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DNA nanotechnology-empowered finite state machines

DNA-based finite state machines enable the development of smart nanodevices that can process temporally ordered information in living systems.

Graphical abstract: DNA nanotechnology-empowered finite state machines
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Leveraging the advancements in functional biomaterials and scaffold fabrication technologies for chronic wound healing applications

The graphic displays various biomaterial design functionalities along with the developed fabrication technologies to enhance the wound healing process in patients with chronic wounds.

Graphical abstract: Leveraging the advancements in functional biomaterials and scaffold fabrication technologies for chronic wound healing applications
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Integrated therapy platform of exosomal system: hybrid inorganic/organic nanoparticles with exosomes for cancer treatment

Hybrid inorganic/organic nanoparticles with exosomes can be applied as a novel platform for drug delivery systems. This biomimetic nanoplatform combines the functions of natural biomaterials to efficiently carry drugs to the center of cancer cells.

Graphical abstract: Integrated therapy platform of exosomal system: hybrid inorganic/organic nanoparticles with exosomes for cancer treatment
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Criteria for evaluating lithium–air batteries in academia to correctly predict their practical performance in industry

The criteria for evaluating lithium–air batteries in laboratory-based experiments are proposed for accurately predicting the performance of practical cells in industry.

Graphical abstract: Criteria for evaluating lithium–air batteries in academia to correctly predict their practical performance in industry
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Conquering residual light absorption in the transmissive states of organic electrochromic materials

Using a feedback loop between computational modeling probing electronic transitions and experimental work, the colors, transmissivity, and redox switching properties of a family of anodically coloring electrochromic molecules are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Conquering residual light absorption in the transmissive states of organic electrochromic materials
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Organic building blocks at inorganic nanomaterial interfaces

Inorganic–organic interfaces: a tutorial on using organic functional groups to enhance the performances and/or enable new functionality of inorganic nanomaterials.

Graphical abstract: Organic building blocks at inorganic nanomaterial interfaces
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Engineering of flat bands and Dirac bands in two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs): relationships among molecular orbital symmetry, lattice symmetry, and electronic-structure characteristics

An effective framework for the band engineering in 2D covalent organic frameworks is revealed by describing the fundamental relationships among the electronic structures, the lattice symmetries, and the frontier molecular orbitals of building units.

Graphical abstract: Engineering of flat bands and Dirac bands in two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs): relationships among molecular orbital symmetry, lattice symmetry, and electronic-structure characteristics
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Scattering techniques for mixed donor–acceptor characterization in organic photovoltaics

The effects of mixing in organic photovoltaics are unclear partly due to challenges in characterization. X-Ray and neutron scattering techniques have been successful in quantifying mixing but meet new challenges with emerging non-fullerene systems.

Graphical abstract: Scattering techniques for mixed donor–acceptor characterization in organic photovoltaics
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Plasmons: untangling the classical, experimental, and quantum mechanical definitions

Plasmons have been widely studied over the past several decades because of their ability to strongly absorb light and localize its electric field on the nanoscale, leading to applications in spectroscopy, biosensing, and solar energy storage.

Graphical abstract: Plasmons: untangling the classical, experimental, and quantum mechanical definitions
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Electronic properties of metal halide perovskites and their interfaces: the basics

Metal halide perovskites exhibit complex electronic properties. The presently identified fundamental concepts and phenomena governing the electronic behavior of this material class are addressed in this article.

Graphical abstract: Electronic properties of metal halide perovskites and their interfaces: the basics
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Engineered Extracellular Vesicles as Intelligent Nanosystem for Next-Generation of Nanomedicine

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Applications of biomemristors in the next generation wearable electronics

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Microneedles-based technology for cell therapy: current status and future directions

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Three interfaces of the dental implant system and their clinical effects on hard and soft tissues

Comprehension of bone–implant, gingiva–abutment and implant–abutment interfaces is necessary in material development. Mechanical complications of the implant–abutment interface provoke biologic complications of the other two interfaces.

Graphical abstract: Three interfaces of the dental implant system and their clinical effects on hard and soft tissues
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Boosting sluggish photocatalytic hydrogen evolution through piezo-stimulated polarization: a critical review

Effective exciton separation and transfer dynamics by the synergistic effect of photon and mechano-acoustic energy, termed as piezo-photocatalysis, wherein water molecules are split to produce hydrogen, is an emerging technology for sustainable fuels.

Graphical abstract: Boosting sluggish photocatalytic hydrogen evolution through piezo-stimulated polarization: a critical review
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Environment tolerant, adaptable and stretchable organohydrogels: preparation, optimization, and applications

Organohydrogels are attractive for constructing various flexible devices with good environmental tolerance and smart materials. Their significant developments in preparation, performance optimization and application are systematically reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Environment tolerant, adaptable and stretchable organohydrogels: preparation, optimization, and applications
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Printable Inks and Deformable Electronic Array Devices

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Novel charm of 2D materials engineering in memristor: when electronics encounter layered morphology

The most recent significant concerns of 2D materials for the synthesis, yield, and mechanism behind device-to-device variability, reliability, and durability benchmarking under memristor characteristics have been discussed.

Graphical abstract: Novel charm of 2D materials engineering in memristor: when electronics encounter layered morphology
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Electrodes and electrocatalysts for electrochemical hydrogen peroxide sensors: a review of design strategies

A summary of the design strategies of electrodes and electrocatalysts for ultrasensitive electrochemical H2O2 sensors with the nanomolar detection limits required in disease diagnosis and to avoid harmful exposure.

Graphical abstract: Electrodes and electrocatalysts for electrochemical hydrogen peroxide sensors: a review of design strategies
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Practical considerations in the design and use of porous liquids

The possibility of creating well-controlled empty space within liquids is conceptually intriguing, and from an application perspective, full of potential.

Graphical abstract: Practical considerations in the design and use of porous liquids
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Expanding the toolbox of photon upconversion for emerging frontier applications

This review summarizes the recent progress on lanthanide-based upconversion materials, focusing on the emerging approaches to the smart control of upconversion, and their frontier applications.

Graphical abstract: Expanding the toolbox of photon upconversion for emerging frontier applications
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Tumor-targeted nano-delivery system of therapeutic RNA

An overview of the cellular fate of different RNAs, RNA-delivered drugs that have entered clinical trials, and a classification of nano-drugs in development.

Graphical abstract: Tumor-targeted nano-delivery system of therapeutic RNA
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Designer DNA biomolecules as a defined biomaterial for 3D bioprinting applications

DNA can be rationally designed, synthesized, and modified/functionalized to enable pH, light, or ion-responsive self-assembling mechanism. These DNA bioinks can be used for the bioprinting of biological constructs by utilizing specific triggers.

Graphical abstract: Designer DNA biomolecules as a defined biomaterial for 3D bioprinting applications
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Permanently polarized hydroxyapatite, an outstanding catalytic material for carbon and nitrogen fixation

Permanently polarized hydroxyapatite is a new material with electrical enhanced properties. This review discusses the advances in this material in terms of structure, properties and catalytic activity of green processes.

Graphical abstract: Permanently polarized hydroxyapatite, an outstanding catalytic material for carbon and nitrogen fixation
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Challenges of layer-structured cathodes for sodium-ion batteries

Recent challenges of layer-structured cathodes for sodium-ion batteries and their corresponding structural and compositional modification strategies have been comprehensively studied in this review aiming at high-performance battery technology.

Graphical abstract: Challenges of layer-structured cathodes for sodium-ion batteries
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Contributions of supercritical fluid technology for advancing decellularization and postprocessing of viable biological materials

This review summarizes relevant literature on scCO2-assisted decellularization, and discusses major topics dominating the field, such as mechanism of action, effect of cosolvent and operational parameters, and range of results across different works.

Graphical abstract: Contributions of supercritical fluid technology for advancing decellularization and postprocessing of viable biological materials
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Hipster microcarriers: exploring geometrical and topographical cues of non-spherical microcarriers in biomedical applications

Microcarriers presenting biophysical cues regulate cell fate via cell–substrate interactions and activation of mechanotransduction pathways.

Graphical abstract: Hipster microcarriers: exploring geometrical and topographical cues of non-spherical microcarriers in biomedical applications
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Vesicle-based artificial cells: materials, construction methods and applications

The construction of artificial cells using a giant vesicle model helps to explore and mimic complex biological processes and cell functions of natural cell systems. Various materials and fabrication processes for giant vesicles are reviewed here.

Graphical abstract: Vesicle-based artificial cells: materials, construction methods and applications
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Understanding, quantifying, and controlling the molecular ordering of semiconducting polymers: from novices to experts and amorphous to perfect crystals

Molecular packing of semiconducting polymers is often critical to the performance of devices using these materials. The degree and quality of ordering are revealed by grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering and thermal analysis.

Graphical abstract: Understanding, quantifying, and controlling the molecular ordering of semiconducting polymers: from novices to experts and amorphous to perfect crystals
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Challenges and prospects in the selective photoreduction of CO2 to C1 and C2 products with nanostructured materials: a review

This review summarizes the achievements in the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to C1 and C2 fuels over various nanostructured photocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Challenges and prospects in the selective photoreduction of CO2 to C1 and C2 products with nanostructured materials: a review
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Continuous-flow syntheses of alloy nanoparticles

This review summarizes the continuous-flow syntheses of alloy nanoparticles. The details of flow reactors and their chemistry to synthesize core–shell, segregated, solid-solution types of alloy NPs, and high-entropy alloy NPs are introduced.

Graphical abstract: Continuous-flow syntheses of alloy nanoparticles
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Recent advances of metal telluride anodes for high-performance lithium/sodium–ion batteries

Recent advances of metal telluride anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium-ion batteries (SIBs), which is important electrochemical energy storage technologies with high energy density and environmental benignity.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances of metal telluride anodes for high-performance lithium/sodium–ion batteries
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Two-dimensional magnetic atomic crystals

2D magnetic atomic crystals show many fascinating physical properties and have potential device applications in many fields. In this paper, the preparation, physical properties and device applications of 2D magnetic atomic crystals are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional magnetic atomic crystals
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Two-dimensional material-based functional aerogels for treating hazards in the environment: synthesis, functional tailoring, applications, and sustainability analysis

2D material-based functional aerogels with tailored structure and function exhibit high potential for treating hazards with high sustainability.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional material-based functional aerogels for treating hazards in the environment: synthesis, functional tailoring, applications, and sustainability analysis
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Applications of liquid metals in nanotechnology

This review presents the fascinating properties and emerging applications of liquid metals and alloys at the nanoscale.

Graphical abstract: Applications of liquid metals in nanotechnology
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Biology-guided engineering of bioelectrical interfaces

This review provides an overview and recent advances of how biological systems guide the design, engineering, and implementation of bioelectrical interfaces for biomedical applications in nervous, cardiac, and microbial systems.

Graphical abstract: Biology-guided engineering of bioelectrical interfaces
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Narrowband organic photodetectors – towards miniaturized, spectroscopic sensing

Organic photodetectors can achieve narrowband photodetection within a single optoelectronic device. This comprehensive review summarizes and compares the different approaches, introduces their application fields, and outlines current challenges.

Graphical abstract: Narrowband organic photodetectors – towards miniaturized, spectroscopic sensing
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Printing fabrication of large-area non-fullerene organic solar cells

This review summarizes the fabrication technology and recent progress of large-area organic solar cells based on non-fullerene electron acceptors.

Graphical abstract: Printing fabrication of large-area non-fullerene organic solar cells
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Molecular bases for temperature sensitivity in supramolecular assemblies and their applications as thermoresponsive soft materials

This review summarizes the recent advances in thermoresponsive supramolecular assemblies and the molecular level factors and parameters that can be tuned to achieve optimal responses for a variety of applications.

Graphical abstract: Molecular bases for temperature sensitivity in supramolecular assemblies and their applications as thermoresponsive soft materials
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Advances in materials and devices for mimicking sensory adaptation

This review summarizes the main concepts, recent developments, and several strategies for mimicking sensory adaptation; challenges and perspectives in this emerging field are also proposed.

Graphical abstract: Advances in materials and devices for mimicking sensory adaptation
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Modulating the optical properties and functions of organic molecules through polymerization

This review summarizes recent progress in the occurrence, mechanism and application for some of the materials with optical properties that are significantly improved through polymerization.

Graphical abstract: Modulating the optical properties and functions of organic molecules through polymerization
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Design strategies for improving the crystallinity of covalent organic frameworks and conjugated polymers: a review

This review summarizes the strategies for improving the crystallinity of covalent organic frameworks and conjugated polymers. The strategies include planarity modulation, fluorine substitution, side chain engineering, and so on.

Graphical abstract: Design strategies for improving the crystallinity of covalent organic frameworks and conjugated polymers: a review
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Applications of triarylborane materials in cell imaging and sensing of bio-relevant molecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins

This review highlights recently developed biological applications of triarylboranes in cell imaging and as sensors for DNA, RNA, proteins, and bio-relevant small molecules using 1- and 2-photon excited fluorescence, Raman, and SERS.

Graphical abstract: Applications of triarylborane materials in cell imaging and sensing of bio-relevant molecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins
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In addition to first reports of new concepts, Materials Horizons  and Nanoscale Horizons publish topical review and minireview articles. Reviews will be added to this webpage as soon as possible after publication.

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