Bioinspired double network hydrogels: from covalent double network hydrogels via hybrid double network hydrogels to physical double network hydrogels
This minireview discusses the advantages and challenges in constructing bioinspired double-network hydrogels mimicking the structure and/or properties of biological tissue.
Radiative heat transfer at the nanoscale: experimental trends and challenges
Beyond the usual surface-to-surface Planck's law of thermal radiation, nanoscale radiative heat transfer is experiencing a revolution.
Advanced technologies for the fabrication of MOF thin films
In this Minireview, we discuss several appealing approaches that have been developed in the last few years for the fabrication of MOF thin films, highlighting their assets and the challenges still faced.
Toward printable solar cells based on PbX colloidal quantum dot inks
This review summarizes the advances in solar cells based on PbX CQD inks, including both lab-scale and large-area photovoltaic devices.
Toward the Creation of High-performance Heterogeneous Catalysts by Controlled Ligand Desorption from Atomically Precise Metal Nanoclusters
Catalytic methods for chemical recycling or upcycling of commercial polymers
A review covering catalytic method development to enable efficient chemical recycling and upcycling of the most abundant commercial polymers.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning in design of mechanical materials
This review revisits the state of the art of research efforts on the design of mechanical materials using machine learning.
Niobium pentoxide based materials for high rate rechargeable electrochemical energy storage
This review summarizes the crystalline features, electrochemical characteristics, ions intercalation charge storage mechanisms, and recent advances in niobium pentoxide related materials for high-rate electrochemical energy storage.
Rare-earth quantum cutting in metal halide perovskites – a review
Ytterbium-doped lead halide perovskite (Yb3+:CsPbX3 with x = Cl or Cl/Br) nanocrystals and thin films have shown surprisingly efficient downconversion by quantum cutting with PLQYs up to 193%.
Boolean logic gate based on DNA strand displacement for biosensing: current and emerging strategies
The integration of various materials and technologies enables the intelligent SDLG biosensor to detect the different types of targets with high sensitivity and generate diversified output signals.
Trust is good, control is better: a review on monitoring and characterization techniques for flow battery electrolytes
This review article summarizes the state-of-the-art techniques for the characterization and monitoring of flow battery electrolytes highlighting in particular the importance of the electrolyte state-of-charge and state-of-health assessment.
SnSe, the rising star thermoelectric material: a new paradigm in atomic blocks, building intriguing physical properties
Thermoelectric materials, which enable direct energy conversion between waste heat and electricity, are witnessing exciting developments due to innovative breakthroughs both in materials and the synergistic optimization of structures and properties.
Recent progress in field-assisted additive manufacturing: materials, methodologies, and applications
Recent developments and major advances in field-assisted additive manufacturing technologies from aspects of materials, methodologies, and applications.
Nitroxide radical polymers for emerging plastic energy storage and organic electronics: fundamentals, materials, and applications
We review the electrochemical theory, material design, and device fabrication for nitroxide radical polymers in emerging plastic energy storage and organic electronics.
Review on the growth, properties and applications of self-assembled oxide–metal vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films—current and future perspectives
This review summarizes the recent progress in self-assembled oxide-metal nanocomposites, their design criteria using the in-plane strain compensation model, functionalities, and the coupling between electrical, magnetic and optical properties
Magnetic skyrmions for unconventional computing
A rich variety of unconventional computing paradigms has been raised with the rapid development of nanoscale devices. Magnetic skyrmions, spin swirling quasiparticles, have been endowed with great expectations for unconventional computing.
Porous flexible frameworks: origins of flexibility and applications
All major classes of porous crystalline frameworks including zeolites, metal–organic frameworks, covalent organic frameworks and hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks exhibit structural flexibilities.
Revisiting staining of biological samples for electron microscopy: perspectives for recent research
This review revisits staining protocols for electron microscopy focussing on the visualization of active sites, i.e. enzymes, metabolites or proteins, in cells and tissues, which were never established as standard protocols in electron microscopy.
Highly selective gas sensing enabled by filters
Sorption, size-selective & catalytic film or particle-bed filters dramatically enhance gas sensor selectivity. We critically review 300+ articles and tutorially give guidelines for systematic filter design in air quality, health & food applications.
Material design strategies to improve the performance of rechargeable magnesium–sulfur batteries
This review encompasses the underlying working principles behind the most critical approaches to solve challenging issues in Mg–S batteries.
Engineered two-dimensional nanomaterials: an emerging paradigm for water purification and monitoring
This review aims to comprehensively summarize the significant developments in design strategies, processing approaches, and application-oriented techniques of 2D nanomaterials for water purification and monitoring.
Light-driven bimorph soft actuators: design, fabrication, and properties
This review provides an account of the state-of-the-art light-driven bimorph soft actuators from their fundamentals to emerging applications, as well as new perspectives on the future scope, opportunities, and challenges.
Electrocatalysis of gold-based nanoparticles and nanoclusters
Gold-based nanomaterials can be used in various electrocatalytic reactions. The rational tuning of their composition, architecture, and particle size can achieve enhanced electrocatalytic activity.
Recent advances in printed flexible heaters for portable and wearable thermal management
This review presents the recent progress of printed flexible heaters for portable and wearable thermal management.
Polydopamine antibacterial materials
This review focuses on the recent progress in polydopamine antibacterial materials, including their structural and functional features, preparation strategies, antibacterial mechanisms, and their biomedical applications.
Porous bioactive glass micro- and nanospheres with controlled morphology: developments, properties and emerging biomedical applications
Porous bioactive glass micro- and nanospheres are attractive biomaterials for biomedical applications: bone regeneration, wound healing, drug delivery and theranostics.
Recent advances in dioxaborine-based fluorescent materials for bioimaging applications
Dioxaborine-based materials, including molecules and nanoparticles, possess various interesting photophysical properties allowing advanced bioimaging from cells to in vivo.
Solution-processed electronics for artificial synapses
Solution-processed artificial synapses are expected to develop the synaptic electronics towards flexible and highly integrated three-dimensional neural networks to break through the von Neumann computing architecture in the post-Moore era.
Nanozyme's catching up: activity, specificity, reaction conditions and reaction types
The gaps and catching up strategies between nanozymes and enzymes in terms of their activity, specificity, physiological reaction conditions and biologically relevant reactions are critically reviewed.
Review on organosulfur materials for rechargeable lithium batteries
Lithium storage properties of organosulfur electrodes including organodisulfide, thioethers, organosulfide polymers and sulfurized polyacrylonitrile have been comprehensively reviewed.
Recent progress and challenges in solution blow spinning
In the past 30 years, researchers have worked towards reducing the size of ordinary three-dimensional (3D) materials into 1D or 2D materials in order to obtain new properties and applications of these low-dimensional systems.
Material innovation and mechanics design for substrates and encapsulation of flexible electronics: a review
Advances in materials and mechanics designs have led to the development of flexible electronics, which have important applications to human healthcare due to their good biocompatibility and conformal integration with biological tissue.
Thermally activated delayed fluorescence exciplex emitters for high-performance organic light-emitting diodes
Owing to their natural thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) characteristics, the development of exciplex emitters for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) has witnessed booming progress in recent years.
Metal–semiconductor heterostructures for surface-enhanced Raman scattering: synergistic contribution of plasmons and charge transfer
SERS on metal–semiconductor heterostructures including their building blocks, enhancement mechanisms and applications was reviewed. The synergistic contribution of plasmons and charge transfer is highlighted.
Biomimetic anti-freezing polymeric hydrogels: keeping soft-wet materials active in cold environments
The bio-inspired general synthesis strategies of anti-freezing hydrogels and their potential application fields.
In vitro and in vivo models for anti-amyloidosis nanomedicines
Impactful research in nanomedicine depends upon the adequate use of cellular and animal models. Here we systematically review and evaluate the in vitro and in vivo models which have enabled the development of anti-amyloidosis nanomedicines.
Targeted liposomal drug delivery: a nanoscience and biophysical perspective
By varying biophysical properties of drug-loaded liposomes such as size, head-group chemistry and polarity, fluidity, rigidity, and PEGylation, their effects on both passive and active targeting are reviewed with cancer therapy as the main example.
Energy-efficient transistors: suppressing the subthreshold swing below the physical limit
We review the physics, design, and optimization of four steep-slope transistors and demonstrate their potential and drawbacks.
Liquid–liquid interfaces: a unique and advantageous environment to prepare and process thin films of complex materials
This review summarizes the recent progress in a novel route to both synthesize and process complex and multi-component materials as thin films, based on interfaces between immiscible liquids, highlighting different materials and applications.
Nanopores in two-dimensional materials: accurate fabrication
This comprehensive and critical review covers the recent important progress of the fabrication of nanopores in two-dimensional materials.
Recent advances toward environment-friendly photodetectors based on lead-free metal halide perovskites and perovskite derivatives
We present a review of the recent advances in environment-friendly photodetectors based on lead-free metal halide perovskites and perovskite derivatives.
Design strategies for ceria nanomaterials: untangling key mechanistic concepts
The present work provides a comprehensive array of design parameters for the fabrication of the principal morphologies of nanoceria.
Functional separators towards the suppression of lithium dendrites for rechargeable high-energy batteries
This review summarizes the recent advances of functional separators towards the suppression of lithium dendrites in lithium metal batteries.
Dual emission in purely organic materials for optoelectronic applications
In this review, types and mechanisms of dual emission, as well as recent new insights for the design and applications of efficient novel dual emissive organic materials are presented.
Polyphenol scaffolds in tissue engineering
This review focuses on the recent advances in polyphenol-based scaffolds including their structural and functional features, fabrication strategies, and various applications in tissue engineering.
Bio-inspired wettability patterns for biomedical applications
This article reviews the recent progress of the bio-inspired wettability patterns and their biomedical applications.
Synthesis and application of core–shell liquid metal particles: a perspective of surface engineering
This review answers how to manipulate the surface/interface chemistry of liquid metal micro/nanomaterials for improved applications.
Chemotherapeutic drug–DNA hybrid nanostructures for anti-tumor therapy
Design, constructions, drug loading strategies and the latest applications of chemotherapeutic drug–DNA hybrid nanostructures.
Biomaterial-mediated internal radioisotope therapy
Radiation therapy (RT), including external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and internal radioisotope therapy (RIT), has been an indispensable strategy for cancer therapy in clinical practice in recent years.