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Special Issue "Advances in Silicon Chemistry 2018"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mitsuo Kira

Prof. Emeritus, Tohoku University
Guest Professor of Key Laboratory of Organosilicon Chemistry and Material Technology, Ministry of Education, Hangzhou Normal University, China
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Interests: bonding, structure, and reactions of stable silicon and related group-14 element unsaturated compounds including silylenes, disilenes, and Si-heteroatom doubly bonded compounds, transition metal complexes with disilene and silylene ligands, oligosilanes and polysilanes, and silicon-based molecular machines

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Silicon chemistry has been constantly developing as a major branch of main-group element chemistry. To see the progress and the prospect of the silicon chemistry, recently, Molecules published a Special Issue titled “Advances in Silicon Chemistry”. It successfully featured currently developing areas in basic, applied, and theoretical silicon and related heavier group-14 element chemistry. The second special issue with the same title will be launched to watch and support the progress of this important branch of chemistry. Its aim is the same as the previous issue, i.e., providing a forum for every aspect of molecular silicon and related germanium, tin and lead compounds, including their synthesis, properties, and reactions, their theoretical, spectroscopic, optoelectronic, and mechanistic studies, and their applications for materials and other applied science. The Editors strongly wish to receive many interesting and inspiring research papers on the topics.

Prof. Dr. Mitsuo Kira
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • silicon, germanium, tin, and lead compounds
  • low-coordinate and multiply-bonded compounds
  • hypercoordinate compounds
  • compounds with unusual structures
  • reactive intermediates
  • transition-metal complexes
  • theoretical studies
  • reactions and mechanisms
  • applications

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Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Tentative Title: Disilane-Bridged Donor-Acceptor-Donor Green Luminogens
Type of the paper: Communication
Authors: Tsukasa Usuki, Kenichiro Omoto, Masaki Shimada, Yoshinori Yamanoi, Hiroshi Nishihara
Affiliation: The University of Tokyo
Abstract: Recently, there is much attention to π-conjugated molecules containing electron-donating (D) and electron-accepting (A) moieties, such as D–π–A, D–π–A–π–D, and A–π–D–π–A systems. They display strong photoabsorption, photoluminescence, electroluminescence, and nonlinear optical properties derived from intramolecular charge transfer (ICT). These properties give them the potential for the application to organic light emitting devices (OLEDs) and solar cells. However, π-conjugated molecules can cause emission quenching in the solid state and low solubility due to intermolecular π-π interaction. Previously our group has developed disilane-bridged donor-acceptor molecules (D–Si–Si–A–Si–Si–D) on behalf of π-conjugated DAD and ADA systems and these molecules showed strong emission in the solid state and high solubility in aprotic solvents. Moreover, the emission wavelength of these molecules was located only in the blue-to-green region, so that the color variation was limited. To overcome these problems, disilane-bridged molecules with narrower HOMO–LUMO gap are required. In this paper, we reported design and synthesize new disilane-bridged DAD-type molecules and analyzed their optical properties.
Tentative Submission Date: 31 October 2018

Tentative Title: Oligosilanylalkyne Transition Metal Complexes
Type of the paper: Article
Authors: Michaela Zirngast, Christoph Marschner, Judith Baumgartner
Affiliation: Technical University Graz, Inorganic Chemistry
Tentative Submission Date: 31 October 2018

Tentative Title: Surface Properties of Carboxylic Acid Terminated Layer Developed by Electrochemical and Wet Chemical Approaches on Silane Coated Silicon surface
Type of the paper: Article
Authors: Pei Gao
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond 40475, KY, USA
Tentative Submission Date: October 2018

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