Th article published in the Open Access journal ACS Omega "On the Study of Ca and Mg Deintercalation from Ternary Tantalum Nitrides" by M. Rosa Palacín, Amparo Fuertes et al. and the article "Role of Polymorphism and Thin-Film Morphology in Organic Semiconductors Processed by Solution Shearing" by Marta Mas-Torrent et al. have been selected for the the journal's first-ever Virtual Issue "Women at the Forefront of Chemistry". This special collection of articles, handpicked and guest-edited by the Associate Editor, Professor Luisa Torsi, celebrates the contributions of 50+ leading women scientists at various stages of their career, selected from around the world, who have published high-quality articles in our journal as corresponding authors.
The two works, "On the Study of Ca and Mg Deintercalation from Ternary Tantalum Nitrides" and "Role of Polymorphism and Thin-Film Morphology in Organic Semiconductors Processed by Solution Shearing" have been highligted along with other stars of chemistry (and its interfacing areas) in the Virtual Issue "Women at the Forefront of Chemistry" with the aim of challenging stereotypes, advancing progress towards full gender equality in the future, and encouraging more women to pursue a career in STEM.
The year 2020 is special since it marks the 25th anniversary of The Beijing Platform for Action, the most advanced blueprint for achieving gender equality in the world. It also marks ten years since the establishment of UN Women, and the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security.
Please read Luisa Torsi’s Editorial published along with the Virtual Issue: “Let Us Together Shine a Light on Women in STEM.”
"We hope to inspire other women, and men as well, to think of Chemistry and STEM subjects as fields where everyone can contribute fruitfully and encourage those in decision-making positions to implement concrete actions aimed at speeding up the closing of the gender gap in research and innovation." says Luisa Torsi, guest editor of this Virtual Issue
"We hope that other women, especially those seeking a career in science or those considering studying a science degree, will draw inspiration from and aspire to these women success." says the ACS Omega Managing Editor, Dinesh C. Soares.
The featured article presents the feasibility of Ca and Mg ion extraction from ternary tantalum nitrides (CaTaN2, MgTa2N3, and MgxTa2N4) both chemically and electrochemically. The feasibility of Ca deintercalation form CaTaN2 is also investigated using first principles calculations within the density functional theory (DFT) approximation. The work represents an additional step in multivalent cathode exploration. Ternary nitrides might constitute an interesting alternative to oxides for high energy densities batteries.
On the Study of Ca and Mg Deintercalation from Ternary Tantalum Nitrides. Roberta Verrelli, Ashley Philip Black, Carlos Frontera,Judith Oró-Solé, Maria Elena Arroyo-de Dompablo,Amparo Fuertes* and M. Rosa Palacín*. ACS Omega 2019, 4, 5, 8943-8952. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.9b00770
In this perspective article, we focus on controlling polymorphism and morphology in small-molecule organic semiconducting thin films deposited by solution-shearing techniques compatible with roll-to-roll systems. Special attention is paid to the influence that the different experimental deposition parameters can have on thin films. Further, the main characterization techniques for thin-film structures are reviewed, highlighting the in situ characterization tools that can provide crucial insights into the crystallization mechanisms.
Role of Polymorphism and Thin-Film Morphology in Organic Semiconductors Processed by Solution Shearing. Sergi Riera-Galindo, Adrián Tamayo and Marta Mas-Torrent*. ACS Omega 2018, 3, 2, 2329-2339. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b00043