ChemSusChem

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Editor-in-Chief: Guido Kemeling; Editorial Board Chairs: Matthias Beller, Gabriele Centi, Licheng Sun

Impact Factor: 7.117

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 17/148 (Chemistry Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1864-564X

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemCatChem, ChemElectroChem, ChemPhysChem, Energy Technology

7_09/2014Cover Picture: Energy and Chemicals from the Selective Electrooxidation of Renewable Diols by Organometallic Fuel Cells (ChemSusChem 9/2014)

The Front Cover image is an allegorical representation of the organometallic fuel cell (OMFC) system described in the paper of F. Vizza, H. Grützmacher et al. The dance of the three graces is the fulcrum: they dance together forming a circle representing the three organometallic complexes of the catalytic cycle for the selective electro-oxidation of diols obtained from renewable resources to the corresponding carboxylate compounds. Simultaneously, the electrons (Eros) move towards the cathode electrode (Flora and Zephyr), where oxygen is reduced to OH producing energy. More details can be found in the Communication on page 2432 (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402316), while more information about the research group is available in the Cover Profile (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402750).

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7_09i/2014Inside Cover: Coupled Near- and Far-Field Scattering in Silver Nanoparticles for High-Efficiency, Stable, and Thin Plasmonic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (ChemSusChem 9/2014)

The Inside Cover picture shows the plasmonically enhanced thin dye-sensitized solar cells developed by Kang et al. through synergistic near-field and far-field coupling of size-controlled plasmonic nanoparticles. Molecular complex dyes absorb photons with roughly 100 times lower adsorption intensities than those of other inorganic sensitizers. This approach prevents realization of thin solar cells for efficient photon collection. The group of Prof. Jeung Ku Kang present a strategy for efficient photon absorption on a thin solar cell. This approach results in substantially improved power conversion efficiencies through a synergistic arrangement of plasmonic particles in the electrolyte and the photoelectrode; strong far-field scattering is critical in the electrolyte and near-field scattering is efficient in the photoelectrode. It also shows that a non-volatile ionic liquid electrolyte provides this thin plasmonic solar cell with good stability. More details can be found in the Full Paper on page 2461 (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402146).

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7_09c/2014Inside Back Cover: Advances in Asymmetric Borrowing Hydrogen Catalysis (ChemSusChem 9/2014)

The Inside Back Cover image shows two simple methods for the production of chiral alcohols and amines starting from racemic alcohols. A powerful strategy is the borrowing hydrogen methodology, which combines transfer hydrogenation (avoidance of direct usage of hydrogen) with an intermediate reaction, such as condensation or α-alkylation, without necessary separation processes. Depending on the conditions, either subsequent asymmetric organocatalysis or asymmetric reduction of imines takes place. More details can be found in the Highlight by Dirk Hollmann on page 2411 (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402320).

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7_09b/2014Back Cover: Unveiling the Chemistry behind the Green Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles (ChemSusChem 9/2014)

The Back Cover picture illustrates the green synthesis of metal nanoparticles using an Eucalyptus globulus bark extract. Santos et al. elucidated, through the use of advanced chromatographic techniques, the precise role of each family of compounds present in the plant extracts used in the bio-based synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles. Phenolic compounds clearly had a pronounced impact on metal ion reduction while the sugars played a central role in their stabilization. More details can be found in the Full Paper on page 2704 (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201302126).

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