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The role of crystal facets and disorder on photo-electrosynthesis
We review how crystal facets, structural reconstructions and disorder impact the performance of electrodes for energy conversion.
Self-supported metal–organic framework-based nanostructures as binder-free electrodes for supercapacitors
This minireview highlights the recent progress in the construction of self-supported MOF-based nanostructures including pristine MOFs, MOF composites and MOF derivative arrays, and their application in SCs.
Potential roles of hyaluronic acid in in vivo CAR T cell reprogramming for cancer immunotherapy
Hyaluronic acid-based nanoparticles can be promising tools for gene delivery in in vivo reprogramming CAR T cells, as well-designed carriers are needed for targeting and transducing circulating T cells.
Advancing integrated CO2 electrochemical conversion with amine-based CO2 capture: a review
This review paper provides an overview of the fundamental and applied aspects of advancing carbon dioxide electrolysis for the integrated amine-based CO2 capture and conversion.
Recent advances in CO2 capture and reduction
The ever-increasing energy demand leads to fast depletion of fossil fuels and excessive CO2 emission into the atmosphere, and requires efficient capture and conversion of CO2 to achieve negative carbon emission and energy sustainability.
Green approaches for the synthesis of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles using microbial and plant extracts
Green synthesis approaches are gaining significance as promising routes for the sustainable preparation of nanoparticles, offering reduced toxicity towards living organisms and the environment.
In situ growth of laser-induced graphene micro-patterns on arbitrary substrates
In this article we report a new laser processing method, combining the in situ graphitization of polyimide with simultaneous transfer of the graphene patterns to arbitrary substrates.
Enhancing the capacity of supercapacitive swing adsorption CO2 capture by tuning charging protocols
Electrochemical carbon dioxide capture by supercapacitors is found to depend strongly on charging protocols. Varying the charging polarity leads to increases in capture capacities and improved mechanistic understanding of the capture process.
Trapping of protein cargo molecules inside DNA origami nanocages
DNA nanocages are developed for the encapsulation and delivery of freely diffusing drug cargo molecules. The cargo was attached to the nanotube, and subsequently detached via toehold-mediated strand displacement after tube sealing with lids.
How an ACE2 mimicking epitope-MIP nanofilm recognizes template-related peptides and the receptor binding domain of SARS-CoV-2
We developed original methods to confirm the liberation of the imprinted binding cavities by electrochemical template removal and identified the amino acid motif of the template which is determinant for the affinity of the epitope-imprinted polymer.
Tailoring the MOF structure via ligand optimization afforded a dandelion flower like CoS/Co–Nx/CoNi/NiS catalyst to enhance the ORR/OER in zinc–air batteries
Tailoring the MOF structure through ligand optimization and MOF derived electrocatalyst exhibit excellent ORR/OER kinetics and ZABs performance due to the synergetic effects of the CoNi alloys and the N and S-incorporated carbon skeleton.
In situ generated Cu–Co–Zn trimetallic sulfide nanoflowers on copper foam: a highly efficient OER electrocatalyst
The prepared CuCoZn–S-3 electrode has a unique nanoflower-like structure and exhibits excellent electrocatalytic performance and durability under alkaline conditions.
Enhancement of self-trapped excitons and near-infrared emission in Bi3+/Er3+ co-doped Cs2Ag0.4Na0.6InCl6 double perovskite
Self-trapped exciton-derived energy transfer is a possible strategy to enhance the emission of Er at 1540 nm in lead-free double perovskite structures.
Highly luminescent dual-phase CsPbBr3/Cs4PbBr6 microcrystals for a wide color gamut for backlight displays
Ultrasonication-assisted, ligand-free synthesis of CsPbBr3/Cs4PbBr6 dual-phase MCs exhibit diverse morphologies, confirming that CsPbBr3 NCs are the photoluminescent sites with PLQY of 82.7%.
Inverse size-dependent Stokes shift in strongly quantum confined CsPbBr3 perovskite nanoplates
We observe that different growth conditions and resulting morphologies of CsPbBr3 nanocrystals yield opposite stokes shift size-dependent trends. This emphasizes the different photo-physics for quantum-confined nanoplate and nanocube morphologies.
Recharging upconversion: revealing rubrene's replacement
We demonstrate near-infrared-to-green upconversion using 1-chloro-9,10-bis(phenylethynyl)anthracene. The replacement of rubrene highlights that triplet generation at the perovskite/annihilator interface is a universal process.
A multi-chromic supercapacitor of high coloration efficiency integrating a MOF-derived V2O5 electrode
Multichromic energy storage devices improve human–machine interfacing. Here, MOF-derived V2O5 is integrated as a negative electrode in a multi-colored electrochromic supercapacitor assembly along with electrochromic PANI as the positive electrode.
Green synthesis of highly stable CsPbBr3 perovskite nanocrystals using natural deep eutectic solvents as solvents and surface ligands
Perovskite nanocrystals (PNCs) have attracted widespread attention as promising materials for the optoelectronic field due to their remarkable photophysical properties and structural tunability.
Hydrogel-based printing strategy for high-performance flexible thermoelectric generators
The hydrogel-based printing strategy was proposed to fabricate the high-performance flexible thermoelectric generators with the high-power density, where the stable water-locking network can limit the fluidity of the pastes.
Asymmetric seed passivation for regioselective overgrowth and formation of plasmonic nanobowls
Use of asymmetrically passivated seeds provides a pathway to regioselective overgrowth and nanoparticles with exciting plasmonic properties.
Core–satellite–satellite hierarchical nanostructures: assembly, plasmon coupling, and gap-selective surface-enhanced Raman scattering
We perform hierarchical assembly of gold nanoparticles into core–satellite–satellite nanostructures that possess two different types of controllable nanogaps. We investigate their plasmon coupling properties and nanogap-dependent SERS enhancements.
Yolk–shell-type CaO-based sorbents for CO2 capture: assessing the role of nanostructuring for the stabilization of the cyclic CO2 uptake
Yolk(CaO)–shell(ZrO2)-structured sorbents yield superior materials for high-temperature CO2 capture by mitigating deactivation via sintering and mixed phase (CaZrO3) formation.
Designing optimal core–shell MOFs for direct air capture
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) can selectively adsorb CO2, but are often ineffective in the presence of H2O, which binds more strongly. By selecting MOF ‘shells’ to keep water out of MOF ‘cores’ this limitation may be overcome.
Co-doping of tellurium with bismuth enhances stability and photoluminescence quantum yield of Cs2AgInCl6 double perovskite nanocrystals
The Bi3+ and Te4+ co-doping strategy and in situ growth regulation via external oxygen vacancies were applied to Cs2AgInCl6 nanocrystals, resulting in a high photoluminescence quantum yield of 34%, as a consequence of restrained Ag/In vacancies.
Ultrafast insights into full-colour light-emitting C-Dots
We have explored the ultrafast carrier dynamics of core state and surface state in C-Dots with myriad use of steady-state, time-resolved spectroscopy and tried to establish a well-defined answer of the puzzling optical properties of C-Dots.
Variations in bile salt surfactant structure allow tuning of the sorting of single-wall carbon nanotubes by aqueous two-phase extraction
The chirality-dependent stacking of bile salt surfactants on single-wall carbon nanotubes is investigated by systematic aqueous two-phase separations.
Visualisation of individual dopants in a conjugated polymer: sub-nanometre 3D spatial distribution and correlation with electrical properties
The 3D sub-nanometre distribution of individual dopant species in organic semiconductors determines the electrical properties. The distribution and cluster shape have been determined by electron tomography and shown to depend on dopant concentration.
β-1,3-Glucan synthesis, novel supramolecular self-assembly, characterization and application
A novel self-assembly mechanism for hexagonal β-1,3-glucan microparticles with defined lamellar nanostructure. Phosphorylase catalyzed enzymatic synthesis can be successfully carried out at temperatures ranging from 25 to 80 °C.
Heterojunction MnO2-nanosheet-decorated Ag nanowires with enhanced oxidase-like activity for the sensitive dual-mode detection of glutathione
The biocatalytic design of nanomaterials with enzyme-like activity is considered a reliable and promising toolkit for the generation of diagnostic agents in complex biological microenvironments.
A modern look at a medieval bilayer metal leaf: nanotomography of Zwischgold
Many European sculptures and altarpieces from the Middle Ages were decorated with Zwischgold, a bilayer metal leaf with an ultra-thin gold face backed by silver.
Nanoenzyme–chitosan hydrogel complex with cascade catalytic and self-reinforced antibacterial performance for accelerated healing of diabetic wounds
A multifunctional hydrogel complex consisting of the GCNE composite and thermo-responsive chitosan can perform cascade catalytic reactions to continuously supply oxygen and strengthen the antibacterial activities in diabetic wound healing.
Surface charge influences protein corona, cell uptake and biological effects of carbon dots
In this first quantitative proteomic analysis of the protein corona formed on Carbon dots (CDs), we showed that protein corona identity is influenced by CD surface charge properties, which in turn impacts CD uptake and viability loss in macrophages.
A nanoarchitecture of a gold cluster conjugated gold nanorod hybrid system and its application in fluorescence imaging and plasmonic photothermal therapy
Engineering different nanomaterials into a single functional material can impart unique properties of the parental nanoparticles, especially in the field of bio imaging and therapy.
Competition between reverse water gas shift reaction and methanol synthesis from CO2: influence of copper particle size
The hydrogenation of CO2 is a structure sensitive reaction over copper nanoparticles. The particle size effect has been related to the differences in reaction intermediate coverage for different Cu facets whose abundancy vary with the particle size.
Feasibility of switchable dual function materials as a flexible technology for CO2 capture and utilisation and evidence of passive direct air capture
In this work we show that it is possible to design “switchable” dual function materials that can directly convert carbon dioxide into useful products using hydrogen or methane. These DFMs offer a means to respond to changes in the energy sector.
Dynamic viscosity of methane hydrate systems from non-Einsteinian, plasma-functionalized carbon nanotube nanofluids
Nanotubes may provide interfacial effects for viscosity reduction and align in the flow direction. However, the graphene nanoflake surface area is only limited by its mean free path while nanotubes can entangle with each other.
Facile fabrication of hierarchical textures for substrate-independent and durable superhydrophobic surfaces
We propose a facile femtosecond laser technology to achieve superhydrophobicity on various substrate surfaces with anti-friction ability.
Unconventional aliphatic fluorophores discovered as the luminescence origin in citric acid–urea carbon dots
An unconventional fluorophore, 5-oxopyrrolidine-3-carboxylic acid, was discovered as the fluorescence origin of polymeric carbon dots. This unique fluorophore has aggregation-enhanced emission which contributes to carbon dot fluorescence.
Dynamic self-assembling supramolecular dendrimer nanosystems as potent antibacterial candidates against drug-resistant bacteria and biofilms
The alarming and prevailing antibiotic resistance crisis urgently calls for innovative “outside of the box” antibacterial agents, which can differ substantially from conventional antibiotics.
Efficient iron–cobalt oxide bifunctional electrode catalysts in rechargeable high current density zinc–air batteries
Iron–cobalt (FeCo) oxides dispersed on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) were synthesized from nitrate precursors at loading levels from 10 wt% to 60 wt%.
Novel MOF-derived 3D hierarchical needlelike array architecture with excellent EMI shielding, thermal insulation and supercapacitor performance
Novel 3D hierarchical needlelike array architecture integrates excellent EMI shielding, thermal insulation and supercapacitor performance, which offers a new inspiration for the design and construction of portable intelligent devices.
Doped 2D SnS materials derived from liquid metal-solution for tunable optoelectronic devices
Semiconductor doping using liquid metals.
Synergistic 2D MoSe2@WSe2 nanohybrid heterostructure toward superior hydrogen evolution and flexible supercapacitor
Large-area uniform MoSe2@WSe2 HS prepared by EPD, achieves better catalytic activity, HER, and supercapacitor performance.
Nanostructured chromium-based broadband absorbers and emitters to realize thermally stable solar thermophotovoltaic systems
The efficiency of traditional solar cells is constrained due to the Shockley–Queisser limit, to circumvent this theoretical limit, the concept of solar thermophotovoltaics (STPVs) has been introduced.
Ruthenium nanoparticles integrated bimetallic metal–organic framework electrocatalysts for multifunctional electrode materials and practical water electrolysis in seawater
There is still a significant technical hurdle in the integration of better electrocatalysts with coordinated functional units and morphological integrity that improves reversible electrochemical activity, electrical conductivity, and mass transport capabilities.
Versailles project on advanced materials and standards (VAMAS) interlaboratory study on measuring the number concentration of colloidal gold nanoparticles
This study compared results of nanoparticle number concentration measurements collected from 74 instruments hosted across 50 laboratories, providing users with useful discussion and reference data to assess and benchmark their measurement capability.
ZnO and reduced graphene oxide electrodes for all-in-one supercapacitor devices
The nature and positions of defects, i.e., whether they are at the surface or in the lattice, in ZnO and carbonaceous electrodes were identified via EPR spectroscopy. It was shown that defects play a crucial role in supercapacitor device performance.
Norbornane-based covalent organic frameworks for gas separation
W-shaped diamines prepared by catalytic arene–norbornene annulation and their employment in the synthesis of novel β-ketoenamine-linked norbornane-based covalent organic frameworks for CO2/N2 and CH4/N2 separation.
A biopolymer-gated ionotronic junctionless oxide transistor array for spatiotemporal pain-perception emulation in nociceptor network
A 5 × 5 ionotronic junctionless indium-tin oxide (ITO) transistor array is reported for emulating a nociceptor network based on controlling the gate-to-channel distance.
One-step fabrication of eco-friendly superhydrophobic fabrics for high-efficiency oil/water separation and oil spill cleanup
Using 1,4-conjugate addition reaction, PEI/TMSPA/SiO2/DTMS fabrics with excellent superhydrophobic property are fabricated, which can be used for high-efficiency oil/water separation and oil spill cleanup.
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