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January 26, 2015
ChemPlusChem 1/2015: Wide-Ranging Applications
ChemPlusChem starts 2015 in fine style with the cover article on diaryl diselenide radical anions by Tetsuro Majima (see the cover profile for more on the collaboration behind this work). The back cover was provided by Anthony O'Mullane and accompanies his report on carbon cloth electrodes coated with conducting polymers. In a Minireview Nikola Knezevic described the current developments in nanotherapeutics based on mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Other highlights in this issue include a report on dense-shell polyphenylene dendrimers by Klaus Müllen and Siegfried Waldvogel, a mechanical model of globular transitions in polymers by Simon Tricard and George Whitesides, and an article on energetic materials derived from tetrazole by Thomas Klapötke. Finally in an interview Jun-Long Zhang describes his research, best summarized as bioinorganic/organometallic chemistry focusing on non-native coordination chemistry in living cells.
Recently Published Articles
- Poly(2-vinylpyridine)-Based Polymers as an Efficient Affinity Material for the Detection of Airborne Phenol
Alexander Linke, Prof. Dr. Manfred Schmidt and Prof. Dr. Siegfried R. Waldvogel
Article first published online: 29 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500108
The butterfly effect: Highly potent affinity materials allow an efficient tracing of airborne phenol. The performance over, for example, benzene is tremendously superior. Owing to the high affinity of these pyridine-based polymers toward phenol, quartz microbalance-based tracing is able to detect phenol below the parts per million range (see figure).
- Improved Photocurrents for Water Oxidation by Using Metal–Organic Framework Derived Hybrid Porous Co3O4@Carbon/BiVO4 as a Photoanode
Chun-Chao Hou, Ting-Ting Li, Prof. Dr. Yong Chen and Prof. Dr. Wen-Fu Fu
Article first published online: 29 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500058
Don’t look beyond the surface! A highly porous Co3O4@carbon/BiVO4 photoanode is obtained by a facile metal–organic framework templated synthesis route. This photoanode can effectively suppress interfacial electron–hole recombination for water oxidation (see figure).
- Ceramic-Based Composite Solid Electrolyte for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Young Jun Lim, Hyun Woo Kim, Seoung Soo Lee, Hyo Jin Kim, Dr. Jae-Kwang Kim, Prof. Yeon-Gil Jung and Prof. Youngsik Kim
Article first published online: 29 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500106
More than a pretty phase: A new type of ceramic-based composite electrolyte composed of Li1.3Ti1.7Al0.3(PO4)3, poly(vinylidene fluoride), and a liquid phase shows high ionic conductivity, thermal stability, and good electrochemical properties (see figure). This composite solid electrolyte is expected to find application in lithium-ion batteries.
- Titanium Dioxide/Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites as Heterogeneous Catalysts for the Esterification of Benzoic Acid with Dimethyl Carbonate
Durairaj Santhakumar Ruby Josephine, Balasubramanian Sakthivel, Prof. Kunjithapatham Sethuraman and Prof. Amarajothi Dhakshinamoorthy
Article first published online: 27 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500080
Cat. performance: Different loadings of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on sheets of graphene oxide (GO) provided a series of TiO2/GO nanocomposites and their activity was evaluated for the esterification of benzoic acid using dimethyl carbonate as a green methylating agent. The catalytic activity of the 5 wt % TiO2/GO nanocomposite was superior to that of GO, TiO2, and TiO2 on other supports.
- Optimization and Insights into the Mechanism of Formation of Mechanically Interlocked Derivatives of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Alberto de Juan, Dr. M. Mar Bernal and Dr. Emilio M. Pérez
Article first published online: 27 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500115
Optimizing MINTs. The reaction conditions for the synthesis of mechanically interlocked derivatives of single-walled carbon nanotubes (MINTS, see figure) were varied systematically. Analysis of the macroscopic data helps shed light on the mechanism of formation of MINTs.