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Queer in Chem

Read our collection of Q&A articles in which we interview queer chemists on their research interests and professional experiences.


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  • One-dimensional carbon chains are highly reactive allotropes that have been synthesized to date only in the protective environment of carbon nanotubes. Here, the author uses DFT simulations to show that carbon chains can be encapsulated in α-MnO2 containing open structural channels which stabilize cumulene chains due to their structural commensurability, whereas the triple bonds in polyyne chains exhibit excessive steric repulsion to the oxide ions bordering the channel.

    • Jonathan M. Polfus
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Electrochemical reduction of carbonyl groups is a promising sustainable route for converting biomass-based compounds into value-added products. Here, the authors investigate the electrochemical reduction of the model reactants formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acetone on single-site M–N–C catalysts (M = Fe, Co and Ni), gaining mechanistic insight into the role that the nature of the metal center plays on the selectivity of these carbonyl reduction reactions.

    • Wen Ju
    • Alexander Bagger
    • Peter Strasser
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Supersaturated amorphous drug–salt–polymer systems are known to improve the aqueous solubility of poorly water-soluble drugs as well as their bioavailability, however, the rational optimization of such systems is largely unexplored. Here, the authors optimize the polymer and salt combination for the drug celecoxib and achieve improved biopharmaceutical performance by experimental and computational characterization of their amorphous solid dispersions.

    • Sumit Mukesh
    • Goutam Mukherjee
    • Rebecca C. Wade
    ArticleOpen Access
  • D-Amino acids are widely present in nature and display diverse physiological functions, however, their large-scale synthesis remains challenging for specific amino acids. Here, the authors design hyper-thermostable ancestral L-amino acid oxidases (HTAncLAAO2), catalyzing the chemoenzymatic synthesis of D-tryptophan from L-tryptophan at a preparative scale.

    • Yui Kawamura
    • Chiharu Ishida
    • Shogo Nakano
    ArticleOpen Access
  • The simultaneous electroreduction of carbon dioxide and nitrate is a promising and environmentally benign route to urea production, but achieving high selectivity for urea electrosynthesis via this route remains challenging. Here, CuOxZnOy electrodes are shown to enable the efficient and selective production of urea under mild conditions, with the efficiency found to strongly depend on the metal ratio within the catalyst composition.

    • Dimitra Anastasiadou
    • Bianca Ligt
    • Marta Costa Figueiredo
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Heterogeneous reaction of NO2 with atmospheric humic like substances is a potentially important source of volatile organic compounds, but the role of ubiquitous water-soluble aerosol components in this chemistry remains largely unexplored. Here, secondary electrospray ionization ultrahigh-resolution mass spectrometry is used to obtain real-time measurements of VOCs formed during the heterogeneous reaction of gas phase NO2 and a solution containing gallic acid as a model for moderately acidic aerosol particles.

    • Pan Li
    • Rachel Gemayel
    • Sasho Gligorovski
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Andrew Goodwin is Professor of Materials Chemistry and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the dual aspects of flexibility and disorder in functional materials, and his group of about 10–15 researchers is based in Oxford’s Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory.

    Q&AOpen Access
  • Dr Camille Bishop is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State University. She obtained her PhD in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she prepared glasses with liquid crystal-like packing using physical vapor deposition, after obtaining her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Chicago.

    Q&AOpen Access
  • Nancy Scott Burke Williams is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges in Claremont, California, where she has been in the faculty since 2003. She was born in Puyallup, WA to Burke and Nancy Williams, from whom she takes most of her names.

    Q&AOpen Access
  • Abhik Ghosh grew up in Kolkata, India, and is a Professor of inorganic and materials chemistry at UiT—The Arctic University of Norway. His research interests lie at the intersection of inorganic, materials and computational chemistry.

    Q&AOpen Access
  • Dr Jovan Dragelj completed his undergraduate and Master’s studies in chemistry in Belgrade, Serbia, after which he worked as a chemistry teacher and researcher at the University of Belgrade. In 2019, he earned his PhD in computational chemistry from Freie Universität Berlin and then pursued postdoctoral studies at Technische Universität Berlin. His research during this period spanned diverse areas, from non-covalent interactions to biocatalysis, with a major focus on studying cytochrome c oxidase and hydrogenase enzymes through multiscale modeling approaches.

    Q&AOpen Access
  • Polly Arnold is a Professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US. Polly’s research focuses on exploratory synthetic chemistry. Such knowledge underpins the discovery of catalysts and our understanding of the behavior of nuclear waste.

    Q&AOpen Access

Open Questions in Chemistry

In spite of decades of research and the enormous progress made, chemists continue to grapple with poorly understood aspects of the world around us. This collection aims to uncover open questions across the breadth of the chemical sciences. Each Comment provides an overview of a focused field of research, identifies key open questions, and gives expert opinion on how challenges in answering these questions might be overcome.


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