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March 03, 2015

ChemPlusChem 3/2015: Materials-Based Research

ChemPlusChem 3/2015: Materials-Based Research

A floating photocatalyst consisting of polyurethane foam (PUF) coated with well-ordered mesoporous TiO2 has been developed by Zipeng Xeng for the treatment of dye wastewater. Organic--inorganic hybrid materials with amino groups as basic sites were devised by Maksym Opanasenko, who is also featured in our Early Career Series. These layered zeolitic materials display high activity in the Knoevenagel condensation of benzaldehyde and malononitrile and hold promise as basic heterogeneous catalysts. Finally, in the article featured on the cover, David Cornu studies the effect of the orientation of electrospun carbon fibers on their properties as bioelectrodes. He and his research group are also featured in the cover profile of this issue. We wish you stimulating reading!

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  1. Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of the AgI/UiO-66(Zr) Composite for Rhodamine B Degradation under Visible-Light Irradiation

    Zhou Sha, Jiulong Sun, Prof. Dr. Hardy Sze On Chan, Prof. Dr. Stephan Jaenicke and Prof. Dr. Jishan Wu

    Article first published online: 31 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201402430

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    Plan B: After incorporation with a zirconium-based metal–organic framework, UiO-66(Zr), β-AgI exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B (see figure). The AgI/UiO-66 photocatalyst possessed good stability owing to the good interaction between AgI and UiO-66. The optimum AgI/UiO-66 ratio and the photocatalysis mechanism were also investigated.

  2. Low-Cost Synthesis of Bimodal Mesoporous Silica-Based Materials by Pseudomorphic Transformation

    José Manuel Morales, Alaina Moragues, Jamal El Haskouri, Carmen Guillem, Prof. Julio Latorre, Sonia Murcia-Mascarós, Prof. Aurelio Beltrán, Prof. Daniel Beltrán and Prof. Pedro Amorós

    Article first published online: 17 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201402383

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    Cheap voids: A simple and reproducible preparative strategy based on the concept of pseudomorphic transformation of a reactive silica xerogel leading to hierarchical bimodal mesoporous aggregated nanoparticles is presented (see figure; CxTMABr=alkyltrimethylammonium bromide). Independent control of both pore systems is achieved, and incorporation of large amounts of heteroelements becomes feasible.

  3. Controlling Localization and Excretion of Nanoparticles by Click Modification of the Surface Chemical Structures inside Living Cells

    Dr. Takeo Ito, Takuma Nakamura, Eriko Kusaka, Dr. Ryohsuke Kurihara and Dr. Kazuhito Tanabe

    Article first published online: 17 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201402436

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    Click and release: Silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) with a cyclooctyne structure on the surface are suitable for click modification with azidophospholipids in living cells. Click conversion of the surface groups induces localization of nanoparticles on the cell membrane and enhances excretion of nanoparticles from the cells (see figure; PEG=polyethylene glycol, DBCO=dibenzocyclooctyne, PAE=phosphatidyl azidoethanol).

  4. Large Tripodal Spacer Ligands for the Construction of Microporous Metal–Organic Frameworks with Diverse Structures and Photocatalytic Activities

    Si Yue Wei, Ge Song, Fengying Bai, Zhan Shi and Prof. Yong-Heng Xing

    Article first published online: 12 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201402374

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    Mind the gap! Two microporous complexes, [Zn(TATAB)(OCH3)]2 H3O+ (TATAB=4,4′,4′′-[(1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triyl)tris(azanediyl)]tribenzoic acid), [Cu1.52-O)TATAB*] (TATAB*=4,4′-{[6-(dimethylamino)-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diyl]bis(azanediyl)}dibenzoic acid), have been synthesized and fully characterized. The potential semiconductor and dye degradation properties of these complexes may find wide application in chemical semiconductors and in environmental protection.

  5. Bi2O3@Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite: An Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Storage

    Dr. Chandrasekaran Nithya

    Article first published online: 11 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201402394

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    Anchors deployed! The high capacity, excellent cyclability, and good rate capability of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) anchored with a Bi2O3 nanocomposite for sodium-ion batteries are reported (see figure). This Bi2O3@rGO nanocomposite has the advantages of high reversible capacity with capacity retention (at high rate). Results suggest that anchoring rGO sheets with metal oxides is one of the simplest ways to enhance the electrochemical performance of sodium-ion batteries.