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Themed collection Celebrating a Century of Excellency in Chemistry at Xiamen University

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Editorial

Celebrating a Century of Excellence in Chemistry at Xiamen University

Guest Editors Jun Cheng and Bin Ren introduce the Celebrating a Century of Excellence in Chemistry at Xiamen University themed collection.

Graphical abstract: Celebrating a Century of Excellence in Chemistry at Xiamen University
Open Access Perspective

Enrichment and single-cell analysis of circulating tumor cells

This review aims to provide in-depth insights into CTC analysis, including various techniques for isolation of CTCs and single-cell analysis of CTCs, as well as current developmental trends and promising research directions.

Graphical abstract: Enrichment and single-cell analysis of circulating tumor cells
Open Access Minireview

Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy: benefits, trade-offs and future developments

Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a vibrational spectroscopy technique with sensitivity down to the single molecule level that provides fine molecular fingerprints, allowing for direct identification of target analytes.

Graphical abstract: Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy: benefits, trade-offs and future developments
Open Access Feature Article

Supramolecular aggregates as sensory ensembles

Recent research progress in sensing based on induced supramolecular aggregation or disaggregation.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular aggregates as sensory ensembles
Feature Article

Photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2 using heterogeneous catalysts with controlled nanostructures

Recent advances in photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2 with H2O using semiconductor-based catalysts have been highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2 using heterogeneous catalysts with controlled nanostructures
Review Article

Photocatalytic transformations of lignocellulosic biomass into chemicals

This review highlights recent advances in photocatalytic transformations of lignocellulosic biomass (polysaccharides and lignin) into chemicals (in particular organic oxygenates).

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic transformations of lignocellulosic biomass into chemicals
Review Article

New horizon in C1 chemistry: breaking the selectivity limitation in transformation of syngas and hydrogenation of CO2 into hydrocarbon chemicals and fuels

Recent advances in bifunctional catalysis for conversion of syngas and hydrogenation of CO2 into chemicals and fuels have been highlighted.

Graphical abstract: New horizon in C1 chemistry: breaking the selectivity limitation in transformation of syngas and hydrogenation of CO2 into hydrocarbon chemicals and fuels
Review Article

Electromagnetic theories of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

A fundamental theoretical understanding of SERS, and SERS hotspots, leads to new design principles for SERS substrates and new applications in nanomaterials and chemical analysis.

Graphical abstract: Electromagnetic theories of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Review Article

Plasmon-enhanced fluorescence spectroscopy

Fluorescence spectroscopy with strong emitters is a remarkable tool with ultra-high sensitivity for detection and imaging down to the single-molecule level.

Graphical abstract: Plasmon-enhanced fluorescence spectroscopy
Review Article

Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for surfaces and interfaces

TERS offers the high spatial resolution to establish structure-function correlation for surfaces and interfaces.

Graphical abstract: Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for surfaces and interfaces
Review Article

Electrochemical micro/nano-machining: principles and practices

Micro/nano-machining (MNM) is becoming the cutting-edge of high-tech manufacturing because of the ever increasing industrial demands for super smooth surfaces and functional three-dimensional micro/nano-structures in miniaturized and integrate devices, and electrochemistry plays an irreplaceable role in MNM.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical micro/nano-machining: principles and practices
Review Article

Well-faceted noble-metal nanocrystals with nonconvex polyhedral shapes

Structural characteristics, synthetic methods and applications of well-faceted noble-metal nanocrystals with nonconvex polyhedral shapes are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Well-faceted noble-metal nanocrystals with nonconvex polyhedral shapes
Tutorial Review

Brønsted acid-mediated reactions of ynamides

This review summarizes the latest trends and developments of Brønsted acid-mediated reactions of ynamides, including cycloaddition, cyclization and so on.

Graphical abstract: Brønsted acid-mediated reactions of ynamides
Tutorial Review

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.

Graphical abstract: Liquid-based porous membranes
Communication

Water-induced mica/ionic liquid interfacial nanostructure switches revealed by AFM

AFM force curve measurements reveal a long-range force switch from attraction to repulsion at the mica/ionic liquid interface due to the increase of water content.

Graphical abstract: Water-induced mica/ionic liquid interfacial nanostructure switches revealed by AFM
Communication

All-metal Baird aromaticity

We have proven that Baird's rule can also be applied to a series of all-metal species with both σ- and π-aromaticity.

Graphical abstract: All-metal Baird aromaticity
Communication

Surface configuration of CO adsorbed on nanostructured Pt electrodes probed using broadband sum frequency generation spectroscopy

Inhomogeneity of adsorbed CO introduced by the aggregation of Pt nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Surface configuration of CO adsorbed on nanostructured Pt electrodes probed using broadband sum frequency generation spectroscopy
Communication

Reversible redox-responsive 1H/19F MRI molecular probes

The redox-responsive manganese(II)/(III) complexes serve as a pair of reversible probes for 1H MRI and 19F MRI of biological redox species.

Graphical abstract: Reversible redox-responsive 1H/19F MRI molecular probes
Communication

A conjugated microporous polymer as a recyclable heterogeneous ligand for highly efficient regioselective hydrosilylation of allenes

Pyridines containing adjacent C[triple bond, length as m-dash]C bonds were utilized as ligand units and integrated into the skeleton of conjugated microporous polymers.

Graphical abstract: A conjugated microporous polymer as a recyclable heterogeneous ligand for highly efficient regioselective hydrosilylation of allenes
Communication

Energy transfer on a two-dimensional antenna enhances the photocatalytic activity of CO2 reduction by metal–organic layers

Excited state energies on a two-dimensional light-harvesting metal–organic layer (MOL) are efficiently transported to Re- and Ir-based reaction centers for converting CO2 to CO or HCOOH.

Graphical abstract: Energy transfer on a two-dimensional antenna enhances the photocatalytic activity of CO2 reduction by metal–organic layers
Communication

Divergent total syntheses of five illudalane sesquiterpenes and assignment of the absolute configuration

Transition metal catalyzed [2+2+2] cycloaddition and aromatic C–H oxygenation enables concise, divergent total syntheses of five bioactive illudalane sesquiterpenes.

Graphical abstract: Divergent total syntheses of five illudalane sesquiterpenes and assignment of the absolute configuration
Communication

A self-hydrosilylation of phosphanylhydrosilylalkynes promoted by B(C6F5)3? An experimental and mechanistic study

Reaction of phosphanylhydrosilylalkyne with tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane occurs by the intramolecular hydrosilylation between the Si-centered geminal H and C[triple bond, length as m-dash]C functionalities along with the bonding of the borane or boryl group to produce (E)- and (Z)-alkenes.

Graphical abstract: A self-hydrosilylation of phosphanylhydrosilylalkynes promoted by B(C6F5)3? An experimental and mechanistic study
Communication

Construction of 3D Si@Ti@TiN thin film arrays for aqueous symmetric supercapacitors

This work presents a general strategy to produce 3D array electrode structures based on transition metal nitrides that otherwise are much more difficult to directly prepare by conventional routes and further to enhance their electrochemical performance for supercapacitors.

Graphical abstract: Construction of 3D Si@Ti@TiN thin film arrays for aqueous symmetric supercapacitors
Communication

Electrochemical dehydrogenative cyclization of 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds

The intramolecular C(sp3)–H/C(sp2)–H cross-coupling of 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds has been achieved through Cp2Fe-catalyzed electrochemical oxidation.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical dehydrogenative cyclization of 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds
Communication

VGCF 3D conducting host coating on glass fiber filters for lithium metal anodes

VGCF 3D conducting host coating on a glass fiber filter has been demonstrated for its use as a lithium metal anode.

Graphical abstract: VGCF 3D conducting host coating on glass fiber filters for lithium metal anodes
Communication

A portable visual detection method based on a target-responsive DNA hydrogel and color change of gold nanorods

A portable detection method based on a target-responsive hydrogel for target recognition and gold nanorods as a multicolor signal readout circuit was developed.

Graphical abstract: A portable visual detection method based on a target-responsive DNA hydrogel and color change of gold nanorods
Communication

Main group metal–ligand cooperation of N-heterocyclic germylene: an efficient catalyst for hydroboration of carbonyl compounds

N-heterocyclic ylide-like germylene effectively promotes the hydroboration of aldehydes and ketones under mild conditions with broad substrate tolerance, operational simplicity of the procedure and excellent yields.

Graphical abstract: Main group metal–ligand cooperation of N-heterocyclic germylene: an efficient catalyst for hydroboration of carbonyl compounds
Open Access Communication

Chemoselective reductive alkynylation of tertiary amides by Ir and Cu(I) bis-metal sequential catalysis

We report a versatile method for the direct, catalytic reductive alkynylation of tertiary amides to give propargylic amines.

Graphical abstract: Chemoselective reductive alkynylation of tertiary amides by Ir and Cu(i) bis-metal sequential catalysis
Open Access Edge Article

In situ Raman study of the photoinduced behavior of dye molecules on TiO2(hkl) single crystal surfaces

In dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), the TiO2/dye interface significantly affects photovoltaic performance.

Graphical abstract: In situ Raman study of the photoinduced behavior of dye molecules on TiO2(hkl) single crystal surfaces
Open Access Edge Article

Trisulfur radical anion-triggered stitching thienannulation: rapid access to largely π-extended thienoacenes

A facile stitching thienannulation between acetylenic rylene dyes and S3˙ for rapid synthesis of largely π-extended thienoacenes was developed.

Graphical abstract: Trisulfur radical anion-triggered stitching thienannulation: rapid access to largely π-extended thienoacenes
Open Access Edge Article

Toward a quantitative theoretical method for infrared and Raman spectroscopic studies on single-crystal electrode/liquid interfaces

An integrated approach for quantitatively predicting the electrochemical-infrared and electrochemical-Raman spectra and STM images of Pt(111)(2 × 2)-3CO adstructures has been developed.

Graphical abstract: Toward a quantitative theoretical method for infrared and Raman spectroscopic studies on single-crystal electrode/liquid interfaces
Open Access Edge Article

Mechanochromism and optical remodeling of multi-network elastomers containing anthracene dimers

Multi-network elastomers with a reformable sacrificial network containing mechanochemically sensitive anthracene-dimer cross-links manifest reversible mechanochromism and remodeling.

Graphical abstract: Mechanochromism and optical remodeling of multi-network elastomers containing anthracene dimers
Open Access Edge Article

Chaperone-like chiral cages for catalyzing enantio-selective supramolecular polymerization

Chiral organic cages can assist enantio-selective supramolecular polymerization through a catalyzed assembly (catassembly) strategy, like chaperones assist the assembly of biomolecules.

Graphical abstract: Chaperone-like chiral cages for catalyzing enantio-selective supramolecular polymerization
Open Access Edge Article

Photoelectric effect accelerated electrochemical corrosion and nanoimprint processes on gallium arsenide wafers

Here we report photoelectric-effect-enhanced interfacial charge transfer reactions.

Graphical abstract: Photoelectric effect accelerated electrochemical corrosion and nanoimprint processes on gallium arsenide wafers
Open Access Edge Article

The stability enhancement factor beyond eight-electron shell closure in thiacalix[4]arene-protected silver clusters

Destroying coordination open sites may significantly enhance the stability of metal nanoclusters.

Graphical abstract: The stability enhancement factor beyond eight-electron shell closure in thiacalix[4]arene-protected silver clusters
Open Access Edge Article

Metal-free alkene carbooxygenation following tandem intramolecular alkoxylation/Claisen rearrangement: stereocontrolled access to bridged [4.2.1] lactones

A metal-free intramolecular tandem sequence involving alkoxylation, Claisen rearrangement and lactone expansion has been achieved.

Graphical abstract: Metal-free alkene carbooxygenation following tandem intramolecular alkoxylation/Claisen rearrangement: stereocontrolled access to bridged [4.2.1] lactones
Open Access Edge Article

The biobehavior, biocompatibility and theranostic application of SPNS and Pd@Au nanoplates in rats and rabbits

Based on various applications in cancer theranostics of two-dimensional Pd-based nanomaterials in mice models, this work aimed at investigating their biobehaviors, biocompatibility and theranostic effects in bigger animals for future clinical translation.

Graphical abstract: The biobehavior, biocompatibility and theranostic application of SPNS and Pd@Au nanoplates in rats and rabbits
Open Access Edge Article

Chiral molecular face-rotating sandwich structures constructed through restricting the phenyl flipping of tetraphenylethylene

Complex arrangements of tetraphenylethylene motifs resulted in a variety of chiralities of face-rotating sandwich structures (FRSs).

Graphical abstract: Chiral molecular face-rotating sandwich structures constructed through restricting the phenyl flipping of tetraphenylethylene
Open Access Edge Article

Electrical and SERS detection of disulfide-mediated dimerization in single-molecule benzene-1,4-dithiol junctions

Electrical and in situ SERS characterization of the benzene-1,4-dithiol (BDT) junction suggested that dimerization of BDT contributed to the low conductance.

Graphical abstract: Electrical and SERS detection of disulfide-mediated dimerization in single-molecule benzene-1,4-dithiol junctions
Open Access Edge Article

Design of efficient bifunctional catalysts for direct conversion of syngas into lower olefins via methanol/dimethyl ether intermediates

Zn–ZrO2/SSZ-13 catalyzed direct conversion of syngas into lower olefins via methanol/DME intermediates with 77% selectivity at 29% CO conversion.

Graphical abstract: Design of efficient bifunctional catalysts for direct conversion of syngas into lower olefins via methanol/dimethyl ether intermediates
Open Access Edge Article

A chiral nickel DBFOX complex as a bifunctional catalyst for visible-light-promoted asymmetric photoredox reactions

The enantioselective photoredox reaction of α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds and tertiary/secondary α-silylamines was enabled by a readily available single NiII–DBFOX catalyst under visible light conditions.

Graphical abstract: A chiral nickel DBFOX complex as a bifunctional catalyst for visible-light-promoted asymmetric photoredox reactions
Open Access Edge Article

Pd nanosheets with their surface coordinated by radioactive iodide as a high-performance theranostic nanoagent for orthotopic hepatocellular carcinoma imaging and cancer therapy

We report a pH-sensitive multifunctional theranostic platform with radiolabeled Pd nanosheets through a simple mixture of ultra-small Pd nanosheets and radioisotopes utilizing the specific adsorption of 131I and 125I on their surfaces.

Graphical abstract: Pd nanosheets with their surface coordinated by radioactive iodide as a high-performance theranostic nanoagent for orthotopic hepatocellular carcinoma imaging and cancer therapy
Open Access Edge Article

De novo design of constrained and sequence-independent peptide scaffolds with topologically-formidable disulfide connectivities

We developed a novel approach for designing a class of constrained and sequence-independent peptide scaffolds with three or four disulfide bonds. Even specific peptide folds that have been considered to be topologically formidable can be de novo created and synthesized in high yields.

Graphical abstract: De novo design of constrained and sequence-independent peptide scaffolds with topologically-formidable disulfide connectivities
Open Access Edge Article

Protonation tuning of quantum interference in azulene-type single-molecule junctions

The protonation of azulene cores offers significant conductance tuning in single-molecule junctions with quantum interference.

Graphical abstract: Protonation tuning of quantum interference in azulene-type single-molecule junctions
Open Access Edge Article

Enantioselective catalytic β-amination through proton-coupled electron transfer followed by stereocontrolled radical–radical coupling

The catalytic asymmetry conjugate addition of carbamates to α,β-unsaturated 2-acyl imidazoles is accomplished using visible-light-induced proton-coupled electron transfer.

Graphical abstract: Enantioselective catalytic β-amination through proton-coupled electron transfer followed by stereocontrolled radical–radical coupling
Open Access Edge Article

Artificial disulfide-rich peptide scaffolds with precisely defined disulfide patterns and a minimized number of isomers

We report the design and synthesis of artificial disulfide-rich peptide scaffolds with precisely defined disulfide patterns and a minimized number of isomers.

Graphical abstract: Artificial disulfide-rich peptide scaffolds with precisely defined disulfide patterns and a minimized number of isomers
Open Access Edge Article

Contact electrification induced interfacial reactions and direct electrochemical nanoimprint lithography in n-type gallium arsenate wafer

We demonstrated contact electrification induced interfacial redox reactions and developed a direct electrochemical nanoimprint lithography method applicable to crystalline semiconductors.

Graphical abstract: Contact electrification induced interfacial reactions and direct electrochemical nanoimprint lithography in n-type gallium arsenate wafer
Open Access Edge Article

Responsive hetero-organelle partition conferred fluorogenic sensing of mitochondrial depolarization

A hetero-organelle partition and lysosome activable sensor was developed for fluorogenic detection of mitochondrial depolarization in autophagy and cell death.

Graphical abstract: Responsive hetero-organelle partition conferred fluorogenic sensing of mitochondrial depolarization
Open Access Edge Article

Intramolecular multi-bond strain: the unrecognized side of the dichotomy of conjugated systems

Apart from the more familiar π-conjugation, there is also significant π–π repulsion which is a kind of unrecognized intramolecular strain and can be quantified with the linear B4H2 model system.

Graphical abstract: Intramolecular multi-bond strain: the unrecognized side of the dichotomy of conjugated systems
Open Access Edge Article

Size controllable redispersion of sintered Au nanoparticles by using iodohydrocarbon and its implications

A reverse agglomeration of sintered large Au particles into small ones with size controlled Au nanoparticles has been successfully developed.

Graphical abstract: Size controllable redispersion of sintered Au nanoparticles by using iodohydrocarbon and its implications
Open Access Edge Article

Halogenation of carbyne complexes: isolation of unsaturated metallaiodirenium ion and metallabromirenium ion

The halogenation of metallapentalyne led to the formation of metallapentalenes. Experimental and computational studies indicate that four resonance structures, including the first examples of metallaiodirenium and metallabromirenium ions, contribute to the overall structure of the complexes.

Graphical abstract: Halogenation of carbyne complexes: isolation of unsaturated metallaiodirenium ion and metallabromirenium ion
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About this collection

The College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (CCCE) at Xiamen University (XMU) is celebrating its 100th anniversary of establishment of chemistry discipline. Established in 1921, Chemistry at XMU has been the national leader in education and research in chemistry. The CCCE houses 6 major national research platforms, including world-renowned the State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces (PCOSS). On this special occasion, we are pleased to present this virtual collection of CCCE’s recent publications in Chem. Soc. Rev., Chem. Sci. and Chem. Comm. to showcase its cutting-edge research in a broad range of frontiers in chemistry. The selected contributions clearly demonstrate the CCCE’s emphasis on developing rigorous scientific methodologies for achieving fundamental understanding of complex chemistries, as well as its dedication to pushing the limit of synthetic chemistry for making new molecules and materials with novel functions. Combining these strengths, CCCE researchers are developing promising technologies for applications in energy and biological systems and more.

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