In this week’s Review, B. Meunier et al. discuss chemotherapies against bilharziasis (schistosomiasis). What approaches could be successful in the development of new drugs for treatment of one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases in Africa? The Highlights deal with the use of porous anatase single crystals in solar cells (S. So and P. Schmuki) and static and dynamic skeletons of 3D porous carbon (A.-H. Lu et al.). In a set of Correspondences, G. B. Dudley et al. argue in favor of real microwave effects in organic synthesis, while C. O. Kappe insists microwave effects are merely superheating.
In the Communications section, J. R. Nitschke et al. describe the host–guest chemistry and catalytic activitiy of enantiopure water-soluble [Fe4L6] cages (see picture). H. Willner et al. succeeded in the synthesis of the iminyl radical O2SN, an SO3 analogue. Y. Román-Leshkov et al. demonstrate how γ-valerolactone can be synthesized from furfural in a zeolite-catalyzed domino reaction. C. Darcel et al. report a method for the selective reduction of esters to aldehydes that is catalyzed by NHC-iron complexes.