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Across the Board: Licheng Sun

Across the Board: Licheng Sun

Three for hydrogen: Three from the group of Professor Xuping Sun at State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry recently published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. are recommended for reading. These include CoP nanocrystals decorated on carbon nanotubes, Cu3P nanowire arrays, and FeP nanowire arrays as electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution from water using low overpotentials.

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Licheng Sun
ChemSusChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403341. Read article.

Selective Oxidation of n-Butanol Using Gold-Palladium Supported Nanoparticles Under Base-Free Conditions

Selective Oxidation of n-Butanol Using Gold-Palladium Supported Nanoparticles Under Base-Free Conditions

Stabilize, catalyze, oxidize: Au-Pd nanoparticles supported on TiO2, prepared by sol immobilization using polyvinyl alcohol as the stabilizing ligand, produced a high yield of butyric acid by the base-free oxidation of n-butanol by molecular oxygen under mild conditions.

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Inaki Gandarias, Peter J. Miedziak, Ewa Nowicka, Mark Douthwaite, David J. Morgan, Graham J. Hutchings, Stuart H. Taylor
ChemSusChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403190. Read article.

Pressure-Accelerated Azide–Alkyne Cycloaddition: Micro Capillary versus Autoclave Reactor Performance

Pressure-Accelerated Azide–Alkyne Cycloaddition: Micro Capillary versus Autoclave Reactor Performance

Press to access! The potential of pressure in chemical intensification of intrinsic kinetics of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition is investigated along with high temperature and concentration effects. Two reactors are compared, a specialized autoclave batch reactor for high-pressure operation up to 1800 bar and a capillary flow reactor for up to 400 bar. Reaction speedup and increases in space-time yields are reached while widening process windows of favorable operation to selectively produce Rufinamide precursor in good yields.

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Svetlana Borukhova, Andreas D. Seeger, Timothy Noël, Qi Wang, Markus Busch, Volker Hessel
ChemSusChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403034. Read article.

Single-Molecule Methods to Study Membrane Receptor Oligomerization

Single-Molecule Methods to Study Membrane Receptor Oligomerization

Singles' party: Single-molecule techniques suitable for studying the oligomerization of membrane receptors are reviewed: photobleaching, Förster resonance energy transfer, localization microscopy and co-tracking. Experimental requirements, benefits and difficulties are discussed and biological applications are highlighted.

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Franziska Fricke, Marina S. Dietz, Mike Heilemann
ChemPhysChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201402765. Read article.

Li[B(OCH2CF3)4]: Synthesis, Characterization and Electrochemical Application as a Conducting Salt for LiSB Batteries

Li[B(OCH2CF3)4]: Synthesis, Characterization and Electrochemical Application as a Conducting Salt for LiSB Batteries

Conducting salt for Li batteries? Li[B(OTfe)4] (OTfe=OCH2CF3) was synthesized as a water- and thermally stable lithium-ion electrolyte salt. The electrochemical stability in EC/DMC and in DME lies outside the limits of the solvents. As electrolyte salt, it exhibits good conductivities in many solutions. It was tested in LiS Batteries and shows good performance.

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Michael Rohde, Philipp Eiden, Verena Leppert, Michael Schmidt, Arnd Garsuch, Guenter Semrau, Ingo Krossing
ChemPhysChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201402680. Read article.

Experimental Charge Density Evidence for Pnicogen Bonding in a Crystal of Ammonium Chloride

Experimental Charge Density Evidence for Pnicogen Bonding in a Crystal of Ammonium Chloride

The ties that bind: Chemical binding in crystalline ammonium chloride was studied by using a topological analysis of electron density function derived from high-resolution X-ray diffraction. Supported by periodic quantum chemical calculations, it provided experimental evidence for weak σ-hole bonds (1.5 kcal mol−1) that involve ammonium cations in a crystal (see figure). This type of supramolecular interaction is even more numerous than now appears.

[Article]
Yulia V. Nelyubina, Alexander A. Korlyukov, Konstantin A. Lyssenko
ChemPhysChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201402673. Read article.

Silver-Assisted Chemical Etching on Silicon with Polyvinylpyrrolidone-Mediated Formation of Silver Dendrites

Silver-Assisted Chemical Etching on Silicon with Polyvinylpyrrolidone-Mediated Formation of Silver Dendrites

The metal-assisted chemical etching (MaCE) of Si is systematically investigated. The morphology and crystallographic nature of silver dendrites grown by this method can be significantly modulated by the addition of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP).

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Chia-Yun Chen, Po-Hsuan Hsiao
ChemPhysChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201402634. Read article.

Discovery of Mono- and Disubstituted 1H-Pyrazolo[3,4]pyrimidines and 9H-Purines as Catalytic Inhibitors of Human DNA Topoisomerase IIα

Discovery of Mono- and Disubstituted 1H-Pyrazolo[3,4]pyrimidines and 9H-Purines as Catalytic Inhibitors of Human DNA Topoisomerase IIα

Anticancer target revisited: In a two-stage virtual screening campaign, we discovered novel catalytic inhibitors that target the human DNA topoisomerase IIα ATP binding site. The binding of a new class of pyrazolopyrimidines was fully characterized by surface plasmon resonance experiments. In subsequent optimization, compounds with promising cytotoxicity against HepG2 and MCF-7 cancer cell lines were identified.

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Barbara Pogorelčnik, Matjaž Brvar, Bojana Žegura, Metka Filipič, Tom Solmajer, Andrej Perdih
ChemMedChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.201402459. Read article.

General and Practical Formation of Thiocyanates from Thiols

General and Practical Formation of Thiocyanates from Thiols

Easy and general: A new method for the cyanation of thiols using cyanobenziodoxol(on)e hypervalent iodine reagents is described. Both aliphatic and aromatic thiocyanates can be accessed in good yields in a few minutes at room temperature with high chemioselectivity. The developed thiol-cyanation reaction has broad potential for the formation of thiocyanates with various applications in synthetic chemistry, chemical biology and materials science.

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Reto Frei, Thibaut Courant, Matthew D. Wodrich, Jerome Waser
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201406171. Read article.

Cooperative Ge-N Bond Activation in Aluminium-Functionalised Aminogermanes and Spontaneous Imine Elimination via an Intermediate Germyl Cation

Cooperative Ge-N Bond Activation in Aluminium-Functionalised Aminogermanes and Spontaneous Imine Elimination via an Intermediate Germyl Cation

Germane genius: Cooperative activation of a Ge-N bond by the intramolecular interaction of an amino group with an Al atom facilitates the spontaneous elimination of an imine via an intermediately formed strongly Lewis acidic germyl cation and β-hydride abstraction, as revealed by a combined experimental and DFT study. The reaction is initiated by the addition of Cl anions and thermodynamically favoured by the chelating coordination of the halide anion by two aluminium atoms.

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Werner Uhl, Jens Tannert, Christian Honacker, Marcus Layh, Zheng-Wang Qu, Tobias Risthaus, Stefan Grimme
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405989. Read article.

Imine Macrocycle with a Deep Cavity: Guest-Selected Formation of syn/anti Configuration and Guest-Controlled Reconfiguration

Imine Macrocycle with a Deep Cavity: Guest-Selected Formation of syn/anti Configuration and Guest-Controlled Reconfiguration

Reconfigurable macrocycle: Both syn and anti configurational isomers of an imine macrocycle can be selectively accessible by using appropriate templates. These two isomers can interconvert through structural reconfiguration when adding competing guests in appropriate amounts (see figure).

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Zhenfeng He, Gang Ye, Wei Jiang
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405912. Read article.

Concise Total Syntheses of Amphidinolides C and F

Concise Total Syntheses of Amphidinolides C and F

Non-Canonical: Amphidinolides C and F are unusual in that these macrolides of polyketide origin comprise an “umpoled” 1,4-diketone motif. This pattern served as the cornerstone of a uniform blueprint based on a late-stage ring-closing alkyne metathesis followed by a platinum-catalyzed transannular hydroalkoxylation reaction (see scheme).

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Gaëlle Valot, Damien Mailhol, Christopher S. Regens, Daniel P. O'Malley, Edouard Godineau, Hiroshi Takikawa, Petra Philipps, Alois Fürstner
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405790. Read article.

Germacyclobutenes: Generation by 1,1-Carbalumination or 1,1-Carbagallation and Their Photophysical Properties

Germacyclobutenes: Generation by 1,1-Carbalumination or 1,1-Carbagallation and Their Photophysical Properties

“Ge”tting all excited: The extended π-conjugated system of AlR2 or GaR2 substituted germacyclobutenes causes interesting photoluminescence properties with an electron transfer to Al or Ga atoms and a pyramidalisation of these atoms in the excited state. These compounds are available in selective, thermally induced 1,1-carbametallation reactions.

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Werner Uhl, Stefan Pelties, Jens Tannert, Bart Jan Ravoo, Ernst-Ulrich Würthwein
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405739. Read article.

Multistep Energy and Electron Transfer in a “V-Configured†Supramolecular BODIPY–azaBODIPY–Fullerene Triad: Mimicry of Photosynthetic Antenna Reaction-Center Events

Multistep Energy and Electron Transfer in a “V-Configured” Supramolecular BODIPY–azaBODIPY–Fullerene Triad: Mimicry of Photosynthetic Antenna Reaction-Center Events

Events in multimodular system: Occurrence of photoinduced singlet–singlet energy transfer and electron transfer, and triplet–triplet energy transfer during charge-recombination process, is reported in a new supramolecular triad composed of BODIPY, azaBODIPY, and fullerene, using fast kinetic transient spectroscopy (see figure).

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Venugopal Bandi, Fiona P. D'Souza, Habtom B. Gobeze, Francis D'Souza
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405663. Read article.

Cationic Zinc Organyls as Precatalysts for Hydroamination Reactions

Cationic Zinc Organyls as Precatalysts for Hydroamination Reactions

No help needed: Zinc organyls are known to be good precatalysts for hydroamination reactions in the presence of a Brønsted acid as cocatalyst. The catalytically active cationic zinc species are only formed in situ, which precludes their structural characterization. Herein, structurally well-defined cationic zinc organyls were used as hydroamination precatalysts in the absence of any cocatalyst (see scheme), and mechanistic insights are reported.

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Maren A. Chilleck, Larissa Hartenstein, Thomas Braun, Peter W. Roesky, Beatrice Braun
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405662. Read article.

Experimental and Theoretical Studies on the Rearrangement of 2-Oxoazepane α,α-Amino Acids into 2'-Oxopiperidine β2,3,3-Amino Acids: An Example of Intramolecular Catalysis

Experimental and Theoretical Studies on the Rearrangement of 2-Oxoazepane α,α-Amino Acids into 2'-Oxopiperidine β2,3,3-Amino Acids: An Example of Intramolecular Catalysis

7 to 6 (α- to β-amino acid) dancing: 4-Carboxy-2-oxoazepanes α,α-amino acids readily undergo a rearrangement process to led to enantiopure 2'-oxopiperidines β2,3,3-amino acids. This process constitutes a new example of intramolecular catalysis assisted by a suitably located carboxylic acid (see scheme).

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Diego Núñez-Villanueva, M. Angeles Bonache, Laura Lozano, Lourdes Infantes, José Elguero, Ibon Alkorta, M. Teresa García-López, Rosario González-Muñiz, Mercedes Martín-Martínez
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405640. Read article.

Effect of Solvent and Protonation/Deprotonation on Electrochemistry, Spectroelectrochemistry and Electron-Transfer Mechanisms of N-Confused Tetraarylporphyrins in Nonaqueous Media

Effect of Solvent and Protonation/Deprotonation on Electrochemistry, Spectroelectrochemistry and Electron-Transfer Mechanisms of N-Confused Tetraarylporphyrins in Nonaqueous Media

Are you confused? A series of N- confused meso-substituted free-base tetraarylporphyrins was synthesized and characterized as to their electrochemistry and spectroelectrochemistry in CH2Cl2, PhCN, and DMF containing 0.1 M tetra-n-butylammonium perchlorate. The effect of the solvent and protonation/deprotonation reactions on the UV/Vis spectra, redox potentials and reduction/oxidation mechanisms is discussed with comparisons made to data and mechanisms for the structurally related free-base corroles and porphyrins (see figure).

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Songlin Xue, Zhongping Ou, Lina Ye, Guifen Lu, Yuanyuan Fang, Xiaoqin Jiang, Karl M. Kadish
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405570. Read article.

Combined Experimental and Computational Investigations of Rhodium-Catalysed C-H Functionalisation of Pyrazoles with Alkenes

Combined Experimental and Computational Investigations of Rhodium-Catalysed C-H Functionalisation of Pyrazoles with Alkenes

Selective vinylation: The rhodium-catalysed oxidative coupling of alkenes and 3-aryl-5-R-pyrazoles gives vinylated products, some of which can cyclise through intramolecular Michael reactions (see scheme). DFT calculations show a clear preference for 2,1-insertion with β-H elimination, calculated to favour the trans vinyl products in all cases, as found experimentally.

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Andrés G. Algarra, David L. Davies, Qudsia Khamker, Stuart A. Macgregor, Claire L. McMullin, Kuldip Singh, Barbara Villa-Marcos
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405550. Read article.

Organocatalytic Asymmetric Cascade Reactions of 7-Vinylindoles: Diastereo- and Enantioselective Synthesis of C7-Functionalized Indoles

Organocatalytic Asymmetric Cascade Reactions of 7-Vinylindoles: Diastereo- and Enantioselective Synthesis of C7-Functionalized Indoles

Cascade reactions of 7-vinylindoles: The first catalytic asymmetric cascade reaction of 7-vinylindoles has been established by the rational design of such substrates. Cascade reactions with isatin-derived 3-indolylmethanols catalyzed by chiral phosphoric acid (CPA; see scheme) allow the diastereo- and enantioselective synthesis of C7-functionalized indoles as well as the construction of cyclopenta[b]indole and spirooxindole frameworks (all >95:5 d.r., 94–>99 % ee).

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Feng Shi, Hong-Hao Zhang, Xiao-Xue Sun, Jing Liang, Tao Fan, Shu-Jiang Tu
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405245. Read article.

Microporous La–Metal–Organic Framework (MOF) with Large Surface Area

Microporous La–Metal–Organic Framework (MOF) with Large Surface Area

Chemical stability: A thermally and chemically stable microporous La–MOF with large surface area (Brunauer–Emmett—Teller (BET) surface area of 1074 m2 g−1) was synthesized. This MOF showed highest measured CO2 uptake for a Ln–MOFs (see figure).

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Souvik Pal, Asamanjoy Bhunia, Partha P. Jana, Subarna Dey, Jens Möllmer, Christoph Janiak, Hari Pada Nayek
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201405168. Read article.

Anti-Cancer Iron(II) Complexes of Pentadentate N-Donor Ligands: Cytotoxicity, Transcriptomics Analyses, and Mechanisms of Action

Anti-Cancer Iron(II) Complexes of Pentadentate N-Donor Ligands: Cytotoxicity, Transcriptomics Analyses, and Mechanisms of Action

Two iron(II) complexes exert potent cytotoxicities to cancer cells via different pathways, both leading to cellular DNA damage and apoptosis. The mechanisms of cytotoxic action of these iron(II) complexes are similar to that of a cell-permeable iron chelator, as revealed by transcriptomic analyses, and are significantly affected by the ligand structure.

[Full Paper]
Wai-Lun Kwong, Chun-Nam Lok, Chun-Wai Tse, Ella Lai-Ming Wong, Chi-Ming Che
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201404749. Read article.

NMR Studies of Active-Site Properties of Human Carbonic Anhydrase II by using 15N-Labeled 4-Methylimidazole as a Local Probe and Histidine Hydrogen-Bond Correlations

NMR Studies of Active-Site Properties of Human Carbonic Anhydrase II by using 15N-Labeled 4-Methylimidazole as a Local Probe and Histidine Hydrogen-Bond Correlations

Chemical-shift correlations: 15N-Labeled 4-methylimidazole has been studied as a local probe of the environment by using NMR spectroscopy in polar wet Freon, in water, and in solid samples of the mutant H64A of human carbonic anhydrase II. The possible hydrogen-bond clusters formed and the mechanism of tautomerism are discussed. Information about the imidazole hydrogen-bond geometries has been obtained by correlations (see figure).

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Ilya G. Shenderovich, Stepan B. Lesnichin, Chingkuang Tu, David N. Silverman, Peter M. Tolstoy, Gleb S. Denisov, Hans-Heinrich Limbach
Chem. Eur. J., December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201404083. Read article.

The Role of Salts and Brønsted Acids in Lewis Acid-Catalyzed Aqueous-Phase Glucose Dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

The Role of Salts and Brønsted Acids in Lewis Acid-Catalyzed Aqueous-Phase Glucose Dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

Glucose to HMF with CrCl3·6 H2O: Bromide salts in place of chlorides improve the dehydration of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in aqueous solution by enhancing the fructose dehydration step. The addition of Brønsted acid to the reaction, even in catalytic scale, is not beneficial for HMF yields. This is attributed to the deceleration in the glucose-to-fructose isomerization rate although fructose dehydration is significantly accelerated.

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Pauli Wrigstedt, Juha Keskiväli, Markku Leskelä, Timo Repo
ChemCatChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402941. Read article.

Assessment of the 3 D Pore Structure and Individual Components of Preshaped Catalyst Bodies by X-Ray Imaging

Assessment of the 3 D Pore Structure and Individual Components of Preshaped Catalyst Bodies by X-Ray Imaging

Catalyst bodies in 3 D: The assessment of the 3 D pore structure and components of catalyst bodies in the nanoscale is crucial to understand the fluid catalytic-cracking process (FCC). Modern X-ray imaging techniques allow visualization and quantification of the 3 D pore structure, as well as the material components of FCC catalyst bodies, at this critical scale. These techniques help to improve the manufacture of these catalyst bodies by tuning the pore size and connectivity in a controlled manner.

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Julio C. da Silva, Kevin Mader, Mirko Holler, David Haberthür, Ana Diaz, Manuel Guizar-Sicairos, Wu-Cheng Cheng, Yuying Shu, Jörg Raabe, Andreas Menzel, Jeroen A. van Bokhoven
ChemCatChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402925. Read article.

Copper Nanoparticles Catalyzed Se(Te)-Se(Te) Bond Activation: A Straightforward Route Towards Unsymmetrical Organochalcogenides from Boronic Acids

Copper Nanoparticles Catalyzed Se(Te)-Se(Te) Bond Activation: A Straightforward Route Towards Unsymmetrical Organochalcogenides from Boronic Acids

Three-in-one catalyst: Copper nanoparticles on activated charcoal show excellent catalytic activity towards the synthesis of unsymmetrical chalcogenides, starting from boronic acids, in air under ligand-, base-, and additive-free conditions, and resulting in selenium sp3-, sp2-, and sp-carbon bond formation.

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Balaji Mohan, Chohye Yoon, Seongwan Jang, Kang Hyun Park
ChemCatChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402867. Read article.

Hen Egg-White Lysozyme Crystallisation: Protein Stacking and Structure Stability Enhanced by a Tellurium(VI)-Centred Polyoxotungstate

Hen Egg-White Lysozyme Crystallisation: Protein Stacking and Structure Stability Enhanced by a Tellurium(VI)-Centred Polyoxotungstate

Polyoxometalate-mediated protein crystallisation: An Anderson–Evans-type polyoxometalate, Na6[TeW6O24]·22 H2O (TEW), has been applied as crystallisation additive for the crystallisation of hen egg-white lysozyme. X-ray structure analysis revealed the active involvement of TEW in the protein crystal packing inducing a new crystal form. TEW is able to crosslink single protein monomers electrostatically and thus facilitate protein crystallisation.

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Aleksandar Bijelic, Christian Molitor, Stephan G. Mauracher, Rami Al-Oweini, Ulrich Kortz, Annette Rompel
ChemBioChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201402597. Read article.

Achieving Single-Nucleotide Resolution of 5-Methylcytosine Detection with TALEs

Achieving Single-Nucleotide Resolution of 5-Methylcytosine Detection with TALEs

Engineered transcription-activator-like effectors (TALEs) are the first DNA-binding molecules to provide single-nucleotide resolution of 5-methylcytosine (mC) detection with fully programmable sequence selectivity. A single cytosine (C) in a DNA sequence is selectively interrogated for its mC-modification level by targeting it with a discriminatory TALE repeat.

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Grzegorz Kubik, Daniel Summerer
ChemBioChem, December 17, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201402408. Read article.