Themed collection 2017 Emerging Investigators by MCF
Contributors to the 1st Emerging Investigators collection
Materials Chemistry Frontiers profiles the contributors to the “Emerging Investigators” themed collection.
Colloidal Au–Cu alloy nanoparticles: synthesis, optical properties and applications
This review discusses various synthetic methods of Au–Cu alloy nanoparticles and their plasmonic, catalytic and photothermal properties.
Ultrathin two-dimensional metallic nanomaterials
This review provides a systematic introduction to the various synthesis routes as well as some main applications for two-dimensional metallic nanosheets, aiming to contribute to the choice of fabrication methods and studies in this domain.
Self-assembled DNA nanomaterials with highly programmed structures and functions
This review provides an in-depth understanding and introduces recent progress in the design and applications of DNA nanomaterials which possess intriguing structures and functions.
Late transition metal catalyzed α-olefin polymerization and copolymerization with polar monomers
Recent developments on late transition metal catalyzed α-olefin polymerization and copolymerization with polar comonomers are reviewed.
A single palladium site catalyst as a bridge for converting homogeneous to heterogeneous in dimerization of terminal aryl acetylenes
Herein, we utilize the surface dangling bond of MOFs as anchoring sites to access single Pd sites embedded on a hollow MOF nanobox.
Kinetically controlled assembly of cadmium chalcogenide nanorods and nanorod heterostructures
Through empirical determination of precursor consumption rates for growing nanorods, a comprehensive rubric for the colloidal synthesis of customizable nanorods and their heterostructures is established.
A general strategy to simulate osmotic energy conversion in multi-pore nanofluidic systems
To get precise simulation for ion transport in porous nanofluidic systems, the influence of neighbouring nanopores should be seriously considered.
Calcium ion-assisted lipid tubule formation
Calcium ions at mM concentrations promote the self-assembly of SOPC lipids into inter-connected hollow lipid tubes.
Waterborne polyacrylates with thermally activated delayed fluorescence and two-state phosphorescence
Anthraquinone derivatives with N- and O-substitution are incorporated into waterborne polyacrylates as single-component polymers with both thermally activated delayed fluorescence and two-state phosphorescence.
PbI2 band gap engineering by gel incorporation
Band gap shifts of PbI2 were accomplished via gel incorporation, and the mechanism of these shifts was elucidated.
Poly(lactic acid)/poly(ethylene glycol) stereocomplexed physical hydrogels showing thermally-induced gel–sol–gel multiple phase transitions
A novel thermogel exhibiting unique thermally-induced gel–sol–gel multiple phase transitions was obtained by controlling the compositions of PLA/PEG copolymers.
Homologous Co3O4‖CoP nanowires grown on carbon cloth as a high-performance electrode pair for triclosan degradation and hydrogen evolution
High efficiency TCS degradation and H2 evolution are achieved simultaneously by an electrochemical method using the Co3O4 NWs/CC‖CoP NWs/CC electrode pair.
A novel small molecule based on naphtho[1,2-b:5,6-b′]dithiophene benefits both fullerene and non-fullerene solar cells
The all-round small molecule donor NDTR exhibited good photovoltaic performance in both fullerene and non-fullerene systems.
Secondary-amine-functionalized isoreticular metal–organic frameworks for controllable and selective dye capture
Two new secondary-amine-functionalized isoreticular metal–organic frameworks exhibit selective cationic dye capture, metal-ion-dependent adsorption kinetics, and controllable dye release behaviours.
Improving the moisture stability of perovskite solar cells by using PMMA/P3HT based hole-transport layers
In recent years, the performance of lead halide perovskite solar cells has increased dramatically, setting a record efficiency of 22.1%; however, their sensitivity towards water limits their utility and still needs to be addressed.
Non-covalent molecular tweezer/guest complexation with Pt(II)⋯Pt(II) metal–metal interactions: toward intelligent photocatalytic materials
A novel supramolecular tweezering system has been developed for “on-demand” photocatalysis.
Hidden complexity of synergistic roles of Dopa and lysine for strong wet adhesion
Dopa and lysine are widely found in mussel foot proteins and are suggested to play synergistic roles in wet adhesion; yet, the detailed molecular mechanism remains unclear.
Thiophene-fused 1,10-phenanthroline toward a far-red emitting conjugated polymer and its polymer dots: synthesis, properties and subcellular imaging
A new far-red emitter based on a conjugated block copolymer was developed, leading to the formation of compact Pdots for specific subcellular imaging.
Synthesis and self-assembly of unconventional C3-symmetrical trisubstituted triphenylenes
Unconventional C3-symmetric triphenylenes bearing three amide groups at the 1-, 5-, and 9-positions were synthesized. Their self-assembly behavior was investigated in detail through adjustment of the length of the alkyl chains.
Pyrolysis of metal–organic frameworks to hierarchical porous Cu/Zn-nanoparticle@carbon materials for efficient CO2 hydrogenation
Hierarchical structures of porous Cu/Zn@C materials via pyrolysis of Zn–Cu-BTC metal–organic frameworks give stable activity in the reverse water gas shift reaction, thanks to stabilization of the nanoparticles by carbon encapsulation.
3D coffee stains
The transition from 2D to 3D coffee stains was demonstrated and the 3D coffee stains enabled the construction of all-protein lasers.
Synergetic regulation of CO2 and light for controllable inversion of Pickering emulsions
A controllable Pickering emulsion was constructed via erasable synergetic regulation of CO2 and NIR light.
About this collection
Welcome to the inaugural Emerging Investigators themed collection of Materials Chemistry Frontiers. It showcases the very best research carried out by up-and-coming researchers working at the forefront of materials science.
New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.