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Themed collection HOT articles in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers for 2015

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Cation reduction and comproportionation as novel strategies to produce high voltage, halide free, carborane based electrolytes for rechargeable Mg batteries

The chemical reduction of reactive cations and comproportionation are two new strategies reported to produce halide free carborane based electrolytes for rechargeable Mg batteries.

Graphical abstract: Cation reduction and comproportionation as novel strategies to produce high voltage, halide free, carborane based electrolytes for rechargeable Mg batteries
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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
Open Access Research Article

Ultra-rapid microwave synthesis of Li3−xyMxN (M = Co, Ni and Cu) nitridometallates

Phase-pure ternary lithium nitrides with demonstrable Li+ ion vacancy concentrations can be synthesised by low power microwave reactions in times reduced by orders of magnitude over conventional heating approaches; the electrochemical performance of the materials has been determined.

Graphical abstract: Ultra-rapid microwave synthesis of Li3−x−yMxN (M = Co, Ni and Cu) nitridometallates
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Oxygen activation by copper camphor complexes

In situ reduction of CuCl2 enables formation of Cu(I) complexes prone to activate molecular oxygen from air towards catalytic oxidation of 1,3-dicarbonyls.

Graphical abstract: Oxygen activation by copper camphor complexes
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Multichromophoric di-anchoring sensitizers incorporating a ruthenium complex and an organic triphenyl amine dye for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

A metal–organic combinatorial dye comprised of a ruthenium complex and an organic triphenyl amine dyad has been constructed.

Graphical abstract: Multichromophoric di-anchoring sensitizers incorporating a ruthenium complex and an organic triphenyl amine dye for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells
Research Article

A soil/Vulcan XC-72 hybrid as a highly-effective catalytic cathode for rechargeable Li–O2 batteries

We report for the first time a hybrid of soil and commercial Vulcan XC-72 carbon (labeled as soil/C) as a high-performance cathode catalyst for rechargeable lithium–oxygen batteries. It was found that soil as a low cost and metal-free void volume expander in the hybrid catalyst is promising in the application of rechargeable Li–O2 batteries.

Graphical abstract: A soil/Vulcan XC-72 hybrid as a highly-effective catalytic cathode for rechargeable Li–O2 batteries
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Molecular spin qubits based on lanthanide ions encapsulated in cubic polyoxopalladates: design criteria to enhance quantum coherence

Axial compression and a magnetic field can help to get coherent spin qubits.

Graphical abstract: Molecular spin qubits based on lanthanide ions encapsulated in cubic polyoxopalladates: design criteria to enhance quantum coherence
From the themed collection: Molecular Magnetism themed collection
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Graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide hybrids with spin crossover iron(III) complexes

Graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide hybrids with spin crossover complexes show the coexistence of electron conduction and unique magnetic behaviors.

Graphical abstract: Graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide hybrids with spin crossover iron(iii) complexes
From the themed collection: Molecular Magnetism themed collection
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DFT and TD-DFT studies of electronic structures and one-electron excitation states of a cyanide-bridged molecular square complex

The electronic structures and physical properties of [Co2Fe2(CN)6(tp*)2(dtbbpy)4](PF6)2·2MeOH are investigated by DFT and TD-DFT calculations.

Graphical abstract: DFT and TD-DFT studies of electronic structures and one-electron excitation states of a cyanide-bridged molecular square complex
From the themed collection: Molecular Magnetism themed collection
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DNA/protein binding, DNA cleavage, cytotoxicity, superoxide radical scavenging and molecular docking studies of copper(II) complexes containing N-benzyl-N′-aryl-N′′-benzoylguanidine ligands

Copper(II) complexes containing trisubstituted guanidine ligands were prepared, characterized and evaluated for their biological applications.

Graphical abstract: DNA/protein binding, DNA cleavage, cytotoxicity, superoxide radical scavenging and molecular docking studies of copper(ii) complexes containing N-benzyl-N′-aryl-N′′-benzoylguanidine ligands
Open Access Research Article

Iron(II) complexes of 4-sulfanyl-, 4-sulfinyl- and 4-sulfonyl-2,6-dipyrazolylpyridine ligands. A subtle interplay between spin-crossover and crystallographic phase changes

The compound shown exhibits an abrupt thermal spin-transition, with an accompanying crystallographic phase change at slightly lower temperature which is visible as a shoulder on the susceptibility curve.

Graphical abstract: Iron(ii) complexes of 4-sulfanyl-, 4-sulfinyl- and 4-sulfonyl-2,6-dipyrazolylpyridine ligands. A subtle interplay between spin-crossover and crystallographic phase changes
From the themed collection: Molecular Magnetism themed collection
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Stable iso-bacteriochlorin mimics from porpholactone: effect of a β-oxazolone moiety on the frontier π-molecular orbitals

A β-oxazolone moiety on porpholactone plays an important role in stabilizing such hydroporphyrin structures through tuning energy gaps between the frontier π-molecular orbitals, which is verified by MCD studies combined with TD-DFT calculations.

Graphical abstract: Stable iso-bacteriochlorin mimics from porpholactone: effect of a β-oxazolone moiety on the frontier π-molecular orbitals
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Facile fabrication of InSe nanosheets: towards efficient visible-light-driven H2 production by coupling with P25

InSe nanosheets and their coupling with P25 have been successfully synthesized via a hydrothermal–calcining process, and they were for the first time used for visible light photocatalytic H2 production.

Graphical abstract: Facile fabrication of InSe nanosheets: towards efficient visible-light-driven H2 production by coupling with P25
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Control of pore distribution of porous carbons derived from Mg2+ porous coordination polymers

Control of pore distribution of porous carbons from porous coordination polymers.

Graphical abstract: Control of pore distribution of porous carbons derived from Mg2+ porous coordination polymers
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Synthesis, structure, and alkyne insertion of a mixed-sandwich zirconacarborane alkyl

A neutral mixed-sandwich zirconacarborane alkyl reacts with both internal and terminal alkynes to give the Zr–C σ bond mono-insertion products, in which both electronic and steric factors play a role in the regioselectivity.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, structure, and alkyne insertion of a mixed-sandwich zirconacarborane alkyl
Open Access Research Article

Positioning of the HKUST-1 metal–organic framework (Cu3(BTC)2) through conversion from insoluble Cu-based precursors

A Cu-based metal–organic framework (HKUST-1) was synthesized from insoluble precursors and positioned using sol–gel based coatings.

Graphical abstract: Positioning of the HKUST-1 metal–organic framework (Cu3(BTC)2) through conversion from insoluble Cu-based precursors
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Guest dependent reversible single-crystal to single-crystal structural transformation in a flexible Gd(III)-coordination polymer

We describe a 3D flexible Gd(III)-coordination polymer, constructed from a linear carboxylate ligand, which shows reversible single-crystal to single-crystal “guest-responsive fitting” of the channels and carboxylate shift process, upon inclusion of aldehyde guests.

Graphical abstract: Guest dependent reversible single-crystal to single-crystal structural transformation in a flexible Gd(iii)-coordination polymer
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Macroscopic polarity control with alkali metal cation size and coordination environment in a series of tin iodates

The IO3 groups in Na2Sn(IO3)6 are aligned in a parallel manner attributed to the six-coordinate Na+ cation, whereas the IO3 polyhedra in Cs2Sn(IO3)6 rotate with respect to Sn4+ due to the nine-coordinate Cs+ cation.

Graphical abstract: Macroscopic polarity control with alkali metal cation size and coordination environment in a series of tin iodates
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Organic melt, electride, and CVD induced in situ deposition of luminescent lanthanide imidazolate MOFs on nanostructured alumina

Highly luminescent MOF coatings were grown on nanostructured alumina membranes via melt, electride and CVD approaches.

Graphical abstract: Organic melt, electride, and CVD induced in situ deposition of luminescent lanthanide imidazolate MOFs on nanostructured alumina
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Porous ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles derived from a new mixed-metal organic framework for supercapacitors

ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by thermal annealing of a new mixed-metal MOF and show high capacitance for electrochemical capacitors.

Graphical abstract: Porous ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles derived from a new mixed-metal organic framework for supercapacitors
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An outstanding second-harmonic generation material BiB2O4F: exploiting the electron-withdrawing ability of fluorine

The fluorine atoms in BiB2O4F withdraw the non-bonding electrons of Bi3+ and thus strongly increase the SHG efficiency.

Graphical abstract: An outstanding second-harmonic generation material BiB2O4F: exploiting the electron-withdrawing ability of fluorine
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Hierarchical nanoarray materials for advanced nickel–zinc batteries

Due to the unique structural advantages, hierarchical Co3O4@NiO nanoarrays can be regarded as advanced electrodes for Ni–Zn batteries.

Graphical abstract: Hierarchical nanoarray materials for advanced nickel–zinc batteries
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Read some of the best research published by Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers in 2015. These articles are recommended by ICF referees as being of significant novelty and interest.

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