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  • The structure of pheromone, produced by microalgae in vanishingly small quantities as part of a signalling cascade that controls sexual reproduction, has been determined.

    • Stephen G. Davey
    Research Highlight
  • Researchers have found a new route to complex polycyclic indoline structures from indoles and bicyclo[1.1.0]butanes using a Lewis acid catalyst.

    • Stephanie Greed
    Research Highlight
  • NMR spectroscopic data can now be fed to algorithms capable of deconvoluting the peaks in the search for its structure. Feeding the software with experimental and modelled data means that accurate fits can be produced in little time.

    • Martin Priessner
    Journal Club
  • A general method to depolymerize plastic waste from resin codes 2–7 — including multilayered packaging and oil-contaminated packaging — and produce platform chemicals has been described.

    • Stephen G. Davey
    Research Highlight
  • Organozirconium compounds are known for their non-radical C–C bond-formation reactions with electrophiles. Now, such a compound has been used as a radical precursor in an enantioselective radical cross-coupling under visible-light irradiation without the need for an extra photocatalyst.

    • Haibo Wu
    • Emanuele Silvi
    Journal Club
  • The volatility of certain ionic liquids can be controlled electrochemically by applying a voltage to break their aromatic components. Cathodic reduction creates combustible species, but once the power is switched off and aromaticity restored, the liquid is thermally stable again.

    • Alexander Rosu-Finsen
    Research Highlight
  • Drawing inspiration from helical structures in nature, researchers have developed a cobalt-based complex able to twist and untwist, converting between nanohelix and nanowire structures.

    • Stephanie Greed
    Research Highlight
  • Restructuring the way you run and manage your lab can be a daunting task, but doing so is imperative for creating a research environment in which d/Deaf students and other diverse learners can work and thrive.

    • Christina Goudreau Collison
    • Lea Vacca Michel
    Comment
  • To combat worsening environmental crises, chemistry needs a redesign. We see the need for a triple focus on efficiency, safety and circularity as a prerequisite for chemistry to serve sustainability and ensure that essential chemical products and processes are waste-free, functional and safe for both humans and the environment.

    • Hannah Flerlage
    • J. Chris Slootweg
    Comment
  • The synthesis of a new family of self-assembled Ca2+-seamed capsules is reported. The interior volumes are the largest currently reported voids in molecular capsules, and they are completely isolated from the exterior environments.

    • Alexander Rosu-Finsen
    Research Highlight
  • Reimagining the training of the next generation of chemists in the era of digital chemistry, automation, robotics and artificial intelligence.

    • Rebecca L. Greenaway
    • Kim E. Jelfs
    • Sophia N. Yaliraki
    Comment
  • A clean and non-toxic, one-step keratin crosslinking approach has been described, paving the way for greener and more sustainable hair styling.

    • Georgie Cowell
    Research Highlight
  • A living catalyst transfer polymerization enables access to low dispersity polyphenylenes and ultimately to length-selective synthesis of graphene nanoribbons.

    • Stephen G. Davey
    Research Highlight
  • A review of Dan Egan’s book The Devil’s Element, where he explores the element that both makes plants grow and toxifies our water — phosphorus.

    • Andrea Sella
    Books & Arts
  • Voronoi domains combined with modelled vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy can be used to investigate surfaces, interfaces, and hydrations shells at reduced computational costs.

    • Alexander Rosu-Finsen
    Research Highlight
  • A series of tricopper mono-, di- and tri-hydride complexes have been prepared and studied as a models of heterogeneous copper catalysts for carbon dioxide reductions.

    • Stephen G. Davey
    Research Highlight
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy combined with machine learning can predict the publication years of paper books from 1851 to 2000 with an unprecedented accuracy of 2 years.

    • Stephanie Greed
    Research Highlight
  • When two phenyl rings are perfectly stacked in a cyclophane structure that is bridged by three helicene linkers, they lose some of their aromatic stability, even though the overall structure — with 78 π-electrons — is aromatic.

    • Stephen G. Davey
    Research Highlight
  • Nitrogenases are enzymes capable of reducing atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia. By better understanding their structure and the reaction mechanism, researchers can work towards artificial mimics that may replace the need for the energy-demanding Haber–Bosch process.

    • Stephanie Greed
    Research Highlight
  • A highly stable glass has been prepared by the physical vapour deposition of two materials in equal amounts.

    • Alexander Rosu-Finsen
    Research Highlight