Angewandte Chemie International Edition

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Editor: Peter Gölitz, Deputy Editors: Neville Compton, Haymo Ross

Online ISSN: 1521-3773

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemistryOpen, ChemPlusChem, Zeitschrift für Chemie

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A Cube from the ”Uranium Burner” - Forensic investigation of uranium from German nuclear projects from the 1940s

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A Cube from the ”Uranium Burner”

Forensic investigation of uranium from German nuclear projects from the 1940s.
In Germany in the 1940s, a variety of projects was launched to develop technical applications for the nuclear fission of uranium. Historical uranium samples from Germany have now undergone forensic investigation by an international team of researchers. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, they were able to confirm the authenticity of the samples and to show that no self-sustained nuclear chain reaction was achieved in experiments of the time.

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Micromotor-Based Biomimetic Carbon Dioxide Sequestration: Towards Mobile Microscrubbers

Joseph Wang, University of California, San Diego (USA)


A Cube from the ”Uranium Burner”
Forensic investigation of uranium from German nuclear projects from the 1940s

Uranium from German Nuclear Power Projects of the 1940s—A Nuclear Forensic Investigation

Maria Wallenius, European Commission - Joint Research Centre (Germany)


A Future without Cleaning
Transparent and durable: fluorine-free anti-smudge polyurethane coatings

Fluorine-Free Anti-Smudge Polyurethane Coatings

Guojun Liu, Queen's University (Canada)


Nanodiamonds Lined Up
Polymerization of carbon cage structures to linear diamond-like structures inside carbon nanotubes

Template Synthesis of Linear-Chain Nanodiamonds Inside Carbon Nanotubes from Bridgehead-Halogenated Diamantane Precursors

Hisanori Shinohara, Nagoya University (Japan)


Sodium Batteries for Use in Smart Grids?
New high-performance electrode material for sodium full cells

A High-Voltage and Ultralong-Life Sodium Full Cell for Stationary Energy Storage

Haoshen Zhou, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Japan)


The Army Sees Red
Red-burning pyrotechnic flare formulations without chlorine

Chlorine-Free Red-Burning Pyrotechnics

Ernst-Christian Koch, Lutradyn Energetic Materials Science & Technology (Germany)


Endoscopic Cancer Detection in Real Time
Characteristic mass spectra identify tissue of the gastrointestinal tract in vivo

In Vivo Endoscopic Tissue Identification through Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS)

Zoltan Takats, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)


Sugar Antigen Lost its Resistance
Enterobacterial common antigen relevant for immunotherapy chemically synthesized

Synthetic Enterobacterial Common Antigen (ECA) for the Development of a Universal Immunotherapy for Drug-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae

Geert-Jan Boons, University of Georgia (USA)


Making Polymers from a Greenhouse Gas
Versatile nanostructures made from CO2 based polycarbonates

Construction of Versatile and Functional Nanostructures Derived from CO2-based Polycarbonates

Donald J. Darensbourg, Texas A&M University (USA)


A New Way to Black Gold
Colloidosomes made of gold nanoparticles offer strong plasmonic coupling

Black Gold: Plasmonic Colloidosomes with Broadband Absorption Self-Assembled from Monodispersed Gold Nanospheres by Using a Reverse Emulsion System

Yue Li, Institute of Solid State Physics, CAS (China)


The Hidden Power of Reeds
Silica structures in natural reed leaves can be exploited as electrode material in lithium-ion batteries

Energy Storage Materials from Nature through Nanotechnology: A Sustainable Route from Reed Plants to a Silicon Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Yan Yu, University of Science and Technology of China (China)


Long-standing puzzle about a small molecule solved
Spectroscopic characterization of ethylenedione

Spectroscopic Characterization of Ethylenedione

Andrei Sanov, University of Arizona (USA)


Switchable Cages
Self-Assembly of molecular Archimedean polyhedra

Precise Molecular Fission and Fusion: Quantitative Self-Assembly and Chemistry of a Metallo-Cuboctahedron

George R. Newkome, University of Akron, OH (USA)


Chemical Sensing on the Phone
Disposable lab-on-a-chip chemical assay unit with cell phone camera readout for autonomous use

Autonomous Chemical Sensing Interface for Universal Cell Phone Readout

Daniel Filippini, Linköpings universitet (Sweden)


Pimp Up my Nacre
Hydrogen bonds in the polymer phase boost important properties of nacre mimetics

Hierarchical Nacre Mimetics with Synergistic Mechanical Properties by Control of Molecular Interactions in Self-Healing Polymers

Andreas Walther, DWI - Leibniz-Institute für Interaktive Materialien, Aachen (Germany)


Fungi Get the Green Light
Chemical basis for bioluminescence in glowing fungi uncovered

The Chemical Basis of Fungal Bioluminescence

Ilia V. Yampolsky, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (Russia)


Contrast Agents for Imaging Cartilage
NIR Fluorophores Enable Specific Visualization of Cartilage Tissue

Cartilage-Specific Near-Infrared Fluorophores for Biomedical Imaging

Hak Soo Choi, Harvard University (USA)


Leached Out
Simple separation process for neodymium and dysprosium

An Operationally Simple Method for Separating the Rare Earth Elements Neodymium and Dysprosium

Eric Schelter, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA)


Chain Mail Coat Made from Synthetic DNA
DNA bundles transform into stable chain-armor-like nanostructures by copper-catalyzed azide–alkyne click chemistry

One-Step Formation of Chain Armor Stabilized DNA Nanostructures

Antonio Manetto, Baseclick GmbH (Germany)


A Switch in Fish Skin Colors
Tilting of guanine crystal arrays is key to light-induced color change in the skin of the neon tetra fish

The Mechanism of Color Change in the Neon Tetra Fish: a Light-Induced Tunable Photonic Crystal Array

Lia Addadi, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)


Botox Inhibitor with Killer Potential
Botulinum neurotoxin A inhibitor has been developed by all-synthetic click epitope targeting chemistry

Epitope-Targeting of Tertiary Protein Structure Enables Target-Guided Synthesis of a Potent in Cell Inhibitor of Botulinum Neurotoxin

James R. Heath, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (USA)


Inedible Prey
Chemical deterrent from snow fleas identified

Sigillin A, a unique polychlorinated arthropod deterrent from the snow flea, Ceratophysella sigillata

Stefan Schulz, TU Braunschweig (Germany)


Wider Channels for Faster Detoxification
Zirconium-based metal–organic framework rapidly and efficiently degrades nerve agents

Instantaneous Hydrolysis of Nerve-Agent Simulants with a Six-Connected Zirconium-Based Metal–Organic Framework

Omar K. Farha, Northwestern University (USA)


Nanocup with a Pearl of Gold
Double Janus nanoparticles are transformed into purely inorganic, cup-shaped dynamic inclusion bodies for colloid design

Dynamic Inclusion Complexes of Metal Nanoparticles Inside Nanocups

Peer Fischer, Max-Planck-Institut für intelligente Systeme, Stuttgart (Germany)


Coating from the Deep
A new coating material takes advantage of embedding anti-smudge polymer chains in graft-copolymer micelles

Graft-Copolymer-Based Approach to Clear, Durable, and Anti-Smudge Polyurethane Coatings

Guojun Liu, Queen's University, Kingston (Canada)


Micromotors for Energy Generation
Self-propelled microparticles boost hydrogen release from liquid storage media

Micromotor-Based Energy Generation

Joseph Wang, University of California, San Diego (USA)


Self-Detoxifying filters
Textiles with metal–organic framework materials adsorb and degrade chemical warfare agents

Textile/Metal–Organic-Framework Composites as Self-Detoxifying Filters for Chemical-Warfare Agents

Jorge A. R. Navarro, Universidad de Granada (Spain)


Exploiting Snot
Influenza virus quickly and reliably detected from nasal or throat swabs

Electrochemical Assay to Detect Influenza Viruses and Measure Drug Susceptibility

Suri Saranathan Iyer, Georgia State University, Atlanta (USA)


Ultrathin and Very Active
Enzymatically active ultrathin pepsin membrane

Enzymatically Active Ultrathin Pepsin Membranes

Matthias Wessling, RWTH Aachen (Germany)


Graphite on a Diet in Lithium Ion Batteries
From graphene hydrogels to high-performance anodes

Solvated Graphene Frameworks as High-Performance Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Xiangfeng Duan, University of California, Los Angeles (USA)


Fading Orange-Red
Van Gogh’s pigment up close: plumbonacrite revealed as intermediate in degradation of red lead

Plumbonacrite Identified by X-ray Powder Diffraction Tomography as a Missing Link during Degradation of Red Lead in a Van Gogh Painting

Koen Janssens, Universiteit Antwerp (Belgium)


A Dye in a Glassy Sandwich
Swelling of a layered clay mineral leads to encapsulation of functional hydrophobic organic molecules

Encapsulation of Functional Organic Compounds in Nanoglass for Optically Anisotropic Coatings

Josef Breu, Universität Bayreuth (Germany)


Film Producer
Free-standing monolayers made from protein-bound gold nanoparticles

Free-Standing Gold-Nanoparticle Monolayer Film Fabricated By Protein Self-assembly of α-Synuclein

Seung R. Paik, Seoul National University (Rep. Korea)


Towards Printing Artificial Organs
Synthetic DNA gel points the way

Rapid Formation of a Supramolecular Polypeptide–DNA Hydrogel for In Situ Three-Dimensional Multilayer Bioprinting

Dongsheng Liu, Tsinghua University (China)


DNA in Glass
Long-term storage of digital information in DNA is possible

Robust Chemical Preservation of Digital Information on DNA in Silica with Error-Correcting Codes

Robert N. Grass, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)


Hybrid Polymers
Linear or branched: new silicon peptide biopolymers

A New Way to Silicone Based Peptide Polymers

Gilles Subra, Institut des Biomolecules Max Mousseron, Montpellier (France)


Battery in a Tube
A long-lasting obstacle of solid oxide fuel cells has been overcome

A Carbon–Air Battery for High Power Generation

Zongping Shao, Nanjing Tech University (China)


A Burst of Aroma
Light-induced generation of gas breaks open microcapsules and releases fragrances

Controlled Release of Encapsulated Bioactive Volatiles by Expansion of the Capsule Wall through the Light-Induced Generation of a Gas

Andreas Herrmann, Firmenich SA (Switzerland)