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Themed collection 2016 Emerging Investigators

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Contributors to the Emerging Investigators issue 2016

From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Feature Article

Modelling spin Hamiltonian parameters of molecular nanomagnets

With significant development in the computational methods applied to open-shell systems and tremendous improvements in computing resources, molecular modelling has become an integral part of the study of molecular magnetism. In this feature study, we have attempted to provide a bird's-eye view of the modelling of various spin Hamiltonian parameters of molecular nanomagnets.

Graphical abstract: Modelling spin Hamiltonian parameters of molecular nanomagnets
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Feature Article

Exploiting redox activity in metal–organic frameworks: concepts, trends and perspectives

This feature article highlights latest developments in experimental, theoretical and computational concepts relevant to redox-active metal–organic Frameworks.

Graphical abstract: Exploiting redox activity in metal–organic frameworks: concepts, trends and perspectives
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Feature Article

On the outside looking in: redefining the role of analytical chemistry in the biosciences

Analytical chemistry has much to offer to an improved understanding of biological systems.

Graphical abstract: On the outside looking in: redefining the role of analytical chemistry in the biosciences
Feature Article

Bioreductive fluorescent imaging agents: applications to tumour hypoxia

The development of new optical chemosensors for various reductases presents an ideal approach to visualise areas of tissue hypoxia.

Graphical abstract: Bioreductive fluorescent imaging agents: applications to tumour hypoxia
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Feature Article

Organic nanophotonic materials: the relationship between excited-state processes and photonic performances

Organic active nanophotonics: excited-state coupled photonic behaviours strongly determine the optical performances of organic nanomaterials. The photonic actions and related material properties can be well controlled by tailoring the intra/inter-molecular excited-state processes.

Graphical abstract: Organic nanophotonic materials: the relationship between excited-state processes and photonic performances
Communication

Photoelectrochemical study of p-GaP(100)|ZnO|AuNP devices: strategies for enhanced electron transfer and aqueous catalysis

We report a photocathode device consisting of GaP, a metal oxide (Al2O3 or ZnO), a phosphonate-C12-thiol monolayer, and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs).

Graphical abstract: Photoelectrochemical study of p-GaP(100)|ZnO|AuNP devices: strategies for enhanced electron transfer and aqueous catalysis
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Small-pore driven high capacitance in a hierarchical carbon via carbonization of Ni-MOF-74 at low temperatures

Low temperature carbonization of Ni-MOF-74 yields carbon with high specific capacitance linked to the presence of very small micropores.

Graphical abstract: Small-pore driven high capacitance in a hierarchical carbon via carbonization of Ni-MOF-74 at low temperatures
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Pt(II) coordination complexes as visible light photocatalysts for the oxidation of sulfides using batch and flow processes

A new catalytic system for the photooxidation of sulfides based on Pt(II) complexes is presented.

Graphical abstract: Pt(ii) coordination complexes as visible light photocatalysts for the oxidation of sulfides using batch and flow processes
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Observation of uniform ligand environments and 31P–197Au coupling in phosphine-terminated Au nanoparticles

Phosphine-terminated gold nanoparticles exhibit unexpectedly uniform ligand environments that enable the identification of 31P–197Au coupling for the first time in these systems.

Graphical abstract: Observation of uniform ligand environments and 31P–197Au coupling in phosphine-terminated Au nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Frontiers in Nanocrystal Surface Chemistry
Open Access Communication

Re-engineering a NiFe hydrogenase to increase the H2 production bias while maintaining native levels of O2 tolerance

A single site amino acid exchange yields a NiFe hydrogenase with increased bias towards hydrogen production but conserved oxygen tolerance.

Graphical abstract: Re-engineering a NiFe hydrogenase to increase the H2 production bias while maintaining native levels of O2 tolerance
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Passive tumour targeting and extravasation of cylindrical polymer brushes in mouse xenografts

The passive tumour targeting and extravasation performance of PEGMA-based cylindrical polymer brushes was investigated, including their behaviour upon changes to their aspect ratio.

Graphical abstract: Passive tumour targeting and extravasation of cylindrical polymer brushes in mouse xenografts
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Selective partial hydrogenation of alkynes to (Z)-alkenes with ionic liquid-doped nickel nanocatalysts at near ambient conditions

A selective hydrogenation method for forming (Z)-alkenes from alkynes has been developed using a catalyst system of cheap Ni-NPs in a nitrile functionalised imidazolium based ionic liquid (IL) operating under very mild reaction conditions of 30–50 °C and 1–4 bar H2 pressure.

Graphical abstract: Selective partial hydrogenation of alkynes to (Z)-alkenes with ionic liquid-doped nickel nanocatalysts at near ambient conditions
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Dynamic covalent assembly and disassembly of nanoparticle aggregates

A new type of dynamic covalent nanoparticle (NP) building block is reported, exhibiting rapid constitutional adaptation in a NP-bound monolayer of boronate esters, and formation of covalently linked NP assemblies, which despite being connected by covalent bonds, can be fully disassembled on application of a chemical stimulus.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic covalent assembly and disassembly of nanoparticle aggregates
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Synthesis of aryl trimethylstannanes from aryl halides: an efficient photochemical method

An efficient transition-metal-free photochemical method featuring excellent functional group tolerance, mild reaction conditions and short reaction times has been discovered and developed for the synthesis of (hetero)aryl trimethylstannanes from (hetero)aryl halides.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of aryl trimethylstannanes from aryl halides: an efficient photochemical method
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Exploiting the equilibrium dynamics in the self-assembly of inorganic macrocycles based upon polyoxothiometalate building blocks

Manipulation of the equilibrium dynamics allowed access to new thermodynamic minima and formation of two new inorganic macrocycles, {Mo16} = {(Mo2O2S2)8(OH)16(C4O4)2}4− and {Mo12} = {(Mo2O2S2)6(OH)12(CH3COO)2}2−.

Graphical abstract: Exploiting the equilibrium dynamics in the self-assembly of inorganic macrocycles based upon polyoxothiometalate building blocks
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Integration of protein tethering in a rapid and label-free SERS screening platform for drugs of abuse

This report proposes a label-free, versatile approach for screening drugs of abuse using a combination of protein tethering and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

Graphical abstract: Integration of protein tethering in a rapid and label-free SERS screening platform for drugs of abuse
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Synthesis of high molecular weight polyethylene using iminopyridyl nickel catalysts

Polyethylene with a molecular weight of more than one million could be generated using iminopyridyl nickel catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of high molecular weight polyethylene using iminopyridyl nickel catalysts
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Electron trapping on Fe3+ sites in photodoped ZnO colloidal nanocrystals

Experimental study of photodoped colloidal Fe-doped ZnO quantum dots suggest electrons trap on Fe3+ sites before accumulating in the ZnO conduction band.

Graphical abstract: Electron trapping on Fe3+ sites in photodoped ZnO colloidal nanocrystals
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Ring-opening metathesis polymerization of 1,2-disubstituted cyclopropenes

We report the first study of ROMP of 1,2-CPs, which yielded narrowly dispersed polymers but exhibited a surprising slow termination reaction.

Graphical abstract: Ring-opening metathesis polymerization of 1,2-disubstituted cyclopropenes
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Cyclopentadiene-mediated hydride transfer from rhodium complexes

Attempts to generate a proposed rhodium hydride catalytic intermediate instead resulted in isolation of (Cp*H)Rh(bpy)Cl (1), a pentamethylcyclopentadiene complex, formed by C–H bond-forming reductive elimination from the fleeting rhodium hydride.

Graphical abstract: Cyclopentadiene-mediated hydride transfer from rhodium complexes
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

A highly selective fluorogenic probe for the detection and in vivo imaging of Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase

Fine-tuning the BODIPY chemical structure to develop a highly selective fluorophore for Cu/Zn SOD.

Graphical abstract: A highly selective fluorogenic probe for the detection and in vivo imaging of Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Stabilization of plasmon resonance in Cu2−xS semiconductor nanoparticles

Tetrathiomolybdate prevents the spontaneous and oxygen-induced change in copper vacancy concentration that alters near-IR absorption in copper sulphide nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Stabilization of plasmon resonance in Cu2−xS semiconductor nanoparticles
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Capsoplexes: encapsulating complexes via guest recognition

A new dinuclear Ni–NHC complex is able to selectively recognise and self-assemble with guests via tennis-ball like encapsulation, exemplarily demonstrated employing halides.

Graphical abstract: Capsoplexes: encapsulating complexes via guest recognition
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Supramolecular pathway selection of perylenediimides mediated by chemical fuels

We demonstrate supramolecular pathway selection of a perylenediimide derivative in aqueous solution using chemically fueled redox reactions to control assembly/disassembly cycles.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular pathway selection of perylenediimides mediated by chemical fuels
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Development of a disaggregation-induced emission probe for the detection of RecA inteins from Mycobacterium tuberculosis

A novel fluorescent sensor with disaggregation-induced emission characteristics has been developed for the detection of RecA inteins from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Graphical abstract: Development of a disaggregation-induced emission probe for the detection of RecA inteins from Mycobacterium tuberculosis
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

endo-Functionalized molecular tubes: selective encapsulation of neutral molecules in non-polar media

Four endo-functionalized molecular tubes show high binding affinity and selectivity to neutral molecules.

Graphical abstract: endo-Functionalized molecular tubes: selective encapsulation of neutral molecules in non-polar media
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Flexible macrocycles as versatile supports for catalytically active metal clusters

Here we present three structurally diverse clusters stabilised by the same macrocyclic polyphenol; t-butylcalix[8]arene.

Graphical abstract: Flexible macrocycles as versatile supports for catalytically active metal clusters
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Chemical fragment arrays for rapid druggability assessment

Incorporation of early druggability assessment in the drug discovery process provides a means to prioritize target proteins for high-throughput screening.

Graphical abstract: Chemical fragment arrays for rapid druggability assessment
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Shedding light on an ultra-bright photoluminescent lamellar gold thiolate coordination polymer [Au(p-SPhCO2Me)]n

The first structure elucidation of a lamellar gold thiolate coordination polymer exhibiting intense photoemission (QY ∼ 70%) due to ligand–metal-to-ligand transitions.

Graphical abstract: Shedding light on an ultra-bright photoluminescent lamellar gold thiolate coordination polymer [Au(p-SPhCO2Me)]n
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Biomass derived solvents for the scalable production of single layered graphene from graphite

Levulinic acid, a biomass derived green and sustainable solvent, was found to exfoliate graphite to single and few layered graphene.

Graphical abstract: Biomass derived solvents for the scalable production of single layered graphene from graphite
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Multi-responsive coordination polymers utilising metal-stabilised, dynamic covalent imine bonds

Incorporation of dynamic imine bonds into coordination polymers yields stable polymers that are sensitive to a range of stimuli.

Graphical abstract: Multi-responsive coordination polymers utilising metal-stabilised, dynamic covalent imine bonds
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Directly linked hydroporphyrin dimers

The synthesis and chemical, photophysical and electrochemical characterisation of directly mesomeso- or meso-β-linked hydroporphyrin (chlorin) dimers is reported.

Graphical abstract: Directly linked hydroporphyrin dimers
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Organic base-catalysed solvent-tuned chemoselective carbotrifluoromethylation and oxytrifluoromethylation of unactivated alkenes

An unprecedented and efficient organic base-catalysed highly chemoselective carbo- and oxytrifluoromethylation of unactivated alkenes with Togni's reagent was developed.

Graphical abstract: Organic base-catalysed solvent-tuned chemoselective carbotrifluoromethylation and oxytrifluoromethylation of unactivated alkenes
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Molecular level insight on the adsorption of carboxylic acids to oxide nanoparticles in aqueous solution by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) from a liquid microjet is used to follow a chemical reaction at the aqueous-nanoparticle interface.

Graphical abstract: Molecular level insight on the adsorption of carboxylic acids to oxide nanoparticles in aqueous solution by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

E–H (E = B, Si, Ge) bond activation of pinacolborane, silanes, and germanes by nucleophilic palladium carbene complexes

The polarity of the Pd–C bond can be tuned by the phosphine substituents of palladium carbene complexes as shown by the reactions of these compounds with silanes.

Graphical abstract: E–H (E = B, Si, Ge) bond activation of pinacolborane, silanes, and germanes by nucleophilic palladium carbene complexes
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Synthesis of functionalized amino epoxides by a three-component coupling involving aziridines, arynes and aldehydes

A three-component coupling of arynes, aziridines and aldehydes/isatins resulting in the synthesis of N-aryl α-amino epoxides has been demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of functionalized amino epoxides by a three-component coupling involving aziridines, arynes and aldehydes
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Radical C–H arylations of (hetero)arenes catalysed by gallic acid

Gallic acid is able to catalyse radical C–H arylations of (hetero)arenes with diazonium salts at room temperature in water–acetone. As gallic acid is present in multiple bio-wastes, this methodology unleashes an alternative method for waste reutilization.

Graphical abstract: Radical C–H arylations of (hetero)arenes catalysed by gallic acid
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

A photoluminescent indium–organic framework with discrete cages and one-dimensional channels for gas adsorption

This microporous structure is a novel 3,4,4-connected structure simultaneously built from the mutually competitive [In(CO2)4] and [Eu2(CO2)4(H2O)4] secondary building units together with the tricarboxylate ligand.

Graphical abstract: A photoluminescent indium–organic framework with discrete cages and one-dimensional channels for gas adsorption
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Highly-oriented Fe2O3/ZnFe2O4 nanocolumnar heterojunction with improved charge separation for photoelectrochemical water oxidation

A highly-oriented Fe2O3/ZnFe2O4 heterojunction photoanode with well-defined morphology is featured for improving charge separation efficiency.

Graphical abstract: Highly-oriented Fe2O3/ZnFe2O4 nanocolumnar heterojunction with improved charge separation for photoelectrochemical water oxidation
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Open Access Communication

Fast microwave treatments of single source alkoxides for nanostructured Li-ion battery electrodes

Low cost and green synthetic approach for the preparation of metal alkoxide precursors in the synthesis of phase pure olivine LiFe1−xMnxPO4 (x = 0, 0.5 and 1) and Mn3O4 hausmannite nanostructures through fast microwave and ultrasound-assisted routes.

Graphical abstract: Fast microwave treatments of single source alkoxides for nanostructured Li-ion battery electrodes
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
Communication

Carbene-derived α-acyl formamidinium cations: organic molecules with readily tunable multiple redox processes

Singlet carbenes can impart stability, but can also be used to tailor the electrochemical properties of redox-active organic molecules.

Graphical abstract: Carbene-derived α-acyl formamidinium cations: organic molecules with readily tunable multiple redox processes
From the themed collection: 2016 Emerging Investigators
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Now on its sixth year, this annual special issue showcases research carried out by internationally recognised, up-and-coming scientists in the early stages of their independent careers, and who are making outstanding contributions to their respective fields. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

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