Themed collection Frontiers Emerging Investigators Series

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Review Article

Exploring visible light for carbon–nitrogen and carbon–oxygen bond formation via nickel catalysis

In this review, we highlight the recent synthetic methodology development for the formation of C–N and C–O bonds via visible-light-driven nickel catalysis, with in-depth discussions with reaction designs and mechanistic scenarios.

Graphical abstract: Exploring visible light for carbon–nitrogen and carbon–oxygen bond formation via nickel catalysis
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Accepted Manuscript - Review Article

Mussel‐inspired Adhesive Hydrogels for Local Immunomodulation

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Activatable organic photoacoustic probes for in vivo anion imaging

This review gives focused attention on in vivo anion imaging based on activatable organic photoacoustic probes, with emphasis on imaging mechanisms at the molecular level, to inspire innovative ideas for future theranostics of diseases.

Graphical abstract: Activatable organic photoacoustic probes for in vivo anion imaging
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Accepted Manuscript - Review Article

Recent Advances in Activatable NIR-II Organic Fluorophores for Biomedical Applications

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Breakthroughs in nanozyme-inspired application diversity

The rapid advancement of nanomaterials has promoted the booming of nanozymes capable of mimicking natural enzymes.

Graphical abstract: Breakthroughs in nanozyme-inspired application diversity
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Advances in circularly polarized electroluminescence based on chiral TADF-active materials

This review summarizes the development status of chiral TADF-active materials with CPEL, covering chiral perturbed TADF molecules, intrinsically chiral TADF molecules, and TADFsensitized fluorescent enantiomers.

Graphical abstract: Advances in circularly polarized electroluminescence based on chiral TADF-active materials
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Accepted Manuscript - Research Article

Exciplex-induced TADF, persistent RTP and ML in a host-guest doping system

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Bis(pentafluorophenyl)borane-catalyzed E-selective isomerization of terminal alkenes to internal alkenes

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Accepted Manuscript - Research Article

Fluorescence quenching mechanism of tetrazine-functionalized fluorogenic labels with integrated π-conjugations: internal conversion to a dark state

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Topological control of metal–organic frameworks toward highly sensitive and selective detection of chromate and dichromate

A synthetic modulation approach has given rise to two topologically distinct thorium-based MOFs, whose polymorphism allows for elucidating how the structure of MOF, in isolation, influences the sensing efficacy of Cr(VI) oxyanions.

Graphical abstract: Topological control of metal–organic frameworks toward highly sensitive and selective detection of chromate and dichromate
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In situ monitoring of protein aggregation via clusteroluminescence

The protein aggregation is successfully monitored using the intrinsic abnormal visible emission at the clustering state, namely clusteroluminescence (CL).

Graphical abstract: In situ monitoring of protein aggregation via clusteroluminescence
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A ferrocene-containing analogue of the MCU inhibitor Ru265 with increased cell permeability

An analogue of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) inhibitor Ru265 containing axial ferrocenecarboxylate ligands is reported. This new complex exhibits enhanced cellular uptake compared to the parent compound Ru265.

Graphical abstract: A ferrocene-containing analogue of the MCU inhibitor Ru265 with increased cell permeability
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Giant thermal expansion associated with a macroscopic polarization change in a single crystal of a Zn(II) complex

A crystal of Zn(II) complex shows temperature-dependent 10% contraction/expansion and a continuous pyroelectric current corresponding to a scissor motion of molecules.

Graphical abstract: Giant thermal expansion associated with a macroscopic polarization change in a single crystal of a Zn(ii) complex
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Cr-catalyzed chiral allenone synthesis via sequential radical–polar crossover and Oppenauer oxidation

We describe the Cr-catalyzed enantioconvergent synthesis of chiral 2,3-allenones from aldehydes and propargyl bromides, which features an unprecedented cascade of Cr-catalyzed asymmetric reductive radical–polar crossover and Oppenauer oxidation.

Graphical abstract: Cr-catalyzed chiral allenone synthesis via sequential radical–polar crossover and Oppenauer oxidation
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Rational design of an organic–inorganic hybrid with Schiff base cations for an efficient quadratic nonlinear optical switch

By introducing conjugated aromatic Schiff base cations, we successfully obtained a novel organic–inorganic solid-state quadratic nonlinear optical switching material with a high operating temperature.

Graphical abstract: Rational design of an organic–inorganic hybrid with Schiff base cations for an efficient quadratic nonlinear optical switch
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The selective blocking of potentially catalytically active sites on surface-supported iron oxide catalysts

Selective growth of Pd and Pt on the edges of Au(111) supported FeO islands was observed. The complicated interfaces formed in selective growth raise a platform for the research of edge involved catalytic reactions.

Graphical abstract: The selective blocking of potentially catalytically active sites on surface-supported iron oxide catalysts
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Unveiling the nucleation and evolution of twinned intermetallic nanocrystals for CO-tolerant selective hydrogenation

The nucleation and dynamic evolution of twinned intermetallic nanocrystals are critical for regulating the interface structures and modulating the CO tolerant hydrogenation.

Graphical abstract: Unveiling the nucleation and evolution of twinned intermetallic nanocrystals for CO-tolerant selective hydrogenation
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Synthesis of 2,4-diarylated pyrimidines enabled by Ni-catalyzed C–sulfone bond activation

The readily available pyrimidinyl sulfones, in which the C–S bond is cleaved selectively, could serve as electrophiles in the Ni-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions to prepare 2,4-diarylated pyrimidines under mild conditions with a broad scope.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of 2,4-diarylated pyrimidines enabled by Ni-catalyzed C–sulfone bond activation
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Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction by a Ni(N2O2) complex based on 2,2′-bipyridine

A Ni complex containing a N2O2 ligand is active for the hydrogen evolution reaction. Mechanistic studies suggest the formation of hydrogen-bonded adducts facilitates hydride formation and near barrierless hydride protonation.

Graphical abstract: Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction by a Ni(N2O2) complex based on 2,2′-bipyridine
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4,5-Disubstituted pyrenes from phenangermoles

The synthesis of discriminated 4,5-disubstitued pyrene from phenangermoles is accomplished via a Pd-catalyzed annulative π-extension reaction.

Graphical abstract: 4,5-Disubstituted pyrenes from phenangermoles
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Electrocatalytic production of hydrogen peroxide enabled by post-synthetic modification of a self-assembled porphyrin cube

A self-assembled porphyrin cube can be metalated/transmetalated to contain fourteen cobalt ions in two different environments. The Co(II) metalloporphyrin sites are electrocatalytically active to selectively generate hydrogen peroxide from oxygen.

Graphical abstract: Electrocatalytic production of hydrogen peroxide enabled by post-synthetic modification of a self-assembled porphyrin cube
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High charge carrier storage capacity and wide range X-rays to infrared photon sensing in LiLuGeO4:Bi3+,Ln3+ (Ln = Pr, Tb, or Dy) for anti-counterfeiting and information storage applications

This work not only reports Bi3+ and/or Ln3+ doped LiLuGeO4 storage phosphors with excellent charge carrier storage capacity for information storage, but also deepens our understanding on afterglow and storage phosphors and luminescence mechanisms.

Graphical abstract: High charge carrier storage capacity and wide range X-rays to infrared photon sensing in LiLuGeO4:Bi3+,Ln3+ (Ln = Pr, Tb, or Dy) for anti-counterfeiting and information storage applications
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Cationic AIE-active photosensitizers for highly efficient photodynamic eradication of drug-resistant bacteria

A cationization and cyano introduction molecular engineering strategy is reported to develop AIE-active photosensitizers for high-efficiency PDT eradication of drug-resistant bacteria.

Graphical abstract: Cationic AIE-active photosensitizers for highly efficient photodynamic eradication of drug-resistant bacteria
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Cation modified Fe–N–C catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of nitrate in solutions of low ionic strength

Cationic sites fixed on an Fe–N–C catalyst modulate the electric field in the double layer and facilitate electrochemical nitrate reduction to ammonia in solutions of ionic strength comparable to that of actual river water.

Graphical abstract: Cation modified Fe–N–C catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of nitrate in solutions of low ionic strength
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Hollow CoOX nanoparticle-embedded N-doped porous carbon as an efficient oxygen electrocatalyst for rechargeable zinc–air batteries

The porous carbon embedded with hollow cobalt oxide nanoparticles was prepared via a spray-drying method followed by carbonization, which endows rechargeable zinc–air batteries with the improved bifunctional catalytic activity.

Graphical abstract: Hollow CoOX nanoparticle-embedded N-doped porous carbon as an efficient oxygen electrocatalyst for rechargeable zinc–air batteries
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Highly efficient dual-state emission and two-photon absorption of novel naphthalimide functionalized cyanostilbene derivatives with finely tuned terminal alkoxyl groups

Cyanostilbene and naphthalimide are incorporated to construct novel dual-state emission luminogens (DSEgens), which show highly efficient photoluminescence and two-photon absorption properties in both dilute solution and the aggregated state.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient dual-state emission and two-photon absorption of novel naphthalimide functionalized cyanostilbene derivatives with finely tuned terminal alkoxyl groups
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Liquid crystal-assisted manufacturing of flexible holographic polymer nanocomposites for high-security level anticounterfeiting

Flexible manufacturing of holographic polymer nanocomposites has been realized by the synergy of hydrogen bonding networks with thiol–ene click reaction, which allows for the reconstruction of polarization-sensitive 3D images for advanced security.

Graphical abstract: Liquid crystal-assisted manufacturing of flexible holographic polymer nanocomposites for high-security level anticounterfeiting
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FeF3@C nanotube arrays grown on carbon fabric as a free-standing cathode for lithium-ion batteries

Free-standing FeF3@C attained via in situ etching and gas fluoridization. Due to the nanoarrays structure, this cathode effectively moderated volume fluctuation and enhanced diffusion kinetic, thus attaining superior electrochemical properties.

Graphical abstract: FeF3@C nanotube arrays grown on carbon fabric as a free-standing cathode for lithium-ion batteries
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Molecular mechanism of rigidity- and planarity-promoted, state-dependent doping of conjugated ladder-type molecules

We report the synthesis and analysis of a series of conjugated ladder-type heteroarene model π-donor compounds, followed by computational and experimental mechanistic investigations of their π–π interactions and doping processes with the electron-deficient dopant F4TCNQ.

Graphical abstract: Molecular mechanism of rigidity- and planarity-promoted, state-dependent doping of conjugated ladder-type molecules
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Controllable construction of an ordered three-dimensional supramolecular polymer with selective guest adsorption ability

The self-assembly via the cation–π interaction is a promising method for the synthesis of ordered supramolecular systems. Here, we propose a cation–π-based “sandwich”-like binding pattern to prepare an ordered and stable 3D supramolecular polymer.

Graphical abstract: Controllable construction of an ordered three-dimensional supramolecular polymer with selective guest adsorption ability
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Enhancing photoluminescence efficiency of atomically precise copper(I) nanoclusters through a solvent-induced structural transformation

Atomically precise alkynyl-protected copper(I) nanoclusters (CuNCs) have been prepared, and they exhibit high phosphorescence quantum yield, short lifetime, and fast radiative decay rate, which are rarely observed in atomically precise CuNCs.

Graphical abstract: Enhancing photoluminescence efficiency of atomically precise copper(i) nanoclusters through a solvent-induced structural transformation
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A new boron cluster anion pillared metal organic framework with ligand inclusion and its selective acetylene capture properties

A novel microporous boron cluster pillared metal–organic framework BSF-10 was synthesized with ligand inclusion for efficient C2H2/CO2 and C2H2/C2H4 adsorption separation.

Graphical abstract: A new boron cluster anion pillared metal organic framework with ligand inclusion and its selective acetylene capture properties
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“Breathing” organic cation to stabilize multiple structures in low-dimensional Ge-, Sn-, and Pb-based hybrid iodide perovskites

By using S-(2-aminoethyl)isothiouronium (ETU) as the templating cation, five new metal iodide hybrids, (ETU)GeI4, (ETU)4Ge5I18, (ETU)PbI4 and (ETU)3Pb2I10 are reported with varied C–S–C angles in the organic cation.

Graphical abstract: “Breathing” organic cation to stabilize multiple structures in low-dimensional Ge-, Sn-, and Pb-based hybrid iodide perovskites
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A novel supramolecular self-assembling hybrid system for visible-light-driven overall water splitting

A hybrid supramolecular system containing redox compartments has been successfully developed for visible-light-driven overall water splitting in the ambient environment.

Graphical abstract: A novel supramolecular self-assembling hybrid system for visible-light-driven overall water splitting
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The exploration of new infrared nonlinear optical crystals based on the polymorphism of BaGa4S7

Two new polymorphism of BaGa4S7 was successfully discovered and synthesized. Among them, β-BaGa4S7 exhibits the best balance among a large phase-matching SHG response and a wide band gap, as well as the stable physicochemical property.

Graphical abstract: The exploration of new infrared nonlinear optical crystals based on the polymorphism of BaGa4S7
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Frontiers Journals, Organic Chemistry FrontiersInorganic Chemistry Frontiers, and Materials Chemistry Frontiers, are pleased to publish this Emerging Investigator Series to highlight early-career scientists and their excellent research at the forefront of organic, inorganic, and materials chemistry.

Scientists featured in the collection are recognized for the high novelty of their research, their outstanding contributions made during independent career stages, as well as the potential to influence chemistry in future.

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Read below the author profiles to know more about the emerging investigators.

Yuanbin Zhang

Lingling Mao

Hongwei Yu

Xiao-Yu Hu

Haiyan Peng

Jintao Zhang

Justin J. Wilson

Guangxue Feng

Meng Li

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