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Congratulations to the prize winners at ESRW 2018

On 13-14 June 2018 the 8th Early Stage Researchers Workshop on Nanoscience was held at IMDEA nanociencia.

The workshop is organized by and for young researchers with the purpose of bringing together early carreer scientists from different disciplines to present their research work in the field of Nanoscience to the public for the first time.

More than 80 young researchers attended the meeting and it was a great success, promoting discussions and creating lots of new academic links between attendees. More information can be found on the IMDEA nanociencia website: http://www.nanociencia.imdea.org/home-en/news/item/8th-edition-of-the-early-stage-researchers-workshop-on-nanoscience 

Nanoscale Horizons and Nanoscale sponsored several prizes at the meeting for both oral presentations and poster presentations.

We are delighted to congratulate Leyre De Juan and María Salvador Fernández for their excellent posters, and both Fernando Jiménez and Julia Villalva for their fantastic talks!

 

Well done to everyone involved!

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RSC Chemical Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Group Annual Symposium 2018: Nanotechnology for Energy and Environment

Chemical Science, Nanoscale and Nanoscale Horizons are delighted to sponsor the RSC Chemical Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (RSC-CNN) Group Annual Symposium 2018, taking place on 6 – 7 September 2018 in London, UK. This event on nanotechnology for energy and environment is organised by the RSC-CNN Group and chaired by Professor Junwan Tang (UCL) and Professor Radim Beranek (Ulm University).

The symposium covers recent developments in fundamental studies, novel material development and reactor engineering in the field, and aims to provide a forum for researchers to exchange ideas as well as discuss recent advances and challenges. A program consisting of international experts in the field will cover topics from thermal catalysis to water splitting.

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend this exciting symposium – find out more and register here!

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IEEE Nano 2018

IEEE-NANO is the flagship IEEE Nanotechnology conference, which has been a successful annual conference since 2001. The conference scope spans both nanoscience and nanotechnology, including:

  • Developing new nanomaterials or manipulating matter at nanometre length scale
  • Studying the fundamental physical, chemical or biological properties of these nanomaterials and nanostructures
  • Manipulating and optimizing nanomaterials and nanostructures to create  new nanosensors, nanoactuators and nanoelectronic/nanophotonic devices.

The thematic focus for IEEE NANO 2018 is Nano-Enabled Smart Things: new materials, devices and systems that can benefit humanity through applications in communications, energy, healthcare, food and environment.  The conference themes will encompass experimental contributions as well as modelling and simulation.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Professor John A. Rogers (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Professor Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain)
  • Professor Malini Olivo (A*STAR, Singapore)
  • Professor Rong Chen (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Professor Debdepp Jena (Cornell University, USA)
  • Professor Gary Rubloff (University of Maryland, USA)

Visit the conference website for further details http://ieeenano18.org/

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Highlights from Nanoscale Horizons so far in 2018.

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to see the support from the community as you continue to contribute outstanding articles showcasing new concepts of exceptional significance to the nanoscience readership.

To celebrate the nanoscience community’s excellent work, we have picked out some content highlights for 2018 so far, which we would like to share with you. All articles are free to access until the end of June – we hope you enjoy reading them.

 

Reviews

Electron transfer and exciplex chemistry of functionalized nanocarbons: effects of electronic coupling and donor dimerization

Tomokazu Umeyama and Hiroshi Imahori

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, Advance Article

 

Group 6 transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterials: synthesis, applications and future perspectives

Morasae Samadi, Navid Sarikhani, Mohammad Zirak, Hua Zhang, Hao-Li Zhang and Alireza Z. Moshfegh

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, 3, 90-204

 

Communications

 

Nanoscale membrane architecture of healthy and pathological red blood cells

Andra C. Dumitru, Mégane A. Poncin, Louise Conrard, Yves F. Dufrêne, Donatienne Tyteca and David Alsteens

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, 3, 293-304

 

Visible light active nanofibrous membrane for antibacterial wound dressing

Shuai Jiang, Beatriz Chiyin Ma, Wei Huang, Anke Kaltbeitzel, Gönül Kizisavas, Daniel Crespy, Kai A. I. Zhang and Katharina Landfester

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018,  Advance Article

 

Improving analyte selectivity by post-assembly modification of metal–organic framework based photonic crystal sensors

A. von Mankowski, K. Szendrei-Temesi, C. Koschnick and B. V. Lotsch

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, Advance Article

 

Graphdiyne: a superior carbon additive to boost the activity of water oxidation catalysts

Panyong Kuang, Bicheng Zhu, Yuliang Li, Huibiao Liu, Jiaguo Yu and Ke Fan

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, 3, 317-326

 

Sliced graphene foam films for dual-functional wearable strain sensors and switches

Qingbin Zheng, Xu Liu, Hongru Xu, Ming-Shu Cheung, Yuk-Wa Choi, Hsing-Chih Huang, Ho-Yin Lei, Xi Shen, Zhenyu Wang, Ying Wu, Soo Young Kim and Jang-Kyo Kim

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, 3, 35-44

 

At Nanoscale Horizons, our reviewing standards are set extremely high to ensure we only publish first reports of new concepts across the breadth of nanoscience and nanotechnology research.

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QD2018, the Tenth International Conference on Quantum Dots

QD2018 is the Tenth International Conference on Quantum Dots, the leading conference on quantum dot research and it will be held in Toronto, Canada from 25-29 June 2018. QD2018 will gather 500 of the world’s leading quantum dot researchers from epitaxial, colloidal, and lateral quantum dot communities.

Topics will include:

  • Fundamentals – Quantum Dot Theory, Quantum Dot Spin, Analytical Techniques, Quantum Optics and Magneto-Optics, Quantum Dot Coherence, Exciton/Charge Carrier Dynamics.
  • Materials – Hybrid Quantum Dot Systems, Material Growth and Fabrication Techniques, Emerging Materials and Synthesis, Nanoplatelets and Superstructures.
  • Applications – Energy Harvesting, Sensors and Detectors, Light Emission, Quantum Information Technology and Quantum Computing, Bio Applications.

And the list of confirmed speakers so far is below:

Plenary Speakers

  • Dmitri Talapin (University of Chicago)
  • Xiaoyang Zhu (Columbia University)
  • Manfred Bayer (Dortmund University)
  • Yasuhiko Arakawa (University of Tokyo)
  • Victor I. Klimov (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Invited Speakers

  • Akira Oiwa (Osaka University)
  • Sohee Jeong (Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials)
  • Maurice Skolnick (University of Sheffield)
  • Zeger Hens (University of Ghent)
  • Liberato Manna (Italian Institute of Technology)
  • Jacek Kasprzak (CNRS France)
  • Horst Weller (University of Hamburg)
  • David J. Norris (ETH Zurich)
  • Eva Monroy (CEA Grenoble)
  • Edo Waks (University of Maryland)
  • Maksym Kovalenko (ETH Zurich)
  • Emily Weiss (Northwestern)
  • Osman Bakr (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
  • Hunter McDaniel (UbiQD)
  • Hilmi Volkan Demir (Nanyang Technological University)
  • Cherie Kagan (University of Pennsylvania)
  • John Rarity (University of Bristol)
  • Armando Rastelli (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
  • Jelena Vuckovic (Stanford University)
  • Jason Petta (Princeton University)
  • Vladimir Bulovic (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Patanjali Kambhampati (McGill University)
  • Eunjoo Jang (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology)
  • Gerasimos Konstantatos (ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences)

Materials Horizons, Nanoscale Horizons, and Nanoscale are delighted to provide support for QD2018. Visit the conference website for full information about how to register.

 

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Congratulations to prize winners at 16th Annual Meeting of Society of Nano Science and Technology

We are delighted to congratulate two prize winners from the 16th Annual Meeting of Society of Nano Science and Technology, organized by The Society of Nano Science and Technology, which was held at the University of Tokyo from 10 – 12th May, 2018.

Nanoscale Horizons prizes were awarded by Hiromitsu Urakami, RSC Manager in Japan, to two faculty members:

  • Professor Hiro Minamimoto (Hokkaido University) for his talk on: Higher-order Plasmon-induced Electron Transfer Reactions
  • Professor Shinobu Sato (Kyushu Institute of Technology) for  her talk on: DNA bundling using supramolecular interaction

From left to right: Professor Minamimoto, Hiromitsu Urakami, Professor Sato

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pH-Triggered self-assembly and hydrogelation of cyclic peptide nanotubes confined in water micro-droplets

Supramolecular polymers are promising architectures for different applications in the materials or biological fields between others. Their inherent dynamicity and versatility give to these materials interesting application-related properties but at the same time make their construction intricate. The control over these assembly processes of supramolecular polymers is still nowadays a big challenge to overcome. Therefore, there is a need of new methods that shed light in the understanding of the supramolecular driven assembly processes in different situations.

 

In a recent study reported in Nanoscale Horizons, Montenegro et al. conveniently employed water micro-droplets to investigate the assembly of tubular peptidic nanotubes in a confined space. They employed cyclic peptides decorated in one hand with histidine that confer the system a pH-responsive self-assembly and in the other hand with a pyrene moiety that serves as a fluorescent reported of the fibrillation process.

Figure 1. a) Structure and pH-dependent self-assembly of the cyclic peptide (CP1) b) Histidine hydrogen-bonded networks and pyrene  p-stacking driven aggregation of single peptide nanotubes by hierarchical micro-fibrillation. c) Supramolecular polymerization of CP1 in confined spaces [(i) CP1 in water (1–2% w/w); (ii) CP1 (1–2% w/w) in HEPES 30 mM at pH 8; (iii) addition of propanamine] shown in epifluorescence images and confocal microscopy projections of individual droplets. Scale bars from left to right are 20, 5 μm, and 10 μm. Images reproduced with permission of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 

The observed deformation of the droplet upon basic pH trigger was produced by the strong directional self-assembly reflecting the strong directionality of the process. These findings with the one-dimension hierarchical assemblies open the possibility to a better comprehension of the physics and mechanism involved in the assembly of tubular networks in confined environments. Moreover, the reported system can already serve as a platform to further study such assembly processes in a biological scenario and eventually be applied for several biomedical purposes like drug delivery.

 

Alejandro Méndez-Ardoy, Juan R. Granja and Javier Montenegro
Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, Advance Article.

 

Article written by Dr. Julián Bergueiro Álvarez (Freie Universität Berlin). His current research is focused on thermoresponsive helical poylmers, polymer-gold nanoparticle supramolecular assemblies, and thermoresponsive nanogels as novel drug delivery nanocarriers. Find out more about his work on his website (http://www.nanominions.com/) and on Twitter (@nanominions).

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9th International Nanomedicine Conference

Journal of Materials Chemistry BNanoscale Horizons and Materials Horizons are proud to support the 9th International Nanomedicine Conference.

The International Nanomedicine Conference is regarded as the most significant nanomedicine meeting in the Southern Hemisphere, taking place annually at our local beach, Coogee Beach Sydney. This event will be brought to you by the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine (ACN) and the ARC Centre for Bio-Nano Science (CBNS). The conference aims to showcase great research, in an environment conducive to network­ing with colleagues from around the world.

Visit the website to find out more! http://www.oznanomed.org/

 

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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

 


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