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NEW PAPER - Chromium(III) in deep eutectic solvents: towards a sustainable chromium(VI)-free steel plating process

Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) based on choline chloride, chromium chloride, and their mixtures with water are emerging as one of the most promising sustainable alternatives to the banned and carcinogenic Cr(VI) electroplating process (REACH Annex XVII). However, the coordination chemistry of these liquids is still largely unresolved and only a limited number of compositions have been studied to date. Hence, an in-depth study using a large range of techniques was carried out on the complete composition range of stable liquids at room temperature.

REGISTER NOW!! - School on X-ray and Neutron Diffraction Techniques (28 May - 30 May 2018, VIB-UGent)

Most people are familiar with protein crystallography but there is more to diffraction than classical crystallography. This school provides an introduction to the vast range of X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques and their application to investigate biological structures and processes. Starting from an introduction of the basics of X-ray and neutron scattering we will move on to their application to proteins and their complexes with other proteins or nucleic acids, to lipid structures and studies of bacterial metabolism.

NEW paper - Dalton Transaction - by Kaczmarek et al., 2015

In this paper, various microstructures of Ce2(WO4)3 and Ce10W22O81 were prepared by applying a hydrothermal synthesis, in a ligand-free environment, and in the presence of a dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS) surfactant, after which the materials were heat tr

NEW paper + Front COVER - Chemical Society Reviews - by Kaczmarek et al., 2015

This review focuses on rare-earth carbonate materials of nano- and micro-size. It discusses in depth the different types of rare-earth carbonate compounds, diverse synthetic approaches and possibilities for chemical tuning of the size, shape and morphology. The interesting luminescence properties of lanthanide doped rare- earth carbonates and their potential applications for example as efficient white light sources and biolabels are reviewed.

NEW paper - Inorganic Chemistry - by Kaczmarek et al., 2014

Microstructures of Y2WO6 were prepared by applying a hydrothermal synthesis in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant, after which the materials were heat-treated at a temperature of 1100 °C. When prepared at pH 3, the spherical 3D microstructures were built from nanosized particles. Raising the pH gave materials built from differently shaped building blocks, which influenced the final architecture.