16 Must-Read Chemistry Research Topics

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Read Chemistry Research Topics from Q3 2017.
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The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Centenary Congress


The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) is celebrating 100 years as the voice of chemistry in Australia, marking RACI as the oldest scientific or technical professional society in Australia! This July, researchers will gather in Melbourne for The Centenary Congress to celebrate this tremendous milestone and all the contributions chemists have made to Australia and the world. ACS Publications joins this important celebration by highlighting the outstanding work from authors in Australia in this portfolio-wide virtual issue.
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ACS Nano Celebrating 10 years of Theory & Simulations Research


Theory and simulation often predict important behavior that can be subsequently tested experimentally, leading to new materials and technologies. In this, the fifth of our 10th Anniversary Virtual Issues, ACS Nano celebrates 10 years of publishing research in the area of theory and simulation.
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Invited Papers from ACS Philadelphia 2016


This Virtual Special Issue is devoted to papers from authors who made outstanding presentations at the 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We asked session chairs and symposia organizers within divisions that align with I&EC Research’s subject areas to identify the best presentation from their session. These presenters were invited to submit a manuscript to be published in I&EC Research. Following rigorous peer review, each accepted paper is published with a note indicating that it was an invited contribution as a result of an outstanding presentation at the ACS Philadelphia meeting. The breadth of chemistry research topics covered includes catalysts and catalyzed reactions, use of advanced characterization techniques, studies employing first-principles approaches, and applications in photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, and biocatalysis. Biomass or biomass-derived compounds are in view, as well as different polymeric materials. Advances in materials for energy applications are discussed in articles about solar cells, supercapacitors, and hydrogen storage. New work on CO2 capture and storage, gas separation, carbon nanotube assemblies, and nanomaterials synthesis I&EC Research is delighted to showcase these 29 papers and feature these authors. The invited speakers are indicated below by their name in bold.
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ACS Nano Celebrating 10 years of NanoEHS Research


Nanotechnology environmental health and safety (nanoEHS) research looks at the evaluation of nanomaterials that are evaluated and assessed as to their risk to humans and the environment, and on how to better design their properties in order to make them as safe as possible. In this, the fourth of our 10th Anniversary Virtual Issues, ACS Nano celebrates 10 years of publishing research in the area of nanoEHS.
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Reduced Dimensional Materials


Reduced dimensional materials research includes the study of 0-, 1-, and 2-dimensional materials. These materials include graphene, 2D semiconductors, nanowires, nanotubes, nanocrystals, nanorods, and much more. In this, the third of our 10th Anniversary Virtual Issues, ACS Nano celebrates 10 years of publishing research in the area of reduced dimensional materials.
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Deep Eutectic Solvents


This virtual issue focuses on scientific and engineering advances related to Deep Eutectic Solvents. It includes papers that have appeared in the last two years in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, and Journal of Physical Chemistry B and C.
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Physical Chemistry in India


This collection of papers and the accompanying editorial highlights the science and publications by scientists and researchers from India that has appeared in The Journal of Physical Chemistry (JPC), including JPC A, B, C and Letters. Included in the editorial is information about the history of papers from India, data on past and present publication activity, information about institutions where the papers come from, a list of individuals in India that have close connections with JPC, and selected papers from Feature Articles and Perspective articles. The collection of papers includes top cited and top downloaded papers from the four parts of the journal for the 2012-2016 period.
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Our 2017 Advisory Board Members


Following tradition, we are pleased to introduce our 2017 Advisory Boards by highlighting some of their outstanding work in this Virtual Issue. These remarkable scientists lend us their names, reputations, suggestions and time to improve Analytical Chemistry for the community at large. In this Virtual Issue, you’ll be able to browse through each member’s single favorite article published in the journal recently.
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JACS Young Investigator Virtual Issue


We are excited and pleased to provide an ACS Select virtual issue based upon the outstanding work of young investigators published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. This collection of Articles and Communications highlights premier research in diverse chemistry research topics from around the world that is of broad interest to the contemporary readership of JACS. These carefully selected publications were chosen by the appropriate, knowledgeable JACS Editors on the basis of reviewer input and editorial evaluation.
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ACS Nano Celebrating 10 years of Catalysis Research


Nanomedicine encompasses a broad area of nanoscience. It ranges from the use of nanomaterials in medical applications, to biological devices, nanoelectronic biosensors, and much more. In this, the first of our 10th Anniversary Virtual Issues, ACS Nano celebrates 10 years of publishing research in the area of nanomedicine.
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New Developments in Nanomedicine


Infectious disease is one of the most critical problems facing the world, presenting several significant medical and technological challenges. Nanoscience brings new tools and capabilities to address the issues of infectious disease, which is one of the next big frontiers for those who work on materials and approaches at the nanoscale. Although the number of researchers working at the interface between nanomaterials and infectious disease is small relative to those in cancer, regenerative medicine, and other areas, the potential for growth in the field is high. To celebrate the emerging field at the interface of infectious disease and nanoscale research, we present this virtual issue featuring articles published in the last two years in ACS Infectious Diseases and ACS Nano.
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Brain and Neurobiology Proteomics


Neurobiology is certainly one of the more fascinating areas of science. That we can do science at all is a result of the processing power of our brains. The USA and EU governments have launched massive projects to learn how the brain works to understand the etiology of diseases. Proteomics has a role to play in this endeavor as many of the functions of neurons are mediated through ligand-receptor interactions at synapses, and many neurodegenerative diseases are linked to malfunctions in proteome systems. This virtual issue highlights some of the work in neurobiology and brain biology published in Journal of Proteome Research.
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I&EC Research 2017 Class of Influential Researchers


Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research is pleased to announce its 2017 Class of Influential Researchers. Our global team of 14 editors identified this inaugural class of influential, early career (less than ten years or so in their independent career) researchers on the basis of the quality and impact of their research. This Virtual Special Issue comprises both reviews reviews and original research articles invited from this talented group of early career scientists and engineers. I&EC Research is delighted to showcase these 37 papers and feature these authors.
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Environmental and Human Impacts of Unconventional Energy Development


The rise of the “shale revolution” at the beginning of the 21st century triggered a hotly contested public debate as to whether the economic benefits of extraction of natural gas and oil from unconventional resources (unconventional oil & gas; UO&G) such as deep shale plays outweigh the environmental and health risks. Benefits are purported to include an expanded energy portfolio and reduced climate forcing through greater availability of natural gas, whose combustion emits less carbon dioxide and other air pollutants than for coal. Risks are purported to include increased climate forcing as a result of fugitive methane emissions, localized air and water pollution, and ecological and community impacts. Our understanding of the environmental and human impacts of UO&G continues to evolve. Given how UO&G has transformed energy systems worldwide, continued efforts are required to ensure the optimal balance between benefits and risks.
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Advances in Polyphenols Research


Polyphenols are a set of several thousand compounds ranging from small compounds that contain only a single aromatic ring bearing one to three hydroxyls up to those containing multiple such structural units with molecular masses exceeding 2,000 Da. These compounds are almost ubiquitous in unprocessed plant material, but are generally only found in animals as metabolites and catabolites of dietary polyphenols. They have been the focus of intense research activity over the last two centuries because of their potential for beneficial human health impacts. However, their wide structural diversity, broad range of plant hosts and non-uniform production, complexity of transformations during food processing, and unresolved mechanisms of metabolism and causal health effects means that significant gaps still exist in our understanding of polyphenols. With this context, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) has organized a Virtual Issue to highlight recent notable advances in our understanding of polyphenol chemistry, metabolism and health benefits. From some 500 papers published in JAFC in the last 18 months we selected 22 that stand out in terms of their research excellence and novelty in their hypothesis and methodology.
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Fundamental Interfacial Science for Energy Applications


This special issue of Langmuir focuses on fundamental interfacial science for energy applications. This topic is particularly timely because the most promising renewable electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems—fuel cells (FCs), solar cells (SCs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs)—are on the cusp of full-scale adoption worldwide. However, further optimization of these types of devices and systems requires a better understanding of the nanoscale interfaces that are at the heart of their performance. This is precisely the objective of the authors who have contributed to this special issue of Langmuir: The ACS journal of fundamental interface science.

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