Themed collection Recent Review Articles
n-Type organic electrochemical transistors: materials and challenges
The rise of n-type organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs): from materials to applications.
Organic electronics by design: the power of minor atomic and structural changes
Case studies of minor structural variations highlight the fundamental relationship between structure and function to offer design rules with which to develop the next generation of organic electronic materials.
Emerging two-dimensional halide perovskite nanomaterials
This article highlights recent developments of an emerging family of nanomaterials: two-dimensional halide perovskites.
Combining 2D inorganic semiconductors and organic polymers at the frontier of the hard–soft materials interface
Recent advances in combining functional organic polymers with inorganic 2D semiconductors for nanoscale electronics are highlighted.
The rise of organic magnetoresistance: materials and challenges
This paper provides a brief review of recent progress regarding the magnetoresistive effect observed in organic semiconductors.
Metal particle-free inks for printed flexible electronics
The development of metal particle-free inks is reviewed, with particular attention on their formulation, patterning and post-processing techniques.
Glass–ceramic dielectric materials with high energy density and ultra-fast discharge speed for high power energy storage applications
Ferroelectric glass–ceramic materials have been widely used as dielectric materials for energy storage capacitors because of their ultrafast discharge speed, excellent high temperature stability, stable frequency, and environmental friendliness.
Donor–acceptor substituted 1,8-naphthalimides: design, synthesis, and structure–property relationship
Research on developing new donor–acceptor (D–A) substituted 1,8-naphthalimide (NI) based molecular systems is a rapidly growing research are due to their wide-ranging applications in the field of organic photonics and electronics.
Local optical activity of nano- to microscale materials and plasmons
Nanoscale local optical activity characterization provides essential information on enhanced chiral optical interactions between molecules and metal nanostructures.
Biomimetics for high-performance flexible tactile sensors and advanced artificial sensory systems
Artificial smart designs inspired by structural and functional features of biological organisms have opened new avenues to develop high-performance flexible tactile sensors and advanced artificial sensory systems.
Photons and charges from colloidal doped semiconductor quantum dots
This work discusses the photophysical pathways in doped quantum dots responsible for generating photons of non-exciton origin and hot electrons.
Embedded optical nanosensors for monitoring the processing and performance of polymer matrix composites
We provide a broad review of optically responsive materials with potential for in situ monitoring of material state properties in structural polymer-based materials with nanoscale spatial resolution.
Recent progress of III–V quantum dot infrared photodetectors on silicon
Heterogeneous integration of III–V quantum dots on Si substrates for infrared photodetection is reviewed, focusing on direct epitaxial growth and bonding techniques over the last few years.
Recent advances and perspectives on light emitting diodes fabricated from halide metal perovskite nanocrystals
Recent advancements and outlook in LEDs fabricated from metal halide nanocrystals have been presented in this article.
Beyond liquid crystals: new research trends for mesogenic molecules in liquids
The present review focuses on recent examples of molecular structures that are capable of establishing self-assemblies both in bulk and in solvents.
Unusual stabilization of larger acenes and heteroacenes
This review highlights recent developments concerning stabilization strategies of large (hetero-)acenes and discusses the resulting impact on the aromatic system.
Digitally printed stretchable electronics: a review
Digital printing of stretchable electronics is reviewed. Multiple technologies and materials, like liquid metals and composites, are addressed.
Tunable nanofibril heterojunctions for controlling interfacial charge transfer in chemiresistive gas sensors
A comprehensive overview of the current state of the art of chemiresistive sensors based on tunable nanofibril heterojunctions for controlling interfacial charge transfer.
Near infrared emitting quantum dots: synthesis, luminescence properties and applications
Near-infrared QDs and their applications.
Novel approaches and scalability prospects of copper based hole transporting materials for planar perovskite solar cells
A decade after their first appearance as components of solar cells, perovskites are still at the center of solar research.
Gas sensing with heterostructures based on two-dimensional nanostructured materials: a review
Advancement, challenges, and prospects in 2D–nD (where n is 0, 1, 2 or 3) heterostructures for gas sensing applications.
Liquid crystalline blue phase materials with three-dimensional nanostructures
This review presents up-to-date important progress in the field of liquid crystalline blue phase (BP) materials.
Recent advances in the orientation of conjugated polymers for organic field-effect transistors
This review summarizes recent advancements in various orientation techniques for conjugated polymers for use in high performance organic field effect transistors.
Nanostructured tungsten oxide thin film devices: from optoelectronics and ionics to iontronics
Recent progress of nanostructured tungsten oxide thin film devices is reviewed from optoelectronics and ionics to iontronics with their development trends, challenges, and opportunities analyzed and proposed.
Microscale and nanoscale pinning centres in single-domain REBCO superconductors
We describe the use of various pinning centres and possible methods of their application. The main focus is given on nanosized pinning centres composed of chemically inert materials and on the bulk type of YBCO/REBCO superconductors.
Recent advances in plasticized PVC gels for soft actuators and devices: a review
Plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) gels belong to a class of electroactive polymers (EAPs), which have the ability to realize bending motion, contractile motion, extended motion and crawling motion under electric stimulation.
Rational molecular design towards NIR absorption: efficient diketopyrrolopyrrole derivatives for organic solar cells and photothermal therapy
The present review focus on the progress and development of NIR absorbing small molecules based on diketopyrrolopyrrole for organic solar cells and photothermal therapy.
Electronics from solution-processed 2D semiconductors
We present the recent progress in the synthesis, assembly, and electronic applications of solution-processed 2D semiconductors.
Pentafluorosulfanyl group: an emerging tool in optoelectronic materials
The pentafluorosulfanyl (SF5) moiety has emerged as a versatile tool for tailoring optoelectronic properties in a wide range of functional materials.
Solution-processable electrochromic materials and devices: roadblocks and strategies towards large-scale applications
This review describes figures of merit, challenges and strategies during the development of solution-processable electrochromic materials and devices for large-area smart window applications.
Emerging research directions for n-type conjugated polymers
This review highlights the important role and recent progress of n-type conjugated polymers in several emerging research directions.
Experimental investigation of quantum interference in charge transport through molecular architectures
We summarized the experimental investigation of quantum interference in charge transport through various molecular architectures at single-molecule scale.
Mechanical probing of ferroelectrics at the nanoscale
This article reviews AFM-based mechanical probing methods for ferroelectrics and discusses recent developments and future opportunities in this research area.
Amorphous InGaZnO and metal oxide semiconductor devices: an overview and current status
This review covers the history, development, and state of the art, of metal oxide-based electronics, with particularly focus of indium-gallium-zinc-oxide.
All-inorganic lead halide perovskites: a promising choice for photovoltaics and detectors
By engineering the composition, size and surface, all-inorganic perovskites with outstanding performance and stability have been achieved for photovoltaic and detector applications.
Recent advances in green fabrication of luminescent solar concentrators using nontoxic quantum dots as fluorophores
The recent progress in fabricating luminescent solar concentrators using green quantum dots was summarized.
The role of excitons in 3D and 2D lead halide perovskites
Excitons in lead halide perovskites often go unnoticed as minority species, yet they account for almost all of light emission.
Charge separation, charge recombination, long-lived charge transfer state formation and intersystem crossing in organic electron donor/acceptor dyads
The recent developments in charge separation, long-lived charge transfer state formation and charge recombination-induced intersystem crossing are summarized.
Wet chemical growth of semiconductor 1-D nanostructure arrays on conductive substrates
The various fabrication methods with growth mechanisms and possible applications of semiconductor 1-D nanostructure arrays are systematically reviewed.
An overview of stretchable strain sensors from conductive polymer nanocomposites
This review paper summarizes the categories, sensing mechanisms, and affecting factors of flexible conductive polymer composite-based stretchable strain sensors.
Fluorescent chemodosimeters for fluoride ions via silicon-fluorine chemistry: 20 years of progress
Critical commentary on and a brief summary of representative F− fluorescent probes, imaging agents and nanosensors based on Si–F chemistry are provided, followed by pointing out the limitations of current systems and possible future directions.
Synthesis, photophysical properties and surface chemistry of chalcopyrite-type semiconductor nanocrystals
This review gives an overview of the synthesis, photophysical properties, surface characterization/functionalization and some applications of chalcopyrite-type nanocrystals.
Recent advances in the application of BODIPY in bioimaging and chemosensing
Recent work on the use of BODIPY probes in bioimaging/bio-staining, as well as in chemosensing, is reviewed.
High-efficiency organic light-emitting diodes with exciplex hosts
Exciplex forming co-hosts have been applied to fabricate high-efficiency organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) due to the merits of bipolarity, 100% exciton harvesting, preferred dipole alignment, and sensitizing effects.
Butyldithiocarbamate acid solution processing: its fundamentals and applications in chalcogenide thin film solar cells
Butyldithiocarbamate acid can dissolve a series of metal oxides; thus, it enables the fabrication of metal chalcogenide thin-film solar cells.
Graphene van der Waals heterostructures for high-performance photodetectors
We present a comprehensive review on the recent progress of graphene vdW heterostructure photodetectors and give further perspectives in this emerging field.
Strategies to fabricate metal–organic framework (MOF)-based luminescent sensing platforms
This review introduces the recent advance in the construction of MOF-based sensing platforms in chemical sensing and biosensing. In particular, the fabricating strategies of MOF-based luminescent sensors and the sensing mechanisms are reviewed.
Methylamine-induced defect-healing and cationic substitution: a new method for low-defect perovskite thin films and solar cells
Methylamine-induced defect-healing and cationic substitution was reviewed for low defect perovskite films with better crystal quality and high stability.
Developing photocathode materials for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells
Dye-sensitized solar cells are photoelectrochemical devices, which are of great interest due to their ease of fabrication and attractive design.
Diamond surface functionalization: from gemstone to photoelectrochemical applications
An overview is provided on the surface functionalization of boron-doped diamond thin films and their application as photoelectrodes and photocatalysts.
Perspectives and challenges in multilayer ceramic capacitors for next generation electronics
This review highlights the critical issues and recent advances in developing highly volumetric-efficient and high capacitance MLCCs from the viewpoint of designing dielectric materials.
Self-assembled multiferroic perovskite–spinel nanocomposite thin films: epitaxial growth, templating and integration on silicon
The recent progress on self-assembled epitaxial nanocomposites on silicon or templated substrates for low cost and large area devices.
A review on inkjet printing of nanoparticle inks for flexible electronics
The recent progress, challenges and promising future of design and synthesis of inks and device fabrication by inkjet printing are reviewed and discussed.
Gallium oxide solar-blind ultraviolet photodetectors: a review
This review introduces the developments in β-Ga2O3 materials growth and solar blind UV photodetectors in the last decade, summarizes their advantages and potential for improvement, and puts forward some suggestions for actual application requirements.
Giant surfactants for the construction of automatic liquid crystal alignment layers
Liquid crystal molecules were automatically aligned by not only morphological anisotropy but also chemical interaction.
Photofunctional MOF-based hybrid materials for the chemical sensing of biomarkers
The recent progress on the research of photofunctional MOFs based hybrid materials for chemical sensing biomarkers are summarized. Among the lanthanide functionalized MOFs hybrid materials by the author's group the emphasis for this review.
Metal halide perovskites for resistive switching memory devices and artificial synapses
This article highlights recent developments of emerging metal halide perovskite based resistive switching memory devices and artificial synapses.
Thermo-sensitive luminescence of lanthanide complexes, clusters, coordination polymers and metal–organic frameworks with organic photosensitizers
Historical and recent advances of lanthanide mononuclear complexes, polynuclear clusters, coordination polymers (CPs) and metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) with temperature-dependent luminescence are reviewed for future thermo-sensitive paints.
A critical review of reactive vapor deposition for conjugated polymer synthesis
A critical review of reactive vapor deposition as a tool for conjugated polymer synthesis.
Microwave-assisted synthesis of carbon dots and their applications
Carbon dots, an emerging class within the carbon allotrope family, have gained significant attention largely due to their versatile and tunable physico-chemical and optical properties.
Hole-transporting materials for organic light-emitting diodes: an overview
Hole transporting layer plays a crucial role to realize high efficiency and long lifespan by balancing the charge carrier into the desired recombination zone.
Prospects and challenges of the electrocaloric phenomenon in ferroelectric ceramics
The electrocaloric effect (ECE), which refers to changes in the temperature of a material when an electric field is applied to or removed from the material, is one of the key phenomena of future highly efficient solid-state refrigeration devices.
Carbon quantum dots: an emerging material for optoelectronic applications
An overview of the synthesis, optical properties, luminescence mechanism, and optoelectronic applications of CQDs is presented.
Optical features of hybrid molecular/biological-quantum dot systems governed by energy transfer processes
The impact of energy transfer processes on the optical profiles of heteroassemblies with quantum dots as a nano-scaffold are highlighted.
Bio-inspired sensing and actuating materials
Biological systems contain various amazing examples that can display adaptive and active behaviors in response to external stimuli.
Progress and development in structural and optoelectronic tunability of supramolecular nonbonded fullerene assemblies
Morphology of fullerene assemblies at the few-molecular scale control optoelectronic properties and solar cell parameters at the device scale.
Structural origins of the electronic properties of materials via time-resolved infrared spectroscopy
Time-resolved mid-infrared spectroscopy provides new opportunities to probe the structural origins of electronic and transport states in optoelectronic materials.
Platinum(II) binuclear complexes: molecular structures, photophysical properties, and applications
Platinum(II) binuclear complexes with two metal centers facing each other are reviewed based on their molecular structures, photophysical properties, and applications in light emitting and sensing devices.
Blue organic light-emitting diodes: current status, challenges, and future outlook
Emission mechanisms for OLEDs and their characteristics.
Which isomer is better for charge transport: anti- or syn-?
This review discusses the isomeric effect on the charge transport of organic semiconductors experimentally and theoretically.
About this collection
This collection contains recent Review-type articles published by Journal of Materials Chemistry C, the home for high impact applications, properties and synthesis of exciting new materials for optical, magnetic and electronic devices. New articles will be added to this collection as soon as possible after publication.