Themed collection Recent Review Articles
Switching to the brighter lane: pathways to boost the absorption of lanthanide-doped nanoparticles
The use of organic dyes, semiconductors, and plasmonic nanostructures are three of the most promising strategies to make lanthanide-doped nanoparticles brighter by means of increasing their absorption capabilities.
Navigating nMOF-mediated enzymatic reactions for catalytic tumor-specific therapy
nMOF-mediated enzymatic reactions have spurred intensive research, securing their place as “magic bullets” for catalytic tumor-specific therapy.
Evolution of self-healing elastomers, from extrinsic to combined intrinsic mechanisms: a review
We propose a timeline classifying self-healing polymers in generations based on the healing mechanism, and correlated with historical development.
2D van der Waals heterostructures: processing, optical properties and applications in ultrafast photonics
The investigation of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures has been becoming an attractive research topic. This review aims to present a thorough summarization of the research progress of vdW heterostructures in ultrafast photonics.
Interfaces in rechargeable magnesium batteries
The interfacial reactions and processes in rechargeable magnesium batteries are discussed in this minireview.
Air-stable means more: designing air-defendable lithium metals for safe and stable batteries
This review summarizes the strategies to simultaneously enhance air/water-resistance and electrochemical performance of lithium metal anodes.
Biomimetic hybrid membrane-based nanoplatforms: synthesis, properties and biomedical applications
This review focuses on the classification, synthesis, biomedical applications, prospects and challenges of biomimetic hybrid membrane-based nanoparticles.
Newly developed strategies for improving sonodynamic therapy
Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is a new therapeutic method, which can kill malignant tumors by using sonosensitizers and low intensity ultrasound (US) simultaneously.
Twenty-five years of polymersomes: lost in translation?
In this minireview, we discuss the progress of polymersome formulations towards clinical translation and highlight key opportunities and challenges.
Catalytic reduction of nitrogen to produce ammonia by bismuth-based catalysts: state of the art and future prospects
This review provides an up-to-date review on Bi-based nitrogen-fixation materials and future directions for the development of new Bi-based nitrogen-fixation materials under ambient conditions.
MXene and MXene-based composites: synthesis, properties and environment-related applications
This review highlights recent advances of MXenes and their composites in the environment-related applications including catalysis, water purification and sensors.
Recent advances in integration of 2D materials with soft matter for multifunctional robotic materials
This Minireview highlights the pioneering advances in integration of 2D materials with soft matter for multifunctional robotic materials.
Recent advances in functional nanomaterials for photoacoustic imaging of glioma
Recent advances in functional nanomaterials for photoacoustic imaging of glioma are summarized, and the current challenges and perspectives are discussed.
Recent trends in transition metal dichalcogenide based supercapacitor electrodes
The synthesis routes and the electrochemical performance evaluation of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) based supercapacitor electrodes are discussed.
Are lanthanide-doped upconversion materials good candidates for photocatalysis?
The most recent progress in high-quality upconversion particle synthesis, rational composite material design, and the combination with plasmonic metals renders upconversion-enhanced NIR photocatalysis increasingly more attractive than ever before.
DePEGylation strategies to increase cancer nanomedicine efficacy
PEGylation of nanoparticles prolongs circulation lifetimes and maximizes nanoparticle accumulation in target tumors. However, PEGylation comes at the cost of reduced cellular uptake of nanoparticles and concomitant drug delivery. This review discusses the various stimuli-responsive dePEGylation strategies that have been employed to overcome this “PEG dilemma”.
Artificial intelligence in nanomedicine
Artificial intelligence is poised to substantially enhance the efficacy and safety of nanomedicine.
Graphene oxide and carbon dots as broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents – a minireview
Complex antibacterial mechanisms of graphene oxide and carbon dots.
Toward non-volatile photonic memory: concept, material and design
This review presents the development of photonic memory, with a view towards inspiring more intriguing ideas on the elegant selection of materials and design of novel device structures that may finally induce major progress in the fabrication and application of photonic memory.
Multifunctional nanozymes: enzyme-like catalytic activity combined with magnetism and surface plasmon resonance
Combining the intrinsic enzyme-mimicking properties of nanomaterials with their unique characteristics enables the design of multifunctional nanozymes for new biomedical applications and beyond.
Metal–organic framework-derived one-dimensional porous or hollow carbon-based nanofibers for energy storage and conversion
This review summarizes the advances in the derivation of one-dimensional porous and hollow carbon nanofibers from metal–organic frameworks for energy storage and conversion.
Advances in transferring chemical vapour deposition graphene: a review
This review highlights recent developments in CVD graphene transfer methods from the perspective of mechanism, cleanness, quality, reliability, and cost.
Metallic nanoislands on graphene: a metamaterial for chemical, mechanical, optical, and biological applications
Two current applications of metal nanoisland–graphene composites are shown.
Beyond “decorative” 2D supramolecular self-assembly: strategies towards functional surfaces for nanotechnology
Designing new molecular building blocks for functional supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces.
Towards a classification strategy for complex nanostructures
The range of possible nanostructures is so large and continuously growing, that collating and unifying the knowledge connected to them, including their biological activity, is a major challenge.
The same and not the same: molecular perovskites and their solid-state analogues
We review the crystal chemistry and physics of molecular perovskites, drawing on topical examples of the recent literature.
Iron carbide nanoparticles: an innovative nanoplatform for biomedical applications
This review summarize the biomedical applications of iron carbide nanoparticles.
Metal–organic frameworks: a novel host platform for enzymatic catalysis and detection
This minireview deals with the recent advances on the synthetic strategies for the immobilization of enzymes in metal–organic frameworks.
Good or evil: what is the role of water in crystallization of organometal halide perovskites?
Water modulates the nucleation, growth and stability of halide perovskites, which can be rationally controlled.
Single atom catalysts: a surface heterocompound perspective
Evolution of heterogeneous catalysts with steady down-sizing: from small particles, clusters, dots to single atoms, and now the “surface heterocompound”.
Construction and optoelectronic applications of organic core/shell micro/nanostructures
This review summarizes recent advances in organic core–shell structures from the aspects of fabrication methods and optoelectronic applications, providing inspiration for the rational design of organic core–shell structures with desired performance.
Magnetically supported ionic liquids: a sustainable catalytic route for organic transformations
This review aims to explore the design, development and applications of magnetically supported metal-free and metal-containing ILs that play the role of catalytic moieties in various organic transformations.
Promising functional two-dimensional lamellar metal thiophosphates: synthesis strategies, properties and applications
MPS3 exhibits great potential in many fields.
Rational structural design and manipulation advance SnSe thermoelectrics
This review aims to comprehensively summarize the significant developments in nanostructural manipulations that benefit SnSe thermoelectrics.
Vertically configured nanostructure-mediated electroporation: a promising route for intracellular regulations and interrogations
Nanostructure-mediated EP platforms based on vertically aligned nanowires (NWs), nanostraws (NSs), and nanotubes (NTs). Left: Intracellular delivery. Middle: Intracellular extraction of biomolecules. Right: Intracellular probing of action potential.
Recombination junctions for efficient monolithic perovskite-based tandem solar cells: physical principles, properties, processing and prospects
Here, we review the physics and the technology of the recombination junction in perovskite-based tandem solar cells, with a summary of the most successful works.
Perfectly imperfect: a review of chemical tools for exciton engineering in single-walled carbon nanotubes
This review investigates the concept of introducing disorder to single-walled carbon nanotubes for enhancement of their optical properties.
Defects in complex oxide thin films for electronics and energy applications: challenges and opportunities
This review focuses on recent progress in defect-engineered novel functionalities of complex oxide thin films for electronics and energy applications, and current challenges and perspectives.
The oxygen vacancy in Li-ion battery cathode materials
Oxygen vacancies can promote Li-ion diffusion, reduce the charge transfer resistance, and improve the capacity and rate performance of Li-ion batteries. However, oxygen vacancies can also lead to accelerated degradation of the cathode material structure, and lead to phase transition etc.
Interfacial engineering of gold nanoclusters for biomedical applications
Ultrasmall Au NCs have recently emerged as functional bionanomaterials due to their unique physicochemical and theranostic properties. To explore the therapeutic potential of Au NCs and to overcome biological barriers, interfacial engineering approaches are discussed in details.
Status and prospects of porous graphene networks for lithium–sulfur batteries
A systematical summary of the recent progress of porous graphene networks applied in different components of lithium–sulfur batteries.
Ruddlesden–Popper perovskites in electrocatalysis
We summarize recent developments of Ruddlesden–Popper perovskites as intriguing and high-performing electrocatalysts for key reactions relevant to energy conversion and storage at both low and high temperatures.
Micro-/nanostructures meet anisotropic wetting: from preparation methods to applications
Recent advances in the development and application of novel anisotropic wetting interfacial phenomena through the use of unique micro-/nanostructures have been summarized.
Single-chain nanoparticles: opportunities provided by internal and external confinement
This review summarizes the opportunities offered by internal and external confinement of single-chain nanoparticles (SCNPs) in catalysts, drug delivery, sensing, and other emerging potential applications.
Advances in design engineering and merits of electron transporting layers in perovskite solar cells
The electron transport layer plays an essential part for high-performing perovskite solar cells, on which successful extraction of charges from light harvester and the transfer to the electrode are critically dependent.
Lignin-based smart materials: a roadmap to processing and synthesis for current and future applications
Lignin-based smart materials are emerging into advanced material applications as stimuli-responsive actuators, sensors, controlled release systems, and more.
Non-layered 2D materials toward advanced photoelectric devices: progress and prospects
Growth of non-layered 2D materials and their application in photoelectric devices are summarized, accompanied by prospects for future development.
Interaction engineering in organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells
Various intermolecular interactions in perovskite solar cells can help in improving efficiency and stability.
Surface biofunctionalization to improve the efficacy of biomaterial substrates to be used in regenerative medicine
The surface biofunctionalization of a biomaterial aim to enhance their biofunctionality at the cellular/tissue level. This review summarized different biofunctionalization strategies applied in the Tissue Engineering and Medicine Regenerative field.
Harnessing the self-assembly of peptides for the targeted delivery of anti-cancer agents
Self-assembling peptide hydrogels can effectively transport, hold and release therapeutic molecules in a spatially and temporally controlled manner and, in doing so, improve anti-cancer drug efficacy while reducing non-specific toxicity.
Additive manufacturing of natural biopolymers and composites for bone tissue engineering
Through additive manufacturing (AM) of natural biopolymers, significant progress has been made in the field of biomedical devices and bone tissue engineering of low load bearing applications like maxillofacial, bone defects, and dental.
Crystal regulation towards rechargeable magnesium battery cathode materials
Crystal regulation as the “key” powerfully unlocks the “crystal house” for fast and stable Mg ion migration and storage.
Organostannane-free polycondensation and eco-friendly processing strategy for the design of semiconducting polymers in transistors
We introduce green synthetic methods and environmentally benign processing strategies that provide some ideas for total green fabrication of electronic devices.
Basic knowledge in battery research bridging the gap between academia and industry
The basic knowledge in battery research bridging the gap between academia and industry was reviewed by the authors from both fields.
Recent progress on hollow array architectures and their applications in electrochemical energy storage
The rational design of various hollow array architectures, including their advantages, synthetic strategies and applications in energy storage, is reviewed in this study.
Implementation of ferroelectric materials in photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting
This review unravels the interaction of PC and PEC water splitting with interfacial ferroelectric polarization.
Nano/microstructures of shape memory polymers: from materials to applications
This review summarizes the advances and challenges of shape memory polymers with nano/microstructures from materials to applications.
The damaging effects of the acidity in PEDOT:PSS on semiconductor device performance and solutions based on non-acidic alternatives
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate), PEDOT:PSS, has been widely used as an effective hole transporting material in many different organic semiconductor devices for well over a decade.
Recent advances in anodic interface engineering for solid-state lithium-metal batteries
In this review, we summarize the anodic interface problems, advanced strategies, in situ characterization technologies and future perspectives of SSLMBs.
What are the design principles, from the choice of lubricants and structures to the preparation method, for a stable slippery lubricant-infused porous surface?
In this review, we provide a comprehensive discussion of how to design a stable slippery lubricant-infused porous surface. The design principles and preparation methods for enhancing the stability of the lubricant layer are illustrated.
Surface modified cellulose nanomaterials: a source of non-spherical nanoparticles for drug delivery
Cellulose nanomaterials, often called nanocellulose, have created a lot of buzz as a renewable building block for new materials. In this review, the steps necessary to generate soluble nanocellulose-based drug carriers are discussed, which includes surface modifications and toxicity.
Recent progress in controlled nano/micro cracking as an alternative nano-patterning method for functional applications
Various cracking methods and its applications for transparent conductors, sensors, and microfluidics.
Mechanochemical synthesis of highly porous materials
Mechanochemistry became a powerful and popular method for the preparation of various porous materials.
Rational design of semiconducting polymer brushes as cancer theranostics
In this review, recent progress in the development of semiconducting polymer brushes for advanced cancer theranostics has been presented.
Current status and prospects of memristors based on novel 2D materials
A summary of the characteristics and switching mechanisms of memristors based on novel 2D materials.
Lipid-based mesophases as matrices for nanoscale reactions
Review of nonlamellar lipidic mesophases as matrices for organic and enzymatic reactions, and synthesis of polymeric, metallic and mesoporous materials.
Applications of nano-porous graphene materials – critical review on performance and challenges
A critical review on the potential of nano-porous graphene materials, their key structural and physicochemical properties for applications in the areas of separation and sensing and energy storage.
Recent advances in the interface design of solid-state electrolytes for solid-state energy storage devices
High-ionic-conductivity solid-state electrolytes (SSEs) have been extensively explored for electrochemical energy storage technologies because these materials can enhance the safety of solid-state energy storage devices (SSESDs).
Erbium complexes as pioneers for implementing linear light-upconversion in molecules
Trivalent erbium, Er3+, with its 4f11 electronic configuration, was the first lanthanide cation for which linear upconversion could be induced in a molecular complex. The reasons for this success and its perspectives are discussed in this review.
About the amplification factors in organic bioelectronic sensors
A systematic comparison between electrochemical and organic bioelectronic sensors reveals a unified rational description for a transistor amplified detection.