Themed collection Recent Review Articles
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuning magnetism at the two-dimensional limit: a theoretical perspective
Tuning magnetism in 2D magnets via external stimuli is reviewed, such as by the electric field, magnetic field, strain, optics, chemical functionalization, and spin–orbit engineering.
Artificial intelligence-powered microfluidics for nanomedicine and materials synthesis
Artificial intelligence-powered microfluidics has greatly promoted the development of nanomedicine and material synthesis.
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.
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.
Virus-inspired nanosystems for drug delivery
Schematic illustration of virus-inspired nanosystems to overcome physiological barriers in drug delivery.
Super-resolution FRET measurements
Recent advances combining FRET and super-resolution techniques are presented. This merger of methods is opening exciting opportunities to study the spatial organization and functional state of (bio)molecules and materials at the nanoscale.
Silicon nanosheets derived from silicate minerals: controllable synthesis and energy storage application
Progress in developing advanced Si nanosheets from silicate minerals for energy storage is reviewed.
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.
Prospects and applications of synergistic noble metal nanoparticle-bacterial hybrid systems
The synergistic combination of noble metal nanoparticles and bacterial cells results in hybrid systems that offer new useful properties for the development of future applications and tools.
Novel optimization perspectives for thermoelectric properties based on Rashba spin splitting: a mini review
This review discussed the typical high ZT materials, traditional optimized strategies, and focused on the Rashba-type thermoelectric (TE) materials, which highlights the development and challenges of Rashba effect in breaking the bottleneck of ZT.
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.
A minireview on chemical vapor deposition growth of wafer-scale monolayer h-BN single crystals
Recent academic breakthroughs in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) deposited h-BN are presented. The techniques, catalysts, and mechanisms are fully studied. The great advances in expanding the size of h-BN single crystals will largely push forward the way to h-BN.
Recent progress in metal sulfide-based electron transport layers in perovskite solar cells
Metal sulfides (MSs) are considered as potential candidates for electron transport layers in perovskite solar cells. In this review, we summarized MSs-based electron transport layers (ETLs) according to their preparation strategies and the mechanism.
The ligand effect of atomically precise gold nanoclusters in tailoring catalytic properties
This review highlights recent progress concerning the ligand effect of gold clusters in tailoring catalytic activity and selectivity, in order to guide the improvement of catalytic properties and design new gold clusters aimed at the demand in catalysis.
Recent advances in phosphorus containing noble metal electrocatalysts for direct liquid fuel cells
Here, we summarize our previous efforts and reports from other groups on P containing noble metal catalysts for direct liquid fuel cells, including synthetic methods, composition, shape and electrochemical performance.
Improving the performance stability of direct seawater electrolysis: from catalyst design to electrode engineering
Direct seawater electrolysis opens a new opportunity to lower the cost of hydrogen production from current water electrolysis technologies.
Advances in photothermal nanomaterials for biomedical, environmental and energy applications
Highlights of various emerging inorganic photothermal nanomaterials and their up-to-date applications in photothermal therapy, photothermal sterilization, solar-driven steam generation and photothermal catalysis.
In-depth study on the structures and properties of rare-earth-containing perovskite materials
The structure, morphology, composition and performance characterization techniques of rare-earth-containing perovskites were reviewed, providing in-depth and systematical research strategies.
Recent advances in plasmon-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for catalytic reactions on bifunctional metallic nanostructures
This minireview provides a comprehensive discussion on recent advances in plasmon-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for catalytic reactions on bifunctional metallic nanostructures.
Transition metal-based layered double hydroxides for photo(electro)chemical water splitting: a mini review
The review examines the areas: (i) routes for synthesis of transition metal-based LDHs, (ii) recent developments in transition metal-based LDHs for photo(electro)chemical water splitting, (iii) a summary of the structure–property relationships therein.
Peptide foldamer-based self-assembled nanostructures containing cyclic beta-amino acids
This minireview presents the current state of knowledge in the field of peptide foldamer-based self-assembled nanostructures containing cyclic beta-amino acids.
Nonmetal-doping of noble metal-based catalysts for electrocatalysis
The recent progress in nonmetal doped noble metal-based catalysts for advanced electrocatalysis is summarized.
Emerging DNA-based multifunctional nano-biomaterials towards electrochemical sensing applications
The various utilities of DNA that render it as a multifunctional bio-nanomaterial for electrochemical biosensing applications.
Electrochromic response and control of plasmonic metal nanoparticles
Here, we reviewed the electrochromic behaviour and underlying mechanisms of plasmonic metal nanoparticles in the visible spectral range, and discussed the recent key progresses in understanding, controlling and utilizing plasmonic electrochromism.
Extending photocatalysis to the visible and NIR: the molecular strategy
Molecular photosensitizers (PS) allow to exploit visible (Vis) and near-infrared (NIR) light for photocatalytic production of solar fuels, organic synthesis and environmental remediation.
Photodoping of metal oxide nanocrystals for multi-charge accumulation and light-driven energy storage
Light-driven multi-charge accumulation (i.e., photodoping) of doped metal oxide nanocrystals opens the way to innovative solutions for the direct conversion and storage of the solar energy.
Genetically encoded RNA nanodevices for cellular imaging and regulation
Recent design and applications of emerging genetically encoded RNA nanodevices in regulating cellular gene expression, imaging, logic operation, structural biology, and optogenetics.
Two-dimensional layered double hydroxide nanoadjuvant: recent progress and future direction
MgAl-layered double hydroxide (LDH) has a similar composition to the commercial aluminum adjuvant, but is highly biocompatible. The excellent adjuvanticity and biocompatibility make LDH the most potential clinical candidate adjuvant.
Recent advances and rational design strategies of carbon dots towards highly efficient solar evaporation
By rationally designing and modifying their heterostructures, carbon dots have the potential to be used as solar absorbers for solar evaporation. The roles of carbon dots to improve solar-to-vapor efficiency are thoroughly discussed.
Recent progress in mitochondria-targeting-based nanotechnology for cancer treatment
This review summarizes the state of the art design and construction of nanosystems used for mitochondria-targeted delivery.
Anderson-type polyoxometalates: from structures to functions
This review provides a deep discussion on the recent progress in the synthetic methodology, structural exploration, and promising applications of Anderson-type polyoxometalates.
Catalysis based on ferroelectrics: controllable chemical reaction with boosted efficiency
Ferroelectric catalysts possess the advantages of boosted catalytic efficiency as a result of polarization, which suppresses electron–hole pair recombination, and superior selectivity via the ferroelectric switch.
Control of light–valley interactions in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides with nanophotonic structures
Valley pseudospin of 2D transition-metal dichalcogenides is promising for information technologies, but its robust manipulation is challenging. This minireview highlights recent progress on using nanophotonic strategies to address this challenge.
Transition metal oxide and chalcogenide-based nanomaterials for antibacterial activities: an overview
This review summarizes the recent advances of transition metal oxide and chalcogenide-based antibacterial nanomaterials, with emphasis on their inactivation mechanisms and highlighting their practical applications.
Emergent electrochemical functions and future opportunities of hierarchically constructed metal–organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks
Hierarchically constructed metal–organic frameworks and covalent organic frameworks toward emergent electrochemical applications.
Cooperativity in supported metal single atom catalysis
Cooperativity in single atom catalysis greatly exceeds the (important) metal–support interaction, and other types of synergies (with a nanoparticle – NP, a second SA – SA2, or a ligand/heteroatom – X) are described in this mini-review.
Synthesis and defect engineering of molybdenum oxides and their SERS applications
Review on crystal structures, material synthesis methods, defect engineering strategies for molybdenum oxides' SERS mechanism and application investigation.
Boosting the performance of printed thermoelectric materials by inducing morphological anisotropy
Printing holds potential for low-cost and large-area patterning of thermoelectric materials. The process can be also engineered to induce morphological anisotropy in (in)organic materials, which boost the performance along a preferential direction.
Graphene glial-interfaces: challenges and perspectives
This work provides an overview of the emerging literature on the interaction of graphene-based materials with glial cells, aiming to define the challenges and perspectives of graphene glial-interfaces.
Strong plasmon–exciton coupling in transition metal dichalcogenides and plasmonic nanostructures
This schematic shows strong plasmon–exciton coupling in transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) coupled with plasmonic single nanoparticles, nanoparticles-over-mirrors, and plasmonic arrays.
Bioinspired surfaces with special micro-structures and wettability for drag reduction: which surface design will be a better choice?
Human beings learn from creatures in nature and imitate them to solve drag reduction challenges in daily life.
Overcoming thermal quenching in upconversion nanoparticles
Recent efforts for alleviating energy dissipation and enhancement of energy collection are reviewed to combat thermal quenching in UCNPs.
Recent advances in biofluid detection with micro/nanostructured bioelectronic devices
Micro/nanostructured bioelectronic devices for various biofluid detection applications are systematically summarized and discussed with new insights for future health monitoring.
Recent advances in colour-tunable soft actuators
This review summarizes the recent advances of colour-tunable soft actuators, with emphasis on their colour-change mechanisms and highlighting their applications.
Between plasmonics and surface-enhanced resonant Raman spectroscopy: toward single-molecule strong coupling at a hotspot
The purpose of this minireview is to build a bridge between two research fields: surface-enhanced resonant Raman spectroscopy (SERRS) and the branch of plasmonics treating strong coupling between plasmons and molecular excitons.
Electrocatalysis in confined spaces: interplay between well-defined materials and the microenvironment
In this minireview, we summarize recent advances in electrocatalysis in confined spaces. Emerging electrochemical reactions are covered and discussed.
Enhancing electrocatalytic water splitting by surface defect engineering in two-dimensional electrocatalysts
Overall electrocatalytic water splitting can efficiently and sustainably produce clean hydrogen energy to alleviate the global energy crisis and environmental pollution.
Recent advances in focused ion beam nanofabrication for nanostructures and devices: fundamentals and applications
The past few decades have witnessed growing research interest in developing powerful nanofabrication technologies for three-dimensional (3D) structures and devices to achieve nano-scale and nano-precision manufacturing.
Operando spectroscopy of nanoscopic metal/covalent organic framework electrocatalysts
Metal and covalent organic frameworks (MOFs and COFs) are increasingly finding exceptional utility in electrocatalytic systems.
Theoretical and computational investigations into mechanobactericidal activity of nanostructures at the bacteria-biomaterial interface: a critical review
Modeling and simulation of bacteria-nanostructure interactions can reveal critical insights underlying the physics of the process, verify and predict bacterial behaviour, or optimize bactericidal activity.
Single molecule electronic devices with carbon-based materials: status and opportunity
The field of single molecule electronics has progressed remarkably in the past decades by allowing for more versatile molecular functions and improving device fabrication techniques.
Conjugated nanomaterials for solar fuel production
Photocatalytic hydrogen production from water has the potential to fulfil future energy needs by producing a clean and storable fuel. Here the discuss the recent advances in using nanosized materials as photocatalysts.
Anisotropic nanomaterials for asymmetric synthesis
This review focuses on anisotropic nanomaterials and considers the state-of-the-art progress in asymmetric synthesis catalysed by 1D, 2D and 3D nanostructures.
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.
Hierarchical MXene/transition metal chalcogenide heterostructures for electrochemical energy storage and conversion
This review highlights the synthesis strategy, surface/heterointerface engineering, and potential applications of the hierarchical MXene/TMC heterostructures.
Hexagonal-phase NaREF4 upconversion nanocrystals: the matter of crystal structure
The debates on the crystallographic details of the hexagonal phase of NaREF4 (RE = rare earth elements) are reviewed, and a fresh perspective is proposed to understand the superior luminescence properties of the materials.
Amorphous materials for elementary-gas-involved electrocatalysis: an overview
The summary and perspective on fabrication, structure tuning, and elemental-gas-involved catalytic applications of amorphous materials have been outlined in this review.
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.
2D multiferroics achieve multiple functions and new mechanisms through magnetoelectric, piezoelectric, and magnetoelastic coupling phenomena, opening up new research avenues.
Silver chalcogenide nanoparticles: a review of their biomedical applications
Silver chalcogenide (Ag2X, where X = S, Se, or Te) nanoparticles have been extensively investigated for their applications in electronics but have only recently been explored for biomedical applications.
Application of expanded graphite-based materials for rechargeable batteries beyond lithium-ions
In this review, we evaluate and summarize the application of expanded graphite-based materials in rechargeable batteries, including alkaline ions (such as Na+, K+) storage and multivalent ion (such as Mg2+, Zn2+, Ca2+ and Al3+) storage batteries.
Precursor chemistry of metal nitride nanocrystals
We review the chemistry that leads or could lead to colloidal metal nitride nanocrystals, via solution-based methods.
Copper nanocatalysts applied in coupling reactions: a mechanistic insight
Well-defined Cu-based nanoparticles represent a valuable catalytic tool for synthesis purposes due to their structural and electronic versatility, requiring thorough mechanistic understanding inputs into their rational design.
Two-dimensional materials towards separator functionalization in advanced Li–S batteries
Harnessing the unique advantages of 2D materials towards separator functionalization for boosting both the sulfur cathode and lithium anode in Li–S batteries.
Anisotropic Janus materials: from micro-/nanostructures to applications
In this review, we highlight recent advances in the application of Janus membranes and Janus particles, as well as our understanding of the construction of Janus materials, with a particular emphasis on the microstructure of Janus materials.
Flexible electrodes with high areal capacity based on electrospun fiber mats
The ever-growing portable, flexible, and wearable devices impose new requirements from power sources.
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