Welcome Eric Detsi – new Community Board member

Nanoscale Horizons is delighted to welcome Professor Eric Detsi to the Community Board!

 

Dr Eric Detsi is Stephenson Term Assistant Professor at The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Eric’s primary research interests involve the novel design and synthesis of metal-based 3D nanostructured materials with enhanced properties for structural and functional applications. His approach is to apply the natural sciences, primarily physics and chemistry, to solve engineering problems. In particular, Eric exploits the crystal structure of multiphase non-precious metal alloys to engineer nanoporous materials with hierarchical porosity after selective leaching. Hierarchical porous structures are attractive as alloy-type anode materials in alkali and alkaline-earth metals batteries, because the macropores (50-1000 nm) are needed for long range electrolyte diffusion through the material, while the mesopores (2-50 nm) and micropores (< 2 nm) are needed to create high-surface area and short diffusion paths for alkali or alkaline-earth metals. More importantly, micro and mesopores are needed to accommodate the large volume changes taking place in high-capacity alloy-type battery anodes during their alloying reactions with alkali or alkaline-earth metals. Eric also takes advantage of state-of-the-art thin film deposition techniques such as plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition, combined with his expertise in top-down nanofabrication by selective leaching, to engineer novel 3D nanocomposites for critical energy applications. Please see his research website for further details.

 

 

The Nanoscale Horizons Community Board is made up of  international researchers who are all at different stages in their early careers, from PhD students and postdocs to early career professors. These scientists are fundamental in the future development of the nanoscience field. Since 2016, Community Board members have provided invaluable feedback regarding journal activities, as well as being ambassadors for the journal both at meetings and through the journal blog.

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Have you read our most popular Nanoscale Horizons articles from 2017?

With 2018 now well underway, we thought to look back and share with you a selection of our most popular articles from 2017. These articles highlight important conceptual advances and insights in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and are all free to access online.

 

Nanoscale Horizons is the home for rapid reports of exceptional significance in nanoscience and nanotechnology, only publishing work that shows a clear conceptual advance.

 

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Reviews

Synthesis of aerogels: from molecular routes to 3-dimensional nanoparticle assembly 

Felix Rechberger and Markus Niederberger

Nanoscale Horiz., 2017, 2, 6-30

DOI: 10.1039/C6NH00077K, Review Article

 

Synthesis, optical properties and applications of light-emitting copper nanoclusters 

Zhenguang Wang, Bingkun Chen and Andrey L. Rogach

Nanoscale Horiz., 2017, 2, 135-146

DOI: 10.1039/C7NH00013H, Review Article

 

Doping two-dimensional materials: ultra-sensitive sensors, band gap tuning and ferromagnetic monolayers  

Simin Feng, Zhong Lin, Xin Gan, Ruitao Lv and Mauricio Terrones

Nanoscale Horiz., 2017, 2, 72-80

DOI: 10.1039/C6NH00192K, Focus

 


Communications

Cobalt oxide and N-doped carbon nanosheets derived from a single two-dimensional metal–organic framework precursor and their application in flexible asymmetric supercapacitors 

Cao Guan, Wei Zhao, Yating Hu, Zhuangchai Lai, Xin Li, Shijing Sun, Hua Zhang, Anthony K. Cheetham and John Wang

Nanoscale Horiz., 2017, 2, 99-105

DOI: 10.1039/C6NH00224B, Communication

 

Type-I van der Waals heterostructure formed by MoS2 and ReS2 monolayers 

Matthew Z. Bellus, Ming Li, Samuel D. Lane, Frank Ceballos, Qiannan Cui, Xiao Cheng Zeng and Hui Zhao

Nanoscale Horiz., 2017, 2, 31-36

DOI: 10.1039/C6NH00144K, Communication

 

Tuneable fluidics within graphene nanogaps for water purification and energy storage 

Zheng Bo, Yilei Tian, Zhao Jun Han, Shenghao Wu, Shuo Zhang, Jianhua Yan, Kefa Cen and Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov

Nanoscale Horiz., 2017, 2, 89-98

DOI: 10.1039/C6NH00167J, Communication

 

Phosphorus-doped NiCo2S4 nanocrystals grown on electrospun carbon nanofibers as ultra-efficient electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction

Huahao Gu, Wei Fan and Tianxi Liu

Nanoscale Horiz., 2017, 2, 277-283

DOI: 10.1039/C7NH00066A, Communication

 

Perovskite quantum dots encapsulated in electrospun fiber membranes as multifunctional supersensitive sensors for biomolecules, metal ions and pH

Yuanwei Wang, Yihua Zhu, Jianfei Huang, Jin Cai, Jingrun Zhu, Xiaoling Yang, Jianhua Shen and Chunzhong Li

Nanoscale Horiz., 2017, 2, 225-232

DOI: 10.1039/C7NH00057J, Communication

 


We hope you enjoy reading these articles!

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Welcome Qing Dai – new Community Board member

Nanoscale Horizons is delighted to welcome Professor Qing Dai to the Community Board!

Dr. Qing Dai is a professor in nanophotonics at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), China. He received his MEng degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London, before coming to the University of Cambridge to pursue a PhD in nanophotonics at the Department of Engineering. After completing his PhD in 2011, Qing was elected as a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College and continued as a Research Associate at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE). He received an award from the thousand talents program of China in 2012 and joined NCNST. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in reputed international journals (including Nature Communications, Nanoscale, and Advanced Materials). He is a regular reviewer of various high-impact journals, such as Nature Materials and Nanoscale.

His research interests include: the fabrication of low dimensional nanomaterials (such as carbon nanotubes and graphene) for electronics and optoelectronics; graphene plasmonics; surface enhanced infrared absorption; nanophotonics characterization based on scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy; and ultrafast electron emission from carbon nanotubes.

 

 

The Nanoscale Horizons Community Board is made up of  international researchers who are all at different stages in their early careers, from PhD students and postdocs to early career professors. These scientists are fundamental in the future development of the nanoscience field. Since 2016, Community Board members have provided invaluable feedback regarding journal activities, as well as being ambassadors for the journal both at meetings and through the journal blog.

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Congratulations to our Highly Cited nanoscience commmunity!

We are delighted to have many world-leading researchers in our community, helping to guide Nanoscale Horizons and Nanoscale as high impact journals publishing first reports of exceptional significance and high quality research respectively across nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Many of our authors and Board members have been recognized in Clarivate Analytics’ recently published 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list!

Congratulations from the Nanoscale Horizons and Nanoscale teams to…

Click on their names to check out some of their published work in Nanoscale Horizons and Nanoscale.

If you think you might have some work that represents a brand new concept of exceptional significance then get in touch on nanoscalehorizons-rsc@rsc.org.

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Fully degradable protein nanocarriers by orthogonal photoclick tetrazole–ene chemistry

Article written by Dr Anamaria Orza

With rapid advances in nanomedicine, non-toxic, biodegradable targeted nanocarriers that can encapsulate active drugs or biological molecules and can confer controllable release of its payloads at the target sites have emerged as novel theranostic tools for more sensitive and accurate diagnostics and more effective therapies. As such, by our evolving understanding of diseases and the impact of the current nanocarriers, moving towards the development of further enhanced and smart, stimuli responsive polymers is trivial. However, it is not without challenge to design such materials in a reproductive and controlled manner. Therefore, new synthesis methods and protocols that can lead to multi-component nanocarriers of optimal size and shape that are receptive to disease pathology and biochemistry and are fully non-toxic, biodegradable and allow a targeted distribution are highly timely.

 

Keti Piradashvili et al. recently reported in Nanoscale Horizons an effective and yet simple preparation of such nanocarriers that are stable in blood plasma and are enzymatically degradable. For their preparation, a light-triggered and catalyst-free tetrazole–ene cycloaddition (TET-click) on the bio-degradable natural polymers, human serum albumin (HSA) was achieved.  First, TET was attached to HSA by Steglich amidation; and second; an inter-facial cross-linking reaction of the TET-HSA in a water-in-oil mini-emulsion was used to obtain the stable fluorescent aqueous nanocarriers by irradiation of the mixture with UV light at 254 nm. (Fig.1).

 

Figure 1. Preparation of protein nanocarriers. (a) Non-fluorescent protein–TET conjugates were cross-linked by dinorbornene in inverse mini-emulsion to obtain self-fluorescent protein nanocarriers; (b) reaction mechanism of the bioorthogonal UV-light induced 1,3 dipolar tetrazole–ene cycloaddition; (c) experimental setup with a peristaltic pump pumping the emulsion through a quartz cuvette with the UV-lamp placed in front; (d) average size of various protein nanocarriers; (e) TEM image of the protein nanocarriers. Image reproduced with permission of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 

The synthesized nanocarriers were shown to encapsulate a high drug payload (R848) of more than 90%. Besides, the encapsulated R848 nanocarriers were highly internalized into the derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) and released in a functional manner, as well as being extremely stable. There were no signs of aggregation or degradation, even after ca. 8 months of storage, so no leakage of the R848 occurred.

 

This approach could be utilized as a platform to design a variety of encapsulation on a vast range of proteins. Further preclinical and clinical testing is needed for the clinical translation of such nanotherapeutics. Nevertheless, the efficient methods reported here could play a pivotal roll along the evolutionary and revolutionary path of nanotherapeutics.

 

Read the full article here:
Keti Piradashvili, Johanna Simon, David Paßlick, Julian R. Höhner, Volker Mailänder, Frederik R. Wurm and Katharina Landfester
Nanoscale Horiz., 2017, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/C7NH00062F

 

Dr. Orza is a member of the Community Board for Nanoscale Horizons. She is a Senior Research Scientist in the Laboratory of Nanomedicine at Emory Medical School, USA. She completed her Ph.D. on the development of therapeutic nanoparticles in the Department of Chemistry, Liverpool University, UK and Babes Bolyai University, Romania. Her research is focused on developing hybrid-engineered nanomaterials for biomedical applications, such as: tissue engineering and cancer treatment/diagnosis. Creative approaches to the design of such nanomaterials come from chemistry, biotechnology, biology/medicine, and engineering. Additionally, Dr. Orza is a Director and Chief Scientist at IndagoMed. LLC, USA, a company focused on creating performance products through the use of nanotechnology.

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Conference Promotion – GRAPCHINA 2017

Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons are proud to be partnering with GRAPCHINA 2017, which takes place on 24 – 26 September 2017 at Nanjing International Exhibition Centre, China.

This International Graphene Global Innovation Conference has become a significant commercial and academic event that gathers approximately 2000 representatives for all stakeholders involved in graphene technologies, bringing top level speakers and delegates from the industries, NGOs and academia together with senior policy makers from the EU’s flagship program and national government.

Key speakers include:

  • Sir Andre Geim, Nobel Prize winner
  • Professor Yong Gan, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering
  • Professor Andrea C. Ferrari, Founding Director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (and Associate Editor for Nanoscale)
  • and many more!

The conference will be divided into three parallel symposia, focusing on different topics like graphene and 2D materials frontier research, graphene-related emerging industries, graphene application in traditional industries. The symposia cover areas of fundamental research, graphene manufacturing, energy application, health and environment, sensors and communication, composites application, etc. There will also be three special forums, aiming to push international collaboration, accelerate characterization and standardization method, and promote national graphene industry bases. The topics center on promising commercial projects, graphene characterization method, graphene standardization, and local supports for graphene industry bases.

Important Dates:

  • Early Registration 12 July 2017
  • Poster Submission 15 August 2017
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Conference promotion – NFA 2017

Nanoscale Horizons is proud to support a poster prize at the 3rd International Conference on Nanomaterials: Fundamentals and Applications (NFA 2017). This meeting is organised by Pavol Jozef Šafárik University and Slovak Chemical Society, Bratislava and will take place in Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia, from October 09. – 11. 2017.

The following topics will be covered by a program of international speakers:
1. Nanomaterials, nanocomposites and nanostructured surfaces
2. Bioinspired and medical nanomaterials
3. Nanomaterials for energy applications
4. Advanced preparation methods and characterization techniques of nanomaterials
5. New applications and new properties of nanomaterials
6. Nanofertilizers
7. Nanomaterials and components for electronic devices

Registration ends 1 October.

Submit abstracts by 18 September to be in with a chance of winning the Nanoscale Horizons poster prize.

 

For more information visit http://nfa2017.science.upjs.sk/

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ANNIC 2017

ANNIC 2017 the Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference will take place on 18 – 20 October at Rome Eventi – Piazza di Spagna in Rome. This annual event hosts high-profile plenary speakers, world-class researchers, oral and poster presentations, workshops, sponsor exhibits, and afterworks, so it is a great opportunity to share your research findings with a wide audience, promote knowledge exchange, and network.

A wide range of topics are covered in the plenary lectures, invited talks and workshops, including nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, nanomedicine & nanobiotechnology, and nanotechnology for energy applications. A list of confirmed plenary speakers can be found here.

Submission is open for abstracts for oral presentations, posters, video presentations or workshop presentations. To be in with a chance of winning one of three prizes sponsored by Nanoscale Horizons and Molecular Systems Design & Engineering submit your abstracts now.

Visit the event web page for registration and submission details.

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Prize Winners at PANIC nano Conference 2017

Congratulations to the Nanoscale Horizons Award winners from the PhoBiA Annual Nanophotonics International Conference (PANIC 2017)! This interdisciplinary conference aimed to gather young scientists working on the borders between chemistry, physics, and biology in order to help them to share their knowledge on photonoics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, and organic electronics.

 

The best oral presentation was awarded to Maciej Chrzanowski, for his talk on Synthesis of double shell type-II semiconductor nanocrystals for lasing applications.

The best poster presentation was awarded to Katarzyna Brach, for her poster describing DNA liquid crystals doped with AuAg nanoclusters.

 

 

 

Both winners will receive a free personal online subscription to Nanoscale for one year, as well as a signed certificate from the Executive Editor of Nanoscale Horizons.

Congratulations from the Nanoscale Horizons Team!

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2017 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials

We are proud to be supporting TAPPI’s International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials, which will be held in Montreal, Canada on 5 – 8 June.

This meeting provides a forum for both academic and industry participants to discuss the latest advances in renewable nanomaterials, with particular focus on cellulose-based nanomaterials.

 

 

Some of the topics covered will be:
• Biomedical Applications
• Composites
• Electronics
• Paper and Packaging
• Characterization
• Functional Materials
• Surface Mediated Assembly

Register before 10 May for early-bird rates.

 

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