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Hexaazide octahedral molybdenum cluster complexes: synthesis, properties and the evidence of hydrolysis (2016)
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Vorotnikov, Y. A., Efremova, O. A., Novozhilov, I. N., Yanshole, V. V., Kuratieva, N. V., Brylev, K. A., …Shestopalov, M. A. (2017). Hexaazide octahedral molybdenum cluster complexes: synthesis, properties and the evidence of hydrolysis. Journal of molecular structure, 1134, 237-243. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2016.12.052

This article reports the synthesis, crystal structure of new molybdenum hexaazide cluster complex (ⁿBu₄N)₂[{Mo₆I₈}(N₃)₆] (3) and comparison of its photophysical and electrochemical properties to those of earlier reported analogues (ⁿBu₄N)₂[{M₆X₈}(N₃)... Read More about Hexaazide octahedral molybdenum cluster complexes: synthesis, properties and the evidence of hydrolysis.

Structure and electronic properties of the quasi-one-dimensional Ba₂Co₁₋ₓZnₓS₃ series (2016)
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Harrison, M. R., Maignan, A., Hardy, V., Lebedev, O. L., Young, N. A., & Francesconi, M. G. (2017). Structure and electronic properties of the quasi-one-dimensional Ba₂Co₁₋ₓZnₓS₃ series. Inorganic chemistry, 56(1), 213-223. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02014

This work focuses on the structure and physical properties of the solid solution Ba₂Co₁₋ₓZnₓS₃ (0 ≤ x ≤ 1), a family of quasi-one-dimensional sulfides with end members Ba₂CoS₃ and Ba₂ZnS₃. The structure of selected compounds with increasing Zn²⁺ cont... Read More about Structure and electronic properties of the quasi-one-dimensional Ba₂Co₁₋ₓZnₓS₃ series.

Synthesis of mono-O-alkylated homooxacalix[3]arene and a protection–deprotection strategy for homooxacalix[3]arene (2016)
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Wu, C., Ikejiri, Y., Zeng, X., Elsegood, M. R., Redshaw, C., & Yamato, T. (2017). Synthesis of mono-O-alkylated homooxacalix[3]arene and a protection–deprotection strategy for homooxacalix[3]arene. Organic Letters, 19(1), 66-69. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.orglett.6b03338

The regioselective synthesis of mono-O-alkylated homooxacalix[3]arene is accomplished for the first time. The synthetic route relies on two key steps: (i) a facile protection of two OH groups at the lower rim of the homooxacalix[3]arene and (ii) th... Read More about Synthesis of mono-O-alkylated homooxacalix[3]arene and a protection–deprotection strategy for homooxacalix[3]arene.

D-π-D chromophores based on dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3'-d]thiophene (DTT) : potential application in the fabrication of solar cell (2016)
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Akther, T., Feng, X., Elsegood, M. R., Elsegood, M. R., Wang, C., Do, J., …Yamato, T. (2017). D-π-D chromophores based on dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3'-d]thiophene (DTT) : potential application in the fabrication of solar cell. Tetrahedron, 73(4), 307-312. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tet.2016.11.077

In this work, four stable dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3'-d]thiophene-based π-extended molecules were designed and synthesized via a Pd-catalysed Sonogashira coupling reaction. The structures of these symmetrical compounds, including dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3'-d]thio... Read More about D-π-D chromophores based on dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3'-d]thiophene (DTT) : potential application in the fabrication of solar cell.

Structural classification of quasi-one-dimensional ternary nitrides (2016)
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Headspith, D., Headspith, D. A., & Francesconi, M. G. (2016). Structural classification of quasi-one-dimensional ternary nitrides. Inorganics, 4(4), Article 37. https://doi.org/10.3390/inorganics4040037

This review focuses on the crystal structural features of ternary (mixed-metal) quasi-one-dimensional nitrides i.e., nitrides containing (cation-³⁻) coordination polyhedra sharing either corners, edges, or faces, arranged in linear chains, and interc... Read More about Structural classification of quasi-one-dimensional ternary nitrides.

Twist-bend nematic phase in cyanobiphenyls and difluoroterphenyls bimesogens (2016)
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Panov, V. P., Vij, J. K., & Mehl, G. H. (2017). Twist-bend nematic phase in cyanobiphenyls and difluoroterphenyls bimesogens. Liquid crystals, 44(1), 147-159. https://doi.org/10.1080/02678292.2016.1254289

The paper reviews assignment of the low-temperature nematic phase observed in simple bimesogenic or dimeric systems based on cyanobiphenyls and difluoroterphenyls to the twist-bend nematic phase, NTB, using a range of experimental techniques. These i... Read More about Twist-bend nematic phase in cyanobiphenyls and difluoroterphenyls bimesogens.

Polymorphism and solid−gas/solid−solid reactions of isonicotinic acid, isonicotinamide, and nicotinamide copper chloride compounds (2016)
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Fellows, S. M., & Prior, T. J. (2017). Polymorphism and solid−gas/solid−solid reactions of isonicotinic acid, isonicotinamide, and nicotinamide copper chloride compounds. Crystal growth & design, 17(1), 106-116. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.6b01295

The crystal structures of eight new copper chloride coordination complexes with substituted pyridines have been determined through a combination of single crystal X-ray diffraction and ab initio structure solution from X-ray powder diffraction data.... Read More about Polymorphism and solid−gas/solid−solid reactions of isonicotinic acid, isonicotinamide, and nicotinamide copper chloride compounds.

Light scattering study of the “pseudo-layer” compression elastic constant in a twist-bend nematic liquid crystal (2016)
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Parsouzi, Z., Pardaev, S. A., Welch, C., Ahmed, Z., Mehl, G. H., Baldwin, A. R., …Sprunt, S. (2016). Light scattering study of the “pseudo-layer” compression elastic constant in a twist-bend nematic liquid crystal. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP, 18(46), 31645-31652. https://doi.org/10.1039/C6CP06292J

The nematic twist-bend (TB) phase, exhibited by certain achiral thermotropic liquid crystalline (LC) dimers, features a nanometer-scale, heliconical rotation of the average molecular long axis (director) with equally probable left- and right-handed d... Read More about Light scattering study of the “pseudo-layer” compression elastic constant in a twist-bend nematic liquid crystal.

Synthesis, characterization and in vivo evaluation of a magnetic cisplatin delivery nanosystem based on PMAA-graft-PEG copolymers (2016)
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Voulgari, E., Bakandritsos, A., Galtsidis, S., Zoumpourlis, V., Burke, B. P., Clemente, G. S., …Avgoustakis, K. (2016). Synthesis, characterization and in vivo evaluation of a magnetic cisplatin delivery nanosystem based on PMAA-graft-PEG copolymers. Journal of controlled release : official journal of the Controlled Release Society, 243, 342-356. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jconrel.2016.10.021

© 2016 Elsevier B.V. The development of anticancer drug delivery systems which retain or enhance the cytotoxic properties of the drug to tumorous tissues, while reducing toxicity to other organs is of key importance. We investigated different poly(me... Read More about Synthesis, characterization and in vivo evaluation of a magnetic cisplatin delivery nanosystem based on PMAA-graft-PEG copolymers.

How the sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreen films change during solar irradiation (2016)
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Binks, B. P., Fletcher, P. D., Johnson, A. J., Marinopoulos, I., Crowther, J., & Thompson, M. A. (2017). How the sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreen films change during solar irradiation. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 333, 186-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotochem.2016.10.027

We have investigated how the sun protection factor (SPF) of different types of sunscreen film varies with “standard” solar irradiation due to photochemical processes. We have used a combination of chemical actinometry, measurement and modelling to es... Read More about How the sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreen films change during solar irradiation.

Sulfonated sporopollenin as an efficient and recyclable heterogeneous catalyst for dehydration of D-xylose and xylan into furfural (2016)
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Wang, Y., Len, T., Huang, Y., Diego Taboada, A., Boa, A. N., Ceballos, C., …Len, C. (2017). Sulfonated sporopollenin as an efficient and recyclable heterogeneous catalyst for dehydration of D-xylose and xylan into furfural. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5(1), 392-398. https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01780

The natural acidity of sporopollenin, the biopolymer coating the outer walls of pollen grains, was enhanced by the sulfonation of its surface. Modified sporopollenin displaying sulfonic acid groups has been prepared, characterized by elemental analys... Read More about Sulfonated sporopollenin as an efficient and recyclable heterogeneous catalyst for dehydration of D-xylose and xylan into furfural.

Food-grade Pickering stabilisation of foams by in situ hydrophobisation of calcium carbonate particles (2016)
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Binks, B. P., Muijlwijk, K., Koman, H., & Poortinga, A. T. (2017). Food-grade Pickering stabilisation of foams by in situ hydrophobisation of calcium carbonate particles. Food Hydrocolloids, 63, 585-592. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodhyd.2016.10.002

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd The aim of this study was to investigate the possibility of stabilising foam bubbles in water by adsorption of calcium carbonate (CaCO 3 ) particles. Because CaCO 3 is hydrophilic and not surface-active, particles were hydrophobis... Read More about Food-grade Pickering stabilisation of foams by in situ hydrophobisation of calcium carbonate particles.

Copper coordination polymers constructed from thiazole-5-carboxylic acid: Synthesis, crystal structures, and structural transformation (2016)
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Meundaeng, N., Rujiwatra, A., & Prior, T. J. (2017). Copper coordination polymers constructed from thiazole-5-carboxylic acid: Synthesis, crystal structures, and structural transformation. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 245, 138-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2016.10.009

© 2016 Elsevier Inc. We have successfully prepared crystals of thiazole-5-carboxylic acid (5-Htza) (L) and three new thiazole-5-carboxylate-based Cu 2+ coordination polymers with different dimensionality, namely, 1D [Cu 2 (5-tza) 2 (1,10-phenanthroli... Read More about Copper coordination polymers constructed from thiazole-5-carboxylic acid: Synthesis, crystal structures, and structural transformation.

Combinatorial microfluidic droplet engineering for biomimetic material synthesis (2016)
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Bawazer, L. A., McNally, C. S., Empson, C. J., Marchant, W. J., Comyn, T. P., Niu, X., …Meldrum, F. C. (2016). Combinatorial microfluidic droplet engineering for biomimetic material synthesis. Science Advances, 2(10), e1600567-e1600567. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1600567

Although droplet-based systems are used in a wide range of technologies, opportunities for systematically customizing their interface chemistries remain relatively unexplored. This article describes a new microfluidic strategy for rapidly tailoring e... Read More about Combinatorial microfluidic droplet engineering for biomimetic material synthesis.

ABC triblock copolymer worms : synthesis, characterization and evaluation as Pickering emulsifiers for millimeter-sized droplets (2016)
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Mable, C. J., Thompson, K. L., Derry, M. J., Mykhaylyk, O. O., Binks, B. P., & Armes, S. P. (2016). ABC triblock copolymer worms : synthesis, characterization and evaluation as Pickering emulsifiers for millimeter-sized droplets. Macromolecules, 49(20), 7897-7907. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.6b01729

Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) is used to prepare linear poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) [PGMA-PHPMA-PBzMA] triblock copolymer worms or spheres in the form of a concentrated aq... Read More about ABC triblock copolymer worms : synthesis, characterization and evaluation as Pickering emulsifiers for millimeter-sized droplets.

Comparative analysis of anisotropic material properties of uniaxial nematics formed by flexible dimers and rod-like monomers (2016)
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Cukrov, G., Mosaddeghian Golestani, Y., Xiang, J., Nastishin, Y. A., Ahmed, Z., Welch, C., …Lavrentovich, O. D. (2017). Comparative analysis of anisotropic material properties of uniaxial nematics formed by flexible dimers and rod-like monomers. Liquid crystals, 44(1), 219-231. https://doi.org/10.1080/02678292.2016.1240248

We report temperature dependencies of material properties such as dielectric anisotropy, birefringence, splay (K₁₁), twist (K₂₂), and bend (K₃₃) elastic constants of the uniaxial nematic (N) phase formed by flexible dimers of DTC5C9 and compare their... Read More about Comparative analysis of anisotropic material properties of uniaxial nematics formed by flexible dimers and rod-like monomers.

Simultaneous differential scanning calorimetry – synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction : a powerful technique for physical form characterisation in pharmaceutical materials (2016)
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Clout, A., Buanz, A. B. M., Prior, T. J., Reinhard, C., Wu, Y., O'Hare, D., …Gaisford, S. (2016). Simultaneous differential scanning calorimetry – synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction : a powerful technique for physical form characterisation in pharmaceutical materials. Analytical chemistry, 88(20), 10111-10117. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.6b02549

© 2016 American Chemical Society. We report a powerful new technique: hyphenating synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). This is achieved with a simple modification to a standard laboratory DSC instru... Read More about Simultaneous differential scanning calorimetry – synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction : a powerful technique for physical form characterisation in pharmaceutical materials.

Director configuration in the twist-bend nematic phase of CB11CB (2016)
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Miglioli, I., Bacchiocchi, C., Arcioni, A., Kohlmeier, A., Mehl, G. H., & Zannoni, C. (2016). Director configuration in the twist-bend nematic phase of CB11CB. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 4(41), 9887-9896. https://doi.org/10.1039/c6tc03246j

The director distribution in the nematic phases exhibited by the 100,1100-bis(4-cyanobiphenyl-40-yl)undecane (CB11CB) liquid crystal has been studied in the bulk with the EPR spin probe technique. EPR spectra confirmed the presence of an higher tempe... Read More about Director configuration in the twist-bend nematic phase of CB11CB.

How to study basement membrane stiffness as a biophysical trigger in prostate cancer and other age-related pathologies or metabolic diseases (2016)
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Rodriguez-Teja, M., Breit, C., Clarke, M., Talar, K., Wang, K., Mohammad, M. A., …Sturge, J. (2016). How to study basement membrane stiffness as a biophysical trigger in prostate cancer and other age-related pathologies or metabolic diseases. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE, 2016(115), https://doi.org/10.3791/54230

Here we describe a protocol that can be used to study the biophysical microenvironment related to increased thickness and stiffness of the basement membrane (BM) during age-related pathologies and metabolic disorders (e.g. cancer, diabetes, microvasc... Read More about How to study basement membrane stiffness as a biophysical trigger in prostate cancer and other age-related pathologies or metabolic diseases.

Pickering emulsions stabilized by coloured organic pigment particles (2016)
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Binks, B. P., & Olusanya, S. (2017). Pickering emulsions stabilized by coloured organic pigment particles. Chemical science, 8(1), 708-723. https://doi.org/10.1039/C6SC03085H

The possibility of stabilizing emulsions of water and non-polar alkane with pure, coloured organic pigment particles is explored. Seven pigment types each possessing a primary colour of the rainbow were selected. Their solubility in water or heptane... Read More about Pickering emulsions stabilized by coloured organic pigment particles.