Themed collection 2020 Focus and Perspective articles
Haloboration: scope, mechanism and utility
Haloboration is a mostly overlooked technique, yet it is a powerful way of transforming alkynes stereoselectively into difunctionalised ambiphilic alkenes, which readily undergo a plethora of highly useful subsequent reactions.
Recent advances in the synthesis and transformation of gem-borylsilylalkanes
gem-Borylsilylalkanes have emerged as powerful reagents and attracted increasing attention in synthetic chemistry. This review summarizes the recent development in the synthesis of gem-borylsilylalkanes and their chemoselective transformation
Active metal single-sites based on metal–organic frameworks: construction and chemical prospects
Metal single-point is a novel and potential design strategy that has been applied for the development of metal organic frameworks.
Interpretable machine learning as a tool for scientific discovery in chemistry
There has been an upsurge of interest in applying machine learning to chemistry, and impressive predictive accuracies have been achieved, but this has been done without providing any insight into what has been learnt from the training data.
Perspective on chymotrypsin detection
Chymotrypsin is one of the most extensively known proteases participating in the pathogenesis of various diseases, which can be used in drug discovery and clinical diagnosis.
Biomimetic fog collection and its influencing factors
This review starts with the main process of fog collection and then analyzes the influencing factors that affect the efficiency of fog collection.
Development of advanced materials for cleaner energy generation through fuel cells
The use of fuel cells in the transportation sector holds promise as a sustainable option for the generation of cleaner energy along with cumulative lesser GHG emissions.
Graphitic carbon nitride-based materials for photocatalytic reduction of U(VI)
This work reports the photocatalytic reduction of U(VI) using g-C3N4-based materials and discusses the factors affecting the photocatalytic reduction of U(VI).
Advances in conjugated polymers for visualization of latent fingerprints: a critical perspective
Owing to unique photophysical and structural features conjugated polymers (CPs) have demonstrated high selectivity, specificity and enhanced imaging ability and are utilized for rapid latent fingerprint development using simple processing methods.
Self-assembly of imidazolium/benzimidazolium cationic receptors: their environmental and biological applications
This review highlights the applications of imidazolium based cationic receptors for sensing of biomolecules and catalysis.
Chemistry of Ru(edta) complexes relevant to oxidoreductase mimicking: a personal perspective
This article chronicles the enzyme mimicking chemistry of Ru(edta) complexes (edta4− = ethylenediaminetetraacetate) in regard to small molecule activation.
Diverse synthesis of pyrano[3,2-c]coumarins: a brief update
This short review discusses the synthesis of pyrano[3,2-c]coumarins using different strategies including mechanistic illustrations.
Surface alloys in nanochemistry: catalysis and synthesis
A surface alloy is a surface-confined mixture of metals that are immiscible in bulk. It has unique chemical properties that can be utilized in various catalytic and synthetic reactions.
Beckmann rearrangement catalysis: a review of recent advances
The Beckmann rearrangement is an elegant transformation and has been used to great success in the synthesis of natural products and pharmaceuticals. In this review, the role of different catalysts as well as different medium for Beckmann rearrangement has been discussed over the last 20 years.
Three decades of disparlure and analogue synthesis
Diverse syntheses of disparlure and its stereoisomers and analogues encompassing various strategies are compiled in this perspective.
Catalytic H2 evolution/oxidation in [FeFe]-hydrogenase biomimetics: account from DFT on the interplay of related issues and proposed solutions
A DFT overview on selected issues regarding diiron catalysts related to [FeFe]-hydrogenase biomimetic research, with implications for both energy conversion and storage strategies.
Recent advances in C–CN and C–H bond activation of green nitrile (MeCN) for organo-complexation, cyanation and cyanomethylation
The use of green and inexpensive organic nitrile (MeCN) as a cyano and cyano-methyl source for organo-complexation, cyanation, and cyanomethylation is reviewed.
Annulations involving 2-arylidene-1,3-indanediones: stereoselective synthesis of spiro- and fused scaffolds
Stereoselective annulations of 2-arylidene-1,3-indanediones towards spiro-carbocycles as well as spiro/fused heterocycles based on various cycloadditions and tandem annulations are described.
Transition metal-catalyzed electrochemical processes for C–C bond formation
A comprehensive electro-organometallic review has been carried out on C–C bond formation via variety of metals between 1984 and 2019.
Recent developments in the synthesis and applications of furopyrazoles
This review aims to describe the different strategies developed so far for the synthesis of furopyrazoles and their biological and pharmacological properties.
Halloysite nanotubes based heterogeneous solid acid catalysts
Taking into account the excellent catalytic performance of halloysite nanotubes, the main focus of this review article is to unveil the research on halloysite nanotubes for the preparation of solid acids and their applications in acid catalysis.
GS-5734: a potentially approved drug by FDA against SARS-Cov-2
We highlighted the discovery process, preparation techniques, broad-spectrum activities, antiviral mechanism, and future perspectives of GS-5734.
Fabrication of injectable hydrogels via bio-orthogonal chemistry for tissue engineering
Injectable hydrogels via bio-orthogonal chemistry.
Oxidative stress and antioxidant capacity: development and prospects
Signaling pathways regulating redox reactions are activated to balance the redox status and maintain the normal function of cells.
An overview of the recent synthesis and functionalization methods of saponite clay
In this overview, a summary on the most common intercalation compounds based on saponite clays is reported. The attention is also focused on the one-pot methods for the production of functional saponite clays for different applications.
Recent advances in ternary layered double hydroxide electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction
The recent advances in ternary layered double hydroxide electrocatalysts, including the strategies used for the design, synthesis, and evaluation of their performance for oxygen evolution reaction are reviewed in this account.
Microporous layered silicates: old but new microporous materials
The properties and applications of microporous layered silicates, having both intralayer micropores and interlayer spaces, are reviewed.
Recent progress in the design and synthesis of nanofibers with diverse synthetic methodologies: characterization and potential applications
The advancements of nanotechnology, particularly nanomaterials science, have produced a broad range of nanomaterials including nanofibers, nanorods, nanowires and etc., which have been technically and practically examined over various applications.
The classification and application of cyclodextrin polymers: a review
After introducing the concept of cyclodextrin polymers, their classification and applications have been summarized.
Triphenylamine-based stimuli-responsive solid state fluorescent materials
Molecular engineering of triphenylamine (TPA) units produced multi-stimuli-responsive solid state fluorescent materials.
A naphtha reforming process development methodology based on the identification of catalytic reactivity descriptors
This critical review proposes an original and pragmatic naphtha reforming process development approach aimed at merging catalyst development with kinetic modelling through the identification of “effective” and “measurable” catalytic descriptors.
Trending methods employed for polymerization induced self-assembly
Mother Nature produces a perfectly defined architecture that inspires researchers to make polymeric macromolecules for an array of functions. The present article describes recent development in the PISA to synthesize polymeric nano-objects.
Recent trends of MnO2-derived adsorbents for water treatment: a review
Over the years, manganese dioxide (MnO2) and its different allotropes have gained significant research attention in the field of wastewater treatment because of their exciting physicochemical properties.
Naturally derived nano- and micro-drug delivery vehicles: halloysite, vaterite and nanocellulose
We discuss prospects for halloysite nanotubes, vaterite crystals and nanocellulose to enter the market of biomaterials for drug delivery and tissue engineering, and their potential for economically viable production from abundant natural sources.
Paired electrolysis for simultaneous generation of synthetic fuels and chemicals
Replacing anodic oxygen evolution of water splitting or carbon dioxide reduction by electro-organic oxidation increases their product-value and energy efficiency.
Synthesis of chiral propargyl alcohols following the base-induced elimination protocol: application in the total synthesis of natural products
Synthesis of enantiomerically pure propargyl alcohols is one of the most important tools in organic synthesis and “base-induced elimination of β-alkoxy chlorides” could offer the enantiomerically pure propargyl alcohols.
Recent advances in dithiafulvenyl-functionalized organic conjugated materials
This review highlights the recent studies of advanced organic π-conjugated materials that contain 1,4-dithiafulvene (DTF) as a redox-active component.
Recent advances in organic dyes and fluorophores comprising a 1,2,3-triazole moiety
Since the discovery of the copper catalyzed azide alkyne cycloaddition in the early 2000s, tremendous efforts have been devoted to enlarging the scope of applications of this relatively simple to handle reaction.
Tricyclic tin(IV) cages: synthetic aspects and intriguing features of stannatranes and pseudostannatranes
This perspective summarizes various synthetic routes of stannatranes and pseudostannatranes along with their interesting features, such as appearance of satellites in their NMR spectra, cluster formation upon hydrolysis and exchange reactions.
Metal–organic frameworks with different spatial dimensions for supercapacitors
Recent progress in MOF materials for SCs with different spatial dimensions, such as 2D MOFs, including conductive MOFs and nanosheets, and 3D MOFs, categorized as single metallic and multiple metallic MOFs, are reviewed.
Reactivity of hemi-labile pyridyl and pyrimidyl derived chalcogen ligands towards group 10 metal phosphine precursors
The reactivity of N-heterocyclic dichalcogenides and their sodium salts towards group 10 metal phosphine precursors has been investigated.
Fast-developing machine learning support complex system research in environmental chemistry
Machine learning will radically accelerate analysis of complex material networks in environmental chemistry.
Innovation of hypervalent(III) iodine in the synthesis of natural products
The focus article discusses the innovation of hypervalent(III) iodine regarding skeletal rearrangement, cycloaddition and cyclization, and sp3 C–H functionalization in natural product synthesis.
Shell isolated nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy for renewable energy electrocatalysis
This review covers the use of shell isolated nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS) to investigate heterogeneous electrocatalytic processes.
Development of “dual-key-and-lock” responsive probes for biosensing and imaging
Recent advances in the development of “dual-key-and-lock” responsive probes for accurate detection of various biomolecules are reviewed.
On the scope of SuFEx as a bioorthogonal click process
Coupling of sulfonyl fluorides, fluorosulfates and iminosulfur oxydifluorides with proteins gave the corresponding sulfonamide, sulfamate and sulfamide adducts under mild conditions.
Heterogeneous electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 promoted by secondary coordination sphere effects
The incorporation of secondary coordination sphere effects to rationally modulate electrochemical CO2 reduction on heterogeneous catalysts is reviewed.
Challenges and benefits of post-lithium-ion batteries
Post-Li-ion batteries based on Na, Mg, and Al offer substantial electrochemical and economic advantages in comparison with Li-ion batteries.
About this collection
The web collection is comprised of the Focus and Perspective articles published in New Journal of Chemistry in 2020.