Themed collection Celebrating Excellence in Research: 100 Women of Chemistry
A new family of sesterterpenoids isolated around the Pacific Rim
This review compiles details of the isolation, proposed biogenesis and biological testing of a new family of marine sesterterpenoids isolated around the Pacific Rim between 2009–2017.
Perspectives on metal–organic frameworks with intrinsic electrocatalytic activity
This highlight article focuses on the rapidly emerging area of electrocatalytic metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) with a particular emphasis on those systems displaying intrinsic activity.
An introduction to ratchets in chemistry and biology
This article describes the functions and mechanisms of particle and electron ratchets, and the interplay between theory and experiment in this field of non-equilibrium transport.
Spatiotemporal hydrogel biomaterials for regenerative medicine
This review highlights recent efforts in using photochemistry to exert dynamic control over the properties of hydrogel biomaterials.
Visible-light-absorbing semiconductor/molecular catalyst hybrid photoelectrodes for H2 or O2 evolution: recent advances and challenges
Herein, we review the recent advances and challenges in the field of visible-light-absorbing semiconductor/molecular catalyst photoelectrodes for H2 and O2 evolution.
Multicellular tumor spheroids: a relevant 3D model for the in vitro preclinical investigation of polymer nanomedicines
Application of 3D multicellular tumor spheroids to the investigation of polymer nanomedicines.
Conformational control of the bacterial Clp protease by natural product antibiotics
Natural products targeting the bacterial Clp protease unravel key interfaces for protein–protein–interaction and long-distance conformational control.
Perovskite oxides – a review on a versatile material class for solar-to-fuel conversion processes
The thermodynamic and defect chemical opportunities and challenges of perovskite oxides used for thermochemical water and carbon dioxide splitting are reviewed.
Concentration gradient generation methods based on microfluidic systems
Various concentration gradient generation methods based on microfluidic systems are summarized in this paper.
1,3-N,O-Complexes of late transition metals. Ligands with flexible bonding modes and reaction profiles
1,3-N,O-Chelating ligands are ubiquitous in nature owing to their occurrence as α-chiral amino acids in metalloproteins.
Recent applications of the combination of mesoporous silica nanoparticles with nucleic acids: development of bioresponsive devices, carriers and sensors
The control of many biological roles exerted by nucleic acids turned them into a powerful tool for the development of advanced biotechnological materials when in combination with mesoporous silica nanoparticles.
Insulin hexamer dissociation dynamics revealed by photoinduced T-jumps and time-resolved X-ray solution scattering
The structural dynamics of insulin hexamer dissociation were studied by the photoinduced temperature jump technique and monitored by time-resolved X-ray scattering.
Transfer hydrogenation of carbon dioxide and bicarbonate from glycerol under aqueous conditions
Catalytic transfer hydrogenation of CO2 from glycerol to afford formic and lactic acid is an attractive path to valorizing two waste streams. The process is significantly more thermodynamically favorable than direct CO2 hydrogenation.
A thumb-size electrochemical system for portable sensors
A thumb-size and precise electrochemical system is designed for sensors in size and cost sensitive applications.
One-of-a-kind: a microporous metal–organic framework capable of adsorptive separation of linear, mono- and di-branched alkane isomers via temperature- and adsorbate-dependent molecular sieving
Clean separation of linear, monobranched, and dibranched alkanes is achieved using a flexible, microporous metal–organic framework (MOF).
The alkyne-tag Raman imaging of coronatine, a plant pathogen virulence factor, in Commelina communis and its possible mode of action
Coronatine, a virulence factor of plant bacteria, facilitates bacterial infection through an ER (endoplasmic reticulum)-mediated mechanism and works by affecting the ethylene signaling pathway.
A new organic compound of 2-(2,2-diphenylethenyl)anthracene (DPEA) showing simultaneous electrical charge transport property and AIE optical characteristics
DPEA shows good charge carrier mobility and AIE efficient luminescence.
Mesoporous manganese phthalocyanine-based materials for electrochemical water oxidation via tailored templating
Electrochemical water splitting using non-noble metals as catalysts is of increasing importance for the future energy sector.
Spatially resolved coding of λ-orthogonal hydrogels by laser lithography
A λ-orthogonal reaction system is introduced, where visible light induced radical thiol–ene and UV light induced NITEC (Nitrile-Imine mediated Tetrazole–Ene Conjugation) ligations are consecutively employed to fabricate and functionalize PEG-based hydrogels.
Size dependent surface reconstruction in detonation nanodiamonds
Sub 3 nm diamond particles show size- and shape-dependent surface reconstructions, which have significant impact to their functionality and performance.
Controlling the lectin recognition of glycopolymers via distance arrangement of sugar blocks
Control of molecular recognition via living radical polymerization.
Photo-induced ring-closure via a looped flow reactor
Looped flow processes are an efficient and versatile tool to synthesize cyclic macromolecular materials.
Degradable gold core–mesoporous organosilica shell nanoparticles for two-photon imaging and gemcitabine monophosphate delivery
The synthesis of degradable gold core–mesoporous organosilica shell nanoparticles is described.
Is more better? A comparison of tri- and tetrapeptidic catalysts
From an enzymatic perspective, there is a general notion that the bigger and more complex a catalytically active peptide is the more enzyme-like and the better it should become. But is this really true?
Coaxial Ag–base metal nanowire networks with high electrochemical stability for transparent and stretchable asymmetric supercapacitors
Based on electrochemically stable Ag–Ni and Ag–Fe core–shell nanowire networks, a transparent and stretchable asymmetric supercapacitor was demonstrated.
Solution-processed 2-dimensional hole-doped ionic graphene compounds
Solution-based direct assembly of centimeter-square sizes of graphene–fluorofullerene multilayers with a tunable work function, up to 5.7 eV, and a remarkable chemical stability is demonstrated.
Solid-state-processing of δ-PVDF
Solid-state pressing is used to produce, in one single-step and without the need to mechanically stretch thin foils, ferroelectric structures from the commodity polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) with comparable piezoelectric properties to biaxially stretched β-PVDF.
Effective separation of aromatic and aliphatic amino acid mixtures using ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems
Ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems allow an efficient and selective separation of aliphatic and aromatic amino acid mixtures usually present in protein hydrolysates or fermentation broths.
A cobalt(II) complex with unique paraSHIFT responses to anions
A cobalt(II) complex can distinguish between anions by observing the paramagnetic 1H NMR shift.
Chiral expression of adsorbed (MP) 5-aminohelicenes: from random structures to dense racemic crystals by surface alloying
The chiral expression of a molecule on a surface is driven from a random solid solution on Cu(100) to a racemic crystal on a Sn/Cu(100) alloy.
Porous silicon–graphene oxide core–shell nanoparticles for targeted delivery of siRNA to the injured brain
A chemically targeted luminescent porous silicon–graphene oxide core–shell nanoparticle delivers siRNA for more effective gene silencing.
A two-qubit molecular architecture for electron-mediated nuclear quantum simulation
A molecular architecture where two vanadyl-based qubits are linked together is herein described and investigated as a platform for quantum simulation.
Pyrene hydrogel for promoting direct bioelectrochemistry: ATP-independent electroenzymatic reduction of N2
We demonstrate a novel hydrogel material to facilitate direct bioelectrochemistry of a wide range of redox proteins and enable ATP-independent electroenzymatic reduction of N2 by nitrogenase.
Taming a monomeric [Cu(η6-C6H6)]+ complex with silylene
Realization of a hitherto elusive unsupported η6 binding mode of benzene to a copper(I) cation employing silylene as a ligand. The back-donation from Cu to Si(II) diminishes the repulsion between d-electrons and the benzene ring and enforces the η6 binding mode.
A benzylic linker promotes methyltransferase catalyzed norbornene transfer for rapid bioorthogonal tetrazine ligation
Benzylic AdoMet analogs enable highly efficient enzymatic transfer of norbornenes to nucleic acids and subsequent tetrazine ligation.
Generalized-active-space pair-density functional theory: an efficient method to study large, strongly correlated, conjugated systems
Predicting ground- and excited-state properties of open-shell organic molecules by electronic structure theory can be challenging because an accurate treatment has to correctly describe both static and dynamic electron correlation.
Hydrogen consumption and methanogenic community evolution in anodophilic biofilms in single chamber microbial electrolysis cells under different startup modes
GeoChips based on mcrA and cytochrome genes to evaluate community structure variety of methanogens and electron transfer process.
Impact of excess PbI2 on the structure and the temperature dependent optical properties of methylammonium lead iodide perovskites
Excess PbI2 in MAPbI3 thin films has no direct impact on the electronic structure but changes the temperature dependence of the exciton binding energy and the phase transition behaviour.
A versatile method for the selective core-crosslinking of hyaluronic acid nanogels via ketone-hydrazide chemistry: from chemical characterization to in vivo biodistribution
Nanogels show long in vivo blood circulation time and high tumor accumulation.
Electron scattering in large water clusters from photoelectron imaging with high harmonic radiation
The scattering of low kinetic energy electrons in large water clusters can be treated as an intermediate case between gas and condensed phase scattering.
A sequential enzyme-activated and light-triggered pro-prodrug nanosystem for cancer detection and therapy
A sequential enzyme-activated and light-triggered pro-prodrug has been developed for cancer biomarker detection and on-demand therapy.
Fully automated, on-site isolation of cfDNA from whole blood for cancer therapy monitoring
Fully integrated lab-on-a-disc for cfDNA isolation allows real-time monitoring of tumor mutation status during targeted therapy.
Tuning mobility and stability of lithium ion conductors based on lattice dynamics
Ionic conductivity and stability of Li-ion conductors are rationalized on the same footing using lattice-dynamics descriptors.
Aqueous vs. nonaqueous Zn-ion batteries: consequences of the desolvation penalty at the interface
Comparison of intercalation of Zn2+ in layered V3O7·H2O in non-aqueous and aqueous electrolytes reveals a much higher desolvation penalty at the non-aqueous interface, a major factor in dictating the kinetics.
Local chemistry of the surfactant's head groups determines protein stability in reverse micelles
Protein stability in reverse micelles is determined by local chemical interactions between the surfactant molecules and the protein groups.
Polymorphism of chlorpropamide on liquid-assisted mechanical treatment: choice of liquid and type of mechanical treatment matter
Different types of mechanical treatment (tableting, grinding, milling, etc.) are important technological operations in the pharmaceutical industry.
Temporal trends of halogenated flame retardants in the atmosphere of the Canadian Great Lakes Basin (2005–2014)
Temporal and spatial trends of total air concentrations (gas + particle) of halogenated flame retardants at the Canadian Great Lakes Basin were assessed (2005–2014).
Physicochemical properties of air discharge-generated manganese oxide nanoparticles: comparison to welding fumes
Physicochemical properties of manganese nanoparticles are key to adverse health effects.
Determining the uncertainty in microstructural parameters extracted from tomographic data
The procedure for binarization of X-ray tomographic data affects the quantitative analysis of microstructural parameters in lithium ion battery electrodes.
A solution-processable dissymmetric porous organic cage
A dissymmetric, soluble, porous organic cage from a low-cost racemic precursor.
Calibration and evaluation of PUF-PAS sampling rates across the Global Atmospheric Passive Sampling (GAPS) network
Here we present and evaluate a method to determine PUF-PAS sampling rates (RS), and the effective sampling volume (Veff), for gas-phase chemical compounds deployed anywhere in the world.
Aluminum nanostructures with strong visible-range SERS activity for versatile micropatterning of molecular security labels
A ciphertext-embedded machine-readable micro-QR code is constructed using structurally uniform visible-range SERS-active Al nanostructures with an average SERS enhancement factor of >104.
Magnetic bead-based peptide extraction methodology for tissue imaging
MALDI-TOF imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) is a common technique used for analyzing tissue samples, as it allows the user to detect multiple different analytes simultaneously.
A dendritic catiomer with an MOF motif for the construction of safe and efficient gene delivery systems
The dendritic catiomer using biocompatible Zr-MOFs as the core exhibited a markedly higher transfection efficiency and lower cytotoxicity than the commercial gold standard branched PEI25k in A549 cells.
Heterogeneous endotoxin detection bioassay using drug–nanoparticle bioconjugates: an optimization study
Design and development of a simple and ultrasensitive dot blot bioassay for endotoxin detection in serum.
Singlet oxygen-mediated one-pot chemoselective peptide–peptide ligation
We here describe a furan oxidation based site-specific chemical ligation approach using unprotected peptide segments.
Effective potentials induced by self-assembly of patchy particles
Effective colloid–colloid interactions can be tailored through the addition of a complex cosolute.
Biodegradation of graphene oxide-polymer nanocomposite films in wastewater
The polymer present in the nanocomposite is degraded by microorganisms present in the wastewater.
Detection of sulfenic acid in intact proteins by mass spectrometric techniques: application to serum samples
A new developed strategy for the specific detection and quantification of cysteine sulfenic acid (SA) using molecular and elemental mass spectrometric (MS) techniques.
Polymerization of silyl ketenes using alkoxide initiators: a combined computational and experimental study
The atomic composition and chemical structure of polymers is fundamental to dictating properties and applications.
Extending charge separation lifetime and distance in patterned dye-sensitized SnO2–TiO2 μm-thin films
Charge separation in dye sensitized SnO2–TiO2 μm-thin films was substantially extended by an innovative patterning design strategy.
Sample preparation of lipstick for further Cd and Pb determination by ICP-MS: is the use of complexing acids really necessary?
In this work, the use of complexing acids (HF and HCl) combined with HNO3 was evaluated for lipstick digestion and further Cd and Pb determination by ICP-MS.
Effect of trehalose polymer regioisomers on protein stabilization
Polymers with different trehalose side chain regioisomers were synthesized and compared for insulin stabilization.
β-Pyridylenolate zinc catalysts for the ring-opening homo- and copolymerization of ε-caprolactone and lactides
Eleven zinc β-quinolylenolates with varying substituents have been synthesized, and some of these complexes are excellent catalysts for the ring-opening homo- and copolymerization of ε-CL and LAs.
A robust analytical method for the determination of pesticide residues in wastewater
The aim of this research was to develop an analytical method for the detection and confirmation of 13 pesticide residues in wastewater.
A field analysis of lampricide photodegradation in Great Lakes tributaries
Field measurements, laboratory experiments, and kinetic modeling demonstrate that photodegradation of lampricides is limited in Great Lake tributaries.
Multi-functional polyimides containing tetraphenyl fluorene moieties: fluorescence and resistive switching behaviors
A tetraphenyl fluorene (TPF) moiety in the polyimide main chain or in the side chain has a remarkable impact on the resistive switching behaviors and fluorescence properties of the polymers.
A species-specific double isotope dilution strategy for the accurate quantification of platinum–GG adducts in lung cells exposed to carboplatin
Measurement uncertainty of Pt–GG quantification in human lung cells by species-specific double IDMS.
Highly efficient and stable low-temperature processed ZnO solar cells with triple cation perovskite absorber
Although ZnO is a compatible electron transport layer (ETL) for perovskite solar cells (PSCs), the fact that MAPbI3 easily undergoes thermal decomposition on a low-temperature processed ZnO surface limits the use of one-step deposition of perovskite and hence the resulting photovoltaic performance. The triple cation perovskite prepared with a one-step deposition method is demonstrated to be a stable light absorber in highly efficient PSCs with low-temperature processed ZnO as the ETL.
Dehydrogenation of cyclic amines by a coordinatively unsaturated Cp*Ir(III) phosphoramidate complex
The reaction of a Cp*Ir(III) phosphoramidate complex with secondary amines gives amine, imine-bound Cp*Ir(III) hydride complexes resulting from amine dehydrogenation.
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