Themed collection Most popular 2019-2020 review articles

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C–H functionalization reactions enabled by hydrogen atom transfer to carbon-centered radicals

Intramolecular and intermolecular HAT to C-centered radicals enables selective C–H functionalization of organic molecules.

Graphical abstract: C–H functionalization reactions enabled by hydrogen atom transfer to carbon-centered radicals
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Electro-organic synthesis – a 21st century technique

This perspective provides insight into recent electro-organic methods and general trends in this field, and opens up prospects for future viewpoints.

Graphical abstract: Electro-organic synthesis – a 21st century technique
From the themed collection: 2020 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
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Bimetallic metal–organic frameworks and their derivatives

This review summarizes the design and synthesis of bimetallic MOFs and their derivatives, with superior performance to their monometallic counterparts in many applications.

Graphical abstract: Bimetallic metal–organic frameworks and their derivatives
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Small-molecule fluorescent probes for imaging gaseous signaling molecules: current progress and future implications

This perspective article aims to introduce the design principles and recognition strategies of small-molecule fluorescent probes which are applied for the detection of gas signaling molecules including NO, CO and H2S in biological systems.

Graphical abstract: Small-molecule fluorescent probes for imaging gaseous signaling molecules: current progress and future implications
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Isolating reactive metal-based species in Metal–Organic Frameworks – viable strategies and opportunities

Metal–organic frameworks can be used to stabilise reactive metal-based species, uncover new reactivity, and investigate metal-centred reactions responsible for catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Isolating reactive metal-based species in Metal–Organic Frameworks – viable strategies and opportunities
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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The Hitchhiker's guide to biocatalysis: recent advances in the use of enzymes in organic synthesis

Enzymes are excellent catalysts that are increasingly being used in industry and academia. This Perspective provides a general and practical guide to enzymes and their synthetic potential, primarily aimed at synthetic organic chemists.

Graphical abstract: The Hitchhiker's guide to biocatalysis: recent advances in the use of enzymes in organic synthesis
From the themed collection: Biohybrid approaches for energy conversion
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Aqueous zinc ion batteries: focus on zinc metal anodes

This perspective discusses the main issues with Zn anodes and highlights recent strategies to improve their performance in aqueous zinc ion batteries.

Graphical abstract: Aqueous zinc ion batteries: focus on zinc metal anodes
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Tuning the stability of organic radicals: from covalent approaches to non-covalent approaches

Covalent and non-covalent approaches to tune the stability of organic radicals through steric effects and the delocalization of spin density.

Graphical abstract: Tuning the stability of organic radicals: from covalent approaches to non-covalent approaches
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice – Jinlong Gong
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Activatable molecular agents for cancer theranostics

Activatable molecualr agents that intergrate diagnosis and treatment modalities have attracted great attention due to its abilities of personalized therapy and real-time monitoring of therapeutic outcome.

Graphical abstract: Activatable molecular agents for cancer theranostics
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Metal–organic framework gels and monoliths

This perspective links the synthesis of MOF Gels to the formation of MOF-monoliths and their resultant properties and application.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework gels and monoliths
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The hydrogen evolution reaction: from material to interfacial descriptors

This perspective provides a new look into how electrolyte structure at the interface controls the kinetics of water reduction.

Graphical abstract: The hydrogen evolution reaction: from material to interfacial descriptors
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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A synthetic chemist's guide to electroanalytical tools for studying reaction mechanisms

A range of electroanalytical tools can be applied to studying redox reactions, probing key mechanistic questions in synthetic chemistry.

Graphical abstract: A synthetic chemist's guide to electroanalytical tools for studying reaction mechanisms
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Fluorescent probes for organelle-targeted bioactive species imaging

The dynamic fluctuations of bioactive species in living cells are associated with numerous physiological and pathological phenomena. The emergence of organelle-targeted fluorescent probes has significantly facilitated our understanding on the biological functions of these species. This review describes the design, applications, challenges and potential directions of organelle-targeted bioactive species probes.

Graphical abstract: Fluorescent probes for organelle-targeted bioactive species imaging
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Toward ideal carbon dioxide functionalization

From carbon fixation, Grignard reaction, metal-catalyzed reactions and asymmetric CO2-incorporation, what would be the ideal CO2-functionalization?

Graphical abstract: Toward ideal carbon dioxide functionalization
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Doping strategies for small molecule organic hole-transport materials: impacts on perovskite solar cell performance and stability

Dopants for small molecule-based organic hole-transport layers impact both perovskite solar cells initial performance and long-term stability.

Graphical abstract: Doping strategies for small molecule organic hole-transport materials: impacts on perovskite solar cell performance and stability
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Proton transfer in hydrogen-bonded degenerate systems of water and ammonia in metal–organic frameworks

Porous crystalline metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are emerging as a new class of proton conductors through the hydrogen-bonded degenerate system.

Graphical abstract: Proton transfer in hydrogen-bonded degenerate systems of water and ammonia in metal–organic frameworks
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Light opens a new window for N-heterocyclic carbene catalysis

This minireview summarized the recent advances on the photoinduced, NHC-catalyzed organic reactions according to the function of visible light.

Graphical abstract: Light opens a new window for N-heterocyclic carbene catalysis
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Synthesis of azetidines by aza Paternò–Büchi reactions

This review discusses the current scope and limitations of the [2 + 2] photocycloaddition reaction between an imine and an alkene component, the aza Paternò–Büchi reaction, and highlights recent improvements within this area of research.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of azetidines by aza Paternò–Büchi reactions
From the themed collection: Celebrating 10 years of Chemical Science
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Recent advances in N-heterocyclic carbene-based radical catalysis

This minireview examines the history and state-of-the-art of the N-heterocyclic carbene-based radical catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in N-heterocyclic carbene-based radical catalysis
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Novel ultraviolet (UV) nonlinear optical (NLO) materials discovered by chemical substitution-oriented design

A brief introduction to chemical substitution-oriented design to discover high performance ultraviolet (UV) nonlinear optical (NLO) solid state materials is presented.

Graphical abstract: Novel ultraviolet (UV) nonlinear optical (NLO) materials discovered by chemical substitution-oriented design
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Vitrimers: directing chemical reactivity to control material properties

In this minireview, we survey recent advances in the development of vitrimer materials. Focus on how to chemically control their material properties is used to highlight challenges for boosting the potential of this emerging class of polymer materials.

Graphical abstract: Vitrimers: directing chemical reactivity to control material properties
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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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
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Recent developments in nickel-catalyzed intermolecular dicarbofunctionalization of alkenes

Nickel-catalyzed three-component alkene difunctionalization has rapidly emerged as a powerful tool for forging multiple C–C bonds in a single step.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in nickel-catalyzed intermolecular dicarbofunctionalization of alkenes
From the themed collection: 2020 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
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Recent advances in photoredox and nickel dual-catalyzed cascade reactions: pushing the boundaries of complexity

Cascade reactions that produce multiple chemical bonds in one synthetic operation are important in the efficient construction of complex molecules.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in photoredox and nickel dual-catalyzed cascade reactions: pushing the boundaries of complexity
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Electrochemical CO2 reduction on nanostructured metal electrodes: fact or defect?

Do self-standing porous electrodes truly offer better selectivity, activity, stability and lower onset potentials?

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical CO2 reduction on nanostructured metal electrodes: fact or defect?
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Surface chemistry of gold nanoparticles for health-related applications

Functionalization of gold nanoparticles is crucial for the effective utilization of these materials in health-related applications.

Graphical abstract: Surface chemistry of gold nanoparticles for health-related applications
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Improving MOF stability: approaches and applications

This review summarizes recent advances in the design and synthesis of stable MOFs and highlights the relationships between the stability and functional applications.

Graphical abstract: Improving MOF stability: approaches and applications
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Biomedical applications of copper-free click chemistry: in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo

Copper-free click chemistry has resulted in a change of paradigm, showing that artificial chemical reactions can occur on cell surfaces, in cell cytosol, or within the body. It has emerged as a valuable tool in biomedical fields.

Graphical abstract: Biomedical applications of copper-free click chemistry: in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo
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Efficiency vs. stability: dopant-free hole transporting materials towards stabilized perovskite solar cells

Doping of hole transporting materials typically increases the efficiency of perovskite solar cells but remains questionable for overall device stability.

Graphical abstract: Efficiency vs. stability: dopant-free hole transporting materials towards stabilized perovskite solar cells
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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Visual kinetic analysis

Naked-eye comparison of reaction profiles is a powerful tool to extract mechanistic information – FAQ, video tutorial and templated examples included.

Graphical abstract: Visual kinetic analysis
From the themed collection: Most popular 2019-2020 review articles
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This specially curated collection pulls together some of the most popular review articles from 2019 and 2020. The collection highlights contributions to fields spanning the chemical sciences, from nickel-catalysed functionalisation to ultraviolet nonlinear optical materials and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and as with all Chemical Science articles – they are all completely free to access and read. We hope you enjoy browsing through this collection.

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