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Advanced Materials

Nicholas C Burtch, Jurn Heinen, Thomas D Bennett, David Dubbeldam, Mark D Allendorf
Some of the most remarkable recent developments in metal-organic framework (MOF) performance properties can only be rationalized by the mechanical properties endowed by their hybrid inorganic-organic nanoporous structures. While these characteristics create intriguing application prospects, the same attributes also present challenges that will need to be overcome to enable the integration of MOFs with technologies where these promising traits can be exploited. In this review, emerging opportunities and challenges are identified for MOF-enabled device functionality and technological applications that arise from their fascinating mechanical properties...
November 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
Ling Qiu, Zijun He, Dan Li
Recent advances in emerging 2D nanomaterial-based cellular materials (2D-CMs) open up new opportunities for the development of next generation cellular solids with exceptional properties. Herein, an overview of the current research status of 2D-CMs is provided and their future opportunities are highlighted. First, the unique features of 2D nanomaterials are introduced to illustrate why these nanoscale building blocks are promising for the development of novel cellular materials and what the new features of 2D nanoscale building blocks can offer when compared to their 0D and 1D counterparts...
November 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yun Liu, Wei Hao, Huiying Yao, Shuzhou Li, Yuchen Wu, Jia Zhu, Lei Jiang
Semiconducting polymers with π-conjugated electronic structures have potential application in the large-scale printable fabrication of high-performance electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, owing to their poor environmental stability and high-cost synthesis, polymer semiconductors possess limited device implementation. Here, an approach for constructing a π-conjugated polymer/graphene composite material to circumvent these limitations is provided, and then this material is patterned into 1D arrays...
November 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
Weixuan Zhang, Kaiyang Cheng, Chao Wu, Yi Wang, Hongqiang Li, Xiangdong Zhang
Metamaterials, artificially structured electromagnetic (EM) materials, have enabled the realization of many unconventional EM properties not found in nature, such as negative refractive index, magnetic response, invisibility cloaking, and so on. Based on these man-made materials with novel EM properties, various devices are designed and realized. However, quantum analog devices based on metamaterials have not been achieved so far. Here, metamaterials are designed and printed to perform quantum search algorithm...
November 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
Seyed Mohammad Sajadi, Peter Samora Owuor, Steven Schara, Cristiano F Woellner, Varlei Rodrigues, Robert Vajtai, Jun Lou, Douglas S Galvão, Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, Pulickel M Ajayan
Schwartzites are 3D porous solids with periodic minimal surfaces having negative Gaussian curvatures and can possess unusual mechanical and electronic properties. The mechanical behavior of primitive and gyroid schwartzite structures across different length scales is investigated after these geometries are 3D printed at centimeter length scales based on molecular models. Molecular dynamics and finite elements simulations are used to gain further understanding on responses of these complex solids under compressive loads and kinetic impact experiments...
November 15, 2017: Advanced Materials
Zhibin Yang, Adharsh Rajagopal, Alex K-Y Jen
Extremely high power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of ≈20-22% are realized through intensive research and development of 1.5-1.6 eV bandgap perovskite absorbers. However, development of ideal bandgap (1.3-1.4 eV) absorbers is pivotal to further improve PCE of single junction perovskite solar cells (PVSCs) because of a better balance between absorption loss of sub-bandgap photons and thermalization loss of above-bandgap photons as demonstrated by the Shockley-Queisser detailed balanced calculation. Ideal bandgap PVSCs are currently hindered by the poor optoelectronic quality of perovskite absorbers and their PCEs have stagnated at <15%...
November 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
Zhisheng Lv, Yifei Luo, Yuxin Tang, Jiaqi Wei, Zhiqiang Zhu, Xinran Zhou, Wenlong Li, Yi Zeng, Wei Zhang, Yanyan Zhang, Dianpeng Qi, Shaowu Pan, Xian Jun Loh, Xiaodong Chen
Although some progress has been made on stretchable supercapacitors, traditional stretchable supercapacitors fabricated by predesigning structured electrodes for device assembling still lack the device-level editability and programmability. To adapt to wearable electronics with arbitrary configurations, it is highly desirable to develop editable supercapacitors that can be directly transferred into desirable shapes and stretchability. In this work, editable supercapacitors for customizable shapes and stretchability using electrodes based on mechanically strengthened ultralong MnO2 nanowire composites are developed...
November 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
Christopher S Choi, Jonathan Lau, Janet Hur, Leland Smith, Chunlei Wang, Bruce Dunn
One of the important considerations for the development of on-chip batteries is the need to photopattern the solid electrolyte directly on electrodes. Herein, the photopatterning of a lithium-ion conducting solid electrolyte is demonstrated by modifying a well-known negative photoresist, SU-8, with LiClO4 . The resulting material exhibits a room temperature ionic conductivity of 52 µS cm(-1) with a wide electrochemical window (>5 V). Half-cell galvanostatic testing of 3 µm thin films spin-coated on amorphous silicon validates its use for on-chip energy-storage applications...
November 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
Lizhi Xu, Xueli Zhao, Chuanlai Xu, Nicholas A Kotov
Load-bearing soft tissues, e.g., cartilage, ligaments, and blood vessels, are made predominantly from water (65-90%) which is essential for nutrient transport to cells. Yet, they display amazing stiffness, toughness, strength, and deformability attributed to the reconfigurable 3D network from stiff collagen nanofibers and flexible proteoglycans. Existing hydrogels and composites partially achieve some of the mechanical properties of natural soft tissues, but at the expense of water content. Concurrently, water-rich biomedical polymers are elastic but weak...
November 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
Owoong Kwon, Daehee Seol, Dongkyu Lee, Hee Han, Ionela Lindfors-Vrejoiu, Woo Lee, Stephen Jesse, Ho Nyung Lee, Sergei V Kalinin, Marin Alexe, Yunseok Kim
Ferroelectric materials possess spontaneous polarization that can be used for multiple applications. Owing to a long-term development of reducing the sizes of devices, the preparation of ferroelectric materials and devices is entering the nanometer-scale regime. Accordingly, to evaluate the ferroelectricity, there is a need to investigate the polarization charge at the nanoscale. Nonetheless, it is generally accepted that the detection of polarization charges using a conventional conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM) without a top electrode is not feasible because the nanometer-scale radius of an atomic force microscopy (AFM) tip yields a very low signal-to-noise ratio...
November 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yongwu Peng, Meiting Zhao, Bo Chen, Zhicheng Zhang, Ying Huang, Fangna Dai, Zhuangchai Lai, Xiaoya Cui, Chaoliang Tan, Hua Zhang
The exploration of new porous hybrid materials is of great importance because of their unique properties and promising applications in separation of materials, catalysis, etc. Herein, for the first time, by integration of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs), a new type of MOF@COF core-shell hybrid material, i.e., NH2 -MIL-68@TPA-COF, with high crystallinity and hierarchical pore structure, is synthesized. As a proof-of-concept application, the obtained NH2 -MIL-68@TPA-COF hybrid material is used as an effective visible-light-driven photocatalyst for the degradation of rhodamine B...
November 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
Mengyu Yan, Pan He, Ying Chen, Shanyu Wang, Qiulong Wei, Kangning Zhao, Xu Xu, Qinyou An, Yi Shuang, Yuyan Shao, Karl T Mueller, Liqiang Mai, Jun Liu, Jihui Yang
Low-cost, environment-friendly aqueous Zn batteries have great potential for large-scale energy storage, but the intercalation of zinc ions in the cathode materials is challenging and complex. Herein, the critical role of structural H2 O on Zn(2+) intercalation into bilayer V2 O5 ·nH2 O is demonstrated. The results suggest that the H2 O-solvated Zn(2+) possesses largely reduced effective charge and thus reduced electrostatic interactions with the V2 O5 framework, effectively promoting its diffusion. Benefited from the "lubricating" effect, the aqueous Zn battery shows a specific energy of ≈144 Wh kg(-1) at 0...
November 13, 2017: Advanced Materials
Ke Gao, Zonglong Zhu, Bo Xu, Sae Byeok Jo, Yuanyuan Kan, Xiaobin Peng, Alex K-Y Jen
Employing a layer of bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic semiconductors on top of perovskite to further extend its photoresponse is considered as a simple and promising way to enhance the efficiency of perovskite-based solar cells, instead of using tandem devices or near infrared (NIR)-absorbing Sn-containing perovskites. However, the progress made from this approach is quite limited because very few such hybrid solar cells can simultaneously show high short-circuit current (JSC ) and fill factor (FF). To find an appropriate NIR-absorbing BHJ is essential for highly efficient, organic, photovoltaics (OPV)/perovskite hybrid solar cells...
November 13, 2017: Advanced Materials
Alan Molinari, Horst Hahn, Robert Kruk
The ever-growing technological demand for more advanced microelectronic and spintronic devices keeps catalyzing the idea of controlling magnetism with an electric field. Although voltage-driven on/off switching of magnetization is already established in some magnetoelectric (ME) systems, often the coupling between magnetic and electric order parameters lacks an adequate reversibility, energy efficiency, working temperature, or switching speed. Here, the ME performance of a manganite supercapacitor composed of a ferromagnetic, spin-polarized ultrathin film of La0...
November 13, 2017: Advanced Materials
Seon-Mi Kim, Hyeonyeol Jeon, Sung-Ho Shin, Seul-A Park, Jonggeon Jegal, Sung Yeon Hwang, Dongyeop X Oh, Jeyoung Park
The most important properties of self-healing polymers are efficient recovery at room temperature and prolonged durability. However, these two characteristics are contradictory, making it difficult to optimize them simultaneously. Herein, a transparent and easily processable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with the highest reported tensile strength and toughness (6.8 MPa and 26.9 MJ m(-3) , respectively) is prepared. This TPU is superior to reported contemporary room-temperature self-healable materials and conveniently heals within 2 h through facile aromatic disulfide metathesis engineered by hard segment embedded aromatic disulfides...
November 13, 2017: Advanced Materials
Bo Tong, Jun Huang, Zhibin Zhou, Zhangquan Peng
The safety hazards and cycle instability of lithium metal anodes (LMA) constitute significant barriers to progress in lithium metal batteries. This situation is worse in Li-O2 batteries because the LMA is prone to be chemically attacked by O2 shuttled from the cathode. Notwithstanding, efforts on LMA are much sparse than those on the cathode in the realm of Li-O2 batteries. Here, a novel lithium salt of Li[(CF3 SO2 )(n-C4 F9 SO2 )N] (LiTNFSI) is reported, which can effectively suppress the parasitic side reactions and dendrite growth of LMA during cycling and thereby significantly enhance the overall reversibility of Li-O2 batteries...
November 13, 2017: Advanced Materials
Amir Masoud Pourrahimi, Richard T Olsson, Mikael S Hedenqvist
Recent progress in the development of polyethylene/metal-oxide nanocomposites for extruded high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) cables with ultrahigh electric insulation properties is presented. This is a promising technology with the potential of raising the upper voltage limit in today's underground/submarine cables, based on pristine polyethylene, to levels where the loss of energy during electric power transmission becomes low enough to ensure intercontinental electric power transmission. The development of HVDC insulating materials together with the impact of the interface between the particles and the polymer on the nanocomposites electric properties are shown...
November 13, 2017: Advanced Materials
Yunbo Ou, Chang Liu, Gaoyuan Jiang, Yang Feng, Dongyang Zhao, Weixiong Wu, Xiao-Xiao Wang, Wei Li, Canli Song, Li-Li Wang, Wenbo Wang, Weida Wu, Yayu Wang, Ke He, Xu-Cun Ma, Qi-Kun Xue
The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect, which has been realized in magnetic topological insulators (TIs), is the key to applications of dissipationless quantum Hall edge states in electronic devices. However, investigations and utilizations of the QAH effect are limited by the ultralow temperatures needed to reach full quantization-usually below 100 mK in either Cr- or V-doped (Bi,Sb)2 Te3 of the two experimentally confirmed QAH materials. Here it is shown that by codoping Cr and V magnetic elements in (Bi,Sb)2 Te3 TI, the temperature of the QAH effect can be significantly increased such that full quantization is achieved at 300 mK, and zero-field Hall resistance of 0...
November 10, 2017: Advanced Materials
Aoxuan Wang, Shan Tang, Debin Kong, Shan Liu, Kevin Chiou, Linjie Zhi, Jiaxing Huang, Yong-Yao Xia, Jiayan Luo
Bendable energy-storage systems with high energy density are demanded for conformal electronics. Lithium-metal batteries including lithium-sulfur and lithium-oxygen cells have much higher theoretical energy density than lithium-ion batteries. Reckoned as the ideal anode, however, Li has many challenges when directly used, especially its tendency to form dendrite. Under bending conditions, the Li-dendrite growth can be further aggravated due to bending-induced local plastic deformation and Li-filaments pulverization...
November 10, 2017: Advanced Materials
Weigang Jiang, Runnan Yu, Zhiyang Liu, Ruixiang Peng, Dongbo Mi, Ling Hong, Qiang Wei, Jianhui Hou, Yongbo Kuang, Ziyi Ge
A novel small-molecule acceptor, (2,2'-((5E,5'E)-5,5'-((5,5'-(4,4,9,9-tetrakis(5-hexylthiophen-2-yl)-4,9-dihydro-s-indaceno[1,2-b:5,6-b']dithiophene-2,7-diyl)bis(4-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophene-5,2-diyl))bis(methanylylidene)) bis(3-hexyl-4-oxothiazolidine-5,2-diylidene))dimalononitrile (ITCN), end-capped with electron-deficient 2-(3-hexyl-4-oxothiazolidin-2-ylidene)malononitrile groups, is designed, synthesized, and used as the third component in fullerene-free ternary polymer solar cells (PSCs). The cascaded energy-level structure enabled by the newly designed acceptor is beneficial to the carrier transport and separation...
November 10, 2017: Advanced Materials
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