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Coordination polymers: Challenges and future scenarios for capture and degradation of volatile organic compounds

Kowsalya Vellingiri1, Pawan Kumar2, and Ki-Hyun Kim1 (*)

1 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-Ro, Seoul 04763, Republic of Korea
2 Department of Nano Sciences and Materials, Central University of Jammu, Jammu 181143, India

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1230-7

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3181每3208

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In this review, recent developments in coordination polymers/metal organic frameworks (CPs/MOFs) research are described with their associated mechanisms for capture, sorptive removal, and catalytic degradation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The key variables and challenges for afforded abatement of VOCs are discussed based on the CPs/MOFs technologies.


Nitrogen-rich carbon spheres made by a continuous spraying process for high-performance supercapacitors

Fei Sun1,2, Haobin Wu2, Xin Liu1, Fang Liu2, Huihui Zhou2, Jihui Gao1, and Yunfeng Lu2 (*)

1 School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
2 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1199-2

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3209每3221

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Nitrogen-rich carbon particles with designed nanostructures were obtained via a continuous aerosol-spraying process. The fabricated supercapacitors exhibit high energy and power densities in both aqueous and commercial organic electrolytes. Density functional theory calculations show that the improved performance is due to the enhanced wettability and ion adsorption interactions at the carbon/electrolyte interface resulting from nitrogen doping.


Solution processed MnBi-FeCo magnetic nanocomposites

Qilin Dai1, Muhammad Asif warsi2, John Q. Xiao2, and Shenqiang Ren1 (*)

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
2 Department of Physics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1200-0

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3222每3228

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High energy product rare-earth-free magnets were realized by coupling MnBi nanoparticles and FeCo nanowires, synthesized by metal-redox and electrospinning, respectively.


Cadmium nanoclusters in a protein matrix: Synthesis, characterization, and application in targeted drug delivery and cellular imaging

Morteza Sarparast1,∫, Abolhassan Noori1,∫, Hoda Ilkhani1, S. Zahra Bathaie2, Maher F. El-Kady3,4, Lisa J. Wang3, Huong Pham3, Kristofer L. Marsh3, Richard B. Kaner3,5 (*), and Mir F. Mousavi1,3 (*)

1 Department of Chemistry, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran 14115-175, Iran
2 Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran 14115-111, Iran
3 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
4 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Egypt
5 California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.


DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1201-z

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3229每3246

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Bovine serum albumin-templated Cd nanoclusters were designed as a theranostic nanoplatform for simultaneous cellular imaging and targeted drug delivery. In vitro experiments demonstrated cellular uptake, hyaluronic acid-directed breast cancer cell targeting, and pH-induced yet sustained doxorubicin release and cancer cell apoptosis.


Direct self-assembly of CTAB-capped Au nanotriangles

Qiang Fu1,2,3, Guangjun Ran1, and Weilin Xu1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, and Jilin Province Key Laboratory of Low Carbon Chemical Power, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, Changchun 130022, China
2 College of Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
3 Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1203-x

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3247每3256

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A simple and direct method for the self-assembly of cetyltrimethyl-ammonium bromide (CTAB)-capped gold nanotriangles to form ※suprastructures§ was systematically investigated by varying the temperature and the tilt angle of the silicon wafer used in the assembly process.


Upconversion nano-photosensitizer targeting into mitochondria for cancer apoptosis induction and cyt c fluorescence monitoring

Yanyan Liu1, Jiawen Zhang2, Changjing Zuo3 (*), Zhen Zhang4, Dalong Ni1, Chen Zhang1, Jing Wang2, Hui Zhang4, Zhenwei Yao2, and Wenbo Bu1,5 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050, China
2 Department of Radiology, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, 12 Urumqi Zhong Road, Shanghai 200040, China
3 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Changhai Hospital of Shanghai, 168 Changhai Road, Shanghai 200433, China
4 Cancer Research Institute, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, 270 Dongan Road, Shanghai 200032, China
5 Shanghai Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Chemical Processes, School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China Normal University, 3663 Zhongshan North Road, Shanghai 200062, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1204-9

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3257每3266

Address correspondence to Changjing Zuo,; Wenbo Bu,

Upconversion nano-photosensitizer targeted to mitochondria that can be used for inducing cancer cell apoptosis by upconversion-based photodynamic therapy (PDT) and for detecting cytochrome c (cyt c) fluorescence to study apoptosis.


Core每shell Au@MnO2 nanoparticles for enhanced radiotherapy via improving the tumor oxygenation

Xuan Yi1, Lei Chen1, Xiaoyan Zhong1, Roulin Gao1, Yitao Qian1, Fan Wu1, Guosheng Song2, Zhifang Chai1, Zhuang Liu2, and Kai Yang1 (*)

1 School of Radiation Medicine and Protection & School for Radiological and Interdisciplinary Sciences (RAD-X), Collaborative Innovation Center of Radiation Medicine of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
2 Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1205-8

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3267每3278

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In this work, we developed Au@MnO2-polyethylene glycol (PEG) core每shell nanoparticles as a novel radiosensitizer for enhancing radiotherapy both in vitro and in vivo. The obtained Au@MnO2- PEG nanoparticles could react with H2O2 in the tumor to generate O2, further enhancing the susceptibility of cancer cells to X-rays.


Self-formation of hexagonal nanotemplates for growth of pyramidal quantum dots by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy on patterned substrates

Alessandro Surrente, Romain Carron, Pascal Gallo, Alok Rudra, Benjamin Dwir, and Eli Kapon (*)

Laboratory of Physics of Nanostructures, École Polytechnique F谷d谷rale de Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1206-7

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3279每3290

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We investigate the symmetry elevation of inverted nanopyramidal pits from three-fold symmetry to six-fold symmetry during metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy and its role in the formation of highly symmetric site-controlled quantum dots. This investigation was performed using systematic atomic force microscopy combined with kinetic Monte Carlo simulations.


A catalyst-free new polyol method synthesized hot-pressed Cu-doped Bi2S3 nanorods and their thermoelectric properties

Tarachand1, Vikash Sharma1, Ranu Bhatt2, Vedachalaiyer Ganesan1, and Gunadhor Singh Okram1 (*)

1 UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore 452001, India
2 Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085, India

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1207-6

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3291每3304

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Synthesized single-crystalline Bi2S3 nanorods having orthorhombic symmetry with 20 atoms in a unit cell possess high thermoelectric power (TEP) because of their complex crystal structure.


Synergy and translation of allogenic bone marrow stem cells after photodynamic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with tetra sulfonatophenyl porphyrin and TiO2 nanowhiskers

Fawad U. Rehman1,∫, Chunqiu Zhao1,∫, Changyu Wu1, Xiaoqi Li3, Hui Jiang1, Matthias Selke2, and Xuemei Wang1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics, School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
2 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Los Angeles, CA 90032, USA
3 NanJing Foreign Language School, Nanjing 210096, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1208-5

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3305每3321

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Photoactivated tetra sulfonatophenyl porphyrin (TSPP)-TiO2 nanocomposites, along with allogenic bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs), can ameliorate rheumatoid arthritis by influencing miRNA expression in inflamed joint long-bone BMSCs and lowering inflammatory cytokine levels.


Uniformly grown PtCo-modified Co3O4 nanosheets as a highly efficient catalyst for sodium borohydride electrooxidation

Congying Song1, Dongming Zhang2 (*), Bin Wang1, Zhuang Cai1, Peng Yan1, Yang Sun1, Ke Ye1, Dianxue Cao1, Kui Cheng1, and Guiling Wang1 (*)

1 College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001, China
2 Research Center of Shanxi Province for High Gravity Chemical Engineering and Technology, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1209-4

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3322每3333

Address correspondence to Guiling Wang,; Dongming Zhang,

The 3D nanostructure of PtCo/Co3O4 nanosheets provides a large specific surface area, and the combined effects of Pt, Co, and Co3O4make the as-prepared catalysts, showing good electrocatalytic activity and stability, a potential alternative for NaBH4 oxidation.


In-situ probing of thermal desorption of vapor molecules on a nanowire via work function variance

Kovur Prashanthi (*), John Eric Hawk, Ryan McGee, Ravi Gaikwad, and Thomas Thundat (*)

Ingenuity Lab, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2V4, Canada

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1210-y

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3334每3345

Address correspondence to Kovur Prashanthi,; Thomas Thundat,

Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) was used to monitor local variations of surface potential of single Pt nanowire when exposed to vapor molecules. The temperature derivate of the work function provides information about the desorption temperature of adsorbed molecules.


Iron-doped nickel disulfide nanoarray: A highly efficient and stable electrocatalyst for water splitting

Na Yang1, Chun Tang1, Kunyang Wang2, Gu Du2, Abdullah M. Asiri3, and Xuping Sun1 (*)

1College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
2 Chengdu Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, Chengdu 610081, China
3 Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1211-x

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3346每3354

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Sulfidation of nickel每iron layered double hydroxide (NiFe-LDH) nanoarray (NA) on Ti mesh forms Fe-doped NiS2 nanoarray (Fe0.1-NiS2 NA/Ti) for efficient oxygen evolution electrocatalysis. It requires an overpotential of 231 mV to drive 100 mA﹞cm-2 in 1.0 M KOH, out-performing NiFe-LDH NA/Ti and most of the reported NiFe-LDH catalysts. It is also efficient for the hydrogen evolution reaction.


Double-induced-mode integrated triboelectric nano-generator based on spring steel to maximize space utilization

Guanlin Liu1, Hengyu Guo1, Lin Chen1, Xue Wang1, Dapeng Wei2, and Chenguo Hu1 (*)

1 Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
2 Chongqing Engineering Research Center of Graphene Film Manufacturing, Chongqing 401329, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1213-8

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3355每3363

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Employing spring steel plates as skeletons and electrodes enables the double-induced-mode integrated triboelectric nanogenerator with small volume to be easily integrated using many spring steel plates, thereby greatly enhancing its output performance.


An effective poly(p-phenylenevinylene) polymer adhesion route toward three-dimensional nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube/reduced graphene oxide composite for direct electrocatalytic oxygen reduction

Yu Fu1, Chungui Tian2, Fangyuan Liu1, Lei Wang2 (*), Haijing Yan2, and Bai Yang1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
2 Key Laboratory of Functional Inorganic Material Chemistry, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150080, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1214-7

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3364每3376

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An effective poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV)-precursor adhesion route was proposed for construction of three-dimensional (3D) reduced graphene oxide−N-doped carbon nanotube (N-RGO-PPV( c)-CNT) composites. The onset potential (Eonset), catalytic current density, and electron transfer number of the catalyst are comparable with those of the commercial 20% Pt/C catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), whereas the former shows better durability and methanol tolerance than the latter.


Understanding bottom-up continuous hydrothermal synthesis of nanoparticles using empirical measurement and computational simulation

Jos谷 Sierra-Pallares1, Thomas Huddle2, Juan Garc赤a-Serna3, Esther Alonso3, Fidel Mato3, Igor Shvets4, Olaf Luebben4, Mar赤a Jos谷 Cocero3, and Edward Lester2 (*)

1 Fluids Engineering Group Energy and Fluid Mechanics Engineering Department, University of Valladolid, Paseo del Cauce 59, 47010 Valladolid, Spain
2 Advanced Materials Research Group, the University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
3 High Pressure Processes Group, Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, University of Valladolid, C/Prado de la Magdalena s/n, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
4 School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, College green, Dublin 2, Ireland

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1215-6

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3377每3387

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Conceptual visualisation of the continuous flow reactor for the synthesis of nanomaterials has now been successfully modelled using a combination of computational and empirical measurements. A chemical plant is now in operational which used this modelling work to allow successful scale up to 1,000 T﹞year-1.


Sustainable hydrogen and chemical production via photo-electrochemical reforming of biomass-derived alcohols

Liping Zhang1,2,∫, Rong Chen1,∫, Jianqiang Luo1, Jianwei Miao1, Jiajian Gao1, and Bin Liu1,2 (*)

1 School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 62 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637459, Singapore
2 Energy Research Institute@NTU, Interdisciplinary Graduate School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637141, Singapore
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1216-5

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3388每3393

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Simultaneous hydrogen and chemicals production without emitting CO2 at room temperature via photoelectrochemical reforming of biomass-derived alcohols has been developed. Hydrogen quantum efficiencies reach around 80% across the entire visible solar spectrum from 450 to 850 nm, achieving an ultrahigh hydrogen production rate of 7.91 米mol/(min﹞cm2) illumination area under AM 1.5G illumination.


Silicene nanoribbons on transition metal dichalcogenide substrates: Effects on electronic structure and ballistic transport

Bas van den Broek1 (*), Michel Houssa1, Augustin Lu1,2, Geoffrey Pourtois2,3, Valery Afanas'ev1, and Andre Stesmans1

1 Semiconductor Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium
2 imec, 75 Kapeldreef, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium
3 Department of Chemistry, Plasmant Research Group, University of Antwerp, B-2610 Wilrijk-Antwerp, Belgium

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1217-4

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3394每3406

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We consider silicene ribbons that are van der Waals-bonded to a variety of transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMD) substrates and discover a favorable electronic structure and transport properties for application in nanoelectronics.


Laser-based in situ embedding of metal nanoparticles into bioextruded alginate hydrogel tubes enhances human endothelial cell adhesion

Andreas Blaeser1,∫, Nina Million2,∫, Daniela Filipa Duarte Campos1, Lisa Gamrad2, Marius Köpf1, Christoph Rehbock2, Milen Nachev3,4, Bernd Sures3,4, Stephan Barcikowski2 (*), and Horst Fischer1

1 Department of Dental Materials and Biomaterials Research, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Pauwelsstr. 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany
2 Technical Chemistry I and Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsstr. 5-7, 45141 Essen, Germany
3 Aquatic Ecology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsstr. 5, 45141 Essen, Germany
4 Center for Water and Environmental Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsstr. 5, 45141 Essen, Germany
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1218-3

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3407每3427

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A novel laser ablation technique for the in situ embedding of gold and iron nanoparticles (≒0.01 wt.%) into bioextruded alginate hydrogels is presented. Iron nanoparticle-loaded alginates are shown to promote human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) adhesion.


A carbon nanofiber network for stable lithium metal anodes with high Coulombic efficiency and long cycle life

Anyi Zhang1, Xin Fang1, Chenfei Shen1, Yihang Liu2, and Chongwu Zhou1,2 (*)

1 Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 90089, USA
2 Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 90089, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1219-2

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3428每3436

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The formation of Li dendrites is a key problem that limits the application of Li metal anodes. In this study, we prepared a novel current collector by modifying conventional copper foils with scalable carbon nanofiber, which enabled dendrite-free and long-cycle-life Li metal deposition with high areal loading.


Uptake of citrate-coated iron oxide nanoparticles into atherosclerotic lesions in mice occurs via accelerated transcytosis through plaque endothelial cells

Wolfram C. Poller1,6,7 (*), Evelyn Ramberger1, Philipp Boehm-Sturm2,3, Susanne Mueller2,3, Konstantin Möller1, Norbert Löwa4, Frank Wiekhorst4, Susanne Wagner5, Matthias Taupitz5, Eyk Schellenberger5, Gert Baumann1,6, Karl Stangl1,6, Verena Stangl1,6 (*), and Antje Ludwig1,6

1 Medizinische Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Kardiologie und Angiologie, Charit谷-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Mitte, Charit谷platz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
2 Abteilung f邦r Experimentelle Neurologie, Center for Stroke Research, Charit谷-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charit谷platz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
3 Charit谷 Core Facility "7 T experimental MRIs", Charit谷-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charit谷platz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
4 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Abbestr. 2-12, 10587 Berlin, Germany
5 Institut f邦r Radiologie, Charit谷-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Mitte, Charit谷platz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
6 DZHK (German Centre for Cardiovascular Research), partner site Berlin, 10115 Berlin, Germany
7 Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), 10117 Berlin, Germany


DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1220-9

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3437每3452

Address correspondence to Wolfram Poller,; Verena Stangl,

The uptake of citrate-coated iron oxide nanoparticles into atherosclerotic lesions occurs via accelerated transcytosis through plaque endothelial cells. This rapid uptake of nanoparticles enables atherosclerotic plaque visualization by magnetic resonance imaging.


Direct observation of metastable face-centered cubic Sb2Te3 crystal

Yonghui Zheng1,∫, Mengjiao Xia2,∫, Yan Cheng1 (*), Feng Rao1 (*), Keyuan Ding1, Weili Liu1, Yu Jia2, Zhitang Song1 (*), and Songlin Feng1

1 State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Micro-system and Information Technology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050, China
2 International Laboratory of Quantum Functional Materials of Henan, School of Physics and Engineering, Zhengzhou University,
Zhengzhou 450001, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.


DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1221-8

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3453每3462

Address correspondence to Yan Cheng,; Feng Rao,; Zhitang Song,

We report that the Sb2Te3 (ST) material has a face-centered cubic (f-) phase that contains a high concentration of vacancies. Owing to the weak alignment of defective octahedrons and the considerable low-coordinated Te atoms in the vicinity of the vacancies, the f-ST phase can be easily amorphized to lower the RESET energy.


Biocompatibility and internalization of molecularly imprinted nanoparticles

Francesco Canfarotta1 (*), Alicia Waters2, Robyn Sadler3, Paul McGill3, Antonio Guerreiro4, Dmitri Papkovsky2, Karsten Haupt5, and Sergey Piletsky4

1 MIP Diagnostics Ltd., University of Leicester, Fielding Johnson Building, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
2 School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University College Cork, College Road, Cork, Ireland
3 GSK, David Jack Centre for R&D, Park Road, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0DP, UK
4 Chemistry Department, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
5 Compi豕gne University of Technology, CNRS Enzyme and Cell Engineering Laboratory, Rue Roger Couttolenc, CS 60319, 60203 Compi豕gne Cedex, France

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1222-7

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3463每3477

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Herein we evaluate the biocompatibility and internalization of bare and core每shell imprinted polymeric nanoparticles, produced by means of an innovative solid-phase approach.


Enhanced CH4 yield by photocatalytic CO2 reduction using TiO2 nanotube arrays grafted with Au, Ru, and ZnPd nanoparticles

Piyush Kar1,∫ (*), Samira Farsinezhad1,∫, Najia Mahdi1, Yun Zhang1, Uchenna Obuekwe2, Himani Sharma1, Jing Shen2, Natalia Semagina2 (*), and Karthik Shankar1,3 (*)

1 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, 9107-116 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2V4, Canada
2 Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, 9107-116 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2V4, Canada
3 NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology, 11421 Saskatchewan Dr. NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2M9, Canada
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1225-4

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3478每3493

Address correspondence to Piyush Kar,; Natalia Semagina,; Karthik Shankar,

Au, Ru, and ZnPd nanoparticle co-catalysts on TiO2 nanotube semiconductor supports enhance CH4 production by photocatalytic CO2 reduction.


Hollow PtNi alloy nanospheres with enhanced activity and methanol tolerance for the oxygen reduction reaction

Huimin Liu1,∫, Xinyu Liu2,∫, Yumei Li1, Yufeng Jia2, Yawen Tang2 (*), and Yu Chen1 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Science of Shaanxi Province, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi*an 710062, China
2 Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center of Biomedical Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1226-3

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3494每3503

Address correspondence to Yu Chen,; Yawen Tang,

Cyanide-functionalized hollow PtNi nanospheres (PtNi@CN HNSs) with a high alloying degree were synthesized using a simple cyanogel reduction method, which exhibited particular methanol tolerance for the oxygen reduction reaction.


Vapor transport growth of MoS2 nucleated on SiO2 patterns and graphene flakes

Toma Stoica1,2 (*), Mihai Stoica1,3, Martial Duchamp4, Andreas Tiedemann1, Siegfried Mantl1, Detlev Gr邦tzmacher1, Dan Buca1, and Beata E. Kardynał1 (*)

1 Peter Gr邦nberg Institute 9 (PGI 9) and JARA-Fundamentals of Future Information Technologies, Forschungszentrum J邦lich, J邦lich 52425, Germany
2 National Institute of Materials Physics, Magurele, Bucharest 077125, Romania
3 Institute of Physical Chemistry ※Ilie Murgulescu§ of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest 060021, Romania
4 Peter Gr邦nberg Institute 5 (PGI 5) and JARA-Fundamentals of Future Information Technologies, Forschungszentrum J邦lich, J邦lich 52425,b Germany

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1227-2

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3504每3514

Address correspondence to Beata E. Kardinał,; Toma Stoica,

Mono-layers MoS2 were grown with nucleation occurring on the edges of etched SiO2 layer and graphene flakes. On prolonging the deposition time, 3R poly-type pyramids were obtained.


Unraveling the mark of surface defects on a spinterface: The nitronyl nitroxide/TiO2(110) interface

Reza Kakavandi1,∫, Arrigo Calzolari2,∫, Yulia B. Borozdina3, Prince Ravat3, Thomas Chass谷1, Martin Baumgarten3, and M. Benedetta Casu1 (*)

1 Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of T邦bingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 18, 72076 T邦bingen, Germany
2 CNR-NANO Istituto Nanoscienze, Centro S3, 41125 Modena, Italy
3 Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz, Germany
These authors contributed equally to this work.


DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1228-1

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3515每3527

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The mark of a surface defect: Defect site reactivity leads to quenching of the molecular magnetic moment.


Contrasting room-temperature hydrogen sensing capabilities of Pt-SnO2 and Pt-TiO2 composite nanoceramics

Yao Xiong1, Wanping Chen1 (*), Yesheng Li2, Ping Cui3, Shishang Guo1, Wei Chen3, Zilong Tang2, Zijie Yan4, and Zhenyu Zhang3 (*)

1 School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
3 International Center for Quantum Design of Functional Materials (ICQD), Hefei Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale (HFNL), and Synergetic Innovation Center of National Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
4 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York 13699, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1229-0

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3528每3535

Address correspondence to Wanping Chen,; Zhenyu Zhang,

The ultrahigh hydrogen sensitivities of Pt-TiO2 composite nanoceramics are lost abruptly when the oxygen/hydrogen concentration ratio reaches a critical value, while Pt-SnO2 composite nanoceramics preserve their extraordinary capabilities for sensing hydrogen in air at room temperature.


Systematic characterization of transport and thermoelectric properties of a macroscopic graphene fiber

Weigang Ma1,∫, Yingjun Liu2,∫, Shen Yan1,3,∫, Tingting Miao4, Shaoyi Shi1, Mincheng Yang2, Xing Zhang1 (*), and Chao Gao2 (*)

1 Key Laboratory for Thermal Science and Power Engineering of Ministry of Education, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Key Laboratory of Adsorption and Separation Materials & Technologies of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
3 Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
4 Key Laboratory of Process Fluid Filtration and Separation, College of Mechanical and Transportation Engineering, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, Beijing 102249, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.


DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1231-6

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3536每3546

Address correspondence to Xing Zhang,; Chao Gao,

The transport and thermoelectric properties of a macroscopic graphene fiber have been systematically characterized by applying our developed comprehensive T-type method.


Overpotential-dependent shape evolution of gold nanocrystals grown in a deep eutectic solvent

Lu Wei1,2 (*), Bangan Lu2, Mingjun Sun2, Na Tian2, Zhiyou Zhou2, Binbin Xu2, Xinsheng Zhao1, and Shigang Sun2 (*)

1 School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou 221116, China
2 College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1236-1

Nano Research 2016, 9(11): 3547每3557

Address correspondence to Lu Wei,; Shigang Sun,

Overpotential-dependent shape evolution of gold nanocrystals (Au NCs) successively from concave rhombic dodecahedra (RD) to concave cubes, octopods, cuboctahedral boxes, and finally, to hollow octahedra (OH) was achieved in a deep eutectic solvent (DES) via electrochemically shape-controlled synthesis. The electrocatalytic activity of the as-prepared Au NCs for D-glucose electrooxidation was sensitively dependent on their morphologies.


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