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Materials Chemistry Frontiers 2020 Best Paper Prizes

Materials Chemistry Frontiers 2020 Best Paper Prizes


From this year onwards, we would like to introduce the Materials Chemistry Frontiers Best Paper prizes which recognize the most outstanding papers published in the journal. After a selection process involving the Associate Editors, Editorial and Advisory Board members, we have chosen to award not only a best paper but also a runner-up and a best review.

Best Paper

Cyclobutene based macrocycles

Pan Wang, Ruqiang Lu, Arthur France-Lanord, Yanming Wang, Jingjing Zhou, Jeffrey C. Grossman and Timothy M. Swager

Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 3529-3538

Corresponding authors:

Timothy M. Swager is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry and the Director, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A native of Montana, he received a BS from Montana State University in 1983 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1988.  After a postdoctoral appointment at MIT he was on the chemistry faculty at the University of Pennsylvania 1990-1996 and returned to MIT in 1996 as a Professor of Chemistry and served as the Head of Chemistry from 2005-2010.  He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and more than 110 issued/pending patents. Swager’s honors include: Election to the National Academy of Sciences, an Honorary Doctorate from Montana State University, National Academy of Inventors Fellow, The Pauling Medal, The Lemelson-MIT Award for Invention and Innovation, Election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The American Chemical Society Award for Creative Invention, The American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry, The Christopher Columbus Foundation Homeland Security Award, and The Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award (ACS).

Swager’s research interests are in design, synthesis, and study of organic-based electronic, sensory, energy harvesting, membrane, high-strength, liquid crystalline, and colloid materials.  His liquid crystal designs demonstrated shape complementarity to generate specific interactions between molecules and includes fundamental mechanisms for increasing liquid crystal order by a new mechanism referred to as minimization of free volume. Swager’s research in electronic polymers has been mainly directed at the demonstration of new conceptual approaches to the construction of sensory materials.  These methods are the basis of the FidoTM explosives detectors (FLIR Systems Inc), which have the highest sensitivity of any explosives sensor.   Other areas actively investigated by the Swager group include radicals for dynamic nuclear polarization, applications of nano-carbon materials, organic photovoltaic materials, polymer actuators, membranes, and luminescent molecular probes for medical diagnostics.  He has founded five companies (DyNuPol, Iptyx, PolyJoule, C¬2 Sense and Xibus Systems) and has served on a number of corporate and government boards.



Jeffrey C. Grossman is the Department Head of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Morton and Claire Goulder and Family Professor in Environmental Systems. He received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Illinois and performed postdoctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley. He was a Lawrence Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and returned to Berkeley as director of a Nanoscience Center and head of the Computational Nanoscience research group, with a focus on energy applications. In fall 2009, he joined MIT, where he has developed a research program known for its contributions to energy conversion, energy storage, membranes, and clean-water technologies. In recognition of his contributions to engineering education, Grossman was named an MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow and received the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, in addition to being named a fellow of the American Physical Society. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, holds 17 current or pending U.S. patents, and recently co-founded a company to commercialize graphene-oxide membranes.



Best Paper Runner-up

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., 2020,4, 176-181

Corresponding authors:

Qing-Zheng Yang received his PhD in 2003 from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemisty (TIPC), CAS. After completing postdoctoral research at the University Louis Pasteur and at the University of Illinois, Urbana, he returned to TIPC in 2009 as a full professor. He moved to Beijing Normal University in 2014, where he is a professor of chemistry. He received an APA Prize for Young Scientist from the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association in 2013, Distinguished Young Scholar award from NSFC and Advanced Newton Fellowship from Royal Society in 2015. His research interests cover photochemistry of supramolecular assemblies, photodynamic therapy and fluorescent probes for bioimaging.



Ganglong Cui got his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Beijing Normal University in 2004. He studied theoretical chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Wei-Hai Fang at Beijing Normal University and Prof. Weitao Yang at Duke University and earned his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Chemistry in 2009. He continued his research as a postdoctoral associate with Prof. Weitao Yang at Duke University from 2010 to 2011 and as a Max-Planck and Alexander von Humboldt Scholars with Prof. Walter Thiel at Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung from 2011 to 2014. Then, he joined College of Chemistry in Beijing Normal University and the Key Laboratory of Theoretical and Computational Photochemistry, Ministry of Education, and became a full professor in 2014. His present research interests are mainly focused on developing and applying accurate and efficient excited-state electronic structure and ab initio nonadiabatic and adiabatic dynamics methods for simulating photophysical and photochemical processes in complex chemical, biological, and materials systems. Until now he has published more than 130 SCI papers and has been invited to give scientific talks at many domestic and foreign conferences. He has been supported by the National High-Level Young Talents Project, the Outstanding Youth Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Key R&D Project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, etc.




Best Review

Advanced functional polymer materials

Kaojin Wang, Kamran Amin, Zesheng An, Zhengxu Cai, Hong Chen, Hongzheng Chen, Yuping Dong, Xiao Feng, Weiqiang Fu, Jiabao Gu, Yanchun Han, Doudou Hu, Rongrong Hu, Die Huang, Fei Huang, Feihe Huang, Yuzhang Huang, Jian Jin, Xin Jin, Qianqian Li, Tengfei Li, Zhen Li, Zhibo Li, Jiangang Liu, Jing Liu, Shiyong Liu, Huisheng Peng, Anjun Qin, Xin Qing, Youqing Shen, Jianbing Shi, Xuemei Sun, Bin Tong, Bo Wang, Hu Wang, Lixiang Wang, Shu Wang, Zhixiang Wei, Tao Xie, Chunye Xu, Huaping Xu, Zhi-Kang Xu, Bai Yang, Yanlei Yu, Xuan Zeng, Xiaowei Zhan, Guangzhao Zhang, Jie Zhang, Ming Qiu Zhang, Xian-Zheng Zhang, Xiao Zhang, Yi Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhang, Changsheng Zhao, Weifeng Zhao, Yongfeng Zhou, Zhuxian Zhou, Jintao Zhu, Xinyuan Zhu and Ben Zhong Tang

Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 1803-1915

Corresponding author:

Ben Zhong Tang is professor in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK-SZ), China. He is serving as Dean of the School of Science and Engineering at CUHK-SZ, Director of AIE Institute, and Dean of SCUT-HKUST Joint Research Institute. He received BS and PhD degrees from South China University of Technology and Kyoto University, respectively, and conducted postdoctoral research at University of Toronto. He joined HKUST as an assistant professor in 1994 and was promoted to chair professor in 2008. He was elected to Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, and World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries in 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2020, respectively. His research interests include macromolecular chemistry, materials science, and biomedical theranostics. He has published over 1,600 papers which have been cited for over 119,000 times, with an h-index of 155. He has been selected as a Highly Cited Researcher in both areas of Chemistry and Materials Science by Web of Science since 2014. He has received the State Natural Science Award (1st Class; 2017) from the Chinese Government, the Scientific and Technological Progress Award from the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (2017) and Senior Research Fellowship from the Croucher Foundation (2007).

Prof. Tang mainly engages in polymer chemistry and advanced functional materials research, especially in the field of chemistry and materials in the field of Aggregation-Induced Emission (AIE). He is the originator of AIE concept and the leader of AIE research. Personal Home Page:


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


CsAg2Sb2I9 solar cells
Zhimin Fang, Shizhe Wang, Shangfeng Yang and Liming Ding
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 1690-1693


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


(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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2017, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.


Professor Kenneth Ghiggino, University of Melbourne, ORCID: 0000-0001-6621-4448

Doctor Junfeng Li, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications

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

Doctor Helmut Schäfer, University of Osnabruck, ORCID: 0000-0001-5906-3354

Professor Yanming Sun, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, ORCID: 0000-0001-7839-3199

Doctor Youhei Takeda, Osaka University, ORCID: 0000-0001-9103-4238

Doctor Zhiyong Tang, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-0064

Professor Doctor Wenjing Tian, Jilin University, ORCID: 0000-0001-5766-8050

Professor QingHua Xu, National University of Singapore, ORCID: 0000-0002-4153-0767

Doctor QIANG ZHANG, Washington State University, ORCID: 0000-0001-7327-9047


We would also like to thank the Materials Chemistry Frontiers board and the material 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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Welcome to Issue 3 of Materials Chemistry Frontiers in 2018!

The latest  MaterChemFront issue is published online.

Graphical abstract: Front cover

Graphical abstract: Inside front coverThe front cover story A circularly polarized luminescent organogel based on a Pt(II) complex possessing phenylisoxazoles is contributed by Toshiaki Ikeda, Kyohei Hirano and Takeharu Haino. The inside cover features a story on Kirigami nanofluidics by J. Gao, A. R. Koltonow, K. Raidongia, B. Beckerman, N. Boon, E. Luijten, M. Olvera de la Cruz and J. Huang.

Following review type articles are included in current issue:

Self-assembled DNA nanomaterials with highly programmed structures and functions
Zhihao Li, Jie Wang, Yingxue Li, Xinwen Liu and Quan Yuan
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 423-436

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

Ultrathin two-dimensional metallic nanomaterials
Yang Ma, Bin Li and Shubin Yang
Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 456-467

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