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Special Issue: “Oxidative Water Treatment: The Track Ahead” – Environmental Science & Technology welcoming submissions

Microbiological and chemical water quality are critical to human and environmental health. To this end, chemical oxidants have been employed for inactivation of pathogenic microorganisms and the abatement of inorganic and organic micropollutants in water and wastewater treatment.

Unfortunately, the reactions of oxidants with water matrix components, such as the dissolved organic matter (DOM) and halide ions, can result in the production of potentially toxic byproducts.  Oxidants also can affect water quality by increasing the biodegradability of organic matter.

This Special Issue in Environmental Science & Technology is seeking novel contributions on oxidation processes in water treatment with an emphasis on micropollutant abatement and byproduct formation.

Relevant Topics:

  1. Studies on the use of (advanced) oxidation processes in water and wastewater 
  2. Kinetic and mechanistic studies of oxidant fate, disinfection and disinfection byproduct formation
  3. Computational studies on oxidation reactions in water and wastewater treatment systems
  4. Investigations of byproducts formed from oxidation of water matrix components
  5. Analysis and fate of transformation products formed from oxidative treatment of micropollutants
  6. (Eco)toxicological assessment of transformation products, oxidation and disinfection byproducts

Guest Editors

  • Professor David Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Professor Yunho Lee, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Gwangju, South Korea
  • Professor Urs von Gunten, Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

 

Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the Environmental Science & Technology website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the Special Issue of “Oxidative Water Treatment: The Track Ahead.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the Environmental Science & Technology Author Guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2023.

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Blockchain: A Solution for Information Overload in the Fight Against COVID-19

GISAID, a public-private partnership database, collects genome sequences related to influenza and most recently COVID-19.1 As of June 1, 2022, more than 11 million genome sequences have been submitted to It by more than 200 countries, proving that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has become a worldwide effort.

Having all this information freely available has allowed for the production of innovative vaccines and viral drugs, but could all this information be too much? Pietro Cozzini and Federica Agosta, professors at the University of Parma, think it might be. “While it is a great idea to collect all the data related to COVID-19 in a unique repository, the problem is that with such huge amounts of data, we are not able to check its quality,” says Cozzini.

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Federica Agosta Molecular Modelling Lab, Food & Drug Department, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze, 17/A, 43124 Parma, Italy

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Pietro Cozzini Molecular Modelling Lab, Food & Drug Department, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze, 17/A, 43124 Parma, Italy

The key to fighting viral infections is identifying their DNA and using it to outsmart new variants. The mRNA vaccines that have become essential in the fight against COVID-19 can be easily modified. When the DNA for a new variant is identified, the mRNA can be re-engineered to respond to it. “The problem is that the quality of data is not the same from all nations,” says Cozzini. For example, not all the sequences uploaded for the same virus are the same length, some range in size from under 100 amino acids to more than 50,000. This has led to issues down the line in identifying mutations.

Cozzini and Agosta suggest that Blockchain might be a solution to this problem.2 Blockchain, an electronic database of information that is transparent and unchangeable, uses a set of rules that allow a computer to check data quality. Most frequently associated with financial databases, Blockchain has also found utility in the pharmaceutical3 and agricultural fields,4 tracking food and chemicals through the supply chain.

Blockchain screens for data quality based on a set of parameters, and if the data pass, they become permanently available for viewing. So how is this different from the GISAID database as it is currently used? The answer is in the rules that would be set and that must be adhered to add to the database. All national health organizations would have to input their data in the same way and in the same format. “If the data isn’t the same, then it is difficult to do a decent analysis of the distribution of the variants,” says Agosta. Currently, Cozzini and Agosta are working with scientists from health organizations around the world to help draft the rules that would create a COVID-19 Blockchain.

Blockchain technology is here to stay and its adoption across industries, from the pharmaceutical industry and agriculture to artwork and video games, means constant improvement. In the fight to stay ahead of COVID-19 mutations, Blockchain may soon be one more weapon in the arsenal.

References

(1) GISAID – Initiative. https://www.gisaid.org/ (accessed 2022-06-02).

(2) Cozzini, P.; Agosta, F.; Dolcetti, G.; Righi, G. How a Blockchain Approach Can Improve Data Reliability in the COVID-19 Pandemic. ACS Med. Chem. Lett. 2022, 13 (4), 517–519. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmedchemlett.2c00077.

(3) How to Use Blockchain in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Intellectsoft Blog, 2021.

(4) Bank, M.S.; Duarte, C.M.; Sonne, C. Intergovernmental Panel on Blue Foods in Support of Sustainable Development and Nutritional Security. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2022, 56 (9), 5302–5305. 

Protecting eggs (and heads): A new use for hydrogel?

This article is based on this recent paper published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, “How a Gel Can Protect an Egg: A Flexible Hydrogel with Embedded Starch Particles Shields Fragile Objects Against Impact”.

Read the full paper here

Hydrogels are networks of polymer chains that are swollen in water. In recent years, research has focused on making hydrogels that are flexible and bendable. Could this pave the way for an inexpensive, biodegradable packaging material? New research published by ACS explores the possibilities.

Food waste and excess, unsustainable packaging are major environmental issues, and there is a move towards creating novel solutions that could overcome them. In the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland, Ganesh and colleagues have contributed to the field of hydrogels by creating gels via either physical or chemical cross-linking, and with the addition of various particulates. A hydrogel is a three-dimensional polymer network that can absorb and retain water. Collagen and gelatin are examples of hydrogels found in nature, and they are already used in many medical settings, but new research is focussed on creating hydrogels with more diverse applications.

The aim of this study was to develop a flexible gel that could be wrapped around brittle or fragile objects to protect against impact. Their report published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces explains that none of the bare gels were protective, and the addition of nanoparticles such as iron oxide or silica made no difference. However, the addition of starch granules to a gelatin hydrogel enhanced the protective abilities – with a 25% reduction in peak impact force compared to the same gel without the starch.1 In the study, fragile items such as eggs and blueberries stayed intact when wrapped in a gel infused with starch, even when landing on a hard surface, or if something was dropped on them from above. Overall, gels made with 10% gelatin and 10–20% starch were ideal in terms of their flexibility and impact absorption.

Alongside this impact reduction, the coefficient of restitution – the ratio of the final to initial relative speed between two objects after they collide – was also lowered by the presence of starch. In practical terms, this means that a ball would bounce less on a starch-bearing gel than on a bare gel or a hard surface.

This research may prove instrumental in designing protective coatings for fragile objects –particularly when looking for inexpensive, biodegradable alternatives to traditional bubble wrap and packaging peanuts. There may also be future applications across diverse sectors such as sports and defense, where protecting eggs from impact could be scaled up to protecting heads.

Watch the video around this research created by the ACS Press Team:

Read the full press release on acs.org

Read the original article from ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Further reading on this topic

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Increased Hydrogel Swelling Induced by Absorption of Small Molecules
Changwoo Nam, Tawanda J. Zimudzi, Geoffrey M. Geise, and Michael A. Hickner
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b02069

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Super Tough, Ultrastretchable Hydrogel with Multistimuli Responsiveness
Meng-Meng Song, Ya-Min Wang, Bing Wang, Xiang-Yong Liang, Zhi-Yi Chang, Bang-Jing Li, and Sheng Zhang
DOI:10.1021/acsami.8b01410

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Impact of Elastin-like Protein Temperature Transition on PEG-ELP Hybrid Hydrogel Properties
Edi Meco and Kyle J. Lampe
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.9b00113

2022 ACS Macro Letters, Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules Young Investigator Award Winners

The ACS journals ACS Macro Letters, Biomacromolecules, and Macromolecules in partnership with the Division of Polymer Chemistry are proud to announce the selection of Changle Chen of the University of Science and Technology of China and Rebekka Klausen of Johns Hopkins University as the winners of the 2022 ACS Macro Letters/Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award.

Professors Chen and Klausen will be honored during an award symposium at the ACS Fall National Meeting, August 21 – 25, 2022.

2022 ACS Macro Letters/Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award Winners

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Changle Chen, University of Science and Technology of China

Professor Chen was selected for this award to honor his pioneering contributions in the field of olefin polymerization including development of new catalyst systems, design of new polymerization modulation strategies, and the synthesis and property studies of special polyolefins and polar functionalized polyolefins materials, with the “polar monomer problem” as the central theme.

Can you give us a short overview of the research you are currently undertaking?

“The introduction of a small amount of polar functional groups into polyolefins could excise great control over important material properties. As the most direct and economic strategy, the copolymerization of olefin with polar functionalized monomers represents one of the biggest challenges in this field. With the “polar monomer problem” as the central theme, the research works from my group focus on the development of new catalyst systems, design of new polymerization modulation strategies, and the synthesis and property studies of specialty polyolefins and polar functionalized polyolefins materials.”

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone just entering the field?

“My advice for someone just entering the field is to find the subject that you are passionate about. That way, you will enjoy what you do every day for the rest of your career. You should also be bold enough to come out of your comfort zone and to explore challenging new research areas.”

Is there anyone who has been a great role model, mentor, or inspiration to you?

“My Ph.D. mentor, Prof. Richard Jordan at the University of Chicago, provided me with rigorous Ph.D. training, which really shaped me as a good synthetic chemist. My postdoctoral adviser, Prof. Tobin Marks at Northwestern University, inspired me to think outside the box and to explore new areas.”

Some of Professor Chen’s latest research:

Systematic Investigations of Ligand Steric Effects on α-Diimine Palladium Catalyzed Olefin Polymerization and Copolymerization

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02104

Aluminum Tralen Complex Meditated Reversible-Deactivation Radical Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate

DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00455

Direct Synthesis of Polar Functionalized Polyethylene Thermoplastic Elastomer

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.0c00083

Rebekka Klausen, Johns Hopkins University

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Prof. Rebekka Klausen was selected for this award in recognition of her transformative achievements in the synthesis of polymers inaccessible from traditional feedstocks on two parallel tracks: silicon-inspired conjugated polymers and boron-functionalized polyolefins.

Can you give us a short overview of the research you are currently undertaking?

“I’m motivated by open-ended, curiosity-driven questions. Right now, something I’m thinking about a lot is tacticity in inorganic polymers like the organosilicon and organoboron polymers we’ve described in the last few years (Macromolecules 2018, 51, 6859). For main group organometallic compounds, the fundamental principles of stereoselective synthesis can be very different than for organic small molecules. This means that we may need new synthetic solutions for macromolecules. And if we can achieve that synthetic control, what would tacticity mean for the bulk properties of inorganic polymers?”

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone just entering the field?

“As important as it is to have a network of senior mentors, I think it’s also really important to have a strong peer network. My peers in the field have been so important for bouncing ideas back and forth, sharing draft manuscripts and proposals, and mutual support of all kinds. Those peer relationships have sometimes deepened into friendships, collaborations, or both!”

Is there anyone who has been a great role model, mentor, or inspiration to you?

“My children inspire me a lot. They’re expressive and enthusiastic about the things they like. A lot about the world is new to them, but they approach it with curiosity. And if something doesn’t work the first time, they try again a different way. Those traits of authenticity, fearlessness, and resilience are values I aspire to as a scientist.”

 

Some of Professor Klausen’s latest research:

An Organoborane Vinyl Monomer with Styrene-like Radical Reactivity: Reactivity Ratios and Role of Aromaticity

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01368

Syndioselective Polymerization of a BN Aromatic Vinyl Monomer

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01707

Organoborane Strategy for Polymers Bearing Lactone, Ester, and Alcohol Functionality

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b02201

Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics in Water Environments

ACS ES&T Water welcomes submissions for the upcoming Special Issue “Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics in Water Environments”

The past few years have witnessed the transformative impact of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data analytics in a wide range of applications, such as speech and image recognition, consumer behavior prediction, and self-driving cars. These applications are primarily driven by the tremendous growth in data collection and storage capabilities as well as in computing power.

These powerful tools have also been increasingly applied in the environmental field to assess contaminant toxicity and environmental risks, evaluate the health of water and wastewater infrastructure, examine the fate and transformation of contaminants in different environments, optimize treatment technologies, identify and characterize pollution sources, model water/wastewater treatment processes, predict contaminant activity in treatment systems and the environment, and perform life cycle analysis, to name a few.

This Special Issue Call for Papers from ACS ES&T Water seeks rigorous research articles, reviews, and perspectives on the current progress, research, opportunities and challenges in applying AI/ML and data analytics to solving environmental problems related to water, and to identify research priorities our community should focus on in the near future.

Examples of topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Big data-informed water/wastewater infrastructure management
  • Characterize sources of pollution and model emissions of various contaminants in different water-involved environments
  • Data mining from various environmental and biological “omics” data to improve data interpretation and facilitate new discoveries
  • Develop quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs) for biotic/abiotic reactivity, adsorption, uptake, treatment, and toxicity of organic and inorganic compounds
  • Model and predict contaminant levels and conduct risk assessment in natural and engineered water systems
  • Monitor and predict nutrients and contaminants levels in different environmental compartments
  • Predict and optimize treatment efficiencies in various treatment and remediation processes, such as in drinking water, wastewater, and groundwater treatment and site remediation

Submit your manuscript for inclusion

Submit your manuscript for inclusion now

Guest Editors

Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University, USA

Carla Ng, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Xu Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China. Editorial Advisory Board of ACS ES&T Water

Associate and Topic Editors

Ching-Hua Huang, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Huichun (Judy) Zhang, Case Western Reserve University, USA

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 “Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics in Water Environments.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the ACS ES&T Water Author Guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2023.

Submit your manuscript now

3 Reasons to Direct Transfer Your Manuscript from bioRxiv to an ACS Journal

The Editors and staff at ACS Publications, a nonprofit publisher and division of the American Chemical Society, are proud to announce that 12 of the peer-reviewed journals in our biological portfolio are accepting direct transfers of manuscripts and metadata from bioRxiv as of Monday, June 6, 2022.

If you already publish your findings in our journals, we hope this will make that process even easier for you! If you haven’t published in an ACS biological journal recently—or ever—we bet you’ve read one of our articles on PubMed Central or Google Scholar, and hope you’ll read on to learn more.

 

3 Reasons to Publish Your Biological Paper in an ACS Publications Journal

1. ACS Publications is a nonprofit society publisher and a division of the American Chemical Society.

ACS Publications is an experienced publisher with a focus on serving researchers and the scientific community. We do this by:

  • Enlisting practicing researchers from prominent institutions around the world to serve as Editors-in-Chief and other members of our journals’ editorial teams.
  • Employing a high-quality peer-review process developed over more than 140 years of publishing respected scholarly journals.
  • Expediting manuscript processing to deliver decisions and get papers published as quickly as possible.

 

2. ACS has more than 60 years of experience publishing high-quality biological journals.

ACS expanded our engagement with the global community of scientific researchers more than a half century ago. Now we have more than a dozen core biological journals as well as more than 20 multidisciplinary journals and those focused on branches of chemistry that also publish articles about biological research.

 

3. ACS offers authors a variety of publishing options.

Authors who publish with ACS can choose to publish in a hybrid, Plan S-compliant Transformative Journal or in a fully open access journal.

  • Most ACS journals are Transformative Journals, which offer a choice of publishing under the traditional subscription model or under the newer open access model:
    • It’s free to submit and free to publish in an ACS Transformative Journal under the traditional subscription model. That means no author charges, page charges, processing charges or color charges.
    • Once an article is accepted for publication in an ACS Transformative Journal, authors who want to make their article open access—or are required to by their funders—can do so by paying an article publishing charge (APC).
  • ACS also has 12 fully open access journals, including ACS Bio & Med Chem Au, which serves the biological research community. Publishing in these journals also requires paying an APC after article acceptance.

 

Get to Know ACS Publications’ Biological Journals

The 12 journals listed below began accepting direct transfers of manuscripts and metadata from bioRxiv on Monday, June 6, 2022. Read on to learn more about these journals or visit pubs.acs.org to learn about all the full portfolio of ACS journals.

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
In publication since 1959
Findings on the relationship between molecular structure and biological activity or mode of action in drug discovery and development.
Impact Factor 2020: 7.446 | Citations 2020: 85,946| CiteScore 2020: 10.6
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to jmc@jmedchem.acs.org.

Biochemistry
In publication since 1962.
Exceptional, rigorous, high-impact interdisciplinary research articles across all of biological chemistry.
Impact Factor 2020: 3.162 | Citations 2020: 76,745| CiteScore 2020: 5.5
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@biochem.acs.org.

Journal of Natural Products
In publication since 1979
Reports on natural products related to the chemistry or biochemistry of naturally occurring compounds or the biology of their living systems and environments.
Impact Factor 2020: 4.050 | Citations 2020: 32,074| CiteScore 2020: 6.5
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to proteau-office@jnp.org.

Bioconjugate Chemistry
In publication since 1990
Research articles on all aspects of bioconjugates, including the preparation, properties and applications of biomolecular conjugates.
Impact Factor 2020: 4.774 | Citations 2020: 18,580| CiteScore 2020: 8.1
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@bioconj.acs.org.

Molecular Pharmaceutics
In publication since 2004
Findings that contribute to the molecular mechanistic understanding of drug delivery and drug delivery systems.
Impact Factor 2020: 4.939 | Citations 2020: 22,570| CiteScore 2020: 8.1
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to taylor-office@mp.acs.org.

ACS Chemical Biology
In publication since 2006
Reports of research on cellular processes using in vitro, cellular or whole organism studies at the chemical and biological interface.
Impact Factor 2020: 5.100 | Citations 2020: 16,023| CiteScore 2020: 7.6
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to ed-office@chembio.acs.org.

ACS Chemical Neuroscience
In publication since 2010
Chemical, quantitative biological, biophysical, and bioengineering research reports on the nervous system and neurological disorders.
Impact Factor 2020: 4.418 | Citations 2020: 10,120| CiteScore 2020: 6.5
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@chemneuro.acs.org.

ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
In publication since 2010
New findings in drug discovery, compound design and optimization, biological evaluation, drug delivery, imaging agents, and pharmacology.
Impact Factor 2020: 4.345 | Citations 2020: 8,201| CiteScore 2020: 5.8
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@medchemlett.acs.org.

ACS Synthetic Biology
In publication since 2012
Reports on integrative, molecular approaches to the understanding of the organization and function of cells, tissues, and organisms in systems.
Impact Factor 2020: 5.110 | Citations 2020: 7,500| CiteScore 2020: 7.9
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@synthbiol.acs.org.

ACS Infectious Diseases
In publication since 2015
Highlights the role of chemistry in the multidisciplinary and collaborative field of infectious diseases.
Impact Factor 2020: 5.084 | Citations 2020: 3,865| CiteScore 2020: 6
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@id.acs.org.

ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science
In publication since 2018
A biomedical journal reporting advances across the molecular and biological sciences—from basic and preclinical studies to clinical trials.
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@ptsci.acs.org.

ACS Bio & Med Chem Au
In publication since 2021
Biological and medicinal chemistry covering the chemical, physical, biological, mechanistic, and structural basis of biological function.
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to booker-office@biomedchemau.acs.org.

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Call for Papers: Data Science for Advancing Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology

There are many environmentally relevant research areas where advances in data science including machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) have been applied to large datasets to better decipher the complex relationships between system variables and system behaviors, leading to new insights on solution development. 

This joint call for papers by Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters seeks contributions on ML and AI research studies in environmental areas that demonstrate the great potential of these approaches to improve, for example, our understanding of natural and engineered environmental systems, towards maintaining a healthy ecosystem, and/or building a circular economy.

Papers are desired that include either novel applications of data science/ML methodologies and approaches adapted for use in environmental datasets, or address knowledge gaps in an important environmental science and technology that were not approachable using standard analysis tools.

Submissions to the Special Issue should demonstrate the “value added” of taking a ML or AI approach over existing approaches.  Submissions should also ensure that the datasets are large and complex enough that ML approaches are necessary and robust, and researchers must go beyond the “black box” of simple agnostic applications of existing algorithms to determine the “best one”. Papers should ideally also allow insights into mechanistic underpinnings of the system being investigated.

To serve as model examples of ML and AI analyses on complex environmental datasets, papers must facilitate reproducibility by adhering to FAIR data principles and demonstrate computational rigor (e.g., discuss model assumptions/limitations, data considerations, cross validation, model performance), and provide ML and AI models and datasets to readers through publicly available data repositories.

Submit your manuscript

Editors:

Greg Lowry, Executive Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Alexandria Boehm, Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Bryan W. Brooks, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Pablo Gago-Ferrero, Topic Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Guibin Jiang, Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Gerrad Jones, Topic Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Qian Liu, Guest Editor

Z. Jason Ren, Topic Editor, Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Shuxiao Wang, Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology  and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Julie Zimmerman, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Science & Technology

 

Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the Environmental Science & Technology or Environmental Science & Technology Letters website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue of Data Science for Advancing Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the Environmental Science & Technology Author Guidelines or the Environmental Science & Technology Letters Author Guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2023.

Announcing the winner of the 2022 ACS Central Science Disruptors and Innovators Prize

Photo courtesy of Gabriella Bocchetti

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division and ACS Central Science are proud to announce the winner of the ACS Central Science Disruptors & Innovators Prize, Clare Grey, D.Phil., FRS, of Cambridge University. Since 2019, the ACS Central Science Disruptors & Innovators Prize has recognized individuals who, through their innovative research, are advancing the central science of chemistry.

Professor Grey is awarded the Prize for her extensive and disruptive research in pioneering applications of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance to materials of relevance to energy and the environment.

“I’m honored and excited to have won this award – a wonderful recognition of not just me, but also the students and post-docs who have worked with me in both the US and the UK to make this happen,” says Grey. “It is also great to see my fundamental science being appreciated in this way.” 

Prof. Grey is the Geoffrey Moorhouse-Gibson professor of chemistry at Cambridge University and a fellow of Pembroke College Cambridge and holds a Royal Society professorship. She received a BA and D.Phil. in chemistry from Oxford University. She was the founding director of the Northeastern Chemical Energy Storage Center, a US Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center, a Center she started while a Professor at Stony Brook University. She is currently the director of the EPSRC Centre for Advanced Materials for Integrated Energy Systems and an Expert Panel member of the Faraday Institution. Grey is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Richard R. Ernst Prize in Magnetic Resonance, the Royal Society Hughes Award, and the Körber Award for her contributions to the optimization of batteries using NMR spectroscopy, and she is a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her current research interests include the use of solid-state NMR and diffraction-based methods to determine structure-function relationships in materials for energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors) and conversion (fuel cells). She is a cofounder of the company Nyobolt, which seeks to develop batteries for fast charge applications. 

Disruptors and Innovators Prize 2022

“It is my tremendous honor to present the 2022 ACS Central Science Disruptors & Innovators Award to Prof. Clare Grey, in recognition of her pioneering work in fundamental studies of rechargeable battery materials using solid state NMR methodology,” says Carolyn Bertozzi, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science. “Prof. Grey is an inspiration to the scientific community and her work perfectly embodies the power of chemistry as the central science.”

Prof. Grey will accept the prize at an upcoming virtual symposium, during which she will present a Disruptors Lecture. More details can be found on the ACS Central Science Disruptors & Innovators Prize website.

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Selected publications

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Single-Source Deposition of Mixed-Metal Oxide Films Containing Zirconium and 3d Transition Metals for (Photo)electrocatalytic Water Oxidation

Victor Riesgo-Gonzalez, Subhajit Bhattacharjee, Xinsheng Dong, David S. Hall, Virgil Andrei, Andrew D. Bond, Clare P. Grey, Erwin Reisner, and Dominic S. Wright

 

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Electrolyte Reactivity at the Charged Ni-Rich Cathode Interface and Degradation in Li-Ion Batteries

Wesley M. Dose, Israel Temprano, Jennifer P. Allen, Erik Björklund, Christopher A. O’Keefe, Weiqun Li, B. Layla Mehdi, Robert S. Weatherup, Michael F. L. De Volder, and Clare P. Grey

 

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Cycle-Induced Interfacial Degradation and Transition-Metal Cross-Over in LiNi0.8Mn0.1Co0.1O2–Graphite Cells

Erik Björklund, Chao Xu, Wesley M. Dose, Christopher G. Sole, Pardeep K. Thakur, Tien-Lin Lee, Michael F. L. De Volder, Clare P. Grey, and Robert S. Weatherup

 

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New Magnetic Resonance and Computational Methods to Study Crossover Reactions in Li-Air and Redox Flow Batteries Using TEMPO

Evelyna Wang, Evan Wenbo Zhao, and Clare P. Grey

 

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Exploring the Role of Cluster Formation in UiO Family Hf Metal–Organic Frameworks with in Situ X-ray Pair Distribution Function Analysis

Francesca C. N. Firth, Michael W. Gaultois, Yue Wu, Joshua M. Stratford, Dean S. Keeble, Clare P. Grey, and Matthew J. Cliffe

 

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Improved Description of Organic Matter in Shales by Enhanced Solid Fraction Detection with Low-Field 1H NMR Relaxometry

Panattoni, A. A. Colbourne, E. J. Fordham, J. Mitchell, C. P. Grey, and P. C. M. M. Magusin

 

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Density Functional Theory-Based Bond Pathway Decompositions of Hyperfine Shifts: Equipping Solid-State NMR to Characterize Atomic Environments in Paramagnetic Materials

Derek S. Middlemiss, Andrew J. Ilott, Raphaële J. Clément, Fiona C. Strobridge, and Clare P. Grey

Meet Organometallics’ 2022 Distinguished Author Award Recipient

Cosponsored by the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry, the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry, and Organometallics, the Distinguished Author Award recognizes authors of exceptional articles published in Organometallics in the previous two calendar years that emphasize the importance of organometallic chemistry and have made a profound impact on the field.

Meet the Recipient

Dr. Josep Cornellá of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung is recognized for a creative research program applying in-depth mechanistic studies to problems in coordination chemistry and catalysis for sustainable organic syntheses.

Josep Cornella

Dr. Josep Cornella (Pep) graduated in chemistry in 2008 from the University of Barcelona and carried out M.Sc. studies in the Department of Organic Chemistry. After completing his master’s thesis, he moved to the United Kingdom to pursue doctoral studies in the group of Prof. Igor Larrosa (Queen Mary University of London). After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2012, he moved to Catalunya, where he joined the group of Prof. Ruben Martin (ICIQ) as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow. There, he developed novel transformations involving Ni-catalyzed C–O bond activation and carbon dioxide insertion into organic molecules. In 2015, Dr. Cornellá obtained a Beatriu de Pinós Fellowship to carry out further postdoctoral studies in the group of Prof. Phil S. Baran at Scripps Research. During this time at Scripps, he worked on the discovery and implementation of new transformations based on the concept of “redox-active esters” as readily available partners for Ni- and Fe-catalyzed C–C bond forming reactions.

In spring 2017, he was appointed as a Max Planck Group Leader in the Department of Organometallic Chemistry at MPI Kohlenforschung. In summer of the same year, he obtained a Max Planck Research Group Leader (MPRGL) position, to create and lead the Sustainable Catalysis Laboratory. He has been the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant in 2019 and international prizes such as the Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award 2020, 2020 – Dozentenpreis des Fonds, C&EN Talented 12 Class 2020, Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis 2021, Novartis Early Career Award 2021 and Kyoto Rising Star Lectureship (MSD Life Science Foundation – Japan).

Learn more about Dr. Cornellá in this interview.

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

It is very humbling to receive such an honor, and we certainly take it with great responsibility. It represents an important recognition to many students, research associates and collaborators that have contributed invaluably to this research. Hence, this prize is also theirs.

What prompted you to study this field of chemistry?

Pure curiosity. Curiosity to study fringe areas of chemistry. And Bismuth is certainly one of these rather forgotten elements, located at the edge of the periodic table.

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

Our overreaching goal is to provide practical and sustainable strategies for organic synthesis. To do so, our research program covers an ample spectra spanning from the discovery of fundamental aspects in catalysis to the design of simple reagents for synthesis. Whereas direct applications of fundamental research can be difficult to devise and predict, the other end of the spectrum allows our group to directly interact with pharma and agrochemical companies in order to provide more sustainable and practical processes for the synthesis of highly coveted organic molecules.

Tell us about your research philosophy.

In addition to providing sustainable alternatives to synthesis, I am interested in fundamental questions in unchartered territories. For example, can bismuth behave like palladium in a catalytic redox cycle? Or like iron? Can laughing gas (N2O) be used as O-atom source for synthesis generating solely N2? is it possible to make an air-stable Ni(0)-olefin complex? These were simple questions that we asked when we opened the doors of our laboratory. And indeed, they did not have a straightforward answer. To tackle such questions, I surround myself with great people with different backgrounds, to provide as many view points on the same problem. My coworkers are extremely talented and I learn every day from them. Going together after problems of this magnitude is really exciting and motivating.

What’s next in your research?

What comes next is always the most exciting. Because I do not know. And the unknown and unexpected is the most exciting thing of this job.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I would like to thank the nominators and the selection committee for bestowing this prize upon us. It is a great privilege to be part of such a long list of phenomenal and truly outstanding scientists.

Explore Dr. Josep Cornellá’s recently published articles in ACS Publications Journals.

The Organometallics Distinguished Authors Award 2022 recipient will present at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Chicago in August 2022 during a symposium in their honor.

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Meet the 2022 Organic Letters Outstanding Publication of the Year Award

Co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters, this annual award recognizes the authors of an outstanding Letter published in the journal in the previous calendar year. The Letter is selected based on its creativity and impact in the field. This year the award goes to the research group of Sophie A.L. Rousseaux at the University of Toronto.

Meet the Recipients

John J. Monteith and Sophie A. L. Rousseaux are recognized this year for their article, Ni-Catalyzed C(sp3)–O Arylation of α-Hydroxy Esters, which uses innovative synthetic methodologies for preparing compounds of importance in the development of analgesic and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Sophie Rousseaux and John MonteithSophie Rousseaux and John Monteith

Sophie Rousseaux obtained a B.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical Sciences – Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Ottawa in 2007. As an undergraduate student, she worked with Prof. Keith Fagnou on the direct arylation of pyridine N-oxides and decarboxylative ketone aldol reactions. She remained in the Fagnou group for the start of her graduate studies, working on palladium-catalyzed aliphatic C–H bond functionalization reactions. In 2010, she moved to MIT to complete her graduate research with Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald, working on Pd-catalyzed dearomatization reactions.

In 2012, she moved to the University of Oxford to work with Prof. Harry L. Anderson on the self-assembly of porphyrin nanorings as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow and Glasstone Research Fellow. During her time at Oxford, Rousseaux also held a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College (2012–2015) and was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at Jesus College (2014).

In July 2015, Rousseaux returned to Canada to join the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor. She holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Organic Chemistry since 2016. Her group’s research interests include organic synthesis, catalysis, and organometallic chemistry, with a particular focus on the synthesis of small rings and nitrile-containing molecules. Selected recent awards for her team’s work include a Sloan Research Fellowship (2021), an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2021), and the Dorothy Shoichet Women Faculty Science Award of Excellence (2020).

Learn more about the group by reading the highlights from an interview with Sophie A.L. Rousseaux.

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

I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Organic Letters Outstanding Publication of the Year Award. There are so many outstanding papers that appear in Organic Letters every year. It is wonderful that the hard work of lead author John Monteith is being recognized this way.

What prompted you to study this field of chemistry?

Personally, I have had a long-standing fascination for the development of synthetic methods where strong bonds are cleaved in the presence of transition metals. This has translated to my independent career; my group is interested in developing new transformations where strong C–O or C–C bonds are cleaved. Since alcohols are prevalent in chemical feedstocks, we have been particularly excited about harnessing the redox-activity of low-valent electron-rich Ni complexes to facilitate C–O functionalizations. In this context, we have designed new redox-active leaving groups for the arylation of C(sp3)–O electrophiles. Inspired by the Barton-McCombie deoxygenation reaction, we have shown that thiocarbonyl-containing leaving groups (e.g. O-thiocarbamates) are convenient and efficient redox-active leaving groups for nickel catalysis.

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

It has become increasingly clear that sustainable chemical processes are required to address the environmental challenges that we face as a society. My research group aims to develop synthetic methods to access medicinally relevant small molecules in a more efficient (e.g., less waste, fewer steps) and/or safer (e.g., nontoxic reagents/waste) manner. These methods could potentially impact the way pharmaceuticals or agrochemicals are made.

Tell us about your research philosophy.

While efficiency and sustainability are central themes in my research program, we are also particularly driven to develop reactions that we believe will be of interest to the synthetic community, either because they provide a new way to access a valuable motif or because they provide new mechanistic insight. As a result, my group’s approach to method development relies heavily on mechanistic studies to design improved catalysts and reaction conditions, which in turn leads to broader reaction scopes and the discovery of new reactivity.

What’s next in your research?

We are continuing to explore the use of these thiocarbonyl-containing leaving groups in nickel catalysis. We believe that there is great potential in these reagents and look forward to sharing our future discoveries with the community.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I am incredibly proud to share this honor with graduate student coauthor John Monteith. I am also indebted to past and current groups members who have contributed to our understanding of this reactivity. They have also created such an amazing environment for research and I am fortunate to be leading this great team.

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

The Organic Letters Outstanding Publication of the Year 2022 recipients will present at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Chicago in August 2022 during a joint symposium with The Journal of Organic Chemistry recipients.

Learn more about last year’s winner.