Recent Advances in Plasmon-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopies for Catalytic Reactions on Bifunctional Metallic Nanostructures
Transition metal-based layered double hydroxides for photo(electro)chemical water splitting：a mini review
Peptide foldamer-based self-assembled nanostructures containing cyclic beta-amino acids
This minireview presents the current state of knowledge in the field of peptide foldamer-based self-assembled nanostructures containing cyclic beta-amino acids.
Nonmetal-doping of noble metal-based catalysts for electrocatalysis
The recent progress in nonmetal doped noble metal-based catalysts for advanced electrocatalysis is summarized.
Emerging DNA-based multifunctional nano-biomaterials towards electrochemical sensing applications
The various utilities of DNA that render it as a multifunctional bio-nanomaterial for electrochemical biosensing applications.
Electrochromic response and control of plasmonic metal nanoparticles
Here, we reviewed the electrochromic behaviour and underlying mechanisms of plasmonic metal nanoparticles in the visible spectral range, and discussed the recent key progresses in understanding, controlling and utilizing plasmonic electrochromism.
Extending photocatalysis to the visible and NIR: the molecular strategy
Molecular photosensitizers (PS) allow to exploit visible (Vis) and near-infrared (NIR) light for photocatalytic production of solar fuels, organic synthesis and environmental remediation.
Photodoping of metal oxide nanocrystals for multi-charge accumulation and light-driven energy storage
Light-driven multi-charge accumulation (i.e., photodoping) of doped metal oxide nanocrystals opens the way to innovative solutions for the direct conversion and storage of the solar energy.
Genetically encoded RNA nanodevices for cellular imaging and regulation
Recent design and applications of emerging genetically encoded RNA nanodevices in regulating cellular gene expression, imaging, logic operation, structural biology, and optogenetics.
Two-dimensional layered double hydroxide nanoadjuvant: recent progress and future direction
MgAl-layered double hydroxide (LDH) has a similar composition to the commercial aluminum adjuvant, but is highly biocompatible. The excellent adjuvanticity and biocompatibility make LDH the most potential clinical candidate adjuvant.
Recent advances and rational design strategies of carbon dots towards highly efficient solar evaporation
By rationally designing and modifying their heterostructures, carbon dots have the potential to be used as solar absorbers for solar evaporation. The roles of carbon dots to improve solar-to-vapor efficiency are thoroughly discussed.
Recent progress in mitochondria-targeting-based nanotechnology for cancer treatment
This review summarizes the state of the art design and construction of nanosystems used for mitochondria-targeted delivery.
Anderson-type polyoxometalates: from structures to functions
This review provides a deep discussion on the recent progress in the synthetic methodology, structural exploration, and promising applications of Anderson-type polyoxometalates.
Catalysis based on ferroelectrics: controllable chemical reaction with boosted efficiency
Ferroelectric catalysts possess the advantages of boosted catalytic efficiency as a result of polarization, which suppresses electron–hole pair recombination, and superior selectivity via the ferroelectric switch.
Control of light–valley interactions in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides with nanophotonic structures
Valley pseudospin of 2D transition-metal dichalcogenides is promising for information technologies, but its robust manipulation is challenging. This minireview highlights recent progress on using nanophotonic strategies to address this challenge.
Transition metal oxide and chalcogenide-based nanomaterials for antibacterial activities: an overview
This review summarizes the recent advances of transition metal oxide and chalcogenide-based antibacterial nanomaterials, with emphasis on their inactivation mechanisms and highlighting their practical applications.
Emergent electrochemical functions and future opportunities of hierarchically constructed metal–organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks
Hierarchically constructed metal–organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks toward emergent electrochemical applications.
Cooperativity in supported metal single atom catalysis
Cooperativity in single atom catalysis greatly exceeds the (important) metal–support interaction, and other types of synergies (with a nanoparticle – NP, a second SA – SA2, or a ligand/heteroatom – X) are described in this mini-review.
Synthesis and defect engineering of molybdenum oxides and their SERS applications
Review on crystal structures, material synthesis methods, defect engineering strategies for molybdenum oxides' SERS mechanism and application investigation.
Boosting the performance of printed thermoelectric materials by inducing morphological anisotropy
Printing holds potential for low-cost and large-area patterning of thermoelectric materials. The process can be also engineered to induce morphological anisotropy in (in)organic materials, which boost the performance along a preferential direction.
Graphene glial-interfaces: challenges and perspectives
This work provides an overview of the emerging literature on the interaction of graphene-based materials with glial cells, aiming to define the challenges and perspectives of graphene glial-interfaces.
Strong plasmon–exciton coupling in transition metal dichalcogenides and plasmonic nanostructures
This schematic shows strong plasmon–exciton coupling in transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) coupled with plasmonic single nanoparticles, nanoparticles-over-mirrors, and plasmonic arrays.
Bioinspired surfaces with special micro-structures and wettability for drag reduction: which surface design will be a better choice?
Human beings learn from creatures in nature and imitate them to solve drag reduction challenges in daily life.
Overcoming thermal quenching in upconversion nanoparticles
Recent efforts for alleviating energy dissipation and enhancement of energy collection are reviewed to combat thermal quenching in UCNPs.
Recent advances in biofluid detection with micro/nanostructured bioelectronic devices
Micro/nanostructured bioelectronic devices for various biofluid detection applications are systematically summarized and discussed with new insights for future health monitoring.
Recent advances in colour-tunable soft actuators
This review summarizes the recent advances of colour-tunable soft actuators, with emphasis on their colour-change mechanisms and highlighting their applications.
Between plasmonics and surface-enhanced resonant Raman spectroscopy: toward single-molecule strong coupling at a hotspot
The purpose of this minireview is to build a bridge between two research fields: surface-enhanced resonant Raman spectroscopy (SERRS) and the branch of plasmonics treating strong coupling between plasmons and molecular excitons.
Electrocatalysis in confined spaces: interplay between well-defined materials and the microenvironment
In this minireview, we summarize recent advances in electrocatalysis in confined spaces. Emerging electrochemical reactions are covered and discussed.
Enhancing electrocatalytic water splitting by surface defect engineering in two-dimensional electrocatalysts
Overall electrocatalytic water splitting can efficiently and sustainably produce clean hydrogen energy to alleviate the global energy crisis and environmental pollution.
Recent advances in focused ion beam nanofabrication for nanostructures and devices: fundamentals and applications
The past few decades have witnessed growing research interest in developing powerful nanofabrication technologies for three-dimensional (3D) structures and devices to achieve nano-scale and nano-precision manufacturing.
Operando spectroscopy of nanoscopic metal/covalent organic framework electrocatalysts
Metal and covalent organic frameworks (MOFs and COFs) are increasingly finding exceptional utility in electrocatalytic systems.
Theoretical and computational investigations into mechanobactericidal activity of nanostructures at the bacteria-biomaterial interface: a critical review
Modeling and simulation of bacteria-nanostructure interactions can reveal critical insights underlying the physics of the process, verify and predict bacterial behaviour, or optimize bactericidal activity.
Single molecule electronic devices with carbon-based materials: status and opportunity
The field of single molecule electronics has progressed remarkably in the past decades by allowing for more versatile molecular functions and improving device fabrication techniques.
Conjugated nanomaterials for solar fuel production
Photocatalytic hydrogen production from water has the potential to fulfil future energy needs by producing a clean and storable fuel. Here the discuss the recent advances in using nanosized materials as photocatalysts.
Synthetic preparations and atomic scale engineering of silver nanoparticles for biomedical applications
Transition metal-based catalysts for electrochemical water splitting at high current density: current status and perspectives
Current popular transition metal-based electrocatalysts developed for HER/OER in water splitting at high current density are critically reviewed and discussed.
Fibre electronics: towards scaled-up manufacturing of integrated e-textile systems
Advances in materials development, fabrication processes, and applications for various fibre electronics are reviewed. Their integration into multifunctional electronic textiles and the key challenges in large-scale manufacturing are discussed.
Recent progress in water-splitting electrocatalysis mediated by 2D noble metal materials
An overview and discussion of the advantages of 2D noble-metal-based nanocatalysts, along with their application in water splitting, are provided.
ZIF-67-based catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction
As a new type of crystalline porous material, the imidazole zeolite framework (ZIF) has attracted widespread attention due to its ultra-high surface area, large pore volume, and unique advantage of easy functionalization.
Multiple exciton generation in isolated and interacting silicon nanocrystals
Carrier multiplication can be exploited to improve solar cell efficiency increasing the number of e-h pairs generated after absorption of a single photon. Pairs with excess energy decays non-radiatively toward band edges generating extra pairs.
Design of metal–organic framework composites in anti-cancer therapies
This review focuses on different types of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and MOF composites, and their biomedical applications in the anti-cancer field.
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for bioanalysis and diagnosis
In recent years, bioanalytical surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has blossomed into a fast-growing research area. We present here a review on SERS-based assays with focus on early bacterial infection detection and chronic disease diagnosis.
A review of the microwave-assisted synthesis of carbon nanomaterials, metal oxides/hydroxides and their composites for energy storage applications
Microwave-assisted synthesis of carbon nanomaterials, metal oxides/hydroxides and their composites for energy storage applications.
Review on the recent development of durable superhydrophobic materials for practical applications
Comprehensive insight into durable superhydrophobic surfaces is provided from the theory and design to applications, which brings a new perspective to construct long-life superhydrophobic surfaces.
Defects in ferroelectric HfO2
Following introduction to defects in classical ferroelectrics as well as in dielectric HfO2, this review covers recent experimental results on the impact of defects in ferroelectric HfO2 on its functional properties and resulting performance of memory devices.
Chiral magnetic hybrid materials constructed from macromolecules and their chiral applications
This review summarizes the recent advances in the construction and chiral applications of chiral magnetic hybrid materials primarily from iron oxide nanoparticles and biological polymers or synthetic chiral polymers.
Bioresponsive nanomedicines based on dynamic covalent bonds
Efficient drug delivery to target tissues is essential for improved outcomes. Bioresponsive nanomedicine with dynamic covalent bonds (DCBs) is promising.
When graphene meets white graphene -Recent advances in construction of graphene and h-BN heterostructures
Recent progress in post treatment of silver nanowire electrodes for optoelectronic device applications
Schematic of the fabrication process. The application of the AgNW electrode in an organic light emitting device. The preparation process mainly includes synthesis, film fabrication, post treatment and device fabrication.
Two-dimensional halide perovskites: synthesis, optoelectronic properties, stability, and applications
2D halide perovskites show interesting properties such as electronic confinement, energy funneling, exciton dissociation at crystal edges, and broad-band emission which make them promising for light-harvesting and light-emitting applications.
Metal−Metal Bonds in Polyoxometalate Chemistry
Low dimensional materials for glucose sensing
Biosensors are essential components for effective healthcare management.
A new type of zinc ion hybrid supercapacitor based on 2D materials
We review the recent research progress in 2D materials and their composites in the pursuit of zinc ion hybrid supercapacitors, focusing on the possible charge storage mechanism of zinc ion hybrid supercapacitors.
Fabrication, functionalization and advanced applications of magnetic hollow materials in confined catalysis and environmental remediation
A comprehensive overview of the magnetic hollow core and nano-rattle architectures with focus on emerging trends in synthetic protocols, functionalization approaches and applications in the field of confined catalysis and environmental remediation.
A review of oligo(arylene ethynylene) derivatives in molecular junctions
This review explores the synthetic variation of structural features of oligo(arylene ethynylene) (OAE) molecular wires and how this affects the electronic and thermal properties of OAE molecules or molecular assemblies held between electrodes.
A strategy for preparing high-efficiency and economical catalytic electrodes toward overall water splitting
Electrolyzing water technology to prepare high-purity hydrogen is currently an important field in energy development.
Plexcitons, electric field gradient and electron–phonon coupling in tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS)
Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) provides very high spatial resolution and detection sensitivity, so it has important applications in nano-scale molecular analysis.
Cocatalysts from types, preparation to applications in the field of photocatalysis
We have summarized the types, design, co-catalysis principles and applications of cocatalysts in the process of photocatalysis, and provide guidance for researchers on how to construct composite photocatalytic systems containing cocatalysts.
Recent advancements of nanomaterial-based therapeutic strategies toward sepsis: bacterial eradication, anti-inflammation, and immunomodulation
Sepsis, a life-threatening organ dysfunction, imposes high healthcare risk worldwide. Nanotechnology-based strategies are promising sepsis treatment approaches by eliminating bacterial infections and/or restoring immune homeostasis.
Effects of polyethylene glycol on the surface of nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery
The Effects of Surface Polyethylene Glycol on Nanoparticles' Fate. a. Mechanical properties. b. Stability. c. Drug encapsulation. d. Plasma proteins adsorption. e. Mucus penetration. f. Active targeting. g. Cellular internalization. h. Circulation time. i. Blood clearance.
Review of emerging nanotechnology in bone regeneration: progress, challenges, and perspectives
The impact of nanotechnology in biomaterials development for bone regeneration are summarised with a focus on three key areas; mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and osteoinductivity. Current challenges and future directions are also discussed.
Ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics of charge carriers in metal halide perovskites
Atomistic details govern quantum dynamics of charge carriers in metal halide perovskites, which exhibit properties of solid state and molecular semiconductors, as revealed by time-domain density functional theory and nonadiabatic molecular dynamics.
Microenvironment-tailored nanoassemblies for the diagnosis and therapy of neurodegenerative diseases
This review discussed the design of stimuli-responsive nanoassemblies that can effectively penetrate BBB and interfere with various pathological factors of NME for effective diagnosis and therapy of neurodegenerative disease.
How to apply metal halide perovskites to photocatalysis: challenges and development
We introduce the physical properties of MHP materials suitable for photocatalysis, and MHP-based photocatalytic systems.
A review on vertical and lateral heterostructures of semiconducting 2D-MoS2 with other 2D materials: a feasible perspective for energy conversion
Emerging 2D-MoS2 based 2D/2D heterostructures toward high-efficiency energy conversion applications. A powerful combination of 2D-MoS2 with other 2D materials furnishes an excellent heterointerface for superior photo/electrocatalytic performances.
State-of-the-art recent progress in MXene-based photocatalysts: a comprehensive review
This review focuses on the systematic understanding of recent advances in MXene and MXene-based photocatalysts. In particular, the defects and improvements of MXene and the design of MXene-based photocatalysts are uniquely classified and clarified.
Graphene and water-based elastomer nanocomposites – a review
This review covers the emerging field of graphene reinforced water-based elastomers, which offer enhanced strength, elasticity, electrical and thermal conductivity and other properties for a wide range of application sectors.
Mesoporous silica nanoparticles as carriers of active agents for smart anticorrosive organic coatings: a critical review
Mesoporous silica nanoparticles with properly designed textural properties and tailored release of corrosion inhibitors are highly efficient smart carriers for advanced anticorrosive nanocomposite coatings.
Transition metal sulfides meet electrospinning: versatile synthesis, distinct properties and prospective applications
We highlight the recent developments in the preparation of electrospun nanomaterials to produce metal sulfides with distinct chemical and physical properties for a broad range of applications.
Cobalt-based metal–organic frameworks for the photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous materials composed of metal centers and organic connectors.
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