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Light, electric potential, mechanical force and flow can all be used to effect reactions that are difficult to control thermally.

Latest Reviews

  • Perspective |

    Water oxidation catalysts are key components in water-splitting devices that synthesize fuels by using energy, including that from sunlight. This Perspective presents historical developments in molecular water oxidation catalysis, emphasizing studies of ruthenium complexes that have taught us how to design optimal catalysts.

    • Roc Matheu
    • , Pablo Garrido-Barros
    • , Marcos Gil-Sepulcre
    • , Mehmed Z. Ertem
    • , Xavier Sala
    • , Carolina Gimbert-Suriñach
    •  & Antoni Llobet
  • Review Article |

    3D printing technology emerged as a tool for the design and fabrication of prototypes. Chemists are now using this technology to produce chemically reactive materials. In this Review, Hartings and Ahmed discuss different approaches to 3D print chemically reactive objects.

    • Matthew R. Hartings
    •  & Zeeshan Ahmed
  • Perspective |

    The selective conjugation of two or more molecules is readily achieved using covalent click chemistry or non-covalent click chemistry. The latter approach makes use of complementary molecular recognition partners, and its speed and reversibility are advantageous for many biological applications.

    • Cynthia L. Schreiber
    •  & Bradley D. Smith
  • Review Article |

    This Review highlights recent conceptual and/or technological advances in photoredox catalysis, organic electrosynthesis, electrostatic chemistry and synthesis in static electric fields, mechanochemistry and synthesis in flow.

    • Johnathon C. Robertson
    • , Michelle L. Coote
    •  & Alex C. Bissember
  • Review Article |

    Modelling composite systems with components on different length scales is challenging. However, multiscale models based on quantum and classical descriptions can describe these systems and represent the most effective way to explain and predict light-activated events in such complex systems.

    • Benedetta Mennucci
    •  & Stefano Corni

News & Comment

  • Research Highlight |

    Thermal denaturation of proteins affords species that differ in terms of cofactors and conformations. Ion mobility spectrometry and mass spectrometry can be used to unravel these mixtures and learn the factors stabilizing certain protein forms.

    • David Schilter
  • Feature |

    Academic chemistry is haemorrhaging talented female researchers. However, a barrage of new initiatives aims to stem the flood.

    • Mark Peplow
  • Research Highlight |

    A rapid synthesis of the antibacterial drug linezolid using flow chemistry has been reported that does not require isolation or purification of any intermediates and is completed in seven synthetic steps

    • Stephen G. Davey
  • Research Highlight |

    Analysis of complex mixtures often requires time consuming separation techniques. Mathias Nilsson and co-workers have, now, developed a new approach to dissecting the NMR spectra of unaltered complex mixtures.

    • Gabriella Graziano
  • Research Highlight |

    Seven-membered rings are rare motifs in fullerene derivatives. However, these motifs can be stabilized by adjacent five-membered rings and feature in a hydrofullerene isolated from combustion soot.

    • David Schilter

Collection

Perovskites for Optoelectronics

Perovskite materials have become very promising candidates for a new generation of potentially printable and efficient optoelectronic devices. Photovoltaic devices based on hybrid perovskites now achieve more than 20% photoconversion efficiency, and applications in solid-state lighting, photodetection and lasing are soaring. Their optoelectronic and photophysical properties are under intense scrutiny. This web-collection brings together a selection of multi-disciplinary research and comments published in the Nature journals that explores the basic properties of halide-based perovskite materials and their potential for application in optoelectronics, from solar cells to lasers. It serves to illustrate the road to easily processable and efficient devices by presenting both historical milestones and the crucial landmark studies published in the last 12 months in the Nature journals.