2018 Asia-Pacific Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics Conference (AP-HOPV18)

Materials Chemistry Frontiers is pleased to be sponsoring the 2018 Asia-Pacific Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics Conference (AP-HOPV18) to be held in Kitakyushu, Japan from 28-30 January.

Building upon the successes of the previous conference, AP-HOPV18 will provide an excellent opportunity for scientists and engineers worldwide to exchange information and discussions on the latest developments in photovoltaics and topics to be discussed at the conference include:

  • Perovskite solar cells
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells
  • Organic thin film solar cells
  • Quantum dot solar cells
  • The other hybrid solar cells

The deadline for abstract (poster) submissions is 9 November 2017 and more information about AP-HOPV18 can be found here.

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2nd From Carbon-Rich Molecules to Carbon-Based Materials Conference

Materials Chemistry Frontiers and Organic Chemistry Frontiers are pleased to being sponsoring the 2nd From Carbon-Rich Molecules to Carbon-Based Materials Conference to be held in in Nassau, Bahamas from 07-10 June 2018.

This interdisciplinary conference will feature a number of plenary and invited talks from leading scientists. Major focus areas will range from newly designed methods of chemical synthesis, characterization, and structure determination of carbon-rich molecules and carbon-based materials to measurements of their functional properties and investigations into their potential practical applications.

The conference is co-organized by Professor Michael Haley, the Guest Editor of Organic Chemistry Frontiers themed collection Novel π-electron molecular scaffolds.

Materials Chemistry Frontiers Associate Editor Shu Seki and Natalia B. Shustova are also being invited to the conference as speakers.

Register early for reduced fee by 7th December 2017 at the conference website!

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ABXPV18 & PEROPTO18

Materials Chemistry Frontiers is pleased to be sponsoring the following conferences taking place in Rennes, France in 2018.

International Conference on Perovskite Thin Film Photovoltaics (ABXPV18)
27th – 28th Feb 2018

Themes:

  • Efficiency improvement
  • Photostability, moisture resistance, hysteresis, optical and thermal management
  • Perovskite cell upscaling, new perovskite cell architectures, tandems
  • Lead free perovskite cells, low-dimensional perovskites

International Conference on Perovskite Photonics and Optoelectronics (PEROPTO18)
1st Mar 2018

Themes:

  • Perovskite light emitting diodes
  • Stimulated emission and Lasing structures
  • Optical properties of perovskite single nanoparticles, and single photon emission
  • Photophysics and spectroscopy
  • Quantum confinement and heterostructures
  • Nonlinear optical properties, excitonic and many-body effects
  • Optical modulators and other optical devices.
  • Perovskite photodetectors
  • Optical cavities, polaritons, photon recycling
  • Simulation of optical properties

Register early for reduced fee by 14th November at the conference website.

Deadlines for abstracts submission are 14th November 2017 (oral) and 15th January 2018 (poster). More information about ABXPV18 & PEROPTO18 are here.

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4th Functional Polymeric Materials Conference

The 4th Functional Polymeric Materials Conference will take place in Nassau, Bahamas from 05-08 June 2018.

The fourth FPM series will bring together leaders in polymers and polymeric materials from around the world to describe their most recent and cutting edge discoveries. The aim of the conference is to capture the multidisciplinary nature of polymer chemistry with topics spanning “basic synthesis and methodology” to “nanoscale and bioinspired materials”.

Important dates:

  • Early bird – 12 Dec 2017
  • Talk Submission – 09 Jan 2018
  • Poster Submission – 16 Apr 2018
  • Last Chance – 20 Apr 2018

More information about the themes and speakers at this conference can be found here.

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MCF Editors’ recommendation – the best work as chosen by Zhen Li

As a joint venture between the chemistry communities of China and the UK, Materials Chemistry Frontiers strives to report the best research from China and rest of the world to international audiences.

Board members of the journal regularly select and feature their favorite MCF articles that represent research the members see as possessing exceptional novelty and a potential impact to the development of the field.

This month, Editorial Board member Zhen Li picked his choice articles from those published in Materials Chemistry Frontiers during June and July 2017.

All these articles are now FREE to read.

@MaterChem on Twitter to tell us how you think about them.


Design and effective synthesis methods for high-performance polymer semiconductors in organic field-effect transistors

Longxian Shi, Yunlong Guo, Wenping Hu and Yunqi Liu  
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00169J, Review Article
First published on 07 Jul 2017

Editor’s comments:

Organic field effect transistors (OFETs), important components of organic electronics, have witnessed lots of breakthrough, partially due to their potential applications in radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, flexible displays, electronic papers, sensor and so forth. Thanks to the advantages of flexibility, light weight, transparency, solution-processability and modifiability, polymer semiconductors are one of the favorite choices for OFETs. In this Review Article, Yunlong Guo, Wenping Hu, and Yunqi Liu and coworkers from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China) and Tianjing University (China) summarized the progress of the third-generation donor-acceptor (D-A) polymers for OFETs with high performance, especially emphasizing on building block selection, backbone halogenation, side chain engineering and random copolymerization. They pointed out that once the chemical approaches mentioned above are combined with rational device architectures, more high-performance polymer based OFETs are expected.


Molecular conformation and packing: their critical roles in the emission performance of mechanochromic fluorescence materials

Can Wang and Zhen Li
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00201G, Review Article
First published on 07 Jun 2017

Editor’s comments:

The development of mechanochromic fluorescence (MCF) materials has attracted much attention due to their great potential in data storage, anti-counterfeiting, pressure sensors and display. However, the significantly variety in the origin of this stimuli-responsive systems makes it challenging to establish a general and specific design strategies to create new high-contrast MCF materials. In this Review Article, Zhen Li and co-worker from Wuhan University (China) summarized the mechanisms of different MCF cases from the viewpoint of molecular packing status, intermolecular interactions, and intramolecular conformation in polymorphism MCF systems. The critical roles of molecular packing and conformation in the force-to-luminescence process are discussed. The general thoughts of structure–packing–performance generated from the MCF materials might promote the further optimization of organic material performance in aggregated state.


High rate Li-ion storage properties of MOF-carbonized derivatives coated on MnO nanowires

Zhen-Dong Huang, Zhen Gong, Qi Kang, Yanwu Fang, Xu-Sheng Yang, Ruiqing Liu, Xiujing Lin, Xiaomiao Feng, Yanwen Ma and Dan Wang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 1975-1981
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00178A, Research Article
First published on 02 Jun 2017

Editor’s comments:

The supply of power is one of the most important issues in modern life. Nowadays, lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are still the leading power sources for electrical vehicles and still predominate in the battery market for portable electronic devices and green energy distribution. To break the limit of traditional LIBs with graphite as the anode material, many efforts have been attempted. In this Article, Yanwen Ma, Dan Wang and coworkers from Nanjing University of Posts & Telecommunications (China) and Institute of Process Engineering Chinese Academy of Sciences (China) utilized zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF) types of MOF strung by MnO2 NWs as precursors, to prepare C/Co-coated MnO nanowires (C/Co-MnO NWs), which could deliver 848.4 and 718 mA h g-1 at 500 and 5000 mA g-1 after 40 charge/discharge cycles, respectively, superior to other reported MOF-derived nanostructured materials.


In situ polymerized hyperbranched polymer reinforced poly(acrylic acid) hydrogels

Nazila Dehbari, Javad Tavakoli, Simranjeet Singh Khatrao and Youhong Tang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 1995-2004
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00028F, Research Article
First published on 06 Jun 2017

Editor’s comments:

Hydrogels, a special kind of three-dimensional cross-linked, water-swollen and hydrophilic polymers, have been extensively investigated for use in various applications as enviro-sensitive materials. Among various types of hydrogels, polyacrylate polymers such as polyacrylic acid (PAA) have the most versatile structure to enhance their practical utility in everyday life applications such as filtration, water remediation, diapers and hygiene products, cosmetics, wound dressings, medical waste solidification and metal ion removal. However, regardless of many advantages, the poor mechanical property of PAA hydrogels is considered as a marked weakness, and limited their specific applications. In this Article, Youhong Tang and coworkers from Flinders University (Australia) intelligently introduced a hyperbranched polymer into PAA, through in situ polymerization, to toughen PAA hydrogels with 130% improvement in the ultimate tensile strength, without sacrificing the swelling ratio.


Highly efficient thermally activated delayed fluorescence materials with reduced efficiency roll-off and low on-set voltages

Haobin Zhao, Zhiheng Wang, Xinyi Cai, Kunkun Liu, Zuozheng He, Xin Liu, Yong Cao and Shi-Jian Su
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 2039-2046
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00195A, Research Article
First published on 13 Jun 2017

Editor’s comments:

Prompted by both scientific and commercial interests, organic materials with high performance are badly needed to be explored for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Specially, metal-free thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) materials can achieve 100% use of excitons through reverse intersystem crossing (RISC) because of their low energy gap (DEST) between the lowest singlet excited state (S1) and the triplet excited state (T1). In this Article, Shijian Su, Yong Cao and coworkers from South China University of Technology (China) combined carbazole and two additional carbazole or diphenylamine moieties together with a benzophenone unit, to design two donor–acceptor (D–A) type TADF luminogens of CCDC and CCDD. A maximal EQE of 15.9%, the highest ever value among the reported benzophenone-based blue emitters, was achieved in the blue-emitting devices with CCDC as the emitter. And the green emitting CCDD-based devices demonstrated the maximal EQEs exceed 22% and the on-set voltages of as low as 2.6 V.


Morphology control enables thickness-insensitive efficient nonfullerene polymer solar cells

Xiaoyu Liu, Long Ye, Wenchao Zhao, Shaoqing Zhang, Sunsun Li, Gregory M. Su, Cheng Wang, Harald Ade and Jianhui Hou
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 2057-2064
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00182G, Research Article
First published on 22 Jun 2017

Editor’s comments:

Solution-processed bulk heterojunction (BHJ) polymeric solar cells (PSCs) have attracted extensive attention in the past two decades due to their low cost, light weight, and potential for roll-to-roll production on flexible substrates. Instead of using fullerene acceptors, due to the efforts of scientists, especially the contributions from Xiaowei Zhan’s group (Peking University, China), some PSCs comprising conjugated polymers and non-fullerene acceptors have demonstrated high power-conversion efficiencies (PCE > 12%). So far, one of the major factors hindering industrial production of nonfullerene PSCs is the high sensitivity of the power conversion efficiency (PCE) to thickness variations, which can significantly affect the manufacturing yields and production costs of roll-to-roll processing. When the thickness of the active layer is over 100 nm, PCEs show a significant loss. In this Article, Long Ye, Shaoqing Zhang, Harald Ade and Jianhui Hou from University of Science and Technology Beijing (China), Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), and North Carolina State University (USA) reported that simply via thermal annealing, highly efficient thickness-insensitive non-fullerene PSCs could fabricated. For example, PBDB-T/IT-M-based nonfullerene PSCs can afford an impressive PCE of up to 9.4% at an active layer thickness of 250 nm, and a high efficiency close to 9%@400 nm, contributing much for the possible commercial roll-to-roll printing technology.


Previous articles recommended by MCF board members are also open for all to access. Read the full collection now!

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Welcome to issue 10 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers!

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The latest  MaterChemFront issue is published online

The front cover story,  Topology-guided functional multiplicity of iron(III)-based metal–organic frameworks is contributed by Erika Virmani, Ole Beyer, Ulrich Lüning, Uwe Ruschewitz and Stefan Wuttke.

Following review type articles are included in current issue:

Rhenium dichalcogenides (ReX2, X = S or Se): an emerging class of TMDs family
Muhammad Hafeez, Lin Gan, Arshad Saleem Bhatti and Tianyou Zhai
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 1917-1932
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6QM00373G

Approaches to high performance white organic light-emitting diodes for general lighting
Fangchao Zhao and Dongge Ma
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 1933-1950
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6QM00365F

Engineering the surface charge states of nanostructures for enhanced catalytic performance
Yu Bai, Hao Huang, Chengming Wang, Ran Long and Yujie Xiong
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 1951-1964
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00020K

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Welcome to issue 9 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers!

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The latest  MaterChemFront issue is published online.

The front cover story, Aggregation-induced emission nanoparticles as photosensitizer for two-photon photodynamic therapy is contributed by Nuernisha Alifu, Xiaobiao Dong, Dongyu Li, Xianhe Sun, Abudureheman Zebibula, Deqing Zhang, Guanxin Zhang and Jun Qian. The inside cover features a story on Pt-embedded-CeO2 hollow spheres for enhancing CO oxidation performance by Ke Wu, Liang Zhou, Chun-Jiang Jia, Ling-Dong Sun and Chun-Hua Yan.

Following review type articles are included in current issue:

Research progress regarding Si-based anode materials towards practical application in high energy density Li-ion batteries
Jin-Yi Li, Quan Xu, Ge Li, Ya-Xia Yin, Li-Jun Wan and Yu-Guo Guo
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 1691-1708
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6QM00302H
Metal organic frameworks as precursors for the manufacture of advanced catalytic materials
Lide Oar-Arteta, Tim Wezendonk, Xiaohui Sun, Freek Kapteijn and Jorge Gascon
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 1709-1745
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00007C

 

 

 

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Most-read – What are the most read MCF articles from the last month?

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We are delighted to share with you the top 20 most downloaded articles in Materials Chemistry Frontiers (MCF) during July 2017. Hope you find them an enjoyable reading!

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TOP 20 most read articles in MCF (July 2017)

01 New developments in non-fullerene small molecule acceptors for polymer solar cells
Ningning Liang, Wei Jiang, Jianhui Hou and Zhaohui Wang 
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00247A, Review Article 

02 Tuning the stacking behaviour of a 2D covalent organic framework through non-covalent interactions
F. Haase, K. Gottschling, L. Stegbauer, L. S. Germann, R. Gutzler, V. Duppel, V. S. Vyas, K. Kern, R. E. Dinnebier and B. V. Lotsch  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00378H, Research Article

03 Electrolytes for electrochemical energy storage

Lan Xia, Linpo Yu, Di Hu and George Z. Chen  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00169F, Review Article

04 Multifunctional silica nanoparticles as a promising theranostic platform for biomedical applications

Zhigang Xu, Xiaoqian Ma, Yong-E. Gao, Meili Hou, Peng Xue, Chang Ming Li and Yuejun Kang  
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00153C, Review Article

05 Tetraphenylfuran: aggregation-induced emission or aggregation-caused quenching?
Han Nie, Kun Hu, Yuanjing Cai, Qian Peng, Zujin Zhao, Rongrong Hu, Junwu Chen, Shi-Jian Su, Anjun Qin and Ben Zhong Tang 
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00343E, Research Article 

06 Thienobenzene-fused perylene bisimide as a non-fullerene acceptor for organic solar cells with a high open-circuit voltage and power conversion efficiency
Chen Zhang, Tao Liu, Weixuan Zeng, Dongjun Xie, Zhenghui Luo, Yanming Sun and Chuluo Yang 
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00194G, Research Article

07 Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterials for biosensing applications
Yanling Hu, Ying Huang, Chaoliang Tan, Xiao Zhang, Qipeng Lu, Melinda Sindoro, Xiao Huang, Wei Huang, Lianhui Wang and Hua Zhang  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00195E, Review Article

08 Application of ionic liquids for dissolving cellulose and fabricating cellulose-based materials: state of the art and future trends
Jinming Zhang, Jin Wu, Jian Yu, Xiaoyu Zhang, Jiasong He and Jun Zhang
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00348F, Review Article 

09 A bifunctional covalent organic framework as an efficient platform for cascade catalysis

Qi Sun, Briana Aguila and Shengqian Ma 
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00363J, Research Article

10 A supramolecular hydrogel with identical cross-linking point density but distinctive rheological properties

Chuang Li, Xu Zhou, Yu Shao, Ping Chen, Yongzheng Xing, Zhongqiang Yang, Zhibo Li and Dongsheng Liu  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00176A, Research Article

11 Nitrogen-doped porous carbon/graphene nanosheets derived from two-dimensional conjugated microporous polymer sandwiches with promising capacitive performance

Kai Yuan, Ting Hu, Yazhou Xu, Robert Graf, Lei Shi, Michael Forster, Thomas Pichler, Thomas Riedl, Yiwang Chen and Ullrich Scherf  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00012F, Research Article

12 Graphene papers: smart architecture and specific functionalization for biomimetics, electrocatalytic sensing and energy storage

Minwei Zhang, Chengyi Hou, Arnab Halder, Hongzhi Wang and Qijin Chi  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00145A, Review Article

13 Black phosphorus nanoparticles as a novel fluorescent sensing platform for nucleic acid detection

Ying Teng Yew, Zdeněk Sofer, Carmen C. Mayorga-Martinez and Martin Pumera  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00341A, Research Article

14 Self-healing alginate–gelatin biohydrogels based on dynamic covalent chemistry: elucidation of key parameters

Asja Pettignano, Marleen Häring, Luca Bernardi, Nathalie Tanchoux, Françoise Quignard and David Díaz Díaz  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00066E, Research Article

15 The ‘folklore’ and reality of reticular chemistry

Kyle E. Cordova and Omar M. Yaghi  
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00144D, Chemistry Frontier

16 Conducting polymer composites: material synthesis and applications in electrochemical capacitive energy storage

Jing Yang, Ying Liu, Siliang Liu, Le Li, Chao Zhang and Tianxi Liu  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00150E, Review Article

17 Red-emitting AIEgen for luminescent solar concentrators

F. De Nisi, R. Francischello, A. Battisti, A. Panniello, E. Fanizza, M. Striccoli, X. Gu, N. L. C. Leung, B. Z. Tang and A. Pucci  
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00008A, Research Article

18 N-doped ZnO–MoS2 binary heterojunctions: the dual role of 2D MoS2 in the enhancement of photostability and photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation for tetracycline degradation

Suneel Kumar, Vipul Sharma, Kaustava Bhattacharyya and Venkata Krishnan  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00274A, Research Article

19 Halogenated conjugated molecules for ambipolar field-effect transistors and non-fullerene organic solar cells

Fan Yang, Cheng Li, Wenbin Lai, Andong Zhang, Hui Huang and Weiwei Li  
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00025A, Research Article

20 Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based hybrid materials and their applications

Hui Zhou, Qun Ye and Jianwei Xu  
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00062B, Review Article

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Welcome to issue 8 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers!

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The latest  MaterChemFront issue is published online.

Following review type articles are included in current issue:

CO2 capture under humid conditions in metal–organic frameworks
Eduardo González-Zamora and Ilich A. Ibarra
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 1471-1484
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6QM00301J

Clinical application of polymeric micelles for the treatment of cancer
Aida Varela-Moreira, Yang Shi, Marcel H. A. M. Fens, Twan Lammers, Wim E. Hennink and Raymond M. Schiffelers
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 1485-1501
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6QM00289G

Recent development and understanding of polymer–nanocrystal hybrid solar cells
Zhaolai Chen, Xiaohang Du, Qingsen Zeng and Bai Yang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017,1, 1502-1513
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00022G

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MCF Editors’ recommendation – the best work as chosen by Shu Seki

As a joint venture between the chemistry communities of China and the UK, Materials Chemistry Frontiers strives to report the best research from China and rest of the world to international audiences.

Board members of the journal regularly select and feature their favorite MCF articles that represent research the members see as possessing exceptional novelty and a potential impact to the development of the field.

This month, Associate Editor Shu Seki picked his choice articles from those published in Materials Chemistry Frontiers during April and May 2017.

All these articles are now FREE to read.

@MaterChem on Twitter to tell us how you think about them.


Magnetic-field effects in ambipolar transistors based on a bipolar molecular glass

Thomas Reichert, Georg Hagelstein and Tobat P. I. Saragi
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00104E, Research Article
First published on 10 Apr 2017

Editor’s comments:

Huge variety of organic semiconductive molecular materials has been reported day-by-day in these years, and the devices based on the materials are mainly of interests with efficient charge transporting properties. The nature of charge carriers themselves, however, has been seldom clarified in many cases. The magnetoresistance in a bipolar semiconductive molecular glass, discussed in the present paper by Reichert, Hagelstein, and Saragi, provides a clear picture of the charge carriers of which spins are in a variety of coupling interactions. The magnetic responses of the devices offer the multi-functional device systems responding external magnetic field, as the authors claim, and will contribute to figure out fundamentally the characters of charge carriers themselves.


Direct amination of the antiaromatic NiII norcorrole

Takuya Yoshida and Hiroshi Shinokubo
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00176B, Research Article
First published online on 10 May 2017

Editor’s comments:

Likely to the aromatic porphyrin derivatives studied widely in everywhere, anti-aromatic norcorroles will be a fundamental and important class of ‘porphyrinoids’ in their condensed phases via p-electron interaction through spaces.  The direct amination reactions discovered and demonstrated in the present paper by Yoshida and Shinokubo are very simple approach to functionalize the molecular motifs with region-selectivity via C-H activation. This might be the easiest way to introduce electron donating amino groups into porphynoids, leading to the fine tuning of energy levels with pretty high chemical yields.


The ‘folklore’ and reality of reticular chemistry

Kyle E. Cordova and Omar M. Yaghi
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 1304-1309
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00144D, Chemistry Frontiers
First published on 05 May 2017

Editor’s comments:

Scientists working on “reticular chemistry” linking molecular building blocks by strong bonds to make porous frameworks, by the authors, will empathize the three folklores in this frontier article.  However, the comments in this article, especially in conclusions, will be fruitful for most of all chemists working on ‘The Atom and the Molecule’ to think and design their own future molecular systems as the frontier of materials.


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