From Fullerene Acceptors to Non-Fullerene Acceptors: Prospects and Challenges in the Stability of Organic Solar Cells
Ambient Dinitrogen Electrocatalytic Reduction for Ammonia synthesis
Organic Quinones Towards Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage: Recent Advances and Challenges
Viologen-inspired functional materials: synthetic strategies and applications
Viologen-inspired aromatic molecules, polymers, and functional materials and their versatile applications will be introduced in this review.
Self-assembled propylammonium cations at grain boundaries and the film surface to improve the efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells
Large size cation (PA) was introduced into the grain boundary and film surface of the 3D perovskite to improve the solar cell efficiency and moisture stability.
Hollow TiO2 submicrospheres assembled by tiny nanocrystals as superior anode for lithium ion battery
Hollow TiO2 submicrospheres assembled by 10 nm-sized units via a facile hydrothermal strategy exhibit excellent rate capability and long-term stability.
Visualizing percolation and ion transport in hybrid solid electrolytes for Li-metal batteries
Metal-free catalysis driven by boron toward advanced catalytic oxidation
Nanosheets assembled into nickel sulfide nanospheres with enriched Ni3+ active sites for efficient water-splitting and zinc–air batteries
Nanosheets assembled into nickel sulfide nanospheres were synthesized in a controlled manner, and exhibited superior tri-functional activities owing to optimized binding with hydrogen/oxygen intermediates.
A polyaspartic acid sodium interfacial layer enhances surface trap passivation in perovskite solar cells
A biopolymer PASP layer works effectively to passivate the surface traps in MAPbI3 perovskite solar cells.
Rational construction of MoS2/Mo2N/C hierarchical porous tubular nanostructures for enhanced lithium storage
The fabrication of a unique heterostructure composed of MoS2/Mo2N with nitrogen doped carbon was synthesized by a stepwise cooperative assembly-directed strategy.
Confinement of subnanometric PdZn at a defect enriched ZnO/ZIF-8 interface for efficient and selective CO2 hydrogenation to methanol
Subnanometric PdZn at a defect enriched ZnO/ZIF-8 interface acts as an efficient and selective catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol.
Selectivity for ethanol partial oxidation: the unique chemistry of single-atom alloy catalysts on Au, Ag, and Cu(111)
Doping of a strong-binding single-atom element into inert close-packed substrates leads to highly active and selective initial dehydrogenation at the α-C–H site of adsorbed ethanol.
A CoHCF system with enhanced energy conversion efficiency for low-grade heat harvesting
Cobalt hexacyanoferrate (CoHCF) materials were used for TRECs; when complexed with HCNTs they show higher heat-to-electricity conversion efficiency.
Revealing structure–activity links in hydrazine oxidation: doping and nanostructure in carbide–carbon electrocatalysts
To expand the range of hydrazine oxidation catalysts active in alkaline pH – a key challenge in fuel cell electrocatalysis – we studied the effect of doping on the nanostructure of carbide–carbon composites.
Post-synthesis deposition of mesoporous niobic acid with improved thermal stability by kinetically controlled sol–gel overcoating
An ordered mesoporous niobia catalyst is synthesized by niobia overcoating on silica and shows high activity and stability for acid catalysis.
Discovery of a self-healing catalyst for the hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane
Sustainable catalysts based on earth-abundant elements are considered as economical alternatives to precious-metal-bearing catalysts and could be impactful for many applications.
How far does the defect tolerance of lead-halide perovskites range? The example of Bi impurities introducing efficient recombination centers
Experimental and theoretical study on the effect of shallow and deep defects on photovoltaic performance, luminescence, surface photovoltage, and density of states.
Preparation and characterization of crosslinked poly(vinylimidazolium) anion exchange membranes for artificial photosynthesis
The dependence of small molecule transport on the water content of ion exchange materials frustrates the development of membranes with both high ionic conductivity and low alcohol permeability for artificial photosynthesis devices.
Ultra-stable 4H-gold nanowires up to 800 °C in a vacuum
The in situ TEM observation disclosed that the 4H-phase Au nanowire can maintain stable ABCB stacking up to 800 °C without significant phase changes or melting.
About this collection
Journal of Materials Chemistry A is proud to present this themed issue highlighting 2019’s rising stars of materials chemistry research. This issue gathers the very best work from materials chemists in the early stages of their independent career.
Each contributor was recommended by experts in their fields as carrying out work with the potential to influence future directions in materials chemistry. Congratulations to all of those who feature on their important work so far in the field of materials energy and sustainability.