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Themed collection 2020 Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers Review-type Articles

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Journey to the Holy Grail of a coordination saturated buckyball

A rhombicuboctahedral C60@Cu24 core–shell structure, a giant leap toward the Holy Grail of a coordination saturated buckyball (C60) of a C60@M30 icosidodecahedron, was highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Journey to the Holy Grail of a coordination saturated buckyball
Review Article

Application of MOF-derived transition metal oxides and composites as anodes for lithium-ion batteries

Research progress of MOF-derived metal oxides and composites in lithium ion batteries has been presented based on different organic linkers.

Graphical abstract: Application of MOF-derived transition metal oxides and composites as anodes for lithium-ion batteries
Review Article

Interfaces of graphitic carbon nitride-based composite photocatalysts

This review concentrates on the interface issues of g-C3N4-based photocatalysts, including methods for constructing interfaces, techniques for identifying interfaces, and the types and roles of the as-developed interfaces.

Graphical abstract: Interfaces of graphitic carbon nitride-based composite photocatalysts
Review Article

Usage of P–V–L bond theory in studying the structural/property regulation of microwave dielectric ceramics: a review

Combined with bond traits, such as ionicity, susceptibility and lattice energy obtained via P–V–L bond theory, and far-infrared reflectance spectroscopy, intrinsic structural effects on microwave dielectric properties can be specifically evaluated.

Graphical abstract: Usage of P–V–L bond theory in studying the structural/property regulation of microwave dielectric ceramics: a review
Review Article

State of the art methods and challenges of luminescent metal–organic frameworks for antibiotic detection

This review focuses on recent developments in the design and synthesis of luminescence MOFs for monitoring antibiotics.

Graphical abstract: State of the art methods and challenges of luminescent metal–organic frameworks for antibiotic detection
Review Article

Research progress on the inhibition of enzymes by polyoxometalates

Polyoxometalates (POMs) are a kind of inorganic cluster metal complex with various biological activities, such as anti-Alzheimer's disease, antibacterial, anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, anti-virus and so on.

Graphical abstract: Research progress on the inhibition of enzymes by polyoxometalates
Review Article

Engineering well-defined rare earth oxide-based nanostructures for catalyzing C1 chemical reactions

In this review, we summarize the nanostructural engineering and applications of rare earth oxide-based nanomaterials with well-defined compositions, crystal phases and shapes for efficiently catalyzing C1 chemical reactions.

Graphical abstract: Engineering well-defined rare earth oxide-based nanostructures for catalyzing C1 chemical reactions
Review Article

Superactive NiFe-LDH/graphene nanocomposites as competent catalysts for water splitting reactions

Adaptable strategies for the design of superactive NiFe-LDH/graphene nanocomposites for high-performance catalytic activity towards electrocatalytic, photoelectrocatalytic, and photocatalytic water splitting have been reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Superactive NiFe-LDH/graphene nanocomposites as competent catalysts for water splitting reactions
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Noble-metal-free nanocatalysts for hydrogen generation from boron- and nitrogen-based hydrides

We focus on the recent advances in non-noble metal catalyst design, synthesis and applications in dehydrogenation of chemical hydrides (e.g. NaBH4, NH3BH3, NH3, N2H4, N2H4BH3) due to their high hydrogen contents and CO-free H2 production.

Graphical abstract: Noble-metal-free nanocatalysts for hydrogen generation from boron- and nitrogen-based hydrides
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Light interactions with supracrystals either deposited on a substrate or dispersed in water

Nanocrystals with low size distribution are able to self-assemble into a 3D crystalline structure called colloidal crystals or super/supracrystals.

Graphical abstract: Light interactions with supracrystals either deposited on a substrate or dispersed in water
Review Article

Proton conductive Zr-based MOFs

The preparation strategies, structures, proton conductivity, conducting mechanism, application prospects and future research trends of zirconium-based MOFs are reviewed and highlighted.

Graphical abstract: Proton conductive Zr-based MOFs
Review Article

Advances in ligand-unsupported argentophilic interactions in crystal engineering: an emerging platform for supramolecular architectures

Ligand-unsupported argentophilic interactions are described, emphasizing reticular design and recent developments in advanced synthetic strategies, and highlighting diverse interactions that are useful for the construction of unmitigated networks.

Graphical abstract: Advances in ligand-unsupported argentophilic interactions in crystal engineering: an emerging platform for supramolecular architectures
Review Article

Thermo-responsive light-emitting metal complexes and related materials

This review discusses the fundamentals and design strategies for the development of thermo-responsive metal–ligand coordination materials and the applications of these materials in temperature sensing, bioimaging, information security, etc.

Graphical abstract: Thermo-responsive light-emitting metal complexes and related materials
Review Article

External stimuli modulate the magnetic relaxation of lanthanide single-molecule magnets

The magnetic relaxation of lanthanide single-molecule magnets (Ln-SMMs) can be modulated reversibly by external stimuli including light irradiation, thermal treatment, protonation/deprotonation and oxidation/reduction etc.

Graphical abstract: External stimuli modulate the magnetic relaxation of lanthanide single-molecule magnets
Review Article

Low-temperature wet chemistry synthetic approaches towards ferrites

Solution chemistry allows the crystallisation of range of iron oxides, including MFe2O4 spinels, MFeO3 perovskites and hexaferrites, such as BaFe12O19, with nanoscale crystallinity and properties suitable for fields such as catalysis and electronics.

Graphical abstract: Low-temperature wet chemistry synthetic approaches towards ferrites
Review Article

Supramolecular chemistry of substituted cucurbit[n]urils

This review covers important advances in the field of substituted cucurbit[n]urils.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular chemistry of substituted cucurbit[n]urils
Review Article

High pressure: a feasible tool for the synthesis of unprecedented inorganic compounds

After a simple classification of inorganic materials synthesized at high-temperature and high-pressure, this tutorial reviews the important research results in the field of high-temperature and high-pressure inorganic synthesis in the past 5 years.

Graphical abstract: High pressure: a feasible tool for the synthesis of unprecedented inorganic compounds
Review Article

Chemical vapor transport growth of bulk black phosphorus single crystals

Recent progress in growth of bulk black phosphorus single crystal by CVT method has been briefly reviewed with the emphasis on reaction system, nucleation and growth mechanism as well as advancement in growth of doped BP bulk single crystal.

Graphical abstract: Chemical vapor transport growth of bulk black phosphorus single crystals
Review Article

Recent advances in the shaping of metal–organic frameworks

In this review, the recent advances in the shaping of MOFs are overviewed, and some promising strategies recently developed are highlighted, including templated shaping, self-shaping, shaping on substrates, and shaping with sacrificial materials.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the shaping of metal–organic frameworks
Review Article

Perovskite nanomaterials as optical and electrochemical sensors

The perovskite family is comprised of a great number of members because of the possible and flexible substitution of numerous ions in its system.

Graphical abstract: Perovskite nanomaterials as optical and electrochemical sensors
Review Article

Two-dimensional material membranes for critical separations

In this review, we summarize the separation mechanisms and materials adopted for the fabrication of 2D material membranes as well as their applications in critical separations.

Graphical abstract: Two-dimensional material membranes for critical separations
Review Article

Cyclometalated Ir(III) complexes towards blue-emissive dopant for organic light-emitting diodes: fundamentals of photophysics and designing strategies

The fundamental photophysics of cyclometalated Ir(III) complexes and surveys design strategies for efficient blue phosphorescent Ir(III) complexes are summarised.

Graphical abstract: Cyclometalated Ir(iii) complexes towards blue-emissive dopant for organic light-emitting diodes: fundamentals of photophysics and designing strategies
Review Article

Intermetallic borides: structures, synthesis and applications in electrocatalysis

This review summarizes structural features and recent synthesis methods of structurally ordered intermetallic borides, and the theoretical–experimental advances in the emerging boride-catalyzed reactions.

Graphical abstract: Intermetallic borides: structures, synthesis and applications in electrocatalysis
Review Article

Correlation between crystal structures and polar (ferroelectric) properties of hybrids of haloantimonates(III) and halobismuthates(III)

Halogenoantimonates(III) and halogenobismuthates(III) are a highly versatile class of organic–inorganic hybrid materials, applicable in optoelectronics and switchable dielectric devices.

Graphical abstract: Correlation between crystal structures and polar (ferroelectric) properties of hybrids of haloantimonates(iii) and halobismuthates(iii)
Review Article

Luminescent metal–organic frameworks (LMOFs) as potential probes for the recognition of cationic water pollutants

This review aims to provide an overview regarding the development of luminescent metal–organic frameworks (LMOFs) based sensory materials for the detection of cationic inorganic and organic water pollutants.

Graphical abstract: Luminescent metal–organic frameworks (LMOFs) as potential probes for the recognition of cationic water pollutants
Review Article

Enabling high performance n-type metal oxide semiconductors at low temperatures for thin film transistors

The review highlights low temperature activation processes for high performance n-type metal oxide semiconductors for TFTs.

Graphical abstract: Enabling high performance n-type metal oxide semiconductors at low temperatures for thin film transistors
Review Article

Sensing organic analytes by metal–organic frameworks: a new way of considering the topic

In this review, our goal is comparison of advantageous and disadvantageous of MOFs about signal-transduction in different instrumental methods for detection of different categories of organic analytes.

Graphical abstract: Sensing organic analytes by metal–organic frameworks: a new way of considering the topic
Review Article

The synthesis and applications of chiral pyrrolidine functionalized metal–organic frameworks and covalent-organic frameworks

Proline based ligands show versatile functionality to construct chiral MOFs and COFs; meanwhile, the resulted frameworks are potential materials for enantioselective adsorption and asymmetric catalysis.

Graphical abstract: The synthesis and applications of chiral pyrrolidine functionalized metal–organic frameworks and covalent-organic frameworks
Review Article

Zn(II)/Cd(II) based mixed ligand coordination polymers as fluorosensors for aqueous phase detection of hazardous pollutants

The recent developments and prospects of fluorosensors with a handful of recent examples based on mixed ligand Zn(II)/Cd(II) coordination polymers for aqueous phase detection of organic as well as inorganic pollutants have been discussed.

Graphical abstract: Zn(ii)/Cd(ii) based mixed ligand coordination polymers as fluorosensors for aqueous phase detection of hazardous pollutants
Review Article

Recent advances in the synthesis and application of Yb-based fluoride upconversion nanoparticles

This review focuses on recent progress in the development of Yb-based upconversion nanoparticles and their emerging technological applications.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the synthesis and application of Yb-based fluoride upconversion nanoparticles
Review Article

Inorganic planar π-conjugated groups in nonlinear optical crystals: review and outlook

Nonlinear optical crystals with various inorganic planar π-conjugated groups are reviewed based on their bandgaps.

Graphical abstract: Inorganic planar π-conjugated groups in nonlinear optical crystals: review and outlook
Review Article

Tungsten oxide-based visible light-driven photocatalysts: crystal and electronic structures and strategies for photocatalytic efficiency enhancement

Photocatalysis (PC) technology has received global attention due to its high potential of addressing both environmental and energy issues using only solar light as energy input.

Graphical abstract: Tungsten oxide-based visible light-driven photocatalysts: crystal and electronic structures and strategies for photocatalytic efficiency enhancement
Review Article

Recent progress on metal–organic framework-derived materials for sodium-ion battery anodes

Recent progress on MOF-derived materials, including carbon and metal oxides/sulfides/selenides/phosphides, as anode materials for sodium-ion batteries is summarized.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress on metal–organic framework-derived materials for sodium-ion battery anodes
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Recent advances in MOF-based photocatalysis: environmental remediation under visible light

Highly photoactive MOFs can be engineered via various strategies for the purpose of extended visible light absorption, more efficient generation, separation and transfer of charge carriers, as well as good recyclability.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in MOF-based photocatalysis: environmental remediation under visible light
Review Article

Joining the journey to near infrared (NIR) imaging: the emerging role of lanthanides in the designing of molecular probes

The recent developments and prospects of near-infrared molecular probes based on luminescent lanthanide coordination complexes in bioimaging are described, which is important to emphasise the importance of lanthanide chemical biology.

Graphical abstract: Joining the journey to near infrared (NIR) imaging: the emerging role of lanthanides in the designing of molecular probes
Open Access Review Article

Recent advances in the mechanisms of the hydrogen evolution reaction by non-innocent sulfur-coordinating metal complexes

This review comments on the homogeneous HER mechanisms for catalysts carrying S-non-innocent ligands in the light of experimental and computational data.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the mechanisms of the hydrogen evolution reaction by non-innocent sulfur-coordinating metal complexes
Review Article

Alterations to secondary building units of metal–organic frameworks for the development of new functions

Post-synthetic modification methods for the secondary building units in MOFs facilitate unique structures and properties that are impossible to access via direct syntheses, which can be classified as four categories.

Graphical abstract: Alterations to secondary building units of metal–organic frameworks for the development of new functions
Review Article

Recent progress in pyrolyzed carbon materials as electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction

This review reports some recent advances in pyrolytic carbon as an ORR catalyst and explores its structure–activity relationship.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in pyrolyzed carbon materials as electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction
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Critical reviews, highlights and chemistry frontiers articles published in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers during 2020 are collated as below for the benefit of readers.

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