April 2018 - ACS Axial | ACS Publications

Pursuing Clean Air and Water for All: Environmental Science & Technology Symposium in India

The author of “Water 4.0 and Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) Professor David Sedlak, UC Berkeley recently visited India to meet local environmental experts. During his talk at IIT Delhi, organized by the Indian Government’s Department of Science and Technology, he shared his experience, insight, and passion for the work he is doing. His talk explored earlier revolutions in urban water and discussed predictions of what the future might hold.

“The repeated cycle of growth, failure, and reinvention that has occurred over the past 2500 years of urban water systems can be likened to a series of revolutions. The first revolution, Water 1.0, occurred as the piped water systems and sewers first built by the ancient Romans were replicated in Europeans cities that were growing very quickly during the first wave of global industrialization.” Water 2.0 came in response to the results of the continuous expansion of these cities; massive volumes of waste was flowing into the rivers causing cholera and typhoid. “Water 3.0 occurred as sewage treatment plants became a standard feature of urban water systems.” Now is the time for Water 4.0, a revolution which will deal with continued population growth and climate change, provided we are willing to invest the resources, energy, and political will, said Professor Sedlak during his talk at IIT Delhi.

ES&T and ACS Publications in India at Shiv Nadar University organized the first Environmental Science and Technology SymFifteen experts from IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Dhanbad, JNU Delhi, and many other institutions, along with Dr. Deeksha Gupta, Managing Editor, ACS Omega, participated in discussions led by Professor Sedlak covering topics including air quality, water purification, groundwater, climate change, etc. Professor Sedlak emphasized an immediate need to build partnerships and collaborations across geographies to enhance mutual strengths and develop a global community working toward a common goal of making Earth a better place to live by having clean air and water. Participants said they found the event to be a useful and necessary platform for healthy and open dialogue., adding that they looked forward to more such events in the future.

ACS Editors’ Choice: Efficient Syntheses of Cocaine Vaccines — and More!

This week: Efficient syntheses of cocaine vaccines, zero-dimensional cesium lead halides, the structure of the protonated serine octamer — 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!
The Structure of the Protonated Serine Octamer

J. Am. Chem. Soc., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b02118
Dynamics of Long-Distance Hydrogen-Bond Networks in Photosystem II

J. Phys. Chem. B, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b00649
Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis of the S-State Cycle of Water Oxidation in the Microcrystals of Photosystem II

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9, pp 2121–2126
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00638
Zero-Dimensional Cesium Lead Halides: History, Properties, and Challenges

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9, pp 2326–2337
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00572

Photochemical Oxidation of Oil Reduced the Effectiveness of Aerial Dispersants Applied in Response to the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00084
Oral Administration and Detection of a Near-Infrared Molecular Imaging Agent in an Orthotopic Mouse Model for Breast Cancer Screening

Mol. Pharmaceutics, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.7b00994
Efficient Syntheses of Cocaine Vaccines and Their in Vivo Evaluation

ACS Med. Chem. Lett., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.8b00051
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Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data Special Issue Honors Cor J. Peters

The Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data is pleased to honor Professor Cor J. Peters upon his retirement. In its latest Special Issue, the journal highlights his achievements in the field of applied thermodynamics and phase equilibria.

Many collaborators, colleagues, and former students have published contributions that reflect his research interests: high-pressure phase behavior, mainly using experiments and statistical thermodynamics, focusing on double retrograde phenomena, supercritical fluids, gas hydrates, hydrogen storage, carbon capture and sequestration, asphaltenes, ionic liquids, and deep eutectic solvents.

The journal dedicated this Special Issue to the life and work of Professor Cor J. Peters. His upcoming retirement in May 2018 is the perfect opportunity to highlight his numerous achievements within the field of applied thermodynamics and phase equilibria as a guide and inspiration to those researchers who will follow in his footsteps.

Read the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data Special Issue honoring Professor Cor J. Peters.

2018 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award Goes to Professor Wolfgang J. Parak

Bioconjugate Chemistry and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering are pleased to announce that Professor Wolfgang J. Parak of University of Hamburg is the recipient of the 2018 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award. The award will be presented at the 256th 2018 ACS National Meeting & Exposition, held August 19-23, 2018, in Boston. Parak will be presenting as part of the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Symposium at the meeting, along with other prominent researchers in the field.

“The third year of the BC Lecturer competition featured the wide breadth of research areas commensurate with the broad scope of the journal. We had a highly competitive field for this award, with Wolfgang Parak emerging as the BC Lecturer due to the high impact, creativity, and scientific rigor of his program. Wolfgang is a true trailblazer in the field of bionanotechnology, using the tools of chemistry, physics, and biology to gain fundamental insight into the complexities of the bio-nano interface. In particular, his research on bio-mediated transformations of synthetic nanomaterials fits ideally the role of the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Award in recognizing the best scientists working at the interface between the biological and the man-made worlds, said Professor Vincent M. Rotello, Editor-in-Chief of Bioconjugate Chemistry.

Professor Wolfgang Park is a Group Leader at the University of Hamburg | UHH · Center of Hybrid Nanostructures. Wolfgang started his independent career at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, where he worked from 2002-2007. He then moved to the University of Marburg, where he was a Professor before moving to University of Hamburg in 2017. He is currently an Associate Editor of ACS Nano.

Read a selection of Parak’s articles in Bioconjugate Chemistry:

Protein-Mediated Shape Control of Silver Nanoparticles
Bioconjugate Chem., 2018, 29 (4), pp 1261–1265
DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.8b00034

Role of the Protein Corona Derived from Human Plasma in Cellular Interactions between Nanoporous Human Serum Albumin Particles and Endothelial Cells
Bioconjugate Chem., 2017, 28 (8), pp 2062–2068
DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00231

Comprehensive and Systematic Analysis of the Immunocompatibility of Polyelectrolyte Capsules
Bioconjugate Chem., 2017, 28 (2), pp 556–564
DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.6b00657

Journal of Proteome Research: Special Issue Call for Papers: Software Tools and Resources

Software tools and data resources are essential in all omics domains, including proteomics and metabolomics. The Journal of Proteome Research is creating an annual Special Issue that will highlight novel and significantly updated user-oriented software tools, web applications, code libraries and databases for proteomics and metabolomics and will cover all sub-disciplines within the scope of the Journal of Proteome Research. For readers, this Special Issue will provide an easily identifiable source of tools that have been specifically reviewed for their applicability and ease of adoption. For authors, the Special Issue provides visibility and wider adoption of their tools in the proteomics community through dissemination and documentation.

Associate Editor:

  • Susan Weintraub, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Guest Editors:

  • Michael HoopmannInstitute for Systems Biology
  • Magnus Palmblad, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum


For inclusion in the Special Issue, authors must present either a complete description of a relevant novel tool, library, web application or database (Article submission) or a substantial and meaningful update of a previously published tool or resource (Technical Note submission). The fully working tool or database must be made available free of charge to editors and reviewers for evaluation at the time of manuscript submission. Tools with a graphical or web browser interface are preferred, but well-documented web service APIs or libraries of functional building blocks for custom data analysis pipelines will also be considered.

Open Access

Find the best open-access option to suit your institutional and/or funder requirements.


Manuscripts must adhere to the appropriate journal guidelines available on the Information for Authors page and in Martens et al., J. Proteome Res. 2015, 14(5):2002-4. Authors are advised to be concise and focus the manuscript on the unique or novel functionality of the tool. It should be clear to any reader what problem the system addresses and how it is used. For tools and libraries, the input, operations, and output of each tool or function should be described in table form. A screenshot of the interface may be included if it has novel or unusual features.

The deadline for submission of manuscripts for the 2019 Special Issue on Software Tools and Resources is September 14, 2018. Manuscripts will be screened for suitability for the Special Issue.

Authors should submit their manuscript electronically through ACS Paragon Plus and select “Software Tools and Resources 2019” in the Special Issues drop-down. Please provide names and contact information for at least four suggested reviewers who can meaningfully comment on the described tool/resource.

Meet the Winners of the 2018 Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award

Chemistry of Materials and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) are proud to announce Professor Darren Lipomi, Mohammad (Mo) A. Alkhadra, and Samuel (Sam) E. Root as the winners of the 2018 Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award. The award honors the authors of an article, published in 2017, with outstanding influence across the field of materials chemistry. The award also recognizes the team aspect of research and celebrates the importance of co-authors and their contributions. Lipomi is an Associate Professor of Nanoengineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, and Chemistry at the University of California San Diego, and co-authors Alkhadra and Root are undergraduate and graduate students, respectively.

The winning paper, “Quantifying the Fracture Behavior of Brittle and Ductile thin Films of Semiconducting Polymers,” provides critical insights for flexible electronics applications. “Simply because an organic semiconductor film is expected to be flexible is not a guarantee that the electronic properties will withstand this mechanical stress. The work of the Lipomi Group walks us through what happens, at the molecular level, when semiconductor thin films are bent, stretched, and flexed, as they would be in real-world applications,” explains Professor Jillian M. Buriak, Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials.

“Darren has made important contributions to the field of stretchable electronics. The winning paper is a nice piece of work from his group, which provides much-needed quantitative understanding of fracture behavior of ductile polymer semiconductors,” says Dr. Zhenan Bao, K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University.

One of the outstanding things about the nomination is the cultural backstory of the co-authors. Root hails from a Jewish family in New York while Alkhadra comes from a Muslim family in Saudi Arabia. Interestingly enough, they both had grandfathers born in what is now Israel. “One of the great pleasures of my job is to nurture relationships that cross racial, religious, national, and cultural boundaries. The ability for scientific research to bring people together is something that ought to be celebrated,” notes Lipomi.

Lipomi, Root, and Alkhadra will be presenting their research at a half-day symposium and award ceremony during the 2018 Fall ACS National Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Fun fact: Lipomi has a long history of publishing in Chemistry of Materials, including being the first to publish an “Up & Coming Perspectives” titled “Molecularly Stretchable Electronics.” Here is a list of other contributions from Lipomi’s group,


Efficient Characterization of Bulk Heterojunction Films by Mapping Gradients by Reversible Contact with Liquid Metal Top Electrodes
Chem. Mater., 2017, 29 (1), pp 389–398
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b04192

[70]PCBM and Incompletely Separated Grades of Methanofullerenes Produce Bulk Heterojunctions with Increased Robustness for Ultra-Flexible and Stretchable Electronics
Chem. Mater., 2015, 27 (11), pp 3902–3911
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b00638

Mechanical Properties of a Library of Low-Band-Gap Polymers
Chem. Mater., 2016, 28 (7), pp 2363–2373
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b00525


Measuring the Glass Transition Temperature of Conjugated Polymer Films with Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy
Chem. Mater., 2017, 29 (7), pp 2646–2654
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b00242

Dive Into Marine Chemistry with Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

The American Chemical Society has a proud tradition of celebrating Earth Week — and helping chemists everywhere get in on the fun and share the power of chemistry with others. The annual Chemists Celebrate Earth Week celebration encourages ACS members and science enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. ACS local sections, schools, businesses, and individuals are invited to organize or participate in events in their communities with a common goal: communicate the positive role that chemistry plays in the world.

CCEW celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2018 with the theme “Dive into Marine Chemistry.”  Check out the CCEW 2018 edition of Celebrating Chemistry and other online resources listed below.

Resources for Chemistry Educators

  • Celebrating Chemistry
    The Celebrating Chemistry publication is designed to engage and educate children (Grades 4-6) in the basic principles of chemistry and is available in both English and Spanish.
  • Meg A. Mole Career Profiles
    Read all about Meg’s adventures! These interviews are an excellent resource for teachers to inform their students about the activities chemists perform every day.
  • ChemMatters
    ChemMatters is a magazine that helps high school students find connections between chemistry and the world around them.
  • Journal of Chemical Education
    A journal for chemical educators featuring activities and articles.
  • Science Safety Guidelines
    Recommendations to incorporate safe practices into your teaching curriculum.

Articles and Activities

Students can take part in the following activities:

Student Contest


How Are You Celebrating Earth Week This Year?

The American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the German Chemical Society Partner to Support ChemRxiv

The American Chemical Society (ACS) entered into an agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry and the German Chemical Society (GDCh) to jointly support the financial and strategic development of ChemRxiv.

Through the establishment of this strong international alliance, ChemRxiv is a truly global preprint server driven by researchers. Collaboration between the ACS, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the GDCh ensures the sustainability of this service and its continued ability to meet the needs of the global chemistry community.

Launched in August 2017, ChemRxiv has posted over 300 preprints online, all of which are openly available. Authors working across all fields of chemistry are able to post their findings to the server ahead of formal peer review and publication. The service is free-of-charge, features a streamlined portal for direct and easy submission, and supports a wide variety of file formats, which enables readers to visualize and interact with data without the need for specialized software.

New features that have recently been added to ChemRxiv include a triage process that checks for plagiarism and other basic elements, while retaining its rapid posting time of less than two business days. In the coming months, ChemRxiv will debut a “Direct to Journal” transfer feature so that authors can easily submit their preprint directly from ChemRxiv to the journal of their choice.

Where can I learn more about ChemRxiv?

Other questions?  Please contact Dr. Marshall Brennan, ChemRxiv Publishing Manager: mbrennan@chemrxiv.org.

ACS Infectious Diseases Celebrates “Drug Discovery for Global Health” Special Issue

Several diseases disproportionately affect people in the developing world. These include the 19 so-called “neglected tropical diseases” identified by the WHO, as well as tuberculosis and malaria. 1-3 ACS Infectious Diseases hopes to draw attention to these diseases and the ongoing drug discovery efforts to combat them with a Special Issue focused on the supra-discipline of “Global Health.” This Special Issue is the result of a call for abstracts launched in May 2017 in anticipation of the 2nd Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry for Global Health held in Tres Cantos, Spain, in June 2017. Many speakers who presented at this meeting contributed to this publication. In total, the Special Issue features 22 contributions, including 15 original research Articles and Letters, three Perspectives, one Review, one Viewpoint, and two Editorials.

ACS Infectious Diseases if thrilled to feature a special issue on Global Health that has contributions from around the globe on bacterial, fungal, viral, and protozoal neglected tropical diseases covering a tremendous diversity of topics on genomics, target identification, development of new platform technology, medicinal chemistry, and academic-industry partnerships,” says Editor-in-Chief Professor Courtney C. Aldrich. The Special Issue published on April 13.

To celebrate this publication, ACS Webinars and ACS Infectious Diseases hosted a webinar on April 5 featuring journal author and EAB member Michael Pollastri, Professor and Chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Northeastern University, as the speaker, as well as Guest and Associate Editor Félix Calderón, Drug Discovery Manager at GlaxoSmithKline, as the moderator. The webinar recording is available online.

With this special issue focused on drug discovery on global health we hope to stimulate and foster the research in diseases affecting millions of people in the developing world,” says Félix Calderón. “Readers will take away a sense of some of the science, diversity of the diseases and approaches that are currently being undertaken which make this field unique”

Read the Special Issue Now.


  1. http://www.who.int/neglected_diseases/diseases/en/
  2. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs104/en/
  3. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/

ACS Editors’ Choice: Heterogeneous Catalysts for the Hydrogenation of CO2 to Formate — and More!

This week:  Heterogeneous catalysts for the hydrogenation of CO2 to formate, insights into the optothermal properties of core/shell microbeads, melting of the Au20 gold cluster — 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!
Information-Theoretic Approaches to Atoms-in-Molecules: Hirshfeld Family of Partitioning Schemes