Themed collection Materials Horizons 10th anniversary regional spotlight collection: China

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Aggregation-induced emission: fundamental understanding and future developments

In-depth discussion on recent progress of fundamental understanding of AIE mechanisms, identifying the existing challenges and opportunities for future developments.

Graphical abstract: Aggregation-induced emission: fundamental understanding and future developments
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Review Article

Iodine capture in porous organic polymers and metal–organic frameworks materials

This review focuses on the research progress of the efficient iodine capture in porous POP and MOF materials.

Graphical abstract: Iodine capture in porous organic polymers and metal–organic frameworks materials
Review Article

Recent advances in black phosphorus-based photonics, electronics, sensors and energy devices

Recent progress in black phosphorus-based photonics, electronics, sensors and energy devices has been reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in black phosphorus-based photonics, electronics, sensors and energy devices
Review Article

The pursuit of solid-state electrolytes for lithium batteries: from comprehensive insight to emerging horizons

This review systematically summarizes the limitations of solid electrolytes including inorganic solid electrolytes, solid polymer electrolytes, and composite solid electrolytes.

Graphical abstract: The pursuit of solid-state electrolytes for lithium batteries: from comprehensive insight to emerging horizons
Review Article

Advances of flexible pressure sensors toward artificial intelligence and health care applications

Incorporating flexible pressure sensors with organic electronic devices allows their promising applications in artificial intelligence and the health care industry.

Graphical abstract: Advances of flexible pressure sensors toward artificial intelligence and health care applications
Review Article

Non-fullerene acceptors for organic photovoltaics: an emerging horizon

Non-fullerene acceptors are undergoing rapid development, and are emerging as a hot horizon in organic electronics. Solution-processed bulk heterojunction solar cells based on non-fullerene acceptors have shown encouraging power conversion efficiencies of over 4%. This article reviews recent developments in several classes of solution-processable non-fullerene acceptors for organic photovoltaics.

Graphical abstract: Non-fullerene acceptors for organic photovoltaics: an emerging horizon
Review Article

Molecular crystalline materials with tunable luminescent properties: from polymorphs to multi-component solids

The formation of polymorphs and multi-component solids (e.g. co-crystals) has played an important role in tuning luminescence of molecular materials.

Graphical abstract: Molecular crystalline materials with tunable luminescent properties: from polymorphs to multi-component solids
Communication

Sensing–transducing coupled piezoelectric textiles for self-powered humidity detection and wearable biomonitoring

We proposed a sensing–transducing coupled strategy by embedding the high piezoresponse Sm-PMN-PT ceramic into a moisture-sensitive PEI via electrospinning to conjugate the humidity perception and signal transduction synchronously and sympatrically.

Graphical abstract: Sensing–transducing coupled piezoelectric textiles for self-powered humidity detection and wearable biomonitoring
Communication

A bioinspired antibacterial and photothermal membrane for stable and durable clean water remediation

The tobramycin-doped polydopamine nanoparticles were developed to construct solar evaporator, which exhibited synergistic antibacterial behaviors and high water evaporation rate, thus achieving stable reuse even under microbe-rich environment.

Graphical abstract: A bioinspired antibacterial and photothermal membrane for stable and durable clean water remediation
Communication

Polymer dielectric films exhibiting superior high-temperature capacitive performance by utilizing an inorganic insulation interlayer

Utilizing an MgO insulation interlayer reduces electrical conduction and enhances the electric breakdown strength of PEI dielectric films, this facile but effective method significantly improves the high temperature capacitive performance.

Graphical abstract: Polymer dielectric films exhibiting superior high-temperature capacitive performance by utilizing an inorganic insulation interlayer
Communication

Design of ultra-stretchable, highly adhesive and self-healable hydrogels via tannic acid-enabled dynamic interactions

By leveraging tannic-acid-enabled dynamic interactions, we designed an ionic hydrogel with boosted bulk and interfacial properties such as ultra-stretchability, remarkable self-healing capability and robust adhesion.

Graphical abstract: Design of ultra-stretchable, highly adhesive and self-healable hydrogels via tannic acid-enabled dynamic interactions
Communication

A fully hydrophobic ionogel enables highly efficient wearable underwater sensors and communicators

A fully hydrophobic ionogel sensor possesses excellent underwater sensing performance with high sensitivity, rapid responsiveness and superior durability, showing great potential in underwater communication and marine biological research.

Graphical abstract: A fully hydrophobic ionogel enables highly efficient wearable underwater sensors and communicators
Communication

Stimulus-driven liquid metal and liquid crystal network actuators for programmable soft robotics

Shape-programmable soft actuators are developed through the integration of electrically conductive liquid metals with shape-morphing liquid crystal networks. Their applications in light-fueled oscillator, crawler and programmable robotic Shadow Play are demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Stimulus-driven liquid metal and liquid crystal network actuators for programmable soft robotics
Communication

Mussel foot protein inspired tough tissue-selective underwater adhesive hydrogel

Novel underwater tissue-selective adhesive hydrogels with adhesion energy to wet porcine skin of ∼1011 J m−2 were made by bio-mimicking Mfps.

Graphical abstract: Mussel foot protein inspired tough tissue-selective underwater adhesive hydrogel
Communication

Integrating molecular rigidity and chirality into thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitters for highly efficient sky-blue and orange circularly polarized electroluminescence

Two pairs of D*–A type blue and orange CP-TADF emitters based on a rigid point chiral donor reveal high molecular rigidity, excellent PLQYs, and intense luminescence dissymmetry factors, which jointly enable highly efficient CP-OLEDs.

Graphical abstract: Integrating molecular rigidity and chirality into thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitters for highly efficient sky-blue and orange circularly polarized electroluminescence
Communication

Synergy between dynamic covalent boronic ester and boron–nitrogen coordination: strategy for self-healing polyurethane elastomers at room temperature with unprecedented mechanical properties

Boron–nitrogen coordination in polyurethane elastomers enhances the dynamics of the boronic ester while introduces inter- and intra-molecular interactions, leading to mechanical robustness and excellent self-healing efficiency simultaneously.

Graphical abstract: Synergy between dynamic covalent boronic ester and boron–nitrogen coordination: strategy for self-healing polyurethane elastomers at room temperature with unprecedented mechanical properties
Communication

A self-reinforcing and self-healing elastomer with high strength, unprecedented toughness and room-temperature reparability

A mechano-responsive strategy, known as strain-induced crystallization, is proposed to tailor room-temperature self-healing, highly mechanically-strong and unprecedentedly tough polyurethane elastomers.

Graphical abstract: A self-reinforcing and self-healing elastomer with high strength, unprecedented toughness and room-temperature reparability
Communication

Self-powered integrated system of a strain sensor and flexible all-solid-state supercapacitor by using a high performance ionic organohydrogel

A self-powered integrated strain sensor system which could be attached to the human body to detect human motion was developed.

Graphical abstract: Self-powered integrated system of a strain sensor and flexible all-solid-state supercapacitor by using a high performance ionic organohydrogel
Communication

Stretchable, self-healing and tissue-adhesive zwitterionic hydrogels as strain sensors for wireless monitoring of organ motions

Stretchable, self-healing, and fatigue resistant polyzwitterionic nanocomposite hydrogels with polydopamine robustly adhere to the heart and lungs for in situ monitoring of dynamic motions through wireless transmission.

Graphical abstract: Stretchable, self-healing and tissue-adhesive zwitterionic hydrogels as strain sensors for wireless monitoring of organ motions
Communication

Platinum single atoms on tin oxide ultrathin films for extremely sensitive gas detection

Single atom Pt significantly improves the sensing performances of ultrathin SnO2 films for detection of triethylamine.

Graphical abstract: Platinum single atoms on tin oxide ultrathin films for extremely sensitive gas detection
Communication

Prediction of a two-dimensional high-TC f-electron ferromagnetic semiconductor

Two-dimensional (2D) ferromagnetic semiconductors (FMSs) exhibit novel spin-dependent electronic and optical properties, opening up exciting opportunities for nanoscale spintronic devices.

Graphical abstract: Prediction of a two-dimensional high-TC f-electron ferromagnetic semiconductor
Communication

Poly(ionic liquid) hydrogel-based anti-freezing ionic skin for a soft robotic gripper

A zwitterionic poly(ionic liquid) hydrogel with super-stretchability, self-healing ability, and high conductivity at −20 °C was fabricated and used for ionic skin for a soft robotic gripper.

Graphical abstract: Poly(ionic liquid) hydrogel-based anti-freezing ionic skin for a soft robotic gripper
Communication

Transparent, mechanically robust, and ultrastable ionogels enabled by hydrogen bonding between elastomers and ionic liquids

A general strategy for the fabrication of mechanically robust ionogels by hydrogen bonding between elastomers and [NTf2]-based ILs is demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Transparent, mechanically robust, and ultrastable ionogels enabled by hydrogen bonding between elastomers and ionic liquids
Communication

All-weather-available, continuous steam generation based on the synergistic photo-thermal and electro-thermal conversion by MXene-based aerogels

An all-weather steam generation system is achieved based on the alternative photo-thermal and electro-thermal conversion of crosslinked MXene aerogels.

Graphical abstract: All-weather-available, continuous steam generation based on the synergistic photo-thermal and electro-thermal conversion by MXene-based aerogels
Communication

Photocatalytic effect of ZnO on the stability of nonfullerene acceptors and its mitigation by SnO2 for nonfullerene organic solar cells

Nonfullerene acceptors tend to decompose in the presence of ZnO due to photocatalytic activity, and SnO2 is an alternative for higher efficiency and better stability.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic effect of ZnO on the stability of nonfullerene acceptors and its mitigation by SnO2 for nonfullerene organic solar cells
Communication

An intrinsically stretchable humidity sensor based on anti-drying, self-healing and transparent organohydrogels

A facile solvent-exchange strategy is devised to fabricate anti-drying, self-healing and transparent organohydrogels for stretchable humidity sensing applications.

Graphical abstract: An intrinsically stretchable humidity sensor based on anti-drying, self-healing and transparent organohydrogels
Communication

A general salt-resistant hydrophilic/hydrophobic nanoporous double layer design for efficient and stable solar water evaporation distillation

A unique hydrophilic/hydrophobic nanoporous double layer structure was designed for efficient and stable solar water evaporation distillation.

Graphical abstract: A general salt-resistant hydrophilic/hydrophobic nanoporous double layer design for efficient and stable solar water evaporation distillation
Communication

Simply realizing “water diode” Janus membranes for multifunctional smart applications

A facile strategy for the preparation of multifunctional Janus membranes was proposed, and excellent controllability of the membrane was demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Simply realizing “water diode” Janus membranes for multifunctional smart applications
Communication

A multifunctional skin-like sensor based on a 3D printed thermo-responsive hydrogel

A 3D printed thermo-responsive hydrogel is designed as a novel multifunctional skin-like sensor.

Graphical abstract: A multifunctional skin-like sensor based on a 3D printed thermo-responsive hydrogel
Communication

Ultrasensitive and stretchable resistive strain sensors designed for wearable electronics

Strain sensors with both of stretchability and ultrahigh sensitivity have been designed and fabricated for various wearable monitoring applications.

Graphical abstract: Ultrasensitive and stretchable resistive strain sensors designed for wearable electronics
Communication

Structural engineering of gold thin films with channel cracks for ultrasensitive strain sensing

A strain sensing structure with high gauge factors (GFs) is designed by engineering channel cracks in a gold thin film. The developed strain sensors possess GFs as high as 200 (ε < 0.5%), 1000 (0.5% < ε < 0.7%), and even exceeding 5000 (0.7% < ε < 1%).

Graphical abstract: Structural engineering of gold thin films with channel cracks for ultrasensitive strain sensing
Communication

A stable tetraphenylethene derivative: aggregation-induced emission, different crystalline polymorphs, and totally different mechanoluminescence properties

Two crystalline polymorphs of TMPE (Cp-form and Cc-form) exhibit totally different mechanoluminescence properties.

Graphical abstract: A stable tetraphenylethene derivative: aggregation-induced emission, different crystalline polymorphs, and totally different mechanoluminescence properties
Communication

Sterically shielded blue thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitters with improved efficiency and stability

Devices utilizing sterically shielded blue thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitters achieve high efficiencies and long lifetimes simultaneously.

Graphical abstract: Sterically shielded blue thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitters with improved efficiency and stability
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About this collection

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Materials Horizons we have curated a collection of our most popular articles with corresponding authors based in China. For Materials Horizons it is of great importance that we represent a truly diverse array of authors and their research, to learn from each other and develop global strategies to conquer the most pressing issues in materials science. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our contributors from China for continuing to provide high quality research to Materials Horizons. We strive to continue our work together to increase visibility of important research happening in these regions, taking steps towards making the world a better place.

This five-part series will be showcasing some of our very best authors from across 5 regions:

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