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

Impact Factor: 4.556

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 31/139 (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. Characterizing Graphitic Carbon with X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: A Step-by-Step Approach

    Dr. Raoul Blume, Dr. Dirk Rosenthal, Prof. Dr. Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, Dr. Henan Li, Dr. Axel Knop-Gericke and Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl

    Article first published online: 6 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500344

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    Putting carbon defects in line: High-resolution XPS and XPS depth profiling are used to characterize binding energies and spectral line shapes of sp2 carbon, surface-defect states, and disordered carbon in highly ordered carbon nanostructures. The distinct features of these components, for example, the strong asymmetric shape of the sp2 carbon peak changing with surface curvature and defect density, cannot be neglected in spectral analysis and require careful evaluation for a high quality deconvolution. HOPG=Highly ordered pyrolytic graphite.

  2. Operando Synthesis of a Dendritic and Well-Crystallized Molybdenum Oxide/Silver Catalyst for Enhanced Activity in the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

    Xiaohong Xia, Xuan Shen, Xiaojuan Zhao, Weichun Ye and Prof. Chunming Wang

    Article first published online: 6 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500246

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    Operando star: A dendritic MoO3/Ag composite with good crystallinity is prepared through an operando method and it exhibited excellent catalytic properties in the hydrogen evolution reaction.

  3. Synthesis of Mesoporous Fe[BOND]N/C Materials with High Catalytic Performance in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction

    Dr. Shiping Wang, Minglei Zhu, Xiaobing Bao, Jing Wang, Chunhong Chen, Prof. Haoran Li and Prof. Yong Wang

    Article first published online: 6 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500293

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    Taking the soft option: A simple and economic hydrothermal carbonization/soft templating method is proposed to synthesize mesoporous Fe[BOND]N/C materials from carbohydrates in the presence of ferric sulfate and solid melamine sulfate. The optimized materials are highly efficient in catalyzing the oxygen reduction reaction. This method opens an avenue for the practical application of Fe[BOND]N/C materials in the oxygen reduction reaction.

  4. Achieving Exceptional Photocatalytic Activity and Selectivity through a Well-Controlled Short-Ordered Structure: A Case Study of NaxTaOyn H2O

    Prof. Dr. Yiguo Su, Junyu Lang, Prof. Dr. Chunfang Du, Dr. Fenggang Bian and Prof. Dr. Xiaojing Wang

    Article first published online: 2 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500128

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    In short order: A short-ordered NaxTaOyn H2O catalyst exhibits exceptional and efficient photocatalytic reactivity toward aerobic oxidation. The results discovered in this study may help to develop novel short-ordered catalytic systems with better photocatalytic properties. SR-WAXS=synchrotron radiation wide-angle X-ray scattering.

  5. Computational Investigation on the Mechanism of Amide Bond Formation by using Phosphine-Based Redox Catalysis

    Dr. Emanuela Di Santo, Dr. Marta E. Alberto, Prof. Nino Russo and Prof. Marirosa Toscano

    Article first published online: 2 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500209

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    Going around in circles: The catalytic cycle of the phosphine-catalyzed Staudinger ligation of benzoic acid and benzyl azide involves several steps. All of them are explored at the density functional level. The results confirm the involvement of a phosphonium intermediate that is crucial to activate the carboxylate for nucleophilic acyl substitution.