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Perfectly planar CoB18 as a motif for metallo-borophenes

Yadong Li (*)

Department of Chemistry and Collaborative Innovation Center for Nanomaterials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1877每1878

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Preparation of a magnetically recoverable nanocatalyst via cobalt-doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles and its application in the hydrogenation of nitroarenes

Bing Yang, Qikun Zhang, Xiaoye Ma, Junqing Kang, Jingmin Shi, and Bo Tang (*)

College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Collaborative Innovation Center of Functionalized Probes for Chemical Imaging, Key Laboratory of Molecular and Nano Probes, Ministry of Education, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1879每1890

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Innovative cobalt-doped Fe3O4 nanocrystalline particles were effectively prepared via chemical coprecipitation in an aqueous solution. Co0.2Fe2.8O4 demonstrated highly efficient and recyclable properties in the hydrogenation of nitroarenes at low temperaturesin absolute water and at atmospheric pressure, resulting in~100% yield and selectivity.


Inside-out Ostwald ripening: A facile process towards synthesizing anatase TiO2 microspheres for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells

Yong Ding1,2, Xin Xia1, Wangchao Chen2, Linhua Hu2 (*), Li*e Mo2, Yang Huang2, and Songyuan Dai1,2 (*)

1 Beijing Key Laboratory of Novel Thin-Film Solar Cells, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
2 Key Laboratory of Novel Thin-film Solar Cells, Institute of Applied Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1891每1903

Address correspondence to Linhua Hu,; Songyuan Dai,

A facile inside-out Ostwald ripening route to the morphology-controlledpreparation of TiO2 microspheres is developed. After recrystallization, hollow microspheres and solid microspheres have improved porosity, larger pores, higher surface areas and reduced trap states (Ti3+ and oxygen vacancy), which significantly enhance the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on these microspheres.


Ternary supramolecular quantum-dot network flocculation for selective lectin detection

Maria Oikonomou1, Junyou Wang1, Rui Rijo Carvalho1,2, and Aldrik H. Velders1,3 (*)

1 Laboratory of BioNanoTechnology, WageningenUR, Dreijenplein 6, 6703 HB Wageningen, the Netherlands
2 Micronit Microfluidics B.V., Colosseum 15, 7521 PV Enschede, the Netherlands
3 Interventional Molecular Imaging Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, 2333 ZA Leiden, the Netherlands



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1904每1912

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Ternary supramolecular nanoparticle networks (NPN) can be applied for Concanavalin A (ConA) detection: NPN form and flocculate due to the orthogonal binding of bifunctional linker molecules to quantum dots and lectins. Monitoring the decrease in quantum-dot fluorescence intensity over time, caused by controlled network formation and flocculation, allows for selective and sensitive, qualitative and quantitative lectin detection.


Uniformly dispersed FeOx atomic clusters by pulsed arc plasma deposition: An efficient electrocatalyst for improving the performance of Li每O2 battery

Xiangyi Luo1, Jun Lu2 (*), Evan Sohm3, Lu Ma4, Tianpin Wu4, Jianguo Wen5, Dantong Qiu2, YunKai Xu1, Yang Ren4, Dean J. Miller5, and Khalil Amine2

1 Material Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA
2 Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA
3 ULVAC Technologies, Inc., Methuen, MA 01844, USA
4 Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA
5 Center for Nanoscale Materials, Nanoscience and Technology, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1913每1920

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FeOx atomic clusters were uniformly deposited onto porous carbon by pulsed atomic plasma deposition for use as a cathode material.The as-prepared material significantly improved the Li每O2 battery performance.


Toxicity assessment and long-term three-photon fluorescence imaging of bright aggregation-induced emission nanodots in zebrafish

Dongyu Li1,∫, Xinyuan Zhao2,∫, Wei Qin3, Hequn Zhang1, Yue Fei2, Liwei Liu4, Ken-Tye Yong5, Guangdi Chen2 (*), Ben Zhong Tang3 (*), and Jun Qian1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation, Centre for Optical and Electromagnetic Research, Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory for Sensing Technologies, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
2 Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory, Institute of Environmental Health, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou 310058, China
3 Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
4 Changchun University of Science and Technology (CUST), Changchun 130022, China
5 School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
These authors contributed equally to this work.



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1921每1933

Address correspondence to Guangdi Chen,; Ben Zhong Tang,; Jun Qian,

2,3-bis(4-(phenyl(4-(1,2,2-triphenylvinyl) phenyl)amino)phenyl)fumaronitrile (TPE-TPA-FN, or TTF), which is a typical aggregation-induced emission (AIE) luminogen, was encapsulated by amphiphilic polymers to form TTF-nanodots that emitted bright three-photon fluorescence under 1,560 nm-femtosecond laser excitation. The organic nanodots were microinjected into the embryos and hearts of zebrafish. The labeling allowed monitoring of the different growth stages of embryos as well as the morphologies of the heart and blood vessels using a three-photon fluorescence microscope.


Hydrophilic bismuth sulfur nanoflower superstructures with an improved photothermal efficiency for ablationof cancer cells

Zhiyin Xiao1,2,∫, Chaoting Xu1,∫, Xiaohong Jiang3, Wenlong Zhang1, Yuxuan Peng1, Rujia Zou1, Xiaojuan Huang1, Qian Liu4, Zongyi Qin1 (*), and Junqing Hu1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
2 College of Biological, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Jiaxing University, Jiaxing 314001, China
3 School of Medicine Science, Jiaxing University, Jiaxing 314001, China
4 College of Science, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1934每1947

Address correspondence to Zongyi Qin,; Junqing Hu,

Three-dimensional bismuth sulfur nanoflower superstructures were assembled into crumpled-paper-like nanosheets to serve as light-cavity mirrors, exhibiting improved intense near-infrared (NIR)absorption with enhanced photothermal conversion efficiency, and producing an effective cancer cell ablation therapy in vitro and in vivo.


Photophysical and electrical properties of organic waveguide nanorods of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride

Yuyan Han1,3, Wei Ning1,3, Liang Cao1,3, Xiaotao Xu1, Tian Li1, Fapei Zhang1,3, Li Pi1,3, Faqiang Xu2 (*) and Mingliang Tian1,3,4 (*)

1 High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China
2 National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China, 42 Hezuohua Road, Hefei 230029, China
3 Hefei Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China
4 Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1948每1955

Address correspondence to Mingliang Tian,; Faqiang Xu,

The photoluminescence (PL) feature of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) nanorods (NRs) strongly depends on the NR morphology. The parallel relation between the electric field plane and molecular plane induces enhanced absorption in the visible region.


Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 with H2O over modified TiO2 nanofibers: Understanding the reduction pathway

Anjana Sarkar1 (*), Eduardo Gracia-Espino2, Thomas Wågberg2, Andrey Shchukarev1, Melinda Mohl3, Anne-Riikka Rautio3, Olli Pitkänen3, Tiva Sharifi2, Krisztian Kordas3, and Jyri-Pekka Mikkola1,4 (*)

1 Technical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Chemical-Biological Centre, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
2 Department of Physics, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
3 Microelectronics and Materials Physics Laboratories, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500, Oulu
FI-90014, Finland
4 Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo-Turku FI-20500, Finland


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1956每1968

Address correspondence to Anjana Sarkar,; Jyri-Pekka Mikkola,

Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 with water using modified anatase TiO2 nanofibers under UV light proceeds via a hydrogenation pathway. The enhanced activity of modified TiO2 nanofibers towards CO2 photoreduction is demonstrated experimentally and theoretically by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The synergistic effect of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and Pt on TiO2 nanofibers was found to be optimal for methanol formation under the experimental conditions.


Ultrasonic-assisted pyrolyzation fabrication of reduced SnO2每x/g-C3N4 heterojunctions: Enhance photoelectro-chemical and photocatalytic activity under visible LED light irradiation

Kai Li1,∫, Xiaoqiao Zeng2,∫, Shanmin Gao1,3 (*), Lu Ma4, Qingyao Wang1, Hui Xu1, Zeyan Wang3, Baibiao Huang3, Ying Dai3, and Jun Lu2 (*)

1 College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Ludong University, Yantai 264025, China
2 Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA
3 State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, China
4 X-Ray Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1969每1982

Address correspondence to Shanmin Gao,; Jun Lu,

A one-step pyrolysis method was used to prepare a reduced SnO2每x/g-C3N4 Z-type heterojunction material that exhibited high photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical activity under visible-light-emittingdiode irradiation.


Nitrogen-doped graphene nanosheets as reactive water purification membranes

Yanbiao Liu1 (*), Ling Yu1, Choon Nam Ong1, and Jianping Xie2 (*)

1 NUS Environmental Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 117411, Singapore
2 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, 117585, Singapore


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1983每1993

Address correspondence to Yanbiao Liu,; Jianping Xie,

A nitrogen-doped graphene (N-rGO) catalyst was prepared via a hydrothermal method and N-rGO filters were then synthesized by vacuum filtration. The results exemplify the advantages of organic compound removal by catalytic activation of persulfate in flow-through mode and demonstrate the potential practical applications of the metal-free catalyst.


Non-injection gram-scale synthesis of cesium lead halide perovskite quantum dots with controllable size and composition

Xu Chen1, Lucheng Peng1, Keke Huang2, Zhan Shi2, Renguo Xie1 (*), and Wensheng Yang1

1 College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
2 State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 1994每2006

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A simple approach was developed to synthesize cesium lead halide perovskite (CsPbX3, X = Cl, Br, and I or Cl/Br and I/Br)nanocrystals by direct heating of all precursors in air. As-prepared samples showed high quantum yields (80%) and wide color tunability over the entire UV每visible spectral region (360每700 nm).


Bromide ion mediated modification to digestive ripening process: Preparation of ultra-small Pd, Pt, Rh and Ru nanoparticles

Jhumur Seth and Bhagavatula L. V. Prasad (*)

Physical and Material Chemistry Division, National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune 411008, India


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2007每2017

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A small modification, involving bromide ions, to the well-known※digestive ripening method§ has a dramatic influence on the particle sizes of various transition metals, such as Pd, Pt, Rh, and Ru. This method was utilized in the preparation of nanoparticles in the <3 nm size regime.


Electromagnetic wave absorption in reduced graphene oxide functionalized with Fe3O4/Fe nanorings

Yi Ding1, Long Zhang1, Qingliang Liao1 (*), Guangjie Zhang1, Shuo Liu1, and Yue Zhang1,2 (*)

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 Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of New Energy Materials and Technologies, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2018每2025

Address correspondence to Qingliang Liao,; Yue Zhang,

The nanocomposite of reduced graphene oxide with embedded Fe3O4/Fe nanorings(FeNR@rGO) was successfully prepared by chemical hydrothermal growth as a lightweight and broadband electromagnetic wave absorber.


One-step accurate synthesis of shell controllable CoFe2O4 hollow microspheres as high-performance electrodematerials in supercapacitor

Zhuo Wang1,2, Wei Jia1, Menglei Jiang1, Chen Chen1 (*), and Yadong Li1

1 Department of Chemistry & Collaborative Innovation Center for Nanomaterial Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2026每2033

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Shell-controllable CoFe2O4 microspheres were obtained hydro-thermally,and they exhibited excellent capacitance as electrode materials.


Self-healing superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride/Fe3O4@polypyrrole fiber with core每sheath structures for superior microwave absorption

Yunan Li1, Yong Zhao1, Xianyong Lu1 (*), Ying Zhu1 (*), and Lei Jiang1,2

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 Laboratory of Bio-inspired Smart Interfacial Science, Technology Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100190, China



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2034每2045

Address correspondence to Xianyong Lu,; Ying Zhu,

Self-healing superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride/Fe3O4@polypyrrole (F-PVDF/Fe3O4@PPyx) core每sheath structured fiber films were fabricated by combining electrospinning, in situ chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrrole, and chemical modification. These films exhibit superior microwave absorption performance.


Shedding light on electrodeposition dynamics tracked in situ via soft X-ray coherent diffraction imaging

George Kourousias1 (*), Benedetto Bozzini2, Alessandra Gianoncelli1, Michael W. M. Jones3,4, Mark Junker5, Grant van Riessen5, and Maya Kiskinova1

1 Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste ScpA, SS14-km163.5 in Area Science Park, 34149 Trieste, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell*Innovazione, Universit角 del Salento, via Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
3 Australian Synchrotron, Clayton 3168, Australia
4 ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging, La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science, La Trobe University, Bundoora 3089, Australia
5 Department of Chemistry and Physics, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, La Trobe University, Bundoora 3086, Australia



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2046每2056

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We applied combined in situ X-ray ptychography and keyhole coherent diffraction imaging for monitoring morphological and chemical changes. We examined structural changes and the speciation of complex functional materials during fabrication and operation processes at the relevant length scales.


Multi-dimensionally ordered, multi-functionally integrated r-GO@TiO2(B)@Mn3O4 yolk每membrane每shell superstructures for ultrafast lithium storage

Long Pan1, Yitao Liu1,2 (*), Xuming Xie1 (*), Xiongying Ye2, and Xiaodong Zhu3

1 Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials (MOE), Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 State Key Laboratory of Precision Measurement Technology and Instruments, Department of Precision Instrument, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
3 Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080, China


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2057每2069

Address correspondence to Yitao Liu,; Xuming Xie,

Multi-dimensionally ordered, multi-functionally integrated reduced graphene oxide (r-GO)@TiO2(B)@Mn3O4 yolk每membrane每shell superstructures are constructed, in which r-GO nanosheets, TiO2(B)nanosheets, and Mn3O4 nanoparticles are hierarchically organized to achieve remarkable synergistic interactions in ultrafast lithium storage.


Preparation of stimuli-responsive nano-sized capsules based on cyclodextrin polymers with redox or light switching properties

Ewelina Wajs1, Thorbjørn T. Nielsen2, Kim L. Larsen2, and Alex Fragoso1 (*)

1 Nanobiotechnology & Bioanalysis Group, Departament d*Enginyeria Qu赤mica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Avinguda Països Catalans 26, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
2 Department of Chemistry and Biosciences, Aalborg University, Frederik Bajers Vej 7H, 9220 Aalborg SØ, Denmark


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2070每2078

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We report the design and preparation of stimuli-responsive nanocapsules, self-assembled by the noncovalent interactions of cyclodextrin-appended polymers (host) and complementary ferrocene or azobenzene carriers (guest). The application of (electro)chemical or light stimulus enabled faster diffusion through the polymer layers.


Unsaturated-sulfur-rich MoS2 nanosheets decorated on free-standing SWNT film: Synthesis, characterization and electrocatalytic application

Daobin Liu1, Weiyu Xu1, Qin Liu1, Qun He1, Yasir A. Haleem1, Changda Wang1, Ting Xiang1, Chongwen Zou1, angsheng Chu1, Jun Zhong2, Zhiqiang Niu2, and Li Song1,3 (*)

1 National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, CAS Hefei Science Center, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230029, China
2 Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials & Devices, Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials Laboratory (FUNSOM), Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
3 Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2079每2087

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We demonstrate the first facile bottom-up solvothermal method to successfully synthesize unsaturated-sulfur-rich MoS2 nano-branches decorated on a highly conductive, free-standing single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) film, which acts as a highly efficient flexibleele ctrocatalyst. The dependence of electronic structure and hydrogenevolution efficiency on the MoS2@SWNT structure is discussed in depth using X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) results.


Dual-emissive nanohybrid of carbon dots and gold nanoclusters for sensitive determination of mercuricions

Yehan Yan1,2,3, Huan Yu2,3, Kui Zhang2, Mingtai Sun2, Yajiao Zhang2,3, Xiangke Wang1, and Suhua Wang1,2,3 (*)

1 School of Environment and Chemical Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
2 Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China
3 Department of Chemistry, University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2088每2096

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A nanohybrid probe was designed by hybridizing carbon nanodots(C-dots) and gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) through intrinsic interactions of the two components, and its application for visual determination of Hg(II) ions using paper-sensors was studied.


An in vivo study of the biodistribution of gold nanoparticles after intervaginal space injection in the tarsal tunnel

Xiaoli Shi1, Yuting Zhu1, Wenda Hua1, Yinglu Ji1, Qing Ha1, Xinxiao Han1, Yang Liu1, Jingwei Gao1, Qiang Zhang1, Sidi Liu1, Keli Ren1, Xiaochun Wu1, Hongyi Li2 (*), and Dong Han1 (*)

1 National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, China
2 Cardiology Division, Beijing Hospital of the Ministry of Health, Beijing 100730, China


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2097每2109

Address correspondence to Dong Han,; Hongyi Li,

Gold nanoparticles migrate rapidly to certain organs after intervaginal space injection via loose connective tissues rather than circulation.


Spinel MnCo2O4 nanoparticles cross-linked with two-dimensional porous carbon nanosheets as a high-efficiency oxygen reduction electrocatalyst

Gengtao Fu1,3,∫, Zhenyuan Liu1,∫, Jingfei Zhang1, Jiayan Wu1, Lin Xu1, Dongmei Sun1, Jubing Zhang1, Yawen Tang1 (*), and Pei Chen2 (*)

1 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
2 Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry (MOE), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an 710062, China
3 Materials Science and Engineering Program & Texas Materials Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2110每2122

Address correspondence to Yawen Tang,; Pei Chen,

A spinel MnCo2O4/C catalyst consisting of uniform MnCo2O4 nanoparticles cross-linked with two-dimensional (2D) porous carbon nanosheets was synthesized by a NaCl template-directed pyrolysis approach. The obtained porous MnCo2O4/C nanosheet catalyst displays the combined properties of an interconnected porous architecture and a large surface area, as well as good electrical conductivity. As a result, the porous MnCo2O4/C nanosheet catalyst exhibits a comparable electrocatalytic activity but superiorstability and methanol tolerance than a commercial Pt/C catalystin alkaline medium, suggesting its potential application in electro-chemicalenergy storage and conversion devices.


Fe/Fe2O3 nanoparticles anchored on Fe-N-doped carbon nanosheets as bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts for rechargeable zinc-air batteries

Yipeng Zang1,2, Haimin Zhang1 (*), Xian Zhang1,2, Rongrong Liu1,2, Shengwen Liu1, Guozhong Wang1, Yunxia Zhang1, and Huijun Zhao1,3 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Centre for Environmental and Energy Nanomaterials, Anhui Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China
2 University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
3 Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, QLD 4222, Australia


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2123每2137

Address correspondence to Haimin Zhang,; Huijun Zhao,

Shrimp shell-derived N-doped carbon nanodots (N-CNs) were used as carbon and nitrogen sources to fabricate Fe/Fe2O3 nanoparticles anchored on Fe-N-doped carbon nanosheets (Fe/Fe2O3@Fe-N-C) by a simple pyrolysis approach. The electrocatalysts exhibited bifunctional catalytic activities toward the oxygen reduction and evolution reactions and great potentials as air cathode materials for rechargeable zinc-air batteries.


Plasma-induced nanowelding of a copper nanowire network and its application in transparent electrodes and stretchable conductors

Ranran Wang, Haitao Zhai, Tao Wang, Xiao Wang, Yin Cheng, Liangjing Shi, and Jing Sun (*)

The State Key Lab of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050, China


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2138每2148

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Localized nanowelding and surface cleaning of copper nanowires (Cu NWs) are simultaneously implemented at room temperature using hydrogen plasma treatment. Transparent electrodes and stretchable conductors with superb performance are fabricated and integrated into organic solar cells and stretchable LED circuits as a demonstration.


Construction of controllable size silver nanoparticles immobilized on nanofibers of chitin microspheres viagreen pathway

Lin Guo1,2, Bo Duan1, and Lina Zhang1 (*)

1 College of Chemistry & Molecule Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
2 State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023, China



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2149每2161

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Ag-chitin microspheres composed of nanofibers and Ag nano-particles were constructed via a green synthetic pathway from shrimp shells and they can effectively catalyze the epoxidation reaction.


Fabrication of sintering-free flexible copper nanowire/polymer composite transparent electrodes with enhanced chemical and mechanical stability

Cho Rong Chu, Changsoo Lee, Jahyun Koo, and Hyuck Mo Lee (*)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, Republic of Korea


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2162每2173

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The transmittance and sheet resistance of the copper nanowire(CuNW)/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) composite transparent electrode (TE) are not significantly altered as compared with those of the CuNW TE. This figure shows the transmittance spectra and photographs of the CuNW TE (left image) and CuNW/PMMA composite TE (right image) (grey line: CuNW TE; orange line:CuNW/PMMA composite TE).


Meso-porous silicon-coated carbon nanotube as ananode for lithium-ion battery

Won-Sik Kim, Jonghyun Choi, and Seong-Hyeon Hong (*)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Research Institute of Advanced Materials, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744, Republic of Korea


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2174每2181

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The critical factors for the preparation of meso-porous silicon coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are presented and their electrochemical performance w/o CNT as an anodes for LIBs is demonstrated.


Growth of large-area aligned pentagonal graphenedomains on high-index copper surfaces

Kailun Xia1,2, Vasilii I. Artyukhov3, Lifei Sun1, Jingying Zheng1, Liying Jiao1, Boris I. Yakobson3, and Yingying Zhang1,2 (*)

1 Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
3 Department of Materials Science and Nano Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA


Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2182每2189

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The controlled preparation of oriented large-area high-quality single-crystal pentagonal graphene domains on Cu foils by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is reported. The crystalline structure of the underlying Cu grain and the high hydrogen partial pressure contribute to the formation of pentagonal graphene. This work provides a deeper understanding on the mechanism of graphenegrowth.


Pulmonary administration of functionalized nanoparticles significantly reduces beta-amyloid in the brain of an Alzheimer*s disease murine model

Giulio Sancini1,∫, Roberta Dal Magro1,∫ (*), Francesca Ornaghi1,†, Claudia Balducci2, Gianluigi Forloni2, Marco Gobbi3, Mario Salmona3, and Francesca Re1

1 Nanomedicine Center, School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Milano-Bicocca, via Cadore 48, 20900 Monza (MB), Italy
2 Department of Neuroscience, IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, via La Masa 19, 20159 Milano, Italy
3 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, via La Masa 19,20159 Milano, Italy
Present address: San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (SR-TIGET), Division of Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells and Gene Therapy, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, via Olgettina 60, 20132 Milano, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.



Nano Research 2016, 9(7): 2190每2201

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Large biomolecules, including drugs, are unable to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB); therefore, multi-functionalization of the surface of nanoparticles constitutes a promising strategy for overcoming this obstacle. Moreover, alternative administration routes could be utilized to improve BBB crossing by nanoparticles:Lung administration of nanoparticles designed for Alzheimer*s disease therapy is a suitable, feasible, and non-invasive strategy for reaching the brain and exerting therapeutic effects in an animal model of Alzheimer*s disease.


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