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How toxic are gold nanoparticles? The State-of-the-Art

Ilaria Fratoddi1 (*), Iole Venditti1, Cesare Cametti2, and Maria Vittoria Russo1

1 Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita* di Roma ※La Sapienza§, Piazzale A. Moro 5, I-00185 Rome, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita* di Roma ※La Sapienza§, Piazzale A. Moro 5, I-00185 Rome, Italy and INFM CNR-SOFT, Unita* di Roma1

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0697-3

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1771每1799

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Toxic or beneficial effects of gold nanoparticles on human health depend on their shape, surface charge, and functionalization and biological viability. Widely accepted laboratory research protocols are recommended to overcome the spread of controversial results.


NIR-induced highly sensitive detection of latent fingermarks by NaYF4:Yb,Er upconversion nanoparticles in a dry powder state

Meng Wang1,2 (*), Ming Li1,2, Mingying Yang3 (*), Xiaomei Zhang1,2, Aoyang Yu1,2, Ye Zhu4, Penghe Qiu4, and Chuanbin Mao4 (*)

1 Department of Trace Examination, National Police University of China, Shenyang 110035, China
2 Key Laboratory of Impression Evidence Examination and Identification Technology, Ministry of Public Security, China
3 Institute of Applied Bioresource Research, College of Animal Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
4 Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0686-6

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1800每1810

Address correspondence to Chuanbin Mao,; Mingying Yang,; Meng Wang,

Upconversion nanoparticles, capable of emitting strong green light upon irradiation of near-infrared light, were used to detect the latent fingermarks on a variety of substrates with high sensitivity, low background, high efficiency, and low toxicity. The substrates successfully tested include glass, marble, aluminum alloys, stainless steel, aluminum foils, plastic cards, floor leathers, ceramic tiles, wood floor, painted wood, and various papers.


Tuning the translational freedom of DNA for high speed AFM

Andrew J. Lee1, Michal Szymonik1, Jamie K. Hobbs2, and Christoph Wälti1 (*)

1 Bioelectronics, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S3 7RH, UK

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0681-y

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1811每1821

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We demonstrate a flexible approach to tune the translational freedom of surface-associated DNA, which enables the real-time study of nucleo-protein interactions by high speed AFM


Tracking morphologies at the nanoscale: Self-assembly of an amphiphilic designer peptide into a double helix superstructure

Karin Kornmueller1, Ilse Letofsky-Papst2, Kerstin Gradauer1, Christian Mikl1, Fernando Cacho-Nerin3,†, Mario Leypold4, Walter Keller5, Gerd Leitinger6,7, Heinz Amenitsch3, and Ruth Prassl1 (*)

1 Institute of Biophysics, Medical University of Graz, BioTechMed-Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria
2 Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis, Graz University of Technology and Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy, 8010 Graz, Austria
3 Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Graz University of Technology, 8010 Graz, Austria
4 Institute of Organic Chemistry, Graz University of Technology, 8010 Graz, Austria
5 Institute for Molecular Biosciences, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria
6 Research Unit Electron Microscopic Techniques, Institute of Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology, Medical University of Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria
7 Center for Medical Research, Medical University of Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria
Present address: Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE, United Kingdom

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0683-9

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1822每1833

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We tracked the concentration-dependent morphologies of an amphiphilic designer peptide by combining small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) with Cryo-TEM and provide a detailed global characterization of the supramolecular assemblies, as well as insights into the internal organization at the low-nanometer range. For the first time, a stable double helical architecture within the class of amphipathic designer peptides is presented, which holds promise as template for innovative bioinspired nanomaterials.


Facile fabrication of CdS每metal-organic framework nanocomposites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity for organic transformation

Fei Ke1,2, Luhuan Wang1, and Junfa Zhu1 (*)

1 National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230029, China
2 Department of Applied Chemistry, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0690-x

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1834每1846

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A novel type of CdS每MIL-100(Fe) nanocomposite photocatalysts shows significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity for the selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde under visible-light irradiation.


Probing the Young*s modulus and Poisson*s ratio in graphene/metal interfaces and graphite: A comparative study

Antonio Politano1 () and Gennaro Chiarello1,2 1 Dipartimento di Fisica, Universit角 della Calabria, Rende (CS) 87036, Italy 2 Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze Fisiche della Materia (CNISM), Via della Vasca Navale, 84 00146 Roma, Italy

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0691-9

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1847每1856

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The Young*s modulus and the Poisson*s ratio in various graphene/ metal interfaces and in graphite has been studied by phonon- dispersion experiments.


Significant enhancement of UV emission in ZnO nanorods subject to Ga+ ion beam irradiation

Boluo Yadian1, Rui Chen2, Hai Liu1, Handong Sun2, Qing Liu1, Chee Lip Gan1, Zhou Kun3, Chunwang Zhao4, Bin Zhu5 (*), and Yizhong Huang1 (*)

1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore
2 Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 21 Nanyang Link, 637371, Singapore
3 School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore
4 College of Art and Sciences, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 201306, China
5 Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Organic Chemical Materials, Faculty of Physics and Electronic Science, Hubei University, Wuhan, Hubei 430062

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0693-7

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1857每1864

Address correspondence to Yizhong Huang,; Bin Zhu,

UV emission of ZnO nanorods is significantly enhanced after the irradiation of low energy Ga+ ion beam. We contribute this enhancement to the elimination of the surface defects and the compressive strain introduced by the ion beam.


Determination of quantitative structure每property and structure每process relationships for graphene production in water

Thomas J. Nacken, Cornelia Damm, Haichen Xing, Andreas R邦ger, Wolfgang Peukert (*)

Institute of Particle Technology (LFG), Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-N邦rnberg (FAU), Cauerstrasse 4, 91058 Erlangen, Germany

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0694-6

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1865每1881

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Mechanical delamination of graphite in water is achieved by tailoring stress energies and shear stresses as a function of process parameters.


Hybrid windshield-glass heater for commercial vehicles fabricated via enhanced electrostatic interactions among a substrate, silver nanowires, and an over-coating layer

Sae Mi Lee∫,1, Ji Hun Lee∫,1, Sora Bak1, Keunsik Lee1, Yang Li1 and Hyoyoung Lee1,2,3 (*)

1 2066 Seoburo, Jangan-gu, Center for Smart Molecular Memory, Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Republic of Korea
2 2066 Seoburo, Jangan-gu, Center for Smart Molecular Memory, Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Republic of Korea
3 2066 Seoburo, Jangan-gu, Center for Smart Molecular Memory, SKKU Advanced Institute of Nano Technology (SAINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Republic of Korea Sae Mi Lee and Ji Hun Lee contributed equally to this work

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0696-4

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1882每1892

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Vehicle windshield heater was produced via transparent electrodes using silver nanowires and PDDA, which has low sheet resistance and high transmittance. The silver nanowire hybrid glass heater was able to reach the target temperature with a standard vehicle voltage of 12 V in a short time.


An indicator-guided photo-controlled drug delivery system based on mesoporous silica/gold nanocomposites

Guofeng Luo, Weihai Chen, Huizhen Jia, Yunxia Sun, Han Cheng, Renxi Zhuo, and Xianzheng Zhang (*)

Key Laboratory of Biomedical Polymers of Ministry of Education & Department of Chemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0698-2

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1893每1905

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A mesoporous silica/gold (MSN/Au) nanocomposite was designed for indicator-guided photo-controlled drug release precisely at tumor sites to achieve enhanced therapy efficacy.


Strong shape-dependence of Morin transition in 汐-Fe2O3 single-crystalline nanostructures

Jun Wang1 (*), Victor Aguilar2, Le Li1, Fa-gen Li1, Wen-zhong Wang3, and Guo-meng Zhao1,2(*)

1 Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ningbo University, Ningbo, China
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, California State University, Los Angeles, CA 90032, USA
3 School of Science, Minzu University of China, Beijing 100081, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0700-z

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1906每1916

Address correspondence to Guo-meng Zhao,; Jun Wang,

The Moring transition in 汐-FeFe2O3 nanostructures depends strongly on the morphology: There is a sharp Morin transition at about 210 K for nanorings while it disappears for nanotubes.


Multifunctional electrospinning composite fibers for orthotopic cancer treatment in vivo

Yinyin Chen1,2, Shi Liu2,3, Zhiyao Hou1, Pingan Ma1, Dongmei Yang1,2, Chunxia Li1 (*), and Jun Lin1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130024, China
2 University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
3 State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130024, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0701-y

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1917每1931

Address correspondence to Jun Lin,; Chunxia Li,

A multifunctional dual drug carrier platform DOX-NaGdF4:Yb/ Er@NaGdF4:Yb@mSiO2-PEG@MC-PG was successfully assembled via electrospinning process. The resultant multifunctional spinning pieces can be implanted directly to the tumor site of mice by surgical procedures to fulfill the orthotopic chemotherapy by the controlled release of DOX from mesoporous SiO2 and the upconversion fluorescence/magnetic resonance dual model imaging through NaGdF4:Yb/Er@NaGdF4:Yb embedded in MC/UCNPS/ DOX in vivo.


Development of NIR-II fluorescence image-guided and pH-responsive nanocapsules for cocktail drug delivery

Sheng Huang, Shan Peng, Yuanbao Li, Jiabin Cui, Hongli Chen, and Leyu Wang (*)

State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, BeijingKey Laboratory of Environmentally Harmful Chemical Analysis, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0702-5

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1932每1943

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A versatile hydrogen bond-based pH-responsive (pH = 5.0) nanocapsule (< 100 nm), with a moderate capacity for real-time NIR-II fluorescence tracking of the drug pharmacokinetics and bio-distribution, tumor targeting, and sustained release (up to 14 days) was successfully fabricated for general hydrophobic anticancer drugs, and applied for targeting and pH-controlled release of therapeutic agents.


Mass production of Co3O4@CeO2 core@shell nanowires for catalytic CO oxidation

Jiangman Zhen1,2,∫, Xiao Wang1,∫, Dapeng Liu1 (*), Zhuo Wang1,2, Junqi Li1,2, Fan Wang1,2, Yinghui Wang1, and Hongjie Zhang1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, 130022, Jilin, China
2 University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China
The two authors contribute equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0704-3

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1944每1955

Address correspondence to Dapeng Liu,; Hongjie Zhang,

Co3O4@CeO2 core@shell nanowires have been successfully prepared in mass production by thermal decomposition of Co(CO3)0.5(OH)﹞0.11H2O@CeO2 precursors. The successful fabrication of the core@shell structures leads to remarkably improved catalytic activity and stability of Co3O4. The best sample can catalyze 100% CO conversion at a temperature as low as 160 ∼C. Detailed study reveals that CO oxidation possibly takes place at the interface of Co3O4 and CeO2, demonstrating obvious synergistic effects between the two components.


Ultraviolet mem-sensors: flexible anisotropic composites featuring giant photocurrent enhancement

A. Chiolerio (*), I. Roppolo, V. Cauda, M. Crepaldi, S. Bocchini, K. Bejtka, A. Verna, C.F. Pirri

Center for Space Human Robotics, IstitutoItaliano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino, Italy

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0705-2

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1956每1963

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Our main finding is the realization, for the first time, of a flexible and cheap composite optoelectronic mem-sensor; here, we describe the fabrication process (panel a), present a complete set of structural, morphological, and optoelectronic characterizations (panel b), and suggest a technical symbol for the schematization of the device (panel c).


Huge metastable axial strain in ultrathin heteroepitaxial vertically aligned nanowires

Vivien Schuler1,2, Francisco Javier Bonilla1,2,†, Dominique Demaille1,2, Alessandro Coati3, Alina Vlad3, Yves Garreau3,4, Mich豕le Sauvage-Simkin3, Anastasiia Novikova3, Emiliano Fonda3, Sarah Hidki1,2, Victor Etgens5, Franck Vidal1,2 (*), and Yunlin Zheng1,2 (*)

1 Sorbonne Universit谷s UPMC, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France
2 CNRS UMR7588, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France
3 Synchrotron Soleil, L*Orme des Merisiers Saint-Aubin BP 48, 91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
4 Universit谷 Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cit谷, MPQ, UMR 7162 CNRS, Batiment Condorcet, Case courrier 7021, 75205 Paris Cedex 13, France
5 Universit谷 de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines 55, Av. de Paris, 78035 Versailles, France
Present address: LPCNO, INSA, 135 avenue de Rangueil, 31077 Toulouse cedex 4, France

DOI 10.1007/s12274-014-0706-1

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1964每1974

Address correspondence to F. Vidal,; Y. Zheng,

Axial strains in excess of 1.5% can be sustained over large (few 100 nm) thickness in epitaxial wires having ultra-small diameters (~3每6 nm). This epitaxial strain can be modeled in the framework of the Frenkel-Kontorova model and it is diameter-dependent, opening perspectives for strain-engineering.


One-step synthesis of fluorescent smart thermoresponsive copper clusters: A potential nanothermometer in living cells

Chan Wang1,3, Lin Ling1,2, Yagang Yao2 (*), and Qijun Song1 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Food Colloids and Biotechnology, Ministry of Education, School of Chemical & Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China
2 Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123, China
3 State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing 210009, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0707-0

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1975每1986

Address correspondence to Yagang Yao,; Qijun Song,

Highly luminescent and stable copper nanoclusters (CuNCs) are synthesized in a green and convenient manner, displaying a smart and reversible response upon temperature cycles. The attractive thermal feature enables the CuNCs to serve as thermal-responsive functional materials.


Quantitative measurement of the mechanical properties of human antibodies with sub-10-nm resolution in a liquid environment

Agnieszka Voss1,2, Christian Dietz1,2 (*), Annika Stocker1,2, and Robert W. Stark1,2 (*)

1 Center of Smart Interfaces, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Str. 10, 64287 Darmstadt, Germany
2 Physics of Surfaces, Institute of Materials Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Str. 16, 64287 Darmstadt, Germany

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0710-5

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1987每1996

Address correspondence to Christian Dietz,; Robert W. Stark,

An atomic force microscope in the peak-force tapping mode can be used to simultaneously obtain structural images of human antibodies with sub-10-nm resolution and maps of quantitative mechanical properties such as elasticity, adhesion, and deformation in a liquid environment.


Performance enhancement of perovskite-sensitized mesoscopic solar cells using Nb-doped TiO2 compact layer

Xiong Yin1, Yanjun Guo1, Zhaosheng Xue2, Peng Xu1, Meng He1 (*), and Bin Liu2 (*)

1 CAS Key Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, China
2 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117576, Singapore

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0711-4

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 1997每2003

Address correspondence to Meng He,; Bin Liu,

The photovoltaic performance of perovskite-sensitized mesoscopic solar cells can be effectively enhanced by employing a Nb-doped TiO2 compact layer instead of a pristine TiO2 compact layer.


Gold nanoparticle/ZnO nanorod hybrids for enhanced reactive oxygen species generation and photodynamic therapy

Zhuo Kang1, Xiaoqin Yan1, Lanqing Zhao2, Qingliang Liao1, Kun Zhao1, Hongwu Du2, Xiaohui Zhang1, Xueji Zhang3, and Yue Zhang1,4 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
2 Department of Biotechnology, School of Chemistry and Biology Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
3 Research Center for Bioengineering and Sensing Technology, School of Chemistry and Biological Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
4 Key Laboratory of New Energy Materials and Technologies, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0712-3

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2004每2014

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This study demonstrated the enhancement of reactive oxygen species generation by Au nanoparticle/ZnO nanorod hybrids under ultraviolet illumination and further confirmed the feasibility of adopting such hybrids for photodynamic therapy applications.


Interface-induced warping in hybrid two-dimensional materials

John M. Alred, Zhuhua Zhang, Zhili Hu, and Boris I. Yakobson (*)

Department of Material Science and Nanoengineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0713-2

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2015每2023

Address correspondence to Boris I. Yakobson,

Structural characterization of coherent and defective interfaces in hybrid 2D materials.


Freestanding macroscopic metal-oxide nanotube films derived from carbon nanotube film templates

He Ma, Yang Wei (*), Jiangtao Wang, Xiaoyang Lin, Wenyun Wu, Yang Wu, Ling Zhang, Peng Liu, Jiaping Wang, Qunqing Li, Shoushan Fan, and Kaili Jiang (*)

State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics & Tsinghua每Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0714-1

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2024每2032

Address correspondence to Yang Wei,; Kaili Jiang,

Freestanding metal-oxide nanotube films are prepared by atomic layer deposition on amorphous carbon-coated carbon nanotube film templates. In addition to their application in humidity sensors, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) grids, and catalyst supports, metal-oxide nanotube films also have significant potential because of their rich materials, macroscopic appearance, flexibility, compatibility with thin-film technologies, and the feasibility of mass production.


Oligonucleotide delivery by chitosan-functionalized porous silicon nanoparticles

Morteza Hasanzadeh Kafshgari1,∫, Bahman Delalat1,∫, Wing Yin Tong1, Frances J. Harding1, Martti Kaasalainen2, Jarno Salonen2, and Nicolas H. Voelcker1 (*)

1 ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology, Mawson Institute, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku, Finland
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0715-0

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2033每2046

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Chitosan coating of oligonucleotide-loaded porous silicon nanoparticles afforded sustained oligonucleotide release in vitro and enhanced nanoparticle permeation across the cell membrane.


Organic coating of 1每2-nm-size silicon nanoparticles: Effect on particle properties

Cristian R. Lillo1, Juan J. Romero1, Manuel Llansola Portol谷s1,†, Reinaldo Pis Diez2, Paula Caregnato1, and M車nica C. Gonzalez1 (*)

1 Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoqu赤micas Te車ricas y Aplicadas (INIFTA), CCT-La Plata-CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, cc 16, Suc. 4, 1900 La Plata, Argentina
2 CEQUINOR, CCT-La Plata-CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, cc 962,1900 La Plata, Argentina
Present address: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0716-z

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2047每2062

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Effect of coating on photonanosensitizers.


Boron nitride nanotube growth via boron oxide assisted chemical vapor transport-deposition process using LiNO3 as a promoter

Andrei T. Matveev1 (*), Konstantin L. Firestein1, Alexander E. Steinman1, Andrey M. Kovalskii1, Oleg I. Lebedev2, Dmitry V. Shtansky1 (*), and Dmitri Golberg3 (*)

1 National University of Science and Technology ※MISIS§, Leninskiy prospect 4, Moscow 119049, Russia
2 CRISMAT, UMR 6508, CNRS-ENSICAEN,6Bd Marechal Juin, Caen 14050, France
3 Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Namiki 1, Ibaraki, Tsukuba 3050044, Japan

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0717-y

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2063每2072

Address correspondence to Andrei T. Matveev,; Dmitry V. Shtansky,; Dmitri Golberg,

High-purity straight and discrete multiwalled boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) were grown via a boron oxide vapor reaction with ammonia using LiNO3 as a promoter. BNNTs with average diameters of 30每50 nm and lengths above 50 米m were mostly observed in a temperature range of 1,280每1,320 ∼C.


Structural dependence of piezoelectric size effects and macroscopic polarization in ZnO nanowires: A firstprinciples study

Chuanqiong Qin, Yousong Gu (*), Xu Sun, Xueqiang Wang, and Yue Zhang (*)

Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0718-x

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2073每2081

Address correspondence to Yousong Gu,; Yue Zhang,

The axial effective piezoelectric coefficient of ZnO nanowires increases as the size decreases and the increase comes mainly from the change in volume per Zn每O pair with strain.


Materialization of strained CVD-graphene using thermal mismatch

Seung-Mo Lee1,2 (*), Sang-Min Kim1,3, Min Young Na4, Hye Jung Chang5, Kwang-Seop Kim1, Hyunung Yu6, Hak-Joo Lee1, and Jae-Hyun Kim1,2

1 Nano-Convergence Mechanical Systems Research Division, Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), 156 Gajungbuk-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-343, R. O. Korea
2 Nano Mechatronics, University of Science and Technology (UST), 217 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-333, R. O. Korea
3 Graduate School of Energy Environment Water and Sustainability, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), Daejeon 305-701, R. O. Korea
4 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749, R. O. Korea
5 Advanced Analysis Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Hwarang-ro 14-gil 5, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 130-791, R. O. Korea
6 Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), 267 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-343, R. O. Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0719-9

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2082每2091

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Thermal annealing of graphene placed on various substrates could be a surprisingly simple method for preparing strained graphene with a large area.


Hierarchical TiO2 photocatalysts with a one-dimensional heterojunction for improved photocatalytic activities

Yingjuan Xie1,2, Xiao Zhang1,3, Peijun Ma1,4, Zhijiao Wu1, and Lingyu Piao1 (*)

1 CAS Key Laboratory for Standardization and Measurement for Nanotechnology, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, China
2 Department of chemistry, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
3 Institute of Optoelectronics Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
4 College of Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0720-3

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2092每2101

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The hierarchical TiO2 photocatalysts with one-dimensional hetero- junction have been synthesized for the first time. This kind of one-dimensional heterojunction is conducive to the separation of carrier andincreasement of quantum efficiency. In both of photocatalytic oxidation and reduction reactions, the photocatalysts exhibit better performance.


Impact of nanografting on the local structure of ternary self-assembled monolayers

Donglei Bu, Shawn Riechers, Jian Liang, and Gang-yu Liu (*)

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, California 95616, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0721-2

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2102-2114

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Utilizing atomic force microscopy nanografting, ternary self- assembled monolayer (SAM) domain size and composition is regulated. Comparisons with natural-growth ternary SAMs provide insight into the complex self-assembly mechanisms of ternary SAMs.


Enhancing the catalytic efficiency of the Heck coupling reaction by forming 5 nm Pd octahedrons using kinetic control

Ran Long, Di Wu, Yaping Li, Yu Bai, Chengming Wang, Li Song, and Yujie Xiong (*)

Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, and National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, P. R. China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0722-1

Nano Research 2015, 8(6): 2115每2123

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A method for the synthesis of octahedral Pd nanocrystals, by manipulating the kinetics of atomic addition, has been developed. The atomic addition preferentially occurred on higher-energy surfaces when very low atomic concentrations were maintained, which produced Pd octahedrons with sizes as small as 5 nm. This perfect size and facet control increased the catalytic efficiency of Heck coupling reactions.


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