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A dielectric metamaterial approach for achieving spin-selective transmission of electromagnetic waves is proposed. The design is based on a spin-controlled constructive or destructive interference between propagating phase and Pancharatnam-Berry phase. The dielectric metamaterial, consisting of monolithic silicon herringbone structures, exhibits a broadband operation in the terahertz regime.
A platelet membrane-coated biomimetic nanocarrier, which can sequentially target bone microenvironment and myeloma cells to enhance the drug availability at the myeloma site and decrease the off-target effects, is developed for inhibiting the multiple myeloma growth and simultaneously eradicating the thrombus complication.
The defects derived by the removal of heteroatoms from graphene have been demonstrated, both experimentally and theoretically, to be effective for all three basic electrochemical reactions, e.g., oxygen reduction (ORR), oxygen evolution (OER), hydrogen evolution (HER). Density function theory calculations further reveal that the different types of defects are essential for the individual electrocatalytic activity for ORR, OER, and HER, respectively.
The feasibility of co-depositing a hole-conductor and a perovskite layer is demonstrated to simplify the preparation process of perovskite solar cells. The CuSCN incorporated in the perovskite layer can participate in forming the perovskite/CuSCN bulk-heterojunction and accelerate hole-transport effectively, which eventually leads to a maximum power conversion efficiency of 18.1% with almost no J-V hysteresis.
A 2D "glycosheet" based on supramolecular self-assembly between 2D MoS2 and fluorescent glycoligands is developed. The composite 2D material is proven suitable for targeted intracellular production of reactive oxygen species (singlet oxygen) by the sequential control of a receptor endocytosis and ight irradiation.
Liquid metals (LMs) in an alkaline electrolyte, when placed on a graphite surface, are able to be manipulated into desired flat, stable shapes with sharp angles, like triangles. Unique transformations and worm-like anti-gravity upslope LM locomotion under a low-voltage electric field are also revealed.
By exploiting surface acoustic waves and a coupling layer technique, cells are patterned within a photosensitive hydrogel fiber to mimic physiological cell arrangement in tissues. The aligned cell-polymer matrix is polymerized with short exposure to UV light and the fiber is extracted. These patterned cell fibers are manipulated into simple and complex architectures, demonstrating feasibility for tissue engineering applications.
A novel artificially created MnO2 monolayer system has been demonstrated in atomically controlled epitaxial perovskite heterostructures. With careful design of different electrostatic boundary conditions, a magnetic transition as well as a metal-insulator transition of the MnO2 monolayer has been unveiled, providing a fundamental understanding of the dimensionality-confined strongly correlated electron systems and a direction to design new electronic devices.
3D graphitic foam vertically aligned graphitic structure and low density of defects is derived through chloroaluminate anion intercalation of graphite followed by thermal expansion and electrochemical hydrogen evolution. Such aligned graphitic structure affords excellent Al-ion battery characteristics with a discharge capacity of ≈60 mAh g(-1) under a high charge and discharge current density of 12 000 mA g(-1) over ≈4000 cycles.
Large-scale colloidal synthesis and integration of uniform-sized molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) nanosheets for a flexible resistive random access memory (RRAM) array is presented. RRAM using MoS2 nanosheets shows a ≈10 000 times higher on/off ratio than that based on exfoliated MoS2 . The good uniformity of the MoS2 nanosheets allows wafer-scale system integration of the RRAM array with pressure sensors and quantum dot light-emitting diodes.
Efficient lead (Pb)-free inverted planar formamidinium tin triiodide (FASnI3 ) perovskite solar cells (PVSCs) are demonstrated. Our FASnI3 PVSCs achieved average power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 5.41% ± 0.46% and a maximum PCE of 6.22% under forward voltage scan. The PVSCs exhibit small photocurrent-voltage hysteresis and high reproducibility. The champion cell showed a steady-state efficiency of ≈6.00% for over 100 s.
Unprecedented electrochemical stabilization of platinum nanoparticles (PtNP) is presented, upon insertion into shortened hollow graphitized carbon nanofibers (PtNP@S-GNF) toward oxygen reduction reaction for fuel cell applications. In contrast to that observed for a commercial Pt/C electrocatalyst, the specific activity and the electrochemical surface area for PtNP@S-GNF remain practically unchanged during durability tests after 50 000 potential cycles allowing the sustainable use of Pt.
A novel strategy to enhance the cyclability of organic sodium-ion batteries is developed by applying a selectively permeable membrane to allow the pass of Na ions but block the slight dissolved active molecules and thereby inhibits the further dissolution. After utilization of the membrane, the batteries show highly enhanced cyclability. Such strategy can be potentially extended to many organic materials with low solubilities.
A simple and versatile in situ fabrication of MAPbX3 nanocrystal-embedded polymer composite films is developed by controlling the crystallization process from precursor solutions. The composite films exhibit enhanced photoluminescence properties, improved stability, and excellent piezoelectric and mechanical properties. Applications of these composite films as color converters in liquid crystal display backlights are demonstrated, showing bright potential in display technology.
Directly utilizing hydrocarbon fuels, particularly methane, is advantageous yet challenging in high-performance protonic ceramic fuel cells. In this work, this technological hurdle is well addressed by selective deposition of secondary electrocatalysts within the porous Ni-cermet anode. This novel strategy sheds light on the development of multifunctional porous structures for energy and catalysis applications.
Ultrasmall PEGylated Cu2- x Se nanoparticles with strong near-infrared absorption have been prepared by an ambient aqueous method. The resultant water-soluble and biocompatible nanoparticles are demonstrated to be a novel nanotheranostic agent for effective deep-tissue photoacoustic imaging, computed tomography imaging, single-photon emission computed tomography imaging, and photothermal therapy of cancer.
Ultrasmall black phosphorus quantum dots (BPQDs) serve as the near-infrared light absorber and charge transfer layer in the photocathode of a bifacial n-type dye sensitized solar cell. Wideband light absorption and ≈20% enhancement in the light-to-electron efficiency are accomplished due to the fast carrier transfer and complementary light absorption by the BPQDs demonstrating that BP has large potential in photovoltaics.
A plasma oxidation method is developed to fabricate atomic-scale pores in the basal planes of electrochemically inert TaS2 nanosheets to functionalize the 2D crystals with high electrocatalysis for hydrogen evolution reaction. Quantitative measurements of under-coordinated atoms at edges of the pores by aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy reveal the intrinsic correlation between the defective atomic sites and electrocatalytic activities of 2D TaS2 .
A two-step ligand-exchange strategy is developed, in which the long-carbon- chain ligands on all-inorganic perovskite (CsPbX3 , X = Br, Cl) quantum dots (QDs) with halide-ion-pair ligands. Green and blue light-emitting diodes made from the halide-ion-pair-capped quantum dots exhibit high external quantum efficiencies compared with the untreated QDs.
Fluorescent silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs) attract considerable attention owing to their intrinsic advantages, including relatively strong fluorescence coupled with robust photostability, rich resource support and relatively low cost, industrial maturity, and good biocompatibility. Extensive efforts are devoted to developing effective methods for the synthesis of hydrogen or halogen-terminated SiNPs, which nevertheless need further surface modification to improve their stability and solubility for wide-rangi...
Selective adsorption of SO2 is realized in a porous metal-organic framework material, and in-depth structural and spectroscopic investigations using X-rays, infrared, and neutrons define the underlying interactions that cause SO2 to bind more strongly than CO2 and N2 .
A novel layered SnSSe material is designed as a high-performance anode for sodium-ion batteries with characteristics of high capacity, superior cyclability, facile synthetic method, and large-scale production ability. The transformation from bulk SnSSe particles into closely packed nanoplate aggregates with greater resistance to structure pulverization and the partial pseudocapacitive capacity contribution may engender the excellent cycling performance and rate capability.
The radiation hardness of CH3 NH3 PbI3 -based solar cells is evaluated from in situ measurements during high-energy proton irradiation. These organic-inorganic perovskites exhibit radiation hardness and withstand proton doses that exceed the damage threshold of crystalline silicon by almost 3 orders of magnitude. Moreover, after termination of the proton irradiation, a self-healing process of the solar cells commences.
All-polymer solar cells with 7.57% power conversion efficiency are achieved via a new perylenediimide-based polymeric acceptor. Furthermore, the device processed in ambient air without encapsulation can still reach a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.49%, which is a significant economic advantage from an industrial processing perspective. These results represent the highest PCE achieved from perylenediimide-based polymers.
Two 1D-2D asymmetric benzodithiophenes (BDTs) as donor building blocks are designed and synthesized, combining the advantages of both 1D and 2D symmetric BDTs. The photovoltaic properties of the asymmetric BDT-based polymers are improved greatly in comparison with corresponding symmetric BDT-based polymers. This work provides a new approach to design prospective organic optoelectronic materials employing the symmetry-breaking strategy.