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Advanced Materials

Yu-Shih Weng, Shau-Feng Chang, Ming-Cheng Shih, Shih-Heng Tseng, Chih-Huang Lai
The considerable advances that have been made in the development of organotypic cultures have failed to overcome the challenges of expressing tissue-specific functions and complexities, especially for organs that require multitasking and complex biological processes, such as the liver. Primary liver cells are ideal biological building blocks for functional organotypic reconstruction, but are limited by their rapid loss of physiological integrity in vitro. Here the concept of lattice growth used in material science is applied to develop a tissue incubator, which provides physiological cues and controls the 3D assembly of primary cells...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Gyu Jin Choi, Quyet Van Le, Kyoung Soon Choi, Ki Chang Kwon, Ho Won Jang, Jin Seog Gwag, Soo Young Kim
Here, this study successfully fabricates few-layer MoS2 nanosheets from (NH4 )2 MoS4 and applies them as the hole transport layer as well as the template for highly polarized organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The obtained material consists of polycrystalline MoS2 nanosheets with thicknesses of 2 nm. The MoS2 nanosheets are patterned by rubbing/ion-beam treatment. The Raman spectra shows that {poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-benzothiadiazole), poly[(9,9-di-n-octylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl)-alt-(benzo[2,1,3]thiadiazol-4,8-diyl)]} (F8BT) on patterned MoS2 exhibits distinctive polarization behavior...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Ye Chen, Zhanxi Fan, Zhimin Luo, Xiaozhi Liu, Zhuangchai Lai, Bing Li, Yun Zong, Lin Gu, Hua Zhang
Noble-metal nanomaterials are attracting increasing research interest due to their promising applications in electrochemical catalysis, for example. Although great efforts have been devoted to the size-, shape-, and architecture-controlled synthesis of noble-metal nanomaterials, their crystal-phase-controlled synthesis is still in its infancy. Here, for the first time, this study reports high-yield synthesis of Au nanorods (NRs) with alternating 4H/face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal-phase heterostructures via a one-pot wet-chemical method...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Hu Chen, Michael Hurhangee, Mark Nikolka, Weimin Zhang, Mindaugas Kirkus, Marios Neophytou, Samuel J Cryer, David Harkin, Pascal Hayoz, Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi, Christopher R McNeill, Henning Sirringhaus, Iain McCulloch
The charge-carrier mobility of organic semiconducting polymers is known to be enhanced when the energetic disorder of the polymer is minimized. Fused, planar aromatic ring structures contribute to reducing the polymer conformational disorder, as demonstrated by polymers containing the indacenodithiophene (IDT) repeat unit, which have both a low Urbach energy and a high mobility in thin-film-transistor (TFT) devices. Expanding on this design motif, copolymers containing the dithiopheneindenofluorene repeat unit are synthesized, which extends the fused aromatic structure with two additional phenyl rings, further rigidifying the polymer backbone...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Ling Qiu, Bing Huang, Zijun He, Yuanyuan Wang, Zhiming Tian, Jefferson Zhe Liu, Kun Wang, Jingchao Song, Thomas R Gengenbach, Dan Li
Development of extremely low density graphene elastomer (GE) holds the potential to enable new properties that traditional cellular materials cannot offer, which are promising for a range of emerging applications, ranging from flexible electronics to multifunctional scaffolds. However, existing graphene foams with extremely low density are generally found to have very poor mechanical resilience. It is scientifically intriguing but remains unresolved whether and how the density limit of this class of cellular materials can be further pushed down while their mechanical resilience is being retained...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Shan Wang, Qianyou Wang, Xiao Feng, Bo Wang, Li Yang
An overview of the current status of coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) pertaining to the field of energetic materials is provided. The explosive applications of MOFs are discussed from two aspects: one for detection of explosives, and the other for explosive desensitization. By virtue of their adjustable pore/cage sizes, high surface area, tunable functional sites, and rich host-guest chemistry, MOFs have emerged as promising candidates for both explosive sensing and desensitization...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Sha Wang, Feng Jiang, Xu Xu, Yudi Kuang, Kun Fu, Emily Hitz, Liangbing Hu
With their impressive properties such as remarkable unit tensile strength, modulus, and resistance to heat, flame, and chemical agents that normally degrade conventional macrofibers, high-performance macrofibers are now widely used in various fields including aerospace, biomedical, civil engineering, construction, protective apparel, geotextile, and electronic areas. Those macrofibers with a diameter of tens to hundreds of micrometers are typically derived from polymers, gel spun fibers, modified carbon fibers, carbon-nanotube fibers, ceramic fibers, and synthetic vitreous fibers...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Kumara Cordero-Edwards, Neus Domingo, Amir Abdollahi, Jordi Sort, Gustau Catalan
The mechanical properties of materials are insensitive to space inversion, even when they are crystallographically asymmetric. In practice, this means that turning a piezoelectric crystal upside down or switching the polarization of a ferroelectric should not change its mechanical response. Strain gradients, however, introduce an additional source of asymmetry that has mechanical consequences. Using nanoindentation and contact-resonance force microscopy, this study demonstrates that the mechanical response to indentation of a uniaxial ferroelectric (LiNbO3 ) does change when its polarity is switched, and use this mechanical asymmetry both to quantify its flexoelectricity and to mechanically read the sign of its ferroelectric domains...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Puqing Jiang, Xin Qian, Xiaokun Gu, Ronggui Yang
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are a group of layered 2D semiconductors that have shown many intriguing electrical and optical properties. However, the thermal transport properties in TMDs are not well understood due to the challenges in characterizing anisotropic thermal conductivity. Here, a variable-spot-size time-domain thermoreflectance approach is developed to simultaneously measure both the in-plane and the through-plane thermal conductivity of four kinds of layered TMDs (MoS2 , WS2 , MoSe2 , and WSe2 ) over a wide temperature range, 80-300 K...
July 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
Jian Liu, Li Qiu, Giuseppe Portale, Marten Koopmans, Gert Ten Brink, Jan C Hummelen, L Jan Anton Koster
In this contribution, for the first time, the polarity of fullerene derivatives is tailored to enhance the miscibility between the host and dopant molecules. A fullerene derivative with a hydrophilic triethylene glycol type side chain (PTEG-1) is used as the host and (4-(1,3-dimethyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-benzoimidazol-2-yl)phenyl)dimethylamine n-DMBI) as the dopant. Thereby, the doping efficiency can be greatly improved to around 18% (<1% for a nonpolar reference sample) with optimized electrical conductivity of 2...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Hyejin Jang, Christopher R Ryder, Joshua D Wood, Mark C Hersam, David G Cahill
ReS2 represents a different class of 2D materials, which is characterized by low symmetry having 1D metallic chains within the planes and extremely weak interlayer bonding. Here, the thermal conductivity of single-crystalline ReS2 in a distorted 1T phase is determined at room temperature for the in-plane directions parallel and perpendicular to the Re-chains, and the through-plane direction using time-domain thermoreflectance. ReS2 is prepared in the form of flakes having thicknesses of 60-450 nm by micromechanical exfoliation, and their crystalline orientations are identified by polarized Raman spectroscopy...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yueming Zhai, Fan Zhang, Bo Zhang, Xiaohu Gao
Compared with the large variety of solid gold nanostructures, synthetic approaches for their hollow counterparts are limited, largely confined to chemical and irradiation-based etching of preformed nanostructures. In particular, the preparation of through nanopore structures is extremely challenging. Here, a unique strategy for direct synthesis of gold nanopores in solution without the need for sacrificial templates or postsynthesis processing is reported. By controlling the degree of crystal screw dislocation, a single through pore with diameter ranging from sub-nanometer to tens of nanometers, in the center of large gold nanoplates, can be engineered with precision...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Peigen Cao, Peter Bai, Arash A Omrani, Yihan Xiao, Kacey L Meaker, Hsin-Zon Tsai, Aiming Yan, Han Sae Jung, Ramin Khajeh, Griffin F Rodgers, Youngkyou Kim, Andrew S Aikawa, Mattew A Kolaczkowski, Yi Liu, Alex Zettl, Ke Xu, Michael F Crommie, Ting Xu
A monolayer 2D capping layer with high Young's modulus is shown to be able to effectively suppress the dewetting of underlying thin films of small organic semiconductor molecule, polymer, and polycrystalline metal, respectively. To verify the universality of this capping layer approach, the dewetting experiments are performed for single-layer graphene transferred onto polystyrene (PS), semiconducting thienoazacoronene (EH-TAC), gold, and also MoS2 on PS. Thermodynamic modeling indicates that the exceptionally high Young's modulus and surface conformity of 2D capping layers such as graphene and MoS2 substantially suppress surface fluctuations and thus dewetting...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Dechao Geng, Xiaoxu Zhao, Zhongxin Chen, Weiwei Sun, Wei Fu, Jianyi Chen, Wei Liu, Wu Zhou, Kian Ping Loh
As a new member of the MXene group, 2D Mo2 C has attracted considerable interest due to its potential application as electrodes for energy storage and catalysis. The large-area synthesis of Mo2 C film is needed for such applications. Here, the one-step direct synthesis of 2D Mo2 C-on-graphene film by molten copper-catalyzed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is reported. High-quality and uniform Mo2 C film in the centimeter range can be grown on graphene using a Mo-Cu alloy catalyst. Within the vertical heterostructure, graphene acts as a diffusion barrier to the phase-segregated Mo and allows nanometer-thin Mo2 C to be grown...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Min Gao, Chao Liang, Xuejiao Song, Qian Chen, Qiutong Jin, Chao Wang, Zhuang Liu
Hypoxia, a common feature within many types of solid tumors, is known to be closely associated with limited efficacy for cancer therapies, including radiotherapy (RT) in which oxygen is essential to promote radiation-induced cell damage. Here, an artificial nanoscale red-blood-cell system is designed by encapsulating perfluorocarbon (PFC), a commonly used artificial blood substitute, within biocompatible poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), obtaining PFC@PLGA nanoparticles, which are further coated with a red-blood-cell membrane (RBCM)...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Chao Jia, Bowen Luo, Haoyu Wang, Yongqian Bian, Xueyong Li, Shaohua Li, Hongjun Wang
Advances in nano-/microfabrication allow the fabrication of biomimetic substrates for various biomedical applications. In particular, it would be beneficial to control the distribution of cells and relevant biomolecules on an extracellular matrix (ECM)-like substrate with arbitrary micropatterns. In this regard, the possibilities of patterning biomolecules and cells on nanofibrous matrices are explored here by combining inkjet printing and electrospinning. Upon investigation of key parameters for patterning accuracy and reproducibility, three independent studies are performed to demonstrate the potential of this platform for: i) transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1-induced spatial differentiation of fibroblasts, ii) spatiotemporal interactions between breast cancer cells and stromal cells, and iii) cancer-regulated angiogenesis...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yupu Liu, Dengke Shen, Gang Chen, Ahmed A Elzatahry, Manas Pal, Hongwei Zhu, Longlong Wu, Jianjian Lin, Daifallah Al-Dahyan, Wei Li, Dongyuan Zhao
Membrane separation technologies are of great interest in industrial processes such as water purification, gas separation, and materials synthesis. However, commercial filtration membranes have broad pore size distributions, leading to poor size cutoff properties. In this work, mesoporous silica thin membranes with uniform and large vertical mesochannels are synthesized via a simple biphase stratification growth method, which possess an intact structure over centimeter size, ultrathin thickness (≤50 nm), high surface areas (up to 1420 m(2) g(-1) ), and tunable pore sizes from ≈2...
July 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
Penghui Zhang, Yan Wang, Jing Lian, Qi Shen, Chen Wang, Bohan Ma, Yuchao Zhang, Tingting Xu, Jianxin Li, Yongping Shao, Feng Xu, Jun-Jie Zhu
Nanocarrier surface chemistry plays a vital role in mediating cell internalization and enhancing delivery efficiency during in vivo chemotherapy. Inspired by the ability of proteins to alter their conformation to mediate functions, a pH-/thermal-/glutathione-responsive polymer zipper consisting of cell-penetrating poly(disulfide)s and thermosensitive polymers bearing guanidinium/phosphate (Gu(+) /pY(-) ) motifs to spatiotemporally tune the surface composition of nanocarriers for precise tumor targeting and efficient drug delivery is developed...
July 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yiping Wang, Xin Sun, Zhizhong Chen, Yi-Yang Sun, Shengbai Zhang, Toh-Ming Lu, Esther Wertz, Jian Shi
High-temperature vapor phase epitaxy (VPE) has been proved ubiquitously powerful in enabling high-performance electro-optic devices in III-V semiconductor field. A typical example is the successful growth of p-type GaN by VPE for blue light-emitting diodes. VPE excels as it controls film defects such as point/interface defects and grain boundary, thanks to its high-temperature processing condition and controllable deposition rate. For the first time, single-crystalline high-temperature VPE halide perovskite thin film has been demonstrated-a unique platform on unveiling previously uncovered carrier dynamics in inorganic halide perovskites...
July 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
Wenjie Yan, Longkun Yang, Jianing Chen, Yaqi Wu, Peijie Wang, Zhipeng Li
A method is developed to synthesize surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) materials capable of single-molecule detection, integrated with a microfluidic system. Using a focused laser, silver nanoparticle aggregates as SERS monitors are fabricated in a microfluidic channel through photochemical reduction. After washing out the monitor, the aggregates are irradiated again by the same laser. This key step leads to full reduction of the residual reactants, which generates numerous small silver nanoparticles on the former nanoaggregates...
July 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
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