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Transition metal每nitrogen每carbon nanostructured catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction: From mechanistic insights to structural optimization

Mengxia Shen1,2, Changting Wei1,2, Kelong Ai1, and Lehui Lu1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1400-7

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1449每1470

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In this review, we demonstrate recent breakthroughs related to elucidating the nature of active sites using a variety of physicochemical methodologies and describe the substantial progress in engineering nanostructured metal-nitrogen-carbon (M-N/C, M=Fe, Co, etc.) catalysts by employing diverse precursors and synthetic strategies, which may offer some perspective for developing advanced electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction.


Tailoring interface of lead-halide perovskite solar cells

Peimei Da and Gengfeng Zheng (*)

Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Department of Chemistry, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai 200438, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1405-2

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1471每1497

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This review focuses on the interface tailoring of lead-halide perovskite solar cells, including the modification of each layer of the cell structure (i.e., perovskite absorber, electron-transport layers, and hole-transport layers) and the interfacial materials that can be introduced into the cell.


Recent progress in thermoelectric nanocomposites based on solution-synthesized nanoheterostructures

Wei Zheng1,∫, Biao Xu1,∫, Lin Zhou2, Yilong Zhou3, Haimei Zheng3, Chenghan Sun1, Enzheng Shi1, Tanner Dale Fink1, and Yue Wu1 (*)

1 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 50011, USA
2 Ames Laboratory, Department of Energy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 50011, USA
3 Material Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1422-9

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1498每1509

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Recent progress in thermoelectric materials based on solutionsynthesized nanoheterostructures is reviewed. We also present our latest effort in a phase-change-material (Cu1.75Te)-incorporated thermoelectric nanocomposite.


Inducing imperfections in germanium nanowires

Subhajit Biswas1,2 (*), Sven Barth3, and Justin D. Holmes1,2 (*)

1 Materials Chemistry & Analysis Group, Department of Chemistry and the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
2 AMBER@CRANN, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
3 Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Materials Chemistry, Getreidemarkt 9/BC/02, 1060 Vienna, Austria

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1430-9

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1510每1523

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Three phase bottom-up growth is utilized to incorporate and engineer imperfections such as crystal defects and impurities in semiconductor Ge nanowires via catalyst and/or interfacial manipulation. High density of twin boundaries and above equilibrium amount of Sn in Ge enhance the functionality of the nanowires.


Design and integration of flexible planar micro-supercapacitors

Lili Liu1, Zhiqiang Niu2 (*), and Jun Chen2,3

1 Tianjin Key Laboratory for Photoelectric Materials and Devices, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384, China
2 Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
3 Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1448-z

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1524每1544

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This review highlights the recent developments in the device design of flexible planar micro-supercapacitors (MSCs) and their integration with other electronic devices. The current challenges and future prospects for the development of flexible MSCs are also discussed.


Integrated solar capacitors for energy conversion and storage

Ruiyuan Liu1,2, Yuqiang Liu1, Haiyang Zou2, Tao Song1 (*), and Baoquan Sun1 (*)

1 Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1450-5

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1545每1559

Address correspondence to Tao Song,; Baoquan Sun,

The integration of solar cells and energy-storage devices yields a promising self-powering system for simultaneously harvesting and storing energy from sunlight.


Recent progress in flexible and wearable bio-electronics based on nanomaterials

Yanbing Yang, Xiangdong Yang, Yaning Tan, Quan Yuan (*)

Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1476-8

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1560每1583

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The recent progress of flexible and wearable biosensors based on nanomaterials is described. The challenges and opportunities for effective integration of multifunctional nanomaterials in bioelectronics are also proposed.


Capping CsPbBr3 with ZnO to improve performance and stability of perovskite memristors

Ye Wu1,∫, Yi Wei1,∫, Yong Huang1, Fei Cao1, Dejian Yu1, Xiaoming Li1,2 (*), and Haibo Zeng1,2 (*)

1 Institute of Optoelectronics & Nanomaterials, Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Micro & Nano Materials and Technology, College of Material Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China
2 State Key Laboratory of Mechanics and Control of Mechanical Structures, College of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1288-2

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1584每1594

Address correspondence to Haibo Zeng,; Xiaoming Li,

Memristors based on inorganic halide perovskite are fabricated for the first time. Their device stability and performance are improved greatly via ZnO capping within the device to modify the contact of the perovskite layer with the electrode, prevent reactions at the interface between the perovskite and electrode due to moisture, and completely change the conductive mechanism, thus improving the performance in all aspects. The proposed design and fabrication procedures endow the device with electro- and photo-reading functions, as well as advantages of solution and room-temperature processability for flexible devices.


Coaxial multi-interface hollow Ni-Al2O3-ZnO nanowires tailored by atomic layer deposition for selective-frequency absorptions

Lili Yan1,2,∫, Jia Liu3,∫, Shichao Zhao1,2, Bin Zhang1, Zhe Gao1, Huibin Ge1,2, Yao Chen1,2, Maosheng Cao3 (*), and Yong Qin1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion, Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiyuan 030001, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China
3 School of Material Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1302-8

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1595每1607

Address correspondence to Maosheng Cao,; Yong Qin,

A novel structure, coaxial multi-interface hollow Ni-Al2O3-ZnO nanowires, is fabricated by atomic layer deposition. By adjusting ZnO cycles easily, the microwave absorption capacity and frequency-shift can be effectively tuned.


Probing the intrinsic optical quality of CVD grown MoS2

Amina Zafar1,∫, Haiyan Nan1,∫, Zainab Zafar2, Zhangting Wu1, Jie Jiang1, Yumeng You2 (*), and Zhenhua Ni1 (*)

1 Department of Physics and Key Laboratory of MEMS of the Ministry of Education, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, China
2 Ordered Matter Science Research Center, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1319-z

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1608每1617

Address correspondence to Zhenhua Ni,;Yumeng You,

The intrinsic optical quality of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown MoS2 is evaluated using the defect-induced PL emission spectra as well as the photoluminescence (PL) intensity ratio, obtained from measurements in air and vacuum. A correlation between electrical and optical properties in terms of mobility and defect-related PL intensity is also established.


Valley polarization in stacked MoS2 induced by circularly polarized light

Juan Xia1, Xingli Wang2, Beng Kang Tay2,3, Shoushun Chen4, Zheng Liu2,3,5, Jiaxu Yan1,6 (*), and Zexiang Shen1,3,7 (*)

1 Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637371, Singapore
2 NOVITAS, Nanoelectronics Centre of Excellence, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
3 CINTRA CNRS/NTU/THALES, UMI 3288, Research Techno Plaza, Singapore 637553, Singapore
4 School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
5 Center for Programmable Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
6 Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergistic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), 30 South Puzhu Road, Nanjing 211816, China
7 Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637371, Singapore

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1329-x

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1618每1626

Address correspondence to Jiaxu Yan,; Zexiang Shen,

In addition to valley and layer pseudospins, stacking pseudospin generates distinct valley polarization behaviors in stacked trilayer MoS2. Specifically, the AAB (ABB)-stacked samples exhibit two distinct photoluminescence (PL) peaks: One has strong valley polarization, and the other one is unpolarized.


Enhanced catalytic activity of monodispersed AgPd alloy nanoparticles assembled on mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride for the hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane under sunlight

Hamza Kahri1,2, Melike Sevim1, and Önder Metin1,3 (*)

1 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Atat邦rk University, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey
2 Laboratoire de Synth豕se Organique Asym谷trique et Catalyse Homog豕ne (UR11ES56), Facult谷 des Sciences de Monastir, Universit谷 de Monastir, Bd. de l*Environnement, 5019 Monastir, Tunisia
3 East Anatolian High Technology Research and Application Center (DAYTAM), Atat邦rk University, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey


DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1345-x

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1627每1640

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Herein, we report the first synthesis of mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride (mpg-C3N4)-assembled monodispersed AgPd alloy nanoparticles (mpg-C3N4@AgPd) and their unprecedented catalysis in the hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane (AB) at room temperature. The activation energy and the total turnover frequency for the hydrolysis reaction were 28.2 kJ﹞mol−1 and 94.1 min−1, respectively. These values are better than those for most heterogeneous catalyst systems tested for AB hydrolysis and are the best among all Pd-based catalysts.


Enhanced CO2 electroreduction on armchair graphene nanoribbons edge-decorated with copper

Guizhi Zhu1,2, Yawei Li1,2, Haiyan Zhu1,3, Haibin Su1,4, Siew Hwa Chan1,5, and Qiang Sun1,2 (*)

1 Singapore-Peking University Research Centre, Campus for Research Excellence & Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore 138602, Singapore
2 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
3 Institute of Modern Physics, Shaanxi Key Laboratory for Theoretical Physics Frontiers, Northwest University, Xi'an 710069, China
4 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
5 School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore


DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1362-9

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1641每1650

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The Cu-terminated armchair GNRs with a width of n=3p+2 are more efficient catalysts for producing methanol from CO2 with a free energy barrier of less than 0.5 eV, offering the advantages of a lower overpotential and higher selectivity than bulk Cu and other graphene-supported Cu structures.


A pH-switched mesoporous nanoreactor for synergetic therapy

Zhengqing Yan1,2, Andong Zhao1,2, Xinping Liu1,2, Jinsong Ren1, and Xiaogang Qu1 (*)

1 Laboratory of Chemical Biology and State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1377-2

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1651每1661

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A multifunctional pH-responsive mesoporous silica nanoreactor is presented. This well-designed nanoreactor avoids the non-specific degradation of ZnO nanoparticles, resulting in synergetic therapy by taking advantage of ZnO nanoparticle-induced oxidative stress and targeted drug release.


High activity of hot electrons from bulk 3D graphene materials for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen production

Yanhong Lu1,3,∫, Bo Ma2,∫, Yang Yang1,2, Erwei Huang2, Zhen Ge1,2, Tengfei Zhang1,2, Suling Zhang3, Landong Li2 (*), Naijia Guan2, Yanfeng Ma1,2, and Yongsheng Chen1,2 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory and Institute of Elemento-Organic Chemistry, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering (Tianjin), Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials and the Centre of Nanoscale Science and Technology, Institute of Polymer Chemistry, College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
2 School of Material Science and Engineering & National Institute for Advanced Materials, Nankai University, Tianjin 300350, China
3 School of Chemistry & Material Science, Langfang Teachers University, Langfang 065000, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1390-5

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1662每1672

Address correspondence to Yongsheng Chen,; Landong Li,

With a unique hot-electron mechanism, an efficient ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) light driven hydrogen production from water splitting was demonstrated for the first time using a carbon-only bulk three-dimensionally cross-linked graphene (3DG) material as a robust catalyst. Combined with the widely used semiconductor TiO2, a dramatically enhanced catalytic activity with a rate of 1,205 米mol﹞h-1﹞gcat-1 under UV-vis light and a 7.2% apparent quantum efficiency at 350 nm is achieved for hydrogen production due to the synergetic effects between TiO2 and such a bulk graphene material.


Unravelling charge carrier dynamics in protonated g-C3N4 interfaced with carbon nanodots as co-catalysts toward enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction: A combined experimental and first-principles DFT study

Wee-Jun Ong1 (*), Lutfi Kurnianditia Putri2, Yoong-Chuen Tan2, Lling-Lling Tan3, Neng Li4, Yun Hau Ng5, Xiaoming Wen6, and Siang-Piao Chai2 (*)

1 Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), 2 Fusionopolis Way, Innovis, Singapore 138634, Singapore
2 Multidisciplinary Platform of Advanced Engineering, Chemical Engineering Discipline, School of Engineering, Monash University, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Selangor, Malaysia
3 Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Jalan Venna P5/2, Precinct 5, 62200 Putrajaya, Malaysia
4 State Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials for Architectures, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070, China
5 Particles and Catalysis Research Group (PARTCAT), School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052, Australia
6 Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052, Australia


DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1391-4

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1673每1696

Address correspondence to Wee-Jun Ong,,; Siang-Piao Chai,

In this study, we successfully developed metal-free zero-dimensional/ two-dimensional carbon nanodot (CND)-hybridized protonated g-C3N4 (pCN) (CND/pCN) heterojunction photocatalysts, synthesized via electrostatic attraction. The resulting enhancement of the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 was attributed to efficient electron migration and separation from pCN to CNDs, because of the intimate interfacial coupling of CNDs and pCN. This hindered the charge recombination process, as determined by experimental results and computational simulations.


Predicting 2D silicon allotropes on SnS2

Emilio Scalise1 (*) and Michel Houssa2

1 Max-Planck-Institut f邦r Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Straße 1, 40237 D邦sseldorf, Germany
2 Semiconductor Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium


DOI 10.1007/s12274-016-1409-y

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1697每1709

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Dumbbell silicene is predicted to be stable on SnS2, showing tunable electronic and optical properties. The results provide guidance on the growth of silicene on nonmetallic substrates, potentially boosting its potential for application in nanoelectronics.


Orientation controlled preparation of nanoporous carbon nitride fibers and related composite for gas sensing under ambient conditions

Suqin Li, Zhiwei Wang, Xiaoshan Wang, Fangfang Sun, Kai Gao, Ningxian Hao, Zhipeng Zhang, Zhongyuan Ma, Hai Li, Xiao Huang (*), and Wei Huang (*)

Key Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) & Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergistic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), Nanjing Tech University, 30 South Puzhu Road, Nanjing 211816, China
∫ These authors contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1423-8

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1710每1719

Address correspondence to Xiao Huang,; Wei Huang,

Highly oriented g-C3N4 fibers with both meso- and micro-pores were prepared and hybridized with Au nanoparticles for sensitive NO2 detection under ambient conditions.


Harnessing Vis-NIR broad spectrum for photocatalytic CO2 reduction over carbon quantum dots-decorated ultrathin Bi2WO6 nanosheets

Xin Ying Kong1, Wen Liang Tan1, Boon-Junn Ng1, Siang-Piao Chai1 (*), and Abdul Rahman Mohamed2

1 Multidisciplinary Platform of Advanced Engineering, Chemical Engineering Discipline, School of Engineering, Monash University, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, 47500 Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia
2 Low Carbon Economy (LCE) Group, School of Chemical Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Seri Ampangan, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia


DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1435-4

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1720每1731

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A carbon quantum dots (CQDs)/ultrathin Bi2WO6 nanosheets (UBW) hybrid nanocomposite was demonstrated to be a visible (Vis)每nearinfrared (NIR)-responsive photocatalyst for CO2 reduction to energyrich CH4 hydrocarbon fuel.


Phosphorus oxoanion-intercalated layered double hydroxides for high-performance oxygen evolution

Ma Luo1,∫, Zhao Cai1,2,∫, Cheng Wang3, Yongmin Bi1, Li Qian1, Yongchao Hao1, Li Li1, Yun Kuang1, Yaping Li1, Xiaodong Lei1, Ziyang Huo4, Wen Liu2 (*), Hailiang Wang2, Xiaoming Sun1 (*), and Xue Duan1

1 State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, College of Energy, Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Soft Matter Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China
2 Department of Chemistry and Energy Sciences Institute, Yale University, 810 West Campus Drive, West Haven, CT 06516, USA
3 Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
4 Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD4109, Australia


DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1437-2

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1732每1739

Address correspondence to Wen Liu,; Xiaoming Sun,

Nickel每iron layered double hydroxides with specific interlayer anions (namely, phosphate, phosphite, and hypophosphite) were fabricated by a co-precipitation method and investigated as oxygen evolution electrocatalysts. The interlayered anions modify the surface electronic structure of the Ni sites, resulting in high-performance for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution.


Simultaneous optical and electrochemical recording of single nanoparticle electrochemistry

Linlin Sun, Yimin Fang, Zhimin Li, Wei Wang (*), and Hongyuan Chen (*)

State Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Life Science, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1439-0

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1740每1748

Address correspondence to Wei Wang,; Hongyuan Chen,

A simultaneous optical and electrochemical recording method was proposed to study dynamic electrochemical reactions during single nanoparticle collisions; this method enables an effective bottom-up strategy of elucidating the structure (optical signal)-activity (electrochemical signal) relationship at a single nanoparticle level.


A stepwise-designed Rh-Au-Si nanocomposite that surpasses Pt/C hydrogen evolution activity at high overpotentials

Binbin Jiang1, Lulu Yang1, Fan Liao1, Minqi Sheng2 (*), Haozhe Zhao1, Haiping Lin1 (*), and Mingwang Shao1 (*)

1 Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials & Devices, Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
2 School of Iron and Steel, Soochow University, Suzhou 215021, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1447-0

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1749每1755

Address correspondence to Minqi Sheng,; Haiping Lin,; Mingwang Shao,

A stepwise design concept for highly efficient hydrogen evolving electrocatalysis is proposed based on a Rh-Au-Si nanocomposite and first principles calculations.


In situ fastening graphene sheets into a polyurethane sponge for the highly efficient continuous cleanup of oil spills

Zhuang Kong1, Jinrong Wang1, 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 Sciences, Beijing 100190, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1484-8

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1756每1766

Address correspondence to Ying Zhu,; Xianyong Lu,

A graphene/polyurethane sponge with excellent chemical and physical stability prepared by in situ polymerization was used as an absorbing material for the continuous removal of oil from oil-spill water.


Extremely high-rate aqueous supercapacitor fabricated using doped carbon nanoflakes with large surface area and mesopores at near-commercial mass loading

Nan Mao1, Huanlei Wang1 (*), Yang Sui1, Yongpeng Cui1, Jesse Pokrzywinski2, Jing Shi1, Wei Liu1, Shougang Chen1, Xin Wang1, and David Mitlin2 (*)

1 Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China
2 Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Avenue, Potsdam NY 13699, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1486-6

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1767每1783

Address correspondence to Huanlei Wang,,; David Mitlin,

Carbon nanoflakes with an unparalleled combination of a large surface area,mesoporosity, and oxygen and nitrogen content are created through the single-step carbonization activation of (2-benzimidazolyl) acetonitrile. When used in supercapacitor electrodes, these carbons exhibit an excellent specific capacitance and a high rate capability in both basic and neutral aqueous electrolytes.


A realistic topological p-n junction at the Bi2Se3(0001) surface based on planar twin boundary defects

Hugo Aramberri (*), M. Carmen Muñoz, and Jorge I. Cerd芍 (*)

Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), Cantoblanco, Madrid 28049, Spain
Present address: Institut de Ci豕ncia de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193, Spain

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1491-9

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1784每1793

Address correspondence to Hugo Aramberri,; Jorge I. Cerd芍,


Simple synthesis of a porous Sb/Sb2O3 nanocomposite for a high-capacity anode material in Na-ion batteries

Jun Pan1, Nana Wang1,†, Yanli Zhou1,‡, Xianfeng Yang2, Wenyao Zhou3, Yitai Qian1,4 (*), and Jian Yang1 (*)

1 Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, China
2 Analytical and Testing Center, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
3 Jinan Licheng No.2 High School, Jinan 250105, China
4 Department of Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
Present address: College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China
Present address: School of Environment and Material Engineering, Yantai University, Yantai 264005, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1501-y

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1794每1803

Address correspondence to Jian Yang,; Yitai Qian,

A porous Sb/Sb2O3 nanocomposite has been synthesized by the mild oxidation of highly aggregated Sb nanocrystals. A low charge voltage inhibits the formation of Sb2O3 and reduces the volume change upon cycling, improving the capacity at 10 A﹞g-1 to 412 mAh﹞g-1, which is ~71.6% of the capacity at 0.066 A﹞g-1.


Scanning electron microscopy imaging of single-walled carbon nanotubes on substrates

Dongqi Li1, Jin Zhang1, Yujun He2,3, Yan Qin4, Yang Wei1 (*), Peng Liu1, Lina Zhang1, Jiaping Wang1,5, Qunqing Li1,5, Shoushan Fan1,5, and Kaili Jiang1,5 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics and Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 Sunwoda Electronic Co. Ltd., Shenzhen 518108, China
3 Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055, China
4 Carl Zeiss Shanghai Co., Ltd. Beijing Office, No. 1221, North Area, Building B, 768 Creative Industry Park, A-5 Xueyuan Rd., Haidian Dist., Beijing 100083, China
5 Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1505-7

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1804每1818

Address correspondence to Yang Wei,; Kaili Jiang,

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) on substrates are produced by the combination of signals from the topography, material, and surface charge. Modulating these factors yields m- and s-SWCNTs with various appearances.


Co-vacancy-rich Co1-xS nanosheets anchored on rGO for high-efficiency oxygen evolution

Jiaqing Zhu1, Zhiyu Ren1 (*), Shichao Du1, Ying Xie1, Jun Wu1,2, Huiyuan Meng1, Yuzhu Xue1, and Honggang Fu1 (*)

1 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
2 College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1511-9

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1819每1831

Address correspondence to Zhiyu Ren,; Hongang Fu,

Co-vacancy-rich Co1-xS nanosheets were anchored on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) via a successive two-step hydrothermal reaction. The ultrathin nanosheets increased the quantity of cobalt vacancies (V'Co) and exposed them on the surface. Experimental results and density functional theory calculations indicated that the V'Co derived from the non-stoichiometric and sheet-like structure enhanced the oxygen evolution reaction activity of the Co1-xS/rGO hybrid.


Size-dependent dissociation of small cobalt clusters on ultrathin NaCl films

Zhe Li1,2 (*), Hsin-Yi Tiffany Chen3, Koen Schouteden1, Thomas Picot1, Arnaud Hillion1, Gianfranco Pacchioni4, Chris Van Haesendonck1, Ewald Janssens1, and Peter Lievens1

1 Laboratory of Solid-State Physics and Magnetism, KU Leuven, BE-3001 Leuven, Belgium
2 Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Ministry of Education, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
3 Department of Engineering and System Science, ※National Tsing Hua University§, Hsinchu 30013
4 Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, Universit角 di Milano-Bicocca, I-20125 Milano, Italy

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1520-8

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1832每1839

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A deposited Co2 cluster dissociates on ultrathin NaCl films grown on an Au (111) substrate, whereas a larger Co13 cluster does not fragment and remains stable atop the NaCl film.


Near-infrared light activated persistent luminescence nanoparticles via upconversion

Zhanjun Li1,2, Ling Huang1, Yuanwei Zhang1, Yang Zhao1, Hong Yang1, and Gang Han1 (*)

1 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA
2 School of Environment, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510630, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1548-9

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1840每1846

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Efficient upconverted persistent luminescence imaging is realized by combining the unique features of upconversion nanoparticles and persistent luminescence nanoparticles into polymethyl methacrylate.


Freestanding hierarchical porous carbon film derived from hybrid nanocellulose for high-power supercapacitors

Zhi Li1(*), Kaveh Ahadi1, Keren Jiang1, Behzad Ahvazi2, Peng Li3, Anthony O. Anyia2,4, Ken Cadien1, and Thomas Thundat1 (*)

1 Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2V4, Canada
2 Biomass Conversion & Processing Technologies InnoTech, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, Edmonton, Alberta T6N 1E4, Canada
3 nanoFAB, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2V4, Canada
4 National Research Council of Canada, 100 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6, Canada

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1573-8

Nano Research 2017, 10(5): 1847每1860

Address correspondence to Zhi Li,; Thomas Thundat,

The structural advantages of two types of nanocellulose were utilized to fabricate freestanding carbonized hybrid nanocellulose films with a specific surface area over 1,200 m2﹞g-1 as electrode materials for supercapacitors.


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