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Welcome to issue 5 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers!

The latest MaterChemFront issue is published online.

The front cover story, Fabrication of core–shell, yolk–shell and hollow Fe3O4@carbon microboxes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries is contributed by Hao Tian, Hao Liu, Tianyu Yang, Jean-Pierre Veder, Guoxiu Wang, Ming Hu, Shaobin Wang, Mietek Jaroniec and Jian Liu. The inside cover features a story on All-organic luminescent nanodots from corannulene and cyclodextrin nano-assembly: continuous-flow synthesis, non-linear optical properties, and bio-imaging applications by Mihaiela C. Stuparu and his co-authors.

Following review type articles are included in current issue:

Low-temperature aqueous solution processed ZnO as an electron transporting layer for efficient perovskite solar cells
Junshuai Zhou, Xiangyue Meng, Xiangfeng Zhang, Xia Tao, Zhiguo Zhang, Jinsong Hu, Chunru Wang, Yongfang Li and Shihe Yang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 802-806
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00248J

Recent progress and advances in redox-responsive polymers as controlled delivery nanoplatforms
Xiaoyong Zhang, Lu Han, Meiying Liu, Ke Wang, Lei Tao, Qing Wan and Yen Wei
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 807-822
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00135A

 

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Welcome to issue 4 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers!

The latest MaterChemFront issue is published online.

The front cover story, Electrolytes for electrochemical energy storage  is contributed by Lan Xia, Linpo Yu, Di Hu and George Z. Chen. The inside cover features a story on Emission enhancement and application of synthetic green fluorescent protein chromophore analogs by Hongping Deng and Xinyuan Zhu.

Following review article is included in current issue:

Recent developments in III–V semiconducting nanowires for high-performance photodetectors
Lifan Shen, Edwin Y. B. Pun and Johnny C. Ho
Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 630-645
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00279J

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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.


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