Themed collection Functional materials for sustainable future - Vision from Korean scientists

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Material strategies in the electrochemical nitrate reduction reaction to ammonia production

Nanostructure electrocatalysts are demonstrated for nitrate reduction reaction to ammonia production. Based on the understanding of material parameters and reaction intermediates, origins of the enhanced activity and perspectives are provided.

Graphical abstract: Material strategies in the electrochemical nitrate reduction reaction to ammonia production
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MOF-74 type variants for CO2 capture

This review article introduces MOF-74 type variants and their CO2 capture properties in terms of the open metal site and the functional groups on the ligand and open metal sites.

Graphical abstract: MOF-74 type variants for CO2 capture
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Versatile graphene oxide nanosheets via covalent functionalization and their applications

This review focuses on the covalent functionalization of GO and presents various strategies to control its dispersibility, conductivity, and catalytic activity toward potential applications.

Graphical abstract: Versatile graphene oxide nanosheets via covalent functionalization and their applications
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Multimetallic nanostructures for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction in acidic media

In this review, the authors highlighted the recent progress on the noble metal-based multimetallic electrocatalysts toward the oxygen evolution reaction under acidic condition.

Graphical abstract: Multimetallic nanostructures for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction in acidic media
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Metal–organic framework based catalytic nanoreactors: synthetic challenges and applications

Catalytic nanoreactors involving chemocatalysts with diverse range of size and composition, biocatalysts, and photocatalysts within solid as well as mesoporous MOF are extremely useful for selective, efficient and stable catalytic applications.

Graphical abstract: Metal–organic framework based catalytic nanoreactors: synthetic challenges and applications
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Hydrogen separation and purification with MOF-based materials

This review provides a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental theories and strategies for MOF-based H2 separation and purification, including hydrogen isotope separation with representative examples.

Graphical abstract: Hydrogen separation and purification with MOF-based materials
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Etching to unveil active sites of nanocatalysts for electrocatalysis

Surface-active nanocatalysts induced from various etching strategies improve electrocatalytic performances.

Graphical abstract: Etching to unveil active sites of nanocatalysts for electrocatalysis
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Nanoscale electrocatalyst design for alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction through activity descriptor identification

This review overviews recent progress in activity descriptor identification and strategies for designing advanced nanocatalysts for alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction.

Graphical abstract: Nanoscale electrocatalyst design for alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction through activity descriptor identification
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MnO2-based nanostructured materials for various energy applications

In this review, recent research activities devoted to nanostructured MnO2-based electrocatalyst/electrode materials are systematically surveyed along with versatile synthetic methods and chemical strategies for optimizing their functionalities.

Graphical abstract: MnO2-based nanostructured materials for various energy applications
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A renewable future: a comprehensive perspective from materials to systems for next-generation batteries

Lithium-based batteries are as promising energy storage systems. With the demands such as large-scale system and high-energy-density for the electrification, all components in the battery have been recently developed.

Graphical abstract: A renewable future: a comprehensive perspective from materials to systems for next-generation batteries
Research Article

Synergistic effect of Sn doping and hydrogenation on hematite electrodes for photoelectrochemical water oxidation

A hematite photoanode with dual-modification by Sn doping and H2 treatment exhibits outstanding photoelectrochemical water splitting performance with improved charge transport and separation because of the synchronous presence of Sn4+ and Vo.

Graphical abstract: Synergistic effect of Sn doping and hydrogenation on hematite electrodes for photoelectrochemical water oxidation
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Solvent-mediated framework flexibility of interdigitated 2D layered metal–organic frameworks

The 2D framework with guest molecules in the solvent pores shows reversible framework expansion and contraction, whereas the 2D framework without guest molecules does not show framework expansion under the same conditions.

Graphical abstract: Solvent-mediated framework flexibility of interdigitated 2D layered metal–organic frameworks
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Highly electroconductive and uniform WS2 film growth by sulfurization of W film using diethyl sulfide

The reduction of intrinsic defects, including vacancies and grain boundaries, remains one of the greatest challenges to produce high-performance transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) electronic systems.

Graphical abstract: Highly electroconductive and uniform WS2 film growth by sulfurization of W film using diethyl sulfide
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Understanding the interfacial reactions of LiCoO2 positive electrodes in aqueous lithium-ion batteries

Insertion of protons (H+) into the LCO surface caused distortion of the local LCO structure and reduced lithiation efficiency in aqueous lithium-ion batteries.

Graphical abstract: Understanding the interfacial reactions of LiCoO2 positive electrodes in aqueous lithium-ion batteries
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Rational manufacture of yolk–shell and core–shell metal oxide double layers from silica-templated coordination polymer double layers

Yolk–shell and core–shell hybrid metal oxide double layers with varied metal compositions are rationally constructed via simple calcination of silica-templated coordination polymer double layers.

Graphical abstract: Rational manufacture of yolk–shell and core–shell metal oxide double layers from silica-templated coordination polymer double layers
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Vertically oriented MoS2/WS2 heterostructures on reduced graphene oxide sheets as electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction

One pot synthesis of vertical MoS2/WS2 heterostructures on reduced graphene oxide sheets (MoS2/WS2/rGO) showing high catalytic activity for HER.

Graphical abstract: Vertically oriented MoS2/WS2 heterostructures on reduced graphene oxide sheets as electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction
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Novel enantiomorphic Pb-coordination polymers dictated by the corresponding chiral ligands, [Pb((R,R)-TBA)(H2O)]·1.7H2O and [Pb((S,S)-TBA)(H2O)]·1.7H2O [TBA = 1,3,5-triazin-2(1H)-one-4,6-bis(alanyl)]

Two enantiomorphic Pb-coordination polymers dictated by the corresponding chiral ligands reveal high chemical stability and a selective uptake of Congo red dye through the hydrogen bonds.

Graphical abstract: Novel enantiomorphic Pb-coordination polymers dictated by the corresponding chiral ligands, [Pb((R,R)-TBA)(H2O)]·1.7H2O and [Pb((S,S)-TBA)(H2O)]·1.7H2O [TBA = 1,3,5-triazin-2(1H)-one-4,6-bis(alanyl)]
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About this collection

Welcome to Materials Chemistry Frontiers themed collection - “Functional materials for sustainable future - Vision from Korean scientists”.

Materials research in Korea is extremely competitive and has been globally generating many new revenues in both academia and industry. Along with fundamental design, synthesis and study on emerging properties of new materials, application-driven research projects with breakthrough concepts and platforms are now thriving in Korean materials research community particularly for electronics, photonics, battery, solar cell, energy storage, medical diagnostics and catalysis research fields. Many new types of materials developed in Korea are now focused on building sustainable future in Korea and other countries.

Guest edited by Jwa-Min Nam (Seoul National University), Kwangyeol Lee (Korea University), Ok-Sang Jung (Pusan National University) and Seong-Ju Hwang (Yonsei University). This collection highlights the current research activities on materials science in Korea.

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