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Themed collection 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF

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Contributors to the 1st Emerging Investigators collection

Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers profiles the contributors to the “Emerging Investigators” themed collection.

Graphical abstract: Contributors to the 1st Emerging Investigators collection
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Review Article

Challenges and recent advances in MOF–polymer composite membranes for gas separation

This review summarizes the recent progress in the fabrication of MOF-polymer membranes including the challenges, difficulties and corresponding solutions.

Graphical abstract: Challenges and recent advances in MOF–polymer composite membranes for gas separation
Review Article

Recent developments in the catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 to formic acid/formate using heterogeneous catalysts

This review highlights the recent trends in the heterogeneous hydrogenation of CO2 to formic acid/formate.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in the catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 to formic acid/formate using heterogeneous catalysts
Review Article

Recent advances in iron-catalysed cross coupling reactions and their mechanistic underpinning

Advances in iron-catalysed cross coupling from 2010–2015 are critically reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in iron-catalysed cross coupling reactions and their mechanistic underpinning
Review Article

Coherence and organisation in lanthanoid complexes: from single ion magnets to spin qubits

Molecular magnetism is reaching a degree of development that will allow for the rational design of sophisticated systems.

Graphical abstract: Coherence and organisation in lanthanoid complexes: from single ion magnets to spin qubits
Review Article

Rational design of semiconductor-based photocatalysts for advanced photocatalytic hydrogen production: the case of cadmium chalcogenides

This review summarizes the recent advances in developing CdX (X = S, Se, Te)-based photocatalyst systems for photocatalytic hydrogen production from water.

Graphical abstract: Rational design of semiconductor-based photocatalysts for advanced photocatalytic hydrogen production: the case of cadmium chalcogenides
Review Article

Two-dimensional layered nanomaterials for gas-sensing applications

In this critical review, we mainly focus on the current developments of gas sensors based on typical 2D layered nanomaterials, including graphene, MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, SnS2, VS2, black phosphorus (BP), h-BN, and g-C3N4.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional layered nanomaterials for gas-sensing applications
Review Article

Intercalation in two-dimensional transition metal chalcogenides

We review various exfoliation methods and extensive tuning of chemical and physical properties for 2D layered nanomaterials based on intercalation chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Intercalation in two-dimensional transition metal chalcogenides
Review Article

Nanozymes in bionanotechnology: from sensing to therapeutics and beyond

Nanozymes are nanomaterials with enzyme-like characteristics, which have found broad applications in various areas including bionanotechnology and beyond.

Graphical abstract: Nanozymes in bionanotechnology: from sensing to therapeutics and beyond
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Stirring-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of ultralong α-MnO2 nanowires for oxygen reduction reaction

Ultralong α-MnO2 synthesized by a stirring-assisted hydrothermal treatment of bulk MnO2 efficiently catalyzes the quasi-4-electron oxygen reduction reaction.

Graphical abstract: Stirring-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of ultralong α-MnO2 nanowires for oxygen reduction reaction
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Light induced catalytic hydrodefluorination of perfluoroarenes by porphyrin rhodium

Photocatalytic hydrodefluorination of a series of perfluoroarenes by rhodium porphyrin complexes was described. The key intermediate (por)Rh-C6F4R underwent fast photo-cleavage of Rh–C bonds to produce hydrodefluorination products.

Graphical abstract: Light induced catalytic hydrodefluorination of perfluoroarenes by porphyrin rhodium
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Formation of a tetranickel octacarbonyl cluster from the CO2 reaction of a zero-valent nickel monocarbonyl species

The CO2 reaction of a nickel(0) complex involves multiple reaction pathways including tetranickel cluster formation via reductive disproportionation of CO2.

Graphical abstract: Formation of a tetranickel octacarbonyl cluster from the CO2 reaction of a zero-valent nickel monocarbonyl species
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Isostructural compartmentalized spin-crossover coordination polymers for gas confinement

Here we present two FeII coordination polymers that possess discrete compartments suitable for CO2 physisorption despite the lack of permanent channels.

Graphical abstract: Isostructural compartmentalized spin-crossover coordination polymers for gas confinement
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Chemical modification of gold electrodes via non-covalent interactions

Chemically modifying electrode surfaces with redox active molecular complexes is an effective route to fabricating tailored functional materials.

Graphical abstract: Chemical modification of gold electrodes via non-covalent interactions
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

An iron porphyrin-based conjugated network wrapped around carbon nanotubes as a noble-metal-free electrocatalyst for efficient oxygen reduction reaction

This study reported the first system of Fe-porphyrin conjugated network on carbon nanotubes for ORR, which exhibited excellent performance with high catalytic activity, robust stability, and good methanol tolerance.

Graphical abstract: An iron porphyrin-based conjugated network wrapped around carbon nanotubes as a noble-metal-free electrocatalyst for efficient oxygen reduction reaction
Research Article

Syntheses, structures and magnetic properties of a series of mono- and di-nuclear dysprosium(III)-crown-ether complexes: effects of a weak ligand-field and flexible cyclic coordination modes

Six Dy(III)-crown-ether complexes show the effects of coordination anions and geometries on slow magnetic relaxation behaviours.

Graphical abstract: Syntheses, structures and magnetic properties of a series of mono- and di-nuclear dysprosium(iii)-crown-ether complexes: effects of a weak ligand-field and flexible cyclic coordination modes
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Rapid synthesis of redox-active dodecaborane B12(OR)12 clusters under ambient conditions

We have developed a fast and efficient route to obtain perfunctionalized ether-linked alkyl and benzyl derivatives of the closo-[B12(OH)12]2− icosahedral dodecaborate cluster via microwave-assisted synthesis.

Graphical abstract: Rapid synthesis of redox-active dodecaborane B12(OR)12 clusters under ambient conditions
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Cut-and-stack nanofiber paper toward fast transient energy storage

Transient technology allows a device to disappear upon application of an external trigger.

Graphical abstract: Cut-and-stack nanofiber paper toward fast transient energy storage
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Open Access Research Article

Development of bis(arylimino)acenaphthene (BIAN) copper complexes as visible light harvesters for potential photovoltaic applications

Readily synthesized, new bis(arylimino)acenaphthene copper(I) complexes exhibit panchromatic light absorption to the NIR region and function in dye-sensitized solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Development of bis(arylimino)acenaphthene (BIAN) copper complexes as visible light harvesters for potential photovoltaic applications
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Six- and seven-coordinate Fe(II) and Zn(II) compounds ligated by unsymmetric xanthene-based ligands: characterization and magnetic properties

We present new ligand platforms for pentagonal bipyramidal metal complexes, and the characterization of the corresponding Zn(II)- and Fe(II)-containing compounds.

Graphical abstract: Six- and seven-coordinate Fe(ii) and Zn(ii) compounds ligated by unsymmetric xanthene-based ligands: characterization and magnetic properties
Research Article

Rapid, green and inexpensive synthesis of high quality UiO-66 amino-functionalized materials with exceptional capability for removal of hexavalent chromium from industrial waste

UiO-66-NH2 type materials show excellent capability for removal of Cr(VI) from industrial waste.

Graphical abstract: Rapid, green and inexpensive synthesis of high quality UiO-66 amino-functionalized materials with exceptional capability for removal of hexavalent chromium from industrial waste
Research Article

Binary nickel–iron nitride nanoarrays as bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting

Electrochemical water splitting provides a facile method for high-purity hydrogen production, but electro-catalysts with a stable bifunctional activity towards both oxygen and hydrogen evolution have been rarely developed.

Graphical abstract: Binary nickel–iron nitride nanoarrays as bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Alkoxide-intercalated NiFe-layered double hydroxides magnetic nanosheets as efficient water oxidation electrocatalysts

Alkoxide-intercalated NiFe-layered double hydroxides were synthesized via the nonaqueous methanolic route. These magnetic nanosheets can be exfoliated in water and exhibit an outstanding behaviour as OER electrocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Alkoxide-intercalated NiFe-layered double hydroxides magnetic nanosheets as efficient water oxidation electrocatalysts
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Dioxygen binding at a four-coordinate cobaltous porphyrin site in a metal–organic framework: structural, EPR, and O2 adsorption analysis

The binding of O2 at a four-coordinate cobaltous porphyrin site within a metal–organic framework is examined through single-crystal X-ray diffraction, EPR spectroscopy, and O2 adsorption measurements.

Graphical abstract: Dioxygen binding at a four-coordinate cobaltous porphyrin site in a metal–organic framework: structural, EPR, and O2 adsorption analysis
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Open Access Research Article

Thioether-terminated nickel(II) coordination clusters with {Ni6} horseshoe- and {Ni8} rollercoaster-shaped cores

We report two polynuclear nickel(II) compounds whose supramolecular structures are controlled by small inorganic templating anions and π-conjugated Schiff-base ligands (L·SMe3− and HL·SMe2−) with peripheral, structurally exposed methylthioether groups.

Graphical abstract: Thioether-terminated nickel(ii) coordination clusters with {Ni6} horseshoe- and {Ni8} rollercoaster-shaped cores
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Open Access Research Article

Coupling of terminal iridium nitrido complexes

The homo- and heterocoupling of molecular terminal iridium(IV) and iridium(V) nitrides is examined. The experimental coupling rates are discussed based on a computational analysis of the transition states.

Graphical abstract: Coupling of terminal iridium nitrido complexes
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Open Access Research Article

Effects of hydroxyl group variations on a flavonoid backbone toward modulation of metal-free and metal-induced amyloid-β aggregation

Structural variations of a flavonoid framework noticeably tune the interaction and reactivity of flavonoids with metals, Aβ, and metal–Aβ.

Graphical abstract: Effects of hydroxyl group variations on a flavonoid backbone toward modulation of metal-free and metal-induced amyloid-β aggregation
Research Article

Electrochemical fabrication of one-dimensional porphyrinic wires on electrodes

[5,15-Di(4-aminophenyl)-10,20-diphenylporphyrinato]zinc(II) was found to electropolymerize on electrodes such as glassy carbon (GC), indium tin oxide (ITO), and tin oxide, to form a redox-active, stable, and reproducible π-conjugated polymer.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical fabrication of one-dimensional porphyrinic wires on electrodes
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Open Access Research Article

Insertion of organometallic moieties into peptides and peptide nucleic acids using alternative “click” strategies

Application of alternative “click” strategies (metal-free photoclick and one-pot click) to cymantrene and ferrocene derivatives yielded novel metal-containing conjugates.

Graphical abstract: Insertion of organometallic moieties into peptides and peptide nucleic acids using alternative “click” strategies
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Imparting Brønsted acidity into a zeolitic imidazole framework

The impartment of Brønsted acidity into a zeolitic imidazole framework, ZIF-90 has been achieved via post-synthetically oxidizing the aldehyde group into carboxylate group.

Graphical abstract: Imparting Brønsted acidity into a zeolitic imidazole framework
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Discoveries from a phenanthroline-based dynamic combinatorial library: catenane from a copper(I) or copper(II) template?

We report here a DCL study of a phenanthroline-based building block focusing on catenane formation with copper templates.

Graphical abstract: Discoveries from a phenanthroline-based dynamic combinatorial library: catenane from a copper(i) or copper(ii) template?
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Mixed-anion templated cage-like lanthanide clusters: Gd27 and Dy27

Two record-large odd-numbered Ln27 lanthanide clusters, each one featuring one CO32− and eight ClO4 groups as mixed anion templates, were obtained by controlling the hydrolysis of the Ln3+ ions in the presence of simple propionate ligands.

Graphical abstract: Mixed-anion templated cage-like lanthanide clusters: Gd27 and Dy27
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Open Access Research Article

N-Heterocyclic carbene adducts to [Cp′FeI]2: synthesis and molecular and electronic structure

Adducts [Cp′FeI(NHC)] exhibit a highly anisotropic magnetic Ms = ±2 ground state resulting in unusual large spin–lattice (Orbach) relaxation barriers observed by zero-field 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Graphical abstract: N-Heterocyclic carbene adducts to [Cp′FeI]2: synthesis and molecular and electronic structure
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Synthesis, crystal and electronic structure, and optical properties of two new chalcogenide-iodides: Ba3Q4I2 (Q = S, Se)

Two new ternary chalcogenide-iodides, Ba3S4I2 and Ba3Se4I2, exhibit both covalent and ionic chemical bonding.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, crystal and electronic structure, and optical properties of two new chalcogenide-iodides: Ba3Q4I2 (Q = S, Se)
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Morphology–activity correlation in hydrogen evolution catalyzed by cobalt sulfides

CoS electrocatalysts with various morphologies such as hollow nanoprism, broken nanoprism, and 3D nanoparticle could be obtained by a facile and rapid two-step microwave-assisted synthetic route. The correlation between catalyst morphology and electrocatalytic H2 evolution performance was systematically studied.

Graphical abstract: Morphology–activity correlation in hydrogen evolution catalyzed by cobalt sulfides
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Assembled 3D electrocatalysts for efficient hydrogen evolution: WSe2 layers anchored on graphene sheets

A 3D WSe2/rGO hybrid nanocomposite was constructed using a one step colloidal synthesis approach, and it exhibited excellent HER performance.

Graphical abstract: Assembled 3D electrocatalysts for efficient hydrogen evolution: WSe2 layers anchored on graphene sheets
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Mechanochromic Cu(I) boron imidazolate frameworks with low-dimensional structures and reducing function

Two low dimensional multifunctional Cu(I) boron imidazolate frameworks displayed unique luminescence mechanochromism, and BIF-40 can load AuPd bimetal nanoparticles directly for further catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Mechanochromic Cu(i) boron imidazolate frameworks with low-dimensional structures and reducing function
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Designing structurally tunable and functionally versatile synthetic supercontainers

A new family of flexible metal–organic supercontainers exhibit selective binding with cationic guests and tunable supramolecular catalytic activity.

Graphical abstract: Designing structurally tunable and functionally versatile synthetic supercontainers
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Cobalt nitrides as a class of metallic electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction

Metallic cobalt nitrides arising from electron delocalization modulation have been proven to be highly efficient OER electrocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Cobalt nitrides as a class of metallic electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Open Access Research Article

Enhancing the photoluminescence quantum yields of blue-emitting cationic iridium(III) complexes bearing bisphosphine ligands

We demonstrate a turn-on strategy for blue-emitting [Ir(C^N)2(P^P)]PF6 complexes and apply them to EL devices.

Graphical abstract: Enhancing the photoluminescence quantum yields of blue-emitting cationic iridium(iii) complexes bearing bisphosphine ligands
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Heterotrimetallic sandwich complexes supported by sulfonamido ligands

CoII complexes bearing sulfonamido ligands derived from tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (H6tren) assemble into complex architectures in the presence of Group II ions through interactions between the Group II ion and the sulfonyl oxygens.

Graphical abstract: Heterotrimetallic sandwich complexes supported by sulfonamido ligands
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Magnetization dynamics of a heterometallic Dy-isocarbonyl complex

Slow magnetic relaxation is observed for the first structurally characterized Dy-isocarbonyl complex.

Graphical abstract: Magnetization dynamics of a heterometallic Dy-isocarbonyl complex
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Exploring potential cooperative effects in dicopper(I)-di-mesoionic carbene complexes: applications in click catalysis

Dicopper(I) dimesoionic carbene complexes are active catalysts for the azide–alkyne cycloaddition reaction and are more active than their mononuclear counterparts.

Graphical abstract: Exploring potential cooperative effects in dicopper(i)-di-mesoionic carbene complexes: applications in click catalysis
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

A high-spin nickel(II) borohydride complex in dehalogenation

A mononuclear high-spin (η2-BH4) nickel(II) complex bearing a macrocyclic tridentate N-donor ligand was prepared and its reactivity was investigated in dehalogenation reactions.

Graphical abstract: A high-spin nickel(ii) borohydride complex in dehalogenation
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Reduction of thermal conductivity through nanostructuring enhances the thermoelectric figure of merit in Ge1−xBixTe

Nano/meso-structuring reduces the thermal conductivity in Ge1−xBixTe samples, which results in a thermoelectric figure of merit, zT, of 1.3 in Ge1−xBixTe.

Graphical abstract: Reduction of thermal conductivity through nanostructuring enhances the thermoelectric figure of merit in Ge1−xBixTe
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Cu/TiO2 octahedral-shell photocatalysts derived from metal–organic framework@semiconductor hybrid structures

A synthetic method has been developed for Cu/TiO2 photocatalysts with hollow structures by templating on metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), which offers versatility to tailor the photocatalyst configurations by simply altering treatment conditions on MOFs.

Graphical abstract: Cu/TiO2 octahedral-shell photocatalysts derived from metal–organic framework@semiconductor hybrid structures
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

A surfactant-thermal method to prepare crystalline thioantimonate for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

A novel crystalline thioantimonate prepared by a surfactant-thermal strategy demonstrates high performance as an anode material for Li-ion batteries.

Graphical abstract: A surfactant-thermal method to prepare crystalline thioantimonate for high-performance lithium-ion batteries
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Tuning oxygen-sensing behaviour of a porous coordination framework by a guest fluorophore

A new oxygen-sensing material with desirable excitation/emission characteristics was achieved by using a simple guest fluorophore.

Graphical abstract: Tuning oxygen-sensing behaviour of a porous coordination framework by a guest fluorophore
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Isoreticular synthesis of 2D MOFs with rotating aryl rings

A series of isoreticular two-dimensional metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) was synthesized with group 11 metals and semirigid ligands that bind in a syn conformation.

Graphical abstract: Isoreticular synthesis of 2D MOFs with rotating aryl rings
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
Research Article

Nanosheet-assembled MoSe2 and S-doped MoSe2−x nanostructures for superior lithium storage properties and hydrogen evolution reactions

The development of layered molybdenum chalcogenides with largely exposed active sites is receiving intense interest because of their potential applications in energy storage and catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Nanosheet-assembled MoSe2 and S-doped MoSe2−x nanostructures for superior lithium storage properties and hydrogen evolution reactions
From the themed collection: 2015 Emerging Investigators by ICF
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Welcome to the inaugural Emerging Investigators themed collection of Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers. It showcases the high quality research of up-and-coming researchers working at the forefront of inorganic chemistry science.

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