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  • Review Article |

    The disconnection of C–H and C–C bonds is an efficient approach to functionalize organic molecules. Particularly useful are transformations in which these two cleavage reactions operate in tandem. This Review describes this tandem strategy and provides examples of its application in synthetic chemistry.

    • Zackaria Nairoukh
    • , Morgan Cormier
    •  & Ilan Marek
  • Review Article |

    The counterfeiting of goods has economic implications and is a threat to health and security. One promising solution for product authentication is the incorporation of physical unclonable functions. This Review delineates how stochastic chemical processes can afford unique anti-counterfeiting tags that cannot be reproduced.

    • Riikka Arppe
    •  & Thomas Just Sørensen
  • Perspective |

    The technological progress made since the industrial revolution has brought with it one of our greatest challenges: how to power our world while also minimizing environmental harm. This Perspective highlights the important role that quantum chemistry has in sustainable energy research.

    • Johannes M. Dieterich
    •  & Emily A. Carter
  • Review Article |

    The relative inertness of dinitrogen can be overcome by coordination to suitable organometallics. This Review explores the influence of coordination mode on the likelihood of functionalization and the nature of the products, which take the form of nitrogen-containing complexes and organics, as well as species such as NH3 and N2H4.

    • Richard J. Burford
    •  & Michael D. Fryzuk
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    Electrodes colonized by microbial electrocatalysts can serve as useful components in the electrosynthesis of valuable chemical products. This Review outlines the mechanisms by which electrons are transferred between microorganisms and electrodes, and describes the challenges involved in designing robust and efficient systems.

    • Amit Kumar
    • , Leo Huan-Hsuan Hsu
    • , Paul Kavanagh
    • , Frédéric Barrière
    • , Piet N. L. Lens
    • , Laure Lapinsonnière
    • , John H. Lienhard V
    • , Uwe Schröder
    • , Xiaocheng Jiang
    •  & Dónal Leech

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Image and design: Rachael Tremlett

Volume 1 Issue 4

A fingerprint is a unique feature whose detection and analysis make the recognition of an individual fail-safe. Similarly, adding chemical fingerprints to goods is a promising approach to make them unclonable. Using optical properties to image, for example, the unpredictable structures that arise from polymer corrugation it is possible to produce tags that are impossible to counterfeit.

See Arppe & Just Sørensen, Nat. Rev. Chem. 1, 0031 (2017).