10 Oct 2017
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
03 Oct 2017
This month saw the occasion of the Japanese Photochemistry Association’s (JPA) Annual Meeting on Photochemistry 2017. The meeting was held over three days at Tohoku University in Sendai and was a huge success, attracting 665 delegates and featuring 167 oral presentation and 314 poster presentations.
The winner of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A prize for outstanding poster presentation was awarded to Nobuhiko Nishitani, of Kyoto University, for his presentation on STM Observation of 2-D Self-Assembly of Photochromic Diarylethenes Having Oligopeptide Chains at the Liquid/ Graphite Interface and Its Photoresponsive Behavior.
|| L-R: Prof. Hiroshi Fukumura (Committee Chair and the president of National Institute of Technology, Sendai College) Dr Hiromitsu Urakami (RSC), Michihisa Ueda (PPS award winner), Prof. Hiroshi Miyasaka (President of the JPA, Osaka University)
The Royal Society of Chemistry was on hand to offer prizes for student presentations. The winner of the Photochemical & Photobiological Science prize for outstanding oral presentation was awarded to Michihisa Ueda, of The University of Tokyo, for his presentation on Accelerated Ring Inversion of a [4n]annulene Derivative by Photo-stabilization of its Planar Transition State.
|| Journal of Materials Chemistry A winner Nobuhiko Nishitani (third left) along with other award winners, being presented their awards by Prof. Hiroshi Fukumura (Committee Chair and the president of National Institute of Technology, Sendai College – far left), Dr Hiromitsu Urakami (RSC – second left) and Prof. Hiroshi Miyasaka (President of the JPA, Osaka University – far right)
The Royal Society of Chemistry offers its hearty congratulations to all prize winners!
13 Jul 2017
Congratulations to the winners of the Journal of Materials Chemistry B poster prize at the 13th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC13). The poster prize was awarded to Rosie Jarrald, Scott Bird, Joanna Galloway, Andrea Rawlings, Graham Leggett and Sarah Staniland from the University of Sheffield, UK for their poster titled: “Production of magnetic nanoparticle arrays on surfaces from solution using top-down patterning and bottom-up biotemplating for future nanodevices”.
11 Jul 2017
Winners of the RSC poster prizes at APCC 2017
Many congratulations to Luke Hedley and Diego Rota Martir for winning the Journal of Materials Chemistry C poster prizes and to Georgina Shillito and Isaac Etchells for winning the Dalton Transactions poster prizes at the Applications of Photoactive Coordination Compounds conference.
11 Jul 2017
31 July to 3 August 2017; Pasadena, CA, USA
Journal of Materials Chemistry C and Sustainable Energy & Fuels are delighted to support the 36th Annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (2017ICT).
The Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA will be hosting the annual International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT) between 31 July and 3 August 2017. This Conference is the 36th in the series of international conferences on thermoelectrics that provides a global forum for presentations and information exchange on the latest emerging thermoelectric technology. This conference series began in 1976 in Arlington, Texas, USA and since 1988, has been held in various countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas, where most of the activities in thermoelectrics research are located.
06 Jul 2017
Kitchen cupboard staples used in sensors for detecting digestive disorders
Love it or hate it, Marmite might have a place in medicine. Scientists in Australia have used this British favourite, along with Vegemite and jelly, in electrodes for hydrogel-based devices that assess digestive problems in patients.
Toxicity shouldn’t be an issue for medical devices made from Vegemite or Marmite
Stomach-related health problems are increasing: stomach cancer is the second deadliest cancer and 76.6% of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are undiagnosed. Traditional methods of detecting these illnesses, such as endoscopy, colonoscopy and surgery, are often invasive and unpleasant. One alternative is to use small devices, known as electronic capsules, that pass easily through the digestive system. However, researchers must make them using materials that will not damage the human body.
To read the full article visit Chemistry World.
Conducting hydrogels for edible electrodes
Alex Keller, Jonathan Pham, Holly Warren and Marc in het Panhuis
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TB01247K, Paper
26 Jun 2017
The Journal of Materials Chemistry C sponsored three poster prizes at the Joint EuroCVD 21 – Baltic ALD 15 Conference, held from the 11th to 14th of June 2017 in Linköping, Sweden. The poster prize winners were Richard O’Donoghue from Ruhr University Bochum for the poster titled “Gallium amide: the Resurrection Towards New Functional Materials”, Véronique Cremers from Ghent University for the poster titled “ALD oxidation barrier for Cu and Fe powder”, and Fouzi Addou from Université de Toulouse for the poster titled “Compatibility of MOCVD Cu metallization with polymer pretreatments developed for other deposition processes”. Congratulations to these winners and to the organisers for a successful conference.
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15 Jun 2017
The replacement of fossil fuels by a clean and renewable energy source is one of the most urgent and challenging issues our society is facing today, which is why intense research is devoted to this topic recently. Nature has been using sunlight as the primary energy input to oxidize water and generate carbohydrates (a solar fuel) for over a billion years. Inspired, but not constrained, by nature, artificial systems can be designed to capture light and oxidize water and reduce protons or other organic compounds to generate useful chemical fuels. 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. In the present meeting, we will bring together researchers in these two scientific communities to explore possible synergistic effects of “fusion” between molecular and materials systems.
Heinz Frei (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Osamu Ishitani (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Can Li (DICP, China)
Kirk Schanze (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Early-bird Registration Deadline– 15th September
Please visit the Conference Website for the full speaker list and registration details.
07 Jun 2017
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre / Dubai World Trade centre 4-6 December 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 June 2017
Early Bird Registration deadline: 21 September 2017
The Nanotech Middle East 2017 will present focused sessions and workshops/tutorials to harness the academic and business awareness on the nanotechnology topics that are most related to the needs and requirements of the regions. A full list of these focused sessions can be found on the conference website.
Example topics include: Nanotech for Water Technologies, Nanotech for Oil and Gas, Nanotech for Energy, Nanotech for buildings and construction and Nanotech for corrosion protection
From its origin as Nanotech Dubai, the event has grown to become the Nanotech Middle East 2017 Exhibition and Conference to be held in the state-of-the-art venue, Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC) / Dubai World Trade centre from 4 to 6 December 2017.
Nanotech Middle East 2017 conference will present a very comprehensive scientific program highlighting the latest topics and covers all frontier topics in nanotechnology. The conference includes plenary lectures and invited talks by eminent personalities from around the world in addition to contributed papers both oral and poster presentations. It brings together leading scientists, researchers, engineers, practitioners, technology developers and policy makers in nanotechnology to exchange information on their latest research progress, innovation and business opportunities. It’s among the most important events in terms of international regulatory policies and it’s opened to the participation of private companies. It’s unique venue for companies to promote equipment and technology.
The Nanotech Middle East 2017 exhibition is the gateway to the emerging and far reaching nanotechnology market in the MENASA region. A wide-ranging products, equipment and services will be displayed. A number of practical and interactive activities will run alongside the exhibition halls.
06 Jun 2017
We are delighted to announce that Professor Shizhang Qiao has been selected as winner of the 2017 Australian Laureate Fellowship.
About Professor Qiao
Professor Shizhang Qiao is Chair of Nanotechnology within the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Adelaide. Professor Qiao’s research expertise is in nanomaterials and nanoporous materials for new energy technologies, such as electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Scientist and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Professor Qiao’s research achievements have been recognised through numerous awards, including an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (2014–16), Emerging Researcher Award (2013, Energy and Fuel Division of the American Chemical Society) and the prestigious ExxonMobil Award (2016).
Find out more about Professor Qiao and his research by visiting his profile page on The University of Adelaide website.
Fellowship project summary
Solar-driven sustainable production of fuels and chemicals (FL170100154)
This project aims to address the efficient and sustainable production of fuels and chemicals using abundant sources like water, carbon dioxide and sunlight by an integrated reaction system. Through understanding molecular design principles and material engineering, this project expects to develop a range of novel electrocatalysts featuring high activity, efficiency, selectivity and stability for carbon dioxide reduction and hydrogen evolution reactions. These new catalysts will facilitate a hybrid reaction cell as artificial leaf mimics by associating photocatalysis and electrocatalysis processes. The expected outcome of this project is of great importance for solar fuel generation and carbon dioxide utilisation, which are the key energy and environmental challenges facing Australia and the world today. This will provide benefits such as an innovative system of solar energy transformation that will lead to the production of fuels and key chemicals in an efficient, selective and sustainable form, ultimately bringing environmental benefits through much smaller greenhouse gas emissions.