10 of the Hottest Research Topics in Chemistry – Q1 2016

Virtual Collections include Special Issues and ACS Selects from ACS journals. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and are designed for experienced investigators and educators alike.

Browse our most recent collections from January 2016 to March 2016.

Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Medium-Sized Molecules and Clusters: Theory, Experiment, and Applications


This collection contains more than forty papers that are focused on the spectroscopy and dynamics of medium-sized molecules and clusters. This collection of papers showcases the work of an international group of scientists who are exploring the manifestations of anharmonicity in a variety of chemical systems. In particular, it showcases the strong interaction between experiment, theory and computation in studying such systems and processes.

Special Issue: Fundamental and Applied Reviews in Analytical Chemistry 2016

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We have invited more than 20 sets of authors to contribute an authoritative review on a technique or application area of interest to analytical chemistry. These mavens have distilled the activity in their fields into readable articles that will educate and update their readers. Many of the articles have distinctive tutorial sections that will enable one to learn much about the topic and give the new work context. The articles are presented at the beginning of the year, which for many is an ideal time to reflect on the changes in their discipline and research environment. Enjoy reading the reviews and take away inspiration for new research ideas and a sense of wonder at the ingenuity of your fellow scientists.

Water Analysis for Emerging Chemical Contaminants

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In this Virtual Issue, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology Letters and Analytical Chemistry highlight papers that focus on the artificial sweeteners, disinfection by-products, new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, carbon nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, chemicals in fracking fluids, and naphthenic acids associated with oil sands. The selected papers also highlight the close relationship between analytical developments and our growing understanding of the occurrence, fate, and potential effects of CECs in aquatic environments.

Epigenetics Collection


There are a number of important components that affect epigenetic processes. ACS Chemical Biology, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Biochemistry, and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry have created a collection of articles that showcase some of the most significant recent research in the epigenetics area. We hope this collection will further stimulate interdisciplinary research in epigenetics.

Recent Advances in Atomic Layer Deposition

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In this ACS Select Virtual Issue, 31 recent publications are highlighted from Chemistry of Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, and ACS Nano, chosen to demonstrate the breadth and depth of emerging ALD research. Particular emphasis was placed on the novelty and impact of the research, to provide the reader with a sense of the state-of-the-art in ALD research, and perspectives on future directions.

Editorial Advisory Board Members Favorite CRT Articles

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At the 2015 meeting in Boston, the Editorial Advisory Board members were asked to pick their favorite paper published in Chemical Research in Toxicology in the past two years; these would be collected in a virtual issue. What you see in this virtual issue is the great diversity of interests both within the Editorial Board and within the papers published by CRT. We are confident that you will enjoy this superb collection of papers – take a look, read a few, and be inspired to send us your own boundary-pushing work in the exciting field of chemical research in toxicology.

 Large-Scale Computational Mass Spectrometry and Multi-Omics Editorial


This special issue of the Journal of Proteome Research brings together contributions from 14 research groups; the foci of the articles include: suggesting best practice for the existing workflows, creating new streamlined computational workflows, proposing new methods for mass spectrometric and for integrative investigations, and reporting biomedical case studies.

Photochemistry and Photophysics of Lanthanide Compounds


In this ACS Select Virtual Issue, we have assembled twenty-five articles published within the last two years in Inorganic Chemistry and the Journal of the American Chemical Society, that illustrate the versatility of the lanthanides in compounds that can be used for a wide variety of applications requiring luminescence. These compounds include those where direct excitation is used to promote luminescence, compounds where the emission is sensitized, and examples of systems for which upconversion is studied.

Festschrift in Honor of Rajender S. Varma

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This virtual issue of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering marks the journal’s inaugural Festschrift, which honors Professor Rajender S. Varma. He is a leader in the field of green chemistry and sustainable use of materials, making wide-ranging contributions throughout his career. An array of emerging topics have been embraced in this virtual issue, ranging from waste biomass-derived chemicals to process intensification in flow processes and alternate energy input systems that enhance chemical reactions using solar, photochemical, mechanochemical, and microwave energy. Carbon dioxide capture and bioinspired routes to nanomaterials, particularly earth-abundant higher valent iron-based materials, are also covered.

Catalysis at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories

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This Virtual Special Issue of ACS Catalysis highlights “Catalysis at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories,” covering a wide range of research topics in heterogeneous catalysis, homogeneous/molecular catalysis, electrocatalysis, and surface science. Since much of the work conducted at the 17 national labs is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, research focuses on addressing the DOE’s mission and America’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges. National Laboratories are the home of scientific user facilities including accelerators, colliders, supercomputers, light sources and neutron sources. The history and impact of catalysis research at some of these U.S. National Laboratories is presented in the guest editorial.