The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, and C will publish a Virtual Special Issue (VSI) on “advanced characterization by solid-state NMR and in situ technology.” The VSI will be led by Guest Editors Associate Professor Jun Huang of the University of Sydney, Professor Dieter Freude of University Leipzig, Professor Wei Wang of Lanzhou University, Dr. Michael Dyballa of University Stuttgart, and Associate Professor Yijiao Jiang of Macquarie University. Together they encourage researchers to submit their new and unpublished work by Feb. 28, 2021.
Research areas of particular interest include:
- Solid-state NMR:
- New methods of studying surface sites using spectroscopy.
- Solid-state NMR characterization of catalysts, porous materials, energy materials, functional materials, and soft materials.
- Application and new methods of gas diffusion NMR and NMR relaxometry.
- In situ technology:
- Application and new methods of in situ/operando spectroscopy, microscopy, and imaging.
- In situ/operando investigation of catalysis, host-guest interaction, phase/structure transformation, atom/ion mobility, surface reaction, interface chemistry.
- Host-Guest interactions of solid surfaces with molecules for investigating structure and chemistry of materials.
In conceiving this Virtual Special Issue, Guest Editors were inspired by some recent exciting innovations and discoveries, including:
- Griffin group’s Time-optimized pulsed dynamic nuclear polarization (Science Advances 2019, 5, eaav6909).
- Deng group’s Mapping the oxygen structure of γ-Al2O3 by high-field solid-state NMR spectroscopy (Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 3620).
- Huang & Amoureux groups’ Acidity enhancement through synergy of penta- and tetra-coordinated aluminum species in amorphous silica networks (Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 225).
- Grunwaldt group’s Photothermal Catalysis over Nonplasmonic Pt/TiO2 Studied by Operando HERFD-XANES, Resonant XES, and DRIFTS (ACS Catalysis 2018, 8, 11398).
- Grey group’s In situ NMR metrology reveals reaction mechanisms in redox flow batteries (Nature, 2020, 579, 224).
The review process for all submissions for this VSI will be handled by JPC Senior Editor Gillian Goward.
To ensure an unbiased peer-review process, the journal asks that you do not indicate within your manuscript that the submission is intended for the VSI. If you do, your manuscript will be returned for correction. Instead, when you submit your manuscript, please indicate this on your cover letter and note what part and section you feel will be the best fit. You can find a complete list of sections and other important information for authors in the JPC Author Guidelines.
As with all submissions to JPC, your manuscript should represent a rigorous scientific report of original research, as it will be peer-reviewed as a regular article. Manuscripts are expected to provide new physical insight and/or present new theoretical or computational methods of broad interest.
If you are unsure if your research is within the VSI’s scope or have other questions about submitting a manuscript to this VSI, please email JPC C Deputy Editor Greg Hartland’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.