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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.
The versatility of the metal–ligand bond has seen the field of coordination chemistry grow from strength to strength. This collection highlights a selection of recent studies published in Communications Chemistry, covering discrete coordination complexes, metal-organic cages and polymers, and porous metal-organic frameworks. The breadth of the field is evident, with studies ranging in focus from the design, synthesis and assembly of coordination compounds, to their chemical and physical properties, with a view towards applications in optics, magnetism, catalysis, storage, separation, and beyond.
This collection highlights a selection of recent studies published in Communications Chemistry relating to the structure, function, and chemical modification of biomolecules. The Biocatalysis section features articles which probe mechanisms of enzyme activity, or engineer enzymes for new synthetic applications. The Computational Structural Biology tab encompasses new insights into the structure and function of enzymes from modern computational chemistry. And under Bioconjugation we showcase tools for the study of biological function, including bioorthogonal labeling methods and environmentally responsive fluorescent probes.
Communications Chemistry published its first articles on 8th March 2018. In this collection, our in-house editors highlight some of their favorite papers from our first year of publishing. This collection also includes all Review and Comment articles published during our first year.
We also link to all 'Behind the Paper' posts published by our authors on some of the Nature Research community sites.
Chemistry has always had a central role in the provision of food and energy, materials and medicines. Recent years have increasingly seen chemistry research move towards environmentally friendly, sustainable products and processes, and the focus of the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Green chemistry is the development of sustainable means for the provision of food, energy and water.
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