You have published over 10 papers with Chemical Science. Of these papers, which one do you feel has made the most significant contribution to your area of research and why?
Actually, there would be more than one. I love the papers that I have published with Chemical Science!
Through our contributions in 2012, 2013, 2013, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019, we have been able to demonstrate enhanced levels of control over a variety of systems. We have prepared molecular tweezers with enhanced solubility that enabled us to study their properties, foldamers and columnar stacks, and sheet-like structures that we have been able to convert to cylindrical rod-like structures. I love our most recent contribution this year, where we were able to make use of platinum compounds as non-covalent cross-linkers to make DNA hydrogels.
You have also been an active member of the Chemical Science Advisory Board for many years. How do you feel the journal has developed over this time, and what would you say are the strengths of the journal?
I think Chemical Science has grown tremendously. It is a fantastic journal. The best thing about Chemical Science is that it is open access, but the author does not have to pay for this service. I have also experienced great turnaround times, and the editorial team has been fantastic.
As a member of the Advisory Board, I have really enjoyed being able to contribute to the development of the journal. I feel that Chemical Science has really now taken on board considerations around early-career researchers and how to provide the best experience for them.
Over the years, I have also loved taking part in a number of different ISACS conferences across the world. One of these was actually in Hong Kong, which had such an incredible line-up of speakers. It was great to host people from across the world, although we did have a strong typhoon warning so we were all trapped in the hotel! We still had a fantastic time though.
The year is 2030. How do you feel your area of research will have advanced by this time?
We would like to further manipulate the molecular configurations and supramolecular assembly of our systems in order to perturb the electronic communication and coupling, which will have a strong impact on the functional properties of the systems. I want to not just control the microscopic properties but also the macroscopic ones, which will allow us to start looking into photomachinery/photoactuator applications. Advancements in emitters of Earth-abundant elements will also be made. Exploring control of the excited state rather than the ground state will greatly expand our library of molecules and applications even further, which is something that we don’t have as much control over as this stage.
10th anniversary collection
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chemical Science we are publishing a number of special birthday issues, to recognise and thank members of our community who have been supporting the journal and publishing in Chemical Science since we launched ten years ago.
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