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The Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES) is an organization of 13 major chemical societies in Asia and the Pacific. It was founded in 2005 as a conglomeration of chemical societies with the mutual aim of creating a modern publishing forum for research in Asia and coordinating future publishing activities.

The participating societies share a commitment to scientific excellence, to publishing ethics, and to the highest standards in publication, which are the basis for the success of Chemistry—An Asian Journal and its associated journals.

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Chemistry—An Asian Journal

A sister journal of Angewandte Chemie and Chemistry—A European Journal

Supporting Organizations: ChemPubSoc Europe, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society, GDCh), Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS).

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A sister journal of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry

For the publication of the AsianJOC, ACES is joined by the Korean Society of Organic Synthesis.

Supporting Organization: ChemPubSoc Europe

ACES supports the publication of the ChemPubSoc Europe journals Chemistry—A European Journal, the European Journal of Organic Chemistry, and ChemSusChem.

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Chemistry - An Asian Journal Theresa Kueckmann
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Asian Journal of Organic ChemistryRichard Threlfall
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Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanoribbons: Graphene-Assisted Formation and Synergic Function for Highly Efficient Hydrogen Evolution

Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanoribbons: Graphene-Assisted Formation and Synergic Function for Highly Efficient Hydrogen Evolution

A non-metallic electrocatalyst: A three-dimensional architecture of in situ formed 1D graphitic carbon nitride nanoribbons on two-dimensional graphene sheets has been prepared (see picture). The compound is a highly efficient electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution and shows a low overpotential and an extremely large exchange current density, which is even larger than that of metal catalysts.

[Communication]
Yang Zhao, Fei Zhao, Xiaopeng Wang, Chenyu Xu, Zhipan Zhang, Gaoquan Shi, Liangti Qu
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, No. 50, 13934. Read article.

Enzymatic Fabrication of High-Density RNA Arrays

Enzymatic Fabrication of High-Density RNA Arrays

Molecular duplicating: A new technique converts DNA arrays to high-density arrays of RNA. The process functions by synthesizing a DNA array containing short RNA primers, followed by steps of transcription and DNase digestion to produce only the desired RNA sequences bound to the surface.

[Communication]
Cheng-Hsien Wu, Matthew T. Holden, Lloyd M. Smith
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, No. 49, 13514. Read article.

Perovskite Oxide Nanosheets with Tunable Band-Edge Potentials and High Photocatalytic Hydrogen-Evolution Activity

Perovskite Oxide Nanosheets with Tunable Band-Edge Potentials and High Photocatalytic Hydrogen-Evolution Activity

The sunny side of the sheet: Perovskite nanosheets of HCa2−xSrxNb3O10 and HCa2Nb3−yTayO10 with tunable band-edge potentials were prepared. They worked as highly efficient heterogeneous photocatalysts for hydrogen evolution from water, with the maximum apparent quantum yield of approximately 80 % at 300 nm, the highest value among nanosheet-based photocatalysts reported to date.

[Communication]
Kazuhiko Maeda, Miharu Eguchi, Takayoshi Oshima
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, No. 48, 13164. Read article.

Activation of Dioxygen in Air by a Phenol/Selectfluor System: An Application in the Oxidation-Dimerization of Alkynes to 2-Ene-1,4-diones

Activation of Dioxygen in Air by a Phenol/Selectfluor System: An Application in the Oxidation-Dimerization of Alkynes to 2-Ene-1,4-diones

Activation and transfer: A metal-free activation and transfer of dioxygen for the oxidation-dimerization of alkynes to give 2-ene-1,4-diones has been successfully achieved by a combined phenol/Selectfluor system under mild reaction conditions.

[Communication]
Degui Wu, Jian Zhang, Heng Wang, Jiahui Zhang, Yunkui Liu, Miaochang Liu
Asian J. Org. Chem. 2014, 3, No. 11, 1163. Read article.

Rational Electrostatic Design of Easy-Axis Magnetic Anisotropy in a ZnII–DyIII–ZnII Single-Molecule Magnet with a High Energy Barrier

Rational Electrostatic Design of Easy-Axis Magnetic Anisotropy in a ZnII–DyIII–ZnII Single-Molecule Magnet with a High Energy Barrier

Two novel Zn–Ln–Zn complexes (LnIII=Dy, Er) have been prepared, where the LnIII ion exhibits an axially distorted square antiprism LnO8 coordination sphere. A large energy gap between the ground and first excited doublets of the DyIII ions promotes slow relaxation of the magnetization with a high thermal energy barrier Ueff=140 K (see figure).

[Full Paper]
Itziar Oyarzabal, José Ruiz, José Manuel Seco, Marco Evangelisti, Agustín Camón, Eliseo Ruiz, Daniel Aravena, Enrique Colacio
Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, No. 44, 14262. Read article.

Delivery of Antibody Mimics into Mammalian Cells via Anthrax Toxin Protective Antigen

Delivery of Antibody Mimics into Mammalian Cells via Anthrax Toxin Protective Antigen

Delivery of antibody mimics into the cytosol remains challenging. Here we show that protective antigen (PA, a component of anthrax toxin) transports an array of antibody mimics to the cell cytosol. Using a tandem monobody or an affibody delivered into cells by PA, we show that PA can deliver bioactive antibody mimics to disrupt intracellular protein–protein interactions.

[Full Paper]
Xiaoli Liao, Amy E. Rabideau, Bradley L. Pentelute
ChemBioChem 2014, 15, No. 16, 2458. Read article.

Thin-Film Silicon for Flexible Metal–Air Batteries

Thin-Film Silicon for Flexible Metal–Air Batteries

Roll with it! Silicon is a promising candidate material for metal–air batteries because of its high theoretical energy density. Depositing thin films of doped amorphous silicon on ultrathin flexible foil substrates opens the door for flexible and rollable Si–air batteries with high specific and volumetric energy density. It is expected that avoiding self-discharge and enhancing specific capacity can be realized by using different electrolytes and modifying the silicon anodes.

[Communication]
Ahmed Garamoun, Markus B. Schubert, Jürgen H. Werner
ChemSusChem 2014, 7, No. 12, 3272. Read article.

Hole-Transporting Small Molecules Based on Thiophene Cores for High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells

Hole-Transporting Small Molecules Based on Thiophene Cores for High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells

Core of the material: Two new electron-rich molecules containing thiophene and bithiophene cores and arylamine side groups are described. When used as the hole-transporting material (HTM) in perovskite-based solar cell devices, good power conversion efficiencies under AM 1.5G solar simulation are obtained.

[Full Paper]
Hairong Li, Kunwu Fu, Pablo P. Boix, Lydia H. Wong, Anders Hagfeldt, Michael Grätzel, Subodh G. Mhaisalkar, Andrew C. Grimsdale
ChemSusChem 2014, 7, No. 12, 3420. Read article.

Diffusion-Ordered Spectroscopy and Saturation Transfer Difference NMR Spectroscopy Studies of Selective Interactions between ELAV Protein Fragments and an mRNA Target

Diffusion-Ordered Spectroscopy and Saturation Transfer Difference NMR Spectroscopy Studies of Selective Interactions between ELAV Protein Fragments and an mRNA Target

The first diffusion-ordered spectroscopy (DOSY) and saturation transfer difference (STD) NMR spectroscopy studies of RNA fragments and peptides (P1P4) derived from Embryonic Lethal Abnormal Vision (ELAV) proteins are reported, and insights into the interaction mechanism are presented. The information derived from these results will allow us to design ELAV peptide mimics that can bind to RNA targets.

[Full Paper]
Francesca Vasile, Daniela Rossi, Simona Collina, Donatella Potenza
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2014, No. 29, 6399. Read article.

Phosphotungstic Acid as an Efficient Catalyst for Allylation of Isatins and N-tert-Butyloxycarbonylamido Sulfones Under Solvent-Free Conditions

Phosphotungstic Acid as an Efficient Catalyst for Allylation of Isatins and N-tert-Butyloxycarbonylamido Sulfones Under Solvent-Free Conditions

Allyl in style: The present work discloses the highly efficient allylation of isatin derivatives as well as N-tert-butyloxycarbonylamido sulfones using phosphotungstic acid as the catalyst under ambient and solvent-free reaction conditions. The allylation products N-tert-butyloxycarbonyl (Boc) homoallyl amines were successfully epoxidized to get the corresponding epoxides in very good yields.

[Full Paper]
Debashis Ghosh , S. Saravanan, Naveen Gupta, Sayed H. R. Abdi, Noor-ul H. Khan, Rukhsana I. Kureshy, Hari C. Bajaj
Asian J. Org. Chem. 2014, 3, No. 11, 1173. Read article.

Tramadol—A True Natural Product?

Tramadol—A True Natural Product?

The root of the problem: Tramadol, a synthetic analgesic, was recently detected in the roots of the Cameroonian medicinal plant Nauclea latifolia. However, tramadol is not a natural product. Along with its major mammalian metabolites, tramadol is present in the roots of N. latifolia and other plant species, as well as in soil and local water sources in the Far North region of Cameroon as a result of anthropogenic contamination.

[Communication]
Souvik Kusari, Simplice Joel N. Tatsimo, Sebastian Zühlke, Ferdinand M. Talontsi, Simeon Fogue Kouam, Michael Spiteller
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, No. 45, 12073. Read article.

Synthesis of Highly Fluoroalkyl-Functionalized Oligoporphyrin Systems

Synthesis of Highly Fluoroalkyl-Functionalized Oligoporphyrin Systems

Massive but volatile molecules have been obtained by functionalizing the periphery of oligoporphyrins with highly fluorinated alkyl chains. The statistical nature of the reaction gives libraries consisting of molecules with well-defined masses but small structural diversity. Laser desorption and post-ionization studies demonstrated the potential of these libraries as sources of heavy particles.

[Full Paper]
Lukas Felix, Ugur Sezer, Markus Arndt, Marcel Mayor
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2014, No. 31, 6884. Read article.

A Simple Fragment of Cyclic Acyldepsipeptides Is Necessary and Sufficient for ClpP Activation and Antibacterial Activity

A Simple Fragment of Cyclic Acyldepsipeptides Is Necessary and Sufficient for ClpP Activation and Antibacterial Activity

Just one piece: Through a combination of genetic and biochemical experiments, we established that the N-acyldifluorophenylalanine side chain of cyclic acyldepsipeptide antibacterial agents is necessary and sufficient for biological activity: fragments activate ClpP and retain antibacterial activity. This finding sets the stage for the design of novel ClpP activators.

[Communication]
Daniel W. Carney, Corey L. Compton, Karl R. Schmitz, Julia P. Stevens, Robert T. Sauer, Jason K. Sello
ChemBioChem 2014, 15, No. 15, 2216. Read article.

Alpha-Synuclein Binds to the Inner Membrane of Mitochondria in an α-Helical Conformation

Alpha-Synuclein Binds to the Inner Membrane of Mitochondria in an α-Helical Conformation

The complex environment of mitochondria requires background-free methods to determine the conformation of membrane-bound alpha-synuclein (αS). EPR spectroscopy in combination with site-directed spin labeling revealed that the α-helical binding mode often observed for αS interacting with artificial membranes also holds for the inner membrane of mitochondria.

[Communication]
Marta Robotta, Hanne R. Gerding, Antonia Vogel, Karin Hauser, Stefan Schildknecht, Christiaan Karreman, Marcel Leist, Vinod Subramaniam, Malte Drescher
ChemBioChem 2014, 15, No. 17, 2499. Read article.

Photochemical, Electrochemical, and Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation Catalyzed by Water-Soluble Mononuclear Ruthenium Complexes

Photochemical, Electrochemical, and Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation Catalyzed by Water-Soluble Mononuclear Ruthenium Complexes

WOC immobilized on a semiconductor: Two mononuclear RuII complexes with free carboxyl groups (water-oxidation catalyst, WOC) can anchor covalently to a semiconductor. The electrochemical, photochemical, and photoelectrochemical water oxidation performance of the assembly devices in neutral aqueous solution is investigated (see figure).

[Full Paper]
Ting-Ting Li, Wei-Liang Zhao, Yong Chen, Fu-Min Li, Chuan-Jun Wang, Yong-Hua Tian, Wen-Fu Fu
Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, No. 43, 13957. Read article.

Rapid and Selective Electrophilic Trifluoromethylation of the 4,4-Difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) Scaffold

Rapid and Selective Electrophilic Trifluoromethylation of the 4,4-Difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) Scaffold

A protocol for the rapid trifluoromethylation of the BODIPY scaffold, based on a mixture of 3,3-dimethyl-1-(trifluoromethyl)-3H-1λ3,2-benziodaoxole and iPrSH, is presented. The electronic and structural changes imparted by the CF3 moiety are studied by NMR and UV/Vis spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography.

[Short Communication]
Nico Santschi, Ján Cvengroš, Coraline Matthey, Elisabeth Otth, and Antonio Togni
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2014, No. 29, 6371. Read article.

Synthesis, Physical Properties, and Photocurrent Behavior of Strongly Emissive Boron-Chelate Heterochrysene Derivatives

Synthesis, Physical Properties, and Photocurrent Behavior of Strongly Emissive Boron-Chelate Heterochrysene Derivatives

Chrysene point: A N,O-chelated boron complex 2 and its analogue 1 have been synthesized and characterized. Single crystal analysis of 1 shows that all carbon and nitrogen atoms are almost in a single plane. 1 and 2 emit green and yellow light in dichloromethane, respectively. The photocurrent response of a 1-single-walled carbon nanotube thin film is steady and reproducible.

[Full Paper]
Hailei Zhang, Xiaozhong Hong, Xinwu Ba, Bei Yu, Xin Wen, Sujuan Wang, Xuefei Wang, Lei Liu, Jinchong Xiao
Asian J. Org. Chem. 2014, 3, No. 11, 1168. Read article.

Hydrophobic Triaryl-Substituted β-Lactams as Activity-Based Probes for Profiling Eukaryotic Enzymes and Host–Pathogen Interactions

Hydrophobic Triaryl-Substituted β-Lactams as Activity-Based Probes for Profiling Eukaryotic Enzymes and Host–Pathogen Interactions

ABPP with β-lactams: We identified the eukaryotic targets of β-lactam-containing compounds by activity-based protein profiling. Using this method, we demonstrated that β-lactam-based activity probes can be applied to identify differentially active enzymes in different cell lines and during hepatitis C virus replication.

[Communication]
Neda Nasheri, Craig S. McKay, Kelly Fulton, Susan Twine, Megan H. Powdrill, Allison R. Sherratt, John Paul Pezacki
ChemBioChem 2014, 15, No. 15, 2195. Read article.

Complexation-Induced Supramolecular Assembly Drives Metal-Ion Extraction

Complexation-Induced Supramolecular Assembly Drives Metal-Ion Extraction

Working at the interface: Combining experiment with theory reveals the role of self-assembly and complexation in metal-ion transfer through the water–oil interface. The coordinating metal salt Eu(NO3)3 was extracted from water into oil by a lipophilic neutral amphiphile (see figure).

[Full Paper]
Ross J. Ellis, Yannick Meridiano, Julie Muller, Laurence Berthon, Philippe Guilbaud, Nicole Zorz, Mark R. Antonio, Thomas Demars, Thomas Zemb
Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, No. 40, 12796. Read article.

Stereoselective C-H Borylations of Cyclopropanes and Cyclobutanes with Silica-Supported Monophosphane–Ir Catalysts

Stereoselective C-H Borylations of Cyclopropanes and Cyclobutanes with Silica-Supported Monophosphane–Ir Catalysts

Heteroatom-directed C-H borylations of small-ring carbocycles, such as cyclopropanes and cyclobutanes, were achieved with silica-supported monophosphane–Ir catalysts (see scheme). Borylation occurred at the C-H bonds located γ to the directing N or O atoms with exceptional cis stereoselectivity relative to the directing groups (cod=1,5-cyclooctadiene, pin=pinacolato).

[Communication]
Ryo Murakami, Kiyoshi Tsunoda, Tomohiro Iwai, Masaya Sawamura
Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, No. 41, 13127. Read article.

Copper(I) Oxide Nanoparticles in Glycerol: A Convenient Catalyst for Cross-Coupling and Azide–Alkyne Cycloaddition Processes

Copper(I) Oxide Nanoparticles in Glycerol: A Convenient Catalyst for Cross-Coupling and Azide–Alkyne Cycloaddition Processes

Cop a look at this! Copper(I) oxide nanoparticles dispersed in neat glycerol are active and highly selective in Cu-catalyzed C-heteroatom couplings and azide–alkyne cycloadditions, which include one-pot multistep processes and allow easy catalyst recycling.

[Full Paper]
Faouzi Chahdoura, Christian Pradel, Montserrat Gómez
ChemCatChem 2014, 6, No. 10, 2929. Read article.

A Strategy for Multivalent Presentation of Carba Analogues from N. meningitidis A Capsular Polysaccharide

A Strategy for Multivalent Presentation of Carba Analogues from N. meningitidis A Capsular Polysaccharide

Carba analogues of fragments of the N. meningitidis A polysaccharide have been proposed as hydrolytically stable analogues that have immunological activity in mice. Using the MRI technique, we found that when the carba analogues are loaded onto the surface of iron oxide nanoparticles, they show a multivalent effect that enhances their ability to be recognised by MenA antiserum.

[Full Paper]
Daniela Ramella, Laura Polito, Stefania Mazzini, Silvia Ronchi, Leonardo Scaglioni, Marcello Marelli, Luigi Lay
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2014, No. 27, 5915. Read article.

Redox and Photochemistry of Bis(terpyridine)ruthenium(II) Amino Acids and Their Amide Conjugates – from Understanding to Applications

Redox and Photochemistry of Bis(terpyridine)ruthenium(II) Amino Acids and Their Amide Conjugates – from Understanding to Applications

Ruthenium(II) amino acid [Ru(4'-tpy-COOH)(4'-tpy-NH2)]2+ interacts with photons, electrons, and/or protons, to lead to phosphorescence, oxidative and reductive chemistry, acid/base chemistry, proton-coupled electron transfer, photoinduced reductive and oxidative electron transfer, excited-state proton transfer, and energy transfer. Applications include light-emitting electrochemical and dye-sensitized solar cells.

[Microreview]
Aaron Breivogel, Christoph Kreitner, Katja Heinze
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014, No. 32, 5468. Read article.

Direct Hydrogenation of Biomass-Derived Butyric Acid to n-Butanol over a Ruthenium–Tin Bimetallic Catalyst

Direct Hydrogenation of Biomass-Derived Butyric Acid to n-Butanol over a Ruthenium–Tin Bimetallic Catalyst

True convert: A hybrid conversion process for the selective hydrogenation of butyric acid combined with fermentation of glucose is developed. Bimetallic ruthenium–tin catalysts supported on zinc oxide (Ru–Sn/ZnO) show good performance in the vapor-phase hydrogenation of biomass-derived butyric acid to n-butanol, as well as good long-term performance.

[Communication]
Jong-Min Lee, Pravin P. Upare, Jong-San Chang, Young Kyu Hwang, Jeong Ho Lee, Dong Won Hwang, Do-Young Hong, Seung Hwan Lee, Myung-Geun Jeong, Young Dok Kim, Young-Uk Kwon
ChemSusChem 2014, 7, No. 11, 2998. Read article.

Methanol Steam Reforming Promoted by Molten Salt-Modified Platinum on Alumina Catalysts

Methanol Steam Reforming Promoted by Molten Salt-Modified Platinum on Alumina Catalysts

Molten salts might have a new life: Platinum-on-alumina catalysts are boosted in their selectivity and activity for methanol steam reforming by a surface coating with basic and hygroscopic alkali salts. As evidenced by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) studies, alkali doping through the salt coating is an important factor for this enhanced performance.

[Full Paper]
Matthias Kusche, Friederike Agel, Nollaig Ní Bhriain, Andre Kaftan, Mathias Laurin, Jörg Libuda, Peter Wasserscheid
ChemSusChem 2014, 7, No. 9, 2516. Read article.

Use of a Desymmetrized meso Molecule as a Chiral Ligand: Development of Chiral N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands for Asymmetric Allylic Arylations with Grignard Reagents

Use of a Desymmetrized meso Molecule as a Chiral Ligand: Development of Chiral N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands for Asymmetric Allylic Arylations with Grignard Reagents

Broken symmetry: The desymmetrization of a meso molecule was used for the development of a chiral N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligand. The stereocontrol in asymmetric allylic arylations was improved to 89 % ee via derivatization studies. The resultant copper catalyst was effective at the level of 0.05 mol % loading for gram-scale reactions.

[Communication]
Shin Ando, Hirofumi Matsunaga, Tadao Ishizuka
Asian J. Org. Chem. 2014, 3, No. 10, 1058. Read article.

Designed Synthesis of a Highly Conjugated Hexaethynylbenzene-Based Host for Supramolecular Architectures

Designed Synthesis of a Highly Conjugated Hexaethynylbenzene-Based Host for Supramolecular Architectures

In our cups: The construction of efficient synthetic functional receptors with tunable cavities is started from hexaethynylbenzene (see figure). Self-organization of guest molecules within these cavities was realized through cooperative noncovalent interactions and precise control over the topology of the interacting species. Electron transfer offers opportunities for tuning the optical and electronic properties of the molecular cup and encapsulated guest.

[Full Paper]
Yongjun Li, Liang Xu, Sharon Lai-Fung Chan, Yuliang Li, Runsheng Jiang, Huibiao Liu, Chi-Ming Che
Chem. Asian J. 2014, 9, No. 10, 2842. Read article.

Regioselective Biocatalytic Aromatic Hydroxylation in a Gas–Liquid Multiphase Tube-in-Tube Reactor

Regioselective Biocatalytic Aromatic Hydroxylation in a Gas–Liquid Multiphase Tube-in-Tube Reactor

Flow power: A tube-in-tube reactor is presented for a gas-dependent biocatalytic reaction, overcoming typical limitations such as mass transfer, product and substrate inhibition, and challenges with gas delivery with productivities superior to standard batch reactors or conventional microreactors.

[Full Paper]
Bartłomiej Tomaszewski, Richard C. Lloyd, Antony J. Warr, Katja Buehler, Andreas Schmid
ChemCatChem 2014, 6, No. 9, 2567. Read article.

Evidence of Intracrystalline Mesostructured Porosity in Zeolites by Advanced Gas Sorption, Electron Tomography and Rotation Electron Diffraction

Evidence of Intracrystalline Mesostructured Porosity in Zeolites by Advanced Gas Sorption, Electron Tomography and Rotation Electron Diffraction

Advanced characterization by electron tomography, three-dimensional rotation electron diffraction, and high resolution gas adsorption coupled with hysteresis scanning and density functional theory unambiguously revealed the intracystalline nature and connectivity of the introduced mesopores in the surfactant-templated mesostructured zeolite Y.

[Full Paper]
Javier Garcia-Martinez, Changhong Xiao, Katie A. Cychosz, Kunhao Li, Wei Wan, Xiaodong Zou, Matthias Thommes
ChemCatChem 2014, 6, No. 11, 3110. Read article.

Hybrid Electric Power Biodevices

Hybrid Electric Power Biodevices

Anyone can hit an uncovered object! This Minireview covers aspects of hybrid electric power devices that use biocatalyst-coupled electrodes and attempts to introduce some classification to this research area. Examples are discussed in the contexts of bio-electrocatalysis, self-charging and charge-storage properties, and their applications. Finally, the history of this research is summarised, which raises the question—have such devices already been unknowingly created?

[Minireview]
Dmitry Pankratov, Zoltan Blum, Sergey Shleev
ChemElectroChem 2014, 1, No. 11, 1798. Read article.

On-Line Monitoring of Chemical Reactions by using Bench-Top Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

On-Line Monitoring of Chemical Reactions by using Bench-Top Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Keepin' it real: Real-time nuclear magnetic resonance measurements can be performed with a compact system installed next to the reactor inside a laboratory fume hood. In a transfer hydrogenation reaction, employing Ir as the catalyst in isopropanol (IPA), the mixture from the reactor is pumped continuously to the magnet and back in a closed loop (see figure). High sensitivity and resolution can be achieved.

[Article]
E. Danieli, J. Perlo, A. L. L. Duchateau, G. K. M. Verzijl, V. M. Litvinov, B. Blümich, F. Casanova
ChemPhysChem 2014, 15, No. 14, 3060. Read article.

Effect of Electrical Contact on the Performance of Bi2S3 Single Nanowire Photodetectors

Effect of Electrical Contact on the Performance of Bi2S3 Single Nanowire Photodetectors

Based on high-quality Bi2S3 single nanowires, two kinds of photodetectors with different electrical contacts (ohmic contact and non-ohmic contact) are fabricated and investigated in detail (see figure).

[Article]
Renxiong Li, Juehan Yang, Nengjie Huo, Chao Fan, Fangyuan Lu, Tengfei Yan, Zhongming Wei, Jingbo Li
ChemPhysChem 2014, 15, No. 12, 2510. Read article.

Facile Synthesis of MoS2@CNT as an Effective Catalyst for Hydrogen Production in Microbial Electrolysis Cells

Facile Synthesis of MoS2@CNT as an Effective Catalyst for Hydrogen Production in Microbial Electrolysis Cells

Cheap but functional: MoS2@CNT is effective for catalyzing hydrogen evolution reactions in microbial electrolysis cells. Although its efficiency is lower than that of platinum-based catalysts, its low cost still makes it competitive.

[Communication]
Heyang Yuan, Jianyang Li, Chris Yuan, Zhen He
ChemElectroChem 2014, 1, No. 11, 1828. Read article.

(Arene)ruthenium Complexes with Imidazolin-2-imine and Imidazolidin-2-imine Ligands

(Arene)ruthenium Complexes with Imidazolin-2-imine and Imidazolidin-2-imine Ligands

(Arene)Ru complexes with imidazolin-2-imine and imidazolidin-2-imine ligands of the general formula [(cymene)RuCl2L] are described. Photochemical activation allows the preparation of complexes in which the imines act as π ligands with tethered imine groups.

[Full Paper]
Justus Tönnemann, Rosario Scopelliti, Kay Severin
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014, No. 26, 4287. Read article.

Effect of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Glucose Oxidation by Glucose Oxidase or a Flavin-Dependent Glucose Dehydrogenase in Redox-Polymer-Mediated Enzymatic Fuel Cell Anodes

Effect of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Glucose Oxidation by Glucose Oxidase or a Flavin-Dependent Glucose Dehydrogenase in Redox-Polymer-Mediated Enzymatic Fuel Cell Anodes

Lending support: The use of multi-walled carbon nanotubes increases catalysis of glucose oxidation by glucose oxidase or flavin-dependent glucose dehydrogenase in redox-polymer-mediated enzymatic fuel cell anodes to yield a current density of 1.1 mA cm−2 in a physiologically relevant 5 mM glucose solution.

[Article]
Isioma Osadebe, Dónal Leech
ChemElectroChem 2014, 1, No. 11, 1988. Read article.

The Influence of Anion–Cation Combinations on the Physicochemical Properties of Advanced Electrolytes for Supercapacitors and the Capacitance of Activated Carbons

The Influence of Anion–Cation Combinations on the Physicochemical Properties of Advanced Electrolytes for Supercapacitors and the Capacitance of Activated Carbons

Optimum selection: The operating voltage of propylene carbonate based electrolytes is strongly dependent on the chosen conductive salt, and the change in ion size has a large influence on the electrolyte–carbon interface (see picture).

[Article]
Sebastian Pohlmann, Ruben-Simon Kühnel, Teresa A. Centeno, Andrea Balducci
ChemElectroChem 2014, 1, No. 8, 1301. Read article.

Catalytic Glucose Isomerization by Porous Coordination Polymers with Open Metal Sites

Catalytic Glucose Isomerization by Porous Coordination Polymers with Open Metal Sites

Sugar, ah, honey, honey: Highly efficient catalytic isomerization reactions from glucose to fructose in aqueous media are presented by using porous coordination polymers (PCPs)/metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). Further, the materials are also applicable to catalytic one-pot conversion of amylose to fructose using a functionalized PCP with -SO3H groups, thanks to the high stability of the framework in an acidic solution.

[Full Paper]
George Akiyama, Ryotaro Matsuda, Hiroshi Sato, Susumu Kitagawa
Chem. Asian J. 2014, 9, No. 10, 2772. Read article.

The Fenna–Matthews–Olson Protein Revisited: A Fully Polarizable (TD)DFT/MM Description

The Fenna–Matthews–Olson Protein Revisited: A Fully Polarizable (TD)DFT/MM Description

Teaching an old protein new tricks: A critical investigation into the role of both structural and electrostatic effects of the environment in determining the excitonic states of the Fenna–Matthews–Olson protein is carried out by using a polarizable quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics model (see figure).

[Article]
Sandro Jurinovich, Carles Curutchet, Benedetta Mennucci
ChemPhysChem 2014, 15, No. 15, 3194. Read article.

gem-Selective Cross-Dimerization and Cross-Trimerization of Alkynes with Silylacetylenes Promoted by a Rhodium–Pyridine–N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyst

gem-Selective Cross-Dimerization and Cross-Trimerization of Alkynes with Silylacetylenes Promoted by a Rhodium–Pyridine–N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyst

What a gem: The rhodium(I) complex [RhCl(IPr)(η2-coe)(py)] [IPr=1,3-bis-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazol-2-carbene, coe=cyclooctene, and py=pyridine] has proven to be an effective catalyst precursor for the cross-dimerization and -trimerization of terminal alkynes with alkylsilylacetylenes, which give enynes and dienynes with high regio- and stereoselectivity.

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Ramón Azpíroz, Laura Rubio-Pérez, Ricardo Castarlenas, Jesús J. Pérez-Torrente, Luis A. Oro
ChemCatChem 2014, 6, No. 9, 2587. Read article.

Real-Time Observation of Liposome Bursting Induced by Acetonitrile

Real-Time Observation of Liposome Bursting Induced by Acetonitrile

Popping some bubbles: Liposome bursting induced by acetonitrile addition is demonstrated. The picture shows a schematic illustration of the bursting process. Lipid droplets and/or small vesicles form after large liposomes burst.

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Kazunari Yoshida, Keitaro Horii, Yasuhiro Fujii, Izumi Nishio
ChemPhysChem 2014, 15, No. 14, 2909. Read article.

Conjugation to Albumin-Binding Molecule Tags as a Strategy to Improve Both Efficacy and Pharmacokinetic Properties of the Complement Inhibitor Compstatin

Conjugation to Albumin-Binding Molecule Tags as a Strategy to Improve Both Efficacy and Pharmacokinetic Properties of the Complement Inhibitor Compstatin

Two birds with one stone: Conjugates of the complement inhibitor compstatin and albumin-binding molecules were designed to improve the drug's pharmacokinetic properties. The resulting chimera ABM2-Cp20 indeed showed improved plasma protein binding, yet also largely enhanced target affinity, producing the most potent compstatin analogue so far.

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Yijun Huang, Edimara S. Reis, Patrick J. Knerr, Wilfred A. van der Donk, Daniel Ricklin, John D. Lambris
ChemMedChem 2014, 9, No. 10, 2223. Read article.

Bis-Pyrene-Modified Unlocked Nucleic Acids: Synthesis, Hybridization Studies, and Fluorescent Properties

Bis-Pyrene-Modified Unlocked Nucleic Acids: Synthesis, Hybridization Studies, and Fluorescent Properties

Second to none with 2 to 1: We attached two pyrenes to a single unlocked nucleic acid (UNA) monomer, one via a piperazino linker and the other directly to the 5-position of uracil. Fluorescence measurements of an oligonucleotide with two bis-pyrene UNA incorporations are able to clearly distinguish between the single stranded-form and matched and bulge-containing duplex forms.

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Pavla Perlíková, Maria Ejlersen, Niels Langkjær, Jesper Wengel
ChemMedChem 2014, 9, No. 9, 2120. Read article.

Insight into the Interactions between Novel Coumarin Derivatives and Human A3 Adenosine Receptors

Insight into the Interactions between Novel Coumarin Derivatives and Human A3 Adenosine Receptors

Coumarin contacts: The current work describes the synthesis and evaluation of the affinity for the four human adenosine receptor subtypes of potent and selective 3-arylcoumarins. We also present theoretical predictions of ADME properties and docking calculations for these compounds.

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Maria João Matos, Santiago Vilar, Sonja Kachler, André Fonseca, Lourdes Santana, Eugenio Uriarte, Fernanda Borges, Nicholas P. Tatonetti, Karl-Norbert Klotz
ChemMedChem 2014, 9, No. 10, 2245. Read article.

Importance of the 6'-Hydroxy Group and Its Configuration for Apramycin Activity

Importance of the 6'-Hydroxy Group and Its Configuration for Apramycin Activity

Inversion of configuration of the 6'-OH group of apramycin moderates the antiribosomal and antibacterial activities of this aminoglycoside antibiotic. Deletion of the 6'-OH group diminishes all activity substantially, and its replacement by an amino group is detrimental to activity. These results are consistent with apramycin adopting the standard binding mode of the 4,5- and 4,6-aminoglycosides in the decoding A-site of the bacterial ribosome as opposed to the alternative binding mode proposed in some studies.

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Appi Reddy Mandhapati, Dimitri Shcherbakov, Stefan Duscha, Andrea Vasella, Erik C. Böttger, David Crich
ChemMedChem 2014, 9, No. 9, 2074. Read article.

Design and Characterization of Two Bifunctional Cryptophane A-Based Host Molecules for Xenon Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applications

Design and Characterization of Two Bifunctional Cryptophane A-Based Host Molecules for Xenon Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applications

Label mates: Bifunctional biosensors for optical imaging and xenon magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been designed. Compounds that contain a cryptophane molecule and bear a fluorophore were compared. Both displayed good cellular uptake suitable for cell-labeling studies. These compounds are also flexible building blocks for the synthesis of more complex xenon-MRI biosensors (see figure).

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Federica Rossella, Honor May Rose, Christopher Witte, Jabadurai Jayapaul, Leif Schröder
ChemPlusChem 2014, 79, No. 10, 1463. Read article.

Construction of Pendant-Armed Schiff-Base Macrocyclic Dinuclear Zinc Complexes and Their Selective Recognition of Acetate Ions

Construction of Pendant-Armed Schiff-Base Macrocyclic Dinuclear Zinc Complexes and Their Selective Recognition of Acetate Ions

Long arm of the law: Two flexible extended dialdehydes with different functional pendant arms have been designed and synthesized to produce two 42-membered folded [2+2] macrocyclic dinuclear ZnII complexes with 1,2-bis(2-aminoethoxy)ethane. These complexes exhibited selective recognition of acetate ions, as verified by changes in their UV/Vis and MS (ESI) spectra and even changes visible to the naked eye.

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Kun Zhang, Chao Jin, Hui-Qing Chen, Gui Yin, Wei Huang
Chem. Asian J. 2014, 9, No. 9, 2534. Read article.

Tin Nanoparticles in Carbon/Silica Hybrid Materials by the Use of Twin Polymerization

Tin Nanoparticles in Carbon/Silica Hybrid Materials by the Use of Twin Polymerization

Twin-(em)bedded: Uniformly distributed tin nanoparticles embedded in a carbon/silica matrix have been obtained from tin and silica precursors by the use of the twin polymerization process followed by reduction with Ar/H2 (see figure). The final Sn@C/SiO2 hybrid materials have high BET surface areas up to 352 m2 g−1 and tin particle sizes in the range of 20–100 nm.

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Christian Leonhardt, Susann Brumm, Andreas Seifert, Arno Lange, Szilard Csihony, Michael Mehring
ChemPlusChem 2014, 79, No. 10, 1440. Read article.

New Trifluoromethylated Derivatives of Metal Nitride Clusterfullerenes: Sc3N@Ih-C80(CF3)14 and Sc3N@D5h-C80(CF3)16

New Trifluoromethylated Derivatives of Metal Nitride Clusterfullerenes: Sc3N@Ih-C80(CF3)14 and Sc3N@D5h-C80(CF3)16

Interesting structural relations exist between CF3 derivatives of both Sc3N@D5h-C80 and Sc3N@Ih-C80: Triple-hexagon-junction-added CF3 groups are present in all Sc3N@C80(CF3)14,16 compounds, and the Sc3N cluster is fixed inside the C80 cage. Sc3N@D5h-C80(CF3)16 (picture) is a precursor of the known Sc3N@D5h-C80(CF3)18. Seven Sc3N@Ih-C80(CF3)14 isomers form two subfamilies with different relative positions of CF3 groups and the Sc3N cluster.

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Tao Wei, Nadezhda B. Tamm, Shangfeng Yang, Sergey I. Troyanov
Chem. Asian J. 2014, 9, No. 9, 2449. Read article.

Reductive Behavior of [Fe2(CO)42-dmpe){μ-(SCH2)2NBn}]: Effect of Symmetrization on the Rotated Conformation in FeI-FeI Models of [2Fe]H Subsite of [Fe-Fe]H2ases

Reductive Behavior of [Fe2(CO)4(κ2-dmpe){μ-(SCH2)2NBn}]: Effect of Symmetrization on the Rotated Conformation in FeI-FeI Models of [2Fe]H Subsite of [Fe-Fe]H2ases

Electrosynthesis, through an electron-transfer-catalyzed process, and structural characterization of the symmetrical complex [Fe2(CO)4(μ-dmpe){μ-(SCH2)2NBn}] [dmpe = 1,2-bis(dimethylphosphino)ethane] afford straight experimental evidence that desymmetrization is required to promote an inverted pyramidal conformation in this class of model compounds of the [2Fe]H subsite of [Fe-Fe]H2ases.

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Luca De Gioia, Catherine Elleouet, Sabrina Munery, François Y. Pétillon, Philippe Schollhammer, Jean Talarmin, Giuseppe Zampella
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014, No. 22, 3456. Read article.

Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanorods for Photoelectrochemical Sensing of Trace Copper(II) Ions

Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanorods for Photoelectrochemical Sensing of Trace Copper(II) Ions

A metal-free polymeric material, graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) nanorods, has been designed and fabricated by means of hydrothermally treated bulk g-C3N4 using NH4Cl. A highly selective and sensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing platform based on the g-C3N4 nanorods has also been developed for detecting the trace copper(II) ions in aqueous solution.

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Li Xu, Jiexiang Xia, Leigang Wang, Haiyan Ji, Jing Qian, Hui Xu, Kun Wang, Huaming Li
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014, No. 23, 3665. Read article.

Graphene Oxides: Transformations in Natural Waters over a Period of Three Months

Graphene Oxides: Transformations in Natural Waters over a Period of Three Months

Natural waters: Graphene oxide nanomaterials prepared from different oxidative treatments of graphite underwent different and even opposing transformations in natural waters (lake water, rainwater, and seawater) over a period of three months (see figure).

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Wei Zhe Teo, Martin Pumera
ChemPlusChem 2014, 79, No. 6, 844. Read article.

Diagnosis of the Redox Levels of TCNQF4 Compounds Using Vibrational Spectroscopy

Diagnosis of the Redox Levels of TCNQF4 Compounds Using Vibrational Spectroscopy

Righting wrongs: The vibrational spectroscopy of TCNQF4 is reassessed, revealing many bands have been mis-assigned in recent studies. The revised data have allowed the development of a series of diagnostics for characterisation of TCNQF4 redox levels (see figure). The previous primary diagnostic tool, the ν(C≡N) modes, is sensitive to metal-ion coordination. Recognition of this sensitivity is essential for interpreting spectra of organic molecular species.

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Naomi L. Haworth, Jinzhen Lu, Nguyen Vo, Thanh Hai Le, Christopher D. Thompson, Alan M. Bond, Lisandra L. Martin
ChemPlusChem 2014, 79, No. 7, 962. Read article.

Non-ATP-Mimetic Organometallic Protein Kinase Inhibitor

Non-ATP-Mimetic Organometallic Protein Kinase Inhibitor

Non-hinge binding: A novel organometallic protein kinase inhibitor scaffold based on a cyclometalated 1,8-phenanthrolin-7(8 H)-one ligand is reported, which binds to the ATP binding site of the protein kinase Pim1 in an unexpected, unusual non-ATP-mimetic fashion without mimicking the hydrogen-bonding interaction of the adenine nucleobase of ATP.

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Kathrin Wähler, Katja Kräling, Holger Steuber, Eric Meggers
ChemistryOpen 2013, 2, No. 5-6, 180. Read article.

Solid-State-Trapped Reactive Ammonium Carbamate Self-Derivative Salts of Prolinamide

Solid-State-Trapped Reactive Ammonium Carbamate Self-Derivative Salts of Prolinamide

Trapped within: We report single-crystal characterization of polymorphs of the ammonium carbamate self-derivative salt of prolinamide, and the first crystal structure of prolinamide and of derived products. This study emphasizes the reactivity of carbonated amines in the solid state and opens perspectives for a systematic study of (solid-state) reactions involving these trapped reactive species.

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Anaëlle Tilborg, Steve Lanners, Bernadette Norberg, Johan Wouters
ChemistryOpen 2013, 2, No. 5-6, 194. Read article.

Efficient Sustainable Tool for Monitoring Chemical Reactions and Structure Determination in Ionic Liquids by ESI-MS

Efficient Sustainable Tool for Monitoring Chemical Reactions and Structure Determination in Ionic Liquids by ESI-MS

Simple and effective: A facile procedure for monitoring chemical reactions and characterizing compounds dissolved in ionic liquids is described using the MS/MS technique. Separation of species of interest was carried out using internal electronic gate available in electrospray mass spectrometers, instead of chromatography and extraction. The separation was carried out as a fast (milliseconds) and sustainable (no extra solvents) procedure.

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Levon L. Khemchyan, Elena A. Khokhlova, Marina M. Seitkalieva, Valentine P. Ananikov
ChemistryOpen 2013, 2, No. 5-6, 208. Read article.

Metastable β-Bi2O3 Nanoparticles with Potential for Photocatalytic Water Purification Using Visible Light Irradiation

Metastable β-Bi2O3 Nanoparticles with Potential for Photocatalytic Water Purification Using Visible Light Irradiation

Water purification with β-Bi2O3: A straightforward synthetic procedure for the synthesis of β-Bi2O3 nanoparticles that offers the potential for gram-scale production is presented. The β-Bi2O3 nanoparticles show high photocatalytic activity and stability in the degradation of typical organic water pollutants under visible light irradiation. These nanoparticles might be promising materials for use in novel water purification systems.

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Maik Schlesinger, Marcus Weber, Steffen Schulze, Michael Hietschold, Michael Mehring
ChemistryOpen 2013, 2, No. 4, 146. Read article.