Archive for the ‘Themed Issue’ Category

Small Molecules and Monodisperse Oligomers for Organic Electronics themed issue

front coverThis thematic issue aims to highlight recent advances in organic electronic materials based on small molecules and monodisperse oligomers, including their synthesis, properties, applications or production and is guest edited by Guillermo Bazan and Martin Bryce.

The full Journal of Materials Chemistry C themed issue can be read here.

A small selection of articles from the issue are below:

Editorial
Themed issue on small molecules and monodisperse oligomers for organic electronics
Guillermo Bazan and Martin R. Bryce
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 3675-3676
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC90050J

Review Article
Organophosphorus derivatives for electronic devices
D. Joly, P.-A. Bouit and M. Hissler
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 3686-3698
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC00590J

Communication
Integration of aggregation-induced emission and delayed fluorescence into electronic donor–acceptor conjugates
Shifeng Gan, Wenwen Luo, Bairong He, Long Chen, Han Nie, Rongrong Hu, Anjun Qin, Zujin Zhao and Ben Zhong Tang
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 3705-3708
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC03588K

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Shape-Responsive Fluorophores themed issue

JMC C shape fluorophone themed issue coverGuest edited by Dr Kyril Solntsev (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and Professor Ben Zhong Tang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong), this themed issue covers all aspects of the recent exciting progress in shape-responsive fluorophores, and highlights remarkable contributions made by the leading scientists in this important research area, as well as the broad impacts of this novel class of fluorophores.

The full issue on Shape-responsive fluorophones can be read here.

Below is a small selection of articles from the issue:

Editorial
Themed issue on shape-responsive fluorophores
Ben Zhong Tang and Kyril M. Solntsev
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J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 2638-2639
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC90054B

Papers
Docking-guided identification of protein hosts for GFP chromophore-like ligands
Natalia V. Povarova, Nina G. Bozhanova, Karen S. Sarkisyan, Roman Gritcenko, Mikhail S. Baranov, Ilia V. Yampolsky, Konstantin A. Lukyanov and Alexander S. Mishin
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 3036-3040
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC03931B

Temperature-dependent shape-responsive fluorescent nanospheres for image-guided drug delivery
Shawn He, George Tourkakis, Oleg Berezin, Nikolay Gerasimchuk, Hairong Zhang, Haiying Zhou, Asaf Izraely, Walter J. Akers and Mikhail Y. Berezin
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 3028-3035
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC00122J

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Immunological Biomaterials themed issue

This themed issue for Journal of Materials Chemistry B was guest edited by Professor Krishnendu Roy (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and focuses on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the design or modification of biomaterials to control inflammation, modulate vaccine responses, deliver immunotherapeutics, enhance transplantation outcomes, augment regenerative potential and wound healing, and longitudinally detect immune-related biomarkers.

The full issue on Immunological Biomaterials can be read here.


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Below is a small selection of articles from the issue:

Editorial

Themed collection on immunological biomaterials: where materials meet the immune system in health and diseases
Krishnendu Roy
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2016, 4, 1567-1568
DOI: 10.1039/C6TB90021F

Papers
Self-assembled hybrid supraparticles that proteolytically degrade tumor necrosis factor-α
Won Min Park, Christine M. Yee and Julie A. Champion
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2016, 4, 1633-1639
DOI: 10.1039/C5TB01647A

Joshua D. Snook, Charles B. Chesson, Alex G. Peniche, Sara M. Dann, Adriana Paulucci, Iryna V. Pinchuk and Jai S. Rudra
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2016, 4, 1640-1649
DOI: 10.1039/C5TB01623A
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Water splitting and photocatalysis themed issue

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Read a collection of articles featuring the most recent and dynamic work from top researchers working in water splitting and photocatalysis, recently published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

Upwards trends in population growth and natural resource consumption require a more sustainable approach to the production and processing of energy, water, food, and chemicals. In theory, most aspects of human society can be powered by the sunlight received on the surface of Earth; what is missing is a cheap and reliable technology to harness this abundant energy and convert it into fuels.

This themed issue, guest edited by Thomas E. Mallouk (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Shannon W. Boettcher (University of Oregon, USA), and Journal of Materials Chemistry A Associate Editor Frank E. Osterloh (University of California, Davis, USA), puts a spotlight on recent scientific developments in the area of solar-powered fuel generation, water and air purification, and chemicals processing, and highlights remarkable contributions made by the leading scientists in this important research area.


Article selection:

Themed issue on water splitting and photocatalysis
Shannon W. Boettcher, Thomas E. Mallouk and Frank E. Osterloh.
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2764-2765  DOI: 10.1039/C6TA90014C

Artificial photosynthesis using metal/nonmetal-nitride semiconductors: current status, prospects, and challenges
M. G. Kibria and Z. Mi
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2801-2820 DOI: 10.1039/C5TA07364B

Tantalum (oxy)nitride based photoanodes for solar-driven water oxidation
Chao Zhen, Runze Chen, Lianzhou Wang, Gang Liu and Hui-Ming Cheng
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2783-2800 DOI: 10.1039/C5TA07057K

A simplified theoretical guideline for overall water splitting using photocatalyst particles
Angel T. Garcia-Esparza and Kazuhiro Takanabe
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2894-2908  DOI: 10.1039/C5TA06983A

Utilizing modeling, experiments, and statistics for the analysis of water-splitting photoelectrodes
Yannick K. Gaudy and Sophia Haussener
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 3100-3114 DOI: 10.1039/C5TA07328F

Charge transfer processes at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface for solar fuel production: insight from impedance spectroscopy
Luca Bertoluzzi, Pilar Lopez-Varo, Juan Antonio Jiménez Tejada and Juan Bisquert
J. Mater. Chem. A
, 2016, 4, 2873-2879  DOI: 10.1039/C5TA03210E

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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

Paper

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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