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Applications of phototheranostic nanoagents in photodynamic therapy

Jayeeta Bhaumik1 (*), Amit Kumar Mittal1, Avik Banerjee2, Yusuf Chisti3, and Uttam Chand Banerjee1 (*)

1 Department of Pharmaceutical Technology (Biotechnology), National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Sector 67, S.A.S. Nagar 160062, India
2 Department of Radiology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana 141001, India
3 School of Engineering, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North, New Zealand

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0628-3

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1373每1394

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Phototheranostic agents are used for in vivo imaging and photo- dynamic therapy (PDT) of diseases such as cancer. Phototheranostic agents are a single nanoentity having the capabilities for optical imaging, drug targeting and light-mediated activation of photo- sensitizer compounds. Phototheranostic nanoagents and their uses in PDT are reviewed.


Metal-assisted chemical etching of silicon and the behavior of nanoscale silicon materials as Li-ion battery anodes

William McSweeney1,2,3,4, Hugh Geaney1,4, and Colm O*Dwyer1,4 (*)

1 Department of Chemistry, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
2 Department of Physics and Energy, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
3 Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
4 Micro & Nanoelectronics Centre, Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Cork, Ireland

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0659-9

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1395每1442

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This review presents an overview of metal-assisted chemical etching of silicon and nanoscale silicon materials used as Li-ion battery anodes, and the influence of silicon characteristics on the response to reversible lithiation.


Excellent photothermal conversion of core/shell CdSe/ Bi2Se3 quantum dots

Guo Zhi Jia1,2, Wen Kai Lou1, Fang Cheng3, Xiong Long Wang4, Jiang Hong Yao4, Ning Dai5, Hai Qing Lin6, and Kai Chang1 (*)

1 Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 912, Beijing 100083, China
2 Tianjin Chengjian University, Tianjin 300384, China
3 Department of Physics and Electronic Science, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsha 410004, China
4 Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics, Ministry of Education, School of Physics and TEDA Applied Physics School, Nankai University, Tianjin 300457, China
5 Inst Tech Phys, Nat Lab Infrared Phys, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200083, China
6 Beijing Computational Science Research Center, Beijing, 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0629-2

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Water-dispersed CdSe/Bi2Se3 core/shell quantum dots have been synthesized by a cation exchange reaction and shown to have excellent photothermal conversion efficiency and near-infrared photostability.


Covalent functionalization/polycarboxylation of tungsten disulfide inorganic nanotubes (INTs-WS2)

Daniel Raichman, David A. Strawser, and Jean-Paul Lellouche (*)

Department of Chemistry, Nanomaterials Research Center, Institute of Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 5290002, Israel

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0630-9

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1454每1463

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Efficient polycarboxylation of surface shell S atoms of WS2 inorganic nanotubes (INT-WS2) by a modified, acidic, highly electrophilic Vilsmeier每Haack (VH) reagent is described.


An effective method to reduce residual lithium com- pounds on Ni-rich Li[Ni0.6Co0.2Mn0.2]O2 active material using a phosphoric acid derived Li3PO4 nanolayer

Chang-Heum Jo1, Dae-Hyun Cho1, Hyung-Joo Noh3, Hithshi Yashiro2, Yang-Kook Sun3 (*), and Seung Taek Myung1 (*)

1 Department of Nano Engineering, Sejong University, 98 Gunja-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-747, South Korea
2 Department of Chemical Engineering, Iwate University, Morioka, Iwate 020-8551, Japan
3 Department of Energy Engineering, Hanyang University, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791, South Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0631-8

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1464每1479

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Modification of the surface of the Ni-rich material Li[Ni0.6Co0.2Mn0.2]O2 by H3PO4 induces the formation of a Li3PO4 nanolayer by reaction with residual LiOH and Li2CO3 on the surface, so that the amounts of residual lithium compounds are significantly reduced, and this solves the problem considered as one of the main causes of degradation during electrochemical cycling. In addition, the formed Li3PO4 surface layer has multi-functions such as absorption of water in the electrolyte that lowers the HF level, HF scavenging, and protection of the active materials from deleterious side reactions with the electrolyte.


Shaped Pt每Ni nanocrystals with an ultrathin Pt-enriched shell derived from one-pot hydrothermal synthesis as active electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction

Jun Gu1,∫, Guangxu Lan1,∫, Yingying Jiang2,∫, Yanshuang Xu1, Wei Zhu1, Chuanhong Jin2, and Yawen Zhang1 (*)

1 Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Science, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, PKU-HKU Joint Laboratory in Rare Earth Materials and Bioinorganic Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
2 State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Applications for Batteries of Zhejiang Province and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0632-7

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Shaped Pt每Ni nanocrystals directly prepared through co-reduction of metal salts in water show an atomic layered Pt-enriched shell with tunable thickness and exhibited high oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) performance by virtue of the modulation of oxophilicity of the Pt atoms on the nanocrystal surfaces.


Hydrothermal synthesis of nano-silicon from a silica sol and its use in lithium ion batteries

Jianwen Liang, Xiaona Li, Yongchun Zhu (*), Cong Guo, and Yitai Qian (*)
Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science at Microscale and Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of
China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0633-6

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1497每1504

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A large-scale hydrothermal synthetic strategy for the synthesis of porous silicon nanospheres from industrial silica sol at 180 ∼ C has been developed. The hydrothermal synthetic route reported here is relatively simple and low-cost, and the as-prepared porous silicon nanospheres anode delivers a high reversible specific capacity and significantly cycling stability.


A prospective cancer chemo-immunotherapy approach mediated by synergistic CD326 targeted porous silicon nanovectors

Mohammad-Ali Shahbazi1 (*), Neha Shrestha1, Ermei Mäkilä1,2, Francisca Ara迆jo1,3,4, Alexandra Correia1, Tom芍s Ramos5
, Bruno Sarmento3,6, Jarno Salonen2, Jouni Hirvonen1, and H谷lder A. Santos1 (*
1 Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
2 Laboratory of Industrial Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku, Finland
3 INEB 每 Instituto de Engenharia Biom谷dica, NewTherapies Group, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 823, 4150-180 Porto, Portugal
4 ICBAS 每 Instituto Ci那ncias Biom谷dicas Abel Salazar, University of Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
5Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra, 3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal
6IINFACTS 每 Instituto de Investigação e Formação Avançada em Ci那ncias e Tecnologias da Sa迆de, Instituto Superior de Ci那ncias da
Sa迆de-Norte, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, CESPU, Rua Central de Gandra, 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0635-4

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1505每1521

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Porous silicon nanoparticles loaded with sorafenib and surface functionalized with CD326 antibody are able to target breast cancer cells for site specific drug release and synergistically activate im- munotherapeutic pathways, such as cytokine secretion and antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity for further anticancer effects.


Solution processed MoS2每PVA composite for subbandgap mode-locking of a wideband tunable ultrafast Er:fiber laser

Meng Zhang1, Richard C. T. Howe2, Robert I. Woodward1, Edmund J. R. Kelleher1, Felice Torrisi2, Guohua Hu2, Sergei V. Popov1, J. Roy Taylor1, and Tawfique Hasan2 (*)

1 Femtosecond Optics Group, Blackett Laboratory, Prince Consort Road, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK
2 Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FA, UK

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0637-2

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We fabricate a free-standing molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)每polymer composite by liquid phase exfoliation of chemically pristine MoS2 crystals. This composite is used to demonstrate a wideband tunable, ultrafast mode-locked fiber laser with stable, picosecond pulses, tunable from 1,535 nm to 1,565 nm.


Contracted Interlayer Distance in Graphene/Sapphire Heterostructure

Shiro Entani1(*), Liubov Yu. Antipina2,3, Pavel V. Avramov1,4, Manabu Ohtomo1, Yoshihiro Matsumoto1, Norie Hirao5, Iwao Shimoyama5, Hiroshi Naramoto1, Yuji Baba5, Pavel B. Sorokin1,2,6 (*) and Seiji Sakai1

1 Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195, Japan
2 Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials, Troitsk, Moscow 142190, Russian Federation
3 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny, Moscow 141700, Russian Federation
4 Siberian Federal University, 79 Svobodniy pr., Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russian Federation
5 Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 Japan
6 National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Moscow 119049, Russian Federation

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0640-7

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1535每1545

Address correspondence to Shiro Entani,; Pavel B. Sorokin,

Features of the atomic structure and electronic properties of single- layer graphene directly grown on 汐-Al2O3(0001) are successfully revealed both experimentally and theoretically. The vertical distance between graphene and 汐-Al2O3(0001) is determined to be 2.6 Å, which is remarkably small compared with what is expected for van der Waals interactions, reflecting the strong interfacial interactions.


Cytotoxicity and non-specific cellular uptake of bare and surface-modified upconversion nanoparticles in human skin cells

Anna E. Guller1,2,4, Alla N. Generalova3,4, Elena V. Petersen5, Andrey V. Nechaev4,6, Inna A. Trusova5, Nikolay N. Landyshev5, Annemarie Nadort1,7, Ekaterina A. Grebenik1,3,4, Sergey M. Deyev3,4, Anatoly B. Shekhter2, and Andrei V. Zvyagin1,4 (*)

1 Macquarie University, Australia
2 I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Russia
3 Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
4 Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia
5 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
6 Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technologies, Russia
7 University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0641-6

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The upconversion nanoparticle (UCNP) NaYF4:Yb:Er induces different effects on viability of human skin cells depending on surface modification and cell type. Hydrophilized bare UCNPs demonstrate an acceptable level of cytotoxicity and the highest internalization rate among eight studied species of three types of surface-modified UCNPs.


Aggregation-induced emission (AIE) dye loaded polymer nanoparticles for gene silencing in pancreatic cancer and their in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility evaluation

Rui Hu1, Chengbin Yang1, Yucheng Wang1, Guimiao Lin2, Wei Qin3, Qingling Ouyang1, Wing-Cheung Law4, Quoc Toan Nguyen5, Ho Sup Yoon5, Xiaomei Wang2, Ken-Tye Yong1 (*), and Ben Zhong Tang3 (*)

1School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore  
2The Engineering Lab of Synthetic Biology and the Key Lab of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, Shenzhen University,Shenzhen, 518060, China
3Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
4Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, P.R. China
5Division of Structural Biology & Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798,Singapore

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0642-5

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1563每1576

Address correspondence to Ken-Tye Yong,; Ben Zhong Tang,

Aggregation-induced emission dye encapsulated polymer nano- particles have been engineered for K-ras siRNA delivery in pancreatic cancer gene therapy. The nanoparticle formulations have shown high biocompatibility through in vitro and in vivo toxicity evaluations.


Nickel-coated silicon photocathode for water splitting in alkaline electrolytes

Ju Feng1,∫, Ming Gong1,∫, Michael J. Kenney1,∫, Justin Z. Wu1, Bo Zhang1, Yanguang Li2, and Hongjie Dai1 (*)

1 Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA
2 Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0643-4

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1577每1583

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We have designed and fabricated a simple p-type Si based photo- cathode with high activity and good stability in potassium borate buffer solutions. Ni acts as both a protecting layer and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalyst, while the low work function of Ti is necessary to afford a high photovoltage.


Three-Dimensional Porous Graphene-Metal Oxide Composite Microspheres: Preparation and Application in Li-ion Batteries

Seung Ho Choi1, Jung-Kul Lee2 (*), and Yun Chan Kang1 (*)

1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University, Anam-Dong, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul 136-713, Republic of Korea
2 Department of Chemical Engineering, Konkuk University, 1 Hwayang-Dong, Gwangjin-Gu, Seoul 143-701, Republic of Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0646-1

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1584每1594

Address correspondence to Yun Chan Kang,; Jung-Kul Lee,

Novel three-dimensional (3D) porous graphene-metal oxide com- posite microspheres were prepared using a one-pot spray pyrolysis process. The 3D porous SnO2-graphene microspheres selected as the first target material exhibited superior electrochemical properties as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. The discharge capacity of the 3D porous SnO2-graphene microspheres after 500 cycles at a high current density of 2 A﹞g每1 was 1,009 mAh﹞g每1.


Aerosol-assisted rapid synthesis of SnS-C composite microspheres as anode material for Na-ion batteries

Seung Ho Choi and Yun Chan Kang (*)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University, Anam-Dong, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul 136-713, Republic of Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0648-z

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1595每1603

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The formation mechanism of hierarchical structured SnS-C composite microspheres using a one-pot aerosol process was investigated. The C microspheres with uniformly attached cubic-like SnS nanocrystals exhibited excellent Na-ion storage performance.


Highly stretchable, electrically conductive textiles fabricated from silver nanowires and cupro fabrics using a simple dipping每drying method

Hui-Wang Cui1 (*), Katsuaki Suganuma1, and Hiroshi Uchida2

1 Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, Mihogaoka 8-1, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047, Japan
2 Institute for Polymers and Chemicals Business Development Center, Showa Denko K. K., 5-1 Yawata Kaigan Dori, Ichihara, Chiba 290-0067, Japan

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0649-y

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Highly stretchable, electrically conductive textiles were fabricated from silver nanowires and cupro fabrics using a simple dipping每 drying method, that they had displayed low electrical resistances at 0.0047每0.0091 Ω in the range of 0%每190% strains.


Optical response and SERS properties of individual large scale supracrystals made of small silver nanocrystals

Pierre Aubertin1,2,3,4, Mohamed Ali Ben Aissa5, Noureddine Raouafi5, Suzanne Joiret1,2 (*), Alexa Courty3,4 (*), and Emmanuel Maisonhaute1,2 (*)

1 Sorbonne Universit谷s, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 8235, Laboratoire Interfaces et Syst豕mes Electrochimiques, F-75005 Paris, France
2 CNRS, UMR 8235, LISE, F-75005, Paris, France
3 Sorbonne Universit谷s, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 8233, Laboratoire MONARIS, F-75005, Paris, France
4 CNRS, UMR 8233, Laboratoire MONARIS, F-75005, Paris, France
5 Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique et Electrochimie, D谷partement de Chimie, Facult谷 des Sciences de Tunis, Universit谷 de Tunis El Manar, Campus universitaire de Tunis El-Manar, 2092 Tunis El Manar, Tunisie

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0650-5

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1615每1626

Address correspondence to Alexa Courty,; Suzanne Joiret,; Emmanuel Maisonhaute,

Small silver nanocrystals self-organized at 3D present exceptional optical properties and intense SERS responses.


Ultra-sensitive graphene strain sensor for sound signal acquisition and recognition

Yan Wang1,2,∫, Tingting Yang2,3,∫, Junchao Lao1,2, Rujing Zhang3, Yangyang Zhang3, Miao Zhu2,3, Xiao Li2,3, Xiaobei Zang3, Kunlin Wang3, Wenjian Yu4, Hu Jin5, Li Wang1, and Hongwei Zhu2,3 (*)

1 Department of Physics and Institute for Advanced Study, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China
2 Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
3 School of Materials Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Key Laboratory of Materials Processing Technology of MOE, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
4 Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
5 2D Carbon Graphene Material Co., Ltd., Changzhou 213149, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0652-3

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A wearable and highly sensitive strain sensor was designed from thin films of graphene woven structures for sound signal acquisition and recognition.


Real-time in vivo visualization of tumor therapy by a near-infrared-II Ag2S quantum dot-based theranostic nanoplatform

Feng Hu, Chunyan Li, Yejun Zhang, Mao Wang, Dongming Wu, and Qiangbin Wang (*)

Key Laboratory of Nano-Bio Interface, Division of Nanobiomedicine and i-Lab, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0653-2

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1637每1647

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We report a smart Ag2S quantum dot (QD)-based theranostic nanoplatform (DOX@PEG每Ag2S) exhibiting high drug loading capability (93 wt.% of doxorubicin (DOX) to Ag2S QDs), long circulation in blood (t1/2 = 10.3 h), and high passive tumor-targeting efficiency (8.9% ID/gram) in living mice. More importantly, the DOX@PEG每 Ag2S enabled real-time in vivo reading of the drug targeting process and therapeutic efficacy, due to the deep tissue penetration and high spatio-temporal resolution of Ag2S QDs fluorescence in the second near-infrared window (NIR-II).


Visible-light-driven enhanced antibacterial and biofilm elimination activity of graphitic carbon nitride by embedded Ag nanoparticles

Wei Bing1,2, Zhaowei Chen1, Hanjun Sun1, Peng Shi1, Nao Gao1, Jinsong Ren1, and Xiaogang Qu1 (*)

1 Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Division of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, Jilin 130022, China
2 College of Life Science, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin 130012, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0654-1

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Herein we report that the Ag/g-C3N4 nanohybrids can be an efficient bactericidal agent under visible light irradiation, and provide a new way for biofilm elimination. The enhanced antibacterial properties and biofilm-disrupting ability of Ag/g-C3N4 nanohybrids indicate that Ag/g-C3N4 nanohybrids have great potential for hygienic and biomedical treatments. Fe3O4


Fe3O4-nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanofiber hierarchical heterostructures with improved lithium-ion battery performance over wide temperature range

Hengguo Wang2, Guangsheng Wang1, Shuang Yuan3, Delong Ma3, Yang Li1, and Yu Zhang1 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environment, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun 130022, China
3 State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0655-0

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Fe3O4-nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanofiber hierarchical heterostructures are fabricated by combining the electrospinning technique with the hydrothermal method and the resulting materials result in improved lithium-ion battery performance over a wide temperature range owing to the synergistic effect of the binary composition and the unique features of the hierarchical nanofibers.


Realization of low contact resistance close to theoretical limit in graphene transistors

Hua Zhong, Zhiyong Zhang (*), Bingyan Chen, Haitao Xu, Dangming Yu, Le Huang, and Lianmao Peng (*)

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

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0656-z

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1669每1679

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High quality graphene/metal junction with contact resistance below 100 Ω﹞米m at room temperature has been realized.


Crystal-oriented wrinkles with origami-type junctions in few-layer hexagonal boron nitride

Camilla K. Oliveira1,†, Egleidson F. A. Gomes1, Mariana C. Prado1, Thonimar V. Alencar1, Regiane Nascimento1, Leandro M. Malard1, Ronaldo J. C. Batista2, Alan B. de Oliveira2, Helio Chacham1, Ana M. de Paula1, and Bernardo R. A. Neves1 (*)

1 Departamento de F赤sica, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 每 UFMG, C.P. 702, 30123-970 每 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2 Departamento de F赤sica, ICEB, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto 每 UFOP, 35400-000 每 Ouro Preto, Brazil
Present address: Departamento de F赤sica, Universidade Federal do Paran芍 每 UFPR, Caixa Postal 19044, 81531-990 每 Curitiba, Brazil

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0665-y

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The morphology and optical response of heat-treated hexagonal boron nitride few-layer flakes reveal the formation of linear wrinkles along well-defined crystallographic directions. The wrinkles form a network of origami-type junctions throughout the sample, accommodating layer strain. The results indicate that this process may be a general feature of several 2D materials under proper stress-strain conditions, resulting in direct consequences on device strain engineering.


First-principles calculations of the dissolution and coalescence properties of Pt nanoparticle ORR catalysts: The effect of nanoparticle shape

Mary Clare Sison Escaño (*)

Graduate School of Engineering, University of Fukui, 3-9-1 Bunkyo, Fukui 910-8507, Japan

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0670-1

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1689每1697

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The stability of 1每2 nm Pt nanoparticles (NPs) against Pt dissolution and coalescence (on a carbon support) was investigated with respect to the NP shape. New core每shell architectures of the Pt-based catalysts, which are more stable than pure Pt based on electrode potential shifts (忖U), were proposed.


Functionalized CVD monolayer graphene for label-free impedimetric biosensing

Shimaa Eissa1,2, Gaston Contreras Jimenez2, Farzaneh Mahvash2,3, Abdeladim Guermoune2, Chaker Tlili1, Thomas Szkopek3, Mohammed Zourob4, and Mohamed Siaj2 (*)

1 Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre 每 Energie, Mat谷riaux et T谷l谷communications, 1650, Boul. Lionel Boulet, Varennes (Qu谷bec) J3X 1S2, Canada
2 D谷partement de Chimie et Biochimie, Universit谷 du Qu谷bec 角 Montr谷al, Montr谷al, Qu谷bec, H3C 3P8, Canada
3 Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University, Montr谷al, Qu谷bec, H3A 2A7, Canada
4 Cranfield Health, Vincent Building, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0671-0

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Facile strategy for covalent functionalization of chemical vapor deposited monolayer graphene supported on glass substrate as electrode material for electrochemical biosensing applications.


Conductive resilient graphene aerogel via magnesiothermic reduction of graphene oxide assemblies

Huang Tang1, Peibo Gao1, Zhihao Bao1 (*), Bin Zhou1, Jun Shen1, Yongfeng Mei2, and Guangming Wu1 (*)

1 Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092, China
2 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Fudan University, 220 Handan Road, Shanghai 200433, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0672-z

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Graphene aerogel with a density as low as 1.1 mg﹞cm每3 was synthesized via magnesiothermic reduction, while also exhibiting a high C/O ratio, high conductivity, and excellent mechanical properties.


Facile production of ultrathin graphitic carbon nitride nanoplatelets for efficient visible-light water splitting

Qing Han, Fei Zhao, Chuangang Hu, Lingxiao Lv, Zhipan Zhang (*), Nan Chen, and Liangti Qu (*)

Key Laboratory of Cluster Science, Ministry of Education of China, Beijing Key Laboratory of Photoelectronic/Electrophotonic Conversion Materials, School of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing and 100081, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0675-9

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1718每1728

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Ultrathin graphitic carbon nitride nanoplatelets (UGCNPs) are prepared by a simple ball milling approach. The UGCNPs show excellent photocatalytic activity in visible-light water splitting because of the reduced thickness and a negative shift in the conduction band.


Biotinylated Polyurethane-urea Nanoparticles for Targeted Theranostics in Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Genoveva Morral-Ru赤z1, Pedro Melgar-Lesmes1,†, Andrea L車pez-Vicente1, Conxita Solans2,3, Mar赤a Jos谷 Garc赤a-Celma1,3 (*)

1 Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona, Av Joan XXIII s/n, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
2 Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC), CSIC, Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034, Barcelona, Spain
3 Networking Research Center on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, CIBER-BBN, Spain † Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 02139, MA, USA
G. Morral-Ru赤z and P. Melgar-Lesmes contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0678-6

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Biotinylated polyurethane-urea nanoparticles loaded with a reporter gene plasmid and anticancer drugs allow simultaneous targeted green fluorescence protein transfection for detection and efficient drug uptake for pro-apoptotic therapy in hepatocellular carcinoma cells.


Direct Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube-Graphene Hybrid Films by a Blown Bubble Method

Shiting Wu1, Enzheng Shi1, Yanbing Yang2, Wenjing Xu1, Xinyang Li2, Anyuan Cao1 (*)

1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P. R. China
2 College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0679-5

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1746每1754

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MWCNTs have been assembled in PMMA bubble films and stacked bubble films are transformed to MWCNT-graphene hybrid films by selective substrate annealing (on Cu foil).


Bench-top aqueous two-phase extraction of isolated individual single-walled carbon nanotubes

Navaneetha K. Subbaiyan1,∫, A. Nicholas G. Parra-Vasquez1,∫, Sofie Cambr谷1,2,∫, Miguel A. Santiago Cordoba1, Sibel Ebru Yalcin1, Christopher E. Hamilton1, Nathan H. Mack1, Jeffrey L. Blackburn3, Stephen K. Doorn1, and Juan G. Duque1 (*)

1 Chemistry Division, Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group (C-PCS), Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), and Materials Science & Technology Division (MST-7), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544, USA
2 Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, B-2610, Belgium
3 National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401, USA ∫ These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0680-z

Nano Research 2015, 8(5): 1755每1769

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A practical, fast, and scalable bench-top aqueous two-phase extraction of isolated individual single-walled carbon nanotubes from bundles and impurities in aqueous dispersions is presented.


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