Featured Journal – Chemistry – A European Journal


In this issue of featured journal, I decided to showcase a more general chemistry journal which features high-quality research from all areas of the chemical sciences.

Based in Europe, Chemistry – A European Journal aims to provide a platform for increasing the visibility of European research groups, but also publishes the best research from chemists around the world. A truly international publication, this journal always has interesting and exciting research on offer, and spans a wide range of different areas, meaning there’s something for everyone.

With an impact factor of 5.831, it’s a highly regarded journal, and publishes everything from reviews and full articles to concepts and communications.

You can find the current issue here.

In Chemistry – A European Journal today:

“Ionic Liquid Propellants: Future Fuels for Space Propulsion”


This is a very interesting concept article, highlighting the possibility of using ionic liquids as spacecraft fuels. Ionic liquids are very popular at the moment in the research community, with them providing a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional solvents, and this article sheds light on an exciting new application they could have. Propellants are vital for providing power to a spacecraft, but currently dangerous and difficult to handle compounds are used. Ionic liquids are much safer and easier to handle, and if they perform well, this will be a great leap forward in space technology.


“The Role of 2,6-diaminopyridine Ligands in the Isolation of an Unprecedented Low-valent Tin Complex”


This article really interests me because low-valent complexes are an area of chemistry that myself and the research group I work within are particularly interested in. Furthermore, I myself have a Masters student working under my supervision on tin complexes. Here, we see the use of neutral 2,6-diaminopyridine ligands to stabilise a very unusual Sn(0) compound. This has never been achieved before with only one donor molecule, and presents a new way of forming such species. The authors rigorously analysed the compound to prove its composition, and this very rare type of complex will now be investigated for its reactivity, which could lead to some very interesting results.


“Nickel Hydroxide Nanoparticle Activated Semi-metallic TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Non-enzymatic Glucose Sensing”


Reliable, long-lasting glucose sensors are a real need in the health and food industries, particularly for the management of diabetes. Current sensors use enzymes, which limit how long they last and their activity. Inorganic nanotubes provide a viable alternative to traditional glucose sensors, due to their high surface area and conductivity. The authors in this paper have used titania nanotubes decorated with nickel hydroxide nanoparticles as a very effective glucose sensor with a fast response, high sensitivity and long-term stability. These are very promising results and really showcase the great potential of these compounds.


“Crystalline Hybrid Solid Materials of Palladium and Decamethylcucurbit[5]uril as Recoverable Precatalysts for Heck Cross-Coupling Reactions”

Any organic chemist can tell you about the incredible significance of the heck cross-coupling reaction in forming C-C bonds in a host of synthetic procedures. Many precatalysts for this reaction have many problems with recoverability and separation,  or are air-sensitive, leading to problems with industrial applicability. Here, we see an interesting alternative to the traditional phosphine compounds used in Heck reactions, with crystalline Group 1 metal-palladium hybrid materials. These compounds showed good catalytic activity for a variety of substrates, and could be easily recycled several times. This provides a new and unusual route for such cross-coupling reactions, and presents an intriguing and possibly industrial applicable process for a very important synthetic procedure.


Chemistry – A European Journal offers a fantastic range of new and exciting chemistry research to the reader, and always presents something unusual and interesting. I always think it is definitely worth a read!


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