Themed collection Celebrating Excellence in Research: Women at the Frontiers of Chemistry
Colloidal Au–Cu alloy nanoparticles: synthesis, optical properties and applications
This review discusses various synthetic methods of Au–Cu alloy nanoparticles and their plasmonic, catalytic and photothermal properties.
Self-assembled DNA nanomaterials with highly programmed structures and functions
This review provides an in-depth understanding and introduces recent progress in the design and applications of DNA nanomaterials which possess intriguing structures and functions.
CO2-switchable response of protein microtubules: behaviour and mechanism
In this study, a new mechanism on CO2-responsiveness of protein microtubules constructed by dual non-covalent interactions has been demonstrated.
A facile synthesis of diverse 5-arylated triazoles via a Cu-catalyzed oxidative interrupted click reaction with arylboronic acids in air
A Cu-catalyzed synthesis of 5-arylsubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles via an oxidative interrupted click reaction with arylboronic acids in air at room temperature is disclosed.
Selenium embedded in MOF-derived N-doped microporous carbon polyhedrons as a high performance cathode for sodium–selenium batteries
ZIF-8 derived N-doped microporous carbon/selenium composites as cathodes for Na–Se batteries deliver a superior long-term cycling performance and rate capability.
Kinetically controlled assembly of cadmium chalcogenide nanorods and nanorod heterostructures
Through empirical determination of precursor consumption rates for growing nanorods, a comprehensive rubric for the colloidal synthesis of customizable nanorods and their heterostructures is established.
Facile one-pot synthesis of MOF supported gold pseudo-single-atom catalysts for hydrogenation reactions
Pseudo single atom Au/MOF catalysts are synthesized using a facile wet-chemistry approach on a large scale and show excellent performance in p-nitrophenol hydrogenation.
Photoredox-catalyzed cascade annulation of methyl(2-(phenylethynyl)phenyl)sulfanes and methyl(2-(phenylethynyl)phenyl)selanes with sulfonyl chlorides: synthesis of benzothiophenes and benzoselenophenes
A photoredox-catalyzed cascade annulation of methyl(2-(phenylethynyl)phenyl)sulfanes and methyl(2-(phenylethynyl)phenyl)selanes with sulfonyl chlorides was developed.
Metal-free intermolecular aminochlorination of unactivated alkenes
We report a metal-free method for the synthesis of vicinal chloroamines by intermolecular aminochlorination of unactivated alkenes.
Cp2TiCl2-catalyzed highly regioselective hydroamination of styrenes with hydroxylamines
An efficient Cp2TiCl2-catalyzed one-pot two-step hydroamination procedure that allows the direct formation of tertiary amines from styrenes and an electrophilic nitrogen source has been reported with high regioselectivity.
Application of a rhodium-catalyzed cyclization cycloaddition cascade strategy to the total synthesis of (−)-curcumol
The first de novo total synthesis of (−)-curcumol was accomplished using a rhodium-catalyzed cyclization–cycloaddition cascade reaction as the key step.
Structural, magnetic and electrical transport properties of non-conventionally prepared MAX phases V2AlC and (V/Mn)2AlC
MAX phases V2AlC and (V/Mn)2AlC were non-conventionally synthesized, (micro)-structurally characterized and their electronic and magnetic properties were discussed.
Cobalt-catalyzed cross-dehydrogenative coupling of imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines with isochroman using molecular oxygen as the oxidant
A cobalt-catalyzed cross-dehydrogenative coupling of 2-arylimidazo[1,2-a]pyridines with isochroman is developed using molecular oxygen as the oxidant.
A new two-dimensional layered germanate with in situ embedded carbon dots for optical temperature sensing
A carbon dots@germanate composite has been synthesized by embedding carbon dots into a double-layered germanate in situ, which exhibits excitation-dependent and temperature-responsive photoluminescence.
Highly oriented two-dimensional formamidinium lead iodide perovskites with a small bandgap of 1.51 eV
Small bandgap 2D perovskites were synthesized with desired orientation and the corresponding solar cells presented high efficiency and good stability.
Micro organic light-emitting diodes fabricated through area-selective growth
A photolithography compatible way for the fabrication of Micro-OLED devices via area-selective growth is developed.
A new class of gold(III) complexes with saturated poly(benzyl ether) dendrons for solution-processable blue-green-emitting organic light-emitting devices
Blue-green-emitting solution-processable OLEDs have been realized by the incorporation of a saturated dendrimer onto alkynylgold(III) complexes.
An expedient and novel strategy for reductive amination by employing H2O as both a hydrogen source and solvent via B2(OH)4/H2O systems
An efficient, convenient and mild Ru-catalyzed reductive amination reaction was developed by employing H2O as both hydrogen source and solvent via B2(OH)4/H2O systems. α-Deuterated amines were also obtained expediently by employing D2O in our catalytic systems.
Catalytic asymmetric C2-nucleophilic substitutions of C3-substituted indoles with ortho-hydroxybenzyl alcohols
Catalytic asymmetric C2-nucleophilic substitutions of C3-substituted indoles such as tryptophols or tryptamines with ortho-hydroxybenzyl alcohols have been established, leading to the generation of triaryl methane products in generally high yields and excellent enantioselectivities.
Investigation of redox switchable titanium and zirconium catalysts for the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters and epoxides
The synthesis and characterization of (thiolfan*)Zr(OtBu)2 (thiolfan* = 1,1′-di(2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-thiophenoxide)ferrocene) is reported, as well as its activity toward the ring-opening polymerizations of L-lactide and ε-caprolactone.
Ureasil organic–inorganic hybrids as photoactive waveguides for conjugated polyelectrolyte luminescent solar concentrators
We test the potential of resonance energy transfer to enhance the performance of conjugated copolyelectrolyte donor–acceptor luminescent solar concentrators immobilised within a photoactive organic–inorganic ureasil waveguide.
Controlling solid-state optical properties of stimuli responsive dimethylamino-substituted dibenzoylmethane materials
Dimethylamino β-diketones with electron donating and withdrawing substituents displayed solvatochromism and aggregation induced emission. In the solid state, a blue to orange color range and thermal and mechanoresponsive properties were achieved.
Controlled synthesis of highly active Au/CeO2 nanotubes for CO oxidation
High-quality Au/CeO2 nanotubes were synthesized through an oriented attachment-Ostwald ripening process and they showed excellent performance in catalytic CO oxidation.
Organic molecules with propeller structures for efficient photoacoustic imaging and photothermal ablation of cancer cells
We report organic nanoparticles for efficient photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy, based on the small molecule BTPETTQ which has a propeller structure and a donor–acceptor–donor configuration.
Near-infrared-light-mediated high-throughput information encryption based on the inkjet printing of upconversion nanoparticles
Background-free and high-throughput information encryption on paper is realized by the inkjet printing of upconversion nanoparticles.
Insights into the origin of aggregation enhanced emission of 9,10-distyrylanthracene derivatives
Intramolecular rotation around the vinyl moiety plays an important role in the whole AIE process of DSA derivatives.
Substituent effects on the aggregation-induced emission and two-photon absorption properties of triphenylamine–dibenzo[a,c]phenazine adducts
Non-substituted and alkyl-substituted triphenylamine–dibenzo[a,c]phenazine adducts (Q1–Q3) showed the combined features of ICT plus AEE, while the alkoxy-substituted Q4–Q5 exhibited obvious AIE effects.
Tuning the stacking behaviour of a 2D covalent organic framework through non-covalent interactions
The distinct stacking behaviour of two related 2D covalent organic frameworks is traced back to geometric and electronic features of their building blocks. Self-complementarity and donor–acceptor-type interactions are identified as design principles to access highly crystalline COFs.
A synergistic effect of metal iodide doping on the thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3
The role of metal iodides on the thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3 is investigated by conducting comparative studies of CuI, CsI and KI-doped Bi2Te3 analogs. The CuI dopant is superior to CsI and KI dopants in showing a larger power factor and lower lattice thermal conductivity.
Direct conversion of coordination compounds into Ni2P nanoparticles entrapped in 3D mesoporous graphene for an efficient hydrogen evolution reaction
5 nm-sized Ni2P nanoparticles entrapped in 3D mesoporous graphene (Ni2P@mesoG) were synthesized in situ via [Ni2(EDTA)] thermolysis, followed by phosphidation.
A highly selective fluorescent nanoprobe based on AIE and ESIPT for imaging hydrogen sulfide in live cells and zebrafish
An AIE/ESIPT-based nanoprobe has been developed for the specific detection and imaging of H2S in vitro and in vivo.
An anthracenecarboximide fluorescent probe for in vitro and in vivo ratiometric imaging of endogenous alpha-L-fucosidase for hepatocellular carcinoma diagnosis
The AFU level in the HCC model of zebrafish can be mapped by using a novel single-fluorophore based ratiometric fluorescent probe.
AIEgen-functionalised mesoporous silica nanoparticles as a FRET donor for monitoring drug delivery
AIEgen-functionalised mesoporous silica nanoparticles can be used for cell imaging and monitoring the drug release process by different emission colours based on the FRET mechanism.
Catalytic asymmetric substitution of ortho-hydroxybenzyl alcohols with tetronic acid-derived enamines: enantioselective synthesis of tetronic acid-derived diarylmethanes
The first catalytic asymmetric substitution of ortho-hydroxybenzyl alcohols with enamines has been established.
Design of charge transporting grids for efficient ITO-free flexible up-scaled organic photovoltaics
Grids were integrated onto a top-illumination device with ultra-thin Ag as the TE: grid B further improved the device efficiency by ∼7% compared with grid A due to the shadow loss reduction.
Syntheses and properties of selenido mercurates with [HgSe2]2− anions in diverse chemical environments
Four new cesium selenido mercurates, synthesized aminothermally in 1,2-diaminoethane (en), show a diversity of complex crystal structures and a close relationship of the latter with their optical band gap.
About this collection
RSC highlighted 100 top quality papers from women in chemistry in the themed collection Celebrating Excellence in Research: 100 Women of Chemistry. However, this was only a small selection of our outstanding female authors. In this collection, we highlight the excellent work published by women scientists from the Frontiers Journal Portfolio.