ChemSusChem

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February 8, 2016

Volume 9, Issue 3

Pages 232–313

  1. Cover Pictures

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    3. Cover Profiles
    4. News
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    6. Communications
    7. Full Papers
    1. Cover Picture: Metal-Free Chemoselective Oxidative Dehomologation or Direct Oxidation of Alcohols: Implication for Biomass Conversion (ChemSusChem 3/2016) (page 232)

      Dr. Sun Min Kim, Hun Yi Shin, Dong Wan Kim and Prof. Dr. Jung Woon Yang

      Article first published online: 2 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201600097

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      The Cover picture shows the conversion of lignin model compounds to phenol and benzoic acid as platform chemicals through a sodium tert-butoxide (NaOtBu)-mediated oxidative dehomologation reactions under oxygen atmosphere. This result raises the possibility for biomass conversion of natural lignin compounds. More details can be found in the Communication by Kim et al. on page 241 in Issue 3, 2016 (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501359).

  2. Cover Profiles

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    1. Metal-Free Chemoselective Oxidative Dehomologation or Direct Oxidation of Alcohols: Implication for Biomass Conversion (page 233)

      Dr. Sun Min Kim, Hun Yi Shin, Dong Wan Kim and Prof. Dr. Jung Woon Yang

      Article first published online: 2 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201600098

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      “Based on the idea of how a grinder works, we think complex molecules are cleaved…” This and more about the story behind the research that inspired the Cover image is presented in the Cover Profile. Read the full text of the corresponding research at 10.1002/cssc.201501359. View the Front Cover here: 10.1002/cssc.201600097.

  3. News

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  4. Highlights

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    1. Metal–Polysaccharide Interplay: Beyond Metal Immobilization, Graphenization-Induced-Anisotropic Growth (pages 238–240)

      Prof. Abdelkrim El Kadib

      Article first published online: 26 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501609

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      Such sweet support: Metal–polysaccharide interplay affords, after pyrolytic transformation, highly active catalysts based on anisotropically oriented nanoparticles supported on graphene sheets.

  5. Communications

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    1. Metal-Free Chemoselective Oxidative Dehomologation or Direct Oxidation of Alcohols: Implication for Biomass Conversion (pages 241–245)

      Dr. Sun Min Kim, Hun Yi Shin, Dong Wan Kim and Prof. Dr. Jung Woon Yang

      Article first published online: 18 DEC 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501359

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      No metals: A transition-metal-free chemoselective reaction (either oxidative dehomologation or direct oxidation) of alcohols is performed using the sodium tert-butoxide–oxygen system. In particular, this protocol may be used to predict the major product formed, which depends on alkyl chain length of the alcohols and reaction conditions. We also present a straightforward method for the conversion of lignin (as biomass model compound) to phenol and benzoic acid.

    2. Palladium on Nitrogen-Doped Mesoporous Carbon: A Bifunctional Catalyst for Formate-Based, Carbon-Neutral Hydrogen Storage (pages 246–251)

      Fanan Wang, Dr. Jinming Xu, Dr. Xianzhao Shao, Dr. Xiong Su, Dr. Yanqiang Huang and Prof. Tao Zhang

      Article first published online: 13 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501376

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      What′s in store? A reversible formate-based carbon-neutral hydrogen storage system is developed, based on a newly prepared catalyst. The catalyst comprises palladium nanoparticles supported on nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon. The doped nitrogen functionalities and the well-dispersed and electron-enriched palladium nanoparticles play a synergistic role in promoting the bicarbonate/formate redox equilibrium.

  6. Full Papers

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    1. Highly Selective Oxidation of Carbohydrates in an Efficient Electrochemical Energy Converter: Cogenerating Organic Electrosynthesis (pages 252–263)

      Dr. Yaovi Holade, Dr. Karine Servat, Dr. Teko W. Napporn, Dr. Cláudia Morais, Prof. Dr. Jean-Marc Berjeaud and Prof. Dr. Kouakou B. Kokoh

      Article first published online: 18 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501593

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      Electrosynthesis in Fuel Cells: Utterly doable! Biomass is an extensive and endlessly renewable resource that can be converted selectively and efficiently into energy and added-value chemicals. Here, the design of a direct glucose fuel cell allows a high power density and produces as a cogeneration device, heat and added-value chemicals. This paves the way for the selective electro-oxidation of carbohydrates as fuels in a sustainable electrochemical energy converter.

    2. Very Important Paper

      Synthesis of Titania@Carbon Nanocomposite from Urea-Impregnated Cellulose for Efficient Lithium and Sodium Batteries (pages 264–273)

      Aurélien Henry, Dr. Nicolas Louvain, Dr. Olivier Fontaine, Prof. Lorenzo Stievano, Dr. Laure Monconduit and Prof. Bruno Boury

      Article first published online: 26 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501561

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      Electrodes from cellulose: Reactive mineralization has been developed to modify cellulose. Pre-impregnation of cellulose filter paper with urea affects the morphology of the oxide—a unique superstructure of TiO2 nanoflowers is obtained—and provides doping to carbon left by pyrolytic conversion of cellulose. The resulting electrode material can be used in highly efficient Li and Na batteries.

    3. Hole-Transporting Materials Based on Twisted Bimesitylenes for Stable Perovskite Solar Cells with High Efficiency (pages 274–279)

      Dr. Yan-Duo Lin, Bo-Yu Ke, Prof. Dr. Kun-Mu Lee, Dr. Sheng Hsiung Chang, Kai-Hung Wang, Shih-Han Huang, Prof. Dr. Chun-Guey Wu, Dr. Po-Ting Chou, Samik Jhulki, Prof. Dr. Jarugu Narasimha Moorthy, Prof. Dr. Yuan Jay Chang, Prof. Dr. Kang-Ling Liau, Hsin-Cheng Chung, Prof. Dr. Ching-Yang Liu, Prof. Dr. Shih-Sheng Sun and Prof. Dr. Tahsin J. Chow

      Article first published online: 15 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501392

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      Stability trumps efficiency: Three hole-transport materials based on a bimesitylene core presented, and their application in perovskite solar cells is evaluated. An overall power conversion efficiency of up to 12.11 % is achieved with these new materials and stability studies show that the long-term stability of devices using the new materials is superior to commonly used spiro-OMeTAD.

    4. An Interesting Class of Porous Polymer—Revisiting the Structure of Mesoporous α-d-Polysaccharide Gels (pages 280–288)

      Dr. Robin J. White, Dr. Peter S. Shuttleworth, Dr. Vitaliy L. Budarin, Dr. Mario De Bruyn, Prof. Anna Fischer and Prof. James H. Clark

      Article first published online: 19 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501354

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      In a spin: A combined spectroscopic approach to the unravelling of the polysaccharide organization in mesoporous xerogels reveals a unique chiral diffusion character reflective of the assembly of amylose double helices. The results demonstrate the unique nature of porous polysaccharide-derived materials, exemplified by an amylose-based system, offering vast potential for a number of high value applications, such as asymmetric catalysis and chiral separation science.

    5. Conformations of Low-Molecular-Weight Lignin Polymers in Water (pages 289–295)

      Dr. Loukas Petridis and Dr. Jeremy C. Smith

      Article first published online: 13 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501350

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      Lignin conforms! Understanding the shape and conformations of low-molecular weight lignin at pretreatment temperatures is important because the lignin shape strongly influences undesirable lignin binding to cellulose, which represents a major obstacle in the conversion of biomass to biofuels. Based on molecular dynamics simulations of lignin polymers, it is found that lignin in water adopts more spherical conformations with increasing degree of polymerization.

    6. Continuous Preparation of Copper/Carbon Nanotube Composite Films and Application in Solar Cells (pages 296–301)

      Xiao Gang Luo, Min Le Wu, Dr. Xiao Xia Wang, Prof. Xin Hua Zhong, Ke Zhao and Prof. Jian Nong Wang

      Article first published online: 19 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501342

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      Easy electrode: A general strategy is developed to continuously prepare particle/carbon nanotube (CNT) composite films. A Cu/CNT composite film is demonstrated as an example. Such film exhibits excellent performance when used as a counter electrode in a quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells compared with commonly used Pt and CNT electrodes.

    7. Cuprous Oxide as a Potential Low-Cost Hole-Transport Material for Stable Perovskite Solar Cells (pages 302–313)

      Bahram Abdollahi Nejand, Prof. Vahid Ahmadi, Saba Gharibzadeh and Prof. Hamid Reza Shahverdi

      Article first published online: 8 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201501273

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      New in town: The rotational angular deposition of Cu2O as a new hole-transport material for perovskite solar cells shows high surface coverage of the perovskite layer for a high rate of charge extraction. The engineered Cu2O layers show uniform, compact, and crack-free surfaces on the perovskite layer without affecting the perovskite structure. Deposition of Cu2O on a pinhole-free perovskite layer yields devices with a maximum power conversion efficiency of 8.93 %.

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