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An easier way to submit ChemRxiv research to peer-reviewed journals

Direct Journal Transfer is a free feature of ChemRxiv that helps authors submit their posted preprints from ChemRxiv to established journals for editorial consideration and peer review. This feature, available through the ChemRxiv author dashboard, enables easy direct submission to journals published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the German Chemical Society (GDCh), and the Beilstein-Institut. 

We are working to expand this program further, with journals published by Frontiers soon to be added. You can now stay up to date on all the available destination journals on our Direct Journal Transfer webpage.

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Recent preprints that went on to be published 

Here are some recent preprints that went on to be published in top peer-reviewed journals such as Angewandte Chemie, JACS, and PNAS. Thank you to all the authors and readers who make ChemRxiv the premier preprint server for the global chemistry community!

Chiral Arene Ligand as Stereocontroller for Asymmetric C-H Activation
By Hao Liang, Weicong Guo, Junxuan Li, Jijun Jiang, Jun Wang
Now published in Angewandte Chemie 

Blatter Radicals as Bipolar Materials for Symmetric Redox-Flow Batteries
By Jelte Steen, Jules Nuismer, Vytautas Eiva, Albert Wiglema, Nicolas Daub, Johan Hjelm, Edwin Otten
Now published in Journal of the American Chemical Society 

Predicting the future of excitation energy transfer in light-harvesting complex with artificial intelligence-based quantum dynamics
By Arif Ullah, Pavlo O. Dral
Now published in Nature Communications 

Surface NMR Using Quantum Sensors in Diamond
By Kristina Liu, Alex Henning, Markus W. Heindl, Robin Allert, Johannes D. Bartl, Ian D. Sharp, Roberto Rizzato, Dominik Benjamin Bucher
Now published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Bread-Eating Fungi Exploited to Make Sustainable Textiles

The Spring 2022 National American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting held in San Diego, California, was a hybrid meeting that featured a wide range of science topics. The offerings showcased the vast diversity of the chemical sciences and the increasingly integrated nature of the projects. This post explores the potential for mushrooms to become a source of sustainable material. 

Mushrooms do have a leathery feel, but Akram Zamani took this to the extreme. Using Rhizopus delemar, a fungus usually found on decaying food, Zamani’s group fed it bread and harvested chitin and chitosan fibers from its cells. These fibers were then spun into strings for use as sutures or wound healing mats. Additionally, the jelly-like residue harvested from the cell walls of the fungi could be spread out and dried into sheets that feel and perform like paper and leather. While biobased replacement textiles are growing in popularity, most of the technology for producing them still relies on petroleum-based feedstocks. The major advantage of the fungal-based textile is the feedstock: food waste. Additionally, what often takes several days in a fermenter or by other fungi only requires about two days of fungal growth because the R. delemar is water based and grows much faster. This type of submerged cultivation is fast and environmentally friendly, turning food waste into value-added textiles.

News briefing from the meeting:

Video media briefing:


Recent ACS Publications articles on this topic:

Uncovering the Mechanical, Thermal, and Chemical Characteristics of Biodegradable Mushroom Leather with Intrinsic Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties
Jenniffer Bustillos, Archana Loganathan, Richa Agrawal, Brittany A. Gonzalez, Marcos Gonzalez Perez, Sharan Ramaswamy, Benjamin Boesl, and Arvind Agarwal

DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.0c00164

Sustainable materials make a play for the leather market
A new crop of biobased-material makers aims to displace chrome-tanned cowhide
Craig Bettenhausen

DOI: 10.1021/cen-09908-feature3

Fungi, enzymes, and closed-loop catalysis offer environmental, economic gains in manufacturing and recycling
Mairin B. Brennan

DOI: 10.1021/cen-v076n012.p039

Chitosan Natural Polymer Material for Improving Antibacterial Properties of Textiles
Jianhui Li, Xiao Tian, Tao Hua, Jimin Fu, Mingkin Koo, Wingming Chan, and Tszyin Poon

DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.1c00078

Physicochemical Properties and Bioactivity of Fungal Chitin and Chitosan
Tao Wu, Svetlana Zivanovic, F. Ann Draughon, William S. Conway, and Carl E. Sams

DOI: 10.1021/jf048202s

Recent publications by this group:

Extraction and Precipitation of Chitosan from Cell Wall of Zygomycetes Fungi by Dilute Sulfuric Acid
Akram Zamani, Lars Edebo, Björn Sjöström∥, and Mohammad J. Taherzadeh

DOI: 10.1021/bm700701w

Determination of Glucosamine in Fungal Cell Walls by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Marzieh Mohammadi, Akram Zamani, and Keikhosro Karimi

DOI: 10.1021/jf303488w

Effects of Partial Dehydration and Freezing Temperature on the Morphology and Water Binding Capacity of Carboxymethyl Chitosan-Based Superabsorbents
Akram Zamani and Mohammad J. Taherzadeh

DOI: 10.1021/ie100257s

ACS Malaysia Chapter Virtual Earth Day Talk 2022

In conjunction with Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW), we’re back again to jointly organized a Virtual Earth Day Talk ACS Malaysia Chapter on 21 April 2022. ACS celebrates CCEW in the week of April 17–23, 2022 with the theme, “The Buzz About Bugs: Insect Chemistry.”

This time, our talk relates with the Earth Day 2022 theme on ‘Invest on our planet’. The 2.5 hours event featured three prominent speakers that shared their valuable insights into environment-related topics, publications, research collaborations, and a special talk on insect chemistry!

Dr Mohd Firdaus

Dr Mohd Firdaus, the Chair of ACS Malaysia Chapter, opened the event by sharing the purpose of Earth Day with the audience, and why we need to ‘Invest in Our Planet’ starting from now.

“It has always been a pleasure to collaborate with ACS Publications, especially for an important event like the Earth Day 2022. This collaboration allows us to reach out to audience not normally associated with the Chapter event. This will in turn allow us a wider reach, in the mission of spreading words about the importance of investing in our planet! I look forward to working with ACS Publications again in 2023.”

– Dr Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab, Chair, ACS Malaysia Chapter

Prof Ruey-an Dong

We invited our first speaker of the day, Prof Ruey-an Dong. He is the Chair Professor at the Institute of Analytical and Environmental Sciences, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan. He presented on the topic on Nanotechnology for Environmental Applications. Additionally, he talked about his experience as not only an ACS Journal author, but also a Reviewer and an Editor.

Dr Zaki Zainudin

Next up, we had an Industry speaker, Ir. Dr Zaki Zainudin, who is a Water Quality & Modeling Specialist. He shared about his industrial expertise on the Water Quality and Pollution Control matters in Malaysia, and the related bridging policies and research, which resonated well with the audience.

Dr Wan Fatma

Finally, for our third speaker, we invited Assoc. Prof. Dr Wan Fatma Zuharah, from the Medical Entomology Laboratory, Vector Control Research Unit at Universiti Sains Malaysia. She spoke about the Applications of Insect Chemicals to Agriculture, and the conservation and public health.

After a fruitful session of Q&A session with all the speaker, we presented the winners for the ACS Student Chapter 3-Min Video Competition with the theme “Invest in our Planet”. The competition was opened to the 12 ACS International Student Chapters from Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.

Check them out here

We concluded the event with an Earth Day Trivia quiz with interesting facts on environmental related issues like deforestation and microplastics.

Hope to see you at the next event!


“I was honored to be one of the participants and appreciated every moment. The whole experience was priceless. Plastic pollution is a severe and long-standing issue. Malaysia seriously has a massive problem with plastic waste. We often see empty plastic cups, plastic straws, plastic lids, empty water bottles on the roadsides, seashores, and dumpsites. Plastic waste is composed of major toxic pollutants and has the potential to cause great harm to the environment in the form of air, water, and land pollution. Surprisingly, most people are aware of the harmful effects of plastic use on the environment and human health. They are well-versed in the idea that plastic is non-biodegradable and will not decompose completely. This leads us to create a video related to the awareness of Plastic Waste Pollution and the ways to solve it.”

– Chew Ho Kin, ACS USM International Student Chapter

“This was a great opportunity to get to know other ACS Student Chapters as well as introducing our relatively new student chapter. I find the topic nanotechnology in environmental applications very fascinating. As a student, I think I can start to apply it at home with my family by practicing the correct way of composting and investing in renewable energy”.

-Jehan Yusof, ACS IIUM Kuantan International Student Chapter.

ACS article PDFs now include recommended articles

ACS Publications has introduced an enhancement to the PDF version of ACS journal articles that will assist with your browsing and research discovery. We now feature recommended articles at the end of journal article PDFs that will provide you a link to related research. This serves as a complement to the recommended article list that has appeared on the HTML version of our research articles.

The recommended articles will be located at the end of the PDF as shown here. Read on to find out more:

How many recommended articles will be on a PDF?
Each article can have four recommendations, where space allows. 

How are the article recommendations generated?
Article recommendations are powered by AI, based on a combination of content analysis and viewing patterns. These recommendations will change over time, based on changing viewing patterns of that article and any related ones.

Which journal article PDFs have this enhancement?
ACS journal research articles, rapid communications, and review articles published from December 2021 to the present are eligible for recommendations.  Recommendations will be placed only if there is space on the last page of the PDF. 

Where can I see this feature?
Check out this research article and you will see a list of recommended articles at the end of the PDF.

Feed a Planet by Monitoring Plant Health

We need to increase agricultural crop yields because of the combination of a growing human population and climate-change-induced realities such as plant disease, warmer temperatures, and drought. This has led to a burgeoning demand for precision agricultural technologies that monitor soil, water, pathogens, and plant health—and provide actionable data in real or near-real time. Techniques that can be used in the field and provide timely feedback are highly sought after.

Wearable electrode sensors

One solution involves the use of “wearable” health sensors that adhere to a plant’s leaf. They monitor leaf health and microenvironmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and water content loss. Materials such as stacked ZnIn2S4 nanosheets have been explored, along with a stretchable metal, carbon nanotube matrix, and silicon.1,2

But getting devices to stick well to leaves is difficult—and designing a functional wearable device that can also be commercially scaled and reproduced is a tall order.

New research published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces shows that the right materials and technologies may help lower these barriers. Work by Barbosa et al.3 shows that nickel-based films can be used in combination with well-known microfabrication processes to make wearable electrode sensors that monitor water content loss of leaves. Water content is a key indicator of plant health and provides information about how stressed or healthy a plant is. The researchers also show that an alternative material, pyrolyzed paper, can be used to reliably measure lost water content.


Read the full article online

Read the press release around this article.

Emerging tech for plant health monitoring
Other emerging technologies to monitor plant health include point-of-use techniques such as synthetic biology phytosensors that provide data on plant pathogens, toxins, and nutrients. Fluorescence and hyperspectral imaging techniques can also monitor chlorophyll, photosynthetic activity, leaf stress, pollution, and pathogens. And researchers are exploring devices that can be integrated into plants, such as microneedle electrodes and organic electrochemical transistor-based sensors, for the continual monitoring of plant health.4,5

Nanosensors based on near-infrared fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotubes have also been designed to interface with plant leaves and report on hydrogen peroxide, another key indicator of plant stress.6 Multispectral sensors are also being used on unmanned aerial vehicles to remotely detect leaf stress based on the idea that when leaves are not water stressed, they scatter comparatively more light than dehydrated leaves, based on how light moves from hydrated cell walls into external air space.7,8


  1. Lu, Y.; Xu, K.; Zhang, L.; Deguichi, M.; Shishido, H.; Arie, T.; Pan, R.; Hayashi, A.; Shen, L.; Akita, S.; Takei, K. Multimodal Plant Healthcare Flexible Sensor System. ACS Nano. 2020, 14, 10966–10975. 
  2. Zhao, Y; Gao, S.; Zhu, J; Li, J.; Xu, K.; Cheng, H; Huang, X. Multifunctional Stretchable Sensors for Continuous Monitoring of Long-Term Leaf Physiology and Microclimate. ACS Omega. 2019, 4, 9522–9530.
  3. Barbosa, J. A.; Freitas, V. M. S.; Vidotta, L. H. B.; Schleder, G. R.; de Oliveira, R. A. G.; da Rocha, J. F.; Kubota, L. T.; Vieira, L. C. S.; Tolentino, H. C. N.; Neckel, I. T.; Gobbi, A. L; Santhiago, M.; Lima, R. S. Biocompatible Wearable Electrodes on Leaves toward the On-Site Monitoring of Water Loss from Plants. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2022.
  4. Roper, J. M.; Garcia J. F.; Tsutsui, H. Emerging Technologies for Monitoring Plant Health in Vivo. ACS Omega. 2021, 6, 5101–5107.
  5. Feng, Y-X.; Chen, X.; Li, Y-W.; Zhao, H-M.; Xiang, L.; Li, H.; Cai, Q-Y.; Feng, N-X.; Mo, C-H.; Wong, M-H.
    A Visual Leaf Zymography Technique for the In Situ Examination of Plant Enzyme Activity under the Stress of Environmental Pollution
    J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 14015–14024.
  6. Wu, H.; Nißler, R.; Morris, V.; Herrmann, N.; Hu, P; Jeon, S-J.; Kruss, S.; Giraldo. J. P. Monitoring Plant Health with Near-Infrared Fluorescent H2O2 Nanosensors. Nano Lett. 2020, 20, 2432–2442.
  7. Stiteler, W.; Newcombe, A. Use of multispectral sensors and unmanned aerial vehicles for agricultural applications. In SciMeetings, Proceedings of the ACS Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting, Aug 17, 2020.
  8. Gausman, H. W.; Burke, J. J.; Quisenberry, J. E. Use of Leaf Optical Properties in Plant Stress Research. In Bioregulators: Chemistry and Uses; Ory, R. L.; Rittig, F. R., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 257; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1984, pp 215–233.

Meet the 2022 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award Recipient

The annual Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award, co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated creativity and impact in the field of inorganic chemistry.

Meet the Recipient

Associate Professor Hemamala Karunadasa

This year’s recipient is Associate Professor Hemamala Karunadasa at Stanford University. Prof. Karunadasa is being recognized for her application of molecular design principles to push boundaries in solid-state inorganic chemistry, especially for the development of perovskite materials with diverse electronic and optical properties.

Following undergraduate studies in chemistry and materials science at Princeton University, Prof. Karunadasa pursued her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, and carried out postdoctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and California Institute of Technology. In addition to her faculty role at Stanford, Prof. Karunadasa is a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy and a Faculty Scientist at the SLAC National Lab. She is the recipient of the 2020 ACS Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator. Prof. Karunadasa is an associate editor for Chemical Science.

Learn more about Professor Karunadasa in this interview.

What does it mean to you to be the recipient of this award?

It is such an honor to join a group of inorganic chemists that I greatly admire.

What prompted you to study this field of chemistry?

As an undergraduate in Bob Cava’s lab, I was first introduced to the joys of making solid-state materials and studying their exquisite crystal structures. In Jeff Long’s group, as a graduate student, I learned to appreciate the beauty of molecules and started thinking about orbital interactions. When it was time to define my own research program, I wanted to combine everything I loved about both extended solids and molecules.

What are some of the important applications that you are working on that will benefit society?

We are working on identifying the chemical origins of the weaknesses of lead-halide perovskite solar absorbers so that we can design new materials that capture their strengths while addressing their problems. These materials are exciting candidates as inexpensive solar absorbers that can either replace or improve Si-based absorbers for cost-efficient solar-to-electricity conversion.

Tell us about your research philosophy.

I have learned to trust intuition and instinct. Sometimes we know where to look, without knowing exactly what we will find! Many of our discoveries came from knowing the well-trodden path and taking a substantial detour and recognizing a cool result at the very early stages. My students are very much behind the wheel; their explorations have led us down paths I had no idea we would take.

What’s next in your research?

We recently developed methods for interleaving two different layered materials together in a bulk crystalline solid. We are exploring the new properties that arise when two different materials share an interface and how we can use such repeating interfaces to manipulate light, electrons, and more.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

An inorganic chemist can feel at home in pretty much any field of science. Topics like defects and doping in semiconductors have typically fallen into the fields of physics or engineering. But we have come to appreciate the power of looking at the orbital composition of these defects which give us a wealth of information on how to tune them from a molecular perspective.

Explore Professor Karunadasa’s recently published articles in ACS Publications Journals.

The Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award 2022 recipient will present during a symposium in their honor at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Chicago in August.

Learn more about last year’s winner.

ACS Macro Letters is now indexed in PubMed

The American Chemical Society is proud to announce that ACS Macro Letters is now indexed by Medline in PubMed, and all corresponding PubMed Central deposited material will be linked to the individual PubMed citation! Moving forward, all articles will be indexed and receive a PMID number, and historical articles are currently in the process of being archived as well.

This milestone confirms the role of ACS Macro Letters as an important part of the polymer science community and increases the outreach of the journal to the allied biological communities of research. It should also represent a validation of the high-quality work coming from our authors, reviewers, and editorial team.

Stuart Rowan

“This is a great milestone for ACS Macro Letters to now be indexed in PubMed Central! We hope this achievement will help us to better serve our biopolymer community and provide greater visibility to our content and authors in the biological research areas related to polymer science. In addition, with the appointment of our new Associate Editor, Prof. Melissa Grunlan of Texas A&M University, in the biomaterials area, ACS Macro Letters continues to support our readers, authors, and reviewers by providing them the premier platform for publishing urgent communications in biomacromolecular and all areas of macromolecular research.” said Editor-In-Chief, Stuart Rowan.

Click here to search ACS Macro Letters articles on PubMed

ACS Macro Letters is the home of high-impact research of broad interest in all areas of polymer science and engineering, including cross-disciplinary research that interfaces with polymer science.

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Accounts of Chemical Research welcomes proposals for the upcoming Special Issue: “Electrosynthesis of Inorganic Materials”

Electrosynthesis of inorganic substances has been instrumental in the growth and evolution of modern society. Electrodeposition is inarguably now the dominant synthetic strategy for critically important metals like aluminum and device components such as copper interconnects.

This Special Issue will explore new strategies and concepts in the electrochemical synthesis of inorganic materials.

To be considered for inclusion in this exciting Special Issue, please prepare a proposal of your full manuscript. A proposal is a one- or two-page document which includes a short description of the focused topic and a list of references to your work that would form the foundation of the final manuscript. Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Full information about Accounts of Chemical Research Proposals and how to submit is available here.

Celebrating International Day of Light 2022

The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

May 16 is the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. The laser is a perfect example of how a scientific discovery can yield revolutionary benefits to society in communications, healthcare and many other fields.

In honor of the International Day of Light, Editor-in-Chief Professor Romain Quidant (ETH Zürich) has selected outstanding contributions in quantum photonics, biophotonics, nanophotonics, imaging, devices and energy, published in ACS Photonics.


Quantum Photonics

Quantum Nanophotonics in Two-Dimensional Materials 

Machine Learning for Integrated Quantum Photonics 

Femtosecond Laser Writing of Spin Defects in Hexagonal Boron Nitride 

On-Demand Generation of Entangled Photon Pairs in the Telecom C-Band with InAs Quantum Dots 



Dielectric Metasurfaces Enabling Advanced Optical Biosensors 

Resolving the Sequence of RNA Strands by Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy 

Dual Nanoresonators for Ultrasensitive Chiral Detection 

Comparing Transient Oligonucleotide Hybridization Kinetics Using DNA-PAINT and Optoplasmonic Single-Molecule Sensing on Gold Nanorods 



Terahertz Scanning Tunneling Microscopy for Visualizing Ultrafast Electron Motion in Nanoscale Potential Variations 

Single-Shot Autofocusing of Microscopy Images Using Deep Learning 

3D Imaging Using Extreme Dispersion in Optical Metasurfaces 

Metasurface Optical Characterization Using Quadriwave Lateral Shearing Interferometry 



Nonlinear Optics in Lead Halide Perovskites: Mechanisms and Applications 

Ultrahigh Deep-Ultraviolet Responsivity of a β-Ga2O3/MgO Heterostructure-Based Phototransistor 

Bi2Se3-Functionalized Metasurfaces for Ultrafast All-Optical Switching and Efficient Modulation of Terahertz Waves 

Robust Mode Matching between Structurally Dissimilar Optical Fiber Waveguides 



Photonics for Photovoltaics: Advances and Opportunities 

Light Propagation and Radiative Exciton Transport in Two-Dimensional Layered Perovskite Microwires 

Violating Kirchhoff’s Law of Thermal Radiation in Semitransparent Structures 

Nighttime Radiative Cooling for Water Harvesting from Solar Panels 



Nanophotonic Structural Colors 

Dielectric Resonant Metaphotonics 

Steering and Encoding the Polarization of the Second Harmonic in the Visible with a Monolithic LiNbO3 Metasurface 

Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Responses of Layered Epsilon-near-Zero Metamaterials at Visible Frequencies 


About the Journal

ACS Photonics is an interdisciplinary forum to communicate on the latest advances in the field of photonics, all the way from basic research to applied research and technology. Embracing the transversality of photonics, it connects scientists and technologists from a broad scientific spectrum, at the interface between physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. It also aims at bridging the gap between the academic and industrial worlds.

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The newest Associate and Topic Editors for ACS Publications

Learn about the newest Associate Editors across the ACS Publications journal portfolio. When new associate editors come on board with ACS Publications, they bring new experience, expertise and knowledge to the journal and the community, which ultimately contributes greatly to the success of the journal. Get to know our most recently appointed Associate Editors in the post below:


Jackie StewartJackie Stewart, Journal of Chemical Education

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

I conduct basic and applied educational psychology research to improve chemistry learning and instruction. I use quantitative and qualitative techniques to investigate chemistry learning at the cognitive, course, and institutional levels. My current research is investigating the role of emotions on learning from feedback and (separately) equity in first-year science courses. I was drawn to chemistry education research first to address issues I noticed in my own classes, then to improve learning more broadly in my department, and then to contribute to systemic changes to make chemistry learning environments more inclusive and equitable. When I started graduate school there were no chemistry education graduate programs in Canada so I studied educational psychology. There are now a handful of programs training the next generation of chemistry education researchers in Canada which is exciting to see.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

People come to chemistry education research (CER) in various ways, through specialized graduate degree programs, other related education fields, or by transitioning or combining CER with their chemistry research. I hope to continue the Journal of Chemical Education’s role in welcoming new people to CER by facilitating reviews that help researchers improve their manuscripts and their abilities as researchers. Teaching is both a science and an art, and I hope to help the Journal continue to provide the best possible research for educators to make evidence-based decisions about curriculum and pedagogy. This nicely complements the JCE articles that provide creative ideas for educators to incorporate into their teaching practice in an artful way.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Chemistry education research that aims to make chemistry more diverse, equitable, and inclusive is helping to address the major challenge of systems pushing qualified people out at many levels. From a social justice perspective, equitable chemistry education will make chemistry careers available to everyone. From an economic perspective, preventing an exodus of scientists from the chemistry field will result in a robust workforce. Promising research is identifying inclusive practices that will help correct long-standing inequities.

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

I think one of the most important challenges in chemistry education at the moment is how to weave findings from cognitive science and education research into undergraduate chemistry course designs. Courses exist in a complex system and instructors need to consider the diversity of students’ incoming knowledge and motivation, as well as the educational context, students’ workload, and social dynamics.

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

I am really proud of a paper I recently published with an undergraduate collaborator in the Journal of Chemical Education special issue on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect in Chemistry Education Research and Practice ( We documented the experiences of gender-diverse chemistry students. Listening to their stories helped me become a better ally and advocate for inclusive teaching practices that help foster students’ sense of belonging in chemistry. Their stories are moving and powerful, demonstrate their strong desire to learn chemistry, and shed light on some challenges people might not realize are present for many students, such as the need to hide their identities and struggles with course group work. The article has led to important discussions within and beyond my own department.

Listening to Nonbinary Chemistry Students: Nonacademic Roadblocks to Success
Bec Chan and Jaclyn J. Stewart
J. Chem. Educ. 2022, 99, 1, 409–416
Publication Date: November 11, 2021
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c00498

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

I have taught organic chemistry to over 5,500 students and feel grateful to be a part of so many students’ journeys. It is an honour to play a small role in helping others achieve their goals. I am Canadian and live on the West coast of British Columbia with my husband, two young sons, and golden retriever.

Jeremy Baskin

Jeremy Baskin, ACS Chemical Biology

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

My research interests are focused on the chemical biology and cell biology of lipids and membranes. I have enamored with chemical biology ever since my days as a student working on bioorthogonal chemistry for protein labeling and glycan imaging, and I became fascinated with membrane trafficking and lipids during my postdoctoral studies. The complex metabolic web and dynamic nature of lipids is a great playground for chemical biologists to work in to develop precision tools for studying these biological molecules. psychology. There are now a handful of programs training the next generation of chemistry education researchers in Canada which is exciting to see.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope to help ACS Chemical Biology serve as a major hub for the chemical biology community, publishing the most interesting, innovative, and impactful science in chemical biology, broadly defined, and serving as a resource containing commentaries, reviews, and perspectives on the important issues facing our field today.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

I think that chemical biology as a whole is facing head-on the challenge of applying tools for making impactful biological discoveries, which is part of a natural evolution of the field as it matures and draws in researchers from more scientifically diverse backgrounds.

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

In the lipid world, understanding how cells control the synthesis, transport, and degradation of these dynamic hydrophobic molecules that have to navigate an aqueous world is one of the most important unsolved problem.

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

“I’m super excited about our recent paper developing a photoaffinity labeling strategy to dig into the interactome and biology of ethanol-derived phospholipids that are formed in vivo following alcohol consumption. These are long-lived lipids used clinically as biomarkers, but no one knows how they may perturb our physiology. Our chemical probes could be a promising avenue to uncovering some of the mechanisms underlying their pathophysiological effects.

A Chemoproteomics Approach to Profile Phospholipase D-Derived Phosphatidyl Alcohol Interactions
Weizhi Yu, Zhi Lin, Christina M. Woo, and Jeremy M. Baskin
ACS Chem. Biol. 2021
Publication Date: December 15, 2021
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.1c00584


Candace Tsai

Candace Tsai, ACS Chemical Health and Safety

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

Exposure assessment and health and safety in occupational and environmental settings.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

More visibility of this journal to a broad range of health and safety communities.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Uncertain risks and not well known new hazards which require advanced studies and investigations to assist the communities and users understanding a better approach in protecting them. For example, the nanomaterials and nano-containg products are still not well understood regarding the impacts to human, and the environment.

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

The drive to push “actions” to happen.

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

Yes, the cloth masks containing nanosilver particles published in 2021.

Cloth Face Masks Containing Silver: Evaluating the Status
Melissa S. Blevens, Homero F. Pastrana, Hannah C. Mazzotta, and Candace Su-Jung Tsai*
ACS Chem. Health Saf. 2021, 28, 3, 171–182
Publication Date:April 16, 2021
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chas.1c00005

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

I am a scientist and professor who is passionate in promoting a healthier environment for living and working through educating next generation and scientific journeys.


Melissa Grunlan

Melissa Grunlan, ACS Macro Letters

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

My work is focused on the development of synthetic polymeric biomaterials for implanted medical devices and for regenerative engineering. Innovations in polymer research have infinite potential to advance medicine in terms of device development and improvement.”

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope to promote ACS Macro Letters as the go-to journal to publish cutting-edge work in areas of polymeric biomaterials research.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Marrying fundamental and translational concepts in polymeric biomaterial research requires broadening perspectives and collaborations – but presents a huge opportunity!

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

Polymeric biomaterials that can advance regenerative engineering of various types of tissues would have far-reaching impact in medicine.

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

Yes, the cloth masks containing nanosilver particles published in 2021.

Spatially Controlled Templated Hydrogels for Orthopedic Interfacial Tissue Regeneration
Michael T. Frassica, Connor J. Demott, Esteban M. Ramirez, and Melissa A. Grunlan
CS Macro Lett. 2020, 9, 12, 1740–1744
Publication Date: November 16, 2020
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00712