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Most-Read Articles of 2018: 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 2018, 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

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Kinetics and Mechanisms of Dehydration of Secondary Alcohols Under Hydrothermal Conditions
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
ACS Earth Space Chem., 2018, 2 (8), pp 821–832
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.8b00030

The Role of Organic Aerosol in Atmospheric Ice Nucleation: A Review
ACS Earth Space Chem., 2018, 2 (3), pp 168–202
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00120

Structures and Transport Properties of CaCO3 Melts under Earth’s Mantle Conditions
ACS Earth Space Chem., 2018, 2 (1), pp 1–8
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00100

Mercury Pollution in Amapá, Brazil: Mercury Amalgamation in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining or Land-Cover and Land-Use Changes?
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
ACS Earth Space Chem., 2018, 2 (5), pp 441–450
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00089

Fracture Evolution in Multimineral Systems: The Role of Mineral Composition, Flow Rate, and Fracture Aperture Heterogeneity
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
ACS Earth Space Chem., 2018, 2 (2), pp 112–124
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00130


ACS Energy Letters

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Addressing the Challenge of Carbon-Free Energy
ACS Energy Lett., 2018, 3 (7), pp 1521–1522
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.8b00889

Semiconductor Photocatalysis: “Tell Us the Complete Story!”
ACS Energy Lett., 2018, 3 (3), pp 622–623
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.8b00196

Earth-Abundant Nontoxic Titanium(IV)-based Vacancy-Ordered Double Perovskite Halides with Tunable 1.0 to 1.8 eV Bandgaps for Photovoltaic Applications
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
ACS Energy Lett., 2018, 3 (2), pp 297–304
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.7b01167

Colloidal CsPbX3 (X = Cl, Br, I) Nanocrystals 2.0: Zwitterionic Capping Ligands for Improved Durability and Stability
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
ACS Energy Lett., 2018, 3 (3), pp 641–646
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.8b00035

Low-Dimensional Organometal Halide Perovskites
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
ACS Energy Lett., 2018, 3 (1), pp 54–62
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00926


ACS Photonics

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Novel Nanostructures and Materials for Strong Light–Matter Interactions
This article is part of the Strong Coupling of Molecules to Cavities special issue.
ACS Photonics, 2018, 5 (1), pp 24–42
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00674

Plasmonic Cavity Coupling
This article is part of the Strong Coupling of Molecules to Cavities special issue.
ACS Photonics, 2018, 5 (1), pp 43–53
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b01139

Strong Light–Matter Interaction in Quantum Emitter/Metal Hybrid Nanostructures
This article is part of the Strong Coupling of Molecules to Cavities special issue.
ACS Photonics, 2018, 5 (1), pp 2–23
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00650

Active Control of Surface Plasmon–Emitter Strong Coupling
This article is part of the Strong Coupling of Molecules to Cavities special issue.
ACS Photonics, 2018, 5 (1), pp 54–64
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b00655

Time-Resolved Nonlinear Ghost Imaging
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
ACS Photonics, 2018, 5 (8), pp 3379–3388
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.8b00653


Energy & Fuels

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Catalytic Exhaust Gas Recirculation-Loop Reforming for High Efficiency in a Stoichiometric Spark-Ignited Engine through Thermochemical Recuperation and Dilution Limit Extension, Part 2: Engine Performance
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
Energy Fuels, 2018, 32 (2), pp 2257–2266
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b02565

Separation of Landfill Gas CH4 from N2 Using Pressure Vacuum Swing Adsorption Cycles with Heavy Reflux
Energy Fuels, 2018, 32 (3), pp 3488–3498
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b03534

Carbon Dioxide Methanation over Nickel-Based Catalysts Supported on Various Mesoporous Material
Energy Fuels, 2018, 32 (3), pp 3681–3689
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b03826

A Combined Overview of Combustion, Pyrolysis, and Gasification of Biomass
Energy Fuels, 2018, 32 (7), pp 7294–7318
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b01678

Emission Modeling of an Interturbine Burner Based on Flameless Combustion
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
Energy Fuels, 2018, 32 (1), pp 822–838
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b02473


Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

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Announcing the 2018 Class of Influential Researchers
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2018, 57 (38), pp 12601–12601
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b04315

I&EC Research 2018 Excellence in Review Awards
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2018, 57 (36), pp 12017–12017
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b04050

A Review on Superhydrophobic Polymer Nanocoatings: Recent Development and Applications
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2018, 57 (8), pp 2727–2745
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b04887

Colloidal Synthesis of Semiconductor Quantum Dots toward Large-Scale Production: A Review
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2018, 57 (6), pp 1790–1802
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b04836

Mussel Inspired Modification for Aluminum Oxide/Silicone Elastomer Composites with Largely Improved Thermal Conductivity and Low Dielectric Constant
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2018, 57 (9), pp 3255–3262
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b04970


Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data

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Introducing the “Emerging Investigators” Special Issue
This article is part of the Emerging Investigators special issue.
J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2018, 63 (7), pp 2335–2340
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.8b00507

Solubility of the Proteinogenic α-Amino Acids in Water, Ethanol, and Ethanol–Water Mixtures
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2018, 63 (3), pp 488–497
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.7b00486

Palladium(II) Chloride Complex Ion Recovery from Aqueous Solutions Using Adsorption on Activated Carbon
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2018, 63 (3), pp 702–711
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.7b00885

Cross Second Virial Coefficients and Dilute Gas Transport Properties of the (CH4 + C3H8) and (CO2 + C3H8) Systems from Accurate Intermolecular Potential Energy Surfaces
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2018, 63 (1), pp 246–257
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.7b00886

Festschrift Honoring Cor J. Peters
This article is part of the In Honor of Cor Peters special issue.
J. Chem. Eng. Data, 2018, 63 (4), pp 859–859
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.8b00149


Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling

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Machine Learning of Partial Charges Derived from High-Quality Quantum-Mechanical Calculations
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2018, 58 (3), pp 579–590
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00663

Reinforced Adversarial Neural Computer for de Novo Molecular Design
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2018, 58 (6), pp 1194–1204
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00690

KDEEP: Protein–Ligand Absolute Binding Affinity Prediction via 3D-Convolutional Neural Networks
J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2018, 58 (2), pp 287–296
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00650

Mol2vec: Unsupervised Machine Learning Approach with Chemical Intuition
J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2018, 58 (1), pp 27–35
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00616

Predicted Biological Activity of Purchasable Chemical Space
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2018, 58 (1), pp 148–164
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.7b00316


Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

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Where Does the Density Localize in the Solid State? Divergent Behavior for Hybrids and DFT+U
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2018, 14 (2), pp 670–683
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b01061

Estimation of Drug-Target Residence Times by τ-Random Acceleration Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2018, 14 (7), pp 3859–3869
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.8b00230

Force Field Parametrization of Metal Ions from Statistical Learning Techniques
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2018, 14 (1), pp 255–273
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00779

Machine Learning Adaptive Basis Sets for Efficient Large Scale Density Functional Theory Simulation
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2018, 14 (8), pp 4168–4175
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.8b00378

Avoiding False Positive Conclusions in Molecular Simulation: The Importance of Replicas
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2018, 14 (12), pp 6127–6138
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.8b00391


The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

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Machine Learning
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122 (4), pp 879–879
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b00034

The Virial Theorem and Covalent Bonding
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122 (39), pp 7880–7893
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b08234

Ice Clouds: Atmospheric Ice Nucleation Concept versus the Physical Chemistry of Freezing Atmospheric Drops
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122 (39), pp 7777–7781
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b07926

Information-Theoretic Approaches to Atoms-in-Molecules: Hirshfeld Family of Partitioning Schemes
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122 (17), pp 4219–4245
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b08966

Keiji Morokuma
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122 (4), pp 880–881
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b00070


The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

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The Bend+Libration Combination Band Is an Intrinsic, Collective, and Strongly Solute-Dependent Reporter on the Hydrogen Bonding Network of Liquid Water
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J. Phys. Chem. B, 2018, 122 (9), pp 2587–2599
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b09641

Virtual Issue on Physical Chemistry in South Korea
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2018, 122 (35), pp 8315–8316
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b07245

Dynamics of Long-Distance Hydrogen-Bond Networks in Photosystem II
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J. Phys. Chem. B, 2018, 122 (17), pp 4625–4641
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b00649

Exploring GPCR–Lipid Interactions by Molecular Dynamics Simulations: Excitements, Challenges, and the Way Forward
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2018, 122 (22), pp 5727–5737
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b01657

Structure from Dynamics: Vibrational Dynamics of Interfacial Water as a Probe of Aqueous Heterogeneity
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J. Phys. Chem. B, 2018, 122 (14), pp 3667–3679
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b10574


The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

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Electrolyte Composition in Li/O2 Batteries with LiI Redox Mediators: Solvation Effects on Redox Potentials and Implications for Redox Shuttling
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122 (3), pp 1522–1534
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b11859

Visualizing the Effect of Partial Oxide Formation on Single Silver Nanoparticle Electrodissolution
Open Access through ACS Editors’ Choice
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122 (5), pp 3138–3145
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b11824

Atomic-Scale Structure of the Hematite α-Fe2O3(11̅02) “R-Cut” Surface
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122 (3), pp 1657–1669
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b10515

Charge Carrier Dynamics in Cs2AgBiBr6 Double Perovskite
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J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122 (9), pp 4809–4816
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b00572

Intrinsic Point Defects in Inorganic Cesium Lead Iodide Perovskite CsPbI3
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122 (2), pp 1345–1350
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b10045


The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

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Accelerating Chemical Discovery with Machine Learning: Simulated Evolution of Spin Crossover Complexes with an Artificial Neural Network
Open Access through ACS AuthorChoice
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9 (5), pp 1064–1071
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00170

Zero-Dimensional Cesium Lead Halides: History, Properties, and Challenges
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J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9 (9), pp 2326–2337
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00572

Atomic Layer Etching: Rethinking the Art of Etch
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J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9 (16), pp 4814–4821
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00997

Molecular Insight into the Slipperiness of Ice
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J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9 (11), pp 2838–2842
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b01188

Lead-Free Perovskite Nanocrystals for Light-Emitting Devices
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9 (7), pp 1573–1583
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00301


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