Two New Book Chapters and One New Review

I think the process of writing a review is one of the most important for developing new ideas. It gives you a holistic view of a field, allows easy access to the nooks, crannies and interrelationships that create the platform for interesting future efforts. With that in mind…

Be on the lookout for our latest contributions to thinking about the interface between catalysis, sustainable chemistry and polymer science… We’ve contributed two book chapters (now accepted!) to two upcoming ACS Symposium Series volumes. The first is a chapter written by Ben Lake contributed to the upcoming “Controlled Radical Polymerization” book. His chapter is entitled “The Interplay of ATRP, OMRP and CCT in Iron-Mediated Controlled Radical Polymerization” and captures the work that we and others have done in this field. The second chapter is written by Jarret MacDonald for the upcoming “Green Polymer Chemistry: Biobased Materials and Biocatalysis” book. His chapter is entitled “Aluminum Salen and Salan Polymerisation Cataysts: From Monomer Scope to Macrostructure Control” and reviews the plethora of work on these important catalysts, and the range of monomers and macrostructures they can make. Well done guys!

For those applications-oriented whiz kids out there, also be on the lookout for our review article on sensors of oligonucleotides. David Ferrier, our team’s engineer/physicist/sensor-master extraordinaire, has penned the article “Micro- and Nano-structure Based Oligonucleotide Sensors” for the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics in collaboration with his engineering supervisor Phil Hands. Well done Dave!

Green Materials

Green Materials

One of my duties that extends beyond the GML is my role as Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Green Materials. This is a pretty unique journal publishing key scientific and engineering advances extending from renewable polymers to green materials processing to new biodegradable materials. I’m supported in this role by an excellent Editorial Board including leading scientists like Chris Ober, Geoff Coates, Andrew Dove and Jaime Grunlan amongst many others. Green Materials had a big presence at the recent American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans. I saw (and presented!) lots of fantastic talks on Green Materials, and our journal sponsored the POLY/PMSE poster session. Several members of our team took a quick break for this photo-op. Pictured (from L to R) are editorial board members Jaime Grunlan (Texas A&M) and John Gavenosis (DuPont), the dorky Editor-in-Chief (that’s me!) and our publishing team Sohini Banerjee and Victoria Rae from ICE Science.

Check out the journal now! Online access is FREE for 2013!