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Closing the literacy gap

The efficiency of DNA sequencing is not yet matched by our ability to synthesize it at scale — closing this gap will be essential to meet the needs of the growing number of potential applications.


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    The 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry


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      • Zilong Wu
      • Yuebing Zheng
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    • Mycobacterium tuberculosis-mediated metabolism of xenobiotics poses an important research question for antitubercular drug discovery. Identification of the metabolic fate of compounds can inform requisite structure–activity relationship strategies early on in a drug discovery programme towards improving the properties of the compound.

      • Vinayak Singh
      • Godwin Akpeko Dziwornu
      • Kelly Chibale
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    • Informatics approaches play an increasingly important role in accelerating the advances of modern materials science. A recent study reports the development of predictive machine learning models to guide the de novo design of through-space charge transfer polymers with full-colour-tunable emission.

      • Xiaolin Liu
      • Chunlei Zhu
      • Ben Zhong Tang
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    • Amorphous coordination polymers and metal–organic frameworks can be directly synthesized under mild conditions using a broader range of metals and ligands than their crystalline and crystal-derived counterparts and therefore exhibit different physicochemical properties. This Review discusses the direct synthesis of amorphous coordination polymers, as well as their characterization, properties and applications.

      • Zhixing Lin
      • Joseph J. Richardson
      • Frank Caruso
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    • The optimized reaction conditions for a catalytic reaction vary with catalyst, making comparison challenging. Here, a general approach to identify the best catalyst is described, which relies on the comparison of normalized key performance indicators. Two case studies — for acetylene hydrochlorination and methane oxidation — exemplify the method.

      • Anna Lazaridou
      • Louise R. Smith
      • Graham J. Hutchings
      Expert Recommendation
  • Abundant metal copper with a catenane ligand system can effectively induce the oxygen reduction reaction, a promising alternative to typical precious-metal electrocatalysts.

    • Stephanie Greed
    Research Highlight
  • A gold nanoparticle colloidal system is used to explore the effect of nanoparticle–substrate interactions on heterogeneous nucleation, providing a simple model for a complex and poorly understood physical process.

    • Hannah Hatcher
    Research Highlight
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    • Daniel Probst
  • The amount of microplastics released into aquatic environments when synthetic fabrics are laundered can be substantially decreased with a low-friction, liquid-like polymer coating.

    • Stephanie Greed
    Research Highlight
  • Biomineralization approaches have been used for the synthesis of nanoparticles. Here, the influence of nucleation sites and protein size on the production of iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging applications is described.

    • Francesco Zamberlan
    Research Highlight
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    • Alexander Rosu-Finsen
    Research Highlight
A Nobel Prize medal against a background of chemical glassware

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2022

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.