September 2016 - ACS Axial | ACS Publications

ACS Editors’ Choice: Energy Storage, Improving Biosensors, Reticular Chemistry — and More!

This week: stable energy etorage, a breakthrough that could lead to improved biosensors, advancements in reticular chemistry — and more!

Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world to highlight the transformative power of chemistry. Access to these articles will remain open to all as a public service.

Check out this week’s picks!

Efficient and Tunable Three-Dimensional Functionalization of Fully Zwitterionic Antifouling Surface Coatings
Langmuir, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b02622
Single Intravenous Dose of Novel Flurbiprofen-Loaded Proniosome Formulations Provides Prolonged Systemic Exposure and Anti-inflammatory Effect
Mol. Pharmaceutics, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.6b00504
Phase Restructuring in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides for Highly Stable Energy Storage
ACS Nano, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b05746
Photoinduced Conversion of Antimelanoma Agent Dabrafenib to a Novel Fluorescent BRAFV600E Inhibitor
ACS Med. Chem. Lett., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.6b00340
Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Scattering Properties of Phosphine-Protected Au20 Clusters
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b02925
Stabilization of Calcium Hydride Complexes by Fine Tuning of Amidinate Ligands
Organometallics, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00566
Reticular Chemistry at Its Best: Directed Assembly of Hexagonal Building Units into the Awaited Metal-Organic Framework with the Intricate Polybenzene Topology, pbz-MOF
J. Am. Chem. Soc., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b08176
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Renewal Season is Here: What You Can Expect and How to Make it Go Smoothly

Approximately 6,000 organizations worldwide subscribe to ACS Publications and we employ a number of different mechanisms for delivering your quotation and helping you through the renewal process. If you handle the journal subscriptions and renewals for your organization, you should have already received your 2017 renewal quote. So now what?

This short article should help you to understand what to do if you don’t yet have a renewal quote, how to interpret the quote, how to confirm your renewal, and when it is due. It will also help you to take steps to ensure your communications with ACS are uninterrupted and answer a number of questions you may have.

1. Don’t have a renewal quotation yet—let’s get you one right away. The best way to receive a quotation is to contact your sales representative or agent directly. Find your representative’s contact information by region.   If you are unable to reach your sales contact, or have any other challenges, our support team would be glad to provide you with your quotation. Just send them an e-mail and let them know your organization name. They can also be reached by phone at +1 (614) 4473674.

2. Help me understand what is and what is not on my quotation. The first thing worth mentioning is that subscribers to packages like ACS All Publications Package, ACS Core Plus Package, or even the ACS All Access Plan will only see one line item for package based products even though the package provides access to a variety of products and journals. If you see any line items you don’t recognize or you just need additional details, don’t hesitate to contact your sales representative. They can provide you with a detailed content listing for each package.

What is the “New Options” section? Some customers will notice a section at the bottom of the quotation called “New Options”. This section will list product(s) that evidence suggests your patrons are attempting to access. Again, your sales rep is a great resource for more information. Don’t hesitate to contact them and ask why these new opportunities were suggested. They should be able to provide you with some data to review. If you are not interested in any of these opportunities, simply ignore them. If you would like to add any of them to your 2017 subscriptions, just check the box and we’ll add them to your portfolio and invoice.

What are the new products and product changes? There are a few new products available. We’ll get the most confusing one out of the way first, ACS Energy Letters. This new journal is not unique in terms of format or content, it is only unique in that the journal went live in June of 2016. For customers who had any of our all access style packages like “ACS All Publications”, this journal was automatically made available to your patrons at no additional cost. This is one of the main benefits of these packages—if we add anything while you have the package; you get access to it seamlessly. Others need to contact us for mid-year access options.

The only new journal for 2017 will be a new title focused on atmospheric and space chemistry. You may be asking, “Why is the scientific community in need of such a journal?” Well, that is fairly simple. Space chemistry touches us in many ways and the one of the most obvious is probably in your hand right now. It is your cell phone. Global communications and positioning as we know it would not be possible without satellites we launch into and leave in space. Just getting satellites into orbit in the first place requires a lot of atmospheric and propulsion chemistry. Once they are in space, all of the chemicals connecting the circuits behave differently in micro gravity. Helping us understand this helps us keep satellites functioning properly for communications, weather, environmental monitoring, and more.

3. How do I confirm my renewal? If your quotation is accurate and no changes are required, the easiest way to confirm your renewal is to e-mail us with the following, “Please renew my 2017 subscriptions for _____ Organization as indicated on quotation number ______ for $______.” If you copy and paste this text into an e-mail and fill in the blanks, we’ll have everything we need to confirm your renewal.   You can send this confirmation e-mail to either your sales representative or our support team and they’ll make sure your access is protected for the coming year. There are also instructions on the quote should you wish to fax us your renewal or request that we invoice a subscription agent on your behalf.

When are renewals due? If you are a procrastinator, your last minute deadline is December 15, 2016 but we don’t recommend waiting until then. When renewals are received after that date, we cannot guarantee service will not be interrupted. If you need to consider alternative or additional options, let’s get the conversation started right away.

How do I ensure I remain in regular communications with ACS Publications? Make sure to sign up for the ACS Library Quarterly Newsletter. While you are at it, please don’t forget to add three critical e-mail addresses to your address book. Include for customer support and to reach the sales and management team. You’ll also want to include your sales contact’s e-mail, which can be looked up online.

If there is more than one person in your organization who should receive sales related notifications, we will gladly update our systems to reflect that. Simply e-mail and let us know the names, e-mails, and titles of the people at your organization who should receive renewal and sales related communications.

Finally, don’t forget to look for us at most global library and scientific trade shows or on social media. Follow us on Twitter.

4. Just in case you need it, here is a renewal checklist. There is an important item below that many libraries seem to be missing. Can you figure out which? We’ll give you a hint, it is in bold.

  • Make sure you have your quote.
  • Review your quote with your sales rep and make changes as needed.
  • Formally confirm your renewal by December 15, 2016 or sooner.Make sure all of your subscriptions are logged in your library systems and don’t forget our non-journal products and open access journals like ACS Central Science and ACS Omega. Below are a few links you may need:
  • Ensure you communication with ACS Stays open by following the step listed earlier in this article.
  • Contact us with any questions.


Chemistry of Tea and Coffee

On the whole, you can divide people into two groups: coffee drinkers, and tea drinkers. (A shadowy third group – those who don’t like hot drinks – are to be regarded with deep suspicion.) Imbibing these plant-infused hot beverages has become deeply entrenched in the culture and lifestyle of people the world over.

Around 2.5 million tons of dried tea is manufactured every year.1 Whether you take yours with a dash of milk in a fine china cup and saucer in a leafy garden in rural England, or prefer it black and thick with sugar from a glass on the streets of Cairo – or even eschew black tea in favour of green tea with lemon – the leaves have come from the tea shrub, a variety of Camellia.

The compounds that produce the familiar aroma, flavor, and taste include polyphenols, amino acids, methylxanthines, and volatile organic compounds.2 Hundreds of volatile substances in tea leaves make up the flavor and aroma. Many of these aromatic compounds do not exist in the fresh leaves, but are derived from other substances during processing,2 such as leaf withering, fermentation, and drying.3 Each step is designed to achieve optimal oxidation of catechins and produce tea with good flavor and color.3 Polyphenols (catechins) and flavonoids are metabolites produced by the plant as a defense against predators. These make up 39% of the dry weight of fresh tea leaves,3 and in your mug of tea they deliver astringency as well as purported anti-oxidant and chemoprotective benefits.2,3,4 Amino acids such as theanine affect alpha brain wave activity and promote relaxation,2 perhaps explaining why we put the kettle on ‘for a nice cup of tea’ when someone is shocked or upset.

Both tea and coffee contain caffeine – a methylxanthine that delivers a characteristic bitter taste and famous stimulant effect2 by blocking the action of adenosines, natural tiredness triggers in the brain.5 Tea is often said to contain more caffeine than coffee, but this is by weight – and tea is often diluted much more than coffee. Variety and brewing method can affect how much caffeine is extracted into the final drink.

Both drinks also require brewing in hot water at the points of consumption, with an infusion time of 3–5 minutes, depending on water temperature and particle size, but this is where the similarities end.

Over 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day.6 Whether you take your fix at home or on the run, black, white or laced with syrups, the basic ingredient is a plant extract. In contrast to tea, coffee products originate from a seed rather than a leaf. Chlorogenic acids make up 8% of the composition of raw coffee.5

Once extracted from the fruit, the seeds (or beans) are roasted at high temperatures. The temperature and length of roast affects the final taste and acidity. Roasting is the real key to unlocking the flavor since it causes hundreds of interactions between carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids.7 This includes the Maillard reaction between sugars and proteins, which in the coffee bean produces melanoidins – accounting for nearly a third of the final product’s composition and its distinctive flavor.5 Caramelized sugars give butterscotch flavors and aromas, 3-methylbutanal lends a fruitiness, methylpropanal hints at floral notes and spice, while acetaldehydes are pungent.8 Finally, brewing affects the taste in your cup: the polarity of each aroma and flavor compound impacts how prominent it will be in the final brew,9 and coffee to water ratio, water quality and temperature all dramatically change the taste,8 explaining why there are so many different devices and techniques aimed at delivering the perfect cup – drip, filter, instant, cold brew, French press.

1 Ho & Zhu. The Chemistry of Tea. In: Caffeinated Beverages. ACS Symposium Series 754;Chapter 32:316–326.
3 Ho et al. Chemistry of Theaflavins: The Astringent Taste Compounds of Black Tea. In: Challenges in Taste Chemistry and Biology. ACS Symposium Series 867;Chapter 8:125–138.
4 Jhoo. Antioxidant and Anti-Cancer Activities of Green and Black Tea Polyphenols. In: Antioxidant Measurement and Applications. ACS Symposium Series 956;Chapter 15:215–225.
5 coffee-bitter- the-chemistry- of-coffee/
6 Ponte. The ‘Latte Revolution’? Regulation, Markets and Consumption in the Global Coffee Chain. World Development 2002;30:1099–1122.
7 Segall. Comparing Coffee and Tea. In: Caffeinated Beverages. ACS Symposium Series 754;Chapter 3:20–28.

A Librarian’s Quick Reference Guide to the ACS Open Access program

To save time, and to equip our library community with the right tools to deal with open access questions from faculty and researchers, we have compiled a brief post here (also available as a PDF download) that covers the main things you need to know about the open access program here at ACS Publications.

Let’s do a quick recap on the 5 main ways ACS supports open access and then dive into the AuthorChoice option in more detail:


ACS AuthorChoice: Help your researchers to publish open access with a full menu of options from ACS. Authors can publish articles open access in all of our journal titles for a fee.


ACS Editors’ Choice: Enjoy a fresh and free slice of new research every day, hand-picked by ACS Editors. Our Editors nominate an article of specific interest every day of the year, which is then given an open access license and is free for everyone, everywhere to read.


ACS Author Rewards: Providing the research community with potential savings on the order of $60 million. Authors of papers in ACS journals in 2014 received $1500 worth of credit against future open access publications. These are valid until the end of 2017, and are transferable!


ACS Central Science: ACS’ first fully open access multidisciplinary journal with impactful and ground breaking research and reviews.This journal is unique in that it is completely open access, free to read for everyone, and there are also no article processing charges. Free for libraries and authors! Sponsored by the ACS.


ACS Omega: An open access, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal with fast publication and low author publishing charges. New for 2016. A brand new destination for publishing sound articles in the chemical sciences and beyond.

Download our new postcard that you can share with faculty and keep a handy digital copy on your computer.

Let’s focus now on the AuthorChoice option for a moment, which can often appear to be the most complex. Essentially, it is a mechanism where an ACS author can choose an article in any ACS journal to be made open access on payment of an article processing charge (APC). To make this process easy for authors, and help them ensure that they end up with the option for their needs or funder requirements, we have put together a quick and easy decision tree for this popular open access option.

Virtual Issue in Memory of Ahmed Zewail

This editorial originally appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, and C.

We were sad to hear that our good friend Ahmed Zewail passed away August 2, 2016. Zewail was a giant in the field of physical chemistry, having led the world starting in the 1980s in the application of femtosecond lasers to chemical problems, and more recently in time-resolved electron imaging. He won the Nobel Prize in 1999, as well as many other awards, including the ACS Priestley Medal in 2011. It is noteworthy that Zewail’s contributions to education and policy were equally important to his science, including the founding of a university in Egypt, and his role in building scientific research in the Middle East. The Zewail City for Science and Technology in Cairo, Egypt, was instituted by Zewail and paid for by the people of Egypt to help him in his efforts to return the importance of science and technology to that which was present during the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Zewail was a Senior Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry in the 1980s. This was a time of significant growth of the Journal, as JPC evolved to become the dominant physical chemistry journal, and Zewail’s leadership was important to this process. Later he played an even more important role as Editor of Chemical Physics Letters, and we are delighted to see that CPL is doing a special issue for him. For our part, we have compiled this Virtual Issue in his honor, including 25 of his most important papers published in the JPC. A brief commentary on each of these papers is given below. We hope that this compendium will help illustrate the exciting work that Zewail contributed, including both the breadth and depth of his accomplishments.

Zewail published a total of 83 papers in the JPC, spanning the time from the early 1980s to very recently. It is especially note-worthy that during his period of peak creativity in femtochemistry, from the late 1980s through the early 2000s he published 5−10 papers each year in the journal, including many papers that can be considered classics in the femtochemistry field. The papers we have chosen span the time 1984−2007, during which time Zewail transitioned from doing picosecond to femtosecond experiments, and the experiments evolved from gas phase isolated molecule studies, to dynamics in clusters, and then to ultrafast processes in liquids and in biological systems. Also, starting in the 1990s, Zewail initiated experiments in ultrafast electron diffraction, and after 2006 this topic, including crystallography and imaging, dominated in his publications.

Check out the Virtual Issue for access to 25 of Zewail’s most important papers, along with short descriptions of each.

Inaugural ACS Publications Symposium Comes to Beijing, China, on October 23-25, 2016

ACS Publications is hosting its first symposium on “Innovation in Molecular Science” in partnership with the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science (ICCAS), on October 23-25 in Beijing, China. With lectures featuring some of the world’s most distinguished researchers, attendees will experience three days of cutting-edge science while celebrating the 60th anniversary of ICCAS.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Andrew I. Cooper
    University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Eiichi Nakamura
    University of Tokyo, Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Peidong Yang
    University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Associate Editor, Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Vivian Yam
    University of Hong Kong, China
    Associate Editor, Inorganic Chemistry

The ACS Publications Symposium, to be held at the Friendship Hotel of Beijing, will feature opportunities for discussion and networking at poster sessions and catered meals. Attendees can also take advantage of an exclusive “Meet the Speakers and Editors” event to learn about innovations in science and how to get research published.

Session topics include:

  • Functional Molecular Materials
  • The Chemistry-Biology Interface
  • Molecular Catalysis and Selective Synthesis
  • Supramolecular Self-Assembly
  • Sustainable Chemistry and Energy

Get more information about registering for the ACS Publications Symposium on Innovation in Molecular Science.

10 Tips For Preparing Your Manuscript for Publication

Now that you’ve completed your research, all that remains is to prepare your manuscript. You need to choose the right journal, get your findings published, and attract a large, and influential readership. Preparing your manuscript and submitting your research for publication is the easy part of the process, right?

Unfortunately, preparing a paper for publication can be challenging. Everyone from first-time authors to experienced researchers can struggle at this stage. Not only do you need to prepare a manuscript that is clear, concise, and captivating. You also need to find the best home for it. But just because submitting your research can be challenging doesn’t mean the submissions process has to derail all the hard work you put into your paper. You just need a little guidance to help you cast your paper in the best possible light when you submit it to an ACS Publications journal.

The manuscript submission process varies a little from journal to journal. But there are still a few best practices you will need to follow when submitting your work to a journal. Successful scientific research submissions tend to have a number of elements in common. That is why we put together our top 10 tips to help you write a successful manuscript and choose the most appropriate journal. Just make sure to follow these steps and your paper is sure to find the audience it deserves.

Click on the thumbnail image below to access to a full-sized PDF of our graphic, “Top 10 Tips for Preparing Your Manuscript”:

prepare your manuscript for publication

Want more tips on preparing your manuscript for publication? Check out the Virtual Issue of Editor Tips for Authors Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication. Want to get the latest advice and news about ACS Author services? Follow @ACS4Authors on Twitter and get daily updates on publishing your scientific research!

ACS Editors’ Choice: Contaminants in Paper Recycling — and More!

This week: contaminants in paper recycling, high-resolution ratiometric temperature mapping in small animals, modeling of lasing action in core–shell metallic nanoparticles — and more!

Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world to highlight the transformative power of chemistry. Access to these articles will remain open to all as a public service.

Check out this week’s picks!
Spatio-temporal Modeling of Lasing Action in Core–Shell Metallic Nanoparticles
ACS Photonics, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00501
Depolymerization of Cellulose in Water Catalyzed by Phenylboronic Acid Derivatives
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01071
Access to a Structurally Complex Compound Collection via Ring Distortion of the Alkaloid Sinomenine
Org. Lett., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b02333
Material Cycles and Chemicals: Dynamic Material Flow Analysis of Contaminants in Paper Recycling
Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01791
Electrocatalytic Reduction of Oxygen on Platinum Nanoparticles in the Presence and Absence of Interactions with the Electrode Surface
Langmuir, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b02578
Synthesis of Macrocyclic Poly(3-hexylthiophene) and Poly(3-heptylselenophene) by Alkyne Homocoupling
ACS Macro Lett., 2016, 5, pp 1075–1079
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.6b00603
Glue-Free Stacked Luminescent Nanosheets Enable High-Resolution Ratiometric Temperature Mapping in Living Small Animals
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b06075
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ACS on Campus: Advancing Careers in North Carolina

In mid-September, ACS on Campus traveled to North Carolina for a special event in partnership with Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More than 150 students, researchers, and faculty attended the full-day program held at the Research Triangle Park headquarters in Durham, NC.

The event was a mixture of lectures, panel discussions, and interactive sessions led by an lineup of distinguished speakers, including ACS Combinatorial Science Editor-in-Chief Dr. M.G. Finn, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters Editor-in-Chief Dr. Dennis Liotta, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Associate Editor Dr. Albena Ivanisevic, and Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling Associate Editor Dr. Alexander Tropsha.

Highlights included the debut of ACS on Campus’s first-ever programming exclusively for librarians. ACS Omega Executive Editor Dr. Stefano Tonzani and ACS Publications, Library Relations Manager Michael Qiu led a discussion on open access and the current challenges in librarianship. Each librarian provided a unique perspective on open access and librarianship in general. ACS gained valuable feedback and insights into the daily and future needs of its librarians during the discussion.

Students also had the opportunity to present their science while making valuable connections in the scientific industry during the evening reception co-hosted by the ACS North Carolina Local Section. The conference hall was bursting with 45 scientific posters and their presenters, who hailed from universities across the Research Triangle. The evening concluded with a lecture from Dr. Antony J. Williams of the National Center for Computational Toxicology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

ACS would like to thank all participating North Carolina universities, the ACS North Carolina Local Section, and the attendees for a great day of science and networking.

Find out if ACS on Campus is coming to a school near you and be sure to follow @ACSonC on Twitter.

Check out some photos from the event:

How Scientists Can Influence and Get Involved In Science Policy

Science doesn’t happen in a vacuum (well, some experiments may require a vacuum). All scientists are living and working within society, and that social context matters. What is legal to study? How much funding is available to study it? How will resulting new science and technology be used? These are all essential questions. Ultimately, social context cannot be divorced from the scientific process.

ccaoj6lw0aabyyl-jpg_largeScience policy, most broadly defined, is the branch of public policy that helps shape this interaction between science and its social context at the legal level. It is using science to inform policy as well as setting the policy that governs science. The impact of science policy cannot be overstated, changing science policy can have a major effect on society. In this short blog post, I’d like to explain how all scientists, at different career stages and with different levels of commitment, can have an impact on science policy.

The simplest way to be politically active is to be aware of current events and involved in debates, by forming your own opinions and sharing your views. By engaging the members of the various communities that you belong to —  your neighbors, coworkers, colleagues, students, etc. — you can spread awareness about these issue and add nuance to your own views. If you don’t get an opportunity to make your voice heard in an official capacity, then you can always reach out to those who do and let them know your opinion.

Contrary to popular belief, policymakers really do care about what their constituents want. Congressional offices, to give one example, read all of the messages that they receive and will often use this to help decide how to vote. The same goes for the many bureaucratic offices and agencies involved, like the OSTP or the NIH. Although you may not always think of them as lobbyists, one of the most important roles of professional organizations is to lobby the government in support of their members. However, in order for them to lobby for you, you need to let them know your views! Finally most universities and many companies maintain government relations offices whose role is to help you interface with the government and to lobby on your behalf. By writing any of these offices, you may influence the debate and ultimately the policy. One pro tip I’ve learned is that a handwritten letter often receives a much more thorough reading than an e-mail.

Another option, if you can spare the time, is to work directly on science policy. One example is the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) program, which is a yearlong program in which scientists work fulltime in the federal government on science policy. There are myriad other opportunities available. Many of these opportunities are aimed at students or recent graduates, however, many are also available to scientists at any stage in their career. The AAAS STPF, for instance, would welcome faculty using their sabbatical to participate.

Ensuring that governments properly use science to make decisions and continues to support scientific research is of paramount importance. As a scientist you are well positioned to weigh in on and influence this process. Your expertise and opinions matter in the ever-evolving relationship between science and society. Consider using some of the options highlighted above to make your voice heard and shape the kind of future that you want to see.

Ben Isaacoff is an applied physics graduate student at The University of Michigan. He is a member of the Nano Letters Early Career Advisory Board.