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Themed collection Materials innovation through interfacial physics and chemistry

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Materials innovation through interfacial physics and chemistry

Molecules align and orient, atoms have higher energies, forces and fields bear anisotropies, and anomalies happen at interfaces. Innovative materials are developed with a deep understanding of interfacial physics and chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Materials innovation through interfacial physics and chemistry
Perspective

Nanostructured polymer assemblies formed at interfaces: applications from immobilization and encapsulation to stimuli-responsive release

This manuscript reviews recent progress in the assembly and application of nanostructured polymer materials at various interfaces.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured polymer assemblies formed at interfaces: applications from immobilization and encapsulation to stimuli-responsive release
Perspective

Nanoaggregate shapes at the air/water interface

First steps towards development of tailor-made functional nanomaterials are knowledge about interfacial chiral, molecular recognition and LB patterning model systems.

Graphical abstract: Nanoaggregate shapes at the air/water interface
Perspective

Operation of micro and molecular machines: a new concept with its origins in interface science

Strategies for molecular machine operation by macroscopic mechanical force using interfacial science have been proposed.

Graphical abstract: Operation of micro and molecular machines: a new concept with its origins in interface science
Communication

Conjugation of organic-metallic hybrid polymers and calf-thymus DNA

Strong electrostatic interaction between metallo-supramolecular polymers and DNA was confirmed by UV, CD, and CV. The stable conjugation structure was revealed by using computational methodology and supported by AFM.

Graphical abstract: Conjugation of organic-metallic hybrid polymers and calf-thymus DNA
Communication

Solvent response of polymers for micromachine manipulation

We present here the fabrication of a solvent responsive polymer micromachine which could be easily driven by interfacial solvent actuation.

Graphical abstract: Solvent response of polymers for micromachine manipulation
Communication

Insights into scanning probe high-field chemistry of diphenylgermane

Experiments and simulations elucidate the chemical reactions occurring near the tip–sample interface during high field chemistry of diphenylgermane.

Graphical abstract: Insights into scanning probe high-field chemistry of diphenylgermane
Communication

Millimeter-sized flat crystalline sheet architectures of fullerene assemblies with anisotropic photoconductivity

Anisotropic photoconductivity of millimeter-sized flat sheet fullerene crystals obtained through arene–perfluoroarene interactions.

Graphical abstract: Millimeter-sized flat crystalline sheet architectures of fullerene assemblies with anisotropic photoconductivity
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Effects of surface curvature and surface chemistry on the structure and activity of proteins adsorbed in nanopores

Proteins adsorbed in nanoporous silica SBA-15 and propylated C3SBA-15 are perturbed to a different extent, leading to different enzymatic activity.

Graphical abstract: Effects of surface curvature and surface chemistry on the structure and activity of proteins adsorbed in nanopores
Paper

Reactivity of sub 1 nm supported clusters: (TiO2)n clusters supported on rutile TiO2 (110)

TiO2 nanoclusters supported on rutile (110) surface show reduced band gaps, better charge carrier separation and enhanced reactivity, making them candidate material systems for renewable energy generation.

Graphical abstract: Reactivity of sub 1 nm supported clusters: (TiO2)n clusters supported on rutile TiO2 (110)
Paper

Fabrication of mesoporous silica/polymer composites through solvent evaporation process and investigation of their excellent low thermal expansion property

Mesoporous silica/epoxy polymer composites with low thermal expansion property are fabricated through solvent evaporation process.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication of mesoporous silica/polymer composites through solvent evaporation process and investigation of their excellent low thermal expansion property
Paper

Structure and rheology of reverse micelles in dipentaerythrityl tri-(12-hydroxystearate)/oil systems

Novel nonionic surfactant dipentaerythrityl tri-(12-hydroxystearate) self-assembles into rod-like micelles in nonpolar organic solvents.

Graphical abstract: Structure and rheology of reverse micelles in dipentaerythrityl tri-(12-hydroxystearate)/oil systems
Paper

Immobilization of chiral oxazaborolidine catalyst over highly ordered 3D mesoporous silica with Ia3d symmetry for enantioselective reduction of prochiral ketone

We demonstrate the preparation and the excellent chiral catalytic performance of chiral-oxazaborolidine-immobilized KIT-6 with 3D porous structure for the enantioselective reduction of aromatic prochiral ketones.

Graphical abstract: Immobilization of chiral oxazaborolidine catalyst over highly ordered 3D mesoporous silica with Ia3d symmetry for enantioselective reduction of prochiral ketone
Paper

Hierarchical superstructure of alkylamine-coated ZnS nanoparticle assemblies

Alkylamine-coated ZnS nanorods and nanowires assemble into a well-defined superstructure with hierarchical order.

Graphical abstract: Hierarchical superstructure of alkylamine-coated ZnS nanoparticle assemblies
Paper

Excitation energy migration in oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) based organogels: structure-property relationship and FRET efficiency

Excitation energy migration and its effect on fluorescence resonance energy transfer properties of a few oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) based organogelators with different end functional groups are described.

Graphical abstract: Excitation energy migration in oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) based organogels: structure-property relationship and FRET efficiency
Paper

Surface-enhanced ATR-IR spectroscopy with interface-grown plasmonic gold-island films near the percolation threshold

Flat nano-island gold films were investigated with attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy and show characteristic structure-dependent surface-enhanced infrared absorption.

Graphical abstract: Surface-enhanced ATR-IR spectroscopy with interface-grown plasmonic gold-island films near the percolation threshold
Paper

Influence of gold nanoparticle size (2–50 nm) upon its electrochemical behavior: an electrochemical impedance spectroscopic and voltammetric study

The impedimetric behaviour of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with different sizes was studied fixing AuNP concentration, surface area or content of gold.

Graphical abstract: Influence of gold nanoparticle size (2–50 nm) upon its electrochemical behavior: an electrochemical impedance spectroscopic and voltammetric study
Paper

The initiation mechanisms for surface hydrosilylation with 1-alkenes

Density Functional Theory Free Energy Calculations show new favourable pathways for surface hydrosilylation of 1-alkenes.

Graphical abstract: The initiation mechanisms for surface hydrosilylation with 1-alkenes
Paper

Surface segregation of poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) in a mixture with poly(methyl methacrylate)

Surface segregation of poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) in a mixture with poly(methyl methacrylate).

Graphical abstract: Surface segregation of poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) in a mixture with poly(methyl methacrylate)
Paper

Self-assembled pyrazinacene nanotubes

Molecular self-assembly has been used to prepare organic nanotubes from specially substituted pentacene derivatives.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembled pyrazinacene nanotubes
Paper

Selective layer-by-layer self-assembly on patterned porous films modulated by Cassie–Wenzel transition

Layer-by-layer self-assembly modulated by a Cassie–Wenzel transition can selectively modify patterned porous films prepared by the breath figure method.

Graphical abstract: Selective layer-by-layer self-assembly on patterned porous films modulated by Cassie–Wenzel transition
Paper

Highly sensitive photoalignment of calamitic and discotic liquid crystals assisted by axis-selective triplet energy transfer

Highly sensitive photoalignment of calamitic and discotic liquid crystals can be realized by axis-selective triplet energy transfer.

Graphical abstract: Highly sensitive photoalignment of calamitic and discotic liquid crystals assisted by axis-selective triplet energy transfer
Paper

Langmuir monolayers of a cholesterol-armed cyclen complex that can control enantioselectivity of amino acid recognition by surface pressure

An enantioselective control of amino acid recognition was achieved by the mechanical compression of Langmuir monolayers of a cholesterol-armed cyclen complex.

Graphical abstract: Langmuir monolayers of a cholesterol-armed cyclen complex that can control enantioselectivity of amino acid recognition by surface pressure
Paper

Inkjet-printed gold nanoparticle electrochemical arrays on plastic. Application to immunodetection of a cancer biomarker protein

We report the first direct inkjet-printed gold nanoparticle electrode arrays, and apply them to detection of the cancer biomarker interleukin-6.

Graphical abstract: Inkjet-printed gold nanoparticle electrochemical arrays on plastic. Application to immunodetection of a cancer biomarker protein
Paper

Templated growth of platinum nanowheels using the inhomogeneous reaction environment of bicelles

Disk-like surfactant bicelles template the growth of novel platinum nanowheels with thickened centers, radial dendritic nanosheets and flared edges.

Graphical abstract: Templated growth of platinum nanowheels using the inhomogeneous reaction environment of bicelles
Paper

Robust anisotropic polymer meshes prepared by stretching and photo-crosslinking of poly(1,2-butadiene) honeycomb films

Anisotropic meshes with anisotropic wettability were fabricated by simple stretching and crosslinking of poly(1,2-butadiene) honeycomb films.

Graphical abstract: Robust anisotropic polymer meshes prepared by stretching and photo-crosslinking of poly(1,2-butadiene) honeycomb films
Paper

Gelatin renaturation and the interfacial role of fillers in bionanocomposites

Clay mineral particles introduced in a gelatin matrix provide an effective control over the matrix crystallinity and, therefore an effective control over the polypeptide based nanocomposite mechanical properties.

Graphical abstract: Gelatin renaturation and the interfacial role of fillers in bionanocomposites
Paper

Nitrogen and sulfur co-doped TiO2 nanosheets with exposed {001} facets: synthesis, characterization and visible-light photocatalytic activity

N,S co-doped TiO2 nanosheets with exposed {001} facets, prepared by a mixing-calcination method, showed an enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity.

Graphical abstract: Nitrogen and sulfur co-doped TiO2 nanosheets with exposed {001} facets: synthesis, characterization and visible-light photocatalytic activity
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Themed issue on materials innovation through interfacial physics and chemistry, guest edited by Professor Katsuhiko Ariga.

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