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Themed collection ChemComm Milestones – First Independent Articles

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Feature Article

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.

Graphical abstract: Experimental determination of charge carrier dynamics in carbon nitride heterojunctions
Open Access Feature Article

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.

Graphical abstract: Electrocatalytic synthesis of organic carbonates
From the themed collection: (Photo)electrocatalysis for renewable energy
Open Access Feature Article

Computational tools for the evaluation of laboratory-engineered biocatalysts

Understanding directed evolution rules for biocatalyst generation through the lens of a computational microscope.

Graphical abstract: Computational tools for the evaluation of laboratory-engineered biocatalysts
Accepted Manuscript - Communication

Lean-electrolyte Lithium–sulfur Electrochemical Cells with High-loading Carbon Nanotube/nanofiber–polysulfide Cathodes

Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Low-spin 1,1′-diphosphametallocenates of chromium and iron
Open Access Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Disaggregation of a sumanene-containing fluorescent probe towards highly sensitive and specific detection of caesium cations
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Compact fibril-like structure of amyloid β-peptide (1–42) monomers
Communication

Furan-containing double tetraoxa[7]helicene and its radical cation

A furan-based double [7]heterohelicene and its radical cation were achieved with fascinating chiroptical response for the neutral compound.

Graphical abstract: Furan-containing double tetraoxa[7]helicene and its radical cation
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Ho3+–Yb3+ doped NaGdF4 nanothermometers emitting in BW-I and BW-II. Insight into the particle growth intermediate steps
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Enhancing the selectivity of optical sensors using synthetic transmembrane ion transporters
Open Access Communication

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).

Graphical abstract: Ionicity-dependent proton-coupled electron transfer of supramolecular self-assembled electroactive heterocycles
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Copper-catalyzed (4+1) and (3+2) cyclizations of iodonium ylides with alkynes
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Revisiting indeno[2,1-c]fluorene synthesis while exploring the fully conjugated s-indaceno[2,1-c:6,5-c′]difluorene
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Cathodic electrogenerated chemiluminescence of tris(2,2′-bipyridine)ruthenium(ii) and peroxydisulfate at pure Ti3C2Tx MXene electrodes
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Blue-shifted aggregation-induced enhancement of a Sn(iv) fluoride complex: the role of fluorine in luminescence enhancement
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Design, synthesis and characterization of structurally dynamic cyclic N,S-acetals
Open Access Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: A short peptide that preferentially binds c-MYC G-quadruplex DNA
Communication

Pertosylated pillar[5]arene: self-template assisted synthesis and supramolecular polymer formation

A facile synthesis of decatosylate pillar[5]arene is reported in excellent yield (>70%). The pendant tosylate arms function as an effective template in the synthesis and supramolecular polymer formation.

Graphical abstract: Pertosylated pillar[5]arene: self-template assisted synthesis and supramolecular polymer formation
Open Access Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Iridium-catalysed 3,5-bis-borylation of phthalonitrile enables access to a family of C4h octaarylphthalocyanines
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Facile light-initiated radical generation from 4-substituted pyridine under ambient conditions
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: B(C6F5)3- and HB(C6F5)2-mediated transformations of isothiocyanates
Communication

Beyond temperature: controlling collagen fibrillogenesis under physiological conditions via interaction with cucurbit[7]uril

A supramolecular strategy as efficient as temperature that enabled facile control over collagen fibrillogenesis under physiological conditions was reported.

Graphical abstract: Beyond temperature: controlling collagen fibrillogenesis under physiological conditions via interaction with cucurbit[7]uril
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: The design of hypercrosslinked polymers from benzyl ether self-condensing compounds and external crosslinkers
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Regioselective synthesis of 4-fluoro-1,5-disubstituted-1,2,3-triazoles from synthetic surrogates of α-fluoroalkynes
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Photoinduced synthesis of fluorinated dibenz[b,e]azepines via radical triggered cyclization
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: A noncanonical amino acid-based relay system for site-specific protein labeling
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: A DNA kinetics competition strategy of hybridization chain reaction for molecular information processing circuit construction
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Porous inverse vulcanised polymers for mercury capture
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