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

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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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Meet Professor Cassandra Fraser

Professor Cassandra L Fraser from University of Virginia joined the editorial board of Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2016. She specializes in responsive materials for imaging, sensing and detection, specifically oxygen sensing biomaterials, mechanochromic luminescence materials and polymeric metal complexes.

Cassandra Fraser

Cassandra Fraser holds degrees from Kalamazoo College (BA 1984), Harvard Divinity School (MTS 1988) and The University of Chicago (PhD 1993, advisor: Brice Bosnich). She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow with Robert Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology (1993-5). Fraser is current a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia, with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering and the School of Architecture.

At UVA, she was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, an NSF CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and young professor awards from Dupont and 3M. Her teaching and mentoring accolades include the Cavaliers Distinguished Teaching Professorship and induction into the University Teaching Academy.

Check some of her publications on the Royal Society of Chemistry journals:

Stimuli responsive furan and thiophene substituted difluoroboron β-diketonate materials

William A. Morris, Tristan Butler, Milena Kolpaczynska and Cassandra L. Fraser

Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6QM00008H, Research Article

Blue thermally activated delayed fluorescence from a biphenyl difluoroboron β-diketonate

Margaret L. Daly, Christopher A. DeRosa, Caroline Kerr, William A. Morris and Cassandra L. Fraser

RSC Adv., 2016,6, 81631-81635
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA18374C, Communication

Mechanochromic luminescence and aggregation induced emission for a metal-free β-diketone

Tristan Butler, William A. Morris, Jelena Samonina-Kosicka and Cassandra L. Fraser

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 3359-3362
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09439E, Communication

Mechanochromic luminescence of halide-substituted difluoroboron β-diketonate dyes

William A. Morris, Tiandong Liu and Cassandra L. Fraser

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015,3, 352-363
DOI: 10.1039/C4TC02268H, Paper


New journal: Materials Chemistry FrontiersThe international, high quality journal for topical and multi-disciplinary research on all aspect of materials chemistry.

Editor-in-Chief Ben Zhong Tang answers your questions about Materials Chemistry Frontiers.

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Congratulations on IUPAC-PSK40 Poster Prize Winners

Congratulations to our Materials Chemistry Frontiers Poster Prize winners at International Conference on Advanced Polymeric Materials Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Polymer Society of Korea (PSK) (IUPAC-PSK40) in Jeju, Korea.

This international conference brings together experts from polymer synthesis, polymer physics, polymeric materials and polymer engineering, providing a valuable chance for obtaining insights and new perspectives in polymer science and engineering.

From Left to Right: Ms. Sanghee YANG, Prof. Kilwon Cho (Chair of Organizing Committee) and Mr. Minjun OH.

From Left to Right: Ms. Sanghee YANG, Prof. Kilwon Cho (Chair of Organizing Committee) and Mr. Minjun OH.

Winners of Materials Chemistry Frontiers Poster Prizes are as follows.

Min Jun Oh from Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, with their poster Solution-Processable Electrical Conductors Using Percolation-Regulated Metal/Polyelectrolyte Complexation;

Sanghee Yang from Seoul National University, Korea, with their poster New 2D-Nanostructures Formation of Self-Assembly of Fully Conjugated Homopolymers by Introducing Multiple Crystallinities via INCP;

The winners were selected by a panel of judges and all received a certificate to recognize their achievement. Congratulations to Min Jun Oh and Sanghee Yang!

The winnning posters

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Meet Professor Shu Seki

Materials Chemistry Frontiers welcomes Professor Shu Seki from Kyoto University to join the Editorial Board as Associate Editor! He will help shape the future of the journal by bring researching expertise in physical chemistry of condensed matters, functional organic materials, and nanomaterials.

Shu Seki

Shu Seki graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1993, and received his PhD degree in 2001 from Osaka University.  He joined Argonne National Laboratory, USA in 1993, and Delft University of Technology in 2001.  He was appointed as Professor of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University in 2009.  He was appointed as Professor of Molecular Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University in 2015.

Check some of his recent publications:

Excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer (ESIPT)-inspired solid state emitters

Vikas S. Padalkar and Shu Seki
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 169-202
DOI: 10.1039/C5CS00543D

Control of optical and electrical properties of nanosheets by the chemical structure of the turning point in a foldable polymer

Taichi Ikeda, Hiroyuki Tamura, Tsuneaki Sakurai and Shu Seki
Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 14673-14681
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR01066K

Formation of nanowires via single particle-triggered linear polymerization of solid-state aromatic molecules

Akifumi Horio, Tsuneaki Sakurai, G. B. V. S. Lakshmi, Devesh Kumar Avasthi, Masaki Sugimoto, Tetsuya Yamaki and Shu Seki
Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 14925-14931
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR03297D

Preferential formation of columnar mesophases via peripheral modification of discotic π-systems with immiscible side chain pairs

Tsuneaki Sakurai, Yusuke Tsutsui, Kenichi Kato, Masaki Takata and Shu Seki
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 1490-1496
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC00021E

Learn more about the research carried out by Seki’s group, visit their webpage:

http://www.moleng.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~moleng_06/en/index.html


New journal: Materials Chemistry Frontiers The international, high quality journal for topical and multi-disciplinary research on all aspect of materials chemistry.

Editor-in-Chief Ben Zhong Tang answers your questions about Materials Chemistry Frontiers.

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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

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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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Congratulations on POC-16 poster prize winners!

Congratulations to our Materials Chemistry Frontiers Poster Prize winners at the 16th International Conference on Polymers and Organic Chemistry in Hersonissos, Greece!

This conference is organized under the sponsorship of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) nd under the auspices of the University of Crete. It aims to provide a forum for exchanging information, results and advances among scientists working in the areas of polymer synthesis, characterization, and applications, with an eye towards organic chemistry.

The Poster Prize winners were as follows:


The winners were selected by a panel of judges and all received a certificate to recognize their achievement.

Well done to all our five winners!

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Meet Professor J Paul Attfield

Professor J. Paul Attfield FRSC from University of Edinburgh joined the editorial board of Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2016. His research focuses on synthesis, structural studies, and property measurements for electronic and magnetic materials.

J Paul Attfield

Paul Attfield holds a Chair in Materials Science at Extreme Conditions at the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh and he is the Director of the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions. He received B.A. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University, and he was a Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Superconductivity at the University of Cambridge during 1991-2003. He received the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Meldola and Corday-Morgan medals and Peter Day award, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2006 and of the Royal Society in 2014.

His early research contributions included pioneering resonant X-ray scattering experiments of cation and valence ordering, and studies of disorder effects in functional oxides. Current research is centred on electronic and magnetic materials; a recent highlight was the solution of the 70-year old ‘Verwey’ problem of charge order in magnetite – the original magnetic material.

Check some of his recent publications:

Competing antiferromagnetic orders in the double perovskite Mn2MnReO6 (Mn3ReO6)

A. M. Arévalo-López, F. Stegemann and J. P. Attfield

Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 5558-5560

Nitride tuning of lanthanide chromites

Black, A. P., Johnston, H. E., Oró-Solé, J., Bozzo, B., Ritter, C., Frontera, C., Attfield, J. P. & Fuertes, A.

Chem. Comm., 2016, 52, 23, 4317-20 4

The Verwey structure of a natural magnetite

G. Perversi, J. Cumby, E. Pachoud, J. P. Wright and J. P. Attfield

Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 4864-4867

Crystal and magnetic structures of the brownmillerite Ca2Cr2O5

Angel M. Arevalo-Lopez and J. Paul Attfield

Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 10661-10664

Titanium migration driven by Li vacancies in Li1−xTi2O4 spinel

Kitada, A., Arevalo-lopez, A. M. & Attfield, J. P.

Chem. Comm., 2015, 51, 11359-11361

Learn more about the research carried out by Paul’s group, visit the webpage:

http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/paul-attfield(551161cb-6621-4464-9c56-475f4b67cf8c).html


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

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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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