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Protein Encapsulation of Experimental Anticancer Agents 5F 203 and Phortress: Towards Precision Drug Delivery (2019)
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Breen, A. F., Scurr, D., Cassioli, M. L., Wells, G., Thomas, N. R., Zhang, J., …Bradshaw, T. D. (2019). Protein Encapsulation of Experimental Anticancer Agents 5F 203 and Phortress: Towards Precision Drug Delivery. International Journal of Nanomedicine, 14, 9525-9534. https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S226293

Introduction: Advancment of novel anticancer drugs into clinic is frequently halted by their lack of solubility, reduced stability under physiological conditions, and non-specific uptake by normal tissues, causing systemic toxicity. Their progress to... Read More about Protein Encapsulation of Experimental Anticancer Agents 5F 203 and Phortress: Towards Precision Drug Delivery.

Infrared spectroscopy of a small ion solvated by helium: OH stretching region of HeN-HOCO+ (2019)
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Davies, J. A., Besley, N. A., Yang, S., & Ellis, A. M. (2019). Infrared spectroscopy of a small ion solvated by helium: OH stretching region of HeN-HOCO+. Journal of Chemical Physics, 151(19),

Messenger spectroscopy is a well-established method for recording infrared (IR) spectra of molecular ions. It relies upon the tagging of weakly bound atoms or molecules, known as the “messenger,” to the ion of interest. The ideal tag species is heliu... Read More about Infrared spectroscopy of a small ion solvated by helium: OH stretching region of HeN-HOCO+.

Formation of a Copper(II)–Tyrosyl Complex at the Active Site of Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases Following Oxidation by H2O2 (2019)
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Paradisi, A., Johnston, E. M., Tovborg, M., Nicoll, C. R., Ciano, L., Dowle, A., …Walton, P. H. (2019). Formation of a Copper(II)–Tyrosyl Complex at the Active Site of Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases Following Oxidation by H2O2. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141(46), 18585-18599. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.9b09833

Hydrogen peroxide is a cosubstrate for the oxidative cleavage of saccharidic substrates by copper-containing lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs). The rate of reaction of LPMOs with hydrogen peroxide is high, but it is accompanied by rapid in... Read More about Formation of a Copper(II)–Tyrosyl Complex at the Active Site of Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases Following Oxidation by H2O2.

The Interface between Li6.5La3Zr1.5Ta0.5O12 and Liquid Electrolyte (2019)
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Liu, J., Gao, X., Hartley, G. O., Rees, G. J., Gong, C., Richter, F. H., …Bruce, P. G. (2019). The Interface between Li6.5La3Zr1.5Ta0.5O12 and Liquid Electrolyte. Joule, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2019.10.001

An advantageous solid electrolyte/liquid electrolyte interface is crucial for the implementation of a protected lithium anode in liquid electrolyte cells. Li6.5La3Zr1.5Ta0.5O12 (LLZTO) garnet electrolytes are among the few solid electrolytes that are... Read More about The Interface between Li6.5La3Zr1.5Ta0.5O12 and Liquid Electrolyte.

In vitro cytotoxicity assessment of monocationic and dicationic pyridinium-based ionic liquids on HeLa, MCF-7, BGM and EA.hy926 cell lines (2019)
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Perez, S., Montalbán, M., Carissimi, G., Licence, P., & Villora, G. (2019). In vitro cytotoxicity assessment of monocationic and dicationic pyridinium-based ionic liquids on HeLa, MCF-7, BGM and EA.hy926 cell lines. Journal of Hazardous Materials, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.121513

Dicationic ionic liquids (ILs) generally possess higher thermal and electrochemical stability than the analogous monocationic ILs, which makes them more suitable for high-temperature applications as solvents for organic reactions, lubricants or stati... Read More about In vitro cytotoxicity assessment of monocationic and dicationic pyridinium-based ionic liquids on HeLa, MCF-7, BGM and EA.hy926 cell lines.

Interaction between particles with inhomogeneous surface charge distributions: Revisiting the Coulomb fission of dication molecular clusters (2019)
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Filippov, A. V., Chen, X., Harris, C., Stace, A. J., & Besley, E. (2019). Interaction between particles with inhomogeneous surface charge distributions: Revisiting the Coulomb fission of dication molecular clusters. Journal of Chemical Physics, 151(15), https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5119347

An analytical solution describing the electrostatic interaction between particles with inhomogeneous surface charge distributions has been developed. For particles, each carrying a single charge, the solution equates to the presence of a point charge... Read More about Interaction between particles with inhomogeneous surface charge distributions: Revisiting the Coulomb fission of dication molecular clusters.

Identification of separate isoenergetic routes for vibrational energy flow in p-fluorotoluene (2019)
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Gardner, A. M., Whalley, L. E., Kemp, D. J., Tuttle, W. D., & Wright, T. G. (2019). Identification of separate isoenergetic routes for vibrational energy flow in p-fluorotoluene. Journal of Chemical Physics, 151(15), https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5126179

A deceptively simple feature in the S1 ← S0 spectrum of p-fluorotoluene (pFT), 1013 cm−1 above the origin, is studied using both zero-electron-kinetic-energy (ZEKE) and two-dimensional laser-induced fluorescence (2D-LIF) spectroscopy. It is found to... Read More about Identification of separate isoenergetic routes for vibrational energy flow in p-fluorotoluene.

The effect of coordination of alkanes, Xe and CO2 (η1-OCO) on changes in spin state and reactivity in organometallic chemistry: a combined experimental and theoretical study of the photochemistry of CpMn(CO)3 (2019)
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Wu, X., Liu, Z., Murphy, T. S., Sun, X. Z., Hanson-Heine, M. W. D., Towrie, M., …George, M. W. (2019). The effect of coordination of alkanes, Xe and CO2 (η1-OCO) on changes in spin state and reactivity in organometallic chemistry: a combined experimental and theoretical study of the photochemistry of CpMn(CO)3. Faraday Discussions, https://doi.org/10.1039/c9fd00067d

A combined experimental and theoretical study is presented of several ligand addition reactions of the triplet fragment 3CpMn(CO)2 formed upon photolysis of CpMn(CO)3. Experimental data are provided for reactions in n-heptane and perfluoromethylcyclo... Read More about The effect of coordination of alkanes, Xe and CO2 (η1-OCO) on changes in spin state and reactivity in organometallic chemistry: a combined experimental and theoretical study of the photochemistry of CpMn(CO)3.

Zinc 1s Valence-to-Core X-ray Emission Spectroscopy of Halozincate Complexes (2019)
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Clarke, C. J., Hayama, S., Hawes, A., Hallett, J. P., Chamberlain, T. W., Lovelock, K. R., & Besley, N. A. (2019). Zinc 1s Valence-to-Core X-ray Emission Spectroscopy of Halozincate Complexes. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 123(44), 9552-9559. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.9b08037

The Zn 1s valence-to-core (VtC) X-ray emission spectra of seven ionic liquids have been measured experimentally and simulated on the basis of time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) calculations. Six of the ionic liquids were made by mixing... Read More about Zinc 1s Valence-to-Core X-ray Emission Spectroscopy of Halozincate Complexes.

In search of effective therapies to overcome resistance to Temozolomide in brain tumours (2019)
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Grundy, R., Bouzinab, K., Summers, H., Zhang, J., Stevens, M. F. G., Moody, C. J., …Bradshaw, T. D. (2019). In search of effective therapies to overcome resistance to Temozolomide in brain tumours. Cancer Drug Resistance, 2, https://doi.org/10.20517/cdr.2019.64

Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and lethal brain tumour-type. The current standard of care includes Temozolomide (TMZ) chemotherapy. However, inherent and acquired resistance to TMZ thwart successful treatment. The direct repair protein me... Read More about In search of effective therapies to overcome resistance to Temozolomide in brain tumours.

Asymmetric hybrid polyoxometalates: a platform for multifunctional redox-active nanomaterials (2019)
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Hampson, E., Cameron, J. M., Amin, S., Kyo, J., Watts, J. A., Oshio, H., & Newton, G. N. (2019). Asymmetric hybrid polyoxometalates: a platform for multifunctional redox-active nanomaterials. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201912046

Access to asymmetrically functionalised polyoxometalates is a grand challenge as it could lead to new molecular nanomaterials with multiple or modular functionality. Here, a simple “one-pot” synthetic approach to the isolation of an asymmetrically fu... Read More about Asymmetric hybrid polyoxometalates: a platform for multifunctional redox-active nanomaterials.

Iron(II)-catalyzed hydroamination of isocyanates (2019)
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South, A. J., Geer, A. M., Taylor, L. J., Sharpe, H. R., Lewis, W., Blake, A. J., & Kays, D. L. (2019). Iron(II)-catalyzed hydroamination of isocyanates. Organometallics, 38(21), 4115-4120. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00393

A two-coordinate Fe(II) m-terphenyl complex acts as a precatalyst for the hydroamination of isocyanates, affording urea and biuret derivatives, with product selectivity accomplished via modification of the reaction conditions. Using a more nucleophil... Read More about Iron(II)-catalyzed hydroamination of isocyanates.

Time resolved transient circular dichroism spectroscopy using synchrotron natural polarization (2019)
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Auvray, F., Dennetiere, D., Giuliani, A., Jamme, F., Wien, F., Nay, B., …Réfrégiers, M. (2019). Time resolved transient circular dichroism spectroscopy using synchrotron natural polarization. Structural Dynamics, 6(5), https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5120346

Ultraviolet (UV) synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) spectroscopy has made an important contribution to the determination and understanding of the structure of bio-molecules. In this paper, we report an innovative approach that we term ti... Read More about Time resolved transient circular dichroism spectroscopy using synchrotron natural polarization.

In Situ Sulfidation of Pd/C: A Straightforward Method for Chemoselective Conjugate Reduction by Continuous Hydrogenation (2019)
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Moore, J. C., Howie, R. A., Bourne, S. L., Jenkins, G. N., Licence, P., Poliakoff, M., & George, M. W. (2019). In Situ Sulfidation of Pd/C: A Straightforward Method for Chemoselective Conjugate Reduction by Continuous Hydrogenation. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 7(19), 16814-16819. https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b04347

A method has been developed for the in situ sulfidation of Pd/C under continuous flow. The approach provides a cheap, sustainable, and operationally convenient method for chemoselective conjugate reduction by continuous hydrogenation. High conversio... Read More about In Situ Sulfidation of Pd/C: A Straightforward Method for Chemoselective Conjugate Reduction by Continuous Hydrogenation.

Poly (glycerol adipate) (PGA), an Enzymatically Synthesized Functionalizable Polyester and Versatile Drug Delivery Carrier: A Literature Update (2019)
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Swainson, S. M., Styliari, I. D., Taresco, V., & Garnett, M. C. (2019). Poly (glycerol adipate) (PGA), an Enzymatically Synthesized Functionalizable Polyester and Versatile Drug Delivery Carrier: A Literature Update. Polymers, 11(10), 1561. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11101561

The enzymatically synthesized poly (glycerol adipate) (PGA) has demonstrated all the desirable key properties required from a performing biomaterial to be considered a versatile “polymeric-tool” in the broad field of drug delivery. The step-growth po... Read More about Poly (glycerol adipate) (PGA), an Enzymatically Synthesized Functionalizable Polyester and Versatile Drug Delivery Carrier: A Literature Update.

Structural basis for chain release from the enacyloxin polyketide synthase (2019)
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Kosol, S., Gallo, A., Griffiths, D., Valentic, T. R., Masschelein, J., Jenner, M., …Lewandowski, J. R. (2019). Structural basis for chain release from the enacyloxin polyketide synthase. Nature Chemistry, 11(10), 913-923. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-019-0335-5

Modular polyketide synthases and nonribosomal peptide synthetases are molecular assembly lines consisting of several multienzyme subunits that undergo dynamic selfassembly to form a functional mega-complex. N- and C-terminal docking domains are usual... Read More about Structural basis for chain release from the enacyloxin polyketide synthase.

Quantification of energy of activation to supramolecular nanofibre formation reveals enthalpic and entropic effects and morphological consequence (2019)
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Samperi, M., Perez-Garcia, L., & Amabilino, D. B. (2019). Quantification of energy of activation to supramolecular nanofibre formation reveals enthalpic and entropic effects and morphological consequence. Chemical Science, 2019(44), 10256-10266. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9sc03280k

We show a self-assembly process leading to fibres from a system that starts far from equilibrium because of fast solvent – anti-solvent mixing and analyse the activation energies associated with the aggregation. It is in some ways reminiscent of dive... Read More about Quantification of energy of activation to supramolecular nanofibre formation reveals enthalpic and entropic effects and morphological consequence.

Highly coloured and electrophoretically active polymer microparticles via staggered dispersion polymerisation in supercritical carbon dioxide and dodecane (2019)
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McAllister, T. D., Bennett, T. M., Petrillo, C., Topping, C., Farrand, L. D., Smith, N., & Howdle, S. M. (2019). Highly coloured and electrophoretically active polymer microparticles via staggered dispersion polymerisation in supercritical carbon dioxide and dodecane. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, https://doi.org/10.1039/c9tc03558c

Devices featuring electrophoretic displays (EPD) have become extremely popular in recent years because of their low power consumption, high readability and thin display designs, but a product with a full colour gamut comparable with liquid crystal di... Read More about Highly coloured and electrophoretically active polymer microparticles via staggered dispersion polymerisation in supercritical carbon dioxide and dodecane.

Synthesis of folic acid functionalized gold nanoclusters for targeting folate receptor-positive cells (2019)
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Liu, Z., Turyanska, L., Zamberlan, F., Pacifico, S., Bradshaw, T. D., Moro, F., …Thomas, N. R. (2019). Synthesis of folic acid functionalized gold nanoclusters for targeting folate receptor-positive cells. Nanotechnology, 30(50), https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6528/ab437c

We report on the synthesis of water-soluble gold nanoclusters capped with polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based ligands and further functionalized with folic acid for specific cellular uptake. The dihydrolipoic acid-PEG-based ligands terminated with -OMe,... Read More about Synthesis of folic acid functionalized gold nanoclusters for targeting folate receptor-positive cells.

A Wavy Two-Dimensional Covalent Organic Framework from Core-Twisted Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (2019)
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Melle-Franco, M., Martínez-Abadía, M., Stoppiello, C. T., Strutynski, K., Lerma-Berlanga, B., Martí-Gastaldo, C., …Mateo-Alonso, A. (2019). A Wavy Two-Dimensional Covalent Organic Framework from Core-Twisted Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141(36), 14403-14410. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.9b07383

A high degree of crystallinity is an essential aspect in two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks, as many properties depend strongly on the structural arrangement of the different layers and their constituents. We introduce herein a new design st... Read More about A Wavy Two-Dimensional Covalent Organic Framework from Core-Twisted Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.