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Ultrahigh sensitive near-infrared photodetectors based on MoTe2/ germanium heterostructure

Wenjie Chen1,2, Renrong Liang1,2 (*), Shuqin Zhang1,2, Yu Liu1,2, Weijun Cheng1,2, ChuanchuanSun3, and Jun Xu1,2 (*)
1 Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 Beijing National Research Center for Information Science and Technology (BNRist), Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
3 Beijing Institute of Control Engineering, Beijing 100084, China

Address correspondence to Renrong Liang,; Jun Xu,

The efficient near-infrared light detection of the MoTe2/germanium (Ge) heterojunction has been demonstrated. The photoresponsivity and specific detectivity can reach to 12,460 A/W and 3.3 1012 Jones, respectively. And the photoresponse time is 5 ms. These properties suggest that MoTe2/Ge heterostructure is one of the promising structures for the development of high performance near-infrared photodetectors.


Solid-solution alloy nanoclusters of the immiscible gold-rhodium system achieved by a solid ligand-assisted approach for highly efficient catalysis

Xinchun Yang1,2, Zhangpeng Li1, Mitsunori Kitta1, Nobuko Tsumori3, Wenhan Guo4, Zitao Zhang4, Jianbo Zhang5, Ruqiang Zou4 (*), and Qiang Xu1,2,6 (*)
1 Institute of Electrochemical Energy, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Ikeda, Osaka 563-8577, Japan
2 Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Nada Ku, Kobe, Hyogo 657-8501, Japan
3 Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Toyama National College of Technology, Toyama 939-8630, Japan
4 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
5 Centre for High-Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research, Beijing 100094, China
6 AIST-Kyoto University Chemical Energy Materials Open Innovation Laboratory, Yoshida, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan

Address correspondence to Ruqiang Zou,; Qiang Xu,

The solid-solution alloying of the immiscible Au and Rh system has been achieved in plenty of clean, ultrafine and highly dispersed metal nanoclusters by using a solid-ligand-assisted approach, which exhibit significantly enhanced catalytic activity toward the dehydrogenation of formic acid.


Enhanced linear magneto-resistance near the Dirac point in topological insulator Bi2(Te1−xSex)3 nanowires

LingNan Wei1,2, ZhenHua Wang1,2 (*), ZhiDong Zhang1,2, Chieh-Wen Liu3, and Xuan P. A. Gao3 (*)
1 Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016, China
2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
3 Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA

Address correspondence to Zhenhua Wang,; Xuan P. A. Gao,

Gate tunable transport study demonstrates the ambipolar topological surface conduction in Bi2(Te1−xSex)3 nanowires and the emergence of an enhanced linear magneto-resistance from the two-dimensional (2D) weak antilocalization effect near the Dirac point, showing the intimate connection between these two ubiquitous magneto-transport phenomena in the Dirac system.


Ultrasonication-assisted and gram-scale synthesis of Co-LDH nanosheet aggregates for oxygen evolution reaction

Tian-Jiao Wang1,, Xiaoyang Liu1,, Ying Li2, Fumin Li2, Ziwei Deng1 (*), and Yu Chen1 (*)
1 Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry (Ministry of Education), Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Science of Shaanxi Province, Shaanxi Key Laboratory for Advanced Energy Devices, Shaanxi Engineering Lab for Advanced Energy Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710062, China
2 Second address, Department, University, City and Postcode, Country School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710062, China
Tian-Jiao Wang and Xiaoyang Liu contributed equally to this work.

Address correspondence to Ziwei Deng,; Yu Chen,

Gram-scale flower-like Co-based layered double hydroxides nanosheet aggregates were synthesized by a facile and fast ultrasonic approach, which reveals preeminent stability, a small Tafel slope of 110 mVdec-1, and a low overpotential of 300 mV at 10 mAcm-2 for oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline media.


Fishbone-like platinum-nickel nanowires as an efficient electrocatalyst for methanol oxidation

Jinquan Chang1,2, Luting Song1, Yuanqing Xu1, Yanhong Ma1, Cheng Liang1, Wenyu Jiang1, and Yong Zhang1,2 (*)

1 CAS Key Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, CAS Center for Excellence in Nanoscience, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

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The PtNi3 fishbone-like nanowires (PtNi3-FBNWs) present unique compositional and structural features and therefore demonstrate enhanced electrocatalytic performances compared with commercial 20% Pt/C.


Highly effective H2/D2 separation in a stable Cu-based metalorganic framework

Yanan Si1,3, Xiang He2 (*), Jie Jiang2, Zhiming Duan2, Wenjing Wang1, and Daqiang Yuan1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002, China
2 Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
3 University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

Address correspondence to Daqiang Yuan,; Xiang He,

Efficient hydrogen isotope separation is achieved by using the dynamic low-temperature breakthrough device, in which a mixed gas of H2/D2/Ne (10/10/80, vol.%) flowed over the packed column of activated FJI-Y11 with a total flow of 10 mL/min at 77 K and 1 bar.


Living electronics

Yixin Zhang, Leo (Huan-Hsuan) Hsu, and Xiaocheng Jiang (*)
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155, USA

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Living electronics based on biohybrid and biosynthetic designs to converge functionalities between biological and electronic systems are reviewed.


Multicolor carbon dots with concentration-tunable fluorescence and solvent-affected aggregation states for white light-emitting diodes

Fanyong Yan1 (*), Yingxia Jiang1, Xiaodong Sun1, Junfu Wei1 (*), Liang Chen2, and Yuyang Zhang1
1 State Key Laboratory of Separation Membranes and Membrane Processes, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Tiangong University, Tianjin 300387, China
2 Graduate School of Life Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 0010024, Japan

Address correspondence to Fanyong Yan,; Junfu Wei,

Multicolor fluorescent CDs (M-CDs) with different surface states were synthesized through one-step solvothermal method and they were successfully used in the preparation of white light emitting diodes.


Regulating lithium nucleation and growth by zinc modified current collectors

Na Zhang1, Seung-Ho Yu1,2 (*), and Hctor D. Abruña1 (*)
1 Baker Laboratory, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 14853, USA
2 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Korea University, 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Republic of Korea

Address correspondence to Seung-Ho Yu,; Hctor D. Abruña,

A Cu current collector modified with a thin layer of Zn can regulate the homogeneous Li nucleation process, leading to the uniform Li growth.


Highly stable lithium anode enabled by self-assembled monolayer of dihexadecanoalkyl phosphate

Lei Zheng1,2, Feng Guo1,2, Tuo Kang2, Jin Yang2, Ya Liu2, Wei Gu2, Yanfei Zhao3, Hongzhen Lin2, Yanbin Shen2 (*), Wei Lu2, and Liwei Chen2,4 (*)
1 School of Nano Technology and Nano Bionics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
2 i-Lab, CAS Center for Excellence in Nanoscience, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123, China
3 Vacuum Interconnected Nanotech Workstation (Nano-X), Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO), Chinses Academy of Science (CAS), Suzhou 215123, China
4 In-situ Center for Physical Sciences, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240, China

Address correspondence to Yanbin Shen,; Liwei Chen,

A stable Li-CNT composite that passivated by a dense selfassembled monolayer of dihexadecanoalkyl phosphate (DHP) exhibits excellent stability in air and in electrochemical cycling.


Mechanical force-induced assembly of one-dimensional nanomaterials

Shiting Wu1,2, Yuanyuan Shang3, and Anyuan Cao2,3 (*)
1 College of Materials & Environmental Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018, China
2 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
3 School of Physics and Microelectronics, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052, China

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A series of approaches utilizing mechanical forces involving compressive, tensile and shear forces have been summarized, which show great promise in one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterial assembly with high alignment, tunable density, and uniform distribution over large area and convenient transfer. Simultaneously, perspectives for future developments on nanomaterial assembly such as registration control, assembly toward industrial production and hetero or hybrid structure fabrication for novel nanodevices have also been emphasized.


A mini review on two-dimensional nanomaterial assembly

Zhiwei Fang1,, Qiyu Xing2,, Desiree Fernandez1, Xiao Zhang1, and Guihua Yu1 (*)

1 Materials Science and Engineering Program and Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA
2 School of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
Zhiwei Fang and Qiyu Xing contributed equally to this work.

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Various kinds of strategies for 2D nanomaterial assembly including in-situ assembly and post-synthesis assembly are systematically reviewed, especially about their assembly process and driving force for assembly. Moreover, potential applications of these assembled 2D nanomaterials in various technological areas such as energy storage and catalysis, and electronic/optical devices, along with possible future research directions are highlighted.


Drain-engineered carbon-nanotube-film field-effect transistors with high performance and ultra-low current leakage

Lijun Liu, Chenyi Zhao, Li Ding, Lianmao Peng (*), and Zhiyong Zhang (*)

Key Laboratory for the Physics and Chemistry of Nanodevices and Department of Electronics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China

Address correspondence to Zhiyong Zhang,; Lianmao Peng,

A drain-engineered feedback-gate structure is adopted in high-performance carbon-nanotube-film-based field-effect transistors, to cope with the common issue of poor off-state properties and ambipolar behavior. Our results show 2 orders of magnitude reduction in off-current while maintaining 0.2 mS/m high transconductance, and succesfully meet the 10 nA/m logic-technology standard-performance power requirement.


Superior wide-temperature lithium storage in a porous cobalt vanadate

Haoliang Chen1, Dan Yang1, Xueye Zhuang1, Dong Chen1, Weiling Liu2, Qi Zhang1, Huey Hoon Hng2, Xianhong Rui1,3 (*), Qingyu Yan2 (*), and Shaoming Huang1 (*)
1 Guangzhou Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Materials and Energy Storage Devices, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Energy Materials, School of Materials and Energy, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
3 State Key Laboratory of Vanadium and Titanium Resources Comprehensive Utilization, Panzhihua 617000, China

Address correspondence to Xianhong Rui,; Qingyu Yan,; Shaoming Huang,

Porous Co2V2O7 hexagonal prisms were synthesized successfully. When applied as anode for lithium ion batteries, excellent stability and rate performance were demonstrated even under extreme conditions, i.e., −20 and 60.


3D printing of living bacteria electrode

Megan C. Freyman, Tianyi Kou, Shanwen Wang, and Yat Li (*)

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz CA 95064, USA
Megan C. Freyman and Tianyi Kou contributed equally to this work.

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This work demonstrates the first three-dimensional (3D) printing of a living bacteria electrode, using a conductive living ink with bacteria.


Cyclodextrin conjugated ferritin nanocages reduce intracellular cholesterol level in foam cells

Samyukta Ravishankar1 and Sierin Lim1,2 (*)
1 School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 70 Nanyang Drive, Blk N1.3, Singapore 637457, Singapore
2 NTU-Northwestern Institute for Nanomedicine, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Drive, Blk N3.1, Singapore 637553, Singapore

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Ferritin protein nanocages were modified with cyclodextrin and examined for its passive localization and cholesterol sequestration properties from lipid-laden macrophages (foam cells).


Erratum to: High-purity helical carbon nanotubes by trace-waterassisted chemical vapor deposition: Large scale synthesis and growth mechanism

Fanbin Meng1,, Ying Wang1,, Qiang Wang1, Xiaoling Xu1, Man Jiang1, Xuesong zhou2, Ping He2, and Zuowan Zhou1 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies of Materials (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China
2 Zhonghao Heiyuan Research Institute of Chemical Industry, Zigong 643201, China
Fanbin Meng and Ying Wang contributed equally to this work.

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NIR-II light activated photodynamic therapy with proteincapped gold nanoclusters

Qian Chen1, Jiawen Chen1, Zhijuan Yang1, Lin Zhang2, Ziliang Dong1, and Zhuang Liu1 (*)

1 Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China

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A new type of photosensitizing nano-agent that simultaneously enables in vivo fluorescence imaging, tumor hypoxia relief, and NIR-II light-induced in vivo PDT of cancer was developed.


Multi-node CdS hetero-nanowires grown with defect-rich oxygen-doped MoS2 ultrathin nanosheets for efficient visible-light photocatalytic H2 evolution

Haifeng Lin1, Yanyan Li2, Haoyi Li1, and Xun Wang1 (*)

1 Key Lab of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials Chemistry and Physics, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1497-3

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Without using noble metals as co-catalysts, multi-node CdS hetero-nanowires (NWs) were grown with defect-rich O-incorporated MoS2 ultrathin nanosheets (NSs). The hetero-NWs exhibited abundant catalytic active sites, substantially improved electric conductivity, and significantly enhanced separation of charge carriers, resulting in superior visible-light photocatalytic properties compared with Pt/CdS NWs, pure CdS NWs, and MoS2 NSs, as well as their physical mixtures.


Targeting orthotopic gliomas with renal-clearable luminescent gold nanoparticles

Chuanqi Peng1, Xiaofei Gao2, Jing Xu1, Bujie Du1, Xuhui Ning1, Shaoheng Tang1, Robert M. Bachoo3, Mengxiao Yu1, Woo-Ping Ge2 (*), and Jie Zheng1 (*)

1 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75080, USA
2 Childrens Research Institute, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Neuroscience, Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390, USA
3 Simmons Cancer Center, Annette G. Strauss Center for Neuro-Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1472-z

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Renal-clearable gold nanoparticles can effectively target gliomas, the most common brain tumors, which generally exhibit poor permeability, through the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect.


A carbon-based 3D current collector with surface protection for Li metal anode

Ying Zhang1,, Boyang Liu1,, Emily Hitz1, Wei Luo1, Yonggang Yao1, Yiju Li1, Jiaqi Dai1, Chaoji Chen1, Yanbin Wang1, Chunpeng Yang1, Hongbian Li2, and Liangbing Hu1 (*)

1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
2 National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1461-2

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The stability of Li@atomic layer deposition (ALD)-carbon nanotube sponge (CNTS) electrodes relies on both the high-surface-area conductive framework and the robust ALD-Al2O3 surface protection layer, which decreases the effective areal current density and stabilizes the electrode/electrolyte interface for Li nuclei,respectively.


Near-infrared (NIR) controlled reversible cell adhesion on a responsive nano-biointerface

Haijun Cui1,2, Pengchao Zhang2,3, Wenshuo Wang1,2, Guannan Li2,3, Yuwei Hao2,3, Luying Wang2,3, and Shutao Wang1,2 (*)

1 CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-inspired Materials and Interfacial Science, CAS Center for Excellence in Nanoscience, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing 100190, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Beijing 100049, China
3 Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1446-1

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Near-infrared (NIR)-controlled cell adhesion: We constructed an NIR-responsive nano-biointerface by introducing a thermal responsive polymer onto a silicon nanowire array with photothermal property. The prepared nano-biointerface showed NIR-controlled reversible cell adhesion and release without the assistance of photosensitive moieties.


Erratum to: Hierarchically porous carbon foams for electric double layer capacitors

Feng Zhang1,2,, Tianyu Liu2,, Guihua Hou1, Tianyi Kou2, Lu Yue1, Rongfeng Guan1, and Yat Li2 (*)

1 Key Laboratory for Advanced Technology in Environmental Protection of Jiangsu Province, Yancheng Institute of Technology,
Yancheng 224051, China
2 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.




Distance dependence of atomic-resolution near-field imaging on -Al2O3 (0001) surface with respect to surface photovoltage of silicon probe tip

Junsuke Yamanishi, Takashi Tokuyama, Yoshitaka Naitoh, Yan Jun Li, and Yasuhiro Sugawara (*)

Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0934-4

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The distance dependence of near-field images in near-field scanning optical microscopy was investigated using photon-induced force according to the surface photovoltage.


Perpendicular magnetic clusters with configurable domain structures via dipole-dipole interactions

Weimin Li1,2, Seng Kai Wong2, Tun Seng Herng1, Lee Koon Yap2, Cheow Hin Sim2, Zhengchun Yang1, Yunjie Chen2, Jianzhong Shi2, Guchang Han2, Junmin Xue1, and Jun Ding1 (*)

1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore, BLK EA#03-09, 9 Engineering Drive 1, 117576, Singapore
2 Data Storage Institute, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), DSI Building, 5 Engineering Drive 1, 117608, Singapore

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0864-1

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Possible application of perpendicular magnetic clusters with configurable domain structures via dipoleCdipole interactions. Upper: programmable logic device. Lower: perpendicular magnetic domino.


Strain-tunable electronic and transport properties of MoS2 nanotubes

Weifeng Li1, Gang Zhang1 (*), Meng Guo2, and Yong-Wei Zhang1

1 Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, Singapore 138632, Singapore
2 National Supercomputer Center in Jinan, Shandong Computer Science Center, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0418-y

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Using density functional theory calculations, we have investigated the mechanical properties and strain effects on the electronic structure and transport properties of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanotubes.


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