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Call for Papers: Water Challenges and Solution Opportunities in South Asia, a Rapidly Developing Region of the World

South Asia is one of the most populated regions of the world with a population of nearly two billion people (nearly a quarter of the world’s population) located within 5.1 million square kilometers of land. This creates challenging circumstances for freshwater management and supply for the region.

South Asia experiences a wide diversity of urban and natural water stressors.  There are a diversity of climates across South Asia, though much of the region is heavily dependent on monsoon rainfall, which may be dramatically impacted by climate change.  Despite rapid economic growth in South Asia, relatively sparse information is available on the water situation and technology/policy solutions.

This Special Issue from ACS ES&T Water will provide a high-level overview of the water issues facing South Asia, as well as technological and policy examples of efforts to overcome the regional challenges. Moreover, the Special Issue will set the groundwork for future advancements to maintain water sustainability in this rapidly developing region.

Submit your manuscript for inclusion now.

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Shane Snyder, Nanyang Technological University

Guest Editors:

  • Associate Professor Raj Kumar Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
  • Fazlullah Akhtar, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Professor Shameen Jinadasa, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Associate Professor Shukra Raj Paudel, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • M. Feisal Rahman, Northumbria University, United Kingdom

Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the ACS ES&T Water website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue of “Water Challenges and Solution Opportunities in South Asia, a Rapidly Developing Region of the World.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the ACS ES&T Water Author Guidelines.

South Asia is generally defined as the following countries (in order of population size):  India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives.

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2022. Submit your manuscript now.

2021 in Biochemistry Perspectives

Biochemistry Perspectives are designed to communicate a focused review of the most exciting new developments in a field or area and with an eye toward guiding future research.

Explore the Perspectives published in Biochemistry over the past year:

Antibodies from Lampreys as Smart Anti-Glycan Reagents (SAGRs): Perspectives on Their Specificity, Structure, and Glyco-genomics
Tanya R. McKitrickTanya R. McKitrick, Deniz Eris, Nandini Mondal, Rajindra P. Aryal, Nathanael McCurley, Jamie Heimburg-Molinaro, and Richard D. Cummings
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.9b01015
Tafenoquine: A Step toward Malaria Elimination
Kuan-Yi Lu and Emily R. Derbyshire
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.9b01105
The Biochemistry of Survival Motor Neuron Protein Is Paving the Way to Novel Therapies for Spinal Muscle Atrophy
Patrick Lomonte, Faouzi Baklouti, and Olivier Binda
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.9b01124
mRNA Therapies: New Hope in the Fight against Melanoma
Melissa van Dülmen and Andrea Rentmeister
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00181
Mimicking Functions of Native Enzymes or Photosynthetic Reaction Centers by Nucleoapzymes and Photonucleoapzymes
Margarita Vázquez-González, Zhixin Zhou, Yonatan Biniuri, Bilha Willner, and Itamar Willner
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00421
Light-Driven Catalytic Regulation of Enzymes at the Interface with Plasmonic Nanomaterials
Heloise Ribeiro de Barros, Fernando López-Gallego*, and Luis M. Liz-Marzán
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00447
Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Statins
Ghazal Alipour Talesh, Véronique Trézéguet*, and Aksam Merched
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00476
Specificity Distorted: Chemical Induction of Biological Paracatalysis
Brian P. Callahan, Daniel A. Ciulla, Andrew G. Wagner, Zihan Xu, and Xiaoyu Zhang
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00643
Targeting Lipid Metabolism in Liver Cancer
Malak Alannan, Hussein Fayyad-Kazan, Véronique Trézéguet, and Aksam Merched
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00477
Illuminating the Path to Target GPCR Structures and Functions
Christian D.-T. Nielsen, Divya Dhasmana, Giuseppe Floresta, Thorsten Wohland, and Agostino Cilibrizzi
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00606
The Origin of Lipid Rafts
Steven L. Regen
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00851
Disulfide Bridging Strategies in Viral and Nonviral Platforms for Nucleic Acid Delivery
Kingshuk Dutta, Ritam Das, Jewel Medeiros, and S. Thayumanavan
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00860
Early Strides in NMR Dynamics Measurements
Jane Dyson
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00141
Buffers, Especially the Good Kind
Gary J. Pielak
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00200
Evolution of Enzyme Function and the Development of Catalytic Efficiency: Triosephosphate Isomerase, Jeremy R. Knowles, and W. John Albery
John A. Gerlt
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00211
Long-Acting Cabotegravir for HIV/AIDS Prophylaxis
Kathleen D. Engelman and Alan N. Engelman
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00157
Live and Let Dye
Luke D. Lavis
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00299
Revisiting Nitric Oxide Signaling: Where Was It, and Where Is It Going?
Michael A. Marletta
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00276
Rhodium Complexes Targeting DNA Mismatches as a Basis for New Therapeutics in Cancers Deficient in Mismatch Repair
Adela Nano, Joanne Dai, Julie M. Bailis, and Jacqueline K. Barton
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00302
Hydrogen/Deuterium Exchange and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Reveal Dynamic Allostery on Multiple Time Scales in the Serine Protease Thrombin
Riley B. Peacock and Elizabeth A. Komives
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00277
Protein Engineering in the Design of Protein–Protein Interactions: SARS-CoV-2 Inhibitors as a Test Case
Jiří Zahradník and Gideon Schreiber
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00356
Genetic Code Expansion: A Brief History and Perspective
Mia A. Shandell, Zhongping Tan, and Virginia W. Cornish
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00286
Origins of Ca2+ Imaging with Fluorescent Indicators
Xinqi Zhou, Kayla J. Belavek, and Evan W. Miller
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00350
Chance Favors the Perplexed Mind: The Critical Role of Mechanistic Biochemistry in Drug Discovery
Robert A. Copeland
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00345
Mechanisms of O2 Activation by Mononuclear Non-Heme Iron Enzymes
Edward I. Solomon, Dory E. DeWeese, and Jeffrey T. Babicz Jr.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00370
Correlated Motions in Structural Biology
Da Xu, Steve P. Meisburger, and Nozomi Ando
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00420
Liquid–Liquid Phase Separation in Biology: Specific Stoichiometric Molecular Interactions vs Promiscuous Interactions Mediated by Disordered Sequences
Zhe Feng, Bowen Jia, and Mingjie Zhang
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00376
Inducible Protein Degradation to Understand Genome Architecture
Alexi Tallan and Benjamin Z. Stanton
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00306
Functional Roles of Chelated Magnesium Ions in RNA Folding and Function
Ryota Yamagami, Jacob P. Sieg, and Philip C. Bevilacqua
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00012
Drugging the Undruggable: How Isoquinolines and PKA Initiated the Era of Designed Protein Kinase Inhibitor Therapeutics
Robin Lorenz, Jian Wu, Friedrich W. Herberg, Susan S. Taylor, and Richard A. Engh
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00359
Phase Separation in Cell Polarity
Heyang Wei and Wenyu Wen
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00372
Global Mapping of Metalloproteomes
Xin Zeng, Yao Cheng, and Chu Wang
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00404
Low Intrinsic Efficacy Alone Cannot Explain the Improved Side Effect Profiles of New Opioid Agonists
Edward L. Stahl and Laura M. Bohn
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00466
Ligandability of E3 Ligases for Targeted Protein Degradation Applications
Bridget P. Belcher, Carl C. Ward, and Daniel K. Nomura
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00464
Redefining the Scope of Targeted Protein Degradation: Translational Opportunities in Hijacking the Autophagy–Lysosome Pathway
Katelyn Cassidy and Heng Zhao
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00330
The Birth of Genomic Enzymology: Discovery of the Mechanistically Diverse Enolase Superfamily
Karen N. Allen and Christian P. Whitman
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00494
Ins and Outs: Recent Advancements in Membrane Protein-Mediated Prokaryotic Ferrous Iron Transport
Janae B. Brown, Mark A. Lee, and Aaron T. Smith
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00586
The Moderately (D)efficient Enzyme: Catalysis-Related Damage In Vivo and Its Repair
Ulschan Bathe, Bryan J. Leong, Donald R. McCarty, Christopher S. Henry, Paul E. Abraham, Mark A. Wilson, and Andrew D. Hanson
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00613
Bacterial Responses to Iron Withholding by Calprotectin
Adunoluwa O. Obisesan, Emily M. Zygiel, and Elizabeth M. Nolan
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00572
Reframing the Protein Folding Problem: Entropy as Organizer
George D. Rose
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00687
Toward Elucidating the Human Gut Microbiota–Brain Axis: Molecules, Biochemistry, and Implications for Health and Diseases
Yunjia Lai, Radhika Dhingra, Zhenfa Zhang, Louise M. Ball, Mark J. Zylka, and Kun Lu
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00656
Three Rings to Rule Them All: How Versatile Flavoenzymes Orchestrate the Structural Diversification of Natural Products
Marina Toplak and Robin Teufel
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00763
Chemoproteomic Analysis of Microbiota Metabolite–Protein Targets and Mechanisms
Xiaohui Zhao, Xinglin Yang, and Howard C. Hang
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00758
Protein Engineering in Ribosomally Synthesized and Post-translationally Modified Peptides (RiPPs)
Truc Do and A. James Link
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.1c00714
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Celebrate Black History Month by Learning About the Achievements of Black Chemists

Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the past achievements of Black chemists and chemical engineers. It’s also a time to talk about pioneering Black chemists doing exciting work in the chemical sciences today.

In honor of Black History Month, here are a variety of resources from the American Chemical Society for learning about the work of Black chemists past and present.

Interviews with Black Chemists on ACS Axial

Malika Jeffries-ELTheodore Goodson III | Willie E. May  | Rodney D. Priestley | Gregory H. Robinson | Renã A. S. Robinson | Herman O. Sintim | Blanton S. Tolbert | Davita L. Watkins

Articles from C&EN

C&EN’s 2021 Trailblazers Issue Focusing on Black Chemists

Black Chemists You Should Know About

Career Ladder Profile: Paula Hammond

More Black History Month Resources From ACS:

A Call for Diversity Story Guest Editorials

ACS Honors African Americans in the Chemical Sciences

Celebrate Black History Month with 5 Remarkable Black Chemists

Highlighting Prominent African American Chemists

National Historic Chemical Landmark: St. Elmo Brady

National Historic Chemical Landmark: Norbert Rillieux and the Multiple Effect Evaporator

National Historic Chemical Landmark: Percy L. Julian and the Synthesis of Physostigmine

Spotlighting Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers [VIDEO]

Mentoring the Next Generation of Black Chemists [VIDEO]

Meet I&EC Research’s 2021 Class of Influential Researchers

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research is delighted to announce the 2021 Class of Influential Researchers. These talented researchers, who are in the first 10 years or so of their independent careers, were identified through an open call for nominations, with a focus on researchers in the Americas. The nominations were then reviewed by our global team of editors and advisory board members and selected based on the quality and impact of their research.

This Virtual Special Issue comprises reviews and original research articles invited from this talented group of early-career scientists and engineers. I&EC Research is pleased to showcase these 36 authors and their work. The Influential Researchers are listed below, in alphabetical order by last name, along with their associated research articles.

I&EC Research has been at the forefront of chemical engineering research since 1909, and we continue today as the largest and most-cited general chemical engineering research journal in the world. We congratulate this 2021 Class of Influential Researchers for being at the forefront today, and we are pleased to highlight their work,” says Phillip E. Savage, Editor-in-Chief, in the Editorial. In parallel with this publication, the 2022 call for nominations to the next Class of Influential Researchers opens for early career researchers located in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Milad Abolhasani

Continuous Ligand-Free Suzuki–Miyaura Cross-Coupling Reactions in a Cartridge Flow Reactor Using a Gel-Supported Catalyst

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 26, 9418–9428
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c01531

Moises Bastos-Neto

LTA Zeolite Characterization Based on Pore Type Distribution

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2022, 61, 5, 2268–2279
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c04897

Bryan S. Beckingham

Fabrication and Characterization of Cross-Linked Phenyl-Acrylate-Based Ion Exchange Membranes and Performance in a Direct Urea Fuel Cell

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 41, 14856–14867
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02798

Sidi A. Bencherif

Avian Egg: A Multifaceted Biomaterial for Tissue Engineering

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 48, 17348-17364
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03085


Saad Bhamla

Frugal Science Powered by Curiosity

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 44, 15874–15884
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02868

Jesse Q. Bond

Kinetic and Mechanistic Analysis of the Hydrodeoxygenation of Propanoic Acid on Pt/SiO2

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 45, 16171–16187
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03032

Marco Caricato

Predicted Properties of Active Catalyst Sites on Amorphous Silica: Impact of Silica Preoptimization Protocol

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 35, 12834–12846
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c01849

Nick J. Carroll

DNA Binding by an Intrinsically Disordered Elastin-like Polypeptide for Assembly of Phase Separated Nucleoprotein Coacervates

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 48, 17408-17416
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02823

Nagu Daraboina

Particulate Deposition Modeling for Predicting Paraffin Thickness in Flowlines: Application of Data Analytics for Model Parameters

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 43, 15793–15804
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02740

Brandon J. DeKosky

Optimized Production of Fc Fusion Proteins by Sortase Enzymatic Ligation

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 47, 16839-16853
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02842

Eno E. Ebong

Regeneration and Assessment of the Endothelial Glycocalyx To Address Cardiovascular Disease

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 48, 17328-17347
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03074

Ashlee N. Ford Versypt

Mathematical Modeling of the Gut–Bone Axis and Implications of Butyrate Treatment on Osteoimmunology

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02949

Michele Galizia

Evidence for Size-Sieving Driven Vapor Sorption and Diffusion in a Glassy Polybenzoxazole Exhibiting Configurational Free Volume

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 36, 13326–13337
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02660

Jean Marcel R. Gallo

Isomerization and Epimerization of Glucose Catalyzed by Sn-Containing Mesoporous Silica

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 35, 12821–12833
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c01781

Gaurav Giri

Meniscus Guided Coating and Evaporative Crystallization of UiO-66 Metal Organic Framework Thin Films

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 48, 17585-17595
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03969

Daniel T. Hallinan Jr.

Polymer Blend Electrolytes for Batteries and Beyond

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 48, 17303-17327
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02938

Seok Hoon Hong

Establishing Efficient Bisphenol A Degradation by Engineering Shewanella oneidensis

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 47, 16864-16873
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03324

Gyoung G. Jang

Corrosion Prevention of Additively Manufactured Aluminum Packing Devices Developed for Process Intensification of CO2 Capture by Aqueous Amines

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 47, 1736-17044
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03069

Ayman M. Karim

Kinetic Synergy between Supported Ir Single Atoms and Nanoparticles during CO Oxidation Light-Off

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 44, 15960–15971
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02806

Melissa D. Krebs

Photoinduced Gelatin-Methacrylate Scaffolds to Examine the Impact of Extracellular Environment on Trabecular Meshwork Cells

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 48, 17417-17428
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02828

Li-Chiang Lin

In Silico Screening of Zeolites for the Highly Selective Adsorption of Central C–C Bonds toward More Effective Alkane Cracking

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 42, 15174–15183
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03213

Jian Liu

Understanding the Adsorption of Noble Gases in Metal–Organic Frameworks Using Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 45, 16469–16477
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03255

Emily B. Pentzer

Capsules of the Poly(α-olefin) PAO432 for Removal of BTEX Contaminants from Water

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 40, 14455–14463
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02819

William A. Phillip

Staged Diafiltration Cascades Provide Opportunities to Execute Highly Selective Separations

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 43, 15706–15719
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02984

Toufiq Reza

Pretreatment of Biomass by Selected Type-III Deep Eutectic Solvents and Evaluation of the Pretreatment Effects on Hydrothermal Carbonization

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 43, 15479–15491
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03068

Fateme Rezaei

Assessment of CO2/CH4 Separation Performance of 3D-Printed Carbon Monoliths in Pressure Swing Adsorption

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 45, 16445–16456
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c01741

Jessica D. Schiffman

Optimizing the Packing Density and Chemistry of Cellulose Nanofilters for High-Efficiency Particulate Removal

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 43, 15720–15729
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03051

Marc Singer

Improvement to Water Speciation and FeCO3 Precipitation Kinetics in CO2 Environments: Updates in NaCl Concentrated Solutions

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 47, 17026-17035
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02957

Seyed Mohammad Taghavi

Efficient Displacement of Fluids Using a Viscous Shear-Thinning Spacer

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 28, 10376–10392
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c01690

Joshua A. Thompson

Rate-Based Absorption Modeling for Postcombustion CO2 Capture with Additively Manufactured Structured Packing

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 41, 14845–14855
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02756

Jesús M. Velázquez

Charge Transport Dynamics in Microwave Synthesized One-Dimensional Molybdenum Chalcogenides

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 45, 16153–16161
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02825

Bin Wang

First-Principles Study of Interaction between Molecules and Lewis Acid Zeolites Manipulated by Injection of Energized Charge Carriers

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 39, 14124–14133

DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02808

Richard H. West

Extensive High-Accuracy Thermochemistry and Group Additivity Values for Halocarbon Combustion Modeling

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 43, 15492–15501
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03076

Luisa Whittaker-Brooks

Interplay between Morphology and Electronic Structure in Emergent Organic and π-d Conjugated Organometal Thin Film Materials

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 43, 15365–15379
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03077

Di Wu

Formation Energetics and Guest—Host Interactions of Molybdenum Carbide Confined in Zeolite Y

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 38, 13991–14003
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02822

Dan Xie

Rational Design and Targeted Synthesis of Small-Pore Zeolites with the Assistance of Molecular Modeling, Structural Analysis, and Synthetic Chemistry

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 43, 15403–15415
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c02878

Huiyuan Zhu

Powering the Remediation of the Nitrogen Cycle: Progress and Perspectives of Electrochemical Nitrate Reduction

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2021, 60, 41, 14635–14650
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03072

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Virtual Special Issue—Mechanochemistry

Starting with stone mortars and pestles, before history was ever written, humans have ground and milled materials to induce physical or chemical changes. In the modern world, the systematic study of such processes has given rise to the field of mechanochemistry, set apart from its peers by the preferential use of solid-state reagents. At the roots of mechanochemistry lies the ability of solids to support shear strain. Unlike fluids, sheared solids under stress experience a distortion of their crystalline structures. The resulting modification of crystal geometries can induce destabilization of chemical bonds in covalent, ionic, and metallic solids, and symmetry breaking in molecular solids, which can eventually cause chemical transformations.

Driven by scientists’ enthusiasm and by the promise of genuinely revolutionary impacts on the industrial preparation of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals, mechanochemistry is slowly but steadily overcoming practical limitations (such as issues of scale-up), and its potential benefits are becoming ever more apparent. Mechanochemistry’s increased adoption promises a bright future of enhanced sustainability for the chemical industry, providing feasible solutions to realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal objectives.

In recent years, the use of mechanochemical methods to induce and alter chemical transformations has gained remarkable momentum, particularly in the field of organic synthesis. This Virtual Special Issue (VSI) concerning Advances in Mechanochemistry features contributions from prominent scientists in the area and is particularly focused on mechanochemical methods for enabling sustainable synthetic routes.

Adapted from the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Editorial by Evelina Colacino, Francesco Delogu, and Timothy Hanusa.

Learn more in the Degradable and Recyclable Virtual Special Issue Editorial.

Featured Articles:

Mechanochemical Cyclodehydrogenation with Elemental Copper: An Alternative Pathway toward Nanographenes
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 20, 7569–7573
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c02223
The Use of Copper and Vanadium Mineral Ores in Catalyzed Mechanochemical Carbon–Carbon Bond Formations
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 19, 7262–7266
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c02447
Mechanochemical and Mechanoenzymatic Synthesis of Pharmacologically Active Compounds: A Green Perspective
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 24, 8881–8893
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c01645
Solvent-Free Mechanochemical Synthesis of Ultrasmall Nickel Phosphide Nanoparticles and Their Application as a Catalyst for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (HER)
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 32, 12014–12024
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c02762
Solvent-Free, Continuous Synthesis of Hydrazone-Based Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients by Twin-Screw Extrusion
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 32, 12230–12238
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c03816
Efficient CO2 Sequestration by a Solid–Gas Reaction Enabled by Mechanochemistry: The Case of l-Lysine
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 35, 13159–13166
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c00217
Mechanochemistry Applied to the Synthesis of X-ray Contrast Agent
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 34, 12825–12830
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c02928
Environmentally Friendly Sunscreens: Mechanochemical Synthesis and Characterization of β-CD Inclusion Complexes of Avobenzone and Octinoxate with Improved Photostability
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 35, 13215–13225
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c02735
Making Agriculture More Sustainable: An Environmentally Friendly Approach to the Synthesis of Lignin@Cu Pesticides
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 39, 14886–14895
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c04645
Mechanochemically Activated Asymmetric Organocatalytic Domino Mannich Reaction-Fluorination
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 38, 14417–14424
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c04260
Mechanochemical Formation of Protein Nanofibril: Graphene Nanoplatelet Hybrids and Their Thermoelectric Properties
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 47, 17368–17378
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05048
Mechanochemical Synthesis of Amides with Uronium-Based Coupling Reagents: A Method for Hexa-amidation of Biotin[6]uril
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 41, 15703–15715
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05558
Enhanced Reactivity and Primary Liquid-Phase Forming in Mechanochemically Activated Soda–Lime–Silica Glass Batches
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 48, 17740–17751
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05980
A Glove-Box- and Schlenk-Line-Free Protocol for Solid-State C–N Cross-Coupling Reactions Using Mechanochemistry
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 44, 16577–16582
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05834
Mechanochemical Preparation of N,S-Doped Graphene Oxide Using (NH4)2SO4 for Supercapacitor Applications
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 51, 18810–18815
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05918
Green Synthesis of Lidocaine Ionic Liquids and Salts: Mechanisms of Formation and Interactions in the Crystalline and Supercooled States
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 49, 18266–18276
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c06811
Mn(I)-Catalyzed Mechanochemical C–H Bond Activation: C-2 Selective Alkenylation of Indoles
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 51, 19105–19116
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c07465
Ultrasonication for Environmentally Friendly Preparation of Antimicrobial and Catalytically Active Nanocomposites of Cellulosic Textiles
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 51, 18879–18888
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05493
Kabachnik–Fields Reaction by Mechanochemistry: New Horizons from Old Methods
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 51, 18889–18902
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05744
Fast Li Ion Dynamics in the Mechanosynthesized Nanostructured Form of the Solid Electrolyte Li3YBr6
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 2, 743–755
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c06694
Multigram Mechanochemical synthesis of a Salophen Complex: A Comparative Analysis
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 3, 1152–1160
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c06374
Thermoelectric Cu–S-Based Materials Synthesized via a Scalable Mechanochemical Process
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 5, 2003–2016
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05555
From Uncommon Ethylzinc Complexes Supported by Ureate Ligands to Water-Soluble ZnO Nanocrystals: A Mechanochemical Approach
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 4, 1540–1549
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c06081
The Mechanochemical Beckmann Rearrangement: An Eco-efficient “Cut-and-Paste” Strategy to Design the “Good Old Amide Bond”
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 5, 2100–2114
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c07254
Mechanochemical Synthesis and Thermal Dehydrogenation of Novel Calcium-Containing Bimetallic Amidoboranes
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 5, 2089–2099
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c06839
Mechanical Activation of Construction and Demolition Waste in Order to Improve Its Pozzolanic Reactivity
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 9, 3416–3427
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05838
Biomechanochemical Solid-State Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles with Antibacterial Activity Using Lichens
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 37, 13945–13955
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c03211

End of a Trip, the Light Stays Fantastic

Professor Harry A. Atwater

Professor Harry A. Atwater, Founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Photonics, announced in his latest Editorial that he is stepping down from his role leading the journal at the end of the month. This is a sad occasion for the journal, but it also serves as an opportunity to celebrate the journal’s achievements, which is the result of a team of efforts led by Professor Atwater.

Under his leadership, ACS Photonics has grown to become one of the top journals in its field. As we say goodbye, we thought it appropriate to use Professor Atwater’s past Editorials to tell the story of the journal and how it has influenced the field.

Let There Be Light

The first issue of ACS Photonics was published in January 2014. Recognizing the field of photonics had become a more interdisciplinary field, Professor Atwater wrote in his inaugural Editorial that the journal was founded to, “embrace the scientific opportunity to bridge disciplinary gaps and promote rich cross-fertilization of knowledge between chemistry, physics, and engineering in the field of photonics.”

In that same editorial, Professor Atwater also writes about, “the internationalization of the field,” and the “worldwide recognition … of the importance of scientific advance in photonics,” as a driver for the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly declaring 2015 the “International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies.”

International Year of Light

Professor Atwater kicked off the second year of the journal with an Editorial in the January 2015 issue highlighting the importance of the International Year of Light. He wrote that it was “an opportunity for us to tell the rest of the world about the amazing properties of light and its potential to enrich the human experience,” while also noting that authors and contributors, “see the beauty of light and its amazing ability to probe molecular and nanoscale features, to interrogate physical and chemical processes that occur on ultrashort time scales, and to bring forth new technologies from rapid advances in science.”

In the years since, the journal has celebrated the International Day of Light by highlighting a collection of articles across many of the most important topical areas in the field.

Influence and Impact

ACS Photonics’ debut Impact Factor was announced in 2016. In honor of the achievement, Professor Atwater shared his thoughts in a July Editorial. In it, he calls the Impact Factor an early indicator that the journal had already begun establishing itself among the top tier of photonics-focused journals. He also called it, “a reflection of the dynamism and vibrancy of the global photonics research enterprise and its expanding impact in the whole scientific community.”

In the time since, the journal’s influence and importance have grown. So has the Impact Factor. Additionally, the journal has ranked in the top quartile in the Optics; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary, Physics, Applied; and Physics, Condensed Matter categories according to the 2020 Journal Citation Report from Clarivate. It also ranks in the second quartile for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

2020 and Beyond

In the face of global lockdowns and working from home, Professor Atwater spearheaded the launch of the ACS Photonics Global Webinar Series to connect audiences around the world with leading researchers in the field. Speakers in the series include Andrea Alu, Shanhui Fan, ACS Photonics Associate Editor Jelena Vuckovic, and the 2020 ACS Photonics Lectureship winner Maiken H. Mikkelson.

ACS Photonics began 2021 taking a look back at past achievements in the field with the “20 Years of Photonics” Special Issue, which features Perspectives from leading researchers on topics including nanophotonics, nanosensors, quantum photonics, and more. In his Editorial for the issue, Professor Atwater notes that the formation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000 ushered in the beginning of the “worldwide race in the field of nanoscience,” that ultimately led to an explosion in nanophotonics research and “an unusually creative, productive, and highly impactful time for the photonics field.”

Highlighting a few editorials over an eight-year span will never provide a full picture of the works published in the journal, nor the advances in the field. It does, however, provide us with an opportunity to look back and see how we got here. But also look ahead to where we are headed, as Professor Atwater does in his 20 Years of Photonics editorial. “As we enter 2021, the achievements of the last 20 years that are detailed in this issue’s Perspective papers can give us inspiration to imagine what our field will be writing about and discussing in 2040,” writes Atwater.

On behalf of ACS Publications, the American Chemical Society, and the ACS Photonics community, we thank Professor Atwater for his dedication to the journal and the field. We wish him the best in all of his future endeavors!

Call for Papers: 6-Journal Virtual Special Issue on Epigenetics

ACS Chemical Biology, ACS Chemical Neuroscience, ACS Infectious Diseases, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry invite the biomedical research community to submit manuscripts for a 2022 joint virtual special issue on advances in epigenetics.

This joint virtual special issue is a follow-up to a highly read and well-cited joint special issue on the same topic published in 2016 by ACS Chemical Biology, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Biochemistry, and the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

The issue will highlight the broad spectrum of research pursuits and accomplishments in this exciting area of study. Each journal will focus on a different aspect of epigenetics and will have its contribution led by selected guest editors.

Each manuscript will first be published in a regular issue shortly after it is accepted for publication. Once all papers have been accepted, they will be collected on a single webpage, giving additional exposure to each author’s work. This website will be announced in another regular issue that includes an introductory Editorial by the guest editors.

Read on to learn more about what types of manuscripts each participating journal is seeking and see the submission deadlines.

ACS Chemical Biology

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2021

Guest Editor: Jordan Meier, (US) National Cancer Institute

ACS Chemical Biology welcomes submissions that use chemical biology approaches or describe new chemical biology tools to understand or exploit epigenetic mechanisms or functions.

Please select the “Epigenetics 2022” tag in the Special Issue dropdown menu during submission to mark your manuscript for consideration for inclusion in the issue. Please note that all submissions will undergo the standard peer-review process.

We look forward to reading about your latest research developments, and thank you for supporting our journal and the chemical biology research community!

LEARN MORE: Read ACS Chemical Biology’s call for papers Editorial

If you have questions, please email

ACS Chemical Neuroscience

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021

Guest Editor: Stephan J. Haggarty, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard

ACS Chemical Neuroscience will focus on epigenetic mechanisms associated with neurogenesis, neural plasticity, as well as cognition and memory. Papers of interest also include those aimed at neuropsychiatric disorders for which epigenetic deregulation is a key driver of the disease phenotype. Articles, letters, perspectives, and reviews are all welcome.

Please tag your manuscript by selecting “Epigenetics 2022” from the Special Issue dropdown menu during submission.

We look forward to reading about your latest research developments, and thank you for supporting our journal and the chemical neuroscience research community!

If you have questions, please email

ACS Infectious Diseases

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2021

Guest Editors: Associate Editor Félix Calderón, GlaxoSmithKline; Kelly Chibale, University of Cape Town; and Nathaniel G. Jones, University of York;

ACS Infectious Diseases invites the submission of Articles, Letters, Reviews, Viewpoints, and Perspectives from academic groups, nonprofits, and industry. Recognizing the breadth of research that can be encompassed in the theme “epigenetics,” we are reflecting this with a wide scope of interest. This includes work on genetic and chemical target validation of pathogen histone-modifying enzymes, reader proteins of these modifications, targeting of the host response to pathogens, pathogen virulence factors that impact human epigenetic processes, host-pathogen interactions, epi-transcriptomics, platforms for drug discovery, experimental model systems, mechanistic characterizations, approaches utilizing biologicals, natural products, and synthetic small molecules. We are open to works detailing the biology of viral, bacterial, and eukaryotic pathogens.

LEARN MORE: Read ACS Infectious Diseases’ call for papers Editorial

If you have questions, please email

ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2021

Guest Editors: Robert A. Copeland, Accent Therapeutics, Inc., and Associate Editor Donna M. Huryn, University of Pittsburgh

ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters invites Notes, Letters, Innovations, and Technology Notes manuscripts that advance our understanding of chemical modulators of chromatin- and RNA-modifications. We call upon scientists in medicinal chemistry and allied fields to contribute their research and innovations to this special issue of the journal.

LEARN MORE: Read ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters’ call for papers Editorial

If you have questions, please email

ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2021

Guest Editors: Sanil Bhatia,Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf; Finn K. Hansen, University of Bonn; and Matthias Schiedel, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science invites active researchers to submit manuscripts detailing recent advances in the field of epigenetics, including the development and recommendation of novel tool compounds for epigenetic targets and the discovery of new biomarkers.

LEARN MORE: Read ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science’s call for papers Editorial

If you have questions, please email

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

Submission Deadlines: July 31, 2021, for Perspectives; October 31, 2021, for Articles and Drug Annotations

The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry invites submissions across the full spectrum of epigenetics, including epigenetic studies focused on human and non-human species. The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry is traditionally associated with full-length papers that report substantial studies in medicinal chemistry, and we are keen to receive such submissions. However, we are also excited to receive shorter, more preliminary studies, which report work of high novelty. We would also like to encourage Perspectives and Drug Annotations in the epigenetics area.

LEARN MORE: Read the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry’s call for papers Editorial

ACS Photonics Celebrates the International Day of Light

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.

In celebration of the International Day of Light, ACS Photonics is pleased to share and highlight a collection of key papers published in the journal over the last year that celebrate leading-edge photonics research.

Quantum Photonics
Room-Temperature Quantum Emitter in Aluminum Nitride
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 7, 1636–1641
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00528
Efficient Single-Photon Detection with 7.7 ps Time Resolution for Photon-Correlation Measurements
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 7, 1780–1787
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00433
Toward Bright and Pure Single Photon Emitters at 300 K Based on GaN Quantum Dots on Silicon
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 6, 1515–1522
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00310
Truncated Metallo-Dielectric Omnidirectional Reflector: Collecting Single Photons in the Fundamental Gaussian Mode with 95% Efficiency
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 9, 2474–2481
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00730

A Critical Review on Ultraviolet Disinfection Systems against COVID-19 Outbreak: Applicability, Validation, and Safety Considerations
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 11, 2941–2951
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c01245
Dielectric Metasurfaces Enabling Advanced Optical Biosensors
ACS Photonics 2021, 8, 1, 47–60
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c01030
Resolving the Sequence of RNA Strands by Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
ACS Photonics 2021, 8, 2, 424–430
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c01486
Development of Lipid-Coated Semiconductor Nanosensors for Recording of Membrane Potential in Neurons
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 5, 1141–1152
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.9b01558

Line-Scan Hyperspectral Imaging Microscopy with Linear Unmixing for Automated Two-Dimensional Crystals Identification
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 5, 1216–1225
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00050
Phase-Resolved Detection of Ultrabroadband THz Pulses inside a Scanning Tunneling Microscope Junction
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 8, 2046–2055
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00386
Terahertz Scanning Tunneling Microscopy for Visualizing Ultrafast Electron Motion in Nanoscale Potential Variations
ACS Photonics 2021, 8, 1, 315–323
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c01572
Phase-Resolved Surface Plasmon Scattering Probed by Cathodoluminescence Holography
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 6, 1476–1482
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00209

Flexible and Stretchable Photonics: The Next Stretch of Opportunities
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 10, 2618–2635
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00983
On-Chip Mid-Infrared Supercontinuum Generation from 3 to 13 μm Wavelength
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 12, 3423–3429
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c01232
Highly Responsive Flexible Photodetectors Based on MOVPE Grown Uniform Few-Layer MoS2
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 6, 1388–1395
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00361
Microwave Programmable Graphene Metasurface
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 6, 1425–1435
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.9b01807

Photonics for Photovoltaics: Advances and Opportunities
ACS Photonics 2021, 8, 1, 61–70
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c01045
Insights into Ultrafast Carrier Dynamics in Perovskite Thin Films and Solar Cells
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 8, 1893–1907
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00677
Nanophotonic Emission Control for Improved Photovoltaic Efficiency
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 7, 1589–1602
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00152
Colored Radiative Cooling Coatings with Nanoparticles
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 5, 1312–1322
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00513

Nanophotonic Structural Colors
ACS Photonics 2021, 8, 1, 18–33
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00947
Exciton-Polaritons with Magnetic and Electric Character in All-Dielectric Metasurfaces
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 5, 1226–1234
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00063
Dielectric Resonant Metaphotonics
ACS Photonics 2021, 8, 1, 102–112
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c01315
Quantum Yield Limits for the Detection of Single-Molecule Fluorescence Enhancement by a Gold Nanorod
ACS Photonics 2020, 7, 9, 2498–2505
DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.0c00803

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Call for Papers: Urban Air Pollution and Human Health

In 2019, air pollution contributed to over 6 million deaths worldwide. Evidence is mounting that air pollution can cause harm at much lower levels than previously thought.  In addition, major new mobility trends in urban transport are unfolding globally causing potential health effects related to traffic air pollution.

This Special Issue call for papers from Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) invites research contributions on the latest multidisciplinary advances on urban air quality, its sources, its chemistry and microbiology, health impacts and disease implications, solutions for mitigation and control, and research outcomes influencing policy change.  The editors particularly welcome submissions focusing on the following topics:

  • Energy infrastructure, climate change, and urban air quality
  • Air pollution and public health
  • Aerosol chemistry, microbiology, and airborne pathogens
  • High-resolution air pollution mapping and modeling
  • Local and regional meteorology and urban air quality
  • Understanding sources and behavior of local and regional urban air pollution
  • Traffic-related air pollution impacts
  • High-, middle- and low-income approaches to air quality mitigations and solutions
  • Key air quality research trends towards policy change

As a cross-cutting theme, technical articles in the above areas that consider dimensions of equity and environmental justice are both welcome and encouraged.

Submit your manuscript for inclusion now.

Guest Editors:

Professor Xiang-Dong Li (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
Professor Joshua Apte (UC Berkeley, USA)
Professor Ling Jin (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
Professor Shelly Miller (University of Colorado, USA)
Professor Shu Tao (Peking University, China)

Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the ES&T website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue of “Urban Air Pollution and Human Health”. All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the ES&T Author Guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2021. Submit your manuscript now.

JAFC Most Read Perspectives and Viewpoints 2020

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry would like to share with you its most-read Perspectives and Viewpoints from 2020. These articles discuss diverse topics from the occurrence of microplastics in commercial seafood to global sustainable nitrogen management in agricultural systems. Perspectives in JAFC are concise discussions of a particular field to help readers keep abreast of the advances and trends in agricultural and food chemistry outside their own area of expertise, whereas Viewpoints are short opinion-style manuscripts that provide authors with a venue to comment on an issue of pressing importance to the JAFC readership.

Occurrence of Microplastics in Commercial Seafood under the Perspective of the Human Food Chain. A Review
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 19, 5296–5301
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c01209
Biopolymer-Based Nanotechnology Approaches To Deliver Bioactive Compounds for Food Applications: A Perspective on the Past, Present, and Future
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 46, 12993–13000
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c00277
Antibiotics and Food Safety in Aquaculture
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 43, 11908–11919
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c03996
The True Value of Spirulina
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 14, 4109–4115
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b08251
Recent Advances in Nanoencapsulation of Phytochemicals to Combat Obesity and Its Comorbidities
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 31, 8119–8131
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c00131
Evolution and Future Needs of Food Chemistry in a Changing World
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 46, 12956–12971
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b07774
Chemistry and Biofunctional Significance of Bioactive Peptide Interactions with Food and Gut Components
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 46, 12972–12977
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b07559
Development of Novel Pesticides Targeting Insect Chitinases: A Minireview and Perspective
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 16, 4559–4565
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c00888
Challenges for Global Sustainable Nitrogen Management in Agricultural Systems
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 11, 3354–3361
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c00273
Perspective on Cadmium and Lead in Cocoa and Chocolate
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 46, 13008–13015
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b08295
Processing Aids in Food and Beverage Manufacturing: Potential Source of Elemental and Trace Metal Contaminants
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 46, 13001–13007
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b08066
Precision Research on Ginger: The Type of Ginger Matters
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 32, 8517–8523
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c03888
Diet-Induced Flavor Changes in Human Milk: Update and Perspectives
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 38, 10275–10280
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c00223
Metallic Sensation—Just an Off-Flavor or a Biologically Relevant Sensing Pathway?
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2021, 69, 6, 1775–1780
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c06463
Current Progresses on Monochloropropane Diol Esters in 2018–2019 and Their Future Research Trends
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 46, 12984–12992
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c00387
Journey in the Polyphenol Research World with Ragai Ibrahim
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 10, 2849–2860
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b06633
Proton-Coupled Electron Transfers of Defense Phytochemicals in Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench)
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 46, 12978–12983
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b07816