Materials Horizons Outstanding Paper Awards 2018

Outstanding paper – Materials Horizons

Bioinspired hierarchical composite design using machine learning: simulation, additive manufacturing, and experiment

Grace X. Gu, Chun-Teh Chen, Deon J. Richmond and Markus J. Buehler, Mater. Horiz., 2018, 5, 939–945, DOI: 10.1039/CiMH00653A

In this outstanding paper, the authors propose an innovative approach to design hierarchical materials using machine learning trained with a database of hundreds of thousands of structures from finite element analysis, together with a self-learning algorithm for discovering high-performing materials where inferior designs are phased out for superior candidates. They say that their new approach can aid in the discovery and fabrication of new material designs with an orders of magnitude increase in computational efficacy over conventional methods.

Runner-up – Materials Horizons

Unidirectional water delivery on a superhydrophilic surface with two-dimensional asymmetrical wettability barriers

Hui Geng, Haoyu Bai, Yangyang Fan, Shaoyu Wang, Teer Ba, Cunming Yu, Moyuan Cao and Lei Jiang, Mater. Horiz., 2018, 5, 303–308, DOI: 10.1039/C7MH01138E

In this outstanding paper, the authors demonstrate unidirectional liquid transport by incorporating asymmetric 2D water barriers into a flat superhydrophilic surface. Their method simplifies the design and fabrication of functional interface materials, enabling manipulation of fluid delivery on 2D patterned surfaces.

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Reverse gear makes metamaterial stand out

Article written by Emma Lockyer

Engineers have made a metamaterial that can change its shape and properties, then fully return to its original configuration on demand.

Metamaterials have properties that do not occur in natural materials. However, these properties are typically fixed.

An image showing 4D-printed metamaterials

Source: © Chen Yang/Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The material returns to its original shape when heated

Now, Howen Lee from the State University of New Jersey, US, and his colleagues have used 3D printing to make a shape memory polymer lattice out of acrylic acid crosslinked with bisphenol A ethoxylate dimethacrylate that is both geometrically reconfigurable and mechanically tunable.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

4D printing reconfigurable, deployable and mechanically tunable metamaterials
Chen Yang, Manish Boorugu, Andrew Dopp, Jie Ren, Raymond Martin, Daehoon Han, Wonjoon Choi and Howon Lee
Mater. Horiz., 2019, Advance Article

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Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Horizons in 2018

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Horizons in 2018, 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 Antonio di Bartolomeo, Universita degli Studi di Salerno, ORCID: 0000-0002-3629-726X
Professor Dr Stefan Bon, University of Warwick, ORCID: 0000-0001-5156-3901
Professor Jonas Croissant, University of New Mexico, ORCID: 0000-0003-0489-9829
Professor Lorenzo Di Bari, Universita degli Studi di Pisa, ORCID: 0000-0003-2347-2150
Dr Shaolong Gong, Wuhan University, ORCID: 0000-0002-1166-9047
Professor Weida Hu, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, ORCID: 0000-0001-5278-8969
Dr Ville Jokinen, Aalto-yliopisto, ORCID: 0000-0001-6347-7461
Dr Dominik Konkolewicz, Miami University, ORCID: 0000-0002-3828-5481
Dr Igor Perepichka, Bangor University, ORCID: 0000-0001-6672-3103
Dr Michal Piasecki, Uniwersytet Humanistyczno-Przyrodniczy im Jana Dlugosza w Czestochowie, ORCID: 0000-0003-1040-8811

We would also like to thank the Materials Horizons board and the materials 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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Lanthanide macrocycle complexes endow graphene electronics with unprecedented stability

Article written by Amy Southall|

Scientists in India have made graphene field-effect transistors that work for over 10 months with some help from discrete inorganic structures. The approach has led them to produce a graphene logic inverter that is stable in ambient conditions.

Conventional electronics tend to be silicon based, due to the ease of doping silicon with either electrons or holes. These two forms of silicon, n- and p-type, are the building blocks of electronic devices. However, it isn’t possible to make silicon electronics on the nanoscale, so many researchers are turning to materials like graphene.

An essential component of digital electronics is a logic inverter – a device for switching between fixed voltage levels. Inverters combine n-type field effect transistors and p-type field effect transistors, so require both n-type and p-type graphene.

Source: © Maheswaran Shanmugam/Indian Institute of Technolgy Bombay
The lanthanide-macrocyclic complexes exhibit strong C-H–π interactions with graphene, leading to a sharp and stable negative shift in the Dirac point

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Lanthanide complexes as molecular dopants for realizing air-stable n-type graphene logic inverters with symmetric transconductance
Ashwini S. Gajarushi, Mohd Wasim, Rizwan Nabi, Srinivasu Kancharlapalli, V. Ramgopal Rao, Gopalan Rajaraman, Chandramouli Subramaniam and Maheswaran Shanmugam
Mater. Horiz., 2019, Advance Article
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C8MH01241E

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the winners of POLYMAT Spotlight 2018 prizes!

POLYMAT Spotlight 2018 was the second edition of a series of meetings that take place in San Sebastian (Northern Spain), which after the success of the first edition in 2016 is now organized on a biannual basis.

 

POLYMAT Spotlight is organized by Aurelio Mateo-Alonso from POLYMAT, an institution which encompasses two research organisations that focus in fundamental and applied polymer research, respectively. The meeting brings together a small audience of world-wide recognized scientists (~100 participants) in a beautiful location, San Sebastian’s Miramar Palace, with some of the most spectacular views of the bay, which favour interactions between the participants with a social and gastronomical program in the same Palace.

 

POLYMAT Spotlight 2018 was devoted to 2D and Porous Polymers and had arranged an impressive line-up of plenary and keynote speakers from all over the world:

  • William Dicthel
  • Dirk Guldi
  • Andreas Hirsch
  • Kiang Ping Loh
  • Dieter Schlüter
  • Omar Yaghi
  • Rahul Banerjee
  • Thomas Bein
  • Cinzia Casiraghi
  • Carlos Martí-Gastaldo
  • Francesco Paolucci
  • Diego Peña
  • Dmitrii Perepichka
  • Stephanie Schubert
  • Ronald Smaldone
  • Arne Thomas
  • Cafer Yavuz
  • Felix Zamora

In addition, 19 contributing lectures, 10 flash presentations and 26 posters have been carefully selected to provide a solid research forum.

 

Journal of Materials Chemistry C and Materials Horizons have supported POLYMAT Spotlight 2018 with the award of two poster prizes that were selected by Plenary Lecturers William Dichtel and Dieter Schlüter in a ceremony conducted by Luis Hueso, associate editor of Journal of Materials Chemistry C.

 

Awardees:

Journal of Materials Chemistry C Prize

Elisabetta Zuccatti, CIC NanoGUNE, Spain

Ambipolar Vertical Organic Field-Effect Transistors and Inverters

Materials Horizons Prize

Dr. Jose I. Martínez, POLYMAT, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Making it Functional from Trivial Starting Materials: Gaining Processability in 2D Conjugated Microporous Polymers

After this second edition, POLYMAT Spotlight has established itself as reference scientific meeting in macromolecular materials and we are looking forward for the next edition in 2020.

 

You can find all pictures at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/142817369@N04/albums/72157696916725371

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Congratulations to the winners of ICEAN 2018 poster awards!

Materials Horizons is delighted to have supported the International Conference on Emerging Advanced Nanomaterials (ICEAN) 2018, along with the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C.

A special congratulations to Van Chinh Hoang (University of Sydney, Australia) and Sung Ho Kim (University of Newcastle, Australia) for winning the Materials Horizons poster awards!

Sung Ho Kim receives his Materials Horizons poster award, presented by Professor P. M. Ajayan, Rice University USA.

Van Chinh Hoang was awarded first prize for his poster entitled “High efficiency supercapacitors based on carbon quantum dots from vegetable waste”.

Sung Ho Kim was awarded the runner-up prize for his poster entitled “Ordered N-rich mesoporous carbon nitride-MoS2 hybrids as an anode materials for Li and Na ion batteries”.

The poster awards were evaluated by an international team of expert researchers:

  • Professor Thomas Nann, Victoria University, New Zealand
  • Professor Huijun Zhao, Griffith University, Australia
  • Professor Siva Umapathy, Indian Institute of Science, India
  • Professor Samuel Adeloju, Monash University, Australia
  • Professor Yoshio Bando, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  • Professor Vipul Bansal, RMIT University, Australia
  • Professor Seong-Ju Hwang, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
  • Professor Dmitri Golberg, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Professor Prashant Sonar, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Professor Xiaolin Wang, University of Wollongong, Australia

Congratulations to everyone who presented a poster at ICEAN 2018!

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Electrochromic devices reinvented with hydrogel layer

Scientists in China have made a rewritable electrochromic display using a hydrogel for the first time.

Typical electrochromic devices contain upwards of five layers, their complicated structures contributing to high production costs and hindered performance. Now, a team led by Hong Wang of Xi’an Jiaontong University has devised a much simpler structure.

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
A lithium chloride electrolyte endows the hydrogel electrode with high ionic conductivity

Their system contains a multifunctional hydrogel deposited directly on a tungsten oxide film on top of an F-doped SnO2 (FTO) layer. To make this possible, the researchers embedded the hydrogel with aqueous lithium chloride, allowing it to simultaneously act as a transparent electrode, electrolyte and ion storage layer. By reducing the number of interfaces present in the device, the team were able to improve the performance of the device for display applications, compared to other electrochromic systems, while also reducing production costs.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Multifunctional hydrogel enables extremely simplified electrochromic devices for smart windows and ionic writing boards
Huajing Fang, Pengyue Zheng, Rong Ma, Chen Xu, Gaiying Yang, Qing Wange and Hong Wang
Mater. Horiz., 2018,5, 1000-1007

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Editorial Board Chair Seth Marder awarded Humboldt Research Award

Congratulations to Professor Seth Marder, Georgia Institute of Technology and Materials Horizons founding Editorial Board Chair. He has been elected as the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. Seth is internationally recognized for his leadership in developing structure-property relationships for organic and metallo-organic materials for optical and electronic applications.

Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. As part of his award, Seth will be hosted as a visiting researcher by Professor Norbert Koch at IRIS Adlershof and the Department of Physics of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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Pressure washer method for making graphene

New process generates high quality 2D crystals in minutes

Liquid-phase exfoliation of layered crystals

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry

For few- and single-layered materials like graphene to be industrially useful there needs to be a scalable, cheap and reproducible way to produce them. Now, scientists in Italy have come up with a new exfoliation process that meets all of these requirements.

Francesco Bonaccorso and co-workers from the Italian Institute of Technology propose what they call a high pressure wet-jet-milling process to, essentially, blast apart layers of materials like graphite. A hydraulic mechanism and piston generate up to 250MPa of pressure to push a mixture of the bulk material dispersed in solvent through five different disks. The disks are interconnected and perforated with tiny adjustable holes (0.3–0.1mm diameter), which generate colliding jet streams. A similar idea is already used in industry to pulverise drugs or paints.

The major advantage here is that it takes only minutes to produce high quality 2D crystals that would take hours to make by other methods: it takes less than 3 minutes to make 1g. The resulting dispersions of 2D crystals are shown to be usable for inkjet printing and in battery anodes without needing a purification step.

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Materials Horizons new Impact Factor is 13.183*

Materials Horizons is delighted to announce its latest Impact Factor is 13.183*.

We are delighted to see the continued support from the community to help us maintain our extremely high standards and focus so that we only publish reports of new concepts of exceptional significance to the materials science readership – thank you!

To celebrate we have selected a few recent articles and made these free to access until the end of August – we hope you enjoy reading them.

 

Human ability to discriminate surface chemistry by touch by Cody W. Carpenter, Charles Dhong, Nicholas B. Root, Daniel Rodriquez, Emily E. Abdo, Kyle Skelil, Mohammad A. Alkhadra, Julian Ramírez, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Darren J. Lipomi

 

Searching for promising new perovskite-based photovoltaic absorbers: the importance of electronic dimensionality by Zewen Xiao, Weiwei Meng, Jianbo Wang, David B. Mitzi and Yanfa Yan

 

Optimal sound-absorbing structures by Min Yang, Shuyu Chen, Caixing Fu and Ping Sheng

 

PLUS-M: a Porous Liquid-metal enabled Ubiquitous Soft Material by Hongzhang Wang, Bo Yuan, Shuting Liang, Rui Guo, Wei Rao, Xuelin Wang, Hao Chang, Yujie Ding, Jing Liu and Lei Wang

 

Highly flexible, freestanding tandem sulfur cathodes for foldable Li–S batteries with a high areal capacity by Chi-Hao Chang, Sheng-Heng Chung and Arumugam Manthiram

 

Read more of our latest articles here.

 


At Materials Horizons, our reviewing standards are set extremely high to ensure we only publish first reports of new concepts across the breadth of materials research. Our Impact Factor of 13.183* is testament to the exceptionally significant work of our community.

 

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Click here to read recent articles describing new concepts in nanoscience & nanotechnology in our sister-journal Nanoscale Horizons, impact factor 9.391*.

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