Themed collection Materials & Energy in Chemical Science - most popular articles 2021

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Pathways to increase the dissymmetry in the interaction of chiral light and chiral molecules

This perspective explores the dissymmetric interaction between circularly polarised (CP) light and chiral molecules. Such interactions are central to many applications from next generation displays to asymmetric photochemical synthesis.

Graphical abstract: Pathways to increase the dissymmetry in the interaction of chiral light and chiral molecules
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Capture of toxic gases in MOFs: SO2, H2S, NH3 and NOx

MOFs are promising candidates for the capture of toxic gases such as SO2, H2S, NH3 and NOx. Understanding the role of different chemical functionalities, within the pores of MOFs, is the key for accomplishing superior captures of these toxic gases.

Graphical abstract: Capture of toxic gases in MOFs: SO2, H2S, NH3 and NOx
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Design of BODIPY dyes as triplet photosensitizers: electronic properties tailored for solar energy conversion, photoredox catalysis and photodynamic therapy

BODIPYs offer a versatile platform to build organic triplet photosensitisers for PDT, TTA upconversion and photocatalysis. Tuning their properties provides the opportunity of replacing heavy-metal complexes and can lead to improved sustainability.

Graphical abstract: Design of BODIPY dyes as triplet photosensitizers: electronic properties tailored for solar energy conversion, photoredox catalysis and photodynamic therapy
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Emerging applications for living crystallization-driven self-assembly

The use of crystallization as a tool to control the self-assembly of polymeric and molecular amphiphiles in solution is attracting growing attention for the creation of non-spherical nanoparticles and more complex, hierarchical assemblies.

Graphical abstract: Emerging applications for living crystallization-driven self-assembly
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Efficient metal-free organic room temperature phosphors

A summary of the extremely efficient organic phosphors that utilized the best possible ways to manipulate the fate of triplet excitons for achieving a long lifetime along with impressive quantum yield and afterglow properties is provided.

Graphical abstract: Efficient metal-free organic room temperature phosphors
Open Access Minireview

Recent advances of group 14 dimetallenes and dimetallynes in bond activation and catalysis

This minireview highlights the recent advances in small molecule activation and catalytic applications of homonuclear dimetallenes, dimetallynes and interconnected bismetallylenes of heavier group 14 elements.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances of group 14 dimetallenes and dimetallynes in bond activation and catalysis
Open Access Review Article

Chiral assembly of organic luminogens with aggregation-induced emission

This review highlights the recent development of chiral materials with aggregation-induced emission properties, including their molecular structures, self-assembly and functions.

Graphical abstract: Chiral assembly of organic luminogens with aggregation-induced emission
From the themed collection: Chiral Nanomaterials
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Increasing structural and functional complexity in self-assembled coordination cages

This review highlights recent strategies towards the rational synthesis of metallo-supramolecular multicomponent systems, the implementation of functionality and the challenge to create multifunctional assemblies in non-statistical fashion.

Graphical abstract: Increasing structural and functional complexity in self-assembled coordination cages
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Recent advances in single atom catalysts for the electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction reaction

The electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction reaction (CO2RR) offers a promising solution to mitigate carbon emission and at the same time generate valuable carbonaceous chemicals/fuels.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in single atom catalysts for the electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction reaction
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Recent advances of AIE light-up probes for photodynamic therapy

AIE fluorogens provide new opportunities for the development of light-up probes for photodynamic therapy.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances of AIE light-up probes for photodynamic therapy
Open Access Review Article

Can we predict materials that can be synthesised?

Materials discovery is a crucial yet experimentally slow and wasteful process. We discuss how discovery can be accelerated by focusing on making predictions that are synthetically realisable.

Graphical abstract: Can we predict materials that can be synthesised?
Open Access Edge Article

A flavin-inspired covalent organic framework for photocatalytic alcohol oxidation

In this manuscript, we report the development of a novel alloxazine COF inspired by naturally occurring flavin cofactors for photoredox catalysis.

Graphical abstract: A flavin-inspired covalent organic framework for photocatalytic alcohol oxidation
Open Access Edge Article

Simplifying and expanding the scope of boron imidazolate framework (BIF) synthesis using mechanochemistry

Mechanochemistry enables rapid access to boron imidazolate frameworks (BIFs), including ultralight materials based on Li and Cu(I) nodes, as well as new, previously unexplored systems based on Ag(I) nodes.

Graphical abstract: Simplifying and expanding the scope of boron imidazolate framework (BIF) synthesis using mechanochemistry
Open Access Edge Article

Water-stable hydrazone-linked porous organic cages

A convenient method for constructing water-stable hydrazone-linked porous organic cages (POCs) with tunable structures has been reported, and such POCs can be used as robust adsorbents for effective removal of various pollutants from water.

Graphical abstract: Water-stable hydrazone-linked porous organic cages
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A pillar[5]arene-based covalent organic framework with pre-encoded selective host–guest recognition

A novel pillar[5]arene-derived (P5) COF was rationally designed and synthesized, which exhibited superior performance in selective gas adsorption and paraquat binding.

Graphical abstract: A pillar[5]arene-based covalent organic framework with pre-encoded selective host–guest recognition
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Machine learning to tame divergent density functional approximations: a new path to consensus materials design principles

Machine learning (ML)-based feature analysis reveals universal design rules regardless of density functional choices. Using the consensus among multiple functionals, we identify robust lead complexes in ML-accelerated chemical discovery.

Graphical abstract: Machine learning to tame divergent density functional approximations: a new path to consensus materials design principles
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Nanoporous ultra-high-entropy alloys containing fourteen elements for water splitting electrocatalysis

Nanoporous ultra-high-entropy alloys containing 14 elements (Al, Ag, Au, Co, Cu, Fe, Ir, Mo, Ni, Pd, Pt, Rh, Ru, and Ti) were obtained by dealloying. The products showed excellent electrocatalytic performance for water splitting in acidic media.

Graphical abstract: Nanoporous ultra-high-entropy alloys containing fourteen elements for water splitting electrocatalysis
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Synthesis and enantioseparation of chiral Au13 nanoclusters protected by bis-N-heterocyclic carbene ligands

A series of chiral Au13 nanoclusters were synthesized via the direct reduction of achiral dinuclear Au(I) halide complexes ligated by ortho-xylyl-linked bis-N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and enantioseparation of chiral Au13 nanoclusters protected by bis-N-heterocyclic carbene ligands
From the themed collection: Chiral Nanomaterials
Open Access Edge Article

Infrared crystallography for framework and linker orientation in metal–organic framework films

Polarization-dependent infrared spectroscopy of oriented metal organic framework films fills the information gap left by diffraction methods and gives access to the orientation of the aromatic linker and initial orientation of ultra-thin films.

Graphical abstract: Infrared crystallography for framework and linker orientation in metal–organic framework films
Open Access Edge Article

Molecular design of thermally activated delayed fluorescent emitters for narrowband orange–red OLEDs boosted by a cyano-functionalization strategy

The first example of narrowband orange–red MR-TADF emitters has been developed, which realizes a record-high EQE of 33.7% in OLEDs.

Graphical abstract: Molecular design of thermally activated delayed fluorescent emitters for narrowband orange–red OLEDs boosted by a cyano-functionalization strategy
Open Access Edge Article

Low power threshold photochemical upconversion using a zirconium(IV) LMCT photosensitizer

The LMCT photosensitizer Zr(MesPDPPh)2 paired with DPA-based acceptors enabled low power threshold photochemical upconversion with record-setting quantum efficiencies.

Graphical abstract: Low power threshold photochemical upconversion using a zirconium(iv) LMCT photosensitizer
Open Access Edge Article

Beyond generative models: superfast traversal, optimization, novelty, exploration and discovery (STONED) algorithm for molecules using SELFIES

Interpolation and exploration within the chemical space for inverse design.

Graphical abstract: Beyond generative models: superfast traversal, optimization, novelty, exploration and discovery (STONED) algorithm for molecules using SELFIES
Open Access Edge Article

Efficient electroreduction of CO2 to C2+ products on CeO2 modified CuO

CO2 can be efficiently converted into C2+ products on CeO2 modified CuO catalysts and the faradaic efficiency could reach 75.2% with a current density of 1.21 A cm−2.

Graphical abstract: Efficient electroreduction of CO2 to C2+ products on CeO2 modified CuO
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In vivo oral insulin delivery via covalent organic frameworks

We report the successful use of a gastro-resistant covalent organic framework for in vivo oral delivery of insulin.

Graphical abstract: In vivo oral insulin delivery via covalent organic frameworks
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Direct CO2 capture and conversion to fuels on magnesium nanoparticles under ambient conditions simply using water

We demonstrated the use of magnesium nanoparticles (and bulk) to convert CO2 (pure & also from the air) to methane, methanol, formic acid and green cement without external energy within a few minutes, using only water as the sole hydrogen source.

Graphical abstract: Direct CO2 capture and conversion to fuels on magnesium nanoparticles under ambient conditions simply using water
Open Access Edge Article

Non-concentrated aqueous electrolytes with organic solvent additives for stable zinc batteries

Involvement of dimethyl carbonate and trifluoromethanesulfonate anions in a hybrid aqueous electrolyte enables the formation of a new Zn2+-solvation structure and a ZnF2–ZnCO3-rich interphase that stabilizes the Zn battery chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Non-concentrated aqueous electrolytes with organic solvent additives for stable zinc batteries
Open Access Edge Article

Machine learning dielectric screening for the simulation of excited state properties of molecules and materials

Machine learning can circumvent explicit calculation of dielectric response in first principles methods and accelerate simulations of optical properties of complex materials at finite temperature.

Graphical abstract: Machine learning dielectric screening for the simulation of excited state properties of molecules and materials
Open Access Edge Article

Phenazines as model low-midpoint potential electron shuttles for photosynthetic bioelectrochemical systems

Phenazines were explored as novel low-midpoint potential molecules for wiring cyanobacteria to electrodes.

Graphical abstract: Phenazines as model low-midpoint potential electron shuttles for photosynthetic bioelectrochemical systems
Open Access Edge Article

Fast oxygen ion migration in Cu–In–oxide bulk and its utilization for effective CO2 conversion at lower temperature

Efficient activation of CO2 at low temperature was achieved by reverse water–gas shift via chemical looping (RWGS-CL) by virtue of fast oxygen ion migration in a Cu–In structured oxide, even at lower temperatures.

Graphical abstract: Fast oxygen ion migration in Cu–In–oxide bulk and its utilization for effective CO2 conversion at lower temperature
Open Access Edge Article

Three-component three-bond forming cascade via palladium photoredox catalysis

Highly modular three-bond three-component cascade featuring palladium as dual photoredox/cross coupling catalyst.

Graphical abstract: Three-component three-bond forming cascade via palladium photoredox catalysis
Open Access Edge Article

Cooperative assembly of H-bonded rosettes inside a porphyrin nanoring

Mixing barbiturates and pyrimidines equipped with pyridine ligands to leads to self-assembly of a hexadentate rosette ligand, which is complementary to a hexameric zinc porphyrin macrocycle.

Graphical abstract: Cooperative assembly of H-bonded rosettes inside a porphyrin nanoring
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This specially curated collection pulls together some of the most read, cited and shared articles from 2021 in the field of materials and energy chemistry. The collection highlights some outstanding contributions ranging from machine learning models and algorithms for materials discovery to zinc batteries to COFs for in vivo oral insulin delivery, 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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