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Bismuth oxychloride hollow microspheres with high visible light photocatalytic activity

Pengzhen Cui1, Jiali Wang1, Zumin Wang1, Jun Chen1, Xianran Xing1, Lianzhou Wang2, and Ranbo Yu1,2 (*)

1 Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
2 Nanomaterials Centre, School of Chemical Engineering and AIBN, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0939-z

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):593每601

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Hollow microspheres of two bismuth oxychlorides, BiOCl and Bi24O31Cl10, with high visible light photocatalytic activity were selectively synthesized. The Bi24O31Cl10 hollow microsphere showed the highest catalytic activity because of the ideal combination of its suitable band structure and stable hollow nanostructure.


Understanding and optimizing spin injection in self-assembled InAs/GaAs quantum-dot molecular structures

Yuqing Huang, Yuttapoom Puttisong, Irina A. Buyanova, and Weimin M. Chen (*)

Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, S-58183 Linköping, Sweden

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0940-6

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):602每611

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Spin injection into self-organized InAs/GaAs quantum-dot molecular structures (QMSs) is shown to originate from barrier layer regions immediately surrounding the QMSs that exhibit local potentials, which significantly deviate from the commonly believed 2D/3D nature of the wetting layer/GaAs barrier layer and lead to severe spin loss. QMSs with a high symmetry of a lateral arrangement are identified as the optimal structure for both spin detection and spin injection.


Graphene and cobalt phosphide nanowire composite as an anode material for high performance lithium-ion batteries

Jun Yang1, Yu Zhang2, Chencheng Sun1, Hongzheng Liu2, Laiquan Li1, Weili Si1, Wei Huang1, Qingyu Yan2 (*), and Xiaochen Dong1 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) & Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), Nanjing 211816, China
2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0941-5

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):612每621

Address correspondence to Qingyu Yan,; Xiaochen Dong,

A CoP nanowire and reduced graphene oxide composite was synthesized for high performance lithium-ion battery anodes.


Actinide-embedded gold superatom models: Electronic structure, spectroscopic properties, and applications in surface-enhanced Raman scattering

Yang Gao1,2, Bo Wang1,2, Yanyu Lei1,2, Boon K. Teo3,4 (*), and Zhigang Wang1,2,5 (*)

1 Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
2 Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
3 College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
4 College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
5 Beijing Computational Science Research Center, Beijing 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0942-4

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):622每632

Address correspondence to Zhigang Wang,; Boon K. Teo,

First-principle calculations indicate that the Th@Au14 cluster adopts a closed-shell superatomic 18-electron configuration comprising the 1S21P61D10 Jellium state. The superatomic orbitals involved in the excitations can induce a strong CT-SERS enhancement of ~104.


High-power and long-life supercapacitive performance of hierarchical, 3-D urchin-like W18O49 nanostructure electrodes

Sangbaek Park1,∫, Hyun-Woo Shim2,∫, Chan Woo Lee1, Hee Jo Song1, Jae-Chan Kim2, and Dong-Wan Kim2 (*)

1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744, Republic of Korea
2 School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-713, Republic of Korea
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0943-3

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):633每643

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Highly uniform 3-D urchin-like W18O49 nanoarchitectures (U-WO), consisting of 1-D single-crystalline W18O49 nanowires with unique morphological and structural features, are demonstrated to be excellent supercapacitor electrode materials. The U-WO electrodes exhibit both high-rate capability as well as enhanced long-life cycle performance, as exemplified by a specific capacitance of ~176 F﹞g每1 even at an extremely high current density of 40 A﹞g每1 for up to 7,000 cycles.


Integrin-targeting with peptide-bioconjugated semiconductor-magnetic nanocrystalline heterostructures

Gianpiero Valente1,∫, Nicoletta Depalo2,∫, Ivan de Paola3, Rosa Maria Iacobazzi4, Nunzio Denora4, Valentino Laquintana4, Roberto Comparelli2, Emiliano Altamura1, Tiziana Latronico5, Michele Altomare2, Elisabetta Fanizza1, Marinella Striccoli2, Angela Agostiano1,2, Michele Saviano6, Annarita Del Gatto3, Laura Zaccaro3 (*), and Maria Lucia Curri2 (*)

1 Universit角 degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Dipartimento di Chimica, Via Orabona 4, 70125 - Bari, Italy
2 Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici-CNR UOS Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70125 - Bari, Italy
3 Istituto di Biostrutture e Bioimmagini-CNR, Via Mezzocannone, 16, 80134 - Napoli, Italy
4 Universit角 degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Dipartimento di Farmacia 每 Scienze del Farmaco, Via Orabona 4, 70125 - Bari, Italy
5 Universit角 degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Dipartimento di Bioscienze, Biotecnologie e Biofarmaceutica, Via Orabona 4, 70125 - Bari, Italy
6 Istituto di Cristallografia-CNR, Via Amendola 122/O, 70126 Bari, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0944-2

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):644每662

Address correspondence to Maria Lucia Curri,; Laura Zaccaro,

The paper reports on a relevant example of a multifunctional nanomaterial that is able to synergically combine the high photoactivity and magnetic characteristics of binary nanocrystals (BNCs) composed of a photoactive TiO2 nanorod joined to a superparamagnetic 污-Fe2O3 spherical domain, with the molecular recognition properties of a peptide containing an RGD motif that targets the 汐v汕3 integrin receptor expressed on activated endothelial cells and several types of cancer cells. The prepared peptide/BNC conjugated nanomaterial has potential in theranostic applications, including targeted imaging and treatment of cancer.


Self-delivery of a peptide-based prodrug for tumor-targeting therapy

Mengyun Peng1,∫, Siyong Qin1,2,∫, Huizhen Jia1, Diwei Zheng1,3, Lei Rong1, and Xianzheng Zhang1 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Biomedical Polymers of Ministry of Education & Department of Chemistry, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
2 School of Chemistry and Materials Science, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074, China
3 Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Organic Chemical Materials; Key Laboratory for the Green Preparation and Application of Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0945-1

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):663每673

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A self-assembled nanofibrous prodrug was fabricated, which could target tumor cells specifically and inhibit tumor growth efficiently via peptide ligand-mediated targeting therapy.


Tailoring minimalist self-assembling peptides for localized viral vector gene delivery

Alexandra L. Rodriguez1, Ting-Yi Wang2, Kiara F. Bruggeman1, Rui Li3, Richard J. Williams4, Clare L. Parish2,∫ (*), and David R. Nisbet1,∫ (*)

1 Research School of Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
2 Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
3 Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, VIC 3217, Australia
4 School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and the Health Innovations, Research Institute, RMIT University,Melbourne, VIC 3001, Australia
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0946-0

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):674每684

Address correspondence to David R. Nisbet,; Clare L. Parish,

Self-assembling peptides that form tissue specific hydrogel are further engineered with positively charged lysine groups to electrostatically immobilize viral vectors to provide localized delivery. Analysis in vivo confirms the highly localized delivery.


Controlling the properties of surface acoustic waves using graphene

Lokeshwar Bandhu and Geoffrey R. Nash (*)

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF, UK

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0947-z

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):685每691

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In this paper we describe how the unique properties of graphene can be exploited to control the properties of surface acoustic waves. In particular we demonstrate the ability to significantly change the wave velocity by applying a bias voltage to a hybrid graphene/lithium niobate device.


Organic每inorganic bismuth (III)-based material: A lead-free, air-stable and solution-processable light-absorber beyond organolead perovskites

Miaoqiang Lyu1, Jung-Ho Yun1, Molang Cai2, Yalong Jiao2, Paul V. Bernhardt3, Meng Zhang1, Qiong Wang1, Aijun Du2, Hongxia Wang2, Gang Liu4, and Lianzhou Wang1 (*)

1 Nanomaterials Centre, School of Chemical Engineering and AIBN, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
2 School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology,Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia
3 School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
4 Advanced Carbon Division, Institute of Metal Research Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR CAS), 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0948-y

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):692每702

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Organic每inorganic methylammonium bismuth iodide ((CH3NH3)3Bi2I9), which has advantages of non-toxicity and air-stability compared to lead/tin based organo-perovskite materials, has been developed and used in solution-processable solar cells.


Influence of dielectrics with light absorption on the photonic bandgap of porous alumina photonic crystals

Guoliang Shang, Guangtao Fei (*), Yue Li, and Lide Zhang

Key Laboratory of Materials Physics and Anhui Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures, Institute of Solid State Physics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0949-x

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):703每712

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Capillary condensation of adsorbed organic vapors in alumina pores caused non-negligible light absorption, which decreased the bottomtransmittance of photonic bandgaps.


A highly active oxygen evolution electrocatalyst: Ultrathin CoNi double hydroxide/CoO nanosheets synthesized via interface-directed assembly

Jun Wu, Zhiyu Ren (*), Shichao Du, Lingjun Kong, Bowen Liu, Wang Xi, Jiaqing Zhu, and Honggang Fu (*)

Key Laboratory of Functional Inorganic Material Chemistry, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150080, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0950-4

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):713每725

Address correspondence to Zhiyu Ren,; Hongang Fu,

CoNi double hydroxide/CoO nanosheets, assembled from CoNi layered double hydroxide and small CoO nanocrystals, were designed and synthesized via in situ reduction and interface-directed assembly. Owing to the synergistic effects of the large number of active sites, the hydroxyl-rich surface, and the increase in OH/O2 adsorption and transport, the resulting nanosheets exhibit simultaneous enhanced oxygen evolution reaction activity and enhanced stability.


Synthesis of pure phase Mg1.2Ti1.8O5 and MgTiO3 nanocrystals for photocatalytic hydrogen production

Ning Zhang1, Yang Qu1 (*), Kai Pan1, Guofeng Wang1 (*), and Yadong Li2

1 Key Laboratory of Functional Inorganic Material Chemistry, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150080, China
2 Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0951-3

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):726每734

Address correspondence to Guofeng wang,; Yang Qu,

Pure phase Mg1.2Ti1.8O5 and MgTiO3 nanocrystals were synthesized. The Mg1.2Ti1.8O5 nanocrystals exhibited a higher activity for photocatalytic hydrogen production than MgTiO3 nanocrystals under ultraviolet light irradiation.


A novel wet-spinning method of manufacturing continuous bio-inspired composites based on graphene oxide and sodium alginate

Xiaozhen Hu1,2, Sangeetha Rajendran2, Yuansi Yao2, Zheng Liu2, Karthikeyan Gopalsamy2, Li Peng2, and Chao Gao1,2 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
2 MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0952-2

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):735每744

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A fast wet-spinning assembly method of manufacturing continuous nacre-mimic graphene oxide (GO, brick)-sodium alginate (SA, mortar) films and fibers with excellent mechanical properties was developed. Tensile tests reveal that the maximum strength () and Young*s modulus (E) of the produced films are 239.6 MPa and 22.4 GPa, while the maximum values of and E for the fibers are 784.9 MPa and 58 GPa, respectively.


Growth and in situ transformation of TiO2 and HTiOF3 crystals on chitosan-polyvinyl alcohol co-polymer substrates under vapor phase hydrothermal conditions

Tianxing Wu1, Guozhong Wang1 (*), Xiaoguang Zhu1, Porun Liu2, Xian Zhang1, Haimin Zhang1, Yunxia Zhang1, and Huijun Zhao1,2 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Centre for Environmental and Energy Nanomaterials, Anhui Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China
2 Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Queensland 4222, Australia

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0953-1

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):745每754

Address correspondence to Guozhong Wang,; Huijun Zhao,

A chitosan-polyvinyl alcohol co-polymer with a large number of amino and hydroxyl groups is used as the substrate to induce direct growth and in situ sequential transformation of titanate crystals under HF vapor phase hydrothermal conditions. The organic functional groups on the substrate induced structural transformations that could be applicable to other material systems.


Dendritic platinum每copper bimetallic nanoassemblies with tunable composition and structure: Arginine-driven self-assembly and enhanced electrocatalytic activity

Gengtao Fu2,3, Huimin Liu1, Nika You2, Jiayan Wu2, Dongmei Sun2, Lin Xu2, 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 Centre of Biomedical Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
3 Materials Science and Engineering Program & Texas Materials Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0954-0

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):755每765

Address correspondence to Yawen Tang,; Yu Chen,

Strong interactions between arginine molecules drive the self-assembly of primary PtCu nanocrystals to generate PtCu alloy nanoassemblies for use as advanced electrocatalysts.


Mirror-twin induced bicrystalline InAs nanoleaves

Mun Teng Soo1, Kun Zheng2,3 (*), Qiang Gao4, Hark Hoe Tan4, Chennupati Jagadish4, and Jin Zou1,2 (*)

1 Materials Engineering, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
2 Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
3 Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
4 Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0955-z

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):766每773

Address correspondence to Jin Zou,; Kun Zheng,

Biomimic of semiconductor nanoleaf induced by mirror-twin.


Topological to trivial insulating phase transition in stanene

Michel Houssa1 (*), Bas van den Broek1, Konstantina Iordanidou1, Anh Khoa Augustin Lu1,2, Geoffrey Pourtois2, Jean-Pierre Locquet1, Valery Afanas*ev1, and Andr谷 Stesmans1

1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium
2 imec, 75 Kapeldreef, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0956-y

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):774每778

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A topological to trivial insulator phase transition is predicted in stanene, which is either induced by an out-of-plane electric field Ez or by quantum confinement effects along the width W of the nanoribbons.


Hollow click-based porous organic polymers for heterogenization of [Ru(bpy)3]2+ through electrostatic interactions

Liuyi Li1,2, Caiyan Cui2, Wenyue Su1 (*), Yangxin Wang2, and Ruihu Wang2 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002, China
2 State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0957-x

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):779每786

Address correspondence to Ruihu Wang,; Wenyue Su,

Hollow click-based porous organic polymers were prepared and used as effective supports for the heterogenization of [Ru(bpy)3]2+ via electrostatic interactions, and then used to perform photocatalytic organic transformations.


Facile synthesis of magnetic每plasmonic nanocomposites as T1 MRI contrast enhancing and photothermal therapeutic agents

Zhongzhen Yang1,2, Xianguang Ding1,2, and Jiang Jiang1 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Nano-Bio Interface, i-lab and Division of Nanobiomedicine, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0958-9

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):787每799

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Magnetic-plasmonic nanocomposites prepared using a polypyrrole adhesion layer exhibit enhanced T1 MRI contrast and efficient photothermal properties.


Theoretical study on two-dimensional MoS2 piezoelectric nanogenerators

Yongli Zhou1,∫, Wei Liu1,∫ (*), Xin Huang1,∫, Aihua Zhang1, Yan Zhang2, and Zhong Lin Wang1,3 (*)

1 Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100083, China
2 Institute of Theoretical Physics, and Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of MOE, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
3 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0959-8

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):800每807

Address correspondence to Wei Liu,; Zhong Lin Wang,

The present theoretical study investigates both the static and dynamic outputs of a two-dimensional MoS2 nanogenerator. Owing to the symmetry restriction, a nanogenerator consisting of an odd number of MoS2 layers is capable of providing clear piezoelectric output voltage and current, which decrease as the number of layers increases.


Novel synthesis of N-doped graphene as an efficient electrocatalyst towards oxygen reduction

Ruguang Ma1,2, Xiaodong Ren1,2, Bao Yu Xia3, Yao Zhou1,2, Chi Sun1,2, Qian Liu1,2 (*), Jianjun Liu1,2 (*), and Jiacheng Wang1,2 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050, China
2 Shanghai Institute of Materials Genome, 99 Shangda Road, Shanghai 200444, China
3 School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 62 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637459, Singapore

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0960-2

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):808每819

Address correspondence to Qian Liu,; Jianjun Liu,; Jiacheng Wang,

Nitrogen doping into graphene is achieved via a one-pot solvothermal method under mild reaction conditions. Subsequent annealing at 600 ∼C initiates a conversion of N-containing species in the graphene, i.e., from pyrrolic N to pyridinic N, thus boosting the catalytic efficiency toward the oxygen reduction reaction with good selectivity. The reaction proceeds via a four-electron pathway in both alkaline and acidic electrolytes.


Enhanced thermoelectric properties of topological crystalline insulator PbSnTe nanowires grown by vapor transport

Enzhi Xu1, Zhen Li1, Jaime Avil谷s Acosta1, Nan Li2, Brian Swartzentruber3, ShiJian Zheng2, Nikolai Sinitsyn4, Han Htoon2, Jian Wang5, and Shixiong Zhang1 (*)

1 Department of Physics, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, USA
2 Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Materials, Physics and Applications Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, USA
3 Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185, USA
4 Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, USA
5 MST-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0961-1

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):820每830

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Single-crystalline PbSnTe nanowires were synthesized by vapor transport and thermoelectric devices were fabricated to measure the electrical conductivity, thermopower, and thermal conductivity of individual nanowires. The PbSnTe nanowires showed enhanced thermoelectric figures of merit compared to bulk single crystals, with both improved thermopower and suppressed thermal conductivity.


Composition- and oxidation-controlled magnetism in ternary FeCoNi nanocrystals

Maogang Gong1, Ridwan Sakidja2, and Shenqiang Ren1 (*)

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
2 Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65897, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0962-0

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):831每836

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Tetragonally distorted ternary FeCoNi nanocrystals are presented to illustrate their composition and structural and magnetic property relationships.


Molybdenum sulfide/graphene-carbon nanotube nanocomposite material for electrocatalytic applications in hydrogen evolution reactions

Majid Khan1,2,∫ (*), Ammar Bin Yousaf3,∫, Mingming Chen1, Chengsha Wei1, Xibo Wu1, Ningdong Huang1, Zemin Qi1 (*), and Liangbin Li1

1 National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and School of Nuclear Science and Technology, CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230029, China
2 Department of Computer Science and IT, Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan
3 Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0963-z

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):837每848

Address correspondence to Majid Khan,,; Zeming Qi,

A three-dimensional hierarchical ternary hybrid MoS2/GO每CNT composite is prepared by a simple hydrothermal method. The hybrid composite shows superior electrocatalytic activity and stability in the hydrogen evolution reaction, with a low onset potential of only 35 mV, a Tafel slope of ~38 mV﹞decade-1, and an apparent exchange current density of 74.25 mA﹞cm-2.


A facile surfactant-free synthesis of Rh flower-like nanostructures constructed from ultrathin nanosheets and their enhanced catalytic properties

Yaqi Jiang (*), Jingyun Su, Yanan Yang, Yanyan Jia, Qiaoli Chen, Zhaoxiong Xie (*), and Lansun Zheng

State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials, and Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0964-y

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):849每856

Address correspondence to Yaqi Jiang,; Zhaoxiong Xie,

Novel Rh nanoflowers, constructed from flexible and ultrathin nanosheets of ~1.1 nm average thickness, were synthesized using a simple surfactant-free method. The large surface area and highly accessible Rh flower-like structures exhibited excellent catalytic performance.


A scalable sulfuration of WS2 to improve cyclability and capability of lithium-ion batteries

Liyan Zhou1, Shancheng Yan2 (*), Lijia Pan1,3, Xinran Wang1,3, Yuqiao Wang4, and Yi Shi1,3 (*)

1 Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
2 School of Geography and Biological Information, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210023, China
3 National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
4 Jiangsu Optoelectronic Functional Materials and Engineering Laboratory, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0966-9

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):857每865

Address correspondence to Shancheng Yan,; Yi Shi,

(3-Mercaptopropyl) trimethoxysilane was adopted for sulfuration reprocessing, which can significantly improve the electrical properties and purity of WS2, thus imparting better electrochemical performance for reversible lithium storage.


Microfluidics-generated graphene oxide microspheres and their application to removal of perfluorooctane sulfonate from polluted water

Changwei Zhao1,2 (*), Jing Fan2, Dong Chen2, Yi Xu1, and Tao Wang3

1 State Key Laboratory of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085, China
2 School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
3 The State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0968-7

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):866每875

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Graphene oxide microspheres obtained using microfluidics technology very efficiently removed severe PFOS contamination from water.


Surface micro/nanostructure evolution of Au每Ag alloy nanoplates: Synthesis, simulation, plasmonic photothermal and surface-enhanced Raman scattering applications

Hongmei Qian1, Meng Xu1, Xiaowei Li2, Muwei Ji1, Lei Cheng1, Anwer Shoaib1, Jiajia Liu1, Lan Jiang2, Hesun Zhu1, and Jiatao Zhang1 (*)

1 Beijing Key Laboratory of Construction Tailorable Advanced Functional Materials and Green Applications, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
2 Laser Micro/Nano-Fabrication Laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0969-6

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):876每885

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The precise and controllable surface roughening of Au每Ag alloy nanoplates via the galvanic replacement reaction of single-crystalline triangular Ag nanoplates with HAuCl4 is achieved. Combining experimental evidence and finite element method (FEM) simulations, the considerable near-infrared photothermal conversion efficiency (78.5%) and the controllable surface roughness enable potential surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) detection of biomolecules and photothermal applications of the alloy nanoplates.


Mesoporous silicon carbide nanofibers with in situ embedded carbon for co-catalyst free photocatalytic hydrogen production

Bing Wang1, Yingde Wang1 (*), Yongpeng Lei2 (*), Nan Wu1, Yanzi Gou1, Cheng Han1, Song Xie1, and Dong Fang3

1 Science and Technology on Advanced Ceramic Fiber and Composites Laboratory, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
2 College of Basic Education, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
3 College of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan 430074, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-015-0971-z

Nano Research 2016, 9(3):886每898

Address correspondence to Yongpeng Lei,; Yingde Wang,

Mesoporous SiC nanofibers with in situ embedded graphitic carbon exhibit significantly improved photocatalytic hydrogen production performance in high-pH solution without a noble metal co-catalyst.


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