Themed collection Design and function of materials nanoarchitectonics
Introduction to the Nanoscale & Nanoscale Advances joint themed collection: design and function of materials nanoarchitectonics
Katsuhiko Ariga and Omar Azzaroni introduce the Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances themed collection on the design and function of materials nanoarchitectonics.
Nanoarchitectonics for conductive polymers using solid and vapor phases
New nanoarchitectonics for conductive polymers using solid and vapor phases facilitates formation of homogenous coating, hierarchical morphologies, composites, and copolymers.
Nanoarchitectonics beyond perfect order – not quite perfect but quite useful
Nanoarchitectonics, like architectonics, allows the design and building of structures, but at the nanoscale.
Nanoarchitectonics horizons: materials for life sciences
Engineering materials at atomic/molecular level to develop functional nanoscale systems define nanoarchitectonics.
Materials nanoarchitectonics in a two-dimensional world within a nanoscale distance from the liquid phase
This short review article describes recent approaches to materials nanoarchitectonics in a liquid-based two-dimensional world, i.e., interfacial regions within a nanoscale distance from the liquid phase.
Nucleic acid isothermal amplification-based soft nanoarchitectonics as an emerging electrochemical biosensing platform
We provide an overview of recent efforts in obtaining signal-amplified sensing systems along with their biological applications, current challenges and prospects in this promising new area.
Thiol-ene polymer beads via liquid–liquid printing: armored interfaces and photopolymerization via graphitic carbon nitride
Inspired by artificial caviar formation from molecular cuisine, we can form macroscale thiol-ene polymer beads via carbon nitride under static conditions. Carbonization of the so-formed beads yields N-doped gradient carbon spheres.
Controlled formation of carbon nanotubes incorporated ceramic composite granules by electrostatic integrated nano-assembly
Controlled formation of CNT–Al2O3–ZrO2 composite granules by an electrostatic integrated nano-assembly method.
Two-dimensional assembled PVP-modified silver nanoprisms guided by butanol for surface-enhanced Raman scattering-based invisible printing platforms
This study proposes a methodology for the fabrication of two-dimensional assemblies of asymmetric Ag nanoprisms based on the classical theory for the surface excess of butanol in an aqueous mixture and Rayleigh–Bénard–Marangoni convection.
Electrochemical atomic force microscopy of two-dimensional trinuclear ruthenium clusters molecular assembly and dynamics under redox state control
Mixed-valence ruthenium trinuclear clusters containing dichloroacetates were synthesized, and the self-assembly of a single molecular adlayer composed of these clusters on a graphite surface was investigated by atomic force microscopy.
A six-fold difference in structure results in a six-order difference in conductivity: silica shell nanoarchitectonics on carbon black particles
The conductivity of the film was affected by the thickness of the silica shell on carbon black.
An amphiphilic material arginine–arginine–bile acid promotes α-synuclein amyloid formation
We developed a novel amphiphilic material, arginine-arginine (RR)-bile acid (BA). RR-BA selectively binds to aSN in Parkinson’s disease and boosts aSN amyloidogenesis through a mechanism of electrostatic binding-hydrophobic condensation.
A lipid membrane supported on an artificial extracellular matrix made of polyelectrolyte multilayers: towards nanoarchitectonics at the cellular interface
This study reports assembly of tailor-made nanostructured biomaterial – artificial 3D cellular microenvironment via deposition of a lipid bilayer (as the cellular membrane) on the top of a biopolymer multilayer cushion (as the extracellular matrix).
Fabrication of silk sericin–anthocyanin nanocoating for chelating and saturation-visualization detection of metal ions
The nanocoating consisting of co-assembled silk sericin protein and anthocyanin nanoparticles is designed, constructed, and characterized to chelate metal ions with a saturation-visualization detection behavior.
An assembly-inducing PDC enabling the efficient nuclear delivery of nucleic acid for cancer stem-like cell suppression
Nucleic acid therapy is attracting great attention in diverse clinical translations because of its therapeutic advantages.
Achieving regioselective materials binding using multidomain peptides
The ability to integrate two disparate materials-binding domains into a single ligand to achieve regiospecific binding would be powerful to direct material assembly; however, this has proven challenging to achieve due to cross-materials binding.
A nanoarchitecture of a gold cluster conjugated gold nanorod hybrid system and its application in fluorescence imaging and plasmonic photothermal therapy
Engineering different nanomaterials into a single functional material can impart unique properties of the parental nanoparticles, especially in the field of bio imaging and therapy.
Capillary-force-driven self-assembly of carbon nanotubes: from ab initio calculations to modeling of self-assembly
In this paper, density functional theory and theory of contacts and adhesion of fibrillar interfaces (Gecko’s effect) are combined to investigate elasto-capillary-driven self-assembly of carbon nanotubes arrays.
Fabrication of diverse multicompartment micelles by redispersion of triblock terpolymer bulk morphologies
In this work, we provide guidelines for the formation of multicompartment micelles with defined shapes and inner structure through direct redispersion of terpolymer bulk morphologies in selective, plasticizing solvents.
A combined experimental and computational study of the effect of electron irradiation on the transport properties of aromatic and aliphatic molecular self-assemblies
Intermolecular cross-linking through electron irradiation is proven to be an effective tool to improve the mechanical and electronic properties of molecular self-assembled monolayers, which is known to be a key player for material nanoarchitectonics.
Interaction between glyphosate pesticide and amphiphilic peptides for colorimetric analysis
Self-assembled lipopeptides act function like the active site of acetylcholinesterase to detect organophosphorus pesticides.
Tailored synthesis of molecularly thin platinum nanosheets using designed 2D surfactant solids
We found solid-state surfactants as designable crystals suitable for nanostructural control and proposed a novel synthetic route for molecularly-thin Pt metal nanosheets using solid surfactant crystals as a precursor.
Interfacial tension driven adsorption of MnO2 nanoparticles at the liquid/liquid interface to tailor ultra-thin polypyrrole sheets
A water/chloroform interface-assisted one-pot synthesis of ultra-thin PPy/MnO2 sheets enriched with ∼6 nm MnO2 NPs. The decrease in the dynamic interfacial tension (γ) of the L/L interface proved the adsorption of MnO2 attached PPy oligomers.
Effects of hydrophilic fullerene nanoarchitectured structures on the behaviour of neural stem cells
Three hydrophilic fullerene structures are fabricated. FNTs induce neural stem cell differentiation in the culture dish or in the composite hydrogel.
Flexible 1.3 μm photodetector fabricated with InN nanowires and graphene on overhead projector transparency sheet
The first demonstration of flexible 1.3 μm photodetectors fabricated with InN nanowires (NWs) and graphene on an overhead projector transparency (OHP) sheet.
Low-dose exposure to phytosynthesized gold nanoparticles combined with glutamine deprivation enhances cell death in the cancer cell line HeLa via oxidative stress-mediated mitochondrial dysfunction and G0/G1 cell cycle arrest
Glutamine deprivation sensitizes cancer cells HeLa to mitochondrial inactivity and cell cycle arrest mediated cell death induction by low-dose phytosynthesized gold nanoparticles.
Coordinated regulation of phosphorus/nitrogen doping in fullerene-derived hollow carbon spheres and their synergistic effect for the oxygen reduction reaction
The co-doping of phosphorous/nitrogen in fullerene-derived hollow carbon spheres by the chemical modification and assembly of C60s, leads to a superior catalytic performance of the ORR.
Impact of bismuth-doping on enhanced radiative recombination in lead-free double-perovskite nanocrystals
We synthesized the Pb-free perovskite NCs doped with bismuth ions and investigated their photophysical properties to reveal the role of the dopant on the enhanced photoemission properties.
Superprotonic conduction of intrinsically zwitterionic microporous polymers based on easy-to-make squaraine, croconaine and rhodizaine dyes
Porous organic polymers (POPs) have been prepared via a novel metal-free polycondensation between a tritopic indole-based monomer and squaric, croconic and rhodizonic acids.
Architectural design of core–shell nanotube systems based on aluminosilicate clay
An architectural approach for design of functional materials based on natural tubule nanoclay with functional elements placed selectively inside or outside these aluminosilicate tubes.
De novo designed peptides form a highly catalytic ordered nanoarchitecture on a graphite surface
De novo designed peptides self-assembled on a graphite surface to produce highly robust and active electrocatalysts and promote peroxidation reactions with activities that rival those of natural enzymes in both single and multi-substrate reactions.
Enhanced photocatalytic and antimicrobial performance of a multifunctional Cu-loaded nanocomposite under UV light: theoretical and experimental study
CNFST/Cu quaternary nanocomposite was developed for the photodegradation of three different kinds of pollutants and disinfection of pathogenic micro-organisms in water.
In-materio reservoir working at low frequencies in a Ag2S-island network
A reservoir that is more sensitive to lower frequencies is developed by a Ag2S-island network, where Ag filament growth/shrinkage achieves non-linear transformation of input signals. Six logic operations are achieved with accuracy higher than 99%.
An X-state solid–liquid mixture with unusual mechanical properties formed by water and coordination polymer nanosheet nanoarchitectonics
We demonstrate an unusual state, the X state, by naturally drying up a dough which is composed of Ni(H2O)2[(Ni(CN)4]·H2O nanosheets and water. This X-state mixture shows mechanical characteristics different from both liquids and brittle solids.
Egg-yolk core–shell mesoporous silica nanoparticles for high doxorubicin loading and delivery to prostate cancer cells
A simple synthesis strategy for constructing yolk–shell mesoporous silica nanoparticles is reported for enhanced drug delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs.
Differential copper-guided architectures of amyloid β peptidomimetics modulate oxidation states and catalysis
The fibrillar assembly of AkdNMCPy peptidomimetics with cyclic dipeptide and pyrene units was engineered into Cu-guided differential architectures that stabilize CuII and CuI states and exhibit distinct catalytic activities.
Co-assembly of a multicomponent network of nanofiber-wrapped nanotubes
In this work, we report a strategy to construct a two-component nanostructure comprised of two building blocks that undergo self-sorting assembly at the monomer level followed by a supramolecular association to form a nanofiber-wrapped nanotube.
Nanoscale probing and imaging of HIV-1 RNA in cells with a chimeric LNA–DNA sensor
A chimeric locked nucleic acid (LNA)–DNA sensor enables hybridization chain reaction (HCR) for the efficient detection and nanoscale imaging of HIV-1 RNA transcripts in cell lysates, and fixed and live cells.
Dissymmetrical tails-regulated helical nanoarchitectonics of amphiphilic ornithines: nanotubes, bundles and twists
A strategy of designing Fmoc-protected ornithine lipids with dissymmetrical alkyl tails was employed to hierarchically tune the self-assembled lipid nanostructures from nanotubes to bundles and nanotwists.
About this collection
Guest Edited by Professor Katsuhiko Ariga (National Institute of Materials Science & University of Tokyo, Japan) and Professor Omar Azzaroni (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina).
Nanoarchitectonics refers to the creation of functional materials using nanoscale component units through including many fields such as nanostructured materials synthesis, supramolecular assembly, nanoscale structural fabrications, and materials hybridizations. Its design and function has been utilized for developments of materials and structures for energy and environmental sciences, device and physical application, and bio and medical applications. This collection features works published in Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances on many different applications of nanoarchitectonics. We hope you enjoy reading them.