A Good Thing just Got Better

At ChemPhysChem, we are looking forward to 2013, as we have much in stock for the new year. However, this is also a good time to reflect on the past year, as we have made a few changes and added a few new features to ChemPhysChem and to our homepage.

Firstly, we have significantly improved our publication times, making us one of the fastest-publishing physical chemistry journals around. Fast publication times are beneficial to our authors and our readers, as this means that good results are disseminated more quickly. For this reason, we concentrated on streamlining our post-acceptance workflows even more. As part of this process, we have prepared a new set of easy-to-use author guidelines for LaTeX users. We receive quite a few Latex manuscripts and these come in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, to ensure that we can get your manuscript from “accepted” to “published” as quickly as possible, please have a look at our guidelinesguidelines (Figure 1) and please try out the handy template. Of course, any feedback on your part will be welcome.

Figure 1.

Submitting a LaTeX manuscript.

One of the greatest pleasures of being a journal editor is to make the selection for each issue′s cover and inside cover. At ChemPhysChem we are quite spoilt for choice, so it has become more difficult to select the best contributions out of the many excellent ones in each issue. Therefore, we have decided to launch the Editors′ Selection to feature outstanding contributions that only just did not make it onto ChemPhysChem′s cover. The Editors′ Selection features four EarlyView manuscripts that are due to be published in the next issue.

Table 1 shows some of our most accessed articles among those published in 2012. A more complete list can be found herehere. The selection makes it clear that the entire scope of physical chemistry is represented in ChemPhysChem, from biophysics and electrochemistry to computational chemistry and spectroscopy.

Table 1. A selection of our most-accessed papers published in 2012 during October 2012.

Corresponding Author

Article Type


Page Number


Leticia González


Progress and Challenges in the Calculation of Electronic Excited States



Jürgen Hüpkes, Sascha E. Pust


Chemical Etching of Zinc Oxide for Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells



Xiaowei Zhuang


Multicolor Super-Resolution Fluorescence Imaging via Multi-Parameter Fluorophore Detection



Nikhil S. Malvankar


Supercapacitors Based on c-Type Cytochromes Using Conductive Nanostructured Networks of Living Bacteria



Nadine Menzel


Electrocatalysis Using Porous Nanostructured Materials



Ying Dai


The Role of Effective Mass of Carrier in the Photocatalytic Behavior of Silver Halide-Based Ag@AgX (X=Cl, Br, I): A Theoretical Study



Klaus Gerwert, Carsten Kötting


Surface-Attached Polyhistidine-Tag Proteins Characterized by FTIR Difference Spectroscopy



Roberto Gómez


The Electrochemistry of Nanostructured Titanium Dioxide Electrodes



We published five special issues in 2012 (Figure 2). We started off with an issue dedicated to single-molecule studies—an important topic in biophysics (Issue 4). The issue was guest-edited by Thomas Bein, Don Lamb and Jens Michaelis, and contains contributions by John Lupton, Hermann Gaub and Michel Orrit, to name but a few. Issue 7 is about ionic liquids and contains articles by Greg Voth, Hans-Peter Steinrück and Chris Hardacre, among others. It was guest-edited by Ralf Ludwig, Ed Maginn and Bala Sundaram and it was distributed at the Bunsentagung in Leipzig. An emerging hot topic is that of nanobubbles. Although their existence is not (yet) universally accepted, there is enough experimental evidence to make a strong case that nanobubbles do exist and that they might even be ubiquitous. Some of this evidence is presented in a special section of Issue 8 by James Seddon, Detlef Lohse, Haiping Fang and others, guest-edited by Philip Ball. Issue 10, guest-edited by Harald Fuchs, Thomas Webster, Zhiyong Tang and Florian Banhart, deals with nanomaterials, that is, materials small enough that quantum effects play a decisive role in moulding their properties. This issue contains contributions by Xiaoqin Li, Michael Serpe and Dan Luo, among many others. Another forefront in many areas of science today is energy concerns, not least in electrochemistry. Thus, Issue 12, guest-edited by Hans-Joachim Lewerenz is about electrochemistry and energy and is a compilation of contributions by the attendees of the 5th Gerischer Symposium on Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion. It contains contributions by Jens Ulstrup, David Fermín, Michael Grätzel and many more.

Figure 2.

The covers of ChemPhysChem′s special issues for 2012.

Of course, our success in 2012 has only been possible through your support as our authors, readers and reviewers. For that, we thank you.

We have more in store for 2013, when we will publish five special issues, namely on the aggregation of small molecules, ultrafast and theoretical spectroscopy, photo- and bioelectrochemistry, NMR spectroscopy and liquid crystals. Right now, we present you with Issue 1, a bumper issue with a selection of our best recent manuscripts. This issue will be freely available for the whole of 2013. Clearly, there is much to look forward to for the next year, as we strive to bring you the best physical chemistry has to offer!

Greta Heydenrych Kira Welter Michelle Flückiger