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Engineering carbon quantum dots for photomediated theranostics

Mahbub Hassan, Vincent G. Gomes (*), Alireza Dehghani, and Sara M. Ardekani

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1616-1

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 1每41

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This article provides a comprehensive review of the engineering of carbon quantum dots for nanobiophotonic applications. It encompasses fundamental aspects to photomediated bioapplications of carbon quantum dots, with discussions on their prospects.


Recent advances in gas-involved in situ studies via transmission electron microscopy

Ying Jiang1,2, Zhengfei Zhang1, Wentao Yuan1, Xun Zhang1, Yong Wang1 (*), and Ze Zhang1 (*)

1 Center of Electron Microscopy and State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
2 Materials Genome Institute, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1645-9

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 42每67

Address correspondence to Yong Wang,; Ze Zhang,

The recent progress in research on gas每solid interactions via controlled-atmosphere transmission electron microscopy is reviewed.


Extraction, detection, and profiling of serum biomarkers using designed Fe3O4@SiO2@HA core每shell particles

Chandrababu Rejeeth1,∫, Xuechao Pang1,∫, Ru Zhang1, Wei Xu1, Xuming Sun1, Bin Liu1, Jiatao Lou1, Jingjing Wan2, Hongchen Gu1, Wei Yan1 (*), and Kun Qian1 (*)

1 School of Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Center for System Biomedicine, Shanghai Chest Hospital, and Med-X Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030, China
2 Department of Chemistry, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
Chandrababu Rejeeth and Xuechao Pang contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1591-6

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 68每79

Address correspondence to Kun Qian,; Wei Yan,

Construction of hyaluronic acid (HA)-modified materials/devices and their applications in the extraction,detection,and profiling of biomarkers from human serum samples.


Highly ordered macroporous每mesoporous Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 as dual-functional material in a polysulfide polymer

Zhenxing Li1,∫ (*), Jianzheng Zhang2,∫, Mingming Li1, Xiaofei Xing1, and Qiuyu Zhang2

1 State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Institute of New Energy, China University of Petroleum (Beijing), Beijing 102249, China
2 Department of Applied Chemistry, College of Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi*an 710072, China
Zhenxing Li and Jianzheng Zhang contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1607-2

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 80每88

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A highly hierarchically ordered microporous每mesoporous Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 solid solution with crystalline framework walls was directly and simply prepared using polystyrene (PS) microspheres and a block copolymer as dual templates. The PS microspheres and block copolymer were assembled into colloidal crystals and mesoscopic rod-like micelles to form macroporous and mesoporous templates, respectively, by a one-step process. The microporous每mesoporous Ce0.4Zr0.6O2 material significantly improved the ultraviolet resistance and mechanical performance of a polysulfide polymer.


Low-cost disordered carbons for Li/S batteries: A highperformance carbon with dual porosity derived from cherry pits

Celia Hern芍ndez-Rentero1, Rafael C車rdoba1, Noelia Moreno1, Alvaro Caballero1, Julian Morales1 (*), Mara Olivares-Mar赤n2, and Vicente G車mez-Serrano2

1 Dpto. Qu赤mica Inorg芍nica e Ingenier赤a Qu赤mica, Instituto de Qu赤mica Fina y Nanoqu赤mica, Universidad de C車rdoba, 14071 C車rdoba, Spain
2 Dpto. Qu赤mica Inorg芍nica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1608-1

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 89每100

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A hierarchical porous carbon (HPC) was synthesized from cherry pits using phosphoric acid as activating agent. HPC/S composite exhibits excellent performance as electrodes for Li/S batteries at both low and high rates. This outstanding property was observed without a preliminary thermal treatment of the composite and in the absence of doping elements such as N and/or S in the carbon.


Triboelectric nanogenerators with gold-thin-film-coated conductive textile as floating electrode for scavenging wind energy

Bhaskar Dudem, Dong Hyun Kim, and Jae Su Yu (*)

Department of Electronic Engineering, Kyung Hee University, 1732 Deogyeong-daero, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 446-701, Republic of Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1609-0

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 101每113

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A triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) with a simple fabrication process, low cost, and light weight was developed using a highly conductive and flexible Au-coated conductive textile to scavenge wind energy. The proposed wind-based TENG (W-TENG) was also tested in the outdoor environment, confirming that it can work efficiently in an actual windy situation to convert wind energy into electricity.


Bioluminescent nanopaper for rapid screening of toxic substances

Jie Liu1,2, Eden Morales-Narv芍ez1, Jahir Orozco1, Teresa Vicent3, Guohua Zhong2 (*), and Arben Merkoçi1,4 (*)

1 Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Campus UAB, Bellaterra, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
2 Laboratory of Insect Toxicology, Key Laboratory of Pesticide and Chemical Biology, Ministry of Education, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
3 Departament d'Enginyeria Qu赤mica, Universitat Aut辰noma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193, Spain
4 ICREA, Pg. Llu赤s Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona, Spain


DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1610-7

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 114每125

Address correspondence to Guohua Zhong,; Arben Merkoçi,

A composite based on bacterial nanocellulose and the luminescent bacterium Aliivibrio fischeri is reported. Nanocellulose operates as both a culture scaffold and an optically transparent biosensing substrate, with the bioluminescent organism operating as a bioindicator. This nanobiocomposite is utilized as a simple-to-fabricate and user-friendly device for toxicity detection via determination of bioluminescent inhibition caused by exposure to various contaminants.


Strongly coupled Ag/TiO2 heterojunctions for effective and stable photothermal catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol

Ying Gu1, Yanqing Jiao2, Xiaoguang Zhou1 (*), Aiping Wu2, Bater Buhe2, and Honggang Fu2 (*)

1 College of Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, 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/s12274-017-1612-5

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 126每141

Address correspondence to Xiaoguang Zhou,; Honggang Fu,

An easy and salable method was developed for the construction of strongly coupled Ag/TiO2 heterojunctions for the effective and stable catalytic conversion of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) into 4-aminophenol (4-AP) in the presence of NaBH4. The conversion of 4-NP into 4-AP was significantly enhanced under light irradiation. This is ascribed to the localized surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag, which generated hot e and h+ particles under light irradiation and local heating around the particles via their absorption of the light.


Hybridized electronic states between CdSe nanoparticles and conjugated organic ligands:A theoretical and ultrafast photo-excited carrier dynamics study

Tersilla Virgili1 (*), Arrigo Calzolari2, Inma Su芍rez L車pez1, Alice Ruini2,3, Alessandra Catellani2, Barbara Vercelli4, and Francesco Tassone5 (*)

1 IFN 每CNR, c\o Dipartimento di Fisica Politecnico di Milano, 20132 Milano, Italy
2 Istituto Nanoscienze CNR-NANO-S3, Via Campi 213/A, I-41125 Modena, Italy
3 Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Informatiche e Matematiche, Universit角 di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Campi, 213/a, I-41125 Modena, Italy
4 Istituto di Chimica della Materia Condensata e di Tecnologie per l*Energia, ICMATE-CNR SS di Milano, Via Cozzi 53, 20125 Milano, Italy
5 Center for Nano Science and Technology @Polimi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Pascoli 70/3, 20133 Milano, Italy

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1613-4

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 142每150

Address correspondence to Tersilla Virgili,; Francesco Tassone,

Theoretical model of hybridized states between nanoparticles (NPs) and organic ligands confirm the experimental pump-and-probe observation and explain the large observed photocurrents.


Simultaneous red每green每blue electroluminescent enhancement directed by surface plasmonic ※far-field§ of facile gold nanospheres

Xiaoyan Wu1,3, Yiqi Zhuang1, Zhongtao Feng1, Xuehong Zhou1, Yuzhao Yang2, Linlin Liu1 (*), Zengqi Xie1, Xudong Chen2, and Yuguang Ma1 (*)

1 Institute of Polymer Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, State Key Laboratory of Luminescent Materials and Devices, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
2 Key Laboratory for Polymer Composite and Functional Material of Ministry of China, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
3 Institute of Fluid Physics, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1614-3

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 151每162

Address correspondence to Linlin Liu,; Yuguang Ma,

Simultaneous red每green每blue electroluminescence enhancement by the ※far-field§ effect of facile synthesized gold nanospheres in white polymer light-emitting diodes was realized in this work. Yield enhancement is achieved in more than 95% devices with the best enhancing ratio of 60%.


Metal-organic framework-derived, Zn-doped porous carbon polyhedra with enhanced activity as bifunctional catalysts for rechargeable zinc-air batteries

Xuan Wu, Ge Meng, Wenxian Liu, Tian Li, Qiu Yang, Xiaoming Sun, and Junfeng Liu (*)

State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China
Xuan Wu and Ge Meng contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1615-2

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 163每173

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Porous carbon polyhedra (ZnCoNC) were fabricated using Zn-doped, Co-based metal-organic frameworks as precursors. Doping with Zn species reduces the Co nanoparticle size and increases the nitrogen content of the products, endowing the as-prepared ZnCoNC with enhanced ORR and OER electrocatalytic activity in alkaline media, thus making them promising cathode materials for zinc-air batteries.


Graphene quantum dots derived from hollow carbon nano-onions

Chenguang Zhang1,3, Jiajun Li2, Xianshun Zeng1, Zhihao Yuan1,3 (*), and Naiqin Zhao2,4 (*)

1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384, China
2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
3 Tianjin Key Lab for Photoelectric Materials & Devices, Tianjin 300384, China
4 Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1617-0

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 174每184

Address correspondence to Zhihao Yuan,; Naiqin Zhao,

Hollow carbon nano-onions (CNOs) are preferred precursors for the synthesis of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with a uniform size distribution, whereas metal encapsulation in the CNO structure is disadvantageous for the same. Furthermore, acid oxidation of hollow CNOs can result in GQDs with a yellow-green hybrid luminescence and long excitation wavelength (竹ex)-ranged 竹ex-independent photoluminescent (PL) behavior, in which the 竹ex upper limit is 480 nm. This enables sensing and cell imaging under visible light excitation with no need for UV excitation.


Highly 羽-extended copolymer as additive-free holetransport material for perovskite solar cells

Jie Liu1,2, Qianqing Ge1,2, Weifeng Zhang1,2, Jingyuan Ma1,2, Jie Ding1,2, Gui Yu1,2 (*), and Jinsong Hu1,2 (*)

1 Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, CAS Key Laboratory of Molecular Nanostructure and Nanotechnology, CAS Research/Education Center for Excellence in Molecular Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1618-z

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 185每194

Address correspondence to Jinsong Hu,; Gui Yu,

A polythiophene-based copolymer (PDVT-10) with a hole mobility up to 8.2 cm2﹞V−1﹞s−1 and a highest occupied molecular orbital level of −5.28 eV is used as a hole-transport layer for perovskite solar cells for the first time. The new additive-free hole-transport material exhibits better photovoltaic performance than poly(triarylamine)-based devices and can function as an encapsulation layer for NH3CH3PbI3 to maintain long-term stability.


Layered double hydroxide monolayers for controlled loading and targeted delivery of anticancer drugs

Xuan Mei, Simin Xu, Tongyang Hu, Liuqi Peng, Rui Gao, Ruizheng Liang (*), Min Wei (*), David G. Evans, and Xue Duan

State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Soft Matter Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China


DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1619-y

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 195每205

Address correspondence to Ruizheng Liang,; Min Wei,

Monolayered double hydroxide (MLDH) nanosheets with a high specific surface area are prepared and serve as a drug carrier for the chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin with an extremely large loading capacity and controllable release.


Energy-driven surface evolution in beta-MnO2 structures

Wentao Yao1,∫, Yifei Yuan2,3,∫, Hasti Asayesh-Ardakani1, Zhennan Huang3, Fei Long1, Craig R. Friedrich1, Khalil Amine2, Jun Lu2 (*), and Reza Shahbazian-Yassar1,3 (*)

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan 49931, USA
2 Chemical Science and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439, USA
3 Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60607, USA
Wentao Yao and Yifei Yuan contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1620-5

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 206每215

Address correspondence to Jun Lu,; Reza Shahbazian-Yassar,

The energy-controlled lateral surface evolution in 汕-MnO2 nanowires and microrods followed the elimination of {100} facets and the increased occupancy of {110} facets.


Facile growth of homogeneous Ni(OH)2 coating on carbon nanosheets for high-performance asymmetric supercapacitor applications

Mingjiang Xie1, Zhicheng Xu1, Shuyi Duan1, Zhengfang Tian1,2, Yu Zhang1, Kun Xiang1, Ming Lin3, Xuefeng Guo1,2 (), and Weiping Ding1 ()

1 Key Laboratory of Mesoscopic Chemistry of MOE, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
2 Hubei Key Laboratory for Processing and Application of Catalytic Materials, Huanggang Normal University, Huanggang 438000, China
3 Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), 2 Fusionopolis Way, Innovis, #08-03, Singapore 138634, Singapore

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1621-4

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 216每224

Address correspondence to Xuefeng Guo,; Weiping Ding,

A homogeneous Ni(OH)2 coating was grown on carbon nanosheets by a facile ion-exchange reaction, via the in situ transformation of MgO/C to Ni(OH)2/C. The obtained Ni(OH)2/C composite exhibits superior performances as an asymmetric supercapacitor, with a large capacity (198 F/g), high energy density (56.7 Wh/kg at 4.0 kW/kg), and excellent cycling stability, with 93% capacity retention after 10,000 cycles.


Strain-induced band gap engineering in layered TiS3

Robert Biele1 (*), Eduardo Flores2, Jose Ram車n Ares2, Carlos Sanchez2,3, Isabel J. Ferrer2,3, Gabino Rubio-Bollinger3,4, Andres Castellanos-Gomez5 (*), and Roberto D*Agosta1,6 (*)

1 Nano-Bio Spectroscopy Group and European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF), Universidad del Pa赤s Vasco, 20018 San Sebasti芍n, Spain
2 Materials of Interest in Renewable Energies Group (MIRE Group), Dpto. de F赤sica de Materiales, Universidad Aut車noma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
3 Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales ※Nicol芍s Cabrera§, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
4 Dpto. de F赤sica de la Materia Condensada, Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC), Universidad Aut車noma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
5 Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain 

6 IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48013 Bilbao, Spain

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1622-3

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 225每232

Address correspondence to Robert Biele,; Andres Castellanos-Gomez,; Roberto D*Agosta,

The band gap of titanium trisulfide is extremely sensitive to the application of uniaxial strain, especially in the facile transport direction. Moreover, for large enough strain (but still within the elastic limit) the nature of the band gap changes from direct to indirect, with strong implications for the potential application of these materials in optical devices.


Three-dimensional spongy nanographene-functionalized silicon anodes for lithium ion batteries with superior cycling stability

Chunfei Zhang, Tong-Hyun Kang, and Jong-Sung Yu (*)

Department of Energy Systems Engineering, DGIST, Daegu, 42988, Republic of Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1624-1

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 233每245

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An innovative 3D sponge-like nanographene (SG) shell is designed and applied on a silicon substrate, resulting in a Si@SG hybrid with unique properties, suitable to overcome the main issues affecting the application of silicon in lithium ion batteries. Electrodes based on the novel Si@SG hybrids achieve excellent electrochemical performance in terms of long-term cycling stability and rate performance at different current densities.


Scalable and general synthesis of spinel manganesebased cathodes with hierarchical yolk每shell structure and superior lithium storage properties

Yu Wu, Junting Zhang, and Chuanbao Cao (*)

Research Center of Materials Science, Beijing Key Laboratory of Construction Tailorable Advanced Functional Materials and Green Applications, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1625-0

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 246每253

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Spinel manganese-based cathodes with a hierarchical yolk每shell structure were prepared via a simple and scalable morphologyinheritance strategy. The as-prepared materials exhibit superior lithium storage properties as cathodes of lithium ion batteries.


Theoretical investigations of transport properties of organic solvents in cation-functionalized graphene oxide membranes: Implications for drug delivery

Kai Song1, Yong Long2, Xun Wang2 (*), and Gang Zhou1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China
2 Key Lab of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1626-z

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 254每263

Address correspondence to Xun Wang,; Gang Zhou,

The solvent每cation interaction dominates directional transport of organic solvent in the M-GO membranes by the site-to-site mechanism. The competition between energy consumption by the solvent每cation interaction and energy expenditure by the solvent每epoxy (每hydroxyl) interaction enables the M-GO membranes with the selective permeability to a wide range of solvents.


Ultrasensitive detection of cancer biomarker microRNA by amplification of fluorescence of lanthanide nanoprobes

Lianyu Lu1,2, Datao Tu2 (*), Yan Liu2, Shanyong Zhou2, Wei Zheng2, and Xueyuan Chen1,2 (*)

1 College of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350116, China
2 CAS Key Laboratory of Design and Assembly of Functional Nanostructures, and Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1629-9

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 264每273

Address correspondence to Datao Tu,; Xueyuan Chen,

We demonstrate application of a strategy based on nanoprobe dissolution-enhanced fluorescence amplification combined with a reconstructive molecular beacon for sensitive and specific detection of cancer biomarker microRNA.


Graphene electrode with tunable charge transport in thin-film transistors

Ick-Joon Park1, Tae In Kim1, In-Tak Cho2, Chang-Woo Song3, Ji-Woong Yang3, Hongkeun Park4, Woo-Seok Cheong3, Sung Gap Im4, Jong-Ho Lee2, and Sung-Yool Choi1 (*)

1 School of Electrical Engineering, Graphene/2D Materials Research Center, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon 34141, Republic of Korea
2 Department of Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea
3 Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Daejeon 34129, Republic of Korea
4 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Graphene/2D Materials Research Center, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon 34141, Republic of Korea

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1630-3

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 274每286

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We systematically investigate the tunable charge transport in n-channel thin film transistors by n-type doping of graphene electrodes with alkali metal carbonates, which effectively controls the carrier injection from graphene to the channel material, and results in improved electrical characteristics in the devices. Furthermore, the level of contact noise originating from the barrier height fluctuation is analyzed by low-frequency 1/f noise measurements for the first time to understand the tunable charge transport mechanism.


Egg-like magnetically immobilized nanospheres: A longlived catalyst model for the hydrogen transfer reaction in a continuous-flow reactor

Yongjian Ai1,2, Zenan Hu1, Zixing Shao2, Li Qi1, Lei Liu1, Junjie Zhou1, Hongbin Sun1 (*), and Qionglin Liang2 (*)

1 Department of Chemistry, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China
2 Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1631-2

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 287每299

Address correspondence to Hongbin Sun,; Qionglin Liang,

An egg-like Fe3O4@nSiO2-NH2-Fe2O3•xBi2O3@mSiO2 magnetically immobilized nanocatalyst was developed to reduce nitroarenes. The active species, Fe2O3•xBi2O3, was immobilized on the magnetic silica sphere and further encapsulated with a mesoporous silica shell; thus, the catalyst showed such a long lifetime that it maintained its activity for more than 1,500 cycles in a packed-bed continuous microreactor.


Carbon nanotube network film-based ring oscillators with sub 10-ns propagation time and their applications in radio-frequency signal transmission

Yingjun Yang, Li Ding, Hengjia Chen, Jie Han, Zhiyong Zhang (*), and Lian-Mao Peng (*)

Key Laboratory for the Physics and Chemistry of Nanodevices and Department of Electronics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Yingjun Yang and Li Ding contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1632-1

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 300每310

Address correspondence to Zhiyong Zhang,; Lian-Mao Peng,

We report high-performance field-effect transistors based on solution-derived carbon nanotube films and explore their applications in radio-frequency integrated circuits. The oscillation frequency of the optimized five-stage ring oscillator (RO) based on carbon nanotube film is up to 17.4 MHz. The ROs are used as carrier-wave generators in radio-frequency systems to demonstrate a complete signal transmission process, which suggests that carbon nanotube (CNT) thin-film electronics may soon find their way to radiofrequency applications.


Design of dual metal ions/dual amino acids integrated photoluminescent logic gate by high-molecular weight protein-localized Au nanoclusters

Liu Liu, Hui Jiang (*), and Xuemei Wang (*)

State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics, School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1633-0

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 311每322

Address correspondence to Hui Jiang,; Xuemei Wang,

An integrated logic gate was fabricated based on the photoluminescent response of alkaline phosphatase-coated Au nanoclusters to dual metal ions/dual amino acids.


Electrosynthesis of Co3O4 and Co(OH)2 ultrathin nanosheet arrays for efficient electrocatalytic water splitting in alkaline and neutral media

Lin Zhang1, Bingrui Liu1, Ning Zhang1,2 (*), and Mingming Ma1 (*)

1 CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, iChEM (Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials), Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
2 Department of Biology and Environmental Engineering, Hefei University, Hefei 230022, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1634-z

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 323每333

Address correspondence to Ning Zhang,; Mingming Ma,

We report a simple electrodeposition method for synthesizing Co3O4 and Co(OH)2 ultrathin nanosheet arrays (UNA) without templates or surfactants; the Co3O4 and Co(OH)2 UNA exhibit high activity for oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions, respectively, in both alkaline and neutral media.


Biocompatibility of boron nitride nanosheets

Srikanth Mateti1, Cynthia S. Wong1, Zhen Liu2, Wenrong Yang2, Yuncang Li3, Lu Hua Li1, and Ying Chen1 (*)

1 Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216, Australia
2 Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216, Australia
3 School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1635-y

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 334每342

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The biocompatibility of boron nitride (BN) nanosheets was evaluated using osteoblast-like cells (SaOS2). The biocompatibility of BN nanomaterials depends on their size, shape, structure, and surface chemical properties.


High-yield synthesis and liquid-exfoliation of two-dimensional belt-like hafnium disulphide

Harneet Kaur1,2 (*), Sandeep Yadav3,∫, Avanish K. Srivastava1, Nidhi Singh1, Shyama Rath4, Jörg J. Schneider3,∫, Om P. Sinha5, and Ritu Srivastava1 (*)

1 National Physical Laboratory, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012, India
2 Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, NPL, New Delhi 110012, India
3 Technische Universität Darmstadt, Eduard-Zintl-Institut f邦r Anorganische und Physikalische Chemie L2 I 05 117, Alarich-Weiss-Str 12, 64287 Darmstadt, Germany
4 Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India
5 Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University UP, Sector 125, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201313, India
Sandeep Yadav and Jörg J. Schneider contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1636-x

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 343每353

Address correspondence to Harneet Kaur,; Ritu Srivastava,

A simple chemical-vapor transport route is demonstrated to synthesize layered belt-like nano-crystals of hafnium disulphide followed by liquid-phase exfoliation to produce stable few-layer nanosheets for electronic applications.


Actinide endohedral boron clusters: A closed-shell electronic structure of U@B40

Tianrong Yu1,2,∫, Yang Gao1,2,∫, Dexuan Xu1,2, and Zhigang Wang1,2 (*)

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
Tianrong Yu and Yang Gao contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1637-9

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 354每359

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Molecular orbital energy levels and electron density difference map of U@B40, indicating strong covalent bonding.


The role of water in methane adsorption and diffusion within nanoporous silica investigated by hyperpolarized 129Xe and 1H PFG NMR spectroscopy

Yuanli Hu1,3, Mingrun Li1, Guangjin Hou1, Shutao Xu2, Ke Gong1,3, Xianchun Liu1, Xiuwen Han1, Xiulian Pan1 (*), and Xinhe Bao1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 457 Zhongshan Road, Dalian 116023, China
2 National Engineering Laboratory for Methanol to Olefins, Dalian National Laboratory for Clean Energy, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 457 Zhongshan Road, Dalian 116023, China
3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1638-8

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 360每369

Address correspondence to Xiulian Pan,; Xinhe Bao,

Silica materials with one-dimensional pores,ZSM-22,MCM-41, and SBA-15,were chosen to model the inorganic nanopores in shale. Water adsorption does not affect the pore size of ZSM-22 and MCM-41 zeolites,and hence has little influence on the self-diffusivity of methane.However,water reduces the pore size of SBA-15,which retards diffusion of methane.


Pristine mesoporous carbon hollow spheres as safe adjuvants induce excellent Th2-biased immune response

Manasi Jambhrunkar1, Meihua Yu1, Hongwei Zhang1, Prasanna Abbaraju1, Anand Kumar Meka1, Antonino Cavallaro2, Yao Lu1, Neena Mitter2 (*), and Chengzhong Yu1 (*)

1 Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
2 Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland, QLD 4072, Australia

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1640-1

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 370每382

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Mesoporous hollow carbon spheres with a high antigen loading capacity, enhanced uptake by antigen presenting cells (APCs), and an excellent safety profile are an effective adjuvant for stimulating the immune response in a Th2-biased manner.


Spermine induced reversible collapse of deoxyribonucleic acid-bridged nanoparticle-based assemblies

Kristian L. Göeken1, Richard B. M. Schasfoort1, Vinod Subramaniam1,2, and Ron Gill1,3 (*)

1 MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine, University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede, the Netherlands
2 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, the Netherlands
3 Saxion University of Applied Sciences, M. H. Tromplaan 28, 7513 AB Enschede, the Netherlands

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1641-0

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Distances in DNA-bound nanoparticle assemblies can be reversibly modulated using spermine-induced DNA collapse. This allows dynamic nanometer-scale movement by reducing the nanoparticle gap size to less than 15% of the original size, resulting in strong plasmon每plasmon coupling.


Prolonged and highly efficient intracellular extraction of photosynthetic electrons from single algal cells by optimized nanoelectrode insertion

Hyeonaug Hong1, Yong Jae Kim1, Myungjin Han2, Gu Yoo3, Hyun Woo Song3, Youngcheol Chae4, Jae-Chul Pyun3, Arthur R. Grossman5, and WonHyoung Ryu1 (*)

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Republic of Korea
2 Yonsei Institute of Convergence Technology and school of Integrated Technology, Yonsei University, Incheon 21983, Republic of Korea
3 Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Republic of Korea
4 Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Republic of Korea
5 Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

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Strong and stiff Ag nanowire-chitosan composite films reinforced by Ag每S covalent bonds

Xiao-Feng Pan1, Huai-Ling Gao2, Yang Su1, Ya-Dong Wu1, Xiang-Ying Wang1, Jing-Zhe Xue2, Tao He1, Yang Lu1 (*), Jian-Wei Liu2, and Shu-Hong Yu2 (*)

1 School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China
2 Division of Nanomaterials and Chemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, CAS Center for Excellence in Nanoscience, Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1644-x

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 410每419

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Silver nanowire (NW)-reinforced chitosan (CS) and thiolated chitosan (TCS) films were fabricated by a facile spray induced self-assembly. process, in which the films are reinforced by Ag每S covalent bonds. The tensile strength of the optimized Ag NW-TCS film was up to 3.9 and 1.5 times higher than that of pure TCS and Ag NW-CS films.


Layered material GeSe and vertical GeSe/MoS2 p-n heterojunctions

Wui Chung Yap1,∫, Zhengfeng Yang1,∫, Mehrshad Mehboudi2,∫, Jia-An Yan3, Salvador Barraza-Lopez2, and Wenjuan Zhu1 (*)

1 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
2 Department of Physics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
3 Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences, Towson University, Towson, MD 21252, USA
Wui Chung Yap, Zhengfeng Yang, and Mehrshad Mehboudi contributed equally to this work.


DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1646-8

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Transport properties of GeSe and its heterostructures with MoS2 were investigated both experimentally and theoretically. GeSe exhibits a markedly anisotropic electronic transport, with maximum conductance along the armchair direction. Density functional theory calculations reveal that the effective mass is 2.7 times larger along the zigzag direction than the armchair direction. The temperature dependence of the currents in GeSe/MoS2 heterojunction reveal that GeSe and MoS2 have a type-II band alignment with a conduction band offset of ~0.234 eV.


Fabrication of rigid and flexible SrGe4O9 nanotube-based sensors for room-temperature ammonia detection

Tingting Huang1,2, Zheng Lou2, Shuai Chen1,2, Rui Li1,2, Kai Jiang3, Di Chen1 (*), and Guozhen Shen2,4 (*)

1 College of Physics and Mathematics and Beijing Key Laboratory for Magneto-Photoelectrical Composite and Interface Science, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
2 State Key Laboratory for Superlattices and Microstructures, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100083, China
3 Institute & Hospital of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Key Laboratory of Digital Hepatobiliary Surgery of Chinese PLA, Chinese PLA Medical School, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853, China
4 College of Materials Science and Opto-Electronic Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1650-z

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 431每439

Address correspondence to Di Chen,; Guozhen Shen,

Polycrystalline SrGe4O9 nanotubes were prepared to fabricate high-performance rigid, flexible gas sensors for detecting ammonia at room temperature.


Chloride-intercalated continuous chemical vapor deposited graphene film with discrete adlayers

Qiao Chen1,2, Li Zhang1, and Hongwei Zhu1,2 (*)

1 State Key Lab of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1651-y

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Iron chloride flake crystals integrate with a graphene surface and are intercalated between graphene adlayers. Thus, heavy doping of graphene is achieved.


Metal-organic framework-derived porous shuttle-like vanadium oxides for sodium-ion battery application

Yangsheng Cai1, Guozhao Fang1, Jiang Zhou1,2 (*), Sainan Liu1, Zhigao Luo1, Anqiang Pan1,2 (*), Guozhong Cao3, and Shuquan Liang1,2 (*)

1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
2 Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Metal Materials Science and Engineering, Ministry of Education, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
3 Department of Materials and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2120, USA

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1653-9

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 449每463

Address correspondence to Jiang Zhou,; Anqiang Pan,; Shuquan Liang,

Porous shuttle-like vanadium oxides (i.e., V2O5, V2O3/C) were prepared by using MIL-88B (V) as precursors with a specific calcination process. The derived V2O3/C exhibited excellent electrochemical performance as an anode material for sodium-ion batteries.


Intracellular in situ labeling of TiO2 nanoparticles for fluorescence microscopy detection

Koshonna Brown1, Ted Thurn1,†, Lun Xin1, William Liu1,ǂ, Remon Bazak1,ǁ, Si Chen2, Barry Lai2, Stefan Vogt2, Chris Jacobsen3, Tatjana Paunesku1, and Gayle E. Woloschak1 ()

1 Department of Radiation Oncology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA
2 X-ray Science Division, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439, USA
3 Department of Physics & Astronomy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA
Present Address: U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520, USA
ǂ Present Address: Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20993, USA
ǁ Present Address: Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, University of Alexandria Medical School, Azarita Medical Campus, Champlollion Street, Khartoum Square, Alexandria 21547, Egypt

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1654-8

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TiO2 nanoparticles have low natural contrast;two novel ways to label them in situ to enable optical microscopy were developed, based on standard tools used in cell biology. In each case,visible fluorescence was achieved in situ in cells fixed after nanoparticle uptake.Specificity of labeling was confirmed by X-ray fluorescence microscopy.


Enhanced sulfide chemisorption by conductive Al-doped ZnO decorated carbon nanoflakes for advanced Li-S batteries

Yangbo Kong, Jianmin Luo, Chengbin Jin, Huadong Yuan, Ouwei Sheng, Liyuan Zhang, Cong Fang, Wenkui Zhang, Hui Huang, Yang Xia, Chu Liang, Jun Zhang, Yongping Gan, and Xinyong Tao (*)

College of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310014, China
Yangbo Kong and Jianmin Luo contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1655-7

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 477每489

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Aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO@C) nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized through a facile biotemplating method using kapok fibers as both the template and carbon source. When applied in Li-S batteries, the corresponding cathodes showed excellent electrochemical performance owing to the high conductivity of AZO, which can effectively suppress the shuttle effect of lithium polysulfides (LiPSs), and increase the LiPSs conversion and Li2S precipitation rates.


High-performance aqueous symmetric sodium-ion battery using NASICON-structured Na2VTi(PO4)3

Hongbo Wang1, Tianran Zhang2, Chao Chen3, Min Ling4, Zhan Lin1,3 (*), Shanqing Zhang4, Feng Pan5, and Chengdu Liang1

1 Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Advanced Chemical Engineering Manufacture Technology, College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117576, Singapore
3 College of Light Industry and Chemical Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
4 Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Environmental Futures Research Institute and Griffith School of Environment, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, QLD 4222, Australia
5 School of Advanced Materials, Peking University, Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen 518055, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1657-5

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 490每498

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An aqueous sodium-ion battery is fabricated using a single NASICON-structured Na2VTi(PO4)3 material with the redox couples of V4+/V3+ and Ti4+/Ti3+ working on the cathode and anode, respectively. The high-safety and low-cost symmetric full-cell exhibits an impressive cyclability suitable for applications in stationary batteries.


Ultrathin AgPt alloy nanowires as a high-performance electrocatalyst for formic acid oxidation

Xian Jiang1,∫, Gengtao Fu1,∫, Xia Wu1, Yang Liu1, Mingyi Zhang2, Dongmei Sun1, Lin Xu1 (*), and Yawen Tang1 (*)

1 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
2 Key Laboratory for Photonic and Electronic Bandgap Materials, Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Harbin Normal University, Harbin 150025, China
Xian Jiang and Gengtao Fu contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1658-4

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 499每510

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Ultrathin AgPt alloy nanowires are successfully achieved with a high yield and uniformity by a facile hydrothermal synthetic strategy. Due to the alloyed composition and 1D structure, the ultrathin AgPt nanowires exhibit a superior electrocatalytic activity and better CO tolerance for the formic acid oxidation reaction than AgPt nanoparticles or a commercial Pt black catalyst.


Fiber gas sensor-integrated smart face mask for roomtemperature distinguishing of target gases

Zhiyi Gao1,2,∫, Zheng Lou2,∫, Shuai Chen2, La Li2, Kai Jiang3, Zuoling Fu1 (*), Wei Han4 (*), and Guozhen Shen2,5 (*)

1 Coherent Light and Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory, Key Laboratory of Physics and Technology for Advanced Batteries, College of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
2 State Key Laboratory for Superlattices and Microstructures, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100083, China
3 Institute & Hospital of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Key Laboratory of Digital Hepatobiliary Surgery of Chinese PLA, Chinese PLA Medical School, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853, China
4 Key Laboratory of Physics and Technology for Advanced Batteries (Ministry of Education)-International Center of Future Science, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
5 College of Materials Science and Opto-electronic Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China
Zhiyi Gao and Zheng Lou contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1661-9

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 511每519

Address correspondence to Zuoling Fu,; Guozhen Shen,; Wei Han,

A smart multi-functional face mask was fabricated with three types of wearable fiber gas sensors that had the ability to selectively distinguish gases at room temperature.


Improved plasmon-assisted photoelectric conversion efficiency across entire ultraviolet每visible region based on antenna-on zinc oxide/silver three-dimensional nanostructured films

Lijuan Yan1,∫, Yang Liu2,∫, Yaning Yan1, Lanfang Wang1, Juan Han1, Yanan Wang1, Guowei Zhou1, Mark T. Swihart2, and Xiaohong Xu1,3 (*)

1 School of Chemistry and Materials Science of Shanxi Normal University & Key Laboratory of Magnetic Molecules and Magnetic Information Materials of Ministry of Education, Linfen 041004, China
2 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo (SUNY), Buffalo, New York 14260-4200, USA
3 Research Institute of Materials Science of Shanxi Normal University, Linfen 041004, China
Lijuan Yan and Yang Liu contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1663-7

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 520每529

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We designed and fabricated ZnO/Ag nanostructured films to enhance the photoelectric conversion efficiency. The photocurrent increased 3.75 times for the antenna-on ZnO/Ag three-dimensional nanostructured film (ZAZAZA) relative to a pure ZnO film (Z) under ultraviolet每visible light illumination, indicating great potential for application in photovoltaic or photoelectrochemical devices.


Flexible design of gradient multilayer nanofilms coated on carbon nanofibers by atomic layer deposition for enhanced microwave absorption performance

Shichao Zhao1,2, Lili Yan1,2, Xiaodong Tian2,3, Yequn Liu1,4, Chaoqiu Chen1, Yunqin Li1,2, Jiankang Zhang1,2, Yan Song3, 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 Key Laboratory of Carbon Materials, Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiyuan 030001, China
4 Analytical Instrumentation Center, Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiyuan 030001, China

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Nafion-assisted exfoliation of MoS2 in water phase and the application in quick-response NIR light controllable multi-shape memory membrane

Wei Jia, Beibei Tang (*), and Peiyi Wu (*)

State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers, Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1665-5

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 542每553

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Nafion is adopted as a dispersant for assisting the water-phase exfoliation of MoS2. Composite membranes of Nafion-modified MoS2/Nafion show excellent near-infrared light-controllable multishape memory performance with convenient operation and quick response.


Highly-anisotropic optical and electrical properties in layered SnSe

Shengxue Yang1,2,∫ (*), Yuan Liu3,∫, Minghui Wu4,∫, Li-Dong Zhao2, Zhaoyang Lin1, Hung-chieh Cheng3, Yiliu Wang1, Chengbao Jiang2, Su-Huai Wei5, Li Huang4, Yu Huang3,6, and Xiangfeng Duan1,6 (*)

1 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
2 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
3 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
4 Department of Physics, South University of Science and Technology of China, Shenzhen 518005, China
5 Beijing Computational Science Research Center, Beijing 100094, China
6 California Nanosystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Shengxue Yang, Yuan Liu, and Minghui Wu contributed equally to this work.

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1712-2

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 554每564

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We report a systematic study of the in-plane anisotropic properties of layered SnSe, using angle-resolved Raman scattering, optical absorption, and electrical transport methods.


Self-assembled formation of long,thin,and uncoalesced GaN nanowires on crystalline TiN films

David van Treeck (*), Gabriele Calabrese, Jelle J. W. Goertz, Vladimir M. Kaganer, Oliver Brandt, Sergio Fern芍ndez-Garrido, and Lutz Geelhaar

Paul-Drude-Institut f邦r Festkörperelektronik, Leibniz-Institut im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V., Hausvogteiplatz 5每7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

DOI 10.1007/s12274-017-1717-x

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 565每576

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We investigate in detail the self-assembled nucleation and growth of GaN nanowires on TiN. It is demonstrated that the TiN substrate allows the growth of long, thin and uncoalesced GaN nanowires which are suitable for the growth of core每shell heterostructures.


Site-specific determination of TTR-related functional peptides by using scanning tunneling microscopy

Lanlan Yu1,3,4, Yongfang Zheng1,3,4, Jing Xu1,4, Fuyang Qu1,4, Yuchen Lin1,4, Yimin Zou1,4, Yanlian Yang1 (*), Sally L. Gras2 (*), and Chen Wang1 (*)

1 CAS Key Laboratory for Biological Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety, CAS Key Laboratory of Standardization and Measurement for Nanotechnology, CAS Center for Excellence in Nanoscience, CAS Center for Excellence in Brain Science, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, China
2 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia
3 Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
4 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

Nano Research 2018, 11(1): 577每585

Address correspondence to Chen Wang,; Sally L. Gras,; Yanlian Yang,

TTR-related functional peptides were designed with two different functional motifs. Here, we used scanning tunneling microscopy to achieve site-specific analyses of their assembly structures for rational design and optimization.


Cross-linked self-assembling peptide scaffolds

Raffaele Pugliese1, Amanda Marchini1,2, Gloria Anna Ada Saracino2, Ronald N. Zuckermann3, and Fabrizio Gelain1,2 (*)

1 IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, Opera di San Pio da Pietralcina, Viale Capuccini 1 San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia 71013, Italy
2 Center for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering (CNTE), A. O. Ospedale Niguarda C角 Granda, Piazza dell* Ospedale Maggiore 3, Milan 20162, Italy
3 The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, California 94720, USA

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Self-assembling peptides have an unquestionable impact on regenerative medicine applications, because they feature biomimetic nano-architectures that mimic the complexity of natural peptidebased extracellular matrices of living tissues. Although selfassembling peptides have attracted increasing interest in the scientific community as tailorable, synthetic, and biocompatible biomaterials, their applications have been hampered so far by their poor mechanical properties, yielding soft and fragile scaffolds unsuitable for many medical applications. Here, by using a tailored cross-linking reaction, it was possible to covalently link peptide molecules after self-assembly, giving rise to dramatically stiffer, flexible, and tailorable biomimetic scaffolds, thus expanding their potential for many applications in regenerative medicine and beyond.


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