Themed collection Celebrating our 2021 Prizewinners

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Open Access Highlight

Correlated disorder in metal–organic frameworks

Metal–organic frameworks host many types of compositional and structural disorder. In this Highlight article we explore cases where this disorder is correlated, rather than random.

Graphical abstract: Correlated disorder in metal–organic frameworks
From the themed collection: Coordination Networks
Open Access Highlight

Gold nanomaterials functionalised with gadolinium chelates and their application in multimodal imaging and therapy

An overview of recent progress in the design of gadolinium-functionalised gold nanoparticles for use in MRI, multimodal imaging and theranostics.

Graphical abstract: Gold nanomaterials functionalised with gadolinium chelates and their application in multimodal imaging and therapy
From the themed collection: Celebrating our 2021 Prizewinners
Highlight

21st century developments in the understanding and control of molecular solids

This highlight article surveys some of the key recent advances in crystallization techniques, polymorphism, co-crystals, amorphous materials and crystal engineering.

Graphical abstract: 21st century developments in the understanding and control of molecular solids
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Open Access Perspective

17O NMR spectroscopy of crystalline microporous materials

Cost-effective and atom-efficient isotopic enrichment enables 17O NMR spectroscopy of microporous materials to be used to probe local structure and disorder and to explore chemical reactivity.

Graphical abstract: 17O NMR spectroscopy of crystalline microporous materials
From the themed collection: 2021 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection
Perspective

Cold and controlled chemical reaction dynamics

State-to-state chemical reaction dynamics, with complete control over the reaction parameters, offers unparalleled insight into fundamental reactivity.

Graphical abstract: Cold and controlled chemical reaction dynamics
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Perspective

Photoinduced C–H bond fission in prototypical organic molecules and radicals

We survey and assess current knowledge regarding the primary photochemistry of hydrocarbon molecules and radicals.

Graphical abstract: Photoinduced C–H bond fission in prototypical organic molecules and radicals
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Open Access Minireview

Recent advances in the use of stimulated Raman scattering in histopathology

Stimulated Raman histopathology with computer aided diagnosis.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the use of stimulated Raman scattering in histopathology
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Covalent organic framework photocatalysts: structures and applications

This review summarises the recent advances of covalent organic framework photocatalysts including structures and applications.

Graphical abstract: Covalent organic framework photocatalysts: structures and applications
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Review Article

Conjugated polymers for visible-light-driven photocatalysis

This review summarizes the recent advancements in π-conjugated polymers for various photocatalytic applications under visible light.

Graphical abstract: Conjugated polymers for visible-light-driven photocatalysis
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Open Access Review Article

Carbon capture and storage (CCS): the way forward

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is vital to climate change mitigation, and has application across the economy, in addition to facilitating atmospheric carbon dioxide removal resulting in emissions offsets and net negative emissions. This contribution reviews the state-of-the-art and identifies key challenges which must be overcome in order to pave the way for its large-scale deployment.

Graphical abstract: Carbon capture and storage (CCS): the way forward
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Tutorial Review

Radicals derived from Lewis acid/base pairs

While conventional approaches to stabilizing main group radicals have involved the use of Lewis acids or bases, this tutorial review focuses on new avenues to main group radicals derived from combinations of donor and acceptor molecules.

Graphical abstract: Radicals derived from Lewis acid/base pairs
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Communication

Lower limits for non-radiative recombination loss in organic donor/acceptor complexes

An emissive yet charge-generating organic donor/acceptor blend is demonstrated, which highlights the importance of electronic hybridization between the charge-transfer and local-exciton states to reduce non-radiative recombination loss.

Graphical abstract: Lower limits for non-radiative recombination loss in organic donor/acceptor complexes
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Open Access Communication

Negative X-ray expansion in cadmium cyanide

X-ray radiation induced unit-cell contraction and phase transition selection in the negative thermal expansion material cadmium cyanide.

Graphical abstract: Negative X-ray expansion in cadmium cyanide
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Communication

From a P4 butterfly scaffold to cyclo- and catena-P4 units

The coordination behavior of the P4 butterfly complex toward various d6-based half-sandwich complexes is investigated, with the P4 unit being selectively activated.

Graphical abstract: From a P4 butterfly scaffold to cyclo- and catena-P4 units
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Open Access Communication

Mass spectrometry reveals potential of β-lactams as SARS-CoV-2 Mpro inhibitors

A high-throughput mass spectrometry based Mpro assay identifies penicillin esters as new SARS-CoV-2 Mpro inhibitors.

Graphical abstract: Mass spectrometry reveals potential of β-lactams as SARS-CoV-2 Mpro inhibitors
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Communication

Discrete and polymeric organometallic-organic assemblies based on the diarsene complex [(Cp)2Mo2(CO)4(μ,η2-As2)], AgPF6 and N-donor organic molecules

The first mixed-ligand self-assembly reactions of the diarsene complex [Cp2Mo2(CO)4(μ,η2-As2)] and N-donor organic molecules in the presence of AgPF6 allow for the synthesis of two discrete and four polymeric supramolecular aggregates.

Graphical abstract: Discrete and polymeric organometallic-organic assemblies based on the diarsene complex [(Cp)2Mo2(CO)4(μ,η2-As2)], AgPF6 and N-donor organic molecules
From the themed collection: New Journal of Chemistry HOT Articles
Communication

Insights into D4h@metal-symmetry single-molecule magnetism: the case of a dysprosium-bis(boryloxide) complex

We report a D4h@Dy single-molecule magnet (SMM) with a Ueff energy barrier of 1565 K, one of the highest energy barriers for any 6-coordinate lanthanide SMM.

Graphical abstract: Insights into D4h@metal-symmetry single-molecule magnetism: the case of a dysprosium-bis(boryloxide) complex
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Open Access Communication

Nanozeolite ZSM-5 electrolyte additive for long life sodium-ion batteries

Hard-carbon electrolyte interface stabilisation with a nano-zeolite ZSM-5 electrolyte additive. Unwanted degradation products are trapped within the zeolite cage preventing compositional changes at the interface, maximising the life-time of a sodium-ion battery.

Graphical abstract: Nanozeolite ZSM-5 electrolyte additive for long life sodium-ion batteries
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Communication

T m filtering by 1H-methyl labeling in a deuterated protein for pulsed double electron–electron resonance EPR

Methyl protonation in a deuterated protein background is used to assign DEER-derived multimodal distance distributions by phase-memory relaxation time filtering.

Graphical abstract: T m filtering by 1H-methyl labeling in a deuterated protein for pulsed double electron–electron resonance EPR
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Communication

A recyclable metal–organic framework for ammonia vapour adsorption

The incorporation of sterically hindered boron centers into MOFs allows the recyclable adsorption of NH3 vapour from aqueous solution.

Graphical abstract: A recyclable metal–organic framework for ammonia vapour adsorption
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Open Access Communication

Aerobically-initiated C(sp3)–H bond amination through the use of activated azodicarboxylates

In this article we report a procedure for α-C(sp3)–H amination of ethereal compounds through use of azodicarboxylates as the nitrogen source and freely-available atmospheric oxygen to access ethereal radical intermediates via aerobic C–H activation.

Graphical abstract: Aerobically-initiated C(sp3)–H bond amination through the use of activated azodicarboxylates
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Communication

Transition-metal-carbene-like intermolecular insertion of a borylene into C–H bonds

In analogy to transition-metal carbene chemistry, [(OC)5Mo[double bond, length as m-dash]BN(SiMe3)2] acts as a source of a borylene fragment for selective intermolecular insertion into C–H bonds under very mild conditions.

Graphical abstract: Transition-metal-carbene-like intermolecular insertion of a borylene into C–H bonds
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Communication

Pseudo-enantiomeric carbohydrate-based N-heterocyclic carbenes as promising chiral ligands for enantiotopic discrimination

The practical synthesis of pseudo-enantiomeric carbohydrate-based NHC–Rh complexes bearing C1 or C3 sterically differentiated positions is reported. We show that steric bulk at either C1 or C3 leads to enantiotopic discrimination in the hydrosilylation of acetophenone.

Graphical abstract: Pseudo-enantiomeric carbohydrate-based N-heterocyclic carbenes as promising chiral ligands for enantiotopic discrimination
From the themed collection: Chemical Biology in OBC
Communication

One-step in vivo metabolic labeling as a theranostic approach for overcoming drug-resistant bacterial infections

A bacterial metabolic probe with AIE characteristics shows great potential in in vivo light-up imaging of bacteria and antibacterial therapy.

Graphical abstract: One-step in vivo metabolic labeling as a theranostic approach for overcoming drug-resistant bacterial infections
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Open Access Communication

Resonant doping for high mobility transparent conductors: the case of Mo-doped In2O3

Superior transparent conducting properties of indium oxide realised by molybdenum donors resonant in the conduction band, avoiding detrimental effects of tin doping.

Graphical abstract: Resonant doping for high mobility transparent conductors: the case of Mo-doped In2O3
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Communication

Triphenylamine based conjugated microporous polymers for selective photoreduction of CO2 to CO under visible light

Two novel triphenylamine based conjugated microporous polymers are designed and synthesized for photocatalytic CO2 reduction using water vapor as electron donor under ambient condition (>420 nm).

Graphical abstract: Triphenylamine based conjugated microporous polymers for selective photoreduction of CO2 to CO under visible light
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Communication

On the stability of a dipole-bound state in the presence of a molecule

A dipole-bound state is found to survive despite its disruption by an alkyl chain.

Graphical abstract: On the stability of a dipole-bound state in the presence of a molecule
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Communication

Design and synthesis of two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks with four-arm cores: prediction of remarkable ambipolar charge-transport properties

Theoretical and experimental investigations of diacetylene-linked COFs with remarkable charge-transport properties.

Graphical abstract: Design and synthesis of two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks with four-arm cores: prediction of remarkable ambipolar charge-transport properties
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Communication

Disease-specific protein corona sensor arrays may have disease detection capacity

Protein corona sensor array technology identifies diseases through specific proteomics pattern recognition.

Graphical abstract: Disease-specific protein corona sensor arrays may have disease detection capacity
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Communication

Enantioselective reduction of N-alkyl ketimines with frustrated Lewis pair catalysis using chiral borenium ions

Effective enantioselective reduction of ketimines has been demonstrated by ‘frustrated’ Lewis pair catalysis using an IBiox-stabilised borenium cation.

Graphical abstract: Enantioselective reduction of N-alkyl ketimines with frustrated Lewis pair catalysis using chiral borenium ions
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Communication

Delineating the critical role of acid additives in Mn-catalysed C–H bond functionalisation processes

Acids play positive and negative roles in Mn-catalysed C–H funtionalisation reactions, from substrate sensitivity to catalyst longevity.

Graphical abstract: Delineating the critical role of acid additives in Mn-catalysed C–H bond functionalisation processes
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Communication

Easy and versatile coating approach for long-living white hybrid light-emitting diodes

Herein, we provide a new easy-to-do protocol for preparing luminescent rubber-like materials based on a wide palette of compounds, such as small-molecules, quantum dots, polymers, and coordination complexes.

Graphical abstract: Easy and versatile coating approach for long-living white hybrid light-emitting diodes
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Open Access Edge Article

Semisynthetic ‘designer’ p53 sheds light on a phosphorylation–acetylation relay

‘Designer’ p53: semi-synthesis of the tumor suppressor protein p53 via native chemical ligation enables in vitro structure–activity studies to reveal how this master regulator of cell fate is itself regulated by phosphorylation.

Graphical abstract: Semisynthetic ‘designer’ p53 sheds light on a phosphorylation–acetylation relay
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Open Access Edge Article

CrystalGrower: a generic computer program for Monte Carlo modelling of crystal growth

Generic in silico methodology – CrystalGrower – for simulating crystal habit and nanoscopic surface topology to determine crystallisation free energies.

Graphical abstract: CrystalGrower: a generic computer program for Monte Carlo modelling of crystal growth
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Open Access Edge Article

Introducing affinity and selectivity into galectin-targeting nanoparticles with fluorinated glycan ligands

A chemo-enzymatic site-specific fluorination strategy is employed to obtain glyco-nanoparticles with tuneable selectivity towards galectins.

Graphical abstract: Introducing affinity and selectivity into galectin-targeting nanoparticles with fluorinated glycan ligands
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Open Access Edge Article

One-pot thiol–amine bioconjugation to maleimides: simultaneous stabilisation and dual functionalisation

An alternative approach to maleimide conjugate stabilisation is presented, by the consecutive addition of a thiol and an amine to dibromomaleimides. The amine serves to simultaneously deactivate the maleimide and enable dual functionalisation.

Graphical abstract: One-pot thiol–amine bioconjugation to maleimides: simultaneous stabilisation and dual functionalisation
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Open Access Edge Article

Coligand role in the NHC nickel catalyzed C–F bond activation: investigations on the insertion of bis(NHC) nickel into the C–F bond of hexafluorobenzene

A combined experimental and theoretical study on the mechanism of the C–F bond activation of C6F6 with [Ni(NHC)2] is provided.

Graphical abstract: Coligand role in the NHC nickel catalyzed C–F bond activation: investigations on the insertion of bis(NHC) nickel into the C–F bond of hexafluorobenzene
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Open Access Edge Article

Synthesis and structures of anionic rhenium polyhydride complexes of boron–hydride ligands and their application in catalysis

Exhaustive deoxygenation of perrhenate by pinacol borane forms a new Re anion of boron and hydride ligands only that undergoes borane ligand exchange, stoichiometric C–H boration, and catalytic pyridine hydroboration.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and structures of anionic rhenium polyhydride complexes of boron–hydride ligands and their application in catalysis
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Open Access Edge Article

Structure–activity relationships in well-defined conjugated oligomer photocatalysts for hydrogen production from water

Oligomer chain length and backbone twisting were found to have a strong effect on optoelectronic properties but a trimer of dibenzo[b,d]thiophene sulfone was found to have high photocatalytic activity approaching that of its polymer analogue.

Graphical abstract: Structure–activity relationships in well-defined conjugated oligomer photocatalysts for hydrogen production from water
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Open Access Edge Article

Photochemical generation of acyl and carbamoyl radicals using a nucleophilic organic catalyst: applications and mechanism thereof

An organic catalyst uses low-energy photons to generate acyl and carbamoyl radicals upon activation of the corresponding chlorides via a nucleophilic acyl substitution path. The synthetic potential and the mechanism of this strategy are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Photochemical generation of acyl and carbamoyl radicals using a nucleophilic organic catalyst: applications and mechanism thereof
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Open Access Edge Article

Investigation of cellular uptake mechanism of functionalised gold nanoparticles into breast cancer using SERS

Use of sensitive, non-destructive and straightforward 3D SERS for investigating the cellular uptake processes of functionalised nanotags in entire cell volume.

Graphical abstract: Investigation of cellular uptake mechanism of functionalised gold nanoparticles into breast cancer using SERS
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Open Access Edge Article

Rationalizing the diverse reactivity of [1.1.1]propellane through σ–π-delocalization

A unified framework that explains the reactivity of [1.1.1]propellane through electron delocalization.

Graphical abstract: Rationalizing the diverse reactivity of [1.1.1]propellane through σ–π-delocalization
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Open Access Edge Article

Transient cavity dynamics and divergence from the Stokes–Einstein equation in organic aerosol

The failure of the Stokes–Einstein relation is assessed in aerosol measurements and molecular dynamics simulations.

Graphical abstract: Transient cavity dynamics and divergence from the Stokes–Einstein equation in organic aerosol
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Open Access Edge Article

Post-synthetic modulation of the charge distribution in a metal–organic framework for optimal binding of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide

Modulation of pore environment is an effective strategy to optimize guest binding in porous materials.

Graphical abstract: Post-synthetic modulation of the charge distribution in a metal–organic framework for optimal binding of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide
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Open Access Edge Article

A computationally designed binding mode flip leads to a novel class of potent tri-vector cyclophilin inhibitors

Molecular simulations led to the discovery of a new class of small molecules that inhibit the cyclophilin family of proteins.

Graphical abstract: A computationally designed binding mode flip leads to a novel class of potent tri-vector cyclophilin inhibitors
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Paper

Determination of excited state molecular structures from time-resolved gas-phase X-ray scattering

We present a comprehensive investigation of a recently introduced method to determine transient structures of molecules in excited electronic states with sub-ångstrom resolution from time-resolved gas-phase scattering signals.

Graphical abstract: Determination of excited state molecular structures from time-resolved gas-phase X-ray scattering
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Paper

Perturbation of gut microbiota plays an important role in micro/nanoplastics-induced gut barrier dysfunction

Exposure to micro/nanoplastics (M/NPLs) deteriorates the intestinal barrier by disturbing the bacterial composition in the gut.

Graphical abstract: Perturbation of gut microbiota plays an important role in micro/nanoplastics-induced gut barrier dysfunction
From the themed collection: 2021 Nanoscale HOT Article Collection
Open Access Paper

Autodetachment dynamics of 2-naphthoxide and implications for astrophysical anion abundance

The first above-threshold resonance of 2-naphthoxide decays through vibrational mode specific autodetachment with a lifetime of 130 ± 10 fs. This state is not a doorway to stable interstellar anion formation.

Graphical abstract: Autodetachment dynamics of 2-naphthoxide and implications for astrophysical anion abundance
From the themed collection: 2021 PCCP HOT Articles
Paper

Ortho-vanillin derived Al(III) and Co(III) catalyst systems for switchable catalysis using ε-decalactone, phthalic anhydride and cyclohexene oxide

Switchable catalysis is a useful one-pot method to prepare block polyesters utilising a single catalyst exposed to a mixture of monomers.

Graphical abstract: Ortho-vanillin derived Al(iii) and Co(iii) catalyst systems for switchable catalysis using ε-decalactone, phthalic anhydride and cyclohexene oxide
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Open Access Paper

From sugars to FDCA: a techno-economic assessment using a design concept based on solvent selection and carbon dioxide emissions

Process simulations allow the evaluation of the emissions and selling price for the production of the key monomer FDCA based on different feedstocks and solvent systems, alongside considerations of safety and current process development.

Graphical abstract: From sugars to FDCA: a techno-economic assessment using a design concept based on solvent selection and carbon dioxide emissions
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Paper

Intermetallic transfer of unsymmetrical borylene fragments: isolation of the second early-transition-metal terminal borylene complex and other rare species

We report the synthesis of group 6 borylene complexes by the salt elimination method and study their borylene transfer capability to other transition metal fragments, providing new borylene complexes that are inaccessible by other routes.

Graphical abstract: Intermetallic transfer of unsymmetrical borylene fragments: isolation of the second early-transition-metal terminal borylene complex and other rare species
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Open Access Paper

High elasticity, chemically recyclable, thermoplastics from bio-based monomers: carbon dioxide, limonene oxide and ε-decalactone

Efficient polymerization catalyses transform bio-sourced monomers into thermoplastics with high elasticity and strength, which can be degraded to allow for chemical recycling. The plastics utilize carbon dioxide, limonene oxide and ε-decalactone.

Graphical abstract: High elasticity, chemically recyclable, thermoplastics from bio-based monomers: carbon dioxide, limonene oxide and ε-decalactone
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Paper

Multi-state pair-density functional theory

Multi-state Pair-Density Functional Theory (MS-PDFT) gives the correct topology of interacting potential energy surfaces where state-specific calculations fail.

Graphical abstract: Multi-state pair-density functional theory
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Open Access Paper

Sb 5s2 lone pairs and band alignment of Sb2Se3: a photoemission and density functional theory study

Lone pair Sb 5s orbitals are identified at the valence band maximum of Sb2Se3 bulk crystals using photoemission and density functional theory. The resulting band alignments are determined and implications for solar cell applications are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Sb 5s2 lone pairs and band alignment of Sb2Se3: a photoemission and density functional theory study
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Paper

Dynamic pH measurements of intracellular pathways using nano-plasmonic assemblies

Functionalized plasmonic Ag nano-assemblies moving in a living cell were employed to visualize the spatiotemporal change of intracellular pH by surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic pH measurements of intracellular pathways using nano-plasmonic assemblies
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Paper

Hybrid GMP–polyamine hydrogels as new biocompatible materials for drug encapsulation

Pyrazole-based polyamines stabilise G-quartet based GMP hydrogels at human skin pH and GMP concentrations one order of magnitude lower than typically employed, allowing in some cases drug encapsulation without disrupting the hydrogel structure.

Graphical abstract: Hybrid GMP–polyamine hydrogels as new biocompatible materials for drug encapsulation
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Open Access Paper

Determination and characterisation of the surface charge properties of the bacteriophage M13 to assist bio-nanoengineering

Characterisation of the external surface of bacteriophage M13 using PVIII protein structural data and measuring ζ-potential of the entire virus.

Graphical abstract: Determination and characterisation of the surface charge properties of the bacteriophage M13 to assist bio-nanoengineering
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Open Access Paper

Side-chain tuning in conjugated polymer photocatalysts for improved hydrogen production from water

Structure–property–activity relationships in solution processable polymer photocatalysts for hydrogen production from water were probed by varying the chemical structure of both the polymer side-chains and the polymer backbone.

Graphical abstract: Side-chain tuning in conjugated polymer photocatalysts for improved hydrogen production from water
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Open Access Paper

Ru and RuOx decorated carbon nitride for efficient ammonia photosynthesis

A ternary heterostructure Ru/RuO2/g-C3N4 was designed for ammonia photosynthesis under visible light irradiation, which exhibited 6 times higher activity with excellent stability than the pristine g-C3N4.

Graphical abstract: Ru and RuOx decorated carbon nitride for efficient ammonia photosynthesis
Paper

Cu/M:ZnO (M = Mg, Al, Cu) colloidal nanocatalysts for the solution hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to methanol

Doped-ZnO nanoparticles, capped with dioctylphosphinate ligands, are synthesised by the controlled hydrolysis of a mixture of organometallic precursors.

Graphical abstract: Cu/M:ZnO (M = Mg, Al, Cu) colloidal nanocatalysts for the solution hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to methanol
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Paper

A high-throughput SAMDI-mass spectrometry assay for isocitrate dehydrogenase 1

This paper reports a SAMDI-mass spectrometry assay that can evaluate antagonists of cancer-associated isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 in high throughput.

Graphical abstract: A high-throughput SAMDI-mass spectrometry assay for isocitrate dehydrogenase 1
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Open Access Paper

Degradation induced lattice anchoring self-passivation in CsPbI3−xBrx

A facile ambient environment solution approach to prepare γ-CsPbI3−xBrx is reported for the first time, leading to samples that exhibit vastly improved stability towards both moisture and heating in air.

Graphical abstract: Degradation induced lattice anchoring self-passivation in CsPbI3−xBrx
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Paper

The phosphinoboration of acyl chlorides

This investigation examines the reactivity of phosphinoboronate esters Ph2PBpin (pin = 1,2-O2C2Me4) and Ph2PBcat (cat = 1,2-O2C6H4), as well as other phosphinoboron species, with various aryl and aliphatic acyl chlorides.

Graphical abstract: The phosphinoboration of acyl chlorides
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Trophic transfer and biomagnification of fullerenol nanoparticles in an aquatic food chain

Understanding the trophic transfer and biomagnification potential of nanomaterials in aquatic food chains is crucial for assessing the environmental risks of such materials.

Graphical abstract: Trophic transfer and biomagnification of fullerenol nanoparticles in an aquatic food chain
From the themed collection: Nano-bio interactions
Paper

Calcium cyclic carboxylates as structural models for calcium carbonate scale inhibitors

Calcium complexes of cyclic oligocarboxylic acids have been studied as models to understand how subtle changes in molecular structure lead to significant variation in inhibition ability for calcium carbonate deposition

Graphical abstract: Calcium cyclic carboxylates as structural models for calcium carbonate scale inhibitors
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Open Access Paper

Photocatalytic proton reduction by a computationally identified, molecular hydrogen-bonded framework

A hydrogen-bonded organic framework is an effective photocatalyst for producing hydrogen from water. Its crystal structure is key to its activity; a chemically identical, amorphous version is almost inactive, as rationalized by crystal structure prediction.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic proton reduction by a computationally identified, molecular hydrogen-bonded framework
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Open Access Paper

Detection of β-alanyl aminopeptidase as a biomarker for Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the sputum of patients with cystic fibrosis using exogenous volatile organic compound evolution

A novel, rapid and sensitive analytical method has been developed and applied to 105 sputum samples from patients with cystic fibrosis, including 5 samples from post-lung transplant patients.

Graphical abstract: Detection of β-alanyl aminopeptidase as a biomarker for Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the sputum of patients with cystic fibrosis using exogenous volatile organic compound evolution
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Insight into the mechanism of CO-release from trypto-CORM using ultra-fast spectroscopy and computational chemistry

Photolysis of trypto-CORM results in ultra-fast CO-dissociation and formation of a 16-e triplet followed by solvation.

Graphical abstract: Insight into the mechanism of CO-release from trypto-CORM using ultra-fast spectroscopy and computational chemistry
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Open Access Paper

Polymer-supported metal catalysts for the heterogeneous polymerisation of lactones

Polymer-supported metal catalysts are used for the heterogeneous polymerisation of renewable lactones, towards the efficient and environmentally benign production of sustainable polymers.

Graphical abstract: Polymer-supported metal catalysts for the heterogeneous polymerisation of lactones
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Open Access Paper

A feasibility study of a leaky waveguide aptasensor for thrombin

This proof-of-principle study demonstrates the feasibility of a leaky waveguide (LW) aptasensor, where aptamers were immobilised in a mesoporous chitosan waveguiding film for the detection of thrombin.

Graphical abstract: A feasibility study of a leaky waveguide aptasensor for thrombin
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About this collection

To celebrate our 2021 Royal Society of Chemistry prizewinners, we have highlighted some recently published work from our winning teams and individuals. This collection showcases the wide range of research that our winners have published across the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journals portfolio and will be free to access until 30th September 2021.

Get to know the 2021 Royal Society of Chemistry prizewinners and their research here.

Many of our prizes will open for nominations in Autumn 2021 – read more about the different categories here.


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