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Recent progress in indoor organic photovoltaics

Organic photovoltaics are a promising candidate for indoor applications. Recent progresses in optimization of indoor photovoltaic materials and devices, and the key strategies to optimize the indoor photovoltaic characteristics will be discussed.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in indoor organic photovoltaics
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
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Recent progress and advances in the environmental applications of MXene related materials

MXenes are a new type of two-dimensional (2D) transition metal carbide or carbonitride material with a 2D structure similar to graphene.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress and advances in the environmental applications of MXene related materials
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Integrated nano-architectured photocatalysts for photochemical CO2 reduction

Recent advances in nanotechnology, especially the development of integrated nanostructured materials, have offered unprecedented opportunities for photocatalytic CO2 reduction.

Graphical abstract: Integrated nano-architectured photocatalysts for photochemical CO2 reduction
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
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Standardizing luminescence nanothermometry for biomedical applications

Luminescence nanothermometry requires standardization for reliable and quantitative evaluation.

Graphical abstract: Standardizing luminescence nanothermometry for biomedical applications
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Conductive-bridging random-access memories for emerging neuromorphic computing

This review covers CBRAM-based artificial synapses and neurons towards emerging computing applications from the operation principles of CBRAMs to state-of-the-art experimental demonstrations.

Graphical abstract: Conductive-bridging random-access memories for emerging neuromorphic computing
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
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Fundamental understanding of the acidic oxygen evolution reaction: mechanism study and state-of-the-art catalysts

A systematic summary of the acidic OER catalytic mechanism and catalysts is given, and some experimental phenomena are explained.

Graphical abstract: Fundamental understanding of the acidic oxygen evolution reaction: mechanism study and state-of-the-art catalysts
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Functionalized mesoporous SBA-15 silica: recent trends and catalytic applications

Various strategies to functionalize SBA-15 mesoporous silica have been reviewed with a view to evaluating its efficacy in different catalytic transformation reactions.

Graphical abstract: Functionalized mesoporous SBA-15 silica: recent trends and catalytic applications
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Recent advances in two-dimensional-material-based sensing technology toward health and environmental monitoring applications

Low dimensional materials based sensors have improved the detection strategy for sensing complex substances present in environment and human body.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in two-dimensional-material-based sensing technology toward health and environmental monitoring applications
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Open Access Review Article

Mechanisms of mechanical reinforcement by graphene and carbon nanotubes in polymer nanocomposites

This in-depth review deals with the subject of how mechanical reinforcement takes place in polymer nanocomposites containing graphene and carbon nanotubes and offers guidelines for the maximization of the performance of such systems.

Graphical abstract: Mechanisms of mechanical reinforcement by graphene and carbon nanotubes in polymer nanocomposites
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Recent progress in synthesis and application of mussel-inspired adhesives

This review article gives an overview of the molecular adhesion mechanisms and recent development of mussel inspired functional adhesives.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in synthesis and application of mussel-inspired adhesives
From the themed collection: Recent Review Articles
Review Article

Self-healing conductive hydrogels: preparation, properties and applications

The self-healing mechanism and applications of conductive self-healing hydrogels are summarized and their future development direction is presented.

Graphical abstract: Self-healing conductive hydrogels: preparation, properties and applications
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
Open Access Communication

Supramolecular assembly of DNA-constructed vesicles

The self-assembly of DNA hybrids with tetraphenylethylene sticky ends into vesicular architectures is demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular assembly of DNA-constructed vesicles
From the themed collection: 2020 Nanoscale HOT Article Collection
Communication

Biodegradable microneedle patch for transdermal gene delivery

A gelatin methacryloyl based microneedle patch has been developed for transdermal gene delivery both in vitro and in vivo.

Graphical abstract: Biodegradable microneedle patch for transdermal gene delivery
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
Communication

Rational design of MXene@TiO2 nanoarray enabling dual lithium polysulfide chemisorption towards high-performance lithium–sulfur batteries

A novel heterostructure consisting of highly ordered TiO2 nanoarrays grown on the MXene nanosheets displays formidable dual chemisorption capability to trap polysulfides and superior electrochemical performance for Li–S batteries.

Graphical abstract: Rational design of MXene@TiO2 nanoarray enabling dual lithium polysulfide chemisorption towards high-performance lithium–sulfur batteries
From the themed collection: 2020 Nanoscale HOT Article Collection
Communication

Quantitative determination of mechanical stability in the novel coronavirus spike protein

Unveiling the nanomechanical stability of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) spike protein

Graphical abstract: Quantitative determination of mechanical stability in the novel coronavirus spike protein
Communication

A flexible triboelectric nanogenerator based on a super-stretchable and self-healable hydrogel as the electrode

Stretchable electronic devices nowadays have become more and more necessary in our daily lives, and most of the present electronic devices are based on inorganic materials.

Graphical abstract: A flexible triboelectric nanogenerator based on a super-stretchable and self-healable hydrogel as the electrode
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
Communication

Iodide-doped precious metal nanoparticles: measuring oxidative stress in vivo via photoacoustic imaging

Iodide-doping of silver coated gold nanorods increases sensitivity to RONS.

Graphical abstract: Iodide-doped precious metal nanoparticles: measuring oxidative stress in vivo via photoacoustic imaging
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
Communication

Hierarchical CuO@ZnCo LDH heterostructured nanowire arrays toward enhanced water oxidation electrocatalysis

As a durable electrocatalyst for water oxidation, a hierarchical heterostructured CuO@ZnCo layered double hydroxide nanowire array on a copper foil requires a low overpotential of 270 mV to attain 10 mA cm−2 in 1.0 M KOH.

Graphical abstract: Hierarchical CuO@ZnCo LDH heterostructured nanowire arrays toward enhanced water oxidation electrocatalysis
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
Communication

Synthesis of lead-free Cs3Sb2Br9 perovskite alternative nanocrystals with enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction activity

High purity synthesis yields Cs3Sb2Br9 nanocrystals exhibiting 10-fold higher CO2 reduction activity then CsPbBr3 due to exposure of active site.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of lead-free Cs3Sb2Br9 perovskite alternative nanocrystals with enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction activity
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Plasmon-driven protodeboronation reactions in nanogaps

Hot charge carriers created by plasmons break the C–B bond of 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid, transforming it into benzenethiol in nanogaps.

Graphical abstract: Plasmon-driven protodeboronation reactions in nanogaps
From the themed collection: Advances in Plasmonics and Its Applications
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An all-in-one theranostic nanoplatform based on upconversion dendritic mesoporous silica nanocomposites for synergistic chemodynamic/photodynamic/gas therapy

A NO-release platform based on upconversion dendritic mesoporous silica nanocomposites was invented for combined imaging-guided synergistic chemodynamic/photodynamic/gas therapy.

Graphical abstract: An all-in-one theranostic nanoplatform based on upconversion dendritic mesoporous silica nanocomposites for synergistic chemodynamic/photodynamic/gas therapy
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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Graphene-based encapsulation of liquid metal particles

Graphene oxide encapsulation of liquid metal particles creates a physical barrier that protects the particles against chemically etching environments and mechanical input.

Graphical abstract: Graphene-based encapsulation of liquid metal particles
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Broadband polarization-insensitive and wide-angle solar energy absorber based on tungsten ring-disc array

We find that the solar energy absorption efficiency is high under a solar spectrum at AM 1.5, and it also has polarization-independence and incidence insensitivity. Our absorber has the widest operating band compared with similar absorbers reported previously.

Graphical abstract: Broadband polarization-insensitive and wide-angle solar energy absorber based on tungsten ring-disc array
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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Direct visualization of spatially correlated displacive short-range ordering in Nb0.8CoSb

It is the first time that a dominantly displacive short-range order is reported at the atomic scale.

Graphical abstract: Direct visualization of spatially correlated displacive short-range ordering in Nb0.8CoSb
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Security use of the chiral photonic film made of helical liquid crystal structures

We designed a security-enhanced anti-counterfeiting tag using chiral photonic crystal films, which has polarization-dependent transmission color changes.

Graphical abstract: Security use of the chiral photonic film made of helical liquid crystal structures
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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Electron inelastic mean free path in water

A nanochannel liquid cell was used to quantify the electron inelastic mean free path (λIMFP) in water. The experimental values show large offsets from the generally accepted models, and can be used to determine the liquid thickness in a liquid cell.

Graphical abstract: Electron inelastic mean free path in water
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Defected vanadium bronzes as superb cathodes in aqueous zinc-ion batteries

Defect-engineered vanadium bronzes with ultra-fast zinc-ion diffusion kinetics and excellent stability were created by a two-pronged strategy as cathode materials in aqueous zinc-ion batteries.

Graphical abstract: Defected vanadium bronzes as superb cathodes in aqueous zinc-ion batteries
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Shape-control growth of 2D-In2Se3 with out-of-plane ferroelectricity by chemical vapor deposition

Influences of growth parameters on the shape and ferroelectric properties of a 2D-In2Se3 layered structure grown by CVD were systematically studied.

Graphical abstract: Shape-control growth of 2D-In2Se3 with out-of-plane ferroelectricity by chemical vapor deposition
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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3D bioprinting of cell-laden electroconductive MXene nanocomposite bioinks

MXenes, a new family of two-dimensional transition metal carbides/nitrides, have been exploited in 3D bioprinting owing to their outstanding properties such as a large specific surface area, high electrical conductivity, and biodegradability.

Graphical abstract: 3D bioprinting of cell-laden electroconductive MXene nanocomposite bioinks
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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In situ semi-transformation from heterometallic MOFs to Fe–Ni LDH/MOF hierarchical architectures for boosted oxygen evolution reaction

Design an in-situ semi-transformation strategy for the development of Fe-Ni LDH/MOF hierarchical architecture exhibiting large accessible surface, open electron transport channel and multiple active sites to promote the electrocatalytic capacity.

Graphical abstract: In situ semi-transformation from heterometallic MOFs to Fe–Ni LDH/MOF hierarchical architectures for boosted oxygen evolution reaction
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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Hybridized intervalley moiré excitons and flat bands in twisted WSe2 bilayers

Twisted WSe2 bilayers exhibit hybridized K–Λ excitons with flat moiré bands, which become visible through phonon-assisted photoluminescence.

Graphical abstract: Hybridized intervalley moiré excitons and flat bands in twisted WSe2 bilayers
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Protein corona fingerprinting to differentiate sepsis from non-infectious systemic inflammation

Exploitation of the nanoparticle protein corona to identify proteomic fingerprints in blood that differentiate non-bacterial systemic inflammation from sepsis.

Graphical abstract: Protein corona fingerprinting to differentiate sepsis from non-infectious systemic inflammation
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Gold nanoclusters as electrocatalysts: size, ligands, heteroatom doping, and charge dependences

Results of this study provide clear design guidelines for developing highly active electrocatalysts using thiolate-protected gold and alloy clusters.

Graphical abstract: Gold nanoclusters as electrocatalysts: size, ligands, heteroatom doping, and charge dependences
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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In situ growth of well-aligned Ni-MOF nanosheets on nickel foam for enhanced photocatalytic degradation of typical volatile organic compounds

Well-aligned Ni-MOF nanosheet arrays vertically grown on nickel foam were synthesized via a facile in situ solvothermal strategy, which exhibited remarkably improved photocatalytic activities to typical VOCs under visible light irradiation.

Graphical abstract: In situ growth of well-aligned Ni-MOF nanosheets on nickel foam for enhanced photocatalytic degradation of typical volatile organic compounds
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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In vivo photothermal inhibition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection by in situ templated formulation of pathogen-targeting phototheranostics

Herein, pathogen-targeting phototheranostic nanoparticles, Van-OA@PPy, are in situ developed for efficient elimination of MRSA infection, which is reflected by dual-modality magnetic resonance and photoacoustic imaging.

Graphical abstract: In vivo photothermal inhibition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection by in situ templated formulation of pathogen-targeting phototheranostics
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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Nanostructured potassium–organic framework as an effective anode for potassium-ion batteries with a long cycle life

Novel nanostructured non-redox-metal potassium metal–organic framework, [C7H3KNO4]n, as an effective organic anode for long-cycle life OPIBs.

Graphical abstract: Nanostructured potassium–organic framework as an effective anode for potassium-ion batteries with a long cycle life
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Effect of a liquid environment on single-pulse generation of laser induced periodic surface structures and nanoparticles

Mechanisms of laser-assisted surface nanostructuring and generation of nanoparticles are revealed in a closely integrated computational and experimental study.

Graphical abstract: Effect of a liquid environment on single-pulse generation of laser induced periodic surface structures and nanoparticles
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Niobium disulfide as a new saturable absorber for an ultrafast fiber laser

Group VB transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are emerging two-dimensional materials and have attracted significant interests in the fields of physics, chemistry, and material sciences.

Graphical abstract: Niobium disulfide as a new saturable absorber for an ultrafast fiber laser
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Engineering excited state absorption based nanothermometry for temperature sensing and imaging

The comparison of the operating schemes and LIR definitions of the conventional ratiometric (A, B) and excited state absorption-based ratiometric (C, D) luminescent thermometry at low (A, C) and high (B, D) temperatures.

Graphical abstract: Engineering excited state absorption based nanothermometry for temperature sensing and imaging
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Facile in situ fabrication of biomorphic Co2P-Co3O4/rGO/C as an efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction

Biomorphic Co2P-Co3O4/rGO/C, consisting of Co2P-Co3O4 heterogeneous particles and rGO sheets on a C substrate, is in situ fabricated using G+ bacteria as both a P source and template, which leads to good electrocatalytic performances for the ORR.

Graphical abstract: Facile in situ fabrication of biomorphic Co2P-Co3O4/rGO/C as an efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction
From the themed collection: 2020 Nanoscale HOT Article Collection
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Under-oil self-driven and directional transport of water on a femtosecond laser-processed superhydrophilic geometry-gradient structure

We report a simple, flexible and substrate-independent method for pumpless under-oil directional transport of water.

Graphical abstract: Under-oil self-driven and directional transport of water on a femtosecond laser-processed superhydrophilic geometry-gradient structure
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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Enhanced activity of vancomycin by encapsulation in hybrid magnetic nanoparticles conjugated to a cell-penetrating peptide

We describe a novel antibiotic delivery system based on magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) conjugated to a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP).

Graphical abstract: Enhanced activity of vancomycin by encapsulation in hybrid magnetic nanoparticles conjugated to a cell-penetrating peptide
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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Quinone/ester-based oxygen functional group-incorporated full carbon Li-ion capacitor for enhanced performance

Lithium ion capacitors (LICs) are regarded as one of the most promising energy storage devices since they can bridge the gap between lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors.

Graphical abstract: Quinone/ester-based oxygen functional group-incorporated full carbon Li-ion capacitor for enhanced performance
From the themed collection: 2020 Nanoscale HOT Article Collection
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A hierarchical glucose-intercalated NiMn-G-LDH@NiCo2S4 core–shell structure as a binder-free electrode for flexible all-solid-state asymmetric supercapacitors

Flexible, lightweight, and high-energy-density asymmetric supercapacitors (ASCs) are highly attractive for portable and wearable electronics.

Graphical abstract: A hierarchical glucose-intercalated NiMn-G-LDH@NiCo2S4 core–shell structure as a binder-free electrode for flexible all-solid-state asymmetric supercapacitors
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Formation of graphene-wrapped multi-shelled NiGa2O4 hollow spheres and graphene-wrapped yolk–shell NiFe2O4 hollow spheres derived from metal–organic frameworks for high-performance hybrid supercapacitors

An effective strategy is developed to synthesize graphene-wrapped NiGa2O4, and graphene-wrapped NiFe2O4 for supercapacitors.

Graphical abstract: Formation of graphene-wrapped multi-shelled NiGa2O4 hollow spheres and graphene-wrapped yolk–shell NiFe2O4 hollow spheres derived from metal–organic frameworks for high-performance hybrid supercapacitors
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Photomultiplication type organic photodetectors based on electron tunneling injection

PM type OPDs are firstly achieved based on electron tunneling injection with electron-only transport properties.

Graphical abstract: Photomultiplication type organic photodetectors based on electron tunneling injection
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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Use of lung-specific exosomes for miRNA-126 delivery in non-small cell lung cancer

Engineered exosomes have become popular drug delivery carriers for cancer treatment. Systemic injection of organotropic exosome carrier leads to efficient targeting and efficacious anti-cancer outcome.

Graphical abstract: Use of lung-specific exosomes for miRNA-126 delivery in non-small cell lung cancer
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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A sponge-templated sandwich-like cobalt-embedded nitrogen-doped carbon polyhedron/graphene composite as a highly efficient catalyst for Zn–air batteries

Sandwich-like Co-embedded N-doped carbon polyhedron/graphene with a hierarchical porous structure was fabricated through a solution dip-coating method using sponge templates.

Graphical abstract: A sponge-templated sandwich-like cobalt-embedded nitrogen-doped carbon polyhedron/graphene composite as a highly efficient catalyst for Zn–air batteries
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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Insights into the role of the lead/surfactant ratio in the formation and passivation of cesium lead bromide perovskite nanocrystals

The lead/surfactant ratio controls the formation, composition and surface passivation of cesium lead bromide perovskite nanocrystals.

Graphical abstract: Insights into the role of the lead/surfactant ratio in the formation and passivation of cesium lead bromide perovskite nanocrystals
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Most Popular Articles
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An aqueous synthesis of porous PtPd nanoparticles with reversed bimetallic structures for highly efficient hydrogen generation from ammonia borane hydrolysis

Porous PtPd NPs with reversed bimetallic structures from Pd-on-Pt to Pt-on-Pd can be one-pot prepared in aqueous solution under the modulation of [C16mim]Cl and glycine and show superior catalytic activities for AB hydrolysis to produce hydrogen.

Graphical abstract: An aqueous synthesis of porous PtPd nanoparticles with reversed bimetallic structures for highly efficient hydrogen generation from ammonia borane hydrolysis
From the themed collection: Nanoscale Lunar New Year Collection 2021
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