Today is my last day (for a little while) at Nature Communications, as from Monday I will be taking up a locum associate editor position at Nature Chemistry!

Over the last 16 months I’ve thoroughly enjoyed handling a really broad spectrum of manuscripts at Nature Communications. The editorial team are fantastic to work with, the enthusiasm and dedication everyone commits to their manuscripts makes it no wonder that the journal is going from strength to strength. Being a involved in the developments at the foremost open access science journal in the world has been really rewarding.

My move, albeit temporary, to Nature Chemistry is hugely exciting. I can’t wait to shepherd the best chemistry manuscripts through peer review and into print (a new concept for me!); contributing to, and curating, ‘front half’ content I expect to be stimulating and challenging in equal measure.




This month I contributed to the Nature Milestones: Mass spectrometry special supplement, with a piece on linked separation techniques.

Nature Milestones
Mass spectrometry: Amicable separations
Nature Methods 12, S10 (2015) doi:10.1038/nmeth.3523
Published online 10 September 2015

Hydrogels: Coordination driven gelation
Nature Chemistry 7, 681 
Published online read-only access


Soon (16th – 20th August 2015) you can find me at the American Chemical Society National Fall Meeting in Boston, USA. Please come and talk to me about all things chemistry, Nature Communications, open access or about our new double-blind peer review option.


This week (28th June – 2nd July 2015) you can find me at the 10th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry in Strasbourg. Please come and talk to me about all things chemistry, Nature Communications, open access or about our new double-blind peer review option.

Molecular sensors: Spoiler alert
Nature Chemistry 7, 466 
Published online 

The electronic, optical and magnetic consequences of delocalization in multifunctional donor-acceptor organic polymers

Two organic polymers containing alternating electron donating triarylamine and electron accepting thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole (TzTz) moieties have been synthesized and their redox states investigated. When donor and acceptor units are proximal (polymer 1), electron density is delocalized, leading to a small electrical and optical band gap; these are larger with the inclusion of an adjoining alkynyl-phenyl bridge (polymer 2), where electron density is more localized due to the rotation of the monomer units. As a result, 1 and 2 display different optical and fluorescence properties in their neutral states. Upon chemical and electrochemical redox reactions, radicals form in both 1 and 2, yielding magnetic materials that display temperature independent paramagnetism, attributable to delocalization of radical spins along the polymeric backbones. The ability to convert between diamagnetic and paramagnetic states upon chemical oxidation and/or reduction allows for the materials to display switchable magnetism and fluorescence, imparting multifunctionality to these solid-state purely organic materials.

Nanomedicine: MOFs deliver
Nature Chemistry 7, 270–271 (2015) doi:10.1038/nchem.2229
Published online