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Themed collection Top 50 Articles of 2016: Materials Chemistry and Nanoscience

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Block copolymers: controlling nanostructure to generate functional materials – synthesis, characterization, and engineering

In this perspective, we survey recent advances in the synthesis and characterization of block copolymers, discuss several key materials opportunities enabled by block copolymers, and highlight some of the challenges that currently limit further realization of block copolymers in promising nanoscale applications.

Graphical abstract: Block copolymers: controlling nanostructure to generate functional materials – synthesis, characterization, and engineering
Open Access Perspective

Highly phosphorescent platinum(II) emitters: photophysics, materials and biological applications

The structural effects of ligands on the emission properties of Pt(II) complexes and promising applications of luminescent Pt(II) complexes in various areas are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Highly phosphorescent platinum(ii) emitters: photophysics, materials and biological applications
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Topochemical molten salt synthesis for functional perovskite compounds

This report reviews various topochemical molten salt synthesis (TMSS) reactions and their applications in fulfilling the demand for the tunable morphology of perovskite materials.

Graphical abstract: Topochemical molten salt synthesis for functional perovskite compounds
Open Access Minireview

Vitrimers: permanent organic networks with glass-like fluidity

Vitrimers possess the unique property that they are malleable while being permanently cross-linked. This mini-review highlights the existing vitrimer systems in the period 2011–2015 with the main focus on their chemical origin.

Graphical abstract: Vitrimers: permanent organic networks with glass-like fluidity
Open Access Edge Article

An adhesive elastomeric supramolecular polyurethane healable at body temperature

We report a non-cytotoxic supramolecular polyurethane network whose mechanical properties can be recovered efficiently (>99%) at body temperature.

Graphical abstract: An adhesive elastomeric supramolecular polyurethane healable at body temperature
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Heteronanowires of MoC–Mo2C as efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction

MoC–Mo2C heteronanowires accomplished via controlled carbonization are efficient in the hydrogen evolution reaction due to a synergistic enhancement.

Graphical abstract: Heteronanowires of MoC–Mo2C as efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction
Open Access Edge Article

Structurally plastic peptide capsules for synthetic antimicrobial viruses

A conceptual design for artificial antimicrobial viruses is described.

Graphical abstract: Structurally plastic peptide capsules for synthetic antimicrobial viruses
From the themed collection: Global challenges: Health & Food
Open Access Edge Article

Tethered tertiary amines as solid-state n-type dopants for solution-processable organic semiconductors

Tertiary amines covalently tethered to electron-deficient aromatic molecules by alkyl spacers enable solid-state n-doping.

Graphical abstract: Tethered tertiary amines as solid-state n-type dopants for solution-processable organic semiconductors
From the themed collection: Global Energy Challenges: Solar Energy
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Water-enhanced oxidation of graphite to graphene oxide with controlled species of oxygenated groups

Water-enhanced oxidation of graphite via a modified Hummers method can produce graphene oxide with controlled species of oxygenated groups.

Graphical abstract: Water-enhanced oxidation of graphite to graphene oxide with controlled species of oxygenated groups
Open Access Edge Article

Hyper-crosslinked β-cyclodextrin porous polymer: an adsorption-facilitated molecular catalyst support for transformation of water-soluble aromatic molecules

A hyper-crosslinked β-cyclodextrin porous polymer (BnCD-HCPP) was designed and synthesized facilely by β-cyclodextrin benzylation and subsequent crosslinking for efficient adsorption and catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Hyper-crosslinked β-cyclodextrin porous polymer: an adsorption-facilitated molecular catalyst support for transformation of water-soluble aromatic molecules
Open Access Edge Article

Highly effective sites and selectivity of nitrogen-doped graphene/CNT catalysts for CO2 electrochemical reduction

The selectivity of CO2 electrochemical reduction can be tuned for N-doped graphene/CNT catalysts after active sites are determined.

Graphical abstract: Highly effective sites and selectivity of nitrogen-doped graphene/CNT catalysts for CO2 electrochemical reduction
From the themed collection: Global Energy Challenges: Hydrogen Energy
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Aromatic hydrocarbon macrocycles for highly efficient organic light-emitting devices with single-layer architectures

Aromatic hydrocarbon macrocycles for phosphorescent organic light-emitting devices with a single-layer architecture were designed.

Graphical abstract: Aromatic hydrocarbon macrocycles for highly efficient organic light-emitting devices with single-layer architectures
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Asymmetric supercapacitors with high energy density based on helical hierarchical porous NaxMnO2 and MoO2

Helical hierarchical porous NaxMnO2/CC and MoO2/CC, which are assembled from nanosheets and nanoparticles, respectively, are fabricated using a simple electrodeposition method.

Graphical abstract: Asymmetric supercapacitors with high energy density based on helical hierarchical porous NaxMnO2 and MoO2
Open Access Edge Article

Seed-mediated growth of MOF-encapsulated Pd@Ag core–shell nanoparticles: toward advanced room temperature nanocatalysts

Core–shell Pd@Ag nanoparticles are formed within the pores of MOFs via a seed mediated growth strategy with activated hydrogen atoms as the reducing agent, leading to a family of bimetallic core–shell MOF nanomaterials with excelling catalytic performance in room temperature reactions.

Graphical abstract: Seed-mediated growth of MOF-encapsulated Pd@Ag core–shell nanoparticles: toward advanced room temperature nanocatalysts
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We are delighted to present a collection showcasing the 50 most downloaded Chemical Science articles of 2016. This is only available for a limited time and provides an easy way to quickly access the most important papers published in Chemical Science in the past year. These articles highlight exciting and impactful research across a broad range of subject areas, analytical chemistry, chemical biology, catalysis, energy, inorganic chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. We hope you enjoy reading this collection!

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