Themed collection RSC Advances: Most downloaded articles of 2017
Biofilm formation and control strategies of foodborne pathogens: food safety perspectives
Foodborne pathogens are the main factors behind foodborne diseases and food poisoning and thus pose a great threat to food safety.
Nanomaterials in plant tissue culture: the disclosed and undisclosed
Nanomaterial integration into tissue culture for prospective uninterrupted progressive plant tissue culture.
Essential oil eugenol: sources, extraction techniques and nutraceutical perspectives
Graphical representation regarding sources, extraction techniques and nutraceutical perspectives of eugenol.
Retracted Article: Eosin Y catalysed photoredox synthesis: a review
In recent years, photoredox catalysis using eosin Y has come to the fore front in organic chemistry as a powerful strategy for the activation of small molecules.
Polyolefin/graphene nanocomposites: a review
The present article is mainly focused on literature studies centred on polyolefin (especially PE and PP) nanocomposites based on graphene and its derivatives.
Current status of electron transport layers in perovskite solar cells: materials and properties
Methyl ammonium lead halide-based hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been intensively studied in recent years because of their high efficiency and low processing costs.
Graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, and their heterostructures: properties and applications
In recent years, two-dimensional atomic-level thickness crystal materials have attracted widespread interest such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), silicene, germanium, black phosphorus (BP), transition metal sulfides and so on.
Recent developments in the synthesis and biological activity of acridine/acridone analogues
Many people in the world struggle with cancer or bacterial, parasitic, viral, Alzheimer's and other diseases.
Review of the synthesis, transfer, characterization and growth mechanisms of single and multilayer graphene
Graphene has emerged as the most popular topic in the active research field since graphene's discovery in 2004 by Andrei Geim and Kostya Novoselov.
Recent advances in the synthesis, functionalization and biomedical applications of hydroxyapatite: a review
Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a member of the Ca apatite family.
Carbon steel corrosion: a review of key surface properties and characterization methods
The effects of surface morphology, defects, texture and energy on carbon steel corrosion are elucidated along with relevant characterization methods.
Two decades of new drug discovery and development for Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative disease, associated with a decreased cognitive function and severe behavioral abnormalities.
Auxetic mechanical metamaterials
We review the topology–property relationship and the spread of Young's modulus–Poisson's ratio duos in three main classes of auxetic metamaterials.
Synthesis, utility and medicinal importance of 1,2- & 1,4-dihydropyridines
The present review aims to describe various methodologies that have been used for the synthesis of 1,2- & 1,4-dihydropyridines (DHPs) and also highlight their medicinal significance.
Post-synthetic ion-exchange process in nanoporous metal–organic frameworks; an effective way for modulating their structures and properties
In this review paper, we considered all of the reports on the ion-exchange process which occur in the pores of MOFs. A comparison between MOFs before and after-exchange process and their applications were addressed.
Excellent mechanical performance and enhanced dielectric properties of OBC/SiO2 elastomeric nanocomposites: effect of dispersion of the SiO2 nanoparticles
A chain-like network structure and irregular dispersion of fillers are formed in OBC/SiO2 nanocomposites. Excellent mechanical performance and enhanced dielectric properties of OBC/SiO2 elastomeric nanocomposites are realized due to the peculiar chain-like network of the fillers.
A PEO-based gel polymer electrolyte for lithium ion batteries
This paper illustrates a simpler method for the preparation of gel polymer electrolytes.
Copper loaded on activated carbon as an efficient adsorbent for removal of methylene blue
Copper loaded activated carbon (Cu-AC) was prepared by impregnating it with cupric nitrate followed by microwave heating and then used for removing dyes in wastewater.
Surface characteristics influencing bacterial adhesion to polymeric substrates
Effective surface area on rough substrates for bacterial adhesion is examined by analyzing the solid area fraction of surfaces, where the bacterial medium is in contact with the solid surface.
Modular bioink for 3D printing of biocompatible hydrogels: sol–gel polymerization of hybrid peptides and polymers
Inorganic polymerization as a cross-linking method for 3D printing of PEG–peptide hydrogels.
High volumetric energy density annealed-MXene-nickel oxide/MXene asymmetric supercapacitor
A Ti3C2Tx MXene electrode decorated with NiO nanosheets was synthesized by a facile and cost-effective hydrothermal method.
Wound dressing application of pH-sensitive carbon dots/chitosan hydrogel
Monitoring the pH of wounds as an essential diagnosis factor during the healing process.
High-quality CsPbBr3 perovskite nanocrystals for quantum dot light-emitting diodes
We synthesized luminescent CsPbBr3 nanocrystals with a high quantum yield and realized patterning and color-purity light-emitting diode applications.
Heavy metals removal by EDTA-functionalized chitosan graphene oxide nanocomposites
Graphene-based two-dimensional materials have been explored in a variety of applications, including the treatment of heavy-metal-rich water/wastewater.
Photovoltaic enhancement of bismuth halide hybrid perovskite by N-methyl pyrrolidone-assisted morphology conversion
Low toxicity and stable (CH3NH3)3Bi2I9 lead free perovskite film morphology has been controlled via a small amount of N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) whereas the device showed efficiencies up to 0.31%.
A fluorescent dye with large Stokes shift and high stability: synthesis and application to live cell imaging
A new fluorescent dye with large Stokes shift and excellent photo-stability for live cell imaging has been developed.
Synthesis of a core/satellite-like multifunctional nanocarrier for pH- and NIR-triggered intracellular chemothermal therapy and tumor imaging
A core/satellite-like multifunctional system was developed for synergistic chemothermal therapy and tumor imaging based on the AuNRs capped mesoporous silica nanocarrier with UCNP core.
Amorphous molybdenum sulfide on graphene–carbon nanotube hybrids as supercapacitor electrode materials
Deposition of amorphous molybdenum sulfide on a high specific surface area carbon support strongly enhanced the specific capacitance of the material.
Electrochemical properties of a rechargeable aluminum–air battery with a metal–organic framework as air cathode material
The goal of this study was to develop a rechargeable aluminum–air battery with high capacity and long-term durability in charge–discharge electrochemical reactions.
One step synthesis of Ni/Ni(OH)2 nano sheets (NSs) and their application in asymmetric supercapacitors
Ni/Ni(OH)2 NSs were prepared by a facile hydrothermal method using EtOH as reducing agent. Asymmetric device is fabricated using AC and Ni/Ni(OH)2 NSs as electrodes, with optimized specific capacitance of 62 F g−1 and a maximum energy density of 23.45 W h kg−1.
Thermal responses of a gas hydrate-bearing sediment to a depressurization operation
As a part of a research program aiming to mobilize marine gas hydrate deposits as an energy resource, the worlds' first gas production attempt was performed in early 2013 in the Daini Atsumi Knoll, Eastern Nankai Trough, off Honshu Island, Japan.
In situ TEMPO surface functionalization of nanocellulose membranes for enhanced adsorption of metal ions from aqueous medium
The current work demonstrates an innovative approach to develop nanocellulose based membranes via in situ TEMPO functionalization of the thin functional layer of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCBE) to enhance the metal ion adsorption capacity.
Multifunctional graphene quantum dots for combined photothermal and photodynamic therapy coupled with cancer cell tracking applications
An Indian fig tree serves as a green factory by providing withered leaves as a carbon source for graphene quantum dots synthesis. The quantum dots are multi-functional and have tremendous theranostic biomedical applications.
MOF-derived RuO2/Co3O4 heterojunctions as highly efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts for HER and OER in alkaline solutions
A RuO2/Co3O4 heterojunction catalyst with a perfect OER and HER overpotential in 1 M KOH solution was synthesized. It contains only a small amount of precious metal oxides but demonstrates a better performance than most reported Co3O4-based electrocatalysts.
Fabrication of PDMS microfluidic devices with 3D wax jetting
Network flowing on the 3D PDMS microfluidic chips fabricated with replication of a 3D printed wax mold.
Enhanced seed germination and plant growth by atmospheric pressure cold air plasma: combined effect of seed and water treatment
Seed germination and plants growth are significantly improvement by combining plasma activated water and plasma treated seeds.
The extraction of essential oils from patchouli leaves (Pogostemon cablin Benth) using a microwave air-hydrodistillation method as a new green technique
Nowadays, patchouli oil extraction in Indonesia is generally carried out using conventional methods, although such methods require large amounts of energy, solvents in significant amounts, and quite a long time.
Nanostructured ZnO thin films for self-cleaning applications
Nanostructured ZnO films were deposited by wet chemical methods on glass substrates for self-cleaning applications.
Seeds triggered massive synthesis and multi-step room temperature post-processing of silver nanoink—application for paper electronics
Ink synthesis, room-temperature post-processing and applications for flexible 3D paper electronics.
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