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Themed collection 2017 Materials Chemistry Frontiers Review-type Articles

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Review Article

Understanding and suppressing side reactions in Li–air batteries

Side reactions occurring during cycling largely hinder the practical application of Li–air batteries. This review article describes the issues and solutions to tackle the problems of side reactions.

Graphical abstract: Understanding and suppressing side reactions in Li–air batteries
Review Article

Late transition metal catalyzed α-olefin polymerization and copolymerization with polar monomers

Recent developments on late transition metal catalyzed α-olefin polymerization and copolymerization with polar comonomers are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Late transition metal catalyzed α-olefin polymerization and copolymerization with polar monomers
From the themed collection: 2017 Emerging Investigators by MCF
Review Article

Recent advances in AIEgen-based luminescent metal–organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks

This review gives a brief introduction to AIEgen-based MOFs and COFs and focuses on their photoluminescence properties and potential applications.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in AIEgen-based luminescent metal–organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks
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Designing hybrid architectures for advanced thermoelectric materials

The recent advances in solution-synthesized thermoelectric materials with hybrid architectures have been briefly summarized.

Graphical abstract: Designing hybrid architectures for advanced thermoelectric materials
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Design and effective synthesis methods for high-performance polymer semiconductors in organic field-effect transistors

Design and effective synthesis methods for high-performance polymer semiconductor-based OFETs.

Graphical abstract: Design and effective synthesis methods for high-performance polymer semiconductors in organic field-effect transistors
From the themed collection: Molecular Materials and Devices
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Recent progress in conversion reaction metal oxide anodes for Li-ion batteries

Single and binary metal oxides based on conversion reactions for Li-ion batteries are discussed in this review.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in conversion reaction metal oxide anodes for Li-ion batteries
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Recent progress in the direct synthesis of hierarchical zeolites: synthetic strategies and characterization methods

Hierarchically structured zeolites combine the merits of microporous zeolites and mesoporous materials to offer enhanced molecular diffusion and mass transfer without compromising the inherent catalytic activities and selectivity of zeolites.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in the direct synthesis of hierarchical zeolites: synthetic strategies and characterization methods
Review Article

Molecular conformation and packing: their critical roles in the emission performance of mechanochromic fluorescence materials

Mechanochromic fluorescence (MCF) materials are a sort of smart material whose photophysical properties are sensitive to mechanical stimulation, such as photoluminescence color, fluorescence quantum yield and emission lifetime.

Graphical abstract: Molecular conformation and packing: their critical roles in the emission performance of mechanochromic fluorescence materials
Review Article

Recent advances in metal–nitrogen–carbon catalysts for electrochemical water splitting

The recent developments of metal–nitrogen–carbon catalysts for electrochemical water splitting have been comprehensively summarized.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in metal–nitrogen–carbon catalysts for electrochemical water splitting
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Engineering the surface charge states of nanostructures for enhanced catalytic performance

This review outlines recent progress in the design of catalytic materials for tailoring surface charge states toward enhanced catalytic performance.

Graphical abstract: Engineering the surface charge states of nanostructures for enhanced catalytic performance
Review Article

Rhenium dichalcogenides (ReX2, X = S or Se): an emerging class of TMDs family

ReX2 can have wide applications in (opto-)electronics due to an unusual distorted octahedral (1T) crystal structure in which each monolayer contains diamond-shaped chains.

Graphical abstract: Rhenium dichalcogenides (ReX2, X = S or Se): an emerging class of TMDs family
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Approaches to high performance white organic light-emitting diodes for general lighting

A review on small molecule WOLEDs including charge balance, emissive materials, device architectures, and light out-coupling techniques is provided.

Graphical abstract: Approaches to high performance white organic light-emitting diodes for general lighting
Open Access Review Article

Metal organic frameworks as precursors for the manufacture of advanced catalytic materials

Metal organic frameworks are thoroughly reviewed as exemplary precursors for the manufacture of highly catalytically active materials.

Graphical abstract: Metal organic frameworks as precursors for the manufacture of advanced catalytic materials
Review Article

Research progress regarding Si-based anode materials towards practical application in high energy density Li-ion batteries

Key aspects of Si-based anode materials towards practical applications.

Graphical abstract: Research progress regarding Si-based anode materials towards practical application in high energy density Li-ion batteries
Review Article

Clinical application of polymeric micelles for the treatment of cancer

Recent progress of polymeric micelle formulations currently under clinical evaluation for the treatment of cancer.

Graphical abstract: Clinical application of polymeric micelles for the treatment of cancer
Review Article

Recent development and understanding of polymer–nanocrystal hybrid solar cells

This review presents a general overview of polymer–nanocrystal hybrid solar cells (HSCs). The device structure and operation mechanism of bulk heterojunction HSCs are introduced, and recent works that have been done to improve the device performance or clarify the operation mechanism are summarized and discussed in detail. Also, the challenges and perspectives of HSCs are presented.

Graphical abstract: Recent development and understanding of polymer–nanocrystal hybrid solar cells
From the themed collection: Molecular Materials and Devices
Review Article

CO2 capture under humid conditions in metal–organic frameworks

An emerging technology for CO2 capture is the construction of hybrid adsorbent MOFs via confinement of water inside the pores. This review article describes the recent progress in this field.

Graphical abstract: CO2 capture under humid conditions in metal–organic frameworks
Review Article

Multifunctional silica nanoparticles as a promising theranostic platform for biomedical applications

Recent advances in the use of nonporous silica nanoparticles as theranostic platforms for various biomedical applications, particularly in drug delivery, bioimaging and bio-adhesives.

Graphical abstract: Multifunctional silica nanoparticles as a promising theranostic platform for biomedical applications
Review Article

New developments in non-fullerene small molecule acceptors for polymer solar cells

This review describes developments of non-fullerene small molecular acceptors in solar cells since 2015, including rylene imide, indacenodithiophene and diketopyrrolopyrrole.

Graphical abstract: New developments in non-fullerene small molecule acceptors for polymer solar cells
Review Article

Application of ionic liquids for dissolving cellulose and fabricating cellulose-based materials: state of the art and future trends

Herein, this review article aims to provide a relatively comprehensive summary of research progress in the dissolution and processing of cellulose with ionic liquids.

Graphical abstract: Application of ionic liquids for dissolving cellulose and fabricating cellulose-based materials: state of the art and future trends
Review Article

Recent progress in interfacial polymerization

Herein, recent progress in interfacial polymerization from the aspects of theory models, fabrication methods, and applications has been summarized.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in interfacial polymerization
Review Article

Ordered mesoporous carbon and its applications for electrochemical energy storage and conversion

Ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) is a versatile material providing interconnected channels for the diffusion of electroactive species in electrochemical systems.

Graphical abstract: Ordered mesoporous carbon and its applications for electrochemical energy storage and conversion
Review Article

Recent progress and advances in redox-responsive polymers as controlled delivery nanoplatforms

Recent advances and progress in redox-responsive polymeric nanosystems for biomedical applications are discussed in this review article.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress and advances in redox-responsive polymers as controlled delivery nanoplatforms
Review Article

Electrolytes for electrochemical energy storage

Innovative salt solutions and liquid salts can advance batteries, supercapacitors, and supercapatteries for stationary, transport, seasonal and regional energy storage.

Graphical abstract: Electrolytes for electrochemical energy storage
Review Article

Recent developments in III–V semiconducting nanowires for high-performance photodetectors

We present a comprehensive overview of the recent advances in III–V NW-based photodetectors operating in the UV, visible and infrared spectra range.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in III–V semiconducting nanowires for high-performance photodetectors
Review Article

Emission enhancement and application of synthetic green fluorescent protein chromophore analogs

Emission enhancement and application of GFPc analogs are achieved via chemical modification or physical encapsulation due to conformational motion inhibition.

Graphical abstract: Emission enhancement and application of synthetic green fluorescent protein chromophore analogs
Review Article

Multi-shelled hollow micro-/nanostructures: promising platforms for lithium-ion batteries

Multi-shelled hollow micro-/nanostructures as electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries can improve the capacity, stability and rate capability simultaneously.

Graphical abstract: Multi-shelled hollow micro-/nanostructures: promising platforms for lithium-ion batteries
Open Access Review Article

Increasing the stability of Mg2(dobpdc) metal–organic framework in air through solvent removal

A simple way to increase MOFs stability in air? Solvent removal. Counterintuitive? No, it is not. The condensation of water is delayed by removing all the solvent (polar) molecules from the pores.

Graphical abstract: Increasing the stability of Mg2(dobpdc) metal–organic framework in air through solvent removal
Review Article

Recent advances in the synthesis of Janus nanomaterials of block copolymers

We present a review of the very recent advances in the synthesis of block copolymer (BCP) Janus nanomaterials.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the synthesis of Janus nanomaterials of block copolymers
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Conducting polymer composites: material synthesis and applications in electrochemical capacitive energy storage

This review investigates relevant topics in the design and fabrication of conducting polymer composites for electrochemical capacitive energy storage.

Graphical abstract: Conducting polymer composites: material synthesis and applications in electrochemical capacitive energy storage
Review Article

Revisiting one-dimensional TiO2 based hybrid heterostructures for heterogeneous photocatalysis: a critical review

The developments of a large variety of one-dimensional TiO2 based heterostructures for extensive photocatalytic applications have been comprehensively summarized.

Graphical abstract: Revisiting one-dimensional TiO2 based hybrid heterostructures for heterogeneous photocatalysis: a critical review
Review Article

Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based hybrid materials and their applications

POSS are nano-sized stable 3-dimensional architectures which consist of alternate Si–O bonds to form cage structures with Si atoms as vertices.

Graphical abstract: Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based hybrid materials and their applications
Open Access Review Article

Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterials for biosensing applications

We summarize the recent progress on two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterial-based biosensors, including optical sensors, electrochemical sensors, and bioelectronic sensors.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterials for biosensing applications
Review Article

Graphene papers: smart architecture and specific functionalization for biomimetics, electrocatalytic sensing and energy storage

We present a review of graphene papers regarding their smart assembly, functionalization and applications in biomimetics, sensors and energy devices.

Graphical abstract: Graphene papers: smart architecture and specific functionalization for biomimetics, electrocatalytic sensing and energy storage
Chemistry Frontiers

The ‘folklore’ and reality of reticular chemistry

The field of reticular chemistry is rapidly expanding and, as is true for any emerging field, there exists ‘folklores’ that permeate through the scientific discourse. It is within this context that we seek to address these ‘folklores’ in order to provide the realities of reticular chemistry.

Graphical abstract: The ‘folklore’ and reality of reticular chemistry
Open Access Chemistry Frontiers

Nanoarchitectonics: a navigator from materials to life

Nanoarchitectonics can work as a navigator to convert conventional materials into life-like high-level functional systems for materials innovation in the future.

Graphical abstract: Nanoarchitectonics: a navigator from materials to life
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Critical reviews and chemistry frontiers articles published in Materials Chemistry Frontiers during 2017 are collated as below for the benefit of readers.

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