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Advanced Materials

Weiming Lü, Changjian Li, Limei Zheng, Juanxiu Xiao, Weinan Lin, Qiang Li, Xiao Renshaw Wang, Zhen Huang, Shengwei Zeng, Kun Han, Wenxiong Zhou, Kaiyang Zeng, Jingsheng Chen, Ariando, Wenwu Cao, Thirumalai Venkatesan
Resistive switching phenomena form the basis of competing memory technologies. Among them, resistive switching, originating from oxygen vacancy migration (OVM), and ferroelectric switching offer two promising approaches. OVM in oxide films/heterostructures can exhibit high/low resistive state via conducting filament forming/deforming, while the resistive switching of ferroelectric tunnel junctions (FTJs) arises from barrier height or width variation while ferroelectric polarization reverses between asymmetric electrodes...
April 25, 2017: Advanced Materials
Lianfeng Zhao, Jia Gao, YunHui L Lin, Yao-Wen Yeh, Kyung Min Lee, Nan Yao, Yueh-Lin Loo, Barry P Rand
Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials are emerging as semiconductors with potential application in optoelectronic devices. In particular, perovskites are very promising for light-emitting devices (LEDs) due to their high color purity, low nonradiative recombination rates, and tunable bandgap. Here, using pure CH3 NH3 PbI3 perovskite LEDs with an external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 5.9% as a platform, it is shown that electrical stress can influence device performance significantly, increasing the EQE from an initial 5...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Kim Fook Lee, Ying Tian, He Yang, Kimmo Mustonen, Amos Martinez, Qing Dai, Esko I Kauppinen, John Malowicki, Prem Kumar, Zhipei Sun
Nonlinear optics based on bulk materials is the current technique of choice for quantum-state generation and information processing. Scaling of nonlinear optical quantum devices is of significant interest to enable quantum devices with high performance. However, it is challenging to scale the nonlinear optical devices down to the nanoscale dimension due to relatively small nonlinear optical response of traditional bulk materials. Here, correlated photon pairs are generated in the nanometer scale using a nonlinear optical device for the first time...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Sung Hoon Ahn, Xingwen Yu, Arumugam Manthiram
This study presents a novel metal-organic-framework-engaged synthesis route based on porous tellurium nanotubes as a sacrificial template for hierarchically porous 1D carbon nanotubes. Furthermore, an ultrathin Fe-ion-containing polydopamine layer has been introduced to generate highly effective FeNx C active sites into the carbon framework and to induce a high degree of graphitization. The synergistic effects between the hierarchically porous 1D carbon structure and the embedded FeNx C active sites in the carbon framework manifest in superior catalytic activity toward oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) compared to Pt/C catalyst in both alkaline and acidic media...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Renee Kroon, David Kiefer, Dominik Stegerer, Liyang Yu, Michael Sommer, Christian Müller
Molecular doping of organic semiconductors is critical for optimizing a range of optoelectronic devices such as field-effect transistors, solar cells, and thermoelectric generators. However, many dopant:polymer pairs suffer from poor solubility in common organic solvents, which leads to a suboptimal solid-state nanostructure and hence low electrical conductivity. A further drawback is the poor thermal stability through sublimation of the dopant. The use of oligo ethylene glycol side chains is demonstrated to significantly improve the processability of the conjugated polymer p(g4 2T-T)-a polythiophene-in polar aprotic solvents, which facilitates coprocessing of dopant:polymer pairs from the same solution at room temperature...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Gonzalo Murillo, Andreu Blanquer, Carolina Vargas-Estevez, Lleonard Barrios, Elena Ibáñez, Carme Nogués, Jaume Esteve
Noninvasive methods for in situ electrical stimulation of human cells open new frontiers to future bioelectronic therapies, where controlled electrical impulses could replace the use of chemical drugs for disease treatment. Here, this study demonstrates that the interaction of living cells with piezoelectric nanogenerators (NGs) induces a local electric field that self-stimulates and modulates their cell activity, without applying an additional chemical or physical external stimulation. When cells are cultured on top of the NGs, based on 2D ZnO nanosheets, the electromechanical NG-cell interactions stimulate the motility of macrophages and trigger the opening of ion channels present in the plasma membrane of osteoblast-like cells (Saos-2) inducing intracellular calcium transients...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Anupam Giri, Heeseung Yang, Kalianan Thiyagarajan, Woosun Jang, Jae Min Myoung, Ranbir Singh, Aloysius Soon, Kilwon Cho, Unyong Jeong
Ultrathin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have exotic electronic properties. With success in easy synthesis of high quality TMD thin films, the potential applications will become more viable in electronics, optics, energy storage, and catalysis. Synthesis of TMD thin films has been mostly performed in vacuum or by thermolysis. So far, there is no solution phase synthesis to produce large-area thin films directly on target substrates. Here, this paper reports a one-step quick synthesis (within 45-90 s) of TMD thin films (MoS2 , WS2 , MoSe2 , WSe2 , etc...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Luis Francisco Villalobos, Tiefan Huang, Klaus-Viktor Peinemann
This study describes the molecular-level design of a new type of filtration membrane made of crosslinked cyclodextrins-inexpensive macrocycles of glucose, shaped like hollow truncated cones. The channel-like cavities of cyclodextrins spawn numerous paths of defined aperture in the separation layer that can effectively discriminate between molecules. The transport of molecules through these membranes is highly shape-sensitive. In addition, the presence of hydrophobic (cavity) and hydrophilic (ester-crosslinked outer part) domains in these films results in high permeances for both polar and nonpolar solvents...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yang Zheng, Tengfei Zhou, Xudong Zhao, Wei Kong Pang, Hong Gao, Sean Li, Zhen Zhou, Huakun Liu, Zaiping Guo
Ultrathin 2D materials can offer promising opportunities for exploring advanced energy storage systems, with satisfactory electrochemical performance. Engineering atomic interfaces by stacking 2D crystals holds huge potential for tuning material properties at the atomic level, owing to the strong layer-layer interactions, enabling unprecedented physical properties. In this work, atomically thin Bi2 MoO6 sheets are acquired that exhibit remarkable high-rate cycling performance in Li-ion batteries, which can be ascribed to the interlayer coupling effect, as well as the 2D configuration and intrinsic structural stability...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Xiao-Yang Yang, Ji-Jing Xu, Di Bao, Zhi-Wen Chang, Da-Peng Liu, Yu Zhang, Xin-Bo Zhang
With the rising development of flexible and wearable electronics, corresponding flexible energy storage devices with high energy density are required to provide a sustainable energy supply. Theoretically, rechargeable flexible Li-O2 batteries can provide high specific energy density; however, there are only a few reports on the construction of flexible Li-O2 batteries. Conventional flexible Li-O2 batteries possess a loose battery structure, which prevents flexibility and stability. The low mechanical strength of the gas diffusion layer and anode also lead to a flexible Li-O2 battery with poor mechanical properties...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yiying Li, Peicheng Li, Zheng-Hong Lu
An organic semiconductor thin film is a solid-state matter comprising one or more molecules. For applications in electronics and photonics, several distinct functional organic thin films are stacked together to create a variety of devices such as organic light-emitting diodes and organic solar cells. The energy levels at these thin-film junctions dictate various electronic processes such as the charge transport across these junctions, the exciton dissociation rates at donor-acceptor molecular interfaces, and the charge trapping during exciton formation in a host-dopant system...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Junling Guo, Xinyu Du, Xiaolong Zhang, Fengxiang Zhang, Jinping Liu
The practical application of lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs) is hindered by their poor cycle life, which stems mainly from the "redox shuttle reactions" of dissolved polysulfides. To develop a high-performance cathode for LSBs, encapsulation of polysulfides with a blocking layer is potentially straightforward. Herein, a novel strategy is reported encapsulate sulfur and the electrolyte together in porous carbon spheres by using a solid electrolyte interface (SEI) that can selectively sieve Li(+) ions while efficiently avoiding polysulfide accumulation and suppressing undesired polysulfide migration...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Qianqian Zhang, Xiulin Li, Yang Chen, Qian Zhang, Huixue Liu, Jin Zhai, Xiaoda Yang
Based on electron and proton transfer events occurring in biological respiration, a mitochondria-based biocell is constructed by combining with artificial nanochannels. In this biocell, mitochondria transfer electrons to the working electrode and pump protons into the electrolyte through the tricarboxylic acid cycle. The nanochannels provide passages for protons to transport along the transmembrane concentration gradient to consume electrons on the counter electrode, forming a continuous and stable current...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Xianhong Wu, Zhiyu Wang, Mengzhou Yu, Luyang Xiu, Jieshan Qiu
The MXenes combining hydrophilic surface, metallic conductivity and rich surface chemistries represent a new family of 2D materials with widespread applications. However, their poor oxygen resistance causes a great loss of electronic properties and surface reactivity, which significantly inhibits the fabrication, the understanding of the chemical nature and full exploitation of the potential of MXene-based materials. Herein we report a facile carbon nanoplating strategy for efficiently stabilizing the MXenes against structural degradation caused by spontaneous oxidation, which provides a material platform for developing MXene-based materials with attractive structure and properties...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Wan Shou, Bikram K Mahajan, Brandon Ludwig, Xiaowei Yu, Joshua Staggs, Xian Huang, Heng Pan
Currently, bioresorbable electronic devices are predominantly fabricated by complex and expensive vacuum-based integrated circuit (IC) processes. Here, a low-cost manufacturing approach for bioresorbable conductors on bioresorbable polymer substrates by evaporation-condensation-mediated laser printing and sintering of Zn nanoparticle is reported. Laser sintering of Zn nanoparticles has been technically difficult due to the surface oxide on nanoparticles. To circumvent the surface oxide, a novel approach is discovered to print and sinter Zn nanoparticle facilitated by evaporation-condensation in confined domains...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yusheng Ye, Feng Wu, Yuting Liu, Teng Zhao, Ji Qian, Yi Xing, Wanlong Li, Jiaqi Huang, Li Li, Qianming Huang, Xuedong Bai, Renjie Chen
The modular assembly of microstructures from simple nanoparticles offers a powerful strategy for creating materials with new functionalities. Such microstructures have unique physicochemical properties originating from confinement effects. Here, the modular assembly of scattered ketjen black nanoparticles into an oval-like microstructure via double "Fischer esterification," which is a form of surface engineering used to fine-tune the materials surface characteristics, is presented. After carbonization, the oval-like carbon microstructure shows promise as a candidate sulfur host for the fabrication of thick sulfur electrodes...
April 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Ji-Jing Xu, Qing-Chao Liu, Yue Yu, Jin Wang, Jun-Min Yan, Xin-Bo Zhang
To achieve a high reversibility and long cycle life for Li-O2 battery system, the stable tissue-directed/reinforced bifunctional separator/protection film (TBF) is in situ fabricated on the surface of metallic lithium anode. It is shown that a Li-O2 cell composed of the TBF-modified lithium anodes exhibits an excellent anodic reversibility (300 cycles) and effectively improved cathodic long lifetime (106 cycles). The improvement is attributed to the ability of the TBF, which has chemical, electrochemical, and mechanical stability, to effectively prevent direct contact between the surface of the lithium anode and the highly reactive reduced oxygen species (Li2 O2 or its intermediate LiO2 ) in cell...
April 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Wujie Dong, Jijian Xu, Chao Wang, Yue Lu, Xiangye Liu, Xin Wang, Xiaotao Yuan, Zhe Wang, Tianquan Lin, Manling Sui, I-Wei Chen, Fuqiang Huang
SnO2 -based lithium-ion batteries have low cost and high energy density, but their capacity fades rapidly during lithiation/delithiation due to phase aggregation and cracking. These problems can be mitigated by using highly conducting black SnO2-x , which homogenizes the redox reactions and stabilizes fine, fracture-resistant Sn precipitates in the Li2 O matrix. Such fine Sn precipitates and their ample contact with Li2 O proliferate the reversible Sn → Li x Sn → Sn → SnO2 /SnO2-x cycle during charging/discharging...
April 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Songshan Zeng, Rui Li, Stephan G Freire, Vivian M M Garbellotto, Emily Y Huang, Andrew T Smith, Cong Hu, William R T Tait, Zichao Bian, Guoan Zheng, Dianyun Zhang, Luyi Sun
The wrinkle dynamics (such as reversibility and stability) of human skin are affected by the external stimuli, as well as the skin's structure and mechanical properties. Inspired by these tunable responses, three types of moisture-responsive wrinkle dynamics are achieved, for the first time, through a single film-substrate system. These dynamics include: (1) completely reversible wrinkles formation; (2) irreversible wrinkles formation I: the initially formed wrinkles can be permanently erased and never reappear; and (3) irreversible wrinkles formation II: once the wrinkles form, they can no longer be erased...
April 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Navid Kazem, Tess Hellebrekers, Carmel Majidi
Binary mixtures of liquid metal (LM) or low-melting-point alloy (LMPA) in an elastomeric or fluidic carrier medium can exhibit unique combinations of electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. This emerging class of soft multifunctional composites have potential applications in wearable computing, bio-inspired robotics, and shape-programmable architectures. The dispersion phase can range from dilute droplets to connected networks that support electrical conductivity. In contrast to deterministically patterned LM microfluidics, LMPA- and LM-embedded elastomer (LMEE) composites are statistically homogenous and exhibit effective bulk properties...
April 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
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