The winner of “Top Papers Award” in 2020

The annual Top Papers Award has been established since 2015 by the editorial board of Nano Research and the Tsinghua University Press (TUP). This award is open to any scientists worldwide who have published papers in Nano Research during the two preceding years. After the JCR is released in each year, the winner will be determined by the Award Committee (Editors-in-Chief, Associate Editors, representatives from TUP) according to the citation in the latest year and the contribution of the papers.

The awardees will receive a prize of RMB ¥10,000 and a certificate. The winner’s name and work will be featured in Nano Research and other media.

We are pleased to announce that the sixth Top Papers Awards are presented to the following papers.


Top Papers


Confinedly implanted NiFe2O4-rGO: Cluster tailoring and highly tunable electromagnetic properties for selective-frequency microwave absorption. Zhang, Yanlan; Wang, Xixi; Cao, Maosheng*. 2018(3): 1426-1436. https://rdcu.be/b7eO3


Metal organic frameworks derived single atom catalysts for electrocatalytic energy conversion. Sun, Tingting; Xu, Lianbin; Wang, Dingsheng*; Li, Yadong. 2019(9): 2067-2080. https://rdcu.be/b7eO6


Review of MXenes as new nanomaterials for energy storage/delivery and selected environmental applications. Jun, Byung-Moon; Kim, Sewoon; Heo, Jiyong; Park, Chang Min; Her, Namguk; Jang, Min; Huang, Yi; Han, Jonghun*; Yoon, Yeomin*. 2019(3): 471-487. https://rdcu.be/b7eO8


Application of yolk–shell Fe3O4@N-doped carbon nanochains as highly effective microwave-absorption material. Qiao, Mingtao; Lei, Xingfeng; Ma, Yong; Tian, Lidong; He, Xiaowei; Su, Kehe; Zhang, Qiuyu*. 2018(3): 1500-1519. https://rdcu.be/b7ePp


Template-free large-scale synthesis of g-C3N4 microtubes for enhanced visible light-driven photocatalytic H2 production. Zhou, Chao; Shi, Run; Shang, Lu; Wu, Li-Zhu; Tung, Chen-Ho; Zhang, Tierui*. 2018(6): 3462-3468. https://rdcu.be/b7ePs


Fast formation of single-unit-cell-thick and defect-rich layered double hydroxide nanosheets with highly enhanced oxygen evolution reaction for water splitting. Gao, Rui; Yan, Dongpeng*. 2018(4): 1883-1894. https://rdcu.be/b7ePx


Modulating the local coordination environment of single-atom catalysts for enhanced catalytic performance. Li, Xinyuan; Rong, Hongpan*; Zhang, Jiatao; Wang, Dingsheng*; Li, Yadong. 2020(7): 1842-1855. https://rdcu.be/b7ePA


Aqueous electrocatalytic N2 reduction under ambient conditions. Cao, Na; Zheng, Gengfeng*. 2018(6): 2992-3008. https://rdcu.be/b7ePE


Electrosprayed porous Fe3O4/carbon microspheres as anode materials for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. Han, Wenjie; Qin, Xianying*; Wu, Junxiong; Li, Qing; Liu, Ming; Xia, Yue; Du, Hongda; Li, Baohua*; Kang, Feiyu. 2018(2): 892-904. https://rdcu.be/b7ePL


Photocatalysts for degradation of dyes in industrial effluents: Opportunities and challenges. Anwer, Hassan; Mahmood, Asad; Lee, Jechan; Kim, Ki-Hyun*; Park, Jae-Woo*; Yip, Alex C. K. 2019(5): 955-972. https://rdcu.be/b7ePP


CVD growth of fingerprint-like patterned 3D graphene film for an ultrasensitive pressure sensor. Xia, Kailun; Wang, Chunya; Jian, Muqiang; Wang, Qi; Zhang, Yingying*. 2018(2): 1124-1134. https://rdcu.be/b7ePQ


Wafer-scale synthesis of monolayer WS2 for high-performance flexible photodetectors by enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Lan, Changyong; Zhou, Ziyao; Zhou, Zhifei; Li, Chun; Shu, Lei; Shen, Lifan; Li, Dapan; Dong, Ruoting; Yip, SenPo; Ho, Johnny C.*. 2018(6): 3371-3384. https://rdcu.be/b7ePU


Yolk–shell structured Co-C/Void/Co9S8 composites with a tunable cavity for ultrabroadband and efficient low-frequency microwave absorption. Liu, Xiaofang*; Hao, Chengcheng; He, Lihua; Yang, Cheng; Chen, Yubin; Jiang, Chengbao; Yu, Ronghai. 2018(8): 4169-4182. https://rdcu.be/b7ePW


Nickel cobalt phosphide with three-dimensional nanostructure as a highly efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction in both acidic and alkaline electrolytes. Ma, Bo; Yang, Zhengchun; Chen, Yantao*; Yuan, Zhihao*. 2019(2): 375-380. https://rdcu.be/b7ePZ


Review on photocatalytic and electrocatalytic artificial nitrogen fixation for ammonia synthesis at mild conditions: Advances, challenges and perspectives. Xue, Xiaolan; Chen, Renpeng; Yan, Changzeng; Zhao, Peiyang; Hu, Yi; Zhang, Wenjun; Yang, Songyuan; Jin, Zhong*. 2019(6): 1229-1249. https://rdcu.be/b7eP2


Coordination-responsive drug release inside gold nanorod@metal-organic framework core–shell nanostructures for near-infrared-induced synergistic chemo-photothermal therapy. Li, Yantao; Jin, Jun; Wang, Dawei; Lv, Jiawei; Hou, Ke; Liu, Yaling*; Chen, Chunying*; Tang, Zhiyong*. 2018(6): 3294-3305. https://rdcu.be/b7eP5


Hierarchical coral-like NiMoS nanohybrids as highly efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall urea electrolysis. Wang, Xiaoxia; Wang, Jianmei; Sun, Xuping*; Wei, Shuang; Cui, Liang; Yang, Wenrong; Liu, Jingquan*. 2018(2): 988-996. https://rdcu.be/b7eQa