Themed collection Celebrating the scientific accomplishments of RSC Fellows

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Viewpoint

Electrocatalysis of nitrogen pollution: transforming nitrogen waste into high-value chemicals

This viewpoint focuses on electrocatalytic NW reduction and highlights the challenges in its practical application. It also discusses future directions to meet the requirements of upstream and downstream industries by optimizing production processes.

Graphical abstract: Electrocatalysis of nitrogen pollution: transforming nitrogen waste into high-value chemicals
Open Access Perspective

Understanding electrochemical interfaces through comparing experimental and computational charge density–potential curves

A deep understanding of electrode–electrolyte interfaces requires the development of modelling protocols spanning from the local microscale to system-level macroscopic sizes which can be validated by comparison with high-quality experimental results.

Graphical abstract: Understanding electrochemical interfaces through comparing experimental and computational charge density–potential curves
From the themed collection: #MyFirstChemSci 2024
Open Access Perspective

The pathway to net zero: a chemicals perspective

The global ambition is to reach a net zero waste and emissions society by 2050.

Graphical abstract: The pathway to net zero: a chemicals perspective
Open Access Perspective

10 Guiding principles for learning in the laboratory

Open Access Perspective

Chemical Chartographisis: a contemporary perspective in molecular design and synthesis

We introduce a contemporary perspective in molecular design and synthesis, named "Chemical Chartographisis".

Graphical abstract: Chemical Chartographisis: a contemporary perspective in molecular design and synthesis
Perspective

A perspective on the future of electrochemical ammonia synthesis: aqueous or non-aqueous?

Ammonia (NH3) production by N2 reduction is deemed as a green revolution in the fertilizer industry. The choice of optimal electrolyte is necessary to interpret the actual future of NH3 production i.e. either aqueous or non-aqueous?

Graphical abstract: A perspective on the future of electrochemical ammonia synthesis: aqueous or non-aqueous?
Open Access Perspective

Circular economy for perovskite solar cells – drivers, progress and challenges

We examine drivers and benefits of adopting circular economy practices for perovskite solar cells (PSCs), a promising low-cost PV technology, identifying key challenges and reviewing research progress towards achieving a circular economy for PSCs.

Graphical abstract: Circular economy for perovskite solar cells – drivers, progress and challenges
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Perspective

Unified classification of non-covalent bonds formed by main group elements: a bridge to chemical bonding

Classification of non-covalent bonds in main group elements using the correlation between binding energy and electron density.

Graphical abstract: Unified classification of non-covalent bonds formed by main group elements: a bridge to chemical bonding
Perspective

Organic compounds for solid state luminescence enhancement/aggregation induced emission: a theoretical perspective

In this perspective, we discuss some major aspects of the current theoretical understanding of solid-state enhanced luminescence (SLE) and we outline a set of general characteristics that many materials expressing this behaviour share.

Graphical abstract: Organic compounds for solid state luminescence enhancement/aggregation induced emission: a theoretical perspective
Open Access Perspective

Molecular photodissociation dynamics revealed by Coulomb explosion imaging

This Perspective illustrates the growing use of ultrafast laser induced Coulomb explosion imaging methods for tracking time-evolving molecular structures and advancing understanding of gas phase molecular fragmentation processes.

Graphical abstract: Molecular photodissociation dynamics revealed by Coulomb explosion imaging
Minireview

Progress on smart integrated systems of seawater purification and electrolysis

This review presents the progress and outlook of smart integrated seawater purification and electrolysis systems, which have the potential to circumvent the difficulties associated with direct seawater electrolysis.

Graphical abstract: Progress on smart integrated systems of seawater purification and electrolysis
Open Access Review Article

Semi-crystalline polymers with supramolecular synergistic interactions: from mechanical toughening to dynamic smart materials

The synergy of supramolecular interactions and covalent polymer chains enables semi-crystalline polymers with enhanced mechanical performance and dynamic adaptivity.

Graphical abstract: Semi-crystalline polymers with supramolecular synergistic interactions: from mechanical toughening to dynamic smart materials
Open Access Review Article

Recycling of spent lithium-ion batteries for a sustainable future: recent advancements

A critical review of the recent developments in the recycling of spent Li-ion batteries using five major technologies (direct recycling, pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, bioleaching and electrometallurgy) and evaluation of their sustainability.

Graphical abstract: Recycling of spent lithium-ion batteries for a sustainable future: recent advancements
Review Article

Soft-oxometalates (SOMs): crafting the pillars of a sustainable future

Soft-oxometalates as a tool of chemical science for designing sustainable solutions.

Graphical abstract: Soft-oxometalates (SOMs): crafting the pillars of a sustainable future
Review Article

Hydrogen oxidation electrocatalysts for anion-exchange membrane fuel cells: activity descriptors, stability regulation, and perspectives

The general principles in terms of reactivity and stability to design efficient electrocatalysts for the alkaline hydrogen oxidation reaction are reviewed. The performance of catalysts in anion-exchange membrane fuel cells is further discussed.

Graphical abstract: Hydrogen oxidation electrocatalysts for anion-exchange membrane fuel cells: activity descriptors, stability regulation, and perspectives
Review Article

Advances in morphology-controlled alumina and its supported Pd catalysts: synthesis and applications

This review highlights the preparation and regulation strategies of alumina materials from different dimensions and summarizes the preparation, metal–support interaction, and application of Pd/Al2O3 catalysts on important industrial catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Advances in morphology-controlled alumina and its supported Pd catalysts: synthesis and applications
Review Article

Protein misfolding and amyloid nucleation through liquid–liquid phase separation

Protein misfolding and amyloid aggregation, linked to neurodegenerative diseases, can result from liquid–liquid phase separation (LLPS) and a subsequent liquid-to-solid transition. This represents LLPS as a generic mechanism in amyloid nucleation.

Graphical abstract: Protein misfolding and amyloid nucleation through liquid–liquid phase separation
Open Access Review Article

Recent progress and prospects of dimer and multimer acceptors for efficient and stable polymer solar cells

This review summarizes the recent progress, key design principles and prospects of dimer and multimer acceptors for developing polymer solar cells (PSCs) with high efficiency and long-term stability.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress and prospects of dimer and multimer acceptors for efficient and stable polymer solar cells
Review Article

Synthesis of metallic high-entropy alloy nanoparticles

This article reviews the methods for synthesizing high-entropy alloy nanoparticles, which fall into five categories based on their commonality.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of metallic high-entropy alloy nanoparticles
Review Article

Nanochemistry of gold: from surface engineering to dental healthcare applications

This review provides a comprehensive overview of the latest nanochemistry advancements in the design, synthesis, and utilization of engineered gold nanostructures (GNSs) for dental healthcare applications.

Graphical abstract: Nanochemistry of gold: from surface engineering to dental healthcare applications
Open Access Review Article

Peptide-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs): what peptides can do for SAMs and vice versa

Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) based on peptides represent a reproducible platform for screening and studying peptide functions and facilitating their translation into multidisciplinary applications.

Graphical abstract: Peptide-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs): what peptides can do for SAMs and vice versa
Review Article

Electrochemical coupling in subnanometer pores/channels for rechargeable batteries

This review categorizes subnanometer pores/channels (SNPCs) from structural perspective and demonstrates electrochemical couplings in SNPCs for batteries while proposing corresponding challenges and future research directions.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical coupling in subnanometer pores/channels for rechargeable batteries
Review Article

Engineered two-dimensional nanomaterials based diagnostics integrated with internet of medical things (IoMT) for COVID-19

Engineered 2D nanomaterials-based smartphone-assisted detection approaches integrated with IoMT, focusing on reliable, sensitive, and rapid diagnostics for COVID-19.

Graphical abstract: Engineered two-dimensional nanomaterials based diagnostics integrated with internet of medical things (IoMT) for COVID-19
Open Access Review Article

Emerging polymeric materials for treatment of oral diseases: design strategy towards a unique oral environment

We highlight the recent progress and design strategies of polymeric materials with tailored functions to overcome the highly movable and wet, microbial and inflammatory environment in the oral cavity for treatment of oral diseases.

Graphical abstract: Emerging polymeric materials for treatment of oral diseases: design strategy towards a unique oral environment
Open Access Review Article

Sixty years of electrochemical optical spectroscopy: a retrospective

After sixty years of development, electrochemical optical spectroscopy has evolved from the early phase of proof-of-concept to an advanced phase with various spectroscopic modes and has contributed significantly to the field of electrochemistry.

Graphical abstract: Sixty years of electrochemical optical spectroscopy: a retrospective
Open Access Review Article

Towards high performance and durable soft tactile actuators

This review assesses diverse strategies to enhance the actuation performance and durability of soft tactile actuators, enabling optimal functionality in real-world conditions.

Graphical abstract: Towards high performance and durable soft tactile actuators
Review Article

Recent advances in super-resolution optical imaging based on aggregation-induced emission

From aggregation-induced emission to super-resolution imaging: the significance of reversible dynamic interaction.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in super-resolution optical imaging based on aggregation-induced emission
Review Article

Intracellular microbial rhodopsin-based optogenetics to control metabolism and cell signaling

Organelle optogenetics is an approach to control cell physiology by targeted expression of microbial rhodopsins in membranes of subcellular organelles.

Graphical abstract: Intracellular microbial rhodopsin-based optogenetics to control metabolism and cell signaling
Open Access Review Article

Dilute polyelectrolyte solutions: recent progress and open questions

We highlight key results and outstanding questions emerging from recent literature, aiming to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the latest advancements in understanding the conformation and dynamics of polyelectrolytes in dilute solutions.

Graphical abstract: Dilute polyelectrolyte solutions: recent progress and open questions
Review Article

Plasmonic silver and gold nanoparticles: shape- and structure-modulated plasmonic functionality for point-of-caring sensing, bio-imaging and medical therapy

Silver and gold nanoparticles have found extensive biomedical applications due to their strong localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and intriguing plasmonic properties.

Graphical abstract: Plasmonic silver and gold nanoparticles: shape- and structure-modulated plasmonic functionality for point-of-caring sensing, bio-imaging and medical therapy
Open Access Review Article

(Poly)phenol-related gut metabotypes and human health: an update

(Poly)phenol metabotyping as a tool for tailored nutrition advice. Created with https://BioRender.com.

Graphical abstract: (Poly)phenol-related gut metabotypes and human health: an update
Open Access Review Article

Endohedral metallofullerene molecular nanomagnets

This review summarizes the significant advances in endohedral metallofullerene-based molecular nanomagnets, with a particular emphasis on their unique structures and intriguing magnetic properties arising from such structural peculiarity.

Graphical abstract: Endohedral metallofullerene molecular nanomagnets
Open Access Review Article

Nanomaterials for light-mediated therapeutics in deep tissue

Different activation modes, including chemiluminescence, NIR, X-ray and ultrasound, have been employed to trigger specific light-mediated therapeutics, such as photodynamic therapy, photothermal therapy and drug delivery.

Graphical abstract: Nanomaterials for light-mediated therapeutics in deep tissue
Open Access Review Article

Sialic acids in infection and their potential use in detection and protection against pathogens

An overview of sialic acid involvement in infection and exploitation in diagnostics and therapeutics.

Graphical abstract: Sialic acids in infection and their potential use in detection and protection against pathogens
Review Article

Shelf life of lithium–sulfur batteries under lean electrolytes: status and challenges

Recent advances in prolonging the shelf life of LSBs are summarized. Furthermore, the challenges of current strategies, and research prospects for LSBs with high performance and sustained shelf life under lean electrolytes are proposed.

Graphical abstract: Shelf life of lithium–sulfur batteries under lean electrolytes: status and challenges
Open Access Review Article

The emerging chemistry of self-electrified water interfaces

Every real material system on the Earth's surface is a mosaic of electric charges supporting unexpected chemical reactions and electricity.

Graphical abstract: The emerging chemistry of self-electrified water interfaces
Open Access Review Article

Progress and perspectives of Pd-based catalysts for direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide

In this work, the theoretical basis, catalyst design and in situ application of DSHP are comprehensively summarized. It has certain guiding significance for the design of future catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Progress and perspectives of Pd-based catalysts for direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide
Open Access Review Article

The allure of targets for novel drugs

There's no single way to find new drugs; multiple targets for new medicines are effective and encourage innovation.

Graphical abstract: The allure of targets for novel drugs
Review Article

Discovery, synthesis, activities, structure–activity relationships, and clinical development of combretastatins and analogs as anticancer drugs. A comprehensive review

This comprehensive review describes discovery, synthesis, structure activity relationship, and anticancer activity of six series of 22 natural products as well as clinical studies of several candidates.

Graphical abstract: Discovery, synthesis, activities, structure–activity relationships, and clinical development of combretastatins and analogs as anticancer drugs. A comprehensive review
Review Article

Breaking the bottleneck of lead-free perovskite solar cells through dimensionality modulation

Leveraging the dimensionality-modulation method to further boost the device efficiency and stability is the future roadmap for the development of lead-free perovskite solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Breaking the bottleneck of lead-free perovskite solar cells through dimensionality modulation
Review Article

What can molecular assembly learn from catalysed assembly in living organisms?

We discuss how living organisms utilize the catalysed assembly (catassembly) way to construct and control complex assembly systems with high efficiency and selectivity, and how we can harness catassembly to design functional molecular assemblies.

Graphical abstract: What can molecular assembly learn from catalysed assembly in living organisms?
Review Article

Glycan-specific molecularly imprinted polymers towards cancer diagnostics: merits, applications, and future perspectives

This review surveys glycans as biomarkers and challenges in using glycan-binding receptors for cancer diagnosis. We highlight merits, applications, and future directions of using molecularly imprinted polymers as effective glycan-binding receptors.

Graphical abstract: Glycan-specific molecularly imprinted polymers towards cancer diagnostics: merits, applications, and future perspectives
Review Article

Pd-Catalysed asymmetric allylic alkylation of heterocycles: a user's guide

This review analyses recent advances and strategies employed in the Pd-AAA of nucleophilic prochiral heterocycles. Each section is focused on a specific heterocycle, where optimisation data and reaction scope have been carefully analysed.

Graphical abstract: Pd-Catalysed asymmetric allylic alkylation of heterocycles: a user's guide
Review Article

Recent advances in two-dimensional polymers: synthesis, assembly and energy-related applications

This review summarizes the advancements of 2D polymers and highlights their unique advantages, focusing on their recent research progress in the design, synthesis, assembly and processing, as well as their energy-related applications.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in two-dimensional polymers: synthesis, assembly and energy-related applications
Open Access Review Article

Therapeutic synthetic and natural materials for immunoengineering

This review discusses the balance of inflammation in immunity and biomaterials strategies to modulate immunity in cases of imbalance such as autoimmune disease, infection, and cancer. Adapted from “Balanced Energy State”, by BioRender.com (2023).

Graphical abstract: Therapeutic synthetic and natural materials for immunoengineering
Review Article

Recent advances using MXenes in biomedical applications

The structure of this review includes applications of MXenes in drug delivery, tissue engineering, antimicrobial, and in biosensors.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances using MXenes in biomedical applications
Review Article

Low-dimensional nanostructures for monolithic 3D-integrated flexible and stretchable electronics

Low-dimensional nanostructures, with their small size, unique characteristics, flexible/elastic adaptability, and effective vertical stacking capability, play a crucial role in advancing monolithic 3D-integrated flexible/stretchable systems.

Graphical abstract: Low-dimensional nanostructures for monolithic 3D-integrated flexible and stretchable electronics
Review Article

Multiple hydrogen bonding driven supramolecular architectures and their biomedical applications

Multiple hydrogen bonding driven supramolecular architectures and their biomedical applications.

Graphical abstract: Multiple hydrogen bonding driven supramolecular architectures and their biomedical applications
Review Article

Urea catalytic oxidation for energy and environmental applications

This review evaluates state-of-the-art advances in electrocatalytic and photo(electro)catalytic urea oxidation from fundamentals and materials to energy and environmental applications.

Graphical abstract: Urea catalytic oxidation for energy and environmental applications
Review Article

Protein-based bioactive coatings: from nanoarchitectonics to applications

Assembly strategy and application direction of protein-based bioactive coatings.

Graphical abstract: Protein-based bioactive coatings: from nanoarchitectonics to applications
Review Article

Crystalline porous organic salts

CPOSs, formed through self-assembly of organic acids and organic bases, are gradually evolving into a field full of opportunities and challenges.

Graphical abstract: Crystalline porous organic salts
Review Article

Engineering organic polymers as emerging sustainable materials for powerful electrocatalysts

A comprehensive overview on organic polymers as electrocatalysts is summarized. By presenting the engineering strategies, insightful understandings, challenges, and perspectives, we hope this review can provide valuable references for the readers.

Graphical abstract: Engineering organic polymers as emerging sustainable materials for powerful electrocatalysts
Review Article

The synthesis and application of crystalline–amorphous hybrid materials

This review summarizes the typical synthetic methodologies of crystalline–amorphous hybrid materials and highlights their enhanced performance for multiple applications.

Graphical abstract: The synthesis and application of crystalline–amorphous hybrid materials
Review Article

Bio-based hyperbranched epoxy resins: synthesis and recycling

This review provides a comprehensive overview of the synthesis, degradation, and recycling of bio-based hyperbranched epoxy resins.

Graphical abstract: Bio-based hyperbranched epoxy resins: synthesis and recycling
Review Article

Rare earth oxide based electrocatalysts: synthesis, properties and applications

The synthesis, properties and applications of rare earth oxide based electrocatalysts in electrocatalysis reactions.

Graphical abstract: Rare earth oxide based electrocatalysts: synthesis, properties and applications
Review Article

Organic chiral nano- and microfilaments: types, formation, and template applications

Chiral filaments are omnipresent in nature and our daily lives. This review gives an overview of nano- and microfilaments, delineates formation modes based on the concept of intra- or interlayer misfits, and shows examples of template applications.

Graphical abstract: Organic chiral nano- and microfilaments: types, formation, and template applications
Review Article

Metal nitrides for seawater electrolysis

The current strategies and basic mechanisms of metal nitrides for hydrogen production from seawater are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Metal nitrides for seawater electrolysis
Review Article

Atomic-level design of metalloenzyme-like active pockets in metal–organic frameworks for bioinspired catalysis

This review systematically summarizes the significant advances in MOF-based metalloenzyme mimics for bioinspired catalysis with a special emphasis on active pocket engineering at the atomic level.

Graphical abstract: Atomic-level design of metalloenzyme-like active pockets in metal–organic frameworks for bioinspired catalysis
Open Access Review Article

f-Element heavy pnictogen chemistry

In this review, the molecular chemistry of the f-elements with heavy pnictogen ligands from phosphorus to bismuth is described.

Graphical abstract: f-Element heavy pnictogen chemistry
Review Article

Biogenic synthesis of novel nanomaterials and their applications

Synthesis of nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes using biological precursors and their applications.

Graphical abstract: Biogenic synthesis of novel nanomaterials and their applications
Review Article

Geometry-structure models for liquid crystal interfaces, drops and membranes: wrinkling, shape selection and dissipative shape evolution

We review our recent contributions to anisotropic soft matter models for liquid crystal interfaces, drops and membranes, emphasizing the theory and simulation literature.

Graphical abstract: Geometry-structure models for liquid crystal interfaces, drops and membranes: wrinkling, shape selection and dissipative shape evolution
Review Article

Recent advances in point-of-care testing of COVID-19

This review explores various point-of-care optical diagnostic systems combined with microdevices developed during the recent COVID-19 pandemic for clinical diagnostics.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in point-of-care testing of COVID-19
Review Article

Designing drugs and chemical probes with the dualsteric approach

Dualsteric modulators are praised for a balance of potency and selectivity, overcoming drug resistance, function bias, and an easy scheme for partial agonist. It could also be used to design fluorescent tracers and study protein conformations.

Graphical abstract: Designing drugs and chemical probes with the dualsteric approach
Open Access Review Article

Cu-based catalyst designs in CO2 electroreduction: precise modulation of reaction intermediates for high-value chemical generation

Product distribution during electrocatalytic CO2 reduction is closely related to the behaviour of reaction intermediates. Morphological and microenvironmental engineering of Cu-based catalysts can regulate the reaction tendency of intermediates, enabling target products to be selectively obtained.

Graphical abstract: Cu-based catalyst designs in CO2 electroreduction: precise modulation of reaction intermediates for high-value chemical generation
Open Access Review Article

Advancing cell surface modification in mammalian cells with synthetic molecules

This review offers a survey of recent advancements in the modification of mammalian cell surfaces through the use of synthetic molecules and concludes by addressing the present challenges and potential opportunities in this rapidly expanding field.

Graphical abstract: Advancing cell surface modification in mammalian cells with synthetic molecules
Review Article

Functional materials for aqueous redox flow batteries: merits and applications

This review offers an overview of the merits and applications of materials for aqueous redox flow batteries, focusing on the design principles of redox-active materials and the development of functional materials for electrodes and membranes.

Graphical abstract: Functional materials for aqueous redox flow batteries: merits and applications
Review Article

Synthesis and hybridization of CuInS2 nanocrystals for emerging applications

This review article focuses on the recent advances and emerging opportunities for CuInS2 nanocrystals in luminescence and opto-electric applications enabled by advanced synthetic methodologies and hybridization techniques.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and hybridization of CuInS2 nanocrystals for emerging applications
Review Article

High-entropy alloys in electrocatalysis: from fundamentals to applications

In this review, we provide a comprehensive summary of recent advances in the synthesis strategies, design principles, and characterization technologies of high entropy alloys, and their applications in various electrocatalytic conversion reactions.

Graphical abstract: High-entropy alloys in electrocatalysis: from fundamentals to applications
Open Access Review Article

Visible light-responsive materials: the (photo)chemistry and applications of donor–acceptor Stenhouse adducts in polymer science

In this review, the recent developments and challenges in the field of donor–acceptor Stenhouse adduct (DASA)-containing polymers are discussed, aiming at providing a better understanding of the interplay between the properties of both matrix and photoswitch.

Graphical abstract: Visible light-responsive materials: the (photo)chemistry and applications of donor–acceptor Stenhouse adducts in polymer science
Review Article

Hexagonal boron nitride exfoliation and dispersion

An overview of the many different methods used to disperse and exfoliate hexagonal boron nitride into boron nitride nanosheets. The methods and properties for the exfoliated sheets and the dispersions obtained are summarized and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Hexagonal boron nitride exfoliation and dispersion
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