Top Papers Award

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

Na Cao and Gengfeng Zheng (*)

This review focuses on recent progress in the design and fabrication of electrocatalysts for the aqueous N2 reduction reaction under ambient conditions. Different categories of electrocatalysts, including metals, oxides, and polymers, are discussed, focusing on promoting their catalytic activities and selectivities over the N2 reduction process;other system designs, such as Li-N2 batteries, and the solvent effect are also discussed.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-018-1987-y
2018, 11(6): 2992–3008
Published: 22 May 2018

Rui Gao1 and Dongpeng Yan1,2 (*)

This work presents a combined experimental and theoretical study on two-dimensional (2D) single-unit-cell-thick layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets (NSs) with high oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activities, which have potential applications in water splitting for renewable energy.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-017-1806-x
2018, 11(4): 1883–1894
Published: 19 March 2018

Tingting Sun1, Lianbin Xu2, Dingsheng Wang1 (*), and Yadong Li1

We summarize the recent progress in the synthesis and characterization of metal-organic framework (MOF)-derived single atom catalysts, mainly focusing on their electrocatalytic applications in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and CO2 reduction.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-019-2345-4
2019, 12(9): 2067–2080
Published: 11 March 2019

Xiaolan Xue, Renpeng Chen, Changzeng Yan, Peiyang Zhao, Yi Hu, Wenjun Zhang, Songyuan Yang, and Zhong Jin ()

This review presents the research progresses on the design of photo(electro)catalysts and electrocatalysts for N2 reduction reaction towards ammonia synthesis in aqueous solutions under ambient conditions and discusses the challenges and prospects of artificial nitrogen fixation.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-018-2268-5
2019, 12(6): 1229–1249
Published: 29 May 2019

Byung-Moon Jun1,§, Sewoon Kim1,§, Jiyong Heo2, Chang Min Park3, Namguk Her2, Min Jang4, Yi Huang5, Jonghun Han2 (*), and Yeomin Yoon1 (*)

Recently, two-dimensional MXenes and MXene-based nanomaterials have attracted increasing interest because of their unique properties (e. g., remarkable safety, a very large interlayer spacing, environmental flexibility, a large surface area, and thermal conductivity). We present a comprehensive review of recent studies on energy and environmental applications of MXene and MXene-based nanomaterials, including energy conversion and storage, adsorption, membrane, photocatalysis, and antimicrobial.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-018-2225-3
2019, 12(3): 471–487
Published: 29 October 2018

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

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.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-019-2287-0
2019, 12(5): 955–972
Published: 17 January 2019

Yanlan Zhang, Xixi Wang, and Maosheng Cao (*)

A facial strategy of confined implantation is demonstrated for small NiFe2O4 clusters-reduced graphene oxide nanohybrids. Properly tailoring the magnetic clusters can realize synergistic effect of dielectric loss and magnetic loss for highly-tunable and selectivefrequency microwave absorption.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-017-1758-1
2018, 11(3): 1426–1436
Published: 2 February 2018

Wenjie Han1,2, Xianying Qin1,3 (*), Junxiong Wu3, Qing Li1,2, Ming Liu1,2, Yue Xia1, Hongda Du1, Baohua Li1 (*), and Feiyu Kang1,2

Porous Fe3O4/carbon microspheres (PFCMs) are successfully fabricated via a facile electrospray method and subsequent heat treatment. As anode materials for Li-ion batteries, PFCMs deliver a high capacity, long cycling life, and outstanding rate performance due to the hybrid, porous, and conductive structure.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-017-1700-6
2018, 11(2): 892–904

Mingtao Qiao, Xingfeng Lei, Yong Ma, Lidong Tian, Xiaowei He, Kehe Su, and Qiuyu Zhang (*)

Yolk–shell porous Fe3O4@N-doped carbon nanochains have been developed as novel microwave-absorption materials. Because of the high aspect ratio, the yolk–shell structure, and numerous pores and spaces, Fe3O4@N-doped carbon nanochains offer superior microwave absorption performance. A detailed microwave absorption mechanism has been proposed.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-017-1767-0
2018, 11(3): 1500–1519
Published: 2 February 2018

Xiaofang Liu1 (*), Chengcheng Hao1, Lihua He2,1, Cheng Yang2, Yubin Chen2, Chengbao Jiang1, and Ronghai Yu1

A thin lightweight yolk-shell structured Co-C/Void/Co9S8 composite exhibited an ultrabroad absorption bandwidth at high frequencies and a strong microwave absorption at low frequencies.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-018-2006-z
2018, 11(8): 4169–4182
Published: 12 February 2018