Solar Trees – Semitransparent, Flexible, Organic Solar Cells

A team of researchers from the U.K. and Germany present the technology behind an exciting phase of solar cell technology: solar trees.

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Advanced Optical Materials Top 5 – August 2016

The month’s top articles from the field of nanooptics, optoelectronics, optical devices, detectors & sensors, micro/nano resonators and more.

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Batch to conti transfer of polymer production processes

Macromolecular Reaction Engineering presents recent trends in industrial polymer production, guest-edited by Alain Durand and Sebastian Engell

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Artificial Columnar Nacre: A Superoleophobic Material for Underwater Applications

Jiang et al. have prepared artificial columnar nacre based on montmorillonite/hydroxyethylcellulose, with excellent underwater low adhesion and superoleophobicity.

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Best of Advanced Energy Materials – July

Take a look at the great cover images from the July issues and top five most accessed articles this month.

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Angle-Insensitive and CMOS-Compatible Subwavelength Color Printing

The proposed color filter devices produce distinctive reflection colors that are easily tuned via a one-step fabrication process.

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META 2016 – 7th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics

A report from the META 2016 conference, held from 25 to 28 July in Torremolinos, Spain.

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Light-driven soft robot mimics caterpillar locomotion in natural scale

Scientists have now created a light-driven soft micro robot to mimic caterpillar locomotion in natural scale.

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Tuning aggregate size and emission in tetraphenylethene dendrimers

Researchers report on the preparation of a dual-emissive dendrimer with tunable aggregate and solution state emission.


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Graphic illustration courtesy of Todd Siler and Geoffrey Ozin, www.artnanoinnovations.com.

Grasping Our Growing Gigatonne CO2 Challenge

Prof. Geoffrey Ozin discusses our growing gigatonne CO2 challenge, and how we must now work together to solve it.

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Book review: Bio-synthetic Hybrid Materials and Bionanoparticles

Bio-synthetic Hybrid Materials and Bionanoparticles, edited By Alexander Boker, and Patrick Van Rijn: book reviewed by Dr. Fabio Nudelman, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

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Advanced Optical Materials Top 5 – August 2016

The month’s top articles from the field of nanooptics, optoelectronics, optical devices, detectors & sensors, micro/nano resonators and more.

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META 2016 – 7th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics

A report from the META 2016 conference, held from 25 to 28 July in Torremolinos, Spain.

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Black phosphorus unleashes the power of supercapacitors

Researchers in China build powerful and durable all-solid-state supercapacitors using black phosphorus nanoflakes.

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A conversation with Huisheng Peng: Editorial Board co-chair for ChemNanoMat

Huisheng Peng talks about how his research interests and career have developed and his role as an Editorial Board co-chair for the new journal ChemNanoMat.

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The Effects of Molecular Chirality on Liquid Crystals

Liquid crystals with a bent-core have revolutionized research in soft condensed matter chemistry and physics.

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1D nanostructures enable novel photonic devices in lieu of liquid crystal-based techniques

The ability to control the structural properties at the microscopic level in real-time allows the optical properties of the host medium to dynamically change .

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Advanced Optical Materials – July Issue Covers

Check out the articles highlighted on the covers of the latest issue of Advanced Optical Materials.

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Sticking electric vehicles

A broad range of adhesive tapes of tesa support for electric cars.

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Impact of size and loading direction on the strength of architected lattice materials

Researchers from KIT show that the strength of polymer-alumina core-shell composite microlattices doubles when their size is scaled down by 50%.

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Tissue-engineered fibrin-based heart valve

The BioTexValve demonstrates the potential of bio-inspired textile-reinforcement for the fabrication of functional tissue-engineered heart valves for the aortic position.

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New product from culled fruits

The company Dörrwerk turns fruits that would normally end up as scrap in the garbage, into an eatable fruit paper.

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Chemical approaches to 2D materials

Chemical approaches to 2D materials: A special issue of Advanced Materials

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Scaffold-free tissue engineering to create a human neural tissue construct

This new tissue engineering approach may be useful to establish a technology for regenerative medicine and drug discovery using the patient’s own neurons.

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Efficient radiative pumping of polaritons in a strongly coupled microcavity

This analysis demonstrated that the polariton states are most likely formed when the excited dye molecules in the cavity emit a photon, with this photon then directly exciting the photon-like part of the polariton.

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A novel 14-chamber human body-on-a-chip device

Researchers describe a novel “body-on-a-chip” device that consists of 14 interconnected compartments, each representing a different organ of the human body.

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Plasmon-mediated photocatalysis – Pd nanoparticles in a double role

Pd nanosheets function both as broadband light absorbers and as synthetic catalysts for the dehydrogenation of formic acid to hydrogen and oxygen.

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Thermally switchable bottle-neck pores for antimicrobial dyes release

A prototype theranostic device based on thermally triggered release of a fluorescent antibiotic from polymer coated porous silicon films is developed.

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Architectural Control and Process Limitations of Porous Bioceramics

Researchers optimized then evaluated the reliability and robustness of a bioceramic manufacturing process based on the impregnation of 3D-printed mold.

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High-Performance Multifunctional Graphene-PLGA Fibers

Researchers develop conducting graphene–PLGA fiber electrode that promotes muscle cell growth, and that could stimulate muscle regeneration.

Graphic illustration courtesy of Todd Siler and Geoffrey Ozin, www.artnanoinnovations.com.

Grasping Our Growing Gigatonne CO2 Challenge

Prof. Geoffrey Ozin discusses our growing gigatonne CO2 challenge, and how we must now work together to solve it.

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easySTORM: High resolution – low costs

easySTORM: a robust, lower-cost approach to localization and TIRF microscopy A broad range of new microscopy methodologies have recently been introduced collectively referred to as “super-resolved microscopy (SRM)”. They offer resolution measured in tens of nanometers or less – overcoming the diffraction limit and thereby opening up a wealth of new possibilities for biological studies. […]

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Three-dimensional block copolymer nanostructures

Jiun-Tai Chen and his team at NCTU in Taiwan developed a novel method to fabricate three-dimensional block copolymer nanostructures.

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Mechanical property predictions of conjugated polymers using molecular simulations

Predictions from atomistic molecular dynamics simulations are compared with empirical measurements.

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Unusual nanoparticles in the microstructure of Ni-base single crystal superalloys

A new phenomenon, the formation of γ nanoparticles in the γ’ cubes and of small speroidal γ’ particles in the γ channels, is reported.

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Bioinspired hollow spheres for energy storage

Researchers from China were inspired by the structure of an egg to create multilayered nanospheres with favorable energy storage properties.