Themed collection New Journal of Chemistry HOT Articles
Research progress in the synthesis and biological application of quantum dots
Quantum dots have great potential in biomedical applications due to their excellent optical properties and biocompatibility.
Borophene as a rising star in materials chemistry: synthesis, properties and applications in analytical science and energy devices
Borophene is a two-dimensional material that has shown outstanding applications in energy storage devices and analytical chemistry.
β-Galactosidase-instructed intracellular nanofiber formation enhances tumor micro-PET imaging
[68Ga]Nap-1G was hydrolyzed by β-gal and self-assembled into nanofibers for micro-PET imaging.
Development of a by-product-free strategy for the synthesis of oxazoline from N-acetylglucosamine
This study focused on the CDMBI-mediated synthesis of GlcNAc oxazoline.
Visible-light-promoted C(sp3)–H thiolation of aliphatic ethers with thiosulfonates
Visible-light-promoted organic-dye-catalyzed synthesis of α-arylthioethers through direct thiolation of α-C(sp3)–H in aliphatic ethers with thiosulfonates at room temperature.
Influence of compositing conditions for Si-composite negative electrodes in sulfide-type all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries
The battery performances of Si-composite electrodes are strongly influenced by the compositing process strength caused by the reaction between Si and the solid electrolyte for all-solid-state batteries.
Discovery of SrZn2B6O12 with an unprecedented quadruple-layered configuration
A new borate, SrZn2B6O12, is found to show a quadruple-layered configuration. This rare quadruple-layer is stacked by two 2[Zn2B6O12]∞ double-layers that are constructed by two single-layers of 2[B4O7]∞ and 2[Zn2B2O4]∞.
Li7SrScB12O24 and Li7Ba0.6Ca0.4ScB12O24: two new quaternary rare-earth borates with short UV cutoff edges
Two new rare-earth metal borates, namely, Li7MIIScB12O24 (MII = Sr, Ba0.6Ca0.4), which feature a 3D anionic [ScB12O24]9− framework and will become a new type of rare-earth borates that have a deep-UV cutoff edge (≤200 nm).
Homogenizing of Pt on NiCu films for enhanced HER activity by two-step magneto-electrodeposition
The efficient production of hydrogen through water electrolysis requires stable, high-performance and rather cost-effective electrocatalysts to promote the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER).
A Y-doped P2-Na0.6Li0.11Fe0.27Mn0.62O2 cathode with improved high-rate capability and cycling stability for Na-ion batteries
A promising P2-Na0.6Li0.11Fe0.26Mn0.62Y0.01O2 cathode with a more reversible oxygen redox reaction and higher Na+ transport kinetics was successfully synthesized and studied, showing better high-rate capability and cycling stability.
4-Iodo-1H-imidazole dramatically improves the open-circuit voltages of perovskite solar cells to 1.2 V
Although the efficiency of perovskite solar cells is over 25%, there is still a big difference between the open-circuit voltage and its theoretical value, which is ascribed to defects in the perovskite films.
Mussel-inspired PDA/Ag nanocomposite catalyst for highly-efficient Cr(VI) removal via visible light-induced reduction and absorption
Polydopamine/Ag-nanoparticle is prepared via reducing Ag+ to Ag nanoparticles by PDA. The photocatalyst shows outstanding catalytic efficiency for Cr(VI) via absorption and photo-induced reduction.
Ring expansion/opening reactions of epoxy ene-amides: access to azabicyclononene, tetrahydropyridine and tetrazole scaffolds
Epoxy benzene sulfonamides and substituted chloro-acrylaldehydes under Lewis acid mediation afford azabicyclononene or tetrahydropyridine frameworks; in the presence of additional Me3SiN3, 1,2-substituted tetrazoles are the products.
Engineering the Li-ion flux and interfacial chemistry toward a stable Li metal anode via a simple separator coating strategy
In this study, a composite separator was prepared by simple LATP and ITO coating on PP, which not only induces uniform Li metal plating and stripping but also helps to form stable interphases that comprise of Li3PO4 and LiF.
Tetrahedron-based deep-ultraviolet nonlinear optical crystal with optimized KBe2BO3F2-like structure and disordered cations
The Li2NH4Rb(SO4)2 crystal exhibits a strong second-harmonic generation response of 2 × KH2PO4 and a large band gap of 7.56 eV.
Ecofriendly aminochalcogenation of alkenes: a green alternative to obtain compounds with potential anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity
We report a solvent- and metal-free methodology for the aminochalcogenation of alkenes, using I2/DMSO as catalytic system, under microwave irradiation. Some of the obtained compounds showed potent antiviral activity against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
A flexible hierarchical MoS2 nanosheet coated glass fabric via direct hydrothermal deposition for efficient solar-driven steam generation
A flexible and tailorable solar evaporator has a hierarchical porous microstructure assisting light harvesting and water transportation.
Synthesis of disulfide surrogate peptides incorporating an ethylene glycol bridge
We report a new diaminodiacid containing an ethylene glycol bridge for the synthesis of disulfide surrogate peptides.
Hexagonal cobalt oxide nanosheet-based enzymeless electrochemical uric acid sensor with improved sensitivity
A hexagonal cobalt oxide nanosheet based enzymeless electrochemical sensor showed an ultra-sensitive response for uric acid with excellent selectivity.
Low-temperature metal-catalyzed synthesis of encapsulated metal oxide nanoparticles in nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes from carbon nitride as anodic materials of high-performance lithium-ion batteries
Metal oxide nanoparticles encapsulated and nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes was prepared by a novel low-temperature metal-catalyzed synthesis strategy from carbon nitride as anodic materials of high-performance lithium-ion batteries.
Topochemical polymerization in phenylalanine anchored chiral diacetylenes for chiroptical properties and tunable thermo-, halo-, solvatochromism
Peptide tethered chiral diacetylene exhibits topochemical polymerization to form films that respond to external perturbations like temperature, solvent, and pH changes.
Application of a DIB/BBr3 protocol in metal-free aryl coupling reactions
Efficient and metal-free cross-coupling of arenes has been developed. Inexpensive hypervalent iodine reagents (HIRs) diacetoxyl iodobenzene and BBr3 were used to in situ generate a non-symmetrical HIR as the active species.
Hydrogenated ceria nanoparticles for high-efficiency silicate adsorption
The enriched Ce3+ ions were confirmed on the surface of hydrogenated ceria nanoparticles which play a key role as active sites in various chemical reactions including silicate adsorption.
Hierarchical Co/CoO/FeO/C nanocomplex derived from Co(OH)2@NH2-MIL-88 to aid highly efficient microwave absorption
Facile preparation of a flake-like Co/CoO/FeO/C nanocomplex employing Co(OH)2 on NH2-MIL-88B through one-step pyrolysis. The nanocomplex can efficiently scatter microwaves.
Aqueous (co)polymer stabilisers for size-controlled 2–5 nm gold nanoparticle synthesis with tuneable catalytic activity
Tuneable (co)polymer composition and architecture influences both AuNP size during synthesis and catalytic activity for the reduction of 4-Nitrophenol.
Lead-free broadband orange-emitting zero-dimensional Sb3+-doped indium-based organic–inorganic metal halides
An orange-yellow phosphor Sb3+: (CH3NH3)4InCl6·Cl was prepared via a mechanical ball-milling method. Sb3+-doped (CH3NH3)4InCl6·Cl was able to emit orange light (∼607 nm) under UV light excitation, and the PLQY is as high as 67.72%.
Enhanced photocatalytic activities of a hierarchical ZnO/V2C MXene hybrid with a close coupling heterojunction for the degradation of methyl orange, phenol and methylene blue dye
A hierarchical ZnO/V2C MXene hybrid exhibited enhanced photocatalytic performance due to its close coupling heterojunction facilitating photo-generated carrier transfer.
BaI3O9H: a new alkaline-earth metal hydroxy iodate with two groups
A new alkali metal hydroxyl iodate BaI3O9H with a three-dimensional network structure and a moderate birefringence of 0.073 at 1064 nm.
Efficient yellow and red thermally activated delayed fluorescence materials based on a quinoxaline-derived electron-acceptor
Highly efficient yellow and red organic light emitting-diodes are realized by employing thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitters based on a new quinoxaline-derived electron-acceptor.
Interconnected 3D fluorinated graphene host enables an ultrastable lithium metal anode
3D fluorinated graphene with a large specific surface area and pore structure was used to stabilize a lithium metal anode to effectively inhibit the growth of lithium dendrites and ensure the safety and cycle performance of the battery.
Revisiting the synthesis of the benzothioxanthene imide five decades later
Updated synthesis of the BTI from cheap commercially available reactants in less than 4 hours owing to microwave irradiations through a two step and column-free procedure.
NiOOH@Cobalt copper carbonate hydroxide nanorods as bifunctional electrocatalysts for highly efficient water and hydrazine oxidation
NiOOH@cobalt copper carbonate hydroxide nanorods demonstrate enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward hydrazine oxidation reaction (HzOR) and oxygen evolution reaction, enabling energy-saving hydrogen production with the assistance of the HzOR.
Meso bromination and derivatization of synthetic bacteriochlorins
Twelve bacteriochlorin building blocks featuring meso-substitution have been prepared including a set with finely tuned long-wavelength absorption (725–757 nm) for studies in photonics.
Synthesis of bacteriochlorins bearing diverse β-substituents
Eleven bacteriochlorins have been prepared for surface attachment, bioconjugation, water-solubilization, vibrational studies, and elaboration into multichromophore arrays.
Fabrication of a novel heteroepitaxial structure from an MOF-on-MOF architecture as a photocatalyst for highly efficient Cr(VI) reduction
Ce-on-Zr-MOF-808, a novel MOF-on-MOF hybrid used for efficient chromium reduction under visible-light irradiation.
Two-phase synthesis of Fe doped cerium phosphate ultra-fine nanocrystals for efficient oxygen evolution
An enhanced OER catalyst based on Fe doped CePO4 exhibits higher turnover frequency, more active sites and more oxygen vacancies than CePO4.
A biomass-derived N-doped porous carbon catalyst for the aerobic dehydrogenation of nitrogen heterocycles
N-doped porous carbon (NC) was synthesized from sugar cane bagasse, which is a sustainable and widely available biomass waste.
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