Themed collection 2020 Emerging Investigators
Contributors to the emerging investigators issue 2020
Chemical Society Reviews profiles the Emerging Investigators featured in the issue.
Electrochemical reduction of Cr(VI) in water: lessons learned from fundamental studies and applications
Converting toxic Cr(VI) to benign Cr(III) would offer a solution to decontaminate drinking water.
The fluorescence toolbox for visualizing autophagy
This review summarizes current advances in the rational design of fluorescence tools for monitoring and measuring autophagy.
Applications of diazaphospholene hydrides in chemical catalysis
Routes to diverse families of diazaphospholene hydride-transfer catalysts are reviewed, followed by an examination of various reactions catalyzed by these systems, including asymmetric variants.
Biological, biomolecular, and bio-inspired strategies for detection, extraction, and separations of lanthanides and actinides
This review surveys cellular and biomolecular methods to harvest f-block elements, emphasizing how recent characterization of lanthanide-utilizing bacteria is being translated into technologies to extract, separate, and sense these valuable elements.
Martensitic transition in molecular crystals for dynamic functional materials
This review comprehensively summarizes fundamentals and potential applications of molecular martensites – an emerging class of dynamic crystals for next-generation smart functional materials.
Towards commercialization: the operational stability of perovskite solar cells
This review gives insight into the operational stability of perovskite solar cells and provides possible research direction for further improvement.
Design of superior phototheranostic agents guided by Jablonski diagrams
This review summarizes how Jablonski diagrams guide the design of advanced organic optical agents and improvement of disease phototheranostic efficacies.
Theoretical insights into single-atom catalysts
Schematic diagram of theoretical models and applications of single atom catalysts. A review on the theoretical models, intrinsic properties, and the related application of SACs.
Scalable biocatalytic C–H oxyfunctionalization reactions
Biocatalytic methods for selective C–H oxyfunctionalization reactions are rapidly emerging and hold significant potential to streamline complex molecule synthesis. This review highlights key advances in this area developed within the past decade.
Recent advances in bioelectronics chemistry
In this review, we focus on the contributions made to the bioelectronic field from various aspects of chemistry.
Rare-earth metal–organic frameworks: from structure to applications
In the past 30 years, rare-earth metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have been gaining attention owing to their diverse chemical structures, and tunable properties.
Endoplasmic reticulum stress: an arising target for metal-based anticancer agents
Metal anticancer agents are rapidly emerging as selective, potent therapeutics that exhibit anticancer activity by inducing endoplasmic reticulum stress.
Medical micro/nanorobots in complex media
This article introduces how various complex media impact the propulsion of micro/nanorobotics and highlights the emerging technological approaches to enhance the locomotion in complex environments toward practical medical applications in vivo.
Emerging combination strategies with phototherapy in cancer nanomedicine
Based on the challenges in single-mode phototherapy, this review summarizes the significant research progress in combinatorial strategies with phototherapy.
C–C and C–X coupling reactions of unactivated alkyl electrophiles using copper catalysis
Copper catalysts enable cross-coupling reactions of unactivated alkyl electrophiles to generate C–C and C–X bonds.
Smart textiles for personalized thermoregulation
This article provides a fundamental understanding of the physiology of body thermoregulation and the advances in thermoregulatory textile technologies, and a perspective on future textiles for personalized thermoregulation.
Targeting RNA with small molecules: from fundamental principles towards the clinic
This tutorial review describes the fundamental principles and recent advances in developing small molecule-based therapeutics for disease-associated RNAs.
Thermodynamic and kinetic hydricity of transition metal hydrides
This review of thermodynamic and kinetic hydricity provides conceptual overviews, tutorials on how to determine hydricity both experimentally and computationally, and salient case studies.
Liquid-based porous membranes
The confluence of available membrane materials and the explorations into fluid behaviors have revolutionized liquid-based porous membranes, which deserve more attention.
Recognition and applications of anion–anion dimers based on anti-electrostatic hydrogen bonds (AEHBs)
Contrary to expectations, protic hydroxyanions show a surprisingly reliable facility to dimerize or oligomerize together by hydrogen bonding.
Cancer stem cell-targeted bio-imaging and chemotherapeutic perspective
Characteristics of CSCs targeted for developing therapeutic and bio-imaging agents.
Advances towards programmable droplet transport on solid surfaces and its applications
We review progress towards the programmable transport of droplets on surfaces together with its applications in chemistry and materials science.
About this collection
We are delighted to present the 2020 Emerging Investigators issue. This collection showcases the high quality research of early career scientists who are internationally recognised for making outstanding contributions to their respective fields. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.