ChemPlusChem–The First Year


From Around the World

As ChemPlusChem begins its second year we take this opportunity to reflect on the achievements of 2012. The unique, yet wide, scope of the journal means that we only publish papers covering a combination of at least two different categories (subfields) of chemistry or one of chemistry and one of another scientific discipline. As expected, we have published multidisciplinary papers by top groups from around the world (Figure 1). Leading the way is China, which is becoming a powerhouse in terms of numbers of publications across all areas of science, followed by Germany. Also pleasing to see are the contributions from North America, with the Review by J. Fraser Stoddart et al. on Mechanically Interlocked Molecules Assembled by π–π Recognition being the number one downloaded article for 2012 (see Table 1).

Figure 1.

Country of origin of corresponding authors, 2012.

Table 1. The top ten ChemPlusChem manuscript downloads for 2012.[a]

Corresponding author





  1. [a] January to November 2012. [b] R=Review, F=Full Paper, C=Communication. [c] Manuscripts can be easily located by digital object identifier (DOI) number at

J. Fraser Stoddart

Mechanically Interlocked Molecules Assembled by π–π Recognition


77, 159


Nikola Ž. Knežević

Tuning the Release of Anticancer Drugs from Magnetic Iron Oxide/Mesoporous Silica Core/Shell Nanoparticles


77, 48


Xuping Sun et

Single-Stranded DNA-Mediated Immobilization of Graphene on a Gold Electrode for Sensitive and Selective Determination of Dopamine


77, 19


Guang-Sheng Wang

Highly Water-Dispersible Fe3O4 Single Nanocrystals: Gram-Scale Preparation by a Solution-Phase Route and Application for the Absorption of Cd2+ in Water


77, 56


Vadim Y. Kukushkin

Platinum(IV)-Mediated Nitrile–Amidoxime Coupling Reactions: Insights into the Mechanism for the Generation of 1,2,4-Oxadiazoles


77, 31


Ye Wang

Significant Synergistic Effect between Supported Ruthenium and Copper Oxides for Propylene Epoxidation by Oxygen


77, 27


En-Tang Kang

Electrical Bistability and WORM Memory Effects in Donor–Acceptor Polymers Based on Poly(N-vinylcarbazole)


77, 74


Martin Pumera

Gold Nanospacers Greatly Enhance the Capacitance of Electrochemically Reduced Graphene


77, 21


Xuping Sun.

Application of Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-8 Nanoparticles for the Fluorescence-Enhanced Detection of Nucleic Acid


77, 23


Jorge Bañuelos-Prieto

Versatile Photoactive Materials Based on Zeolite L Doped with Laser Dyes


77, 61


Conferences and Meetings

Publication of primary research results forms only one part of the scientific dialogue. With this in mind, the editorial staff try to attend as many chemistry conferences and meetings throughout the year to learn of new discoveries and receive opinions from the community. Our editorial team has attended many such gatherings and two of them were particular highlights. The 4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress held in Prague proved to be a great venue to meet many internationally recognized scientists, and several ChemPlusChem Board Members were in attendance. Pleasingly, we received positive feedback about the new journal and met authors eager to lend support. In addition, stronger relationships were forged at a special GDCh, ACS, and Wiley-VCH joint reception at which Prof. Wolfram Koch (President of the owner societies for Chemistry–A European Journal, ChemBioChem, ChemPlusChem, ChemistryOpen) spoke of the links between ChemPlusChem and the Czech Republic through the predecessor journal (Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications), and its bright future.

Wiley-VCH was delighted to sponsor eight best poster prizes at the 6th International Meeting on Molecular Electronics held in Grenoble, France. The prizes were awarded by the ChemPubSoc Europe journals ChemPlusChem, Chemistry–A European Journal, and ChemPhysChem.

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I would like to take the opportunity here to congratulate the worthy winners, Tiphaine Bourgeteau from Prof. Serge Palacin’s group, Vincent Derycke, Sebastien Haar from Prof. Paolo Samorì’s group, Dipankar Kalita from Prof. Nedjma Bendiab’s group, Kazuaki Hiroki, Giuseppe Tarabella from Prof. Salvatore Iannota’s group, Tino Wagner from Prof. Andreas Stemmer’s group, and Silvia Zanetti from Prof. Bernard Doudin’s group for their outstanding poster presentations. Likewise in 2013, ChemPlusChem is among the sponsors for the SupraChem Symposium to be held in Münster, Germany on February 14–15. The packed program will include presentations by top scientists such as Prof. Harry Anderson (Oxford University, UK), Prof. Jan van Esch (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands), and Prof. Ivan Huc (University Bordeaux, France and Board Member of ChemPlusChem).

This year Angewandte Chemie, the flagship journal of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society), celebrates its 125th anniversary and will host a celebratory symposium in Berlin.

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The event will take place on March 12 with international speakers of the highest quality including Noble Laureates Prof. Roald Hoffmann (Cornell University, USA), Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn (ISIS Strasbourg, France), and Prof. Ahmed Zewail (California Institute of Technology, USA) as well as Prof. Carolyn R. Bertozzi (University of California at Berkeley, USA) and Prof. Alois Fürstner (MPI Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, Germany and Board Member of ChemPlusChem). For more information please see: Our editorial staff with be at both the Münster and Berlin events so we extend a warm invitation to please come and meet us to discuss any matters concerning the journal.

Special Issues

Throughout the first year ChemPlusChem has enjoyed tremendous support from its Board Members, and we know that with their encouragement the journal will only continue to grow and prosper in the coming years. In this issue there are two contributions from our Board Members. The first paper is by Prof. Matthias Driess (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany and Co-chairman of ChemPlusChem), who has used new organometallic single-source precursors to synthesize ternary Zn/Sn/O systems and these systems show remarkable electrical and optical properties. The second paper results from a collaborative effort between the groups of Prof. Andrea Buettner (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) and Prof. T. Silviu Balaban (Aix Marseille Université, France and Board Member of ChemPlusChem). They outline the structure and stereochemistry of specific natural product metabolites of 1,8-cineole.

Last year we featured papers by our Board Members in a special issue, which was printed on demand and distributed at the 4th EuCheMS meeting. The issue featured high-impact contributions from all three Co-chairmen and contained four hot papers and two very important papers. The issue cover can be seen in the Editorial by Co-chairman Prof. Michal Hocek (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic). The article featured on the cover was by the late Editorial Board Member Detlef Schröder, who sadly passed away in August 2012. Detlef was a world-recognized scientist in the field of mass spectrometry and his death is a great loss for the scientific community. To honor his memory ChemPlusChem will put together a special issue with help and guidance from guest editor Dr. Zdeněk Havlas (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic).

Cover Profiles

As part of the continuing development to provide enhanced visibility for our authors, we are pleased to introduce a new feature called Cover Profiles. This exciting feature is exclusive to the manuscript highlighted on the front cover and gives authors the opportunity to showcase their group and research related to the paper. The inaugural Cover Profile focusses on work by Prof. Francesco Paolucci (University of Bologna, Italy) and Prof. Robert J. Forster (Dublin City University, Ireland) who have investigated the release of a luminescent rhenium coordination complex triggered by electrochemical stimulus. Their Cover Profile and Full Paper can be found on pages 2 and 55, respectively.

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Alerts and RSS News Feeds

Remember that you can find our latest articles on ChemPlusChem’s EarlyView page and be alerted to any new articles by signing up for our free e-mail alerts at Keep up with the latest research with our RSS feed, which provides the titles, list of authors, and abstracts of EarlyView articles, including links to the full texts. Detailed instructions are available from

Be Part of Our Future

If your research group (or group of collaborators) is about to report multidisciplinary results, then consider submitting the manuscript to ChemPlusChem. As with other journals of the ChemPubSoc Europe family, we will ensure efficient peer review followed by swift and professional handling of all papers. Likewise, we would be pleased to hear from you if you have written or are about to write a Review on a multidisciplinary topic. Two topical Reviews can be found in this issue; the latest developments in the field metal-mediated base pairs are highlighted by Philipp Scharf and Prof. Jens Müller on page 20 ff., meanwhile progress on devices for electrodriven water oxidation is presented by Dr. Khurram S. Joya, Prof. Huub J. M. de Groot, and co-workers on page 35 ff.

Finally, we wish you every success in 2013 and look forward to bringing you more of the very best in multidisciplinary research centering on chemistry.

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Dr. Marisa Spiniello Deputy Editor, ChemPlusChem

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