In their Review on page 14560 ff., B. Roy, K. C. Majumdar and N. De summarize several approaches for the synthesis of columnar liquid crystals composed of various heterocyclic systems. They also outline their liquid crystalline and other relevant properties and their suitability for applications in diverse fields.
Gold and Copper Nanocomposites
In their Communication on page 14605 ff., H. C. Zeng et al. describe a simple, wet transformative approach that is able to synthesize a great variety of complex nanocomposites composed of Cu2O and Au at room temperature. The compositional and structural evolution of the composites can be tuned easily within the same set of synthetic parameters (e.g., the molar ratio of Cu2O to HAuCl4).
In their Full Paper on page 14650 ff., T. Wang, M. Liu and Y. Liu describe how the combination of the supramolecular polymers bolaamphiphilic L-histidine and benzene dicarboxylic acid forms hydrogels, even though the components are unable to form gels independently. Depending on the structures of the dicarboxylic acids, the hydrogels show thixotropic properties or strongly enhanced luminescence upon doping with EuIII.