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The Chemistry of Thermoelectric Materials web collection

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Journal of Materials Chemistry C is pleased to announce the publication of the Chemistry of Thermoelectric Materials themed collection.

Thermoelectrics are gaining increasing interests due to their important potential applications. Many novel thermoelectric materials have been developed by manipulating the doping, electronic structure, phonon structure and scattering, as well as microstructure. Chemistry affects all of these enabling, for example, the tuning and engineering of the electron band structure or phonon scattering.

The collection broadly covers the chemistry aspects of thermoelectric materials and is Guest Edited by G. Jeffrey Snyder (Northwestern University, USA).

Below are a selection of some of the high quality articles, and the full collection can be found here.

Thermoelectric properties of materials with nontrivial electronic topology
Koushik Pal, Shashwat Anand and Umesh V. Waghmare
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 12130-12139
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC02344K


Crystal structure and thermoelectric properties of Sr–Mo substituted CaMnO3: a combined experimental and computational study
D. Srivastava, F. Azough, R. Freer, E. Combe, R. Funahashi, D. M. Kepaptsoglou, Q. M. Ramasse, M. Molinari, S. R. Yeandel, J. D. Baran and S. C. Parker
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC02318A


Morphological effects on the thermoelectric properties of Ti0.3Zr0.35Hf0.35Ni1+δSn alloys following phase separation
Oshrat Appel, Tsvika Zilber, Sergey Kalabukhov, Ofer Beeri and Yaniv Gelbstein
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 11653-11659
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC03214H

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Bio-inspired and natural materials web collection

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Journal of Materials Chemistry B is pleased to announce the publication of the Bio-inspired and natural materials themed issue.

Bio-inspired and naturally-derived materials may derive their structure, crosslinking, fabrication or application from biological sources. Of particular interest are materials that are self-assembled, hierarchically structured, biologically active, dynamic, responsive or adaptable. Potential applications are diverse and include the medical, bioprocessing, environmental, energy, consumer or military fields. This themed issue aims to cover the most recent progress in the synthesis, processing and characterization of bio-inspired and natural materials, to highlight the new development in synthesis, engineering, and application of these materials.

The collection was Guest Edited by Jennie B. Leach (UMBC, USA) and Molly S. Shoichet (University of Toronto, Canada)

Below are a selection of some of the high quality articles, and the full collection can be found here.

Strategies for skeletal muscle tissue engineering: seed vs. soil
Brian M. Sicari, Ricardo Londono and Stephen F. Badylak
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2015, 3, 7881-7895
DOI: 10.1039/C5TB01714A


Mimicking biological phenomena in hydrogel-based biomaterials to promote dynamic cellular responses
Nicholas P. Murphy and Kyle J. Lampe
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2015, 3, 7867-7880
DOI: 10.1039/C5TB01045D


Hydrogels that allow and facilitate bone repair, remodeling, and regeneration
Aaron R. Short, Deepthi Koralla, Ameya Deshmukh, Benjamin Wissel, Benjamin Stocker, Mark Calhoun, David Dean and Jessica O. Winter
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2015, 3, 7818-7830
DOI: 10.1039/C5TB01043H

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Web collection on molecular materials with the 5th Molecular Materials Meeting @ Singapore 2015

We are delighted to announce a cross journal web collection on molecular materials in conjunction with the 5th Molecular Materials Meeting @ Singapore 2015 conference, which will cover the latest developments in molecular materials.

Ten Royal Society of Chemistry journals are encouraging submissions for the collection:

Biomaterials Science
An international, high impact journal bringing together the molecular and mesoscopic interactions of biomaterials and their potential applications
Chemical Communications
Urgent high quality communications from across the chemical sciences.
Green Chemistry
The home of cutting-edge research on the development of alternative sustainable technologies
Journal of Materials Chemistry A
High impact applications, properties and synthesis of exciting new materials for energy and sustainability
Journal of Materials Chemistry B
High impact applications, properties and synthesis of exciting new materials for biology and medicine
Journal of Materials Chemistry C
High impact applications, properties and synthesis of exciting new materials for optical, magnetic and electronic devices
Nanoscale
A high impact peer reviewed journal publishing experimental and theoretical work across the breadth of nanoscience and nanotechnology
Polymer Chemistry
Encompassing all aspects of synthetic and biological macromolecules, and related emerging areas
RSC Advances
An international journal to further the chemical sciences
Soft Matter
Where physics meets chemistry meets biology for fundamental soft matter research.

The overall theme of the conference is “The Next 50 Years in Materials Research”, and this conference will focus on the latest developments and discuss the future of the most promising areas in molecular materials. It will cover a wide range of topics:

  • Metamaterials and Plasmonics
  • Hybrid Materials and Nanocomposites
  • 2D Materials and Devices
  • Biomimetic, Biosynthetic, and Bioinspired Materials
  • Materials for Sustainability
  • Materials for Bioapplications and Sensing
  • Materials for Consumer Care and Healthcare
  • Materials for Food Nanotechnology

Submissions are welcome to the relevant journal across the themes of the conference.

Articles can be submitted from now until the 1st of May 2015 and the collection will receive promotion at the conference in August. Please indicate in your submission that your manuscript is for consideration for the cross-journal MMM3 2015 web collection. Please note all submissions will be handled following each specific journal’s standard procedures and in that respect articles submitted for the web collection will be treated as regular submissions.

If you have any queries or for more information, please contact the relevant journal Editorial Office: biomaterialsscience-rsc@rsc.org, chemcomm-rsc@rsc.org, green-rsc@rsc.org, materialsa-rsc@rsc.org, materialsb-rsc@rsc.org, materialsc-rsc@rsc.org, nanoscale-rsc@rsc.org, polymers-rsc@rsc.org, advances-rsc@rsc.org or softmatter-rsc@rsc.org.

For your information, Conference abstract submission templates can be found here and you may submit the abstract here: http://bit.ly/1AuY7wU.

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Call for Papers: Themed Issue on Perovskite Solar Cells

Journal of Materials Chemistry A is planning to produce a themed issue on Perovskite Solar Cells in 2015. Please e-mail the Editorial Office at materialsA-rsc@rsc.org if you are interested in contributing an article. The Guest Editors for this issue are Zhiqun Lin (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Gang Li (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) and Nam-Gyu Park (Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea).

This themed issue aims to cover the most recent progress in the synthesis, preparation, characterization, and mechanistic studies of perovskite-based solar cells, to highlight the new development in synthesis, engineering, and application of perovskites.  Our aim is to highlight the remarkable contributions made by the leading scientists in this important research area and the broad impact of perovskite solar cells.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED

Manuscripts can be submitted using the RSC’s online article submission service. Please clearly state that the manuscript is submitted in response to the call for papers for the themed issue on Perovskite Solar Cells.

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Hot Article: The role of material structure and mechanical properties in cell-matrix interactions

When thinking about movement of the human body it is often thought about it in terms of muscles contracting and relaxing, joints bending and straightening, but I don’t think I have ever thought about movement on a cellular level.

During movement cells in our bodies are subject to mechanical force and as a result they are stretched, sheared and compressed. Many cells passively experience this force and some have even evolved to be particularly sensitive to it and act as sensors – such as the tiny hairs present inside the human ear.

However, some cells are a bit more active and can actually exert their own mechanical force on the environment around them. This interaction is used to achieve various physiological functions like the healing of tissue, fighting infection and growth and differentiation of cells. In order to carry out these functions the cells must be able to sense and understand the mechanical context of the world around them.

This review summarises the evolution of the area of science focused on understanding the mechanobiology of cells and tissues and how different properties of their surrounding environment can be analysed both scientifically and by the cell itself. It also goes further to discuss of different material properties effect the mechanosensing of cells.  Whilst this is still a developing field this review gives a good overview of where our present understanding is at and what limitations there are to overcome in the future.

The role of material structure and mechanical propertie in cell-matrix interactions
Nicholas D. Evans and Eileen Gentleman
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014, 2, 2345-2356. C3TB21604G

H. L. Parker is a guest web writer for the Journal of Materials Chemistry blog. She currently works at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, the University of York.

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Themed Issue on the Fabrication Technology of Nanomaterials

Fabrication Technology of Nanomaterials brings together scaleable, high throughput nano and multiscale fabricaton techniques applied to pultifunctional materials.  The aim of thi sissue is to highlight the important contributions in this research area as well as highlighting the impact of nanostructured materials.

This issue was Guest Edited by Professor Fabio Biscarini and Dr massimilliano Cavallini of the Institute of Nanostructured Materials, CNR Bologna, Italy.  The full issue can be found here.

Below is a sample of the Papers, Applications, Communication and Feature Articles that can be found in the fabrication technology of nanomaterials themed issue:

Feature Article

Continuous and high-throughput nanopatterning methodologies based on mechanical deformation
Jong G. Ok, Se Hyun Ahn, Moon Kyu Kwak and L. Jay Guo

Application

Micro/nano-scale materials and structures for constructing neuronal networks and addressing neurons
Zhuo Huang and Xingyu Jiang

Communication

Nanofabrication of TaS2 conducting layers nanopatterned with Ta2O5 insulating regions via AFM
Eugenio Coronado, Alicia Forment-Aliaga, Efren Navarro-Moratalla, Elena Pinilla-Cienfuegos and Andres Castellanos-Gomez

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Carbon nanorods and graphene-like nanosheets by hot filament CVD: growth mechanisms and electron field emission
B. B. Wang, K. Ostrikov, T. van der Laan, K. Zheng, J. J. Wang, Y. P. Yan and X. J. Quan

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Themed Issue on The Chemistry of Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials

Photonic crystals attract tremendous interest due to their ability to manipulate light.  The Chemistry of Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials provides discussion on several effective fabrication techniques for 2D and 3D colloidal photonic crystals as well as many other topics in this fast developing field.

Guest editors Yadong Yin and Jianping Ge introduce the issue in their editorial. The full issue can be found here.

Below is a sample of the Papers, Highlights, Communications and Feature Articles that can be found in The Chemistry of Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials themed issue:

Feature Articles

Stimuli-responsive opals: colloidal crystals and colloidal amorphous arrays for use in functional structurally colored materials
Yukikazu Takeoka

Magnetically controllable colloidal photonic crystals: unique features and intriguing applications
Haibo Hu, Changle Chen and Qianwang Chen

Highlight Articles

Active lasing from organic colloidal photonic crystals
Seiichi Furumi

Communications

Linear thermosensitivity of gel-immobilized tunable colloidal photonic crystals
Hitomi Sugiyama, Tsutomu Sawada, Hiroki Yano and Toshimitsu Kanai

Papers

Maleimide-containing polymer inverse opals: a new kind of reactive photonic structure with significant extendibility
Haowei Yang, Xuesong Li, Yue Lan, Tian Tian, Jiecheng Cui, Tao Zhu, Dezhong Shen and Guangtao Li

Polydopamine-based photonic crystal structures
Yin Jiang, Yue Lan, Xianpeng Yin, Haowei Yang, Jiecheng Cui, Tao Zhu and Guangtao Li

Magnetically rewritable photonic ink based on superparamagnetic nanochains
Mingsheng Wang, Le He, Yongxing Hu and Yadong Yin

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Themed Issue on Nanoparticles in Biology

Nanoparticles in Biology brings together outstanding work from a diverse range of scientific discipines for biomedical applications. We may be approaching an age when nanoparticle applications will become increasingly more common within medicine and biology.

Guest editors Dan Peer, Nathan Gianneschi and Dan Luo introduce the issue in their editorial. The full issue can be found here.

Below is a sample of the Papers, Highlights and Feature Articles that can be found in the nanoparticles in biology themed issue:

Feature Articles

Synthesis of nanoparticles, their biocompatibility and toxicity behavior for biomedical applications
Anurag Gautam and Frank C.J.M. van Veggel

Recent trends in the use of lipidic nanoparticles as pharmaceutical carriers for cancer therapy and diagnostics
Samuel V. Mussi and Vladimir P. Torchilin

Highlights

Filomicelles in nanomedicine – from flexible, fragmentable, and ligand-targetable drug carrier designs to combination therapy for brain tumors
Nuria Sancho Oltra, Joe Swift, Adbullah Mahmud, Karthikan Rajagopal, Sharon M. Loverde and Dennis E. Discher

Papers

Localization of gadolinium-loaded CPMV to sites of inflammation during central nervous system autoimmunity
Leah P. Shriver, Emily M. Plummer, Diane M. Thomas, Samuel Ho and Marianne Manchester

Nanoengineering gold particle composite fibers for cardiac tissue engineering
Michal Shevach, Ben M. Maoz, Ron Feiner, Assaf Shapira and Tal Dvir  

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Call for Papers: Themed Issue on Flexible Electronics

Journal of Materials Chemistry C is planning to produce a themed issue on Flexible Electronics in 2014.  Please e-mail the Editorial Office at materialsC-rsc@rsc.org if you are interested in contributing an article. The Guest Editors for this issue are Guozhen Shen (Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Chongwu Zhou (University of Southern California, USA), Yoshio Bando (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan) and Lei Liao (Wuhan University, China).

This themed issue will cover all the aspects of the recent exciting progress in flexible electronics, including the synthesis, characterisation, and nanostructure of functional materials for flexible electronics applications including flexible displays, electronic textiles, sensory skins and active antennas. Our aim is to highlight the remarkable contributions made by the leading scientists in this important research area and the broad impact of flexible electronics.

PLEASE NOTE THAT INVITATIONS TO THIS ISSUE HAVE NOW CLOSED

Manuscripts can be submitted using the RSC’s online article submission service. Please clearly state that the manuscript is submitted in response to the call for papers for the themed issue on Flexible Electronics.

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Rising Stars and Young Nanoarchitects in Materials Science web collection published

We’re delighted to announce that the Rising Stars and Young Nanoarchitects in Materials Science web collection has now been published!

Guest Edited by Katsuhiko Ariga (MANA National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan) and Martin Pumera (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), the collection highlights the activities of rising stars in nanomaterials chemistry. All the articles in the collection have been made free to access for a short time. The collection can be found here.

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