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Carbon nanotube and graphene fiber artificial muscles
Recent advances in artificial muscles based on twisted and coiled carbon nanotube yarns and graphene fibers.
Aqueous two-polymer phase extraction of single-wall carbon nanotubes using surfactants
Aqueous two-polymer phase extraction is described for its best-practice use to isolate single-wall carbon nanotube species.
A binder-free electrode architecture design for lithium–sulfur batteries: a review
Binder-free structures offering structural and kinetic advantages for constructing high performance sulfur cathodes and dendrite-free Li metal anodes are reviewed.
Biomolecule-derived quantum dots for sustainable optoelectronics
The recent advances in sustainable optoelectronics applications of quantum dots derived from different biomolecules are documented in this review.
π-Conjugated nanostructured materials: preparation, properties and photonic applications
The preparation, properties, and photonic applications of π-conjugated nanostructured-materials are reviewed.
Mesocrystals for photocatalysis: a comprehensive review on synthesis engineering and functional modifications
In this review, we mainly summarize the important progresses made in the development of photocatalysis-oriented mesocrystals, including synthesis engineering, functional modifications (hybridization and doping), and typical structure-related photocatalytic mechanisms. Some urgent issues and perspectives have also been discussed.
Selective photothermal killing of cancer cells using LED-activated nucleus targeting fluorescent carbon dots
Effective theranostic probes in cancer therapy are still a challenge. We report the selective killing of cancer cells upon photothermal ablation using a new class of 2,5-deoxyfructosazine-coated green-emissive carbon dots using mild LED-irradiation.
Synthesis of silver nanoparticles using Fagonia cretica and their antimicrobial activities
Silver nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized using an efficient bioreducing agent from Fagonia cretica extract having the advantage of eco-friendliness over chemical and physical methods.
Bioinspired carbon dots: from rose petals to tunable emissive nanodots
The present study addresses the limitation of versatility in green precursors by exploring the formation of carbon dots with respect to the contents of green precursor, i.e. Rosa indica. The synthesis mechanism is elucidated by analysing the precursors and intermediates at different intervals.
Carbon nanotubes–elastomer actuator driven electrothermally by low-voltage
Hybrid CNTs yarn muscle could be actuated with excellent contraction and stability at low voltage.
Detection of microRNA biomarkers via inhibition of DNA-mediated liposome fusion
We report the specific and sensitive detection of microRNA using an inverse DNA-mediated liposome fusion assay.
An atom efficient, single-source precursor route to plasmonic CuS nanocrystals
The synthesis of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) from single-source precursors offers simplified manufacturing processes at the cost of reduced atom efficiency.
A self-assembling peptide hydrogel for ultrarapid 3D bioassays
A peptide soft hydrogel is used as a 3D matrix for flash microarray bioassays.
Are octahedral clusters missing on the carbon energy landscape?
A computational discovery of a new structural form of carbon competitive with fullerenes at the small size end of the nanoscale.
Polystyrene enhanced crystallization of perovskites towards high performance solar cells
Perovskite solar cells have attracted significant attention due to their high efficiency and low cost.
MAPbI3 microneedle-arrays for perovskite photovoltaic application
Highly crystalline perovskite micro-needles are grown by a hydrothermal method and used in perovskite solar cells to yield 17.98% efficiency with no hysteresis.
PbS quantum dots as additives in methylammonium halide perovskite solar cells: the effect of quantum dot capping
Colloidal PbS quantum dots (QDs) have been successfully employed as additives in halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) acting as nucleation centers in the perovskite crystallization process.
Occurrence of excited state charge separation in a N-doped graphene–perylenediimide hybrid formed via ‘click’ chemistry
A donor–acceptor hybrid was devised and synthesized using N-doped graphene and perylene diimide via click chemistry, and the occurrence of excited state charge separation is demonstrated.
Tailoring the crystal growth of quartz on silicon for patterning epitaxial piezoelectric films
Epitaxial films of piezoelectric α-quartz could enable the fabrication of sensors with unprecedented sensitivity for prospective applications in electronics, biology and medicine.
Tin+1Cn MXenes with fully saturated and thermally stable Cl terminations
MXenes are an extensive family of 2D transition metal carbides and nitrides, whose properties are strongly affected by surface terminations, typically O and F. Herein, we enable chlorine as a new termination, thereby expanding the property space.
Superbat: battery-like supercapacitor utilized by graphene foam and zinc oxide (ZnO) electrodes induced by structural defects
The current work presents a hybrid type of energy storage device composed of both graphene foam and zinc oxide electrodes, which exhibits both the electrochemical performance of a supercapacitor with a relatively higher power density, and a battery with a relatively higher energy density as compared to each individual component as single devices.
Chemically reactive protein nanoparticles for synthesis of a durable and deformable superhydrophobic material
A naturally derived approach is introduced for the synthesis of a nature-inspired, highly compressible and extremely water repellent material. The BSA protein derived highly tolerant superhydrophobic cotton was successfully applied in eco-friendly remediation of various oil contaminants selectively from aqueous phases.
Tetradic phosphor white light with variable CCT and superlative CRI through organolead halide perovskite nanocrystals
Exceptional CRI and variable CCT via fourfold phosphors to create a high-quality broadband white-emission with a controllable hue.
High surface-area carbon microcantilevers
Fully-porous carbon resonators were formed with precise microscale dimension and characterized for sensitive detection of vapors.
Atomic layer deposition of Co3O4 nanocrystals on N-doped electrospun carbon nanofibers for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions
We demonstrated atomic layer deposition of highly monodisperse Co3O4 nanocrystals on N-doped electrospun carbon nanofibers (Co@nCNFs) as bifunctional electrocatalysts for the ORR and OER.
Surfactant-assisted individualization and dispersion of boron nitride nanotubes
Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are novel material building blocks with useful thermal, electronic, and optical properties; their stable dispersion in water would enable fundamental studies as well as novel applications. Here we address the dispersion of BNNTs in aqueous solution using surfactants with varying properties.
Nanoplastics formed during the mechanical breakdown of daily-use polystyrene products
Limited mechanical force produces plastic nanoparticles from commonly used plastic objects.
Dual-functionalised shellac nanocarriers give a super-boost of the antimicrobial action of berberine
We demonstrate a strong enhancement of the antimicrobial action of berberine encapsulated in shellac nanoparticles with dual surface functionality. This is attributed to the electrostatic adhesion of the cationic nanocarriers to the microbial cell walls which leads to their accumulation and local delivery of berberine.
Rh-doped MoSe2 as a toxic gas scavenger: a first-principles study
Using first-principles theory, we investigated the most stable configuration for the Rh dopant on a MoSe2 monolayer, and the interaction of the Rh-doped MoSe2 (Rh-MoSe2) monolayer with four toxic gases (CO, NO, NO2 and SO2) to exploit the potential application of the Rh-MoS2 monolayer as a gas sensor or adsorbent.
Carboxymethyl cellulose coated magnetic nanoparticles transport across a human lung microvascular endothelial cell model of the blood–brain barrier
CMC coated magnetic nanoparticles cross through a densely packed Human Lung Microvascular Endothelial (HLMVE) cell barrier BBB model.
Synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticle-loaded amorphous calcium phosphate microspheres for dental applications
Synthesis of composite nanostructures of amorphous calcium phosphate loaded with silver nanoparticles has been achieved using a spray pyrolysis method. Upon incorporation into a commercial dental adhesive resin, these nanostructures provide sustained release of silver, calcium, and phosphate ions.
Phase evolution in calcium molybdate nanoparticles as a function of synthesis temperature and its electrochemical effect on energy storage
A thin layer of amorphous carbon on the surface of CaMoO4 synthesized at a lower temperature suitable for sodium devices storing energy.
Porous tal palm carbon nanosheets: preparation, characterization and application for the simultaneous determination of dopamine and uric acid
Porous tal palm carbon nanosheets were prepared, characterized and utilized for DA and UA sensing.
Intracellular ratiometric temperature sensing using fluorescent carbon dots
A self-referencing dual fluorescing carbon dot-based nanothermometer can ratiometrically sense thermal events in HeLa cells with very high sensitivity.
Ultra-stable pulse generation in ytterbium-doped fiber laser based on black phosphorus
We demonstrated a ultra-stable pulse based on the high-quality electrochemical delamination exfoliation process black phosphorus.
Modular assembly of plasmonic core–satellite structures as highly brilliant SERS-encoded nanoparticles
Herein, we present a fabrication approach that produces homogeneous core–satellite SERS encoded particles with minimal interparticle gaps (<2–3 nm) and maximum particle loading, while positioning the encoding agents at the gaps.
Jolly green MOF: confinement and photoactivation of photosystem I in a metal–organic framework
Photosystem I (PSI) is a ∼1000 kDa transmembrane protein that enables photoactivated charge separation with ∼1 V driving potential and ∼100% quantum efficiency during the photosynthetic process.
Characterization of aqueous cellulose nanofiber dispersions from microscopy movie data of Brownian particles by trajectory analysis
Cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) are not directly visible by microscopes when dispersed in water, but the dynamical characteristics of suspended colloidal particles tells us the texture as well as the rheological properties of CNF dispersions beyond the viscosity.
In vivo fate of free and encapsulated iron oxide nanoparticles after injection of labelled stem cells
Free and encapsulated iron oxide nanoparticles after intracardiac injection of labelled stem cells have similar in vivo fate.
Polycrystalline to preferred-(100) single crystal texture phase transformation of yttrium iron garnet nanoparticles
Nanocrystalline Ce-substituted yttrium iron garnet (YIG) powders of different compositions, Y3−xCexFe5O12 (0 ≤ x ≤ 2.0), were synthesized by a combination of sol–gel auto-combustion and solid-state synthesis techniques.
2D MXene-containing polymer electrolytes for all-solid-state lithium metal batteries
2D MXenes in solid polymer electrolytes show high efficiency in ionic conductivity enhancement and lithium metal battery performance improvement.
Flower-like 3-dimensional hierarchical Co3O4/NiO microspheres for 4-nitrophenol reduction reaction
We present flower-like 3D hierarchical Co3O4/NiO microspheres, prepared by a chemical precipitation method.
Cell refinement of CsPbBr3 perovskite nanoparticles and thin films
In this work, we performed a detailed study of the phase transformations and structural unit cell parameters of CsPbBr3 nanoparticles (NPs) and thin films.
Chemisorption of metallic radionuclides on a monolayer MoS2 nanosheet
Due to the charge transfer between metalic radionuclides and MoS2 nanosheet, the metalic radionuclides can be chemisorbed on the monolayer MoS2 nanosheet stably.
On the solution structure of kraft lignin in ethylene glycol and its implication for nanoparticle preparation
Ethylene glycol (EG) starts to attract attention as a robust solvent for lignin processing.
Enzymatic self-wiring in nanopores and its application in direct electron transfer biofuel cells
Direct electron transfer bioelectrocatalysis through synthesized metal nanoclusters in confined pores.
Silver nanowire/nickel hydroxide nanosheet composite for a transparent electrode and all-solid-state supercapacitor
Silver nanowire (Ag NW) based composites have shown a great potential not just in transparent electrodes but in diverse functional applications.
Multi-directional electrodeposited gold nanospikes for antibacterial surface applications
Bactericidal interactions of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells with multi-directional gold nanospikes.
Transformation of engineered nanomaterials through the prism of silver sulfidation
Silver sulfidation under environmentally relevant conditions follows a first-order reaction kinetics without aggregation or dissolution. Rate and extent of sulfidation demonstrates strong dependence on the crystallographic orientation of the facets.
Interfacial complexation driven three-dimensional assembly of cationic phosphorus dendrimers and graphene oxide sheets
Interfacial complexation of cationic dendrimers and graphene oxide provides novel three-dimensional heteroatom-enriched graphene nanostructures.
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