In a Review, F. Nudelman and N. A. J. M. Sommerdijk discuss how biomineralization is a source of inspiration for materials chemistry. Which biomedical and technical applications benefit in particular? In a Minireview, A. Barnard and D. K. Smith discuss how the use of self-assembly to create dynamic multivalency is a powerful strategy with some significant advantages over the use of static multivalent arrays. The Highlights deal with multiple-charged P1-centered cations (K.-O. Feldmann and J. J. Weigand) and rational polymer approaches towards carbon nanostructures (S. Schrettl and H. Frauenrath).
In the Communications section, T.-O. Do et al. describe the controlled synthesis of titanate nanodiscs. The motion of a single water ligand around a peptide bond in acetanilide was probed by M. Fujii et al. in real time by time-resolved IR spectroscopy. M. R. Hill et al. present lithiated porous aromatic frameworks with exceptional gas storage capacity. D. Jayatilaka et al. show how S–O bond orders can be determined from X-ray diffraction data (see picture).
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