Themed collection ChemComm Milestones – First Independent Articles
Configuring solid-state batteries to power electric vehicles: a deliberation on technology, chemistry and energy
Solid-state batteries are configured by deliberation of technology and energy, with material chemistries and processing parameters necessary to target the requirements of the roadmap of future energy-dense and safe batteries.
Organelle-targeted photothermal agents for cancer therapy
This feature article summarizes the recent advances in organelle-targeted PTT agents over the past ten years.
Experimental determination of charge carrier dynamics in carbon nitride heterojunctions
We review the current understanding of charge carrier dynamics in carbon nitride heterojunctions and highlight open questions in the field.
Electrocatalytic synthesis of organic carbonates
This article presents the latest research on electrosynthesis routes to organic carbonates. Different methods are discussed in an effort to understand the underlying processes and challenges.
Computational tools for the evaluation of laboratory-engineered biocatalysts
Understanding directed evolution rules for biocatalyst generation through the lens of a computational microscope.
Fully soft organic electrochemical transistor enabling direct skin-mountable electrophysiological signal amplification
Fully soft organic electrochemical transistors and a skin-mountable electrophysiological signal amplifier were developed by all soft components based on, particularly stretchable PEDOT:PSS enabled by crosslinking between PEG and DVS.
Unlocking metal coordination of diborylamides through ring constraints
A new cyclic diborylamide ligand has been developed and successfully employed to synthesize low-coordinate iron(II) complexes.
Ultrathin non-doped thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitting layer for highly efficient OLEDs
The ultrathin (~1 nm) emissive layer of a TADF emitter shows 2.6 times higher EQE with high brightness than conventional (30 nm) non-doped OLED devices.
Mono-mercapto-functionalized pillararene: a host–guest complexation accelerated reversible redox dimerization
A mono-mercapto-functionalized pillararene and its dimer, capable of being reversibly interconverted, were successfully synthesized.
Stabilization of telomeric G-quadruplex by ligand binding increases susceptibility to S1 nuclease
The ligand binding to the telomeric G-quadruplex enhanced susceptibility to S1 nuclease through the base flipping.
A porous supramolecular ionic solid
Charge decoration provides a new synthetic strategy to integrate discrete coordination cages into an extended permanently porous material.
Merging office/filter paper-based tools for pre-concentring and detecting heavy metals in drinking water
A novel miniaturized and sustainable platform exploiting two merged paper-based substrates has been applied for the programmable pre-concentration of analytes of interest and electrochemical detection of mercury traces in drinking water using printable sensor strips.
Direct synthesis of polyureas from the dehydrogenative coupling of diamines and methanol
We present here the first example of the direct synthesis of polyureas from the dehydrogenative coupling of diamines and methanol.
A monomeric methyllithium complex: synthesis and structure
The parent organometallic complex, methyllithium, is synthesized and characterised in its monomeric form for the first time. This is enabled by a bespoke multidentate neutral amine ligand, namely DETAN.
Synthetic approaches for accessing rare-earth analogues of UiO-66
A series of rare-earth based UiO-66 analogues is synthesised through different approaches with the aid of two different solvents.
Crystalline assembly of metal–organic polyhedra driven by ionic interactions with polyoxometalates
A series of crystalline porous materials was prepared by self-assembly of cationic metal–organic polyhedra with polyoxometalates.
Organic photovoltaic electron acceptors showing aggregation-induced emission for reduced nonradiative recombination
Tetraphenylethylene-substituted fused-ring electron acceptors present enhanced emission with reduced nonradiative energy loss, improving open circuit voltages in solar cells.
Lyotropic liquid crystalline phases of anisotropic nanoparticles of organic–inorganic metal halide perovskites: photoluminescence from self-assembled ordered microstructures of semiconductors
Within one hour at room temperature, 2D lead iodide perovskites (R-NH3)2PbI4 with semiconductivity were transformed into colloidal liquid crystalline phases exhibiting optical anisotropy and photoluminescence.
Novel N-transfer reagent for converting α-amino acid derivatives to α-diazo compounds
N-Atom is delivered to an amine to synthesize α-diazo compounds through triazene fragmentation.
An electrochemical SARS-CoV-2 biosensor inspired by glucose test strip manufacturing processes
A rapid, low cost sensor for Covid-19 was developed using a perfluorodecanthiol layer and ACE2.
Chiral recognition of amino-acid esters by a glucose-derived macrocyclic receptor
Highly enantioselective binding of amino-acid esters in water by a small molecule receptor based on a glucose scaffold.
Synthesis and characterization of plasmonic peptoid nanosheets
Collapse of peptoid–gold nanoparticle composite layers at the liquid–liquid interface produces a new class of 2D plasmonic arrays that freely float in water.
Covalent capture and electrochemical quantification of pathogenic E. coli
Pathogenic E. coli pose a significant threat to public health by causing both foodborne illness and urinary tract infections. A sensitive electrochemical method to detect these pathogens can be used for surveillance and to prevent illness.
A tris(benzyltriazolemethyl)amine-based cage as a CuAAC ligand tolerant to exogeneous bulky nucleophiles
The canonical CuAAC–ligand TBTA was capped with a bowl-shaped unit yielding the cage Hm-TBTA. The shielded structure does not suffer from product inhibition effect and is remarkably tolerant to the biological CuAAC-inhibitor Glutathione.
Lean-electrolyte lithium–sulfur electrochemical cells with high-loading carbon nanotube/nanofiber–polysulfide cathodes
A carbon-nanotube/nanofiber–polysulfide cathode achieves long-term cycle stability and explores the failure mechanism of a lithium–sulfur cell with high sulfur loading/content at a lean electrolyte condition.
Compact fibril-like structure of amyloid β-peptide (1–42) monomers
Amyloid β (Aβ) monomers sample a random-coil type of conformation in water with a tendency to adopt compact structures with fibril-like features.
Low-spin 1,1′-diphosphametallocenates of chromium and iron
We report two low-spin diphosphametallocenates [K(2.2.2-crypt)][M(PC4Me4)2] (M = Cr, Fe) and propose structural features that allow spin-control in 3d metallocenates.
Direct synthesis of defective ultrathin brookite-phase TiO2 nanosheets showing flexible electronic band states
A one-pot protocol to directly prepare atomically-thin nanosheets of brookite-phase TiO2 is developed by hydrolyzing TiCl3 in formamide.
Disaggregation of a sumanene-containing fluorescent probe towards highly sensitive and specific detection of caesium cations
A novel turn-off fluorescent probe for Cs+ detection based on the disaggregation of a sumanene-containing molecule is reported.
Furan-containing double tetraoxahelicene and its radical cation
A furan-based double heterohelicene and its radical cation were achieved with fascinating chiroptical response for the neutral compound.
Ho3+–Yb3+ doped NaGdF4 nanothermometers emitting in BW-I and BW-II. Insight into the particle growth intermediate steps
A new type of nanothermometer for biomedical applications is developed based on Ho3+-to-Yb3+ energy transfer in β-NaGdF4 nanoparticles.
Enhancing the selectivity of optical sensors using synthetic transmembrane ion transporters
As proof-of-concept, we show that the non-selective anion sensor lucigenin can be converted to a selective iodide sensor by encapsulation into liposomes and the addition of transmembrane transporters.
Ionicity-dependent proton-coupled electron transfer of supramolecular self-assembled electroactive heterocycles
Herein, we investigate the electrochemical properties of a class of Supramolecular Self-associated Amphiphilic salts (SSAs).
Copper-catalyzed (4+1) and (3+2) cyclizations of iodonium ylides with alkynes
The copper(II)-catalyzed (4+1) cyclizations and copper(I)-catalyzed (3+2) cycloadditions of iodonium ylides and alkynes have been successfully developed. The corresponding highly functionalized heterocyclic products were prepared conveniently.
Revisiting indeno[2,1-c]fluorene synthesis while exploring the fully conjugated s-indaceno[2,1-c:6,5-c′]difluorene
The ground state of tetraradicaloid s-indaceno[2,1-c:6,5-c′]difluorene with a small HOMO–LUMO energy gap was studied alongside an alternative synthetic approach for indeno[2,1-c]fluorene.
Cathodic electrogenerated chemiluminescence of tris(2,2′-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) and peroxydisulfate at pure Ti3C2Tx MXene electrodes
Two-dimensional transition metal carbide (Ti3C2Tx MXene) film as a novel electrode material for electrogenerated chemiluminescence of tris(2,2′-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) and peroxydisulfate.
Blue-shifted aggregation-induced enhancement of a Sn(IV) fluoride complex: the role of fluorine in luminescence enhancement
A fluorinated Sn(IV) complex not only significantly enhances the emission efficiency, but also exhibits blue-shifted aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE) properties.
Design, synthesis and characterization of structurally dynamic cyclic N,S-acetals
We report the synthesis, characterization and comparison of a series of electronically perturbed, cyclic N,S-acetals.
A short peptide that preferentially binds c-MYC G-quadruplex DNA
G-quadruplexes are nucleic-acids secondary structures that are highly abundant in the human genome. In this work,we identified a short-peptide that displays selectivity for the G-quadruplex formed in the promoter region of the oncogene c-MYC.
Pertosylated pillararene: self-template assisted synthesis and supramolecular polymer formation
A facile synthesis of decatosylate pillararene is reported in excellent yield (>70%). The pendant tosylate arms function as an effective template in the synthesis and supramolecular polymer formation.
Iridium-catalysed 3,5-bis-borylation of phthalonitrile enables access to a family of C4h octaarylphthalocyanines
3,5-Bis(Bpin)phthalonitrile is a divergent intermediate of regioregular C4h 1,3,8,10,15,17,22,24-octaarylphthalocyanines that can be synthesised by Ir-catalysed C–H bis-borylation of phthalonitrile.
Facile light-initiated radical generation from 4-substituted pyridine under ambient conditions
A facile photogeneration of a stable radical species from a 4-substituted pyridine derivative under ambient conditions is achieved. The radical generation reaction accompanies visible colour change into green and is repeatable multiple times.
B(C6F5)3- and HB(C6F5)2-mediated transformations of isothiocyanates
Reactions involving isothiocyanates and RB(C6F5)2 (R = H, C6F5) are described, leading to novel types of B,N,C,S-containing compounds and heterocycles.
Beyond temperature: controlling collagen fibrillogenesis under physiological conditions via interaction with cucurbituril
A supramolecular strategy as efficient as temperature that enabled facile control over collagen fibrillogenesis under physiological conditions was reported.
The design of hypercrosslinked polymers from benzyl ether self-condensing compounds and external crosslinkers
Hypercrosslinked polymers were produced via the self-condensation of benzyl ether compounds, providing a one-component route to highly porous networks and significant reductions in catalyst waste compared to conventional routes.
Regioselective synthesis of 4-fluoro-1,5-disubstituted-1,2,3-triazoles from synthetic surrogates of α-fluoroalkynes
This TFA-catalyzed [3+2] cycloaddition of organic azides with α-fluoronitroalkenes, used as synthetic surrogates of α-fluoroalkynes, provides a new route to multi-substituted fluorotriazoles with broader substrate scopes and high regioselectivity.
Photoinduced synthesis of fluorinated dibenz[b,e]azepines via radical triggered cyclization
A simple, mild and efficient approach to access fluorinated dibenz[b,e]azepines via visible-light photoredox catalysis is presented.
A noncanonical amino acid-based relay system for site-specific protein labeling
A noncanonical amino acid-based relay system spanning the biosynthesis, incorporation, and bioconjugation of p-aminophenylalanine was developed for site-specific protein labeling.
A DNA kinetics competition strategy of hybridization chain reaction for molecular information processing circuit construction
A DNA kinetics competition strategy of HCR for recognizing input combinations and input sequences has been proposed.
Porous inverse vulcanised polymers for mercury capture
Supercritical carbon dioxide is used to generate macroporosity in an inverse vulcanised polymer, which shows excellent promise for enhanced mercury capture and filtration from water.
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