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Imprinting chirality in inorganic nanomaterials for optoelectronic and bio-applications: strategies, challenges, and opportunities
We have shed light on the recent advances in imprinting chirality into achiral inorganic nanomaterials using organic chiral molecules, their structural analysis, growth mechanism, optical, optoelectronic, and bio-applications.
Surface functionalization of MXenes
Diverse applications have been reported for MXenes owing to their extraordinary physicochemical properties and various chemical compositions.
The application of amine-based materials for carbon capture and utilisation: an overarching view
An account of the fundamental chemical and engineering principles of solid amine-based CO2 adsorbents and their industrial application, with discussion of the relevance of amine chemistry in CO2 utilisation technology.
A review on biomass-derived hard carbon materials for sodium-ion batteries
This paper presents a review of research progress for biomass-derived hard carbon materials for sodium-ion storage.
Overview of recent progress in electrohydrodynamic jet printing in practical printed electronics: focus on the variety of printable materials for each component
Electrohydrodynamic jet printing is a promising technology for high-resolution direct printing. This review provides a comprehensive summary of the fabrication and printing methods of various functional materials (and inks) for practical devices.
Organolead halide perovskites beyond solar cells: self-powered devices and the associated progress and challenges
Applications of self-driven optoelectronic devices based on a wide array of organolead halide perovskites.
Designing organic solvent separation membranes: polymers, porous structures, 2D materials, and their combinations
We provide a comprehensive review of advanced membrane materials for organic solvent separations exhibiting superior and robust separation properties, including polymeric architectures and porous materials with well-controlled nanostructures.
History and recent developments in divergent electrolytes towards high-efficiency lithium–sulfur batteries – a review
Lithium–sulfur batteries, with a high specific capacity, low cost and environmental friendliness, could be investigated as a next-generation energy-storage system.
Unveiling the physiochemical aspects of the matrix in improving sulfur-loading for room-temperature sodium–sulfur batteries
The physiochemical aspects of the matrix play an important role in deciding the loading of sulfur cathodes.
Earth-abundant non-toxic perovskite nanocrystals for solution processed solar cells
In this review, we summarize non-toxic perovskite nanocrystals incorporated in solar cells. We also discuss factors limiting efficiency, the approaches followed to overcome these limitations, and possible solutions to improve efficiency.
Technologies of lithium recycling from waste lithium ion batteries: a review
Although the interest in lithium recycling is increasing the current global lithium recycling rate is lower than 1%. For this reason, our paper aims to explain the needs, current state and future directions of lithium recycling technologies.
Substitutional effects in TiFe for hydrogen storage: a comprehensive review
TiFe-based alloys are key materials for large-scale applications based on solid-state hydrogen storage. A comprehensive overview is here provided on chemical substitutions in TiFe for tuning at will their reversible hydrogen storage properties.
All-inorganic CsPbBr3 perovskite: a promising choice for photovoltaics
In recent years, inorganic CsPbBr3-based perovskites have accomplished considerable progress owing to their superior stability under harsh humid environment.
Direct ink writing of energy materials
Direct Ink Writing is a promising technique for the sustainable fabrication of energy devices with arbitrary architectures.
LaMer's 1950 model of particle formation: a review and critical analysis of its classical nucleation and fluctuation theory basis, of competing models and mechanisms for phase-changes and particle formation, and then of its application to silver halide, semiconductor, metal, and metal-oxide nanoparticles
Are classical nucleation theory and the 1950 LaMer model of particle formation supported for a wide range of particle formations, or do competing models in the form of chemical reaction mechanisms have better experimental support? Read on to find out.
Perspectives regarding metal/mineral-incorporating materials for water purification: with special focus on Cr(VI) removal
Metal/mineral-incorporating materials for toxic Cr(VI) removal.
Recent advances in carbon-based supercapacitors
Recent advances in both the core components of carbon-based supercapacitors have been summarized with regard to large-capacitance electrodes and high-potential electrolytes for fabricating high-energy, large-power, and long-running devices.
Recent advances, design guidelines, and prospects of flexible organic/inorganic thermoelectric composites
Thermoelectrics can recover waste heat, environmental heat or heats from different sources and convert it to electricity.
Near-infrared fluorescent protein and bioluminescence-based probes for high-resolution in vivo optical imaging
This review presents the recent progress on NIR fluorescent protein and bioluminescence-based probes with high-resolution in vivo imaging techniques.
Recent advances in crystalline carbon dots for superior application potential
The present review article focuses on novel findings corresponding to the structural and photophysical properties of carbon dots. The article also highlights unique characteristics of crystalline dots that offer new chemistry and thus new application potential.
Controlling the size and circular dichroism of chiral gold helicoids
A comprehensive investigation of size- and optical-response-controlled chiral nanomaterials from morphological analysis to a fundamental understanding.
Simple/efficient solution-processed emitting systems dominated by a novel bipolar small-molecule iridium(III) complex
Due to the desirable film-forming ability and morphological stability, a new bipolar Ir(III) complex FMPPHC can act as a blue emitter and a host sensitizing efficient saturated red light in wet-process emitting systems.
MXene quantum dot rivet reinforced Ni–Co LDH for boosting electrochemical activity and cycling stability
MXene quantum dots (MQDs) were anchored on the surface of Ni–Co LDH via the surface spatial confinement effect to boost the electrochemical activity and stability.
Signal transmission encryption based on dye-doped chiral liquid crystals via tunable and efficient circularly polarized luminescence
Multi-channel adjustable CPL in chiral liquid crystals was investigated, where a well-organized structure distributed in double thin layers exhibits a high |glum| for the input signal to encrypt information transmission.
The surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering of dye molecules adsorbed on two-dimensional titanium carbide Ti3C2Tx (MXene) film
The resonance Raman signal enhancement of crystal violet dyes onto the two-dimensional MXene–Ti3C2Tx film, so called MXenes-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (MERRS), is reported with a calculated enhancement factor of 3.42 × 109.
Optimization of SnO2 electron transport layer for efficient planar perovskite solar cells with very low hysteresis
In this work, we introduce a bilayer ETL composed of lithium (Li)-doped compact SnO2 (c-SnO2) and potassium-capped SnO2 nanoparticle layers (NP-SnO2) to enhance the electron extraction and charge transport properties in perovskite solar cells, resulting in an improved PCE and a strongly reduced J–V hysteresis.
An unusual self-assembling columnar mesogen prepared by tethering a planar naphthalenediimide acceptor to bent phenothiazine donors
Tethering of two shape mismatched donors and acceptor leads to an unusual mesogen design.
Polymer-templated mesoporous lithium titanate microspheres for high-performance lithium batteries
The combination of block copolymer self-assembly and polymer phase separation with sol–gel chemistry enables the optimisation of Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) microspheres with size-tuneable carbon-coated mesopores, resulting in excellent electrochemical performance.
Atomic layer deposition of vanadium oxide films for crystalline silicon solar cells
We have fabricated n-type silicon solar cells using ALD deposited vanadium oxide as the front transparent contact.
Spider silk-inspired peptide multiblock hybrid copolymers for self-healable thin film materials
Spider silk-inspired peptide multiblock hybrid copolymers composed of alternately aligned self-assembling oligopeptides and flexible polypropylene glycol were newly designed for functional nano/microfilm materials.
Cation vacancy driven efficient CoFe-LDH-based electrocatalysts for water splitting and Zn–air batteries
The rich cation vacancies CoFeV-LDH with excellent OER properties was synthesized by tunable alkali etching. Pt was anchored within vacancies (Pt@CoFeV-LDH) by UV reduction to optimize its HER and ORR performance.
Probing the secrets of hydrogen bonding in organic salt phase change materials: the origins of a high enthalpy of fusion
We work towards a rational design process for organic salt phase change materials, using X-ray crystallography to probe the structure–property relationship between hydrogen bonding and the enthalpy of fusion in these materials.
Electron-withdrawing group modified carbazolophane donors for deep blue thermally activated delayed fluorescence OLEDs
We report two blue-emitting thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) compounds employing a substituted carbazolophane (Czp) donor (indolo[2.2]paracyclophane).
High-field/high-frequency EPR spectroscopy on synthetic melanin: on the origin of carbon-centered radicals
High-field/high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy was employed to synthesize melanin to provide relevant information on the carbon-centered free-radical nature of this biomaterial.
Thermally stable high-contrast iridescent structural colours from silica colloidal crystals doped with monodisperse spherical black carbon particles
The saturation of iridescent structural colours of silica colloidal film is significantly improved by addition of a small amount of the monodisperse spherical black carbon nanoparticles which are uniformly dispersed in a colloidal crystal matrix.
Switching between TADF and RTP: anion-regulated photoluminescence in organic salts and co-crystals
Anions in organic salts are used to tune photoluminescence properties, especially TADF and RTP. Bromide facilitates RISC and give short delayed lifetimes while tetrafluoroborate leads to RTP with afterglow.
Tailored porous carbons enabled by persistent micelles with glassy cores
Herein, we report the unique usage of glassy core micelles for the fabrication of mesoporous carbons with independent control of the material wall thickness and the template dimensions.
Ultra-thin g-C3N4/MFM-300(Fe) heterojunctions for photocatalytic aerobic oxidation of benzylic carbon centers
In situ growth of the MFM-300(Fe) on an ultra-thin sheet of graphitic carbon nitride, formed by exfoliation using supercritical CO2, is reported. The resultant composite CNNS/MFM-300(Fe) shows excellent performance in photocatalytic aerobic oxidation of benzylic C–H groups.
3D and 4D printable dual cross-linked polymers with high strength and humidity-triggered reversible actuation
We report a macromolecular design concept to develop humidity-responsive polymers with simultaneously improved mechanical properties and 3D printability, while still displaying fast, reversible and complex shape transformations.
Facile synthesis of Al-stabilized lithium garnets by a solution-combustion technique for all solid-state batteries
Garnet-type solid electrolytes with cubic modification are considered to be one of the most promising candidates for SSLBs with desirable properties such as high ionic conductivity at room temperature, and wider electrochemical operational window.
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering-based molecular encoding with gold nanostars for anticounterfeiting applications
Star-shaped gold nanoparticles with encoded molecular information can be used in security inks for anticounterfeiting applications.
Flexible electrochromic devices prepared on ultra-thin ITO glass
Electrochromic devices (ECDs) containing iron-based metallo-supramolecular polymers (Fe-MEPE) and Prussian blue (PB) as electrode materials, polymer electrolyte and flexible ultra-thin ITO glass as transparent conductive substrate are demonstrated.
Asymmetric D–A–D′ Scaffold inducing distinct mechanochromic luminescence
Two novel distinct multi-stimuli responsive mechanochromic luminescence (MCL) materials were prepared with an asymmetric D–A–D′ scaffold.
A water-soluble copper-immobilized covalent organic framework functioning as an “OFF–ON” fluorescent sensor for amino acids
A fluorescent hydroxyl- and hydrazone-based covalent organic framework (TFPB–DHTH COF) was synthesized as an “OFF–ON” fluorescent sensor for cysteine and L-histidine.
A structure map for AB2 type 2D materials using high-throughput DFT calculations
A structure map for AB2 type monolayers of 3844 compounds is constructed by high-throughput DFT calculations with the symmetry-unconstrained geometry optimizations starting from ferromagnetic 1T, 1H and planar structures as initial states.
Elastomer-immobilized tunable colloidal photonic crystal films with high optical qualities and high maximum strain
High-quality elastomer-immobilized colloidal crystal films with low particle volume fractions demonstrated a full-colour change from red to blue with high uniformity, achieved by varying the mole fraction of monomers in the hydrogel or stretching.
A self-assembling, biporous, metal-binding covalent organic framework and its application for gas separation
A self-assembling, biporous covalent organic framework has been constructed from a single monomer and applied to gas separations. Coordination of transition metals in the monomer leads to highly ordered arrangements of metals in the 2D-materials.
Fabrication of chiral polydiacetylene nanotubes via supramolecular gelation of a triterpenoid-derived amphiphile
Chiral polydiacetylene nanotubes have been fabricated via the supramolecular gelation of PCDA and C4-MOP, which exhibited multiple color transitions to external stimuli.
Benzobisthiadiazole-based high-spin donor–acceptor conjugated polymers with localized spin distribution
This work indicates that carefully selected acceptor units can lead to a localized spin topology and a high-spin (S = 1) ground-state with a pure diradical (y0 = 1) character suitable for organic magnetic materials.
Two-dimensional or passivation treatment: the effect of hexylammonium post deposition treatment on 3D halide perovskite-based solar cells
Hexylammonium iodide post deposition treatment forms a passivation layer on top of the 3D perovskite which enhance the device efficiency.
Distinct twist-bend nematic phase behaviors associated with the ester-linkage direction of thioether-linked liquid crystal dimers
Two homologous series of thioether-linked liquid crystal dimers with oppositely directed esters, viz. CBCOOnSCB and CBOCOnSCB, exhibit largely different helical pitches in the NTB phase, which are ascribed to their molecular bend or biaxiality.
Influence of different bismuth oxyhalides on the photocatalytic activity of graphitic carbon nitride: a comparative study under natural sunlight
The BiOX/g-C3N4 composites showed enhanced photocatalytic performance towards organic pollutant degradation owing to the boosted charge transfer over the binary interfaces.
Transition metal-tetracyanoquinodimethane monolayers as single-atom catalysts for the electrocatalytic nitrogen reduction reaction
Single Sc/Ti atoms supported on TCNQ monolayers have been explored as outstanding electrocatalysts for nitrogen reduction.
Highly dispersed ultrafine Ni particles embedded into MOF-74 arrays by partial carbonization for highly efficient hydrogen evolution
Here, we report the successful fabrication of highly dispersed ultrafine Ni nanoparticles (NPs) embraced into the partially carbonized Ni-MOF-74 (Ni NPs/C@Ni-MOF-74) microrod arrays by the heat treatment of the rod-like Ni-MOF-74 arrays grown on Ni foam.
Tuning the porosity of biofabricated chitosan membranes in microfluidics with co-assembled nanoparticles as templates
Tuning the membrane porosity in microfluidics with co-assembled nanoparticles as templates for enhanced mass transport and biomacromolecule gradient generation.
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