Life science nanoarchitectonics at interfaces

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Nanotechnology is an indispensable item in advanced bio-related and life sciences, but a novel concept is necessary to bridge gaps between nanotechnology and biology/materials chemistry. The most suitable concept for this task would be nanoarchitectonics. In this short review article, our recent accomplishments of nanoarchitectonics approaches on cell functions including gene delivery and controlled differentiation are summarized. Regulations of cell activities by nanoarchitected materials are carried out through their interfacial contacts. Our accomplishments are here described according to types of material structural motif, (i) nanotopography, (ii) self-assembled structures, and (iii) composite materials. Finally, several challenging approaches are introduced as frontiers of cell fate regulation at the interfacial media. Developments of artificial materials and systems to regulate bio-organizations including living cells will give intuitions and ideas even to the design of general functional systems. Interfacial nanoarchitectonics could be an important key concept for future advanced life technologies as well as currently required biomedical applications.

 

Figure 1. Outline of nanoarchitectonics and application to life science at interfaces.

 

Interfacial structures with various topological and mechanical features affect significantly cell behaviours including cell fates. At insides of living cells, sophisticated mechanisms are working upon relays of functional elements, and these mechanisms can be triggered by the input of external stimuli at the surfaces of cells. Control of surface contact can lead to the regulation of complicated cell functions. Interfacial nanoarchitectonics would be an important key concept for cell regulations for biomedical applications and life sciences.

 

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Life science nanoarchitectonics at interfaces
Katsuhiko Ariga, Kun-Che Tsai, Lok Kumar Shrestha and Shan-hui Hsu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2020, Accepted Manuscript
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0QM00615G

 

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Katsuhiko Ariga

National Institute for Materials Science & University of Tokyo

Katsuhiko Ariga received his Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1990. He is currently the Leader of the Supermolecules Group and Principal Investigator at the World Premier International Research Centre for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, NIMS. He has also been appointed as Professor at the University of Tokyo. He is the author of more than 700 articles indexed by SCI and cited more than 40000 times with an index H = 106 (Sept., 2020)

https://publons.com/researcher/2767466/katsuhiko-ariga/

 

Shan-hui Hsu

National Taiwan University

Shan-hui Hsu received her Ph.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University (USA) in 1992. She is now the Director for the Doctoral Program of Green Sustainable Materials and Precision Devices and Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, and Adjunct Investigator at the National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan. She is the author of more than 280 articles and cited more than 10000 times with an index H = 59.

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Manganese as a Superior Dopant for Oxide Nanosheets in Water Oxidation

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The efficiency of water splitting is severely limited by the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), due to sluggish kinetics and a substantial overpotential. To overcome this challenge, precious-metal based catalysts, such as IrO2 and RuO2, have been investigated and confirmed to exhibit good OER performance. However, the scarcity and high cost of these materials restrict their large-scale application.

 

Recently, the group of Derek Ho and collaborators of the City University of Hong Kong have demonstrated a one-step method for the synthesis of Mn doped ultrathin nickel-iron oxide (Mn-Ni-Fe-O) nanosheets, which simultaneously achieves an abundance of oxygen vacancies and high valance Ni3+ catalytic sites (Fig. 1). The Mn dopant exists in the form of mixed-valence Mn cations, which contributes to tailoring the electronic structure of the Ni and Fe sites, leading to outstanding OER catalytic performance.

Figure 1. Schematic of the preparation procedure of Mn-Ni-Fe-O nanosheets.

 

 

SEM and TEM images of the Mn-Ni-Fe-O hybrid shows 100 – 300 nm interconnected nanosheet structures, having an ultrathin and veil-like morphology (Fig. 2). AFM images show a nanosheet thickness of approximately 3.2 nm. EDX mapping presents that Ni, Fe, Mn, and O elements are uniformly dispersed throughout the nanosheets.

 

Figure 2. (a) SEM image, (b, c) TEM images and the inset in (c) is the corresponding SAED patterns, (d) HRTEM image, (e) AFM image and the corresponding thickness curve, (f) STEM image and the corresponding element mapping, and (g) EDX spectrum of the Mn-Ni-Fe-O nanosheets.

 

 

XRD, XPS, CV, and EPR are also performed (Fig. 3). From XPS, after Mn doping, the Fe 2p3/2 XPS peak of the Mn-Ni-Fe-O nanosheets shifts to a higher binding energy as compared to that of undoped Ni-Fe-O nanosheets, suggesting that Mn dopant can modulate the charge density of Fe atom sites. Compared to the Ni 2p XPS spectrum of pristine Ni-Fe-O, the Ni 2p XPS spectrum of Mn-Ni-Fe-O nanosheets exhibits an obvious positive shift of 0.3 eV in binding energy, which is attributed to Mn incorporation. From CV curves, the Ni2+ oxidation peaks appear at 1.40 and 1.36 V versus RHE for the undoped and doped samples, respectively, indicating the oxidation of Ni species is enhanced upon Mn doping. Also, the O2 ratio (51.0 %) for the Mn-Ni-Fe-O nanosheets is higher than that of the Ni-Fe-O nanosheets (41.9 %), which indicates that Mn dopants can create an enhanced oxygen vacancies concentration.

Figure 3. Characterization data of the Mn-Ni-Fe-O and Ni-Fe-O: (a) XRD patterns, (b) XPS survey spectra, (c) high-resolution XPS spectra for Mn 2p region for Mn-Ni-Fe-O, (d) XPS for the Fe 2p region, (e) XPS for the Ni 2p region, CV curves (scan rate of 50 mV s-1) of (f) Ni-Fe-O  and (g) Mn-Ni-Fe-O, (h) XPS for the O 1s region, and (i) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of Mn-Ni-Fe-O (2 wt%).

 

 

OER electrochemical performance has been investigated in an O2-saturated KOH (1 M) solution. Upon doping of Mn, polarization curves show an OER overpotential of only 225 mV (vs. undoped at 250 mV) (Fig. 4). Remarkably, these two as-prepared ultrathin nanosheets, with or without Mn doping, exhibit faster OER than the commercial RuO2. The Mn doped nanosheets exhibit a turnover frequency (TOF) of 0.063 s−1 at the overpotential of 300 mV, which is 3.5 and 12 times higher than that of the undoped sample and commercial RuO2, respectively. The Tafel slope is 38.2 mV dec-1 (vs. 65.8 mV dec-1 undoped and 72.0 mV dec-1 from RuO2). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) reveals that the Mn dopants can effectively improve the electrical conductivity.

Figure 4. (a) Polarization curves, (b) TOF, and (c) Tafel slope of Mn-Ni-Fe-O, Ni-Fe-O, and RuO2. (d) Nyquist slopes of Ni-Fe-O and Mn-Ni-Fe-O, (e) overpotential at 10 mA cm-2 and Tafel slope of Ni-Fe-O nanosheets with different Mn doping levels, and (f) chronopotentiometry curves of Mn-Ni-Fe-O nanosheets at 30 mA cm-2.

 

 

This work demonstrated a facile method in synthesizing ultrathin Mn-Ni-Fe-O nanosheets that achieve highly efficient OER catalytic performance, providing a sound strategy for the design and synthesis of multi-metallic, atomically-thin oxides nanosheets to mitigate the catalytic limitation of OER, thereby rendering the electrolysis of water a practical form of alternative fuel production.

 

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Derek Ho

City University of Hong Kong

Derek Ho is currently an associate professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at City University of Hong Kong. He directs the Atoms to Systems Laboratory. He received his B.A.Sc. (first class) and M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada, in 2005 and 2007 respectively. At UBC, he focused his study on microelectronics. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada in 2013, where he worked on sensors incorporating nanomaterials and CMOS electronics for chemical detection and DNA biosensing applications. Professor Ho’s research interest is in the synthesis of electronic nanomaterials and fabrication of advanced devices. His current research focuses on sensing and energy applications, mainly in the form of stretchable and healable electronics. www.atomstosystems.com

 

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Mn dopant induced high-valence Ni3+ sites and oxygen vacancies for enhanced water oxidation

Yu Zhang, Zhiyuan Zeng and Derek Ho

Mater. Chem. Front., 2020, Advance Article

https://doi.org/10.1039/D0QM00300J

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Lithium-based Batteries – A collection of articles from Materials Chemistry Frontiers

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We are delighted to share with you a collection of articles from Materials Chemistry Frontiers to showcase the exciting and recent developments in the field of Lithium-Based Batteries, including lithium-ion batteries, lithium-sulphur batteries and lithium-air batteries. This collection is free to access till July 19th 2020 .

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A new generation of energy storage electrode materials constructed from carbon dots
Ji-Shi Wei, Tian-Bing Song, Peng Zhang, Xiao-Qing Niu, Xiao-Bo Chen and Huan-Ming Xiong
Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 729-749
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00554D

Three-dimensional porous carbon materials and their composites as electrodes for electrochemical energy storage systems
Xiaoyang Deng, Jiajun Li, Liying Ma, Junwei Sha and Naiqin Zhao
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2221-2245
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00425D

Antimony-based materials as promising anodes for rechargeable lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries
Jun He, Yaqing Wei, Tianyou Zhai and Huiqiao Li
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 437-455
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00480J

Recent progress in Zn-based anodes for advanced lithium ion batteries
Lei Wang, Guanhua Zhang, Quanhui Liu and Huigao Duan
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1414-1435
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00125A

Multifunctional second barrier layers for lithium–sulfur batteries
Wei Fan, Longsheng Zhang and Tianxi Liu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 235-252
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00405B

Research articles


Multifunctional ultrasmall-MoS2/graphene composites for high sulfur loading Li–S batteries
Tianyu Tang, Teng Zhang, Lina Zhao, Biao Zhang, Wei Li, Junjie Xu, Long Zhang, Hailong Qiu and Yanglong Hou
Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 1483-1491
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0QM00082E

Cationic covalent organic framework based all-solid-state electrolytes
Zhen Li, Zhi-Wei Liu, Zhen-Jie Mu, Chen Cao, Zeyu Li, Tian-Xiong Wang, Yu Li, Xuesong Ding, Bao-Hang Han and Wei Feng
Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 1164-1173
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00781D

The journey of lithium ions in the lattice of PNb9O25
Haoxiang Yu, Jundong Zhang, Runtian Zheng, Tingting Liu, Na Peng, Yu Yuan, Yufei Liu, Jie Shu and Zhen-Bo Wang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 631-637
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00694J

The suppression of lithium dendrites by a triazine-based porous organic polymer-laden PEO-based electrolyte and its application for all-solid-state lithium batteries
N. Angulakshmi, R. Baby Dhanalakshmi, Murugavel Kathiresan, Yingke Zhou and A. Manuel Stephan
Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 933-940
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00707E

A novel ordered hollow spherical nickel silicate–nickel hydroxide composite with two types of morphologies for enhanced electrochemical storage performance
Qiushi Wang, Yifu Zhang, Jinqiu Xiao, Hanmei Jiang, Xiaojuan Li and Changgong Meng
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2090-2101
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00392D

Ultrafine MoO3 nanoparticles embedded in porous carbon nanofibers as anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries
Xiu Liu, Yuan Liu, Xiaodong Yan, Jin-Le Lan, Yunhua Yu and Xiaoping Yang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 120-126
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00497H

3D hollow reduced graphene oxide foam as a stable host for high-capacity lithium metal anodes
Pengcheng Yao, Qiyuan Chen, Yu Mu, Jie Liang, Xiuqiang Li, Xin Liu, Yang Wang, Bin Zhu and Jia Zhu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 339-343
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00499D

V2(PO4)O/C@CNT hollow spheres with a core–shell structure as a high performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries
Bin Xiao, Wen-hai Zhang, Hai-feng Xia, Zhi-teng Wang, Lin-bo Tang, Chang-sheng An, Zhen-jiang He, Hui Tong and Jun-chao Zheng
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 456-463
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00619A

Graphene-based Fe-coordinated framework porphyrin as an interlayer for lithium–sulfur batteries
Jin-Lei Qin, Bo-Quan Li, Jia-Qi Huang, Long Kong, Xiang Chen, Hong-Jie Peng, Jin Xie, Ruiping Liu and Qiang Zhang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 615-619
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00645H

A 2D/2D graphitic carbon nitride/N-doped graphene hybrid as an effective polysulfide mediator in lithium–sulfur batteries
Junsheng Ma, Mingpeng Yu, Huanyu Ye, Hongquan Song, Dongxue Wang, Yanting Zhao, Wei Gong and Hong Qiu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1807-1815
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00228F

A sandwich-type sulfur cathode based on multifunctional ceria hollow spheres for high-performance lithium–sulfur batteries
Jianwei Wang, Bo Zhou, Hongyang Zhao, Miaomiao Wu, Yaodong Yang, Xiaolei Sun, Donghai Wang and Yaping Du
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1317-1322
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00024K

Synthesis and thermodynamic investigation of MnO nanoparticle anchored N-doped porous carbon as the anode for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries
Ya-Nan Sun, Liangtao Yang, Zhu-Yin Sui, Li Zhao, Mustafa Goktas, Hang-Yu Zhou, Pei-Wen Xiao, Philipp Adelhelm and Bao-Hang Han
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2728-2737
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00599D

An insight into the pyrolysis process of metal–organic framework templates/precursors to construct metal oxide anode materials for lithium-ion batteries
Ang Li, Binbin Qian, Ming Zhong, Yingying Liu, Ze Chang and Xian-He Bu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1398-1405
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00098D

Li4Ti5O12 quantum dot decorated carbon frameworks from carbon dots for fast lithium ion storage
Lin Li, Xinnan Jia, Yu Zhang, Tianyun Qiu, Wanwan Hong, Yunling Jiang, Guoqiang Zou, Hongshuai Hou, Xianchun Chen and Xiaobo Ji
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1761-1767
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00259F

A general low-temperature synthesis route to polyanionic vanadium phosphate fluoride cathode materials: AVPO4F (A = Li, Na, K) and Na3V2(PO4)2F3
Nicolas Goubard-Bretesché, Erhard Kemnitz and Nicola Pinna
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2164-2174
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00325H

Revisiting and improving the preparation of silicon-based electrodes for lithium-ion batteries: ball milling impact on poly(acrylic acid) polymer binders
Thibaut Chartrel, Mariama Ndour, Véronique Bonnet, Sébastien Cavalaglio, Luc Aymard, Franck Dolhem, Laure Monconduit and Jean-Pierre Bonnet
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 881-891
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00660A

Arranged redistribution of sulfur species and synergistic mediation of polysulfide conversion in lithium–sulfur batteries by a cactus structure MnO2/carbon nanofiber interlayer
Zhihao Yu, Tianji Gao, TrungHieu Le, Jie Cheng and Ying Yang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 948-954
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00022D

Silicon nanoparticle-sandwiched ultrathin MoS2–graphene layers as an anode material for Li-ion batteries
Ujjwala V. Kawade, Anuradha A. Ambalkar, Rajendra P. Panmand, Ramchandra S. Kalubarme, Sunil R. Kadam, Sonali D. Naik, Milind V. Kulkarni and Bharat B. Kale
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 587-596
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00568K

The formation of yolk–shell structured NiO nanospheres with enhanced lithium storage capacity
Jian Wang, Panpan Su, Jing Zhang, Fangfang Wang, Yali Chen, Hao Liu and Jian Liu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1619-1625
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00328B

Electric field effect in a Co3O4/TiO2 p–n junction for superior lithium-ion storage
Huabin Kong, Chunshuang Yan, Chade Lv, Jian Pei and Gang Chen
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 909-915
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00007K

A novel lithium-ion hybrid capacitor based on an aerogel-like MXene wrapped Fe2O3 nanosphere anode and a 3D nitrogen sulphur dual-doped porous carbon cathode
Xiao Tang, Hao Liu, Xin Guo, Shijian Wang, Wenjian Wu, Anjon Kumar Mondal, Chengyin Wang and Guoxiu Wang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1811-1821
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00232K

In situ synthesis of Cu2O–CuO–C supported on copper foam as a superior binder-free anode for long-cycle lithium-ion batteries
Xiaoming Lin, Jia Lin, Jiliang Niu, Jinji Lan, R. Chenna Krishna Reddy, Yuepeng Cai, Jincheng Liu and Gang Zhang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 2254-2262
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00366A

Fe/Fe3C@graphitic carbon shell embedded in carbon nanotubes derived from Prussian blue as cathodes for Li–O2 batteries
Yanqing Lai, Yifeng Jiao, Junxiao Song, Kai Zhang, Jie Li and Zhian Zhang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 376-384
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00503B

A novel hierarchical precursor of densely integrated hydroxide nanoflakes on oxide microspheres toward high-performance layered Ni-rich cathode for lithium ion batteries
Yan Li, Xinhai Li, Zhixing Wang, Huajun Guo, Tao Li, Kui Meng and Jiexi Wang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1822-1828
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00326B

In situ TEM study of lithiation into a PPy coated α-MnO2/graphene foam freestanding electrode
Mohammad Akbari Garakani, Sara Abouali, Jiang Cui and Jang-Kyo Kim
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1481-1488
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00153G

Directionally assembled MoS2 with significantly expanded interlayer spacing: a superior anode material for high-rate lithium-ion batteries
Qilin Wei, Min-Rui Gao, Yan Li, Dongtang Zhang, Siyu Wu, Zonghai Chen and Yugang Sun
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1441-1448
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00117K

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Recent research on perovskites for optoelectronics – A collection of articles from Frontiers Journals

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We are delighted to share with you a collection of articles from Materials Chemistry Frontiers and Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers to showcase the exciting and recent developments in the field of perovskites for optoelectronic applications, such as perovskite solar cells and photodetectors. This collection is free to access till the 06-July.

 

All-inorganic lead-free perovskites for optoelectronic applications
Xingtao Wang, Taiyang Zhang, Yongbing Lou and Yixin Zhao
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 365-375
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00611C

 

Arranging strategies for A-site cations: impact on the stability and carrier migration of hybrid perovskite materials
Wei Jian, Ran Jia, Hong-Xing Zhang and Fu-Quan Bai
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2020,7, 1741-1749
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0QI00102C

 

Trap passivation and efficiency improvement of perovskite solar cells by a guanidinium additive
Jiaxu Yao, Hui Wang, Pang Wang, Robert S. Gurney, Akarin Intaniwet, Pipat Ruankham, Supab Choopun, Dan Liu and Tao Wang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1357-1364
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00112C

 

Highly oriented two-dimensional formamidinium lead iodide perovskites with a small bandgap of 1.51 eV
Jielin Yan, Weifei Fu, Xinqian Zhang, Jiehuan Chen, Weitao Yang, Weiming Qiu, Gang Wu, Feng Liu, Paul Heremans and Hongzheng Chen
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 121-128
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00472A

 

Facile fabrication of perovskite layers with large grains through a solvent exchange approach
Ying-Ke Ren, Xiao-Qiang Shi, Xi-Hong Ding, Jun Zhu, Tasawar Hayat, Ahmed Alsaedi, Zhao-Qian Li, Xiao-Xiao Xu, Shang-Feng Yang and Song-Yuan Dai
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 348-353
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QI00685C

 

Organic hole-transporting materials for 9.32%-efficiency and stable CsPbBr3 perovskite solar cells
Yuanyuan Zhao, Tianshu Liu, Fumeng Ren, Jialong Duan, Yudi Wang, Xiya Yang, Qinghua Li and Qunwei Tang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 2239-2244
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00337H

 

Cs1−xRbxSnI3 light harvesting semiconductors for perovskite photovoltaics
Kenneth P. Marshall, Shuxia Tao, Marc Walker, Daniel S. Cook, James Lloyd-Hughes, Silvia Varagnolo, Anjana Wijesekara, David Walker, Richard I. Walton and Ross A. Hatton
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1515-1522
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00159F

 

Improving the moisture stability of perovskite solar cells by using PMMA/P3HT based hole-transport layers
Soumya Kundu and Timothy L. Kelly
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 81-89
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00396J

 

CsAg2Sb2I9 solar cells
Zhimin Fang, Shizhe Wang, Shangfeng Yang and Liming Ding
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 1690-1693
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QI00309B

 

A broad-spectral-response perovskite photodetector with a high on/off ratio and high detectivity
Xiaohui Yi, Yisen Wang, Ningli Chen, Zhiwei Huang, Zhenwei Ren, Hui Li, Tao Lin, Cheng Li and Jizheng Wang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1847-1852
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00303C

 

The effect of SrI2 substitution on perovskite film formation and its photovoltaic properties via two different deposition methods
Huanyu Zhang, Rui Li, Mei Zhang and Min Guo
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 1354-1364
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QI00131F

 

Hole-transporting materials based on thiophene-fused arenes from sulfur-mediated thienannulations
Hsing-An Lin, Nobuhiko Mitoma, Lingkui Meng, Yasutomo Segawa, Atsushi Wakamiya and Kenichiro Itami
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 275-280
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00473G

 

Environmentally friendly, aqueous processed ZnO as an efficient electron transport layer for low temperature processed metal–halide perovskite photovoltaics
Jiaqi Zhang, Maurizio Morbidoni, Keke Huang, Shouhua Feng and Martyn A. McLachlan
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 84-89
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QI00667E

 

A chemical sensor for CBr4 based on quasi-2D and 3D hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites immobilized on TiO2 films
Pavlos Nikolaou, Anastasia Vassilakopoulou, Dionysios Papadatos, Emmanuel Topoglidis and Ioannis Koutselas
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 730-740
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00550D

 

A cascade-type electron extraction design for efficient low-bandgap perovskite solar cells based on a conventional structure with suppressed open-circuit voltage loss
Meiyue Liu, Ziming Chen, Zhen Chen, Hin-Lap Yip and Yong Cao
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 496-504
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00620B

 

A potassium thiocyanate additive for hysteresis elimination in highly efficient perovskite solar cells
Ruxiao Zhang, Minghua Li, Yahuan Huan, Jiahao Xi, Suicai Zhang, Xiaoqin Cheng, Hailin Wu, Wencai Peng, Zhiming Bai and Xiaoqin Yan
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 434-442
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QI01020J

 

Performance enhancement in up-conversion nanoparticle-embedded perovskite solar cells by harvesting near-infrared sunlight
Dongyu Ma, Yingli Shen, Tongtong Su, Juan Zhao, Naveed Ur Rahman, Zongliang Xie, Feng Shi, Shizhao Zheng, Yi Zhang and Zhenguo Chi
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2058-2065
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00311H

 

Molecular doping of CuSCN for hole transporting layers in inverted-type planar perovskite solar cells
In Su Jin, Ju Ho Lee, Young Wook Noh, Sang Hyun Park and Jae Woong Jung
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 2158-2166
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QI00557A

 

CsPbI2.69Br0.31 solar cells from low-temperature fabrication
Shizhe Wang, Yong Hua, Mingkui Wang, Fangyang Liu and Liming Ding
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1139-1142
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00168A

 

(1,4-Butyldiammonium)CdBr4: a layered organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite with a visible-blind ultraviolet photoelectric response
Yuyin Wang, Chengmin Ji, Xitao Liu, Shiguo Han, Jing Zhang, Zhihua Sun, Asma Khan and Junhua Luo
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 2450-2455
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QI00551F

 

Electronic properties of tin iodide hybrid perovskites: effect of indium doping
Keisuke Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Hasegawa, Yukihiro Takahashi, Jun Harada and Tamotsu Inabe
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1291-1295
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00587C

 

Bilayer chlorophyll derivatives as efficient hole-transporting layers for perovskite solar cells
Na Li, Chunxiang Dall’Agnese, Wenjie Zhao, Shengnan Duan, Gang Chen, Shin-ichi Sasaki, Hitoshi Tamiaki, Yoshitaka Sanehira, Tsutomu Miyasaka and Xiao-Feng Wang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2357-2362
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00377K

 

Step-efficient access to new starburst hole-transport materials with carbazole end-groups for perovskite solar cells via direct C–H/C–Br coupling reactions
Yu-Chieh Chang, Kun-Mu Lee, Chang-Chieh Ting and Ching-Yuan Liu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2041-2045
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00309F

 

High-performance carbon-based perovskite solar cells through the dual role of PC61BM
Weili Fan, Zhe Wei, Zhenyun Zhang, Fazheng Qiu, Chaosheng Hu, Zhichao Li, Minxuan Xu and Junjie Qi
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 2767-2775
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QI00693A

 

Efficient inverted perovskite solar cells with truxene-bridged PDI trimers as electron transporting materials
Rui Wang, Kui Jiang, Han Yu, Fei Wu, Linna Zhu and He Yan
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2137-2142
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00329K

 

N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone as an excellent coordinative additive with a wide operating range for fabricating high-quality perovskite films
Fangwen Cheng, Xiaojing Jing, Ruihao Chen, Jing Cao, Juanzhu Yan, Youyunqi Wu, Xiaofeng Huang, Binghui Wu and Nanfeng Zheng
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 2458-2463
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QI00547A

 

Groove-assisted solution growth of lead bromide perovskite aligned nanowires: a simple method towards photoluminescent materials with guiding light properties
Isabelle Rodriguez, Roberto Fenollosa, Fernando Ramiro-Manzano, Rocío García-Aboal, Pedro Atienzar and Francisco J. Meseguer
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1754-1760
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00210C

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Functional conjugated organic molecules – A collection of articles from Frontiers Journals

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We are delighted to share with you a collection of articles from Materials Chemistry Frontiers and Organic Chemistry Frontiers to showcase the key findings and breakthroughs in the field of functional conjugated organic molecules, including the synthesis of the conjugated systems, their properties and applications. This collection is free to access till Jun 19th 2020.

Reviews


Figuration of bowl-shaped π-conjugated molecules: properties and functions
Masaichi Saito, Hiroshi Shinokubo and Hidehiro Sakurai
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 635-661
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00593H

Design strategies of n-type conjugated polymers for organic thin-film transistors
Ying Sui, Yunfeng Deng, Tian Du, Yibo Shi and Yanhou Geng
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1932-1951
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00382G

Research articles


Modulation of luminescence chromic behaviors and environment-responsive intensity changes by substituents in bis-o-carborane-substituted conjugated molecules
Hiroki Mori, Kenta Nishino, Keisuke Wada, Yasuhiro Morisaki, Kazuo Tanaka and Yoshiki Chujo
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 573-579
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00486A

Enhancement of intra- and inter-molecular π-conjugated effects for a non-fullerene acceptor to achieve high-efficiency organic solar cells with an extended photoresponse range and optimized morphology
Ning Wang, Lingling Zhan, Shuixing Li, Minmin Shi, Tsz-Ki Lau, Xinhui Lu, Rafi Shikler, Chang-Zhi Li and Hongzheng Chen
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 2006-2012
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00318A

One-step rapid synthesis of π-conjugated large oligomers via C–H activation coupling
Shi-Yong Liu, Di-Gang Wang, Ai-Guo Zhong and He-Rui Wen
Org. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 653-661
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QO00960G

Folate-conjugated and pH-triggered doxorubicin and paclitaxel co-delivery micellar system for targeted anticancer drug delivery
Lijing Niu, Feiyan Zhu, Bowen Li, Lingling Zhao, Hongze Liang, Yinghua Yan and Hui Tan
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1529-1538
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00217G

Influence of catalytic systems in Stille polymerization on the electrochromic performance of diketopyrrolopyrrole-based conjugated polymers
Wei Teng Neo, Qun Ye, Zugui Shi, Soo-Jin Chua and Jianwei Xu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 331-337
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00377C

Highly efficient transformation of linear poly(phenylene ethynylene)s into zigzag-shaped π-conjugated microporous polymers through boron-mediated alkyne benzannulation
Yoshiaki Shoji, Minsu Hwang, Haruka Sugiyama, Fumitaka Ishiwari, Kumiko Takenouchi, Ryota Osuga, Junko N. Kondo, Shigenori Fujikawa and Takanori Fukushima
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 807-814
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00582B

Conjugated molecular dyads with diketopyrrolopyrrole-based conjugated backbones for single-component organic solar cells
Dongdong Xia, Fan Yang, Junyu Li, Cheng Li and Weiwei Li
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1565-1573
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00238C

Preparation of bright-emissive hybrid materials based on light-harvesting POSS having radially integrated luminophores and commercial π-conjugated polymers
Masayuki Gon, Keita Sato, Keigo Kato, Kazuo Tanaka and Yoshiki Chujo
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 314-320
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00518D

Fused donor–acceptor π-conjugated diazatruxenones: synthesis and electronic properties
Angela Benito-Hernández, Mardia T. El-Sayed, Juan T. López Navarrete, M. Carmen Ruiz Delgado and Berta Gómez-Lor
Org. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 1748-1755
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QO00122G

Orthogonally arranged tripyrrin–BODIPY conjugates with an “edge to plane” mode
Chun-Liang Hou, Yuhang Yao, Da Wang, Jing Zhang and Jun-Long Zhang
Org. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 2266-2274
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QO00445A

Near-infrared light-induced shape memory, self-healable and anti-bacterial elastomers prepared by incorporation of a diketopyrrolopyrrole-based conjugated polymer
Yaling Zhang, Shiwei Zhou, Kok Chan Chong, Shaowei Wang and Bin Liu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 836-841
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00104B

Increased conjugated backbone twisting to improve carbonylated-functionalized polymer photovoltaic performance
Tao Zhang, Cunbin An, Kangqiao Ma, Kaihu Xian, Changguo Xue, Shaoqing Zhang, Bowei Xu and Jianhui Hou
Org. Chem. Front., 2020,7, 261-266
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QO01251F

Pyridine-terminated low gap π-conjugated oligomers: design, synthesis, and photophysical response to protonation and metalation
Asmerom O. Weldeab, Lei Li, Seda Cekli, Khalil A. Abboud, Kirk S. Schanze and Ronald K. Castellano
Org. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 3170-3177
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QO00963E

Molecular modulation of fluorene-dibenzothiophene-S,S-dioxide-based conjugated polymers for enhanced photoelectrochemical water oxidation under visible light
Chunhui Dai, Xuezhong Gong, Xianglin Zhu, Can Xue and Bin Liu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 2021-2025
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00275D

Helicene-derived aggregation-induced emission conjugates with highly tunable circularly polarized luminescence
Chengshuo Shen, Fuwei Gan, Guoli Zhang, Yongle Ding, Jinghao Wang, Ruibin Wang, Jeanne Crassous and Huibin Qiu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 837-844
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00652D

Electrochemical doping engineering tuning of the thermoelectric performance of a π-conjugated free-standing poly(thiophene-furan) thin-film
Wenqian Yao, Lanlan Shen, Peipei Liu, Congcong Liu, Jingkun Xu, Qinglin Jiang, Guoqiang Liu, Guangming Nie and Fengxing Jiang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 597-604
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00542K

Conjugated oligomers with alternating heterocycles from a single monomer: synthesis and demonstration of electroluminescence
Sara Urrego-Riveros, Matthias Bremer, Jonas Hoffmann, Anne Heitmann, Thibault Reynaldo, Janek Buhl, Paul J. Gates, Frank D. Sönnichsen, Muriel Hissler, Martina Gerken and Anne Staubitz
Org. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 3636-3643
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QO00947G

The synthesis and properties of a new class of π-expanded diketopyrrolopyrrole analogs and conjugated polymers
Yazhou Wang, Yuchun Xu, Mahesh Kumar Ravva, Yaping Yu, Mingfei Xiao, Xiang Xue, Xinru Yang, Yongming Chen, Zhengke Li and Wan Yue
Org. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 2974-2980
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QO00645A

Wave-packet multi-scale simulations based on a non-linear tight-binding Hamiltonian for carrier transport in π-conjugated polymers
Tomofumi Tada
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1351-1359
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7QM00591A

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Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2019

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We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Chemistry Frontiers 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 Laure Biniek, Institut Charles Sadron, ORCID: 0000-0002-7643-3713

Dr Zhen Li, Hubei University, ORCID: 0000-0002-7427-6777

Dr Gregory Pieters, CEA Saclay, ORCID: 0000-0002-3924-8287

Professor Andrea Pucci, University of Pisa, ORCID: 0000-0003-1278-5004

Professor Anjun Qin, South China University of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0001-7158-1808

Professor Kazuo Tanaka, Kyoto University, ORCID: 0000-0001-6571-7086

Dr Jiangyan Wang, Stanford University, ORCID: 0000-0001-6951-1296

Professor Shuangyin Wang, Hunan University, ORCID: 0000-0001-7185-9857

Professor Nailiang Yang, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, ORCID: 0000-0002-5708-8379

Dr Ying-Wei Yang, Jilin University, ORCID: 0000-0001-8839-8161

 

We would also like to thank the Materials Chemistry Frontiers board and the materials chemistry 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 Chemistry Frontiers board members participated in a panel discussion at the Northwestern University

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On 6th Dec 2019, six Materials Chemistry Frontiers board members participated in a panel discussion of “Being Bold in STEM” at the Northwestern University. The panel was organized and moderated by Northwestern students. Three female scientists were featured and the other male scientists actively participated.

Panelist   Participants
Yu Huang

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Jiaxing Huang

Northwestern University, USA­

Emilie Ringe

University of Cambridge, UK

Kazuo Tanaka

Kyoto University, Japan

Marina A. Petrukhina

University at Albany, New York, USA

Guillaume Wantz

University of Bordeaux, France


Topics and Questions:

  • We often receive the message that it’s in our career interests to not “rock the boat” and speak out against the norms or status quo of our community. Do you agree with this, and to what extent?
  • Please share some examples in which you have used your voice to speak out against something that you disagreed with. Could be challenging a scientific concept or shutting down discrimination, etc.
  • Was there ever a time when “being bold” backfired for you? What did you learn from the situation?
  • How have you navigated pivots or new directions in your career?
  • How have you remained bold in the face of rejection?

Attendees:

Students and postdocs of Northwestern University

In the panel, the scientists addressed questions and shared how they had learned to be bold scientists, educators, and working professionals. Some suggested for students were, finding out what they were good at and building on that, being bold to talk to their professors, talking to the top players in the field when there was a chance and reaching out to more people. They also shared their own stories about being bold and confident. This Panel offered a great opportunity for students to interact with scientists and seek for advice on future development.

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Congratulations to our highly cited board members!

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We are proud to announce that 15 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers Board members are recognized in Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2019, ranking them among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and publication year.

The board members are:

Editorial Board

Ben Zhong Tang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
Feihe Huang, Zhejiang University, China
Yu Huang, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dan Wang, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS, China

Advisory Board

Guillermo C Bazan, UC Santa Barbara, USA
Xinliang Feng, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Jiaxing Huang, Northwestern University
Bin Liu, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Thuc Quyen Nguyen, University of California,Santa Barbara, USA
Juyoung Yoon, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Hua Zhang, City University of Hong Kong, China
Qichun Zhang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Tierui Zhang, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, China
Yuliang Zhao, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China

Below are a few of our picks from their publications in Materials Chemistry Frontiers journals. Access is free to these highlighted papers!

Tunable circularly polarized luminescence from molecular assemblies of chiral AIEgens
Fengyan Song, Yanhua Cheng*, Qiuming Liu, Zijie Qiu, Jacky W. Y. Lam, Liangbin Lin, Fafu Yang* and Ben Zhong Tang*
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1768-1778
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00332K

Sparks fly when AIE meets with polymers
Yuanyuan Li, Shunjie Liu, Ting Han, Haoke Zhang, Clarence Chuah, Ryan T. K. Kwok, Jacky W. Y. Lam* and Ben Zhong Tang*
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2207-2220
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00404A

Hollow multi-shell structured SnO2 with enhanced performance for ultraviolet photodetectors
Meng Li, Dan Mao, Jiawei Wan, Fakun Wang, Tianyou Zhai and Dan Wang*
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 1968-1972
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9QI00490D

Formation of multi-shelled nickel-based sulfide hollow spheres for rechargeable alkaline batteries
Dongwei Li, Xiaoxian Zhao, Ranbo Yu*, Bao Wang*, Hao Wangc and Dan Wang*
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 535-540
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7QI00760D

Recent progress in macrocyclic amphiphiles and macrocyclic host-based supra-amphiphiles
Huangtianzhi Zhu, Liqing Shangguan, Bingbing Shi, Guocan Yu* and Feihe Huang*
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 2152-2174
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00314A

Pillararene-based host–guest recognition facilitated magnetic separation and enrichment of cell membrane proteins
Huangtianzhi Zhu, Jiaqi Liu, Bingbing Shi, Huanhuan Wang, Zhengwei Mao*, Tizhong Shan* and Feihe Huang*
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 1475-1480
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C8QM00141C

Direct visualization of the ouzo zone through aggregation-induced dye emission for the synthesis of highly monodispersed polymeric nanoparticles
Eshu Middha, Purnima Naresh Manghnani, Denise Zi Ling Ng, Huan Chen, Saif A. Khan and Bin Liu*
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1375-1384
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00020H

Near-infrared light-induced shape memory, self-healable and anti-bacterial elastomers prepared by incorporation of a diketopyrrolopyrrole-based conjugated polymer
Yaling Zhang, Shiwei Zhou, Kok Chan Chong, Shaowei Wang and Bin Liu*
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 836-841
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00104B

Recent progress in ligand-centered homogeneous electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction
Geng-Geng Luo*, Hai-Lin Zhang, Yun-Wen Tao, Qiao-Yu Wu, Dan Tian and Qichun Zhang*
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019,6, 343-354
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C8QI01220B

New synthetic strategies to prepare metal–organic frameworks
Peng Li, Fang-Fang Cheng, Wei-Wei Xiong* and Qichun Zhang*
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 2693-2708
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C8QI00543E

Polycyclic heteroaromatic hydrocarbons containing a benzoisoindole core
Marcus Richter, Karl Sebastian Schellhammer, Peter Machata, Gianaurelio Cuniberti, Alexey Popov, Frank Ortmann, Reinhard Berger*, Klaus Müllend and Xinliang Feng*
Org. Chem. Front., 2017,4, 847-852
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7QO00180K

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HOT articles in October 2019

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Materials Chemistry Frontiers is delighted to share with you the HOT articles of October 2019!

You can access these publications for free till 31st December 2019 by logging into your free Royal Society of Chemistry publishing personal account (http://pubs.rsc.org).

 

Copper surface doping to improve the structure and surface properties of manganese-rich cathode materials for sodium ion batteries
Tao Chen, Weifang Liu, Yi Zhuo, Hang Hu, Jing Guo, Yaochi Liu, Jun Yan and Kaiyu Liu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, 3, 2374-2379
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00522F

Zeolite-confined carbon dots: tuning thermally activated delayed fluorescence emission via energy transfer
Hongyue Zhang, Jiancong Liu, Bolun Wang, Kaikai Liu, Guangrui Chen, Xiaowei Yu, Jiyang Li and Jihong Yu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00549H

Design and performance study of high efficiency/low efficiency roll-off/high CRI hybrid WOLEDs based on aggregation-induced emission materials as fluorescent emitters
Zeng Xu, Jiabao Gu, Jian Huang, Chengwei Lin, Yuanzhao Li, Dezhi Yang, Xianfeng Qiao, Anjun Qin, Zujin Zhao, Ben Zhong Tang and Dongge Ma
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00539K

A polymorphic fluorescent material with strong solid state emission and multi-stimuli-responsive properties
Ji-Yu Zhu, Chun-Xiang Li, Peng-Zhong Chen, Zhiwei Ma, Bo Zou, Li-Ya Niu, Ganglong Cui and Qing-Zheng Yang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00518H

Carbonized polymer dots/TiO2 photonic crystal heterostructures with enhanced light harvesting and charge separation for efficient and stable photocatalysis
Yue Zhao, Qingsen Zeng, Tanglue Feng, Chunlei Xia, Chongming Liu, Fan Yang, Kai Zhang and Bai Yang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00556K

Anion replacement in silver chlorobromide nanocubes: two distinct hollowing mechanisms
Sasitha C. Abeyweera, Shea Stewart and Yugang Sun
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00544G

Tuning aggregation-induced emission nanoparticle properties under thin film formation
Javad Tavakoli, Scott Pye, A. H. M. Mosinul Reza, Ni Xie, Jian Qin, Colin L. Raston, Ben Zhong Tang and Youhong Tang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00585D

Push–pull type quinoidal perylene showing solvent polarity dependent diradical character and negative solvatochromism
Wangdong Zeng and Jishan Wu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00566H

 

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Themed collection: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nankai University

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We are delighted to introduce you the following themed collection lately published from Materials Chemistry Frontiers Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nankai University.

Nankai University is a multidisciplinary and research-oriented university and its materials chemistry research is among the best in China. This collection, guest edited by Xian-He Bu and Jialiang Xu (Nankai University), features the outstanding materials chemistry research from Nankai University.

Below is a selection of articles featured in the collection. Access the full collection for free by end of 2019 at https://rsc.li/2pbpu3z.

Editorial

Materials chemistry research at Nankai University – a themed collection dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Nankai University
Jialiang Xu and Xian-He Bu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1265-1279
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM90043H

Reviews

Carbon-based materials for lithium-ion capacitors
Xiaojun Wang, Lili Liu and Zhiqiang Niu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1265-1279
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00062C

Intrinsically stretchable conductors and interconnects for electronic applications
Quan Zhang, Jiajie Liang, Yi Huang, Huiyu Chen and Rujun Ma
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1032-1051
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00055K

Structural colors in metasurfaces: principle, design and applications
Bo Yang, Hua Cheng, Shuqi Chen and Jianguo Tian
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 750-761
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00043G

Research Articles

Ultra-narrow bandgap non-fullerene acceptors for organic solar cells with low energy loss
Dongxue Liu, Ting Wang, Xin Ke, Nan Zheng, Zhitao Chang, Zengqi Xie and Yongsheng Liu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2157-2163
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00505F

A novel Cu-nanowire@Quasi-MOF via mild pyrolysis of a bimetal-MOF for the selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol in air
Yan Shen, Li-Wei Bao, Fang-Zhou Sun and Tong-Liang Hu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00277D

Electronic structures and elastic properties of a family of metal-free perovskites
Kai Li, Li-Yuan Dong, Hao-Xiang Xu, Yan Qin, Zhi-Gang Li, Muhammad Azeem, Wei Li and Xian-He Bu
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1678-1685
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00133F

A sandwich-type sulfur cathode based on multifunctional ceria hollow spheres for high-performance lithium–sulfur batteries
Jianwei Wang, Bo Zhou, Hongyang Zhao, Miaomiao Wu, Yaodong Yang, Xiaolei Sun, Donghai Wang and Yaping Du
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1317-1322
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00024K

Divergent synthesis of 3-substituted thieno[3,4-b]thiophene derivatives via hydroxy-based transformations
Yue Zhou, Jie Hao and Dongbing Zhao
Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 1422-1426
https://doi.org/10.1039/C9QM00128J

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