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April 21, 2017
ChemPlusChem 4/2017: Biofest Special Issue
This special issue organized by guest editors Silviu Balaban, Luisa DeCola, and Wolfgang Schuhmann focuses on bioinspired chemistry, biomaterials, and bioelectrochemistry. Particular highlights include: a VIP communication by Olaf Rüdiger on a hydrogenase for solar water splitting and HIP papers by Renate Bilewicz on lipidic nanoparticles used for drug delivery and by Sylvie Begin-Colin on iron oxide nanoparticles in imaging. Minireviews by Jean Weiss on porphyrins as hemoprotein models and molecular wires, Segey Schleev on the development of implanted fuel cells, and Ross Milton and Shelley Minteer on bioelectrosynthesis for ammonia production provide a broader context.
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Recently Published Articles
- Empirical and Computational Insights into N-Arylation Reactions Catalyzed by Palladium meta-Terarylphosphine Catalyst
Dr. Fui Fong Yong, Dr. Adrian M. Mak, Wenqin Wu, Dr. Michael B. Sullivan, Dr. Edward G. Robins, Dr. Charles W. Johannes, Dr. Howard Jong and Dr. Yee Hwee Lim
Version of Record online: 28 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201700042
Get cross! The Pd–Cy*Phine catalyst generated in situ was successfully applied to the N-arylation cross-coupling of primary and secondary amines (see figure), and it exhibits high performance across multiple substrate classes. Computational investigations also indicate that a putative rate-determining step occurs after amine binding, which is likely to annul the expected benefits of the meta-terarylphosphine ligand architecture.
- Pyrrolo[3,2-b]pyrrole as Electron-Donor Central Core for Solution-Processed Organic Solar Cells
Rocio Dominguez, Nuria F Montcada, Pilar de la Cruz, Emilio Palomares and Fernando Langa
Accepted manuscript online: 27 APR 2017 04:07PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201700158
- Self-Assembled Liquid-Crystalline Ion Conductors in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Effects of Molecular Sensitizers on Their Performance
Daniel Högberg, Dr. Bartolome Soberats, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Masafumi Yoshio, Yurika Mizumura, Prof. Dr. Satoshi Uchida, Prof. Dr. Lars Kloo, Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Segawa and Prof. Dr. Takashi Kato
Version of Record online: 26 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201700099
Bright future: Nanostructured liquid crystals forming self-assembled two-dimensional ion-transport pathways have been applied as electrolytes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs; see figure). DSSCs based on these liquid-crystalline (LC) electrolytes and organic dye sensitizers show more efficient energy conversion than LC-DSSCs based on ruthenium metal–organic dyes.
- Elucidation of Intramolecular Through-Space Electronic Communication in a Propeller-Shaped Molecule
Takuya Kodama, Dr. Yasukazu Hirao, Dr. Tomohiko Nishiuchi and Prof. Dr. Takashi Kubo
Version of Record online: 26 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201700045
Talking in circles? Electronic communication among three blades in a propeller-shaped π-conjugated molecule is investigated by electrochemical and spectroscopic methods. The hopping rate of an unpaired electron among the blades in a radical cation species is altered by temperature change.
- Surfactant-Free Polar-to-Nonpolar Phase Transfer of Exfoliated MoS2 Two-Dimensional Colloids
Dr. Emerson Giovanelli, Dr. Andres Castellanos-Gomez and Prof. Emilio M. Pérez
Version of Record online: 25 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201700038
Switching polarity in colloids: MoS2 nanosheets exfoliated from the bulk and well dispersed in a polar isopropanol/water mixture could be transferred efficiently to nonpolar chloroform by flocculation followed by centrifugation/redispersion sequences (see figure). In spite of partial aggregation, the resulting suspensions display notable colloidal stability, controlled by nanosheet lateral dimensions.