Most Important Chemistry Research Topics of 2019

Read Q3 2019’s Most Important Chemistry Research Topics

ACS Publications regularly produces collections of the most important chemistry research topics. These Virtual Collections of the most important chemistry research topics bring together the most important important ideas in the field in a variety of ways, including Special Issues and ACS Selects from across the portfolio journals. These collections reflect the most important chemistry research topics of current scientific interest and are designed for experienced investigators and educators alike.

Browse 2019’s Most Important Chemistry Research Topics With Virtual Collections released by ACS Publications journals in Q3 2019:


New Physical Insights

16 of the Most Engaging Topics in Chemistry
In this virtual issue, The Journal of Physical Chemistry (JPC), including JPC A, B, C, provides links to and an overview of the 21 Viewpoint articles that appeared in 2017 concerning the requirement of Important New Physical Insights in papers that are to be published in JPC. The Viewpoints cover many different subdisciplines in physical chemistry research, and the overview identifies common themes while also discussing unique aspects of these subdisciplines.

JACS Young Investigators Virtual Issue 2019

This collection of Articles and Communications highlights premier 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.

Abraham Nitzan Festschrift

This collection provides a look at the life and work of University of Pennsylvania Professor Abraham Nitzan.

Computational Chemistry for Materials Discovery

This collection highlights the exciting recent work in the broad area of Computational Chemistry for Materials Discovery. The search presented here is relevant to photovoltaics, catalysis, energy storage, magnetics, and gas storage.

Natural Products as Sources of New Drugs: Top Articles by Gordon M. Cragg & David Newman

This collection honors the many contributions of Drs. Gordon M. Gragg and David J. Newman. Both of these colleagues have served as Chief of the Natural Products Branch, Developmental Therapeutics Program, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, Maryland, U.S.A. For an approximately a 20-year period, Drs. Cragg and Newman have been publishing seminal review articles in the journal on a regular basis describing natural products as the sources of a large number of new drugs. Partially as a result of these comprehensive and insightful reviews, natural products are still regarded as important as lead compounds by the wider biomedical community for the discovery of new drugs to treat cancer and many other human diseases. In addition, Drs. Cragg and Newman have collaborated in the past with other investigators as co-authors on joint research articles in the journal, on the discovery of new potential anticancer compounds from terrestrial and marine organisms.

Young Scientists Virtual Special Issue

This Virtual Special Issue presents 82 papers in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B and C authored by young scientists in physical chemistry and related fields from around the world.

2019 Inorganic Young Investigators

This collection features articles authored by recipients of the Division’s 2019 Young Investigator Awards, writing about some of the most important research topics in chemistry. This annual award was instituted in 2005 to recognize some of inorganic chemistry’s rising stars who are at the forefront of their respective research areas. Young Investigators selected over the years, now numbering more than 100, are enjoying diverse careers at universities, companies, and national labs all around the world.

Reticular Chemistry in All Dimensions

Reticular Chemistry is linking molecular building blocks by strong bonds into crystalline, extended structures as exemplified by porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs). It has also inspired amorphous materials such as porous aromatic frameworks (PAFs) and porous organic polymers (POPs). This chemistry is now practiced with a level of precision leading to synthesis of structures and addressing their pores in all dimensions (0D, 1D, 2D and 3D).

Organic Chemistry Down Under: Research from Australia and New Zealand

Organic Letters recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of rapidly publishing top-shelf, rigorously peer-reviewed research. As the journal enters its third decade, Editor-in-Chief Erick Carreira and the editorial team are more passionate than ever about their role in opening up new avenues for promoting science.

As part of this “new beginning,” Organic Letters has launched a series of Virtual Issues that highlight noteworthy chemistry from various regions around the world. In the first installment, Organic Letters Global Enterprise, the team presented a Virtual Issue featuring the most-read articles (most downloaded) published in 2018 from different countries. Next in the series is Organic Chemistry Down Under, a Virtual Issue of high-impact articles from authors in Australia and New Zealand. The collection features the work of established and well-known Aussies and Kiwis, along with mid-career researchers and up-and-coming researchers who are just starting their independent careers.

Deciphering Molecular Complexity in Dynamics and Kinetics – From the Single Molecule to the Single Cell Level

The collection of papers in this virtual special issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry B are representative of the relevant and updated works presented at the workshop on Deciphering Complex Energy Landscape and Kinetic Network from Single Molecules to Cells held in Dijon, France in September 2017, the Pacifichem symposium on Deciphering Molecular Complexity from Protein Functions to Cellular Network in Hawaii, December 2015, and the Telluride workshop on The Complexity of Dynamics and Kinetics from Single Molecules to Cells in Telluride, CO, USA, June 2015.

Hanna Reisler Festschrift

This collection honors the life and work of University of Southern California Professor Hanna Reisler.

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Chinese Academy of Sciences with Research Highlights from ACS Journals

This year marks the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of the world’s leading institutions for high-quality scientific research. More than 50 CAS researchers are currently serving as Editors or Editorial Advisory Board members for ACS journals to advance scientific discovery and communication. As a long-term partner of CAS, ACS is very pleased to celebrate its 70th anniversary by highlighting 70 articles contributed by CAS researchers.

Perovskites: Energy Conversion and Optical Applications

Since the quite recent discovery of remarkably efficient perovskite-based solar cells, the field has grown rapidly. Physical chemists have been engaged in working out how these materials work, and how they may be improved. Moreover, new applications and properties of perovskite-type materials and their nanoscale analogs have been explored—including optical properties and light-emission applications. This collection of Perspectives from The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters surveys the forefront of the field.

Growth of Colloid and Interface Science

This Virtual Issue in Langmuir (and accompanying Special Issue of the same name) is dedicated to the scientific oeuvre of Prof. Helmuth Möhwald (1946-2018). Besides his excellent scientific achievements, Helmuth Möhwald fostered the growth of a variety of the most important research topics in chemistry. While he focused on fundamental research, he never forgot the link to potential applications. For this issue, Guest Editors Professors Regine v. Klitzing, and Thomas Zemb with Langmuir Senior Editor Professor Walter Richtering, asked former co-workers of Helmuth Möhwald to write feature articles on one of their current research topics that was initiated by them together with Helmuth. The result is an issue of 12 feature articles giving a cross-section of different topics of different ratios between fundamental science and links to applications. The articles collected here illustrate the perpetual continuous impact Helmuth Möhwald had on the science of colloids and interfaces.

Next Generation Smart Materials

A true “smart material” should possess a suite of capabilities spanning a number of properties we normally ascribe to advanced materials, and that imbuing new materials with such characteristics will require creative advances in synthetic polymer chemistry. This rationale provides the primary inspiration behind this Virtual Issue (VI) on Next Generation Smart Materials. These selected publications from Macromolecules highlight frontier efforts from experts across the globe in the synthesis and application of materials that can adapt and respond in a variety of ways to a variety of environmental conditions.

Crystalline Functional Materials Issue in Honor of Professor Xin-Tao Wu

This Virtual Special Issue celebrates the 80th birthday of Professor Xin-Tao Wu, which marks the influence he has had on crystal engineering science, crystal growth, coordination chemistry, cluster chemistry, solid state chemistry, and materials science. The issue also covers many cutting-edge chemistry research topics representing active international scientific exchanges and cooperation, fast development of related fields, and the core role of crystal design on the modern sciences of nonlinear optical, catalytic, metal-organic framework, energy, fluorescence, and nano- and biochemistry materials.

Pacific Conference on Spectroscopy and Dynamics

The collection of papers in this Virtual Special Issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry are representative of the work presented in the last few years of the Pacific Conference on Spectroscopy and Dynamics, held in San Diego (2018 and 2019) and Pacific Grove (2017), California, USA. Founded in 1953 as the Western Spectroscopy Association, the Pacific Conference in Spectroscopy and Dynamics focuses on the broad reach of spectroscopy and dynamics across the fields of physics, chemistry, and their confluence with biology. This research, in both gas and condensed phases, spans the subject areas of JPC A, B, and C. The technical advances presented in the last three meetings comprise a wide array of spectroscopies, including 2-dimensional electronic and vibrational, plasmonic, photoelectron-photoion coincidence, frequency comb, high-resolution electronic and microwave, Raman, translational, and time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy.

Virtual Issue: Fundamental Water Chemistry

The articles in this Virtual Issue report on some of the latest physical chemistry research on the properties and nature of liquid water, truly one of the most important chemistry research topics. These papers span the gamut from spectroscopic studies of water motions around solutes or near interfaces to ab initio and other types of simulations aimed at uncovering a truly molecular understanding of water’s properties. Since water behaves differently near proteins, lipids, surfactants and even bare electrons, much of the 18 papers in this Virtual Issue focus on the behavior of water in these kinds of specific environments as well as in the neat fluid.

Virtual Issue: Applied Water Chemistry

This Virtual Issue on Applied Water Chemistry highlights recent articles on the many roles of water in engineering and the environment. Water is perhaps the most vital liquid on the planet. The critical role it plays in our daily lives can be seen with the many research articles on its rich chemistry in the environment. These articles describe the latest technologies and molecular insight that are driving us toward more sustainable water use for the prevention of water scarcity.

Virtual Issue: Growth of Colloid and Interface Science

This Virtual Issue is dedicated to the scientific accomplishments of Helmuth Möhwald (1946-2018). In addition to his own highly notable scientific achievements, Möhwald fostered the growth of a variety of chemistry research topics within interface science. Further, though his focus was on fundamental research, he never forgot the link to potential applications. Explored by Helmuth and coworkers, this includes new approaches in X-ray diffraction at liquid surfaces; introduction and advancement of LbL technique; functional colloids; development of nanocapsules; stimuli-sensitive microgels; and Pickering emulsions.

Virtual Issue: The JPC Periodic Table

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Celebrates the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT)

In 2019, UNESCO is celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Dmitry Mendeleev’s version of the periodic table. ACS has been joining in the fun all year long and now The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, C, and Letters (JPC) are getting in on the celebration with a collection of articles about each of the elements from across the journal’s 123-year history.

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