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Discover the Most-Read Chemistry Articles of September 2021

There are lots of different ways to look at the reach of an article. You can look at citations, Altmetric Attention Scores, awards, and more. One way to consider the influence of an article is just by looking at how many people chose to read it. To that end, we’ve compiled lists of the five most-read chemistry articles that were published in each ACS Publications journal during September 2021, including papers, reviews, perspectives, and editorial pieces. These lists were not chosen by the journals’ editors and should not be taken as a “best of” list, but as another perspective on what newly published research attracted the most attention in a particular month.

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Accounts of Chemical Research
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The RaPID Platform for the Discovery of Pseudo-Natural Macrocyclic Peptides
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.1c00391

Biomimetic Synthesis of Natural Products: A Journey To Learn, To Mimic, and To Be Better
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.1c00459

Toward Compositional Contrast by Cryo-STEM
Open Access
This article is part of the Cryogenic Electron Microscopy special issue of Accounts of Chemical Research.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.1c00279

Metal–Organic Frameworks as Versatile Media for Polymer Adsorption and Separation
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.1c00377

Functional Nucleic Acids for Pathogenic Bacteria Detection
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.1c00355


Accounts of Materials Research

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Low-Dimensional Nanostructure Based Flexible Photodetectors: Device Configuration, Functional Design, Integration, and Applications
DOI: 10.1021/accountsmr.1c00170

Nanoscale Metal–Organic Layers for Biomedical Applications
DOI: 10.1021/accountsmr.1c00161

Liquid Metal Particles and Polymers: A Soft–Soft System with Exciting Properties
DOI: 10.1021/accountsmr.1c00179

New Applications of Zirconium Phosphate Nanomaterials
DOI: 10.1021/accountsmr.1c00102

Durable Super-repellent Surfaces: From Solid–Liquid Interaction to Applications
DOI: 10.1021/accountsmr.1c00147


ACS Agricultural Science & Technology
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Nanocarrier-Mediated Delivery of miRNA, RNAi, and CRISPR-Cas for Plant Protection: Current Trends and Future Directions
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsagscitech.1c00146

Renewable Vanillylamine Synthesis from Lignin-Derived Feedstocks
DOI: 10.1021/acsagscitech.1c00174

Determination of Aristolochic Acids in Soil, Water, and Herbal Plants in Medicinal Plant Cultivation Areas: An Emerging Environmental Contaminant Worth Concerning
DOI: 10.1021/acsagscitech.1c00144

Biodegradable Polymer Nanocomposites Provide Effective Delivery and Reduce Phosphorus Loss during Plant Growth
DOI: 10.1021/acsagscitech.1c00149

Facile Green Synthesis of New Chitosan-Metal Nanoparticles as Nano-Agrofungicide For The Preservation of Postharvest Cherry Fruits
DOI: 10.1021/acsagscitech.1c00153


ACS Applied Bio Materials
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Molecular Insights on Successful Reconstitution of Freeze-Dried Nanofibrillated Cellulose Hydrogel
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.1c00739

Microfluidics for Development of Lipid Nanoparticles: Paving the Way for Nucleic Acids to the Clinic
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.1c00732

A Biosynthesized Near-Infrared-Responsive Nanocomposite Biomaterial for Antimicrobial and Antibiofilm Treatment
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.1c00790

Injectable and Thermosensitive Liposomal Hydrogels for NIR-II Light-Triggered Photothermal-Chemo Therapy of Pancreatic Cancer
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.1c00864

Polymeric Nanoparticle Based Diagnosis and Nanomedicine for Treatment and Development of Vaccines for Cerebral Malaria: A Review on Recent Advancement
DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.1c00635


ACS Applied Electronic Materials
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Comprehensive Model of Electron Conduction in Oxide-Based Memristive Devices
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.1c00398

Enhancing Electrical Conductivity of Semiconducting MOFs via Defect Healing
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.1c00635

Negatively Charged In-Plane and Out-Of-Plane Domain Walls with Oxygen-Vacancy Agglomerations in a Ca-Doped Bismuth-Ferrite Thin Film
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.1c00638

Long-Wavelength Semipolar (11–22) InGaN/GaN LEDs with Multi-Gb/s Data Transmission Rates for VLC
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.1c00677

A Review on Optical Applications, Prospects, and Challenges of Rare-Earth Oxides
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.1c00682


ACS Applied Energy Materials
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Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance in n-Type Bi2O2Se by an Exquisite Grain Boundary Engineering Approach
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.1c02219

Formation of a Stable Solid-Electrolyte Interphase at Metallic Lithium Anodes Induced by LiNbO3 Protective Layers
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.1c02278

Surfactant-Free Synthesis of the Full Inorganic Perovskite CsPbBr3: Evolution and Phase Stability of CsPbBr3 vs CsPb2Br5 and Their Photocatalytic Properties
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.1c01636

Efficient and Stable FAPbBr3 Perovskite Solar Cells via Interface Modification by a Low-Dimensional Perovskite Layer
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.1c01512

Nanoparticle-Assisted Ni–Co Binary Single-Atom Catalysts Supported on Carbon Nanotubes for Efficient Electroreduction of CO2 to Syngas with Controllable CO/H2 Ratios
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.1c01723


ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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Air Stable Nickel-Decorated Black Phosphorus and Its Room-Temperature Chemiresistive Gas Sensor Capabilities
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c10763

Light-Activated Biodegradable Covalent Organic Framework-Integrated Heterojunction for Photodynamic, Photothermal, and Gaseous Therapy of Chronic Wound Infection
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c10031

Plasmonic Metasurfaces Based on Pyramidal Nanoholes for High-Efficiency SERS Biosensing
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c12525

In Search of Effective UiO-66 Metal–Organic Frameworks for Artificial Kidney Application
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c05972

In2O3:H-Based Hole-Transport-Layer-Free Tin/Lead Perovskite Solar Cells for Efficient Four-Terminal All-Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c06457


ACS Applied Nano Materials
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Engineering Faceted Nanoporosity by Reactions in Thin-Film Oxide Multilayers in Crystallographically Layered Calcium Cobaltate for Thermoelectrics
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c02468

Dynamic Control of the Interparticle Distance in a Self-Assembled Ag Nanocube Monolayer for Plasmonic Color Modulation
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c02089

Au Nanoparticle Monolayer Nanosheets as Flexible Transparent Conductive Electrodes
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c02280

Upconverting SrF2:Er3+ Nanoparticles for Optical Temperature Sensors
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c01964

Amorphous-to-Crystal Transition in Quasi-Two-Dimensional MoS2: Implications for 2D Electronic Devices
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c01504


ACS Applied Polymer Materials
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Super Tough Polylactic Acid Plasticized with Epoxidized Soybean Oil Methyl Ester for Flexible Food Packaging
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.1c00832

Mechanochemical Preparation and Self-Assembly of Protein:Dye Hybrids for White Luminescence
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.1c00382

Highly Permeable Mixed Matrix Membranes of Thermally Rearranged Polymers and Porous Polymer Networks for Gas Separations
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.1c01012

Environmentally Sensitive Luminescence Reveals Spatial Confinement, Dynamics, and Their Molecular Weight Dependence in a Polymer Glass
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.1c00730

Transparent Polyisocyanurate-Polyurethane-Based Aerogels: Key Aspects on the Synthesis and Their Porous Structures
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.1c00712


ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
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A Microfabrication Method of PCL Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering by Simultaneous Two PDMS Molds Replication
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.1c00651

Cell-Instructive Surface Gradients of Photoresponsive Amyloid-like Fibrils
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.1c00889

Tuning the Loading and Release Properties of MicroRNA-Silencing Porous Silicon Nanoparticles by Using Chemically Diverse Peptide Nucleic Acid Payloads
Open Access
This article is part of the Advances on Porous Nanomaterials for Biomedical Application (Drug Delivery, Sensing, and Tissue Engineering) special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.1c00431

Renal Biology Driven Macro- and Microscale Design Strategies for Creating an Artificial Proximal Tubule Using Fiber-Based Technologies
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.1c00408

Low-Cost, Open-Source Device for High-Performance Fluorescence Detection of Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification Reactions
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.1c01105


ACS Catalysis
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Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Superbase-Generated C(sp3) Nucleophiles
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.1c03180

Mimicking Enzymes: The Quest for Powerful Catalysts from Simple Molecules to Nanozymes
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.1c01219

A Pivotal Role of Chloride Ion on Nickel-Catalyzed Enantioselective Reductive Cross-Coupling to Perfluoroalkylated Boronate Esters
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.1c03265

Stereoselective gem-Difluorovinylation of gem-Difluorinated Cyclopropanes Enabled by Ni/Pd Cooperative Catalysis
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.1c02952

Cobalt(III)-Catalyzed Diastereo- and Enantioselective Three-Component C–H Functionalization
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.1c03153


ACS Central Science

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Nature Chose Phosphates and Chemists Should Too: How Emerging P(V) Methods Can Augment Existing Strategies
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c00487

High Energy Density Shape Memory Polymers Using Strain-Induced Supramolecular Nanostructures
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c00829

Hydrocarbon Oxidation by an Exposed, Multiply Bonded Iron(III) Oxo Complex
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c00890

Nanospace Decoration with Uranyl-Specific “Hooks” for Selective Uranium Extraction from Seawater with Ultrahigh Enrichment Index
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c00906

In Vivo Measurement of Granzyme Proteolysis from Activated Immune Cells with PET
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c00529


ACS Chemical Biology

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Allosteric Inhibition of Parkinson’s-Linked LRRK2 by Constrained Peptides
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.1c00487

Glycan Array Evaluation of Synthetic Epitopes between the Capsular Polysaccharides from Streptococcus pneumoniae 19F and 19A
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.1c00347

Structural Characterization of Degrader-Induced Ternary Complexes Using Hydrogen–Deuterium Exchange Mass Spectrometry and Computational Modeling: Implications for Structure-Based Design
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.1c00376

In Planta Labeling Using a Clickable ER-Disrupting Probe Suggests a Role for Oleosins in Arabidopsis Seedling ER Integrity
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.1c00607

Spatiotemporal Control of Biology: Synthetic Photochemistry Toolbox with Far-Red and Near-Infrared Light
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.1c00518


ACS Chemical Health & Safety

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The Ten Most Common Laboratory Safety Issues
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chas.1c00063

Lessons Learned from a Delayed Exothermic Decomposition—Amine Neutralizations with Strong, Oxidizing Acids
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chas.1c00042

Mishandling Sodium Chlorite Results in Fatality
This article is part of the ACS Chemical Health & Safety joint virtual special issue Process Safety from Bench to Pilot to Plant in collaboration with Organic Process Research & Development and Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chas.1c00035

Process Safety Incident Prevention Project: An Initiative to Reduce Incidents across Dow Laboratories
This article is part of the ACS Chemical Health & Safety joint virtual special issue Process Safety from Bench to Pilot to Plant in collaboration with Organic Process Research & Development and Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chas.1c00048

Highlights: EPA Plan for Pet Incident Reporting, Reproductive Health, and Industry Park Explosion
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chas.1c00076


ACS Chemical Neuroscience

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InVitro and In Vivo Investigation of S1PR1 Expression in the Central Nervous System Using [3H]CS1P1 and [11C]CS1P1
DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.1c00492

Validation of Dexamethasone-Enhanced Continuous-Online Microdialysis for Monitoring Glucose for 10 Days after Brain Injury
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.1c00231

Scaffold Hybridization Strategy Leads to the Discovery of Dopamine D3 Receptor-Selective or Multitarget Bitopic Ligands Potentially Useful for Central Nervous System Disorders
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.1c00368

Cellular Interactome of Mitochondrial Voltage-Dependent Anion Channels: Oligomerization and Channel (Mis)Regulation
DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.1c00429

Citrullination of Amyloid-β Peptides in Alzheimer’s Disease
DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.1c00474


ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

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Optical Characterization of Mineral Dust from the EAIIST Project with Digital Holography
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00224

Purification of Disc-Shaped Diatoms from the Southern Ocean Sediment by a Cell Sorter to Obtain an Accurate Oxygen Isotope Record
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00201

Probing the Water Uptake and Phase State of Individual Sucrose Nanoparticles Using Atomic Force Microscopy
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00101

Importance of Oxidants and Temperature in the Formation of Biogenic Organosulfates and Nitrooxy Organosulfates
Open Access
This article is part of the Mario Molina Memorial special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00204

Impacts of Hydroperoxymethyl Thioformate on the Global Marine Sulfur Budget
DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00218


ACS Energy Letters

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Improving Contact Impedance via Electrochemical Pulses Applied to Lithium–Solid Electrolyte Interface in Solid-State Batteries
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.1c01573

Boosting Long-Term Stability of Pure Formamidinium Perovskite Solar Cells by Ambient Air Additive Assisted Fabrication
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.1c01311

Can We Find the Perfect A-Cations for Halide Perovskites?
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.1c01806

The pH of Aqueous NaOH/KOH Solutions: A Critical and Non-trivial Parameter for Electrocatalysis
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.1c01693

Electrocatalytic Reduction of Low Concentrations of CO2 Gas in a Membrane Electrode Assembly Electrolyzer
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.1c01797


ACS Engineering Au

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Modeling Growth Kinetics of Methane Hydrate in Stirred Tank Batch Reactors
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsengineeringau.1c00012

Effect of Nickel Active Site Density on the Deactivation of Ni-Beta Zeolite Catalysts during Ethene Dimerization
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsengineeringau.1c00014

Rapid Elemental Extraction from Ordered and Disordered Solutes by Acoustically-Stimulated Dissolution
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsengineeringau.1c00007

The Effect of Si/Al Ratio on the Oxidation and Sulfur Resistance of Beta Zeolite-Supported Pt and Pd as Diesel Oxidation Catalysts
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsengineeringau.1c00016

A Hybrid Modeling Approach for Catalyst Monitoring and Lifetime Prediction
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsengineeringau.1c00015


ACS Environmental Science & Technology Water

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Catalytic Capacitive Deionization for Adsorption and Reduction of Aqueous Nitrate
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.1c00195

Continuous and Selective Removal of Lead from Drinking Water by Shock Electrodialysis
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.1c00234

A Global Overview of SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater: Detection, Treatment, and Prevention
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.1c00146

Composite Anion Exchange Membranes with Antibacterial Properties for Desalination and Fluoride Ion Removal
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.1c00147

Quantifying Nanoparticle Associated Ti, Ce, Au, and Pd Occurrence in 35 U.S. Surface Waters
DOI: 10.1021/acsestwater.1c00206


ACS ES&T Engineering

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Phosphorus Binding by Lanthanum Modified Pyroaurite-like Clay: Performance and Mechanisms
DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.1c00218

Continuous Solar Desalination of Brackish Water via a Monolithically Integrated Redox Flow Device
DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.1c00266

Application of Pulsed Electrochemistry to Enhanced Water Decontamination
DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.1c00141

Size-Dependent Response of the Reductive Reactivity of Zerovalent Iron toward the Coexistence of Natural Organic Matter
DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.1c00246

Evaluating Long-Term Treatment Performance and Cost of Nutrient Removal at Water Resource Recovery Facilities under Stochastic Influent Characteristics Using Artificial Neural Networks as Surrogates for Plantwide Modeling
DOI: 10.1021/acsestengg.1c00179


ACS Food Science & Technology

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Banana Peel: Characteristics and Consideration of Its Extract for Use in Meat Products Preservation: A Review
DOI: 10.1021/acsfoodscitech.1c00235

Effect of pH on the Antimicrobial Activity and Peptide Population of Pepsin Hydrolysates Derived from Bovine and Porcine Hemoglobins
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsfoodscitech.1c00141

Soluble Pea Protein Aggregates Form Strong Gels in the Presence of -Carrageenan
DOI: 10.1021/acsfoodscitech.1c00167

Comparison of the Proximate Compositions, Nutritional Minerals, Pasting Properties, and Aroma Differences of Flours from Selected Yellow Pea Cultivars Grown across the Northern Great Plains
DOI: 10.1021/acsfoodscitech.1c00149

Continuous Production of Z-Isomer-Rich β-Carotene Nanosuspensions Utilizing Subcritical Fluid and a Swirl-Type Mixer
DOI: 10.1021/acsfoodscitech.1c00278


ACS Infectious Diseases

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Prioritization of Molecular Targets for Antimalarial Drug Discovery
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.1c00322

From Magic Bullet to Magic Bomb: Reductive Bioactivation of Antiparasitic Agents
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.1c00118

Hyper-Synergistic Antifungal Activity of Rapamycin and Peptide-Like Compounds against Candida albicans Orthogonally via Tor1 Kinase
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.1c00448

Assessing In Vitro Resistance Development in Enterovirus A71 in the Context of Combination Antiviral Treatment
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.0c00872

Cyclic Tetrapeptide HDAC Inhibitors with Improved Plasmodium falciparum Selectivity and Killing Profile
DOI: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.1c00341


ACS Macro Letters

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The Past Ten Years of Carbohydrate Polymers in ACS Macro Letters
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.1c00526

Helical Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Chiral Azobenzene Alternating Copolymers
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.1c00516

Dynamic Enamine-one Bond Based Vitrimer via Amino-yne Click Reaction
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.1c00550

Backbone-Degradable Polymers via Radical Copolymerizations of Pentafluorophenyl Methacrylate with Cyclic Ketene Acetal: Pendant Modification and Efficient Degradation by Alternating-Rich Sequence
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.1c00513

Passerini Multicomponent Reactions Enabling Self-Reporting Photosensitive Tetrazole Polymers
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.1c00280


ACS Materials Letters
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Ultrastretchable Polyaniline-Based Conductive Organogel with High Strain Sensitivity
DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.1c00368

Principles of Molecular Machines at the Single-Molecule Scale
DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.1c00366

Low-Defect, High Molecular Weight Indacenodithiophene (IDT) Polymers Via a C–H Activation: Evaluation of a Simpler and Greener Approach to Organic Electronic Materials
DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.1c00478

Dual-Sites Tandem Catalysts for C–N Bond Formation via Electrocatalytic Coupling of CO2 and Nitrogenous Small Molecules
DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.1c00375

Recent Progress of Spider-Silk-Inspired Adhesive Materials
DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.1c00378


ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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Computer Prediction of pKa Values in Small Molecules and Proteins
This article is part of the Medicinal Chemistry in Portugal and Spain: A Strong Iberian Alliance special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.1c00435

Dual Inhibition of KRAS G12C and G12D Mutants as a Potential Treatment in Cancer Therapy
DOI: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.1c00441

KRAS Mutant Combination Therapy for the Effective Treatment of Cancer
DOI: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.1c00466

Imidazo[1,2-b]pyridazines as IL-17A Inhibitors for Treating Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis
DOI: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.1c00470

2-Imidazole as a Substitute for the Electrophilic Group Gives Highly Potent Prolyl Oligopeptidase Inhibitors
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.1c00399


ACS Nano
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The Critical Number of Gold Atoms for a Metallic State Nanocluster: Resolving a Decades-Long Question
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.1c04705

Shape-Directed Co-Assembly of Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocubes with Dielectric Nanodisks into Binary Nanocrystal Superlattices
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.1c06047

Delivery of Oligonucleotide Therapeutics: Chemical Modifications, Lipid Nanoparticles, and Extracellular Vesicles
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.1c05099

Synergistic Effect of Cu Single Atoms and Au–Cu Alloy Nanoparticles on TiO2 for Efficient CO2 Photoreduction
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.1c03961

Self-Assembling Peptide Dendron Nanoparticles with High Stability and a Multimodal Antimicrobial Mechanism of Action
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.1c03301


ACS Omega
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Drawing Polycyclic Molecules
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c03607

Low-Temperature Nitrogen Doping of Nanocrystalline Graphene Films with Tunable Pyridinic-N and Pyrrolic-N by Cold-Wall Plasma-Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c01520

Photodynamic Inactivation of E. coli Bacteria via Carbon Nanodots
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c01700

Selection of Optimum Surfactant Formulations with Ultralow Interfacial Tension for Improving the Oil Washing Efficiency
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c02930

Sonochemical Synthesis of Vaterite-Type Calcium Carbonate Using Steamed Ammonia Liquid Waste without Additives
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c02772


ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science
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Inhibition of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Replication by Hypertonic Saline Solution in Lung and Kidney Epithelial Cells
DOI: 10.1021/acsptsci.1c00080

Discovery and Characterization of Novel Antagonists of the Proinflammatory Orphan Receptor GPR84
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsptsci.1c00151

Comprehensive Signaling Profiles Reveal Unsuspected Functional Selectivity of δ-Opioid Receptor Agonists and Allow the Identification of Ligands with the Greatest Potential for Inducing Cyclase Superactivation
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsptsci.1c00019

Hybrid In Silico Approach Reveals Novel Inhibitors of Multiple SARS-CoV-2 Variants
DOI: 10.1021/acsptsci.1c00176

Viewpoints on the First Transatlantic GPCR Symposium for Early-Career Investigators
DOI: 10.1021/acsptsci.1c00203


ACS Photonics
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Space–Time Metasurfaces for Power Combining of Waves
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.1c00981

Short-Wave Infrared Confocal Fluorescence Imaging of Deep Mouse Brain with a Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detector
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.1c01018

Enhancing Si3N4 Waveguide Nonlinearity with Heterogeneous Integration of Few-Layer WS2
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.1c00767

Acoustic Coupling between Plasmonic Nanoantennas: Detection and Directionality of Surface Acoustic Waves
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.1c00741

Tunable Ultranarrowband Grating Filters in Thin-Film Lithium Niobate
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.1c00383


ACS Sensors
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Methylation-Sensitive Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP): Nucleic Acid Methylation Detection through LAMP with Mobile Fluorescence Readout
DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.1c00902

Next-Generation Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System Based on the Internet-of-Things and Microfluidic Technique
DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.1c01453

Development of an Electrochemical CCL17/TARC Biosensor toward Rapid Triage and Monitoring of Classic Hodgkin Lymphoma
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.1c00972

Can Wearable Sweat Lactate Sensors Contribute to Sports Physiology?
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.1c01403

2D Strategy for the Construction of an Enzyme-Activated NIR Fluorophore Suitable for the Visual Sensing and Profiling of Homologous Nitroreductases from Various Bacterial Species
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.1c01216


ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
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Can CO2 and Renewable Carbon Be Primary Resources for Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals?
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c06008

Antibacterial, Scalable Manufacturing, Skin-Attachable, and Eco-Friendly Fabric Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Self-Powered Sensing
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c04804

Phosphotungstate-Functionalized Mesoporous Janus Silica Nanosheets for Reaction-Controlled Pickering Interfacial Catalysis
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c04418

Grinding the Cubes—Multigram Solid-State Synthesis of Silsesquioxane Amic Acids
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c05188

A Lignosulfonate Binder for Hard Carbon Anodes in Sodium-Ion Batteries: A Comparative Study
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c05263


ACS Synthetic Biology
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A Novel Miniature CRISPR-Cas13 System for SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostics
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.1c00181

ReScribe: An Unrestrained Tool Combining Multiplex Recombineering and Minimal-PAM ScCas9 for Genome Recoding Pseudomonas putida
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.1c00297

Functional Expression and Characterization of the Highly Promiscuous Lanthipeptide Synthetase SyncM, Enabling the Production of Lanthipeptides with a Broad Range of Ring Topologies
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.1c00224

Highly Sensitive CRISPR/Cas12a-Based Fluorescence Detection of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.1c00103

Random Base Editing for Genome Evolution in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.1c00217


Analytical Chemistry
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Characterization of Electrospray Drop Size Distributions by Mobility-Classified Mass Spectrometry: Implications for Ion Clustering in Solution and Ion Formation Pathways
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c00727

The qNMR Summit 5.0: Proceedings and Status of qNMR Technology
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c02056

A Native Mass Spectrometry-Based Assay for Rapid Assessment of the Empty:Full Capsid Ratio in Adeno-Associated Virus Gene Therapy Products
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c02828

Snake Venom Identification via Fluorescent Discrimination
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c02804

In Vitro Spatio-Temporal NMR Metabolomics of Living 3D Cell Models
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c02221


Biochemistry
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Ligandability of E3 Ligases for Targeted Protein Degradation Applications
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00464

Using Biotinylated myo-Inositol Hexakisphosphate to Investigate Inositol Pyrophosphate–Protein Interactions with Surface-Based Biosensors
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00497

How to Kinetically Dissect an RNA Machine
Open Access
This article is part of the 60th Anniversary Issue special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00392

The Luminescent Conjugated Oligothiophene h-FTAA Attenuates the Toxicity of Different Aβ Species
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00265

Low Intrinsic Efficacy Alone Cannot Explain the Improved Side Effect Profiles of New Opioid Agonists
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00466


Bioconjugate Chemistry
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Non-Genetic Generation of Antibody Conjugates Based on Chemoenzymatic Tyrosine Click Chemistry
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.1c00351

Synthesis and Evaluation of Ubiquitin–Dioxetane Conjugate as a Chemiluminescent Probe for Monitoring Deubiquitinase Activity
DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.1c00413

Linker Architectures as Steric Auxiliaries for Altering Enzyme-Mediated Payload Release from Bioconjugates
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.1c00429

Universal Access to Protease Chemiluminescent Probes through Solid-Phase Synthesis
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.1c00384

Photo-Controllable Phase Transition of Arylazopyrazole-Conjugated Oligonucleotides
DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.1c00302


Biomacromolecules
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Polymers for Biomedical Applications: The Importance of Hydrophobicity in Directing Biological Interactions and Application Efficacy
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.1c00434

Artificial Protein Cage Delivers Active Protein Cargos to the Cell Interior
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.1c00630

Lignin Resists High-Intensity Electron Beam Irradiation
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.1c00926

Bimodal Targeting of Human Leukocytes by Fc- and CpG-Decorated Polymersomes to Tune Immune Induction
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.1c00985

Structure Development of the Interphase between Drying Cellulose Materials Revealed by In Situ Grazing-Incidence Small-Angle X-ray Scattering
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.1c00845


Chemical Research in Toxicology
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Characterization of Catecholaldehyde Adducts with Carnosine and l-Cysteine Reveals Their Potential as Biomarkers of Catecholaminergic Stress
Open Access
This manuscript is part of the Natural Products in Redox Toxicology special collection.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.1c00153

The Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Exposure During Adolescence on the Nervous System: A Comprehensive Review
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.1c00226

Exposure to an Environmental Mixture of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Induces Hepatic Cytochrome P450 Enzymes in Mice
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.1c00235

Butyl Benzyl Phthalate Promotes Adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 Cells via the miRNA-34a-5p Signaling Pathway in the Absence of Exogenous Adipogenic Stimuli
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.1c00115

miR133b Microinjection during Early Development Targets Transcripts of Cardiomyocyte Ion Channels and Induces Oil-like Cardiotoxicity in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embryos
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.1c00238


Chemical Reviews
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Artificial Intelligence Applied to Battery Research: Hype or Reality?
Open Access
This article is part of the Computational Electrochemistry special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00108

Peptide-Based Supramolecular Systems Chemistry
Open Access
This article is part of the Molecular Self-Assembly special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00089

Photocatalysis in the Life Science Industry
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00416

Structural Transformation of Heterogeneous Materials for Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution Reaction
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00234

Visible-Light-Mediated Modification and Manipulation of Biomacromolecules
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00357


Chemistry of Materials
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Using Two Compatible Donor Polymers Boosts the Efficiency of Ternary Organic Solar Cells to 17.7%
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c01433

Turning Flexibility into Rigidity: Stepwise Locking of Interpenetrating Networks in a MOF Crystal through Click Reaction
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c02451

Pulsed Laser Deposition of Cs2AgBiBr6: from Mechanochemically Synthesized Powders to Dry, Single-Step Deposition
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c02054

Controlled Synthesis and Exploration of CuxFeS4 Bornite Nanocrystals
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c02029

Crystallization-Induced Gelling as a Method to 4D Print Low-Water-Content Non-isocyanate Polyurethane Hydrogels
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c00913


Crystal Growth & Design
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Mechanochemical Preparation of Dipyridyl-Naphthalenediimide Cocrystals: Relative Role of Halogen-Bond and π–π Interactions
Open Access
This article is part of the Celebration of the Career of Roger Davey virtual special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.1c00531

On the Application of Strong Magnetic Fields during Organic Crystal Growth
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.1c00723

Facilitating Nitrification Inhibition through Green, Mechanochemical Synthesis of a Novel Nitrapyrin Complex
Open Access
This article is part of the Celebration of the Career of Roger Davey virtual special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.1c00681

Magnetic Transition in Organic Radicals: The Crystal Engineering Aspects
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.1c00731

Crystallization of a Self-Assembling Nucleator in Poly(l-lactide) Melt
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.1c00750


Energy & Fuels
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Thermodynamic and Physical Property Estimation of Compounds Derived from the Fast Pyrolysis of Lignocellulosic Materials
Open Access
This article is part of the 2021 Pioneers in Energy Research: Javier Bilbao special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c01709

Mechanism of Nickel–Iron Water Oxidation Electrocatalysts
Open Access
This article is part of the 2021 Pioneers in Energy Research: Vivian Yam special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c02674

Antioxidant Additives Produced from Argan Shell Lignin Depolymerization
Open Access
This article is part of the 2021 Pioneers in Energy Research: Javier Bilbao special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c01705

Fast Pyrolysis of Hydrolysis Lignin in Fluidized Bed Reactors
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c01719

Single-Atom Metal Oxide Sites as Traps for Charge Separation in the Zirconium-Based Metal–Organic Framework NDC–NU-1000
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c02623


Environmental Science & Technology
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Plastic Formulation is an Emerging Control of Its Photochemical Fate in the Ocean
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c02272

How Aquatic Chemistry Took Root and Has Flourished in China: Classical Textbooks, a Tale of Two Manganese, and a Dynamic Community
Open Access
This article is part of the Tribute to James J. Morgan special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c03014

ES&T’s Best Papers of 2020
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c05550

Plastic Formulation is an Emerging Control of Its Photochemical Fate in the Ocean
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c02272

Machine Learning-Aided Causal Inference Framework for Environmental Data Analysis: A COVID-19 Case Study
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c02204

Time: A Key Driver of Uncertainty When Assessing the Risk of Environmental Plastics to Human Health
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c02580


Environmental Science & Technology Letters
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Defining the Scope of Exposome Studies and Research Needs from a Multidisciplinary Perspective
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00648

Dissolved Black Carbon and Semivolatile Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Ocean: Two Entangled Biogeochemical Cycles?
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00658

Occurrences of Tire Rubber-Derived Contaminants in Cold-Climate Urban Runoff
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00682

Occurrence of Polyethylene Terephthalate and Polycarbonate Microplastics in Infant and Adult Feces
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00559

Progression of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Is Associated with Silica/Silicate Inhalation
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00659


Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
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Multiobjective Dynamic Optimization for Optimal Load-Following of Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plants under Stress Constraints
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c01461

Process Intensification of Thermoplastic Lignocellulose Production through High-Solids Reactive Extrusion Enabled by a Novel Recycle Loop
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02393

I&EC Research 2021 Excellence in Review Awards
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03281

Toward Predictive Chemical Deformulation Enabled by Deep Generative Neural Networks
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c00634

Pyrolysis Kinetic Modeling of a Poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) Encapsulant Found in Waste Photovoltaic Modules
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c01989


Inorganic Chemistry
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Reactions of 9-Carbene-9-Borafluorene Monoanion and Selenium: Synthesis of Boryl-Substituted Selenides and Diselenides
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c02124

In Appreciation of Reviewers
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c02810

Expanding the Concepts Trans Influence and Back-Donation: Hybrid and Side Donations in [Cp*MsupIII(L)XY] (M = Rh, Ir) Complexes with CO, CN–, and CNR Ligands. A Window to Cis Influence
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c02189

Mr. Inorganic Chemistry: M. Frederick Hawthorne (August 24, 1928–July 8, 2021)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c02482

C–H Bond Cleavage by Bioinspired Nonheme Metal Complexes
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c01754


JACS Au
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Luminescent First-Row Transition Metal Complexes
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00353

Multifunctional Catalyst Combination for the Direct Conversion of CO2 to Propane
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00302

Photoresponsive Control of G-Quadruplex DNA Systems
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00283

Aminovinyl Cysteine Containing Peptides: A Unique Motif That Imparts Key Biological Activity
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00308

Strong, Multifaceted Guanidinium-Based Adhesion of Bioorganic Nanoparticles to Wet Biological Tissue
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00193


Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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In-Mouth Volatile Production from Brassica Vegetables (Cauliflower) and Associations with Liking in an Adult/Child Cohort
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.1c03889

Effect of the Stereoselectivity of para-Menthane-3,8-diol Isomers on Repulsion toward Aedes albopictus
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.1c03897

Discovery and Characterization of Phenolic Compounds in Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) Leaves Using Liquid Chromatography–Ion Mobility–High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.1c02845

Kohonen Artificial Neural Network and Multivariate Analysis in the Identification of Proteome Changes during Early and Long Aging of Bovine Longissimus dorsi Muscle Using SWATH Mass Spectrometry
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.1c03578

Comparisons of In Vitro and In Vivo Digestibility Assays for Phosphorus in Feline Diets and Associations with Dietary Nutrient Content
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.1c03308


Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data
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Simultaneous Multiphase Flash and Stability Analysis Calculations Including Solid CO2 for CO2–CH4, CO2–CH4–N2, and CO2–CH4–N2–O2 Mixtures
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.1c00330

Viscosity Measurement and Correlation of Unloaded and CO2-Loaded Aqueous Blend of Monoethanolamine and Piperazine
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.1c00510

Application of Gas Hydrates in the Separation and Purification of Xenon from a Mixture of Xenon and Argon
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.1c00435

Density, Speeds of Sound, and Refractive Index of Pure and Binary Mixtures of Ionic Liquids Based on Imidazolium Cations and Tetrafluoroborate Anions with Cyclohexylamine
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.1c00419

Thermodynamic Properties from Adiabatic and Combustion Calorimetry of Two Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Benz[a]anthracene and Chrysene
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.1c00152


Journal of Chemical Education
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A Small yet Complete Framework for a Potentiostat, Galvanostat, and Electrochemical Impedance Spectrometer
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c00228

As Similar As Possible, As Different As Necessary — On-Site Laboratory Teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c00615

Easy-to-Assemble NMR Tube Cleaner Made from Common Laboratory Equipment
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c00337

Gaussian-2-Blender: An Open-Source Program for Conversion of Computational Chemistry Structure Files to 3D Rendering and Printing File Formats
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c00515

Beyond the Textbook: Introducing Undergraduates to Practical Electrochemistry
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c00155


Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
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FEPrepare: A Web-Based Tool for Automating the Setup of Relative Binding Free Energy Calculations
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.1c00215

SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Mutations and Escape from Antibodies: A Computational Model of Epitope Loss in Variants of Concern
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.1c00857

Modeling Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Guest Encapsulation into the [M4L6]12– Supramolecular Organometallic Cage
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.1c00348

Maximum Common Substructure Searching in Combinatorial Make-on-Demand Compound Spaces
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.1c00640

Assembly of Biomolecular Gigastructures and Visualization with the Vulkan Graphics API
Open Access

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.1c00743


Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

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Automated Coarse-Grained Mapping Algorithm for the Martini Force Field and Benchmarks for Membrane–Water Partitioning
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.1c00322

Time-Resolved Excited-State Analysis of Molecular Electron Dynamics by TDDFT and Bethe–Salpeter Equation Formalisms
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.1c00211

Force Field Effects in Simulations of Flexible Peptides with Varying Polyproline II Propensity
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.1c00408

Chemistrees: Data-Driven Identification of Reaction Pathways via Machine Learning
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.1c00458

CG2AT2: an Enhanced Fragment-Based Approach for Serial Multi-scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.1c00295


Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

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Discovery of ARD-2585 as an Exceptionally Potent and Orally Active PROTAC Degrader of Androgen Receptor for the Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.1c00900

Strategies for Structural Modification of Small Molecules to Improve Blood–Brain Barrier Penetration: A Recent Perspective
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.1c00910

Discovery of Milvexian, a High-Affinity, Orally Bioavailable Inhibitor of Factor XIa in Clinical Studies for Antithrombotic Therapy
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.1c00613

Discovery and SAR Evolution of Pyrazole Azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane Sulfonamides as a Novel Class of Non-Covalent N-Acylethanolamine-Hydrolyzing Acid Amidase (NAAA) Inhibitors for Oral Administration
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.1c00575

Chemical Probes for Understudied Kinases: Challenges and Opportunities
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.1c00980


Journal of Natural Products

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Pinofuranoxins A and B, Bioactive Trisubstituted Furanones Produced by the Invasive Pathogen Diplodia sapinea
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.1c00365

Bipolaquinones A–J, Immunosuppressive Meroterpenoids from a Soil-Derived Bipolaris zeicola
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.1c00327

Cytotoxic Guaianolide Sesquiterpenoids from Ainsliaea fragrans
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.1c00587

Isolation and Structure Elucidation of Additional Alkaloids from the Tropical Rainforest Tree Galbulimima baccata
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.1c00537

Voatriafricanines A and B, Trimeric Vobasine-Aspidosperma-Aspidosperma Alkaloids from Voacanga africana
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.1c00812


Journal of Proteome Research
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Reversible Click Chemistry Tag for Universal Proteome Sample Preparation for Top-Down and Bottom-Up Analysis
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.1c00443

Automated Phosphopeptide Enrichment for Gram-Positive Bacteria
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.1c00364

Rewinding the Molecular Clock: Looking at Pioneering Molecular Phylogenetics Experiments in the Light of Proteomics
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.1c00528

Discovery Proteomics for COVID-19: Where We Are Now
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.1c00475

Extensive and Accurate Benchmarking of DIA Acquisition Methods and Software Tools Using a Complex Proteomic Standard
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.1c00490


Journal of the American Chemical Society

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Photocatalytic Hydroaminoalkylation of Styrenes with Unprotected Primary Alkylamines
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c07401

High Site Selectivity in Electrophilic Aromatic Substitutions: Mechanism of C–H Thianthrenation
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c06281

Azoacetylenes for the Synthesis of Arylazotriazole Photoswitches
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c06014

Modular Photocatalytic Synthesis of -Trialkyl–Tertiary Amines
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c07402

Merging Halogen-Atom Transfer (XAT) and Cobalt Catalysis to Override E2-Selectivity in the Elimination of Alkyl Halides: A Mild Route toward contra–Thermodynamic Olefins
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c06768


Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry

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Editorial: 2021 ASMS “Emerging Investigators” Focus
DOI: 10.1021/jasms.1c00198

Mass Spectrometry for Investigation of Natural Dyes in Historical Textiles: Unveiling the Mystery behind Safflower-Dyed Fibers
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/jasms.1c00195

Faces of Mass Spectrometry/Mike Lee
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/jasms.1c00279

Enhancement of Tryptic Peptide Signals from Tissue Sections Using MALDI IMS Postionization (MALDI-2)
DOI: 10.1021/jasms.1c00213

Will the Digital Mass Filter Be the Next High-Resolution High-Mass Analyzer?
DOI: 10.1021/jasms.1c00234


Langmuir

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Fullerenes Enhance Self-Assembly and Electron Injection of Photosystem I in Biophotovoltaic Devices
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c01542

Temperature Dependence of Sorption
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c01576

Donor–Acceptor Pairs in Covalent Organic Frameworks Promoting Electron Transfer for Metal-Free Photocatalytic Organic Synthesis
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c01801

Multiphase Coexistences in Rod–Polymer Mixtures
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c01896

Droplet Impact on Surfaces with Asymmetric Microscopic Features
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c01813


Macromolecules
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Preparation of Synthetic Polypeptide–PolyHIPE Hydrogels with Stimuli-Responsive Behavior
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.1c01490

The Modulus of the Amorphous Phase of Semicrystalline Polymers
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.1c01576

Investigating the Stress–Strain Behavior in Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization-Based Brush Elastomers
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.1c01095

Metal-Free Hyper-Cross-Linked Polymers from Benzyl Methyl Ethers: A Route to Polymerization Catalyst Recycling
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.1c01332

Virtual Special Issue: Polymeric Membranes for Advanced Separations
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.1c01710


Molecular Pharmaceutics

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Design of Biopharmaceutical Formulations Accelerated by Machine Learning
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.1c00469

Balancing Solid-State Stability and Dissolution Performance of Lumefantrine Amorphous Solid Dispersions: The Role of Polymer Choice and Drug–Polymer Interactions
Open Access
This article is part of the Crystallizing the Role of Solid-State Form in Drug Delivery special issue.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.1c00481

Ophthalmic Nanoemulsions: From Composition to Technological Processes and Quality Control
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.1c00650

Chemical Site-Specific Conjugation Platform to Improve the Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Index of Antibody–Drug Conjugates
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.1c00473

Improving Dermal Delivery of Rose Bengal by Deformable Lipid Nanovesicles for Topical Treatment of Melanoma
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.1c00468


Nano Letters

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From Nano to Macro: Thinking Bigger in Nanoparticle Assembly
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c02724

Lymph-Node-Targeted Cholesterolized TLR7 Agonist Liposomes Provoke a Safe and Durable Antitumor Response
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c01968

Breakdown of Universal Scaling for Nanometer-Sized Bubbles in Graphene
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c02470

Twist-Angle-Dependent Ultrafast Charge Transfer in MoS2-Graphene van der Waals Heterostructures
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c02356

The Missing Piece: The Structure of the Ti3C2Tx MXene and Its Behavior as Negative Electrode in Sodium Ion Batteries
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.1c02809


Organic Letters
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Copper-Catalyzed Enantioselective Arylation via Radical-Mediated C–C Bond Cleavage: Synthesis of Chiral ω,ω-Diaryl Alkyl Nitriles
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.1c02725

Mild and Chemoselective Phosphorylation of Alcohols Using a Ψ-Reagent
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.1c02736

Radical α-Trifluoromethoxylation of Ketones under Batch and Flow Conditions by Means of Organic Photoredox Catalysis
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.1c02494

Benzyne-Mediated Esterification Reaction
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.1c02702

Toward 2-Thiophyne: Ketocarbene versus Hetaryne Intermediates from 2-(Trimethylsilyl)thiophen-3-yl Triflate
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.1c02552


Organic Process Research & Development

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Complexation of Polyethyleneglycol Containing Small Molecules with Magnesium Chloride as a Purification and Isolation Strategy
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.1c00174

Development and Scale-Up of a Novel Photochemical C–N Oxidative Coupling
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.1c00244

Some Items of Interest to Process R&D Chemists and Engineers
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.1c00349

Directed Ortho Metalation in 2021: A Tribute to Victor Snieckus (August 1, 1937–December 18, 2020)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.1c00271

Application of Biocatalytic Reductive Amination for the Synthesis of a Key Intermediate to a CDK 2/4/6 Inhibitor
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.1c00255


Organometallics
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Nonsymmetrical Benzene–Pyridine-Based Nickel Pincer Complexes Featuring Borohydride, Formate, Ethyl, and Nitrosyl Ligands
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.1c00441

Bromination and C–C Cross-Coupling Reactions for the C–H Functionalization of Iridium(III) Emitters
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.1c00408

Synthesis of Overloaded Cyclopentadienyl Rhodium(III) Complexes via Cyclotetramerization of tert-Butylacetylene
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.1c00403

Carbazole Substituted Amidinato Silylene: Synthesis, Bonding, and Coordination Behavior with Coinage Metals
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.1c00399

Light-Promoted Transfer of an Iridium Hydride in Alkyl Ether Cleavage
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.1c00391


The Journal of Organic Chemistry
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Photoredox-Catalyzed Dehydrogenative Csp3–Csp2 Cross-Coupling of Alkylarenes to Aldehydes in Flow
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c01621

Synthesis of Saddle-Shape Octaaminotetraphenylene Octahydrochloride
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c01127

Copper-Catalyzed Conjugate Addition of Carbonyls as Carbanion Equivalent via Hydrazones
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c01380

Total Syntheses of (+)-Peniciketals A-B and (−)-Diocollettines A Exploiting a Photoisomerization/Cyclization Union Protocol
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c01635

1,5-Hydrogen Atom Transfer/Surzur–Tanner Rearrangement: A Radical Cascade Approach for the Synthesis of 1,6-Dioxaspiro[4.5]decane and 6,8-Dioxabicyclo[3.2.1]octane Scaffolds in Carbohydrate Systems
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c01376


The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

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Minimizing Pervasive Artifacts in 4D Covariance Maps for Protein Side Chain NMR Assignments
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.1c05507

Tribute to Cheuk-Yiu Ng
Published as part of The Journal of Physical Chemistry virtual special issue “Cheuk-Yiu Ng Festschrift”.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.1c06287

Crossed-Beam and Theoretical Studies of the O(3P, 1D) + Benzene Reactions: Primary Products, Branching Fractions, and Role of Intersystem Crossing
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.1c06913

Autobiography of Professor Cheuk-Yiu Ng
Published as part of The Journal of Physical Chemistry virtual special issue “Cheuk-Yiu Ng Festschrift”.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.1c06289

Memorial Viewpoint for Nicholas A. Besley
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.1c07974


The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

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Out-of-Equilibrium Biophysical Chemistry: The Case for Multidimensional, Integrated Single-Molecule Approaches
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c02424

Modeling Liquid Water by Climbing up Jacob’s Ladder in Density Functional Theory Facilitated by Using Deep Neural Network Potentials
Open Access
Published as part of The Journal of Physical Chemistry virtual special issue “125 Years of The Journal of Physical Chemistry”.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c03884

Excited-State Lifetimes of DNA-Templated Cyanine Dimer, Trimer, and Tetramer Aggregates: The Role of Exciton Delocalization, Dye Separation, and DNA Heterogeneity
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c04517

Interaction of Caffeine with Model Lipid Membranes
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c04360

Cholesterol in Synaptic Vesicle Membranes Regulates the Vesicle-Binding, Function, and Aggregation of α-Synuclein
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c03533


The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

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Just Scratching the Surface: In Situ and Surface-Specific Characterization of Perovskite Nanocrystal Growth
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c06582

Tracing the Journey: Autobiographical Notes of D. D. Sarma
Published as part of The Journal of Physical Chemistry virtual special issue “D. D. Sarma Festschrift”.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c06735

Machine-Learned Corrections to Mean-Field Microkinetic Models at the Fast Diffusion Limit
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c04495

Tribute to D. D. Sarma
Published as part of The Journal of Physical Chemistry virtual special issue “D. D. Sarma Festschrift”.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c06736

Nd3+-Doped Lanthanum Oxychloride Nanocrystals as Nanothermometers
Open Access
Published as part of The Journal of Physical Chemistry virtual special issue “125 Years of The Journal of Physical Chemistry”.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c05828


The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

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Cholesterol Hinders the Passive Uptake of Amphiphilic Nanoparticles into Fluid Lipid Membranes
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c02077

Excited-State Energy Surfaces in Molecules Revealed by Impulsive Stimulated Raman Excitation Profiles
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c02209

Breaking the Symmetry of Pyrimidine: Solvent Effects and Core-Excited State Dynamics
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01865

A Cost-Effective Semi-Ab Initio Approach to Model Relaxation in Rare-Earth Single-Molecule Magnets
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c02367

Unveiling the Mechanisms Ruling the Efficient Hydrogen Evolution Reaction with Mitrofanovite Pt3Te4
Open Access
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c01261

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Iryna Zenyuk, ACS Applied Energy Materials

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

My research is focused on using electrochemical techniques to enable the decarbonization of energy conversion and storage systems. Renewable energy technologies based on hydrogen are promising candidates to enable clean grid, transportation, and industrial sectors, as they have zero emissions and can use renewable and intermittent energy. I work on both polymer electrolyte fuel cells and electrolyzers, as well as Li-ion batteries. I did my Ph.D. at studying electric double layers at Pt- electrolyte interfaces with application to fuel cells. I wanted to do a Ph.D. in fuel cells as even back then, I understood the challenge of decarbonizing the energy sector and the need for novel, clean, cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope that my expertise in fuel cells and electrolyzers can serve the journal well. ACS Applied Energy Materials is an ideal place for energy conversion and storage technology paper submissions, as it allows for some more applied approaches to be published, and this is, I believe, where we see a lot of innovation. I am excited to see more papers where the know-how/empirical approach is transformed into a science, for example, catalyst integration into actual devices, as only with rational design will we be able to advance the electrochemical technologies to market applications.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

The major challenges for broad hydrogen technologies (fuel cells and electrolyzers) deployment include high cost, durability challenges, and material challenges. The cost and material challenges are interlinked as, in many cases, the use of precious metals (platinum, iridium, etc.) results in high capital costs. Fundamental and applied science and engineering can address these challenges through novel catalysts and support design. The durability challenge again can be addressed either with a system-level solution (clipping voltage of the cell, for example) or with a materials design solution. I am looking forward to paper submissions to ACS Applied Energy Materials, where the authors will address cost, durability challenges through novel materials designs and their integration into actual devices.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

I think there are many interesting unsolved problems in my field. From the top of my head, I can list several. For example, shaped-controlled catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction demonstrated several times increased mass activities when measured in rotating disk electrodes, but this does not translate yet into performance within the actual device. A complex environment within the fuel cell somehow prevents these catalysts from reaching their full potential. In electrolyzer space, understanding the local environment within the iridium oxide catalyst layers for oxygen evolution reaction is still a challenge, as currently ionomer distribution, local morphology, IrOx oxidation state during operation, and two-phase flow within solution are all unknowns. By rationally designing catalyst layers for electrolyzers, we can dramatically reduce the device cost by reducing IrOx catalyst loading.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Measurement of Contact Angles at Carbon Fiber–Water–Air Triple-Phase Boundaries Inside Gas Diffusion Layers Using X-ray Computed Tomography
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 17, 20002–20013
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c00849

I like this paper because it uses a neat way to extract internal contact angles within the gas diffusion layers (GDLs) for fuel cell applications. This is something that has not been done previously in the fuel cell community, and it is much needed as the internal wettability of GDLs dictates water management.

Anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

In my previous life, I was a professional chess player, now retired but would be happy to be challenged to a chess game during our annual ACS meeting!

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Joelle Pelletier, ACS Catalysis

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

Understanding how enzymes work, so we can modulate their activity. Enzymology; Biocatalysis; Enzyme kinetics; Computational simulations.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope to bring high-quality research on how enzymes/biocatalysts work and the harnessing of that knowledge to create new or improved methods of catalysis. Complex synthetic pathways that involve a variety of catalyst classes are exciting developments that we can promote. I will also strive for ACS Catalysis to include greater human diversity at all levels of the publication process, to publish the highest level of science with the greatest breadth of input and maximal outreach.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

1) Creating a body of knowledge that will inform methods of artificial intelligence to accelerate innovation in biological catalysis.
2) Bringing down barriers between subdisciplines of catalysis to increase the scope of discovery.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

The development of uniform metrics to assess the quality of data in enzyme catalysis. Contrary to most fields of chemistry, biochemical data does not conform to specified norms, nor is it easy to think of doing so for reasons that are inherent to the immense variety and complexity of biology. Nonetheless, high-quality comparables lie at the root of knowledge expansion. Efforts are underway in the international metrology community to propose metrics for reporting results of enzyme catalysis. I will work to ensure that ACS Catalysis stays abreast of these and supports their development.

Anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

I look forward to meeting and discussing geeky science with all those who are passionate about biocatalysis.

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Hee-Tae Jung, ACS Sensors

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

Molecular assembly – Nanomaterials and surface nano-patterning – CO2 conversion, HER and NRR catalysts – Gas sensors – Nanomaterials for climate change

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

A bridge between academia and industry in these fields, as well as making contributions to climate change issues.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Developing new types of nanomaterials to overcome the hurdles of conventional electrochemical sensors and metal oxide-based sensors.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

I hope to bring the development of high-performance metal oxide gas sensors at low temperatures and the development of high-performance lung cancer and virus sensors from human breath analysis.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Etching Mechanism of Monoatomic Aluminum Layers during MXene Synthesis
Chem. Mater. 2021, 33, 16, 6346–6355
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c01263

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Andrew Marr, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

My research focuses on catalysis for green and sustainable chemistry. This includes biocatalysis, organometallic catalysis, and artificial metalloenzymes. I also work quite a bit with ionic liquids. I learned about green and sustainable chemistry when I was doing postdoctoral research on hydrogenase models at the University of Nottingham (1998 – 2000). Martyn Poliakoff was expanding the green chemistry agenda in Nottingham, and the speaker program was amazing. My wife and I got to meet many of the pioneers of the field during that time, and we took some of them out for lunch or dinner. When we moved to Belfast, we were fortunate enough to learn about ionic liquids from Ken Seddon and join his QUILL research centerboard. Paul Kamer was also a good friend. He introduced me to artificial metalloenzymes.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I will help to maintain the excellent standards of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. This journal covers a fast-moving area. I hope to help the journal keep up with the best technological advances in sustainable chemistry and engineering.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

To transition all chemical and energy technologies to more sustainable alternatives. Solutions that serve all living things better than the existing paradigm. This is the biggest challenge facing humans and a core purpose of the journal.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

There are too many to count. One challenge that occupies us at the moment is the application of enzymes to energy technologies. The opportunity to grow components for electrochemical devices is fascinating.
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Susan Latturner, Inorganic Chemistry

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

My research focus is solid-state chemistry. I became interested in the field when I did an undergraduate research project at the University of Virginia, working on the intercalation chemistry of iron oxychloride. I enjoyed the synthesis and crystal growth of the host materials, as well as monitoring the structural modifications as organic guest species were added. However, my interest might have been inspired a decade earlier, as a 12-year-old, when I went to a New Year’s Eve party in Austria, and there was a person doing molybdomancy. (They hand you a slug of tin, you melt it over a flame and drop it in water, and they tell your fortune from the shape into which it freezes.) I don’t remember the divination, but I really liked the molten metal. It turns out that growing things out of molten metal was my future.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I’m looking forward to facilitating the publication of new work in materials chemistry and publicizing work that is of particular interest to the field.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

A major area of research is the development of materials to address energy needs in ways that mitigate the impact on the environment. It’s not clear if this will be best addressed by incremental improvements of existing compounds or by complete paradigm change. For instance, small changes in lithium-ion battery materials have led to greatly improved performance, but changing to a different platform may lead to even better properties and also eliminate the sourcing issues with lithium and cobalt. The discovery of new materials that can lead to dramatic improvement is difficult (as John Corbett said, it’s “difficult to predict the unimaginable”). But paradigm shifts can happen with a combination of exploratory synthesis, new synthetic techniques, and computational work to aid in materials discovery.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

A big problem in the synthesis of extended inorganic solids is the lack of understanding of reaction mechanisms. We lack the fine control of bond-making and bond-breaking that organic chemists have in their reactions. It is therefore difficult to tailor the structure and properties of our products. But this is becoming increasingly addressable with advances in characterization techniques which allow for in-situ measurements as reactions progress. Improved understanding of reaction intermediates may enable us to modify our syntheses to target the desired product.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Unexpected Hydride: Ce4B2C2H2.42, a Stuffed Variant of the Nd2BC Structure Type
Cryst. Growth Des. 2021, 21, 9, 5164–5171
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.1c00521

We used neutron diffraction to detect interstitial hydrides that were inadvertently introduced during the flux growth of a Ce/B/C compound. We were looking for carbide interstitials, but the neutron diffraction data clearly showed they were hydrides. Given that information, we increased the yield by using a hydrocarbon (anthracene) as a reactant. (This is the extent of the organic chemistry we do.)
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Yu Tang, Inorganic Chemistry

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

My research interest is functional coordination compounds, mainly focusing on the design, synthesis, functional and stability control, and application of rare-earth functional complexes and materials. In recent years, we have carried out systematic researches on the key scientific issue of regulating the function and stability of luminescent materials based on the rare-earth complexes at the molecular level. And the rare-earth complexes based luminescent materials can be used in the construction of intelligent optical coding materials, two-photon biological probes, and the assembly of stable and highly efficient inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cell devices. Those researches have enriched the research content of coordination chemistry and have significant meaning for the synthesis of new rare-earth luminescent materials and their high-value applications. It was the curiosity to explore the unknown world and the interest in coordination chemistry that initially attracted me to the field. In addition, what fascinates me with scientific research is the astonishment or awe, excitement or stimulation, motivation or impulse fed back to me by the experiment. I clearly remember that when I saw the crystal that I got after cultivating overnight was like a romantic ice flower, I fell in love with the creative and energetic chemical laboratory.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

Discover more excellent works with high quality and articles with high citation potential, and attracting scientists with high academic levels to join the editorial board team would be my greatest wish. Of course, I also want to qualitatively define the relationship between all authors, reviewers, and editors, a long-term strategic partnership to create a harmonious and friendly atmosphere for our future exchanges.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

For the past several decades, the application of rare earth luminescent materials has been the focus in high-tech fields, such as lighting, display, messaging, and so on. Rare earth complexes possess the functionally oriented molecular design property and excellent luminescent behavior, but these compounds are poorly stable for long-term use in devices. Even after encapsulation of the complexes in inert hosts, their stability remains questionable. I highly recommend that scientists in this field pay more attention to the development of more features and precise synthesis of ultra-stable rare earth complexes based on luminescent materials.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

The most interesting unsolved problem of rare earth luminescent materials is the transformation from academic research to engineering application. Achieving their industrial application is the true meaning of scientific research. I always imagine that rare earth luminescent materials will appear as a “superstar” to illuminate every corner of the global village. It’s meaningful but challenging.
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Katharina Scherf, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

My group and I develop new analytical strategies to study the complex interplay between structure, functionality, and bioactivity of food proteins in a multidisciplinary way. We analyze food proteins along the entire value chain from the plant to the food and beyond to understand digestibility, uptake, and potential immunoreactivity in the human body. These fundamental insights contribute to improved food security, food quality, and food safety. One of my main research interests is the analytical, immunological, and biochemical aspects of wheat-related disorders, including celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy. The most rewarding part of our research is that the results will help improve the quality of life for patients affected by wheat-related disorders.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

As an Associate Editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, I will be looking for high-quality submissions that advance the research field, for example, by introducing novel analytical methods into food science or by building bridges to other disciplines. My previous editorial activities will certainly be useful because I am already familiar with the entire process of handling manuscripts.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Wheat is one of the pillars for nutrition security worldwide, but the prevalence of wheat-related disorders is increasing. There is an urgent need to understand why this is happening, and this can only be achieved through multidisciplinary collaborations.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

Current gaps in knowledge are that digestibility and uptake of food proteins in the human body remain underexplored. We know very little about how undigestible food-derived peptides are absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and excreted. If we had this fundamental understanding, it would open many new possibilities to promote human health and prevent the development of food-related disorders.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Among the papers from my group, I would like to highlight our work published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry:

Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Breeding from 1891 to 2010 Contributed to Increasing Yield and Glutenin Contents but Decreasing Protein and Gliadin Contents
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 13247-13256
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c02815

Changes in wheat protein composition due to breeding have been put forward as a potential reason for the increasing prevalence of wheat-related disorders. We studied agronomic characteristics, protein content, and gluten composition of 60 German winter wheat cultivars first registered between 1891 and 2010 grown in 3 years. Overall, the harvest year had a more significant effect on protein composition than the cultivar, and we found no evidence to support an increased immunostimulatory potential of modern winter wheat.
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Mark S. Taylor, The Journal of Organic Chemistry

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

My group’s research is aimed at discovering catalytic reactions of organic compounds and studying their mechanisms. We’re especially interested in learning how noncovalent or reversible covalent interactions can be used to influence selectivity in catalysis. As an undergrad, I was fascinated by the idea that the course of a chemical reaction can be controlled by changing the molecular structure of a catalyst. I had an opportunity to participate in catalysis research at an early stage, working with Keith Fagnou during his time as a Ph.D. student in Mark Lautens’ group at U of T.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get a closer look at diverse types of new chemistry and to learn as much as I can from the authors, reviewers, and editorial team at JOC. Respect and civility in the peer review process are important to me. Hopefully, I can help to promote and sustain those values in my role as Associate Editor.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

We are facing a crisis of how to reduce the environmental impact of our activities while maintaining or improving the quality of life for individuals. Discoveries in organic chemistry can help to address this challenge by increasing efficiency in the discovery and production of medicines or materials and by identifying new types of chemical feedstocks.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

Developing site-selective transformations that function in complex settings is a problem that I find to be interesting and inspirational. Solutions to this problem offer new ways to modify the structures of biomolecules, conduct late-stage functionalizations of medicinal agents or secondary metabolites, and devise new chemical processes based on bio-derived compounds.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Synthesis of Ketodeoxysugars from Acylated Pyranosides Using Photoredox Catalysis and Hydrogen Atom Transfer
ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 17, 11171–11179
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.1c03050

This is a paper that I co-authored with my students Julia, Nicholas, and Daniel in ACS Catalysis. Despite wiping out two chirality centers, this reaction provides access to useful precursors to rare sugars from abundant starting materials, and the mechanism of the transformation is interesting. If you read our paper, I’d also recommend having a look at “A unified strategy to access 2- and 4-deoxygenated sugars enabled by manganese-promoted 1,2-radical migration”, a related study from Alison Wendlandt’s group at MIT.

Anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

Outside of work, I’m always looking for ways to stay active. I’ve been playing ultimate frisbee for around two decades and had the chance to compete at the World Masters Ultimate Club Championships in 2018. Recently, I have been enjoying running, (indoor) rock climbing, and cross-country skiing.
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Mary Watson, The Journal of Organic Chemistry

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?
My research focuses on the development of transition metal-catalyzed reactions for organic synthesis. My group works on cross-couplings of sp3-hybridized electrophiles to deliver highly enantioenriched products with all-carbon quaternary stereocenters via stereospecific cross-couplings and to transform ubiquitous amino groups into a wide variety of new substituents. We are also developing enantioselective, copper-catalyzed alkynylations of cationic substrates. I was originally attracted to transition metal catalysis by the ability of transition metal catalysts to induce organic molecules to undergo transformations that are otherwise impossible. The ability of metal catalysts to control selectivity in these reactions also inspires me.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

First and foremost, I am bringing my love of organic chemistry to the journal. Organic chemistry provides amazing opportunities for creativity and problem solving, and there is so much left to learn and discover. I am also bringing a deep respect for the scientists in this field and look forward to seeing their contributions. Finally, I hope to support the authors in bringing a high level of rigor to their publications.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Organic chemistry has evolved beautifully to encompass a great diversity of research from mechanistic analysis to synthesis of soft materials to chemical biology. However, there remains a lack of diversity among organic chemists, especially at the more senior levels. I am encouraged to see calls and recommendations for making our community more inclusive and diverse, but we have much work left to do. Our field also struggles with embracing a diversity of approaches. As organic chemists, we need options when confronting new synthetic challenges. Although it is tempting to want a single “best” strategy or solution for all contexts (and tempting to glom on to hot new research areas), we need a great diversity of solutions to chemical challenges because organic molecules themselves are diverse, ranging from simple starting materials to highly functionalized heterocycles to complex natural products. Finally, organic chemistry faces communication challenges. For example, much academic method development is directed towards gaining efficiency in the synthesis of potential pharmaceuticals, but historically there is limited communication between academic and industrial chemists. As a field, we also struggle with the sheer amount of results and data being communicated. How do we consume, digest, and most importantly utilize the vast amounts of information being reported to move to deeper fundamental understanding and greater rational design in organic reactivity?

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

As a field, we still have so much to learn in terms of controlling reactivity. When we design a new reaction, we can often correctly predict the metal, class of ligand, and the need for other reagents. When we design a total synthesis route, we can choose well-precedented methods for each step. But so much of what we do is still empirical. Reactions that look great “on paper” often fail or require tens to hundreds of optimization experiments to achieve high yield and selectivity. This need for empirically derived solutions belies a lack of fundamental understanding of how to funnel molecules along the desired energy surface. Although sometimes daunting, I believe this lack of understanding is a tremendous opportunity for organic chemists to continue pushing deeper into understanding how reactions work (and what doesn’t work), and I’m excited to see the continued development of new physical organic techniques, machine learning, and other approaches that will allow us to deepen our ability to understand chemical reactivity.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Earlier this year, my group reported conditions that enable unprecedented scope in stereospecific cross-couplings of benzylic carboxylates to set all-carbon quaternary stereocenters.

Overcoming the Naphthyl Requirement in Stereospecific Cross-Couplings to Form Quaternary Stereocenters
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 23, 8608–8613
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c03898

This advance depended on the use of a stilbene additive, and I am excited to understand how this additive enables reactivity.

Anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

One of the projects I’m passionate about is helping to organize the annual Empowering Women in Organic Chemistry conferences (https://ewochem.org). I am also the proud mom of twin daughters.
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Magnus Palmblad, Journal of Proteome Research

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

My main research focus is new algorithms and applications of computational proteomics, ranging from workflows for large-scale analyses to the identification of biological species from mass spectra. The focus keeps shifting as there are so many ideas to explore! I was first attracted to the field in high school, where our chemistry teacher had us play a computer game where one had to sequence a peptide using a choice of chemical reactions and analyses, each with a different price tag. The goal was to find the correct sequence while spending as little cash as possible. Mass spectrometry was one of those analyses – and the most expensive one if I remember correctly. This must have been around 1990. I then did a summer internship in 1992, right after high school, exploring crystallization methods for MALDI, and I was firmly hooked on mass spectrometry.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I will bring my personal experience of computational methods in proteomics as well as an overview of the field informed through my work on software registries and the two special issues on software tools in the Journal of Proteome Research.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

One of the major challenges, at least from a practical point of view, is closing the gap between the ‘best’ experiments and analyses published by experts and what can be achieved routinely by most users of the same instrument and software. This challenge is not unique to proteomics, but it is exacerbated by the complexity of the experiments and data analyses in our field.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

There are many exciting developments in massively parallel peptide sequencing that one day may challenge the dominance of mass spectrometry in the field. These new technologies also bring interesting computational problems that will need to be addressed. We should also make it easier to scale up data analyses so that anyone is able to contextualize their data or answer research questions by reusing data in public proteomics repositories, databases, and atlases. I am excited to see efforts now addressing the obstacles to making this a common practice.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Benjamin Neely and I wrote a perspective for the Journal of Proteome Research looking at the early work in molecular phylogenetics comparing patterns of tryptic peptides in the light of current proteomics technology. We found it enormously rewarding to follow the literature trail back in time – and forward again, following in the footsteps of past researchers. And it was great to have a partner-in-crime to help pull me out when I was going too far down a rabbit hole of a literature trail.

Rewinding the Molecular Clock: Looking at Pioneering Molecular Phylogenetics Experiments in the Light of Proteomics
J. Proteome Res. 2021, 20, 10, 4640–4645
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.1c00528

Anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

I sometimes tweet about proteomics or mass spectrometry as @MagnusPalmblad.
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Song Lin, Organic Letters

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

My lab’s research focuses on advancing new reaction strategies to improve the efficiency and selectivity of organic synthesis. We explore fundamental principles of electrochemistry and radical chemistry to discover new organic reactions and uncover new mechanistic pathways. Electrochemistry has historically seen limited use in organic chemistry. However, it has a number of unique features that are not commonly encountered in traditional chemical synthesis, and the ability to harness such features for discovering new reactivity has always fascinated me.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I am excited to join a great editorial team with diverse professional backgrounds and hope to contribute to the journal’s success with my expertise in electrosynthesis, radical chemistry, and physical organic chemistry.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Discovering fundamentally new reactivity and new bond disconnection strategies are always exciting but challenging at the same time. In addition, gaining a deep understanding of reaction mechanisms using traditional and new physical/analytical tools is critical to modern organic chemistry research. Furthermore, the marriage of organic synthesis with technology and data science will undoubtedly expand the horizon of our field and lead to exciting new discoveries. All challenges are also opportunities for our field to grow.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

Understanding and predicting reaction outcomes in complex systems.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Unlocking the Potential of High-Throughput Experimentation for Electrochemistry with a Standardized Microscale Reactor
ACS Cent. Sci. 2021, 7, 8, 1347–1355
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c00328

Anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

If I wasn’t a chemist, I would likely pursue a career in architecture. Building complex objects, from tiny molecules to magnificent skyscrapers, with both pleasing aesthetics and desirable functions, fascinates me.
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Natalie Fey, Organometallics

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

The main focus of my work in my group is on the computational study of organometallic catalysts aimed at improving our understanding of the mechanism of catalytic reactions and developing approaches for the screening and optimization of novel catalysts. In practice, this means that we study catalytic cycles for a relatively small number of systems chosen carefully to sample chemical space. We also use calculations to assess ligand, substrate, and catalyst properties for a larger number of systems, combining the two approaches to build predictive models. We collaborate a lot with synthetic chemists to validate and improve our predictions. I like it when reactions change color, so transition metal complexes were a good fit for me. However, when I first became interested in pursuing research in organometallic chemistry, computational studies were still a bit of an adventure and considered quite a risky undertaking. I’ve always been interested in using computing to best effect to support chemistry, but I initially combined it with a substantial synthetic task in my Ph.D. However, I was a bit of a liability in the lab (let’s blame a heady mixture of being tall, clumsy, and quite easily distracted by computers), so everybody heaved a sigh of relief when I changed direction to focus on computational studies. My interest in synthesis has continued to inform our approach, though, and now we want to use computational approaches as a driver for scientific discovery, still with a particular interest in applying computational and structural chemistry to the large-scale prediction and design of organometallic catalysts, but we also support chemical synthesis across a range of areas, from organic to materials chemistry.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

There is a lot of excitement about using data-led approaches in chemistry, including in organometallic chemistry, at the moment. I hope to contribute some of my expertise in both computational chemistry and data analysis/model evaluation to the community, along with an appreciation of the value and robustness of molecular structures. Much of our understanding of chemistry ultimately relies on relating structures to properties, and computational studies are an important part of that.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

At the computational end, it’s often a dearth of experimental data which we can use to really challenge and validate predictions made, although there have been some exciting developments in what you might call physical organometallic chemistry recently. Any experimental insights into what the catalyst actually is, along with reliable kinetics/barriers and some idea about what happens to the catalyst before and after the reaction, can improve mechanistic studies. We also need to leverage what we already know more effectively too, and that’s where data capture, curation, and exploitation come into their own.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

The activation of difficult bonds, ideally with earth-abundant transition metals supported by cheap ligands, has got to be up there somewhere! More immediately, we still need to figure out how we record and exploit all of the data we can now collect and then decide how to leverage it to the best effect.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Building a Toolbox for the Analysis and Prediction of Ligand and Catalyst Effects in Organometallic Catalysis
Acc. Chem. Res. 2021, 54, 4, 837–848
DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00807

Anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

When I start to get a sense of despair about all of the challenges stacking up in our future (climate, health, biodiversity, and how to keep everybody clothed, fed, warm and sane), I tend to remind myself that science gives us a way of addressing quite a lot of them. So we need to get the best and brightest working on this and support them to make this a viable and rewarding task. Nobody said it would be easy!
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Belén Martín-Matute, Organic Letters

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?

My research focuses on developing catalytic approaches for selective organic synthesis. We study different redox reactions and reactions where carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds are formed selectively. We work with homogeneous transition metal- and organo-catalysts, as well as with different heterogeneous catalysts, such as functionalized metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Understanding the mode of action of the catalysts is one of our main interests.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope that my background in developing a broad variety of catalysts of different nature will attract new articles to Organic Letters that tackle major selectivity challenges. These include methods that can be applied to the late-stage functionalization of complex molecules and methods that provide outstanding levels of selectivity when using base metals or main group catalysts.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

We cannot rely on fossil resources forever. And making chemicals from sustainable resources is very challenging. The arsenal of catalysts available today present serious limitations when, for example, used to create high-value organic compounds from highly oxygenated raw materials.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?

Understanding the mode of action of heterogeneous catalysts is a major unsolved challenge. This includes understanding the role of the support/material that holds the catalytic species. These difficulties make that the use of heterogeneous catalysts in organic synthesis is still, to a large extent, based on trial/error approaches.

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

We have developed a method for stereospecific 1,3-proton shifts based on the in-situ formation of ion pairs with induced noncovalent chirality:

Base-Catalyzed Stereospecific Isomerization of Electron-Deficient Allylic Alcohols and Ethers through Ion-Pairing
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 40, 13408–13414
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b08350

Anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

I am the director of the Ph.D. education at our department, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to discuss different aspects of research education with highly motivated students. Outside work, I enjoy family time and keep very busy on the weekends with orienteering competitions and ice-hockey training with the boys. We also enjoy traveling to visit our big family abroad.
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Library Life: Interview with Caltech Librarian Dr. Donna Wrublewski

Dr. Donna Wrublewski, Ph.D., MRSC, is the Head of the Research Services Department for the Caltech Library and the Librarian for the Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering (CCE).

Tell me about your current role.

I was originally hired in February 2013 to assume liaison librarian roles to the CCE and Biology & Biological Engineering (BBE) Divisions, taking over for the legendary Dana Roth. In March 2020, I was asked to take on the department head role on an interim basis. In November 2020, I applied for the position permanently, and after a competitive selection process, I received it. From March 2020 until last month, I was also the interim librarian for humanities.

In my department head role, I supervise five full-time librarians and two full-time library support staff. I coordinate activities within our department and between our department and other areas of the library and other organizations on campus where appropriate. I also serve as the de facto collections coordinator, working between three departments to evaluate and acquire materials for our library.

In my CCE Liaison role, I provide the usual services one would expect – reference, instruction, collection management, grant support, etc., and focusing on meeting the needs of the CCE Division.

What is your background?

My S.B. (Bachelor of Science) degree is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Chemical Engineering. I also dual-minored in materials science and engineering and in writing. I have my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in polymer science & engineering. I started my career as a librarian at the University of Florida in 2010, and came to Caltech in 2013, where I have remained since. Since 2016, I have also been an Associate Editor for the journal Science & Technology Libraries, and contribute an annual analysis for science librarians of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

How do you help to address challenges faced by your institution’s students and faculty?

I am usually the first port of call for my division’s members when anything related to collections or library reference comes up. Over the past 18 months or so, a lot of work has been devoted to evaluating and acquiring electronic resources in support of our teaching and research. I also answer reference questions about everything from chemistry to engineering to undergraduate humanities research projects.

All of our librarians get questions about grant support, so I do some work ensuring open access compliance and answering questions about publishing as well. With our campus moving towards largely in-person instruction this fall, I’ve been helping with outreach and public service staffing for on-campus patrons, answering questions on everything from physical space access to course reserves to our new library catalog.

What are some trends that you are observing in the library world right now?

It’s a bit hard to judge now because I think COVID has paused a lot of things that were going on before and has instigated a whole new set of processes and concerns. I think that digital access to print materials is going to continue to be a topic, so things like Hathitrust’s ETAS might be extended to non-emergency situations depending on copyright. Academic (and potentially research) budgets will continue to be squeezed as institutions will cut funding for things to make up for losses during COVID.

I suspect that with the long duration of COVID (18 months and counting), more relief may be needed, and collections may be scrutinized even further. “Subscribe to open” and “read and publish” deals are here to stay, and I think they will have to be looked at carefully due to budget situations. On a happier note, the number of instructors reaching out to the library for information literacy and library orientations seems to be on the rise, and with more changes to systems and access always on the horizon, I see this as a very good thing.

You’re also the chair of ACS’s Chemical Information (CINF) division this year. What was that like?

The main challenge during my term has been COVID, as I’m sure it was for everybody everywhere. The nature of the pandemic over the last year made it difficult to plan events because the safety guidelines were constantly changing. In addition to the obvious effect this has on ACS events, it also took considerable time out of volunteers’ schedules, leaving many with less time to devote to ACS and CINF this past year. Our main goal was to just keep moving, and to that effect, I think we were successful.

We are implementing Google Workspace as an internal organization workspace for our division, and we’ve updated our website (in large part thanks to Dr. Stuart Chalk, our treasurer and interim website administrator). We also had two very successful programs at the Spring and Fall ACS National Meetings, thanks to the excellent work of our Programming Committee, led by Dr. Ye Li. We’re hoping to launch more communication efforts with our division and also to take advantage of the rise in acceptance of virtual events to continue programming outside of ACS National Meetings. Our incoming 2022 Chairperson, Susan Cardinal, has some great ideas that the Executive Committee is pretty excited about supporting!

A very important question: Who is your favorite scientist?

I would say it’s a toss-up between Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. When I was young, I really wanted to be an astrophysicist. I loved reading about space exploration, and my copies of Cosmos and A Brief History of Time are pretty dog-eared at this point. So, of course, my favorite fictional scientist would then be The Doctor from Doctor Who.

What is a fun fact about Caltech?

One of the undergrad houses here, Fleming, has a large cannon that gets fired off a few times a year. In 2006, MIT managed to steal said cannon and transport it to Cambridge. I remember being at an alumni event in Cambridge and hearing about it. It was pretty great. Caltech and MIT have had a great prank rivalry throughout the years, and I hope it continues!

How to Make Safety a Priority Before Students Enter the Lab

Lab safety is critical for anyone learning to work in a lab. That includes chemistry students but also people studying food science, pre-med, nursing, chemical engineering, and many other fields. When entering an undergraduate lab for the first time, it’s easy for a student not to recognize their role in maintaining a safe workspace. They can overlook hazards, misunderstand how to prevent incidents, or fail to act appropriately should the worst occur. That’s why learning a risk-based approach to safety that emphasizes personal responsibility lays a solid foundation for working in a lab, whether it’s for a semester or a lifetime.

Safety is one of the core values of the American Chemical Society. There has been excellent work done by individuals at different colleges and universities to strengthen initial laboratory safety instruction for undergraduate students. Additionally, ACS members have developed high-quality resources upon which we all draw. However, many institutions still struggle to continuously offer up-to-date, consistent, and engaging safety instruction that is built into the curriculum. That’s why ACS Publications developed the ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry, a new offering within the ACS Institute. This 90-minute self-paced course walks students through the RAMP (recognize, assess, minimize, prepare) framework for staying safe in the lab in an engaging manner that’s perfect for students who are about to enter a lab for the first time.

Across 6 engaging, interactive modules, the course teaches students to understand their role in maintaining a positive safety culture, recognize common laboratory hazards, assess and minimize those risks, and prepare for any emergencies that might arise.

The 90-minute course is suitable for general chemistry courses at two-year and four-year institutions. It can be completed on various mobile devices and allows students to do the work at their own pace, starting and stopping as needed. These modules incorporate a range of accessibility options, including closed captioning, screen reader access, style customization, keyboard capability, and open navigation. The course also uses contemporary videos and images to make the material relatable and easy to put into practice. Learning about modern lab equipment and safety gear before entering the lab allows students to approach the bench for the first time with confidence.

ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry was developed by Professor Susan Wiediger of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Professor Craig Merlic of University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Weslene Tallmadge of Gannon University, and Dominick Casadonte of Texas Tech University. The materials were reviewed by Dr. Imke Schroeder of the University of California Center for Lab Safety and Dr. Michael Blayney, Executive Director of Research Safety at Northwestern, to ensure the course met the highest professional standards.

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Discover the Challenges Driving the Future of Catalysis

This year’s National Chemistry Week celebration focuses on themes related to catalysis, the process of accelerating chemical reactions. Catalysis is all about change, so it’s no surprise that the editors of ACS Catalysisoften think about the future of chemistry and their role in accelerating discoveries in the field.

In honor of National Chemistry Week, the editors of the journal were asked, “If chemists are catalysts for positive change in communities across the world, which scientific challenges in your field will be interesting for chemists to tackle in the next 10-20 years?” Read on to discover their answers.

Cathleen Crudden, Editor-in-Chief

In catalysis, issues around the incorporation of machine learning/robotics into catalyst and reaction optimization will remain in the next 10 years, as well as learning how to share data/enable reproducibility from lab to lab more effectively. Specific reactions that likely remain at the forefront are those related to energy and sustainability–developing systems that do not require precious metals, catalysis for energy applications, and catalytic approaches to deal with waste accumulation. Finally, insights into materials chemistry that inform heterogeneous catalysis will likely be of critical importance in the years to come.

Paolo Fornasiero, Executive Editors

Over a century ago, the Haber-Bosch process for ammonia and its fertilizers-based production opened the possibility of drastically increasing agriculture production. Today, catalysis is still looking for ways to change the global energy scenario and human quality of life. Electrocatalysis and/or photocatalysis will make possible the direct conversion of N2 to ammonia, water into hydrogen and oxygen, CO2 to solar fuels.

Brent Gunnoe, Executive Editor

Advancements related to the scaled conversion of solar energy to chemical fuels continue to stand among the most important goals in the field of catalysis and chemistry in general, especially with a focus on the electrocatalytic conversion of small molecules such as water oxidation, proton reduction, carbon dioxide reduction and related transformations. New successes to control active site structure to optimize activity and stability in heterogeneous materials are critical. Also, in this vein, developments in electrochemistry for synthetic organic chemistry have been emerging at a rapid rate. I am intrigued by the possibility of new electrocatalytic processes for hydrocarbon functionalization that might allow scaled electrocatalysis for petrochemical production. Large-scale electrocatalytic hydrocarbon functionalization could enable the use of green electricity (e.g., electricity from sunlight via photovoltaics) and result in substantial increases in energy efficiency. Still, this vision will require major advancements in mechanistic understanding as well as reactor engineering. With a long-standing interest in thermal C-H functionalization, exploring how traditional organometallic mechanisms for thermal C-H functionalization might, or might not, be leveraged for electrocatalytic hydrocarbon functionalization is quite interesting.

Pimchai Chaiyen, Associate Editor

As environmental awareness grows, consumers, governments, and regulators will demand that the chemical production process become clean and green. The world will no longer tolerate industries and processes which generate toxic waste and high CO2emissions. Enzymes are useful biocatalysts that, in conjunction with other technologies, can offer clean and green solutions. However, when it comes to real applications, not all enzymatic reactions are robust and scalable. The ability to engineer enzymes at will to serve industrial needs should contribute positively to the development of clean and green technology.

Buonsanti Raffaella, Associate Editor

Catalysis plays an essential role in building a sustainable society based on renewable energies and independent from fossil fuels. The development of new chemical transformations relies on discovering materials that can catalyze them efficiently and selectively. Materials synthesis is still mostly driven by empirical knowledge. To catalyze changes in the future, chemists should tackle this challenge and develop retrosynthesis analysis to target materials with the desired properties, something which is currently possible only for organic molecules.

Learn more about the future of the field in ACS Catalysis.

Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2021 with “Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes It Go!” Resources from JACS Au

National Chemistry Week (NCW) is an annual community-based event which unites ACS local sections, business, schools, and individuals by communicating and promoting the value of chemistry in everyday life.

This year, National Chemistry Week is being celebrate October 17-23 2021, with the theme, “Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes It Go!”, which focuses on exploring reaction rates. ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate NCW by coordinating events and communicating the importance of chemistry. Read more about NCW.

Explore a collection of articles from JACS Au below, which we hope will help to not only illustrate key chemical concepts and the importance of chemistry, but also motivate students and researchers to connect chemistry to our everyday lives, through topics such as enzymes, plant conversion to fuels, plastics upcycling, and more.

Dehydrogenation

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Role of Fe Species of Ni-Based Catalysts for Efficient Low-Temperature Ethanol Steam Reforming
JACS Au 2021, 1, 9, 1459–1470
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00217
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Electroassisted Propane Dehydrogenation at Low Temperatures: Far beyond the Equilibrium Limitation
JACS Au 2021, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00287
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Enzymes

Single Residue on the WPD-Loop Affects the pH Dependency of Catalysis in Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases
JACS Au 2021, 1, 5, 646–659
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A Noncanonical Tryptophan Analogue Reveals an Active Site Hydrogen Bond Controlling Ferryl Reactivity in a Heme Peroxidase
JACS Au 2021, 1, 7, 913–918
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00145
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Hemoprotein Catalyzed Oxygenations: P450s, UPOs, and Progress toward Scalable Reactions
JACS Au, 2021 1, 9, 1312–1329
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00251
Hemoprotein Catalyzed Oxygenations: P450s, UPOs, and Progress toward Scalable Reactions
JACS Au 2021, 1, 9, 1312–1329
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Carbon dioxide conversion

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Design of Crystalline Reduction–Oxidation Cluster-Based Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis
JACS Au 2021, 1, 8, 1288–1295
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00186
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Design of Crystalline Reduction–Oxidation Cluster-Based Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis
JACS Au 2021, 1, 8, 1288–1295
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00186
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Multifunctional Catalyst Combination for the Direct Conversion of CO2 to Propane
JACS Au 2021, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00302
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Unlocking the Catalytic Potential of TiO2-Supported Pt Single Atoms for the Reverse Water–Gas Shift Reaction by Altering Their Chemical Environment
JACS Au 2021, 1, 7, 977–986
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00111

Plant Conversion to Fuels

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Lignin First: Confirming the Role of the Metal Catalyst in Reductive Fractionation
JACS Au 2021, 1, 6, 729–733
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00018
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Uranyl-Photocatalyzed Hydrolysis of Diaryl Ethers at Ambient Environment for the Directional Degradation of 4-O-5 Lignin
JACS Au 2021, 1, 8, 1141–1146
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00168
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Plastics Upcycling

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Conversion of Polyolefin Waste to Liquid Alkanes with Ru-Based Catalysts under Mild Conditions
JACS Au 2021, 1, 1, 8–12
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.0c00041
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Catalytic Hydrogenation of Polyurethanes to Base Chemicals: From Model Systems to Commercial and End-of-Life Polyurethane Materials
JACS Au 2021, 1, 4, 517–524
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Polyethylene Hydrogenolysis at Mild Conditions over Ruthenium on Tungstated Zirconia
JACS Au 2021, 1, 9, 1422–1434
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00200
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Cation- and pH-Dependent Hydrogen Evolution and Oxidation Reaction Kinetics
JACS Au 2021, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00281

Hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions
Cation- and pH-Dependent Hydrogen Evolution and Oxidation Reaction Kinetics
JACS Au 2021, ASAP

Cation Overcrowding Effect on the Oxygen Evolution Reaction
JACS Au 2021, ASAP

ACS on Campus Holds Virtual Event in Malaysia with UiTM

ACS on Campus, the American Chemical Society’s premier outreach program, arrived virtually on the sunny shores of Malaysia, hosting a virtual event on September 23 at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Attendees of this 2-hour virtual event got to hear from ACS Editors and CAS specialists on their tips for publishing, peer review, and how SciFindern can assist your research process!

The first speaker was Prof. Tao Deng, Associate Editor of Chemical Reviews, who presented on the “Top 10 Tips for Scholarly Publishing,” starting with the anatomy of a manuscript.

He also injected some of his experience throughout the years writing papers, revising his student’s works, and looking through manuscripts as an editor of the ACS journal.

It’s really exciting to be part of the ACS on Campus event again! Thanks for the great effort from the organizing team. It’s always a joy to work with the team and to have the opportunity to interact with the students through this event!

Prof. Tao Deng, Associate Editor, Chemical Reviews

Next was Prof. Teck Peng Loh, Associate Editor of The Journal of Organic Chemistry, who shared his perspective on peer review. He also talked about how the publication journey is essential for the career development of a young researcher and shared insights into the peer review system. As a Malaysian who has spent over 20 years in Singapore as a Distinguished Professor at Nanyang Technological University, he said he felt close to home speaking to a Malaysian audience.

Finally, Dr. Nadirah Nesfu, a research and development engineer at medical device company AMBU, discussed how CAS SciFindern contributes to the research and publication. She walked the audience through SciFindern and its unique features, including her perspective as an end-user. Dr. Nesfu was selected as a CAS Young Scientist for 2019.

I firmly believe if people have more insight into CAS SciFindern, they will see that it serves beyond just organic-synthesis, but broader chemistry-based scientific fields too. Thus, this event is a great outreach program to expose the significant role of CAS SciFindern in supporting research and publication by sharing my experience as a proficient end user.”

– Dr. Nadirah Nesfu, R&D Engineer, AMBU Sdn. Bhd.

ACS on Campus’ first collaboration event with Universiti Teknologi Mara (Uitm) concluded with a special video compiled by the Tun Abdul Razak Library.

“ACS On Campus is a great program to expose researchers to publications. Participants were also given tips in producing quality manuscripts. Hopefully, all the participants get benefit from this program and continue to produce quality publications.”

– Aznur Umiza, Electronic Resources Division, Uitm Library

This was the first virtual ACS on Campus collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Mara (Uitm). We are honored to have the close collaboration with the Tun Abdul Razak Library which for their users. And we would like to express our appreciation to the librarians, Mr. Zuber, Mrs. Aznur, and Mrs. Mimi for their ongoing supports in discovering the resources and publishing efforts.
Mandy Sum, Market & Business Development Manager, ACS Publications.

Are you interested in joining an upcoming ACS on Campus event in your country? Check the schedule and stay tuned for more updates on an event near you soon!