8th Global Chinese Chemical Engineers Symposium 2016

Materials Horizons is thrilled to announce its support of the 8th Global Chinese Chemical Engineers Symposium 2016 in the form of two poster prizes including a certificate and a free online subscription to Materials Horizons (worth £2000). You will also be able to find our flyers in your delegate bags.

The conference will run from 20th -22nd July 2016 in the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Major topics in GCCES2016, include (but not limited to):

Biomolecular and Biomedical Science Chemical Engineering Processes and Systems
Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Chemical Engineering Education
Chemical Engineering Science Environmental Benign Processes and Sustainability
Functional Materials Membrane Technology
Molecular Computations in Chemical Engineering Polymer Science and Engineering

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Materials Horizons’ first Impact Factor released

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We are thrilled to announce the first ever Impact Factor* has been released as 9.095!

The Editorial Office would like to say a very big thank you to all of our authors and referees involved in making this journal such a success over the past two years. We know that in the coming years, the journal will continue to thrive with your continued support.

Here are some of the articles that have contributed to this incredible achievement:

Mind the gap!
Jean-Luc Bredas
Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1, 17-19

Recent progress on graphene-based hybrid electrocatalysts
BaoYu Xia, Ya Yan, Xin Wang and Xiong Wen (David) Lou
Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1, 379-399

Protein corona formation around nanoparticles – from the past to the future
Pablo del Pino, Beatriz Pelaz, Qian Zhang, Pauline Maffre, G. Ulrich Nienhaus and Wolfgang J. Parak
Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1, 301-313

Catalyst-free room-temperature self-healing elastomers based on aromatic disulfide metathesis
Alaitz Rekondo, Roberto Martin, Alaitz Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Germán Cabañero, Hans J. Grande and Ibon Odriozola
Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1, 237-240

Direct evidence to support the restriction of intramolecular rotation hypothesis for the mechanism of aggregation-induced emission: temperature resolved terahertz spectra of tetraphenylethene
Edward P. J. Parrott, Nicholas Y. Tan, Rongrong Hu, J. Axel Zeitler, Ben Zhong Tang and Emma Pickwell-MacPherson
Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1, 251-258

L-Valine methyl ester-containing tetraphenylethene: aggregation-induced emission, aggregation-induced circular dichroism, circularly polarized luminescence, and helical self-assembly
Hongkun Li, Juan Cheng, Yihua Zhao, Jacky W. Y. Lam, Kam Sing Wong, Hongkai Wu, Bing Shi Li and Ben Zhong Tang
Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1, 518-521

* 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters)

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META’16, the 7th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics

Meta 2016 logo

Materials Horizons is delighted to announce its support of META’16, the 7th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics in the form of a poster prize including a certificate, copy of the first ever issue of Nanoscale Horizons and also a free online subscription to one of Materials Horizons, Nanoscale, Journals of Materials Chemistry A, B or C (worth in excess of £1500). You will also be able to find our flyers in your delegate bags.

Since its foundation in 2008, META has grown into the major conference in the field of Nanophotonics, Metamaterials and Photonic Crystals, with events spanning four continents: Marrakesh (2008), Cairo (2010), Paris (2012), Dubai (2013), Singapore (2014) and New York (2015).

Be a part of META’16 and take the opportunity to present your recent results, and meet and network with experts. The program will facilitate discussions on various current hot topics such as metasurfaces, topological effects in optics, two-dimensional materials, light-matter interaction in nanocavities, plasmonic circuits, thermal engineering, quantum photonic systems, etc. Featuring several plenary, keynote and invited speakers, the program will provide insights into the latest trends and strategies actionable to deal with the practical challenges faced by the community.

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Poster prize winner!

Congratulations to Lingyan Julia Zhu (University of California, Riverside, USA), who was awarded a Materials Horizons poster prize at the University of California Symposium for the Chemical Sciences which took place from the 21st – 23rd March 2016 at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead conference centre.

The symposium is the first of its kind and brought graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from across the University of California together, to network and start up new collaborations. Further information about the symposium can be found here.

© Beverly Chou

Courtesy of Beverly Chou (from left) Lingyan Julia Zhu with Jennifer Griffiths (RSC)

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Chemists unravel their carbon ramen

Written by Liisa Niitsoo for Chemistry World

The new material's morphology resembles graphene but contains a higher number of heteroatoms such as nitrogen and sulfur © Yoobin Chun

By simply heating sugar and salt, researchers in Germany have made a new, and seemingly flat, form of carbon.1 The material shows extraordinary potential for energy storage and electrocatalysis applications.

Nina Fechler from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and colleagues isolated the puzzling sheet-like material with a constant thickness a few years ago. Unexpectedly the sheets also had a very high surface area (up to 3200m2/g), exceeding a hypothetical single layer graphene material (around 2600m2/g), and showed microporosity at the same time. In addition, it contained many more heteroatoms than could possibly be accommodated within graphene planes, as well as electrochemical characteristics ahead of most ordinary graphene materials.2

The full article can be read in Chemistry World.

The original Materials Horizons article can be read below and is open access:

Synthesis of novel 2-d carbon materials: sp2 carbon nanoribbon packing to form well-defined nanosheets
Xiaofeng Liu, Nina Fechler, Markus Antonietti,* Marc Georg Willinger and Robert Schlögl
Mater. Horiz., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5MH00274E
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Past and present Focus articles free to access!

Materials Horizons Focus articles are now free to access and will include past as well as current articles which have been compiled below. We hope that you enjoy reading them and remember to check back as this will be regularly updated.

Principles and Implementations of Electrolysis Systems for Water Splitting
Chengxiang Xiang, Kimberly M Papadantonakis and Nathan Lewis
Mater. Horiz., 2016, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C6MH00016A, Focus


Fermi level, work function and vacuum level
Antoine Kahn
Mater. Horiz., 2016, 3, 7-10
DOI: 10.1039/C5MH00160A, Focus


A gentle introduction to the noble art of flow chemistry
James H. Bannock, Siva H. Krishnadasan, Martin Heeney and John C. de Mello
Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1, 373-378
DOI: 10.1039/C4MH00054D, Focus


Mind the gap!
Jean-Luc Bredas
Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1, 17-19
DOI: 10.1039/C3MH00098B, Focus

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Materials Horizons supports Graphene2016 conference

The Graphene2016 conference will be taking place in Genoa, Italy from the 19th 22nd April 2016 will cover the whole value chain of “Graphene and 2D Materials Innovation” from most recent scientific discoveries to breakthroughs in large scale material production and integration towards the development of innovative and competitive commercial applications.

The Graphene Conference is a consolidated event and considered the largest European event in Graphene and 2D Materials. 2016 will stand as a cornerstone event during which all communities will be able to share a common vision of the present and future of 2D materials-based science and technologies.

The deadline for the early bird fee at Graphene2016 is February 26, 2016 and can save you €100.

The number of abstracts (poster and oral) submitted in this edition has clearly exceeded the past editions (around 450 requests).

Please note the upcoming deadlines:

Early Bird Registration Fee February 26th, 2016

Post-deadline poster submission March 18th, 2016

There will be a total of 71 keynote & invited speakers with 102 oral contributions and 341 poster contributions along with talks, workshops and an exhibition.

Further details can be found on the website: www.grapheneconf.com

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Ionic liquids bestow stretch on biomedical sensors

Written by Fiona Gillespie for Chemistry World

Researchers based in Australia have developed a soft and stretchable device that recognises artery pulses or body movements, and relays the information to a smartphone.

The demand for wearable devices has surged in recent years with gadgets to monitor body movements, heart rate and sweat metabolites, among other things. However, most of the devices currently available are not truly wearable because they do not sit flush with the skin so do not deform as the body moves.

Interested? The full article can be read at Chemistry World.

An ammeter indicates changes in the electric current running through the sensor as it is stretched © Royal Society of Chemistry

An ammeter indicates changes in the electric current running through the sensor as it is stretched © Royal Society of Chemistry

The original article is free to access until the 25th March 2016 and can be read below:

Volume-invariant ionic liquid microbands as highly durable wearable biomedical sensors
Yan Wang, Shu Gong, Stephen Jia Wang, George P. Simon and Wenlong Cheng*
Mater. Horiz., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5MH00284B

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Poster prize winner at the Active and Adaptive Materials Conference

Dr. Rein V. Ulijn (left) with Materials Horizons poster prize winner Noemie-Manuelle centre

Materials Horizons congratulates Noemie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne for her poster prize award at the Active and Adaptive Materials Conference which took place at the City University of New York, New York from the 22nd – 23rd October 2015.

The conference focused on a number of different research fields in nano-molecular chemistry and featured with International speakers: Dr. Lee Cronin of the University of Glasgow, Dr. David G. Lynn of Emory University, Dr. Jan van Esch from Delft University of Technology and Dr. Samuel I. Stupp amongst others. A poster session was held on the ground floor with one of the prizes being awarded from Materials Horizons.

Further information about the conference can be found here.

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Up close and personal with the Materials Horizons Community Board

Biographies of our newest board members

Sarit Agasti Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India
Sarit received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Calcutta, in 2003 and then his Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2005. Sarit went on to receive his PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst under the supervision of Professor Vincent M. Rotello. Since his PhD, he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at both the Massachusetts General hospital-Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University working with Professor Ralph Weissleder and Professor Peng Yin, respectively. Sarit has now returned to India and is working as a Faculty fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. His lab is interested in engineering small molecules and programmable molecular materials to address challenges in bioimaging, specifically in super-resolution microscopy. Some of his previously published work in Royal Society of Chemistry journals is below.

A photoactivatable drug–caged fluorophore conjugate allows direct quantification of intracellular drug transport
Sarit S. Agasti, Ashley M. Laughney, Rainer H. Kohler and Ralph Weissleder
Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 11050-11052, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC46089D

Direct photopatterning of light-activated gold nanoparticles
Chandramouleeswaran Subramani, Xi Yu, Sarit. S. Agasti, Bradley Duncan, Serkan Eymur, Murat Tonga and Vincent M. Rotello
J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 14156-14158, DOI: 10.1039/C1JM11035G

Athina Anastasaki Warwick University, UK
Athina received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She then undertook a PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Professor David Haddleton. Athina is currently a Monash-Warwick Alliance Research Fellow in the research groups of Professor David Haddleton and Professor Thomas Davis, focusing on controlled living radical polymerization methods, mechanistic studies, photochemistry and sequence-controlled polymers. Some of her recently published work in Royal Society of Chemistry journals is below.

Photo-induced living radical polymerization of acrylates utilizing a discrete copper(II)–formate complex
Athina Anastasaki, Vasiliki Nikolaou, Francesca Brandford-Adams, Gabit Nurumbetov, Qiang Zhang, Guy J. Clarkson, David J. Fox, Paul Wilson, Kristian Kempe and David M. Haddleton
Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 5626-5629, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09916H

Photoinduced sequence-control via one pot living radical polymerization of acrylates
Athina Anastasaki, Vasiliki Nikolaou, George S. Pappas, Qiang Zhang, Chaoying Wan, Paul Wilson, Thomas P. Davis, Michael R. Whittaker and David M. Haddleton
Chem. Sci., 2014,5, 3536-3542, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC01374C

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