As E Factors drop it's a win-win for chemistry and the environment. In their Minireview on page 10952 ff., B. H. Lipshutz and co-workers document, by direct comparisons with transition-metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions from pharma, just how low they can go using a commercially available designer surfactant in water as the reaction medium. As the organic solvent usage drops, E Factors can plummet by as much as an order of magnitude. Let's get organic solvents out of organic reactions, and increase sustainability.
The preparation of fluffy core-shell, yolk-shell, and hollow anatase nanostructures by a fluorine-free synthetic method is described by D. H. Chen, R. A. Caruso, and L. Cao in their Communication on page 10986 ff.
In their Communication on page 11016 ff., W. Luo, Z. Zou et al. report a Ta3N5 photoanode with a high solar photocurrent that was prepared by a thermal oxidation and nitridation method.
S. F. Brady and H.-S. Kang describe in their Communication on page 11063 ff. an anthracycline that is encoded by DNA from soil of the Sonora Desert. The compound is active against multidrug-resistant cancer cells and may offer a new approach to cancer therapy.