Synthesis of magnetic hollow periodic mesoporous organosilica with enhanced cellulose tissue penetration behaviour: A team of scientists based in Australia have created nanoparticles designed to penetrate plant cell walls. The hybrid particles show excellent cellulose tissue penetrating performance, with relatively high magnetic response and high enzyme loading capacity. The team claim that the enhanced penetration of cellulose tissue could potentially be used for targeted delivery into plant cells. (J. Mater. Chem., 2011, DOI:10.1039/C1JM10615E, Advance Article)
The structural evolution and diffusion during the chemical transformation from cobalt to cobalt phosphide nanoparticles: Knowledge about the structural rearrangements occurring during the chemical transformation of nanoparticles could help tailor the synthesis and composition of the nanoparticles to improve their properties. In this Hot Article a team at Cornell University, USA, report the atomic and morphological structure of Cobalt nanoparticles as they are transformed into cobalt phosphide using X-ray absorption spectroscopy, XRD, TEM, and DFT calculations. (J. Mater. Chem., 2011, DOI:10.1039/C1JM10337G Advance Article)
Polymer-stabilized optically isotropic liquid crystals for next-generation display and photonics applications: In this Hot Feature Article Shin-Tson Wu and the team explain why polymer-stabilized optically isotropic liquid crystals, including blue phases, are emerging as a strong contender for next-generation display technology. (J. Mater. Chem., 2011, DOI:10.1039/C1JM10711A, Advance Article)
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