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Themed collection Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers HOT articles for 2018

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A dual-function battery for desalination and energy storage

A dual-function battery composed of a NaTi2(PO4)3 anode and a Ag cathode with NaCl aqueous electrolyte has been reported for simultaneous seawater desalination and renewable energy storage.

Graphical abstract: A dual-function battery for desalination and energy storage
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A novel class of functional additives for cyclability enhancement of the sulfur cathode in lithium sulfur batteries

A novel and easy method improves the cycling performance of Li–S batteries by the facile addition of conventional lithium ion cathode materials.

Graphical abstract: A novel class of functional additives for cyclability enhancement of the sulfur cathode in lithium sulfur batteries
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One step conversion of waste polyethylene to Cr3C2 nanorods and Cr2AlC particles under mild conditions

Carbides (Cr3C2 and Cr2AlC) have been synthesized by using waste PE as a carbon source in an autoclave under mild conditions.

Graphical abstract: One step conversion of waste polyethylene to Cr3C2 nanorods and Cr2AlC particles under mild conditions
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Efficient Co@CoPx core–shell nanochains catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction

Co@CoPx core–shell nanochains were prepared via a direct-current arc-discharge method and subsequent phosphorization at 350 °C.

Graphical abstract: Efficient Co@CoPx core–shell nanochains catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction
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Synthesis of a Cd(II) based 1D coordination polymer by in situ ligand generation and fabrication of a photosensitive electronic device

A 1D coordination polymer, which has optoelectronic device applications, has been synthesized by in situ ligand formation.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of a Cd(ii) based 1D coordination polymer by in situ ligand generation and fabrication of a photosensitive electronic device
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A ligand conformation preorganization approach to construct a copper–hexacarboxylate framework with a novel topology for selective gas adsorption

A ligand conformation preorganization strategy was employed to design a hexacarboxylate ligand, and its corresponding copper-based MOF was constructed, exhibiting a novel topological structure and the potential for the separation and purification of acetylene and natural gas.

Graphical abstract: A ligand conformation preorganization approach to construct a copper–hexacarboxylate framework with a novel topology for selective gas adsorption
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Self-polymerized hollow Mo-dopamine complex-induced functional MoSe2/N-doped carbon electrodes with enhanced lithium/sodium storage properties

3D hierarchical MoSe2/N-doped carbon microsphere composites exhibit excellent rate capacities as anode materials in lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries.

Graphical abstract: Self-polymerized hollow Mo-dopamine complex-induced functional MoSe2/N-doped carbon electrodes with enhanced lithium/sodium storage properties
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Selective and rapid detection of ascorbic acid by a cobalt oxyhydroxide-based two-photon fluorescent nano-platform

A novel and facilitated two-photon approach was developed for efficient ascorbic acid (AA) detection.

Graphical abstract: Selective and rapid detection of ascorbic acid by a cobalt oxyhydroxide-based two-photon fluorescent nano-platform
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Structural evolution and microwave dielectric properties of a novel Li3Mg2−x/3Nb1−2x/3TixO6 system with a rock salt structure

Phase transition from an orthorhombic superstructure to a cubic subcell structure has splendid advantages in dielectric properties of Li2O–MgO–Nb2O5–TiO2 quaternary solid solutions.

Graphical abstract: Structural evolution and microwave dielectric properties of a novel Li3Mg2−x/3Nb1−2x/3TixO6 system with a rock salt structure
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A facile self-template and carbonization strategy to fabricate nickel nanoparticle supporting N-doped carbon microtubes

A facile one-pot approach is utilized to construct nickel-ion–PDA complex thin coatings on MoO3@PPy microtubes, which can be carbonized under an inert atmosphere to obtain nickel/N-doped carbon microtubes (Ni/NCMTs).

Graphical abstract: A facile self-template and carbonization strategy to fabricate nickel nanoparticle supporting N-doped carbon microtubes
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Ba2ZnSc(BO3)3 and Ba4Zn5Sc2(BO3)8: first examples of borates in the Zn–Sc–B–O system featuring special structure configurations

First examples in the Zn–Sc–B–O system featuring a special Zn/Sc–O configuration ([Zn2(BO3)6]14− cluster, lowest-coordinated ScO5 polyhedra, and coexistence of ZnO4 and ZnO6 units).

Graphical abstract: Ba2ZnSc(BO3)3 and Ba4Zn5Sc2(BO3)8: first examples of borates in the Zn–Sc–B–O system featuring special structure configurations
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Ion selective separators based on graphene oxide for stabilizing lithium organic batteries

A thin bicomponent layer with GO and Super P enhances electroactive cathode material utilization for stable lithium organic batteries.

Graphical abstract: Ion selective separators based on graphene oxide for stabilizing lithium organic batteries
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Controlled flexibility of porous coordination polymers by shifting the position of the –CH3 group around coordination sites and their highly efficient gas separation

By adjusting the position of the methyl group, we found significant changes in the structural flexibility of the obtained PCPs, which also showed good gas separation ability.

Graphical abstract: Controlled flexibility of porous coordination polymers by shifting the position of the –CH3 group around coordination sites and their highly efficient gas separation
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Large spontaneous polarization in polar perovskites of PbTiO3–Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3

With the substitution of Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3, a continuously enhanced spontaneous polarization up to 112 μC cm−2 has been observed in (1 − x)PbTiO3xBi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3.

Graphical abstract: Large spontaneous polarization in polar perovskites of PbTiO3–Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3
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Sulfur–hydrazine hydrate-based chemical synthesis of sulfur@graphene composite for lithium–sulfur batteries

A sulfur–hydrazine hydrate chemistry-based method is reported here to integrate the sulfur and N-doped reduced graphene oxide to obtain S@N-rGO composite with 76% sulfur. The as-obtained S@N-rGO composite displays a good rate capability and excellent stability.

Graphical abstract: Sulfur–hydrazine hydrate-based chemical synthesis of sulfur@graphene composite for lithium–sulfur batteries
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Sulfur vacancy-rich CdS loaded on filter paper-derived 3D nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon carrier for photocatalytic VOC removal

A new strategy is explored to fabricate a sulfur vacancy-rich CdS composite photocatalyst with a nitrogen-doped 3D porous carbon matrix for VOC removal.

Graphical abstract: Sulfur vacancy-rich CdS loaded on filter paper-derived 3D nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon carrier for photocatalytic VOC removal
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Environmentally friendly, aqueous processed ZnO as an efficient electron transport layer for low temperature processed metal–halide perovskite photovoltaics

The aqueous processed ZnO/PCBM modified ETLs enable low-temperature processed, thermally stable and efficient perovskite solar cells showing negligible hysteresis.

Graphical abstract: Environmentally friendly, aqueous processed ZnO as an efficient electron transport layer for low temperature processed metal–halide perovskite photovoltaics
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Spent alkaline battery-derived manganese oxides as efficient oxygen electrocatalysts for Zn–air batteries

The discharged cathode from depleted primary Zn–MnO2 batteries can be recyclably utilized as efficient oxygen reduction/evolution electrocatalysts to build Zn–air batteries.

Graphical abstract: Spent alkaline battery-derived manganese oxides as efficient oxygen electrocatalysts for Zn–air batteries
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A new two-dimensional layered germanate with in situ embedded carbon dots for optical temperature sensing

A carbon dots@germanate composite has been synthesized by embedding carbon dots into a double-layered germanate in situ, which exhibits excitation-dependent and temperature-responsive photoluminescence.

Graphical abstract: A new two-dimensional layered germanate with in situ embedded carbon dots for optical temperature sensing
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Comprehensive studies on phosphoric acid treatment of porous titania toward titanium phosphate and pyrophosphate monoliths with pore hierarchy and a nanostructured pore surface

A reaction of porous titania monoliths in aq. H3PO4 provides hierarchically porous titanium phosphates with a variety of nanotextured surfaces.

Graphical abstract: Comprehensive studies on phosphoric acid treatment of porous titania toward titanium phosphate and pyrophosphate monoliths with pore hierarchy and a nanostructured pore surface
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Highly efficient oxygen evolution electrocatalysts prepared by using reduction-engraved ferrites on graphene oxide

A simple and efficient method was explored for synthesizing efficient ferrite-based OER electrocatalysts by using reduction-engraved ultrafine ferrite nanoparticles on a conductive GO support.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient oxygen evolution electrocatalysts prepared by using reduction-engraved ferrites on graphene oxide
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New insights into the di-n-propylamine (DPA) molecule as an organic structural directing agent (OSDA) in the crystallization of AlPO4-11 molecular sieve

Di-n-propylamine (DPA) molecules induce the transformation from 4/6-MR chains to a 2D layered structure and then to 3D crystals of AlPO4-11 molecular sieves.

Graphical abstract: New insights into the di-n-propylamine (DPA) molecule as an organic structural directing agent (OSDA) in the crystallization of AlPO4-11 molecular sieve
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High-performance rechargeable aqueous Zn-ion batteries with a poly(benzoquinonyl sulfide) cathode

Aqueous Zn-ion batteries with a poly(benzoquinonyl sulfide) cathode show good electrochemical performance.

Graphical abstract: High-performance rechargeable aqueous Zn-ion batteries with a poly(benzoquinonyl sulfide) cathode
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Encapsulating surface-clean metal nanoparticles inside metal–organic frameworks for enhanced catalysis using a novel γ-ray radiation approach

A facile, efficient and universal γ-radiation strategy has been developed to incorporate surface-clean metal nanoparticles into metal–organic frameworks exhibiting remarkable catalytic activity and stability.

Graphical abstract: Encapsulating surface-clean metal nanoparticles inside metal–organic frameworks for enhanced catalysis using a novel γ-ray radiation approach
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Facile fabrication of CuS microflower as a highly durable sodium-ion battery anode

CuS micro-flower was synthesized by dealloying and adopted as an anode in SIB with high rate and stable cycle performances.

Graphical abstract: Facile fabrication of CuS microflower as a highly durable sodium-ion battery anode
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Heteroatom dopings and hierarchical pores of graphene for synergistic improvement of lithium–sulfur battery performance

Lithium–sulfur batteries: Both the cycling stability and rate capability are adequately enhanced due to the synergistic effect of heteroatom dopings and hierarchical pores of carbon matrix, guiding the design of advanced scaffolds towards high-performance lithium–sulfur batteries.

Graphical abstract: Heteroatom dopings and hierarchical pores of graphene for synergistic improvement of lithium–sulfur battery performance
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Facile synthesis of Co3O4 nanosheets from MOF nanoplates for high performance anodes of lithium-ion batteries

Co3O4 nanosheets are readily synthesized from a nanoplate MOF precursor and showed a remarkable performance as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis of Co3O4 nanosheets from MOF nanoplates for high performance anodes of lithium-ion batteries
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Facile preparation of monodisperse NiCo2O4 porous microcubes as a high capacity anode material for lithium ion batteries

Monodisperse NiCo2O4 porous microcubes were used as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, and they exhibit outstanding rate capability and cycling stability.

Graphical abstract: Facile preparation of monodisperse NiCo2O4 porous microcubes as a high capacity anode material for lithium ion batteries
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A study on electrochemical properties of P2-type Na–Mn–Co–Cr–O cathodes for sodium-ion batteries

The comprehensive electrochemical properties of P2-type Na–Co–Mn–O cathodes for sodium ion batteries could be significantly enhanced by optimal Cr-doping.

Graphical abstract: A study on electrochemical properties of P2-type Na–Mn–Co–Cr–O cathodes for sodium-ion batteries
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Structure and excellent visible light catalysis of Prussian blue analogues BiFe(CN)6·4H2O

BiFe(CN)6·4H2O, which exhibited a layered structure of FeC6 and BiN6 coordination polyhedra, was synthesised and exhibited excellent visible light catalytic activity.

Graphical abstract: Structure and excellent visible light catalysis of Prussian blue analogues BiFe(CN)6·4H2O
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Metal–organic framework-derived shuttle-like V2O3/C for electrocatalytic N2 reduction under ambient conditions

Metal–organic framework-derived shuttle-like V2O3/C is efficient for ambient electrocatalytic N2-to-NH3 fixation with excellent selectivity in 0.1 M Na2SO4.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework-derived shuttle-like V2O3/C for electrocatalytic N2 reduction under ambient conditions
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Crystal structures, phase transitions and thermal expansion properties of NaZr2(PO4)3–SrZr4(PO4)6 solid solutions

Structures and phase transitions depending on compositions and temperature between R[3 with combining macron]c and R[3 with combining macron] in Na(2−2x)Srx[ ]xZr4(PO4)6 have been investigated.

Graphical abstract: Crystal structures, phase transitions and thermal expansion properties of NaZr2(PO4)3–SrZr4(PO4)6 solid solutions
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Highly selective electrochemical detection of antipsychotic drug chlorpromazine in drug and human urine samples based on peas-like strontium molybdate as an electrocatalyst

Electrochemical detection of antipsychotic drug chlorpromazine based on peas-like strontium molybdate as an electrocatalyst.

Graphical abstract: Highly selective electrochemical detection of antipsychotic drug chlorpromazine in drug and human urine samples based on peas-like strontium molybdate as an electrocatalyst
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Broad color tuning and Eu3+-related photoemission enhancement via controllable energy transfer in the La2MgGeO6:Eu3+,Bi3+ phosphor

Herein, we provide the new UV converted tunable phosphors and increase the emission intensity via a controllable energy transfer.

Graphical abstract: Broad color tuning and Eu3+-related photoemission enhancement via controllable energy transfer in the La2MgGeO6:Eu3+,Bi3+ phosphor
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Three-dimensional supramolecular phosphomolybdate architecture-derived Mo-based electrocatalytic system for overall water splitting

With phosphomolybdate supramolecular architecture-derived Mo2C@NC and MoO2@NC as cathode and anode, an efficient electrolyzer was constructed, which possessed excellent overall water splitting activity.

Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional supramolecular phosphomolybdate architecture-derived Mo-based electrocatalytic system for overall water splitting
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Magnetic mesoporous TiO2 microspheres for sustainable arsenate removal from acidic environments

Unique magnetic mesoporous TiO2 microspheres exhibit superior arsenate removal performance and high stability in acidic environments.

Graphical abstract: Magnetic mesoporous TiO2 microspheres for sustainable arsenate removal from acidic environments
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Porous Fe–N-codoped carbon microspheres: an efficient and durable electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

Porous Fe–N-codoped carbon microspheres act as an efficient and stable electrocatalyst for ORR.

Graphical abstract: Porous Fe–N-codoped carbon microspheres: an efficient and durable electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction
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Thin-walled hollow Au–Cu nanostructures with high efficiency in electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO

Thin-walled hollow Au–Cu nanostructures were synthesized via galvanic replacement and the Kirkendall effect between copper and gold, and they showed high efficiency for electro-reduction of CO2 to CO.

Graphical abstract: Thin-walled hollow Au–Cu nanostructures with high efficiency in electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO
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Phase segregation enabled scandium fluoride–lanthanide fluoride Janus nanoparticles

A phase-segregation based protocol enables the fabrication of a series of scandium fluoride–lanthanide fluoride Janus particles.

Graphical abstract: Phase segregation enabled scandium fluoride–lanthanide fluoride Janus nanoparticles
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Two NbO-type MOFs based on linear and zigzag diisophthalate ligands: exploring the effect of ligand-originated MOF isomerization on gas adsorption properties

Two NbO-type MOFs were constructed as a platform to reveal the effect of ligand-originated MOF isomerization on selective C2H2/CH4 and CO2/CH4 adsorption properties.

Graphical abstract: Two NbO-type MOFs based on linear and zigzag diisophthalate ligands: exploring the effect of ligand-originated MOF isomerization on gas adsorption properties
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Identification of the key factor promoting the enrichment of chiral polymorph A in zeolite beta and the synthesis of chiral polymorph A highly enriched zeolite beta

The acidity of the initial mixture is the key factor promoting the enrichment of chiral polymorph A in zeolite beta.

Graphical abstract: Identification of the key factor promoting the enrichment of chiral polymorph A in zeolite beta and the synthesis of chiral polymorph A highly enriched zeolite beta
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Nanocomposite of MoO2 and MoC loaded on porous carbon as an efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction

MoO2/MoC@C nanocomposite was synthesized by an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, and the synergic effect between MoO2 and MoC in hydrogen evolution reaction was demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Nanocomposite of MoO2 and MoC loaded on porous carbon as an efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction
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High quantum yield and unusual photoluminescence behaviour in tetrahedral manganese(II) based on hybrid compounds

High quantum yields and unusual luminescence characteristics were successfully achieved by regulating the organic cations in tetrahedral manganese(II) complexes.

Graphical abstract: High quantum yield and unusual photoluminescence behaviour in tetrahedral manganese(ii) based on hybrid compounds
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Simulation of osmotic energy conversion in nanoporous materials: a concise single-pore model

A concise single-pore model with a finite reservoir is sufficiently accurate to simulate osmotic energy conversion in nanoporous materials.

Graphical abstract: Simulation of osmotic energy conversion in nanoporous materials: a concise single-pore model
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Teaching an old molecule new tricks: evidence and rationalisation of the slow magnetisation dynamics in [DyTp2Acac]

Combined analyses of magnetic and luminescence measurements, with the support of theoretical calculations, help elucidate the origin of [DyTp2Acac]'s SMM behaviour.

Graphical abstract: Teaching an old molecule new tricks: evidence and rationalisation of the slow magnetisation dynamics in [DyTp2Acac]
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Dramatic impact of the lattice solvent on the dynamic magnetic relaxation of dinuclear dysprosium single-molecule magnets

The significantly improvement of single-molecule magnetic performance was achieved by removing or replacing the lattice solvents in dinuclear Dy2 SMMs.

Graphical abstract: Dramatic impact of the lattice solvent on the dynamic magnetic relaxation of dinuclear dysprosium single-molecule magnets
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Tailoring yolk–shell FeP@carbon nanoboxes with engineered void space for pseudocapacitance-boosted lithium storage

A unique yolk–shell FeP@C nanobox is synthesized by an etching-in-box combined with a phosphidation-in-box approach, manifesting remarkable pseudocapacitance-boosted lithium ion storage properties.

Graphical abstract: Tailoring yolk–shell FeP@carbon nanoboxes with engineered void space for pseudocapacitance-boosted lithium storage
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Nitrogen-rich sandwich-like carbon nanosheets as anodes with superior lithium storage properties

Nitrogen-rich sandwich-like carbon nanosheets used as anodes for LIBs exhibited high discharge capacity and remarkable rate capability.

Graphical abstract: Nitrogen-rich sandwich-like carbon nanosheets as anodes with superior lithium storage properties
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Amorphous CuSnO3 nanospheres anchored on interconnected carbon networks for use as novel anode materials for high-performance sodium ion batteries

Bimetal oxide CuSnO3 nanospheres encapsulated in carbon networks were explored as novel anode materials for sodium batteries.

Graphical abstract: Amorphous CuSnO3 nanospheres anchored on interconnected carbon networks for use as novel anode materials for high-performance sodium ion batteries
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A novel co-crystallization molecular ferroelectric induced by the ordering of sulphate anions and hydrogen atoms

The co-crystallization complex [EG]·[Cu(phen)2·SO4] undergoes a paraelectric–ferroelectric phase transition around 272 K which was confirmed by the observation of a large dielectric anomaly.

Graphical abstract: A novel co-crystallization molecular ferroelectric induced by the ordering of sulphate anions and hydrogen atoms
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Ferroelectric polarization-enhanced charge separation in a vanadium-doped ZnO photoelectrochemical system

A ferroelectric polarization protocol was demonstrated to be favorable for photoinduced charge separation in the V-doped ZnO based photoelectrochemical system.

Graphical abstract: Ferroelectric polarization-enhanced charge separation in a vanadium-doped ZnO photoelectrochemical system
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Synthesis of dense MoS2 nanosheet layers on hollow carbon spheres and their applications in supercapacitors and the electrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction

Dense MoS2 nanosheets are grown on hydrophobic hollow carbon spheres through a solvothermal method for enhanced capacitive storage and electrocatalytic properties.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of dense MoS2 nanosheet layers on hollow carbon spheres and their applications in supercapacitors and the electrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction
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Formation of multi-shelled nickel-based sulfide hollow spheres for rechargeable alkaline batteries

Metal sulfides with multi-shelled hollow structures are promising electrode materials for rechargeable alkaline batteries due to their abundant redox centers and electrochemically active sites.

Graphical abstract: Formation of multi-shelled nickel-based sulfide hollow spheres for rechargeable alkaline batteries
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Organosilica-based ionogel derived nitrogen-doped microporous carbons for high performance supercapacitor electrodes

A new preparation process is developed to yield stable, yellowish and transparent organosilica ionogels, which after pyrolysis yields N-doped microporous carbon with remarkable capacity.

Graphical abstract: Organosilica-based ionogel derived nitrogen-doped microporous carbons for high performance supercapacitor electrodes
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