European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Copyright © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Editor: Karen Hindson, Deputy Editor: Preeti Vashi
Impact Factor: 2.965
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 10/45 (Chemistry Inorganic & Nuclear)
Online ISSN: 1099-0682
Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemistryOpen, ChemCatChem, Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie
Furan-Modified Spherosilicates as Building Blocks for Self-Healing Materials (Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 7/2015)
The cover picture shows the molecular building block, which plays the major role in this type of material. The organically functionalized spherosilicate contains furanyl groups at all eight corners, which act as dienes in the Diels–Alder reaction. The synthesis of this inorganic building block is straightforward and it can be achieved easily in a multigram scale. The scheme below shows the principle of the crosslinking and de-crosslinking reaction in the material, which is a prerequisite for the self-healing cycles. In the background, a macroscopic self-healing process is shown by the disappearance of surface scratches, which is also presented in the paper. Details are discussed in the article by T. Engel and G. Kickelbick on p. 1226 ff. For more on the story behind the cover research, see the Cover Profile.
Constitutional Hybrid Materials – Toward Selection of Functions (Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 7/2015)
The back cover picture shows constitutional hybrid materials composed of columnar silica mesopores used as a scaffolding matrix to orient ribbon-like macrocyclic systems, reversibly connected with the inorganic silica through hydrophobic non-covalent interactions. The dynamic character leads to reversible interactions between the non-grafted organic components and the inorganic hydrophobic silica matrix, making them respond to external ionic stimuli. Evidence has been presented that such systems adapt their internal structure and evolve so as to improve their ion-transport properties. Details are presented in the Microreview by M. Barboiu on p. 1112 ff.