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Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Professor K. R. Justin Thomas, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Professor Zhen Li, Wuhan University

Professor Stephen Meech, University of East Anglia

Professor Joe Otsuki, Nihon University

Doctor Tsuneaki Sakurai, Kyoto University

Professor Yuya Tachibana, Gunma University

Professor Ben Zhong Tang, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Professor Bao Wang, Institute of Process Engineering

Doctor Nailiang Yang, Nanyang Technological University

Professor Qichun Zhang, Nanyang Technological University

We would also like to thank the Materials Chemistry Frontiers board and the Materials Chemistry community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Welcome to issue 3 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers!

The latest  MaterChemFront issue is published online.

The front cover story, Multi-shelled hollow micro-/nanostructures: promising platforms for lithium-ion batteries by  Jiangyan Wang, Hongjie Tang, Huan Wang, Ranbo Yu and Dan Wang.

Following review articles are included in current issue:

Recent advances in the synthesis of Janus nanomaterials of block copolymers
Renhua Deng, Fuxin Liang, Jintao Zhu and Zhenzhong Yang   
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 431-443
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00116E

Increasing the stability of Mg2(dobpdc) metal–organic framework in air through solvent removal
Jenny G. Vitillo and Silvia Bordiga   
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 444-448
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00220J

 

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Welcome to issue 2 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers!

The latest  MaterChemFront issue is published online.

The front cover story, Nanoarchitectonics: a navigator from materials to life by Katsuhiko Ariga.

Following review articles are included in current issue:

Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based hybrid materials and their applications
Hui Zhou, Qun Ye and Jianwei Xu   
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 212-230
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00062B

Revisiting one-dimensional TiO2 based hybrid heterostructures for heterogeneous photocatalysis: a critical review
Junyu Zhang, Guangcan Xiao, Fang-Xing Xiao and Bin Liu   
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 231-250
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00141F

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   
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 251-268
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00150E

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of Materials Chemistry Frontiers!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Materials Chemistry Frontiers!
All content is now free to read.

Front Cover:

See Xiao-Peng He, Tony D. James et al., pp. 61–64.
Image reproduced by permission of Tony D. James from Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 61.

Inside Cover:

See H. G. Zhao, A. Vomiero, F. Rosei et al., pp. 65–72.
Image reproduced by permission of F. Navarro-Pardo from Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 65.

The launch of Materials Chemistry Frontiers is the result of a joint venture between the Chinese Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry, supported by the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences… …  As its name implies, Materials Chemistry Frontiers aims to publish high-quality work with great impact at the frontiers of materials research. The journal encourages multidisciplinary research with a spirit of collaboration. Emphasis will be given to conceptually new studies that may change our way of thinking… …” said by Editor-in-Chief Ben Zhong Tang in his editorial “Pushing forward the frontiers of materials research(Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 10-11).

We envision Materials Chemistry Frontiers to be the top level journal that brings the best materials research from China, Asian and rest of the world to the global audiences. And we kindly ask you to support the journal through your high quality submissions and contributions in this dynamic field of research.

We’re confident the quality and diversity of the journal content speak for themselves, so – with all articles published in volumes 1 and 2 free to access on registration – we invite you to decide for yourself.  Enjoy reading!

Higligjts from Issue 1 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers
Pushing forward the frontiers of materials research

Ben Zhong Tang

Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 10-11

Ben Zhong Tang, Editor-in-Chief, introduces the inaugural issue of Materials Chemistry Frontiers.

Meet the Editorial Board and Advisory Board of Materials Chemistry Frontiers

Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 12-23

A massive thank you to all our Editorial Board and Advisory Board members!


Low-dimensional materials facilitate the conjugation between fluorogenic boronic acids and saccharides

Shi Guo, Jie Chen, Bi-Ying Cai, Wen-Wen Chen, Yu-Fei Li, Xiaolong Sun, Guo-Rong Chen, Xiao-Peng He and Tony D. James

Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 61-64

The cover story shows that low-dimensional materials enhance the conjugation between fluorogenic phenylboronic acids and saccharides.


Nanofiber-supported CuS nanoplatelets as high efficiency counter electrodes for quantum dot-based photoelectrochemical hydrogen production

F. Navarro-Pardo, L. Jin, R. Adhikari, X. Tong, D. Benetti, K. Basu, S. Vanka, H. G. Zhao, Z. T. Mi, S. H. Sun, V. M. Castano, A. Vomiero and F. Rosei

Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 65-72

In the inside cover story, a hybrid counter electrode based on copper sulfide/polymer nanofibers was developed for efficient and stable photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation.


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

Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 24-36

A review on the recent progress on two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterial-based biosensors, including optical sensors, electrochemical sensors, and bioelectronic sensors.


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

Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 37-60

A review of graphene papers regarding their smart assembly, functionalization and applications in biomimetics, sensors and energy devices.




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International Conference Asia-Pacific Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (AP-HOPV17)

International Conference Asia-Pacific Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (AP-HOPV17) is to be held in Yokohama, Japan from 2nd to 4th February 2017. Solar energy conversion by low-cost and efficient photovoltaic devices is a steadily increasing its contribution in the global demand of renewable energy. Hybrid and organic solar cells are highly promising power sources due to their significant progress in efficiency and processing technology. A paradigmatic example are Perovskite-based hybrid solar cells that have demonstrated very high performance, reaching the efficiency shown by silicon-based solar cells. In addition, these hybrid solar cells present fascinating opportunities for scientific research and technological development. The main topics of this conference are related to material preparation, modelling and fabrication of hybrid and organic photovoltaic cells, including dye-sensitized solar cells, organic thin film solar cells, quantum dot solar cells, and perovskite solar cells. Building upon success of the previous HOPV conferences, Asia-Pacific International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (AP-HOPV17) in Yokohama will provide an excellent opportunity for scientists and engineers worldwide to exchange information and discussions on the latest developments in photovoltaics.

Topics to be covered by the conference:

  • Material synthesis and processing
  • Theoretical modelling of materials and devices
  • Device architecture and optimisation
  • Structural and functional characterisation
  • Material and device stability
  • Scale up and commercial development
  • Related applications, including tandem devices, optoetectronic devices, sensing devices, solar to fuel conversion, life cycle and environmental study

Materials Chemistry Frontiers is pleased to sponsor this conference and award 2 poster prizes.

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Convenient VOCs sensing with an AIE luminogen

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are numerous, varied and ubiquitous. Many of them are actually harmful to the environment or may cause long-term damage to the human health.

Recently Yang Liu and colleagues at Shandong University (Jinan, China) have developed a convenient fluorescence technique for sensing VOCs, using an AIE luminogen 2DQCN.

Compared to Mass Spectrometry, one of the most popular analytical methods for VOCs detection, this newly reported technique using 2DQCN is less expensive, easier to master and more straightforward.

When solid films of 2DQCN are exposed to organic vapours, colour of their emitted light can be switched reversibly from red to yellow at a characteristic rate. The high-contrast and morphology-dependent fluorescence of 2DQCN allowed its utilization as a novel visible sensor for detecting VOCs with high sensitivity and selectivity.

2DQCN crystalline films emitted lights in different colours after exposure to various VOCs for 1 min, 5 min and 10 min, respectively.

(see Mater. Chem. Front. DOI: 10.1039/c6qm00146g)

This interesting work is also highlighted by the ACS in its recent “Cutting-Edge Chemistry” New – AIE Detectives Make Life Safer, contributed by Ben Zhong Tang from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

(see http://bit.ly/2eMMDSy)


Figures used in the article are reproduced from Dicyanopyrazine capped with tetraphenylethylene: polymorphs with high contrast luminescence as organic volatile sensors, Mater. Chem. Front. DOI: 10.1039/c6qm00146g

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Top 10 Reviewers for Materials Chemistry Frontiers

In celebration of Peer Review Week, with the theme of Recognition for Review – we would like to highlight the top 10 reviewers for Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2016, as selected by the editor for their significant contribution to the journal.

Name Institution
Dr Yuya Tachibana Gunma University
Professor Qichun Zhang Nanyang Technological University
Dr Lang Jiang Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr Zhen Li Wuhan University
Dr Xiaoyong Lai Ningxia University
Dr Baojiu Chen Dalian Maritime University
Professor Nam-Gyu Park Sungkyunkwan University
Dr Do-Geun Kim Korea Institute of Materials Science
Professor J Paul Attfield University of Edinburgh
Dr Tie Wang Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

We would like to say a massive thank you to these reviewers as well as the Materials Chemistry Frontiers board and all of the materials chemistry community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.


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First Advance Articles from Materials Chemistry Frontiers

We are delighted to announce publication of the first Advance Articles from Materials Chemistry Frontiers, a collaborative journal developed by the Chinese Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry and endorsed by the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science.


Stimuli responsive furan and thiophene substituted difluoroboron β-diketonate materials
William A. Morris, Tristan Butler, Milena Kolpaczynska and Cassandra L. Fraser
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00008H


Blue pyrene-based AIEgens: inhibited intermolecular π–π stacking through the introduction of substituents with controllable intramolecular conjugation, and high external quantum efficiencies up to 3.46% in non-doped OLEDs
Jie Yang, Le Li, Yun Yu, Zichun Ren, Qian Peng, Shanghui Ye, Qianqian Li and Zhen Li
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00014B


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


A high-performance BaTiO3-grafted-GO-laden poly(ethylene oxide)-based membrane as an electrolyte for all-solid lithium-batteries
N. Angulakshmi, Goutam Prasanna Kar, Suryasarathi Bose, E. Bhoje Gowd, Sabu Thomas and A. Manuel Stephan
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00098C


Thiophene-derived polymer dots for imaging endocytic compartments in live cells and broad-spectrum bacterial killing
Kenath Priyanka Prasad, Aung Than, Nan Li, Mahasin Alam SK, Hongwei Duan, Kanyi Pu, Xinting Zheng and Peng Chen
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00065G


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We are delighted to announce publication of the first Advance Articles [WL1] from Materials Chemistry Frontiers, a collaborative journal developed by the Chinese Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry and endorsed by the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science.


[WL1]Link to MCF pub platform ‘recent articles’

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International Conference on Advanced Polymeric Materials Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Polymer Society of Korea (PSK)

International Conference on Advanced Polymeric Materials Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Polymer Society of Korea (PSK) (IUPAC-PSK40) is to be held on October 4 – 7, 2016, at ICC Jeju, Jeju, Korea. This conference will be an attractive event with 5 plenary and more than 200 invited lectures by renowned speakers from all over the world. It will be an open forum for participants engaged in polymer synthesis, polymer physics, polymeric materials and polymer engineering. It will be a valuable chance to obtain insights and new perspectives for polymer science and engineering.

The main scientific programs of IUPAC-PSK40 include, but are not limited to:

1.Polymer Synthesis
2.Polymer Physics and Characterization
3.Polymer Rheology and Processing
4.Hybrid Materials and Composites
5.Smart Functional Polymers
6.Polymer Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
7.Energy Conversion and Storage
8.Polymers for Electronics and Photonics
9.Bio-related Polymers
10.Advanced Industrial Technology
11.Polymer Research at Korean National Laboratories (KIST and KRICT)

Materials Chemistry Frontiers is pleased to sponsor this conference and award 2 poster prizes.

The early registration deadline will  end on Aug 31, 2016. Conference Registration and Accommodation booking can be done via ONLINE REGISTRATION. More information about this exciting conference, please visit their WEBSITE!

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Editor-in-Chief Ben Zhong Tang talks about Materials Chemistry Frontiers

Editor-in-Chief Ben Zhong Tang talks about the scientific standard and his expectation to Materials Chemistry Frontiers.

Ben Zhong Tang is Stephen K. C. Cheong Professor of Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His research interests include materials science, polymer chemistry and biomedical engineering. He received BS and PhD degrees from South China University of Technology and Kyoto University, respectively, and conducted postdoctoral research at University of Toronto. He joined the Department of Chemistry at HKUST in 1994. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009 and 2013, respectively. He has been listed by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher in two disciplines: Chemistry and Materials Science. He received a Natural Science Award from the Chinese Government and a Senior Research Fellowship from the Croucher Foundation in 2007.

Can you tell us about the scope of Materials Chemistry Frontiers?

Materials Chemistry Frontiers (MCF) is committed to report important and highly interdisciplinary studies from across materials science. Scope of the journal focuses on the synthesis and chemistry of exciting new materials, and the development of improved fabrication techniques, as well as characterisation and fundamental research with broad appeal. Significant studies that further the development of organics, inorganics, polymers, nanomaterials, composites, hybrids, etc. are very welcome.

MCF remains as a collaborative journal owned by the Chinese Chemistry Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry and endorsed by the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The journal will reflect the lead of China and its growing impact in global chemistry community, showcasing the very best research from China, Asia and the rest of the world to an international audience.

What type of content will be featured in Materials Chemistry Frontiers?

MCF publishes research that is of high novelty and significance. Original study will be published in the format of Research Article, which differs from the traditional mix of communication and full paper by introducing more flexibility in terms of article length and structure. Authors are free to shape the nature of their publications according to the needs of the science with free use of colour in all articles.

MCF also publishes Review articles and “Chemistry Frontiers” – a unique type of articles for forward-looking comments and perspectives from high profile researchers.

Who should submit to this new journal and why?

I believe researchers working at the forefront of materials science should submit to MCF. This China-led, international journal will uphold the highest ethical standards, offering world-class customer service to authors, as well as unparalleled global visibility for their research. MCF authors will benefit from rapid publication, free colour, no submission charges and open access publishing options. More importantly, the first two years of content will be freely available to everyone – offering authors maximum exposure for their work.

How will the editorial board and advisory board contribute to Materials Chemistry Frontiers?

I am so pleased to have invited these excellent researchers joining the editorial and advisory boards of MCF. Editorial board members will help set and maintain high scientific criteria for the journal. Associate Editors also take extra duties in handling manuscripts and managing peer-review process.

What is your vision of Materials Chemistry Frontiers?

MCF is aiming at high impact research, therefore, we would be really selective and rigorous in peer-review and only the work meets the standard of the journal will get accepted. My expectation is to wish MCF to become the top level journal in materials science in the next five years.

Is the journal open for submissions now? How soon can we read the first articles?

Yes, MCF is now open for submission. The first issue of articles will be published online in late 2016.

The international advisory board members will further bring intelligence and significant expertise into the journal’s development, helping shape a successful future for MCF.

Has the journal been indexed by any databases? When will it receive the first Journal Impact Factor?

No, MCF is not indexed by any databases now because there has been no content being published yet, but we are well prepared for that. And I believe it is only a matter of time for MCF to be indexed in those databases, like Web of Science, CAS and Scopus. In terms of Impact Factors, normally, the first one should be released in the summer of 2019 by Thomson Reuters.

Do you want to say something to the young researchers who are interested in Materials Chemistry Frontiers?

Whereas it is understandable that young researchers wish to publish in well-established top journals, getting published first is more important in terms of establishing your own research programs.  We aim at rapid publication, in an effort to assist career development of junior faculty.


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