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Cancer-Sniffing Worms

The Spring 2022 National American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting held in San Diego, California, was a hybrid meeting that featured a wide range of science topics. The offerings showcased the vast diversity of the chemical sciences and the increasingly integrated nature of the projects. 

Most people would not be surprised that dogs can be trained to sniff out cancer, but few would consider that a microscopic nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, might be used as an early detection method for lung cancer. Researchers at the Myongji University in Korea have shown that C. elegans does seem to prefer the smell of lung cancer cells. When placed on a microfluidic chip the size of a microscope slide, with lung cancer cells on one side and healthy cells on the other, the microscopic worms move toward the cancerous cells. Shin Sik Choi’s group hypothesizes that the flowery smell of the cancer cells is similar to the worm’s favorite food. They have also used urine samples from healthy people and those with lung cancer; again, the C. elegans migrated toward the urine from cancer patients. Just like using dogs, C. elegans provides a noninvasive way of detecting cancer at the earliest stages, when it is more treatable—but with an organism much easier to maintain than dogs. Researchers plan to test the usefulness of analyzing urine, saliva, and breath in these microfluidic devices containing C. elegans in clinical trials designed to detect early-stage lung and other cancers.

News briefing from the meeting:

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2022/march/worm-on-a-chip-device-could-someday-help-diagnose-lung-cancer.html

 

Related American Chemical Society publications on this topic:

Japan harnesses creepy-crawlies
Katsumori Matsuoka

Exploring Living Multicellular Organisms, Organs, and Tissues Using Microfluidic Systems
Venkataragavalu Sivagnanam and Martin A. M. Gijs

Effect of Cannabidiol on the Neural Glyoxalase Pathway Function and Longevity of Several C. elegans Strains Including a C. elegans Alzheimer’s Disease Model
Joel Frandsen and Prabagaran Narayanasamy

 

Introducing Dr. Elena Galoppini, Deputy Editor of ACS Applied Optical Materials

Elena Galoppini graduated with a Laurea in Chimica (MSc) from the Università di Pisa, Italy, in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1994, with Professor Philip E. Eaton. Following a two-year Postdoctoral Associate appointment at the University of Texas Austin with Professor Marye Anne Fox, in 1996 she began her independent research career at Rutgers University-Newark, where she is currently Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Elena Galoppini

At Rutgers, Prof. Galoppini has served as the Graduate Program Coordinator of the Department of Chemistry from 2016-2019, and over the years she has been Visiting Professor at several institutions including the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in Sweden and the University of Padova in Italy. In 2019 she was the recipient of a Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research.

Prof. Galoppini has served on the Advisory Editorial Board of Langmuir from 2007-2010 and is the author of 100 peer-reviewed articles in fundamental and applied research areas, with a primary focus on synthesis of functional bridging units for binding organic chromophores to inorganic semiconductors.

I recently spoke with Dr. Galoppini to learn more about her plans for ACS Applied Optical Materials.

Welcome to the ACS Publications Team, Dr. Galoppini, and congratulations on your new role as the Founding Deputy Editor of ACS Applied Optical Materials. Can you tell us a bit about what drew you to accepting a leadership position with this new journal?

Thank you. Firstly, I want to say that I am honored to be entrusted with this responsibility, and that I am absolutely excited to be the Founding Deputy Editor of ACS Applied Optical Materials, one of the two new journals added in 2022 to the ACS Applied Materials portfolio.

I was drawn to accepting this position because it is an opportunity to contribute in a creative way to the field of optical materials, and in a manner that is entirely new to me. After many years in academic research, the editorial role is a new direction and poses a fresh challenge.  In fact, I feel the same energy and sense of possibilities as when I was a new Assistant Professor, and entered my empty laboratory space for the first time. 

What are you most excited about as the journal opens for submissions?

It is exciting to be part of a perfectly timed initiative by ACS that meets the growing interest in optical materials. In the past five years, publications in this area have sharply increased. ACS Applied Optical Materials, with a focus on applications, will complement other ACS publications that are covering more fundamental aspects of the interactions between light and matter.  

Second, the journal is part of the ACS Applied Materials portfolio, a family of journals encompassing the areas of interfaces, energy, nanoscience, biomaterials, polymers and electronics, and that this year has been expanded to include engineering and optical materials. There is great collegiality between this group of Deputy Editors, and for this reason I anticipate excellent opportunities for future collaborations on Special Issues, Editorials, and other initiatives that are interdisciplinary and cross-cutting the areas of interest among the ACS Applied Materials journals.  

What kind of research reports are of particular interest to you? Are there specific challenges you hope articles in this journal can seek to address?

The field of optical materials is broad, and we welcome high quality, interdisciplinary manuscripts reporting research on emerging applications, and that provide mechanistic insight on optical devices functions.  From a personal perspective, I find fascinating the role of interfaces and how they can influence and control the properties and functions of optical materials and devices.  

A specific challenge that I hope the journal can address will be to identify emerging areas of interest in the multifaceted discipline of optical materials, and then highlight them in the journal.  To this end, it will be essential the input of the Associate Editors and of the Advisory Editorial Board members.  Since they come from different scientific backgrounds, offer complementary expertise, and represent different geographical regions, they will be able to address this challenge from a variety of perspectives.

Do you have any advice for authors seeking to publish their papers with you?

My first suggestion to an author is to look at the journal scope and, as issues will be published following the launch, read the articles and become familiar with the type of research published in ACS Applied Optical Materials. This will ensure that the work that you seek to publish in ACS Applied Optical Materials fits within the scope of the journal.

Secondly, I recommend making a clear connection to how the research presented in your manuscript can advance applications, demonstrate new functions, or be integrated in a device. ACS Applied Optical Materials, as the rest of the ACS Applied Materials portfolio, focuses on high quality research of an applied nature. It is not necessary to directly demonstrate an application, but you should emphasize this connection and put your work in this kind of context.

What opportunities in your field excite you the most?

One of the most exciting opportunities has been collaborating with colleagues who come from completely different scientific backgrounds from mine, and are outside my field. I am at core an organic chemist, and the most rewarding collaborations have been with physicists, physical chemists, and theoreticians.  Everybody learns something new, and together we expand and develop new ideas in a manner that would never have been possible.

What do you think are the non-scientific challenges facing your field?

In my experience, science is generally poorly communicated to the public, and conveying the positive impact of chemistry on society is an enduring challenge.  For instance, undergraduate students taking their first organic chemistry course tend to consider it an obstacle, and anticipate chemistry to be a dry and abstract subject. Fortunately, in academia we have the opportunity to change this perception. We can help students realize that chemistry studies stimulate new ways of thinking, illustrate how chemistry can benefit society, and involve undergraduates in research.

A second challenge is that pursuing a research active academic career has become more complex and stressful.  Applying for funding has turned into an increasingly time consuming and bureaucratic process, and faculty can become overwhelmed with other tasks that have little to do with science. This trend may discourage some talented graduate students and postdocs from pursuing an academic career. 

Apart from materials chemistry, what are you passionate about?

My enthusiasm for working with graduate, undergraduate students and postdocs, and mentoring them in a research setting has never diminished. Seeing young researchers grow scientifically and personally over the years, and then start their own independent career is one of the greatest satisfactions of working in academia.  In my opinion, this one of the greatest contributions a scientist can make. Not to mention that working with young people keeps you young … well, at least young at heart!

About the Journal

ACS Applied Optical Materials is an international and interdisciplinary forum to publish original experimental and theoretical, including simulation and modeling, research in optical materials, complementing the ACS Applied Materials portfolio. With a focus on innovative applications, ACS Applied Optical Materials also complements and expands the scope of existing ACS publications that focus on fundamental aspects of the interaction between light and matter in materials science including ACS Photonics, Macromolecules, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ACS Nano and Nano Letters.

Visit the journal website to learn more about the scope, to view the author guidelines or to submit your manuscript. Sign up to receive journal e-alerts to receive the first Issue straight to your inbox.

View selected publications from Dr. Galoppini

 

 

Call for Papers: Forum on Recent Advances in Biomaterials Research in the East Asia Pacific Region

In early 2023, ACS Applied Bio Materials (CiteScore 4.9 in 2021) will publish a Special Issue showcasing recent research advances from teams in the East Asia Pacific Region. Do you have a research report to include? Submit your manuscript by Dec 31st, 2022.

ACS Applied Bio Materials began publication in 2018 with strong representation of researchers in  the East Asia Pacific region: approximately 50% of our total number of articles published. By 2021, articles from this region increased to approximately 53%, demonstrating the volume and quality of research in the field of applied biomaterials.

The Editors of ACS Applied Bio Materials invite you and your team to join them in celebrating the vast and vibrant biomaterials research conducted in the East Asia Pacific region by taking part in this Special Issue.

The editor committee of this Forum:

Prof. Jong Seung Kim, Associate Editor of ACS Applied Bio Materials

Prof. Chaoyong Yang, Associate Editor of ACS Applied Bio Materials

Prof. Hao Yan, Associate Editor of ACS Applied Bio Materials

Prof. Shu Wang, Deputy Editor of ACS Applied Bio Materials

Prof. Kirk Schanze, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Geographical coverage will include teams with at least one author based at universities and research institutions in the following countries/regions:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

To join this Special Issue (Forum), please indicate that your manuscript is intended for the forum “Recent Advances in Biomaterials Research in the East Asia Pacific Region” in the cover letter of the submission to ACS Applied Bio Materials.

Areas of particular topical interest include:

  • DNA/RNA delivery materials;
  • Photodynamic/ photothermal therapy materials;
  • Antiviral/Antimicrobial materials & surfaces;
  • Biomaterials for tissue engineering applications.

Manuscripts submitted for consideration for this Special Issue will undergo the same rigorous peer review process expected from ACS journals. Authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication can expect to be informed within 10 weeks of their submission date.

Other submissions in research areas within the scope of ACS Applied Bio Materials are also welcome. For details of our manuscript types and requirements, please consult the Author Guidelines.

If you have questions about the scope and/or about publishing in ACS Applied Bio Materials, please contact the managing editor Dr. Chengmei Zhong (c_zhong@acs.org).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submit your manuscript for inclusion

Submit your manuscript for inclusion now

Guest Editors

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

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

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

Associate and Topic Editors

Ching-Hua Huang, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

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

Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the ACS ES&T Water website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue of “Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics in Water Environments.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the ACS ES&T Water Author Guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2023.

Submit your manuscript now

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

3. ACS offers authors a variety of publishing options.

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

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

 

Get to Know ACS Publications’ Biological Journals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submit your manuscript

Editors:

Greg Lowry, Executive Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

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

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

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

Guibin Jiang, Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Gerrad Jones, Topic Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Qian Liu, Guest Editor

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

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

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

 

Author Instructions:

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

The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2023.

Celebrating International Day of Light 2022

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

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

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

 

Quantum Photonics

Quantum Nanophotonics in Two-Dimensional Materials 

Machine Learning for Integrated Quantum Photonics 

Femtosecond Laser Writing of Spin Defects in Hexagonal Boron Nitride 

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

 

Biophotonics

Dielectric Metasurfaces Enabling Advanced Optical Biosensors 

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

Dual Nanoresonators for Ultrasensitive Chiral Detection 

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

 

Imaging

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

Single-Shot Autofocusing of Microscopy Images Using Deep Learning 

3D Imaging Using Extreme Dispersion in Optical Metasurfaces 

Metasurface Optical Characterization Using Quadriwave Lateral Shearing Interferometry 

 

Devices

Nonlinear Optics in Lead Halide Perovskites: Mechanisms and Applications 

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

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

Robust Mode Matching between Structurally Dissimilar Optical Fiber Waveguides 

 

Energy

Photonics for Photovoltaics: Advances and Opportunities 

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

Violating Kirchhoff’s Law of Thermal Radiation in Semitransparent Structures 

Nighttime Radiative Cooling for Water Harvesting from Solar Panels 

 

Nanophotonics

Nanophotonic Structural Colors 

Dielectric Resonant Metaphotonics 

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

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

 

About the Journal

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

Learn more about the journal here and sign up to receive e-alerts to get the latest articles straight to your inbox.

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Meet the 2022 Organic Letters Outstanding Publication of the Year Award

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

Meet the Recipients

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

Sophie Rousseaux and John MonteithSophie Rousseaux and John Monteith

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

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

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

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

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

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

What prompted you to study this field of chemistry?

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

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

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

Tell us about your research philosophy.

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

What’s next in your research?

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

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

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

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

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

Learn more about last year’s winner.

Call for Papers: Special Focus Issue on Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Mass spectrometry has been a leading contributing technology applied to address biomedical research questions in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. This was highlighted by the recent ASMS/Asilomar Conference on Mass Spectrometry on “The Role of MS in Neurodegenerative Disease Research” (December 2021).

This Special Focus Issue from the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry will highlight mass spectrometry applications and novel methods for neurodegenerative disease research.

For readers, this Special Focus Issue will be an easily identifiable source of high-quality papers. For authors, it provides increased visibility for the latest mass spectrometry work in neurodegenerative disease research.

If you are doing work in this field, the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry editorial team invites you to submit a manuscript by September 30, 2022.

The Neurodegenerative Disease Research Special Focus Issue will be managed by Associate Editor Lingjun Li (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

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Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the Special Focus Issue of “Neurodegenerative Disease Research.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Author Guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2022. Submit your manuscript now.

Call for Papers: Molecular Magnets and Switchable Magnetic Materials

Molecular magnetism is a truly multidisciplinary field of research, and molecular magnetic materials have attracted much attention due to their potential applications, such as data storage devices, quantum computing, magnetic refrigerant, magnetic switches, and many more. Concerted efforts from synthetic and structural chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and theoreticians made possible incredible advances in this field in recent years.  

Notably, the design principles of these molecules and molecular materials often fail to correlate with the predicted or exhibited properties, and much room for understanding remains. This Virtual Special Issue of Crystal Growth & Design on “Molecular Magnets and Switchable Magnetic Materials” aims to assist in providing the latest updates and addressing the ongoing challenges. 

Topics in this special issue will primarily include, but are not limited to: 

  • Single-Molecule Magnets (SMMs) 
  • Single-Ion Magnets (SIMs) 
  • Single-Chain Magnets (SCMs) 
  • Spin-Crossover (SCO) and Related Phenomena 
  • Valence Tautomerism (VT) 
  • Spin Frustration 
  • Magneto-Caloric Effects (MCE) 
  • Stimuli-Responsive Molecular Magnetic Materials 
  • Magnetic Nanoparticles, Magnetic Metal-Organic Frameworks 
  • Magnetism in Organic Radicals 
  • Magnetic Exchanges in Multi-Metallic Complexes 

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Editor-in-Chief:  

  • Professor Jonathan W. Steed, Durham University (United Kingdom) 

Guest Editors: 

  • Professor Malcolm Halcrow, University of Leeds (United Kingdom) 
  • Professor Sanjit Konar, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal (India) 
  • Professor Birgit Weber, University of Bayreuth (Germany) 
  • Professor Masahiro Yamashita, Tohoku University (Japan) and Nankai University (China)

Author Instructions: 

To submit your manuscript, visit the Crystal Growth & Design website. Please follow the procedures for manuscript submission and, in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue “Molecular Magnets and Switchable Magnetic Materials.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous editorial peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the Crystal Growth & Design Author Guidelines. 

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