Themed collection Nanoscale 2022 Emerging Investigators

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Nanoscale profiles: contributors to the Emerging Investigators 2022 issue

Our 2022 Emerging Investigators collection gathers some of the best research being conducted by nanoscientists in the early stages of their independent career. Congratulations to all of the researchers featured!

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Correlating structure, morphology and properties of metal nanostructures by combining single-particle optical spectroscopy and electron microscopy

This Minireview focuses on recent advances in detailed structure–property correlations and light-induced morphological changes of individual metal nanostructures through correlated optical spectroscopy and electron microscopy.

Graphical abstract: Correlating structure, morphology and properties of metal nanostructures by combining single-particle optical spectroscopy and electron microscopy
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Emerging low-molecular weight nucleopeptide-based hydrogels: state of the art, applications, challenges and perspectives

This minireview highlights the interests, high potential, applications and perspectives of the emerging low-molecular weight nucleopeptide-based hydrogels.

Graphical abstract: Emerging low-molecular weight nucleopeptide-based hydrogels: state of the art, applications, challenges and perspectives
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RNA cancer nanomedicine: nanotechnology-mediated RNA therapy

We review the recent progress in nanotechnology-mediated delivery of therapeutic RNAs that have been employed to evoke tumor suppressing responses for cancer therapy.

Graphical abstract: RNA cancer nanomedicine: nanotechnology-mediated RNA therapy
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Three-dimensional artificial chirality towards low-cost and ultra-sensitive enantioselective sensing

This mini review summarizes the recent advances for practical enantioselective sensing platforms with regard to chiral metamaterials and their optical sensing methods.

Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional artificial chirality towards low-cost and ultra-sensitive enantioselective sensing
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Support effects of metal–organic frameworks in heterogeneous catalysis

This review summarizes current development of M/MOF catalysts, and especially focuses on the support effects of MOFs.

Graphical abstract: Support effects of metal–organic frameworks in heterogeneous catalysis
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Recent progress in polydiacetylene mechanochromism

This mini review summarizes recent progress in polydiacetylene (PDA) mechanochromism, with a special focus on the quantitative and nanoscopic data that have emerged in recent years.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in polydiacetylene mechanochromism
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Photocatalytic polymer nanomaterials for the production of high value compounds

Nanotechnology has provided a platform for producing new photocatalytic materials, where the reduction in length scales has been used to amplify the efficiency of these light active materials.

Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic polymer nanomaterials for the production of high value compounds
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Recent advances in flexible and wearable sensors for monitoring chemical molecules

This review focuses on the wearability of chemical sensors and analyzes pros and cons relating to practical wearable applications. We also discuss the current challenges and outlook relating to flexible and wearable chemical sensors.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in flexible and wearable sensors for monitoring chemical molecules
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Circularly polarized luminescent porous crystalline nanomaterials

An overview of generation, regulation and amplification of circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) in porous crystalline nanomaterials by direct synthesis, chirality induction or adaption, and symmetry breaking pathways.

Graphical abstract: Circularly polarized luminescent porous crystalline nanomaterials
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Enrichment of high-purity large-diameter semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes

Recent progress on the enrichment of high-purity large-diameter semiconducting SWNTs and their application in optoelectronic devices are summarized.

Graphical abstract: Enrichment of high-purity large-diameter semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes
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Material strategies for function enhancement in plasmonic architectures

Plasmonic materials are promising for applications in enhanced sensing, energy, and advanced optical communications.

Graphical abstract: Material strategies for function enhancement in plasmonic architectures
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Amplifying inorganic chirality using liquid crystals

We summarize the current progress of amplifying inorganic chirality using liquid crystals. Chiral interactions between inorganic components and liquid crystals, representative applications, and the perspectives of this field are presented.

Graphical abstract: Amplifying inorganic chirality using liquid crystals
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Pulmonary delivery of mucosal nanovaccines

Mucosal vaccines can elicit both systemic and mucosal immunity to treat/prevent local mucosal or distant or systemic immune diseases and infection.

Graphical abstract: Pulmonary delivery of mucosal nanovaccines
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Emerging dynamic memristors for neuromorphic reservoir computing

This work reviews the state-of-the-art physical reservoir computing systems based on dynamic memristors integrating with unique nonlinear dynamics and short-term memory behavior. The key characteristics, challenges and perspectives are also discussed.

Graphical abstract: Emerging dynamic memristors for neuromorphic reservoir computing
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Conductive metal and covalent organic frameworks for electrocatalysis: design principles, recent progress and perspective

A minireview covering the design principles, recent progress and perspective of conductive MOF/COF based electrocatalysts is made.

Graphical abstract: Conductive metal and covalent organic frameworks for electrocatalysis: design principles, recent progress and perspective
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Effect of light intensity on solar-driven interfacial steam generation

We reviewed the recent progress on solar-driven interfacial steam generation under different optical intensities and provided energy and water management strategies to improve evaporation performance.

Graphical abstract: Effect of light intensity on solar-driven interfacial steam generation
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Molecular design of heterogeneous electrocatalysts using tannic acid-derived metal–phenolic networks

Recently emerged metal phenolic networks (MPNs) show promise as molecularly designable heterogeneous electrocatalysts for various electrochemical reactions owing to their unique features.

Graphical abstract: Molecular design of heterogeneous electrocatalysts using tannic acid-derived metal–phenolic networks
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Artificial interphase engineering to stabilize aqueous zinc metal anodes

In this mini-review, the state-of-the-art knowledge on the rational artificial interphase engineering of zinc metal anodes for high performance aqueous zinc ion batteries are presented.

Graphical abstract: Artificial interphase engineering to stabilize aqueous zinc metal anodes
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Recent advances in the heteroatom doping of perovskite oxides for efficient electrocatalytic reactions

The minireview summarizes the advances in the heteroatom doping of perovskite oxides towards efficient electrocatalytic reactions, based on the classification of different doping sites, A site, B site, O site and dual sites in ABO3 perovskite oxides.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the heteroatom doping of perovskite oxides for efficient electrocatalytic reactions
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Artificial intelligence-powered microfluidics for nanomedicine and materials synthesis

Artificial intelligence-powered microfluidics has greatly promoted the development of nanomedicine and material synthesis.

Graphical abstract: Artificial intelligence-powered microfluidics for nanomedicine and materials synthesis
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Encapsulation of lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) at the single-particle level: strategies and properties

In this minireview, single-particle-level coated APbX3 NCs are introduced, mainly including their preparations and properties.

Graphical abstract: Encapsulation of lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) at the single-particle level: strategies and properties
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Spin selectivity in chiral metal–halide semiconductors

This minireview elaborately presents the spin selectivity of chiral metal–halide semiconductors in photonic/electronic processes, and their applications in optoelectronic/spintronic devices, with the structure–property relationship highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Spin selectivity in chiral metal–halide semiconductors
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Virus-inspired nanosystems for drug delivery

Schematic illustration of virus-inspired nanosystems to overcome physiological barriers in drug delivery.

Graphical abstract: Virus-inspired nanosystems for drug delivery
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Nanomaterial catalysts for organic photoredox catalysis-mechanistic perspective

Photoredox organic transformation have been growing, and this perspective highlights recent advances in mechanistic understanding, providing strategies to construct high efficiency and low-cost photocatalytic systems.

Graphical abstract: Nanomaterial catalysts for organic photoredox catalysis-mechanistic perspective
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Droplet-based nanogenerators for energy harvesting and self-powered sensing

An overview of the development of droplet-based nanogenerators: from droplet properties towards energy harvesting and self-powered sensors.

Graphical abstract: Droplet-based nanogenerators for energy harvesting and self-powered sensing
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Overcoming barriers in non-viral gene delivery for neurological applications

Investigation of various strategies to overcome extracellular and intracellular barriers for improved gene delivery in neuronal applications utilizing non-viral vectors.

Graphical abstract: Overcoming barriers in non-viral gene delivery for neurological applications
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Open Access Review Article

Controlling disorder in self-assembled colloidal monolayers via evaporative processes

Monolayers of assembled nano-objects with a controlled degree of disorder hold interest in many optical applications, including photovoltaics, light emission, sensing, and structural coloration.

Graphical abstract: Controlling disorder in self-assembled colloidal monolayers via evaporative processes
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Recent development of a magneto-optical nanoplatform for multimodality imaging of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

A magneto-optical nanoplatform integrating near infrared fluorescence, photoacoustic, and magnetic resonance imaging shows great promise for the accurate diagnosis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.

Graphical abstract: Recent development of a magneto-optical nanoplatform for multimodality imaging of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
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Strategies for interface issues and challenges of neural electrodes

Examples of neural electrodes with different charge transfer mechanisms.

Graphical abstract: Strategies for interface issues and challenges of neural electrodes
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Mechanoresistive single-molecule junctions

Mechanoresistive molecular junctions are nanoelectronic devices which electrical properties are influenced by mechanical stress. This review presents the multiple ways in which such functionality is imparted and characterised.

Graphical abstract: Mechanoresistive single-molecule junctions
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Two-dimensional copper based colloidal nanocrystals: synthesis and applications

This review summarizes recent progress in the colloidal synthesis, growth mechanisms, properties, and applications of 2D copper-based nanostructures with tunable compositions, dimensions, and crystal phases.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional copper based colloidal nanocrystals: synthesis and applications
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Magnetogenetics: remote activation of cellular functions triggered by magnetic switches

Magnetogenetics: the use of magnetic fields along with magnetic actuators can be used to modulate biological functions in a non-invasive way, paving the way for the development of exciting tools useful in basic research and clinical applications.

Graphical abstract: Magnetogenetics: remote activation of cellular functions triggered by magnetic switches
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Emerging 2D materials for antimicrobial applications in the pre- and post-pandemic era

Infectious diseases caused by viral or bacterial pathogens are one of the most serious threats to humanity. 2D materials can efficiently favor antimicrobial activity and maintain a safer environment to protect people against these pathogens.

Graphical abstract: Emerging 2D materials for antimicrobial applications in the pre- and post-pandemic era
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Rational design of metal oxide catalysts for electrocatalytic water splitting

The review introduces the mechanisms of heterogeneous hydrogen evolution (HER) and oxygen evolution reactions (OER), summarizes in-situ characterization techniques and surveys strategies to boost the activities of metal oxide electrocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Rational design of metal oxide catalysts for electrocatalytic water splitting
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Two-dimensional materials for electrochemical CO2 reduction: materials, in situ/operando characterizations, and perspective

2D materials and in situ and operando characterization techniques for the development of next-generation CO2 conversion systems.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional materials for electrochemical CO2 reduction: materials, in situ/operando characterizations, and perspective
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Two-dimensional multiferroics

2D multiferroics achieve multiple functions and new mechanisms through magnetoelectric, piezoelectric, and magnetoelastic coupling phenomena, opening up new research avenues.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional multiferroics
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Precursor chemistry of metal nitride nanocrystals

We review the chemistry that leads or could lead to colloidal metal nitride nanocrystals, via solution-based methods.

Graphical abstract: Precursor chemistry of metal nitride nanocrystals
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Vacancy defect engineering of BiVO4 photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting

Vacancy defect engineering of BiVO4 photoanodes including the generation of oxygen vacancies, vanadium vacancies, and bismuth vacancies can tune the electronic structure, promote charge separation, and increase surface photoreaction kinetics.

Graphical abstract: Vacancy defect engineering of BiVO4 photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting
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An integrated microfluidic electrochemical assay for cervical cancer detection at point-of-care testing

IMEAC is an integrated microfluidic electrochemical assay for cervical cancer detection at point of-care testing.

Graphical abstract: An integrated microfluidic electrochemical assay for cervical cancer detection at point-of-care testing
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Nanosegregation in arene-perfluoroarene π-systems for hybrid layered Dion–Jacobson perovskites

Arene–perfluoroarene moieties are used to assemble Dion-Jacobson perovskite phases, revealing nanosegregation and enhanced environmental stabilities relevant to their application.

Graphical abstract: Nanosegregation in arene-perfluoroarene π-systems for hybrid layered Dion–Jacobson perovskites
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Polarization-based colour tuning of mixed colloidal quantum-dot thin films using direct patterning

By patterning linear gratings with different periodicities and orientations onto a film of mixed-colour cQDs, polarization-based active colour tuning of the thin-film emission is demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Polarization-based colour tuning of mixed colloidal quantum-dot thin films using direct patterning
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Communication

C60-β-cyclodextrin conjugates for enhanced nucleus delivery of doxorubicin

Fullerenol-cyclodextrin conjugate selectively delivers doxorubicin to the nucleus of HeLa cells.

Graphical abstract: C60-β-cyclodextrin conjugates for enhanced nucleus delivery of doxorubicin
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Single-molecule conductance of double-stranded RNA oligonucleotides

The single-molecule conductance of double-stranded RNA oligonucleotides is reported. The electrical fingerprint contains biophysical information that is interpreted using Molecular Dynamics simulations.

Graphical abstract: Single-molecule conductance of double-stranded RNA oligonucleotides
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Deep X-ray lithography on “sol–gel” processed noble metal mesoarchitectured films

Noble metal coordination xerogel exhibit solubility switch when exposed to X-rays. The films can be used as recyclable negative tone resists for deep X-ray lithography that can be converted into metallic nanoarchitectured films.

Graphical abstract: Deep X-ray lithography on “sol–gel” processed noble metal mesoarchitectured films
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Tuning the magnetic properties of NiPS3 through organic-ion intercalation

The intercalation of different organic cations in the layered antiferromagnet NiPS3 yields ferrimagnetic ordering with a molecule-dependent transition temperature. A successful intercalation is demonstrated for bulk crystals and exfoliated flakes.

Graphical abstract: Tuning the magnetic properties of NiPS3 through organic-ion intercalation
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Real-time imaging of metallic supraparticle assembly during nanoparticle synthesis

Liquid phase transmission electron microscopy reveals the interparticle interactions and growth mechanism for rapid supraparticle assembly during nanoparticle synthesis.

Graphical abstract: Real-time imaging of metallic supraparticle assembly during nanoparticle synthesis
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Templated synthesis enhances the cobalt adsorption capacity of a porous organic polymer

A templated synthetic approach to porous organic polymers, in which branched, rigid monomers are pre-assembled around a target ion before polymerization, can significantly enhance the ion adsorption capacity of the resulting polymer.

Graphical abstract: Templated synthesis enhances the cobalt adsorption capacity of a porous organic polymer
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Red-emissive nanocrystals of Cs4MnxCd1−xSb2Cl12 layered perovskites

Cs4MnxCd1−xSb2Cl12 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) has been prepared in the form of nanocrystals (NCs). The NCs showed a red emission with a photoluminescence quantum yield of 3.9% obtained after a post-synthesis treatment.

Graphical abstract: Red-emissive nanocrystals of Cs4MnxCd1−xSb2Cl12 layered perovskites
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Green-to-UV photon upconversion enabled by new perovskite nanocrystal-transmitter-emitter combination

The first example of green (λ > 500 nm)-to-ultraviolet (λ < 400 nm) triplet–triplet annihilation-based photon upconversion sensitized by lead halide perovskite nanocrystals is achieved.

Graphical abstract: Green-to-UV photon upconversion enabled by new perovskite nanocrystal-transmitter-emitter combination
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Morphological transitions in chemically fueled self-assembly

This work demonstrates the importance of considering the disassembly pathway when designing new chemically fueled self-assembling systems.

Graphical abstract: Morphological transitions in chemically fueled self-assembly
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Well-defined Co9S8 cages enable the separation of photoexcited charges to promote visible-light CO2 reduction

Well-defined Co9S8 cages with high performance for boosting photo-induced charge separation and transfer are first exploited to promote visible-light CO2 reduction.

Graphical abstract: Well-defined Co9S8 cages enable the separation of photoexcited charges to promote visible-light CO2 reduction
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Unprecedented neptunyl(V) cation-directed structural variations in Np2Ox compounds

Global minimum searching on Np2Ox (x = 1–7) clusters and computational studies on their chemical bonding, suggests that the Np(V) could act as structural directing role, leading to a mixed-valent Np(III/V) in Np2O4 accessible.

Graphical abstract: Unprecedented neptunyl(v) cation-directed structural variations in Np2Ox compounds
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Communication

Thermally induced silane dehydrocoupling on porous silicon nanoparticles for ultra-long-acting drug release

An ultra-long-acting drug-releasable (>2 weeks) nano-formulation based on porous silicon nanoparticles (pSiNPs) that are prepared using the thermally induced silane dehydrocoupling, an amphiphilic lipid-coating, and is disclosed for the first time.

Graphical abstract: Thermally induced silane dehydrocoupling on porous silicon nanoparticles for ultra-long-acting drug release
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Peptide functionalized DNA hydrogel enhances neuroblastoma cell growth and differentiation

Designing programmable biomaterials that could act as extracellular matrices and permit functionalization is a current need for tissue engineering advancement.

Graphical abstract: Peptide functionalized DNA hydrogel enhances neuroblastoma cell growth and differentiation
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Phase transition and nanomechanical properties of refractory high-entropy alloy thin films: effects of co-sputtering Mo and W on a TiZrHfNbTa system

Based on magnetron co-sputtering, Mo/W additions result in the phase transition of TiZrHfNbTa high-entropy alloy from nanocrystalline to amorphous structures, leading to an obvious increase in hardness with a slight increase in the elastic modulus.

Graphical abstract: Phase transition and nanomechanical properties of refractory high-entropy alloy thin films: effects of co-sputtering Mo and W on a TiZrHfNbTa system
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The delicate balance of phase speciation in bimetallic nickel cobalt nanoparticles

Bimetallic NiCo nanoparticles crystallized in the fcc phase are formed using optimized synthetic parameters.

Graphical abstract: The delicate balance of phase speciation in bimetallic nickel cobalt nanoparticles
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Optimizing cathodoluminescence microscopy of buried interfaces through nanoscale heterostructure design

Spatial resolution and brightness in cathodoluminescence can be tuned by nanoscale design of samples.

Graphical abstract: Optimizing cathodoluminescence microscopy of buried interfaces through nanoscale heterostructure design
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Open Access Paper

High-yield halide-assisted synthesis of metal–organic framework UiO-based nanocarriers

The synthesis of nanosized metal–organic frameworks (NMOFs) is requisite for their application as injectable drug delivery systems (DDSs) and other biorelevant purposes.

Graphical abstract: High-yield halide-assisted synthesis of metal–organic framework UiO-based nanocarriers
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Open Access Paper

Tuning nanowire lasers via hybridization with two-dimensional materials

Hybrid structures composed of 1D nanowires and layered 2D materials are promising building blocks for advanced optoelectronic devices and they provide new knobs for the control of lasing at the nanoscale.

Graphical abstract: Tuning nanowire lasers via hybridization with two-dimensional materials
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Fast and efficient electrochemical thinning of ultra-large supported and free-standing MoS2 layers on gold surfaces

The same electrochemical process drives the preparation of supported and free-standing molybdenum disulfide monolayers.

Graphical abstract: Fast and efficient electrochemical thinning of ultra-large supported and free-standing MoS2 layers on gold surfaces
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Mandelic acid appended chiral gels as efficient templates for multicolour circularly polarized luminescence

A host-guest approach is adopted for the generation of multicolor chiral luminescence from a hybrid nanocomposite comprising of mandelic acid-based chiral gels and achiral carnon nanodots.

Graphical abstract: Mandelic acid appended chiral gels as efficient templates for multicolour circularly polarized luminescence
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Mapping the effects of physical and chemical reduction parameters on local atomic distributions within bimetallic nanoparticles

Chemical and physical reduction parameters can be used to tune the composition, morphology, and alloy homogeneity of mixed-metal AgAu nanoparticles.

Graphical abstract: Mapping the effects of physical and chemical reduction parameters on local atomic distributions within bimetallic nanoparticles
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Open Access Paper

Tailoring ZnO nanowire crystallinity and morphology for label-free capturing of extracellular vesicles

We identify the effects of crystallinity and morphology of zinc oxide nanowires grown hydrothermally with ammonia addition on their physicochemical properties for capturing extracellular vesicles.

Graphical abstract: Tailoring ZnO nanowire crystallinity and morphology for label-free capturing of extracellular vesicles
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A physical interpretation of coupling chiral metaatoms

The microscopic origins of chiroptical response in metasurfaces are studied based on temporal coupled-mode theory and quasinormal modes. Using a biorthogonal approach, the model identifies a critical coupling condition for unity circular dichroism.

Graphical abstract: A physical interpretation of coupling chiral metaatoms
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Fast and recoverable NO2 detection achieved by assembling ZnO on Ti3C2Tx MXene nanosheets under UV illumination at room temperature

The excellent conductivity of Ti3C2Tx and the rich charge carriers of ZnO under UV illumination can endow the gas sensors with greatly enhanced performances in response/recovery speed, sensitivity and cycle stability toward NO2 at room temperature.

Graphical abstract: Fast and recoverable NO2 detection achieved by assembling ZnO on Ti3C2Tx MXene nanosheets under UV illumination at room temperature
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Triggering the nanophase separation of albumin through multivalent binding to glycogen for drug delivery in 2D and 3D multicellular constructs

Nanocomplexes of glycogen nanoparticles with serum albumin were formed by triggering the nanophase separation of albumin. The nanocomplexes enabled the delivery of chemotherapeutics in complex multicellular 3D tumour-like structures.

Graphical abstract: Triggering the nanophase separation of albumin through multivalent binding to glycogen for drug delivery in 2D and 3D multicellular constructs
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Oxygen-induced degradation in AgBiS2 nanocrystal solar cells

The degradation of AgBiS2 nanocrystal solar cells upon exposure to oxygen is strongly impacted by the choice of extraction layers and proceeds via a decomposition of AgBiS2 into Ag2S and Bi2O3.

Graphical abstract: Oxygen-induced degradation in AgBiS2 nanocrystal solar cells
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Cerium oxide nanozyme attenuates periodontal bone destruction by inhibiting the ROS–NFκB pathway

A detailed anti-inflammatory mechanism study of CeO2 nanozymes with reactive oxygen species scavenging abilities toward periodontitis treatment advances future nanozyme-based clinical applications.

Graphical abstract: Cerium oxide nanozyme attenuates periodontal bone destruction by inhibiting the ROS–NFκB pathway
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Open Access Paper

Noninvasive near-infrared light triggers the remote activation of thermo-responsive TRPV1 channels in neurons based on biodegradable/photothermal polymer micelles

We developed a novel biodegradable/photothermal polymer micelle-based remote-activation method for a temperature-sensitive TRPV1 ion channel. The developed polymer micelles can serve as a novel noninvasive remote-activation tool for neuronal cells.

Graphical abstract: Noninvasive near-infrared light triggers the remote activation of thermo-responsive TRPV1 channels in neurons based on biodegradable/photothermal polymer micelles
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About this collection

Nanoscale is proud to present this themed issue highlighting 2022’s rising stars of nanoscience and nanotechnology research. This issue gathers the very best work from researchers in the early stages of their independent career.

Each contributor was recommended by experts in their fields for carrying out work with the potential to influence future directions in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Congratulations to all the featured researchers on their important work so far in the field.

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