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Themed collection 2017 PCCP HOT Articles

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Perspective

Field-, strain- and light-induced superconductivity in organic strongly correlated electron systems

In this perspective, our recent progress in the development of novel SC organic FETs was reviewed, in which organic strongly correlated electron materials were utilised as channel materials.

Graphical abstract: Field-, strain- and light-induced superconductivity in organic strongly correlated electron systems
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

The generalized maximum hardness principle revisited and applied to atoms and molecules

Part 1 of this duology is devoted to isolated atoms and molecules, and to chemical reactions between them; we introduce here basic concepts beyond the Generalized Maximum Hardness Principle, and the corresponding Minimum Polarizability Principle, and we illustrate applicability of both principles to a broad range of chemical phenomena and distinct systems in the gas phase.

Graphical abstract: The generalized maximum hardness principle revisited and applied to atoms and molecules
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Curly arrows, electron flow, and reaction mechanisms from the perspective of the bonding evolution theory

The BET study provides the nature of the reaction mechanism by finding the electronic flow processes along the reaction progress.

Graphical abstract: Curly arrows, electron flow, and reaction mechanisms from the perspective of the bonding evolution theory
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Spectroscopy of prospective interstellar ions and radicals isolated in para-hydrogen matrices

The p-H2 matrix-isolation technique coupled with photolysis in situ or electron bombardment produces protonated or hydrogenated species important in astrochemistry.

Graphical abstract: Spectroscopy of prospective interstellar ions and radicals isolated in para-hydrogen matrices
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Unveiling universal trends for the energy level alignment in organic/oxide interfaces

Organic/oxide interfaces exhibit an energy-level-alignment universal behaviour when a bias is applied. Coulomb-blockade regime is ruled by the organic electronegativity.

Graphical abstract: Unveiling universal trends for the energy level alignment in organic/oxide interfaces
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

SAXS on a chip: from dynamics of phase transitions to alignment phenomena at interfaces studied with microfluidic devices

Microfluidic devices allow actuation on the microscale, while in situ SAXS allows visualization of these effects in relevant systems.

Graphical abstract: SAXS on a chip: from dynamics of phase transitions to alignment phenomena at interfaces studied with microfluidic devices
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Solid surface vs. liquid surface: nanoarchitectonics, molecular machines, and DNA origami

Comparisons of science and technology between these solid and liquid surfaces would be a good navigation for current-to-future developments.

Graphical abstract: Solid surface vs. liquid surface: nanoarchitectonics, molecular machines, and DNA origami
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Self-thermophoretic motion of controlled assembled micro-/nanomotors

Controlled assembled micro-/nanomotors are driven in fluid by near infrared light. The behaviour and mechanism of self-thermophoretic motion are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Self-thermophoretic motion of controlled assembled micro-/nanomotors
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

From force curves to surface nanomechanical properties

Surface science, which spans the fields of chemistry, physics, biology and materials science, requires information to be obtained on the local properties and property variations across a surface.

Graphical abstract: From force curves to surface nanomechanical properties
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Colloidal diffusion in confined geometries

Colloidal diffusion in confined geometries is analysed at the level of anisotropic pair densities.

Graphical abstract: Colloidal diffusion in confined geometries
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Unifying hydrotropy under Gibbs phase rule

A rational approach, aiming at constructing a unified theory of hydrotropy, will be presented based upon the first principles of statistical thermodynamics.

Graphical abstract: Unifying hydrotropy under Gibbs phase rule
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Multiscale simulations for understanding the evolution and mechanism of hierarchical peptide self-assembly

Multiscale molecular simulations that combine and systematically link several hierarchies can provide insights into the evolution and dynamics of hierarchical peptide self-assembly from the molecular level to the mesoscale.

Graphical abstract: Multiscale simulations for understanding the evolution and mechanism of hierarchical peptide self-assembly
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Open Access Perspective

Near-infrared photochemistry at interfaces based on upconverting nanoparticles

We review near-infrared photochemistry at interfaces based on upconverting nanoparticles, highlight its potential applications, and discuss the challenges.

Graphical abstract: Near-infrared photochemistry at interfaces based on upconverting nanoparticles
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Open Access Perspective

Limiting the valence: advancements and new perspectives on patchy colloids, soft functionalized nanoparticles and biomolecules

Artistic representation of limited valance units consisting of a soft core (in blue) and a small number of flexible bonding patches (in orange).

Graphical abstract: Limiting the valence: advancements and new perspectives on patchy colloids, soft functionalized nanoparticles and biomolecules
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Vibronic coupling in organic semiconductors for photovoltaics

Ultrafast two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy reveals vibronically-assisted coherent charge transport and separation in organic materials and opens up new perspectives for artificial light-to-current conversion.

Graphical abstract: Vibronic coupling in organic semiconductors for photovoltaics
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Open Access Perspective

Carbon nitrides: synthesis and characterization of a new class of functional materials

We examine the characterization of carbon nitrides and provide a perspective on their functional properties as next-generation materials.

Graphical abstract: Carbon nitrides: synthesis and characterization of a new class of functional materials
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Azaporphyrin phosphorus(V) complexes: synthesis, structure, and modification of optical properties

Azaporphyrinoids, such as phthalocyanines (Pcs), tetraazaporphyrins (TAPs), and tetrabenzotriazacorroles (TBCs), are some of the most well-known and successful artificial dyes and pigments in modern material chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Azaporphyrin phosphorus(v) complexes: synthesis, structure, and modification of optical properties
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Tetrel, pnictogen and chalcogen bonds identified in the gas phase before they had names: a systematic look at non-covalent interactions

Tetrel, pnictogen and chalcogen-bonded complexes: old bonds but new names.

Graphical abstract: Tetrel, pnictogen and chalcogen bonds identified in the gas phase before they had names: a systematic look at non-covalent interactions
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Perspective

Molecular electron acceptors for efficient fullerene-free organic solar cells

Small molecule electron acceptors pairing with wide bandgap or narrow bandgap electron donors are reviewed and discussed for fullerene-free organic solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Molecular electron acceptors for efficient fullerene-free organic solar cells
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Communication

Why do the Togni reagent and some of its derivatives exist in the high-energy hypervalent iodine form? New insight into the origins of their kinetic stability

A scheme for the prediction of the kinetic and thermodynamic stability of Togni-type reagents is presented. The scheme is evaluated based on computations of the isomerization and transition state energies of an array of more than 600 compounds.

Graphical abstract: Why do the Togni reagent and some of its derivatives exist in the high-energy hypervalent iodine form? New insight into the origins of their kinetic stability
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Open Access Communication

Direct estimation of the transfer integral for photoinduced electron transfer from TD DFT calculations

A simple approach to estimate the electronic coupling for photoinduced charge separation in materials and biomolecules is proposed.

Graphical abstract: Direct estimation of the transfer integral for photoinduced electron transfer from TD DFT calculations
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Communication

Electrophilicity of oxalic acid monomer is enhanced in the dimer by intermolecular proton transfer

Excess electron induces proton transfer in the dimer of oxalic acid and leads to formation of very stable anions.

Graphical abstract: Electrophilicity of oxalic acid monomer is enhanced in the dimer by intermolecular proton transfer
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Open Access Communication

LK peptide side chain dynamics at interfaces are independent of secondary structure

Real-time observation of the ultrafast motions of leucine side chains within model peptides at the water–air interface with representative folds – α-helix, 310-helix, β-strand – show that interfacial dynamics are mostly determined by surface interactions.

Graphical abstract: LK peptide side chain dynamics at interfaces are independent of secondary structure
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

Interaction with prefibrillar species and amyloid-like fibrils changes the stiffness of lipid bilayers

Prefibrillar species cause a significant reduction in the bending modulus of lipid bilayers, without large-scale morphological disruption.

Graphical abstract: Interaction with prefibrillar species and amyloid-like fibrils changes the stiffness of lipid bilayers
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

The first successful observation of in-cell NMR signals of DNA and RNA in living human cells

The first observation of NMR signals of DNA/RNA introduced into living human cells by means of pore formation by SLO and resealing.

Graphical abstract: The first successful observation of in-cell NMR signals of DNA and RNA in living human cells
Communication

Isotope effects on the resonance interactions and vibrational quantum dynamics of fluoroform 12,13CHF3

We report a comparison of the vibrational quantum dynamics based on the analysis of the low energy spectra of 13CHF3 and 12CHF3 from the THz (FIR) range to the ν1 fundamental at high resolution (Image ID:c7cp04762b-t9.gif or Doppler limited).

Graphical abstract: Isotope effects on the resonance interactions and vibrational quantum dynamics of fluoroform 12,13CHF3
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

Light induced oxidation of an indoline derived system triggered spherical aggregates

A novel indoline assisted InBT system displayed a visible colour transitions from pink to orange to yellow in chloroform owing to the photooxidation of N,N-dimethyl indoline by light irradiation at excitation wavelengths of 320 and 500 nm, which leads to spherical assemblies.

Graphical abstract: Light induced oxidation of an indoline derived system triggered spherical aggregates
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Communication

Light-induced piston nanoengines: ultrafast shuttling of a styryl dye inside cucurbit[7]uril

A proof of principle for an ultrafast molecular shuttle based on the light-operated movement of a styryl dye inside cucurbit[7]uril was described.

Graphical abstract: Light-induced piston nanoengines: ultrafast shuttling of a styryl dye inside cucurbit[7]uril
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

The effect of regioisomerism on the photophysical properties of alkylated-naphthalene liquids

Novel alkylated naphthalene liquids with a correlation among the 1- and 2-regioisomeric chemical structures and their photophysical, calorimetric and rheological properties are presented.

Graphical abstract: The effect of regioisomerism on the photophysical properties of alkylated-naphthalene liquids
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

Sibling rivalry: intrinsic luminescence from two xanthene dye monoanions, resorufin and fluorescein, provides evidence for excited-state proton transfer in the latter

Excited-state proton transfer in gas-phase fluorescein monoanions results in a broad, featureless emission band and a large Stokes shift compared to resorufin, which shares the same xanthene core structure.

Graphical abstract: Sibling rivalry: intrinsic luminescence from two xanthene dye monoanions, resorufin and fluorescein, provides evidence for excited-state proton transfer in the latter
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

Defocused dark-field orientation imaging of single gold microrods on synthetic membranes

Defocused scattering patterns allowed us to resolve both in-plane and out-of-plane angles of single AuMRs.

Graphical abstract: Defocused dark-field orientation imaging of single gold microrods on synthetic membranes
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Communication

The C-terminal cytidine deaminase domain of APOBEC3G itself undergoes intersegmental transfer for a target search, as revealed by real-time NMR monitoring

The deamination activity of A3G-CTD was first increased, but then decreased, which indicated that A3G undergoes the intersegmental transfer.

Graphical abstract: The C-terminal cytidine deaminase domain of APOBEC3G itself undergoes intersegmental transfer for a target search, as revealed by real-time NMR monitoring
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

One-step assembly of multi-layered structures with orthogonally oriented stripe-like patterns on the surface of a capillary tube

Highly-ordered, large-scale stripe patterns could be formed simultaneously on both the inner and outer surfaces of capillary tubes with orthogonal orientations.

Graphical abstract: One-step assembly of multi-layered structures with orthogonally oriented stripe-like patterns on the surface of a capillary tube
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

Coherent quantum scattering of CH4 from Ni(111)

We have measured high-resolution angular distributions of methane scattered from a Ni(111) surface at incident energies between 68.9 meV and 108.6 meV.

Graphical abstract: Coherent quantum scattering of CH4 from Ni(111)
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Open Access Communication

Indirect NMR detection of transient guanosyl radical protonation in neutral aqueous solution

Protonation of a neutral guanosyl radical at the N7 position in neutral aqueous solution has been proved by the TR CIDNP technique.

Graphical abstract: Indirect NMR detection of transient guanosyl radical protonation in neutral aqueous solution
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Communication

A reaction model on the self-assembly process of octahedron-shaped coordination capsules

Master equation was utilized to track the time evolution in a self-assembly process.

Graphical abstract: A reaction model on the self-assembly process of octahedron-shaped coordination capsules
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Communication

Non-isothermal kinetics of spin crossover

Non-isothermal magnetic studies can be used to estimate the activation energy of cooperative spin transition.

Graphical abstract: Non-isothermal kinetics of spin crossover
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Communication

Electrochemistry of single droplets of inverse (water-in-oil) emulsions

Single water droplet electrochemistry investigated for the first time, reveals the biphasic kinetics of ion transfer within water-in-oil emulsions.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemistry of single droplets of inverse (water-in-oil) emulsions
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Communication

Fano resonances in the photoinduced H-atom elimination dynamics in the πσ* states of pyrrole

The interference is supported by two distinct dynamical scenarios controlled by two exit channel conical intersections between the πσ* states and the ground electronic state.

Graphical abstract: Fano resonances in the photoinduced H-atom elimination dynamics in the πσ* states of pyrrole
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Communication

The Rashba effect and indirect electron–hole recombination in hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites

Slow electron–hole recombination, characterized by the bimolecular coefficient k2 in hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites (HOIPs), can be quantitatively accounted for by phonon-assisted processes.

Graphical abstract: The Rashba effect and indirect electron–hole recombination in hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites
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Communication

First-principles study of adsorption–desorption kinetics of aqueous V2+/V3+ redox species on graphite in a vanadium redox flow battery

Vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) represent a promising solution to grid-scale energy storage, and understanding the reactivity of electrode materials is crucial for improving the power density of VRFBs.

Graphical abstract: First-principles study of adsorption–desorption kinetics of aqueous V2+/V3+ redox species on graphite in a vanadium redox flow battery
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Communication

Susceptibility contrast by echo shifting in spatially encoded single-scan MRI

By modifying an established hybrid imaging sequence called Rapid Acquisition by Sequential Excitation and Refocusing (RASER) so as to obtain Echo-Shifted RASER sequences, we show how one can tune the contrast due to inhomogeneous Tinh2 decay.

Graphical abstract: Susceptibility contrast by echo shifting in spatially encoded single-scan MRI
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Communication

Intrinsic ferromagnetism and quantum anomalous Hall effect in a CoBr2 monolayer

The electronic, magnetic, and topological properties of a CoBr2 monolayer are studied in the framework of density-functional theory (DFT) combined with tight-binding (TB) modeling in terms of the Wannier basis.

Graphical abstract: Intrinsic ferromagnetism and quantum anomalous Hall effect in a CoBr2 monolayer
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Communication

Isomer-dependent fragmentation dynamics of inner-shell photoionized difluoroiodobenzene

The fragmentation dynamics of 2,6- and 3,5-difluoroiodobenzene after iodine 4d inner-shell photoionization with soft X-rays are studied using coincident electron and ion momentum imaging.

Graphical abstract: Isomer-dependent fragmentation dynamics of inner-shell photoionized difluoroiodobenzene
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Communication

Unzipping and shearing DNA with electrophoresed nanoparticles in hydrogels

Under electric control, nanoparticles are used as electromechanical actuators for releasing DNA from hydrogel by dehybridization.

Graphical abstract: Unzipping and shearing DNA with electrophoresed nanoparticles in hydrogels
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Communication

The shielding cone in spherical aromatic structures: insights from models for spherical 2(N + 1)2 aromatic fullerenes

The shielding cone in spherical aromatic fullerenes is of long-range character and permits multiple orientations.

Graphical abstract: The shielding cone in spherical aromatic structures: insights from models for spherical 2(N + 1)2 aromatic fullerenes
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Communication

High-resolution FTIR spectroscopy of trisulfane HSSSH: a candidate for detecting parity violation in chiral molecules

We present the first analysis of high resolution infrared spectra for trisulfane, a candidate to measure molecular parity violation.

Graphical abstract: High-resolution FTIR spectroscopy of trisulfane HSSSH: a candidate for detecting parity violation in chiral molecules
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Communication

Cage-like B39+ clusters with the bonding pattern of σ + π double delocalization: new members of the borospherene family

The recently observed cage-like borospherenes D2d B40−/0 and C3/C2 B39 have attracted considerable attention in chemistry and materials science.

Graphical abstract: Cage-like B39+ clusters with the bonding pattern of σ + π double delocalization: new members of the borospherene family
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Communication

Dissociative and non-dissociative adsorption of O2 on Cu(111) and CuML/Ru(0001) surfaces: adiabaticity takes over

Adiabatic molecular spin-quenching during the approach of O2 to Cu(111) and CuML/Ru(0001) surfaces.

Graphical abstract: Dissociative and non-dissociative adsorption of O2 on Cu(111) and CuML/Ru(0001) surfaces: adiabaticity takes over
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Open Access Communication

Anionic and cationic Hofmeister effects are non-additive for guanidinium salts

The interaction of spherical anions and cations with a model amide is additive, except for salts containing the guanidinium cation.

Graphical abstract: Anionic and cationic Hofmeister effects are non-additive for guanidinium salts
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Communication

Prediction of strong O–H/M hydrogen bonding between water and square-planar Ir and Rh complexes

The very strong O–H/M interaction between a water molecule and a neutral square-planar complex (−9.83 kcal mol−1) is calculated using a quantum chemical method.

Graphical abstract: Prediction of strong O–H/M hydrogen bonding between water and square-planar Ir and Rh complexes
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Communication

Quantitative assessment of kosmotropicity of hydrated ionic liquids by nuclear magnetic resonance

The NMR chemical shift variation of H2O varied with the component ion and reflected the kosmotropicity quantitatively in hydrated ionic liquids.

Graphical abstract: Quantitative assessment of kosmotropicity of hydrated ionic liquids by nuclear magnetic resonance
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Open Access Communication

Light-driven rotary molecular motors without point chirality: a minimal design

Despite lacking a stereocenter, light-driven cyclohexenylidene-pyrrolinium molecular motors achieve unidirectional rotary motion through the asymmetry afforded by the puckered cyclohexenylidene.

Graphical abstract: Light-driven rotary molecular motors without point chirality: a minimal design
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Communication

Interfacial defects induced electronic property transformation at perovskite SrVO3/SrTiO3 and LaCrO3/SrTiO3 heterointerfaces

Unravelling the atomic structure and chemical species of interfacial defects is critical to understanding the origin of interfacial properties in many heterojunctions.

Graphical abstract: Interfacial defects induced electronic property transformation at perovskite SrVO3/SrTiO3 and LaCrO3/SrTiO3 heterointerfaces
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

Alpha-tocopherol inhibits pore formation in oxidized bilayers

Alpha-tocopherols (α-toc; vitamin E) play a crucial role in protecting biological membranes from free radicals.

Graphical abstract: Alpha-tocopherol inhibits pore formation in oxidized bilayers
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
Communication

Understanding the connection between conformational changes of peptides and equilibrium thermal fluctuations

A novel computational method to analyze jointly the vibrational fluctuations and the conformational dynamics of peptides and proteins in water at equilibrium.

Graphical abstract: Understanding the connection between conformational changes of peptides and equilibrium thermal fluctuations
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Open Access Communication

Mechanism and kinetics of the electrocatalytic reaction responsible for the high cost of hydrogen fuel cells

Free energy barrier as a function of applied potential for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR) on Pt(111) surface.

Graphical abstract: Mechanism and kinetics of the electrocatalytic reaction responsible for the high cost of hydrogen fuel cells
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Binding energies of hydrated cobalt(II) by collision-induced dissociation and theoretical studies: evidence for a new critical size

Thermochemical determination of Co2+(H2O)x, where x = 4–11, hydration energies by guided ion beam tandem mass spectrometry and using quantum chemical calculations.

Graphical abstract: Binding energies of hydrated cobalt(ii) by collision-induced dissociation and theoretical studies: evidence for a new critical size
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Photon-mediated hybridization of molecular vibrational states

The formation of polaritons with tunable contributions from the bonds of two different molecules is demonstrated in a microfluidic device.

Graphical abstract: Photon-mediated hybridization of molecular vibrational states
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Influence of macroscopic defects on the corrosion behavior of U–0.79 wt%Ti alloy in sodium chloride solution

The local physical chemistry of the corrosion behavior of a U–Ti alloy was studied via the scanning electrochemical composite probe (SECP) technique.

Graphical abstract: Influence of macroscopic defects on the corrosion behavior of U–0.79 wt%Ti alloy in sodium chloride solution
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
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Exploration of H2 binding to the [NiFe]-hydrogenase active site with multiconfigurational density functional theory

The combination of density functional theory (DFT) with a multiconfigurational wave function is an efficient way to include dynamical correlation in calculations with multiconfiguration self-consistent field wave functions.

Graphical abstract: Exploration of H2 binding to the [NiFe]-hydrogenase active site with multiconfigurational density functional theory
From the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles
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Filament dynamics in confined chemical gardens and in filiform corrosion

Once rescaled by the preferred wavenumber ω* of the curvature power spectrum, both filiform corrosion and chemical garden filaments display similar dynamics.

Graphical abstract: Filament dynamics in confined chemical gardens and in filiform corrosion
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Development of a reactive force field for the Fe–C interaction to investigate the carburization of iron

The excellent performance of carbon diffusion measurements with ReaxFF compared to MEAM is presented.

Graphical abstract: Development of a reactive force field for the Fe–C interaction to investigate the carburization of iron
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An analysis of the explosion limits of hydrogen/oxygen mixtures with nonlinear chain reactions

The ignition boundary of hydrogen/oxygen mixtures is a Z-shaped curve in the pressure–temperature space, demonstrating the existence of three explosion limits.

Graphical abstract: An analysis of the explosion limits of hydrogen/oxygen mixtures with nonlinear chain reactions
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Effect of phase coarsening under melt annealing on the electrical performance of polymer composites with a double percolation structure

Effect of phase coarsening on CB NP network formation and the electrical performance of double percolated PP/PS/CB composites under quiescent melt annealing.

Graphical abstract: Effect of phase coarsening under melt annealing on the electrical performance of polymer composites with a double percolation structure
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A high-performance electrochemical supercapacitor based on a polyaniline/reduced graphene oxide electrode and a copper(II) ion active electrolyte

High capacitance is obtained by using Cu(II) ions as a cathodic active electrolyte to work with a polyaniline/reduced graphene oxide anode.

Graphical abstract: A high-performance electrochemical supercapacitor based on a polyaniline/reduced graphene oxide electrode and a copper(ii) ion active electrolyte
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Vibrational energy relaxation dynamics of diatomic molecules inside superfluid helium nanodroplets. The case of the I2 molecule

The vibrational relaxation (VER) of a X2 molecule in a 4He superfluid nanodroplet (HeND; 0.37 K) was studied adapting a quantum approach recently proposed by us. In the first theoretical study on the VER of molecules inside HeND the I2 molecule was examined [cascade mechanism (νν − 1; ν − 1 → ν − 2; …) and time scale of ns].

Graphical abstract: Vibrational energy relaxation dynamics of diatomic molecules inside superfluid helium nanodroplets. The case of the I2 molecule
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Impact of bi-axial strain on the structural, electronic and optical properties of photo-catalytic bulk bismuth oxyhalides

The structural, electronic and optical properties of bulk bismuth oxyhalides, BiOX (X = F, Cl, Br, and I), were studied using state-of-the-art density functional theory (DFT)-based calculations.

Graphical abstract: Impact of bi-axial strain on the structural, electronic and optical properties of photo-catalytic bulk bismuth oxyhalides
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Kinetics of the simplest Criegee intermediate reaction with ozone studied using a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser spectrometer

The first experimental study of Criegee intermediate reactions with ozone, clarifying its role in atmosphere and laboratory studies of ozonolysis.

Graphical abstract: Kinetics of the simplest Criegee intermediate reaction with ozone studied using a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser spectrometer
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Sensitivity-enhanced detection of non-labile proton and carbon NMR spectra on water resonances

Chemical exchange saturation transfer experiments can enhance the NMR signals of non-labile protons and carbons by relaying their evolution to an abundant water signal via J-couplings and exchanges.

Graphical abstract: Sensitivity-enhanced detection of non-labile proton and carbon NMR spectra on water resonances
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