Editorial: All Signals Green for ChemSusChem



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In this Editorial we look back on 2012 and forward to what 2013 has to offer. ChemSusChem grew very strongly in 2012, and a number of topical issues further defined the journal′s scope. From 2013 onwards, Licheng Sun will take the reigns as one of our three Chairmen, while we introduce new features aimed at making the journal more attractive. Outside of ChemSusChem, the Smart Article debuts at Chemistry–An Asian Journal while Angewandte Chemie celebrates the publication of its 125th volume!

At the beginning of 2013, we can look back at the past year and conclude that ChemSusChem is in a very healthy state. The journal showed impressive signs of growth in 2012: we received and published more manuscripts than in earlier years, with submissions originating from countries, research groups, and subject areas previously not linked to the journal. However, growth should not only be measured in quantity: one can even argue that it is more important to increase quality, especially with so much literature being available to everyone. We were happy to note that the quality of submitted manuscripts is generally very high, and that referees and readers alike remained very critical and thorough. The impact factor, although only a derivative measure of a journal′s quality, of ChemSusChem increased in 2012, to 6.827 according to the annual Journal Citation Reports published by ThomsonReuters. A big thank-you to all authors, referees, and readers who support the journal!

One achievement that stood out in 2012 was the publication of no fewer than five special issues. Ranging from nanocatalysis to microbial fuel cells, these issues demonstrated both the breadth as well as quality of content that the journal is aiming for. In case you have missed one, browse the list below and see what interests you.

The publication of a special issue is a great opportunity for a community of authors to band together and deliver truly the best of the best, and we would like to again express our gratitude to all guest editors and contributors involved in putting together these issues. Be on the lookout for more exciting special issues in 2013!

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Green Chemistry by Nanocatalysis

Guest editors: Vivek Polshettiwar, Jean-Marie Basset, Didier Astruc

Contributors include: Alain Roucoux, Graham Hutchings, Cuong Pham-Huu


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Flow Chemistry

Guest editor: Thomas Wirth

Contributors include: Steven Ley, Volker Hessel, Jun-ichi Yoshida


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Energy Conversion and Storage

Guest editor: Dang Sheng Su

Contributors include: Alex Bradshaw, Holger Dau, De Chen


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Sustainability Research in Dalian

Guest editors: Tao Zhang, Xinhe Bao, Can Li

Contributors include: Yushan Yan, Baolian Yi, Ping Chen


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Microbial Fuel Cells

Guest editor: Uwe Schröder

Contributors include: Bruce Logan, Korneel Rabaey, Shuji Nakanishi


The Editorial Board of ChemSusChem has been chaired by Prof. Matthias Beller, Prof. Gabriele Centi, and Prof. Dan Nocera since the start of the journal in 2008. However, Prof. Nocera has informed us that other obligations prevent him from further fulfilling the Chairman role, and so he will vacate the position per 2013. We are grateful for his services to the journal and delighted that he has agreed to stay involved as member of the International Advisory Board. His revolutionary scientific work on water splitting and solar fuels has been an inspiration for many scientists, as is evident from the many papers in ChemSusChem that deal with these and related topics, and his valuable input has helped to shape ChemSusChem into the successful title that it is today.

We believe to have found an ideal successor in Prof. Licheng Sun, professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and at the Dalian Institute of Technology in PR China. The competences of Prof. Sun are in the closely related fields of dye-sensitized solar cells and biomimetic catalysts for water splitting—critical areas for the future of sustainability, and his expertise and guidance will advance the journal′s cause of publishing the best work in sustainable chemistry. In addition, his dual professorship at KTH (Sweden) and at Dalian University of Technology (PR China) builds an ideal bridge between these continents, and is testament to the fact that sustainability is our common future.

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Professor Sun is at the leading edge of solar fuels research, and his guidance and advice will be instrumental in setting the future direction of ChemSusChem in the area of renewable energy.” Daniel G. Nocera

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We welcome Professor Licheng Sun as new co-chair of the Editorial Board as successor to Professor Dan Nocera, whom we strongly thank for his precious contributions to the promotion of ChemSusChem, particularly in the important areas of solar devices and artificial photosynthesis.” Matthias Beller and Gabriele Centi

This issue features back-to-back papers by the departing and incoming Chairmen to mark the changeover: “Co-sensitization of Organic Dyes for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells” by Xichuan Yang, Licheng Sun et al. on page 70, and “Photo-active Cobalt Cubane Model of an Oxygen-Evolving Catalyst” by Nocera′s group on page 65.

An exciting new feature of the journal is the Cover Profile. Every issue, the scientific results selected to feature on the front cover, and the researchers that carried out the work, will be given the opportunity to highlight in more detail their motivations behind the cover design, the significance of their research, results, and how the team fitted together. The front cover of this issue is based on the paper “The Effect of Switchable Water Additives on Clay Settling” from the group of Prof. Philip Jessop (a member of the International Advisory Board) at Queen′s University, Kingston (Canada), and the Cover Profile provided by him and his colleagues can be found on page 2.

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The Cover Profile, a new feature of the journal from 2013 onwards.

An important change for the coming year is that we will shift our focus a bit and emphasize online presentation instead of print publishing. A practical consequence to our authors is that we can offer free use of color in manuscripts published from this year onwards. We realize that this is important to our community, and hope to have so addressed a very frequently requested feature.

Meanwhile, our colleagues at Chemistry–An Asian Journal as well as several other Wiley titles have been working hard to realize another important milestone: the Smart Article. By making use of databases and software, the Smart Article enables you to access more information than ever before, without compromising on the comfort of your reading experience. Check out Chemistry–An Asian Journal and try it out for yourself!

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Finally, we congratulate the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the editorial team at Angewandte Chemie on the 125th year of the journal′s publication! Browsing through the journal′s backfiles, all the way back to the late 1880s, is a fascinating experience and also a very educational one. Some articles were simply history in the making, but, with the benefit of hindsight, it is obvious that in terms of sustainability chemistry has changed for the better since then. To celebrate the anniversary, Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) issue 1/2013 will include invited Essays, Reviews and other content on a wide range of topics, contributed by top chemists from around the world. A special symposium in Berlin on March 12, 2013, will bring together some of these names for an exchange of ideas and knowledge. If you cannot attend in person, you follow the event via the internet by registering at http://www.chemistryviews.org/angewandtechemie125. Don′t miss out!

In summary, the year behind us has been very good, but we are working hard to make the coming year and the years to follow even better. Hopefully, the development of ChemSusChem is just one reflection of how the concept of sustainability is increasing in importance throughout society. Sustainability has come a long way already, but it will need to be applied even more rigorously in the next 5, 10, 50, and 125 years, and beyond that as well.

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Guido M. Kemeling Editor-in-Chief ChemSusChem

Biographical Information

Prof. Licheng Sun received his Ph.D. from Dalian University of Technology (DUT, PR China) in 1990. After a short stay at the Institute of Photographic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1990–1992), he went to Germany to complete a post-doctoral research stay at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie with Dr. Helmut Görner (1992–1993) and a stay as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin (1993–1995) with Prof. Dr. Harry Kurreck. In 1995 he moved to the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden), where he became Assistant Professor in 1997, Associate Professor in 1999 (at Stockholm University), and Full Professor in 2004 (KTH). He is presently also a Distinguished Professor at DUT. His research interests include solar cells and solar fuels, covering artificial photosynthesis, active site mimics of photosystem II and FeFe or NiFe hydrogenases, dye-sensitized solar cells, quantum-dot solar cells, visible-light-driven water splitting, and molecular catalysts for water oxidation and hydrogen generation.

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