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Themed collection 2013 Journal of Materials Chemistry C Hot Papers

37 items
Open Access Highlight

Artificial multiferroic heterostructures

Recent developments in the field of artificial multiferroics are highlighted, with focus on electric-field control of magnetism and ultrafast dynamics.

Graphical abstract: Artificial multiferroic heterostructures
Highlight

The power of branched chains: optimising functional molecular materials

Branched chains enhance the flexibility of organic optoelectronic materials, yielding high-performance optimised assemblies and new functional liquids.

Graphical abstract: The power of branched chains: optimising functional molecular materials
Feature Article

Continuous and high-throughput nanopatterning methodologies based on mechanical deformation

This feature article reviews continuous and high-throughput nanopatterning techniques based on direct mechanical deformation for scalable sub-wavelength pattern fabrication.

Graphical abstract: Continuous and high-throughput nanopatterning methodologies based on mechanical deformation
From the themed collection: Fabrication technology of nanomaterials
Feature Article

Scalable bottom-up fabrication of colloidal photonic crystals and periodic plasmonic nanostructures

This Feature Article reviews a versatile spin-coating technological platform for scalably fabricating colloidal photonic crystals and periodic plasmonic nanostructures.

Graphical abstract: Scalable bottom-up fabrication of colloidal photonic crystals and periodic plasmonic nanostructures
Feature Article

Magnetically controllable colloidal photonic crystals: unique features and intriguing applications

We describe recent developments in magnetically induced self-assembly of colloidal photonic crystals, and discuss the emerging applications of this new technique.

Graphical abstract: Magnetically controllable colloidal photonic crystals: unique features and intriguing applications
Feature Article

Luminescent distyrylbenzenes: tailoring molecular structure and crystalline morphology

The specific implications of intermolecular arrangements on solid-state optoelectronic properties are discussed on the basis of a library of functionalized distyrylbenzenes.

Graphical abstract: Luminescent distyrylbenzenes: tailoring molecular structure and crystalline morphology
Feature Article

Metal-ion doped luminescent thin films for optoelectronic applications

This feature article reviews the development in the design, fabrication, properties and optoelectronic applications of metal-ion doped luminescent thin films.

Graphical abstract: Metal-ion doped luminescent thin films for optoelectronic applications
Feature Article

A review of MBE grown 0D, 1D and 2D quantum structures in a nanowire

Self-assembled quantum structures in a nanowire (NW): quantum wells (QWs), quantum wires (QWRs) and quantum dots (QDs).

Graphical abstract: A review of MBE grown 0D, 1D and 2D quantum structures in a nanowire
Feature Article

Recent advances in mechanochromic luminescent metal complexes

This review summarizes recent advances in mechanofluorochromic metal complexes. AIE metal complexes are potentially significant sources of mechanofluorochromic metal complexes.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in mechanochromic luminescent metal complexes
Feature Article

Crystal structure and chemistry of topological insulators

Topological insulators are briefly introduced for a chemical audience, and their crystal chemistry and structures are described.

Graphical abstract: Crystal structure and chemistry of topological insulators
Feature Article

Naphthodithiophenes as building units for small molecules to polymers; a case study for in-depth understanding of structure–property relationships in organic semiconductors

This article presents the synthesis, properties, structures, and transistor applications of organic semiconductors based on naphthodithiophenes, new π-extended heteroaromatic building units.

Graphical abstract: Naphthodithiophenes as building units for small molecules to polymers; a case study for in-depth understanding of structure–property relationships in organic semiconductors
Feature Article

Soft X-ray characterisation of organic semiconductor films

This feature article highlights the versatility of soft X-ray based techniques for characterising the structure of organic semiconductor devices.

Graphical abstract: Soft X-ray characterisation of organic semiconductor films
Communication

Dynachromes – dynamic electrochromic polymers capable of property tuning and patterning via multiple constitutional component exchange

Converting a non-electroactive polymer into an electrochromic polymer via solid state on-substrate constitutional component exchange.

Graphical abstract: Dynachromes – dynamic electrochromic polymers capable of property tuning and patterning via multiple constitutional component exchange
Communication

Thermal metal deposition induces segregation in polymer thin films: a demonstration on OPVs

Schematic illustration and XPS spectra of polymer blend/air interface (left) and adjacent polymer blend/Al interface (right). The spectra clearly indicate the absence of PEG at the organic/air interface, as expected from surface energy considerations. In contrast, the blend/metal interface is PEG-rich due to its segregation from the blend induced by metal evaporation.

Graphical abstract: Thermal metal deposition induces segregation in polymer thin films: a demonstration on OPVs
Communication

A potential cyan-emitting phosphor Sr8(Si4O12)Cl8:Eu2+ for wide color gamut 3D-PDP and 3D-FED

Sr8(Si4O12)Cl8:Eu2+ phosphor with high emission intensity, suitable chromaticity coordinates and short decay time has potential application in wide gamut 3D-PDP/FEDs.

Graphical abstract: A potential cyan-emitting phosphor Sr8(Si4O12)Cl8:Eu2+ for wide color gamut 3D-PDP and 3D-FED
Communication

Synthesis and photoluminescence of Eu3+-activated double perovskite NaGdMg(W, Mo)O6 – a potential red phosphor for solid state lighting

A novel high-efficiency double perovskite NaGdMg(W, Mo)O6:Eu phosphor with high-efficiency absorption and high doping concentration is reported.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and photoluminescence of Eu3+-activated double perovskite NaGdMg(W, Mo)O6 – a potential red phosphor for solid state lighting
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Fabrication of Fe3+ doped Mg/Al layered double hydroxides and their application in UV light-shielding coatings

Mg/Al + Fe LDH based coatings exhibit high transparency, complete UV-shielding capability and long-term durability.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication of Fe3+ doped Mg/Al layered double hydroxides and their application in UV light-shielding coatings
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Late stage crystallization and healing during spin-coating enhance carrier transport in small-molecule organic semiconductors

Spin-coating of TIPS-pentacene is examined in situ to reveal that residual solvent can heal structural defects and dramatically increase carrier mobility.

Graphical abstract: Late stage crystallization and healing during spin-coating enhance carrier transport in small-molecule organic semiconductors
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Preparation of rod-like calcium titanyl oxalate with enhanced electrorheological activity and their morphological effect

Rod-like calcium titanyl oxalate particles were fabricated and their morphology effects on the electrorheological activity were investigated.

Graphical abstract: Preparation of rod-like calcium titanyl oxalate with enhanced electrorheological activity and their morphological effect
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Optically and electrically tunable graphene quantum dot–polyaniline composite films

The tunable photoluminescence and transport properties of PANI–GQD composite can be realized by adjusting the sizes of the GQDs and the amounts of PANI.

Graphical abstract: Optically and electrically tunable graphene quantum dot–polyaniline composite films
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Mode coupling between nonpolar and polar phonons as the origin of improper ferroelectricity in hexagonal LuMnO3

Currently, the most puzzling problem associated with the hexagonal LuMnO3 (h-LMO) is a large temperature-gap between the structural phase transition to the polar P63cm phase at ∼1290 K and the emergence of the spontaneous polarization at a substantially reduced temperature, ∼750 K.

Graphical abstract: Mode coupling between nonpolar and polar phonons as the origin of improper ferroelectricity in hexagonal LuMnO3
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The effects of the crystalline orientation of Cu domains on the formation of nanoripple arrays in CVD-grown graphene on Cu

The effects of crystalline orientation of Cu on the formation of nanoripple arrays of graphene were investigated.

Graphical abstract: The effects of the crystalline orientation of Cu domains on the formation of nanoripple arrays in CVD-grown graphene on Cu
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Defect-sensitive crystals based on diaminomaleonitrile-functionalized Schiff base with aggregation-enhanced emission

Illumination defects: The crystals of an aggregation-enhanced emission luminogen turn on the fluorescence when exposed to external mechanical forces or ultrasonic vibrations, showing a defect-sensitive emission.

Graphical abstract: Defect-sensitive crystals based on diaminomaleonitrile-functionalized Schiff base with aggregation-enhanced emission
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Carbon nanotube and boron nitride nanotube hosted C60–V nanopeapods

We investigate electronic and transport properties of a novel form of nanopeapod structure, where the “pod” component is either a carbon nanotube (CNT) or a boron-nitride nanotube (BNNT) while the “pea” component is a chain of C60–V dimers.

Graphical abstract: Carbon nanotube and boron nitride nanotube hosted C60–V nanopeapods
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The impact of crystal symmetry on the electronic structure and functional properties of complex lanthanum chromium oxides

Crystal symmetry is shown to have significant impact on the electronic (left), magnetic and optical (right) properties of complex oxides.

Graphical abstract: The impact of crystal symmetry on the electronic structure and functional properties of complex lanthanum chromium oxides
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A guanidine derivative of naphthalimide with excited-state deprotonation coupled intramolecular charge transfer properties and its application

Guanidine group on naphthalimide undergoes deprotonation/protonation with pKa of ∼8.5 in the ground-state and ∼0.9 in the excited-state. The emission properties are strongly dependent on the solvent environment.

Graphical abstract: A guanidine derivative of naphthalimide with excited-state deprotonation coupled intramolecular charge transfer properties and its application
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Europium partitioning, luminescence re-absorption and quantum efficiency in (Sr,Ca) åkermanite–feldspar bi-phasic glass ceramics

We report on partitioning of europium in bi-phasic åkermanite–feldspar glass ceramics with broadly tunable photoluminescence.

Graphical abstract: Europium partitioning, luminescence re-absorption and quantum efficiency in (Sr,Ca) åkermanite–feldspar bi-phasic glass ceramics
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A photoswitchable and thermally stable axially chiral dithienylperfluorocyclopentene dopant with high helical twisting power

A new axially chiral dithienylperfluorocyclopentene with very high helical twisting power and phototunability in liquid crystal medium was reported.

Graphical abstract: A photoswitchable and thermally stable axially chiral dithienylperfluorocyclopentene dopant with high helical twisting power
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Colour selective organic photodetectors utilizing ketocyanine-cored dendrimers

Spectrally selective organic photodetectors based on a series of novel green-absorbing ketocyanine dendrimers have been developed for applications in machine vision.

Graphical abstract: Colour selective organic photodetectors utilizing ketocyanine-cored dendrimers
Open Access Paper

First example of a non-toxic thermochromic polymer material – based on a novel mechanism

For the first time, a non-toxic thermochromic material operating by an aggregation/disaggregation of cyanidin dye has been developed.

Graphical abstract: First example of a non-toxic thermochromic polymer material – based on a novel mechanism
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The elastic and optical properties of a bent-core thiadiazole nematic liquid crystal: the role of the bend angle

This work highlights the subtle and substantial role played by the bend angle in determining the elastic properties of bent-core nematic liquid crystals.

Graphical abstract: The elastic and optical properties of a bent-core thiadiazole nematic liquid crystal: the role of the bend angle
Open Access Paper

Biomimetic zinc chlorin–poly(4-vinylpyridine) assemblies: doping level dependent emission–absorption regimes

Chlorophyll derived pigments, Zn chlorins, are self-assembled with poly(4-vinylpyridine) to form homogeneous films that show distinct doping level dependent energy transfer processes explained by the Förster theory.

Graphical abstract: Biomimetic zinc chlorin–poly(4-vinylpyridine) assemblies: doping level dependent emission–absorption regimes
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Effective excitation and control of guided surface plasmon polaritons in a conjugated polymer–silver nanowire composite system

A tunable exciton–plasmon coupling is realized in a conjugated polymer–silver nanowire composite system, making it possible to develop flexible plasmonic circuits.

Graphical abstract: Effective excitation and control of guided surface plasmon polaritons in a conjugated polymer–silver nanowire composite system
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Design of conductive crown ether based columnar liquid crystals: impact of molecular flexibility and geometry

The charge carrier transport in crown ether based columnar liquid crystals is strongly dependent on the mesogen's flexibility and geometry.

Graphical abstract: Design of conductive crown ether based columnar liquid crystals: impact of molecular flexibility and geometry
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Effects of self-assembled monolayer structural order, surface homogeneity and surface energy on pentacene morphology and thin film transistor device performance

A study of six SAMs to determine the relationship between SAM order, surface homogeneity, and surface energy in dictating FET device performance.

Graphical abstract: Effects of self-assembled monolayer structural order, surface homogeneity and surface energy on pentacene morphology and thin film transistor device performance
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Thermodynamic and electronic properties of tunable II–VI and IV–VI semiconductor based metal–organic frameworks from computational chemistry

From a systematic investigation 32 metal–organic frameworks, we predict 6 novel hybrid materials with semiconducting properties.

Graphical abstract: Thermodynamic and electronic properties of tunable II–VI and IV–VI semiconductor based metal–organic frameworks from computational chemistry
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Visible-light excited red emitting luminescent nanocomposites derived from Eu3+-phenathrene-based fluorinated β-diketonate complexes and multi-walled carbon nanotubes

This work focuses on the development of visible-light excited red emitting luminescent nanocomposites derived from an Eu3+-phenathrene-based fluorinated β-diketonate complex and multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

Graphical abstract: Visible-light excited red emitting luminescent nanocomposites derived from Eu3+-phenathrene-based fluorinated β-diketonate complexes and multi-walled carbon nanotubes
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This web collection features all the articles published in Journal of Materials Chemistry C in 2013 that were marked as HOT, as recommended by referees. Selections of these were posted weekly on the Journal of Materials Chemistry Blog. Congratulations to all the authors whose articles have been featured!

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