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.
06 Jun 2017
Strasbourg on 22-26 August 2017
Chairs: Alberto Bianco & Paolo Samorì
The 1st European Conference on Chemistry of Two-Dimensional Materials (Chem2DMat) will cover all areas related to 2D materials’ chemistry spanning their synthesis as well as their functionalization, using covalent and non-covalent approaches, for composites, foams and coatings, membranes, (bio-) sensing, (electro- and photo-) catalysis, energy conversion, harvesting and storage, electronics, nanomedicine, biomaterials, with sessions on the following themes:
- Synthesis, processing and multiscale characterization
- Bottom-up growth
- Covalent and non-covalent functionalization
- Synthetic two-dimensional materials
- Design of 3D functional materials from layered systems
The conference website is open for registration and abstract submission.
Submit abstract by: June 15th
Online registration deadline: July 31st
02 Jun 2017
The 1st Applications of Photoactive Coordination Compounds conference, a preconference of the 22nd International Symposium on the Photophysics and Photochemistry of Coordination Compounds, will be held July 5th to the 7th in St Andrews, UK.
The conference website is open for registration and abstract submission. Final registration closes June 15th
The conference boasts a series of internationally renowned plenary and invited speakers:
Stefan Bernhard (Carnegie Mellon)
Luisa De Cola (Université de Strasbourg)
Ifor Samuel (University of St Andrews)
Kirk Schanze (University of Florida)
Chihaya Adachi (Kyushu University)
Paola Ceroni (University of Bologna)
Yun Chi (National Tsing Hua University) Garry Hanan (University of Montreal)
Masako Kato (University of Hokkaido)
Max Massi (Curtin University)
Eric Meggers (Philipps-Universitat Marburg)
Jerry Meyer (University of North Carolina)
Ken Sakai (Kyushu University)
Mark Thompson (University of Southern California)
24 May 2017
Article written by Rebecca Campbell
A method to chemically save information in quaternary code using dyes could change how we approach data storage
Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry The researchers used their quaternary code to save and read different RNA nucleotide sequences (top) and could even create more intricate patterns like an owl
A flexible, transparent polymer film endowed with two small molecules can glow in three different colours, enabling data storage in a quaternary code. This chemical approach to data storage could allow more information to be stored in a smaller space than is possible with binary systems.
Modern storage devices need to be portable, robust and capable of carrying large amounts of data. One way to store information is through optical data storage. Data is recorded by making patterns that can be read back with the aid of light. Most techniques use binary code – systems that allow two different states, 1 and 0, for each data unit – to store information. Efforts have been made to increase the amount of information that these systems can store, mainly by physically reducing the size of each data unit. However, increasing the number of states each data unit could adopt, such as ternary (0, 1, 2) data storage, may lead to an exponential increase in information density.
To read the full article visit Chemistry World.
Beyond binary: optical data storage with 0, 1, 2, and 3 in polymer films
Peiran Wei, Bowen Li, Al de Leon and Emily Pentzer
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00929A, Paper
12 May 2017
The Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales (SMM) will be hosting the XXVI International Materials Research Congress
(IMRC 2017) in Cancún, México, August 20-25, 2017. At XXVI IMRC 2017, Professor Peter J Skabara, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, is one of the organizers of the H.1 Symposium on Advances in Organic and Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Electronics and Photonics.
The H.1 symposium will focus on an interdisciplinary approach where chemistry, physics and material engineering are combined to address the fundamental and practical aspects of organic optoelectronic materials and their integration in electronic and photonic devices.
FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 30th 2017
Right picture: Professor Peter J Skabara, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, and organizer of the H.1 Symposium at XXVI IMRC 2017
28 Apr 2017
The Journal of Materials Chemistry Executive Editorial Board is pleased to announce that the 2017 Journal of Materials Chemistry lectureship is now open for nominations.
This annual lectureship honours an early-career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the field of materials chemistry.
Professor Christopher Bettinger was awarded the 2016 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship by the Journal of Materials Chemistry Executive Editorial Board, and presented his lecture at the 2017 Spring MRS in Arizona, USA on 19 April 2017.
To be eligible for the Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship, the candidate should be in the early stage of their scientific career, typically within 10 years of attaining their doctorate or equivalent degree, and will have made a significant contribution to the field of materials chemistry.
The recipient of the award will be asked to present a Journal of Materials Chemistry lecture at a conference decided upon by the recipient and the Editorial Office. The Journal of Materials Chemistry Editorial Office will provide £1,000 to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs, and will present the winner with the award at this lecture. The award recipient will also be asked to contribute an invited article to the journal and will have their work showcased on the back cover of the issue in which their article is published.
The recipient of the lectureship will be selected and endorsed by the Journal of Materials Chemistry’s prestigious Executive Editorial Board.
Those wishing to make a nomination should send details of the nominee, including a brief curriculum vita (no longer than 2 pages) and a letter supporting the nomination (no longer than 2 pages), to the Journal of Materials Chemistry Editorial Office by 16th June 2017. Please note that self-nomination is permitted, and you may re-nominate previous candidates.
Send a nomination here today: firstname.lastname@example.org