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Epitaxial nanotwinned metals and alloys: synthesis-twin structure–property relations

Recent works of epitaxial nanotwinned metals and alloys with different stacking fault energies are reviewed to elaborate the relationship among synthesis conditions, intrinsic factors, twin structure and various properties.

Graphical abstract: Epitaxial nanotwinned metals and alloys: synthesis-twin structure–property relations
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Sublimation – a green route to new solid-state forms

Sublimation is an effective and ‘green’ method to prepare and identify new polymorphs, cocrystals, ionic cocrystals and molecular salts.

Graphical abstract: Sublimation – a green route to new solid-state forms
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Electrochemically induced nucleation of oxidic crystals in melts – a review

Electrochemically induced nucleation refers to a method where an applied potential triggers an electrochemical reaction which changes the conditions in the melt so that nucleation can occur where it was previously not significantly possible.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemically induced nucleation of oxidic crystals in melts – a review
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Review on quasi-2D square planar nickelates

Quasi-2D square planar nickelates exhibit key ingredients of high-Tc superconducting cuprates. Whether bulk samples are superconducting remains an open question, single crystals are ideal platforms for addressing such fundamental questions.

Graphical abstract: Review on quasi-2D square planar nickelates
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Spin crossover crystalline materials engineered via single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformations

This highlight illustrates the latest crystalline materials engineered via SCSC transformations, with emphasis on the onset and progress of spin crossover in a crystal control.

Graphical abstract: Spin crossover crystalline materials engineered via single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformations
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Micro-pulling-down growth of long YAG- and LuAG-based garnet fibres: advances and bottlenecks

A technological advance in shaped μ-PD crystal growth provided us with high-quality single crystalline fibres of rare-earth garnets with the good longitudinal transparency and light attenuation length of up to 1 m.

Graphical abstract: Micro-pulling-down growth of long YAG- and LuAG-based garnet fibres: advances and bottlenecks
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Dynamic force spectroscopy for quantifying single-molecule organo–mineral interactions

Organo–mineral interactions have long been the focus in the fields of biomineralization and geomineralization, since such interactions not only modulate the dynamics of crystal nucleation and growth but may also change crystal phases, morphologies, and structures.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic force spectroscopy for quantifying single-molecule organo–mineral interactions
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In situ reconstruction of ZIF-8 loaded on fibrous supports

The fibre-supported ZIF-8 can undergo a full degradation–recrystallization cycle in a vapor phase with partial recovery of its porosity.

Graphical abstract: In situ reconstruction of ZIF-8 loaded on fibrous supports
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The synthesis and formation mechanism of nonpolar InN nanoplates

High-crystal-quality nonpolar indium nitride (InN) nanoplates were synthesized via deploying controllable chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology using the M-plane of GaN nanowires (NWs) as a template.

Graphical abstract: The synthesis and formation mechanism of nonpolar InN nanoplates
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A plastically bendable and polar organic crystal

An organic crystal of the polar space group Pc that is capable of plastic bending is reported, and its high dielectric constant and strong second-order harmonic generation (SHG) effect have been demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: A plastically bendable and polar organic crystal
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Vapor–liquid–solid growth of 4H-SiC single crystal films with extremely low carrier densities in chemical vapor deposition with a Pt–Si alloy flux and X-ray topography analysis of their dislocation propagation behaviors

The CVD–VLS process for 4H-SiC films with a Pt–Si alloy flux achieved their low carrier densities of ∼1015 cm−3, demonstrating a remarkable etch back effect and a possible conversion of TEDs and TSDs in the substrate to BPDs in the films.

Graphical abstract: Vapor–liquid–solid growth of 4H-SiC single crystal films with extremely low carrier densities in chemical vapor deposition with a Pt–Si alloy flux and X-ray topography analysis of their dislocation propagation behaviors
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Asymmetric metal–organic frameworks with double helices for enantioselective recognition

A pair of homochiral metal–organic frameworks are elaborated by employing flexible enantiopure ligands.

Graphical abstract: Asymmetric metal–organic frameworks with double helices for enantioselective recognition
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Graphene-induced growth of Co3O4 nanoplates with modulable oxygen vacancies for improved OER properties

Graphene-induced growth of Co(OH)2 nanoplates from Co3O4 nanospheres was reported, showing an ultralow overpotential of 240 mV at 10 mA cm−2 and a Tafel slope of 107.8 mV dec−1.

Graphical abstract: Graphene-induced growth of Co3O4 nanoplates with modulable oxygen vacancies for improved OER properties
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Synthesis of morphology-improved single-crystalline iron silicide nanowires with enhanced physical characteristics

Morphology-improved single-crystalline β-FeSi2 nanowires with enhanced physical characteristics were synthesized through a pre-deposition method.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of morphology-improved single-crystalline iron silicide nanowires with enhanced physical characteristics
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Promoted crystallization of silicoaluminophosphate zeolites: an efficient way to accelerate crystallization rate and increase solid yield

SAPO-34 with 100% yield has been synthesized by an acid-assisted method, which is also applicable to the synthesis of other silicoaluminophosphate zeolites.

Graphical abstract: Promoted crystallization of silicoaluminophosphate zeolites: an efficient way to accelerate crystallization rate and increase solid yield
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Competing hydrogen-bonding interactions in a high-Tc organic molecular-ionic crystal with evident nonlinear optical response

An organic molecular-ionic crystal of (TPPO–H)2SO4 exhibits moderate NLO response which is twice that of KDP and competing hydrogen-bonding interactions triggered high-Tc phase transition.

Graphical abstract: Competing hydrogen-bonding interactions in a high-Tc organic molecular-ionic crystal with evident nonlinear optical response
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A temperature-reduced method for the rapid growth of hybrid perovskite single crystals with primary alcohols

In this work, we present the simple and temperature-reduced reactive inverse temperature crystallisation (RITC) method to rapidly grow high-quality organic lead trihalide perovskite single crystals.

Graphical abstract: A temperature-reduced method for the rapid growth of hybrid perovskite single crystals with primary alcohols
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Growth mechanism of helical γ-Dy2S3 single crystals

The nonequilibrium evaporation of a high-temperature SnS + Dy2S3 solution leads to the implementation of a VLS-like mechanism of growth of γ-Dy2S3 helical single crystals.

Graphical abstract: Growth mechanism of helical γ-Dy2S3 single crystals
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Solvent-assisted synthesis of dendritic cerium hexacyanocobaltate and derived porous dendritic Co3O4/CeO2 as supercapacitor electrode materials

Here, we report a solvent-mediated synthetic route for preparing cerium hexacyanocobaltate with a dendritic shape. The porous dendritic Co3O4/CeO2 was prepared after annealing at 500 °C, served as a supercapacitor electrode.

Graphical abstract: Solvent-assisted synthesis of dendritic cerium hexacyanocobaltate and derived porous dendritic Co3O4/CeO2 as supercapacitor electrode materials
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Adjacent N→O and C–NH2 groups — a highly efficient amphoteric structure for energetic materials resulting from tautomerization proved by crystal engineering

Adjacent N→O and C–NH2 groups (O←N[double bond, length as m-dash]C–NH2) were found to be a highly efficient and fairly balanced amphoteric energetic structure for energetic materials by crystal engineering.

Graphical abstract: Adjacent N→O and C–NH2 groups — a highly efficient amphoteric structure for energetic materials resulting from tautomerization proved by crystal engineering
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A high-Tc organic-ionic phase transition crystal obtained from a trivalent cation

The organic-ionic crystal of [1,4,7-triazacyclononammonium] Cl3, containing a trivalent cation, shows a high-temperature phase transition coupled with dielectric switching.

Graphical abstract: A high-Tc organic-ionic phase transition crystal obtained from a trivalent cation
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AB11O16(OH)2 (A = K and Cs): interpenetrating 2D layers with large birefringence

By a cation substitution strategy, two new hydroxyborates AB11O16(OH)2 (A = K and Cs) were synthesized, and KB11O16(OH)2 exhibits a short DUV cutoff edge (195 nm) and a large birefringence.

Graphical abstract: AB11O16(OH)2 (A = K and Cs): interpenetrating 2D layers with large birefringence
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Crystallization of paracetamol from aqueous solutions in a planar oscillatory flow crystallizer: effect of the oscillation conditions on the nucleation kinetics

Nucleation kinetic data is reported for a planar oscillatory flow crystallizer.

Graphical abstract: Crystallization of paracetamol from aqueous solutions in a planar oscillatory flow crystallizer: effect of the oscillation conditions on the nucleation kinetics
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Simple and facile one-step synthesis of bowl-like hollow ZSM-5 zeolites

One-step synthesis of bowl-like hollow ZSM-5 zeolites via controlling the the hydrolysis temperature of TEOS.

Graphical abstract: Simple and facile one-step synthesis of bowl-like hollow ZSM-5 zeolites
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Two pairs of chiral lanthanide–oxo clusters Ln14 induced by amino acid derivatives

Two pairs of chiral lanthanide–oxo clusters L-/D-Ln14 (Ln = Y/Dy) have been obtained under the action of anion template. The solid-state circular dichroism (CD) spectra of L-Y14/D-Y14 and L-Dy14/D-Dy14 displayed mirror symmetry effects.

Graphical abstract: Two pairs of chiral lanthanide–oxo clusters Ln14 induced by amino acid derivatives
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Growth of MSe semiconductor nanowires on metal substrates through an Ag2Se-catalyzed solution–solid–solid mechanism (M = Zn, Cd and Mn)

Solution-phase growth of MSe nanowires on their respective metal foil or flakes (M = Zn, Cd and Mn) has been realized by a recently developed solution–solid–solid mechanism initiated by preexisting Ag2Se seeds.

Graphical abstract: Growth of MSe semiconductor nanowires on metal substrates through an Ag2Se-catalyzed solution–solid–solid mechanism (M = Zn, Cd and Mn)
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Quality improvement mechanism of sputtered AlN films on sapphire substrates with high-miscut-angles along different directions

We studied the annealing mechanism of the films with high-miscut-angles at low cost and high efficiency and revealed the essence of annealing to improve the film quality lies in the annihilation of grain boundaries during the recrystallization.

Graphical abstract: Quality improvement mechanism of sputtered AlN films on sapphire substrates with high-miscut-angles along different directions
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New phase transition pattern of fivefold twins transformed into lamellar structure in Ti3Al alloy

A new phase transition pattern of fivefold twins into a lamellar structure leading to a second phase transition was found in Ti3Al alloy.

Graphical abstract: New phase transition pattern of fivefold twins transformed into lamellar structure in Ti3Al alloy
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Metastable growth and infrared spectra of CuB2O4:Ni single crystals

The formation of CuB2O4:Ni crystals in fluxes based on Li2WO4–Bi2O3–WO3 has been studied. A distinctive feature of the used flux growing mode is the metastable nature of nucleation. IR reflection and transmission spectra are presented.

Graphical abstract: Metastable growth and infrared spectra of CuB2O4:Ni single crystals
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Optimized growth and anisotropic properties of Li2ZrTeO6 nonlinear optical crystals

Centimeter-sized and high-quality Li2ZrTeO6 crystals were grown by a modified top-seed solution growth method. The excellent thermal properties indicate that Li2ZrTeO6 is an excellent candidate suitable for high-power nonlinear optical applications.

Graphical abstract: Optimized growth and anisotropic properties of Li2ZrTeO6 nonlinear optical crystals
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One-step solvothermal synthesis and growth mechanism of well-crystallized β-Ga2O3 nanoparticles in isopropanol

Well-crystallized β-Ga2O3 nanoparticles were synthesized by solvothermal treatment of Ga(NO3)3 in isopropanol at 400 °C without performing the calcination process.

Graphical abstract: One-step solvothermal synthesis and growth mechanism of well-crystallized β-Ga2O3 nanoparticles in isopropanol
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Crystal growth, optical, thermal and piezoelectric properties of HoCa4O(BO3)3 crystal

High-quality crystals of HoCa4O(BO3)3 were grown by the Czochralski method. The optical, thermal and piezoelectric properties were investigated.

Graphical abstract: Crystal growth, optical, thermal and piezoelectric properties of HoCa4O(BO3)3 crystal
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Three mixed-alkaline-metal borates with {Li@B12Ox(OH)24−x} (x = 18, 22) clusters: from isolated oxoboron cluster to unusual layer

The isolated {Li@B12O18(OH)6} clusters are extended to the {Li@B12O22(OH)2} layer through condensation reactions for the first time.

Graphical abstract: Three mixed-alkaline-metal borates with {Li@B12Ox(OH)24−x} (x = 18, 22) clusters: from isolated oxoboron cluster to unusual layer
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Structure-directing effect of aqueous alkali metal ion (Li+, Na+ and K+) clusters on the polyoxoanion configuration in vanadium–molybdenum polyoxometalate solid solutions

Aqueous alkali metal ion clusters direct the configuration of vanadium–molybdenum solid solution polyoxometalates and crystal structures.

Graphical abstract: Structure-directing effect of aqueous alkali metal ion (Li+, Na+ and K+) clusters on the polyoxoanion configuration in vanadium–molybdenum polyoxometalate solid solutions
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Tunable protein crystal size distribution via continuous slug-flow crystallization with spatially varying temperature

Under appropriate buffer and pH conditions, the magnitude and dispersion of the product protein crystals were reproducibly manipulated by controlling the spatial temperature along the tube in a continuous tubular crystallizer.

Graphical abstract: Tunable protein crystal size distribution via continuous slug-flow crystallization with spatially varying temperature
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Features of the crystallization of multicomponent solutions: a dipeptide, its salt and potassium carbonate

Various stages of crystallization of the dipeptide potassium salt on graphite and gold. Possible molecular structures of the dipeptide (a) and its potassium salt (b).

Graphical abstract: Features of the crystallization of multicomponent solutions: a dipeptide, its salt and potassium carbonate
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Investigation of the crack extending downward along the seed of the β-Ga2O3 crystal grown by the EFG method

The formation mechanism of the crack and its effect on the crystal quality of β-Ga2O3 grown by the edge-defined film-fed growth method.

Graphical abstract: Investigation of the crack extending downward along the seed of the β-Ga2O3 crystal grown by the EFG method
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A solid–liquid two-phase precipitation method for the growth of fullerene (C60) nanowires

A schematic diagram of the preparation of C60 nanowires by the solid–liquid two-phase precipitation method.

Graphical abstract: A solid–liquid two-phase precipitation method for the growth of fullerene (C60) nanowires
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X-ray characterisation of the basal stacking fault densities of (11[2 with combining macron]2) GaN

X-ray diffraction reciprocal space maps in the [[1 with combining macron]2[1 with combining macron]0] zone show basal plane stacking (BSF) fold related long diffuse scattering tails along [0001]. The BSF density correlates with the Lorentzian area of the reflection peak.

Graphical abstract: X-ray characterisation of the basal stacking fault densities of (11 [[2 with combining macron]] 2) GaN
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Synthesis, crystal structure, photocatalysis, photocurrent response: one-dimensional K2HgSnSe4 and three-dimensional Na6Cu8Sn3Se13

Two novel selenidostannates were solvothermally synthesized and compound 2 displays a unique 3-D open frame structure.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, crystal structure, photocatalysis, photocurrent response: one-dimensional K2HgSnSe4 and three-dimensional Na6Cu8Sn3Se13
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The characteristics of Ib diamond crystals synthesized in a Fe–Ni–C system with different SiC contents

The influence of different SiC doping contents on the synthesis of diamond crystals in the Fe–Ni–C system was investigated.

Graphical abstract: The characteristics of Ib diamond crystals synthesized in a Fe–Ni–C system with different SiC contents
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Nb3O7F mesocrystals: orientation formation and application in lithium ion capacitors

The formation mechanism of NOF-NCMs is the overlapping effect of etching action of HF and the aggregation of nanowires. Because of novel architecture, the NOF-NCMs possess enhanced kinetic properties and outstanding Li storage performance.

Graphical abstract: Nb3O7F mesocrystals: orientation formation and application in lithium ion capacitors
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Anisotropic bending and twisting behaviour of a twin crystal composed of a diarylethene

The unusual photomechanical behaviour of a “twin crystal” consisting of a diarylethene derivative was investigated.

Graphical abstract: Anisotropic bending and twisting behaviour of a twin crystal composed of a diarylethene
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A template-free synthesis of mesoporous SrTiO3 single crystals

Well-defined mesoporous SrTiO3 single crystals were fabricated via a template-free method, undergoing a reversed crystal growth, which crystallize from the external and then proceed gradually inwards.

Graphical abstract: A template-free synthesis of mesoporous SrTiO3 single crystals
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High-temperature crystallinity restoring layers and their optimal positions for ultra-thick InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum-well structures

MQW structure with ultra-thick low-temperature barriers that has smooth surface is achieved with the help of crystallinity restoring layers.

Graphical abstract: High-temperature crystallinity restoring layers and their optimal positions for ultra-thick InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum-well structures
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The effect of a micro-crystalline ZnO with columnar structure on the crystallization behavior and mechanical properties of poly(ethylene 2,6-naphthalate)

Polarized optical micrographs of PEN/H-ZnOc blends: (a) 0 wt%, (b) 0.4 wt%, (c) 0.6 wt%, (d) 1.0 wt%, (e) 1.5 wt% isothermally crystallized at 200 °C for 40 min.

Graphical abstract: The effect of a micro-crystalline ZnO with columnar structure on the crystallization behavior and mechanical properties of poly(ethylene 2,6-naphthalate)
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Study of flux crystal growth peculiarities, structure and Raman spectra of double (Mn,Ni)3BO5 and triple (Mn,Ni,Cu)3BO5 oxyborates with ludwigite structure

Single crystals of (Mn,Ni,Cu)3BO5 ludwigites have been obtained by a flux technique and studied by XRD, EDX and Raman spectroscopy. The significant difference of the actual Mn/Ni/Cu ratio and the ratio in the flux was found and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Study of flux crystal growth peculiarities, structure and Raman spectra of double (Mn,Ni)3BO5 and triple (Mn,Ni,Cu)3BO5 oxyborates with ludwigite structure
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Ultra-broad absorption band of a Dy3+-doped Gd3Sc2Al3O12 garnet crystal at around 450 nm: a potential crystal for InGaN LD-pumped all-solid-state yellow lasers

The 2 at% Dy3+ doped Gd3Sc2Al3O12 single crystal is potential for InGaN LD-pumped all-solid-state yellow lasers application with an ultra-broad absorption band (FWHM = 31 nm) at 447 nm.

Graphical abstract: Ultra-broad absorption band of a Dy3+-doped Gd3Sc2Al3O12 garnet crystal at around 450 nm: a potential crystal for InGaN LD-pumped all-solid-state yellow lasers
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Epitaxial growth mechanisms of single-crystalline GaN on single-crystalline graphene

Dangling bonds, an AlN nucleation layer and high selectivity of AlN nucleation are prerequisites for the epitaxy of single-crystalline GaN on a single-crystalline graphene template.

Graphical abstract: Epitaxial growth mechanisms of single-crystalline GaN on single-crystalline graphene
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Acceptor-regulated luminescence in carbazole-based charge transfer complexes

A dicarbazole derivative and two acceptors could formed 1D mixed stacking columns in their charge transfer co-crystals. Moreover, the LUMO energy levels of the acceptors determine the fluorescence colors of the co-crystals.

Graphical abstract: Acceptor-regulated luminescence in carbazole-based charge transfer complexes
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Growth and piezoelectric properties of large sized Ca3TaGa3Si2O14 crystals

Ca3TaGa3Si2O14 (CTGS) crystals are excellent high temperature piezoelectric materials.

Graphical abstract: Growth and piezoelectric properties of large sized Ca3TaGa3Si2O14 crystals
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Sluggish growth of poly(ε-caprolactone) leads to petal-shaped aggregates packed with thick-stack lamellar bundles

Kinetically sluggish growth of poly(ε-caprolactone) leads to peculiar camellia-petal-like bands on top, where a stereo-dissection demonstrates interior self-assembled lamellae being periodically grating-structured.

Graphical abstract: Sluggish growth of poly(ε-caprolactone) leads to petal-shaped aggregates packed with thick-stack lamellar bundles
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Study on the catalyst effect of NaCl on MoS2 growth in a chemical vapor deposition process

In the chemical vapor deposition (CVD), the catalyst has negative effects on the grown MoS2 morphology even though it can facilitate the growth.

Graphical abstract: Study on the catalyst effect of NaCl on MoS2 growth in a chemical vapor deposition process
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Trends in rare earth thiophosphate syntheses: Rb3Ln(PS4)2 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr), Rb3−xNaxLn(PS4)2 (Ln = Ce, Pr; x = 0.50, 0.55), and RbEuPS4 obtained by molten flux crystal growth

Crystal structures of new rubidium rare earth thiophosphates with the formulas Rb3Ln(PS4)2 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr), Rb3−xNaxLn(PS4)2 (Ln = Ce, Pr; x = 0.50, 0.55), and RbEuPS4 crystallized out of a molten RbCl flux.

Graphical abstract: Trends in rare earth thiophosphate syntheses: Rb3Ln(PS4)2 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr), Rb3−xNaxLn(PS4)2 (Ln = Ce, Pr; x = 0.50, 0.55), and RbEuPS4 obtained by molten flux crystal growth
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Morphogenesis mechanisms in the hydrothermal growth of lead-free BCZT nanostructured multipods

The nanostructuring approach may offer a new route to tailor lead-free ferroelectrics with superior energy storage performance for ceramic actuators and capacitors.

Graphical abstract: Morphogenesis mechanisms in the hydrothermal growth of lead-free BCZT nanostructured multipods
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From [B6O13]8− to [GaB5O13]8− to [Ga{B5O9(OH)}{BO(OH)2}]2−: synthesis, structure and nonlinear optical properties of new metal borates

By tuning the synthetic conditions, a 3D gallo-borate with a high second-harmonic generation response was obtained.

Graphical abstract: From [B6O13]8− to [GaB5O13]8− to [Ga{B5O9(OH)}{BO(OH)2}]2−: synthesis, structure and nonlinear optical properties of new metal borates
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Cl-Induced selective fabrication of 3D AgCl microcrystals by a one-pot synthesis method

Cl induces the shape evolution of AgCl crystals with different morphologies.

Graphical abstract: Cl−-Induced selective fabrication of 3D AgCl microcrystals by a one-pot synthesis method
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Effects of the initial flux ratio on CeSb2 crystal growth by a self-flux method

Self-flux growth of the single crystal CeSb2 was studied in detail, and the most suitable growth parameters of CeSb2 were obtained. The unusual magnetoresistance properties of CeSb2 were observed and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Effects of the initial flux ratio on CeSb2 crystal growth by a self-flux method
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Crystallographic orientation and strain distribution in AlN seeds grown on 6H–SiC substrates by the PVT method

AlN crystal is prepared on 6H–SiC substrate by PVT method, the growth pattern is [0001]AlN‖[0001]6H–SiC and [10[1 with combining macron]0]AlN‖[10[1 with combining macron]0]6H–SiC and the stress in AlN layer decreases with the increase of thickness.

Graphical abstract: Crystallographic orientation and strain distribution in AlN seeds grown on 6H–SiC substrates by the PVT method
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Photodiodes based on a MAPbBr3/Bi3+-doped MAPbCl3 single crystals heterojunction for the X-ray detection

The epitaxially fabricated MAPbBr3/Bi3+-doped MAPbCl3 PSCs pN heterojunction shows advanced X-ray detection performance with decreased dark current density and faster response time under relatively high external reverse voltage.

Graphical abstract: Photodiodes based on a MAPbBr3/Bi3+-doped MAPbCl3 single crystals heterojunction for the X-ray detection
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Development of a thermodynamic approach to assist the control of the precipitation of hydroxyapatites and associated calcium phosphates in open systems

Thermodynamics of the precipitation of calcium phosphates shows the importance of the pH and the order of introduction of the precursor ions on the textural (morphology, surface area) and structural (defects) properties of hydroxyapatites.

Graphical abstract: Development of a thermodynamic approach to assist the control of the precipitation of hydroxyapatites and associated calcium phosphates in open systems
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Bridgman growth and characterization of a HoCa4O(BO3)3 crystal

HoCa4O(BO3)3 grown with Bridgman method used in QPCPA system.

Graphical abstract: Bridgman growth and characterization of a HoCa4O(BO3)3 crystal
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Study on the solubilization of telmisartan by forming cocrystals with aromatic carboxylic acids

The solubility of insoluble telmisartan could be greatly improved by forming cocrystals with aromatic carboxylic acids.

Graphical abstract: Study on the solubilization of telmisartan by forming cocrystals with aromatic carboxylic acids
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The influence of Fe3+ doping on thermally induced crystallization and phase evolution of amorphous calcium phosphate

The present study investigates thermally induced crystallization and phase evolution of amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) partially substituted with Fe3+ ions (M/P = 1.5 : 1).

Graphical abstract: The influence of Fe3+ doping on thermally induced crystallization and phase evolution of amorphous calcium phosphate
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Measuring the end-face of silicon boules using mid-infrared laser scanning

Laser scanning is investigated to measure the deflection of the crystal–melt interface during Czochralski-growth of silicon.

Graphical abstract: Measuring the end-face of silicon boules using mid-infrared laser scanning
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Metal–organic complex-derived 3D porous carbon-supported g-C3N4/TiO2 as photocatalysts for the efficient degradation of antibiotic

g-C3N4/TiO2/CNOT heterojunction photocatalysts exhibit efficient synergistic adsorption–photocatalysis performance for the removal of chlortetracycline hydrochloride (CTC-HCl).

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic complex-derived 3D porous carbon-supported g-C3N4/TiO2 as photocatalysts for the efficient degradation of antibiotic
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Two-dimensional stable and ultrathin cluster-based metal–organic layers for efficient electrocatalytic water oxidation

The report describes the successful synthesis of CoNi bimetal two-dimensional CMOLs directly grown on Ni foam (Co0.6Ni0.4-CMOLs/NF), which shows excellent catalytic activity and stability for the OER under alkaline conditions.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional stable and ultrathin cluster-based metal–organic layers for efficient electrocatalytic water oxidation
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Infrared spectroscopic measurements of the structure of organic thin films; furfural on Pd(111) and Au(111) surfaces

This work demonstrates the use of reflection–adsorption infrared spectroscopy for continually monitoring the structure of organic thin films as a function of thickness and temperature to complement diffraction methods.

Graphical abstract: Infrared spectroscopic measurements of the structure of organic thin films; furfural on Pd(111) and Au(111) surfaces
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A multifunctional colorimetric sensor originating from a cadmium naphthalene diimide-based metal–organic framework: photochromism, hydrochromism, and vapochromism

A new cadmium metal–organic framework with photocontrolled luminescence properties and multiple chromic properties was synthesized for used as a multifunctional colorimetric sensor and provide a new route to design functional MOFs.

Graphical abstract: A multifunctional colorimetric sensor originating from a cadmium naphthalene diimide-based metal–organic framework: photochromism, hydrochromism, and vapochromism
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Co-crystal of Ti4Ni2 and Ti8Ni4 clusters with enhanced photochemical properties

A heterometallic cluster with co-crystal arrangement, {Ti8Ni4+ Ti4Ni2}, which exhibits enhanced photocurrent response and photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activity, has been synthesized.

Graphical abstract: Co-crystal of Ti4Ni2 and Ti8Ni4 clusters with enhanced photochemical properties
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