Solar-driven water splitting with photoelectrochemical cells is an attractive means to convert intermittent solar radiation into H2 for use as a storable, non-polluting fuel. However, photoelectrochemical cells often rely on a costly, fragile and electrochemically unstable material, indium tin oxide (ITO), as the transparent electrode. In addition, the water splitting catalyst deposited on ITO can obstruct the transmission of light to the dye or photovoltaic component.Read More
How does nature handle copper, an essential metal that is also potentially toxic? To find out, check out this Franz lab review article, which was featured on the February cover of the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry.
The Hong lab has recently reported the total synthesis of (+)-dactylolide in 19 steps for the longest sequence from commercially available 1,3-dithiane with an overall yield of 1.4%.Read More
The Widenhoefer group has recently reported the gold(I)-catalyzed stereoconvergent, intermolecular enantioselective hydroamination of chiral, racemic 1,3-disubstituted allenes, which represents the first example of enantioselective intermolecular allene hydroamination. The method effectively forms N-allylic carbamates, which are important chiral building blocks, with high regio- and diastereoselectivity and with up to 92% ee. The editors of Angewandte Chemie have designated it a “hot paper”. Butler, K. L.; Tragni, M.; Widenhoefer, R.Read More
How do ionic interactions and macromolecules play a role in iron transport in living cells? Find out by reading the chapter from the Crumbliss lab “Iron Transport in Living Cells” by A. L. Crumbliss and C. J. Parker Siburt, which was featured on the cover of the monograph Ionic Interactions in Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules (Wiley, 2012), edited by Visiting Professor of Chemistry Alberto Ciferri and Angelo Perico.Read More