Themed collection Recent Review Articles
Bioinspired and Biomimetic MXene-based Structures with Fascinating Properties: Recent Advances
Application of ionic liquids for the functional materialization of chitin
This perspective article illustrates that the possible applications of chitin as a material have been widely extended through the use of ionic liquids, which are now identified as an important research field regarding chitin.
Prospectus of advanced nanomaterials for antiviral properties
Over recent years metal nanoparticles have received increased attention for the treatment of viral diseases. In the presence of metal nanoparticles COVID-19 viral processes such as attachment and replication are reduced leading to insignificant viral production.
Challenges surrounding nanosheets and their application to solar-driven photocatalytic water treatment
A holistic review detailing the recent advances and challenges of nanosheet-derived photocatalysts for the removal of pollutants using sunlight.
Polydiacetylene-based sensors for food applications
In this review, we discuss methods of polydiacetylene sensor fabrication, and their use as food quality and food contaminant sensors. Our perspective on the challenges and opportunities for polydiacetylene-based food sensors is included.
Progress in the preparation and application of CsPbX3 perovskites
In this review, recent progress on the preparation and application of CsPbX3 perovskites is outlined.
Engineered liver tissue in vitro to mimic liver functions and its biomedical applications
This review outlines and discusses the structure of the liver, the function of liver cells, several methods of liver tissue culture in vitro, and applications of liver tissue culture in vitro.
Recent trends in computational tools and data-driven modeling for advanced materials
The paradigm of advanced materials has grown exponentially over the last decade, with their new dimensions including digital design, dynamics, and functions.
Chemical labeling and crosslinking of tobacco mosaic virus via multi-diazonium reagents: examples, applications, and prospects
A mini-review focusing on ambient-pressure chemical vapor deposition (AP-CVD) based synthesis of layered transition metal selenides for energy storage applications
2D layered transition metal selenides grown in ambient pressure CVD for promising energy storage applications.
Recent progress in 0D optical nanoprobes for applications in the sensing of (bio)analytes with the prospect of global health monitoring and detailed mechanistic insights
In the present review, the current trends of the research endeavours (2017–2022) based on emerging optical biosensing applications by various 0D nanomaterials have been comprehensively described towards the detection of targeted bio-analytes.
Metal-free triboelectric nanogenerators for application in wearable electronics
The development of self-powered systems applied in wearable electronics based on triboelectric nanogenerators introduces advances in the Internet of Things, wireless communication, and biomedical fields.
Low-Temperature Water Electrolysis: Fundamentals, Progress, and New Strategies
Eco-friendly synthesis of carbon nanotubes and their cancer theranostic applications
Carbon-based Electrically Conductive Materials for Bone Repair and Regeneration
A review on single crystal and thin film Si-Ge alloy: growth and applications
Autophagy targeting nanoparticles in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
Nanotechnology has been proven to be effective several times in the treatment of various diseases.
Ion transport in composite polymer electrolytes
Composite polymer electrolytes have excellent comprehensive properties among all electrolytes; the detailed ion-transport mechanisms in composite polymer electrolytes are reviewed.
Cellulose based flexible and wearable sensors for health monitoring
Cellulose is one of the greatest bio-resourced materials. In this review, the excellent advancement of cellulose-based sensors for wearable real-time health monitoring are described. In addition, the emerging prospects and challenges of cellulose based flexible devices within this fields are also presented.
Recent trends of contrast agents in ultrasound imaging: a review of the classifications and applications
Ultrasound (US) imaging, due to its capabilities of real-time imaging, portability, low cost and favorable safety, is frequently used as a diagnostic modality for the visualization of different diseases.
Recent developments of lead-free halide double perovskites: a new superstar in the optoelectronic field
Schematic representation of metal halide double perovskite and the different features described in the review.
Research progress on nano-sensitizers for enhancing the effects of radiotherapy
Nano-sensitizers play key roles in tumor radiotherapy in several ways to overcome radioresistance and enhance radioresponse. This review summarizes the recent advances of nano-sensitizers in improving cancer radiotherapy.
MXene wearables: properties, fabrication strategies, sensing mechanism and applications
Schematic representation of MXene based wearable sensors for various applications.
Hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks: design, applications, and prospects
Hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks (HOFs) are crystalline porous polymers which are formed by the interaction of hydrogen bonding among building blocks. Unique advantages of HOFs, enabling new platforms for exploring multifunctional applications.
Electrospun curcumin-loaded polymer nanofibers: solution recipes, process parameters, properties, and biological activities
This review summarizes the latest data about electrospun curcumin-loaded polymer nanofibers: solution formulations, technological parameters, biological and antibacterial activity.
Electrochemical ammonia synthesis: Fundamental practices and recent developments in transition metal boride, carbide and nitride-class of catalysts
A critical review on emerging photocatalysts for syngas generation via CO2 reduction under aqueous medium: a sustainable paradigm
Tannin as a renewable raw material for adhesive applications: a review
Greener methods for the extraction and isolation of tannin, and it's state of art in adhesive technology.
2D material based heterostructures for solar light driven photocatalytic H2 production
Recent advances in 2D material based heterostructures for solar light driven photocatalytic H2 production are summarized.
Prospects of nano-carbons as emerging catalysts for enzyme-mimetic applications
A strategy of using nano-carbons to mimic the catalytic behaviour of enzymes is put forward.
Towards improved waterproofness of Mn4+-activated fluoride phosphors
We summarize the strategies for improving the waterproofness of Mn4+-doped fluoride phosphors, including organic coating, inorganic heterogeneous/homogeneous coating, surface deactivation, preparation of single crystal phosphor, and other methods.
Bioinspired carbon nanotube-based materials
A holistic summary of the design strategies, applications, and further perspectives of bioinspired CNT-based materials.
Making waves: how ultrasound-targeted drug delivery is changing pharmaceutical approaches
A review article regarding ultrasound-triggered drug delivery, highlighting exciting clinical trials and new applications for this modality.
Interface modification of NASICON-type Li-ion conducting ceramic electrolytes: a critical evaluation
This review article focuses on the methods to solve the critical issue of reduction in NASICON-type solid electrolytes such as Li1+xAlxTi2−x(PO4)3 and Li1+xAlxGe2−x(PO4)3 by Li metal.
Magnetic nanocarriers adorned on graphene: promising contrast-enhancing agents with state-of-the-art performance in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and theranostics
Graphene-decorated magnetic nanocarriers applied as contrast agents to enhance MR images.
Materials prepared by Freezing-Induced Self-Assembly of Dispersed Solutes: A Review
Ice-templating has become an increasingly popular synthetic tool in the materials science community. In this review, we focus on the role of solute–freezing front interactions, and particularly on solute–solute interactions, in determining the self-assembled structure that results from ice templating.
Polyindole and polypyrrole as a sustainable platform for environmental remediation and sensor applications
This review focuses on the synthesis and improvement of two types of N-containing conducting polymers – polypyrrole and polyindole – as well as an in-depth analysis of their binary and ternary nanocomposites in the treatment of contaminants, sensing, and green chemistry.
Fluorescent Schiff base sensors as a versatile tool for metal ion detection: strategies, mechanistic insights, and applications
This review discusses the advances in fluorescent Schiff base sensors for metal ion detection with a focus on the strategies, mechanistic insights, and applications.
A journey of thermoplastic elastomer nanocomposites for electromagnetic shielding applications: from bench to transitional research
Thermoplastics elastomers, its processing and properties, electrical conductivity and application as EMI shielding materials.
Electro-responsive polymer-based platforms for electrostimulation of cells
ES can modulate the cell response and influence its metabolic activity. This review highlights the studied polymers used in the design of conducting platforms, clarifying their conducting mechanisms and electrical cues on the cell behavior.
Consequences of chirality on the response of materials
In chiral materials, mirror image symmetry is broken and as a result forbidden processes can become allowed. Here we review optoelectronic properties of materials affected by chirality.
Engineering Schottky-like and heterojunction materials for enhanced photocatalysis performance – a review
Photocatalysis with nanostructured semiconductors is emerging for environmental remediation.
Simple strategies deployed for developing efficient and stable solution processed quantum dot solar cells
Photoanode passivation, electrolyte additives and electrocatalytic and high surface area counter electrodes control the liquid junction quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) performance.
Challenges and opportunities of silk protein hydrogels in biomedical applications
Silk protein is an important natural resource for the preparation of silk-based hydrogels. Its remarkable mechanical properties and biological characteristics give it an important position in the field of biomedicine.
Recent advances in the targeted delivery of paclitaxel nanomedicine for cancer therapy
Cancer cases have reached an all-time high in the current era.
Modulating the porosity of carbons for improved adsorption of hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane: a review
This review examines state-of-the-art techniques to control the porosity of both activated carbons and zeolite templated carbons in order to fine-tune their ability towards the capture and storage of various gases under different pressure and temperature applications.
Iron(III)-cross-linked alginate hydrogels: a critical review
Preparation, characterization and applications, particularly for signal-stimulated molecule release, of Fe3+-cross-linked alginate hydrogels are critically overviewed.
Tailoring the molecular weight of polymer additives for organic semiconductors
We conduct a review of the recent progress of utilizing amorphous and semicrystalline polymer additives with varying molecular weight to manipulate the crystallization, morphology, and charge transport of solution-processable organic semiconductors.
Microfluidic sensors based on two-dimensional materials for chemical and biological assessments
Different 2D materials for microfluidic sensors and their possible use in various health care and environmental applications including wearable sensors are critically addressed.
Recent advances in chemical recycling of polyethylene terephthalate waste into value added products for sustainable coating solutions – hope vs. hype
In this article, we have reviewed how polyethylene terephthalate can be recycled into value-added products so that it can be used as a raw material for coating applications.
CsPbI3 perovskite quantum dot solar cells: opportunities, progress and challenges
All-inorganic CsPbI3 perovskite QDs have quickly emerged as a rising star for QD PV materials and have achieved a remarkable efficiency of over 16% via advanced surface chemistry and device engineering.
Toward precision oncology: SERS microfluidic systems for multiplex biomarker analysis in liquid biopsy
Liquid biopsy-based diagnosis in precision oncology exhibits significant advantages over the traditional tissue biopsies by offering dynamic assessment of tumour heterogeneity, minimally invasive procedures for frequent sampling, and cost-effective tests.
Chemistry of magnetic covalent organic frameworks (MagCOFs): from synthesis to separation applications
This review aims to explore the design, development and applications of magnetically supported covalent organic frameworks (MCOFs) in extraction of metal ions, nitro explosives and chemical pollutants.
Advances in materials and fabrication of separators in supercapacitors
Supercapacitors (SCs) have been extensively used in advanced energy applications due to their superior energy storage capacity and rapid charge–discharge rate.
Recent developments of hydrogel based solar water purification technology
Hydrogel-based solar water purification technology has been recognized as a promising alternative to existing energy-intensive technologies. This is a timely review of the recent 3 years, focusing on design principles and remaining challenges.
Application of carotenoids in sustainable energy and green electronics
Carotenoids are natural pigments responsible for coloring in flowers and seeds. The semiconducting nature of carotenoids makes them a suitable candidate for solar harvesting and biodegradable nanoelectronic devices.
Selenium nanoparticles: a review on synthesis and biomedical applications
Selenium is a trace and essential micronutrient for the health of humans, animals, and microorganisms.
Atomic-scale characterization of structural heterogeny in 2D TMD layers
Recent progress in atomic-scale TEM characterization of structural heterogeny in 2D TMD layers is overviewed. The prospects of visualization techniques are assessed toward atomic-scale identification and manipulation of defects and heterointerfaces.
Chiral plasmonic nanostructures: recent advances in their synthesis and applications
This review presents the main techniques employed to construct chiral plasmonic materials and metasurfaces, in particular using soft-chemistry approaches, and discusses some applications of these nanostructures.
Core–shell nanostructures for better thermoelectrics
The “core–shell” nanostructures can break the strongly coupled electronic and thermal parameters and help achieve high thermoelectric (TE) performance.
Liquid metals as soft electromechanical actuators
The unique properties of gallium based liquid metals (GaLMs) can be harnessed for realising various effects, enabling the formation of numerous soft electromechanical actuators and eventually lead to applications in more complex systems.
Challenges and future prospects of graphene-based hybrids for solar fuel generation: moving towards next generation photocatalysts
Challenges and future prospects of graphene based hybrids as next generation photocatalysts for solar fuel generation.
Nitrogen-rich covalent organic frameworks: a promising class of sensory materials
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) have emerged as highly crystalline porous organic materials. Their potential has been demonstrated for use in various applications, particularly sensing with the nitrogen-rich analogs.
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This collection from Materials Advances publishes review articles on topics across materials science. Reviews will be added to this webpage as soon as possible after publication.