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May 04, 2015
ChemPlusChem 5/2015: Potpourri
Crystallin protein nanofibrils obtained from fish eye lenses served as platforms for immobilizing enzymes. Luigi Sasso and Juliet Gerrard also designed the picture on the back cover of this issue based on this research.
Ramon Martinez-Manez has developed a new chalcone-based probe for the chromo-fluorogenic sensing of trications over mono- and divalent cations. The subtle interplay at the phase interface of CuO deposited on copper-doped CeO2 nanospheres provided Hongxiao Yang with an excellent catalyst for CO oxidation at ambient temperature. In the research featured on the front cover Takeo Ito and Kasuhito Tanabe describe the surface modification of silica nanoparticles with phospholipids inside living cells (cover profile).
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Recently Published Articles
- Volatile Heterobimetallic Complexes from PdII and CuII β-Diketonates: Structure, Magnetic Anisotropy, and Thermal Properties Related to the Chemical Vapor Deposition of CuPd Thin Films
Dr. Vladislav V. Krisyuk, Dr. Iraida A. Baidina, Dr. Asiya E. Turgambaeva, Prof. Vladimir A. Nadolinny, Prof. Svetlana G. Kozlova, Dr. Ilya V. Korolkov, Dr. Thomas Duguet, Dr. Constantin Vahlas and Prof. Igor K. Igumenov
Article first published online: 4 MAY 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201500050
Making a chain: Linking metal β-diketonates to form a heterometallic linear coordination polymer resulted in the convenient, scalable synthesis of a new family of volatile heterometallic compounds. Their properties are tuned by the rational design of the ligand structure and matching of central atoms. A CuPd complex of this type (see figure) is volatile and can be a promising precursor for bimetallic alloy films prepared by chemical vapor deposition.
- 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.