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Themed collection Editor’s Choice: Making sense of nanosensors and devices

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Open Access Feature Article

Two-dimensional materials and their prospects in transistor electronics

During the past decade, two-dimensional materials have attracted incredible interest from the electronic device community.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional materials and their prospects in transistor electronics
Review Article

Ratiometric fluorescence, electrochemiluminescence, and photoelectrochemical chemo/biosensing based on semiconductor quantum dots

Ratiometric fluorescent sensors, which can provide built-in self-calibration for the correction of a variety of analyte-independent factors, have attracted particular attention for analytical sensing and optical imaging with the potential to provide a precise and quantitative analysis.

Graphical abstract: Ratiometric fluorescence, electrochemiluminescence, and photoelectrochemical chemo/biosensing based on semiconductor quantum dots
From the themed collection: 2016 Nanoscale HOT Article Collection
Review Article

Recent developments in 2D layered inorganic nanomaterials for sensing

A comprehensive overview on the recent developments in the application of 2D layered inorganic nanomaterials as sensors is presented. Salient features of 2D materials in different sensing applications viz. gas sensing, electrochemical sensing, SERS and biosensing and photodetection are discussed.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in 2D layered inorganic nanomaterials for sensing
Communication

Wearable, wireless gas sensors using highly stretchable and transparent structures of nanowires and graphene

Wearable, wireless gas sensors based on silver nanowire (AgNW)–graphene hybrid nanostructures provide superb real-time sensing performances and mechanical robustness.

Graphical abstract: Wearable, wireless gas sensors using highly stretchable and transparent structures of nanowires and graphene
Communication

A SERS-active sensor based on heterogeneous gold nanostar core–silver nanoparticle satellite assemblies for ultrasensitive detection of aflatoxinB1

A surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensor based on gold nanostar (Au NS) core–silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) satellites was fabricated for the first time to detect aflatoxinB1 (AFB1).

Graphical abstract: A SERS-active sensor based on heterogeneous gold nanostar core–silver nanoparticle satellite assemblies for ultrasensitive detection of aflatoxinB1
Communication

Boosting the sensitivity of Nd3+-based luminescent nanothermometers

(Gd0.991Nd0.009)2O3 nanorods exhibit one of the highest thermal sensitivity and temperature uncertainty reported so far, 1.75 ± 0.04% K−1 and 0.14 ± 0.05 K, respectively.

Graphical abstract: Boosting the sensitivity of Nd3+-based luminescent nanothermometers
Communication

Improved UV photoresponse of ZnO nanorod arrays by resonant coupling with surface plasmons of Al nanoparticles

An MSM structural photodetector decorated with Al nanoparticles has been fabricated to improve the performance of ZnO NRAs UV detector. Both high photoresponsivity and fast temporal response are also obtained.

Graphical abstract: Improved UV photoresponse of ZnO nanorod arrays by resonant coupling with surface plasmons of Al nanoparticles
Communication

Efficiency enhancement of planar perovskite solar cells by adding zwitterion/LiF double interlayers for electron collection

Electron-collection double interlayers of rhodamine 101 and LiF simultaneously improve open-circuit voltage and fill factor of perovskite solar cells.

Graphical abstract: Efficiency enhancement of planar perovskite solar cells by adding zwitterion/LiF double interlayers for electron collection
Communication

Black phosphorus nanoelectromechanical resonators vibrating at very high frequencies

Black phosphorus NEMS resonators of various dimensions and geometries exhibit robust thermomechanical and driven resonances, in both frequency and time-domain.

Graphical abstract: Black phosphorus nanoelectromechanical resonators vibrating at very high frequencies
Paper

Electrically conductive strain sensing polyurethane nanocomposites with synergistic carbon nanotubes and graphene bifillers

Tunable resistance–strain sensing behaviors were achieved by the synergistic graphene and carbon nanotubes in the polyurethane based electrical conductive nanocomposites.

Graphical abstract: Electrically conductive strain sensing polyurethane nanocomposites with synergistic carbon nanotubes and graphene bifillers
Paper

Selective microwave sensors exploiting the interaction of analytes with trap states in TiO2 nanotube arrays

Vertically oriented metal oxide nanotube arrays integrated with planar microwave resonators can be used to generate selectivity in addition to high label-free sensitivity through the unique interactions of charge carrier traps with surface-adsorbed analytes.

Graphical abstract: Selective microwave sensors exploiting the interaction of analytes with trap states in TiO2 nanotube arrays
Open Access Paper

High-performance perovskite light-emitting diodes via morphological control of perovskite films

SEM images of the MAPbBr3 film and large area green EL from PeLEDs without and with 6 vol% of HBr in the DMF/HBr co-solvent.

Graphical abstract: High-performance perovskite light-emitting diodes via morphological control of perovskite films
Open Access Paper

Effect of relative humidity on crystal growth, device performance and hysteresis in planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

The effect of relative humidity on the formation of perovskite thin films prepared using the two-step deposition method is reported. Higher relative humidities produce larger, better-connected crystallites, which in turn improves device efficiency and reduces hysteresis.

Graphical abstract: Effect of relative humidity on crystal growth, device performance and hysteresis in planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells
Paper

Graphene-based large area dye-sensitized solar cell modules

We demonstrated the spray coating of graphene ink as a viable method for large-area fabrication of graphene-based dye-sensitized solar cell modules, paving the way to all-printed, transparent and cost-effective large-area photovoltaic devices.

Graphical abstract: Graphene-based large area dye-sensitized solar cell modules
Paper

A gold nanoparticle-based semi-quantitative and quantitative ultrasensitive paper sensor for the detection of twenty mycotoxins

A semi-quantitative and quantitative multi-immunochromatographic (ICA) strip detection assay was developed for the simultaneous detection of twenty types of mycotoxins from five classes, including zearalenones (ZEAs), deoxynivalenols (DONs), T-2 toxins (T-2s), aflatoxins (AFs), and fumonisins (FBs), in cereal food samples.

Graphical abstract: A gold nanoparticle-based semi-quantitative and quantitative ultrasensitive paper sensor for the detection of twenty mycotoxins
Paper

Laser fabrication of crystalline silicon nanoresonators from an amorphous film for low-loss all-dielectric nanophotonics

Crystalline (low-loss) resonant silicon nanoparticles have been fabricated by femtosecond laser ablation of amorphous (high-loss) silicon thin films using two conceptually different approaches.

Graphical abstract: Laser fabrication of crystalline silicon nanoresonators from an amorphous film for low-loss all-dielectric nanophotonics
Paper

Label-free and enzyme-free platform for the construction of advanced DNA logic devices based on the assembly of graphene oxide and DNA-templated AgNCs

For the first time a label- and enzyme-free platform for the operation of a series of advanced logic devices is constructed; introducing negative logic, a label- and enzyme-free comparator was also successfully realized.

Graphical abstract: Label-free and enzyme-free platform for the construction of advanced DNA logic devices based on the assembly of graphene oxide and DNA-templated AgNCs
Paper

Inkjet-printed all solid-state electrochromic devices based on NiO/WO3 nanoparticle complementary electrodes

An all solid-state complementary electrochromic device with large optical modulation was assembled by inkjet-printed NiO and WO3 electrodes.

Graphical abstract: Inkjet-printed all solid-state electrochromic devices based on NiO/WO3 nanoparticle complementary electrodes
From the themed collection: 2016 Nanoscale HOT Article Collection
Paper

3D nanochannel electroporation for high-throughput cell transfection with high uniformity and dosage control

The “3D NEP Chip” with SEM images of critical components and high-throughput cell transfection with a fluorescent dye.

Graphical abstract: 3D nanochannel electroporation for high-throughput cell transfection with high uniformity and dosage control
From the themed collection: 2016 Nanoscale HOT Article Collection
Paper

Shape-controlled gold nanoparticles supported on MoS2 nanosheets: synergistic effect of thionine and MoS2 and their application for electrochemical label-free immunosensing

A label-free electrochemical immunosensor was developed based on clover-shaped AuNP–Thi–MoS2 nanocomposites.

Graphical abstract: Shape-controlled gold nanoparticles supported on MoS2 nanosheets: synergistic effect of thionine and MoS2 and their application for electrochemical label-free immunosensing
Open Access Paper

Resistive graphene humidity sensors with rapid and direct electrical readout

We demonstrate resistive humidity sensing using a single-layer graphene patch placed on top of a SiO2 layer on a Si wafer.

Graphical abstract: Resistive graphene humidity sensors with rapid and direct electrical readout
Paper

Nanoparticle cluster gas sensor: Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticles for NH3 detection with ultrahigh sensitivity

Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were synthesized by a simple solvothermal method for use in highly sensitive ammonia gas sensors.

Graphical abstract: Nanoparticle cluster gas sensor: Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticles for NH3 detection with ultrahigh sensitivity
Paper

Combination of carbon dot and polymer dot phosphors for white light-emitting diodes

The white light-emitting diodes with high color rendering index (85–96) and widely variable color temperatures(2805–7786 K) were fabricated from carbon-based nanomaterials with weak reabsorption and no energy transfer crosstalk and showed excellent color stability.

Graphical abstract: Combination of carbon dot and polymer dot phosphors for white light-emitting diodes
Paper

Dual-emission fluorescent sensor based on AIE organic nanoparticles and Au nanoclusters for the detection of mercury and melamine

A dual-emission ratiometric fluorescent sensor based on AIE organic nanoparticles and Au NCs was prepared by electrostatic interaction. The probe can detect Hg2+ and melamine not only visually but quantitatively.

Graphical abstract: Dual-emission fluorescent sensor based on AIE organic nanoparticles and Au nanoclusters for the detection of mercury and melamine
Paper

A highly sensitive and flexible pressure sensor with electrodes and elastomeric interlayer containing silver nanowires

The next-generation application of pressure sensors is gradually being extended to include electronic artificial skin (e-skin), wearable devices, humanoid robotics and smart prosthetics.

Graphical abstract: A highly sensitive and flexible pressure sensor with electrodes and elastomeric interlayer containing silver nanowires
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Flexible 3D porous CuO nanowire arrays for enzymeless glucose sensing: in situ engineered versus ex situ piled

CuO nanowires with vertical array electrode architecture can be applied as a bendable glucose enzymeless sensor, showing outperforming sensitivity over the conventional ex situ drop-cast CuO nanowire/glassy carbon electrode.

Graphical abstract: Flexible 3D porous CuO nanowire arrays for enzymeless glucose sensing: in situ engineered versus ex situ piled
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About this collection

Nanoscale Associate Editor Professor Xingyu Jiang introduces this Editor’s Choice collection focusing on nanosensors and devices.

“Sensors are ubiquitous in today’s society. Without sensors, smart phones would not exist. Developing better sensors will be critical for next generation technologies such as augmented reality and wearable electronics. Nanoscale materials and devices comprise the core technology in making sensors faster, smaller and more reliable. This special issue outlines highly cited reports in Nanoscale on the synthesis of nanomaterials and fabrication of devices.”

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