Themed collection 2022 Materials Chemistry Frontiers Review-type Articles
Recent advances and future prospects of functional organ-on-a-chip systems
The pressing demand for a creative method to effectively model human drug responses in preclinical research has prompted the advancement of organ-on-a-chip (OoC) systems.
Plant- and fungi-inspired hierarchical structures as electrode materials: a review
Advances in plant- and fungi-inspired nanoarchitectures of electrode materials are comprehensively assessed and compiled with respect to their application in supercapacitors.
Triangularly shaped cyclic defects for the selective boron doping of π-extended systems
Entrapment of boron(III) in π-conjugated systems causes a strong modification of the observed properties, e.g. optical properties can be realized via post-synthetic reaction with 6.6.6 and 7.6.6 defects precisely incorporated into π-extended motifs.
Electrode dependence in halide perovskite memories: resistive switching behaviours
In halide perovskite resistive switching memories, the top electrode material influences resistive switching features such as bipolar and unipolar switching, multilayer, and write-once-read-many behaviour.
Vacancy-modified g-C3N4 and its photocatalytic applications
As an emerging semiconductor-based catalyst, g-C3N4 has attracted significant attention for visible light-driven photocatalytic energy conversion, synthesis of chemicals, and environmental remediation.
Organic conjugated small molecules with donor–acceptor structures: design and application in the phototherapy of tumors
This review summarizes organic conjugated small-molecule photosensitizers with D–A, D–A–D and A–D–A structures in phototherapy applications, highlighting some effective molecular design strategies and proposing future perspectives and opportunities.
Constructing strategies for hierarchically porous MOFs with different pore sizes and applications in adsorption and catalysis
Constructing strategies of hierarchically porous MOFs with different pore size ranges and their applications in adsorption and catalysis.
Challenges of lead leakage in perovskite solar cells
This review summarizes the latest research progress on strategies for lead leakage control in perovskite solar cells to facilitate the future development of efficient, stable, and environmentally friendly perovskite photovoltaic devices.
A review on recent advances in selective and sensitive detection of heavy toxic metal ions in water using g-C3N4-based heterostructured composites
The fabrication of g-C3N4 nanosheet-based sensing platforms for the detection or removal of heavy toxic metal ions from wastewater has a great interest due to their unique properties and these are carcinogenic and lead to serious health concerns.
Recent advances in nanozymes for combating bacterial infection
In this review, we summarize the recent advance of nanozymes in the treatment of bacterial infection.
Recent endeavours in the development of organo chromo-fluorogenic probes towards the targeted detection of the toxic industrial pollutants Cu2+ and CN−: recognition to implementation in sensory device
Cu2+ and CN− detection by chromo-fluorogenic probes with insight of photophysical signaling mechanisms has been systematically discussed. Exquisite integration of chemical response with RGB mediated electronic sensing prototype have been summarized.
Emergent pseudocapacitive behavior of single-walled carbon nanotube hybrids: a materials perspective
Supercapacitor technology encompasses a wide field of research that has already marked its foot in commercialization, just after some initial years of concept development.
Recent advances in various stimuli-responsive hydrogels: from synthetic designs to emerging healthcare applications
Different synthetic approaches of various stimuli sensitive hydrogels/nanogels along with the physicochemical tuning of their properties have been discussed. The properties and the efficiency of the gels in biomedical applications have been summarized.
A review – exploring the performance degradation mechanisms of LiCoO2 cathodes at high voltage conditions and some optimizing strategies
The factors affecting the capacity degradation of lithium-ion batteries with LiCoO2 as the cathode material at high voltage are discussed, and then doping and surface coating strategies are proposed as corresponding solutions.
Trends and perspectives in bio- and eco-friendly sustainable nanomaterial delivery systems through biological barriers
This review summarizes and provides perspectives on the recent efforts towards the greener synthesis and biomedical delivery applications of various nanoparticles with respect to sustainability.
Inorganic–organic hybrid materials to detect urinary biomarkers: recent progress and future prospects
The present state of organic–inorganic hybrids for the sensing of urine biomarkers is summarized. Strategies for future researchers to optimize design, synthesis, and experimental methods of hybrids to achieve suitable performance in urine biomarker detection are provided.
Recent advances in 3D printed structures for electromagnetic wave absorbing and shielding
In this review, the 3D printing techniques on fabricating complex structures for electromagnetic wave absorbing and/or shielding, as well as the current challenges and future prospects, are emphatically summarized.
Recent advances in the design, synthesis and catalytic applications of triazine-based covalent organic polymers
In this review, we have summarised the significant advances made in triazine-based COP synthetic strategies and their catalytic advancements. Synthetic methodologies are discussed in a simplistic way to create a better understanding for future modification of these methods.
Photo induced force microscopy: chemical spectroscopy beyond the diffraction limit
Over the last decade remarkable advances have been made in creating spectroscopic tools to interrogate surface properties using electromagnetic radiation in the near field, achieving lateral resolutions in the nanometre range.
Biomedical applications of multifunctional magnetoelectric nanoparticles
Advances in nanotechnology are impacting biomedicine with the potential to improve disease diagnosis, enhance targeted drug delivery, refine imaging of therapeutic responses, control cell and tissue responses, and guide surgical resection.
From 0D to 3D MXenes: their diverse syntheses, morphologies and applications
MXenes are a new category of layered nanomaterials that have brought about a new multidisciplinary research area recently.
Recent advances in material design and reactor engineering for electrocatalytic ambient nitrogen fixation
This review summarizes and discusses the recent efforts devoted to the material design and reactor engineering for electrocatalytic nitrogen reduction to ammonia under ambient conditions.
Structure-performance interplay of rhodium-based catalysts for syngas conversion to ethanol
This work discusses the structure-performance interplay on different catalysts for converting syngas to ethanol and summarizes the recent progress in Rh catalysts, which might help the development of more efficient catalysts in the future.
Characteristics, properties, synthesis and advanced applications of 2D graphdiyne versus graphene
Graphdiyne is a newly discovered two-dimensional planar carbon allotrope with highly π-conjugated interactions. This review aims to introduce graphdiyne and describe its similarities and differences with graphene to better understand the graphdiyne.
Synthesis and structure design of I–III–VI quantum dots for white light-emitting diodes
The synthesis and structural design of I–III–VI quantum dots are summarized and WLED applications are highlighted. The routes to improve the performance of WLED devices and the challenges of design optimization and practical application are discussed.
Defects and stability of perovskite solar cells: a critical analysis
Metal halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) continue to improve their power conversion efficiency to over 25.5%, which is at the same level as silicon solar cells.
Cation-intercalation and conversion-type cathode materials for rechargeable aluminum batteries
This review provides an overview of the research on cation-intercalation and conversion-type cathodes for rechargeable Al batteries. The mechanisms behind the experimental observations are discussed to highlight the complexity of Al electrochemistry.
About this collection
Critical reviews and chemistry frontiers articles published in Materials Chemistry Frontiers during 2022 are collated as below for the benefit of readers.