Three-Dimensional Hierarchical Constructs of MOF-on-Reduced Graphene Oxide for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Always on the go: The hierarchical MOF-on-rGO compartment provides efficient confinement for sulfur and displays excellent electrochemical performance.

Yushan Wu, Dr. Haoqing Jiang, Prof. Fu-Sheng Ke, Prof. Hexiang Deng

Identifying Protein Conformational Dynamics Using Spin-label ESR

Getting labeled: Spin-label electron spin resonance (ESR) has emerged as a powerful tool to characterize protein dynamics. In this minireview, a few cases are summarized in which ESR techniques have been developed in recent years to resolve protein dynamic components that were difficult to study by other biophysical tools.

Dr. Yei-Chen Lai, Dr. Yun-Hsuan Kuo, Prof. Yun-Wei Chiang

Nickel-Catalyzed Chemoselective Acetalization of Aldehydes With Alcohols under Neutral Conditions

Taking a Ni: A molecularly defined NiII-complex catalyzing the chemoselective acetalization of aldehydes with alcohols under neutral conditions is reported. The reaction is general, efficient, and showed a wide substrate scope (including aliphatic aldehydes) as well as excellent functional group tolerance. Reusability of the present nickel catalyst is also demonstrated.

Murugan Subaramanian, Vinod G. Landge, Akash Mondal, Dr. Virendrakumar Gupta, Prof. Ekambaram Balaraman

Stabilizing Metal-Organic Polyhedra (MOP): Issues and Strategies

Reaching for stability: Custom-built metal-organic polyhedra (MOPs) can offer improved stability features, particularly hydrolytic stability. The strategies to stabilize carboxylate MOPs are discussed (see figure).

Samraj Mollick, Sahel Fajal, Dr. Soumya Mukherjee, Dr. Sujit K. Ghosh