Chemical Society Reviews (CHEM SOC REV )

Publisher: Chemical Society (Great Britain)


Chemical Society Reviews publishes short introductory overviews of topics of current interest across the chemical sciences. The philosophy of the journal is to introduce chemists not familiar with the field under discussion to the most recent thinking and developments. The reviews are not aimed at the expert and as such are written in a friendly, informative style. Authors, who are renowned workers in the field, are asked to define necessary technical terms but to avoid jargon. A background and historical context to the review are given as well as a clear but concise guide to current thought. Interdisciplinary and innovative ideas are positively encouraged by the Editorial Board; this makes the reviews accessible to the non-expert. A comprehensive account is not provided, rather, the review should act as a springboard for interested readers to begin further reading. The expert may also gain new insights into the field because of the interdisciplinary approach. As a result, Chemical Society Reviews has a wide appeal. Students about to embark on a career in research will find valuable background information to a wide variety of topics. Experienced researchers looking for a new direction will be inspired by the interdisciplinary nature of the reviews. Chemists wanting to keep up with advances outside their own immediate interests will be fascinated by the research explained in the journal. Chemical Society Reviews keeps you at the frontiers of chemical science.

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    ABSTRACT: The motion of molecules that possess a permanent electric or magnetic dipole moment can be manipulated using electric or magnetic fields. Various devices have been developed over the last few decades to deflect or focus molecules, to orient them in space, and to decelerate or accelerate them. These precisely controlled molecules are ideal starting points for scattering experiments that reveal the quantum mechanical nature of molecular interactions. In this Tutorial Review, we present an overview of the various manipulation tools, discuss how they can be used to advantage in molecular beam scattering experiments, and review recent progress in this field. We describe a selection of benchmark experiments that illustrate the unique possibilities that are available nowadays to study molecular collisions under controlled conditions.
    Chemical Society Reviews 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Reversible covalent bond formation under thermodynamic control adds reactivity to self-assembled supramolecular systems, and is therefore an ideal tool to assess complexity of chemical and biological systems. Dynamic combinatorial/covalent chemistry (DCC) has been used to read structural information by selectively assembling receptors with the optimum molecular fit around a given template from a mixture of reversibly reacting building blocks. This technique allows access to efficient sensing devices and the generation of new biomolecules, such as small molecule receptor binders for drug discovery, but also larger biomimetic polymers and macromolecules with particular three-dimensional structural architectures. Adding a kinetic factor to a thermodynamically controlled equilibrium results in dynamic resolution and in self-sorting and self-replicating systems, all of which are of major importance in biological systems. Furthermore, the temporary modification of bioactive compounds by reversible combinatorial/covalent derivatisation allows control of their release and facilitates their transport across amphiphilic self-assembled systems such as artificial membranes or cell walls. The goal of this review is to give a conceptual overview of how the impact of DCC on supramolecular assemblies at different levels can allow us to understand, predict and modulate the complexity of biological systems.
    Chemical Society Reviews 02/2014; 43(6):1899-1933.
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    ABSTRACT: The miniaturization of in situ spectroscopic tools has been recognized as a forefront instrumental development for the characterization of heterogeneous catalysts. With the multitude of micro-spectroscopic methods available fundamental insight into the structure-function relationships of catalytic processes can be obtained. Among these techniques vibrational spectroscopy is one of the most versatile methods and capable to shed insight into the molecular structure of reaction intermediates and products, the chemical state of catalyst materials during reaction as well as the nature of interactions between reactants/intermediates/products and the catalyst surface. In this tutorial review we discuss the recent developments in the field of infrared (IR) and Raman micro-spectroscopy and illustrate their potential. Showcase examples include (1) chemical imaging of spatial heterogeneities during catalyst preparation, (2) high-throughput catalyst screening, (3) transport and adsorption phenomena within catalytic solids and (4) reactivity studies of porous oxides, such as zeolites. Finally, new in situ spectroscopy tools based on vibrational spectroscopy and their potential in the catalysis domain are discussed.
    Chemical Society Reviews 12/2011;