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Artificial intelligence in nanomedicine

Artificial intelligence is poised to substantially enhance the efficacy and safety of nanomedicine.

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Graphene oxide and carbon dots as broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents – a minireview

Complex antibacterial mechanisms of graphene oxide and carbon dots.

Graphical abstract: Graphene oxide and carbon dots as broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents – a minireview
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Toward non-volatile photonic memory: concept, material and design

This review presents the development of photonic memory, with a view towards inspiring more intriguing ideas on the elegant selection of materials and design of novel device structures that may finally induce major progress in the fabrication and application of photonic memory.

Graphical abstract: Toward non-volatile photonic memory: concept, material and design
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Multifunctional nanozymes: enzyme-like catalytic activity combined with magnetism and surface plasmon resonance

Combining the intrinsic enzyme-mimicking properties of nanomaterials with their unique characteristics enables the design of multifunctional nanozymes for new biomedical applications and beyond.

Graphical abstract: Multifunctional nanozymes: enzyme-like catalytic activity combined with magnetism and surface plasmon resonance
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Metal–organic framework-derived one-dimensional porous or hollow carbon-based nanofibers for energy storage and conversion

This review summarizes the advances in the derivation of one-dimensional porous and hollow carbon nanofibers from metal–organic frameworks for energy storage and conversion.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework-derived one-dimensional porous or hollow carbon-based nanofibers for energy storage and conversion
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Advances in transferring chemical vapour deposition graphene: a review

This review highlights recent developments in CVD graphene transfer methods from the perspective of mechanism, cleanness, quality, reliability, and cost.

Graphical abstract: Advances in transferring chemical vapour deposition graphene: a review
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Metallic nanoislands on graphene: a metamaterial for chemical, mechanical, optical, and biological applications

Two current applications of metal nanoisland–graphene composites are shown.

Graphical abstract: Metallic nanoislands on graphene: a metamaterial for chemical, mechanical, optical, and biological applications
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Beyond “decorative” 2D supramolecular self-assembly: strategies towards functional surfaces for nanotechnology

Designing new molecular building blocks for functional supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces.

Graphical abstract: Beyond “decorative” 2D supramolecular self-assembly: strategies towards functional surfaces for nanotechnology
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Towards a classification strategy for complex nanostructures

The range of possible nanostructures is so large and continuously growing, that collating and unifying the knowledge connected to them, including their biological activity, is a major challenge.

Graphical abstract: Towards a classification strategy for complex nanostructures
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The same and not the same: molecular perovskites and their solid-state analogues

We review the crystal chemistry and physics of molecular perovskites, drawing on topical examples of the recent literature.

Graphical abstract: The same and not the same: molecular perovskites and their solid-state analogues
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Iron carbide nanoparticles: an innovative nanoplatform for biomedical applications

This review summarize the biomedical applications of iron carbide nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Iron carbide nanoparticles: an innovative nanoplatform for biomedical applications
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Metal–organic frameworks: a novel host platform for enzymatic catalysis and detection

This minireview deals with the recent advances on the synthetic strategies for the immobilization of enzymes in metal–organic frameworks.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic frameworks: a novel host platform for enzymatic catalysis and detection
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Supramolecular fluorescent hydrogelators as bio-imaging probes

Supramolecular fluorescent hydrogelators (SFH) have emerged as a promising system for bio-imaging applications, such as detecting molecules/signals and sensing markers of diseases with the highest specificity, mapping molecular events, in vivo tracking and understanding cell behavior, in the past few years.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular fluorescent hydrogelators as bio-imaging probes
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Advanced cell culture platforms: A growing quest for emulating natural tissues

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Graphene oxide touches blood: in vivo interactions of bio-coronated 2D materials

The impact of graphene oxide biomolecular corona on blood components.

Graphical abstract: Graphene oxide touches blood: in vivo interactions of bio-coronated 2D materials
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Liquid catalysts: an innovative solution to 2D materials in CVD processes

The progress in the development of liquid catalysts for producing 2D materials in CVD processes has been comprehensively presented. A complete engineering of the 2D materials on liquid catalysts is a huge step forward in the growth of novel materials and realization of next-generation technologies.

Graphical abstract: Liquid catalysts: an innovative solution to 2D materials in CVD processes
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Novel properties and applications of carbon nanodots

Overview of the optical properties and versatile applications of carbon dots.

Graphical abstract: Novel properties and applications of carbon nanodots
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Recent advances of bioinspired functional materials with specific wettability: from nature and beyond nature

Bioinspired functional materials with specific wettability: from nature and beyond nature.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances of bioinspired functional materials with specific wettability: from nature and beyond nature
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Transition metal (Fe, Co, Ni) fluoride-based materials for electrochemical energy storage

The improvement of advanced battery performance has always been a key issue in energy research.

Graphical abstract: Transition metal (Fe, Co, Ni) fluoride-based materials for electrochemical energy storage
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Harnessing the unique properties of 2D materials for advanced lithium–sulfur batteries

Exploring application 2D materials to enhance the electrochemical performance of lithium–sulfur batteries became an important strategy in the past decade.

Graphical abstract: Harnessing the unique properties of 2D materials for advanced lithium–sulfur batteries
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NIR light-activated upconversion semiconductor photocatalysts

The latest developments of NIR light-activated upconversion photocatalysts, and the in-depth mechanisms, prospects and remaining challenges with respect to fundamental investigations and solar energy conversion applications are discussed comprehensively.

Graphical abstract: NIR light-activated upconversion semiconductor photocatalysts
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Improved pharmaceutical research and development with AIE-based nanostructures

AIE-based nanostructures may “lighten” drug research and development in the “dark”.

Graphical abstract: Improved pharmaceutical research and development with AIE-based nanostructures
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From nanometre to millimetre: a range of capabilities for plasma-enabled surface functionalization and nanostructuring

Millimetre-scale patterns formed by plasmas above a surface can drive the formation of and at the same time be directly affected by nano- and micro-scale patterns on that surface.

Graphical abstract: From nanometre to millimetre: a range of capabilities for plasma-enabled surface functionalization and nanostructuring
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Doping engineering and functionalization of two-dimensional metal chalcogenides

In this review, we present an in-depth discussion of the state-of-the-art doping engineering and functionalization of 2D metal chalcogenides for finely tuned material properties and functions in numerous application fields.

Graphical abstract: Doping engineering and functionalization of two-dimensional metal chalcogenides
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Review on nanoscale Bi-based photocatalysts

Recent studies on nanoscale Bi-based photocatalysts including component adjustment, morphology control, heterojunction construction and surface modification are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Review on nanoscale Bi-based photocatalysts
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NMR spectroscopy: a potent tool for studying monolayer-protected metal nanoclusters

NMR spectroscopy is a powerful tool to study the structure, dynamics and interactions of monolayer protected metal clusters.

Graphical abstract: NMR spectroscopy: a potent tool for studying monolayer-protected metal nanoclusters
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Donor–anion interactions in quarter-filled low-dimensional organic conductors

In contrast to currently accepted ideas anions play an essential role in directing the structural and transport properties of many molecular conductors.

Graphical abstract: Donor–anion interactions in quarter-filled low-dimensional organic conductors
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Electron transfer and exciplex chemistry of functionalized nanocarbons: effects of electronic coupling and donor dimerization

In the past few decades, research on the construction of donor–bridge–acceptor linked systems capable of efficient photoinduced charge separation has fundamentally contributed to the fields of artificial photosynthesis and solar energy conversion.

Graphical abstract: Electron transfer and exciplex chemistry of functionalized nanocarbons: effects of electronic coupling and donor dimerization
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Patterned superhydrophobic surfaces to process and characterize biomaterials and 3D cell culture

Microarrays are a technological breakthrough for high-throughput screening of large numbers of assays.

Graphical abstract: Patterned superhydrophobic surfaces to process and characterize biomaterials and 3D cell culture
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General aspects in the use of graphenes in catalysis

This perspective is aimed at presenting some issues that, in our opinion, have still to be better addressed in the field of graphenes as catalysts.

Graphical abstract: General aspects in the use of graphenes in catalysis
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Nanoscale delivery systems for cancer immunotherapy

Antigens and adjuvants are loaded onto various types of nanocarriers and presented to APCs for activation of an immune response.

Graphical abstract: Nanoscale delivery systems for cancer immunotherapy
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Solar-driven photothermal nanostructured materials designs and prerequisites for evaporation and catalysis applications

Solar-driven photothermal conversion by nanostructured materials is a direct solar energy conversion process that has been used as a novel strategy to augment vaporization and catalysis performance.

Graphical abstract: Solar-driven photothermal nanostructured materials designs and prerequisites for evaporation and catalysis applications
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Self-supported one-dimensional materials for enhanced electrochromism

This review describes recent advances of strategies for the design and morphology control of self-supported 1D nanostructured materials for electrochromism.

Graphical abstract: Self-supported one-dimensional materials for enhanced electrochromism
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Rational design of materials interface at nanoscale towards intelligent oil–water separation

Oil–water separation is critical for the water treatment of oily wastewater or oil-spill accidents. In this review, we present the state-of-the-art developments in the rational design of materials at the nanoscale with special wettability for separation of immiscible/emulsified oil–water mixtures.

Graphical abstract: Rational design of materials interface at nanoscale towards intelligent oil–water separation
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The progress and prospects of non-fullerene acceptors in ternary blend organic solar cells

This review summarizes the advantages of non-fullerene acceptors and their applications in ternary blend organic solar cells.

Graphical abstract: The progress and prospects of non-fullerene acceptors in ternary blend organic solar cells
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Tumor-specific disintegratable nanohybrids containing ultrasmall inorganic nanoparticles: from design and improved properties to cancer applications

Tumor-specific disintegratable nanohybrids can penetrate into tumor deep tissue and be eliminated, exhibiting high efficacy for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Graphical abstract: Tumor-specific disintegratable nanohybrids containing ultrasmall inorganic nanoparticles: from design and improved properties to cancer applications
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Untapped potential for debonding on demand: the wonderful world of azo-compounds

We highlight and explore recent advances in the design of debonding on demand soft matter materials based on the azo-motif.

Graphical abstract: Untapped potential for debonding on demand: the wonderful world of azo-compounds
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Tuning of chiral construction, structural diversity, scale transformation and chiroptical applications

Dissymmetry is crucial for chiral geometries that utilize either intrinsic anisotropy forces around nanoparticles (NPs) or external organization associated with templates or applied fields and alignment.

Graphical abstract: Tuning of chiral construction, structural diversity, scale transformation and chiroptical applications
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Group 6 transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterials: synthesis, applications and future perspectives

Looking at the science and production methods of group 6 transition metal dichalcogenide (MoS2, WSe2, etc.) nanomaterials from the viewpoint of technological applications.

Graphical abstract: Group 6 transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterials: synthesis, applications and future perspectives
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2D transition metal dichalcogenide nanosheets for photo/thermo-based tumor imaging and therapy

TMD nanosheets exhibit promising applications for both photo/thermo-based tumor bioimaging and therapy.

Graphical abstract: 2D transition metal dichalcogenide nanosheets for photo/thermo-based tumor imaging and therapy
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Photocatalytic fixation of nitrogen to ammonia: state-of-the-art advancements and future prospects

The state-of-the-art developments in the photocatalytic reduction of N2 to NH3 are presented by classifying the photocatalysts based on chemical composition. Additionally, the correlation between the modification of catalysts and their photocatalytic activity is highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic fixation of nitrogen to ammonia: state-of-the-art advancements and future prospects
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Computational approaches to cell–nanomaterial interactions: keeping balance between therapeutic efficiency and cytotoxicity

This review summarizes the state-of-the-art computational approaches for investigating the physical mechanisms of cytotoxicity caused by nanomaterials as well as the current state of design strategies for safe and novel nanomaterials for biomedical applications.

Graphical abstract: Computational approaches to cell–nanomaterial interactions: keeping balance between therapeutic efficiency and cytotoxicity
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Hydrogels that listen to cells: a review of cell-responsive strategies in biomaterial design for tissue regeneration

This review discusses the recent advances and design principles for dynamic and cell-responsive hydrogels – biomaterials that respond to locally produced stimuli in and around cells or tissues without external influence.

Graphical abstract: Hydrogels that listen to cells: a review of cell-responsive strategies in biomaterial design for tissue regeneration
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Thiol–ene chemistry for polymer coatings and surface modification – building in sustainability and performance

Thiol–ene chemistry is a powerful tool for the sustainable development of functional coatings and surfaces with a variety of building blocks. This review highlights the advantages of thiol–ene chemistry for the development of UV-cured, bio-based, optical and speciality coatings and for surface modification.

Graphical abstract: Thiol–ene chemistry for polymer coatings and surface modification – building in sustainability and performance
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Recent advances in black phosphorus-based photonics, electronics, sensors and energy devices

Recent progress in black phosphorus-based photonics, electronics, sensors and energy devices has been reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in black phosphorus-based photonics, electronics, sensors and energy devices
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Time-sequenced drug delivery approaches towards effective chemotherapeutic treatment of glioma

This review summarizes the recent progress in the development of multistage drug delivery nanosystems for the chemotherapeutic treatment of gliomas.

Graphical abstract: Time-sequenced drug delivery approaches towards effective chemotherapeutic treatment of glioma
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Recent advances in air electrodes for Zn–air batteries: electrocatalysis and structural design

This review addresses the importance of the air–electrode structure and the microstructures of the catalyst for rechargeable zinc–air batteries.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in air electrodes for Zn–air batteries: electrocatalysis and structural design
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Graphene/graphitic carbon nitride hybrids for catalysis

Benefiting from the large specific surface area, outstanding electronic, optical, thermal and mechanical properties of graphene, as well as the exceptional electronic band structure and good physicochemical stability of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4), graphene/g-C3N4 hybrids present great potential in electrochemical and photochemical catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Graphene/graphitic carbon nitride hybrids for catalysis
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Engineering gold-based radiosensitizers for cancer radiotherapy

Gold-based nanomaterials with unique physicochemical and biological properties can potentially be used as radiosensitizers in cancer radiotherapy.

Graphical abstract: Engineering gold-based radiosensitizers for cancer radiotherapy
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Two-dimensional black phosphorus nanosheets for theranostic nanomedicine

This review summarizes and discusses the very recent developments and paradigms of ultrathin B.P. nanosheets in versatile biomedical applications.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional black phosphorus nanosheets for theranostic nanomedicine
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Silica-based multifunctional nanodelivery systems toward regenerative medicine

Silica nanomaterials with unique physico-chemical and biological properties can potentially be used in regenerative medicine fields.

Graphical abstract: Silica-based multifunctional nanodelivery systems toward regenerative medicine
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Vapor phase infiltration (VPI) for transforming polymers into organic–inorganic hybrid materials: a critical review of current progress and future challenges

A review of vapor phase infiltration (VPI), a unique gas-phase process for transforming polymers into organic–inorganic hybrid materials.

Graphical abstract: Vapor phase infiltration (VPI) for transforming polymers into organic–inorganic hybrid materials: a critical review of current progress and future challenges
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Materials and toxicological approaches to study metal and metal-oxide nanoparticles in the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans

The C. elegans biological responses to metal-based nanoparticles are reviewed. A cross-disciplinary workflow for nanoparticles screening in vivo is proposed.

Graphical abstract: Materials and toxicological approaches to study metal and metal-oxide nanoparticles in the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans
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Nanoparticle/MOF composites: preparations and applications

Nanoparticle/MOF materials usually have new or enhanced applications compared with bare MOF or NPs.

Graphical abstract: Nanoparticle/MOF composites: preparations and applications
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3D network of cellulose-based energy storage devices and related emerging applications

There has recently been a major thrust toward advanced research in the area of hierarchical carbon nanostructured electrodes derived from cellulosic resources, such as cellulose nanofibers (CNFs), which are accessible from natural cellulose and bacterial cellulose (BC).

Graphical abstract: 3D network of cellulose-based energy storage devices and related emerging applications
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Porous organic polymers as emerging new materials for organic photovoltaic applications: current status and future challenges

Porous organic polymers represent an unexplored field of materials for organic photovoltaic applications with great potential.

Graphical abstract: Porous organic polymers as emerging new materials for organic photovoltaic applications: current status and future challenges
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Interactions of the innate immune system with carbon nanotubes

The complement system can interact with nanoparticles and alter the intended therapeutic targeting.

Graphical abstract: Interactions of the innate immune system with carbon nanotubes
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Improving photoanodes to obtain highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells: a brief review

This review highlights the last two decades' efforts towards producing highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells by improving the photoanodes.

Graphical abstract: Improving photoanodes to obtain highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells: a brief review
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Synthesis, optical properties and applications of light-emitting copper nanoclusters

Copper is an earth abundant, inexpensive metal readily available from commercial sources, which is increasingly coming into focus for light-emitting metal nanocluster research.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, optical properties and applications of light-emitting copper nanoclusters
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Materials aspects of semiconductor nanocrystals for optoelectronic applications

Semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots have already emerged as a flat panel display technology but, driven by continuing improvements to the materials and device structures, they are ever closer to reaching commercial viability as infrared photodetectors, efficient LEDs, solar cells and photocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Materials aspects of semiconductor nanocrystals for optoelectronic applications
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Atomic layer deposition for nanomaterial synthesis and functionalization in energy technology

This review article summarizes the recent progress of atomic layer deposition (ALD) in energy technologies including rechargeable secondary batteries, fuel cells, photovoltaics, and optoelectronics.

Graphical abstract: Atomic layer deposition for nanomaterial synthesis and functionalization in energy technology
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From protein domains to molecular nanoparticles: what can giant molecules learn from proteins?

Synthetic polymers are still considered as primitive as compared to the sophisticated polymeric machines like proteins.

Graphical abstract: From protein domains to molecular nanoparticles: what can giant molecules learn from proteins?
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Recent developments in self-oscillating polymeric systems as smart materials: from polymers to bulk hydrogels

As novel functional materials, we developed self-oscillating polymeric materials composed of synthetic polymers coupled with an oscillating chemical reaction, the so-called Belousov–Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in self-oscillating polymeric systems as smart materials: from polymers to bulk hydrogels
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Advancements in rationally designed PGM-free fuel cell catalysts derived from metal–organic frameworks

A comprehensive review revealed metal–organic frameworks as promising precursors for preparing highly active PGM-free electro-catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction.

Graphical abstract: Advancements in rationally designed PGM-free fuel cell catalysts derived from metal–organic frameworks
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Heteroatom-doped graphene as electrocatalysts for air cathodes

Heteroatom doped graphene as an electrocatalyst for air cathodes is discussed to promote the development of devices with high energy density.

Graphical abstract: Heteroatom-doped graphene as electrocatalysts for air cathodes
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Synthesis of aerogels: from molecular routes to 3-dimensional nanoparticle assembly

Inorganic aerogels are synthesized by molecular routes or through the gelation of nanoparticle dispersions. We review the different approaches and illustrate the self-assembly into macroscopic monolithic bodies.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of aerogels: from molecular routes to 3-dimensional nanoparticle assembly
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