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Themed collection Emerging Investigators 2016: Novel design strategies for new functional materials

26 articles
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Profile: Emerging Investigators 2016: novel design strategies for new functional materials

Journal of Materials Chemistry C profiles contributors to the Emerging Investigators issue.

Graphical abstract: Profile: Emerging Investigators 2016: novel design strategies for new functional materials
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Colloidal metal halide perovskite nanocrystals: synthesis, characterization, and applications

In this Highlight, we review recent developments in colloidal perovskite nanocrystals, including the chemical synthesis, characterization and optoelectronic applications.

Graphical abstract: Colloidal metal halide perovskite nanocrystals: synthesis, characterization, and applications
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Transition-metal-nitride-based thin films as novel energy harvesting materials

We review experimental and theoretical research on ScN- and CrN-based transition-metal nitride materials for thermoelectrics, drawing parallels with piezoelectricity.

Graphical abstract: Transition-metal-nitride-based thin films as novel energy harvesting materials
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Understanding the vapor–liquid–solid mechanism of Si nanowire growth and doping to synthetically encode precise nanoscale morphology

Bottom-up, chemical methods to control the morphology of semiconductor nanostructures are a promising complement to the top-down fabrication techniques that currently dominate the semiconductor industry.

Graphical abstract: Understanding the vapor–liquid–solid mechanism of Si nanowire growth and doping to synthetically encode precise nanoscale morphology
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Polymorphism as an emerging design strategy for high performance organic electronics

In this review, we present a unique perspective of polymorphism as a design tool to enhance electronic performance and fundamental understanding of the relationship between charge transport and molecular packing in organic electronics.

Graphical abstract: Polymorphism as an emerging design strategy for high performance organic electronics
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Single-step synthesis of hyperbranched, luminescent Mn2+-doped ZnSe1−xSx nanocrystals using dichalcogenide precursors

Taking advantage of dichalcogenide precursors, a simple, single-step heat-up method for obtaining Mn2+-doped ZnSe1−xSx nanocrystals (NCs) is presented.

Graphical abstract: Single-step synthesis of hyperbranched, luminescent Mn2+-doped ZnSe1−xSx nanocrystals using dichalcogenide precursors
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Ultrafast charge carrier dynamics in CH3NH3PbI3: evidence for hot hole injection into spiro-OMeTAD

Hybrid organic–inorganic metal perovskites have emerged as highly promising materials for solar energy conversion. In this study the influence of excess energy on the initial photo-products in CH3NH3PbI3, as well as the hole injection into spiro-OMeTAD have been investigated.

Graphical abstract: Ultrafast charge carrier dynamics in CH3NH3PbI3: evidence for hot hole injection into spiro-OMeTAD
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Synthesis of polyquinolines via an AA/BB-type aza-Diels–Alder polymerization reaction

We report a general, modular, and high yield route to quinoline-based functional materials for applications in organic electronics.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of polyquinolines via an AA/BB-type aza-Diels–Alder polymerization reaction
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Targeted design leads to tunable photoluminescence from perylene dicarboxdiimide–poly(oxyalkylene)/siloxane hybrids for luminescent solar concentrators

The chain length and branching of the organic backbone of poly(oxyalkylene)/siloxane ureasils can be used to control the placement and orientation of a covalently-grafted perylene, leading to tunable photoluminescence.

Graphical abstract: Targeted design leads to tunable photoluminescence from perylene dicarboxdiimide–poly(oxyalkylene)/siloxane hybrids for luminescent solar concentrators
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On the impact of isomer structure and packing disorder in thienoacene organic semiconductors

Using benzodithiophene as a model compound, the concept of the disordermer is introduced to discuss how intermolecular isomerism in the solid state can result in a wide range of available molecular packing arrangements that in turn influence the magnitude of the electronic coupling, a key parameter of importance to the performance of organic semiconductors.

Graphical abstract: On the impact of isomer structure and packing disorder in thienoacene organic semiconductors
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Optical study of electrochromic moving fronts for the investigation of ion transport in conducting polymers

Spectroscopic investigation of electrochromic moving fronts enables the study of ion transport in complex conducting polymer film morphologies.

Graphical abstract: Optical study of electrochromic moving fronts for the investigation of ion transport in conducting polymers
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The preparation and phase diagrams of (7Li1−xFexOD)FeSe and (Li1−xFexOH)FeSe superconductors

We report the phase diagram for the superconducting system (7Li1−xFexOD)FeSe and contrast it with that of (Li1−xFexOH)FeSe both in single crystal and powder forms.

Graphical abstract: The preparation and phase diagrams of (7Li1−xFexOD)FeSe and (Li1−xFexOH)FeSe superconductors
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Cyclic azasilanes as volatile and reactive precursors for atomic layer deposition of silicon dioxide

A suite of four volatile aminosilanes, cyclic azasilanes, was used to deposit silicon dioxide (SiO2) films by atomic layer deposition (ALD) over the temperature range 100–300 °C by reaction with O3.

Graphical abstract: Cyclic azasilanes as volatile and reactive precursors for atomic layer deposition of silicon dioxide
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On the design of atropisomer-separable photochromic diarylethene-based metal–organic framework linkers

The relative stability and accessibility of atropisomers plays a prominent role in the efficacy of diarylethene-based photochromic materials.

Graphical abstract: On the design of atropisomer-separable photochromic diarylethene-based metal–organic framework linkers
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Photochromic spiropyran- and spirooxazine-homopolymers in mesoporous thin films by surface initiated ROMP

A strategy towards photochromic SI-ROMP homopolymers based on spiropyran and spirooxazine in mesopores is presented and photochromism is systematically investigated using UV-VIS spectroscopy and NMR.

Graphical abstract: Photochromic spiropyran- and spirooxazine-homopolymers in mesoporous thin films by surface initiated ROMP
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Design of noncentrosymmetric perovskites from centric and acentric basic building units

We present a detailed crystal-chemistry approach to lift inversion symmetry in inorganic crystals.

Graphical abstract: Design of noncentrosymmetric perovskites from centric and acentric basic building units
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‘Ferroelectric’ metals reexamined: fundamental mechanisms and design considerations for new materials

Free electrons suppress the ferroelectric instability of BaTiO3, but not that of CaTiO3 or the recently synthesized ‘ferroelectric’ metal LiOsO3.

Graphical abstract: ‘Ferroelectric’ metals reexamined: fundamental mechanisms and design considerations for new materials
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Effects of structural variations on the optical and electronic properties of eumelanin-inspired small molecules

In this work, five new eumelanin-inspired indole small molecules have been synthesized which differ by the substituents attached to the para position of the phenylene ring.

Graphical abstract: Effects of structural variations on the optical and electronic properties of eumelanin-inspired small molecules
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Surface plasmonic spectroscopy revealing the oxidation dynamics of copper nanowires embedded in polycarbonate ion-track templates

Surface plasmonic spectroscopy reveals the oxidation dynamics of copper nanowires embedded in polycarbonate ion-track templates. A method is proposed to prevent natural oxidation of metal nanostructures in general.

Graphical abstract: Surface plasmonic spectroscopy revealing the oxidation dynamics of copper nanowires embedded in polycarbonate ion-track templates
Open Access Paper

A novel design strategy for nanoparticles on nanopatterns: interferometric lithographic patterning of Mms6 biotemplated magnetic nanoparticles

Top-down surface patterning technique, interferometric lithography, is combined with bottom-up magnetite nanoparticle biomineralisation using Mms6 to form magnetic nanoscale arrays.

Graphical abstract: A novel design strategy for nanoparticles on nanopatterns: interferometric lithographic patterning of Mms6 biotemplated magnetic nanoparticles
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Side-chain boron difluoride formazanate polymers via ring-opening metathesis polymerization

The synthesis, characterization, and ring-opening metathesis polymerization of a norbornene-functionalized boron difluoride formazanate complex is reported. The spectroscopic and electrochemical properties of monomer/polymer are compared and discussed in detail.

Graphical abstract: Side-chain boron difluoride formazanate polymers via ring-opening metathesis polymerization
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3D-ordered carbon materials by melt-shear organization for tailor-made hybrid core–shell polymer particle architectures

The melt-shear organization technique for tailor-made polystyrene-co-polyacrylonitrile (PSAN) shell and silica core particles is investigated yielding easy-scalable carbonaceous porous films after etching and appropriate thermal treatment.

Graphical abstract: 3D-ordered carbon materials by melt-shear organization for tailor-made hybrid core–shell polymer particle architectures
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Surface roughness boosts the SERS performance of imprinted plasmonic architectures

Rough 2D plasmonic crystals pose as inexpensive and easily processed SERS substrates exhibiting enhancement factors up to 1.6 × 1010.

Graphical abstract: Surface roughness boosts the SERS performance of imprinted plasmonic architectures
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Contorted aromatics via a palladium-catalyzed cyclopentannulation strategy

A palladium-catalyzed cyclopentannulation provides access to contorted aromatics that afford solubility benefits while maintaining pi–pi stacking motifs.

Graphical abstract: Contorted aromatics via a palladium-catalyzed cyclopentannulation strategy
Open Access Correction

Correction: Photochromic spiropyran- and spirooxazine-homopolymers in mesoporous thin films by surface initiated ROMP

26 articles

About this collection

Journal of Materials Chemistry C is proud to present this themed issue highlighting 2016’s rising stars of materials chemistry research. This issue gathers the very best work from materials chemists in the early stages of their independent career, with a special focus on novel design strategies for new functional materials.

Each contributor was recommended by our prestigious Editorial Board as carrying out work with the potential to influence future directions in materials chemistry. Congratulations to all of those who feature on their important work so far in the field of materials for optical, magnetic and electronic devices.

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