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Editor: Marisa Spiniello

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 38/148 (Chemistry Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 2192-6506

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal

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April 02, 2015

ChemPlusChem 4/2015: Applications in Medicine

Reseach with potential medicinal applications, in the broadest sense, set an unexpected accent in this issue. Narinder Singh reports the nanomolar detection of iodine in aqueous medium and also in urine samples based on the selective recognition behavior of a gold--organic nanoparticle sensor. Chelator-appended cyclodextrin derivatives devised by Gzaziella Vecchio show potential for the treatment of metal-associated neurogenerative diseases. In the research featured on the front cover Giuliano Giambastiani prepared a hetero-bifunctional cross-linker to decorate carbon nanotubes; these in turn can act as nanocarriers for potential biological probes (cover profile).

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  1. One-Step Electrodeposition of Polyallylamine-Functionalized Gold Nanodendrites and Their Application in Sensing

    Dr. Pan Li, Tan Huang, Dr. Jie Yang, Prof. Shaohua Wei, Prof. Chenxin Cai, Prof. Yu Chen and Prof. Jong-Min Lee

    Article first published online: 17 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500072

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    Iodate detection: Three-dimensionally polyallylamine-functionalized gold nanodendrites are successfully synthesized by a simple one-step electrodeposition method. This can effectively immobilize the RuIII ion through coordination interactions between RuIII ion and polyallylamine and the resulting electrode shows excellent electrocatalytic activity towards iodate reduction.

  2. Is TiO2(B) the Future of Titanium-Based Battery Materials?

    Dr. Marcus Fehse and Dr. Edgar Ventosa

    Article first published online: 15 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500038

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    Pushing the envelope: The monoclinic TiO2 bronze phase, often referred to as TiO2(B), holds great promise for applications in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. Strategies for further improvement may result in high-energy-density materials suitable for application in full electric vehicles.

  3. One-Step Synthesis of N-Doped Carbon and Its Application as a Cost-Efficient Catalyst for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Microbial Fuel Cells

    Dr. Guizhou Yue, Kai Meng and Qin Liu

    Article first published online: 15 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500057

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    Heating cellulose under an ammonia atmosphere results in an N-doped carbon material with high surface area that exhibits high electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). This N-doped carbon is an inexpensive, highly efficient catalyst, and can be a promising alternative to Pt/C in large-scale applications of MFCs.

  4. Crystallin Nanofibrils: A Functionalizable Nanoscaffold with Broad Applications Manufactured from Waste

    Manmeet Kaur, Sarah Roberts, Jackie Healy, Dr. Laura Domigan, Dr. Madhusudan Vasudevamurthy, Prof. Juliet A. Gerrard and Dr. Luigi Sasso

    Article first published online: 9 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500033

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    Form and function: Functional crystallin protein nanofibrils have been prepared by immobilization of active enzymes through a versatile glutaraldehyde-based approach (see figure). The immobilized enzymes exhibit better thermostability and reusability properties than the free enzymes. Application of the functionalized protein nanofibrils in a biosensing platform has been shown.

  5. Protic Salts of High Nitrogen Content as Versatile Precursors for Graphitic Carbon Nitride: Anion Effect on the Structure, Properties, and Photocatalytic Activity

    Dr. Yan Zhang, Huifang Zhao, Zhijun Hu, Hua Chen, Xuejin Zhang, Qi Huang, Qizhong Wo and Dr. Shiguo Zhang

    Article first published online: 9 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500029

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    Thermal condensation for g-C3N4: Protic guanidine salts have been used as versatile precursors for graphitic carbon nitride. The basic guanidine moiety was found to act as a carbon and nitrogen source to yield g-C3N4, and the counter anion mediates the thermal condensation process and affects the structural, textural, and photophysical properties of the final g-C3N4, resulting in higher photocatalytic activities than that of pristine g-C3N4 derived from melamine (see figure).