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Congratulations to prize winner from ACIN 2018

Congratulations to Dr Carlos J Bueno-Alejo (Universidad de ZaragozaSpain) who won the Journal of Materials Chemistry B poster prize at ACIN 2018, the Fourth International Conference on Advanced Complex Inorganic Nanomaterials. Dr Bueno-Alejo was awarded the poster prize for his contribution on the in situ deposition of plasmonic gold nanoparticles for photocalytic applications.

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New Associate Editors for Journal of Materials Chemistry B: Gemma-Louise Davies, Ji Jian, Shaoqin Liu and Jessica Winter

We are delighted to announce that Dr Gemma-Louise Davies (University College London, UK), Professor Ji Jian (Zhejiang University, China), Professor Shaoqin Liu (Harbin Institute of Technology, China) and Professor Jessica Winter (Ohio State University, USA) join the Journal of Materials Chemistry B team as Associate Editors.

Gemma, Ji, Shaoqin and Jessica join Xiaogang Qu, Dal-Hee Min, Marc in het Panhuis, Guoping Chen and Jiang Chang as Associate Editors handling the peer review of submissions to the journal.

Gemma-Louise Davies graduated from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) with a Degree in Natural Sciences (Mod. Chemistry) and remained there to undertake a PhD in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (awarded in 2011). Following a brief industry-supported Postdoctoral Fellowship in Trinity College Dublin, Gemma-Louise moved to the University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Research Associate before she was awarded a Global Research Fellowship at the University of Warwick in 2013. She joined the Department of Chemistry at University College London as Lecturer in Materials Chemistry and Director of the MSc in Materials for Energy and the Environment in July 2017. Gemma-Louise’s interdisciplinary research focusses on the design and development of nanostructured materials for medical imaging, diagnostic and healthcare applications, industrial application and also investigates the role and fate of nanomaterials in the environment.

Read Gemma-Louise’s recent paper on Heparin-stabilised Iron Oxide for MR Applications: A Relaxometric Study

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Ji Jian is a professor at Department of Polymer Science and Engineering in Zhejiang University. He received his PhD in the chemistry and physics of polymers from Zhejiang University in 1991. His research focuses on interfacial phenomena for biomedical implant, tissue engineering and nanomedicine. He has published 320 publications and 36 patents. He received several awards including the Distinguished Young Scholars Award of the National Science Foundation of China (2010), Chang Jiang Scholars by Ministry of Education (2015) and Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (2016). Since 2017,he has been the director of Institute of Biomedical Macromolecule in Zhejiang University.

Read Ji’s recent paper on Bacterial infection microenvironment-responsive enzymatically degradable multilayer films for multifunctional antibacterial properties

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Shaoqin Liu received her Bachelor degree and PhD degree from Wuhan University of Hydraulic  and Electric Engineering in 1994 and from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (Chinese Academy of Science) in 1999, respectively. She started her chemistry research career under Professor Shaojun Dong group at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry to develop polyoxometalates-based thin film. After her PhD degree, she moved to Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interface as Humboldt Fellow. She developed polyoxometalates-based functional materials. In 2004, she joined National Research Council of Canada as NESRC fellow to study direct methanol fuel cells. In 2007, she started her academic career as a Full Professor in Harbin Institute of Technology. Her current research interests include preparation of nanostructured materials and their applications in energy, biosensing and cancer therapy.

Read Shaoqin’s recent paper on MoS2-Based multipurpose theranostic nanoplatform: Realizing dual-imaging-guided combination phototherapy to eliminate solid tumor via a liquefaction necrosis process

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Jessica Winter is a Professor in the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Director of the MRSEC Center for Emergent Materials at the Ohio State University, and Past Chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Innovative Visual Rehabilitation at the Boston VA Hospital in 2006. Her research interests include nanomaterials for cancer imaging, diagnostics, drug delivery; and cell migration in the brain tumor microenvironment. She is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Core Quantum Technologies, a company commercializing nanoparticle reagents for leukemia diagnostics. She has received the American Chemical Society Rising Star Award and the Golden Mouse Trap Engineering Rising Star Award; she was named to Top 25 STEM professors in Ohio; and is a fellow of the AAAS, AIMBE, and senior member of the IEEE and AIChE.

Read Jessica’s recent paper on Hydrogels that allow and facilitate bone repair, remodeling, and regeneration

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Journal of Materials Chemistry B publishes novel work on high impact applications, properties and synthesis of exciting new materials for biology and medicine. Submissions to the journal should contain chemistry in a materials context. Our latest Impact Factor is 4.776*.

As a society journal, we are committed to supporting the materials community – benefitting you and future generations of materials scientists. Keep up-to-date with all articles published in Journal of Materials Chemistry B with our monthly table-of-content e-alerts and read our latest papers on our website.

*2017 Journal Citation Reports®, Clarivate Analytics June 2018

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2018 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship – open for nominations

This annual lectureship, established in 2010, honours early-career scientists who have made a significant contribution to the field of materials chemistry.

The Lectureship recipient receives £1000 to cover travel and accommodation costs to attend and present at a leading international meeting. The recipient is also invited to contribute an article to one of the Journal of Materials Chemistry journals and to receive a complimentary back cover for the issue in which the article appears.

Last year’s winner, Serena Corr, delivered the 2017 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship at the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit; and you can read her invited article here.

To be eligible for the Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship, the candidate must:

  • Have completed their PhD.
  • Be actively pursuing an independent research career within materials chemistry.
  • Be at an early stage of their independent career (typically this will be within 10 years of completing their PhD, but appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path).
  • Have made significant contributions to the field of materials chemistry.

Self-nomination is permitted, and all those nominated in 2017 will automatically be reconsidered this year.

As part of the Royal Society of Chemistry, we believe we have a responsibility to promote inclusivity and accessibility in order to improve diversity. Where possible, we encourage each nominator to nominate both a female and a male materials chemistry researcher.

You are welcome to circulate this information widely and please do ask for nominations from your colleagues and nominate researchers yourself.

To nominate a candidate, email the Journal of Materials Chemistry Editorial Office (materials-rsc@rsc.org) by the 18th of July 2018 with:

  • A brief C.V. of the candidate (no longer than two pages), starting with the candidate name, year and University of PhD, website link to research profile, current organisation and job title
  • A letter supporting the nomination (also no longer than two pages)

The Journal of Materials Chemistry Executive Editorial Board will select and announce the Lectureship winner, in autumn 2018.

Selection is not based simply on quantitative measures. Consideration is given to all information provided in the letter of recommendation and candidate C.V., including research achievements and originality, contributions to the materials chemistry community, innovation, collaborations and teamwork, and publication history.

 

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Artificial blood reaches the feline frontier

Space crystals of serum proteins help scientists make a red blood cell substitute for cats

Source: © Shutterstock

Researchers in Japan have made artificial cat blood by combining feline serum albumin (FSA) with haemoglobin.

Cat blood is tricky to store. Blood transfusions between cats do happen but it’s very important to match the donor and receiver’s blood type, otherwise severe reactions can arise. Red blood cell substitutes for humans and animals are on many researchers’ agendas but the hunt is still on for a preparation that is free from drawbacks.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Core–shell protein clusters comprising haemoglobin and recombinant feline serum albumin as an artificial O2 carrier for cats
Kyoko Yokomaku, Motofusa Akiyama, Yoshitsugu Morita, Kiyohito Kihira and Teruyuki Komatsu
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, Advance Article

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Outstanding Reviewers for Journal of Materials Chemistry C in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Journal of Materials Chemistry C 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 Xuemin Du, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), ORCID: 0000-0002-0200-5759
Dr Zhigao Hu, East China Normal University, ORCID: 0000-0003-0575-2191
Dr Branko Kolaric, Université de Mons, ORCID: 0000-0003-0203-7897
Professor Hong Chul Moon, University of Seoul, ORCID: 0000-0003-2598-0925
Dr Shi-Jian Su, South China University of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0002-6545-9002
Dr Zhijiang Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0001-9314-7922
Dr Yao Wang, Beihang University, ORCID: 0000-0002-3849-9607
Professor Bryan Wong, University of California, Riverside, ORCID: 0000-0002-3477-8043
Dr Zhiguo Xia, University of Science and Technology Beijing, ORCID: 0000-0002-9670-3223
Dr Guijiang Zhou, Xi’an Jiaotong University, ORCID: 0000-0002-5863-3551

We would also like to thank the Journal of Materials Chemistry C 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 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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New Memory Paradigms – Faraday Discussion

New Memory Paradigms – Faraday Discussion
15–17 October 2018, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Journal of Materials Chemistry C is proud to support New Memory Paradigms: Memristive Phenomena and Neuromorphic Applications, the latest addition to our historic Faraday Discussions.

The Faraday Discussion will bring together experts in a field of research which represents one of the hottest multidisciplinary topics, including major players from the computer and nanoelectronics industry, leading academic research groups in physics, chemistry, materials science, thin film technology, device engineering, computer science, neurology and brain-research and logic, and neuromorphic circuit engineering. It will provide a bridge between terminologies, theories, models and applications.

Poster abstract submission deadline: 23 July 2018

For more details, see the Faraday Discussion website.

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