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Using supercritical CO2 in the preparation of metal-organic frameworks: Investigating effects on crystallisation (2019)
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Elsegood, M. R., Doan, H. V., Cheng, F., Dyirakumunda, T., Elsegood, M., Chin, J., …Ting, V. P. (2020). Using supercritical CO2 in the preparation of metal-organic frameworks: Investigating effects on crystallisation. Crystals, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst10010017

© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. In this report, we explore the use of supercritical CO2 (scCO2) in the synthesis of well-known metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) including Zn-MOF-74 and UiO-66, as well as on the preparation of... Read More about Using supercritical CO2 in the preparation of metal-organic frameworks: Investigating effects on crystallisation.

Synthesis and structures of mono- and di-nuclear aluminium and zinc complexes bearing α-diimine and related ligands, and their use in the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters (2019)
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Xiao, L., Zhao, Y., Qiao, S., Sun, Z., Santoro, O., & Redshaw, C. (2020). Synthesis and structures of mono- and di-nuclear aluminium and zinc complexes bearing α-diimine and related ligands, and their use in the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters. Dalton Transactions : an international journal of inorganic chemistry, 49(5), 1456-1472. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9dt04332b

A series of organoaluminium imino-amido complexes of the type {[ArNC(Me2)C(Me)NAr]AlMe2} (Ar = 2,6-iPr2C6H3 (1), Ar = 2,6-Et2C6H3 (2); Ar = 2,6-Me2C6H3 (3) have been prepared via reaction of AlR3 and the respective α-diimine. Similar reaction of the... Read More about Synthesis and structures of mono- and di-nuclear aluminium and zinc complexes bearing α-diimine and related ligands, and their use in the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters.

Macroscopic chirality of twist-bend nematic phase in bent dimers confirmed by circular dichroism (2019)
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Stevenson, W. D., Zeng, X., Welch, C., Thakur, A. K., Ungar, G., & Mehl, G. H. (2020). Macroscopic chirality of twist-bend nematic phase in bent dimers confirmed by circular dichroism. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 8(3), 1041-1047. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9tc05061b

Many achiral bent molecules and some polymers with such repeat units exhibit a liquid crystal phase transition between a conventional nematic (N), and a second nematic (Nx) with periodically modulated orientation. Theory predicts several possible str... Read More about Macroscopic chirality of twist-bend nematic phase in bent dimers confirmed by circular dichroism.

Recent progress in the development of organometallics for the treatment of cancer (2019)
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Murray, B. S., & Dyson, P. J. (2020). Recent progress in the development of organometallics for the treatment of cancer. Current opinion in chemical biology, 56, 28-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2019.11.001

From their early successes in medicine, organometallic compounds continue to attract interest as potential chemotherapeutics to treat a range of diseases. Here, we show from recent literature selected largely from the last two years that organometall... Read More about Recent progress in the development of organometallics for the treatment of cancer.

Targeted removal of blood cancer cells from mixed cell populations by cell recognition with matching particle imprints (2019)
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Das, A. A., Remaud, P., Medlock, J., Das, A. A. K., Allsup, D. J., Madden, L. A., …Paunov, V. N. (2019). Targeted removal of blood cancer cells from mixed cell populations by cell recognition with matching particle imprints. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 4(1), 197-205. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9qm00531e

We report a new approach for separation of blood cancer cells from healthy white blood cells based on cell recognition by surface functionalised particle imprints. We prepared polymeric particle imprints from a layer of suspension of monodisperse PMM... Read More about Targeted removal of blood cancer cells from mixed cell populations by cell recognition with matching particle imprints.

A cholesteric liquid crystal device having stable uniform lying helix structure (2019)
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Yip, W. C., Welch, C., Mehl, G. H., & Wilkinson, T. D. (2020). A cholesteric liquid crystal device having stable uniform lying helix structure. Journal of Molecular Liquids, 299, Article 112141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molliq.2019.112141

A cholesteric liquid crystal device having the uniform lying helix (ULH) structure shows stable and reversible characteristics and it has been demonstrated for the analogue modulation in 10 micro-second response time at room temperature. The device c... Read More about A cholesteric liquid crystal device having stable uniform lying helix structure.

Enhanced Clearing of Wound-Related Pathogenic Bacterial Biofilms Using Protease-Functionalized Antibiotic Nanocarriers (2019)
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Weldrick, P. J., Hardman, M. J., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Enhanced Clearing of Wound-Related Pathogenic Bacterial Biofilms Using Protease-Functionalized Antibiotic Nanocarriers. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11(47), 43902-43919. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b16119

© 2019 American Chemical Society. Biofilms are prevalent in chronic wounds and once formed are very hard to remove, which is associated with poor outcomes and high mortality rates. Biofilms are comprised of surface-attached bacteria embedded in an ex... Read More about Enhanced Clearing of Wound-Related Pathogenic Bacterial Biofilms Using Protease-Functionalized Antibiotic Nanocarriers.

Widely adaptable oil-in-water gel emulsions stabilized by an amphiphilic hydrogelator derived from dehydroabietic acid (2019)
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Yan, T., Song, B., Pei, X., Cui, Z., Binks, B. P., & Yang, H. (2020). Widely adaptable oil-in-water gel emulsions stabilized by an amphiphilic hydrogelator derived from dehydroabietic acid. Angewandte Chemie, 59(2), 637-641. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201907774

A surfactant, R-6-AO, derived from dehydroabietic acid has been synthesized. It behaves as a highly efficient low-molecular-weight hydrogelator with an extremely low critical gelation concentration (CGC) of 0.18 wt % (4 mm). R-6-AO not only stabiliz... Read More about Widely adaptable oil-in-water gel emulsions stabilized by an amphiphilic hydrogelator derived from dehydroabietic acid.

Capsules from Pickering emulsion templates (2019)
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Bago Rodriguez, A. M., & Binks, B. P. (2019). Capsules from Pickering emulsion templates. Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science, 44, 107-129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cocis.2019.09.006

Following the resurgence of interest in particle-stabilised or Pickering emulsions recently, the preparation of capsules from such templates has become feasible. We review some of the recent activity in this area and focus on both the methods used to... Read More about Capsules from Pickering emulsion templates.

Molecular Tweezers-like Calix[4]arene Based Alkaline Earth Metal Cation (Ca2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+) Chemosensor and Its Imaging in Living Cells and Zebrafish (2019)
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Fang, J. A., Zhao, J. L., Liao, X., Zeng, X., Chen, K., Wei, X. Y., …Jin, Z. (2019). Molecular Tweezers-like Calix[4]arene Based Alkaline Earth Metal Cation (Ca2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+) Chemosensor and Its Imaging in Living Cells and Zebrafish. Inorganic chemistry, 58(21), 14720-14727. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b02364

Although alkaline earth metal cations play an important role in our daily life, little attention has been paid to the field of fast quantitative analysis of their content due to a lack of satisfactory precision and a fast and convenient means of dete... Read More about Molecular Tweezers-like Calix[4]arene Based Alkaline Earth Metal Cation (Ca2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+) Chemosensor and Its Imaging in Living Cells and Zebrafish.

"Ghost" silica nanoparticles of "host"-inherited antibacterial action (2019)
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Halbus, A. F., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). "Ghost" silica nanoparticles of "host"-inherited antibacterial action. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11(42), 38519−38530. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b14403

Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society. We fabricated surface-rough mesoporous silica nanoparticles ("ghost" SiO2NPs) by using composite mesoporous copper oxide nanoparticles ("host" CuONPs) as templates, which allowed us to mimic their surface m... Read More about "Ghost" silica nanoparticles of "host"-inherited antibacterial action.

Rapid Detection of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) from artificial urine samples based on IFAST and ATP Bioluminescence Assay: from development to practical challenges during protocol testing in Kenya (2019)
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Ngamsom, B., Wandera, E. A., Iles, A., Kimani, R., Muregi, F., Gitaka, J., & Pamme, N. (2019). Rapid Detection of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) from artificial urine samples based on IFAST and ATP Bioluminescence Assay: from development to practical challenges during protocol testing in Kenya. Analyst, 144(23), 6889-6897. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9an01808e

© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2019. We report the rapid detection (20 min) of Streptococcus agalactiae, Group B Streptococcus (GBS) employing on-chip magnetic isolation of GBS based on immiscible filtration assisted by surface tension (IFAST), fol... Read More about Rapid Detection of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) from artificial urine samples based on IFAST and ATP Bioluminescence Assay: from development to practical challenges during protocol testing in Kenya.

Soft modes of the dielectric response in the twist-bend nematic phase and identification of the transition to a nematic splay bend phase in the CBC7CB dimer (2019)
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Merkel, K., Kocot, A., Mehl, G. H., & Welch, C. (2019). Soft modes of the dielectric response in the twist-bend nematic phase and identification of the transition to a nematic splay bend phase in the CBC7CB dimer. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP, 21(41), 22839-22848. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9cp04952e

The dielectric spectra of the twist-bend nematic phase (NTB) of (the bent-shaped) achiral liquid-crystal dimer 1′′-,7′′-bis(4-cyanobiphenyl-4′-yl)heptane (CB7CB) are studied for the determination of the different relaxation modes. Two molecular proce... Read More about Soft modes of the dielectric response in the twist-bend nematic phase and identification of the transition to a nematic splay bend phase in the CBC7CB dimer.

Dielectric response of electric-field distortions of the twist-bend nematic phase for LC dimers (2019)
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Merkel, K., Welch, C., Ahmed, Z., Piecek, W., & Mehl, G. H. (2019). Dielectric response of electric-field distortions of the twist-bend nematic phase for LC dimers. The Journal of chemical physics, 151(11), 114908. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5114824

Wide band dielectric spectroscopy of bent-shaped achiral liquid-crystal dimers 1′′-n′′-bis(4-cyanobiphenyl-4′-yl) n-alkanes (CBnCB n = 7, 9, 11) has been investigated in a frequency range 0.1 Hz–100 MHz using planar-aligned cells of sample thicknesse... Read More about Dielectric response of electric-field distortions of the twist-bend nematic phase for LC dimers.

What Causes Carbonates to Form “Shrubby” Morphologies? An Anthropocene Limestone Case Study (2019)
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Bastianini, L., Rogerson, M., Mercedes-Martín, R., Prior, T. J., Cesar, E. A., & Mayes, W. M. (2019). What Causes Carbonates to Form “Shrubby” Morphologies? An Anthropocene Limestone Case Study. Frontiers in Earth Science, 7, Article 236. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2019.00236

The South Atlantic Aptian “Pre-Salt” shrubby carbonate successions offshore Brazil and Angola are of major interest due to their potential hydrocarbon accumulations. Although the general sedimentology of these deposits is widely recognized to be with... Read More about What Causes Carbonates to Form “Shrubby” Morphologies? An Anthropocene Limestone Case Study.

A feasibility study of a leaky waveguide aptasensor for thrombin (2019)
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Alamrani, N. A., Greenway, G. M., Pamme, N., Goddard, N. J., & Gupta, R. (2019). A feasibility study of a leaky waveguide aptasensor for thrombin. Analyst, 144(20), 6048-6054. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9an01421g

This proof-of-principle study demonstrates the feasibility of a leaky waveguide (LW) aptasensor, where aptamers were immobilised in a mesoporous chitosan waveguiding film for the detection of thrombin. This work has demonstrated that aptamers immobil... Read More about A feasibility study of a leaky waveguide aptasensor for thrombin.

Electrocoalescence of liquid marbles driven by embedded electrodes for triggering bioreactions (2019)
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Binks, B. P., Zhang, Y., Fu, X., Guo, W., Deng, Y., & Shum, H. C. (2019). Electrocoalescence of liquid marbles driven by embedded electrodes for triggering bioreactions. Lab on a chip, 19(20), 3526-3534. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9lc00722a

Liquid marbles need to be controlled precisely to benefit applications, for instance, as microreactors on digital microfluidic platforms for chemical and biological assays. In this work, a strategy is introduced to coalesce liquid marbles via electro... Read More about Electrocoalescence of liquid marbles driven by embedded electrodes for triggering bioreactions.

Octahedral molybdenum cluster as a photoactive antimicrobial additive to a fluoroplastic (2019)
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Vorotnikova, N. A., Alekseev, A. Y., Vorotnikov, Y. A., Evtushok, D. V., Molard, Y., Amela-Cortes, M., …Shestopalov, M. A. (2019). Octahedral molybdenum cluster as a photoactive antimicrobial additive to a fluoroplastic. Materials Science and Engineering: C, 110150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2019.110150

Finding methods that fight bacterial infection or contamination, while minimising our reliance on antibiotics is one of the most pressing needs of this century. Although the utilisation of UV-C light and strong oxidising agents, such as bleach, are s... Read More about Octahedral molybdenum cluster as a photoactive antimicrobial additive to a fluoroplastic.

Crystal structures and Hirshfeld surface analysis of transition-metal complexes of 1,3-azolecarboxylic acids (2019)
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Meundaeng, N., Prior, T. J., & Rujiwatra, A. (2019). Crystal structures and Hirshfeld surface analysis of transition-metal complexes of 1,3-azolecarboxylic acids. Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry, 75(9), 1319-1326. https://doi.org/10.1107/S2053229619011525

The crystal structures of five new transition-metal complexes synthesized using thia­zole-2-carb­oxy­lic acid (2-Htza), imidazole-2-carb­oxy­lic acid (2-H2ima) or 1,3-oxazole-4-carb­oxy­lic acid (4-Hoxa), namely di­aqua­bis­(thia­zole-2-carboxyl­ato-... Read More about Crystal structures and Hirshfeld surface analysis of transition-metal complexes of 1,3-azolecarboxylic acids.

Study of the host-guest interaction between: N, N ′-bis[4-(dimethylaminophenyl)methyl]butane-1,4-diamine and the cucuribit [n] urils (n = 6, 7) (2019)
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Xiao, Z., Zhou, Y., Xu, W., Prior, T. J., Bian, B., Redshaw, C., …Xiao, X. (2019). Study of the host-guest interaction between: N, N ′-bis[4-(dimethylaminophenyl)methyl]butane-1,4-diamine and the cucuribit [n] urils (n = 6, 7). New journal of chemistry = Nouveau journal de chimie, 43(37), 14938-14943. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9nj03254a

The interaction between the cucuribit[n]urils (Q[n]), where n = 6 or 7, and the guest N,N/-bis[4-(dimethylaminophenyl)methyl]butane-1,4-diamine (G) has been studied in aqueous solution by 1H NMR spectroscopy, electronic absorption spectroscopy and Is... Read More about Study of the host-guest interaction between: N, N ′-bis[4-(dimethylaminophenyl)methyl]butane-1,4-diamine and the cucuribit [n] urils (n = 6, 7).