Most Read Articles of 2016: Physical Chemistry

There are lots of different ways to look at the reach of an article. You can look at citations, Altmetric Attention Scores, awards, and more. One way to consider the influence of an article is just by looking at how many people chose to read it. To that end, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that appeared in each ACS Publications journal in 2016, including research, reviews, perspectives and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journal’s editors and should not be taken as a “best of” list for 2016, but rather as an interesting perspective on where the chemistry community allocated their attention over the past year.

Of course, certain factors such as publishing earlier in the year, being featured in a special issue or being made open access may influence which items appeared on this list. To that end, ACS Axial will be publishing monthly updates on the most read chemistry articles of 2017 all year long. Don’t see your favorite papers on the list? Feel free to share your picks in the comments below.

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ACS Photonics

Plasmonic Nanoparticle Enhancement of Solution-Processed Solar Cells: Practical Limits and Opportunities
(Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice)

ACS Photonics, 2016, 3 (2), pp 158–173
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00428

Perovskite Nanocrystals as a Color Converter for Visible Light Communication
(Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice)

ACS Photonics, 2016, 3 (7), pp 1150–1156
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00187

Nonlinear Optical Response of Organic–Inorganic Halide Perovskites
(Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice)


ACS Photonics, 2016, 3 (3), pp 371–377
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00563

Noble Metal Alloys for Plasmonics

ACS Photonics, 2016, 3 (4), pp 507–513
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00586

Harmonics Generation by Surface Plasmon Polaritons on Single Nanowires
(Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice)

ACS Photonics, 2016, 3 (8), pp 1446–1452
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00686
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Energy & Fuels

Role of Asphaltenes and Additives on the Viscosity and Microscopic Structure of Heavy Crude Oils
This article is part of the 16th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling special issue.

Energy Fuels, 2016, 30 (5), pp 3644–3651
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b02103

Pyrolysis Oil Multiphase Behavior and Phase Stability: A Review

Energy Fuels, 2016, 30 (8), pp 6179–6200
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b01287

CO2 Reaction Mechanisms with Hindered Alkanolamines: Control and Promotion of Reaction Pathways

Energy Fuels, 2016, 30 (2), pp 1223–1236
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b02582

Review of NMR Characterization of Pyrolysis Oils

Energy Fuels, 2016, 30 (9), pp 6863–6880
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b01002

Proton Conducting Nafion-Sulfonated Graphene Hybrid Membranes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells with Reduced Methanol Crossover

Energy Fuels, 2016, 30 (1), pp 725–734
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b02194
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Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

Toward the Development and Deployment of Large-Scale Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion Processes
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2016, 55 (12), pp 3383–3419
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b03277

Modeling and Dynamic Optimization of Microalgae Cultivation in Outdoor Open Ponds
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2016, 55 (12), pp 3327–3337
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b03209

Limitations of Breakthrough Curve Analysis in Fixed-Bed Adsorption
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2016, 55 (16), pp 4734–4748
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b00516

Solvent-Based Exfoliation via Sonication of Graphitic Materials for Graphene Manufacture

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2016, 55 (4), pp 845–855
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b03502

Recent Advancement of Coagulation–Flocculation and Its Application in Wastewater Treatment

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2016, 55 (16), pp 4363–4389
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b04703

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Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data

Investigation of Binary Mixtures Containing 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)azanide and Ethylene Carbonate
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice

J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2016, 61 (1), pp 114–123
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.5b00338

Target Synthesis of an Azo (N═N) Based Covalent Organic Framework with High CO2-over-N2 Selectivity and Benign Gas Storage Capability

J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2016, 61 (5), pp 1904–1909
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.6b00071
Comparison of Ionic Liquids to Conventional Organic Solvents for Extraction of Aromatics from Aliphatics


J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2016, 61 (5), pp 1685–1699
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.6b00077

Density, Viscosity, and Refractive Index of Ionic Liquid Mixtures Containing Cyano and Amino Acid-Based Anions

J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2016, 61 (1), pp 83–93
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.5b00242
Adsorption Equilibria of Water Vapor on Zeolite 3A, Zeolite 13X, and Dealuminated Y Zeolite


J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2016, 61 (4), pp 1547–1554
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.5b00927

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Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling

The Proximal Lilly Collection: Mapping, Exploring and Exploiting Feasible Chemical Space
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2016, 56 (7), pp 1253–1266
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.6b00173

Experimental and Chemoinformatics Study of Tautomerism in a Database of Commercially Available Screening Samples
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2016, 56 (11), pp 2149–2161
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.6b00338

Ultra-High-Throughput Structure-Based Virtual Screening for Small-Molecule Inhibitors of Protein–Protein Interactions

J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2016, 56 (2), pp 399–411
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.5b00572

Understanding the Roles of the “Two QSARs”


J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2016, 56 (2), pp 269–274
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.5b00229

Blind Pose Prediction, Scoring, and Affinity Ranking of the CSAR 2014 Dataset
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice

This article is part of the Community Structure Activity Resource (CSAR) special issue.


J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2016, 56 (6), pp 996–1003
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.5b00337
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Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

CHARMM-GUI Input Generator for NAMD, GROMACS, AMBER, OpenMM, and CHARMM/OpenMM Simulations Using the CHARMM36 Additive Force Field
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice


J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2016, 12 (1), pp 405–413
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00935

Demonstrating an Order-of-Magnitude Sampling Enhancement in Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Complex Protein Systems

J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2016, 12 (3), pp 1360–1367
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00913

A Practical Guide to Density Matrix Embedding Theory in Quantum Chemistry
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2016, 12 (6), pp 2706–2719
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.6b00316

OPLS3: A Force Field Providing Broad Coverage of Drug-like Small Molecules and Proteins

J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2016, 12 (1), pp 281–296
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00864

Black-Box Description of Electron Correlation with the Spin-Extended Configuration Interaction Model: Implementation and Assessment

J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2016, 12 (4), pp 1741–1759
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.6b00137

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The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

New Approach for Investigating Reaction Dynamics and Rates with Ab Initio Calculations
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. A, 2016, 120 (2), pp 299–305
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.5b10667

How to Compute Electron Ionization Mass Spectra from First Principles
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. A, 2016, 120 (21), pp 3755–3766
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b02907

Aqueous Photochemistry of Glyoxylic Acid
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice


J. Phys. Chem. A, 2016, 120 (21), pp 3817–3826
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b00225

Semiempirical Modeling of Ag Nanoclusters: New Parameters for Optical Property Studies Enable Determination of Double Excitation Contributions to Plasmonic Excitation
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. A, 2016, 120 (26), pp 4542–4549
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b04520

Rotational Spectrum and Structure of the 1,1-Difluoroethylene···Carbon Dioxide Complex
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice


J. Phys. Chem. A, 2016, 120 (2), pp 247–253
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.5b11345
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The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Molecular Modeling of Water Interfaces: From Molecular Spectroscopy to Thermodynamics
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. B, 2016, 120 (16), pp 3785–3796
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b01012

Statistical Analyses of Hydrophobic Interactions: A Mini-Review
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. B, 2016, 120 (27), pp 6455–6460
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b04082

Exploring the Dependence of QM/MM Calculations of Enzyme Catalysis on the Size of the QM Region
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. B, 2016, 120 (37), pp 9913–9921
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b07203

How Large Should the QM Region Be in QM/MM Calculations? The Case of Catechol O-Methyltransferase
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. B, 2016, 120 (44), pp 11381–11394
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b07814

Advanced Potential Energy Surfaces for Molecular Simulation

J. Phys. Chem. B, 2016, 120 (37), pp 9811–9832
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b06414
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The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

Recent Progress in Cancer Thermal Therapy Using Gold Nanoparticles


J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (9), pp 4691–4716
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b11232

Flexible Graphene-Based Supercapacitors: A Review


J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (8), pp 4153–4172
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b10187

Introducing Cu2O Thin Films as a Hole-Transport Layer in Efficient Planar Perovskite Solar Cell Structures
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice


J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (3), pp 1428–1437
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b11540

Potential Application of Metal Dichalcogenides Double-Layered Heterostructures as Anode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (9), pp 4779–4788
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b11677

Understanding Particle-Size-Dependent Electrochemical Properties of Li2MnO3-Based Positive Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120 (2), pp 875–885
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b10517
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The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Cesium Lead Halide Perovskites with Improved Stability for Tandem Solar Cells

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2016, 7 (5), pp 746–751
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00002

Surface- and Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy in Catalysis
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice


J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2016, 7 (8), pp 1570–1584
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00147

Efficient Monolithic Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cell with Cell Area >1 cm2

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2016, 7 (1), pp 161–166
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b02686

Origin of J–V Hysteresis in Perovskite Solar Cells

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2016, 7 (5), pp 905–917
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00215

Lead-Free Halide Double Perovskites via Heterovalent Substitution of Noble Metals

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2016, 7 (7), pp 1254–1259
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00376

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