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Advanced Materials

Dhruv P Singh, Udit Choudhury, Peer Fischer, Andrew G Mark
The collective phenomena exhibited by artificial active matter systems present novel routes to fabricating out-of-equilibrium microscale assemblies. Here, the crystallization of passive silica colloids into well-controlled 2D assemblies is shown, which is directed by a small number of self-propelled active colloids. The active colloids are titania-silica Janus particles that are propelled when illuminated by UV light. The strength of the attractive interaction and thus the extent of the assembled clusters can be regulated by the light intensity...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
Qiucheng Li, Zifeng Zhao, Baoming Yan, Xiuju Song, Zhepeng Zhang, Jia Li, Xiaosong Wu, Zuqiang Bian, Xiaolong Zou, Yanfeng Zhang, Zhongfan Liu
The direct growth of high-quality, large-area, uniform, vertically stacked Gr/h-BN heterostructures is of vital importance for applications in electronics and optoelectronics. However, the main challenge lies in the catalytically inert nature of the hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) substrates, which usually afford a rather low decomposition rate of carbon precursors, and thus relatively low growth rate of graphene. Herein, a nickelocene-precursor-facilitated route is developed for the fast growth of Gr/h-BN vertical heterostructures on Cu foils, which shows much improved synthesis efficiency (8-10 times faster) and crystalline quality of graphene (large single-crystalline domain up to ≈20 µm)...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
Zupeng Chen, Aleksandr Savateev, Sergey Pronkin, Vasiliki Papaefthimiou, Christian Wolff, Marc Georg Willinger, Elena Willinger, Dieter Neher, Markus Antonietti, Dariya Dontsova
Cost-efficient, visible-light-driven hydrogen production from water is an attractive potential source of clean, sustainable fuel. Here, it is shown that thermal solid state reactions of traditional carbon nitride precursors (cyanamide, melamine) with NaCl, KCl, or CsCl are a cheap and straightforward way to prepare poly(heptazine imide) alkali metal salts, whose thermodynamic stability decreases upon the increase of the metal atom size. The chemical structure of the prepared salts is confirmed by the results of X-ray photoelectron and infrared spectroscopies, powder X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy studies, and, in the case of sodium poly(heptazine imide), additionally by atomic pair distribution function analysis and 2D powder X-ray diffraction pattern simulations...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
Jinjin Chen, Jianxun Ding, Yucai Wang, Jianjun Cheng, Shengxiang Ji, Xiuli Zhuang, Xuesi Chen
Nanomedicine to overcome both systemic and tumor tissue barriers ideally should have a transformable size and surface, maintaining a certain size and negative surface charge for prolonged circulation, while reducing to a smaller size and switching to a positive surface charge for efficient penetration to and retention in the interstitial space throughout the tumor tissue. However, the design of such size and charge dual-transformable nanomedicine is rarely reported. Here, the design of a shell-stacked nanoparticle (SNP) is reported, which can undergo remarkable size reduction from about 145 to 40 nm, and surface charge reversal from -7...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
Sheng Dong, Zhicheng Hu, Kai Zhang, Qingwu Yin, Xiaofang Jiang, Fei Huang, Yong Cao
A cross-linkable dual functional polymer hybrid electron transport layer (ETL) is developed by simply adding an amino-functionalized polymer dopant (PN4N) and a light crosslinker into a commercialized n-type semiconductor (N2200) matrix. It is found that the resulting hybrid ETL not only has a good solvent resistance, facilitating multilayers device fabrication but also exhibits much improved electron transporting/extraction properties due to the doping between PN4N and N2200. As a result, by using PTB7-Th:PC71 BM blend as an active layer, the inverted device based on the hybrid ETL can yield a prominent power conversion efficiency of around 10...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
Xuegang Chen, Xin Zhang, Mark A Koten, Hanghui Chen, Zhiyong Xiao, Le Zhang, Jeffrey E Shield, Peter A Dowben, Xia Hong
Heteroepitaxial coupling at complex oxide interfaces presents a powerful tool for engineering the charge degree of freedom in strongly correlated materials, which can be utilized to achieve tailored functionalities that are inaccessible in the bulk form. Here, the charge-transfer effect between two strongly correlated oxides, Sm0.5 Nd0.5 NiO3 (SNNO) and La0.67 Sr0.33 MnO3 (LSMO), is exploited to realize a giant enhancement of the ferroelectric field effect in a prototype Mott field-effect transistor. By switching the polarization field of a ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) gate, nonvolatile resistance modulation in the Mott transistors with single-layer SNNO and bilayer SNNO/LSMO channels is induced...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Lukas Dobusch, Simone Schuler, Vasili Perebeinos, Thomas Mueller
Layered transition metal dichalcogenide semiconductors, such as MoS2 and WSe2 , exhibit a range of fascinating properties and are being currently explored for a variety of electronic and optoelectronic devices. These properties include a low thermal conductivity and a large Seebeck coefficient, which make them promising for thermoelectric applications. Moreover, transition metal dichalcogenides undergo an indirect-to-direct bandgap transition when thinned down in thickness, leading to strong excitonic photo- and electroluminescence in monolayers...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Jiangtao Qu, Sichao Du, Tim Burgess, Changhong Wang, Xiangyuan Cui, Qiang Gao, Weichao Wang, Hark Hoe Tan, Hui Liu, Chennupati Jagadish, Yingjie Zhang, Hansheng Chen, Mansoor Khan, Simon Ringer, Rongkun Zheng
III-V ternary InGaAs nanowires have great potential for electronic and optoelectronic device applications; however, the 3D structure and chemistry at the atomic-scale inside the nanowires remain unclear, which hinders tailoring the nanowires for specific applications. Here, atom probe tomography is used in conjunction with a first-principles simulation to investigate the 3D structure and chemistry of InGaAs nanowires, and reveals i) the nanowires form a spontaneous core-shell structure with a Ga-enriched core and an In-enriched shell, due to different growth mechanisms in the axial and lateral directions; ii) the shape of the core evolves from hexagon into Reuleaux triangle and grows larger, which results from In outward and Ga inward interdiffusion occurring at the core-shell interface; and iii) the irregular hexagonal shell manifests an anisotropic growth rate on {112}A and {112}B facets...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yi Liu, Yujie Ban, Weishen Yang
In the past decade, a huge development in rational design, synthesis, and application of molecular sieve membranes, which typically included zeolites, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), and graphene oxides, has been witnessed. Owing to high flexibility in both pore apertures and functionality, MOFs in the form of membranes have offered unprecedented opportunities for energy-efficient gas separations. Reports on the fabrication of well-intergrown MOF membranes first appeared in 2009. Since then there has been tremendous growth in this area along with an exponential increase of MOF-membrane-related publications...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Jialiang Lang, Bin Ding, Shuai Zhang, Hanxiao Su, Binghui Ge, Longhao Qi, Huajian Gao, Xiaoyan Li, Qunyang Li, Hui Wu
2D Si nanomaterials have attracted tremendous attention due to their novel properties and a wide range of potential applications from electronic devices to energy storage and conversion. However, high-quality and large-scale fabrication of 2D Si remains challenging. This study reports a room-temperature and one-step synthesis technique that leads to large-scale and low-cost production of Si nanosheets (SiNSs) with thickness ≈4 nm and lateral size of several micrometers, based on the intrinsic delithiation process of chemically leaching lithium from the Li13 Si4 alloy...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Jie Liang, Zibin Liang, Ruqiang Zou, Yanli Zhao
Crystalline porous materials are important in the development of catalytic systems with high scientific and industrial impact. Zeolites, ordered mesoporous silica, and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are three types of porous materials that can be used as heterogeneous catalysts. This review focuses on a comparison of the catalytic activities of zeolites, mesoporous silica, and MOFs. In the first part of the review, the distinctive properties of these porous materials relevant to catalysis are discussed, and the corresponding catalytic reactions are highlighted...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Lei Zhao, Qing Liu, Jing Gao, Shujun Zhang, Jing-Feng Li
Antiferroelectric materials that display double ferroelectric hysteresis loops are receiving increasing attention for their superior energy storage density compared to their ferroelectric counterparts. Despite the good properties obtained in antiferroelectric La-doped Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 -based ceramics, lead-free alternatives are highly desired due to the environmental concerns, and AgNbO3 has been highlighted as a ferrielectric/antiferroelectric perovskite for energy storage applications. Enhanced energy storage performance, with recoverable energy density of 4...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yuan Zhang, Ruth Knibbe, Jaka Sunarso, Yijun Zhong, Wei Zhou, Zongping Shao, Zhonghua Zhu
Solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are electricity generators that can convert the chemical energy in various fuels directly to the electric power with high efficiency. Recent advances in materials and related key components for SOFCs operating at ≈500 °C are summarized here, with a focus on the materials, structures, and techniques development for low-temperature SOFCs, including the analysis of most of the critical parameters affecting the electrochemical performance of the electrolyte, anode, and cathode...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Jae Sang Heo, Taehoon Kim, Seok-Gyu Ban, Daesik Kim, Jun Ho Lee, Jesse S Jur, Myung-Gil Kim, Yong-Hoon Kim, Yongtaek Hong, Sung Kyu Park
The realization of large-area electronics with full integration of 1D thread-like devices may open up a new era for ultraflexible and human adaptable electronic systems because of their potential advantages in demonstrating scalable complex circuitry by a simply integrated weaving technology. More importantly, the thread-like fiber electronic devices can be achieved using a simple reel-to-reel process, which is strongly required for low-cost and scalable manufacturing technology. Here, high-performance reel-processed complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits are reported on 1D fiber substrates by using selectively chemical-doped single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) transistors...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Jae Ah Lee, Na Li, Carter S Haines, Keon Jung Kim, Xavier Lepró, Raquel Ovalle-Robles, Seon Jeong Kim, Ray H Baughman
While artificial muscle yarns and fibers are potentially important for many applications, the combination of large strokes, high gravimetric work capacities, short cycle times, and high efficiencies are not realized for these fibers. This paper demonstrates here electrochemically powered carbon nanotube yarn muscles that provide tensile contraction as high as 16.5%, which is 12.7 times higher than previously obtained. These electrochemical muscles can deliver a contractile energy conversion efficiency of 5...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Er-Jia Guo, Jonathan R Petrie, Manuel A Roldan, Qian Li, Ryan D Desautels, Timothy Charlton, Andreas Herklotz, John Nichols, Johan van Lierop, John W Freeland, Sergei V Kalinin, Ho Nyung Lee, Michael R Fitzsimmons
Here, a quantitative magnetic depth profile across the planar interfaces in BiFeO3 /La0.7 Sr0.3 MnO3 (BFO/LSMO) superlattices using polarized neutron reflectometry is obtained. An enhanced magnetization of 1.83 ± 0.16 μB /Fe in BFO layers is observed when they are interleaved between two manganite layers. The enhanced magnetic order in BFO persists up to 200 K. The depth dependence of magnetic moments in BFO/LSMO superlattices as a function of the BFO layer thickness is also explored. The results show the enhanced net magnetic moment in BFO from the LSMO/BFO interface extends 3-4 unit cells into BFO...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Tom T A Lummen, J Leung, Amit Kumar, X Wu, Y Ren, Brian K VanLeeuwen, Ryan C Haislmaier, Martin Holt, Keji Lai, Sergei V Kalinin, Venkatraman Gopalan
The design of new or enhanced functionality in materials is traditionally viewed as requiring the discovery of new chemical compositions through synthesis. Large property enhancements may however also be hidden within already well-known materials, when their structural symmetry is deviated from equilibrium through a small local strain or field. Here, the discovery of enhanced material properties associated with a new metastable phase of monoclinic symmetry within bulk KNbO3 is reported. This phase is found to coexist with the nominal orthorhombic phase at room temperature, and is both induced by and stabilized with local strains generated by a network of ferroelectric domain walls...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yijun Yang, Xizheng Liu, Zhonghua Dai, Fangli Yuan, Yoshio Bando, Dmitri Golberg, Xi Wang
The development of rechargeable batteries with high performance is considered to be a feasible way to satisfy the increasing needs of electric vehicles and portable devices. It is of vital importance to design electrodes with high electrochemical performance and to understand the nature of the electrode/electrolyte interfaces during battery operation, which allows a direct observation of the complicated chemical and physical processes within the electrodes and electrolyte, and thus provides real-time information for further design and optimization of the battery performance...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Shaohong Liu, Zhiyu Wang, Si Zhou, Fengjiao Yu, Mengzhou Yu, Chang-Yang Chiang, Wuzong Zhou, Jijun Zhao, Jieshan Qiu
The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are cornerstone reactions for many renewable energy technologies. Developing cheap yet durable substitutes of precious-metal catalysts, especially the bifunctional electrocatalysts with high activity for both ORR and OER reactions and their streamlined coupling process, are highly desirable to reduce the processing cost and complexity of renewable energy systems. Here, a facile strategy is reported for synthesizing double-shelled hybrid nanocages with outer shells of Co-N-doped graphitic carbon (Co-NGC) and inner shells of N-doped microporous carbon (NC) by templating against core-shell metal-organic frameworks...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Kevin D Heylman, Kassandra A Knapper, Erik H Horak, Morgan T Rea, Sudheer K Vanga, Randall H Goldsmith
Optical microresonators confine light to a particular microscale trajectory, are exquisitely sensitive to their microenvironment, and offer convenient readout of their optical properties. Taken together, this is an immensely attractive combination that makes optical microresonators highly effective as sensors and transducers. Meanwhile, advances in material science, fabrication techniques, and photonic sensing strategies endow optical microresonators with new functionalities, unique transduction mechanisms, and in some cases, unparalleled sensitivities...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
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