Themed collection Recent Review Articles
Recent advances in plasmonic Prussian blue-based SERS nanotags for biological application
The reliability and reproducibility of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) technology is still a great challenge in bio-related analysis.
Halogen bonding regulated functional nanomaterials
Herein, the latest development of XB as a flexible linkage to fabricate functional nanomaterials in liquid and solution phases will be discussed, taking readers through the concept and features of XB to explore its functionalities and applications.
Recent progress in cellulose-based electrospun nanofibers as multifunctional materials
The combination of the electrospinning technique and cellulose provides a promising approach to produce nanostructured porous materials with desirable properties, enabling value-added applications in a wide range of fields.
Recent advances in peptide-based nanomaterials for targeting hypoxia
This minireview summarizes the recent advances in the design and construction of different peptide-based hypoxia-targeting nanomaterials, followed by their mechanisms and potential applications in hypoxia-related disease therapy.
A review of size engineering-enabled electrocatalysts for Li–S chemistry
We offer a systematic summary of electrocatalysts from nano to atom scale, aiming at revealing the working mechanism of size engineering-enabled electrocatalysts in sulfur redox reaction and guiding the rational construction of Li–S batteries.
Microscopically tuning the graphene oxide framework for membrane separations: a review
This mini-review summarizes the publications within the last 3 years on microscopically tuning the interlayer spacing, lateral size and functional group to improve the properties and separation performance of graphene oxide membranes.
Radio frequency heating and material processing using carbon susceptors
This mini-review presents the science and applications of rapid heating of carbonaceous materials using radio frequency fields (1–200 MHz).
Sound methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles from biological molecules
Low and high frequency ultrasonic techniques offer a green strategy to synthesize multifunctional nanoparticles from small aromatic biological molecules and proteins with tunable size, morphology, and optical and bio-functional properties.
Does black phosphorus hold potential to overcome graphene oxide? A comparative review of their promising application for cancer therapy
In this mini-review, we will critically compare the applications of NBP and GO in cancer therapy focusing on material functionalization, biodegradation by design, phototherapy and immunotherapy.
Recent progress on kinetic control of chemical vapor deposition growth of high-quality wafer-scale transition metal dichalcogenides
Wafer-scale TMD films are fabricated via CVD method, controlling precursor concentration, nucleation density and orientated growth. Precursor concentration is important for the ideal film. Nucleation and orientated growth allow large domain size or single crystalline TMDs.
Nanomaterials responding to microwaves: an emerging field for imaging and therapy
In recent years, new microwave-based imaging, sensing and hyperthermia applications have emerged in the field of diagnostics and therapy.
Gold nanomaterials for optical biosensing and bioimaging
In this minireview, we discuss the emerging optical biosensing and bioimaging techniques that leverage the unique optical properties of gold nanoparticles.
Recent progress in sensing application of metal nanoarchitecture-enhanced fluorescence
Studies and research advances of integrated plasmon metal nanoarchitectures in fluorescence sensing applications were reviewed.
Recent advances in cathode engineering to enable reversible room-temperature aluminium–sulfur batteries
The electrochemical reversibility of the aluminum–sulfur (Al–S) battery critically depends on the physical and chemical properties of the sulfur cathode.
Bimetallic nanocatalysts supported on graphitic carbon nitride for sustainable energy development: the shape-structure–activity relation
The catalytic performance of metal nanoparticles (NPs), including activity, selectivity, and durability, depends on their chemical composition, shape and structure at the molecular level, where reaction rates are determined by the facet exposed.
Hybrid magnetic nanoparticles as efficient nanoheaters in biomedical applications
In this minireview we discuss and provide a perspective on the novel systems, the synthesis routes and the interface-mediated properties that determine the heating efficiency of hybrid magnetic nanoparticles.
Recent advances in plasmonic nanocavities for single-molecule spectroscopy
This mini-review reports the most recent results on plasmonic nanocavities applied to enhanced single-molecule detection and spectroscopy.
Peptide-based nanomaterials for gene therapy
We review several recent advancements of peptide-based nanomaterials and highlight their important roles in the application of gene therapy.
Photoresponsive porous materials
Integration of molecular photoswitches in porous materials i.e. MOFs, COFs, PAFs provides responsive materials with a variety of functions ranging from switchable gas adsorption to macroscopic actuation.
Advanced pillared designs for two-dimensional materials in electrochemical energy storage
2D materials with pillared designs have shown great enhancement in specific capacity/capacitance and rate performance. In this study, we highlight the recent progress in 2D materials with pillared designs in lithium-ion storage and beyond.
This review summarizes recent developments in microneedle-based bioassays.
A perspective on oxide-supported single-atom catalysts
To explore oxide-supported single-atom catalysts (SACs) at the atomic level, a recently developed surface free energy approach may help fabricate well-defined SACs to tackle some key issues in the future.
Building heterogeneous nanostructures for photocatalytic ammonia decomposition
In this review, we summarize the recent advantages of heterogeneous nanostructures for photocatalytic ammonia decomposition.
Biologically interfaced nanoplasmonic sensors
This Minireview highlights and discusses the critical role of biological interfacing in constructing nanoplasmonic sensing platforms for biointerfacial science applications.
Multinary copper-based chalcogenide nanocrystal systems from the perspective of device applications
Multinary Cu-based chalcogenide nanocrystals are unique as they consist of earth-abundant materials and offer composition-controlled optoelectronic properties for various energy applications.
Bioinspired flexible electronics for seamless neural interfacing and chronic recording
This review summarizes recent developments in bioinspired flexible electronics for seamless neural interfacing and chronic recording.
Single-unit-cell-thick layered electrocatalysts: from synthesis to application
This minireview summarizes the latest progresses on the synthesis and application of single-unit-cell-thick layered electrocatalysts, which have exhibited excellent performances.
Toward safer solid-state lithium metal batteries: a review
This minireview summarizes several potential safety issues for solid-state lithium batteries, and the general conclusion and perspective on the research of solid-state lithium batteries with ultra-high safety are presented.
Thermo-responsive plasmonic systems: old materials with new applications
Thermo-sensitive plasmonic system made of Au and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) are exploited for various applications from optical tuning and chemical sensing to microfluidics and nanoactuation.
Nanomaterials for the regulation of the tumor microenvironment and theranostics
This review introduces the latest progress in the design of multi-functional nanomedicines for the regulation of the TME and their theranostics.
Tailor made magnetic nanolights: fabrication to cancer theranostics applications
This review covers the recent progress of magnetic nanolights, fabrication strategies, and application in cancer theranostics.
Recent advanced development of metal-loaded mesoporous organosilicas as catalytic nanoreactors
An up-to-date overview of the designability and catalytic application of transition metal-loaded mesoporous organosilica nanoreactors will be highlighted. Their synthetic approaches and catalytic performance are summarized.
Design principles of noble metal-free electrocatalysts for hydrogen production in alkaline media: combining theory and experiment
This review discusses the rational design of efficient electrocatalysts by understanding alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction mechanisms, as achieved by combining experimental and computational approaches.
Continuous orientated growth of scaled single-crystal 2D monolayer films
Recent advances in growing scaled 2D single-crystal monolayer films by the chemical vapor deposition method are comprehensively presented.
Recent trends in gas sensing via carbon nanomaterials: outlook and challenges
Advances and challenges of CNM nanocomposite-based sensors from the period 2011–2021 are discussed.
Near infrared bioimaging and biosensing with semiconductor and rare-earth nanoparticles: recent developments in multifunctional nanomaterials
This review highlights the very recent examples of near infrared contrast agents employed for multivariate diagnostics, multimodal imaging, and theranostic. Considerations on how to further advance these probes towards real-life use are also given.
Recent trends in the applications of thermally expanded graphite for energy storage and sensors – a review
This review highlight and summarizes the latest developments on the synthesis of TEG based composite materials for their applications in hydrogen storage, thermal energy storage, fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, and (bio-) sensors.
Advances in wearable textile-based micro energy storage devices: structuring, application and perspective
Wearable textile-based micro energy storage devices: construction, fundamental technique, functionalization.
Controllable synthesis and electrocatalytic applications of atomically precise gold nanoclusters
The main synthesis methods and electrocatalytic applications of atomically precise gold nanoclusters are summarized and critically reviewed. The synthesis methods of gold nanoclusters were classified and discussed, and their applications in electrochemistry were introduced.
Enhancing photoelectrochemical water splitting with plasmonic Au nanoparticles
In this review, methods and mechanisms for enhancing photoelectrochemical water splitting using plasmonic Au nanoparticles are discussed in detail. In particular, we focus on the interface between Au particles and semiconductor photoelectrode.
Functionalized carbon nanotubes: synthesis, properties and applications in water purification, drug delivery, and material and biomedical sciences
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are considered as one of the ideal materials due to their high surface area, high aspect ratio, and impressive material properties, such as mechanical strength, thermal and electrical conductivity.
Black titania an emerging photocatalyst: review highlighting the synthesis techniques and photocatalytic activity for hydrogen generation
Schematic representations of black TiO2 preparations and its modifications to achieve benchmark hydrogen evolution.
Recent advances in biosensing approaches for point-of-care breast cancer diagnostics: challenges and future prospects
A comprehensive review on recent advancements in breast cancer-specific biosensors for point-of-care diagnostics with a focus on emerging challenges and performance metrics.
Hybrid nanostructures for electrochemical potassium storage
This review presents the research progress in utilising hybrid nanostructures to address the challenges in K-ion, K–S and K–Se batteries, and highlights the promise of electrochemical potassium storage for next-generation energy storage technologies.
Nanomaterials for the electrochemical nitrogen reduction reaction under ambient conditions
Low-dimensional nanomaterials make the road to electrochemical nitrogen reduction reaction clearer!
Flexible polymeric nanosized micelles for ophthalmic drug delivery: research progress in the last three years
The eye is a complex structure with a variety of anatomical barriers and clearance mechanisms, so the provision of safe and effective ophthalmic drug delivery technology is a major challenge.
Synthesis and applications of WO3 nanosheets: the importance of phase, stoichiometry, and aspect ratio
WO3 nanosheets, which can be synthesized through a wide variety of both bottom-up and top-down methods, can achieve better performance than bulk WO3 in many catalytic, sensing, electrochromic, and charge storage applications.
Exploring the use of upconversion nanoparticles in chemical and biological sensors: from surface modifications to point-of-care devices
This review explores upconversion nanoparticles in chemical and biological sensors. With explanation of the mechanisms and opportunities for improvements, we present the versatility of UCNPs and how they can be applied in sensitive and selective sensing platforms.
Carbon dots for cancer nanomedicine: a bright future
Carbon dots to fight cancer.
Rational design of bifunctional conjugated microporous polymers
This review summarized the recent developments of bifunctional conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs) in terms of design/synthesis and their advanced applications.
Application of polyoxometalates in photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants
This review article summarizes polyoxometalate-based photocatalysts and their application in degradation of organic pollutants from the viewpoints of structural design and mechanism study.
Micro- and nano-encapsulated metal and alloy-based phase-change materials for thermal energy storage
A new class of phase change materials based on encapsulated metal and alloy micro- and nano-particles with advanced thermophysical properties for cyclable and stable thermal energy storage/release is highlighted.
Self-assembly in biobased nanocomposites for multifunctionality and improved performance
Biobased polymers can improve their performance and create new functionality through self-assembly of the nanoparticles into clusters, networks, and layered structures within the polymeric matrix.
Element-doped graphitic carbon nitride: confirmation of doped elements and applications
The confirmation methods of the doped elements in element-doped graphitic carbon nitride materials are discussed in this review. The applications of element-doped graphitic carbon nitride materials are also summarized.
Plasmonic metal nanostructures with extremely small features: new effects, fabrication and applications
The schematic illustration of the new effects, advanced fabrication and crucial applications of plasmonic metal nanostructures with extremely small features.
Recent progress of ultra-narrow-bandgap polymer donors for NIR-absorbing organic solar cells
This review provides a comprehensive understanding of the chemical structure and overall development trend for solution-processable NIR-absorbing ultra-narrow-bandgap (UNBG; below 1.5 eV) polymer donors used in organic solar cells.
Silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs) in sustainable agriculture: major emphasis on the practicality, efficacy and concerns
Silicon (Si), a beneficial element for plants, is known for its prophylactic effect under stress conditions.
Inhaled antibiotic-loaded polymeric nanoparticles for the management of lower respiratory tract infections
A schematic diagram of pulmonary drug delivery from the DPI formulation, which consists of drug encapsulated in polymer nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are aerosolized using a DPI device and the patient's inspiratory force for lung deposition.
Recent advances in graphite carbon nitride-based nanocomposites: structure, antibacterial properties and synergies
In this review, the research progress for enhanced photocatalytic antibacterial performance of g-C3N4 based nanocomposites is discussed through different topologies, noble metal decoration, non-noble metal doping and heterojunction construction.
An overview on the investigation of nanomaterials' effect on plasma components: immunoglobulins and coagulation factor VIII, 2010–2020 review
FVIII and immunoglobulins (Igs) are the most prominent plasma proteins, which play a vital role in plasma hemostasis.
Therapeutic response differences between 2D and 3D tumor models of magnetic hyperthermia
3D hyperthermia models exhibit potential for successful translation to clinical applications as greater heat stress response is generated in cells cultured in 3D as spheroids, inserts, scaffolds and microfluidic chips than cultured as monolayers.
From shaping to functionalization of micro-droplets and particles
From shaping to functionalization of micro-droplets and particles in passive and active methods, and their applications.
Nanocrystalline silicon thin film growth and application for silicon heterojunction solar cells: a short review
Doped nanocrystalline silicon thin films, in which silicon nanocrystallites are embedded in an amorphous silicon matrix, are emerging as carrier-selective contacts for next-generation silicon heterojunction solar cells.
Metal-ion batteries for electric vehicles: current state of the technology, issues and future perspectives
Batteries based on metals-ions have the potential to meet the future needs of electric vehicle applications. This article reviews the key technological developments and scientific challenges of a broad range of Li-ion, Mg-ion and Al-ion batteries for electric vehicles.
A review on bismuth oxyhalide based materials for photocatalysis
A new class of photocatalysts comprising ternary semiconductors such as BiOX joined via van der Waals forces is potential candidates for photocatalysis because of their high charge transfer ratio due to their indirect band gaps with crystallinity.
Emerging indocyanine green-integrated nanocarriers for multimodal cancer therapy: a review
Nanotechnology is a branch of science dealing with the development of new types of nanomaterials by several methods.
Biomolecular interactions of ultrasmall metallic nanoparticles and nanoclusters
Experimental and computational methods for the study of ultrasmall nanoparticle–protein interactions.
Ligand exchange reactions on thiolate-protected gold nanoclusters
Ligand exchange reaction in monolayer-protected metal clusters is a versatile post-synthesis method to modify the surface properties of the clusters and to introduce functionality to them. Here we summarize the more recent knowledge in the field.
Mechanical properties of aerospace epoxy composites reinforced with 2D nano-fillers: current status and road to industrialization
This review offers a comprehensive literature survey and a perspective into the possible ways of bridging the gaps between the laboratory research and industrialization of 2D nanosheet-filled epoxy composites.
Recent progress and future prospects of atomic layer deposition to prepare/modify solid-state electrolytes and interfaces between electrodes for next-generation lithium batteries
Comparison of ionic conductivity (at room temperature) of different solid-state electrolytes (SSEs) prepared by the atomic layer deposition (ALD) for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).
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In addition to important advances in nanoscience & nanotechnology, Nanoscale Advances publishes topical review articles. Reviews will be added to this webpage as soon as possible after publication.