Combining family and scientific career? Just do it!

Katharina Landfester (Director, MPI for Polymer Research) describes how she and her husband manage to balance their family life and scientific careers.

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International Year of Light Article Series

Advanced Optical Materials is joining in the activities of the International Year of Light through publishing a special series of review articles.

International Year of Light 2015 (UNESCO)

Solar Refinery: Can we have our carbon cake and eat it too?

Professor Ozin explores the feasability of a solar refinery for making fuels and chemicals from CO2, H2O and sunlight.

Scheme Futuristic ‘solar refinery’ for making fuels and chemicals from CO2, H2O and sunlight, Reproduced from A general framework for the assessment of solar fuel technologies, Energy & Environmental Science, DOI:  (or Ref XX) with permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Precision polymers through ADMET polymerization

Acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization is a unique strategy for achieving polymers with precise control over the primary structure.

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Low-cost, large-area plasmonic perfect absorbers

Tunable, angle- and polarization independent absorber fabricated using a combination of colloidal lithography, with disordered arrangement, and dry-etching.

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Investigating next generation LED materials

Research from a Canadian-German collaboration focuses on a next generation nitrido­litho­alumi­nate phosphor, SLA, as a breakthrough material.

Nitridolithoaluminate phosphor (Tolhurst et al.)

Micro power meter can measure nanowire heat transfer

Researchers have developed a microscale powermeter that directly measures light absorption and heat transfer in individual nanowires.

Near-field power meter (Cheng et al.)

Modified monolayer graphene interacts strongly with terahertz waves

Confining light into ultra-small metallic gaps dramatically boosts light interaction with graphene.

"Perfect Extinction of Terahertz" – Adv. Opt. Mater.

Towards spintronics: integrating magnetic semiconductors

Researchers have successfully deposited high quality dilute magnetic semiconductor thin films on lead magneisum niobate titanate single crystals.

DNA-based Boolean logic

Danish researchers have successfully constructed a universal DNA based Boolean logic gate system.

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Scheme Futuristic ‘solar refinery’ for making fuels and chemicals from CO2, H2O and sunlight, Reproduced from A general framework for the assessment of solar fuel technologies, Energy & Environmental Science, DOI:  (or Ref XX) with permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Solar Refinery: Can we have our carbon cake and eat it too?

Professor Ozin explores the feasability of a solar refinery for making fuels and chemicals from CO2, H2O and sunlight.

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Book review: Hydrogels in Cell-Based Therapies

Professor Alexander Zelikin, Aarhus University reviews Hydrogels in Cell-Based Therapies from the RSC.

International Year of Light 2015 (UNESCO)

International Year of Light Article Series

Advanced Optical Materials is joining in the activities of the International Year of Light through publishing a special series of review articles.

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Combining family and scientific career? Just do it!

Katharina Landfester (Director, MPI for Polymer Research) describes how she and her husband manage to balance their family life and scientific careers.

Video abstract: thermogelling polymers in medicine

Dr Loh Xian Jun discusses his review article on potential clinical applications for biodegrable thermogelling polymers.

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From Stem Cells to Nanotoxicology: Welcome to the World of Dr. David Tai Leong

David Tai Leong answers some questions about his world of nanobiology and new biomaterials.

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Liquid crystal loaded NIR metamaterial

Electrically controllable metamaterial surfaces

Researchers have added to the development of next generation photonic media by realizing an electrically tunable liquid crystal-metamaterial hybrid.

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Optical antennas for switchable holographic smart pixels

Researchers from University of Cambridge have proposed a new type of multi-functional pixel elements for next generation holographic display technologies.

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Light to work to electricity: photopiezoelectric polymer composites

Light is transduced to electrical energy in photopiezoelectric polymer composites based on azobenzene-functionalized polyimides and polyvinylidene fluoride

"Perfect Extinction of Terahertz" – Adv. Opt. Mater.

Advanced Optical Materials Top 5 – Feb. 2015

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

Improving nanoparticle cellular uptake

A group at the University of Adelaide have developed an intracellular GSH-responsive drug delivery system with enhanced cellular uptake capability.

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Happy Birthday, Rolf Mülhaupt!

Macromolecular Rapid Communications dedicates a special issue to the 60th anniversary of an outstanding scientist.

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The Missing Dimension of Nanotoxicology

Nanotoxicology results differ depending on the dimensionality of the platform used. While 2D cell cultures are standard, they may not tell the right story.

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Nanoporous materials for reproducible SERS

Researchers have designed and fabricated a new class of SERS substrate based on three-dimensional nanoporous materials.

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Achievements in Reactive Air Brazing

This recent special issue of Advanced Engineering Materials is dedicated to reactive air brazing.

Figure 1 Concept of a sustainable solar fuels earth founded upon the light-assisted photo-conversion of CO2 and H2O to solar fuels such as CH4.

Charge of the Sunlight Brigade

Professor Ozin pays tribute to the materials scientists and engineers working to counteract the effects of fossil fuel induced climate change.

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Applying microscale superhydrophobicity to cooling solutions

A technique has been developed to fabricate hierarchical micro- and nano-structures on copper substrates, for heat transfer applications.

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New processing methods for flexible perovskite solar cells

Newly published research describes the development and combination of low temperature deposition and processing techniques for perovskite devices.

“Swiss roll” nanostructures for optical frequency chiral metamaterials

Researchers have combined self-assembled colloid monolayers and the dynamic shadowing growth technique to fabricate arrays of Swiss roll nanostructures.

Light-sensitive polymers for controlled gene silencing

New research describes the use of polymers that can bind siRNAs into nanoscale assemblies that do not disassemble until they are irradiated with UV light.

Controlling cell gene expression with hydrogels

Researchers have developed a hydrogel system containing a spatial gradient of siRNA and studied its effects on encapsulated cells.

Bioinspired magnetic nanoparticles

A group seeks to reproduce the nanoparticle-synthesizing ability of magnetotactic bacteria.

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Deagglomeration of carbon nanotubes

Researchers have developed a method for breaking up CNT bundles to deliver individual nanotubes using surface acoustic waves in a piezoelectric substrate.

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Protein-based bionanomaterial design

UC Berkeley researchers have published an overview of the use of mammalian elastin, collagen, insect-derived silk and resilin in biomaterials design.

Targeted killing of tumor cells with cancer nanotherapeutics

Paolo Netti and co-workers have designed and characterized model tumor activated polystyrene nanoparticles (TAP-NPs) that release cytotoxic drugs.