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Photocatalysts for degradation of dyes in industrial effluents: Opportunities and challenges

Hassan Anwer1,∫, Asad Mahmood1,∫, Jechan Lee2,∫, Ki-Hyun Kim1 (*), Jae-Woo Park1 (*), and Alex C. K. Yip3

1 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-ro, Seoul 04763, Republic of Korea
2 Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering, Ajou University, Suwon 16499, Republic of Korea
3 Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Hassan Anwer, Asad Mahmood, and Jechan Lee contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 955每972

Address correspondence to Ki-Hyun Kim,; Jae-Woo Park,

Photocatalysts for dye degradation were categorized in to three generations, and the mechanisms and controlling factors of dye degradation were investigated. A performance evaluation method was proposed to compare photocatalyst systems for dye degradation.


Graphene oxide-based hydrogels as a nanocarrier for anticancer drug delivery

Abdullah A.Ghawanmeh1, Gomaa A. M. Ali1,2, H. Algarni3,4, Shaheen M. Sarkar5, and Kwok Feng Chong1 (*)

1 Faculty of Industrial Sciences & Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Gambang, 26300 Kuantan, Malaysia
2 Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, AlAzhar University, Assiut, 71524, Egypt
3 Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha 61413, P. O. Box 9004, Saudi Arabia
4 Research Center for Advanced Materials Science (RCAMS), King Khalid University, Abha 61413, P. O. Box 9004, Saudi Arabia
5 Bernal Institute, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick, Castletroy, V94 Limerick, Ireland

2019, 12(5): 973每990

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Various graphene oxide based hydrogels, were prepared with several natural and synthetic polymers for loading and release of different types of anticancer drugs.


Cubosome nanoparticles for enhanced delivery of mitochondria anticancer drug elesclomol and therapeutic monitoring via sub-cellular NAD (P) H multi-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging

Ana R. Faria1,∫, Oscar F. Silvestre1,∫, Christian Maibohm1, Ricardo M. R. Adão1, Bruno F. B. Silva2, and Jana B. Nieder1 (*)

1 Department of Nanophotonics, Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics Group, INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Av. Mestre Jos谷 Veiga s/n, 4715-330 Braga, Portugal
2 Department of Life Sciences, INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Av. Mestre Jos谷 Veiga s/n, 4715-330 Braga, Portugal
Ana R. Faria and Oscar F. Silvestre contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 991每998

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In this study we present the first elesclomol-copper nanodrug delivery system and show its in vitro enhanced performance based on conventional cytotoxicity assays. Additionally, we establish a novel approach for the therapeutic monitoring of anticancer nanocarriers in live cells using label free multiphoton fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (MP-FLIM) of endogenous NAD (P) H.


Photodynamic therapy-triggered on-demand drug release from ROSresponsive core-cross-linked micelles toward synergistic anti-cancer treatment

Yongjuan Li1, Jian Hu2, Xun Liu1, Yong Liu3 (*), Shixian Lv1, Juanjuan Dang1, Yong Ji4 (*), Jinlin He2, and Lichen Yin1 (*)

1 Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
2 College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Suzhou Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Design and Precision Synthesis, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Functional Polymer Design and Application, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
3 Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen, Antonius Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
4 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Wuxi People*s Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University, Wuxi 214023, China

2019, 12(5): 999每1008

Address correspondence to Lichen Yin,; Yong Liu,; Yong Ji,

Reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive core-crosslinked (RCCL) micelles with desired stability were developed to efficiently co-deliver both chemodrug (doxorubicin, Dox) and photosensitizer (chlorin e6, Ce6), and tumor-site specific light irradiation produced ROS in tumor tissues that destabilized the micelles and released Dox in an ※on-demand§ manner to achieve potent and synergistic anti-cancer efficacy.


Nanoscale monitoring of mitochondria and lysosome interactions for drug screening and discovery

Qixin Chen1,2,3, Xintian Shao1,2,3, Zhiqi Tian3, Yang Chen3, Payel Mondal4, Fei Liu1,2, Fengshan Wang1, Peixue Ling1,2 (*), Weijiang He5 (*), Kai Zhang4 (*), Zijian Guo5, and Jiajie Diao3 (*)

1 School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shandong University, Jinan 250101, China
2 Shandong Academy of Pharmaceutical Science, Key Laboratory of Biopharmaceuticals, Engineering Laboratory of Polysaccharide Drugs, National-Local Joint Engineering Laboratory of Polysaccharide Drugs, Jinan 250101, China
3 Department of Cancer Biology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH 45267, USA
4 Department of Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
5 State Key Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry Institute, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China

2019, 12(5): 1009每1015

Address correspondence to Peixue Ling,; Weijiang He,; Kai Zhang,; Jiajie Diao,

A novel strategy using structured illumination microscopy to screen and discover drugs at nanoscale in living cell is proposed. This strategy can provide a dynamic visualization and quantitative evidence for mitochondria-lysosomes interactions at the nanoscale, which promises to increase the success rate of drug screening and shorten the cycle of drug discovery.


An integrated cathode with bi-functional catalytic effect for excellentperformance lithium每sulfur batteries

Mengmeng Zhen1,2,†, Xintao Zuo1, Juan Wang1, and Cheng Wang1 (*)

1 Tianjin Key Laboratory of Advanced Functional Porous Materials and Center for Electron Microscopy, Institute for New Energy Materials & Low-Carbon Technologies, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300071, China
2 Tianjin Key Laboratory of Clean Energy and Pollution Control, School of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401, China
Present address: Tianjin Key Laboratory of Clean Energy and Pollution Control, School of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401, China

2019, 12(5): 1017每1024

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When using the N, S dual-doped bamboo-like CNTs@Co3S4-sulfur as cathodes, the battery delivers excellent cycling performances.


Encapsulating segment-like antimony nanorod in hollow carbon tube as long-lifespan, high-rate anodes for rechargeable K-ion batteries

Wen Luo1,∫, Feng Li2,∫, Weiran Zhang3, Kang Han4, Jean-Jacques Gaumet5, Hans-Eckhardt Schaefer4,6, and Liqiang Mai4 (*)

1 Department of Physics, School of Science, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
2 Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230000, China
3 Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Boston University, MA 02215, USA
4 State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, International School of Materials Science and Technology, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
5 Laboratoire de Chimie et Physique: Approche Multi-谷chelles des Milieux Complexes, Institut Jean Barriol, Universit谷 de Lorraine, Metz 57070, France
6 Institute for Functional Matter and Quantum Technologies, Stuttgart University, Pfaffenwaldring 57, Stuttgart 70569, Germany
Wen Luo and Feng Li contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 1025每1031

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Nanorod-in-nanotube-structured Sb@HCT was prepared as K-ion battery anode and the introduction of potassium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (KFSI) electrolyte salt boosts the electrochemical performance. Meanwhile a reversible potassium storage mechanism for Sb anode is disclosed.


Revealing the crystallization process and realizing uniform 1.8 eV MA-based wide-bandgap mixed-halide perovskites via solution engineering

Yue-Min Xie1,2,3, Chunqing Ma1,2,3, Xiuwen Xu1,2,3, Menglin Li1,2,3, Yuhui Ma1,2,3, Jing Wang1,2,3, Hrisheekesh Thachoth Chandran1,2,3, Chun-Sing Lee1,2,3, and Sai-Wing Tsang1,2,3 (*)

1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
2 City University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Research Institute, Shenzhen 518057, China
3 Center of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films (COSDAF), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

2019, 12(5): 1033每1039

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It is revealed that the fast nucleation and the large different in complexation ability of Br and I to Pb2+ result in inhomogeneous chemical composition of small particles. By diluting the precursor solution, the homogeneity of small particles can be improved, thus, the appearance of pin-holes can be inhibited.


Nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots: Optical properties modification and photovoltaic applications

Md Tanvir Hasan1,∫, Roberto Gonzalez-Rodriguez1,∫, Conor Ryan1, Kristof Pota2, Kayla Green2, Jeffery L. Coffer2, and Anton V. Naumov1 (*)

1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas Christian University, TCU Box 298840, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, USA
2 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Christian University, TCU Box 298860, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, USA
Md Tanvir Hasan and Roberto Gonzalez-Rodriguez contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 1041每1047

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Optical properties of nitrogen self-doped graphene quantum dots are optimized using ozone treatment and those are further utilized as a photoactive layer in solar cells showing significant improvement in photovoltaic performance: power conversion efficiency (PCE) up to 2.64%, fill factor (FF) up to 86.4%.


Stress-induced CsPbBr3 nanocrystallization on glass surface: Unexpected mechanoluminescence and applications

Xiaoqiang Xiang1,2, Hang Lin1 (*), Renfu Li1, Yao Cheng1, Qingming Huang3, Ju Xu1, Congyong Wang1, Xueyuan Chen1, and Yuansheng Wang1 (*)

1 CAS Key Laboratory of Design and Assembly of Functional Nanostructures, and Fujian Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002, China
2 College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007, China
3 Instrumentation Analysis and Research Center, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002, China

2019, 12(5): 1049每1054

Address correspondence to Hang Lin,; Yuansheng Wang,

Visualization of dynamical force is achieved via mechanoluminescence arising from CsPbBr3 crystallization on glass surface. The unprecedented stress-induced glass crystallization not only provides a new technique to prepare CsPbBr3 in a green, time-saving, low cost, and batched way, but also opens up novel application directions of CsPbBr3 in the fields of force sensor and Pb2+-detection.


Dual-enzyme-propelled unbounded DNA walking nanomachine for intracellular imaging of lowly expressed microRNA

Tianshu Chen1,2,∫, Yaoyao Chen1,∫, Huinan Chen1, Fan Zhang1, Qianqian Zhang1, Guifang Chen1,3 (*), and Xiaoli Zhu1 (*)

1 Center for Molecular Recognition and Biosensing, School of Life Sciences, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
2 Institute of Biomedical Engineering, School of Communication and Information Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
3 Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
Tianshu Chen and Yaoyao Chen contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 1055每1060

Address correspondence to Guifang Chen,; Xiaoli Zhu,

A dual-enzyme-propelled DNA walking nanomachine is developed for intracellular imaging of lowly expressed miRNAs at the single cell level. This DNA nanomachine mainly consists of three-dimensional DNA tracks on gold nanoparticles and two cooperative enzymes that could propel a stepwise walking motion of the target miRNA on the tracks.


A high over-potential binder-free electrode constructed of Prussian blue and MnO2 for high performance aqueous supercapacitors

Gaowei Zhang1,∫, Hua Yao1,∫, Feng Zhang1,2, Zitao Gao1, Qiujun Li1, Yangyi Yang1 (*), and Xihong Lu1

1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
2 College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Huanghuai University, Zhumadian 463000, China
Gaowei Zhang and Hua Yao contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 1061每1069

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A binder-free coordination superamolecular network (CSN)/MnO2(Prussian blue/MnO2, denoted as CSN-PB/MnO2) composite electrode fabricated via electrodeposition shows high cell voltage and energy density for aqueous hybrid supercapacitors.


Visual dual chemodynamic/photothermal therapeutic nanoplatform based on superoxide dismutase plus Prussian blue

Shan Lei, Jinxing Chen, Kun Zeng, Mozhen Wang (*), and Xuewu Ge (*)

CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China

2019, 12(5): 1071每1082

Address correspondence to Mozhen Wang,; Xuewu Ge,

A multi-functional PBFS-PSS/DiFe/SOD nanoparticulate system has been prepared. This system can be used for efficiently dual-mode chemodynamic/ photothermal therapy.


Highly accessible aqueous synthesis of well-dispersed dendrimer type platinum nanoparticles and their catalytic applications

Adri芍n Fern芍ndez-Lodeiro1,2, Jamila Djafari1,2, David Lopez-Tejedor3,∫, Carlos Perez-Rizquez3,∫, Benito Rodr赤guez-Gonz芍lez4, Jos谷 Luis Capelo1,2, Jose M. Palomo3 (*), Carlos Lodeiro1,2 (*), and Javier Fern芍ndez-Lodeiro1,2 (*)

1 BIOSCOPE Group, LAQV@REQUIMTE, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science and Technology, University NOVA of Lisbon, Caparica Campus, Caparica 2829-516, Portugal
2 PROTEOMASS Scientific Society, R迆a dos Inventores, Madan Parque, Caparica Campus, Caparica 2829-516, Portugal
3 Department of Biocatalysis, Institute of Catalysis (CSIC), Madrid, Spain; Marie Curie 2, Cantoblanco, UAM Campus, Madrid 28049, Spain
4 Scientific and Technological Research Assistance Center (CACTI), University of Vigo, Lagoas-Marcosende, Vigo 36310, Spain
David Lopez-Tejedor and Carlos Perez-Rizquez contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 1083每1092

Address correspondence to Javier Fern芍ndez-Lodeiro,; Carlos Lodeiro,; Jose M. Palomo,

Iron (II) was used in the reduction process of the K2PtCl4 salt to produce colloids suspensions of platinum nanodendrimers. Catalytic application has been explored in the reduction of p-nitrophenol (p-NP) in aqueous media at room temperature obtained TOF value of 253 min每1, as well as artificial metalloenzyme showing catechol-oxidase activity for oxidation of L-DOPA.


Mn3O4 nanoparticles@reduced graphene oxide composite: An efficient electrocatalyst for artificial N2 fixation to NH3 at ambient conditions

Hong Huang1,∫, Feng Gong3,∫, Yuan Wang1, Huanbo Wang2, Xiufeng Wu1,4, Wenbo Lu4, Runbo Zhao1, Hongyu Chen1, Xifeng Shi5, Abdullah M. Asiri6, Tingshuai Li3, Qian Liu3, and Xuping Sun1 (*)

1 Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054, Sichuan, China
2 School of Environment and Resource, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, China
3 School of Materials and Energy, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
4 Key Laboratory of Magnetic Molecules and Magnetic Information Materials (Ministry of Education), School of Chemistry and Material Science, Shanxi Normal University, Linfen 041004, China
5 College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, Shandong, China
6 Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science & Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80203, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
Hong Huang and Feng Gong contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 1093每1098

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Mn3O4 nanoparticles@reduced graphene oxide (Mn3O4@rGO) acts as a stable electrocatalyst for N2 reduction reaction (NRR). When tested in 0.1 M Na2SO4 solution at ambient conditions, such Mn3O4@rGO catalyst obtains a NH3 yield of 17.4 µg﹞h−1﹞mg−1cat. and a Faradaic efficiency of 3.52% at −0.85 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations show that the (112) planes of Mn3O4 possess superior NRR activity.


Atomistic insight into ordered defect superstructures at novel grain boundaries in CuO nanosheets: From structures to electronic properties

Lulu Zhao1, Lei Li1, Huaping Sheng1, He Zheng1 (*), Shuangfeng Jia1, Weiwei Meng1, Huihui Liu1, Fan Cao1, Huayu Peng1, and Jianbo Wang1,2 (*)

1 School of Physics and Technology, Center for Electron Microscopy, MOE Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures, and Institute for Advanced Studies, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
2 Science and Technology on High Strength Structural Materials Laboratory, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China

2019, 12(5): 1099每1104

Address correspondence to Jianbo Wang,; He Zheng,

Novel atomic/electronic structures of three typical grain boundaries frequently observed in CuO nanosheets are studied based on both atomistic observations and theoretical investigations. The unambiguous experimental evidences indicate the point-defect-mediated superstructures which are theorized to facilitate the ionic transportation and lead to the appearance of unreported magnetism.


High areal capacity flexible sulfur cathode based on multi-functionalized super-aligned carbon nanotubes

Lujie Jia1, Jian Wang2, Zijin Chen3, Yipeng Su1, Wei Zhao1, Datao Wang1, Yang Wei1, Kaili Jiang1, Jiaping Wang1, Yang Wu1, Jia Li3, Wenhui Duan1, Shoushan Fan1, and Yuegang Zhang1,2 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics and Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 i-Lab, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123, China
3 Laboratory for Computational Materials Engineering Division of Energy and Environment, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055, China

2019, 12(5): 1105每1113

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Flexible Li/S cells based on a super-aligned carbon nanotube scaffold that is mechanically reinforced and chemically functionalized by a catalytic sulfur/nitrogen co-doped carbon layer exhibit high areal capacity and excellent mechanical endurance, showing great application potential in wearable electronics.


Hierarchical flower-like cobalt phosphosulfide derived from Prussian blue analogue as an efficient polysulfides adsorbent for long-life lithium-sulfur batteries

Xiaoxia Chen1, Xuyang Ding1, Haliya Muheiyati1, Zhenyu Feng1, Liqiang Xu1,2 (*), Weini Ge1, and Yitai Qian1

1 Key Laboratory of Colloid & Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education and School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, China
2 Shenzhen Research Institute of Shandong University, Rm A301, Virtual University Park, Nanshan, Shenzhen 518057, Guangdong, China

2019, 12(5): 1115每1120

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Hierarchical flower-like cobalt phosphosulfide have been successfully synthesized via conversion of Prussian blue analogue precursor in the PxSy atmosphere and then applied as sulfur host in Li-S batteries for the first time, which delivers good rate performance and superb cycle-stability.


A bioinspired high-modulus mineral hydrogel binder for improving the cycling stability of microsized silicon particle-based lithium-ion battery

Meng Tian1, Xiao Chen1, Shengtong Sun2 (*), Dong Yang1 (*), and Peiyi Wu1,2 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers, Department of Macromolecular Science, Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
2 State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Center for Advanced Low-dimension Materials, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China

2019, 12(5): 1121每1127

Address correspondence to Peiyi Wu,; Dong Yang,; Shengtong Sun,

A bioinspired mineral hydrogel consisting of polyacrylic acid physically crosslinked with amorphous calcium carbonate nanoparticles is designed as a binder for low-cost microsized Si particle-based Li-ion battery anodes. The hybrid binder with ultrahigh modulus effectively suppresses the pulverization of Si particles and maintains the mechanical integrity of electrodes during cycling to obtain excellent cycling stability.


Polypyrrole-based hybrid nanostructures grown on textile for wearable supercapacitors

Lingchang Wang1,2,3, Chenguang Zhang1,2,3 (*), Xin Jiao1,2,3, and Zhihao Yuan1,2,3 (*)

1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384, China
2 Tianjin Key Laboratory for Photoelectric Materials & Devices, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384, China
3 Key Laboratory of Display Materials and Photoelectric Devices, Ministry of Education, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384, China

2019, 12(5): 1129每1137

Address correspondence to Chenguang Zhang,; Zhihao Yuan,

A hybrid structure consisting of vertical polypyrrole nanotube arrays and carbon nano-onions is synthesized on textile and used for fabricating wearable supercapacitors which can realize high energy storage performance and stable capacitance retention under stretching.


Direct van der Waals epitaxial growth of 1D/2D Sb2Se3/WS2 mixeddimensional p-n heterojunctions

Guangzhuang Sun1,∫, Bo Li2,∫, Jia Li1, Zhengwei Zhang1, Huifang Ma1, Peng Chen1, Bei Zhao1, Ruixia Wu1, Weiqi Dang1, Xiangdong Yang1, Xuwan Tang1, Chen Dai1, Ziwei Huang1, Yuan Liu2, Xidong Duan1 (*), and Xiangfeng Duan3

1 State Key Laboratory for Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics and Hunan Key Laboratory of Two-Dimensional Materials, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, China
2 Department of Applied Physics, School of Physics and Electronics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, China
3 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095, USA
Guangzhuang Sun and Bo Li contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 1139每1145

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In this work, we synthesized one-dimensional/two-dimensional (1D/2D) Sb2Se3/WS2 mixed-dimensional p-n heterostructures by two-step direct vapor-phase epitaxy and further investigated the interfacial combination mode as well as optoelectronic performance.


Exposing Cu-rich {110} active facets in PtCu nanostars for boosting electrochemical performance toward multiple liquid fuels electrooxidation

Liping Huang1,∫, Wei Zhang2,4,∫, Peng Li1 (*), Yongbo Song1, Hongting Sheng1, Yuanxin Du1, Yang-Gang Wang2 (*), Yuen Wu3, Xun Hong3, Yanhuai Ding4, Xiaoyou Yuan1, and Manzhou Zhu1 (*)

1 Department of Chemistry and Center for Atomic Engineering of Advanced Materials, Anhui University, Hefei 230601, China
2 Department of Chemistry and Shenzhen Grubbs Institute, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen 518055, China
3 Center of Advanced Nanocatalysis (CAN) and Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
4 College of Civil Engineering & Mechanics, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105, China
Liping Huang and Wei Zhang contributed equally to this work.

2019, 12(5): 1147每1153

Address correspondence to Peng Li,; Yanggang Wang,; Manzhou Zhu,

We report the synthesis of compositional segregated PtCu nanostars that are composed of a Cu-rich dodecahedral core exposed with {110} facets, and six Pt-rich arms. Both experimental results and theoretical calculations demonstrated that the unique compositional anisotropy in shaped PtCu nanostructures could boost their applications in electrocatalysis.


Post-synthesis phase and shape evolution of CsPbBr3 colloidal nanocrystals: The role of ligands

Elisabetta Fanizza1,2,∫ (*), Francesca Cascella1,†,∫, Davide Altamura3, Cinzia Giannini3, Annamaria Panniello2, Leonardo Triggiani1,2, Francesca Panzarea1, Nicoletta Depalo2, Roberto Grisorio4,5, Gian Paolo Suranna4,5, Angela Agostiano1,2, M. Lucia Curri1,2, and Marinella Striccoli2 (*)

1 Dipartimento di Chimica, Universit角 degli Studi di Bari ※A. Moro§, Via Orabona 4 , 70126 Bari, Italy
2 CNR-Istituto per i Processi Chimico Fisici, S. S. Bari, Via Orabona, 4, 70126 Bari, Italy
3 CNR-Istituto di Cristallografia, Via Amendola, 122/O, 70126 Bari, Italy
4 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, del Territorio, Edile e di Chimica (DICATECh), Politecnico di Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70125, Italy
5 CNR-NANOTEC- Istituto di Nanotecnologia, Via Monteroni 73100 Lecce, Italy
Elisabetta Fanizza and Francesca Cascella contributed equally to this work.
Present Address: Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Physical and Chemical Foundations of Process Engineering, Sandtorstr.1, D-39106 Magdeburg, Germany

2019, 12(5): 1155每1166

Address correspondence to Elisabetta Fanizza,; Marinella Striccoli,

Ligand induced shape and phase evolution of three-dimensional (3D) CsPbBr3 nanocubes into two-dimensional (2D) nanoplates, one-dimensional (1D) nanowires, and zero-dimensional (0D) nanostructures.


Highly active zigzag-like Pt-Zn alloy nanowires with high-index facets for alcohol electrooxidation

Yanchao Xu1, Xiaoqiang Cui1 (*), Shuting Wei1, Qinghua Zhang2, Lin Gu2, Fanqi Meng2, Jinchang Fan1, and Weitao Zheng1 (*)

1 State Key Laboratory of Automotive Simulation and Control, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials of MOE and Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China
2 Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Electron Microscopy, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China

2019, 12(5): 1173每1179

Address correspondence to Xiaoqiang Cui,; Weitao Zheng,

Pt每Zn alloy nanowires with unique zigzag-like structure and abundant high-index facets are developed for efficient alcohol electrooxidation. Alloying-induced d-band electron modulation and lattice strain effects weaken the adsorption strength of poisoning species, which intrinsically enhances the catalytic activity of Pt-Zn NWs.


gt-C3N4 coordinated single atom as an efficient electrocatalyst for nitrogen reduction reaction

Lifu Zhang1,2, Wanghui Zhao2, Wenhua Zhang2 (*), Jing Chen1,3, and Zhenpeng Hu1 (*)

1 School of Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
2 Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion and Synergetic Innovation Centre of Quantum Information & Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
3 Collaborative Innovation Center of Extreme Optics, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006, China

2019, 12(5): 1181每1186

Address correspondence to Zhenpeng Hu,; Wenhua Zhang,

Based on density functional calculations, we propose several promising electrocatalysts for nitrogen reduction reaction (NRR) at mild condition. Mo/gt-C3N4 and V/gt-C3N4 may have superior performance.


Compressive surface strained atomic-layer Cu2O on Cu@Ag nanoparticles

Xiyue Zhu1, Hongpan Rong1 (*), Xiaobin Zhang2, Qiumei Di1, Huishan Shang1, Bing Bai1, Jiajia Liu1, Jia Liu1, Meng Xu1, Wenxing Chen1, and Jiatao Zhang1 (*)

1 Beijing Key Laboratory of Construction-Tailorable Advanced Functional Materials and Green Applications, Experimental Center of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
2 Center for Nano Materials and Technology, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292, Japan

2019, 12(5): 1187每1192

Address correspondence to Jiatao Zhang,; Hongpan Rong,

Realizing the synthesis of atomic-layer Cu2O on Cu@Ag nanoparticles (AL-Cu2O/Cu@Ag NPs) successfully, and the precise thickness-control of Cu2O layer tuning the surface strain precisely at atomic scale.


One-pot synthesis of highly conductive nickel-rich phosphide/CNTs hybrid as a polar sulfur host for high-rate and long-cycle Li-S battery

Xiao-Fei Yu, Dong-Xu Tian, Wen-Cui Li, Bin He, Yu Zhang, Zhi-Yuan Chen, and An-Hui Lu (*)

State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China

2019, 12(5): 1193每1197

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The Ni12P5/CNTs hybrid was prepared via a one-step co-pyrolysis method, which exhibited a high conductivity, high surface area, firm affinity towards polysulfides and enhanced redox kinetics. The Ni12P5/CNTs-S cathode displays high rate capability and prolonged cycling stability when applied in Li-S battery.


A cross-linked polyacrylamide electrolyte with high ionic conductivity for compressible supercapacitors with wide temperature tolerance

Xuting Jin, Guoqiang Sun, Guofeng Zhang, Hongsheng Yang, Yukun Xiao, Jian Gao, Zhipan Zhang (*), and Liangti Qu (*)

Key Laboratory of Photoelectronic/Electrophotonic Conversion Materials, Key Laboratory of Cluster Science, Ministry of Education of China, School of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China

2019, 12(5): 1199每1206

Address correspondence to Zhipan Zhang,; Liangti Qu,

A cross-linked polyacrylamide electrolyte by methacrylated graphene oxide (MGO-PAM) is developed to have an excellent elasticity even at -30⊥ and a higher ion conductivity (12.7 S﹞m-1) than most of polyelectrolytes previously reported. Moreover, the fabricated supercapacitors based on MGO-PAM polyelectrolyte have a highly reversible compressibility and wide temperature tolerance from -30 to 100⊥.


Low-cost, simple, and scalable self-assembly of DNA origami nanostructures

Patrick D. Halley1,2, Randy A. Patton2, Amjad Chowdhury1,†, John C. Byrd3, and Carlos E. Castro2,4 (*)

1 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
2 Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
3 Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, and OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
4 Biophysics Graduate Program, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Present address: Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA

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We report a rapid, simple, and scalable approach to fabricate DNA origami nanostructures that can be carried out on low-cost and widely available equipment such as hot plates, water baths, or even laboratory burners. We anticipate these low-cost and scalable methods can enable broader use of DNA origami and facilitate development towards biomedical and other applications.


Erratum to: Influence of metal support in-plane symmetry on the corrugation of hexagonal boron nitride and graphene monolayers

Antonio J. Mart赤nez-Galera1 (*) and Jos谷 M. G車mez-Rodr赤guez1,2,3

1 Departamento de F赤sica de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Aut車noma de Madrid, Madrid E-28049, Spain
2 Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC), Universidad Aut車noma de Madrid, Madrid E-28049, Spain
3 Instituto Nicol芍s Cabrera, Universidad Aut車noma de Madrid, Madrid E-28049, Spain

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