July 2020 - ACS Axial | ACS Publications

21 Cutting-Edge Chemistry 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 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 21 of the most important, engaging topics in chemists with Virtual Collections released by ACS Publications journals in Q2 2020:



David N. Beratan Festschrift

David Beratan’s unique style of doing science has had a broad and deep impact on chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics. He has developed theories with an eye toward influencing the design and interpretation of key experiments, and his impact has been tremendous. David’s insights and predictive models have opened up entirely new research directions to experimental inquiry: tunneling pathways, inverse molecular design, optimization of polarizability response through ground-state polarization, flickering resonance, and chiral imprinting are all examples of concepts that he has pioneered that have guided experimental designs and advances for decades.

First Accounts

Early-career scientists have some of the freshest ideas and are instrumental in pushing the frontiers of chemistry and related disciplines. Recognizing this, we have initiated the first in an annual series of virtual issues highlighting the publications in Accounts of Chemical Research over the past year that are authored by early-stage scientists: First Accounts. In addition to featuring early career researchers, each Account in this collection is the first article the corresponding author has published in Accounts of Chemical Research as a principal investigator.

First Accounts are also first-hand accounts—our junior faculty and newest researchers in industry and institutes are the most engaged in experimental design and execution in the laboratory, and we see this reflected in the writing from younger authors. In most cases, they have staked their careers on the success of the research program described in their Account, and justifiably, that passion for molecular design, mechanistic inquiry, and structural evidence comes through in their writing.


To promote the positive role that chemistry plays in the world, ACS established the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) which will occur April 19-25, 2020. This year’s theme is “Protecting Our Planet through Chemistry”, with a focus on sustainability.

Complex Organic Molecules in Star-Forming Regions

This Virtual Special Issue is concerned mainly with a class of interstellar molecules that strongly resemble organic molecules present in the terrestrial organic laboratory. These molecules, known as “complex organic molecules”, a term abbreviated either as COMs or iCOMs, the “I” standing for “interstellar” since these molecules, containing from 6-13 atoms, are hardly complex when compared with the much larger molecules found on Earth. The COMs, which include simple alcohols, esters, nitriles, and ethers, have been observed extensively by radio astronomy. The wealth of material in this Virtual Special Issue concerning interstellar complex organic molecules should provide the reader with a comprehensive introduction to this burgeoning area of astrochemistry. If the 50-year history of astrochemistry is any guide, however, research in the future is likely to change some of the conclusions reached here. Nevertheless, the future work will be based on the solid foundation reported.

New Advances in Organic Aerosol Chemistry

This virtual issue is a collection of exciting new advances in organic aerosol chemistry. The manuscripts fall into four broad and interconnected categories: (1) novel insights into secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation, (2) the impact of organics on aerosol physical properties relevant for climate, (3) organics and the aerosol-cloud life cycle, and (4) field observations of organic aerosols and their transformations. Collectively, the manuscripts in this virtual issue represent the next generation of ideas and techniques in this field. Further research, enabled by recent advances in aerosol technology and collaborative and inclusive research culture, will be needed to tackle the urgent challenges in global air pollution and climate that we face today.

Area Selective Deposition: From Materials Chemistry to Nanofabrication

Right around 2014, as the minimum feature size of electronic devices approached 10 nm, nanofabrication needed a break-through technology to enable precise fabrication in 3D structures within the few nanometer scale. Area selective atomic layer deposition (AS-ALD) was recognized as having many advantages for this challenge because it is a bottom-up patterning approach with high conformality in 3D structures. The purpose of this virtual issue is to compile some of the recent, scientifically innovative papers in AS-ALD research published in Chemistry of Materials and other ACS journals for readers who are interested in this research field. Although the papers in this issue are focused on those published recently, we also include a few older published papers to provide some context about the main research history.

20th Anniversary of Aggregation-Induced Emission

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the concept of aggregation-induced emission (AIE). Since the concept was first coined in 2001, it changes the way people think about chromophore aggregation and provides a broad platform for the design and development of new luminescent materials in practically useful solid state. AIE and the related interdisciplinary research have greatly promoted the continuous innovation and rapid development of chemistry, materials and medicine, which lay an important physical and theoretical foundation for related fields with substantial global impact. The collection of 30 recently published articles from these ACS journals highlights the dynamic and vibrant AIE research. This Virtual Issue will serve as valuable resources for both well-established and early career researchers to learn more about AIE.


Remembering the Contributions and Life of Professor Joel Bernstein

Professor Joel Bernstein (1941–2019) inspired many of us with his insatiable enthusiasm for science and teaching and his passion for the organic solid state. Joel will be remembered for his humanity, compassion, wisdom, scientific depth and breadth, and an unsurpassed passion for history, especially when interwoven with science. He was, truly, polymorphic. This Virtual Special Issue of Crystal Growth & Design is intended to celebrate and commemorate his contributions to the field.

Melbourne – Australia’s Science City

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and fastest growing metropolis with around 4.5 million inhabitants. It is also the Australian biomedical and materials science hub. This virtual issue of ACS Nano celebrates recent research in nanoscience and nanotechnology emanating from various institutes within the city of Melbourne: University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, and CSIRO.

Toward Chemistry in Real Space and Real Time

This Virtual Special Issue bears the title of the symposium held during the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society Fall 2019 National Meeting in San Diego, CA, marking the sunset of the eponymous Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit. This National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Chemical Innovation was founded with the vision to capture motions of individual molecules in real space and time, ultimately, to reach the joint Å-fs scale resolution necessary to visualize chemistry in the act. This VSI serves a collection of manuscripts by participants that capture the topics covered at the CaSTL sunset symposium.

Giants in Sensing: A Virtual Issue to Celebrate Five Years of ACS Sensors

As ACS Sensors celebrates its first five years of publication, we want to take this opportunity to honor people who have been central in shaping the field. To most scientists, chemical and biological sensing is a thoroughly modern discipline. It is unashamedly interdisciplinary, marrying fundamental insights and the foundations of analytical chemistry, state of the art materials science, bioengineering, electrochemistry, optics, biology, clinical and environmental chemistry. It addresses important measurement science challenges that face us today. This is what motivates many of us to contribute to this important field. Together with Analytical Chemistry and the Journal of the American Chemical Society, we present a virtual issue on Giants in Sensing featuring some fifty articles from influential sensing researchers who have contributed to any of these journals in the past five years. Please go through the list, read these excellent articles, and be sure to remember their names and those that came before when you write your next publication. It is humbling to know that we are all standing on the shoulders of giants.

Natural Products: Isolation, Total Synthesis, Structure-Activity Relationships, and More

Chemists are known for their ability to design and create molecules and materials—it is at the heart of what we do. Many of our ideas originate with the ultimate molecular designer and synthetic engineer, Nature, which has found an elegant way over time to create the necessary molecules of life or ones that participate in life cycles. Much of the new chemistry involving these natural products ends up on the pages of Organic Letters and The Journal of Organic Chemistry each year, pieced together through total synthesis to guide the way toward developing new and improved medicines, agricultural chemicals, biocatalysts, and more.

In this Virtual Issue, we feature 40 leading articles on natural products chemistry, selected by Organic Letters Editor-in-Chief Erick M. Carreira and The Journal of Organic Chemistry Editor-in-Chief Scott J. Miller from among the more than 250 articles on the topic published in the ACS core organic journals during 2019.


Quantum Dots and their Applications: What Lies Ahead?

It has been many years since the first works on the reduced dimensionality of semiconductors, which led to the concept of ‘artificial atoms’, or quantum dots (QDs). These semiconductor nanocrystals, with nanometer-sized diameters, exhibit quantum size effects in their optical and electronic properties. In particular, tunable and efficient photoluminescence (PL), with narrow emission and photochemical stability, as well as core-shell structures are commonly achieved today for many quantum dot materials systems. As a consequence, quantum dots have been incorporated as active elements in a wide variety of devices and applications, such as light-emitting diodes and display applications, photovoltaics, photoconductors and photodetectors, biomedical and environmental applications and catalysis applications. Many of these applications are now commercially-available and incorporated into our daily life, such as the case of quantum-dot-based displays. Despite being now part of mature technologies, quantum dot synthesis, characterization, and applications still constitute a highly active field of investigation. In light of various new development in applications of quantum dots, it is our pleasure to announce a “virtual issue” on quantum dots and their applications for ACS Applied Nano Materials.

Laboratory Learning

The Journal of Chemical Education has published many widely cited articles about learning in the chemistry laboratory. Laboratory teaching continues to evolve and face new challenges in today’s world. To help share the broad approaches to laboratory education, the journal has provided a collective resource of articles on laboratory learning and understanding, inquiry methods, student preparedness, assessing the lab, and faculty goals and professional development for laboratory teaching. We hope your find these articles as a useful resource increasing your knowledge in laboratory learning.

Challenges and Opportunities in Designing Perovskite Nanocrystal Heterostructures

Since the first report of CsPbBr3 nanocrystal synthesis by the hot-injection five years ago, we have seen phenomenal growth in research efforts to understand the photodynamics, luminescent properties, and stabilization of different phases of perovskite materials. We envision the possibility of designing perovskite nanocrystal heterostructures in combinations with other perovskites, metal oxides and chalcogenides, and precious metals and 2D materials. This virtual issue highlights some of the key findings published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ACS Energy Letters, ACS Nano, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of American Chemical Society, Nano Letters, and Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy

The collection of papers in this virtual special issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A are representative of the work disseminated over the last decade at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS), which is on the verge of its 75th anniversary. The ISMS was founded in 1946 and was held on campus at The Ohio State University for 68 consecutive years, where after it moved to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Historically, the emphasis of the ISMS has been the characterization of the structure, dynamics, and spectroscopy of molecular systems, including complexes and clusters. The fundamental spectroscopic techniques developed by the participants of ISMS have been applied over the years to an ever more precise understanding of the chemistry and physics of aqueous environments, combustion, the interstellar medium, and planetary atmospheres, to name a few of the more popular areas of discussion at the symposium. This research, in both the gas and condensed phases, spans the subject areas of JPC A.

3D Printing of Polymers

The distributive manufacturing enabled by 3D printing has been on display in the response to shortages in critical medical resources for the response to the COVID-19 epidemic. In almost all cases, these 3D printed parts have been polymers and have been instrumental in providing a stopgap to logistical challenges in obtaining critical components. These have included, amongst many other examples, engineered solutions to limited number of ventilators through 3D printing of valves for ventilators, parts to transform snorkeling masks into continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, and repurposing of existing medical equipment to meet demands for treating patients. The timely delivery of these 3D printed plastic components has been enabled by the advances in 3D printing over the past decades. In light of their acute significance in this global health crisis, it is our pleasure to announce a “virtual issue” on the 3D printing of polymers for ACS Applied Polymer Materials.


New Tools and Methods in Physical Chemistry Research

This spring marks the second anniversary of the introduction of a section in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A highlighting work in the development of New Tools and Methods in Experiment and Theory. Work published in this section of J. Phys. Chem. A spans the full scope of physical chemistry research that is published in the three parts of the Journal. In the two years since this section was introduced, we have published more than 200 articles. In this collection of twenty-five articles, we highlight representative examples of the exciting work in the development of new tools and methods, which has been published in The Journal over the past two years.

Recent Highlights on Interfaces from China

This Langmuir virtual issue contains a collection of carefully selected articles which showcase very recent studies on interfaces from China. The authors with science and engineering backgrounds are from national and state key laboratories, academic institutes as well as universities located at various parts of China. We hope that you’ll enjoy reading this sample collection of Langmuir publications for the recent exciting work on nanomaterials and interfaces authored by Chinese scientists!

Virus Detection

In this virtual issue, we highlight 23 papers centered on the development of molecular tests for viruses. The type of work these researchers were doing was no less important then, than it is now. Current events have just brought the importance of their work into focus. We feel the papers in this virtual issue serve as a benchmark for the types of innovation the journals Analytical Chemistry and ACS Sensors are looking for. The papers we selected are just a subset of the many wonderful, innovative papers on infection detection we have published and represent the incredible work being done around the globe in detection science that will help keep us safe. When we read the papers, they give us hope that we will be far better equipped to deal with any future potential pandemics. We thank these scientists for their research.

A New Era of Metal-Organic Framework Nanomaterials and Applications

ACS Applied Nano Materials is an interdisciplinary journal covering original nanomaterials research relevant to applications. Naturally, ACS Applied Nano Materials becomes a suitable platform for showcasing advances in applied research of metal-organic framework (MOF)-based nanomaterials. Thus, it is timely to organize a virtual issue to celebrate recent achievements in this field. This virtual issue highlights 41 publications from ACS Applied Nano Materials on the topic of applied MOF-based nanomaterials research. For clarity in presenting these papers, they are categorized into four major groups according to their targeted applications, namely (1) capture, sensing, and separation, (2) energy and light, (3) advanced catalysis, and (4) biomedicine.

2020 Langmuir Lectureship Award Winners Announced

Langmuir and the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry are proud to announce Professor Kristen Fichthorn (Pennsylvania State University) and Dr. Emmanuel Delamarche (IBM) are the winners of the 2020 Langmuir Lectureship Award. The award recognizes individuals working in the interdisciplinary field of colloid and surface chemistry.

“Professor Fitchorn is noted for advancing methodologies by which theoreticians conduct multi-scale simulations based on quantum mechanics, as well as the ways in which experimentalists understand a host of phenomena, says Langmuir Editor-in-Chief Gilbert Walker. “Dr. Delamarche is noted for outstanding contributions in various fields of interface science ranging from the functionalization of surfaces to the decoration of surfaces with proteins and the miniaturization of surface assays. This year’s Lectureship winners exemplify some of the great interdisciplinary research in our field as well as the content we publish in our journal. Congratulations to Professor Fitchorn and Dr. Delamarche.”

 About the Winners

Kristen Fichthorn

Dr. Fichthorn is the Merrell Fenske Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Professor of Physics at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Fichthorn’s research primarily in multi-scale materials simulation, in which she develops and applies theoretical techniques ranging from quantum density functional theory to molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo methods, and continuum theories to a diverse array of fundamental problems involving fluid-solid interfaces. Applications lie in nanoscale materials, thin-film and crystal growth, colloidal assembly, and wetting.

Emmanuel Delamarche

Dr. Delamarche is currently leading activities on Precision Diagnostics at IBM Research – Zurich with the goal of developing expertise in microtechnology, surface chemistry, and biochemistry for solving important problems in biology and medicine. His current projects deal with investigating intercellular pathways relevant to neurodegenerative diseases, developing new techniques for tissue section analysis, and microfluidics for point-of-care testing diagnostics. His expertise covers self-assembly, soft lithography, miniaturized biological assays based on microfluidics, and nanotechnology in general.


Announcing the “Key Resources for Medicinal Chemists” Virtual Issue

The ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters Early Career Board is celebrating the journal’s 10-year anniversary with a collection of articles in the new Virtual Issue “Key Resources for Medicinal Chemists.”

The goal of this project is to provide a starting point of essential reading for the next generation of medicinal chemists entering the field. The target audience includes chemists joining pharma and new graduate students or postdoctoral researchers taking on a new medicinal chemistry project.

The issue includes articles from Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, ACS Chemical Neuroscience, ACS Chemical Biology, ACS Infectious Diseases, and Chemical Reviews to illustrate journal collaborations that have shaped the path of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters over the past 10 years.

The general topics of the articles included in the Virtual Issue include CNS drug design, drug-like properties/drug half-life, bioisosteres, biophysical data analysis, pan-assay interference compounds (PAINS), protein-protein interactions, PROTACS and topics of general relevance to medicinal chemistry.

We hope our readers enjoy this collection of resources and that it may inspire current and future students to explore the exciting field of medicinal chemistry!

Selecting a New Editor-in-Chief: Search Committee Insight

Professor Nicole S. Sampson

Earlier in 2020, ACS announced the search for the next Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s flagship Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), and the first Editor-in-Chief of the recently announced open access sibling journal, JACS Au.

The selection of ACS journal Editors is typically a highly confidential process. It begins with the formation of a diverse, experienced, and knowledgeable search committee that is tasked with identifying leading candidates from around the globe. According to ACS By-Laws, a member of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications serves on each search committee. Similar to the traditional, single-blind peer-review process, the identities of members of the committee are not publicly disclosed, in support of thorough discussion and vetting of candidates before a finalist emerges.

In this instance, outreach for nominations extended beyond the search committee to ACS Technical Divisions representing the breadth of chemistry. As is routinely the case, other ACS Committees were also approached, including the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs, the ACS Women Chemists Committee, the ACS Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, and the ACS Younger Chemists Committee.

For the first time ever, in its desire to ensure a broad and diverse pool of candidates, the search committee for JACS and JACS Au welcomed candidate nominations and self-nominations from across the chemistry community.

Now, in another first, as the Chair of the search committee, I will be elucidating the search process and offering first-hand insight and a unique perspective on these significant and soon-to-be-announced appointments.

The Committee

The search committee was made up of 9 individuals: 5 men and 4 women, including myself.

Our collective research spans the fundamental to the applied, and our areas of scientific expertise encompass all of chemistry and bridge to interfacing areas of science. Geographically we represent 6 countries across 4 continents. Each member of the committee brought unique perspectives and insight, gleaned from many years of research, education, authorship, reviewing, and in some cases, serving as journal editors.

Shortly after the search committee was convened, each member took part in an informational training addressing implicit bias, and this awareness carried over into committee deliberations throughout the search.


All candidates and their qualifications were thoroughly reviewed by the search committee, including nominations received from across the broad chemistry community – over 100 in all!

The nominated candidates were one-third women, 40% from outside the United States, representing 20 countries, and one-quarter non-white. The committee evaluated candidates’ research accomplishments and stature, their editorial service, their publication history, and their social media communications in order to hone the list.

Committee Meetings

The committee met over the course of six months to discuss and to arrive at a list of semi-finalists from whom we would seek further information. Three members of ACS Publications staff also attended the meetings to explain the next steps, guide discussions, and clarify information as necessary, however, these staff liaisons did not take part in candidate scoring.

Outside of the scheduled meetings, Committee members were tasked with reviewing additional documentation on candidates and scoring them according to a rubric specifically created for this purpose. We employed a review process whereby each nominated candidate was assigned to three committee members to ensure that everyone on the list received the same level of support, scrutiny, and review during deliberations. The criteria used in the scoring assessments included: demonstrated creativity in problem-solving; dedication to the field and to the community; effective communication skills and embrace of new technologies; demonstrated capacity to multi-task; support of diversity in the community; scientific record, and scope of their scientific network.

Candidate Shortlist: Soliciting Vision Statements

The candidate nomination list was ultimately shortened to 17 individuals who had the desired research and leadership, and from whom vision statements were solicited for either JACS or JACS Au. In these statements, candidates were asked to present their assessments of the journal along with a forward-looking vision of the journal’s future. Among other points, candidates were asked to: present their approach to building community; identify perceived strengths and weaknesses and ideas for improvements; provide their viewpoints on fairness, inclusivity, and innovation in peer review; explain their considerations in appointing a strong, diverse, and representative team of editors; share their view of chemistry today and how it may evolve in the future, and propose milestones that would form the basis of a strategic plan.

Ultimately, 15 candidates submitted vision statements, and each statement was thoroughly reviewed by the entire committee. Of these statements, two-thirds were from candidates within the United States and one-third from other countries. Two-third of the candidates were men and one-third were women.

Final Selections

During a final meeting, the committee evaluated and discussed each candidate’s vision statement and proposed milestones for the journal and gave particular consideration to candidates’ plans for inclusion and equity.  We quickly reached unanimous agreement on one final Editor candidate and an alternate for each journal. In accordance with ACS bylaws, the search committee’s recommendations were submitted to the ACS Board of Directors for final approval, thereby concluding the search process.


Ultimately the committee identified the most visionary and dynamic of the candidates from an extensive pool of highly experienced nominees willing to serve the chemistry community. The selected Editors each have clearly established track records and a willingness to work with next-generation authors and publishing modalities to engage the chemistry community world-wide in publishing with premier ACS journals. The committee is enthusiastic about the future of JACS and JACS Au and looks forward to seeing the exciting chemistry that will be showcased through this powerful partnership.

The Editors will be announced soon!

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Professor Nicole S. Sampson is the Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, and served as the Chair of the search committee for the 2020 Editor-in-Chief appointments for the Journal of the American Chemical Society and JACS Au. She served as Chair of the ACS Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications from 2016 – 2018, and as a member from 2010 – 2019.


Browse the Most-Read Articles of June 2020

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 from each ACS Publications journal in June 2020, 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.

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Accounts of Chemical Research


Mechanisms of Thermal Atomic Layer Etching
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00084

Forging Odd-Membered Rings: Palladium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Cycloadditions of Trimethylenemethane
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00152

Confronting Racism in Chemistry Journals
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00383

Spray-Drying Synthesis of MOFs, COFs, and Related Composites
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00133

Exploring Anion−π Interactions and Their Applications in Supramolecular Chemistry
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00243

ACS Applied Bio Materials

Soft Printable Electrode Coating for Neural Interfaces
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.0c00401

Physical Confinement Impacts Cellular Phenotypes within Living Materials
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.0c00335

Engineering a pH/Glutathione-Responsive Tea Polyphenol Nanodevice as an Apoptosis/Ferroptosis-Inducing Agent
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.0c00225

Controllable Cleavage of C–N Bond-Based Fluorescent and Photoacoustic Dual-Modal Probes for the Detection of H2S in Living Mice
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.0c00413

Synergistic Photodynamic and Photothermal Antibacterial Therapy Based on a Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticle-Doped Hydrogel
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.0c00423

ACS Applied Electronic Materials

Synthesis and Applications of Wide Bandgap 2D Layered Semiconductors Reaching the Green and Blue Wavelengths
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.0c00105

Controlling the Neuromorphic Behavior of Organic Electrochemical Transistors by Blending Mixed and Ion Conductors
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.0c00203

Nanocomposite Electron-Transport Layer Incorporated Highly Efficient OLED
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.0c00166

High-Temperature In Situ Investigation of Chemical Vapor Deposition to Reveal Growth Mechanisms of Monolayer Molybdenum Disulfide
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.0c00231

Recent Advances in Synaptic Devices Based on Halide Perovskite
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.0c00180

ACS Applied Energy Materials

Improved Stability of Inverted and Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells with Carbon Electrode
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.0c00702

Understanding and Advancing Bifacial Thin Film Solar Cells
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.0c00851

Electrochemical Evolution of Pore-Confined Metallic Molybdenum in a Metal–Organic Framework (MOF) for All-MOF-Based Pseudocapacitors
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.0c00399

Confronting Racism in Chemistry Journals
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.0c01415

Residual PbI2 Beneficial in the Bulk or at the Interface? An Investigation Study in Sputtered NiOx Hole-Transport-Layer-Based Perovskite Solar Cells
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.0c00245

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Confronting Racism in Chemistry Journals
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c10979

Highly Selective Metal–Organic Framework Textile Humidity Sensor
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c07532

Mussel-Inspired Dual-Cross-linking Hyaluronic Acid/ε-Polylysine Hydrogel with Self-Healing and Antibacterial Properties for Wound Healing
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c00782

Flexible C6BN Monolayers As Promising Anode Materials for High-Performance K-Ion Batteries
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c09451

(Thio)urea-Based Covalent Organic Framework as a Hydrogen-Bond-Donating Catalyst
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c04957

ACS Applied Nano Materials

Electrical Actuation of Hydrophobic Bilayer Membranes of Reduced Graphene Oxide and Agar for Inducing Chemical Reactions in Microdroplets
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.0c01063

A New Era of Metal–Organic Framework Nanomaterials and Applications
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.0c01241

Quantum Dots and Their Applications: What Lies Ahead?
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.0c01386

Reusability Comparison of Melt-Blown vs Nanofiber Face Mask Filters for Use in the Coronavirus Pandemic
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.0c01562

Sub-nanoscale Surface Engineering of TiO2 Nanoparticles by Molecular Layer Deposition of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) for Suppressing Photoactivity and Enhancing Dispersibility
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.0c01158

ACS Applied Polymer Materials

A Virtual Issue of Applied Polymer Materials: “3D Printing of Polymers”
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.0c00517

Block Copolymer Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives Derived from Fatty Acids and Triacetic Acid Lactone
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.0c00317

Polyelectrolyte Complex Membranes via Salinity Change Induced Aqueous Phase Separation
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.0c00255

N-Type Complementary Semiconducting Polymer Blends
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.0c00261

PLGA Barrier Materials from CO2. The influence of Lactide Co-monomer on Glycolic Acid Polyesters
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.0c00315

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering

Novel Self-Healing Hydrogel with Injectable, pH-Responsive, Strain-Sensitive, Promoting Wound-Healing, and Hemostatic Properties Based on Collagen and Chitosan
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c00588

Self-Assembled Supramolecular Micelles with pH-Responsive Properties for More Effective Cancer Chemotherapy
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c00644

Redox-Sensitive Hyaluronic Acid Polymer Prodrug Nanoparticles for Enhancing Intracellular Drug Self-Delivery and Targeted Cancer Therapy
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c00762

Alginate Microencapsulation for Three-Dimensional In Vitro Cell Culture
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c00457

Confronting Racism in Chemistry Journals
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c00901

ACS Catalysis

Excellence versus Diversity? Not an Either/Or Choice
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c02590

N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Based Catalysis Enabling Cross-Coupling Reactions
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c01795

Phosphoranyl Radical Fragmentation Reactions Driven by Photoredox Catalysis
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c01923

ACS Catalysis Highlights Its Most Cited Papers from Around the Globe: India
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c02418

Dual-Ligand-Enabled Ir(III)-Catalyzed Enantioselective C–H Amidation for the Synthesis of Chiral Sulfoxides
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c02109

ACS Central Science

Equity and Inclusion in the Chemical Sciences Requires Actions not Just Words
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c00784

Confronting Racism in Chemistry Journals
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c00794

Quantitative Mapping of Molecular Substituents to Macroscopic Properties Enables Predictive Design of Oligoethylene Glycol-Based Lithium Electrolytes
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c00475

Quantum Dots with Highly Efficient, Stable, and Multicolor Electrochemiluminescence
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c00484

Synthesis, Stability, and Biological Studies of Fluorinated Analogues of Thromboxane A2
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c00310

ACS Chemical Biology

How ATP-Competitive Inhibitors Allosterically Modulate Tyrosine Kinases That Contain a Src-like Regulatory Architecture
Open Access Through ACS Editors’ Choice
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.0c00429

Scientific Response to the Coronavirus Crisis in Spain: Collaboration and Multidisciplinarity
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.0c00496

A Nimbolide-Based Kinase Degrader Preferentially Degrades Oncogenic BCR-ABL
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.0c00348

The Progesterone 5β-Reductase/Iridoid Synthase Family: A Catalytic Reservoir for Specialized Metabolism across Land Plants
Open Access Through ACS AuthorChoice
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.0c00220

A Toxic RNA Templates the Synthesis of Its Own Fluorogenic Inhibitor by Using a Bio-orthogonal Tetrazine Ligation in Cells and Tissues
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Dual Targeting of Monomeric Tau and α-Synuclein Aggregation: A New Multitarget Therapeutic Strategy for Neurodegeneration
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Denoising DNA Encoded Library Screens with Sparse Learning
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Optimization of High-Throughput Methyltransferase Assays for the Discovery of Small Molecule Inhibitors
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Cyclic Imines in Ugi and Ugi-Type Reactions
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Photodegradation of Secondary Organic Aerosols by Long-Term Exposure to Solar Actinic Radiation
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Comparison of Chemical Speciation of Lead, Arsenic, and Cadmium in Contaminated Soils from a Historical Mining Site: Implications for Different Mobilities of Heavy Metals
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Aqueous Photoreactions of Wood Smoke Brown Carbon
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Brown Carbon Formation Potential of the Biacetyl–Ammonium Sulfate Reaction System
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Phenanthroline Covalent Organic Framework Electrodes for High-Performance Zinc-Ion Supercapattery
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COVID-19 and Other Pandemics: How Might They Be Prevented?
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Current Perspective of Antiviral Strategies against COVID-19
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The Antibacterial Research and Development Pipeline Needs Urgent Solutions
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Photopatternable, Branched Polymer Hydrogels Based on Linear Macromonomers for 3D Cell Culture Applications
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Thermal Guanidine Metathesis for Covalent Adaptable Networks
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Dynamic Hydrophobic Domains Enable the Fabrication of Mechanically Robust and Highly Elastic Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Based Hydrogels with Excellent Self-Healing Ability
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Stable, Bromine-Free, Tetragonal Perovskites with 1.7 eV Bandgaps via A-Site Cation Substitution
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Lattice Distortion in Mixed-Anion Lead Halide Perovskite Nanorods Leads to their High Fluorescence Anisotropy
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Advantages of the Parent Nucleoside GS-441524 over Remdesivir for Covid-19 Treatment
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Exploiting Existing Molecular Scaffolds for Long-Term COVID Treatment
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Systematic Investigation of the Permeability of Androgen Receptor PROTACs
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Chemically Induced Degradation of FAK-ALK for Application in Cancer Therapeutics
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RAF Kinases in Cancer: A Moving Target and Degradation Therapy
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Back to Normal: An Old Physics Route to Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in Indoor Spaces
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Toward Nanotechnology-Enabled Approaches against the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Gram-Scale Synthesis of Flavoring Ketones in One Pot via Alkylation–Decarboxylation on Benzylic Carbon Using a Commercial Solid Acid Catalyst
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Nanocarriers as Potential Drug Delivery Candidates for Overcoming the Blood–Brain Barrier: Challenges and Possibilities
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Aluminum in Coffee
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The Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides as an Antiviral Therapy against COVID-19
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Understanding How Phosphorylation and Redox Modifications Regulate Cardiac Ryanodine Receptor Type 2 Activity to Produce an Arrhythmogenic Phenotype in Advanced Heart Failure
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Targeting Antibiotic Resistance: From Diagnostics to Novel Antibiotics
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Discovery of a First-in-Class Potent Small Molecule Antagonist against the Adrenomedullin-2 Receptor
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Background Reduction in STED-FCS Using a Bivortex Phase Mask
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Room-Temperature Quantum Emitter in Aluminum Nitride
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Concept of a Generalized Law of Refraction: A Phenomenological Model
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Determination of Nanoscale Mechanical Properties of Polymers via Plasmonic Nanoantennas
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Biosensors for Managing the COVID-19 Cytokine Storm: Challenges Ahead
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Aerosol-to-Hydrosol Sampling and Simultaneous Enrichment of Airborne Bacteria For Rapid Biosensing
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Branched Au Nanoparticles on Nanofibers for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Sensing of Intracellular pH and Extracellular pH Gradients
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Modular Assembly of Versatile Nanoparticles with Epigallocatechin Gallate
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Elimination of Fluorination: The Influence of Fluorine-Free Electrolytes on the Performance of LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2/Silicon–Graphite Li-Ion Battery Cells
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Productivity Leap in the Homogeneous Ruthenium-Catalyzed Alcohol Amination through Catalyst Recycling Avoiding Volatile Organic Solvents
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ACS Symposium Series

Advances in Membrane Materials and Processes for Water and Wastewater Treatment
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Recent Advancements in Arrayed Technologies and Emerging Themes in the Identification of Glycan-Protein Interactions
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Discovery of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Rabi, Purcell, and Bloch
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Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Protein Glycosylation
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Development of Novel Riboswitches for Synthetic Biology in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas
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Targeted Diversification in the S. cerevisiae Genome with CRISPR-Guided DNA Polymerase I
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Pattern Engineering of Living Bacterial Colonies Using Meniscus-Driven Fluidic Channels
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Minimization of Elements for Isothermal DNA Replication by an Evolutionary Approach
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Analytical Chemistry

Translational Opportunities for Microfluidic Technologies to Enable Precision Epigenomics
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Platinum Nanozyme-Enabled Colorimetric Determination of Total Antioxidant Level in Saliva
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Ratiometric Self-Powered Sensor for 17β-Estradiol Detection Based on a Dual-Channel Photocatalytic Fuel Cell
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In Matrix Derivatization Combined with LC-MS/MS Results in Ultrasensitive Quantification of Plasma Free Metanephrines and Catecholamines
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One-Step Synthesis of Methylene Blue-Encapsulated Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework for Dual-Signal Fluorescent and Homogeneous Electrochemical Biosensing
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Ramping Recombinant Protein Expression in Bacteria
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PET Polymer Recycling
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Bicarbonate-Mediated CO2 Formation on Both Sides of Photosystem II
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Probing the Active Site of Deubiquitinase USP30 with Noncanonical Tryptophan Analogues
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Welcome New Executive Editor, Bryan Roth
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β-Galactosidase-Catalyzed Fluorescent Reporter Labeling of Living Cells for Sensitive Detection of Cell Surface Antigens
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Conditionally Controlling Human TLR2 Activity via Trans-Cyclooctene Caged Ligands
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Development of a Versatile and Modular Linker for Antibody–Drug Conjugates Based on Oligonucleotide Strand Pairing
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Tetrazine-TCO Ligation: A Potential Simple Approach to Improve Tumor Uptake through Enhanced Blood Circulation
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Interactions between Biomolecules and Zwitterionic Moieties: A Review
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Exploring the Impact of Morphology on the Properties of Biodegradable Nanoparticles and Their Diffusion in Complex Biological Medium
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Polysaccharide-Based pH-Responsive Nanocapsules Prepared with Bio-Orthogonal Chemistry and Their Use as Responsive Delivery Systems
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C&EN Global Enterprise
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ACS Petroleum Research Fund: 65 years of sowing seeds
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Introduction to Special Issue: Environmental Toxicology
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Strategies to Mitigate the Bioactivation of Aryl Amines
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New Perspectives on Drug-Induced Livery Injury Risk Assessment of Acyl Glucuronides
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Integrated Proteomics and Metabolomics Reveal the Mechanism of Nephrotoxicity Induced by Triptolide
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Chemical Reviews

Big-Data Science in Porous Materials: Materials Genomics and Machine Learning
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Encapsulated Metal Nanoparticles for Catalysis
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Introduction: Chemical Evolution and the Origins of Life
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Single-Atom Alloy Catalysis
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Trends in the Usage of Bidentate Phosphines as Ligands in Nickel Catalysis
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Chemistry of Materials

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Checking in with Women Materials Scientists During a Global Pandemic: May 2020
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A Stay-at-Home Scientist’s Strategy for Synthesizing Sustainable Support Structures
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Self-Controlled Growth of Covalent Organic Frameworks by Repolymerization
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Crystal Growth & Design

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Calorimetric Determination of Cocrystal Thermodynamic Stability: Sulfamethazine–Salicylic Acid Case Study
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Design and Assembly of a Hierarchically Micro- and Mesoporous MOF as a Highly Efficient Heterogeneous Catalyst for Knoevenagel Condensation Reaction
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Serendipitous and Targeted Synthesis of High Nuclearity Clusters—Carbonate and Oxalate Encapsulating Silver Alkynides
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Scandium Metal–Organic Frameworks Containing Tetracarboxylate Linker Molecules: Synthesis, Structural Relationships, and Properties
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Energy & Fuels

Energy & Fuels: The Way Forward
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Energy & Fuels Appoints New Associate Editors Shao, Dufour, and Linga
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Stability, Combustion, and Compatibility of High-Viscosity Heavy Fuel Oil Blends with a Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil
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Nanoscale Molecular Composition of Solid Bitumen from the Eagle Ford Group across a Natural Thermal Maturity Gradient
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Wastewater-Based Epidemiology: Global Collaborative to Maximize Contributions in the Fight Against COVID-19
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ES&T’s Best Papers of 2019
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Single-Use Plastics and COVID-19: Scientific Evidence and Environmental Regulations
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Microplastic Research Should Embrace the Complexity of Secondary Particles
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Existence of SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater: Implications for Its Environmental Transmission in Developing Communities
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Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Scientific Basis for Managing PFAS as a Chemical Class
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Our Selections for the Best ES&T Letters Paper of 2019
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Impacts of Modifiable Factors on Ambient Air Pollution: A Case Study of COVID-19 Shutdowns
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Efficient Photocatalytic PFOA Degradation over Boron Nitride
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Soft Sensor Modeling for Identifying Significant Process Variables with Time Delays
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Kinetic Model of Xylose Dehydration for a Wide Range of Sulfuric Acid Concentrations
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Pattern Matching and Active Simulation Method for Process Fault Diagnosis
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Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis: ZIF-8@ZIF-67-Derived Cobalt Nanoparticle-Embedded Nanocage Catalysts
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Inorganic Chemistry

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Tweaking the Charge Transfer: Bonding Analysis of Bismuth(III) Complexes with a Flexidentate Phosphane Ligand
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Examining the Generality of Metal–Ligand Cooperativity Across a Series of First-Row Transition Metals: Capture, Bond Activation, and Stabilization
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Water Stable Zn(II) Metal–Organic Framework as a Selective and Sensitive Luminescent Probe for Fe(III) and Chromate Ions
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Bis-tridentate N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ru(II) Complexes are Promising New Agents for Photodynamic Therapy
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Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

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Serum Protein N-Glycans in Colostrum and Mature Milk of Chinese Mothers
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Isolation and Identification of Antiarthritic Constituents from Glycine tabacina and Network Pharmacology-Based Prediction of Their Protective Mechanisms Against Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Mass Spectrometry for Analysis of Changes during Food Storage and Processing
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Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of the Antifungal Activity of Novel Pyrazole–Thiazole Carboxamides as Succinate Dehydrogenase Inhibitors
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Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data

Vapor–Liquid Equilibria of Mixtures Containing Ethanol, Oxygen, and Nitrogen at Elevated Pressure and Temperature, Measured with In Situ Raman Spectroscopy in Microcapillaries
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Characterization of Fluid-Phase Behavior Using an Advanced Microwave Re-Entrant Cavity
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Speeds of Sound in n-Pentane at Temperatures from 233.50 to 473.15 K at Pressures up to 390 MPa
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Phase Diagrams of Binary Systems Mg(NO3)2-KNO3, Mg(NO3)2-LiNO3 and ternary system Mg(NO3)2-LiNO3-NaNO3
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Journal of Chemical Education

The Building Blocks of Battery Technology: Using Modified Tower Block Game Sets to Explain and Aid the Understanding of Rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries
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Safety Moments in Chemical Safety Education
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Working in a Team: Development of a Device for Water Hardness Sensing Based on an Arduino–Nanoparticle System
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Communication and the Chemistry Education Conference Pause of 2020
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Interactive Unit Cell Visualization Tool for Crystal Lattice Structures
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Rigorous Free Energy Simulations in Virtual Screening
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Discovery of New Hydroxyethylamine Analogs against 3CLpro Protein Target of SARS-CoV-2: Molecular Docking, Molecular Dynamics Simulation, and Structure–Activity Relationship Studies
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Fragment Molecular Orbital Based Interaction Analyses on COVID-19 Main Protease Inhibitor N3 Complex (PDB ID: 6LU7)
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Decoding SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Evolution and Ramifications for COVID-19 Diagnosis, Vaccine, and Medicine
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Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

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A New Benchmark Set for Excitation Energy of Charge Transfer States: Systematic Investigation of Coupled Cluster Type Methods
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Incorporating Electronic Information into Machine Learning Potential Energy Surfaces via Approaching the Ground-State Electronic Energy as a Function of Atom-Based Electronic Populations
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Capturing the Flexibility of a Protein–Ligand Complex: Binding Free Energies from Different Enhanced Sampling Techniques
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Charge and Exciton Transfer Simulations Using Machine-Learned Hamiltonians
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COVID-19: Drug Targets and Potential Treatments
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Phosphine Oxides from a Medicinal Chemist’s Perspective: Physicochemical and in Vitro Parameters Relevant for Drug Discovery
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Hitting KRAS When It’s Down
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Fragment Linking Strategies for Structure-Based Drug Design
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Inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 Entry: Current and Future Opportunities
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The Chemistry of Kratom [Mitragyna speciosa]: Updated Characterization Data and Methods to Elucidate Indole and Oxindole Alkaloids
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Highly Potent Antiausterity Agents from Callistemon citrinus and Their Mechanism of Action against the PANC-1 Human Pancreatic Cancer Cell Line
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.0c00330

Confronting Racism in Chemistry Journals
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.0c00670

Antibacterial and NF-κB Inhibitory Lumazine Peptides, Aspochalasin, γ-Butyrolactone Derivatives, and Cyclic Peptides from a Hawaiian Aspergillus flavipes
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.0c00344

Oxygenated Geosmins and Plant-like Eudesmanes from a Bacterial Mangrove Endophyte
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.0c00304

Journal of Proteome Research

Optimal Dissociation Methods Differ for N- and O-Glycopeptides
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.0c00218

Mass Spectrometric Identification of SARS-CoV-2 Proteins from Gargle Solution Samples of COVID-19 Patients
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.0c00280

Impact of the Identification Strategy on the Reproducibility of the DDA and DIA Results
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.0c00153

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.0c00436

Data Dependent–Independent Acquisition (DDIA) Proteomics
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.0c00186

Journal of the American Chemical Society

Equity and Inclusion in the Chemical Sciences Requires Actions not Just Words
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c06482

Cross-Electrophile Coupling of Unactivated Alkyl Chlorides
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c04812

Visible-Light-Driven C4-Selective Alkylation of Pyridinium Derivatives with Alkyl Bromides
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c04499

Confronting Racism in Chemistry Journals
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c06516

Ni(I)–Alkyl Complexes Bearing Phenanthroline Ligands: Experimental Evidence for CO2 Insertion at Ni(I) Centers
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c04695

Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry

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DOI: 10.1021/jasms.0c00230

Science Moves Forward When We Work Together
DOI: 10.1021/jasms.0c00218

Evaluation of Trapped Ion Mobility Spectrometry Source Conditions Using Benzylammonium Thermometer Ions
DOI: 10.1021/jasms.0c00151

MealTime-MS: A Machine Learning-Guided Real-Time Mass Spectrometry Analysis for Protein Identification and Efficient Dynamic Exclusion
DOI: 10.1021/jasms.0c00064

High-Resolution Ion Mobility Separations of Isomeric Glycoforms with Variations on the Peptide and Glycan Levels
DOI: 10.1021/jasms.0c00183


Synergy between Sophorolipid Biosurfactant and SDS Increases the Efficiency of P. aeruginosa Biofilm Disruption
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c00643

Adaptive Wetting of Polydimethylsiloxane
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c00538

Seeded Growth of Large-Area Arrays of Substrate Supported Au Nanoparticles Using Citrate and Hydrogen Peroxide
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c00374

Understanding Mono- and Bivalent Ion Selectivities of Nanoporous Graphene Using Ionic and Bi-ionic Potentials
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c00924

Recent Highlights on Interfaces from China
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c01125


Supramolecular Polymer Brushes: Influence of Molecular Weight and Cross-Linking on Linear Viscoelastic Behavior
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.0c00074

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.0c01412

Carbohydrates as Hard Segments for Sustainable Elastomers: Carbohydrates Direct the Self-Assembly and Mechanical Properties of Fully Bio-Based Block Copolymers
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.0c00611

Functionalizing Polystyrene with N-Alicyclic Piperidine-Based Cations via Friedel–Crafts Alkylation for Highly Alkali-Stable Anion-Exchange Membranes
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.0c00201

Role of Side-Chain Architecture in Poly(ethylene oxide)-Based Copolymers
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.0c01116

Molecular Pharmaceutics

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.0c00638

Nanomedicine in Healing Chronic Wounds: Opportunities and Challenges
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.0c00346

Machine Estimation of Drug Melting Properties and Influence on Solubility Prediction
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.0c00355

Nanoparticulate Drug Delivery to the Retina
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.0c00224

Direct Comparison of Total Clearance Prediction: Computational Machine Learning Model versus Bottom-Up Approach Using In Vitro Assay
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.9b01294

Nano Letters

Cellular Nanosponges Inhibit SARS-CoV-2 Infectivity
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c02278

Household Materials Selection for Homemade Cloth Face Coverings and Their Filtration Efficiency Enhancement with Triboelectric Charging
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c02211

A Mechanically Tunable Quantum Dot in a Graphene Break Junction
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c00984

Molecular Nanocarbon Science: Present and Future
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c02143

Graphene-Enabled Adaptive Infrared Textiles
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c01694

Organic Letters

Total Syntheses of Dihydroindole Aspidosperma Alkaloids: Reductive Interrupted Fischer Indolization Followed by Redox Diversification
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c01472

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c02005

Cation Radical-Accelerated Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution for Amination of Alkoxyarenes
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c01621

Dearomative Cycloadditions Utilizing an Organic Photosensitizer: An Alternative to Iridium Catalysis
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c01622

Improved Process for the Palladium-Catalyzed C–O Cross-Coupling of Secondary Alcohols
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c01668

Organic Process Research & Development

Quest for a COVID-19 Cure by Repurposing Small-Molecule Drugs: Mechanism of Action, Clinical Development, Synthesis at Scale, and Outlook for Supply
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.0c00233

Some Items of Interest to Process R&D Chemists and Engineers
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.0c00243

Decarboxylative Bromination of Sterically Hindered Carboxylic Acids with Hypervalent Iodine(III) Reagents
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.0c00130

Development of a Scalable and Practical Synthesis of AB928, a Dual A2a/A2b Receptor Antagonist
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.0c00124

Ir/Ni Photoredox Dual Catalysis with Heterogeneous Base Enabled by an Oscillatory Plug Flow Photoreactor
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.0c00150


A Terminal Rh Methylidene from Activation of CH2Cl2
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.0c00031

Regioselective C–F Bond Activation/C–C Bond Formation between Fluoropyridines and Cyclopropyl Groups at Zirconium
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.0c00218

Pioneers and Influencers in Organometallic Chemistry: Professor Yao-Zeng Huang and His Three “Treasure Chests”
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.0c00391

Mechanistic Study of Alkene Hydrosilylation Catalyzed by a β-Dialdiminate Cobalt(I) Complex
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.0c00241

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.0c00416

The Journal of Organic Chemistry

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c01426

Visible-Light-Mediated N-Desulfonylation of N-Heterocycles Using a Heteroleptic Copper(I) Complex as a Photocatalyst
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c00983

Switching the Mallory Reaction to Synthesis of Naphthalenes, Benzannulated Heterocycles, and Their Derivatives
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c00924

Utility of Organoboron Reagents in Arylation of Cyclopropanols via Chelated Pd(II) Catalysis: Chemoselective Access to β-Aryl Ketones
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c00160

Access to Spirocyclic Benzothiophenones with Multiple Stereocenters via an Organocatalytic Cascade Reaction
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c00882

The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
Virtual Issue on New Tools and Methods in Physical Chemistry Research
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.0c04262

Characteristics of Impactful Computational Contributions to The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.0c04148

Confronting Racism in Chemistry Journals
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.0c05467

The 75th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.0c04591

A Systematic Theoretical Kinetics Analysis for the Waddington Mechanism in the Low-Temperature Oxidation of Butene and Butanol Isomers
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.0c03515

The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Developing a Fully-glycosylated Full-length SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Model in a Viral Membrane
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c04553

Characteristics of Impactful Computational Contributions to The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c04149

Structural Basis of the Potential Binding Mechanism of Remdesivir to SARS-CoV-2 RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c04198

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c05469

Design of Nonideal Eutectic Mixtures Based on Correlations with Molecular Properties
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c01680

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

Characteristics of Impactful Computational Contributions to The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
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Adsorption of Azobenzene on Hexagonal Boron Nitride Nanomesh Supported by Rh(111)
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c01725

Reduction of Carbon Impurities in Aluminum Nitride from Time-Resolved Chemical Vapor Deposition Using Trimethylaluminum
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c01724

Electric Field Effects in Oxygen Reduction Kinetics: Rationalizing pH Dependence at the Pt(111), Au(111) and Au(100) Electrodes
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c02127

Correlation of Dielectric Confinement and Excitonic Binding Energy in 2D Layered Hybrid Perovskites using Temperature Dependent Photoluminescence
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c04284

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Repositioning of 8565 Existing Drugs for COVID-19
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c01579

Comparing the Binding Interactions in the Receptor Binding Domains of SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c01064

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c01874

Lattice Oxygen Exchange in Rutile IrO2 during the Oxygen Evolution Reaction
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c01258

Squeezing Oil into Water under Pressure: Inverting the Hydrophobic Effect
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DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c01410

ACS Brings Its Open Science Resources All in One Place

ACS is committed to supporting the global research community by offering you the tools you need to help you participate in open science. As part of ACS’s pledge to advance open science, ACS Publications has launched a new resource center (www.ACSOpenScience.org) to support researchers, librarians, and other participants in this emerging movement.

Over the past several years, ACS Publications has committed to the open science movement by launching two fully open access journals, ACS Central Science and ACS Omega, with a third, JACS Au, set to launch later this year. At the same time, ACS Publications is making it easier for researchers to publish open through new Read + Publish Agreements. ACS has also led the way in other aspects of open science, including spearheading ChemRxiv, the preprint server for chemistry, and most recently through the launch of the ACS Research Data Center.

“Open science is a positive development for the dissemination of research to the global community,” says ACS Publications President Dr. James Milne. “The goal is to increase the transparency, accessibility, and replicability of research, which are all ambitions ACS fully supports.”

ACS Publications authors, readers, and librarians will find a host of new and improved features on ACSOpenScience.org, including:

  • Step-by-step guides. Whether you’re trying to meet a funder mandate or want to make your research available to a wider audience, the site includes everything you need to know to make open access publishing easier.
  • Tools to help share your research. Learn how to share primary research data through the ACS Research Data Center.
  • Up-to-date information on institutions with ACS Read + Publish Agreements. These agreements bundle the cost of publishing open access research with the institution’s subscription costs, allowing affiliated corresponding authors to publish open access in any ACS Publications journal at no additional cost. You can search the site to see if you are eligible for support from your institution.

Through this new open science resource center, ACS aims to speed the transition to an open science future among its global community of researchers.

Learn more at ACSOpenScience.org


Virtual Special Issue: Recent Advances in Biomass Characterization and Modeling

“Research into the effective conversion of renewable lignocellulosics into valuable fuels, chemicals, and materials is crucial for reducing international dependency on conventional petroleum resources and increasing environmental and economic viability. Substantial research efforts have been aimed at developing a new manufacturing concept, commonly referred to as the biorefinery. The relatively quick development of biorefining, in turn, has become the main impetus for developing innovative analytical techniques to assess the characteristics of biomass feedstock. Biomass characterization and modeling has emerged as a research field in its own right and became an essential step in maximizing the benefit of biomass as energy, chemical, and material feedstocks by optimizing current and developing new biomass conversion processes.

This VSI features contributions from leading scientists in the biorefinery field, intending to provide readers with the latest advances in analytical methodology and modeling to characterize the biomass feedstock and biomass-derived products.”

— From the Editorial by Guest Editors Arthur Ragauskas and Xianzhi Meng, University of Tennessee

Characterization and Localization of Dynamic Cell Wall Structure and Inorganic Species Variability in Harvested and Stored Corn Stover Fractions as Functions of Biological Degradation

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 18, 6924–6934
Comparative Evaluation of Industrial Hemp Cultivars: Agronomical Practices, Feedstock Characterization, and Potential for Biofuels and Bioproducts

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 16, 6200–6210
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b06145
Multiscale Characterization of Lignocellulosic Biomass Variability and Its Implications to Preprocessing and Conversion: a Case Study for Corn Stover

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 8, 3218–3230
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b06763
Fractionation by Sequential Antisolvent Precipitation of Grass, Softwood, and Hardwood Lignins Isolated Using Low-Cost Ionic Liquids and Water

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 9, 3751–3761
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b06939
Innovating Generation of Nanocellulose from Industrial Hemp by Dual Asymmetric Centrifugation

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 4, 1850–1858
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05992
Comprehensive Research on the Influence of Nonlignocellulosic Components on the Pyrolysis Behavior of Chinese Distiller’s Grain

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 8, 3103–3113
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05848
Incorporating Lignin into Polyethylene Glycol Enhanced Its Performance for Promoting Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Hardwood

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 4, 1797–1804
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05724
Hydrothermal Carbonization of Nanofibrillated Cellulose: A Pioneering Model Study Demonstrating the Effect of Size on Final Material Qualities

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 4, 1823–1830
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05928
Characterization and Antioxidant Activity of Microwave-Extracted Phenolic Compounds from Biomass Residues

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 3, 1513–1519
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b06002
Lewis Acid-Facilitated Deep Eutectic Solvent (DES) Pretreatment for Producing High-Purity and Antioxidative Lignin

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 2, 1050–1057
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05846
Fractional Profiling of Kraft Lignin Structure: Unravelling Insights on Lignin Reaction Mechanisms

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 2, 1112–1120
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b06027
Structural Variations of Lignin Macromolecules from Early Growth Stages of Poplar Cell Walls

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 4, 1813–1822
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05845
The Topochemistry of Cellulose Nanofibrils as a Function of Mechanical Generation Energy

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 3, 1471–1478
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05806
Characterization and Application of Lignin–Carbohydrate Complexes from Lignocellulosic Materials as Antioxidants for Scavenging In Vitro and In Vivo Reactive Oxygen Species

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 1, 256–266
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05290
Characterization of Biomass Pyrolysis Oils by Diffusion Ordered NMR Spectroscopy

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 24, 19951–19960
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05520
Enhanced Dissolution of Cotton Cellulose in 1-Allyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride by the Addition of Metal Chlorides

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 23, 19176–19184
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05159
Efficient Utilization and Conversion of Whole Components in Waste Biomass with One-Pot-Oriented Liquefaction

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 21, 18142–18152
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05272
Changing the Molecular Structure of Kraft Lignins—Ozone Treatment at Alkaline Conditions

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 18, 15163–15172
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b01046
Advances in the Characterization Methods of Biomass Pyrolysis Products

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 15, 12639–12655
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b00868
Chemical Study of Kraft Lignin during Alkaline Delignification of E. urophylla x E. grandis Hybrid in Low and High Residual Effective Alkali

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 12, 10274–10282
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b06635
Structure, Rheological Behavior, and in Situ Local Flow Fields of Cellulose Nanocrystal Dispersions during Cross-Flow Ultrafiltration

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 12, 10679–10689
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b01333
Approaches for More Efficient Biological Conversion of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks to Biofuels and Bioproducts

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 10, 9062–9079
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b01229
Imaging Changes in Cell Walls of Engineered Poplar by Stimulated Raman Scattering and Atomic Force Microscopy

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 12, 10616–10622
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b01166
The Application of Fiber Quality Analysis (FQA) and Cellulose Accessibility Measurements To Better Elucidate the Impact of Fiber Curls and Kinks on the Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Fibers

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 9, 8827–8833
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b00783
Quantification of Volatiles from Technical Lignins by Multiple Headspace Sampling-Solid-Phase Microextraction-Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 11, 9896–9903
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b00630
Screening Solvents Based on Hansen Solubility Parameter Theory To Depolymerize Lignocellulosic Biomass Efficiently under Low Temperature

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 9, 8678–8686
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b00494
Preparation of Nanocellulose with High-Pressure Homogenization from Pretreated Biomass with Cooking with Active Oxygen and Solid Alkali

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 10, 9378–9386
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b00582
Nanocellulose/Gelatin Composite Cryogels for Controlled Drug Release

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 6, 6381–6389
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b00161

Call for Papers: ACS Earth and Space Chemistry Special Issue: Chemical Interactions in the Plant-Atmosphere-Soil System

ACS Earth and Space Chemistry welcomes contributions for an upcoming special issue devoted to “Chemical Interactions in the Plant-Atmosphere-Soil System.” The scope of this issue covers the plant-atmosphere-soil system with its associated microbiomes, which is best viewed as an integrated system, where phenotypic expression at the systems level is governed by chemical interactions at the subcellular level, i.e., interactions within plant or microbial cells, the intercellular level, i.e., cellular interactions within plants cells, between plants and microbes or between microbes, and the extracellular level, i.e., atmospheric interactions or interactions involving soil minerals or soil organic matter. Our ability to understand, predict, and ultimately control the function of plant-atmosphere-soil systems and their responses to environmental variables requires unraveling this complex network of chemical interactions.

Submission of both original research and review-type papers are encouraged. Interested researchers should plan to commit to a submission timeline on or before November 1, 2020, so that the journal can ensure timely publication of this special issue.

The Guest Editors welcome any pre-inquiries on manuscript concepts should questions arise about relevance against scope.

Submit Your Manuscript Today

Call for Papers: ACS Earth and Space Chemistry Special Issue “Materials of the Universe: the Final Chemical Frontier”

ACS Earth and Space Chemistry welcomes your contribution to an upcoming Special Issue devoted to “Materials of the Universe: the Final Chemical Frontier.” This Special Issue aims to address grand questions of complex materials and the evolution of planets. This initiative brings together concepts in astrophysics, exoplanetary science, planetary science as well as exploration, mineralogy, and petrology, materials science and engineering, chemistry, physics, and biology.

Contributions from all STEM fields related to materials, methods, and technologies, especially those inspired by materials under extreme conditions beyond Earth (including experimental thermodynamics, first-principles calculations, geology, stellar and planetary observations, and data science approaches) are welcomed. We emphasize that extremes include high temperature, cryogenic conditions, high pressure, ultra-high vacuum, radiation fields, and far-from-equilibrium conditions.

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2020

Submit Your Manuscript

Announcing the Chemical Reviews Early Career Board

Chemical Reviews is proud to announce the appointment of its first Early Career Advisory Board. Review articles are read and appreciated by chemists at all levels, but particularly those in the early stages of their careers. Whether they are setting up a new lab, exploring new areas of research, or training their first graduate students, the reviews in Chemical Reviews are an invaluable resource.

To ensure that Chemical Reviews is meeting the needs of researchers at this critical career stage, the journal appointed this group of outstanding researchers who have agreed to advise Chemical Reviews on our practices, content, and accessibility. This group reflects the diversity of the next generation of chemists, and we are thrilled to have their input into Chemical Reviews.

Ho Yu Au-Yeung

Tell us about yourself.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hong Kong. I was born and raised in Hong Kong and obtained my BSc and MPhil degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I did my Ph.D. at The University of Cambridge. Before coming back, I did my postdoc at University of California, Berkeley.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

We are working on supramolecular chemistry, focusing on the chemistry of the mechanical bond. We are developing new synthetic strategies to efficiently synthesize complex [n]catenanes and to study their properties and explore their new functions. We are also interested in the recognition and detection of biologically important species.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

I am hoping to bring views as a young researcher to Chemical Review, e.g., what do we look for when reading a review paper.

What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

I think one challenge that early career researchers may face is that we are now in a fast-changing world with a lot of opportunities as well as competitions. We will need to stay confident while we are identifying our role as a researcher and tackling the different challenging research problems.

Dibyendu Das

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I received my Ph.D. degree in Supramolecular Chemistry from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) Kolkata, India, in 2010 and did my postdoctoral training at Emory University, USA. At present, I am working at the Department of Chemical Sciences of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata. Outside of the lab, I like to spend time on cooking Indian cuisines and making fusion food. Swimming and cross country drives also excite me a lot.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

In our lab, we are observing an exciting structural and functional overlap of synthetic organic chemistry with nanomaterials and biomolecules. We are excited about the field of systems chemistry with emphasis on the following two directions:

We are interested in short peptide-based amyloid phases that can access paracrystalline nanostructures and demonstrate catalytic traits of advanced enzymes, from covalent catalysis to substrate channeling.  We are also interested in the study of condensates of short peptides and nucleic acid fragments.

We are also interested in mimicking the energetically uphill processes of self-assembly seen in nature via the design of synthetic systems. We are excited to develop self-assembled autonomous materials that are driven by thermodynamically activated molecules and show temporal control of functional properties.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

I hope to reach out to more people and communicate via the platform of Chemical Reviews to convey the importance of basic science research for innovations and touching everyday lives. I hope to discuss and collaborate within the Early Career Advisory Board to suggest Thematic issues on specific topics to highlight the timely significance of these subjects to the broader research community. Finally, I hope to interact with the editors and contribute to the remarkable and continued growth of Chemical Reviews.

What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

There are different challenges faced by early-career researchers. Among the biggest challenges is to build a reputation in a particular field of research and make the problem visible to the scientific community. Further, securing funds for research, especially in basic science, is a challenge in the current times. The public perception of research not contributing enough to society needs to be changed via communicating the merits and importance of basic science that is critical for future innovation.

Laura Dassama

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am a bioinorganic chemist and structural biologist who uses tools of chemistry and physics to provide molecular insights into complex biological processes. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University and an Institute Scholar at Stanford ChEM-H Institute.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

My group performs research at the interface of chemistry and biology, relying on tools of chemistry to probe and explain biological phenomena. Ongoing directions include investigating the role of sterol lipids in bacteria, characterizing divergent multidrug transporters implicated in bacterial multidrug resistance, elucidating the biosynthesis of biologically-active peptidic natural products to rationally engineer better forms, and targeted degradation of factors relevant to beta-hemoglobinopathies, including sickle cell disease.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

I hope that my inclusion in this group will bring additional diversity to the content of Chemical Reviews, both in terms of the scope of the science and in the content relevant to chemists in the early stages of their careers.

What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

While early-career researchers today face a plethora of challenges, the limited amount of resources (research funding in particular) dictates that the bar for success is much higher now than it was for our predecessors. There is also the realization that in addition to mentoring, which many institutions now have in place, access to advocates can significantly impact the success of early-stage investigators.

Klaus Eyer

Please tell us a little about yourself.

In 2005, I started my studies in pharmaceutical sciences at the ETH Zürich and graduated in this discipline in 2010. In 2014, I received my doctoral degree from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at ETH Zürich, where I worked on the development of novel microfluidic systems to measure intracellular proteins and metabolites within individual cells, and studied membrane permeation as well as neutralizing antibodies. I started my current position as a non-tenure track assistant professor at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in August 2019. In my spare time, skiing, hiking, floorball, running, and cooking fill my days.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

Individual cells are the functional units within many complex and dynamic cellular systems and processes, such as immune responses, and they can be present in varying frequencies and degrees of activity. In this regard, my research group focuses on developing and applying technologies and analytical strategies that allow us to measure, describe and exploit functionality within complex cellular systems, resolved down to the individual, primary cell. Our work involves the development, integration, and characterization of novel bioassays that allow us to quantify functionalities of interest with high resolution in biophysical and biochemical aspects. While doing ex vivo measurements, we are aiming to understand the cellular functionalities of the extracted cells in vivo, and within the context of our applied disturbance – vaccination, infection, or malignant transformation. In our vision, functionality eventually defines the outcome and usefulness of the immune response, and a deep understanding of these functionalities is important to understand vaccination or immune-related pathologies, to characterize the effect of immunomodulatory drugs, or to precisely diagnose various pathologies.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

The career path I have chosen so far was guided by my passion for applied and interdisciplinary research. I am by training a pharmacist, and throughout my scientific career, I gained knowledge in analytical chemistry, bioassay development, microfluidic engineering, and immunology to add to my interdisciplinary education. I am convinced that applied interdisciplinary approaches can generate successful scientific working environments, and set up projects that not only advance scientific knowledge but also allow for the successful transfer towards real-world applications. A critical skill I learned through my career path lies in the optimal communication between different fields of expertise to advance projects. While I am still learning every day, I see this communication as an important part of my daily life as a researcher, also with the public.

What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

As an interdisciplinary researcher, one major challenge is recognition within the scientific fields. Since science itself seems still organized in disciplines, together with their own meetings, journals, and conferences, working in between fields complicates recognition. Here, initiatives such as the early career boards are of great importance and warmly welcomed. In my opinion, another major challenge for any early career researcher lies in the successful navigation of various counsel and opinions of mentors and colleagues. Ultimately, the early career researcher will need to find and define his or her own path, guided but not limited by this counseling.

Lars Goerigk

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am a Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemistry at The University of Melbourne, Australia. In 2011, I obtained my Ph.D. and then relocated to The University of Sydney before joining my present institution in 2014.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

My area of expertise is theoretical and computational quantum chemistry with a focus on Density Functional Theory (DFT) for ground and excited states. Besides the assessment and development of DFT methods, one of my passions is to close the communication gap between developers and users by addressing prevailing misconceptions in the field and informing of better alternatives. I am also regularly involved in collaborative projects in the areas of organic, inorganic, and materials chemistry.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

Supporting early-career academics and being a voice for them has always been important to me. For instance, from early 2018 until the end of 2019, I have been the founding chair of my faculty’s Early Career Academic Network. I also see myself in the phase of transitioning from the early to the mid-career stage, having undergone the typical stages of fixed-term contracts, obtaining a tenure-track position, and achieving tenure together with promotion. I, therefore, hope to bring my various insights gathered throughout my previous and current roles to the Early Career Board.

What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

The major challenges are job and funding insecurity. The first is due to many early career researchers being employed in fixed-term positions and the relatively small number of continuing academic positions usually available. However, even when finding a continuing or tenure-track position, a major challenge is to secure funding, particularly for independent projects where early career academics have to compete against established, more senior researchers. While many funding agencies have established a framework that considers one’s research opportunities, there is always room for improvement, particularly in countries where public financial support of funding bodies may have been cut and not grown substantially over the past years.

Chuan He

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Shenzhen Grubbs Institute at Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Wuhan University, China, in 2008. Then, I began my graduate study at the same university, where my research focused on copper- and silver-catalyzed coupling reactions. After completing my Ph.D. in 2013, I started as a postdoctoral researcher and Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, where my research focused on palladium-catalyzed C–H functionalization of aliphatic amines. In 2018, I joined Southern University of Science and Technology to start my independent research career.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

  1. Development of new asymmetric catalysis for the construction of heteroatom stereocenters;
  2. Development of new carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond forming reactions by electrocatalysis;
  3. Development of new methodologies for the synthesis of chiral organic materials.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

As part of a young generation of organic chemists, I think it would be great to build connections with editors, reviewers, researchers, and readers across fields and generations. The insights from the early career board members will surely bring in identifying emerging areas of interest to the readers, and help with organizing perspectives, reviews, or special issues for the journal.

What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

  1. Adapting the transition from being a Ph.D. or a postdoc to being a team leader, which means there are many new responsibilities for early career researchers, like how to manage a laboratory, get funding, teach students, establish a nice lab culture and so on.
  2. Choosing a research topic with concept advance and then finding/solving the challenges in the area.
  3. Balancing professional life and personal life.

Fiona Li

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am an assistant professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. I graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Nankai University (Tianjin, P.R. China), and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. I then worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Stanford University.  In my spare time, I enjoy painting, hiking, and watching basketball games.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

The research in my group at Dartmouth College primarily focuses on rational design, synthesis and engineering of novel functional materials with finely tailored compositions and architectures to tackle critical problems in diverse energy-related applications, especially in cost-effective and high-energy battery systems. I aim to build a bridge and advance the understanding between fundamental structure-property relationships and practical device performances.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

I hope I can bring innovative ideas that help to engage young scientists in their early careers working on different aspects of chemistry. I hope to use my expertise in chemistry and materials science and engineering to help the editors to identify new thematic issues of emerging research from both science and engineering perspectives. I also hope to collaborate with other early career board members to help identify and highlight exciting and transformative research findings to the community.

What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

Speaking from my own experience, I feel early career researchers may face the following major changes:

  •   Achieving a balance between curiosity-driven research and problem-solving research
  •   Time management
  •   Sustaining writing productivity
  •   Coping with multiple roles simultaneously: teacher, research mentor, fundraiser, writer/reviewer, etc.
  •   The balance between work and life
  •   Lacking access to resources and facilities

Elisa Orth

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I received my undergraduate (2005), master’s (2008), and doctorate (2011) degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) in the area of catalysis and organophosphates. My postdoctorate was at the Federal University of Paraná (2011) in the area of nanomaterials.

Since 2012, I have been an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry at the Federal University of Paraná, where I lead the research group: Group and Catalysis and Kinetics.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

My main research interests have been: (i) degradation and monitoring of pesticides and chemical weapon simulants; (ii) organophosphate chemistry and chemical security; (iii) development of sustainable nanocatalysts, artificial enzymes, biocatalysts and catalysts from waste, (iv) functionalization of nanomaterials; (v) hydrogen generation.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

I hope to bring my experience in promoting early career researchers by stimulating them to engage with Chemical Reviews activities and other actions that will help in consolidating their careers. In this regard, gender parity issues are also important to address. Training activities involving, for example, seminars with editors that help researchers when elaborating reviews. I think it will be a great experience for me to learn and give feedback on how early career researchers can be involved and stimulated. Moreover, I think it’s important that the Latin American community is involved in such prestigious positions, to give insights on our reality and help insert ourselves.

What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

Mostly, our major challenge is sometimes the lack of a mentor that helps guide us through the important steps in researching, involving submitting articles, getting financial support, supervising students, academic and administrative activities as well as networking. Some of us are lucky to have had supervisors during the doctorate that help train us, but we still face difficulties. Surely training courses would be very important for early career researchers. Also, we have difficulty in competing with well-established researchers, for example, in financing projects or being selected for oral presentations at conferences.

Michelle Personick

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. I got started as a chemist as an undergraduate at Middlebury College in Vermont, studying platinum and ruthenium anticancer model compounds. I then went on to complete my Ph.D. at Northwestern University, where I worked on developing principles for the synthesis of polyhedral gold and silver nanoparticles. Before starting my independent career at Wesleyan, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University as part of the Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis (IMASC) Energy Frontier Research Center, studying nanoporous metal alloy catalysts.

Outside of the lab, I am a competitive masters rower.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

Current research in my group focuses on the use of precisely defined bimetallic nanoparticles as nanoscale analogs of macroscopic single-crystal model surfaces to enable fundamental studies of catalysis under more complex reaction conditions. Part of our research involves the study of catalytic reactions relevant to the efficient utilization of energy resources under both thermal and photocatalytic (plasmon-assisted) conditions. Generating materials with controlled surface structures and tailored elemental distributions from metals with dissimilar chemical reactivity is critical to the design of active and selective catalysts for difficult chemical transformations, but it is also synthetically challenging. Metals with different catalytic behavior in their elemental states also generally have ionic precursors with different reduction chemistry. To meet this challenge, we are continually developing new tools for the synthesis of precisely defined bimetallic nanomaterials based on broadly generalizable chemical principles.

 What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

As the most interesting and important research questions become increasingly more interdisciplinary, it can be challenging to get up-to-speed and remain informed of advances across the wide range of subfields that are necessary to successfully address a particular research problem.

Collaborations are, of course, critical to success in these situations, but it is also important to have a solid fundamental understanding of the approaches that one’s collaborators are using. Most early-career researchers are highly trained in one or more primary fields from their Ph.D. work and likely at least one more from their postdoctoral work. However, as we branch out from what we have done previously and establish our own independent work, it is often necessary to rapidly train in additional scientific subfields and research approaches. This is also key to the way we work with our own trainees, who likewise need to pick up a breadth of background fundamentals fairly quickly.

Learning to locate, assess, and acquire knowledge from the literature is a central component of training for research students. However, the students in any particular research lab can be at a range of stages concerning their expertise in this skill. For early-career researchers, in particular, there is usually a period where we’re working with a lab composed primarily of newer graduate and undergraduate students. They require significant mentoring and direction in this area.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

As someone who uses review articles both as a training tool for researchers in my lab and as a teaching resource in my undergraduate courses, I hope to bring perspectives on some of the audiences for the review articles published in Chemical Reviews who are not field experts or necessarily even graduate research trainees in the field.

One thing I have found to be important in on-boarding new researchers in my lab is to identify sets of review and perspective articles that can serve as a primary introduction to a particular research thrust in my group. I work directly with many undergraduate researchers as well as graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher, and different starting points are required for these different audiences when building foundational knowledge.

Kimberly See

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Caltech in the areas of inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry. I am originally from Colorado, and I enjoy activities outside from backpacking, hiking, and camping to soccer and cornhole. I also enjoy listening to live music and eating good food.

Describe your current research (or areas of interest).

I am generally interested in electrochemical systems that couple solid-state chemistry with complex solution-phase chemistry. Specifically, my group works on next-generation battery systems with a focus on multivalent and multielectron chemistry. We are interested in all aspects of the cell from the anode, cathode, and electrolyte to the interfaces between. We are now starting to branch out into the areas of organic electrosynthesis and electrocatalysis.

What do you hope to bring to Chemical Reviews and the Early Career Board?

I hope to bring a perspective that has been informed by my experiences to the Early Career Board while learning from the perspectives of others. I am the first in my family to receive a bachelor of sciences degree and the first to receive a Ph.D. I am lucky to have had research experiences domestic and abroad in various institutions across academia, industry, and national labs. I hope to emphasize the necessity of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in addressing the problems of our time. I’m very interested and committed to energy issues and hope to bring perspective on the significant role that many types of chemistries play in tackling them. I am also interested in early career topics, including diversity in faculty and graduate student populations, how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting early career researchers, their group members, and families. I am eager to learn from the other members of the Early Career Board and look forward to working with them.

What are the major challenges facing early career researchers?

Every early career researcher faces unique major challenges as our situations are all different, both academically and personally. One thing we can all come together on now, though, is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our careers, research, and general well being. Other topics I am particularly interested in include: methods to support graduate student and postdoc mental health while also supporting our own, achieving diversity in various populations of chemists, and pursuing groundbreaking research while simultaneously promoting the careers, wellbeing, and happiness of students and postdocs.