Volume 1 Issue 1, January 2017

Volume 1 Issue 1

Single molecule manipulation

Atomic force microscopy enables manipulation and characterization of individual molecules at atomic resolution. For example, 9,10-dibromoanthracene can be fragmented into bromine atoms and a species featuring fused ten- and six-membered rings. Bonds can be formed as well as broken and control over such processes will allow the generation and study of a range of new intermediates and products.

See Pavliček and Gross 1, 16014 (2017)

Image: Niko Pavliček Design: Rachael Tremlett


Comment & Opinion

  • Comment |

    Fundamental research is critical to the advancement of society. Such research is promoted by generously supporting talented inviduals to undertake ambitious work. While technology may spawn from these endeavours, it should never be the sole motivation for blue sky research.

    • Helmut Schwarz

In the Classroom

  • In the Classroom |

    Why do you need to know about chemistry education?

    • Simon Lancaster

Down to Business

  • Down to Business |

    Chemical feedstocks are beginning to move away from their heavy reliance on petroleum. Although the precise timing for this transition is open to much debate, the trend is inevitable.

    • John Spevacek

Research Highlights


  • Review Article |

    The unique reactivity of actinide metal complexes may offer opportunities to convert carbon oxygenates into value-added chemicals. This Review describes progress towards using these complexes as catalysts in such transformations with the ultimate aim of reducing our reliance on non-renewable resources.

    • Polly L. Arnold
    •  & Zoë R. Turner
  • Review Article |

    Splitting water is an attractive means by which energy — either electrical and/or light — is stored and consumed on demand. Active and efficient catalysts for anodic and cathodic reactions often require precious metals. This Review covers base-metal catalysts that can afford high performance in a more sustainable and available manner.

    • Isolda Roger
    • , Michael A. Shipman
    •  & Mark D. Symes
  • Review Article |

    Despite its relative weakness, the London dispersion force can strongly influence physical and chemical properties of molecules. This Review highlights how structure and reactivity of organometallic and inorganic molecules are greatly affected by the cumulative effect of this force.

    • David J. Liptrot
    •  & Philip P. Power
  • Review Article |

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) enables the imaging and manipulation of individual molecules at atomic resolution. This Review addresses experimental considerations, including operating modes and choices for tips and substrates. Examples are presented in which AFM is used to image molecules and induce bond formation or dissociation.

    • Niko Pavliček
    •  & Leo Gross