Most-Read Articles of 2017: 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 2017, 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, but as another perspective on where the chemistry community allocated their attention over the past year.

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ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

Pathways to Meteoritic Glycine and Methylamine
ACS Earth Space Chem., 2017, 1 (1), pp 3–13
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.6b00014

Composition and Evolution of Frozen Chloride Brines under the Surface Conditions of Europa
ACS Earth Space Chem., 2017, 1 (1), pp 14–23
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.6b00003

Structure and Spectroscopic Properties of [Mg,C,N,O] Isomers: Plausible Astronomical Molecules
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ACS Earth Space Chem., 2017, 1 (3), pp 158–167
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00019

Welcome to ACS Earth and Space Chemistry
ACS Earth Space Chem., 2017, 1 (1), pp 1–2
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00021

Nitrogen Isotopic Fractionation in Ammonia during Adsorption on Silicate Surfaces
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ACS Earth Space Chem., 2017, 1 (1), pp 24–29
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.6b00006

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ACS Energy Letters

Performance Metrics Required of Next-Generation Batteries to Make a Practical Electric Semi Truck
ACS Energy Lett., 2017, 2 (7), pp 1669–1673
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00432

Nickel-Rich Layered Cathode Materials for Automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries: Achievements and Perspectives
ACS Energy Lett., 2017, 2 (1), pp 196–223
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00594

Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals in the Research Spotlight: Stability and Defect Tolerance
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ACS Energy Lett., 2017, 2 (9), pp 2071–2083
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00547

Beyond Colloidal Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals: Analogous Metal Halides and Doping
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ACS Energy Lett., 2017, 2 (5), pp 1089–1098
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00191

Are Metal Chalcogenides, Nitrides, and Phosphides Oxygen Evolution Catalysts or Bifunctional Catalysts?
ACS Energy Lett., 2017, 2 (8), pp 1937–1938
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00679

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ACS Photonics

Single-Photon Nanoantennas
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ACS Photonics, 2017, 4 (4), pp 710–722
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00061

Optimization of Nanoparticle-Based SERS Substrates through Large-Scale Realistic Simulations
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ACS Photonics, 2017, 4 (2), pp 329–337
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00786

New Discoveries and Opportunities from Two-Dimensional Materials
ACS Photonics, 2017, 4 (3), pp 407–411
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00194

Plasmon Generation through Electron Tunneling in Graphene
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ACS Photonics, 2017, 4 (9), pp 2367–2375
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00695

Tunable Light-Emitting Diodes Utilizing Quantum-Confined Layered Perovskite Emitters
ACS Photonics, 2017, 4 (3), pp 476–481
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00963

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Energy & Fuels

Simulation of Asphaltene Aggregation through Molecular Dynamics: Insights and Limitations
Energy Fuels, 2017, 31 (2), pp 1108–1125
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b02161

Historical Developments of Pyrolysis Reactors: A Review
Energy Fuels, 2017, 31 (6), pp 5751–5775
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b00641

Model-Based Formulation of Biofuel Blends by Simultaneous Product and Pathway Design
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Energy Fuels, 2017, 31 (4), pp 4096–4121
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b00118

Biomass-Derived Activated Porous Carbon from Rice Straw for a High-Energy Symmetric Supercapacitor in Aqueous and Non-aqueous Electrolytes
Energy Fuels, 2017, 31 (1), pp 977–985
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b01829

Understanding Shale Gas: Recent Progress and Remaining Challenges
Energy Fuels, 2017, 31 (10), pp 10300–10310
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b01023

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Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

Bioinspired Smart Materials for Directional Liquid Transport
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Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2017, 56 (17), pp 4887–4897
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b0058

Why Wasn’t My Manuscript Sent Out for Review?
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2017, 56 (25), pp 7109–7111
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b023173

Protease-Sensitive Nanomaterials for Cancer Therapeutics and Imaging
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Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2017, 56 (20), pp 5761–5777
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b00990

Golden Carbon Nanotube Membrane for Continuous Flow Catalysis
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Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2017, 56 (11), pp 2999–3007
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b00357

Biomimetic Superhydrophobic Engineering Metal Surface with Hierarchical Structure and Tunable Adhesion: Design of Microscale Pattern
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Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2017, 56 (4), pp 907–919
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b03936

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Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data

New Measurements of the Apparent Thermal Conductivity of Nanofluids and Investigation of Their Heat Transfer Capabilities
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J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2017, 62 (1), pp 491–507
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.6b00767

Guidelines for the Analysis of Vapor–Liquid Equilibrium Data
J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2017, 62 (8), pp 2231–2233
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.7b00582

Thermodynamic Modeling of Aqueous Electrolyte Systems: Current Status
This article is part of the Memorial Issue in Honor of Ken Marsh special issue.
J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2017, 62 (9), pp 2481–2495
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.6b01055

Measurement and Correlation of Solubility of Theobromine, Theophylline, and Caffeine in Water and Organic Solvents at Various Temperatures
J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2017, 62 (9), pp 2570–2577
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.7b00065

Approaches for Calculating Solvation Free Energies and Enthalpies Demonstrated with an Update of the FreeSolv Database
J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2017, 62 (5), pp 1559–1569
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.7b00104

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Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling

Phantom PAINS: Problems with the Utility of Alerts for Pan-Assay INterference CompoundS
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J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2017, 57 (3), pp 417–427
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.6b00465

Relative Binding Free Energy Calculations in Drug Discovery: Recent Advances and Practical Considerations
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J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2017, 57 (12), pp 2911–2937
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00564

Characterizing the Chemical Space of ERK2 Kinase Inhibitors Using Descriptors Computed from Molecular Dynamics Trajectories
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J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2017, 57 (6), pp 1286–1299
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00048

Protein–Ligand Scoring with Convolutional Neural Networks
J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2017, 57 (4), pp 942–957
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.6b00740

Is Multitask Deep Learning Practical for Pharma?
J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2017, 57 (8), pp 2068–2076
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00146

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Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

An Ab Initio Exciton Model Including Charge-Transfer Excited States
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J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2017, 13 (8), pp 3493–3504
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00171

A Robust and Accurate Tight-Binding Quantum Chemical Method for Structures, Vibrational Frequencies, and Noncovalent Interactions of Large Molecular Systems Parametrized for All spd-Block Elements (Z = 1–86)
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J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2017, 13 (5), pp 1989–2009
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00118

Machine Learning Force Field Parameters from Ab Initio Data
J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2017, 13 (9), pp 4492–4503
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00521

Psi4 1.1: An Open-Source Electronic Structure Program Emphasizing Automation, Advanced Libraries, and Interoperability
J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2017, 13 (7), pp 3185–3197
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00174

Cheap and Near Exact CASSCF with Large Active Spaces
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J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2017, 13 (11), pp 5468–5478
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00900

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The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

Can Orbitals Really Be Observed in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Experiments?
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2017, 121 (26), pp 4851–4852
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b05789

How Large is the Elephant in the Density Functional Theory Room?
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J. Phys. Chem. A, 2017, 121 (32), pp 6104–6107
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b04760

Reactivity of Ketyl and Acetyl Radicals from Direct Solar Actinic Photolysis of Aqueous Pyruvic Acid
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J. Phys. Chem. A, 2017, 121 (15), pp 2924–2935
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b11916

Cluster Model Studies of Anion and Molecular Specificities via Electrospray Ionization Photoelectron Spectroscopy
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J. Phys. Chem. A, 2017, 121 (7), pp 1389–1401
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b09784

What Does “Important New Physical Insights” Mean? Tips for Writing Better Papers
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2017, 121 (19), pp 3627–3628
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b04302

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The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

The Hydrophobic Effect and the Role of Cosolvents
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J. Phys. Chem. B, 2017, 121 (43), pp 9986–9998
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b06453

Crowding in Cellular Environments at an Atomistic Level from Computer Simulations
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J. Phys. Chem. B, 2017, 121 (34), pp 8009–8025
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b03570

Beyond the Hofmeister Series: Ion-Specific Effects on Proteins and Their Biological Functions
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2017, 121 (9), pp 1997–2014
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b10797

Evolutionary Covariance Combined with Molecular Dynamics Predicts a Framework for Allostery in the MutS DNA Mismatch Repair Protein
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J. Phys. Chem. B, 2017, 121 (9), pp 2049–2061
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b11976

Virtual Issue in Honor of the 150th Birthday of Marie Curie: Highlighting Female Physical Chemists
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2017, 121 (43), pp 9983–9985
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b09653

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The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

Machine Learning Force Fields: Construction, Validation, and Outlook
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J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121 (1), pp 511–522
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b10908

Atomistic Understanding of Zeolite Nanosheets for Water Desalination
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J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121 (21), pp 11273–11280
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b00214

Doped Amorphous Ti Oxides To Deoptimize Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalysis
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J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121 (31), pp 16825–16830
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04210

What Does “Important New Physical Insights” Mean? Tips for Writing Better Papers
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121 (19), pp 10265–10266
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04300

Molecular Fluorescence in Citric Acid-Based Carbon Dots
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2017, 121 (3), pp 2014–2022
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b12519

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The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Cs2InAgCl6: A New Lead-Free Halide Double Perovskite with Direct Band Gap
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8 (4), pp 772–778
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b02682

Charge Carrier Trapping at Surface Defects of Perovskite Solar Cell Absorbers: A First-Principles Study
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J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8 (4), pp 742–746
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b00055

Photoresponse of CsPbBr3 and Cs4PbBr6 Perovskite Single Crystals
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8 (3), pp 565–570
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b02763

High-Quality (CH3NH3)3Bi2I9 Film-Based Solar Cells: Pushing Efficiency up to 1.64%
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J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8 (17), pp 4300–4307
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01952

Hydrogen-Mediated Electron Doping of Gold Clusters As Revealed by In Situ X-ray and UV–vis Absorption Spectroscopy
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J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8 (11), pp 2368–2372
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b00722

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