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Themed collection Celebrating the ChemSocRev Lectureship winners

29 items
Review Article

Molecular engineering of organic electroactive materials for redox flow batteries

With high scalability and independent control over energy and power, redox flow batteries (RFBs) stand out as an important large-scale energy storage system.

Graphical abstract: Molecular engineering of organic electroactive materials for redox flow batteries
Open Access Review Article

Inverse electron demand Diels–Alder reactions in chemical biology

The emerging inverse electron demand Diels–Alder (IEDDA) reaction stands out from other bioorthogonal reactions by virtue of its unmatchable kinetics, excellent orthogonality and biocompatibility.

Graphical abstract: Inverse electron demand Diels–Alder reactions in chemical biology
Review Article

Emerging tellurium nanostructures: controllable synthesis and their applications

This review summarizes the recent advances in the design and controlled synthesis of Te nanostructures, their novel properties and potential applications.

Graphical abstract: Emerging tellurium nanostructures: controllable synthesis and their applications
Review Article

A chemistry and material perspective on lithium redox flow batteries towards high-density electrical energy storage

This review summarizes the latest advances and challenges from a chemistry and material perspective on Li-redox flow batteries that combine the synergistic features of Li-ion batteries and redox flow batteries towards large-scale high-density energy storage systems.

Graphical abstract: A chemistry and material perspective on lithium redox flow batteries towards high-density electrical energy storage
Review Article

BODIPY-based probes for the fluorescence imaging of biomolecules in living cells

This review covers recent advances in the development of BODIPY-based fluorescent probes for biological studies.

Graphical abstract: BODIPY-based probes for the fluorescence imaging of biomolecules in living cells
From the themed collection: Imaging Agents
Open Access Review Article

Probing the nature of upconversion nanocrystals: instrumentation matters

Understanding upconversion nanocrystals: this review intends to summarize instrumental matters related to the characterization of upconversion nanocrystals from surface structures to intrinsic properties to ultimate challenges in nanocrystal analysis at single-particle levels.

Graphical abstract: Probing the nature of upconversion nanocrystals: instrumentation matters
Review Article

Recent advances in C–S bond formation via C–H bond functionalization and decarboxylation

The development of mild and general methods for C–S bond formation has received significant attention because the C–S bond is indispensable in many important biological and pharmaceutical compounds.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in C–S bond formation via C–H bond functionalization and decarboxylation
Review Article

Graphene-based macroscopic assemblies and architectures: an emerging material system

In this critical review, the latest advances on emerging material systems, i.e., graphene-based macroscopic assemblies and architectures including 1D fibers/ribbons, 2D films/papers, 3D network-structured monoliths and their composite counterparts with either polymers or nano-objects are overviewed. The potential applications of these graphene-based macroscopic assemblies and architectures are also discussed.

Graphical abstract: Graphene-based macroscopic assemblies and architectures: an emerging material system
Review Article

Transition metal-mediated bioorthogonal protein chemistry in living cells

Transition metal-mediated chemical conversions have rapidly expanded our intracellular protein chemistry toolbox, which would broaden our view on bioorthogonal chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Transition metal-mediated bioorthogonal protein chemistry in living cells
Open Access Review Article

Addition of CF3 across unsaturated moieties: a powerful functionalization tool

This review summarizes recent methodologies for the simultaneous formation of C–CF3 and C–C or C–heteroatom bonds by formal addition reactions to alkenes.

Graphical abstract: Addition of CF3 across unsaturated moieties: a powerful functionalization tool
Review Article

Nanostructured hydrotreating catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution

Nanostructuring is a useful strategy to improve the activity of some known hydrotreating catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured hydrotreating catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution
Review Article

Nanoparticles meet electrospinning: recent advances and future prospects

In this critical review, the latest advances on nanoparticles–electrospun fibres by post-treatment of the as-prepared electrospun fibres or directly adding nanoparticles into electrospun solution have been overviewed. The application potentials of the nanoparticle–electrospun fibre composites and the trends in this emerging field have been described.

Graphical abstract: Nanoparticles meet electrospinning: recent advances and future prospects
Open Access Review Article

Recent progress in metal–organic complexes for optoelectronic applications

This critical review reports recent advances in the development of metal–organic complexes for optoelectronic applications.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in metal–organic complexes for optoelectronic applications
Open Access Review Article

Spiropyran-based dynamic materials

Covalent immobilisation of the spiropyran moiety onto macromolecular supports or inorganic scaffolds allows for the creation of robust dynamic materials.

Graphical abstract: Spiropyran-based dynamic materials
Review Article

Nanostructured metal chalcogenides: synthesis, modification, and applications in energy conversion and storage devices

This review discusses the recent advances on liquid-phase synthesis, modifications, and energy-related applications of nanostructured metal chalcogenide materials.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured metal chalcogenides: synthesis, modification, and applications in energy conversion and storage devices
From the themed collection: Chemistry of functional nanomaterials
Review Article

Enhancing solar cell efficiency: the search for luminescent materials as spectral converters

This review highlights the recent advances in the field of luminescent materials as spectral converters for photovoltaic applications.

Graphical abstract: Enhancing solar cell efficiency: the search for luminescent materials as spectral converters
Tutorial Review

Heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 by metal oxides: defect engineering – perfecting imperfection

In this review, we discuss how metal oxides with designed defects can be synthesized and engineered, to enable heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of gaseous carbon dioxide to chemicals and fuels.

Graphical abstract: Heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 by metal oxides: defect engineering – perfecting imperfection
Open Access Tutorial Review

Computational materials design of crystalline solids

Recent advances in the computational techniques and procedures for the design of functional materials are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Computational materials design of crystalline solids
Open Access Tutorial Review

Natural product modulators of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels as potential anti-cancer agents

Natural products provide privileged scaffolds for transient receptor potential (TRP) channel engagement and a source for chemical probe and/or lead development.

Graphical abstract: Natural product modulators of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels as potential anti-cancer agents
Tutorial Review

Nanostructured conductive polymers for advanced energy storage

Nanostructured conductive polymers (nCPs) have aroused considerable research interest owing to their unique properties over their bulk counterparts, such as high electrical conductivity, large surface areas, and shortened pathways for charge/mass transport. These advantageous features make them promising candidates for applications in energy storage devices.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured conductive polymers for advanced energy storage
Tutorial Review

Illuminating biological processes through site-specific protein labeling

This tutorial review introduces strategies for site-specific protein labeling, and highlights its advantages in solving biological questions.

Graphical abstract: Illuminating biological processes through site-specific protein labeling
Tutorial Review

Protein micro- and nano-capsules for biomedical applications

We highlight methods for the construction of functionalised protein-based capsules and their use in delivery strategies.

Graphical abstract: Protein micro- and nano-capsules for biomedical applications
Tutorial Review

Developing drug molecules for therapy with carbon monoxide

Enabling controlled delivery of therapeutic carbon monoxide (CO) using CO-releasing molecules (CO-RMs): principles for the generation of clinically useful CO-RMs.

Graphical abstract: Developing drug molecules for therapy with carbon monoxide
Tutorial Review

Stereochemistry of post-transition metal oxides: revision of the classical lone pair model

This tutorial review addresses the structural and electronic aspects of cationic lone pairs in the solid-state.

Graphical abstract: Stereochemistry of post-transition metal oxides: revision of the classical lone pair model
Tutorial Review

Recent developments in natural product synthesis using metal-catalysed C–H bond functionalisation

Selected recent examples are described of how metal-catalysed C–H bond functionalisation has been able to positively affect the synthesis of natural products.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in natural product synthesis using metal-catalysed C–H bond functionalisation
From the themed collection: C–H Functionalisation in organic synthesis
Tutorial Review

Design, synthesis and biological application of chemical probes for bio-imaging

Design and synthesis of fluorescent probes enables imaging of functioning molecules in living cells.

Graphical abstract: Design, synthesis and biological application of chemical probes for bio-imaging
Tutorial Review

Non-stabilized transition metal carbenes as intermediates in intramolecular reactions of alkynes with alkenes

Alkynes react with alkenes in the presence of alkynophilic transition metals via cyclopropylcarbene metal complexes.

Graphical abstract: Non-stabilized transition metal carbenes as intermediates in intramolecular reactions of alkynes with alkenes
Critical Review

Hierarchical assembly of micro-/nano-building blocks: bio-inspired rigid structural functional materials

In this critical review, the concept of hierarchically assembled construction of bio-inspired structural functional materials is overviewed. The hierarchical structures of natural models, bio-inspired rigid structural materials, functional building blocks, and hierarchical assembly techniques have been reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Hierarchical assembly of micro-/nano-building blocks: bio-inspired rigid structural functional materials
Critical Review

Nanoparticles functionalised with reversible molecular and supramolecular switches

Combination of nanoparticles and molecular/supramolecular switches provides a route to new materials in which these two components can affect and modify each other’s behaviour.

Graphical abstract: Nanoparticles functionalised with reversible molecular and supramolecular switches
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About this collection

We are delighted to present a collection showcasing articles by winners of the ChemSocRev Lectureship over the years. This Lectureship recognises outstanding scientists who have made a significant contribution in their research field.

Our 2017 winner, Rafal Klajn, is from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He completed his PhD studies in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University, for which he was awarded the 2008 International Precious Metals Institute Student Award, the 2010 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, and the 2013 Victor K. LaMer Award from the American Chemical Society. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science and his group works on creating synthetic out-of-equilibrium systems and “life like” materials, to develop functional materials and tackle the origin of life.

This collection highlights ChemSocRev articles by Rafal Klajn and our previous winners including Gonçalo Bernardes (University of Cambridge), Guihua Yu (University of Texas at Austin), Aron Walsh (University of Bath), Peng Chen (Peking University), Xile Hu (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Xiaogang Liu (National University of Singapore and Institute of Materials Research Engineering), Cristina Nevado (University of Zurich), Shu-Hong Yu (University of Science and Technology of China), Matthew Gaunt (University of Cambridge) and Kazuya Kikuchi (Osaka University).

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