RSC Applied Interfaces first issue now published

 

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of RSC Applied Interfaces.

Our first issue features cutting edge research from around the globe and an editorial from our editor-in-chief, Federico Rosei.

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Our first issue includes:

Introducing RSC Applied Interfaces

Federico Rosei
RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2024, 1, 9-10.

The role of ceria/precious metal interfaces in catalysis

Michele Melchionna and Paolo Fornasiero
RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2024, 1, 70-79.

Bias switchable narrowband/broadband NIR organic photodetector fabricated with a scalable technique

Lai-Hung Lai, Wei-Hsiang Lin, Chin-Chuan Hsieh and Maria Antonietta Loi
RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2024, 1, 122-132.

Understanding improved capacity retention at 4.3 V in modified single crystal Ni-rich NMC//graphite pouch cells at elevated temperature

Galo J. Páez Fajardo, Meltiani Belekoukia, Satish Bolloju, Eleni Fiamegkou, Ashok S. Menon, Zachary Ruff, Zonghao Shen, Nickil Shah, Erik Björklund, Mateusz Jan Zuba, Tien-Lin Lee, Pardeep K. Thakur, Robert S. Weatherup, Ainara Aguadero, Melanie J. Loveridge, Clare P. Grey and Louis F. J. Piper
RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2024, 1, 133-146.

Developing 3D computational models to capture the spatial, temporal and thermal behavior as laser beams propagate through photo-thermally responsive gels

Victor V. Yashin, Fariha Mahmood, Kalaichelvi Saravanamuttu and Anna C. Balazs
RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2024, 1, 183-193.

Interactions between liquid ammonia and graphitic materials

Cheng-Wei Lin, Zhiyin Yang, Ailun Huang, Xueying Chang, Chenxiang Wang, Fan Yang, Chen Wei, Markus Thiel, Yuto Katsuyama, Lihua Jin, David Jassby and Richard B. Kaner
RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2024, 1, 194-205.

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Investigating Nonmicellar Adsorbates for Colloidal Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes

RSC Applied Interfaces has published its first articles, which are free to read here! To celebrate our excellent first articles, we asked our authors to discuss their work in more detail.

In this post, we hear from Akiho Horibe about their recently published paper entitled ‘Dye adsorption-assisted colloidal dispersion of single-walled carbon nanotubes in polar solvents‘.

 

 

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Dye adsorption-assisted colloidal dispersion of single-walled carbon nanotubes in polar solvents

Akiho Horibe, Tomoko Murayama, Tsuyoshi Kawai and Yoshiyuki Nonoguchi

RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2023, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D3LF00119A

 

 

 

 

RSC Applied Interfaces is a dedicated, interdisciplinary reference journal for cutting-edge research on the applications of surfaces and interfaces. In addition to the applied focus, work considered for publication in RSC Applied Interfaces is expected to be highly original and of top quality. The journal seeks to report major scientific advances beyond the state of the art, at the cutting edge of this interdisciplinary field.

 

Aluminum-based Metal Organic Frameworks for Water Remediation

RSC Applied Interfaces has published its first articles, which are free to read here! To celebrate our excellent first articles, we asked our authors to discuss their work in more detail.

In this post, we hear from Dr Carolina Leyva as they discuss their recently published work entitled Al(iii)-based MOF for the selective adsorption of phosphate and arsenate from aqueous solutions.

 

 

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Al(iii)-based MOF for the selective adsorption of phosphate and arsenate from aqueous solutions

Juan L. Obeso, Herlys Viltres, Catalina V. Flores, Valeria B. López-Cervantes, Camilo Serrano-Fuentes, Amin Reza Rajabzadeh, Seshasai Srinivasan, Ricardo A. Peralta, Ilich A. Ibarra and Carolina Leyva

RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2024, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/D3LF00061C

 

 

 

 

 

RSC Applied Interfaces is a dedicated, interdisciplinary reference journal for cutting-edge research on the applications of surfaces and interfaces. In addition to the applied focus, work considered for publication in RSC Applied Interfaces is expected to be highly original and of top quality. The journal seeks to report major scientific advances beyond the state of the art, at the cutting edge of this interdisciplinary field.

Enhancing Single Biomolecule Photopainting with New and Optimized Buffer Systems

RSC Applied Interfaces has published its first articles, which are free to read here! To celebrate our excellent first articles, we asked our authors to discuss their work in more detail.

Check out the infographic below which summarises the key message from Naderer et al.’s work entitled ‘New buffer systems for photopainting of single biomolecules’.

 

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New buffer systems for photopainting of single biomolecules

Christoph Naderer, Heinrich Krobath, Dmitry Sivun, Georgii Gvindzhiliia, Thomas A. Klar and Jaroslaw Jacak

RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2024, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D3LF00125C

 

 

 

 

 

RSC Applied Interfaces is a dedicated, interdisciplinary reference journal for cutting-edge research on the applications of surfaces and interfaces. In addition to the applied focus, work considered for publication in RSC Applied Interfaces is expected to be highly original and of top quality. The journal seeks to report major scientific advances beyond the state of the art, at the cutting edge of this interdisciplinary field.

Eco-Friendly Carbon Dot Catalysts for the Conversion of Oil to Biodiesel

RSC Applied Interfaces has published its first articles, which are free to read here! To celebrate our excellent first articles, we asked our authors to discuss their work in more detail.

Check out the infographic below which summarises the key message from Naccache et al.’s work entitled ‘Nitrogen-doped carbon dots in transesterification reactions for biodiesel synthesis‘.

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Nitrogen-doped carbon dots in transesterification reactions for biodiesel synthesis

Tayline V. de Medeiros, Alexia Macina, João P. de Mesquita and Rafik Naccache

RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2023, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/D3LF00060E

 

 

 

 

 

RSC Applied Interfaces is a dedicated, interdisciplinary reference journal for cutting-edge research on the applications of surfaces and interfaces. In addition to the applied focus, work considered for publication in RSC Applied Interfaces is expected to be highly original and of top quality. The journal seeks to report major scientific advances beyond the state of the art, at the cutting edge of this interdisciplinary field.

 

Improving Capacity Retention of Pouch Cells with Nickel-Rich Cathodes

 

RSC Applied Interfaces has published its first articles, which are free to read here! To celebrate our excellent first articles, we asked our authors to discuss their work in more detail.

In this post, we hear from Professor Louis Piper about their recently published work entitled “Understanding improved capacity retention at 4.3 V in modified single crystal Ni-rich NMC//graphite pouch cells at elevated temperature“.

 

 

Understanding improved capacity retention at 4.3 V in modified single crystal Ni-rich NMC//graphite pouch cells at elevated temperature

Galo J. Páez Fajardo, Meltiani Belekoukia, Satish Bolloju, Eleni Fiamegkou, Ashok S. Menon, Zachary Ruff, Zonghao Shen, Nickil Shah, Erik Björklund, Mateusz Jan Zuba, Tien-Lin Lee, Pardeep K. Thakur, Robert S. Weatherup, Ainara Aguadero, Melanie J. Loveridge, Clare P Grey and Louis F. J. Piper

RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2023, Advance Article, DOI 10.1039/D3LF00093A

 

 

An interview with the author

Tell us a bit about yourself and your research

I am Professor of Battery Innovation and I head the Electrochemical Materials group in the Energy Directorate at WMG, the University of Warwick. I co-lead the Faraday Institution Degradation and FutureCat Phase II consortium projects that focus on developing next generation cathode chemistries and improve cell performance & longevity.

In this study, we focused on understanding how reinsertion kinetics in Ni-rich cathodes result in incomplete re-lithiation and loss of lithium inventory. Using single crystalline NMC 811 one can improve reinsertion by increasing the temperature. Our hypothesis was that improving the reinsertion kinetics would translate into more complete Li insertion/extraction and translate into improved capacity retention. To test this hypothesis we employed commercial NMC 811 surface decorated with Al3+ ions in pouch cell formats with a graphite anode.

We performed cycling up to 4.3V vs graphite to stay below the oxygen loss threshold. The Al surface species were found to act as a HF and H2O scavenger to suppress the electrolyte reactions with the cathode at elevated temperatures.

We observed with long cycling and multiple cells that increasing the temperature from 25 to 40’C did improve capacity retention. This result supports our hypothesis but is surprising given how increasing the electrolyte temperature should result in more degradation. However, here the Al3+ ion surface decoration is acting to protect the cathode surfaces and so we can see the kinetic improvements.

 

What aspect of your work are you most excited about?

A lot of focus on Ni-rich Li-ion battery cells is to increase upper cut-off voltage. Here we show how you can boost capacity while increasing capacity retention by using appropriate cell designs to better access deeper depth of discharge.

The work also highlights the importance of electrode-engineering with the surface decoration to improve performance.

 

What do you find most challenging about your research?

The next stage is how to suppress oxygen loss in Ni-rich layered cathodes so that we can continue to widen the voltage window whilst improving lifetime in industry format cells.

 

What’s next for you?

We are now working on atomic layer deposition and electrolyte additive solutions, where we are working on increasing voltage window and lifetime in Ni-rich Li-ion battery pouch cells.

 

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Bias switchable narrowband/broadband NIR organic photodetector fabricated with a scalable technique

Lai-Hung Lai, Wei-Hsiang Lin, Chin-Chuan Hsieh and Maria Antonietta Loi

RSC Appl. Interfaces, 2023, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/D3LF00089C

Hear more about this research in a video from the authors here

 

About the authors

 

Lai-Hung Lai

L. H. Lai obtained his master’s degree in materials science at NTHU (Taiwan) in 2010, and Ph.D. in physics at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) in 2016. He is now a deputy manager and staff research scientist for electronics, optoelectronics, and micro-optics integration in VisEra Technologies.

Wei-Hsiang Lin

W. H. Lin obtained his master’s degree in materials science at NTHU (Taiwan) in 2020. He is now an engineer for electronics, optoelectronics, and micro-optics integration in VisEra Technologies.

Chin-Chuan Hsieh

C. C. Hsieh obtained his master’s degree in chemical engineering at NCKU (Taiwan) in 1992. He is now a vice president for waferlevel optics organization in VisEra Technologies.

Maria Antonietta Loi

M. A. Loi is a condensed matter physicist with a broad interest for materials for optoelectronics, and full professor at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). She combines the investigations of the photophysics of organic–inorganic hybrids and nanomaterials, with their implementation in optoelectronic devices. She has authored a large number of publications in material physics and optoelectronic devices.

 

Meet our Associate Editor Series: Professor Ryan Richards

 

We are delighted to introduce you to our RSC Applied Interfaces Associate Editor, Professor Ryan Richards.

 

About Professor Ryan Richards

Ryan Richards is a Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and holds a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) both in Golden, Colorado USA. Find out more about Professor Richards on our webpage.

Read some of his applied research here:

Nanocrystalline rhenium-doped TiO2: an efficient catalyst in the one-pot conversion of carbohydrates into levulinic acid. The synergistic effect between Brønsted and Lewis acid sites
Sorin Avramescu, Cristian D. Ene, Madalina Ciobanu, Josefine Schnee, Francois Devred, Cristina Bucur, Eugeniu Vasile, Luke Colaciello, Ryan Richards, Eric M. Gaigneaux and Marian Nicolae Verziu
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2022, 12, 167-180.

Carbon Capture by Metal Oxides: Unleashing the Potential of the (111) Facet
Greg A. Mutch, Sarah Shulda, Alan J. McCue, Martin J. Menart, Cristian V. Ciobanu, Chilan Ngo, James A. Anderson, Ryan M. Richards and David Vega-Maza
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 4736-4742.

Revealing the Dynamics and Roles of Iron Incorporation in Nickel Hydroxide Water Oxidation Catalysts
Chunguang Kuai, Cong Xi, Anyang Hu, Yan Zhang, Zhengrui Xu, Dennis Nordlund, Cheng-Jun Sun, Christopher A. Cadigan, Ryan M. Richards, Luxi Li, Cun-Ku Dong, Xi-Wen Du and Feng Lin
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, 143, 18519-18526.

 

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Federico Rosei awarded National Order of Québec

Celebrating our RSC Applied Interfaces editor-in-chief

 

The RSC Applied Interfaces editorial team would like to extend a huge congratulations to our inaugural editor-in-chief, Federico Rosei, after he was awarded the National Order of Québec.

 

The National Order of Québec is awarded annually to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the development and reputation of Québec. Candidates are nominated by the public, with the most outstanding nominees being selected to receive the award by the Council of the Order.

 

As a result of the award, Federico has received the esteemed title of Knight of the National Order of Québec. The title of Knight recognises those who have exhibited exceptional activity in a particular field.

 

You can find out more about Federico on our webpage, here.

You can also find out more about the National Order of Quebec on their webpage, here: https://www.ordre-national.gouv.qc.ca/membres/membre.asp?id=3946

Meet our Associate Editor Series: Professor Serena Margadonna

 

We are delighted to introduce you to our RSC Applied Interfaces Associate Editor, Professor Serena Margadonna.

 

About Professor Serena Margadonna

Serena Margadonna joined Swansea University, UK, in 2015 as Chair in Materials Engineering and is currently the Head of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Find out more about Professor Margadonna on our webpage.

Read some of her applied research here:

Synergic effect of Bi, Sb and Te for the increased stability of bulk alloying anodes for sodium-ion batteries
Marcin W. Orzech, Francesco Mazzali, James D. McGettrick, Cameron Pleydell-Pearce, Trystan M. Watson, Wayne Voice, David Jarvis, and Serena Margadonna
J. Mater. Chem. A., 2017, 5, 23198-23208.

Water-Stable DMASnBr3 Lead-Free Perovskite for Effective Solar-Driven Photocatalysis
Lidia Romani, Andrea Speltini, Francesco Ambrosio, Edoardo Mosconi, Antonella Profumo, Marcello Marelli, Serena Margadonna, Antonella Milella, Francesco Fracassi, Andrea Listorti, Filippo De Angelis, and Lorenzo Malavasi
Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2021, 60, 3611-3618.

 

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