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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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Open Access Focus

Physical magnification of objects

For hundreds of years, scientists have magnified images of objects to reveal their detailed composition and structure. Now, scientists are beginning to physically magnify objects themselves.

Graphical abstract: Physical magnification of objects
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Open Access Review Article

Advances in designs and mechanisms of semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures for high-precision gas sensors operated at room temperature

A comprehensive review on designs and mechanisms of semiconducting metal oxides with various nanostructures for room-temperature gas sensor applications.

Graphical abstract: Advances in designs and mechanisms of semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures for high-precision gas sensors operated at room temperature
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Open Access Review Article

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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Open Access Communication

Ultra-programmable buckling-driven soft cellular mechanisms

We harnessed buckling which was once considered the epitome of design failure to develop mechanical metamaterials for soft robotic applications.

Graphical abstract: Ultra-programmable buckling-driven soft cellular mechanisms
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Open Access Communication

Bioinspired interface design modulates pathogen and immunocyte responses in biomaterial-centered infection combination therapy

Biologically inspired biomaterial interface design can regulate the behaviors of pathogens and immunocytes for “infection combination therapy”.

Graphical abstract: Bioinspired interface design modulates pathogen and immunocyte responses in biomaterial-centered infection combination therapy
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Open Access Communication

Reversely toposelective vapor deposition at normal pressure and temperature by capillary condensation

Nanotopography was utilized to coat previously hardest-to-reach surfaces and to bypass issues related to traditional vapor deposition methods.

Graphical abstract: Reversely toposelective vapor deposition at normal pressure and temperature by capillary condensation
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Open Access Communication

Green light lithography: a general strategy to create active protein and cell micropatterns

Micropatterns of functional protein are important in biotechnology and research.

Graphical abstract: Green light lithography: a general strategy to create active protein and cell micropatterns
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Open Access Communication

Nanoscale antiadhesion properties of sophorolipid-coated surfaces against pathogenic bacteria

By means of single-cell force nanoscopy we show that sophorolipid biosurfactants feature unusually strong antiadhesion properties against nosocomial pathogens involved in catheter-related infections.

Graphical abstract: Nanoscale antiadhesion properties of sophorolipid-coated surfaces against pathogenic bacteria
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Open Access Communication

Hole delocalization as a driving force for charge pair dissociation in organic photovoltaics

Hole polaron delocalization on polymer chains helps charge separation by lowering the free energy of the spatially separated charge pair.

Graphical abstract: Hole delocalization as a driving force for charge pair dissociation in organic photovoltaics
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Open Access Communication

Carbohydrates@MOFs

MOFs have demonstrated outstanding properties for the protection and controlled release of different bio-entities, from proteins to living cells.

Graphical abstract: Carbohydrates@MOFs
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Open Access Communication

Measuring optical activity in the far-field from a racemic nanomaterial: diffraction spectroscopy from plasmonic nanogratings

Photograph of the experimental setup with light diffracting from a racemic nanoarray. The diffracted spectra change depending on the direction of circularly polarized illumination.

Graphical abstract: Measuring optical activity in the far-field from a racemic nanomaterial: diffraction spectroscopy from plasmonic nanogratings
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Open Access Communication

Niobium oxide dihalides NbOX2: a new family of two-dimensional van der Waals layered materials with intrinsic ferroelectricity and antiferroelectricity

A new group of two-dimensional layered materials with intrinsic ferroelectricity and antiferroelectricity are identified through first-principles calculations.

Graphical abstract: Niobium oxide dihalides NbOX2: a new family of two-dimensional van der Waals layered materials with intrinsic ferroelectricity and antiferroelectricity
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Open Access Communication

Ultrafast rotational motions of supported nanoclusters probed by electron diffraction

Femtosecond electron diffraction is established as goniometer of ultrafast nanocrystal rotations.

Graphical abstract: Ultrafast rotational motions of supported nanoclusters probed by electron diffraction
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Open Access Communication

Enhanced electrochemical biosensor and supercapacitor with 3D porous architectured graphene via salt impregnated inkjet maskless lithography

Advances in solution-phase graphene patterning has provided a facile route for rapid, low-cost and scalable manufacturing of electrochemical devices, even on flexible substrates.

Graphical abstract: Enhanced electrochemical biosensor and supercapacitor with 3D porous architectured graphene via salt impregnated inkjet maskless lithography
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Open Access Communication

Nanocellulose films with multiple functional nanoparticles in confined spatial distribution

Laminated multifunctional bacterial cellulose nanocomposite with a millefeuille topographic distribution of inorganic nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Nanocellulose films with multiple functional nanoparticles in confined spatial distribution
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Open Access Communication

Dispersed nano-MOFs via a stimuli-responsive biohybrid-system with enhanced photocatalytic performance

MOF-based heterogeneous catalysts with enhanced dispersibility and photocatalytic property are realized via introducing pollen pivots.

Graphical abstract: Dispersed nano-MOFs via a stimuli-responsive biohybrid-system with enhanced photocatalytic performance
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Open Access Communication

Biomineralized tissue formation as an archetype of ideal grain growth

The formation of the prismatic architecture in the shell of A. vexillum consistently adheres to all analytical predictions of ideal grain growth.

Graphical abstract: Biomineralized tissue formation as an archetype of ideal grain growth
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Open Access Communication

Controlling the structure and magnetic properties of cluster-assembled metallic glasses

The local structure and magnetic properties of amorphous materials are controlled by the impact energy of amorphous clusters.

Graphical abstract: Controlling the structure and magnetic properties of cluster-assembled metallic glasses
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Open Access Communication

Eighteen functional monolayer metal oxides: wide bandgap semiconductors with superior oxidation resistance and ultrahigh carrier mobility

18 monolayer metals have superior oxidation resistance, wide bandgap, high carrier mobility and notable absorption in the ultraviolet region.

Graphical abstract: Eighteen functional monolayer metal oxides: wide bandgap semiconductors with superior oxidation resistance and ultrahigh carrier mobility
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Open Access Communication

Photothermal effect by NIR-responsive excretable ultrasmall-in-nano architectures

Here, we report: (i) the straightforward production of narrow-NIR-absorbing gold ultrasmall-in-nano architectures (tNAs), and (ii) their suitability as excretable platforms for photothermal therapy upon CW-irradiation at 808 nm. These findings are a significant step toward the translation of metal nanotheranostics to cancer treatments.

Graphical abstract: Photothermal effect by NIR-responsive excretable ultrasmall-in-nano architectures
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Open Access Communication

Pattern recognition of solid materials by multiple probe gases

Identification of a solid material through its “pattern” derived from dynamic interaction between the target and probe gases.

Graphical abstract: Pattern recognition of solid materials by multiple probe gases
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Open Access Communication

4D visualisation of in situ nano-compression of Li-ion cathode materials to mimic early stage calendering

X-ray nano-tomography was used to study the strain evolution of an NMC electrode under uniaxial compression to mimic calendering.

Graphical abstract: 4D visualisation of in situ nano-compression of Li-ion cathode materials to mimic early stage calendering
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Open Access Communication

Making metals linear super-elastic with ultralow modulus and nearly zero hysteresis

A design to achieve unprecedented mechanical properties for ferroelastic smart materials by regulating martensitic transformations through concentration modulation by spinodal decomposition and pre-straining is described.

Graphical abstract: Making metals linear super-elastic with ultralow modulus and nearly zero hysteresis
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Open Access Communication

Ice-recrystallization inhibiting polymers protect proteins against freeze-stress and enable glycerol-free cryostorage

Antifreeze-protein mimic polymers are shown to enable solvent-free storage of important proteins for therapy and biotechnology by modulating ice growth.

Graphical abstract: Ice-recrystallization inhibiting polymers protect proteins against freeze-stress and enable glycerol-free cryostorage
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Open Access Communication

Close-loop dynamic nanohybrids on collagen-ark with in situ gelling transformation capability for biomimetic stage-specific diabetic wound healing

A self-regulated dynamic nanohybrid that can sensitively respond to hyperglycemic microenvironment is developed. The nanohybrid with a core/shell structure is produced through a single-step microfluidics nanoprecipitation method, where drugs-loaded porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles are encapsulated by H2O2 responsive polymeric matrix.

Graphical abstract: Close-loop dynamic nanohybrids on collagen-ark with in situ gelling transformation capability for biomimetic stage-specific diabetic wound healing
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Open Access Communication

Synthesis of high-quality black phosphorus sponges for all-solid-state supercapacitors

Black phosphorus sponges comprising ultrathin, large and unoxidized nanosheets are prepared and used for an all-solid-state supercapacitor.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of high-quality black phosphorus sponges for all-solid-state supercapacitors
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Open Access Communication

Host dependence of the electron affinity of molecular dopants

Accurate molecular modeling reveal the surprisingly large impact of the solid-state environment on the electron acceptor levels of molecular dopants.

Graphical abstract: Host dependence of the electron affinity of molecular dopants
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Open Access Communication

Focused ion beam milling of self-assembled magnetic superstructures: an approach to fabricate nanoporous materials with tunable porosity

Focused ion beam milling of self-assembled magnetic superstructures is demonstrated as a novel approach to fabricate porous materials with tunable porosity. During exposure to the ion beam, nanoparticles in the superstructure are subjected to combined milling and melting, thus merging together into a porous network.

Graphical abstract: Focused ion beam milling of self-assembled magnetic superstructures: an approach to fabricate nanoporous materials with tunable porosity
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Open Access Communication

Spatially resolved solid-state reduction of graphene oxide thin films

Controlled reduction of GO thin-films at room temperature with spatial resolution simply by application of a voltage, without the intentional use of electrolytes, has been demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Spatially resolved solid-state reduction of graphene oxide thin films
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Open Access Communication

3D mapping of nanoscale crosslink heterogeneities in microgels

The majority of gels exhibit nanoscale spatial variations in crosslink density. We present the first 3D super-resolution microscopy images of dye tagged cross-link distributions in microgels and hydrogels. The morphology of nanoscale features never imaged previously in microgels, are revealed.

Graphical abstract: 3D mapping of nanoscale crosslink heterogeneities in microgels
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Open Access Communication

An immunological electrospun scaffold for tumor cell killing and healthy tissue regeneration

An immunological tissue engineering scaffold is fabricated using anti-CD40 antibody grafted in electrospun fibers for inducing cancer cell apoptosis, activating immune response and promoting healthy tissue regeneration.

Graphical abstract: An immunological electrospun scaffold for tumor cell killing and healthy tissue regeneration
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Open Access Communication

Crystalline silicon solar cells with tetracene interlayers: the path to silicon-singlet fission heterojunction devices

Solar cells utilising heterojunctions between crystalline silicon and singlet fission materials are a new competitor to silicon tandem cells.

Graphical abstract: Crystalline silicon solar cells with tetracene interlayers: the path to silicon-singlet fission heterojunction devices
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Open Access Communication

Additive manufacturing of complex micro-architected graphene aerogels

High-resolution 3D printing of intricate graphene aerogel micro-architectures with enhanced mechanical properties at decreasing densities.

Graphical abstract: Additive manufacturing of complex micro-architected graphene aerogels
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Open Access Communication

Aqueous photo(electro)catalysis with eumelanin thin films

The ubiquitous biopigment eumelanin can function as a photocatalytic and photofaradaic material.

Graphical abstract: Aqueous photo(electro)catalysis with eumelanin thin films
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Open Access Communication

Bioinspired hierarchical composite design using machine learning: simulation, additive manufacturing, and experiment

A new approach to design hierarchical materials using convolutional neural networks is proposed and validated through additive manufacturing and testing.

Graphical abstract: Bioinspired hierarchical composite design using machine learning: simulation, additive manufacturing, and experiment
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Open Access Communication

Chaotic printing: using chaos to fabricate densely packed micro- and nanostructures at high resolution and speed

Chaotic flows are used to rapidly fabricate densely packed lamellar micro- and nanostructure that is then preserved by curing or photocrosslinking.

Graphical abstract: Chaotic printing: using chaos to fabricate densely packed micro- and nanostructures at high resolution and speed
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Open Access Communication

Photonic structuring improves the colour purity of rare-earth nanophosphors

Nanophosphor integration in an optical cavity allows unprecedented control over both the chromaticity and the directionality of the emitted light, without modifying the chemical composition of the emitters or compromising their efficiency.

Graphical abstract: Photonic structuring improves the colour purity of rare-earth nanophosphors
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Increasing carbon fiber composite strength with a nanostructured “brick-and-mortar” interphase

Sudden composite failure under tension can be delayed by a highly ordered nanostructured multilayered nacre mimetic interface applied to carbon fibres by isolating fiber breaks within the composite.

Graphical abstract: Increasing carbon fiber composite strength with a nanostructured “brick-and-mortar” interphase
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Visible light active nanofibrous membrane for antibacterial wound dressing

Hydrogel nanofibrous membranes that show visible light-induced disinfection are developed for wound dressing application.

Graphical abstract: Visible light active nanofibrous membrane for antibacterial wound dressing
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Open Access Communication

Improving analyte selectivity by post-assembly modification of metal–organic framework based photonic crystal sensors

The porous nature and tailorable host–guest interactions of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), cast into a 1D photonic crystal architecture, provide a versatile platform for specific and selective sorption, which can be exploited for chemo-optical sensing.

Graphical abstract: Improving analyte selectivity by post-assembly modification of metal–organic framework based photonic crystal sensors
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Open Access Communication

Three-dimensional strain engineering in epitaxial vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films with tunable magnetotransport properties

A novel three-dimensional (3D) framework with integrated lateral and vertical interfaces, enables the power of 3D strain tuning and improves its electrical transport properties.

Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional strain engineering in epitaxial vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films with tunable magnetotransport properties
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Open Access Communication

Photoelectrochemical response of carbon dots (CDs) derived from chitosan and their use in electrochemical imaging

Direct photoelectrochemical response of carbon dots (CDs) was attributed to a photogenerated electron-transfer process by CDs under illumination.

Graphical abstract: Photoelectrochemical response of carbon dots (CDs) derived from chitosan and their use in electrochemical imaging
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Open Access Communication

MBene (MnB): a new type of 2D metallic ferromagnet with high Curie temperature

Inspired by 3D MAB, we propose a new concept of 2D MBenes, among which MnB metal exhibits stable ferromagnetism (FM) and high Curie temperature.

Graphical abstract: MBene (MnB): a new type of 2D metallic ferromagnet with high Curie temperature
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Open Access Communication

An all-solid-state biocompatible ion-to-electron transducer for bioelectronics

The first all solid state organic electrochemical transistor based upon the skin pigment melanin.

Graphical abstract: An all-solid-state biocompatible ion-to-electron transducer for bioelectronics
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Open Access Communication

Accelerated atomic-scale exploration of phase evolution in compositionally complex materials

Combining nanoscale-tip arrays with combinatorial thin film deposition and processing as well as direct atomic-scale characterization (APT and TEM) enables accelerated exploration of the temperature- and environment-dependent phase evolution in multinary materials systems.

Graphical abstract: Accelerated atomic-scale exploration of phase evolution in compositionally complex materials
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Open Access Communication

Rationally designed meta-implants: a combination of auxetic and conventional meta-biomaterials

Rationally designed meta-implants were found to create compression along both of their contact lines with the surrounding bone, thereby decreasing the chance of bone–implant interface failure (Hoffman's criterion) and wear particle-induced osteolysis, and improving bone ingrowth.

Graphical abstract: Rationally designed meta-implants: a combination of auxetic and conventional meta-biomaterials
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Open Access Communication

Monitoring crack appearance and healing in coatings with damage self-reporting nanocapsules

A three-component nanocapsule-based system allows monitoring the health cycle of coatings via autonomous visual highlighting of damages and reversible erasing through healing.

Graphical abstract: Monitoring crack appearance and healing in coatings with damage self-reporting nanocapsules
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Open Access Communication

Gradient in defect density of ZnO nanorods grown by cathodic delamination, a corrosion process, leads to end-specific luminescence

The luminescence from both ends of a ZnO nanorod grown via a corrosion process is significantly different.

Graphical abstract: Gradient in defect density of ZnO nanorods grown by cathodic delamination, a corrosion process, leads to end-specific luminescence
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Open Access Communication

Programming 2D/3D shape-shifting with hobbyist 3D printers

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) enables simultaneous programming and production of thermo-responsive shape-shifting materials.

Graphical abstract: Programming 2D/3D shape-shifting with hobbyist 3D printers
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Open Access Communication

Fully degradable protein nanocarriers by orthogonal photoclick tetrazole–ene chemistry for the encapsulation and release

Tetrazole–ene click chemistry was used to prepare fully biodegradable protein nanocarriers with high drug encapsulation and enzymatically-triggered intracellular release.

Graphical abstract: Fully degradable protein nanocarriers by orthogonal photoclick tetrazole–ene chemistry for the encapsulation and release
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Open Access Communication

A tale of two membranes: from poly (ionic liquid) to metal–organic framework hybrid nanoporous membranes via pseudomorphic replacement

A general method to produce a variety of free-standing asymmetric MOF hybrid membranes and superstructure arrays on different substrates was developed.

Graphical abstract: A tale of two membranes: from poly (ionic liquid) to metal–organic framework hybrid nanoporous membranes via pseudomorphic replacement
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Open Access Communication

A unified understanding of charge transport in organic semiconductors: the importance of attenuated delocalization for the carriers

The generalized Einstein relation (GER) can unify various theoretical models and predict charge transport in OSCs with various crystallinities, by altering the variance of the density of states and the delocalization degree in a Gaussian-distributed density of states.

Graphical abstract: A unified understanding of charge transport in organic semiconductors: the importance of attenuated delocalization for the carriers
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Ionothermal template transformations for preparation of tubular porous nitrogen doped carbons

In situ crystallization of hard templates composed of salt leads to one dimensional porous nitrogen doped carbons in one step.

Graphical abstract: Ionothermal template transformations for preparation of tubular porous nitrogen doped carbons
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Open Access Communication

Independent responsive behaviour and communication in hydrogel objects

We show the fabrication of autonomous soft hydrogel alginate-based objects, namely fibres and beads. They have an individually programmed time delay in their response to a shared environmental stimulus and the ability to communicate when in close proximity to one another.

Graphical abstract: Independent responsive behaviour and communication in hydrogel objects
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Open Access Communication

A fluorogenic 2D glycosheet for the simultaneous identification of human- and avian-receptor specificity in influenza viruses

A duplexed 2D glycosheet has been developed for the simultaneous identification of the dual receptor specificity of a single influenza virus strain in a homogeneous solution.

Graphical abstract: A fluorogenic 2D glycosheet for the simultaneous identification of human- and avian-receptor specificity in influenza viruses
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Open Access Communication

Self-directing chiral information in solid–solid transformation: unusual chiral-transfer without racemization from amorphous silica to crystalline silicon

Self-transfer of chiral information was found in the magnesiothermic reduction of amorphous chiral SiO2 nanofibers into crystalline Si.

Graphical abstract: Self-directing chiral information in solid–solid transformation: unusual chiral-transfer without racemization from amorphous silica to crystalline silicon
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Open Access Communication

Reversible transition between isotropic and anisotropic thermal transport in elastic polyurethane foams

The general concept of adjustable isotropic and anisotropic thermal conductivity in biphasic materials is demonstrated by freeze-casting polyurethane foams.

Graphical abstract: Reversible transition between isotropic and anisotropic thermal transport in elastic polyurethane foams
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Open Access Communication

Breaking the paradigm: record quindecim charged magnetic ionic liquids

A family of cationic, record quindecim {15+} charged [(Er, Ho, Tm)5(C2H5-Im-CH2COO)16(H2O)8](Tf2N)15 magnetic ionic liquids has been synthesized and fully characterized.

Graphical abstract: Breaking the paradigm: record quindecim charged magnetic ionic liquids
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Open Access Communication

Externally controllable glycan presentation on nanoparticle surfaces to modulate lectin recognition

Response polymer gates are employed to enable external control of glycan expression on the surface of multivalent nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Externally controllable glycan presentation on nanoparticle surfaces to modulate lectin recognition
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Open Access Communication

Efficient triplet–triplet annihilation upconversion in binary crystalline solids fabricated via solution casting and operated in air

Binary crystalline solids via solution casting under rapid drying conditions were found to show efficient triplet–triplet annihilation upconversion by suppressing the segregation of the components.

Graphical abstract: Efficient triplet–triplet annihilation upconversion in binary crystalline solids fabricated via solution casting and operated in air
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Open Access Communication

Functional conductive nanomaterials via polymerisation in nano-channels: PEDOT in a MOF

Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is formed inside a metal–organic framework (MOF). MOF removal leads to sub-millimetre structures of the nanostructured conducting polymer.

Graphical abstract: Functional conductive nanomaterials via polymerisation in nano-channels: PEDOT in a MOF
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Correction: Theory-guided materials design: two-dimensional MXenes in electro- and photocatalysis

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