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Bio-inspired intelligent structural color materials

Structural color materials with bioinspired functions are being introduced into real-life applications.

Graphical abstract: Bio-inspired intelligent structural color materials
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Focus

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
From the themed collection: Focus article collection
Review Article

Stimuli-responsive polymers for sensing and actuation

Stimuli-responsive polymers uniquely undergo physical/chemical changes in response to changes in their environment. Here, there use for sensing and actuation is reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Stimuli-responsive polymers for sensing and actuation
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
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Open Access Review Article

Advances in designs and mechanisms of semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures for high-precision gas sensors operated at room temperature

A comprehensive review on designs and mechanisms of semiconducting metal oxides with various nanostructures for room-temperature gas sensor applications.

Graphical abstract: Advances in designs and mechanisms of semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures for high-precision gas sensors operated at room temperature
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Communication

Mechanics-induced triple-mode anticounterfeiting and moving tactile sensing by simultaneously utilizing instantaneous and persistent mechanoluminescence

An intriguing mechanics-induced triple-mode anticounterfeiting device and a moving tactile sensor were developed by simultaneously utilizing transient and persistent mechanoluminescence.

Graphical abstract: Mechanics-induced triple-mode anticounterfeiting and moving tactile sensing by simultaneously utilizing instantaneous and persistent mechanoluminescence
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

Soft lamellar solid foams from ice-templating of self-assembled lipid hydrogels: organization drives the mechanical properties

Ice-templating soft self-assembled lipid hydrogels with different morphologies (fibrous vs. lamellar) of comparable elastic properties result in macroporous solids with extremely different mechanical properties.

Graphical abstract: Soft lamellar solid foams from ice-templating of self-assembled lipid hydrogels: organization drives the mechanical properties
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

Inherently self-sterilizing charged multiblock polymers that kill drug-resistant microbes in minutes

To combat the growing global healthcare threat from drug-resistant pathogens, we demonstrate that midblock-sulfonated block polymers can kill 99.9999% of “superbugs,” including bacteria and viruses, in just 5 minutes due to an abrupt pH reduction.

Graphical abstract: Inherently self-sterilizing charged multiblock polymers that kill drug-resistant microbes in minutes
From the themed collection: 2019 Materials Horizons Most Popular Articles
Communication

Charge control of fluorescent probes to selectively target the cell membrane or mitochondria: theoretical prediction and experimental validation

Using a multiscale molecular modeling protocol, we proposed a design strategy of fluorescent probes to selectively target the cell membrane or mitochondria.

Graphical abstract: Charge control of fluorescent probes to selectively target the cell membrane or mitochondria: theoretical prediction and experimental validation
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

The synergy of host–guest nonfullerene acceptors enables 16%-efficiency polymer solar cells with increased open-circuit voltage and fill-factor

A Voc-increased approach with ITCT as the higher-LUMO-level acceptor guest supplies 16.1%-efficiency fullerene-free ternary solar cells with both Voc and FF simultaneously increased.

Graphical abstract: The synergy of host–guest nonfullerene acceptors enables 16%-efficiency polymer solar cells with increased open-circuit voltage and fill-factor
From the themed collection: 2019 Materials Horizons Most Popular Articles
Open Access Communication

Liquid layer generators for excellent icephobicity at extremely low temperatures

The liquid layer generators enable excellent dynamic anti-icing performance and show great potential at temperature of −60 °C.

Graphical abstract: Liquid layer generators for excellent icephobicity at extremely low temperatures
From the themed collection: 2019 Materials Horizons Most Popular Articles
Communication

Bi-continuous pattern formation in thin films via solid-state interfacial dealloying studied by multimodal characterization

Solid-state interfacial dealloying creates bi-continuous nanostructured thin films with 3D interconnected morphology, revealed by multimodal characterization, offering potential applications in catalysis, biomedical sensing and energy storage.

Graphical abstract: Bi-continuous pattern formation in thin films via solid-state interfacial dealloying studied by multimodal characterization
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

Direction-control of anisotropic electronic behaviors via ferroelasticity in two-dimensional α-MPI (M = Zr, Hf)

The direction-control of anisotropic electronic behaviors can be achieved via ferroelastic switching.

Graphical abstract: Direction-control of anisotropic electronic behaviors via ferroelasticity in two-dimensional α-MPI (M = Zr, Hf)
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

Design and synthesis of two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks with four-arm cores: prediction of remarkable ambipolar charge-transport properties

Theoretical and experimental investigations of diacetylene-linked COFs with remarkable charge-transport properties.

Graphical abstract: Design and synthesis of two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks with four-arm cores: prediction of remarkable ambipolar charge-transport properties
From the themed collection: 2019 Materials Horizons Most Popular Articles
Communication

Creating glasswing butterfly-inspired durable antifogging superomniphobic supertransmissive, superclear nanostructured glass through Bayesian learning and optimization

Nanostructured superclear, superomniphobic glass fabricated by a statistical machine learning procedure.

Graphical abstract: Creating glasswing butterfly-inspired durable antifogging superomniphobic supertransmissive, superclear nanostructured glass through Bayesian learning and optimization
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

Individual cell-only bioink and photocurable supporting medium for 3D printing and generation of engineered tissues with complex geometries

Functional tissues with complex geometries can be engineered by 3D bioprinting individual cell-only bioinks into a photocrosslinkable microgel support bath, which permits structural control over cellular condensation formation and long-term culture.

Graphical abstract: Individual cell-only bioink and photocurable supporting medium for 3D printing and generation of engineered tissues with complex geometries
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

Nanoarchitectured metal–organic framework/polypyrrole hybrids for brackish water desalination using capacitive deionization

Metal–organic framework/polypyrrole hybrids are synthesized and directly used in capacitive deionization for the first time.

Graphical abstract: Nanoarchitectured metal–organic framework/polypyrrole hybrids for brackish water desalination using capacitive deionization
From the themed collection: 2019 Materials Horizons Most Popular Articles
Open Access Communication

Magnetically driven piezoelectric soft microswimmers for neuron-like cell delivery and neuronal differentiation

Wireless piezoelectric microrobots are biomedical devices with a potential use in high-precision minimally invasive therapies.

Graphical abstract: Magnetically driven piezoelectric soft microswimmers for neuron-like cell delivery and neuronal differentiation
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Communication

Quantification of ion migration in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells by transient capacitance measurements

We quantify activation energy, concentration, and diffusion coefficient of mobile ions in MAPbI3 perovskite solar cells using transient ion-drift measurements.

Graphical abstract: Quantification of ion migration in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells by transient capacitance measurements
From the themed collection: 2019 Materials Horizons Most Popular Articles
Open Access Communication

Ultra-programmable buckling-driven soft cellular mechanisms

We harnessed buckling which was once considered the epitome of design failure to develop mechanical metamaterials for soft robotic applications.

Graphical abstract: Ultra-programmable buckling-driven soft cellular mechanisms
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
Communication

A serotonin-modified hyaluronic acid hydrogel for multifunctional hemostatic adhesives inspired by a platelet coagulation mediator

Serotonin-conjugated hyaluronic acid hydrogel inspired by platelet coagulation provides a multifunctional hemostatic adhesive mediating highly effective hemostasis and preventing abnormal tissue adhesion.

Graphical abstract: A serotonin-modified hyaluronic acid hydrogel for multifunctional hemostatic adhesives inspired by a platelet coagulation mediator
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

Invoking ultralong room temperature phosphorescence of purely organic compounds through H-aggregation engineering

Splitting energy (Δε)-controlled thermally activated reversed phase transformation from the low-lying dark state to the high-lying transition-allowed state of H-aggregation plays a key role in the organic ultralong room-temperature phosphorescence.

Graphical abstract: Invoking ultralong room temperature phosphorescence of purely organic compounds through H-aggregation engineering
From the themed collection: 2019 Materials Horizons Most Popular Articles
Communication

4D printing reconfigurable, deployable and mechanically tunable metamaterials

Digital 3D printing with a shape memory polymer is utilized to create mechanical metamaterials exhibiting dramatic and reversible changes in stiffness, geometry, and functions.

Graphical abstract: 4D printing reconfigurable, deployable and mechanically tunable metamaterials
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

3D printing of biomimetic vasculature for tissue regeneration

A simple strategy tailors perfusable and permeable hierarchical microchannel networks from diverse materials.

Graphical abstract: 3D printing of biomimetic vasculature for tissue regeneration
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

A cephalopod-inspired mechanoluminescence material with skin-like self-healing and sensing properties

A cephalopod-inspired mechanoluminescence material with skin-like self-healing and sensing properties was developed by the construction of a unique strain-dependent microcrack-structured conductive UV-shielding layer upon a self-healable supramolecular fluorescent elastomer with synergistic dynamic crosslinking network design.

Graphical abstract: A cephalopod-inspired mechanoluminescence material with skin-like self-healing and sensing properties
From the themed collection: 2019 Materials Horizons Most Popular Articles
Communication

3D printing of ionic conductors for high-sensitivity wearable sensors

DLP 3D printed ionic hydrogels are designed as sensitivity-improved electrodes in a skin-like sensor.

Graphical abstract: 3D printing of ionic conductors for high-sensitivity wearable sensors
Communication

3D-printable self-healing and mechanically reinforced hydrogels with host–guest non-covalent interactions integrated into covalently linked networks

Novel 3D-printable hydrogels with host–guest non-covalent interactions and covalently crosslinked networks show robust mechanical strength, self-healing performance and excellent biocompatibility.

Graphical abstract: 3D-printable self-healing and mechanically reinforced hydrogels with host–guest non-covalent interactions integrated into covalently linked networks
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
Communication

Stress-localized durable icephobic surfaces

We introduce and present the fundamentals of stress-localization concept to minimize adhesion of ice or other contaminants on a surface.

Graphical abstract: Stress-localized durable icephobic surfaces
From the themed collection: A selection of 2019 articles
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

Supramolecular nanofibrillar hydrogels as highly stretchable, elastic and sensitive ionic sensors

Nature-inspired ionic conductors based on supramolecular nanofibril are developed for flexible and stretchable strain/pressure sensors.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular nanofibrillar hydrogels as highly stretchable, elastic and sensitive ionic sensors
From the themed collection: 2019 Materials Horizons Most Popular Articles
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