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Marine Cotte, Tiphaine Fabris, Juliette Langlois, Ludovic Bellot-Gurlet, Françoise Ploye, Natalie Coural, Clotilde Boust, Jean-Paul Gandolfo, Thomas Galifot, Jean Susini
Louis Ducos du Huron (1837-1920) dedicated his entire life to the elaboration of physical-chemical processes for color photography. This study aimed at highlighting his unique contribution to three-color printing through 1) an in-depth review of the many protocols he published and 2) the synchrotron-based IR and X-ray microanalysis of fragments sampled in three artworks. Ducos du Hauron's method relied on the preparation and assembly of three monochromes (red, blue, yellow). This study brings to light complex multistep recipes based on photochemistry (carbon print), organic, and inorganic chemistry...
March 20, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Dorina Murgulet, Melissa Trevino, Audrey Douglas, Nicholas Spalt, Xinping Hu, Valeriu Murgulet
We conducted a comprehensive analysis of a variety of geochemical data including total alkalinity (TA), dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), major ions, stable isotopes, and submarine groundwater discharge, to understand biogeochemical and hydrologic processes driving the seasonal to annual estuarine buffering capacity in Nueces Bay, Texas. These measurements, together with statistical analysis and geochemical modeling, show large variability of freshwater influence. TA consumption, common to spring seasons, was mainly driven by CaCO3 precipitation and, to some extent, by aerobic respiration...
March 3, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Autumn Oczkowski, Bryan Taplin, Richard Pruell, Adam Pimenta, Roxanne Johnson, Jason Grear
Coastal ecosystems are inherently complex and potentially adaptive as they respond to changes in nutrient loads and climate. We documented the role that carbon stable isotope (δ13 C) measurements could play in understanding that adaptation with a series of three Ecostat (i.e., continuous culture) experiments. We quantified linkages among δ13 C, nutrients, carbonate chemistry, primary, and secondary production in temperate estuarine waters. Experimental culture vessels (9.1 L) containing 33% whole and 67% filtered (0...
February 14, 2018: Frontiers in Marine Science
Pollyana Trigueiro, Silvia Pedetti, Baptiste Rigaud, Sebastien Balme, Jean-Marc Janot, Ieda M G Dos Santos, Régis Gougeon, Maria G Fonseca, Thomas Georgelin, Maguy Jaber
Wine chemistry inspires and challenges with its complexity and intriguing composition. In this context, the composites based on the use of a model protein, a polyphenol of interest and montmorillonite in a model hydroalcoholic solution have been studied. A set of experimental characterization techniques highlighted the interactions between the organic and the inorganic parts in the composite. The amount of the organic part was determined by ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) and thermal analysis. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) informed about the stacking/exfoliation of the layers in the composites...
March 6, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Laura Castoldi, Laura Ielo, Wolfgang Holzer, Gerald Giester, Alexander Roller, Vittorio Pace
Primary and secondary α-halomethyl diazoketones generated via Arndt-Eistert chemistry with minimum loading of diazomethane efficiently alkylate aromatic amines in the presence of calcium oxide to furnish the corresponding α-arylamino diazoketones under full chemocontrol. Such a simple inorganic acid scavenger fully neutralizes the hydrohalic acid formed during the nucleophilic displacement which otherwise would immediately react to produce the corresponding α-haloketone. The methodology can be further exploited in analogous acylation-type processes on secondary arylamino diazoketones...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Lu Han, Shunai Che
Triply periodic minimal surface structures and related geometries are widely identified in many natural systems, such as biological membranes and biophotonic structures in butterfly-wing scales. Inspired by their marvelous and highly symmetrical structures and optimized physical properties, these structures have sparked immense interest for creating novel materials by extracting the design from nature. Significant progress has been made to understand these biological structures and fabricate artificial materials by top-down and bottom-up approaches for numerous applications in chemistry and materials science...
March 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Beatriz Bernardo-Maestro, Elisa Garrido-Martín, Fernando López-Arbeloa, Joaquín Pérez-Pariente, Luis Gómez-Hortigüela
In an attempt to promote the crystallization of chiral inorganic frameworks, we explore the ability of chiral (1R,2S)-ephedrine and its diastereoisomer (1S,2S)-pseudoephedrine to act as organic building blocks for the crystallization of hybrid organo-inorganic aluminophosphate frameworks in the presence of fluoride. These molecules were selected because of their particular molecular asymmetric structure, which enables a rich supramolecular chemistry and a potential chiral recognition phenomenon during crystallization...
March 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ulrich Wietelmann, Jan Klett
The element lithium has been discovered 200 years ago. Due to its unique properties it has emerged to play a vital role in industry, esp. for energy storage, and lithium-based products and processes support sustainable technological developments. In addition to the many uses of lithium in its inorganic forms, lithium has a rich organometallic chemistry. The development of organometallic chemistry has been hindered by synthetic problems from the start. When Wilhelm Schlenk developed the basic principles to handle and synthesize air- and moisture-sensitive compounds, the road was open to further developments...
March 1, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie
David Portehault, Simon Delacroix, Guillaume Gouget, Rémi Grosjean, Tsou-Hsi-Camille Chan-Chang
The design of inorganic nanoparticles relies strongly on the knowledge from solid-state chemistry not only for characterization techniques, but also and primarily for choosing the systems that will yield the desired properties. The range of inorganic solids reported and studied as nanoparticles is however strikingly narrow when compared to the solid-state chemistry portfolio of bulk materials. Efforts to enlarge the collection of inorganic particles are becoming increasingly important for three reasons. First, they can yield materials more performing than current ones for a range of fields including biomedicine, optics, catalysis, and energy...
March 13, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Ralph Freund, Ulrich Lächelt, Tobias Gruber, Bastian Rühle, Stefan Wuttke
Green chemistry, in particular, the principle of atom economy, has defined new criteria for the efficient and sustainable production of synthetic compounds. In complex nanomaterials, the number of embedded functional entities and the energy expenditure of the assembly process represent additional compound-associated parameters that can be evaluated from an economic viewpoint. In this Perspective, we extend the principle of atom economy to the study and characterization of multifunctionality in nanocarriers, which we define as "multifunctional efficiency"...
March 13, 2018: ACS Nano
Ana de Bettencourt-Dias, Louise A Berben, Amy L Prieto
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March 12, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Jamie M Cameron, Dominic J Wales, Graham N Newton
Finding new ways of using visible light (or, more specifically, solar irradiation) to drive commercially significant and/or challenging chemical processes is an ongoing research goal. Polyoxometalates (POMs) are discrete, metal-oxide clusters which are cheap, robust and easily synthesised but can also act as versatile molecular building blocks, allowing for astonishing variety in their structures and properties. In particular, the rich redox chemistry and inherent photo-activity of POMs makes them attractive for use in a variety of photochemical applications, however POMs characteristically only absorb strongly in the UV region...
March 8, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Melisa Del Barrio, Matteo Sensi, Christophe Orain, Carole Baffert, Sébastien Dementin, Vincent Fourmond, Christophe Léger
Many enzymes that produce or transform small molecules such as O2 , H2 , and CO2 embed inorganic cofactors based on transition metals. Their active site, where the chemical reaction occurs, is buried in and protected by the protein matrix, and connected to the solvent in several ways: chains of redox cofactors mediate long-range electron transfer; static or dynamic tunnels guide the substrate, product and inhibitors; amino acids and water molecules transfer protons. The catalytic mechanism of these enzymes is therefore delocalized over the protein and involves many different steps, some of which determine the response of the enzyme under conditions of stress (extreme redox conditions, presence of inhibitors, light), the catalytic rates in the two directions of the reaction and their ratio (the "catalytic bias")...
March 8, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Ang Li, Yunfei Jia, Shengtong Sun, Yisheng Xu, Burcu Minsky, Martien Abraham Cohen Stuart, Helmut Cölfen, Regine von Klitzing, Xuhong Guo
Underwater adhesion is crucial to many marine life forms living a sedentary life style. Amongst them, mussel adhesion has been mostly studied, which inspires numerous investigations of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA)-based organic adhesives. In contrast, reef-buliding oysters represent another important "inorganic" strategy of marine molluscs for adhesion by generating biomineralized organic-inorganic adhesives, which is still rarely studied and no synthetic analogues have ever been reported so far...
March 8, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Mauricio Cardenas-Rodriguez, Afroditi Chatzi, Kostas Tokatlidis
Iron-sulfur clusters are ubiquitous inorganic co-factors that contribute to a wide range of cell pathways including the maintenance of DNA integrity, regulation of gene expression and protein translation, energy production, and antiviral response. Specifically, the iron-sulfur cluster biogenesis pathways include several proteins dedicated to the maturation of apoproteins in different cell compartments. Given the complexity of the biogenesis process itself, the iron-sulfur research area constitutes a very challenging and interesting field with still many unaddressed questions...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Avinash Vicholous Dass, Maguy Jaber, André Brack, Frédéric Foucher, Terence P Kee, Thomas Georgelin, Frances Westall
A concise outlook on the potential role of confinement in phosphorylation and phosphate condensation pertaining to prebiotic chemistry is presented. Inorganic confinement is a relatively uncharted domain in studies concerning prebiotic chemistry, and even more so in terms of experimentation. However, molecular crowding within confined dimensions is central to the functioning of contemporary biology. There are numerous advantages to confined environments and an attempt to highlight this fact, within this article, has been undertaken, keeping in context the limitations of aqueous phase chemistry in phosphorylation and, to a certain extent, traditional approaches in prebiotic chemistry...
March 5, 2018: Life
Akop Yepremyan, Arshad Mehmood, Samantha Brewer, Madalyn M Barnett, Benjamin G Janesko, Giridhar Akkaraju, Eric E Simanek, Kayla N Green
Interests in inorganic applications of triazines is growing. In this report, metal complexes of copper(II), nickel(II), and zinc(II) and a novel class of chelates comprising a triazine ring substituted with a hydrazine group and pyralozone are evaluated using spectrophotometric methods, single crystal X-ray diffractometry, and electrochemistry. Complexes with copper(II) include a single chelate and two chloride atoms to satisfy a trigonal bipryamidal coordination sphere. The nickel(II) and zinc(II) complexes are comprised of two chelating groups that adopt an octahedral geometry around the metal ion...
2018: RSC Advances
Gergely F Samu, Rebecca A Scheidt, Prashant V Kamat, Csaba Janáky
The unique optoelectronic properties of lead halide perovskites have triggered a new wave of excitement in materials chemistry during the past five years. Electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, and photoelectrochemistry could be viable tools both for analyzing the optoelectronic features of these materials and for assembling them into hybrid architectures (e.g., solar cells). At the same time, the instability of these materials limits the pool of solvents and electrolytes that can be employed in such experiments...
February 13, 2018: Chemistry of Materials: a Publication of the American Chemical Society
Giuseppe Cavallaro, Giuseppe Lazzara, Rawil Fakhrullin
The review provides an overview of the mesoporous inorganic particles employed as drug delivery systems for controlled and sustained release of drugs. We have classified promising nanomaterials for drug delivery on the basis of their natural or synthetic origin. Nanoclays are available in different morphologies (nanotubes, nanoplates and nanofibers) and they are typically available at low cost from natural resources. The surface chemistry of nanoclays is versatile for targeted modifications to control loading and release properties...
March 2, 2018: Therapeutic Delivery
Seán T Barry, Andrew V Teplyakov, Francisco Zaera
The deposition of thin solid films is central to many industrial applications, and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) methods are particularly useful for this task. For one, the isotropic nature of the adsorption of chemical species affords even coverages on surfaces with rough topographies, an increasingly common requirement in microelectronics. Furthermore, by splitting the overall film-depositing reactions into two or more complementary and self-limiting steps, as it is done in atomic layer depositions (ALD), film thicknesses can be controlled down to the sub-monolayer level...
February 28, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
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