The Future is Here


  • Greta Heydenrych,

  • Kira Welter,

  • Michelle Flückiger

According to ancient wisdom, the world is supposed to end in 2012. We at ChemPhysChem certainly do not believe this and to prove it, we have lined up some interesting things for the new year. Before we reveal (some of) our plans for 2012, let us linger for a moment on the most important events of 2011.

As those of you who regularly read our news section know, ChemPhysChem has a new Editor-in-Chief. Greta Heydenrych took over from the founding editor, Peter Gölitz, in July 2011. Greta joined Wiley-VCH in 2007 as Assistant Editor of ChemPhysChem and has been with the journal ever since. “I thank our owner society members for the trust they put in me and I am sure that with the societies′ support ChemPhysChem will go from strength to strength. I am quite excited about the future of ChemPhysChem. We are doing very well in terms of the quality of our content and I would like ChemPhysChem to become the one-stop physical chemistry journal not only for physical chemists, but for all chemists!” she says. We also welcome Michelle Flückiger as the newest member of the ChemPhysChem team. Michelle completed her Ph.D. at the ETH Zürich in 2011 and joined us with great enthusiasm in September 2011. Since then, she has already contributed much to ChemPhysChem and will surely become a very valuable member of our team. The ChemPhysChem team now consists of Greta Heydenrych (Editor-in-Chief), Kira Welter (Senior Associate Editor), Michelle Flückiger (Assistant Editor) and Bettina Dauch (Editorial Assistant).

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No editorial would be complete without a few statistics. In Table 1, we summarise five of our most-accessed papers (published in print in 2011) for the period of December 2010 to November 2011. A more complete list can be found here. As you can see from this small selection, ChemPhysChem covers the whole spectrum of physical chemistry and provides a high-quality range of articles, from communications for exciting new results that need to be published quickly to in-depth reviews and minireviews that provide researchers with the latest progress in their field of interest. Speaking of quick publication, our average publication time for the fastest 50% of our communications was 44 days and for the fastest 25%, it was only 31 days. So, if you are in a hurry to get your latest results published quickly, submit your next communication to ChemPhysChem!

Table 1. A selection of our most-accessed papers published in 2011 for the period of December 2010 to November 2011.
Corresponding AuthorTitleDOI
Paul MeredithA Tunable Metal–Organic Resistance Thermometer (Communication)10.1002/cphc.201000762
Hernán E. Grecco, Peter J. VerveerFRET in Cell Biology: Still Shining in the Age of Super-Resolution? (Minireview)10.1002/cphc.201000795
Mário N. Berberan-SantosThe Brightest Fullerene: A New Isotope Effect in Molecular Fluorescence and Phosphorescence (Communication)10.1002/cphc.201010156
Verner K. ThorsmølleExtraordinarily Efficient Conduction in a Redox-Active Ionic Liquid (Article)10.1002/cphc.201000819
Alain H. FuchsThermodynamic Methods and Models to Study Flexible Metal–Organic Frameworks (Minireview)10.1002/cphc.201000590

We also published four special/topical issues in 2011. Issue 3 is a special issue on Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Theodor Förster. The issue was guest-edited by Clemens Kaminski, Erich Sackmann and Klaus Schulten and includes contributions by Tony Ng, Petra Schwille, Paul French and many others. If you missed this issue, have a look online here. Issue 8 is a topical issue to commemorate the 100th year since the death of Jacobus van ′t Hoff, who won the first Nobel Prize in Chemistry ever awarded in 1901 for his work on chemical dynamics and osmotic pressure. Issue 8 was guest-edited by Michel Orrit and Ben Feringa and contains, among others, contributions by Maurice Janssen, Luis Liz-Marzán and Bart Kahr. Laser chemistry and spectroscopy are classical topics in physical chemistry. We dedicated issue 10 to that field, to coincide with the 60th birthday of one of our board members, Karl Kleinermanns. This issue was guest-edited by Rainer Weinkauf, Mattanjah de Vries and Klaus Müller-Dethlefs. Ingo Fischer, Gerard Meijer, Vincenzo Barone and many other contributed to make this issue an excellent one. Issue 17 is all about computational and theoretical chemistry, a rapidly expanding field that is steadily gaining in importance. The issue includes contributions by Trond Saue, Johannes Neugebauer and Wim Klopper, amongst others, and was guest-edited by Victor Batista, Stefan Grimme and Markus Reiher.

For 2012 we are planning special/topical issues on nanobubbles, ionic liquids, single-molecule spectroscopy, photoelectrochemistry and solar energy (with invited contributions from the 5th Gerischer Symposium, held this year in Berlin), nanomaterials and, early in 2013, NMR spectroscopy. We also have a few other plans that we will unveil as the year progresses. So, please visit our homepage and our news page to stay up to date!

Now, all that remains is for us to thank our authors and referees for their support and loyalty in 2011. We look forward to a successful 2012!

Greta Heydenrych

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Kira Welter

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Michelle Flückiger

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