Themed collection ChemComm Milestones – First Independent Articles

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Feature Article

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.

Graphical abstract: Configuring solid-state batteries to power electric vehicles: a deliberation on technology, chemistry and energy
Feature Article

Organelle-targeted photothermal agents for cancer therapy

This feature article summarizes the recent advances in organelle-targeted PTT agents over the past ten years.

Graphical abstract: Organelle-targeted photothermal agents for cancer therapy
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
From the themed collection: 2021 Emerging Investigators
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
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
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Fully soft organic electrochemical transistor enabling direct skin-mountable electrophysiological signal amplification
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Unlocking metal coordination of diborylamides through ring constraints
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Ultrathin non-doped thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitting layer for highly efficient OLEDs
Communication

Mono-mercapto-functionalized pillar[5]arene: a host–guest complexation accelerated reversible redox dimerization

A mono-mercapto-functionalized pillar[5]arene and its dimer, capable of being reversibly interconverted, were successfully synthesized.

Graphical abstract: Mono-mercapto-functionalized pillar[5]arene: a host–guest complexation accelerated reversible redox dimerization
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Stabilization of telomeric G-quadruplex by ligand binding increases susceptibility to S1 nuclease
Communication

A porous supramolecular ionic solid

Charge decoration provides a new synthetic strategy to integrate discrete coordination cages into an extended permanently porous material.

Graphical abstract: A porous supramolecular ionic solid
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Merging office/filter paper-based tools for pre-concentring and detecting heavy metals in drinking water
Open Access Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Direct synthesis of polyureas from the dehydrogenative coupling of diamines and methanol
Open Access Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: A monomeric methyllithium complex: synthesis and structure
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Synthetic approaches for accessing rare-earth analogues of UiO-66
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Crystalline assembly of metal–organic polyhedra driven by ionic interactions with polyoxometalates
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Organic photovoltaic electron acceptors showing aggregation-induced emission for reduced nonradiative recombination
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Lyotropic liquid crystalline phases of anisotropic nanoparticles of organic–inorganic metal halide perovskites: photoluminescence from self-assembled ordered microstructures of semiconductors
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Novel N-transfer reagent for converting α-amino acid derivatives to α-diazo compounds
Open Access Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: An electrochemical SARS-CoV-2 biosensor inspired by glucose test strip manufacturing processes
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Chiral recognition of amino-acid esters by a glucose-derived macrocyclic receptor
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and characterization of plasmonic peptoid nanosheets
Open Access Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Covalent capture and electrochemical quantification of pathogenic E. coli
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: A tris(benzyltriazolemethyl)amine-based cage as a CuAAC ligand tolerant to exogeneous bulky nucleophiles
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Lean-electrolyte lithium–sulfur electrochemical cells with high-loading carbon nanotube/nanofiber–polysulfide cathodes
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

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
Communication

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.

Graphical abstract: Direct synthesis of defective ultrathin brookite-phase TiO2 nanosheets showing flexible electronic band states
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

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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