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Themed collection 2020 Materials Chemistry Frontiers Review-type Articles

49 items
Review Article

The molecular design of and challenges relating to sensitizers for cancer sonodynamic therapy

Four key factors in designing effective sonosensitizers for sonodynamic therapy, including ROS generation ability, targeting ability, oxygen supply and corresponding ultrasound parameters, are discussed.

Graphical abstract: The molecular design of and challenges relating to sensitizers for cancer sonodynamic therapy
Review Article

Hollow carbon nanospheres: syntheses and applications for post lithium-ion batteries

We summarized the recent progress in the synthesis approaches and representative applications of hollow carbon nanospheres, especially focused on the shape control mechanism and the unique capability as anode materials of post LIBs technologies.

Graphical abstract: Hollow carbon nanospheres: syntheses and applications for post lithium-ion batteries
Review Article

Functionalization of fullerene materials toward applications in perovskite solar cells

This review summarizes the recent progress of fullerene derivatives applied in perovskite solar cells, unveiling the correlation between the chemical structures of fullerene derivatives, especially the addend groups, and their performance.

Graphical abstract: Functionalization of fullerene materials toward applications in perovskite solar cells
Open Access Review Article

Ring-opening Metathesis Polymerisation derived poly(dicyclopentadiene) based materials

This review article summarises the academic work in the fields of initiator development, polymer chemistry and physics, composites, self-healing composites, novel processing opportunities and macro-as well as microporous materials.

Graphical abstract: Ring-opening Metathesis Polymerisation derived poly(dicyclopentadiene) based materials
Review Article

Silver nanoclusters: synthesis, structures and photoluminescence

This review summarizes recent advances in silver nanoclusters focusing on their controlled synthesis, crystal structures and photoluminescence.

Graphical abstract: Silver nanoclusters: synthesis, structures and photoluminescence
Review Article

Insights into the structural complexity of semi-crystalline polymer semiconductors: electron diffraction contributions

The structural complexity of polymer semiconductors can be revealed by electron diffraction in a TEM on highly oriented and crystalline thin films.

Graphical abstract: Insights into the structural complexity of semi-crystalline polymer semiconductors: electron diffraction contributions
Open Access Review Article

Biosafety materials: an emerging new research direction of materials science from the COVID-19 outbreak

We first officially propose the brand-new concept of “biosafety materials”, which utilizes materials science to solve biosafety problems.

Graphical abstract: Biosafety materials: an emerging new research direction of materials science from the COVID-19 outbreak
Review Article

Opportunities and critical factors of porous metal–organic frameworks for industrial light olefins separation

We summarize and highlight recent advances in the realm of light olefins separation using MOFs as adsorbents, covering the progress made in improving the key features of MOFs that are necessary for their real-world applications.

Graphical abstract: Opportunities and critical factors of porous metal–organic frameworks for industrial light olefins separation
Review Article

Advanced functional polymer materials

This review presents the recent developments in the research hotspots of advanced functional polymers; their concepts, design strategies, and applications are briefly discussed.

Graphical abstract: Advanced functional polymer materials
Review Article

Aromatic imide/amide-based organic small-molecule emitters for organic light-emitting diodes

Aromatic imide/amide-based organic small molecules as emitters in organic light-emitting diodes have caught increasing attention. This study summarized their advances in terms of device performance and molecular design rules over the past 20 years.

Graphical abstract: Aromatic imide/amide-based organic small-molecule emitters for organic light-emitting diodes
Review Article

Advances in carbon dots: from the perspective of traditional quantum dots

A brief review of CDots from the perspective of traditional QDs clarifies the basic concepts, unique characteristics and challenges.

Graphical abstract: Advances in carbon dots: from the perspective of traditional quantum dots
Review Article

Aptamer-functionalized nanomaterials for biological applications

This review comprehensively summarizes potential biological application using aptamer-functionalized nanomaterials platform, focusing on explaining syntheses, properties, prospects and challenges.

Graphical abstract: Aptamer-functionalized nanomaterials for biological applications
Review Article

The power of dissociation: development of displacement assays for chemosensing and latent catalytic systems

Disassembly is an essential process in supramolecular chemistry. In this review, different bimetallic donor–acceptor-based chemosensors, chemodosimeters, catalysts and latent catalysts founded on various displacement assays will be discussed.

Graphical abstract: The power of dissociation: development of displacement assays for chemosensing and latent catalytic systems
Review Article

Blue quantum dot-based electroluminescent light-emitting diodes

This review about the development of blue QD-LEDs will provide the reference to demonstrate the excellent blue devices.

Graphical abstract: Blue quantum dot-based electroluminescent light-emitting diodes
Review Article

Chemically modified nucleic acid biopolymers used in biosensing

This review describes the applications of chemically modified nucleic acid biopolymers in biosensing, and mainly introduces different assembly methods of chemically modified nucleic acid biopolymers.

Graphical abstract: Chemically modified nucleic acid biopolymers used in biosensing
Review Article

Non-equilibrium kinetics and trajectory thermodynamics of synthetic molecular pumps

Hypothetical transmembrane rotaxane as a model for trajectory thermodynamic theory of synthetic molecular pumps.

Graphical abstract: Non-equilibrium kinetics and trajectory thermodynamics of synthetic molecular pumps
Open Access Review Article

High-order structures from nucleic acids for biomedical applications

This article reviews important developments in DNA nanotechnology and RNA nanotechnology and highlights supramolecular nucleic acid structures with biomedical applications.

Graphical abstract: High-order structures from nucleic acids for biomedical applications
Review Article

Recent advances on polydiacetylene-based smart materials for biomedical applications

This review summarized most recent advances of designing strategies of polydiacetylene-based smart biomaterials with unique colorimetric and mechanical properties, as well as their applications in biosensing, drug delivery, and tissue engineering.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances on polydiacetylene-based smart materials for biomedical applications
Review Article

Recent progress in the syntheses and applications of multishelled hollow nanostructures

This review summarizes the synthesis methods for fabricating multishelled hollow nanostructures and provides views for such intricate hollow architectures in several emerging application areas.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress in the syntheses and applications of multishelled hollow nanostructures
Review Article

Modification of proteins using olefin metathesis

Proteins are modified with small molecules and polymers via olefin metathesis reactions in aqueous media.

Graphical abstract: Modification of proteins using olefin metathesis
Review Article

Exploiting the mechanical bond for molecular recognition and sensing of charged species

This review presents progress in the field of MIM hosts for ion recognition and sensing since 2014, focusing on the synthetic approaches employed and mechanisms of host–guest binding and detection.

Graphical abstract: Exploiting the mechanical bond for molecular recognition and sensing of charged species
Review Article

Fluorescent materials-based information storage

Fluorescent materials-based information storage systems are characterised by attractive data security, stability, and stimuli responsive features. We summarise here, recent progress in the area of fluorescent materials-based information storage codes.

Graphical abstract: Fluorescent materials-based information storage
Review Article

Stimuli-responsive behaviors of organic charge transfer cocrystals: recent advances and perspectives

Organic cocrystals, as an intelligent design strategy of functional materials, have received extensive attention in the scientific community over recent years. This review focuses on recent advances and perspectives of organic charge transfer cocrystals in the area of stimuli-response.

Graphical abstract: Stimuli-responsive behaviors of organic charge transfer cocrystals: recent advances and perspectives
Review Article

A new generation of energy storage electrode materials constructed from carbon dots

This review summarizes the recent progress in the design and preparation of multiple electrochemical energy storage devices utilizing carbon dots, and elaborates the positive effects of carbon dots on the resulting electrodes and devices.

Graphical abstract: A new generation of energy storage electrode materials constructed from carbon dots
Review Article

GeSe thin-film solar cells

This review summarizes the recent progress of GeSe thin-film solar cells and provides a brief outlook for their further development.

Graphical abstract: GeSe thin-film solar cells
Review Article

Bioinspired by cell membranes: functional polymeric materials for biomedical applications

This review describes the functional biomedical polymers developed by the biomimetic/bioinspired strategies from various prototypes of cell membranes.

Graphical abstract: Bioinspired by cell membranes: functional polymeric materials for biomedical applications
Review Article

Recent advances in organic light-emitting diodes: toward smart lighting and displays

Recent advances in organic light-emitting diodes toward smart lighting and displays are reviewed in terms of materials, devices, fabrication and applications.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in organic light-emitting diodes: toward smart lighting and displays
Review Article

Carbon dots: a booming material for biomedical applications

The synthesis, optical properties, and biomedical applications of CDs are summarized.

Graphical abstract: Carbon dots: a booming material for biomedical applications
Review Article

Surface-grafting polymers: from chemistry to organic electronics

This review comprehensively summarizes the recent progress in surface-grafting polymers, including their formation process and the utilization of surface-grafting polymers as functional materials of insulators, conductors and semiconductors in versatile organic electronic devices.

Graphical abstract: Surface-grafting polymers: from chemistry to organic electronics
Review Article

Recent advances and prospects of carbon dots in cancer nanotheranostics

This review summarizes and discusses the recent advances and future prospects of carbon dots as nanotheranostic agents for anticancer applications.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances and prospects of carbon dots in cancer nanotheranostics
Review Article

Dynamic covalent polymers for biomedical applications

Dynamic covalent polymers have emerged as intriguing, new materials with unique properties. In this article, their synthesis, properties, and applications in the biomedical field have been reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic covalent polymers for biomedical applications
Review Article

A review on the effects of carbon dots in plant systems

Carbon dots (CDs) have gained tremendous attention in agriculture. Herein, we summarize recent progress of the interaction between CDs and plant systems, mainly including plant growth, photosynthesis, resistance, etc.

Graphical abstract: A review on the effects of carbon dots in plant systems
Review Article

Spectroscopic studies of the optical properties of carbon dots: recent advances and future prospects

We highlight the recent advances and future prospects of the spectroscopic studies of the optical properties of carbon dots.

Graphical abstract: Spectroscopic studies of the optical properties of carbon dots: recent advances and future prospects
Review Article

Application of organic–graphene hybrids in high performance photodetectors

High performance photodetectors play important roles in the improvement of innovative technologies in many fields, for instance, medicine, military, optical communication, environment monitoring, etc.

Graphical abstract: Application of organic–graphene hybrids in high performance photodetectors
Review Article

Graphene quantum dots for energy storage and conversion: from fabrication to applications

We summarized the progress in the synthesis, doping and modification strategies of GQDs and the development and application of GQDs in energy storage and conversion devices.

Graphical abstract: Graphene quantum dots for energy storage and conversion: from fabrication to applications
Review Article

The formation mechanism and fluorophores of carbon dots synthesized via a bottom-up route

Carbon dots (CDs) with incomparable optical properties have attracted extensive attention. However, some unclear issues remain, which has impeded the basic understanding and practical application of CDs.

Graphical abstract: The formation mechanism and fluorophores of carbon dots synthesized via a bottom-up route
Review Article

Afterglow of carbon dots: mechanism, strategy and applications

Recent representative advances in the long-lived afterglow properties and applications of carbon dots are summarized and discussed.

Graphical abstract: Afterglow of carbon dots: mechanism, strategy and applications
Review Article

Porous organic polymers: a promising platform for efficient photocatalysis

This review summarizes the latest advances of porous organic polymers (POPs) focusing on their applications in photocatalysis, including photocatalytic chemical transformations, photodetoxification of pollutants from water, and water splitting.

Graphical abstract: Porous organic polymers: a promising platform for efficient photocatalysis
Review Article

Carbon-based dots for electrochemiluminescence sensing

This review summarizes the recent development of ECL sensors based on carbon-based dots. Particularly, various analytical approaches involving metal ions, small molecules, proteins, nucleic acids and cells are thoroughly presented.

Graphical abstract: Carbon-based dots for electrochemiluminescence sensing
Review Article

The development of mechanoluminescence from organic compounds: breakthrough and deep insight

The organic mechanoluminescence (ML) happens at the crack surface under force, and the ML composition is becoming more complicated, extending from the normal fluorescence to phosphorescence, persistent room temperature phosphorescence and the photo-sensitive ML.

Graphical abstract: The development of mechanoluminescence from organic compounds: breakthrough and deep insight
Review Article

Recent progress of electrowetting for droplet manipulation: from wetting to superwetting systems

EWOD was investigated from wetting to superwetting with six basic fluid systems. Each fluid system has developed special technologies for functional applications owing to the different interactions among solid, liquid and gas phases.

Graphical abstract: Recent progress of electrowetting for droplet manipulation: from wetting to superwetting systems
Review Article

Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) paired carbon dot-based complex nanoprobes: versatile platforms for sensing and imaging applications

Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) paired carbon dot composite nanoprobes are studied as multi-functional platforms for sensing and imaging applications.

Graphical abstract: Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) paired carbon dot-based complex nanoprobes: versatile platforms for sensing and imaging applications
Review Article

Polysaccharide-containing block copolymers: synthesis and applications

Chemical methods to generate polysaccharide-containing block copolymers are enabling these polymers to achieve their potential as sustainable materials in a variety of applications.

Graphical abstract: Polysaccharide-containing block copolymers: synthesis and applications
Review Article

Tailored covalent organic frameworks by post-synthetic modification

This review describes recent advances and scientific challenges in the area of post-synthetic methodologies to tailor the functionalities and properties of COFs.

Graphical abstract: Tailored covalent organic frameworks by post-synthetic modification
Review Article

Self-assembly of chiral supra-amphiphiles

The concept, design strategy and self-assembly of chiral supra-amphiphiles were summarized in this review article.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly of chiral supra-amphiphiles
Review Article

Liquid-phase bottom-up synthesis of graphene nanoribbons

This review summarises the development of bottom-up synthesis of graphene nanoribbons in liquid phase and provides views on challenges in the field and the future outlook.

Graphical abstract: Liquid-phase bottom-up synthesis of graphene nanoribbons
Review Article

pH-Controlled motions in mechanically interlocked molecules

This review summarizes pH-controlled mechanical motions including translocation in rotaxanes, circumrotation in catenanes and other motions in more sophisticated mechanomolecules.

Graphical abstract: pH-Controlled motions in mechanically interlocked molecules
Review Article

Assembling features of calixarene-based amphiphiles and supra-amphiphiles

A systematic review of current achievements in calixarene-based amphiphiles and supra-amphiphiles, mainly focused on their assembling features.

Graphical abstract: Assembling features of calixarene-based amphiphiles and supra-amphiphiles
Chemistry Frontiers

The application of hollow micro-/nanostructured cathodes for sodium-ion batteries

This work will open a new view for the design of hollow micro-/nanostructures used as cathodes for sodium-ion batteries, enclosing the superiority of this unique structure to enhance the electrochemical performance.

Graphical abstract: The application of hollow micro-/nanostructured cathodes for sodium-ion batteries
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Critical reviews and chemistry frontiers articles published in  Materials Chemistry Frontiers  during 2020 are collated as below for the benefit of readers.

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