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Themed collection Top 50 Articles of 2016: Energy and Catalysis

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Topochemical molten salt synthesis for functional perovskite compounds

This report reviews various topochemical molten salt synthesis (TMSS) reactions and their applications in fulfilling the demand for the tunable morphology of perovskite materials.

Graphical abstract: Topochemical molten salt synthesis for functional perovskite compounds
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Single-atom dispersed Co–N–C catalyst: structure identification and performance for hydrogenative coupling of nitroarenes

The single-atom Co–N–C catalyst with the structure of CoN4C8-1-2O2 shows excellent performance for the chemoselective hydrogenation of nitroarenes to produce azo compounds under mild reaction conditions.

Graphical abstract: Single-atom dispersed Co–N–C catalyst: structure identification and performance for hydrogenative coupling of nitroarenes
From the themed collection: Top 50 Articles of 2016: Energy and Catalysis
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Heteronanowires of MoC–Mo2C as efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction

MoC–Mo2C heteronanowires accomplished via controlled carbonization are efficient in the hydrogen evolution reaction due to a synergistic enhancement.

Graphical abstract: Heteronanowires of MoC–Mo2C as efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction
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Overall water splitting by Pt/g-C3N4 photocatalysts without using sacrificial agents

Direct splitting of pure water into H2 and O2 in a stoichiometric molar ratio of 2 : 1 by conjugated polymers via a 4-electron pathway was established for the first time, as demonstrated here using a g-C3N4 polymer and redox co-catalysts of Pt and Co species.

Graphical abstract: Overall water splitting by Pt/g-C3N4 photocatalysts without using sacrificial agents
From the themed collection: Global Energy Challenges: Hydrogen Energy
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Metal–organic framework-based CoP/reduced graphene oxide: high-performance bifunctional electrocatalyst for overall water splitting

A Co-based MOF/GO sandwich-type composite with a sheet-like shape was fabricated, and converted to porous CoP/rGO with a retained layered structure. CoP/rGO exhibits superb HER activity in acid solution, and can also be used as a bifunctional catalyst for water splitting in basic media.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework-based CoP/reduced graphene oxide: high-performance bifunctional electrocatalyst for overall water splitting
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Tethered tertiary amines as solid-state n-type dopants for solution-processable organic semiconductors

Tertiary amines covalently tethered to electron-deficient aromatic molecules by alkyl spacers enable solid-state n-doping.

Graphical abstract: Tethered tertiary amines as solid-state n-type dopants for solution-processable organic semiconductors
From the themed collection: Global Energy Challenges: Solar Energy
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Discovery and mechanistic study of a photocatalytic indoline dehydrogenation for the synthesis of elbasvir

Elbasvir is a potent NS5A antagonist for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C.

Graphical abstract: Discovery and mechanistic study of a photocatalytic indoline dehydrogenation for the synthesis of elbasvir
From the themed collection: Top 50 Articles of 2016: Energy and Catalysis
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A highly active nickel electrocatalyst shows excellent selectivity for CO2 reduction in acidic media

The development of selective electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction in water offers a sustainable route to carbon based fuels and feedstocks.

Graphical abstract: A highly active nickel electrocatalyst shows excellent selectivity for CO2 reduction in acidic media
From the themed collection: Global Energy Challenges: Fossil Fuels
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Highly effective sites and selectivity of nitrogen-doped graphene/CNT catalysts for CO2 electrochemical reduction

The selectivity of CO2 electrochemical reduction can be tuned for N-doped graphene/CNT catalysts after active sites are determined.

Graphical abstract: Highly effective sites and selectivity of nitrogen-doped graphene/CNT catalysts for CO2 electrochemical reduction
From the themed collection: Global Energy Challenges: Hydrogen Energy
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Boronic acid–DMAPO cooperative catalysis for dehydrative condensation between carboxylic acids and amines

Arylboronic acid and DMAPO cooperatively catalyse the dehydrative condensation reaction between carboxylic acids and amines to give the corresponding amides under azeotropic reflux conditions. This cooperative use is much more effective than their individual use as catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Boronic acid–DMAPO cooperative catalysis for dehydrative condensation between carboxylic acids and amines
From the themed collection: Top 50 Articles of 2016: Energy and Catalysis
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Dual gold/photoredox-catalyzed C(sp)–H arylation of terminal alkynes with diazonium salts

The arylation of alkyl and aromatic terminal alkynes by a dual gold/photoredox catalytic system is described.

Graphical abstract: Dual gold/photoredox-catalyzed C(sp)–H arylation of terminal alkynes with diazonium salts
From the themed collection: Top 50 Articles of 2016: Energy and Catalysis
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Asymmetric supercapacitors with high energy density based on helical hierarchical porous NaxMnO2 and MoO2

Helical hierarchical porous NaxMnO2/CC and MoO2/CC, which are assembled from nanosheets and nanoparticles, respectively, are fabricated using a simple electrodeposition method.

Graphical abstract: Asymmetric supercapacitors with high energy density based on helical hierarchical porous NaxMnO2 and MoO2
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Highly efficient electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CH4 in an ionic liquid using a metal–organic framework cathode

It has been discovered that Zn metal-organic framework (Zn-MOF) electrodes and ionic liquids are an excellent combination for the efficient and selective reduction of CO2 to CH4.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CH4 in an ionic liquid using a metal–organic framework cathode
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We are delighted to present a collection showcasing the 50 most downloaded Chemical Science articles of 2016. This is only available for a limited time and provides an easy way to quickly access the most important papers published in Chemical Science in the past year. These articles highlight exciting and impactful research across a broad range of subject areas, analytical chemistry, chemical biology, catalysis, energy, inorganic chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. We hope you enjoy reading this collection!

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