Read our most impactful Inorganic Materials papers of 2017!

Inorganic materials and nanoparticles are being applied to many of the most pressing challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. They are currently being investigated for their applications in batteries, solar cells, photocatalysts for water splitting and pollutant degradation, and medical theragnostics. Here are some of the most impactful papers in solid state inorganic chemistry from Dalton Transactions in 2017.


Most Downloaded Reviews:

These Frontier and Perspective articles are receiving a lot of attention online, reviewing the advances and trends that are making waves in the solid-state inorganic chemistry community.


Thioborates: potential nonlinear optical materials with rich structural chemistry 

Yu-kun Lian, Li-Ming Wu and Ling Chen

Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 4134-4147

DOI: 10.1039/C6DT04767J


This review summarizes thioborates and their structural motifs ranging from zero-dimension to three-dimension. The most commonly observed building units of these examples are planar-triangle BS3 and tetrahedron BS4. Thioborates possess advantages with respect to their structural diversity, optical nonlinearity, laser-induced damage threshold and transparency range, and represent potentially a rich supply of new nonlinear optical materials.



A chemical approach to perovskite solar cells: control of electron-transporting mesoporous TiO2 and utilization of nanocarbon materials

Tomokazu Umeyama and Hiroshi Imahori

Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 15615-15627

DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02421E


This Perspective highlights recent chemical approaches to perovskite solar cells, including the control of electron-transporting mesoporous TiO2 and the utilization of nanocarbon materials.



Engineering transition metal phosphide nanomaterials as highly active electrocatalysts for water splitting

Yanmei Shi and Bin Zhang

Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 16770-16773

DOI: 10.1039/C7DT03648E


This Frontier article will highlight recent advances in engineering the composition and structure of TMPs for higher water electrolysis performances.



Most Cited Articles:

This original research is off to a great start, as some of our most cited work these papers and communications are already being recognized by the nanomaterials and solid-state chemistry community.


Novel p–n heterojunction BiOI/CeO2photocatalyst for wider spectrum visible-light photocatalytic degradation of refractory pollutants

Xiao-Ju Wen, Cheng-Gang Niu, Lei Zhang and Guang-Ming Zeng


  Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 4982-4993

DOI: 10.1039/C7DT00106A


A novel BiOI/CeO2 photocatalyst with high photocatalytic performance was successfully synthesized via a facile in situ precipitation method. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is ascribed to the formation of a p–n junction, which promotes carrier separation.


All-inorganic perovskite quantum dot/mesoporous TiO2 composite-based photodetectors with enhanced performance

Lin Zhou, Kai Yu, Fan Yang, Jun Zheng, Yuhua Zuo, Chuanbo Li, Buwen Cheng and Qiming Wang

  Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 1766-1769

DOI: 10.1039/C6DT04758K


Herein, we evaluated an all-inorganic perovskite based MSM photodetector employing a bilayer composite film of mp-TiO2 and CsPbBr3 quantum dots as a photosensitizer.




Na2.32Co1.84(SO4)3 as a new member of the alluaudite family of high-voltage sodium battery cathodes

Debasmita Dwibedi, Ritambhara Gond, Allumolu Dayamani, Rafael B. Araujo, Sudip Chakraborty, Rajeev Ahuja and Prabeer Barpanda

  Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 55-63

DOI: 10.1039/C6DT03767D


A novel alluaudite, Na2+2xCo2−x(SO4)3, has been unveiled as a potential high-voltage (ca. 4.8–5.8 V) sodium battery cathode demonstrating antiferromagnetic ordering.




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