMR spectroscopy
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Communication

Tri- and hexaferrocenyl-substituted subphthalocyanines in the quest for the optimum electron donor–acceptor distances

Three and six ferrocenyl subunits have been attached to the periphery of subphthalocyanines (SubPcs).

Graphical abstract: Tri- and hexaferrocenyl-substituted subphthalocyanines in the quest for the optimum electron donor–acceptor distances
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Open Access Communication

Photoinduced energy- and electron-transfer from a photoactive coordination cage to bound guests

The array of naphthyl chromophores in a self-assembled cage can effect photoinduced energy- or electron-transfer to guests in the central cavity.

Graphical abstract: Photoinduced energy- and electron-transfer from a photoactive coordination cage to bound guests
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Communication

Imaging plasma membrane phase behaviour in live cells using a thiophene-based molecular rotor

A thiophene-based molecular rotor was used to probe ordering and viscosity within artificial lipid bilayers and live cell plasma membranes.

Graphical abstract: Imaging plasma membrane phase behaviour in live cells using a thiophene-based molecular rotor
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Communication

Hydrogen bonding mediated orthogonal and reversible self-assembly of porphyrin sensitizers onto TiO2 nanoparticles

We report on the orthogonal, highly directional and reversible self-assembly of porphyrins onto TiO2 nanoparticles by means of hydrogen bonding interactions.

Graphical abstract: Hydrogen bonding mediated orthogonal and reversible self-assembly of porphyrin sensitizers onto TiO2 nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Open Access Communication

Room temperature methoxylation in zeolites: insight into a key step of the methanol-to-hydrocarbons process

Neutron scattering methods studying mobility and vibrational spectra observed complete room temperature methoxylation in a commercial sample of methanol-to-hydrocarbons (MTH) catalyst H-ZSM-5.

Graphical abstract: Room temperature methoxylation in zeolites: insight into a key step of the methanol-to-hydrocarbons process
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Open Access Communication

The first near-linear bis(amide) f-block complex: a blueprint for a high temperature single molecule magnet

An unprecedented near-linear bis(amide) f-element complex has been prepared by utilizing bulky silylamide ligands. This Sm(II) complex is a blueprint for the next generation of single molecule magnets, where predictions for the Dy(III) analogue suggest they could operate above 77 K.

Graphical abstract: The first near-linear bis(amide) f-block complex: a blueprint for a high temperature single molecule magnet
From the themed collection: Commemorating Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
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About this collection

This year we are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Michael Faraday, perhaps one of the most prolific and influential scientists who ever lived. His ground-breaking research into the relationship between electricity and magnetism ultimately led to the invention of the electric motor.

One of his most well-known creations, the Faraday cage, is the basis of MRI machines which are routinely used for a range of medical diagnoses. He also discovered benzene, pioneered research into nanotechnology, and gave his name to the Faraday Effect, Faraday’s Law, and the SI unit of capacitance, the farad.

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we are honouring Michael Faraday with a special Chemical Communications web themed issue, highlighting key discoveries and developments in physical chemistry.

New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

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