Themed collection Recent Review Articles
Agricultural nanodiagnostics for plant diseases: recent advances and challenges
Engineered nanomaterials integrated with molecular assays or miniature sensing devices formed a promising nanodiagnostic tool box for plant diseases.
Deep learning: a new tool for photonic nanostructure design
We review recent progress in the application of Deep Learning (DL) techniques for photonic nanostructure design and provide a perspective on current limitations and fruitful directions for further development.
Graphene nanocrystals in CO2 photoreduction with H2O for fuel production
Graphene nanocrystals can utilize solar light and are valuable in cases where electricity is lacking due to their chemical stability during the photocatalytic process, low cost and non-toxicity.
Magnetic biomaterials and nano-instructive tools as mediators of tendon mechanotransduction
This review identifies the latest advances and potential of magnetically actuated biomaterials within the scope of tendon tissue engineering.
Metal oxide-based supercapacitors: progress and prospectives
We investigate the principal elements affecting the properties of bimetallic oxide electrodes to reveal the relevant energy storage mechanisms.
The molecular mechanisms underlying mussel adhesion
Marine mussels are able to firmly affix on various wet surfaces by the overproduction of special mussel foot proteins (mfps).
Overall water splitting and hydrogen peroxide synthesis by gold nanoparticle-based plasmonic photocatalysts
“Solar hydrogen and oxygen cycles” involving hydrogen (H2) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as the key compounds, respectively, can be driven by gold nanoparticle-based plasmonic photocatalysts.
Photoactive organic material discovery with combinatorial supramolecular assembly
Organic semiconductors have received substantial attention as active components in optoelectronic devices because of their processability and customizable properties.
Current progress achieved in novel materials for supercapacitor electrodes: mini review
This mini-review presents a summary of recent developments in supercapacitor research and technology, including all kinds of supercapacitor design techniques using various electrode materials and production methods for addressing energy storage and harvesting issues.
Multiscale atomistic simulation of metal nanoparticles under working conditions
Recent theoretical advances in simulating the structural evolution of metal/alloy nanoparticles under working conditions are reviewed, coupled with the qualitative comparison to the experiments and a brief introduction of MOSP software.
Self-assembled colloidal arrays for structural color
This review focuses on the structural color induced by colloidal assembly at the generation, modulation, and application stages, along with the authors' perspectives on the challenges and future opportunities.
Ball milling: a green technology for the preparation and functionalisation of nanocellulose derivatives
Ball milling, an efficient method to obtain cellulose nanofibers and nanocrystals.
Design of plasmonic nanomaterials for diagnostic spectrometry
Development of plasmonics for diagnostic spectrometry encompassing the interface, mechanism, and application of nanomaterials.
Metal/semiconductor interfaces in nanoscale objects: synthesis, emerging properties and applications of hybrid nanostructures
Multi-component crystals of various shapes, sizes and compositions (hybrid nanostructures) are much sought-after functional materials. Herein, the synthesis and emerging properties of nanomaterials with metal/semiconductor interface(s) are reviewed.
Observation of critical magnetic behavior in 2D carbon based composites
This review article discusses the magnetic interactions attained by 2D carbon related materials.
Metasurfaces-based imaging and applications: from miniaturized optical components to functional imaging platforms
This review focuses on the imaging applications of metasurfaces.
Isolation methods for particle protein corona complexes from protein-rich matrices
This review compares and critically discusses the most widely used analysis techniques for protein corona investigations: centrifugation, magnetism and chromatography.
Two-dimensional metal–organic frameworks and their derivatives for electrochemical energy storage and electrocatalysis
The recent progress on the fabrication of two-dimensional metal–organic frameworks and their derivatives as well as their applications in electrochemical energy storage and electrocatalysis are reviewed.
In-plane anisotropic electronics based on low-symmetry 2D materials: progress and prospects
Low-symmetry layered materials such as black phosphorus (BP) have been revived recently due to their high intrinsic mobility and in-plane anisotropic properties, which can be used in anisotropic electronic and optoelectronic devices.
Activation of atom-precise clusters for catalysis
This review details methods used to activate Au and Ag clusters for catalysis and routes that have been effective in mitigating sintering.
Progress in supercapacitors: roles of two dimensional nanotubular materials
Overcoming the global energy crisis due to vast economic expansion with the advent of human reliance on energy-consuming labor-saving devices necessitates the demand for next-generation technologies in the form of cleaner energy storage devices.
Photo/electrocatalysis and photosensitization using metal nanoclusters for green energy and medical applications
This review summarizes recent developments in the photo/electro catalytic and photosensitizing characteristics of metal and alloy NCs for green energy and medical applications.
Birnessite based nanostructures for supercapacitors: challenges, strategies and prospects
In the past few years, intensive attention has been focused on birnessite based electrodes for supercapacitors.
All-dielectric concentration of electromagnetic fields at the nanoscale: the role of photonic nanojets
This article gives a thorough and unprecedented review that presents new perspectives, unusual physics, and exciting trends for photonic nanojets.
Advances in nanomaterial application in enzyme-based electrochemical biosensors: a review
Application of nanomaterials greatly improves performance of electrochemical enzyme-based biosensors.
Surface modification of plasmonic noble metal–metal oxide core–shell nanoparticles
A comprehensive survey on methods for surface modification of noble metal–metal oxide core–shell nanoparticles is presented and highlights various strategies for binding of molecules and molecular ions to core–shell nanoparticles.
Carbon nanotube and graphene fiber artificial muscles
Recent advances in artificial muscles based on twisted and coiled carbon nanotube yarns and graphene fibers.
Facile growth of carbon nanotubes using microwave ovens: the emerging application of highly efficient domestic plasma reactors
Carbon nanotubes are obtained using a domestic microwave oven in a few seconds at room temperature and atmospheric pressure.
Hydrophobic ion pairing: encapsulating small molecules, peptides, and proteins into nanocarriers
Hydrophobic ion pairing has emerged as a method to modulate the solubility of charged hydrophilic molecules ranging in class from small molecules to large enzymes. Here we review the application of hydrophobic ion pairing for encapsulating charged hydrophilic molecules into nanocarriers.
Fiber all-optical light control with low-dimensional materials (LDMs): thermo-optic effect and saturable absorption
In this paper, we review the recent studies on all-optical light control based on two main nonlinear mechanisms in LDMs: the thermo-optic effect and saturable absorption.
Phase change thin films for non-volatile memory applications
The paper reviews materials science aspects of chalcogenide-based phase change thin films relevant for non-volatile memory applications.
Controlling the degrees of freedom in metasurface designs for multi-functional optical devices
This review discusses the control over the degrees of freedom (DOF) in the design space to develop multi-functional metasurfaces.
Electrolyte selection for supercapacitive devices: a critical review
The supercapacitive charge storage as a function of electrolyte factors are critically reviewed.
Preparation and applications of electrochemical chemosensors based on carbon-nanomaterial-modified molecularly imprinted polymers
This review summarizes recent advances in carbon nanomaterials-modified molecularly imprinted polymers as electrochemical chemosensors. Preparations and applications are reviewed. Current status, challenges and perspectives are discussed.
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.
Recent advances in the use of TiO2 nanotube powder in biological, environmental, and energy applications
The use of titanium dioxide nanotubes in the powder form (TNTP) has been a hot topic for the past few decades in many applications.
Nanomaterial based aptasensors for clinical and environmental diagnostic applications
Exploring nanomaterials for the fabrication of aptamer based biosensors and their application in clinical diagnostics and contaminant monitoring in food & environment.
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.
Raman spectroscopy to unravel the magnetic properties of iron oxide nanocrystals for bio-related applications
Raman spectroscopy is a very valuable and fast-performance tool to gain insight first into the different iron oxide phases present in nanoparticles, to correlate then the magnetic properties with potential bio-related applications.
Zinc oxide ultraviolet photodetectors: rapid progress from conventional to self-powered photodetectors
This review article focuses on the current developments of UV photodetectors from conventional to self-powered device designs based on energy efficient ZnO nanomaterials.
Review of electromagnetic interference shielding materials fabricated by iron ingredients
Iron with carbonaceous materials, conducting polymers, dielectric materials or insulating polymers is reviewed.
Gas sensors using ordered macroporous oxide nanostructures
Summary and perspective on gas-sensing applications of ordered macroporous oxide nanostructures have been outlined in this review.
Will organic–inorganic hybrid halide lead perovskites be eliminated from optoelectronic applications?
In the development of perovskite solar cells, a new version of Don Quixote is needed if scientists are to keep on seeking the most celebrated works of literature, according to the evaluation criterion of ‘THE FIRST’ and ‘THE BEST’.
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.
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