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Themed collection: Spectroscopy and scattering for chemistry

Spectroscopy and scattering for chemistry

New possibilities and challenges with large scale facilities

 

Guest edited by Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen, Serena DeBeer and Dorota Koziej

We are delighted to introduce a new themed online collection featuring new studies taking advantage of in situ synchrotron and neutron techniques. The wide variety of methods and approaches to data analysis applied illustrates the many options synchrotron and neutron methods now provide to chemists.

 

 

Read the collection here.

 

 

Here are a selection of articles from this collection. All articles are free to access until the end of November 2020.*

 

Applications of pair distribution function analyses to the emerging field of non-ideal metal–organic framework materials

Celia Castillo-Blas, José María Moreno, Ignacio Romero-Muñiz and Ana E. Platero-Prats

Nanoscale, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0NR01673J

 

Selective magnetometry of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles in liquids

Juliusz Kuciakowski, Angelika Kmita, Dorota Lachowicz, Magdalena Wytrwal-Sarna, Krzysztof Pitala, Sara Lafuerza, Dorota Koziej, Amélie Juhin and Marcin Sikora

Nanoscale, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0NR02866E

 

Surface softening in palladium nanoparticles: effects of a capping agent on vibrational properties

Luca Rebuffi, Binayak Mukherjee, Stefano Siboni, Allison P. Young, Benjamin P. Williams, Chia-Kuang Tsung and Paolo Scardi

Nanoscale, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0NR00182A

 

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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Editor’s Choice: Optical spectroscopy of 2D materials

Optical spectroscopy of 2D materials

A collection of articles selected by Cinzia Casiraghi

Professor Cinzia Casiraghi, University of Manchester, UK and Associate Editor for Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances, presents an online article collection featuring her highlights of the latest research published in the journals on optical spectroscopy of 2D materials.

“Characterization of nanomaterials is of crucial importance as it allows us to get insights on the fundamental properties of novel materials and to tailor them for applications. Optical spectroscopy, amongst all techniques, allows simple and quick inspection of such properties, hence it has been widely applied to nanomaterials.

In this online collection, we have selected an array of two-dimensional (2D) materials related research articles and reviews recently published in Nanoscale, providing examples on use of a wide range of optical characterization techniques, ranging from Raman spectroscopy to absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy.

In addition to traditional characterization techniques, we have also selected manuscripts reporting emerging techniques, such as near-field spectroscopy and optical trapping, which could further improve the characterization of 2D materials, by providing higher sensitivity and spatial resolution. We hope that the readers find this themed collection informative and useful.”

Professor Casiraghi was recently awarded the 2020 Gibson-Fawcett Award for the development of practical biocompatible inks made of 2D materials and their applications in the biomedical field and in printed electronics.

 

Read the collection

 

We hope you enjoy reading these articles.

Best wishes,

Professor Cinzia Casiraghi

University of Manchester, UK

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Editor’s Choice: 2D materials for energy storage and conversion

2D materials for energy storage and conversion

A collection of articles selected by Renzhi Ma

Professor Renzhi Ma, NIMS Japan and Associate Editor for Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances, presents an online article collection featuring his highlights of the latest research published in the journals on 2D materials for energy conversion and storage.

“The ever-growing two-dimensional (2D) material family, including graphene, phosphorene, metal oxides and hydroxides, transition metal carbides and nitrides (MXenes), transition metal borides (MBenes), metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and so on, have garnered increasing attention due to their molecular thickness, high specific surface area and tunable physicochemical properties dependent on the structure, composition and functionalization. 2D materials and their composites have been extensively exploited to fabricate efficient electrochemical energy storage (supercapacitors, batteries) and energy conversion (fuel cells, thermoelectric devices) systems.

In this online collection, we have selected an array of 2D-energy related research articles and reviews recently published in Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances. In addition to providing a concrete experimental demonstration for the outstanding performance, we also paid attention in picking up theoretical results forecasting the extraordinary potential of some emerging 2D materials in energy-related applications. We hope that the readers find this themed collection informative and useful.”

 

Read the collection

 

We hope you enjoy reading these articles.

Best wishes,

Professor Renzhi Ma

NIMS, Japan

 

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Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals Themed Collection guest edited by Lakshminarayana Polavarapu, Qiao Zhang, & Roman Krahne

We are delighted to introduce you to our first themed online collection of 2019, on Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals, guest edited by Lakshminarayana Polavarapu, Qiao Zhang, and Roman Krahne.

Metal halide perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) have emerged as an attractive new class of semiconductor materials owing to their excellent optical and optoelectronic properties. This themed collection across Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances aims at providing a platform for recent developments in the expanding field of perovskite NCs including shape and composition-controlled synthesis, 2D layered materials, replacement of Pb, post-synthetic metal ion doping, single particle studies, and applications in LEDs, flexible photodetectors, nanorotors, and lasing. Moreover, the scope of this issue loosely aligns with an accompanying symposium that was held at the 2018 Fall E-MRS meeting at the Warsaw University of Technology, from 17-20 September 2018.

 

Read the themed collection on Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals

 

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Editor’s Choice: Perovskite Nanomaterials and Devices – Professor Zhiqun Lin

Advisory Board member, Professor Zhiqun Lin, presents an online collection featuring some of our best recent articles on perovskite nanomaterials and devices, published in Nanoscale by world-leading researchers.

 

The past several years have been witness to an unprecedented advance in perovskite-based materials and devices. This new class of materials possess a set of superior optoelectronic properties, including tuneable direct band gaps, large absorption coefficient, high ambipolar mobility, long carrier diffusion lengths, small exciton binding energy, and high defect tolerance. In this context, it is pertinent to compile this themed issue centring on recent rapid development in the field of perovskite-based materials and devices for the solar energy conversion research community. To this end, we have collected an array of high-quality research articles and reviews recently published in Nanoscale. We hope that the readers find this themed collection informative and useful.

 

 

Read the collection here*

 

*All articles in this collection are free to access until the end of 2018.

 

Here’s a taste of what the collection has to offer:

Pramod S. Patil et al. 2018, 10, 4987-5034.
Zhiwen Jin and Shengzhong (Frank) Liu et al. 2017, 9, 6278-6285.
Yu Zhang and William W. Yu et al. 2018, 10, 4173-4178.
Jihoon Choi et al. 2018, 10, 1885-1891.

Nanoscale has established itself as a platform for high-quality, cross-community research that bridges the various disciplines involved with nanoscience and nanotechnology. Nanoscale‘s broad scope provides a rounded view of innovation in nano research, bridging the various disciplines involved with nanoscience and nanotechnology, and with an impact factor of 7.367*, we are proud to be the largest high impact journal in nanoscience.

Get in touch nanoscale-rsc@rsc.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

With regards,

Zhiqun Lin

Advisory Board, Nanoscale

Jeanne Andres

Managing Editor, Nanoscale

 

 

 

 

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Emerging topic: Two-dimensional materials

Two-dimensional materials research is an emerging topic area, in particular their application in electronic devices. To help our readers stay up to date we have collected papers published in Nanoscale into one online web collection entitled 2D materials for electronic devices.

Editor’s Choice selection from Associate Editor, Professor Andrea Ferarri

A highly conducting graphene film with dual-side molecular n-doping
Youngsoo Kim, Jaesung Park, Junmo Kang, Je Min Yoo, Kyoungjun Choi, Eun Sun Kim, Jae-Boong Choi, Chanyong Hwang, K. S. Novoselov and Byung Hee Hong
Nanoscale, 2014,6, 9545-9549

“Graphene has many record properties. It is transparent like (or better than) plastic, but conducts heat and electricity better than any metal, it is an elastic film, behaves as an impermeable membrane, and it is chemically inert and stable. Thus it seems ideal as the next generation transparent conductor. There is a need to find a substitute for indium tin oxide (ITO) in the manufacturing of various types of displays and touch screens, due to the brittleness of indium that makes it difficult to use them when flexibility is a requirement. Graphene is an ideal candidate for such a task. Thus, coupled with carbon’s abundance, this presents a more sustainable alternative to ITO. Prototypes of graphene-based displays have been produced and commercial products seem imminent.

One drawback is that, in order to beat ITO’s conductivity, graphene needs to be doped. Kim et al. report a dual-side molecular doping method, demonstrating effective work function modulation, high carrier density and significant reduction of sheet resistance in large area graphene samples grown by chemical vapour deposition. With further optimization, their approach may enable a variety of practical applications of graphene films requiring low sheet resistance comparable to indium tin oxide (ITO), as well as high transparency and flexibility.”

Here are some popular articles from the collection:

Graphene-analogue carbon nitride: novel exfoliation synthesis and its application in photocatalysis and photoelectrochemical selective detection of trace amount of Cu2+
Hui Xu, Jia Yan, Xiaojie She, Li Xu, Jiexiang Xia, Yuanguo Xu, Yanhua Song, Liying Huang and Huaming Li
Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 1406-1415

Electrochemical properties of CVD grown pristine graphene: monolayer- vs. quasi-graphene
Dale A. C. Brownson, Sarah A. Varey, Fiazal Hussain, Sarah J. Haigh and Craig E. Banks
Nanoscale, 2014,6, 1607-1621

Transparent conductors composed of nanomaterials
Michael Layani, Alexander Kamyshny and Shlomo Magdassi
Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 5581-5591

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ICMAT2013 Article Collection

We are pleased to introduce the following collection of articles marking the 7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT2013). Guest Edited by Professor Hua Zhang (Nanyang Technical University), this collection highlights some of the high quality research presented at the conference, which took place last year on 30th June-5th July in Singapore. The ICMAT meeting is a biennial event organised by the Materials Research Society of Singapore and attracts over 2000 delegates from all over the world.

The ICMAT2013 collection includes a Mini-review, a Communication article, and two full papers. We hope you enjoy reading them.

Wei Yao and Yong Sheng Zhao
Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 3467-3473 DOI: 10.1039/C3NR04654K
 
Chong-Bo Ma, Xiaoying Qi, Bo Chen, Shuyu Bao, Zongyou Yin, Xue-Jun Wu, Zhimin Luo, Jun Wei, Hao-Li Zhang and Hua Zhang
Nanoscale, 2014, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C3NR04975B
 
Yu-Hsuan Hsiao, Cheng-Ying Chen, Li-Chuan Huang, Guan-Jhong Lin, Der-Hsien Lien, Jian-Jang Huang and Jr-Hau He
Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 2624-2628 DOI: 10.1039/C3NR05226E
 
General synthesis of noble metal (Au, Ag, Pd, Pt) nanocrystal modified MoS2 nanosheets and the enhanced catalytic activity of Pd–MoS2 for methanol oxidation
Lihui Yuwen, Fei Xu, Bing Xue, Zhimin Luo, Qi Zhang, Biqing Bao, Shao Su, Lixing Weng, Wei Huang and Lianhui Wang  
Nanoscale, 2014, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C3NR06084E
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Nanoscale themed collection: Dendritic polymers for smart drug delivery applications

Nanoscale themed collection: Dendritic polymers for smart drug delivery applications

Guest Editors: Marcelo Calderón (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) and Jayant Khandare (Maharashtra Institute of Pharmacy, Pune, India)

Journal cover imageWe are delighted to announce a themed collection on “Dendritic polymers for smart drug delivery applications”, to be published in Nanoscale in early 2015. The collection will be Guest Edited by Professors Marcelo Calderón and Jayant Khandare. We welcome your high quality research contributions for this exciting collection.

Hyperbranched polymeric materials at nanoscale dimensions have concomitantly broadened the field of biomedical applications. Dendritic polymers are classified as: (a) perfect dendrimers, (b) dendrons, (c) dendronized polymers, and (d) hyperbranched polymers. Perfect dendrons and dendrimers are unique nanosystems because they can be expected to achieve monodispersity, nanometer dimensions, low viscosity, multiple functionality at the terminal groups, high solubility, and biocompatibility.

Dendritic polymer architectures show significant advantages over linear polymers for many delivery applications. For example, the defined multivalency of dendrimers can be used to encapsulate or conjugate multiple drug molecules while allowing the controlled addition of targeting, imaging probes, and/or solubilizing modalities. The synergy between their multifunctionality and size on the nanoscale enables a chemical smartness along their molecular scaffold that achieves environmentally sensitive modalities. Therefore these functional materials can be expected to continue improving the existing therapeutic practice.

This themed collection will include high quality articles highlighting developments in the field of dendritic polymers, their applications as controlled delivery of drugs and for diagnostic implications.

Deadline for Submission: 4th July 2014

All submissions to the journal are subject to rigorous, fair peer review against our usual very high standards, and if accepted for publication will benefit from high exposure.

Manuscripts for this Nanoscale themed collection can be submitted in any reasonable format via our online submission service. Please indicate upon submission that your manuscript is intended for this themed collection.

If you are interested in submitting a review-type article please get in touch at nanoscale-rsc@rsc.org

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Nanoscale Issue 23 of 2013 out now!

Nanoscale Issue 23 Outside front coverNanoscale is delighted to present its current issue which includes an excellent collection of articles on Functional Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications, Guest Edited by Nguyen TK Thanh. Read her Editorial to find out more.

The outside front cover features an article on Cell-derived vesicles as a bioplatform for the encapsulation of theranostic nanomaterials by Amanda K. Andriola Silva, Riccardo Di Corato, Teresa Pellegrino, Sophie Chat, Giammarino Pugliese, Nathalie Luciani, Florence Gazeau and Claire Wilhelm.

Silver nanoparticles induce developmental stage-specific embryonic phenotypes in zebrafish is the article highlighted on the inside front cover by Maksym Yarema, Riccarda Caputo and Maksym V. Kovalenko.

Issue 23 contains the following Review and Feature articles:

Functional nanoparticles for biomedical applications
Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh

Upconverting and NIR emitting rare earth based nanostructures for NIR-bioimaging
Eva Hemmer, Nallusamy Venkatachalam, Hiroshi Hyodo, Akito Hattori, Yoshie Ebina, Hidehiro Kishimoto and Kohei Soga

Tracking stem cells in tissue-engineered organs using magnetic nanoparticlesNanoscale Issue 23 Inside front cover
Roxanne Hachani, Mark Lowdell, Martin Birchall and Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh

Recent advances in lanthanide-doped upconversion nanomaterials: synthesis, nanostructures and surface modification
Peiyu Qiu, Na Zhou, Hengyu Chen, Chunlei Zhang, Guo Gao and Daxiang Cui

Review on measurement techniques of transport properties of nanowires
Miguel Muñoz Rojo, Olga Caballero Calero, A. F. Lopeandia, J. Rodriguez-Viejo and Marisol Martín-Gonzalez

Growing metal nanoparticles in superfluid helium
Shengfu Yang, Andrew M. Ellis, Daniel Spence, Cheng Feng, Adrian Boatwright, Elspeth Latimer and Chris Binns

Fancy submitting an article to Nanoscale? Then why not submit to us today!

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Nanoscale themed collection: Hybrid Materials – deadline now approaching

Nanoscale themed collection: Hybrid Materials
Dedicated to Professor Avnir on his 65th Birthday
Guest Editors: Mario Pagliaro and Jean-Marie Nedelec

The deadline for submissions to this themed collection is now approaching: 29th November 2013.

This high-profile collection of review articles on hybrid materials will be published in 2014. The themed collection will be guest edited byMario Pagliaro (CNR, Italy) and Jean-Marie Nedelec, (Institute de Chemie de Clermont Ferrand, France), two leading researchers in the the topic of the themed issue.

The articles will be dedicated to Professor David Avnir on his 65th Birthday. Professor Avnir is well known for his research in the areas of organically doped metals and sol-gel organic hybrid materials and biomaterials, and the collection will include exciting articles in these areas.

Please email the editorial office if you are interested in submitting an article for this themed collection at nanoscale-rsc@rsc.org.

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