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Editor: Marisa Spiniello

Online ISSN: 2192-6506

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

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July 06, 2015

ChemPlusChem 7/2015: Methods, Mechanisms, and Materials

ChemPlusChem 7/2015: Methods, Mechanisms, and Materials

Among the intriguing articles this month is a Review by Nadav Amdursky on electron transfer across α-helical peptides, which are promising biomolecules for integration into bioelectronic devices. The synthesis of graphitic carbon nitride through the thermal condensation of guanidine salts is reported in a Full Paper by Shiguo Zhang. Ali Coskun (also featured in our Early Career Series) describes novel porous graphene networks that are prepared by the catalyst-free condensation reaction between functionalized graphene sheets and organic linkers.

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    On and off: A series of electrochromic diketopyrrolopyrrole-based conjugated polymers are synthesized and characterized. Reversible colored-to-transmissive optical changes with high contrasts and ambient redox stabilities are observed (see figure). The influences of donor-to-acceptor ratio and film morphology on the electrochromic performance are addressed.