Cover image for Vol. 7 Issue 10

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_10/2014Cover Picture: Redox-Initiated Hydrogel System for Detection and Real-Time Imaging of Cellulolytic Enzyme Activity (ChemSusChem 10/2014)

On the Front Cover, cellulolytic enzymes break down plant fibers into fermentable sugars, providing a route to biofuel production. A hydrogel reagent signaling (HyReS) system is developed that converts oligosaccharides produced during biomass hydrolysis into a fluorescent hydrogel. When combined with total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, this system allows the real-time detection and localization of enzyme activity. More details can be found in the Full Paper on page 2825 (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402428), while more information about the research group is available in the Cover Profile (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402796).

Image courtesy Christoph Hohmann, Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM).

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7_10i/2014Inside Cover: Efficient Water-Splitting Device Based on a Bismuth Vanadate Photoanode and Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells (ChemSusChem 10/2014)

The Inside Cover illustrates the cross-sectional sketch of a hybrid photovoltaic/photoelectrochemical (PV/PEC) water-splitting device with a benchmark solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 5.2 % under simulated air mass (AM) 1.5 illumination. The cell consists of a gradient-doped tungsten–bismuth vanadate (W:BiVO4) photoanode and a thin-film silicon solar cell. This record efficiency for metal oxide-based water-splitting devices is reached by further optimization of the doping profile in the W:BiVO4 photoanode as well as the smart design of the micromorph silicon (a-Si:H/nc-Si:H) cell. More details can be found in the Full Paper by Han et al. on page 2832 (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402456).

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7_10c/2014Inside Back Cover: A Combinatorial Approach towards Water-Stable Metal–Organic Frameworks for Highly Efficient Carbon Dioxide Separation (ChemSusChem 10/2014)

The Inside Back Cover shows the crystal structure of an ionized Zr metal–organic framework (MOF) and its selective adsorption of CO2 over N2 and CH4 for applications in clean energy and environmental sustainability. A library of 20 UiO-66-derived MOFs is synthesized in a combinatorial approach involving mixed ligand copolymerization and two post-synthetic modifications in tandem. These MOFs exhibit excellent water stabilities in a pH range of 1 to 12, together with high CO2 uptake capacities and selectivities as revealed by the analysis of 147 isotherms. This approach paves a way towards the systematic study of water-stable and affordable MOFs as highly efficient adsorbents for CO2 separation in the applications of post-combustion CO2 capture and natural gas upgrading. More details can be found in the Communication by Hu et al. on page 2791 (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402378).

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7_10b/2014Back Cover: Rapid Double-Dye-Layer Coating for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells using a New Method (ChemSusChem 10/2014)

The Back Cover picture illustrates a dye-multi-layered working electrode that has been prepared by applying a novel method. The new method using viscous solvents such as ethylene glycol and glycerol shortens the dye coating time to the minute scale and makes it possible to position the dye coating at a specific depth of the working electrode within minutes. This method is useful for extending sunlight harvesting by application of various dyes with different light absorption peaks. More details can be found in the Full Paper by Jung et al on page 2839 (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402232).

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