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Editorial

Molecules Best Paper Award 2015

Editor-in-Chief, MDPI AG, Klybeckstrasse 64, Basel CH-4057, Switzerland
Molecules 2015, 20(1), 1751-1754; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules20011751
Received: 7 January 2015 / Accepted: 9 January 2015 / Published: 20 January 2015
Molecules instituted some years ago a “Best Paper” award to recognize the most outstanding papers in the area of organic synthesis, natural products, medicinal chemistry and molecular diversity published each year in Molecules. We are pleased to announce the third “Molecules Best Paper Award” for 2015. The winners were chosen by the Editor-in-Chief and selected editorial board members from among all the papers published in 2011. Reviews and research papers were evaluated separately. We are pleased to announce that the following eight papers have won the Molecules Best Paper Award for 2015:

Article Award:

1st Prize

Ulrike Endesfelder, Sebastian Malkusch, Benjamin Flottmann, Justine Mondry, Piotr Liguzinski, Peter J. Verveer and Mike Heilemann
Chemically Induced Photoswitching of Fluorescent Probes—A General Concept for Super-Resolution Microscopy
Molecules 2011, 16(4), 3106-3118; doi:10.3390/molecules16043106

2nd Prize

Victor Alves Carneiro, Hélcio Silva dos Santos, Francisco Vassiliepe Sousa Arruda, Paulo Nogueira Bandeira, Maria Rose Jane Ribeiro Albuquerque, Maria Olívia Pereira, Mariana Henriques, Benildo Sousa Cavada and Edson Holanda Teixeira
Casbane Diterpene as a Promising Natural Antimicrobial Agent against Biofilm-Associated Infections
Molecules 2011, 16(1), 190-201; doi:10.3390/molecules16010190

3nd Prize

Yasunori Yamamoto, Tomohiko Shirai, Momoko Watanabe, Kazunori Kurihara and Norio Miyaura
Ru/Me-BIPAM-Catalyzed Asymmetric Addition of Arylboronic Acids to Aliphatic Aldehydes and alpha-Ketoesters
Molecules 2011, 16(6), 5020-5034; doi:10.3390/molecules16065020
Sekelwa Cosa, Leonard V. Mabinya, Ademola O. Olaniran, Omobola O. Okoh, Kim Bernard, Shaun Deyzel and Anthony I. Okoh
Bioflocculant Production by Virgibacillus sp. Rob Isolated from the Bottom Sediment of Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Molecules 2011, 16(3), 2431-2442; doi:10.3390/molecules16032431
Abdelaaty A. Shahat, Abeer Y. Ibrahim, Saber F. Hendawy, Elsayed A. Omer, Faiza M. Hammouda, Fawzia H. Abdel-Rahman and Mahmoud A. Saleh
Chemical Composition, Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activities of Essential Oils from Organically Cultivated Fennel Cultivars
Molecules 2011, 16(2), 1366-1377; doi:10.3390/molecules16021366

Review Award:

1st Prize

Chad C. Eichman and James P. Stambuli
Transition Metal Catalyzed Synthesis of Aryl Sulfides
Molecules 2011, 16(1), 590-608; doi:10.3390/molecules16010590

2nd Prize

Michael Oelgemöller and Oksana Shvydkiv
Recent Advances in Microflow Photochemistry
Molecules 2011, 16(9), 7522-7550; doi:10.3390/molecules16097522

3nd Prize

Anna K. Jäger and Lasse Saaby
Flavonoids and the CNS
Molecules 2011, 16(2), 1471-1485; doi:10.3390/molecules16021471
The prize awarding committee recognized the article “Chemically Induced Photoswitching of Fluorescent Probes—A General Concept for Super-Resolution Microscopy” as “….a good addition to the science of super resolution imaging both in fixed and in live cells” since it “….describes the fluorescence properties of five fluorescent proteins together with organic fluorophores and the reversible photoswitching properties of mEos2 was studied in more detail.” The review “Transition Metal Catalyzed Synthesis of Aryl Sulfides” provided “…a useful adjunct to the library of C-S bond syntheses”, as “…it describes transition metal catalyzed synthesis of aryl sulfides” and “… some of aryl sulfides occur in biologically active compounds.”
We believe these eight exceptional papers represent valuable contributions to Molecules and the scientific literature. On behalf of the Prize Awarding Committee and the Editorial Board of Molecules, we would like to congratulate these eight teams for their excellent work. In recognition for their accomplishment, Dr. Mike Heilemann, Dr. Victor Alves Carneiro, Dr. Yasunori Yamamoto, Dr. Anthony I. Okoh and Dr. Mahmoud A. Saleh will receive prizes of 1,000, 800, 600, 400 and 200 CHF, respectively, and the privilege of publishing an additional Open Access format paper of their choice free of charge in Molecules. Dr. James P. Stambuli, Dr. Michael Oelgemöller and Dr. Anna K. Jäger will be awarded the privilege of publishing an additional research paper free of charge in Open Access format in Molecules.

Prize Awarding Committee 

Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Derek J. McPhee
MDPI AG, Klybeckstrasse 64, Basel CH-4057, Switzerland

Associate Editor

Prof. Dr. Fernando Albericio
1 School of Chemistry, Yachay Tech, Yachay City of Knowledge, 100119-Urcuqui, Ecuador
2 Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), Parc Científic de Barcelona, Baldiri Reixac 10, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
3 School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa

Associate Editor

Dr. Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry (FS), University of Mons-UMONS, Place du parc, 23, 7000 Mons, Belgium; E-Mail: [email protected]

Associate Editor

Dr. John A. Beutler
Molecular Targets Laboratory, Bldg 1052 Rm 110 NCI at Frederick, Frederick, MD 21702-1201, USA

Associate Editor

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Battino
Department of Odontostomatologic and Specialized Clinical Sciences, Sez-Biochimica, Faculty of Medicine, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Ranieri 65, 60100 Ancona, Italy

Editorial Board Member, Section “Medicinal Chemistry”

Prof. Dr. Jarkko Rautio
School of Pharmacy, University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 1627, 70211 Kuopio, Finland

Editorial Board Member, Section “Organic Synthesis”

Prof. Dr. Osmo E. O. Hormi
Department of Chemistry, University of Oulu, Linnanmaa, P.O.Box 333, FIN-90570 Oulu, Finland
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