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RSC Desktop Seminar series – Hosted by Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons

Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons are pleased to announce a free Webinar series featuring scientific talks from Editorial and Community Board Members on a range of topics.

RSC Desktop Seminars are an ongoing initiative from the Royal Society of Chemistry to bring cutting-edge research directly to you! Now, more than ever, there is a crucial need for sharing research, and each seminar in this series will feature presentations from Editorial and Community Board members of Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons.

Each 90 to 120-min webinar will feature scientific talks as well as dedicated time for questions & answers. The schedule for the series will be as follows:

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 (7am GMT; 15:00 CST; 16:00 JST)

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“Machine learning accelerated design of new functional material” – Professor Jinlan Wang (Southeast University, China)

Thursday, 3 December 2020 (08:00 GMT; 13:30 IST; 19:00 AEDT)

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“Soft Gold Elastronics for Connected Healthcare” – Professor Wenlong Cheng (Monash University, Australia)

“Smart Sensors for Environmental Monitoring and Healthcare” – Professor Ritu Gupta (IIT Jodhpur, India)

Thursday, 10 December 2020 (07:00 GMT; 15:00 CST; 17:00 AEST; 18:00 AEDT)

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“The interaction between micelles and cells: Small changes in the nanoparticle shells have big impacts” – Professor Martina Stenzel (University of New South Wales, Australia)

“Emerging trends in oral drug delivery using stimuli responsive nanomedicine” – Dr Amirali Popat (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Thursday, 17 December 2020 (08:00 GMT; 16:00 CST; 17:00 JST)

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“Sub-1nm Ultrathin Nanocrystals” – Professor Xun Wang (Tsinghua University, China)

“Metal-Organic Frameworks for Polymer Recognition and Separation” – Dr Nobuhiko Hosono (University of Tokyo, Japan)

“Stability of Photocatalysts” – Dr Mengye Wang (Sun Yat-Sen University, China)

 

We hope you will be able to join us for some of the events in this Desktop Seminar Series.

Best wishes,

 

Dr Michaela Mühlberg
Executive Editor, Materials Horizons
Dr Charlotte Marshall
Managing Editor, Nanoscale Horizons

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Community Board collection: Biosensors

Biosensors

A new online article collection guest edited by members of the Horizons Community Boards

The Community Boards that support both Horizons journals provide a platform for early career researchers to share their experiences and ideas on scientific publishing. Working together and sharing their unique expertise, our Community Board members have recommended several key topics where significant, rapid progress has been made in the last 2 years. They have selected top articles published in the Horizons journals to showcase the most important advances in each topic area.

This collection is guest edited by Zhiyuan Liu, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, CAS, China, Gift Mehlana, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe, and Arun Richard Chandrasekaran, The RNA Institute, University at Albany, USA.

Read the collection here.

  

To get to know our guest editors, check out the Editorial article.

We hope you enjoy reading this collection.

 

Best wishes,

Dr Charlotte Marshall

Managing Editor, Nanoscale Horizons

 

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Advanced Memory Technologies – Community Board collection

Advanced Memory Technologies

 

A new online article collection guest edited by members of the Horizons Community Boards

 

The Community Boards that support both Horizons journals provide a platform for early career researchers to share their experiences and ideas on scientific publishing. Working together and sharing their unique expertise, our Community Board members have recommended several key topics where significant, rapid progress has been made in the last 2 years. They have selected top articles published in the Horizons journals to showcase the most important advances in each topic area.

 

This collection is guest edited by Ye Zhou (Shenzhen University and Materials Horizons Community Board member) and Pengzhan Sun (University of Manchester and Nanoscale Horizons Community Board member.)

 

 

 

Read the collection here.

 

To get to know our guest editors, check out the Editorial article.

 

All articles are free to access until the end of October 2020.* We hope you enjoy reading this collection.

 

* Free access to articles via your free Royal Society of Chemistry publishing personal account

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Outstanding Reviewers for Nanoscale Horizons in 2019

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Nanoscale Horizons in 2019, 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.

 

Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski, The University of Sydney, ORCID: 0000-0001-8050-8821

Dr Rawil F Fakhrullin, Kazan (Idel Buye) Federal University, ORCID: 0000-0003-2015-7649

Dr Sokrates T Pantelides, Vanderbilt University, ORCID: 0000-0002-2963-7545

Dr Emilio M Perez, Fundacion IMDEA Nanociencia, ORCID: 0000-0002-8739-2777

Dr Michael J Sailor, University of California San Diego, ORCID: 0000-0002-4809-9826

Dr Evan Scott, Northwestern University, ORCID: 0000-0002-8945-2892

Dr V. Prasad Shastri, University of Freiburg, ORCID: 0000-0001-5125-9678

Dr Sara Skrabalak, Indiana University Bloomington, ORCID: 0000-0002-1873-100X

Dr Takayuki Uchihashi, Nagoya University, ORCID: 0000-0002-0263-5312

Dr Jianfang Wang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, ORCID: 0000-0002-2467-8751

 

We would also like to thank the Nanoscale Horizons board and the nanoscience 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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Materials Horizons & Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards

General information

The purpose of the Community Board for both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons is to provide a channel for communication between the materials and nanoscience student and early career researcher community and the journals’ Executive Editor and Editorial Boards, and also to facilitate student and postdoctoral (or equivalent) engagement with Materials Horizonand Nanoscale Horizons. We are looking for engaged and interested early career researchers who will see this as an opportunity to assist in the development of an innovative journal, from a learned society publisher, in rapidly expanding areas of science. We are inviting nominations for both journals at this time, please do feel free to state a preference of journal in your nomination, however this is not mandatory and each nomination will be assessed for suitability for both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards.

Guidelines for Nominators

We are inviting nominations for both journals at this time, please do feel free to state a preference of journal in your nomination, however this is not mandatory and each nomination will be assessed for suitability for both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards.

  • Any Principle Investigator can nominate someone for the Community Board of either Materials Horizons or Nanoscale Horizons. Candidates must not nominate themselves.
  • Nominations are open to PhD candidates and active researchers who received their PhD (or equivalent degree, if applicable) no more than eight years prior to 1 November 2019. Appropriate consideration will be given to candidates from all research backgrounds (academic or industrial) and to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path.

To make a nomination please provide the information outlined below to nanoscalehorizons-rsc@rsc.org.

  • The nominator’s name, affiliation, position and contact details
  • The candidate’s name, affiliation, research group, position and contact details
  • A supporting statement from the nominator (no more than 750 words) addressing the selection criteria (see below)
  • A short personal statement from the candidate describing what they will bring to the role in terms of advising and being an advocate for the journal. This must be no longer than 250 words.
  • An up-to-date CV for the candidate, including publication history (if any)

Selection criteria for Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards

The Executive Editor and members of the Editorial Boards will consider the following aspects of all nominations for the Community Boards as appropriate:

  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Profile within institute and/or community
  • Service to the community

Materials and Nanoscale Horizons Community Board_FAQs

The deadline for submission of nominations is 27th January, 2020.

For more information about the journal and for a list of current Community Board members, please visit the journal webpage at: rsc.li/nanoscale-horizons

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Horizons Community Board Collection – Advanced Energy Storage Technologies

New in 2019, we are delighted to continue a series of post-publication online article collections, led by our Community Board members across both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons.

The Community Boards that support both Horizons journals aim to provide a platform for early career researchers to share their experiences and ideas on scientific publishing. Working together and sharing their unique expertise, our Community Board members have recommended several key topics where significant, rapid progress has been made in the last 2 years. They have selected top articles published in the Horizons journals to showcase the most important advances in each topic area.

 

Advanced Energy Storage Technologies

Vipin Kumar and Kai Zhu present the third Horizons Community Board Collection:

 

Horizons Community Board Collection – Advanced Energy Storage Technologies

 

The ever-increasing demand for energy has driven the development of energy-storage technologies to go beyond Li-ion batteries. As a consequence, a plethora of advanced energy storage technologies have emerged in recent years, for instance Li-S, Na-air, and Zn-air, as well as other flexible/wearable supercapacitors. Li-S batteries promise ultra-high energy density (e.g., many-fold higher than that of commercial Li-ion batteries), while the next-generation supercapacitors offer improved performance with additional functionality and could be a potential contender for future energy intensive applications.

This themed collection compiles recent research and review articles focused mainly on electrochemical energy storage using batteries, i.e., post Li-ion batteries, and flexible/wearable supercapacitors beyond H-ion and Li-ion. These reports show that the high performance energy storage solutions are urgently required to satisfy the growing demand for portable energy. We hope that this themed collection will provide valuable information to the readers, and could help to drive future developments in the field of energy storage.

Vipin Kumar and Kai Zhu

Guest Editors

 

Materials Horizons Community Board member Dr Vipin Kumar received his PhD in Materials Science from School of Materials Science and Engineering in NTU Singapore in 2016. He then worked as a research fellow from 2016 to 2017 in NTU Singapore. He was awarded Inspire Faculty Award, from Department of Science & Technology (DST) India in 2017. He moved to Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore in 2017, and worked as a Scientist for nearly 2 years. He is currently working as Assistant Professor in Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar (IIT BBS), India. He has contributed in various research projects, including electrochemical energy storage using oxide-nanomaterials, miniaturized gas sensors devices based on nanowires and nanosheets assembly, and alkali metal anodes for high performance batteries. His current research interests lie in electrochemical energy storage using metal-sulfur batteries (e.g., Na-S), and flexible and stretchable chemical vapour sensors based on layered materials for environmental applications.

 

Materials Horizons Community Board member Dr Kai Zhu received his Ph.D. from Jilin University, China and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan in 2016. At present, he is an Assistant Professor at College of Material Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University. His research interests mainly focus on design and synthesis of advanced materials for electrochemical energy storage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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See our other Horizons Community Board Collections:

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Horizons Community Board Collection – Emerging 2D Materials for Energy and Electronics Applications

New in 2019, we are delighted to continue a series of post-publication online article collections, led by our Community Board members across both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons.

The Community Boards that support both Horizons journals aim to provide a platform for early career researchers to share their experiences and ideas on scientific publishing. Working together and sharing their unique expertise, our Community Board members have recommended several key topics where significant, rapid progress has been made in the last 2 years. They have selected top articles published in the Horizons journals to showcase the most important advances in each topic area.

 

Emerging 2D Materials for Energy and Electronics Applications

Li Li, Tianyi Ma, and Nan Zhang present the second Horizons Community Board Collection:

 

Horizons Community Board Collection – Emerging 2D Materials for Energy and Electronics Applications

 

“2D nanomaterials, including carbon-based materials, metal, metal oxide (sulfide), and black phosphorus (BP) et al., have aroused extensive interests in energy and electronics applications due to their attractive structure-dependent properties.

In this themed collection, we are compiling some noteworthy articles focused on sensors, lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, photo(electro)catalysis, photodetector, electronics and optoelectronics. As typical 2D carbon materials, graphene and doping graphene exhibit high performance in these fields, as indicated by Li et al. (DOI: 10.1039/C6MH00587J) and Chua et al. (DOI: 10.1039/C7MH00068E) in their research works published in Materials Horizons. 2D metal and metal sulfide materials as illustrated through the research works of Chen et al. (DOI: 10.1039/C7NH00091J) and Li et al. (DOI: 10.1039/C8NH00419F) have shown two-dimensional geometric structure together with unique physical properties, which make the material quite a promising candidate for applications in electronics and optoelectronics. Lou et al. (DOI: 10.1039/C3MH00077J) provided an effective approach with SnO2 nanosheets to increase the energy density of the integrated electrodes. A review article about 2D BP published by Zhou et al. (DOI: 10.1039/C6MH00358C) summarized the recent developments in the study of BP, which covered the state-of-the-art synthesis methods for preparing single-layer or few-layer BP, the recent advances in characterizing its electronic, optical and mechanical properties, and the reported functional devices utilizing such properties. Since these research works show that these emerging 2D materials have excellent performance and prospect, it will be important to see how they enrich the future of energy and electronics applications.

We hope that readers will obtain valuable information from this themed collection.”

Li Li, Tianyi Ma, and Nan Zhang

Guest Editors

Nanoscale Horizons Community Board Member Dr Li Li received his Ph.D. degree from Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 and finished his two-year postdoc work in Cornell University in 2014. His current research interests include advanced nanomaterials fabrication technology and its applications for energy storage/conversion. He was awarded with 2015 TMS Yong Leader Professional Development Award and serves in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Nanoscale Horizons Community Board and Editorial Board of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions.

 

 

 

 

 

Materials Horizons Community Board member Dr Tianyi Ma received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2013 from Nankai University, China. Then he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2013 to 2014 in University of Adelaide, Australia. He was awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in 2015, and continued independent research on the rational design of nanostructured materials with a large variety of components from carbons, metals, metal oxides, organic polymers, to metal–organic frameworks. He is currently a lecturer in Discipline of Chemistry, University of Newcastle. His current interest lies on the energy and environment related applications of functional materials including catalysis, adsorption and separation, and energy conversion and storage. He authored more than 100 peer review journal articles in this area with an h-index of 39.

 

 

 

Materials Horizons Community Board member Professor Nan Zhang received her PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 2016 at the State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, China. Then she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2016 to 2017 at National University of Singapore. She was supported by the National Postdoctoral Program for Innovative Talents in 2017 and worked on the optical property optimization of nanostructured metal materials toward the applications in photocatalysis. She is currently a full professor working at College of Materials Science and Engineering, Hunan University, China. Her main research interests include the fabrication of carbon-based composites and metal nanostructures with scattering-mediated optical response for solar energy conversion.

 

 

 

We hope you enjoy reading this collection.

See our other Horizons Community Board Collection: Nanobiomedicine here.

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Horizons Community Board Collection – Nanobiomedicine

New in 2019, we are delighted to announce a series of post-publication online article collections, led by our Community Board members across both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons.

 

The Community Boards that support both Horizons journals aim to provide a platform for early career researchers to share their experiences and ideas on scientific publishing. Working together and sharing their unique expertise, our Community Board members have recommended several key topics where significant, rapid progress has been made in the last 2 years. They have selected top articles published in the Horizons journals to showcase the most important advances in each topic area.

 

Nanobiomedicine

To kick things off, Chandra Kumar Dixit and Christopher M. Proctor present the first Horizons Community Board Collection:

 

Horizons Community Board Collection – Nanobiomedicine

 

“Advancements in nanotechnology are impacting biology and medicine. In this themed collection, we are compiling some noteworthy articles in the areas related to targeted delivery, vaccines, diagnostics, wound healing, and self-healing scaffolds & materials. Theranostics, which is a new branch specifically dealing with point-of-care, involves diagnostics and therapy in a single agent. Carbon-based materials are proving to be effective agents in this quest, as indicated by Kapil Patel et al. in their research published in Materials Horizons (DOI: 10.1039/C8MH00966J). Anand et al. (DOI: 10.1039/C8NH00174J) emphasized in their review article the potential of carbon-based nanomaterials as antimicrobial agents. Scaffolds and matrices based on nanomaterials, as illustrated through the research works of Yu et al. (DOI: 10.1039/C8MH00647D), Singh et al. (DOI: 10.1039/C8MH01298A), Ooi (DOI: 10.1039/C7MH00373K), and Liu (DOI: 10.1039/C8MH00704G) have shown tremendous potential in surgery, wound healing, controlled release skin patches, etc. Given how all of these materials show potential in their respective fields, it will be important to see how these will shape the future of biomedicine. We hope that the readers find this themed collection informative and useful.”

Chandra Kumar Dixit and Christopher M. Proctor

 

Guest Editors

Chandra Kumar Dixit

Nanoscale Horizons Community Board Member, Chandra Kumar Dixit is a Scientist at Qiagen Sciences working in the areas of IVD and nanodiagnostics. He received a BSc degree in Biology from Bundelkhand University, an MSc degree in Biotechnology from CCS University and was awarded a PhD in Biotechnology from Dublin City University in 2012. His postdoctoral training spanned from Dublin City University, Ireland, Technion IIT, Israel, and University of Connecticut, USA, in areas of microfluidic tools, glycobiology, cell biology, disease diagnosis, electrochemistry, prostate cancer, 3D-printed tools for fluidic devices, and novel nanomaterials. He has published over 40 international research papers including reviews, books, and book chapters in the areas of biosensors, conventional and 3D-printed microfluidics, and disease diagnostics, and has won several international fellowships including the Marie-Curie grant.

 

 

 

 

Christopher M. Proctor

Materials Horizons Community Board member Christopher M. Proctor received a BSc in Interdisciplinary Physics from the University of Michigan in 2008. Following two years as a general scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he earned a PhD in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he investigated loss mechanisms in organic photovoltaics (2015). Subsequently, Chris was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Whitaker International to develop implantable bioelectronic devices for treating neurological disorders at the Ecole des Mines de St Etienne. He is now a Research Associate and Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellow at the University of Cambridge where his research is focused on engineering devices and developing materials to enable a seamless connection between electronics and living tissue for applications including epilepsy, cancer and pain management.

 

 

 

We hope you enjoy reading this collection.

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Highlights from Nanoscale Horizons so far in 2018.

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to see the support from the community as you continue to contribute outstanding articles showcasing new concepts of exceptional significance to the nanoscience readership.

To celebrate the nanoscience community’s excellent work, we have picked out some content highlights for 2018 so far, which we would like to share with you. All articles are free to access until the end of June – we hope you enjoy reading them.

 

Reviews

Electron transfer and exciplex chemistry of functionalized nanocarbons: effects of electronic coupling and donor dimerization

Tomokazu Umeyama and Hiroshi Imahori

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, Advance Article

 

Group 6 transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterials: synthesis, applications and future perspectives

Morasae Samadi, Navid Sarikhani, Mohammad Zirak, Hua Zhang, Hao-Li Zhang and Alireza Z. Moshfegh

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, 3, 90-204

 

Communications

 

Nanoscale membrane architecture of healthy and pathological red blood cells

Andra C. Dumitru, Mégane A. Poncin, Louise Conrard, Yves F. Dufrêne, Donatienne Tyteca and David Alsteens

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, 3, 293-304

 

Visible light active nanofibrous membrane for antibacterial wound dressing

Shuai Jiang, Beatriz Chiyin Ma, Wei Huang, Anke Kaltbeitzel, Gönül Kizisavas, Daniel Crespy, Kai A. I. Zhang and Katharina Landfester

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018,  Advance Article

 

Improving analyte selectivity by post-assembly modification of metal–organic framework based photonic crystal sensors

A. von Mankowski, K. Szendrei-Temesi, C. Koschnick and B. V. Lotsch

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, Advance Article

 

Graphdiyne: a superior carbon additive to boost the activity of water oxidation catalysts

Panyong Kuang, Bicheng Zhu, Yuliang Li, Huibiao Liu, Jiaguo Yu and Ke Fan

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, 3, 317-326

 

Sliced graphene foam films for dual-functional wearable strain sensors and switches

Qingbin Zheng, Xu Liu, Hongru Xu, Ming-Shu Cheung, Yuk-Wa Choi, Hsing-Chih Huang, Ho-Yin Lei, Xi Shen, Zhenyu Wang, Ying Wu, Soo Young Kim and Jang-Kyo Kim

Nanoscale Horiz., 2018, 3, 35-44

 

At Nanoscale Horizons, our reviewing standards are set extremely high to ensure we only publish first reports of new concepts across the breadth of nanoscience and nanotechnology research.

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Tuneable graphene surfaces for water purification and energy storage

The sustainability issues of efficient energy storage and water purification are of vital importance to the long-term future of the planet. Researchers from Zhejiang University have developed a new nanostructured graphene material with a tuneable surface texture which can be used to for enhanced water purification and energy storage applications.

Inspired by the hierarchical structures and microscopic surface textures of the dry-climate plant Callitris endlicheri, the graphene structures use capillary effects to transport and store water in a similar way, but at much smaller length scales. Typically, tuneable surfaces such as these, require chemical surface modifications; but this Nanoscale Horizons article outlines a new method involving plasma-assisted growth of graphene ‘nano-flaps’ covalently bonded to micro-sized vertical grapheme graphene wells (termed ‘Sub-μGW’). The surfaces showed better water purification of metal nanoparticles from water and remarkable electrochemical performance in supercapacitors (2.5x higher specific capacitance of Sub-μGW electrodes). These excellent properties are attributed to enhanced solid-liquid interfacing leading to a super hydrophilic surface by reduction of air bubbles, and better device performance.

In the future, this biomimetic approach could be used to control the wettability of a range of porous microstructured surfaces, and could lead to further breakthroughs in important areas such as energy storage and conversion, water purification, and biomedical devices.

 

Fig. 1. SEM images of grapheme nanostructures showing the decreasing nanotexture densities from (d) to (f). (g) Schematic of the capillarity driven modification process for the adjustment of the nanotexture density in Sub-mGWs.

 

Read the article:
Tuneable fluidics within graphene nanogaps for water purification and energy storage
Zheng Bo, Yilei Tian, Zhao Jun Han, Shenghao Wu, Shuo Zhang, Jianhua Yan, Kefa Cena and Kostya Ostrikov
Nanoscale Horizons, 2017, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C6NH00167J

 

Alexander Cook is a guest web writer for the RSC journal blogs. He is a PhD researcher in the Perrier group at the University of Warwick, focusing on polymer materials and their use in various applications. Follow him on twitter @alexcook222

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