This week, F. Borges et al. review metabolic pathways of cholesterol and statins. What is the connection with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia? In a Minireview, Z. Schnepp et al. discuss biopolymers as a resource for nanochemistry. In an Essay, C. O. Kappe et al. try to dispel myths in microwave organic synthesis. The Highlight by M. Antonietti deals with photoelectrodes made from simple materials.
In the Communications section, Z. Lin et al. demonstrate how a chemically patterned surface can be formed by controlled evaporative self-assembly of concentric polymer stripes (see picture). P.-S. Lee and N. Yoshikai succeeded in the aldimine-directed hydroarylation of styrene with high branched regioselectivity to afford 1,1-diarylethane derivatives. J. C. Jansen et al. report on an organic–organic nanoporous composite membrane.