Themed collection Celebrating International Women’s Day: Women in Nanoscience
Copper and silver nanowires for CO2 electroreduction
Copper and silver nanowires as novel electrocatalysts for the electroreduction of CO2.
Chiral inorganic nanomaterials for biological applications
This review summarizes the works regarding chiral inorganic nanomaterials with bio-functions and bio-applications, which can deep our understanding on chiral inorganic nanomaterials' construction principles and biological functional properties.
Emerging biotransduction strategies on soft interfaces for biosensing
As a lab-on-soft biochip providing accurate and timely biomarker information, wearable biosensors can satisfy the increasing demand for intelligent e-health services, active disease diagnosis/therapy, and huge bioinformation data.
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.
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.
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.
Transition metal chalcogenides for next-generation energy storage
Transition-metal chalcogenide nanostructures provide a unique material platform to engineer next-generation energy storage devices such as lithium-ion, sodium-ion, and potassium-ion batteries and flexible supercapacitors.
Biomolecules incorporated in halide perovskite nanocrystals: synthesis, optical properties, and applications
Biomolecules have been integrated in halide perovskite nanocrystals (HPNCs), impacting their formation, physicochemical properties, and stability. We address the biomolecule's role in modulating HPNCs properties and extending their applications.
Toward a new generation of permeable skin electronics
This article provides a comprehensive and systematic review of permeable skin-mountable electronics, with a focus on representative porous materials and structures, device properties, and latest applications.
Recent progress on the synthesis of metal alloy nanowires as electrocatalysts
This work reviews the chemical approaches to synthesizing metal alloy nanowires, and briefly discusses their applications as electrocatalysts.
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.
Recent advances in high-crystalline conjugated organic polymeric materials for photocatalytic CO2 conversion
This review summarizes the current advanced high-crystalline conjugated organic polymeric materials for photocatalytic CO2 conversion.
Electrospun nanofibers for 3-D cancer models, diagnostics, and therapy
The applications of electrospun nanofiber in cancer research, including cancer models, drug delivery, and cancer diagnostics, are reviewed. The current barriers to and the outlook for clinical translation of these applications are discussed.
Cyclic polymers: synthesis, characteristics, and emerging applications
This Review highlights recent advances in the synthesis, unique properties, and most prominent applications of cyclic polymers, and discusses the major challenges and future opportunities in this field.
Nanotechnology from lab to industry – a look at current trends
Nanotechnology holds great promise and is hyped by many as the next industrial evolution.
Performance optimization strategies of halide perovskite-based mechanical energy harvesters
In this review, we present the state-of-art progress in halide perovskite-based PENG and TENG devices, focusing on their different performance optimization strategies and prospective applications in the future.
Materials and design strategies for stretchable electroluminescent devices
We discuss materials and design strategies for stretchable electroluminescent (EL) devices. We categorize stretchable EL devices into two types: (i) structurally stretchable and (ii) intrinsically stretchable EL devices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luminescent copper indium sulfide (CIS) quantum dots for bioimaging applications
This review covers the main applications of copper indium sulfide quantum dots for bioimaging applications.
Chitin and chitosan on the nanoscale
Nanochitin and nanochitosan are nanowhiskers combining the structural strength of nanocellulose with the versatile chemistry of chitin/chitosan. We review their fabrication, properties and uses, with a focus on recent progress.
Interface-assisted synthesis: a gateway to effective nanostructure tuning of conducting polymers
The illustration of the different types of interfaces arising from the binary combinations of the three states of matter, acting as removal templates for the morphological tuning of conducting polymers.
Revisiting anodic alumina templates: from fabrication to applications
Review of Porous Anodic Aluminum Oxide (AAO or NAA) membranes: from fabrication, mechanisms, and internal and surface nanostructuration to applications.
Dispersant-assisted liquid-phase exfoliation of 2D materials beyond graphene
Dispersant-assisted liquid-phase exfoliation allows the production of a wide range of water-based 2D material dispersions. This review provides an overview on this production method and also gives some perspectives on future research directions.
Towards a point-of-care SERS sensor for biomedical and agri-food analysis applications: a review of recent advancements
In this review, the recent advancements of SERS for biomedical, food and agricultural applications in the past 6 years are discussed. We also discuss the opportunities and challenges in the field while highlighting the technological gaps.
Soft-template-assisted synthesis: a promising approach for the fabrication of transition metal oxides
The review focuses on the importance of soft-templates in the micro/nanostructure tuning of transition metal oxides.
The effect of tensile strain in Pd–Ni core–shell nanocubes with tuneable shell thickness on urea electrolysis selectivity
The lattice strain effect in Pd–Ni core–shell nanocubes on the selectivity of urea electrolysis is elucidated, which can facilitate catalyst design for efficient urea waste treatment and concomitant cathodic hydrogen production or CO2 reduction.
Template-directed 2D nanopatterning of S = 1/2 molecular spins
We demonstrate fabrication of a surface-supported array of VOPc with controlled spin-spin distance, electronic decoupling from the substrate, and individual addressability to realize molecular qubit platforms interfaceable to solid state devices.
A cascade nanozyme with antimicrobial effects against nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae
A cascade nanozyme with glucose oxidase and haloperoxidase activities was designed and synthesized, which was shown to generate antiseptic HOBr from a ubiquitous non-ROS, O2. It successfully inhibited growth of a bacterial pathogen and its biofilm.
Mapping the reaction zones for CdTe magic-sized clusters and their emission properties
Using five reaction parameters as “reaction coordinates”, we mapped out the “reaction zones” that produce CdTe magic-sized clusters (MSCs) and quantum dots (QDs). The photoluminescent properties of CdTe MSCs and QDs were also investigated.
Mucus-inspired organogel as an efficient absorbent and retention agent for volatile organic compounds
Nasal mucus plays a key role in the sense of smell by absorbing and transporting chemicals to olfactory receptors.
Enhancing magneto-ionic effects in cobalt oxide films by electrolyte engineering
Electrolyte engineering by adding salts to propylene carbonate (PC) leads to enhanced voltage-controlled ON–OFF ferromagnetism via oxygen ion motion in electrolyte-gated Co3O4 films. 35-fold faster magneto-ionic rate is achieved in KI-containing PC.
Electrostatic polarization fields trigger glioblastoma stem cell differentiation
Glioblastoma cancer stem-like cells seeded on substrates exhibiting surface potential differences, undergo differentiation due to the forced hyperpolarization of the membrane potential at the cell/substrate interface.
Locally varying formation of nanoclusters across a low-intensity ultra-short laser spot
Substantial variations in nanoclusters formed in an unexpected low-fluence range of an ultra-short laser are visualized on the microscale in a novel scanning approach across the laser spot.
Self-strengthening stimuli-responsive nanocomposite hydrogels
Rearrangement of the internal structure of NC-PNIPAM nanocomposite hydrogels through heating or salt treatment renders self-strengthening properties to the nanocomposite hydrogels.
Incorporating zeolitic-imidazolate framework-8 nanoparticles into kidney scaffolds: a first step towards innovative renal therapies
We demonstrate the successful immobilization of polymer-stabilized ZIF-8 nanoparticles within a kidney scaffold, endowing it with a high adsorption capacity to remove uremic toxins (mainly hydrophobic ones) under flow conditions.
A rare polyoxometalate cluster [NiW12O44]14− based solid as a pre-catalyst for efficient and long-term oxygen evolution
A rare POM cluster [NiW12O44]14− based solid was explored for OER. It acts as an efficient and highly sustained pre-catalyst in alkaline medium with an overpotential of 347 mV to achieve a current density of 10 mA cm−2 and stability up to 96 h.
Nanoscale biophysical properties of small extracellular vesicles from senescent cells using atomic force microscopy, surface potential microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy
An AFM-Raman combined system identifies subtle differences in the biophysical properties of SnC- and non-SnC-derived small extracellular vesicles (sEVs).
One-dimensional metal thiophosphate nanowires by cluster assembly
The nanowires assembled from [PS4] clusters and group-IIIA or transition metal atoms with unique structural symmetry show diverse electronic and magnetic properties.
Atomic-scale dents on cellulose nanofibers: the origin of diverse defects in sustainable fibrillar materials
Atomic-scale dent structures on the surfaces of cellulose nanofibers were detected. These dent parts constituted at least 30–40% of the total length of the dispersed nanofibers, and deep dents induced the kinking and fragmentation of nanofibers.
Thermally driven phase transition of cobalt hydroxide sheets via cobalt oxides to cobalt nanoparticles
We investigated phase transitions of Co(OH)2 nanosheets by in situ scanning transmission electron microscopy heating experiments. The layered Co(OH)2 transformed to Co nanoparticles via CoO phases; spinel Co3O4 was formed with temperature reduction.
Multicomponent encapsulation into fully degradable protein nanocarriers via interfacial azide–alkyne click reaction in miniemulsion allows the co-delivery of immunotherapeutics
Fully biodegradable protein nanocarriers were prepared by metal-free click reaction in inverse miniemulsion and loaded in situ with up to four different cargo molecules to achieve a synergistic therapeutic treatment.
Shining light in blind alleys: deciphering bacterial attachment in silicon microstructures
Chemically manipulated silicon diffraction gratings serve as a toolbox for the systematic investigation on how different material properties guide bacterial attachment onto a surface, which is imperative for mediating infections and biofouling.
Incorporating plasmonic featurization with machine learning to achieve accurate and bidirectional prediction of nanoparticle size and size distribution
Schematic of our bidirectional, ML-empowered approach incorporating plasmonic featurization for rapid (<30 s) and accurate determination of the size and size distribution of gold nanosphere (Au NSs) ensembles in real samples.
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.
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.
Heterostructured Bi–Cu2S nanocrystals for efficient CO2 electroreduction to formate
We report the proof-of-concept design of interfacial sites with a selectivity-governing and hydrogen evolution reaction-suppressing domain (Bi) and an electrokinetic-promoting domain (Cu2S) for efficient CO2 electroreduction to formate.
Computational design of double transition metal MXenes with intrinsic magnetic properties
Double transition metal MXenes with the formula MCr2CTx feature ferromagnetic half-metallicity, antiferromagnetic semiconductivity, as well as antiferromagnetic half-metallicity, are interesting for the spintronics community.
GaAs nanowires on Si nanopillars: towards large scale, phase-engineered arrays
Understanding key parameters for III–V nanowire growth on SiO2/Si nanopillars, and using them to grow large-scale arrays by phase-shift lithography and/or deep ultraviolet (DUV) stepper lithography.
Innovative transdermal delivery of insulin using gelatin methacrylate-based microneedle patches in mice and mini-pigs
Painless and controlled on-demand drug delivery is the ultimate goal for the management of various chronic diseases, including diabetes.
A self-amplifying nanodrug to manipulate the Janus-faced nature of ferroptosis for tumor therapy
A self-amplifying nanodrug was precisely designed to reprogram the Janus-faced nature of ferroptosis via harnessing the positive role of ferroptosis along with reversing its inherent negative role to achieve optimal ferroptotic tumor therapy.
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.
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.
Gene-editing by CRISPR–Cas9 in combination with anthracycline therapy via tumor microenvironment-switchable, EGFR-targeted, and nucleus-directed nanoparticles for head and neck cancer suppression
The smart nanoparticles may provide a combinatorial spatiotemporal platform against tumors for chemotherapy and the CRISPR/Cas gene-editing system with the advantages of a tumor pH response, active EGFR targeting, and nuclear localization.
Selective visible-light driven highly efficient photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to C2H5OH by two-dimensional Cu2S monolayers
Low limiting potential, high product selectivity, strong visible light absorbance and satisfactory band edge positions make Cu2S monolayers a very compelling photocatalyst for CO2 reduction.
A plasmon-based nanoruler to probe the mechanical properties of synthetic and biogenic nanosized lipid vesicles
A plasmon-based “stiffness nanoruler” paves the way for a cost-effective and high-throughput determination of the mechanical properties of synthetic and biogenic nanometric vesicles at a collective level.
Hydrocarbon contamination in angström-scale channels
Air-borne hydrocarbon contamination is investigated for slit-like angstrom-channels made from 2D-materials, using gas flow measurements. Our results constitute a new way to monitor, assess and alleviate the hydrocarbon contamination in nanochannels.
Graphene oxide fibers by microfluidics assembly: a strategy for structural and dimensional control
Graphene oxide (GO) microfibers with controlled and homogeneous shapes and tunable diameters were fabricated using the 3 dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic focusing concept on a microfluidic device.
Visualizing tumour self-homing with magnetic particle imaging
Iron labeled CTCs home to previously established mammary fat pad tumours and can be visualized using magnetic particle imaging and magnetic resonance imaging.
Unsupervised structure classes vs. supervised property classes of silicon quantum dots using neural networks
Scientific intuition can help anticipate the outcome of experiments, but machine learning based on data does not always support these assumptions. A direct comparison of human intelligence (HI) and AI suggests domain knowledge is not always enough.
Structure and mechanics of the human nuclear pore complex basket using correlative AFM-fluorescence superresolution microscopy
Correlated fluorescence super-resolution and atomic force microscopy reveal the multiple conformations of human nuclear pore baskets.
Enhanced triboelectric properties of Eu2O3-doped BaTiO3/PVDF-HFP nanofibers
The developed Eu2O3–BaTiO3/PVDF-HFP electrospun-nanofiber TENGs could be used not only as a self-powering device, but also as a sensor.
Dextran/eudragit S-100 based redox sensitive nanoparticles for colorectal cancer therapy
Synthesis of disulfide chemistry based redox sensitive DEEU NPs without using any additional chemical crosslinker for colorectal cancer.
Atomic layer deposition enables multi-modal three-dimensional electron microscopy of isoporous membranes
3D understanding of block copolymer membranes is challenging due to the lack of inherent contrast between the blocks. Selective growth of AlOx within the pore-forming domain achieved stable contrast enhancement and enabled 3D characterization.
Renal-clearable porous hollow copper iron oxide nanoparticles for trimodal chemodynamic-photothermal-chemo anti-tumor therapy
Cisplatin-loaded porous hollow copper iron oxide nanoparticles (PHCuFeNPs/Pt) synthesized via galvanic reaction can effectively kill tumors by synergizing chemodynamic-photothermal-chemotherapy.
Enhanced detoxification of Cr6+ by Shewanella oneidensis via adsorption on spherical and flower-like manganese ferrite nanostructures
An enhancement strategy for the bio-reduction of Cr6+ in the presence of manganese ferrite nanostructures using Shewanella oneidensis.
Nanosupernova: a new anisotropic nanostructure for SERS
We develop a simple synthesis method that results in the formation of quasi-spherical SERS nanotags and larger highly anisotropic nanoparticles with a novel structure, which we have designated nanosupernova.
Sulfurization engineering of single-zone CVD vertical and horizontal MoS2 on p-GaN heterostructures for self-powered UV photodetectors
Schematic diagram of the n-MoS2/p-GaN heterojunction photodetector fabricated and light intensity-dependent of responsivity and specific detectivity of the 30 minutes device.
About this collection
In line with International Women’s Day 2023, we would like to highlight some of the excellent female researchers publishing impactful work in nanoscience.
This collection showcases a selection of the work published in Nanoscale Horizons, Nanoscale and Nanoscale Advances led by female scientists around the world and highlights the impact these leading individuals have on the research published within our nano journals.
The collection features a mix of some of our most popular articles from the past couple of years and publications authored by female corresponding authors who have been more closely involved with the journals in recent years.
We welcome any corresponding authors identifying as female who have published recent work in any of these journals to get in touch and have your work featured in the collection.