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Gradient monolayered porous membrane for liquid manipulation: from fabrication to application
The classifications, fabrications and corresponding applications of typical gradient monolayered porous membranes are introduced and further prospected on the basis of their current development.
Recent advances in metal–organic frameworks for gas adsorption/separation
This review summarizes the representative works of MOFs for gas adsorption/separation in recent years, analyses the host–guest interaction, structure–performance relations, and the adsorption/separation mechanism.
Advanced nanomaterials for modulating Alzheimer's related amyloid aggregation
Based on the dimensional scale, this review summaries the use of nanomaterials in the modulation of amyloid aggregation. The effects include intermolecular interaction, chelation, photothermal effect, photocatalytic oxidation, and drug delivery.
Synthesis and multi-scale properties of PuO2 nanoparticles: recent advances and open questions
The review focuses on the recent relevant progresses observed about PuO2 nanoparticle syntheses and characterizations including the recently deciphered electronic, structural and physico-chemical properties.
Antibacterial lignin-based nanoparticles and their use in composite materials
This review highlights the versatility of antibacterial LigNPs, their multiple functionalities, and their compatibility with a variety of materials, demonstrating their enormous potential in food packaging and biomedical applications.
Nanotechnology from lab to industry – a look at current trends
Nanotechnology holds great promise and is hyped by many as the next industrial evolution.
The first progress of plasma-based transition metal dichalcogenide synthesis: a stable 1T phase and promising applications
An insight into the synthesis of 2-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and classification of the phases with various synthesis methods. Herein, the 1T phase of TMDs is reviewed with a unique synthetic method with cold plasma (plasma enhanced CVD).
Recent development of organic–inorganic hybrid photocatalysts for biomass conversion into hydrogen production
In this review, we mainly summarize the important progress in the development of organic–inorganic hybrid photocatalysts for the production of hydrogen using biomass and its derivatives. Recent progresses and challenges are also discussed.
Fluorescence sensing by carbon nanoparticles
Herein, a summary of the fluorescent sensing applications of carbon nanoparticles for the detection of chemicals and ions is reported.
ZnO nanostructured materials and their potential applications: progress, challenges and perspectives
Extensive research in nanotechnology has been conducted to investigate new behaviours and properties of ZnO materials with nanoscale dimensions.
Cellular nanointerface of vertical nanostructure arrays and its applications
The fabrication technology of vertical nanostructures, the formation of cellular nanointerfaces and the effects of cellular nanointerfaces on cells' fates and functions, as well as its applications.
Emerging doping strategies in two-dimensional hybrid perovskite semiconductors for cutting edge optoelectronics applications
We present the progress in doping of 2D perovskites including synthesis strategies and their impact on structure and optoelectronic properties. Applications of doped 2D perovskites for photovoltaic, LED and other emerging applications are presented.
Using small-angle scattering to guide functional magnetic nanoparticle design
The review presents the recent advances in small-angle scattering techniques for the characterization of magnetic nanoparticles and highlights the potential of these methods to facilitate the application-oriented nanoparticle design & synthesis.
A review: research progress on the formation mechanism of porous anodic oxides
Owing to the great development potential of porous anodic oxides (PAO) in many fields, research on their formation mechanisms, fabrication processes and applications has a history of more than ten years.
Glycopeptoid nanospheres: glycosylation-induced coacervation of poly(sarcosine)
Conjugation of maltopentaose to water-soluble homo-poly(sarcosine) induced self-association and formed nanospheres (−150 nm) in water although homo-poly(sarcosine) was water-soluble and did not form any aggregates.
Continuous flow fabrication of green graphene oxide in aqueous hydrogen peroxide
Herein, we have established a sequential two step continuous flow process for generating graphene oxide with properties comparable to the conventional Hummers' GO. The process is high yielding and with a dramatic reduction in the generation of waste.
Higher-order assembly of BSA gold nanoclusters using supramolecular host–guest chemistry: a 40% absolute fluorescence quantum yield
We report highly emissive higher-order assembled structures of BSA gold nanoclusters using the supramolecular host–guest chemistry of cucurbituril. It exhibits 40% absolute fluorescence quantum yield.
Anisotropic dual-plasmonic hetero-nanostructures with tunable plasmonic coupling effects
The influence of plasmonic coupling effects between different components in Au NRs@Cu2−xSe nanostructures on their characteristics was studied.
A controlled nucleation and growth of Si nanowires by using a TiN diffusion barrier layer for lithium-ion batteries
Uniform size of Si nanowires (NWs) is highly desirable to enhance the performance of Si NW-based lithium-ion batteries.
Custom-made holey graphene via scanning probe block co-polymer lithography
Scanning probe block co-polymer lithography was utilized to fabricate silver nanoparticles on graphene surfaces with spatial and dimensional control. The downstream etching process produced holey graphene with uniformly distributed holes.
Graphene-containing metal–organic framework nanocomposites for enhanced microwave ablation of salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma
Traditional MW ablation may result in insufficient ablation and aggravation of tumor hypoxia. Our strategy for MW ablation with ZIF67@Gr-PEG NCs achieved the combined effects of enhanced MW ablation and tumor hypoxia relief.
Cobalt-doped copper vanadate: a dual active electrocatalyst propelling efficient H2 evolution and glycerol oxidation in alkaline water
Co doping resulted in an enhancement of the electrocatalytic properties of copper vanadate towards the HER and the GOR to form formic acid.
Plasmonic photothermal activation of an organosilica shielded cold-adapted lipase co-immobilised with gold nanoparticles on silica particles
Photothermal activation of CalB enzymes, co-immobilised with gold nanoparticles onto a silica scaffold and shielded by a nanometre-thin organosilica layer, allows the enzymes to function better at low temperatures.
Solvothermal synthesis of soluble, surface modified anatase and transition metal doped anatase hybrid nanocrystals
Solvothermal treatment of amorphous titania in trifluoroacetic acid modifies the surface and crystallises the anatase phase, yielding dispersible hybrid nanocrystals.
Cobalt doped titania-carbon nanosheets with induced oxygen vacancies for photocatalytic degradation of uranium complexes in radioactive wastes
The photocatalytic degradation of uranium–arsenazo complex followed by photocatalytic reduction of hexavalent uranium to insoluble tetravalent uranium via the synthesized Co@TiO2-C photocatalyst under UV irradiation.
Nanostructure-induced L10-ordering of twinned single-crystals in CoPt ferromagnetic nanowires
Nanostructure-induced L10-ordering of twinned single-crystals in CoPt ferromagnetic nanowires on Si/SiO2 substrates is demonstrated, where nanostructure-induced L10-ordering is driven by ultrasmall 10 nm-scale curvature radii of the nanowires.
A self-consistent model to link surface electronic band structure to the voltage dependence of hot electron induced molecular nanoprobe experiments
We use nonlocal manipulation of single molecules as a nanoprobe for the fate of hot charge carriers to extract quantitative measurement from the scanning tunnelling microscope before the charges have thermalised.
In situ synthesis of high-quantum-efficiency and stable bromide-based blue-emitting perovskite nanoplatelets
We present a facile synthetic approach for the growth of two-dimensional CsPbBr3 nanoplatelets (NPLs) in the temperature range of 50–80 °C via the vacuum-assisted low-temperature (VALT) method.
SERS spectral evolution of azo-reactions mediated by plasmonic Au@Ag core–shell nanorods
Plasmon-driven photocatalytic effects generate azo reactions.
Proton conductivity dependence on the surface polymer thickness of core–shell type nanoparticles in a proton exchange membrane
The proton conductivity and activation energy of core–shell type nanoparticles were increased with increasing PVPA (shell) thickness. It is difficult to achieve both high proton conductivity and low activation energy with excessive PVPA thickness.
Orientational control of molecular scale thermoelectricity
Through a comprehensive study, we demonstrate that single-molecule junctions formed from asymmetric molecules with different terminal groups can exhibit Seebeck coefficients, whose sign depends on the orientation of the molecule within the junction.
Packing and trimer-to-dimer protein reconstruction in icosahedral viral shells with a single type of symmetrical structural unit
Modelling morphological transformation in Flavivirus proteinaceous shells at maturation. Locally periodic arrangement of pr peptides makes the dimeric state energetically more favorable at a low pH level.
On-substrate fabrication of a self-activated nanostructured ZnO gas sensor
A rationally controlled, seedless, and position-selective hydrothermal method is applied to fabricate high-performance self-activated (ZnO) nano-needle (ZNN) GSs directly on a substrate.
Ultra-long silver nanowires prepared via hydrothermal synthesis enable efficient transparent heaters
Ultra-long silver nanowires (AgNWs) with an aspect ratio of >2000 were prepared by the hydrothermal synthesis method.
Size-dependent shape distributions of platinum nanoparticles
Transmission electron microscopy revealed size-dependent shape distributions in platinum nanoparticles, which were consistent with trends observed by applying Boltzmann statistics to the energy computed with atomistic models.
Shape dependent sensing potential of gold nanoparticles in etching based multicolorimetric plasmonic-ELISA
Assessment of three different shapes of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), viz. nanorods (AuNRs), nanotriangles (AuNTs), and nanospheres (AuNSs), towards the development of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) enzyme-mediated etching-based plasmonic ELISA strategy.
Direct observation of narrow electronic energy band formation in 2D molecular self-assembly
Non-covalent intermolecular hybridization in a 2D molecular self-assembly gives rise to a narrow electronic energy band, a promising prospect for organic nanoelectronics.
Mechanistic insights into Ag+ induced size-growth from [Au6(DPPP)4]2+ to [Au7(DPPP)4]2+ clusters
The cone-[Au]+ was activated by the continuous Ag+-doping, and then, it was exchanged to participate in the size growth of Au6P8 to Au7P8.
Insights into first-principles characterization of the monoclinic VO2(B) polymorph via DFT + U calculation: electronic, magnetic and optical properties
We have studied the structural, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of the VO2(B) polymorph using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT).
Low temperature 2D GaN growth on Si(111) 7 × 7 assisted by hyperthermal nitrogen ions
As the characteristic dimensions of modern top-down devices are getting smaller, such devices reach their operational limits imposed by quantum mechanics.
Length-dependent symmetry in narrow chevron-like graphene nanoribbons
We report the structural and electronic properties of narrow chevron-like graphene nanoribbons with a band gap of 1.5 eV. Molecular heterojunctions are formed during on-surface synthesis via a coupling defect consisting of a 5- and 6-membered ring.
Engineering thermoelectric and mechanical properties by nanoporosity in calcium cobaltate films from reactions of Ca(OH)2/Co3O4 multilayers
The higher porosity film with bending flexibility exhibits not only a 50% higher electrical conductivity of ∼90 S cm−1 and a high Seebeck coefficient of ∼135 μV K−1, but also a thermal conductivity as low as ∼1 W m−1 K−1.
Brain-like critical dynamics and long-range temporal correlations in percolating networks of silver nanoparticles and functionality preservation after integration of insulating matrix
Ag-NP networks poised at the percolation threshold were fabricated. Their network dynamics are tuned to criticality, irrespective of presence or absence of an insulating matrix inside the memristive gaps.
Modelling structural properties of cyanine dye nanotubes at coarse-grained level
Coarse-grained models are essential to capture the self-assembly of supramolecular materials.
Unraveling the effects of gas species and surface wettability on the morphology of interfacial nanobubbles
Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to unravel the morphology dependence of interfacial nanobubbles on surface wettability and gas species.
Insertion of metal cations into hybrid organometallic halide perovskite nanocrystals for enhanced stability: eco-friendly synthesis, lattice strain engineering, and defect chemistry studies
We developed a facile and eco-friendly synthesis strategy for large-scale preparation of undoped and Cr-doped hybrid organometallic halide perovskite nanocrystals.
Modifying the magnetic response of magnetotactic bacteria: incorporation of Gd and Tb ions into the magnetosome structure
Gd and Tb-ions incorporated into the magnetosome structure modify the magnetic properties of magnetotactic bacteria. The modification gets particularly remarkable by the dramatic reduction of the uniaxial (and magnetocrystalline) anisotropy terms below the Verwey transition.
Formation and growth characteristics of nanostructured carbon films on nascent Ag clusters during room-temperature electrochemical CO2 reduction
Formation of nanostructured carbon films on nascent Ag clusters during room-temperature electrochemical CO2 reduction.
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.
Nitrogen-doped molecular bowls as electron donors in photoinduced electron transfer reactions
The propensity of fullerene complex to photoinduced electron transfer is determined by electron-donating properties of the bowl. More extended π-conjugated molecular bowls with nitrogen atom in pentagonal rings promote faster charge separation.
Core vs. surface labelling of mesoporous silica nanoparticles: advancing the understanding of nanoparticle fate and design of labelling strategies
Mesoporous silica nanoparticles modified with peptides for targeting cancer tissue are radiolabeled in the core or in the targeting peptide. Advanced information on the fate of the nanoparticles is obtained comparing biodistribution patterns.
Predictive high-throughput screening of PEGylated lipids in oligonucleotide-loaded lipid nanoparticles for neuronal gene silencing
Development of a high throughput screening workflow to characterize the impact of unique PEG-lipid parameters on oligonucleotide-loaded lipid nanoparticle structure and function.
Riboflavin–citrate conjugate multicore SPIONs with enhanced magnetic responses and cellular uptake in breast cancer cells
Riboflavin-coated multicore SPIONs show specific binding with RCP, enhanced uptake in breast cancer cells and excellent MRI response.
Organic contaminants and atmospheric nitrogen at the graphene–water interface: a simulation study
Formation of hydrocarbon monolayers at the graphene–water interface can be predicted from the concentration in ambient air and the free energies of hydration, adsorption from the aqueous phase, and subsequent integration into the monolayer phase.
Carbon dot-based fluorescent antibody nanoprobes as brain tumour glioblastoma diagnostics
Carbon dot-labelled antibody for human brain tissue immunofluorescent staining.
3D multiscale analysis of the hierarchical porosity in Coscinodiscus sp. diatoms using a combination of tomographic techniques
A multiscale 3D approach combining three advanced volumetric imaging techniques was employed for obtaining direct information on the hierarchical porosity in Coscinodiscus sp. diatoms having an internal organization ranging from micrometer to nanometer.
Water stable, red emitting, carbon nanoparticles stimulate 3D cell invasion via clathrin-mediated endocytic uptake
Bright fluorescent nanoparticles with excitation and emission towards the red end of the spectrum are highly desirable in the field of bioimaging.
Realization of a multi-band terahertz metamaterial absorber using two identical split rings having opposite opening directions connected by a rectangular patch
A multi-band metamaterial absorber in the terahertz regime using a periodically arranged surface structure placed on an ultra-thin insulating dielectric slab backed by a metallic ground plane is demonstrated in this paper.
Directional quantum dot emission by soft-stamping on silicon Mie resonators
We present a soft-stamping method to selectively print a homogenous layer of CdSeTe/ZnS core–shell quantum dots (QDs) on top of Si nanocylinders with Mie-type resonant modes. Depending on the cylinder shape, we direct the QD emission up or down.
Formaldehyde gas sensor with extremely high response employing cobalt-doped SnO2 ultrafine nanoparticles
In this work, Co-SnO2 NPs with zero-dimensional structure were synthesized by hydrothermal method. At the optimal temperature, the selectivity and response of 0.5% Co-SnO2 to formaldehyde are excellent (for 30 ppm formaldehyde, Ra/Rg = 163 437).
Contact electrification through interfacial charge transfer: a mechanistic viewpoint on solid–liquid interfaces
Contact electrification (triboelectrification) has been a long-standing phenomenon for 2600 years.
2-Dimensional layered molybdenum disulfide nanosheets and CTAB-assisted molybdenum disulfide nanoflower for high performance supercapacitor application
It represents the supercapacitor performance of the MoS2 nanosheets and CTAB assisted MoS2 nanoflower morphology have been investigated.
PEGylation of silver nanoparticles by physisorption of cyclic poly(ethylene glycol) for enhanced dispersion stability, antimicrobial activity, and cytotoxicity
Cyclic PEG without any chemical inhomogeneity was physiosorbed onto AgNPs to PEGylate and drastically enhance the dispersion stability against a physiological condition, white light, and high temperature, while its linear counterparts could not.
Counterion-insulated near-infrared dyes in biodegradable polymer nanoparticles for in vivo imaging
Bulky hydrophobic counterions were applied for encapsulation of near-infrared cyanine dyes into biodegradable polymer matrix with minimized self-quenching, yielding fluorescent nanoparticles with stealth PEG shell for in vivo imaging.
Pyromellitic diamide–diacid bridged mesoporous organosilica nanospheres with controllable morphologies: a novel PMO for the facile and expeditious synthesis of imidazole derivatives
Novel pyromellitic diamide–diacid bridged mesoporous organosilica nanospheres with controllable morphologies and acidic centers were designed and prepared through a convenient method by altering the addition sequence of precursors, solvent, and aging time.
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