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Outstanding Reviewers for Journal of Materials Chemistry B in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Journal of Materials Chemistry B in 2017, 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.

Dr Gong Cheng, Pennsylvania State University, ORCID: 0000-0002-2217-6408
Dr Zhanjun Gu, Institute of High Energy Physics, ORCID: 0000-0003-3717-2423
Dr He Hu, Case Western University, ORCID: 0000-0002-5976-5273
Dr Naoki Kawazoe, National Institute for Materials Science
Dr Xiaozhong Qu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, ORCID: 0000-0002-4050-6079
Dr Gang Wei, University of Bremen, ORCID: 0000-0002-3838-8659
Dr Chengtie Wu, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, ORCID: 0000-0003-1861-4361
Dr Leyuan Xu, Virginia Commonwealth University, ORCID: 0000-0002-3071-9206
Dr Run Zhang, The University of Queensland, ORCID: 0000-0002-0943-824X
Dr Yuanwei Zhang, New Jersey Institute of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0003-2111-0981

We would also like to thank the Journal of Materials Chemistry B board and the materials chemistry 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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Outstanding Reviewers for Journal of Materials Chemistry A in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Journal of Materials Chemistry A in 2017, 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.

Dr Ke Feng, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, ORCID: 0000-0003-4085-9349
Dr Xu-Bing Li, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, ORCID: 0000-0003-3907-9126
Professor Won-Hee Ryu, Sookmyung Women’s University, ORCID: 0000-0002-0203-2992
Dr Seung Son, Sungkyunkwan University, ORCID: 0000-0002-4779-9302
Professor Bart Van der Bruggen, KU Leuven, ORCID: 0000-0002-3921-7472
Dr Zhuangzhi Wu, Central South University China, ORCID: 0000-0002-2365-9196
Professor Xin-Yao Yu, Zhejiang University, ORCID: 0000-0003-3576-5815
Dr Le Yu, Nanyang Technological University, ORCID: 0000-0003-1227-1273
Dr Sheng Zhang, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, ORCID: 0000-0003-4435-4110
Dr Bote Zhao, Georgia Institute of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0003-1236-6862

We would also like to thank the Journal of Materials Chemistry A board and the materials chemistry 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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‘My co-author is based in North Korea’

The challenges of working with scientists in the world’s most secretive state

Aron Walsh has never met his new collaborators; so far, their only contact has been via email. He’s never even spoken to them on the phone. A picture he tracked down on the internet is the only reason he has a rough idea of what they look like. That’s because his co-authors live in North Korea.

Source: © Shutterstock North Korea leaves a dark space on the planet at night

Walsh leads the materials design group at Imperial College London, UK. ‘I work on perovskite solar cells, a topic that has attracted global interest,’ he explains. ‘But I noticed that some of my papers had been cited by a group with an affiliation in North Korea, which made me curious because I wasn’t aware that mainstream research in the physical sciences was activethere.’

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Influence of water intercalation and hydration on chemical decomposition and ion transport in methylammonium lead halide perovskites
Un-Gi Jong, Chol-Jun Yu, Gum-Chol Ri, Andrew P. McMahon, Nicholas M. Harrison, Piers R. F. Barnes and Aron Walsh
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 1067-1074

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Tofu works as tissue-engineering scaffold

Garlic, ginger and chilli swapped for fibroblast cells

A potential tissue-engineering scaffold cooked up by scientists in China has tofu as its central ingredient. The bean curd’s nutrient content and porous structure means it can support growing cells, then be implanted without causing toxicity issues.

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
Tofu scaffold preparation

Extracellular matrix mimics for growing cells for transplantation need to be nontoxic, biocompatible and biodegradable in the body. Reasoning that foods should tick those boxes, Zhipeng Gu and Jun Wu from Sun Yat-sen University, and their colleagues, decided to test tofu as a tissue scaffold.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Evaluation of tofu as a potential tissue engineering scaffold
Jun Huang, Keqin Huang, Xinru You, Guiting Liu, Geoffrey Hollett, Yang Kang, Zhipeng Gu and Jun Wu
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018,6, 1328-1334

 

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Congratulations to the poster prize winners at SHIFT2017 Conference held on 13th – 17th November in Tenerife, Spain

Many congratulations to the following poster prize winners:

Poster Prizes for the Bio Session., J Mater Chem B diploma were awarded to Daniel Avram (National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Magurele, Ilfov, Romania) Jiaren Du (LumiLab, Department of Solid State Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium) Antonio Diego Lozano-Gorrín (Departamento de Física, Insitituto de Materiales y Nanotecnología, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain)

Poster Prizes for the Energy Session., J Mater Chem A diploma were awarded to  Philipp Weis (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany) Wiktor (Institute of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Silesian University of Technology, Konarskiego, Gliwice, Poland) Karina Grzeszkiewicz (Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Department of Spectroscopy of Excited States, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland)

Student´s Oral Competition (Chairmen´s and Committee’s choice)

BIO: Alice Lay (Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, USA)

ENERGY: Joseph Swabeck (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, University of California Berkeley, USAMaterials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,USA)

Conference homepage www.shift2017.es the video of the Award Ceremony https://youtu.be/DgOGxkw0OAU and https://youtu.be/fX847oj_Gzw

 

 

 

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2nd From Carbon-Rich Molecules to Carbon-Based Materials Conference

 

The 2nd From Carbon-Rich Molecules to Carbon-Based Materials Conference will be held in Nassau, Bahamas from 7-10 June 2018.

This interdisciplinary conference will provide unique “fusion” opportunities for chemists, physicists and engineers having various backgrounds but sharing passion and interests in carbon-only or carbon-rich molecules and carbon-based materials. It will allow a diverse group of scientists from all over the globe to discuss the current challenges, needs and prospects of this quickly-evolving multidisciplinary field.

The major focus areas will range from newly designed methods of chemical synthesis, characterization, and structure determination of carbon-rich molecules and carbon-based materials to measurements of their functional properties and investigations into their potential practical applications. The types of carbon-rich molecules include (but are not limited to) π-bowls and π-baskets, carbon nanohoops, nanobelts and short segments of carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene, graphene nanoribbons, and full-length nanotubes. This forum is designed to promote excellence in research and education and to facilitate the interchange of new information among a broad community of scientists.

Keynote speakers:

  • Luis Echegoyen (University of Texas-El Paso)
  • Miguel Garcia-Garibay (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Mark Hersam (Northwestern University)
  • Kenichiro Itami (Nagoya University)
  • Klaus Muellen (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research)
  • Colin Nuckolls (Columbia University)

Other confirmed speakers include Malika Jeffries-EL, Boston University USA, Associate Editor Journal of Materials Chemistry C

Journal of Materials Chemistry A and C and Materials Horizons are proud to be sponsoring poster prizes at this great event!

Early bird registration ends 7 December 2017

Submit your talk abstracts before 14 December 2017

Submit your poster abstracts by 13 April 2018

For more details visit the conference website: https://www.fusion-conferences.com/conference74.php

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3rd Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference

 

The 3rd Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference will be held in Cancun, Mexico from 2-5 March 2018.

Significant progress has been made recently in artificial photosynthesis based on molecular chemistry and material science.  However, developments in these two areas have occurred more independently than what is perhaps desired. This meeting will bring together researchers in these two scientific communities to explore possible synergistic effects of “fusion” between molecular and materials systems.

Key Sessions:

  • fundamentals of light capturing and conversion
  • water oxidation catalysis
  • proton and CO2 reduction catalysis
  • interfacing molecules and materials for photosynthesis
  • complete cells for the generation of solar fuels

Journal of Materials Chemistry A is proud to be sponsoring poster prizes at this great event!

Submit your talk abstracts before 30 November 2017

Submit your poster abstracts by 5 January 2018

For more details visit the conference website: https://www.fusion-conferences.com/conference72.php

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2nd Asia-Pacific Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (AP-HOPV18)

 

 

 

The 2nd Asia-Pacific Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (AP-HOPV18) will be held in Kitakyushu, Japan from 28-30 January 2018.

The main topics of this conference are related to material preparation, modelling and fabrication of hybrid and organic photovoltaic cells, including dye-sensitized solar cells, organic thin film solar cells, quantum dot solar cells, and perovskite solar cells. Building upon the success of the previous AP-HOPV conference, the meeting in Kitakyushu will provide an excellent opportunity for scientists and engineers worldwide to exchange information and discussions on the latest developments in photovoltaics.

Keynote speakers include Professor Michael Graetzel (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Switzerland) and Materials Horizons Editorial Board member Professor Henry Snaith (University of Oxford, UK).

Journal of Materials Chemistry A is proud to be sponsoring poster prizes at this great event so submit your poster abstracts before 18 December 2017 to be in with a chance of winning!

For more details visit the conference website: http://www.nanoge.org/AP-HOPV18/home

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Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship Winner 2017

We are delighted to announce that Dr Serena Corr has been selected as the eighth winner of the Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship.

Dr Corr is hoping to present the lectureship at the 2018 Spring MRS in Phoenix Arizona, April 2018, during Symposium EN14 – Materials Science and Device Engineering for Safe and Long-Life Electrochemical Energy Storage where she is an invited speaker.

Dr Corr received her BA and P.h.D in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where she held a Teaching Fellowship for 4 years. After a bursary award to attend the ICMR-ICYS Nanomaterials School (NIMS, Japan), she moved to UC Santa Barbara to carry out her postdoctoral work with Professor Ram Seshadri.

Serena is currently a Reader in Physical Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, and has held visiting professorships at UC Santa Barbara and Otago University. Her group’s current research on the design, synthesis and characterisation of functional nanomaterials for applications in energy and the environment is especially motivated to understand the intimate structure-property interplay, a cornerstone in the rational design of materials.

In addition to regularly making invited, keynote and plenary contributions at international conferences, Dr Corr is committed to the promotion of chemistry at all education levels. She is an active member of the School’s Chemistry Outreach Group in the UK, delivering lectures and demonstrations to schools, teachers and the public. She has also taken an leading role in outreach programmes such as Salter’s Science Festival, the BA Festival of Science, and the Royal Dublin Society Science Live event.

Dr Corr is an Associate Editor on Nanoscale, and is on the Editorial Board for Nanoscale Horizons.

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Bright future for trace water analysis

MOF-based material has detection limit as low as traditional Karl Fischer titration

Researchers from Germany have devised a new way to detect trace water in solvents. Their technique combines luminescent metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) with a magnetic core to give a system that users can see change colour then fish out of the sample once the test is complete.

Source: Royal Society of Chemistry The microparticle core contributes superparamagnetic properties to the compound, while the shell exhibits a mixed yellow luminescence originating from Eu3+ and Tb3+

To read the full article please visit Chemistry World.

Composite materials combining multiple luminescent MOFs and superparamagnetic microparticles for ratiometric water detection
T. Wehner, M. T. Seuffert, J. R. Sorg, M. Schneider, K. Mandel, G. Sextl and K. Müller-Buschbaum
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Advance Article

 

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