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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 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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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

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

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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


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

Communicate Your Science Confidently, with ACS on Campus and the ACS Institute

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ACS on Campus is the American Chemical Society’s initiative dedicated to helping students advance their education and careers by providing resources for you to develop your skills. ACS on Campus partners with schools around the world to bring leaders in chemistry, publishing, career development, research, and science communication right to your doorstep. At these free events, you’ll network with top professionals, local experts, your peers, and more!

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The ACS Institute is a central online catalog to learn new skills, develop competencies, or advance your career.

You can find the ACS Author Lab and ACS Reviewer Lab online learning modules through the ACS Institute in the ACS Center for Scientific Communication to support you at any point in your career or publishing journey.

ACS Author Lab is an online training course designed to give authors an in-depth look at everything they need to know to submit a manuscript for publication. Take this course to help prepare and submit strong manuscripts while speeding up the publication process.

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Connect with Your Favorite Journals at ACS Spring 2022!

We are excited to see you (either in-person or virtually) at ACS Spring 2022, taking place March 20-24, in San Diego and online. Listed below is a small selection of the ways you can make the most of the meeting and learn more about your favorite ACS journals, new Editors, finding the right home for your next manuscript, and more.

Please note that all event times listed here are in Pacific Time, and you can refer to the full program for more information.

Sunday, March 20

Organometallics Distinguished Author Award Symposium

08:00 A.M. – 10:40 A.M.| Room 5A | In-person Event | Division of Organic Chemistry


Organometallics Distinguished Author Symposium in Honor of Robert Gilliard

2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.| Room 7A | Hybrid Event | Division of Inorganic Chemistry

Over two half-day symposia, Professor Robert J. Gilliard, Jris recognized for his dynamic and ground-breaking research in main-group chemistry, in particular his group’s work on novel complexes and electronic structures of magnesium and beryllium.

Monday, March 21

2022 James J. Morgan Early Career Award for Great Achievements in Environmental Science & Technology

08:00 A.M. – 11:05 A.M.| Gallery 1 | Hybrid Event | Division of Environmental Chemistry

Join Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, ACS ES&T Engineering, and ACS ES&T Water and the Division of Environmental Chemistry to honor the winners of the 2022 James J. Morgan Environmental Science & Technology Early Career Award: ProfessorGang Liu (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark), ProfessorDenise M. Mitrano (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Professor Peng Zhang (University of Birmingham, U.K.) and ProfessorMatthieu Riva (I’IRCELYON, France).


Hammes Symposium

08:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.| Room: Sapphire I/J (Hilton San Diego Bayfront) | Hybrid Event | Division of Biological Chemistry

Join Biochemistry and the Division of Biological Chemistry to honor the recipient of the 2021 Gordon Hammes Scholar Award, Yang (Vicky) Luo, Yale University and to remember the recipient of the 2021 Gordon Hammes Lectureship, the late Dan Tawfik.


Meet the ACS In Focus Authors

1:30 – 2:00 P.M. | ACS Theater, Exhibit Hall | In-Person Event | ACS Publications Division

ACS In Focus digital publications help readers of all levels accelerate their fundamental understanding of emerging topics and techniques from across the sciences. In an instructional setting, these works bridge the gap between textbooks and literature. For the seasoned scientist, they satisfy the hunger for continuous growth in knowledge and capability. Join Jane Findley, Acquisitions Editor, and authors Matthew Tarr, Mahamud Subir and Yi Rao. Matthew Tarr (University of New Orleans) will discuss Photochemistry of Nanomaterials, while Mahamud Subir (Ball State University) and Yi Rao (Utah State University) will discuss Environmental Interfacial Spectroscopy– two new ACS In Focus titles publishing in March 2022.

Tuesday, March 22

2022 Outstanding Achievements in Environmental Science & Technology Award

08:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M.| Gallery 2 | Hybrid Event | Division of Environmental Chemistry

Join Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology LettersACS ES&T Engineering and ACS ES&T Water and the Division of Environmental Chemistry to honor the winners of the 2022 Outstanding Achievements in Environmental Science & Technology Award: Professor Jerald L. Schnoor, (Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, University of Iowa) and Professor Menachem Elimelech (Sterling Professor Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University).


Demystifying Scientific Collaborations, presented by ACS on Campus

12:00 P.M. – 12:30 P.M.| ACS Theater | In-Person Event | ACS on Campus

Finding a great partner can supercharge your research, science outreach activity, or other initiative, but…how do you get started? And keep it going strong? Join Professor Hosea M. Nelson (Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology) Senior Editor, ACS Central Science) and one of his favorite collaborators, Professor Yi Tang (Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles), as they take you inside their partnership and share their best advice for creating your own collaborations.

Expanding ACS’ Diversity & Inclusion Cover Art Series in 2022

In February 2021, Analytical Chemistry published the first edition of its Diversity & Inclusion Cover Art Series. The cover featured Dr. Jeanita Pritchett’s original painting of a young girl standing in front of a mirror, seeing herself as a “grown up” chemist; she penned an accompanying Editorial that featured the details of her story. Since this initial publication, ACS Publications continues to be amazed by the wonderful contributions to this series and the positive reactions that have resonated from the community. Analytical Chemistry published 9 more covers in 2021, and the journal is excited to continue this monthly series in 2022.

This Analytical Chemistry Editorial from last year highlighted the importance ACS Publications places on using our publishing platform to amplify marginalized voices and recognize historically excluded or under-recognized populations of chemists. ACS Publications is pleased to announce that our other journal Editors share this sentiment and will expand the series to each of their journals for one issue in 2022. You are invited and encouraged to submit your own cover to the ACS journal of your choosing, helping to amplify the visibility of underrepresented chemists in our communities.

Submission Details:

ACS journals are soliciting authors who are underrepresented in the chemistry community (most notably those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ, first generation, and those with disabilities) to submit their cover art. Each participating journal issue front cover will feature the artist’s artwork, as well as an editorial written by the artist describing their artwork and story. Artists need not be chemists, but the work and editorial should have a connection to the field of chemistry. ACS hopes this initiative serves as another one way to foster an inclusive environment in which underrepresented cohorts in the chemistry community can strengthen their voice through their artwork and written word.

If selected, artists will be compensated $1000 USD.* ACS Publications may select some cover art be featured on ACS store products; in this case, additional compensation will be provided.

If you are interested in contributing to this initiative, please submit the following:

  • An initial sketch of your artwork; the sketch should clearly communicate the diversity and inclusion theme.
  • A paragraph describing the cover art idea and its meaning to you.
  • Top 3-5 preferred journal(s) in which you would like your artwork and editorial to appear. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences.

If your initial sketch is selected for this program, you will be asked to provide:

  • Completed artwork that can be digitized to 8.19 x 10.0 inches with a resolution of 300 dpi or higher, preferably in the .jpg or .tif format. The cover art must include 2 inches of space to accommodate the journal logo.
  • A short editorial describing your story and your artwork (roughly 400­-800 words).

ACS Publications will consider artwork submissions on a rolling basis until Sept 30, 2022. Please note that ACS Publications will compile and promote all published covers in an end-of-year collection.

Submit your artwork now!

See previous covers and editorials from this program.

*Please note cover art under this program will not be tied to a research article. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they can accept outside forms of payment from ACS.

If you have any questions, please email:

ACS Celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day created by the United Nations to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Women and girls continue to make important contributions to chemistry, even as the COVID-19 pandemic of the past two years has proved to be measurably more disruptive for female scientists than their male counterparts.

Together with our many women editors, authors, reviewers, and readers, ACS Publications works to promote the full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. We salute the hard work of women and girls in the chemistry community, who contribute to the American Chemical Society’s mission “to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.”

Chemistry of Materials Virtual Issue: Resilient Women and the Resiliency of Science

This Virtual Issue highlights a collection of papers published during the COVID-19 pandemic in Chemistry of Materials by women corresponding authors. In addition, the issue Editorial features a Q&A with nine recent authors in the journal about how they define resilience and the times in which they were resilient.

ACS Energy Letters Virtual Issue Series: Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research

As part of ACS Energy Letters’ annual celebration of the contributions of women scientists, we bring you a four-part Virtual Issue series. From early career researchers to well- established senior scientists, the successful career paths they have taken to become leaders in the community have impacted energy research in a significant way. The contributions of female energy researchers who have published new advances from their laboratories in ACS Energy Letters are compiled along with their short inspirational stories. To inspire other scientists working in the field, we asked them to comment on their inspiration to engage in energy research, discuss an aha! moment in research, and/or provide advice to newcomers in the field. We hope that these personal reflections compiled in this virtual issue can motivate many young researchers to tackle challenges in clean energy.

Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research: A Virtual Issue, Parts 1 & 2

Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research: A Virtual Issue, Part 3

Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research: A Virtual Issue, Part 4

Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Virtual Issue: Women in Mass Spectrometry

We have assembled this virtual issue featuring talented women mass spectrometrists who publish in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry as the corresponding author. The articles compiled are among the most highly cited that were published in the journal in the last 5 years, regardless of gender, and are representative of the best mass spectrometry science reported in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

ACS Omega Virtual Issue: Women at the Forefront of Chemistry

In this special collection, ACS Omega celebrates the contribution of women researchers who have published new advances from their groups in our journal. This Virtual Issue is guest-edited by ACS Omega’s Associate Editor, Prof. Luisa Torsi (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy), a recipient of the IUPAC 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award. The articles selected feature women at different stages of their career from around the world, in all areas of chemistry. We hope highlighting the work of these champions of chemistry will challenge stereotypes, advance progress towards full gender equality in the future, and encourage more women to pursue a career in STEM.

ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters Women in Medicinal Chemistry Special Issue

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Women in Medicinal Chemistry Special Industry

Impactful Publications from Women in Materials, Interfaces, and Applications

ACS Applied Bio Materials
Osteogenic Potential of Additively Manufactured TiTa Alloys

Erin G. Brodie, Kye J. Robinson, Elizabeth Sigston, Andrey Molotnikov, and Jessica E. Frith


Biodegradable Breast Tissue Marker Clip

Moran Haim Zada, Zehava Gallimidi, Michal Schlesinger−Laufer, Abraham Nyska, and Abraham J. Domb


Catalyst-Free Mechanochemical Recycling of Biobased Epoxy with Cellulose Nanocrystals

Liang Yue, Kai Ke, Mehrad Amirkhosravi, Thomas G. Gray, and Ica Manas-Zloczower

ACS Applied Electronic Materials
Record-High Responsivity and Detectivity of a Flexible Deep-Ultraviolet Photodetector Based on Solid State-Assisted Synthesized hBN Nanosheets
Sushmitha Veeralingam, Lignesh Durai, Pinki Yadav, and Sushmee Badhulika
Nanospike Electrode Designs for Improved Electrical Performance in Nanoscale Organic Thin-Film Transistors
Calla M. McCulley, Xin Xu, Kelly Liang, Xiao Wang, Liang Wang, and Ananth Dodabalapur
Near-Unity Photoluminescence Quantum Yield in Blue-Emitting Cs3Cu2Br5–xIx (0 ≤ x ≤ 5)
Rachel Roccanova, Aymen Yangui, Hariharan Nhalil, Hongliang Shi, Mao-Hua Du, and Bayrammurad Saparov

ACS Applied Energy Materials
Reduced Graphene Oxide-NiO Photocathodes for p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cellsv
Marco Zannotti, Elisabetta Benazzi, Lee A. Stevens, Marco Minicucci, Lawrence Bruce, Colin E. Snape, Elizabeth A. Gibson, and Rita Giovannetti
Understanding the Role of Interfaces for Water Management in Platinum Group Metal-Free Electrodes in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
Jiangjin Liu, Morteza Rezaei Talarposhti, Tristan Asset, Dinesh C. Sabarirajan, Dilworth Y. Parkinson, Plamen Atanassov, and Iryna V. Zenyuk
Operando X-ray Tomography Imaging of Solid-State Electrolyte Response to Li Evolution under Realistic Operating Conditions
Natalie Seitzman, Olivia F. Bird, Rory Andrykowski, Steve Robbins, Mowafak M. Al-Jassim, and Svitlana Pylypenko

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Cytotoxicity of Graphene Oxide and Graphene in Human Erythrocytes and Skin Fibroblasts
Ken-Hsuan Liao, Yu-Shen Lin, Christopher W. Macosko, and Christy L. Haynes
Decomposition of Organic Perovskite Precursors on MoO3: Role of Halogen and Surface Defects
Sofia Apergi, Christine Koch, Geert Brocks, Selina Olthof, and Shuxia Tao
Stretchable, Biocompatible, and Multifunctional Silk Fibroin-Based Hydrogels toward Wearable Strain/Pressure Sensors and Triboelectric Nanogenerators
Faliang He, Xingyan You, Hao Gong, Yun Yang, Tian Bai, Weiguo Wang, Wenxi Guo, Xiangyang Liu, and Meidan Ye

ACS Applied Nano Materials
Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles to Enhance the Performance of Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)
Yuan Gao, Yingzhu Zhou, and Rona Chandrawati
Quantum Dots and Their Applications: What Lies Ahead?
Mônica A. Cotta
High-Index Core–Shell Ni–Pt Nanoparticles as Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalystsv
Gerard M. Leteba, David R. G. Mitchell, Pieter B. J. Levecque, Lebohang Macheli, Eric van Steen, and Candace I. Lang

ACS Applied Polymer Materials
Utilizing Reclaimed Petroleum Waste to Synthesize Water-Soluble Polysulfides for Selective Heavy Metal Binding and Detection

Logan Eder, Cameron B. Call, and Courtney L. Jenkins
Fundamentals and Applications of Polymer Brushes in Air
Guido C. Ritsema van Eck, Leonardo Chiappisi, and Sissi de Beer
Recent Trends in Advanced Polymer Materials in Agriculture Related Applications
Amrita Sikder, Amanda K. Pearce, Sam J. Parkinson, Richard Napier, and Rachel K. O’Reilly

ACS Central Science Editorials

In this Editorial, Achieving Gender Balance in the Chemistry Professoriate Is Not Rocket Science, Carolyn R. Bertozzi considers why it seems so hard to populate the ranks of chemistry department faculty with women.
Learn more about The Chemistry Women Mentorship Network (ChemWMN) in this piece from Brandi M. Cossairt, Jillian L. Dempsey, and Elizabeth R. Young.

OPR&D: Celebrating Women in Process Chemistry Special Issue

In recognition of a new age that embraces better gender balance and diversity in all its forms, this Special Issue of Organic Process Research & Development features a collection of papers published by women in process chemistry. Such innovative work encompasses a multitude of topics relevant for the safe, environmentally benign, and ultimately economical manufacturing of organic compounds that are required in larger amounts to help address the needs of society across the globe. Read a related Virtual Issue on Celebrating Women in Organic Chemistry

Bioconjugate Chemistry: Women in Bioconjugate Chemistry: Celebrating Women Scientists

In the spirit of celebrating women who are collaborating across disciplines, developing new understanding and new ideas, publishing groundbreaking research in our journal and in all the journals beyond ours, and not letting the trappings of other people’s expectations and assumptions define what is possible, Bioconjugate Chemistry is happy to present the “Women in Bioconjugate Chemistry: Celebrating Women Scientists” Virtual Issue.

Journal of Chemical Information Modeling : Advancing Women in Chemistry Call for Papers

Following the response to and impact of JCIMs May 2019 special issue on  Women in Computational Chemistry addressing the issue of gender disparity in science, JCIM is launching a new call for papers for a special issue on “Advancing Women in Chemistry.” This special issue aims to raise awareness for addressing and closing the gender gap in chemical sciences.

ACS Symposium Series eBook: Addressing Gender Bias in Science & Technology

A recent addition to the ACS Symposium Series, Addressing Gender Bias in Science & Technology walks readers through this important subject by using supporting data to define the challenges and then discussing ways to dismantle barriers and respond to gender biases. With solutions backed by research, this work will be useful for those working in all science and technology fields. Read more here.

A New ACS Guide Chapter: ACS Inclusivity Style Guide

The ACS Inclusivity Style Guide, a new open-access chapter added to the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication, helps readers learn to communicate in ways that recognize and respect diversity in all its forms. The chapter includes recommended language on gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, disabilities and disorders, and more. It offers important context for each topic, including the background behind each recommendation and links to valuable resources. Because language is ever-evolving, the guide will be updated over time to reflect changes in language and to incorporate new topics. Read the chapter here.

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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Laura Gagliardi Named the New Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

Professor Laura Gagliardi

ACS Publications is pleased to introduce Professor Laura Gagliardi as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (JCTC). Professor Gagliardi is the Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor in the Department of Chemistry, the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago.

Professor Gagliardi is a theoretical and computational chemist known for her contributions to the development of electronic structure methods and their use for understanding complex chemical systems. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Professor Gagliardi served as an Associate Editor for JCTC from 2016 to 2020.

“The Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation has an opportunity to play a role in forming and promoting the next generation of theorists and computational chemical scientists, and as Editor-in-Chief, I will make such community-building a priority,” says Professor Gagliardi. “I plan to lead JCTC to a future that expands both the diversity of our authors and the scope of the journal’s focus, building upon the success of the journal to date in creating a world-class home for outstanding researchers.”

I had the pleasure of connecting with Professor Gagliardi in this recent interview. Learn more about her background in theoretical and computational chemistry, her vision for the journal, and more below. 

What does it mean to you to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation?

It is an honor and a responsibility at the same time. The Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (JCTC) is the leading journal in the field; it publishes state-of-the-art papers in theory and computation, ranging from electronic structure theory to dynamics and classical simulation. I hope that I can make a difference in shaping the field by identifying new directions for JCTC to expand to keep up with emerging developments, and also helping the next generation of theorists to advance their science. I moreover think it is important to address the issue of diversity in all possible respects, especially in terms of geographic diversity and use of the journal to both reach out to and amplify the voices of the entire theory and computation community, always with the goal of promoting the excellence of the science.

What are you currently working on?

I am primarily an electronic structure theorist by education and practice. Nowadays, my group works to develop electronic structures methods, often combining them with dynamical simulations to address societal needs related to clean energy. We study catalysis for decarbonization, photochemical processes, gas separations, and quantum systems in general, including quantum information.

What excites you about your current research?

We are working on several exciting projects right now. We are developing quantum embedding fragmentation methods for strongly correlated extended systems and we are making these theories and codes “quantum ready”, which is to say ready to be implemented on quantum computers. Such methods will allow us and the community to study large systems, e.g., excited states of vacancies and defects in materials, and magnetic communication in multimetallic systems. We are also using machine learning and artificial intelligence to more rapidly advance these methodologies. On the application side, we are investigating porous frameworks, like metal-organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks for their applications in catalysis and separations. A common feature of these projects is that we are trying to combine the most fundamental theories with very applied chemistry and materials science in a synergistic way.

What element has been most central to your scientific career, and why?

I did a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry because I was interested in understanding chemical systems at the most fundamental level, and I worked on accurate configuration interaction methods that are usually applicable only to very small systems. Then, over time, I became interested in chemical systems with increasing complexity, but I’ve wanted always to explore them with advanced rigorous methods, like those developed in my Ph.D. This desire to continue achieving the highest levels of accuracy has pushed me out of my comfort zone so that along the way we’ve had to develop novel methodologies that would allow us to study systems like metal-organic frameworks, catalysis, magnetic materials, etc. Another key to my personal development has been my collaborations with experimentalists. Theorists can end up developing super-sophisticated methods that suffer from never being deployed on other than toy systems. By contrast, when one collaborates with experimentalists, one faces real and complex problems and one must make one’s methodologies more practical and useful.

I think what has also helped me is that I delight in novelty and am unashamed of ignorance. I enjoy starting new projects where I know very little at the beginning. I try to be humble and willing to learn from scratch and I cultivate patience. While this can certainly be frustrating early on, the ultimate satiation of curiosity is incredibly rewarding. 

What initially attracted you to chemistry?

I started being excited by chemistry in high school. I studied Latin, Greek, Math, and Physics. I loved them all. Chemistry combined the fascinating aspects of all of these disciplines. It had the rigor of Latin, the philosophical subtlety of Greek and Physics, the logic of math. And at the same time, it explains how the real world works. If one thinks about the major challenge of our planet, namely global climate change, it is clear that chemistry will play a fundamental role in mitigation strategies. Similarly, one can reflect on the acute challenge that began in 2020, namely COVID-19, and see that also in this case chemistry has played a key role in confronting the pandemic.

Where do you think your field will be in 10 years’ time?

What I think is fascinating is that in chemistry one can “make things” (like new molecules, new reactions, new materials, etc.) and “understand things” by analytical means. The two aspects are not, by any means, mutually exclusive. I belong to the category of those who want to “understand things” and guide how to “make them” on a computer. I am a theoretical and computational chemist. I think the role of theoretical and computational chemistry has always been important because we have the opportunity to explain phenomena and to make predictions that drive more impactful experiments when a self-sustained loop can be created. As access to “big data” and artificial intelligence proves ever more important to chemistry, I think the future of theoretical and computational chemistry will also critically involve data science and quantum information. These will permit theoretical/computational chemistry to progress at an accelerated pace to help solve societal challenges.

What do you wish people outside your field knew about the work you’re doing?

I tried to explain to my nephew once, when he was four or five years old, that water is made of a lot of invisible molecules and water is what we see with our eyes because of the properties of these little molecules and the way they interact. More recently, I told to my 80-year old parents that I study some “sponges”, metal-organic frameworks, that can adsorb water vapor and that this can deliver drinkable water under otherwise arid conditions. So, in general, I would like people to understand that we study phenomena at a very fundamental and microscopic level to explain the behavior of the commonly perceived reality around us.

It can be difficult for the general public to appreciate chemistry, and especially theoretical chemistry and computation, because it is a technical field, and moreover, some associate chemistry only with dangerous concepts like pollution, explosions, etc. I find it disappointing that most of the time when I say that I am a chemist, people tell me how difficult they found chemistry in their studies. I wish we did a better job at conveying the excitement and importance of the field to younger generations and fascinating them with chemistry and STEM in general at an earlier age. I appreciate enormously the efforts of educators in general and ACS in particular with respect to efforts to involve younger generations in STEM.

What advice would you give to young scientists today?

While perhaps somewhat trite, most scientists, given all the up-front commitment involved, can certainly be said to be following their passion. If one is able to find one’s real passion in one’s work, one will typically be successful and have the energy to make progress every day towards making a difference. As scientists, chemists, educators, we face the incredible challenge of saving our planet and leaving it in a better condition than we found it and we can contribute towards this mission in a meaningful way. We also have the responsibility to make science more inclusive because this will drive better outcomes and be better for our society. At the same time, I tell my students and postdocs that to make a difference, we need to strive for excellence and personal improvement in all that we do. We want to find the right answers for the right reasons. We have to be committed to integrity and follow ethical practices. We have to collaborate, support, and respect one another. That’s the scientific future I envision.

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ACS Publications’ Newest Associate Editors: Q4 2021

When a journal adds a new associate editor, that change means more for readers than just a tweak to the masthead. New associate editors bring new experiences, new perspectives, and new ideas to their publications. Get to know some of ACS’s latest editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to their respective journals.

Ashutosh Sharma, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

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

In the last 35 years, my primary focus has been on soft interfaces, colloids, and nanoscale entities and their myriad applications and tech development. These applications have at different times branched into self-organization in nanoscale films; nanofabrication and micro/nano-patterning; wetting, adhesion, and friction; electrospinning of functional materials for devices; carbon and polymeric nanocomposites for environmental remediation, energy storage, and health (theranostics, biosensors) and biomaterials.

When I started on my Ph.D. work back in 1984, the 2-D world of interfaces, such as its thermodynamics and mechanics, was an upcoming, exciting area in chemical engineering with many interesting potential applications. During this time, I initiated work on the pathophysiology of Dry Eye Syndromes in the framework of thin films (tear film) and wetting (cornea), which was a first. Basically, my interest all along has been in connecting different dots of knowledge that seemingly appear to be disjointed. This approach led to many opportunities along the way.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces is a rather unique, wide spectrum journal in that it covers many deep areas of science together with their important applications, which could aid in the development of real technologies and products. These aspects of ACS AMI fit rather well with my own research background and thinking. While reading a paper, I like to ask several questions: Is there good, reasoned, verifiable science in there? Is there an element of novelty in at least one of these components that I call 4 Ms of Science—mechanics (understanding) or materials or methods, or in the machine/device architecture? Is it a clearly superior application, even if not terribly novel? How profound or incremental are the contents? Is narrative clear and exciting for an average reader in that area? I do think that these elements bring value to any good journal in applied sciences. In particular, I hope to contribute to the editorial work in the areas of colloids, soft interfaces, and their applications and also bring the journal to the greater attention of Indian scientists as an excellent platform to publish their best works with applied flavors.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

An overarching challenge is a contextually meaningful, synergistic convergence of elements and functionalities in the new materials/interfaces that are engineered to provide solutions to a problem, which is actually a multidimensional problem, as most of the real ones are. For example, miniaturized low-cost autonomous sensor networks (smart pebbles) that seamlessly embed some computing at the edge, communication, machine learning, fault diagnosis, and auto-calibration, positional information, actuators for local actions, and a long-lasting power source that may harness vibrations, solar and other stuff such as surrounding fluids! There would have to be greater integration of the physical, digital, and biological for the new multifunctional materials. Nature-inspired materials and manufacturing is a major opportunity in which we have currently only barely scratched the surface. The most popular examples have been superwetting, smart adhesives, structural colors, fog harvesting, etc. However, interesting materials and manufacturing in nature are not passive, but embed information and the action elements, and most often perform functions by being connected to a larger system of communication and computing! On a lighter note, one could think of progressing from the advanced materials, functional materials, smart materials, etc to informational materials, intelligent materials, wise materials, and who knows, even conscious materials that will inspire a series of CONMAT conferences! Other challenges with functional interfaces are their durability and large-scale production.

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

On the most fundamental level, inter-surface and inter-particle interactions are rather poorly understood and predicted, especially for the real physico-chemically heterogeneous interfaces in the aqueous media, including bio- and polymeric surfaces. Such interactions include for example the long-range van der Waals, electrostatic and electrodynamic, acid-base (hydrogen bonding) structural and entropic, specific, etc. Another complexity is summing of these interactions for poorly defined heterogeneous interfaces. A rational understanding and the design of interfaces for most applications demand developing such insights at multiple scales.

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

Self-Organized Wrinkling in Thin Polymer Films under Solvent–Nonsolvent Solutions: Patterning Strategy for Microfluidic Applications
ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2021, 3, 12, 6198–6206
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.1c01044

Thin polymer coatings show a novel self-organized wrinkling instability on their surface when put under a mixture of a good solvent and a non-solvent. The solvent swells the film and the mixture diffusing to the polymer-substrate interface delaminates the film. Interestingly, along a polygonal network of lines where local detachments occur, thus forming buried micro-channels. The selective delamination-induced wrinkling is found to be a rather generic phenomenon that can be tuned in different polymer films of variable thickness by appropriate combinations of solvent–nonsolvent mixtures. The paper has some of the elements I like: discovering a new phenomenon, understanding its control to produce channels of the desired geometry, and potential applications, e.g., in micropatterning and microfluidics.

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

My other areas of interest are philosophy and art. Most of my sketches are made while listening to lectures and in meetings! Paradoxically, it mostly allows a better understanding of what the speaker is saying, owing to shutting down the unrelated internal dialogue. Apparently, the brain cannot fully focus on two streams of thoughts simultaneously!

For about seven years, until August 2021, I was a Secretary to the Government of India heading its Department of Science and Technology, which allowed greater appreciation of how science, technology, and innovation connect with different segments of society and how policies are an important instrument of meeting the challenges and leveraging the opportunities of the future through science and technology.

David Olson, ACS Chemical Neuroscience

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

Our lab studies a class of compounds that we call psychoplastogens, or small molecules capable of promoting neural plasticity. Such compounds have enormous potential for treating a wide variety of illnesses including depression, anxiety disorders, addiction, and neurodegenerative diseases.

We use a combination of synthetic chemistry, molecular neurobiology, and behavioral neuropharmacology to 1) understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying the effects of psychoplastogens on the nervous system, and 2) develop next-generation neurotherapeutics. I was initially attracted to the field of central nervous system drug discovery due to the enormous unmet medical need. There are a ton of people who need help, and current treatments are far from adequate.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope to continue to raise the profile of ACS Chemical Neuroscience as a premier journal for neuropharmacology research and central nervous system drug discovery.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

The identification of robust biomarkers that predict treatment efficacy is an issue that continues to plague the development of central nervous system therapeutics. Fortunately, progress in this area is being made.

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

Most people now agree that many brain illnesses are a result of pathological neural circuits rather than chemical imbalances. A key challenge for the field going forward will be to find ways to selectively target disease-relevant circuits with brain penetrant small molecules. That type of precision will likely be necessary to both improve efficacy and reduce side effects.

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

The Subjective Effects of Psychedelics May Not Be Necessary for Their Enduring Therapeutic Effects
ACS Pharmacol. Transl. Sci. 2021, 4, 2, 563–567
DOI: 10.1021/acsptsci.0c00192

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

In addition to developing new neurotherapeutics, I’m also very passionate about understanding how psychedelics produce their effects on brain structure and function. Psychedelics are some of the most powerful substances known to impact the brain, and I believe that understanding the basic science underlying their effects will lead to important advances in neuroscience.

Karmella Haynes, ACS Synthetic Biology

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

My focus is the rational design of components of chromatin (proteins and scaffold RNAs that organize DNA in chromosomes) to control epigenetic gene regulation in human and mammalian cells. I studied basic epigenetic research as a Ph.D. student. After I entered synthetic biology as a postdoc (ca. 2006), I became excited about the idea of epigenetic engineering in eukaryotes, and mammalian synthetic biology in general.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope to apply my knowledge of advances and barriers in the area of mammalian synthetic biology to the process of sharing the latest findings with the public. I also hope that my connections with the growing mammalian synthetic biology community will encourage early career and historically marginalized scientists to consider ACS Synthetic Biology as a platform for elevating the visibility of their work.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Translating biological design principles from viral and bacterial systems to mammalian cells is a major overarching challenge for mammalian synthetic biology. Mammalian cells have the remarkable ability to differentiate into a myriad of specialized states while remaining genetically identical. This poses a significant challenge for an orthogonal genetic circuit that is intended to function in a predictable manner.

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

Solving the problem of unexpected epigenetic regulation of synthetic gene circuits will certainly help to advance mammalian synthetic biology. Also, a widely adopted, easy-to-use artificial chromosome that is stable in replicating mammalian cells would make cells much easier to engineer.

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

Design, Construction, and Validation of Histone-Binding Effectors in Vitro and in Cells
Biochemistry 2018, 57, 31, 4707–4716
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.8b00327

Daniel Nomura, Chemical Research in Toxicology

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

My group is focused on reimagining druggability using chemoproteomic platforms to develop transformative medicines. One of the greatest challenges that we face in discovering new disease therapies is that most proteins are considered “undruggable,” in that most proteins do not possess known binding pockets or “ligandable hotspots” that small molecules can bind to modulate protein function. Our research group addresses this challenge by advancing and applying chemoproteomic platforms to discover and pharmacologically target unique and novel ligandable hotspots for disease therapy.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

One of the greatest challenges that we face in discovering new disease therapies is that most proteins are considered “undruggable,” in that most proteins do not possess known binding pockets or “ligandable hotspots” that small molecules can bind to modulate protein function. This challenge requires the development of approaches that not only enable ligand discovery against these undruggable targets but also the invention of new therapeutic modalities to therapeutically exploit these targets in a safe manner.
I hope to bring my expertise in chemical biology, drug discovery, and environmental toxicology, particularly as it relates to small-molecule interactions with macromolecules in our bodies.

Doris Braun, Crystal Growth & Design

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

The “Preformulation and Polymorphism group” at the University of Innsbruck in Austria focuses on scientific and applied problems related to solid-state properties of pharmaceuticals and other small organic molecules of high industrial relevance. We develop methods, strategies, and guidelines for the production and characterization of solid-state forms and drug products.

In particular, my research focuses on:

  1. The role of computational chemistry for pharmaceutical solid form screening and characterization: how to implement crystal structure prediction into solid form screening and characterization programs.
  2. Thermodynamic relations in solid forms: how to derive the thermodynamic stability, stability order, and stability ranges of and between different solid-state forms
  3. Hydrate, solvate, and co-crystal formation: prediction, characterization, and practical consequences.

The beauty of crystals under the microscope attracted me to the field of polymorphism.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

Materials properties and their applicability have always been the driving force in my research. I have university training in pharmacy, worked on projects focusing on basic research and applied industrial problems. As a scientist, I have taken the role of an experimentalist among world-leading theoretical chemists, and am now applying computational chemistry in an otherwise experimentally focused research group. I hope to play an integral part in maintaining the high standards of the journal, help to encourage (younger) researchers to publish high-quality papers, and promote out-of-the-box thinking of scientists working in the field.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Over the last decade, there have been ground-breaking achievements in the field of crystal engineering/materials sciences. Computational chemistry can be used to predict feasible crystal structures. We are aiming at predicting the properties of materials. Experimental techniques have advanced immensely. High-resolution and in-situ data collections allow us to get insights into the structural behavior, transformations, and interrelations of solid forms. Thus, the challenges we have to overcome in our field are not always related to science but are often linked to the accessibility of the (newest) techniques, the time we can spend working on a compound, and the funding opportunities available.

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

Despite the ground-breaking advances in the field and the efforts undertaken by scientists in academia and industry worldwide we are still not able to predict if a molecule will crystallize, let alone in what forms or especially under which conditions. The required breakthrough is probably understanding nucleation and growth in practically relevant systems. The ultimate goal is then to design and produce the assembly of new materials with targeted properties.

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

The Eight Hydrates of Strychnine Sulfate
Cryst. Growth Des. 2020, 20, 9, 6069–6083
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.0c00777

In this study, we aimed at a comprehensive molecular-level understanding of a hydrate forming model compound. The fact that strychnine sulfate shows eight hydrate forms, but no stable and ordered anhydrous phase, highlights the importance of water as a stabilizing agent in solids. Furthermore, the study demonstrates that a series of complementary analytical techniques allowing precise adjustments of humidity and temperature conditions must be employed to reveal the solid-state behavior of complex hydrate systems.

Sanjit Konar, Crystal Growth & Design

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

The focus of my research team is multidirectional, with special emphasis on the thrust areas, namely responsive molecular crystals (mainly MOFs), molecular magnetism, and nanoscopic polyoxometalates. We aim to design and synthesize magnificent molecular materials whose physicochemical properties could be orchestrated using external stimuli such as light, temperature, pressure, etc, and can be used as molecular switches. In these studies, appropriate selection of the ligand field, along with a proper choice of the redox potential of the molecular components plays a vital role. Moreover, other parameters like the arrangement of the molecules in the crystal lattice, mainly driven by intermolecular interactions, often fine-tune the dynamic and reversibility of the properties. The other aspect of our work includes molecular magnetism. We design single-molecule/ion magnets, magnetic refrigerants, and cages and rationalize their properties experimentally and theoretically to make this field significant progress. In another area, we explore the fascinating electronic, catalytic, and magnetic properties of nanoscopic polyoxometalates(POMs) formed by the early transition metals. The intrinsic color of the transition metal complexes attracts me the most as it provides a clear hint about their structure and reactivity.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

My background is in transitional metal coordination chemistry, and my current research interest in molecular magnetism, metal-organic frameworks, and polyoxometalates may bring complementary expertise to the editorial board of this journal. I hope to contribute to the area of structure-property relationship in the transition metal-based crystalline compounds.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

The complexities associated with the structure of a small molecule in the crystal lattice considering the intermolecular interactions and its relationship with the properties might need to reach the next level of understanding for a more efficient design of the materials. Although significant efforts have been devoted in this direction, a faster progression could be achieved by the synergy between the design strategy of the molecules and an adequate understanding of the intermolecular interactions involved therein.

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

Even for the simplest molecule, predicting the crystal structure may turn out to be wrong.

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

Magnetic Transition in Organic Radicals: The Crystal Engineering Aspects
Cryst. Growth Des. 2021, 21, 10, 5473–5489
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.1c00731

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

Two things need to be mentioned that help me evolve as a researcher: extensive undergraduate teaching and a scientist at home, my wife, also a chemistry professor.

Michael Ruggiero, Crystal Growth & Design

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

We are broadly interested in understanding how intermolecular forces shape the properties of condensed phase materials, which we typically achieve through the lens of low-frequency (terahertz) vibrational spectroscopies, supplemented by quantum mechanical simulations. The terahertz vibrational community is one of the most welcoming and collaborative communities I’ve come across, which is the primary reason why I have been in this community from my doctoral studies through my current independent career – basically, great friends, great science, and a whole bunch of fun is what kept me around!

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I have been impressed with the direction that Crystal Growth & Design has been moving in over the last several years, and I have been quite fortunate to have some of my more ambitious and interesting studies land in the journal. The organic growth of the CGD community, and their keen eye to expanding beyond the traditional crystallography community into related fields, are major driving forces for my desire to be involved. I am very much looking forward to helping to grow the community by acting as a bridge between CGD and the terahertz sciences.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

The terahertz sciences are rapidly evolving, as instrument costs are decreasing and the technique is easier-than-ever to access. However, with that evolution, there is an influx of new researchers that need to become acquainted with the nuances associated with low-frequency vibrational spectroscopy, which is sufficiently different to comparable methods (e.g., mid-IR vibrational spectroscopies). Thus, there is a need now, more than ever, for detailed studies that clearly highlight experimental methodologies and subsequent analysis techniques.

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

One of the most interesting areas of the terahertz sciences, in my opinion, is the increasing finding that solid-state phenomena (reactions, phase transformations, and so on) seem to closely follow a terahertz vibrational normal mode. This has resulted in some interesting and ongoing investigations into driving solid-state reactivity with terahertz radiation, which is one of the ‘holy-grails’ of low-frequency vibrational spectroscopy, in my opinion!

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

Advances in Low-Frequency Vibrational Spectroscopy and Applications in Crystal Engineering
Cryst. Growth Des. 2022, 22, 2, 939–953
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.1c00850

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

I am an avid outdoorsman, and when not playing with lasers you can find me lurking around the Green Mountains of Vermont or the Adirondack Mountains of New York – hiking, camping, skiing, and everything in between – often with my wife and two dogs. I’m also a sucker for a good collaboration, and have a difficult time saying “no” to a fun and interesting problem from a fun and interesting person: basically, we’ll stick anything in our spectrometer, and happily head to the pub for beers after!

Shalini Singh, Crystal Growth & Design

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

I am a nanomaterial chemist. Currently, my research focus is on synthesizing ultra-thin inorganic nanocrystals composed of a few atomic layers by bottom-up approaches. Creating them atom-by-atom using molecular precursors provides vast opportunities to engineer their structure, dimensions, surface, and properties. By using different spectroscopic and microscopic techniques, we gain a proper understanding of the stoichiometry, crystal structure, morphology, electronic properties, and surface chemistry of synthesized nanomaterials. Further, depending on their electronic properties, we study their potential as electrode materials for batteries or electrocatalysts. Initially, my research career started from designing polymeric nanocomposites(as a research fellow in India). While I was searching for a Ph.D. position, I saw an advertisement for a position at University of Limerick. The description said that the candidate would be trained on transmission electron microscopes. For me, that was very fascinating. I wanted to take images of nanocrystals with atomic resolution. High-quality TEM images of nanocrystals still make my day. After my Ph.D., I moved to Belgium as a postdoc to study the relationship between the nanocrystal surface and their opto-electronic properties. With different expertise I gained during my research journey helped me to establish my research group at University of Limerick, Ireland on designing and tuning the structure and property of novel nanomaterials for technological applications.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

As a Topic Editor of Crystal Growth & Design, I will handle manuscripts in the metallic and semiconductor nanocrystals areas. Specifically, I would be handling manuscripts on insights into crystallization and structure-function relationship in nanocrystals synthesized via a bottom-up approach. I am very much looking forward to reading new studies in this area that will contribute to fundamental advances.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

New semiconductor and metallic nanocrystals with designer and tunable properties are emerging rapidly. However, there is a lack of fundamental understanding of underlying concepts on surface, structure, and crystallization in these different sets of new materials. These missing links often hamper the development of reproducible and scalable ways for the synthesizing, processing, and integration of these new materials in applications. Addressing these fundamental challenges will be important to create a platform technology for an easier lab-to-fab transition of novel nanomaterials.

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

Yes, I would love to highlight these two recent papers in ACS journals:

Ligand Adsorption Energy and the Postpurification Surface Chemistry of Colloidal Metal Chalcogenide Nanocrystals
Chem. Mater. 2021, 33, 8, 2796–2803
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c04761

In this article, we demonstrated how the actual surface chemistry of ligand passivated colloidal nanocrystals is a combined result of intrinsic ligand-nanocrystals binding character and concrete work-up procedures.

Insights into Nucleation and Growth of Colloidal Quaternary Nanocrystals by Multimodal X-ray Analysis
ACS Nano 2021, 15, 4, 6439–6447
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.0c08617

In this article, we present a real-time investigation of the formation of colloidal copper zinc tin sulfide nanorods by in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering. Using this x-ray combination, we unraveled the key nucleation and growth stages in quaternary nanocrystal synthesis.

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

Besides research, I am a passionate teacher. I love teaching and creating a new innovative ways to teach organic chemistry to my students. I am also trained in different Indian folk dancing styles. If I were not a chemist, she would own and run my own dance studio.

John Munafo, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

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

Our lab aims to unlock the potential of food, fungi, and plant-based natural products to benefit agriculture and animal and human health. Through flavor chemistry, we aim to identify key aroma and taste active molecules in foods and beverages with the vision of developing “Healthy Foods with Great Flavor.” Through natural products chemistry, we aim to identify biologically active molecules with the vision of developing “Novel Natural Products for Health and Agriculture.” The overarching objectives of our integrated program are to guide the development of healthy foods with great flavor, to develop new specialty crops for farmers, and identify novel preventative and treatment options to combat global health afflictions such as diabetes, cancer, and emerging infectious diseases. What initially attracted me to these intriguing fields of research was the realization that nature contains a virtually limitless supply of bioactive molecules that are waiting to be discovered. Many of these molecules have the potential to benefit humans, animals, and the environment.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

Flavor science and natural products chemistry are two of my passions. I am particularly interested in studies that contribute to the fundamental aspects of these two disciplines, especially those with the potential to be further developed, in an applied fashion, to benefit people, food, and agriculture.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Supplying the world with sustainable, affordable, safe, healthy, and delicious food.

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

I find it fascinating that, through trial-and-era, nature has generated an enormous suite of time-tested bioactive molecules with the potential to benefit humans, animals, and the environment. This creates a huge opportunity to discover uses for these natural products to benefit society.

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

This recently published manuscript details the aroma chemistry of a pleasantly unique smelling mushroom endemic to the Southern Appalachians.

Key Odorants from the Fragrant Bolete, Suillus punctipes
J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 32, 8621–8628
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c03389

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

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring nature, reading, and gardening.

Geoffrey Coates, Journal of the American Chemical Society

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

The research focus of the Coates Group is the development of new catalysts for the synthesis of macromolecules and small molecules. Professor Coates’ research concentrates on developing new methods for reacting commodity feedstocks in unprecedented ways. His current research centers on the development of homogeneous catalysts for olefin polymerization, heterocycle carbonylation, epoxide homo- and copolymerization, the utilization of carbon dioxide in polymer synthesis, and new polymers for energy conversion and storage.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope to bring additional expertise in catalysis and polymer chemistry to the journal.

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

Society depends on polymeric materials now more than at any other time in history, despite increasing concern that their synthesis and disposal are unsustainable. The development of new routes to polymers that have reduced environmental impact is one of the most important unsolved problems in the field of polymer chemistry.

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

Isotactic Poly(propylene oxide): A Photodegradable Polymer with Strain Hardening Properties
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 14, 6800–6806
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c01768

Christophe Coperet, Journal of the American Chemical Society

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

I study surface chemistry along with catalysis, nuclear magnetic resonance, X-Ray Absorption, metathesis, and CO2 hydrogenation. I study surface chemistry because of its unusual structure and reactivity. It requires me to try to bridge the gap between molecular and solid-state chemistry.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

A molecular view on heterogeneous catalysis and the ability to look at interfaces with the eye of a molecular chemist.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

The requirement for a broad range of expertise (from synthetic molecular chemistry to solid-state chemistry, including the use of advanced multiple spectroscopy techniques, as well as computational approaches) to embrace the complexity of surface chemistry. Also, data analysis is becoming complex and demanding due to the ever-increasing size of the data set, along with time- (Operando) and space-resolved spectroscopy.

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

Finding a way to capture the dynamics of surface (active) sites under operating conditions, combining imaging and spectroscopy.

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

Nanoparticle O–H Bond Dissociation Free Energies from Equilibrium Measurements of Cerium Oxide Colloids
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 7, 2896–2907
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c12799

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

I am a fan of literature, philosophy, music, and wine.

Carlos Nieto de Castro, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data

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

My scientific activity covers the field of molecular thermophysics and fluid technology, ionic liquids, nanofluids, ionanofluids, and nanosystems, including new heat and storage fluids with industrial impact in the area of energy and the environment, and the use of ionic liquids as solvating and reaction media to synthesize and functionalize nanomaterials, for industrial and domestic applications. Attracted by thermodynamics and transport processes in chemical systems, namely in a liquid state. To solve new problems in chemical engineering and physical chemistry.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

My experience in science and technology, from doing, directing, and writing. Rigor in data acquisition and presentation for thermophysical properties of fluids (experiment and modeling). Ethics in publications. My strong belief in the capacity of science and technology, namely chemistry and chemical engineering, to transform the world.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

Nanomaterials characterization, new heat transfer, and storage fluids and materials, use of renewable energies, namely solar, in domestic and industrial applications. The lack of financing in physical chemistry/thermophysical research. The resistance of young people to think scientifically.

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

Liquid state molecular theory. Structure of nanofluids and parent dispersions.

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

It is not very recent but it was a fundamental paper for the use of ionic liquids as base fluids for nanofluids. The term IoNanofluids was created then and sprayed over in the literature:
Thermal Properties of Ionic Liquids and IoNanofluids of Imidazolium and Pyrrolidinium Liquids
J. Chem. Eng. Data 2010, 55, 2, 653–661
DOI: 10.1021/je900648p

Another one fundamental in the area:

Influence of Thermophysical Properties of Ionic Liquids in Chemical Process Design
J. Chem. Eng. Data 2009, 54, 9, 2569–2575
DOI: 10.1021/je900107t

The most recent one:

Thermophysical Properties of 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate, [C4mim][(C2F5)3PF3], and of Its IoNanofluid with Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
J. Chem. Eng. Data 2021, 66, 4, 1717–1729
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jced.0c01017

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

I am one of the world’s most cited top scientists in chemical engineering/physical chemistry, in the top 2% for 2020 and 2021, according to Stanford University.

Nanshu Lu, Nano Letters

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

My research focuses on thin-film mechanics and soft bio-integrated electronics. Representative works of my group include stretchability of metal thin films and serpentine ribbons, nano-bubbles and nano-tents formed by 2D materials, epidermal electronics, graphene e-tattoos (GETs), “cut-solder-paste” rapid prototyping of wireless e-tattoos, bio-electronics interface mechanics, and hybrid piezoresistive and piezocapacitive responses of pressure sensing e-skins. I enjoy both achieving the fundamental understanding of the mechanics of thin-film materials as well as making technical advancements enabled by those fundamental understandings.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope that my expertise in thin-film mechanics and soft devices can be an unconventional addition to Nano Letters because it is no longer just limited to chemistry or chemical engineering. Instead, we are trying to recognize that mechanics, materials, and electronics all contribute synergistically to future devices with hybrid nano and macro components.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

A major scientific challenge is the synthesis of intrinsically soft and stretchable high-performance electronic materials such as organic conductors and semiconductors, which can ultimately replace metal and silicon while still being tissue soft. A major technical challenge is the reliable and robust interfacing of the soft, nano components with rigid, macroscopic components like silicon chips or printed circuit boards.

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

I envision that in the future, humans will be more like robots (i.e., digital, computational, connected to the internet, etc.) whereas robots will be more like humans (i.e., soft, human-mimetic actuation and sensation, artificial intelligence, etc.). To achieve this vision, we need better brain probes to decipher the human brain and better soft actuators to behave like artificial muscles.

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

I was one of the iCANx/ACS Nano inaugural rising star lecturers in 2020. Therefore, I just submitted an invited perspective on soft capacitive pressure sensors to ACS Nano. I hope to share it when this perspective is published.

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

I endeavor to break the barriers between disciplines and I need everyone’s help with that.

Liberato Manna, Nano Letters

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

My main research focus is on colloidal nanocrystals. My group targets their synthesis, surface functionalization, modeling, the study of their physical properties, and their applications, mainly in energy-related fields.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

I hope to bring my expertise in nanoscale materials science, both from a chemistry and physics perspective, and to cover a wide array of materials and properties.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

There are several challenges. I would mention perhaps only two. One is getting nanoscale materials that are stable and that have a level of environmental compatibility that makes them suitable for widespread applicability. A second important issue is related to the reproducibility of results from lab to lab, which will require more standardized procedures, sharing of raw data, and certification of performances on a broader scale than has been done so far.

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

I am now working mainly in the field of halide perovskites. The most unsolved issue in this field is to find valid alternatives to lead-based compositions. This is still an open quest. Another important challenge in colloidal chemistry, in general, is being able to synthesize materials, in the form of high-quality colloidal nanocrystals, that in the bulk require high temperatures to be prepared with good crystallinity and/or in a desired phase/composition.

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

Sb-Doped Metal Halide Nanocrystals: A 0D versus 3D Comparison
ACS Energy Lett. 2021, 6, 6, 2283–2292
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.1c00789

This recent work from our group stresses the importance of the extent of connectivity of the coordination polyhedra on one side, and or surface trap states on the other side, on regulating the optical properties of nanoscale metal halide crystals.

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

Please don’t focus only on science, but cultivate other interests that enrich your life and make you a more complete person.

Elena Besley, Nano Letters

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

I am working in the field of theoretical and computational chemistry. I very much like the rigor of theoretical methods, which we use to interpret and predict the outcomes of experimental observations. Mathematics allows us to treat a physical problem with a high level of accuracy and precision, yet often leads us to general conclusions about the underlying mechanisms.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?

Computational science is still at the very beginning of its growth as compared to experimental science, which already enjoyed four centuries of development and advancement. With Nano Letters, I hope to create a strong platform for computational science that can be used to explore nanoscale phenomena not always directly accessible to experiment in key scientific areas such as atmospheric science, materials science, molecular biology, colloidal chemistry, aerodynamics, and elementary particle physics, to name a few. I hope to highlight the highest quality development works by computational chemists, mathematical chemists, and physicists, chemical informaticians who underpin and explain new ground-breaking experimental results.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

The major challenge that faces us is to develop our abilities to pose and solve problems that combine insights from more than one discipline within the natural sciences with mathematical tools and computational skills. This provides a unique combination of applied and theoretical knowledge.

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

We need to continue developing new computational methods that make challenging physical and chemical problems more tractable on modern computing platforms. We also need to change the future of computer simulations. For example, combining machine learning and data analysis with quantum computing is an exciting topic, which can completely change the future of computer simulations and the way we study physical systems at the nanoscale. There are also many unresolved problems in algorithm development, error control, and software productivity.

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

Triplet Excitation and Electroluminescence from a Supramolecular Monolayer Embedded in a Boron Nitride Tunnel Barrier
Nano Lett. 2020, 20, 1, 278–283
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b03787

In this paper, we show that ordered monolayers of organic molecules stabilized by hydrogen bonding on the surface of exfoliated few-layer hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) flakes may be incorporated into van der Waals heterostructures with integral few-layer graphene contacts forming a molecular/two-dimensional hybrid tunneling diode. Electrons can tunnel through the hBN/molecular barrier under an applied voltage, and we show that tunneling electrons excite embedded molecules into singlet states in a two-step process via an intermediate triplet state through inelastic scattering and also observe direct emission from the triplet state. These heterostructures provide a solid-state device in which spin-triplet states, which cannot be generated by optical transitions, can be controllably excited and provide a new route to investigate the physics, chemistry, and quantum spin-based applications of triplet generation, emission, and molecular photon upconversion.