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Editor: Michael Rowan; Editorial Board Chairs: Uwe Bornscheuer, Luis A. Oro, Bert Weckhuysen

Impact Factor: 5.044

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 26/136 (Chemistry Physical)

Online ISSN: 1867-3899

Associated Title(s): Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, ChemBioChem, ChemElectroChem, ChemPhysChem, ChemSusChem

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  1. Advances in Transfer Hydrogenation of Carbonyl Compounds in Water

    Yan-Mei He and Prof. Qing-Hua Fan

    Article first published online: 21 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402883

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    Clean and fast: Transfer hydrogenation of carbonyl compounds in water is attracting increasing attention. This Highlight describes the recent advances in this field made using half-sandwich metal complexes and iridacycle-type complexes as a new kind of versatile catalyst that exhibits high efficiency and chemoselectivity, as well as a broad substrate scope in water as the reaction medium.

  2. The Role of Salts and Brønsted Acids in Lewis Acid-Catalyzed Aqueous-Phase Glucose Dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

    Pauli Wrigstedt, Juha Keskiväli, Prof. Markku Leskelä and Prof. Timo Repo

    Article first published online: 17 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402941

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    Glucose to HMF with CrCl3⋅6 H2O: Bromide salts in place of chlorides improve the dehydration of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in aqueous solution by enhancing the fructose dehydration step. The addition of Brønsted acid to the reaction, even in catalytic scale, is not beneficial for HMF yields. This is attributed to the deceleration in the glucose-to-fructose isomerization rate although fructose dehydration is significantly accelerated.

  3. Assessment of the 3 D Pore Structure and Individual Components of Preshaped Catalyst Bodies by X-Ray Imaging

    Dr. Julio C. da Silva, Dr. Kevin Mader, Dr. Mirko Holler, Dr. David Haberthür, Dr. Ana Diaz, Dr. Manuel Guizar-Sicairos, Dr. Wu-Cheng Cheng, Dr. Yuying Shu, Dr. Jörg Raabe, Dr. Andreas Menzel and Prof. Dr. Jeroen A. van Bokhoven

    Article first published online: 17 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402925

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    Catalyst bodies in 3 D: The assessment of the 3 D pore structure and components of catalyst bodies in the nanoscale is crucial to understand the fluid catalytic-cracking process (FCC). Modern X-ray imaging techniques allow visualization and quantification of the 3 D pore structure, as well as the material components of FCC catalyst bodies, at this critical scale. These techniques help to improve the manufacture of these catalyst bodies by tuning the pore size and connectivity in a controlled manner.

  4. Copper Nanoparticles Catalyzed Se(Te)[BOND]Se(Te) Bond Activation: A Straightforward Route Towards Unsymmetrical Organochalcogenides from Boronic Acids

    Balaji Mohan, Chohye Yoon, Seongwan Jang and Prof. Kang Hyun Park

    Article first published online: 17 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402867

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    Three-in-one catalyst: Copper nanoparticles on activated charcoal show excellent catalytic activity towards the synthesis of unsymmetrical chalcogenides, starting from boronic acids, in air under ligand-, base-, and additive-free conditions, and resulting in selenium sp3-, sp2-, and sp-carbon bond formation.

  5. Encapsulation of Heteropolyanion-Based Ionic Liquid within the Metal–Organic Framework MIL-100(Fe) for Biodiesel Production

    Hui Wan, Chong Chen, Zuowang Wu, Yigen Que, Yu Feng, Wei Wang, Lei Wang, Prof. Guofeng Guan and Prof. Xiaoqin Liu

    Article first published online: 16 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402800

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    Be more active: A new strategy is proposed to construct the ionic liquid, polyoxometalate (POM), and metal– organic framework (MOF) composite. POM bridges the gap between the ionic liquid and the carrier (MOF); thus, the heteropolyanion-based ionic liquid can be encapsulated within the cages of MIL-100 (MIL=Materials of Institut Lavoisier) through anion exchange. The POM–ionic-liquid-functionalized MOF demonstrates high catalytic activity for the esterification of oleic acid with ethanol and is stable in the liquid-phase reaction, with no obvious leaching of the active component.