Christopher Bettinger wins the 2016 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship

We are delighted to announce that Professor Christopher Bettinger has been selected as the seventh winner of the Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship in recognition of the important contributions he has made to the materials chemistry field.

Professor Bettinger is aiming to present the lectureship at the 2017 Spring MRS in Phoenix Arizona, April 2017, during Symposium SM1 – Bioelectronics – Materials, Processes and Applications where he is both the meeting chair and an invited speaker.

Professor Bettinger received a S.B. in Chemical Engineering, a M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering as a Charles Stark Draper Fellow, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Department of Chemical Engineering as an NIH Ruth Kirschstein Fellow.

Christopher Bettinger is currently an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He directs the laboratory for Biomaterials-based Microsystems and Electronics at CMU, which is broadly interested in the design of novel materials and interfaces that integrate medical devices with the human body.

Recent efforts focus on flexible electronics for neural interfaces edible electronics for ingestible diagnostics and therapeutics. Christopher is also the Co-Founder and CTO of Ancure, an early stage medical device company.


Christopher has also recently Guest Edited a joint themed issue between Journal of Materials Chemistry B and C on Organic Bioelectronics and contributed to the Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2016 Emerging Investigators themed issue.

In vitro electrochemical characterization of polydopamine melanin as a tissue stimulating electrode material
Ik Soo Kwon, Young Jo Kim, Luke Klosterman, Mats Forssell, Gary K. Fedder and Christopher J. Bettinger
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2016, 4, 3031-3036

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SHIFT 2017 Conference, 13-17 November, Tenerife, Spain

 

November – SHIFT 2017, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain – “SHIFT 2017” International Conference shows up as a cutting-edge multidisciplinary platform to gather recent achievements by foremost researchers leading the way for spectral shaping of light to be a future key technology, from photovoltaics, photocatalysis, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels generation to photodynamic cancer therapy, nano-thermometry and bio-imaging. Warm and sunny Tenerife (Canary Islands) welcomes in November 2017 to make a significant shift to state-of-the-art spectral shaping for biomedical and energy applications.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30th JUNE 2017

Full conference website.

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Carbon nanofibre offers new spin on catalysts

Article written by Sarah Piggott

Electrospinning carbon nanofibre into an electrocatalyst paves the way to flexible energy storage devices

Scientists from China and Singapore have used electrospinning to make a free-standing catalyst for generating hydrogen and oxygen that could be made on an industrial scale.

Oxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution are electrocatalysed in water splitting devices. The best catalysts are usually platinum-based, but they are costly and not very durable, which limits their use on a large scale.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Design and synthesis of porous channel-rich carbon nanofibers for self-standing oxygen reduction reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction bifunctional catalysts in alkaline medium
Dongxiao Ji, Shengjie Peng, Jia Lu, Linlin Li, Shengyuan Yang, Guorui Yang, Xiaohong Qin, Madhavi Srinivasan and Seeram Ramakrishna
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA00828G, Paper

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Poster prize winners at Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbon Materials at QMUL 3-4 of April 2017

Many congratulations to Kiran Parmar from the University of Leeds for his poster “Integration of hydrothermal carbonisation with anaerobic digestion; Opportunities for valorisation of digestate”,

Kiran Parmar from the University of Leeds

Patrizia Stutzenstein from the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Germany for her poster “Engineered Organo-Mineral Particles for long-term Carbon Sequestration in Soil” and Monika Bosilj from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany for her poster “Catalyst Supported on Hydrothermal Carbons & their Derivatives” for their Journal of Materials Chemistry A poster prize wins at the Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbon Materials  which took place on the 3rd – 4th April 2017, London, UK.

Patrizia Stutzenstein from the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Germany

 

 

 

 

The 1st International Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbonisation brought together scientists, engineers and technologists from across academia and industry to learn about and debate the latest advances in hydrothermal carbon. The programme composed of ONE SINGLE session accompanied by poster sessions over two days aimed at promoting collaborations and stimulate discussions including a set of keynote lectures focused on different applications of hydrothermal carbon materials ranging from bioenergy to agriculture and advanced materials for energy applications and catalysis.

Monika Bosilj from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany

 

Many congratulations

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Who says wooden windows wouldn’t work?

Article written by Celia Charron

Scientists in China have turned wood into a transparent material that could be used as a replacement for glass in energy efficient buildings.

Windows are a key factor in making buildings more energy efficient, by helping to control heat and light levels. For instance, windows that transmit visible light but block infra-red light could reduce the need for air conditioning in buildings. ‘Lighting and air conditioning account for 30-40% of the total energy used in buildings, most of which is exchanged via windows,’ says Yanfeng Gao, one of the authors of the research and a professor at Shanghai University.

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
A model house with transparent wood windows (left hand house) had a cooler interior than one with glass windows. The cooling effect is improved by adding caesium tungsten oxide nanoparticles (top row)

To read the fill article visit Chemistry World.

Transparent wood containing CsxWO3 nanoparticles for heat-shielding window applications
Ziya Yu, Yongji Yao, Jianing Yao, Liangmiao Zhang, Zhang Chen, Yanfeng Gao and Hongjie Luo
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 6019-6024
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA00261K, Communication

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#RSCMat category of the RSC Twitter Poster Conference

Congratulations to Adam Squires from the University of Bath on winning Second prize in the #RSCMat category of the #RSCPoster Twitter Poster Conference 2017.

Adam’s subject was Breaking the mould: lipid cubic phases as templates for catalytic metal nanomaterials

We are delighted to award Adam the prize of a £50 RSC book voucher on behalf of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C.

Thank you for participating in the Twitter conference and congratulations again on your achievement!

On behalf of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C

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Photoinduced Processes in Nucleic Acids and Proteins: Faraday Discussion – call for abstracts

We are delighted to announce that Photoinduced Processes in Nucleic Acids and Proteins: Faraday Discussion will be held at Kerala, India on the 11 – 13 January 2018. Abstracts are now invited for this event so submit today and take advantage of this excellent opportunity to present your work alongside scientists from across the globe.

Paper submission deadline August 21st 2017

Oral abstract submission deadline April 24th 2017

Poster abstract submission 16th October 2017

Themes include: Light induced charge and energy transport in nucleic acids and proteins, Photocrosslinking between nucleic acids and proteins, Light induced damage and repair in nucleic acids and proteins, Bionanophotonics

For full details of speakers and conference themes, please visit the event web page below:

http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/24607/photoinduced-processes-in-nucleic-acids-and-proteins-faraday-discussion

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Stressed polymers give calf massages

Article written by Sarah Piggott

Compression stockings could gain a massage function thanks to stress-memory polymers

Scientists in Hong Kong have unveiled the stress-memory behaviour of polyurethane fibres, and are using them to develop compression stockings that, for the first time, also massage the leg.

After deforming, triggers such as heat or light return shape memory polymers to their original shape. In a similar vein, stress memory polymers can store stress, which is retrieved by heating.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Stress-memory polymeric filaments for advanced compression therapy
Harishkumar Narayana, Jinlian Hu, Bipin Kumar, Songmin Shang, Jianping Han, Pengqing Liu, Tan Lin, FengLong Ji and Yong Zhu
Journal Article J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6TB03354G, Paper

 

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Outstanding Reviewers for Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B and C in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B and C in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Journal of Materials Chemistry A

Dr Longjun Li, University of Texas at Austin
Dr Zhao-Qing Liu, Guangzhou University
Professor David Lou, Nanyang Technological University
Dr Seung Son, Sungkyunkwan University
Professor Bao Yu Xia, Huazhong University of Science & Technology
Dr Xingbin Yan, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics
Dr Le Yu, Nanyang Technological University
Professor Yu Xin Zhang, Chongqing University
Dr Bote Zhao, Georgia Tech
Dr Weijia Zhou, South China University of Technology

Journal of Materials Chemistry B

Professor Hong Ding, Florida International University
Dr Damien Dupin, Parque Tecnológico de San Sebastián
Dr Ahmed El-Fiqi, University College London
Dr Naoki Kawazoe, National Institute for Materials Science
Dr Zhanjun Li, Jinan University
Dr Xiaolong Liu, Mengchao Hepatobiliary Hospital of Fujian Medical University
Dr Pratap Naha, University of Pennsylvania
Dr Lakshminarayana Polavarapu, Universidade de Vigo
Dr Gang Wei, Bremen University
Professor Chengtie Wu, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Journal of Materials Chemistry C

Dr Zhigao Hu, East China Normal University
Dr Branko Kolaric, Centre Namurois des Systèmes complexes
Professor Jing-Feng Li, Tsinghua University
Professor Jun Lin, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry
Professor Anjun Qin, South China University of Technology
Professor Chong-Xin Shan, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics
Professor Shi-Jian Su, South China University of Technology
Dr Ka Leung Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University
Professor Zhiguo Xia, University of Science and Technology Beijing
Dr Qiang Zhao, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications

We would also like to thank the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B and C board and the materials community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé. You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Save the date! HTC 2017 – The 1st International Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbonisation

Possibilities and Limits for Feedstocks, Processes and Applications 

3-4 April 2017, London, UK

The “Sustainable Carbon Materials” group at Queen Mary University of London invites you to participate in The 1st International Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbonisation: Possibilities and Limits for Feedstocks, Processes and Applications to be held at Queen Mary University of London, UK, from 3-4 April 2017.

  • Abstract submission (oral and posters): 20 February 2017
  • Registration early bird to 1 February 2017, standard pricing thereafter
  • Conference dates: 3-4 April 2017

The 1st International Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbonisation will bring together scientists, engineers and technologists from across academia and industry to learn about and debate the latest advances in hydrothermal carbon. The programme will be composed of ONE SINGLE session accompanied by poster sessions over two days aimed at promoting collaborations and stimulate discussions including a set of keynote lectures focused on different applications of hydrothermal carbon materials ranging from bioenergy to agriculture and advanced materials for energy applications and catalysis.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Dr Andrea Kruse (Universität Hohenheim), Dr Andrew Ross (University of Leeds, UK), Dr Marta Sevilla (Spanish National Research Council), Professor Dr Eric Heeres (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), Dr Saskia Buller (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany), Dr Ho Kim (IAE Institute for Advanced Engineering, South Korea) and Dr Robin White (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany)

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80th Anniversary Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2016 for BBC TV

Article written by Saiful Islam, JMC A Advisory Board member

To be the Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer for this 80th anniversary year has been a huge honour and I was excited that our celebration of energy offered a wonderful opportunity to explain how current research on clean energy technologies is founded on the RI’s rich heritage of discovery by greats such as Michael Faraday. It’s amazing to think that I presented the CHRISTMAS LECTURES 80 years after they were televised for the first time in 1936 at Alexandra Palace, walking distance from where I grew up in Crouch End, north London.

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The preparations and filming for the BBC broadcast were challenging and stressful, but working with great teams at the Ri and Windfall Films was lots of fun. I think I felt the added pressure (and expectation) compared to a conference talk or university lectures, since these lectures were for the BBC and going out to a TV audience of millions of people all over the country.

In the end, it was an exciting experience to do a range of visual (and dangerous) demonstrations with the help of former Christmas Lecturers as special guests. There were lots of memorable moments for me including Richard Dawkins facing a spikey pendulum, Monica Grady in a Faraday cage, Danielle George in a fast Tesla car, the Rube Goldberg cascade, seeing my insides with a capsule endoscope and achieving a Guinness world record lemon battery (using more than 1,000 lemons!).

Like an electric spark, I hope the lectures ignited a spark of excitement and deeper understanding of energy. I also want children to understand that the pursuit of science is the proper way to unravel the mysteries of the world around us, and is full of beauty and exciting discovery. I’d also like people to understand that chemistry plays a crucial role in developing new, clean energy technologies, one of the biggest challenges facing our society today.

It’s been a real privilege to follow in the footsteps of the scientists I’ve grown up reading about and watching on television like David Attenborough, Nancy Rothwell and Carl Sagan. So I am thrilled to be the latest on that list.

Royal Institution Lectures online: http://richannel.org/christmas-lectures?_ga=1.46389923.547910815.1485872290

Brief Bio

Saiful is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath with research interests in the area of advanced computer modelling of new materials for lithium batteries and perovskite solar cells. He is one of the RSC 175 Faces of Chemistry and recipient of the 2013 RSC Sustainable Energy Award. 

Research Link: http://people.bath.ac.uk/msi20/

Photo credits: Paul Wilkinson

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