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Viewpoint

Electrocatalysis of nitrogen pollution: transforming nitrogen waste into high-value chemicals

This viewpoint focuses on electrocatalytic NW reduction and highlights the challenges in its practical application. It also discusses future directions to meet the requirements of upstream and downstream industries by optimizing production processes.

Graphical abstract: Electrocatalysis of nitrogen pollution: transforming nitrogen waste into high-value chemicals
Open Access Perspective

Chemical Chartographisis: a contemporary perspective in molecular design and synthesis

We introduce a contemporary perspective in molecular design and synthesis, named "Chemical Chartographisis".

Graphical abstract: Chemical Chartographisis: a contemporary perspective in molecular design and synthesis
Open Access Perspective

10 Guiding principles for learning in the laboratory

Perspective

A perspective on the future of electrochemical ammonia synthesis: aqueous or non-aqueous?

Ammonia (NH3) production by N2 reduction is deemed as a green revolution in the fertilizer industry. The choice of optimal electrolyte is necessary to interpret the actual future of NH3 production i.e. either aqueous or non-aqueous?

Graphical abstract: A perspective on the future of electrochemical ammonia synthesis: aqueous or non-aqueous?
Open Access Perspective

Circular economy for perovskite solar cells – drivers, progress and challenges

We examine drivers and benefits of adopting circular economy practices for perovskite solar cells (PSCs), a promising low-cost PV technology, identifying key challenges and reviewing research progress towards achieving a circular economy for PSCs.

Graphical abstract: Circular economy for perovskite solar cells – drivers, progress and challenges
Perspective

Unified classification of non-covalent bonds formed by main group elements: a bridge to chemical bonding

Classification of non-covalent bonds in main group elements using the correlation between binding energy and electron density.

Graphical abstract: Unified classification of non-covalent bonds formed by main group elements: a bridge to chemical bonding
Perspective

Organic compounds for solid state luminescence enhancement/aggregation induced emission: a theoretical perspective

In this perspective, we discuss some major aspects of the current theoretical understanding of solid-state enhanced luminescence (SLE) and we outline a set of general characteristics that many materials expressing this behaviour share.

Graphical abstract: Organic compounds for solid state luminescence enhancement/aggregation induced emission: a theoretical perspective
Open Access Perspective

Molecular photodissociation dynamics revealed by Coulomb explosion imaging

This Perspective illustrates the growing use of ultrafast laser induced Coulomb explosion imaging methods for tracking time-evolving molecular structures and advancing understanding of gas phase molecular fragmentation processes.

Graphical abstract: Molecular photodissociation dynamics revealed by Coulomb explosion imaging
Minireview

Progress on smart integrated systems of seawater purification and electrolysis

This review presents the progress and outlook of smart integrated seawater purification and electrolysis systems, which have the potential to circumvent the difficulties associated with direct seawater electrolysis.

Graphical abstract: Progress on smart integrated systems of seawater purification and electrolysis
Open Access Review Article

Dilute polyelectrolyte solutions: recent progress and open questions

We highlight key results and outstanding questions emerging from recent literature, aiming to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the latest advancements in understanding the conformation and dynamics of polyelectrolytes in dilute solutions.

Graphical abstract: Dilute polyelectrolyte solutions: recent progress and open questions
Open Access Review Article

Sixty years of electrochemical optical spectroscopy: a retrospective

After sixty years of development, electrochemical optical spectroscopy has evolved from the early phase of proof-of-concept to an advanced phase with various spectroscopic modes and has contributed significantly to the field of electrochemistry.

Graphical abstract: Sixty years of electrochemical optical spectroscopy: a retrospective
Open Access Review Article

(Poly)phenol-related gut metabotypes and human health: an update

(Poly)phenol metabotyping as a tool for tailored nutrition advice. Created with https://BioRender.com.

Graphical abstract: (Poly)phenol-related gut metabotypes and human health: an update
Open Access Review Article

Towards high performance and durable soft tactile actuators

This review assesses diverse strategies to enhance the actuation performance and durability of soft tactile actuators, enabling optimal functionality in real-world conditions.

Graphical abstract: Towards high performance and durable soft tactile actuators
Open Access Review Article

Progress and perspectives of Pd-based catalysts for direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide

In this work, the theoretical basis, catalyst design and in situ application of DSHP are comprehensively summarized. It has certain guiding significance for the design of future catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Progress and perspectives of Pd-based catalysts for direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide
Review Article

Recent advances in super-resolution optical imaging based on aggregation-induced emission

From aggregation-induced emission to super-resolution imaging: the significance of reversible dynamic interaction.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in super-resolution optical imaging based on aggregation-induced emission
Review Article

Intracellular microbial rhodopsin-based optogenetics to control metabolism and cell signaling

Organelle optogenetics is an approach to control cell physiology by targeted expression of microbial rhodopsins in membranes of subcellular organelles.

Graphical abstract: Intracellular microbial rhodopsin-based optogenetics to control metabolism and cell signaling
Review Article

Plasmonic silver and gold nanoparticles: shape- and structure-modulated plasmonic functionality for point-of-caring sensing, bio-imaging and medical therapy

Silver and gold nanoparticles have found extensive biomedical applications due to their strong localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and intriguing plasmonic properties.

Graphical abstract: Plasmonic silver and gold nanoparticles: shape- and structure-modulated plasmonic functionality for point-of-caring sensing, bio-imaging and medical therapy
Open Access Review Article

The allure of targets for novel drugs

There's no single way to find new drugs; multiple targets for new medicines are effective and encourage innovation.

Graphical abstract: The allure of targets for novel drugs
Review Article

Discovery, synthesis, activities, structure–activity relationships, and clinical development of combretastatins and analogs as anticancer drugs. A comprehensive review

This comprehensive review describes discovery, synthesis, structure activity relationship, and anticancer activity of six series of 22 natural products as well as clinical studies of several candidates.

Graphical abstract: Discovery, synthesis, activities, structure–activity relationships, and clinical development of combretastatins and analogs as anticancer drugs. A comprehensive review
Review Article

Breaking the bottleneck of lead-free perovskite solar cells through dimensionality modulation

Leveraging the dimensionality-modulation method to further boost the device efficiency and stability is the future roadmap for the development of lead-free perovskite solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Breaking the bottleneck of lead-free perovskite solar cells through dimensionality modulation
Review Article

What can molecular assembly learn from catalysed assembly in living organisms?

We discuss how living organisms utilize the catalysed assembly (catassembly) way to construct and control complex assembly systems with high efficiency and selectivity, and how we can harness catassembly to design functional molecular assemblies.

Graphical abstract: What can molecular assembly learn from catalysed assembly in living organisms?
Review Article

Glycan-specific molecularly imprinted polymers towards cancer diagnostics: merits, applications, and future perspectives

This review surveys glycans as biomarkers and challenges in using glycan-binding receptors for cancer diagnosis. We highlight merits, applications, and future directions of using molecularly imprinted polymers as effective glycan-binding receptors.

Graphical abstract: Glycan-specific molecularly imprinted polymers towards cancer diagnostics: merits, applications, and future perspectives
Review Article

Pd-Catalysed asymmetric allylic alkylation of heterocycles: a user's guide

This review analyses recent advances and strategies employed in the Pd-AAA of nucleophilic prochiral heterocycles. Each section is focused on a specific heterocycle, where optimisation data and reaction scope have been carefully analysed.

Graphical abstract: Pd-Catalysed asymmetric allylic alkylation of heterocycles: a user's guide
Review Article

Recent advances in two-dimensional polymers: synthesis, assembly and energy-related applications

This review summarizes the advancements of 2D polymers and highlights their unique advantages, focusing on their recent research progress in the design, synthesis, assembly and processing, as well as their energy-related applications.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in two-dimensional polymers: synthesis, assembly and energy-related applications
Open Access Review Article

Therapeutic synthetic and natural materials for immunoengineering

This review discusses the balance of inflammation in immunity and biomaterials strategies to modulate immunity in cases of imbalance such as autoimmune disease, infection, and cancer. Adapted from “Balanced Energy State”, by BioRender.com (2023).

Graphical abstract: Therapeutic synthetic and natural materials for immunoengineering
Review Article

Recent advances using MXenes in biomedical applications

The structure of this review includes applications of MXenes in drug delivery, tissue engineering, antimicrobial, and in biosensors.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances using MXenes in biomedical applications
Open Access Review Article

Endohedral metallofullerene molecular nanomagnets

This review summarizes the significant advances in endohedral metallofullerene-based molecular nanomagnets, with a particular emphasis on their unique structures and intriguing magnetic properties arising from such structural peculiarity.

Graphical abstract: Endohedral metallofullerene molecular nanomagnets
Review Article

Low-dimensional nanostructures for monolithic 3D-integrated flexible and stretchable electronics

Low-dimensional nanostructures, with their small size, unique characteristics, flexible/elastic adaptability, and effective vertical stacking capability, play a crucial role in advancing monolithic 3D-integrated flexible/stretchable systems.

Graphical abstract: Low-dimensional nanostructures for monolithic 3D-integrated flexible and stretchable electronics
Review Article

Multiple hydrogen bonding driven supramolecular architectures and their biomedical applications

Multiple hydrogen bonding driven supramolecular architectures and their biomedical applications.

Graphical abstract: Multiple hydrogen bonding driven supramolecular architectures and their biomedical applications
Review Article

Urea catalytic oxidation for energy and environmental applications

This review evaluates state-of-the-art advances in electrocatalytic and photo(electro)catalytic urea oxidation from fundamentals and materials to energy and environmental applications.

Graphical abstract: Urea catalytic oxidation for energy and environmental applications
Review Article

Protein-based bioactive coatings: from nanoarchitectonics to applications

Assembly strategy and application direction of protein-based bioactive coatings.

Graphical abstract: Protein-based bioactive coatings: from nanoarchitectonics to applications
Review Article

Crystalline porous organic salts

CPOSs, formed through self-assembly of organic acids and organic bases, are gradually evolving into a field full of opportunities and challenges.

Graphical abstract: Crystalline porous organic salts
Review Article

Engineering organic polymers as emerging sustainable materials for powerful electrocatalysts

A comprehensive overview on organic polymers as electrocatalysts is summarized. By presenting the engineering strategies, insightful understandings, challenges, and perspectives, we hope this review can provide valuable references for the readers.

Graphical abstract: Engineering organic polymers as emerging sustainable materials for powerful electrocatalysts
Open Access Review Article

The emerging chemistry of self-electrified water interfaces

Every real material system on the Earth's surface is a mosaic of electric charges supporting unexpected chemical reactions and electricity.

Graphical abstract: The emerging chemistry of self-electrified water interfaces
Review Article

Shelf life of lithium–sulfur batteries under lean electrolytes: status and challenges

Recent advances in prolonging the shelf life of LSBs are summarized. Furthermore, the challenges of current strategies, and research prospects for LSBs with high performance and sustained shelf life under lean electrolytes are proposed.

Graphical abstract: Shelf life of lithium–sulfur batteries under lean electrolytes: status and challenges
Open Access Review Article

Nanomaterials for light-mediated therapeutics in deep tissue

Different activation modes, including chemiluminescence, NIR, X-ray and ultrasound, have been employed to trigger specific light-mediated therapeutics, such as photodynamic therapy, photothermal therapy and drug delivery.

Graphical abstract: Nanomaterials for light-mediated therapeutics in deep tissue
Review Article

The synthesis and application of crystalline–amorphous hybrid materials

This review summarizes the typical synthetic methodologies of crystalline–amorphous hybrid materials and highlights their enhanced performance for multiple applications.

Graphical abstract: The synthesis and application of crystalline–amorphous hybrid materials
Review Article

Bio-based hyperbranched epoxy resins: synthesis and recycling

This review provides a comprehensive overview of the synthesis, degradation, and recycling of bio-based hyperbranched epoxy resins.

Graphical abstract: Bio-based hyperbranched epoxy resins: synthesis and recycling
Review Article

Rare earth oxide based electrocatalysts: synthesis, properties and applications

The synthesis, properties and applications of rare earth oxide based electrocatalysts in electrocatalysis reactions.

Graphical abstract: Rare earth oxide based electrocatalysts: synthesis, properties and applications
Review Article

Organic chiral nano- and microfilaments: types, formation, and template applications

Chiral filaments are omnipresent in nature and our daily lives. This review gives an overview of nano- and microfilaments, delineates formation modes based on the concept of intra- or interlayer misfits, and shows examples of template applications.

Graphical abstract: Organic chiral nano- and microfilaments: types, formation, and template applications
Open Access Review Article

Sialic acids in infection and their potential use in detection and protection against pathogens

An overview of sialic acid involvement in infection and exploitation in diagnostics and therapeutics.

Graphical abstract: Sialic acids in infection and their potential use in detection and protection against pathogens
Review Article

Metal nitrides for seawater electrolysis

The current strategies and basic mechanisms of metal nitrides for hydrogen production from seawater are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Metal nitrides for seawater electrolysis
Review Article

Atomic-level design of metalloenzyme-like active pockets in metal–organic frameworks for bioinspired catalysis

This review systematically summarizes the significant advances in MOF-based metalloenzyme mimics for bioinspired catalysis with a special emphasis on active pocket engineering at the atomic level.

Graphical abstract: Atomic-level design of metalloenzyme-like active pockets in metal–organic frameworks for bioinspired catalysis
Open Access Review Article

f-Element heavy pnictogen chemistry

In this review, the molecular chemistry of the f-elements with heavy pnictogen ligands from phosphorus to bismuth is described.

Graphical abstract: f-Element heavy pnictogen chemistry
Review Article

Biogenic synthesis of novel nanomaterials and their applications

Synthesis of nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes using biological precursors and their applications.

Graphical abstract: Biogenic synthesis of novel nanomaterials and their applications
Review Article

Geometry-structure models for liquid crystal interfaces, drops and membranes: wrinkling, shape selection and dissipative shape evolution

We review our recent contributions to anisotropic soft matter models for liquid crystal interfaces, drops and membranes, emphasizing the theory and simulation literature.

Graphical abstract: Geometry-structure models for liquid crystal interfaces, drops and membranes: wrinkling, shape selection and dissipative shape evolution
Review Article

Recent advances in point-of-care testing of COVID-19

This review explores various point-of-care optical diagnostic systems combined with microdevices developed during the recent COVID-19 pandemic for clinical diagnostics.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in point-of-care testing of COVID-19
Review Article

Designing drugs and chemical probes with the dualsteric approach

Dualsteric modulators are praised for a balance of potency and selectivity, overcoming drug resistance, function bias, and an easy scheme for partial agonist. It could also be used to design fluorescent tracers and study protein conformations.

Graphical abstract: Designing drugs and chemical probes with the dualsteric approach
Open Access Review Article

Cu-based catalyst designs in CO2 electroreduction: precise modulation of reaction intermediates for high-value chemical generation

Product distribution during electrocatalytic CO2 reduction is closely related to the behaviour of reaction intermediates. Morphological and microenvironmental engineering of Cu-based catalysts can regulate the reaction tendency of intermediates, enabling target products to be selectively obtained.

Graphical abstract: Cu-based catalyst designs in CO2 electroreduction: precise modulation of reaction intermediates for high-value chemical generation
Open Access Review Article

Advancing cell surface modification in mammalian cells with synthetic molecules

This review offers a survey of recent advancements in the modification of mammalian cell surfaces through the use of synthetic molecules and concludes by addressing the present challenges and potential opportunities in this rapidly expanding field.

Graphical abstract: Advancing cell surface modification in mammalian cells with synthetic molecules
Review Article

Functional materials for aqueous redox flow batteries: merits and applications

This review offers an overview of the merits and applications of materials for aqueous redox flow batteries, focusing on the design principles of redox-active materials and the development of functional materials for electrodes and membranes.

Graphical abstract: Functional materials for aqueous redox flow batteries: merits and applications
Review Article

Synthesis and hybridization of CuInS2 nanocrystals for emerging applications

This review article focuses on the recent advances and emerging opportunities for CuInS2 nanocrystals in luminescence and opto-electric applications enabled by advanced synthetic methodologies and hybridization techniques.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and hybridization of CuInS2 nanocrystals for emerging applications
Review Article

High-entropy alloys in electrocatalysis: from fundamentals to applications

In this review, we provide a comprehensive summary of recent advances in the synthesis strategies, design principles, and characterization technologies of high entropy alloys, and their applications in various electrocatalytic conversion reactions.

Graphical abstract: High-entropy alloys in electrocatalysis: from fundamentals to applications
Open Access Review Article

Visible light-responsive materials: the (photo)chemistry and applications of donor–acceptor Stenhouse adducts in polymer science

In this review, the recent developments and challenges in the field of donor–acceptor Stenhouse adduct (DASA)-containing polymers are discussed, aiming at providing a better understanding of the interplay between the properties of both matrix and photoswitch.

Graphical abstract: Visible light-responsive materials: the (photo)chemistry and applications of donor–acceptor Stenhouse adducts in polymer science
Review Article

Hexagonal boron nitride exfoliation and dispersion

An overview of the many different methods used to disperse and exfoliate hexagonal boron nitride into boron nitride nanosheets. The methods and properties for the exfoliated sheets and the dispersions obtained are summarized and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Hexagonal boron nitride exfoliation and dispersion
Review Article

Hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks: new horizons in biomedical applications

Hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks (HOFs) are an emerging attractive class of highly crystalline porous materials characterized by significant biocompatibility, rich chemical functionalities and well-defined porosity.

Graphical abstract: Hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks: new horizons in biomedical applications
Open Access Review Article

Journey of micronanoplastics with blood components

Micronanoplastics (MNPs) interact with blood components, resulting in anemia, cardiovascular diseases, etc. Research gaps include toxic impacts of real-world MNPs, monomers, co-pollutants complex, and so on, emphasizing the need for more research.

Graphical abstract: Journey of micronanoplastics with blood components
Review Article

Porous crystalline materials for memories and neuromorphic computing systems

This review highlights the film preparation methods and the application advances in memory and neuromorphic electronics of porous crystalline materials, involving MOFs, COFs, HOFs, and zeolites.

Graphical abstract: Porous crystalline materials for memories and neuromorphic computing systems
Review Article

A review of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) as electrochemical sensors for important small biomolecules in human body fluids

The emergence of ZIFs-based composite materials as promising candidates for electrochemical sensors of important small biomolecules in human body fluids.

Graphical abstract: A review of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) as electrochemical sensors for important small biomolecules in human body fluids
Review Article

Overlooked aza-S(IV) motifs: synthesis and transformations of sulfinamidines and sulfinimidate esters

Significant advancements have recently been made in the chemistry of sulfinamidines and sulfinimidate esters. This review aims to provide an overview of the synthetic methods for the preparation and transformation of these overlooked compounds.

Graphical abstract: Overlooked aza-S(iv) motifs: synthesis and transformations of sulfinamidines and sulfinimidate esters
Review Article

Graphene in rubber formulations: a comprehensive review and performance optimization insights

Utilization of modified and integrated graphene in the rubber matrix, related applications, and performance optimization through response surface methodology.

Graphical abstract: Graphene in rubber formulations: a comprehensive review and performance optimization insights
Open Access Review Article

The crucial role of silver(I)-salts as additives in C–H activation reactions: overall analysis of their versatility and applicability

This review discusses the important role of silver(I) salts as additives in transition-metal catalyzed C–H activation, and depicts the discussion about the current shift towards Ag-free procedures, as plausible and sustainable alternatives.

Graphical abstract: The crucial role of silver(i)-salts as additives in C–H activation reactions: overall analysis of their versatility and applicability
Open Access Review Article

Recent developments in the cleavage, functionalization, and conjugation of proteins and peptides at tyrosine residues

This review covers recent progress in tyrosine-selective cleavage, functionalization, and conjugation of peptides and proteins. Key applications of Tyr modification are highlighted, demonstrating its great potential for chemistry and biology.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in the cleavage, functionalization, and conjugation of proteins and peptides at tyrosine residues
Open Access Tutorial Review

Stimulus-responsive polymer materials toward multi-mode and multi-level information anti-counterfeiting: recent advances and future challenges

This review highlights the recent advances and discusses the challenges and perspectives of stimulus-responsive polymer (SRP)-based information-storage materials, which exhibit multi-mode or multi-level anti-counterfeiting performance.

Graphical abstract: Stimulus-responsive polymer materials toward multi-mode and multi-level information anti-counterfeiting: recent advances and future challenges
Open Access Tutorial Review

5-Hydroxymethylcytosine: the many faces of the sixth base of mammalian DNA

This review assesses current analytical approaches and the mechanistic, biological and biomedical significance of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine – the second most abundant modified base in mammalian DNA.

Graphical abstract: 5-Hydroxymethylcytosine: the many faces of the sixth base of mammalian DNA
Tutorial Review

Single atom catalyst-mediated generation of reactive species in water treatment

Unique activation mechanisms of oxidants by metal single atom catalysts for water treatment were compared with conventional advanced oxidation processes.

Graphical abstract: Single atom catalyst-mediated generation of reactive species in water treatment
Open Access Tutorial Review

Surface barriers to mass transfer in nanoporous materials for catalysis and separations

Nanoporous materials interfaces are the new frontier: understanding and controlling surface barriers to diffusion is key in catalysis and separations.

Graphical abstract: Surface barriers to mass transfer in nanoporous materials for catalysis and separations
Open Access Communication

Metastability and polymorphism in dihydroxybenzenes – implications for thermal energy storage

State-of-the-art experimental and computational techniques have been used to explore the effects of molecular isomerism on the phase behaviour of the three dihydroxybenzenes catechol, resorcinol, and hydroquinone.

Graphical abstract: Metastability and polymorphism in dihydroxybenzenes – implications for thermal energy storage
Communication

In situ DRIFTS and DFT study of CO2 hydrogenation over the In2O3 catalyst

The DRIFTS analyses show that the conversion from HCOO* to H3CO* is accelerated at high pressure, which is the reason for the high methanol selectivity of In2O3 for CO2 hydrogenation.

Graphical abstract: In situ DRIFTS and DFT study of CO2 hydrogenation over the In2O3 catalyst
Communication

NestedAE: interpretable nested autoencoders for multi-scale materials characterization

The multi-scale features and latent space are connected by a nested autoencoder.

Graphical abstract: NestedAE: interpretable nested autoencoders for multi-scale materials characterization
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