New strategy for individualized cancer treatment

Dr. Xian-Zheng Zhang and co-workers have fabricated a biodegradable chimeric peptide for cancer therapy and real-time apoptosis imaging.

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Fabricating on-chip chalcogenide photonic elements

A group publish work exploring new routes for the fabrication of on-chip photonic elements with chalcogenides.

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Improving on nature: light-driven biomimetic actuators

Researchers at Jilin University, China have reported the fabrication of low-power near-infrared (NIR) light-driven bilayer actuators.

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Taming disorder to get ordered functional architecture

New research suggests that the introduction of molecular disorder can be the key to enhanced transport properties in organic electronics.

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Book review: Handbook of Polymer Crystallization

Professor Shouke Yan, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, reviews this work in experimental and theoretical polymer science.

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Imaging with non-toxic quantum dots

North American researchers have prepared luminescent core-shell nanoparticles from non-toxic silicon for use in biomedical imaging.

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Mimicking inflammation with a biomimetic interface

An interface that models inflammation and infection will allow researchers to investigate biomolecular dynamics changes in local microenvironments.

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Book review: Environmentally Friendly Polymer Nanocomposites

Professor Masami Okmoto of the Toyota Technological Institute reviews the first edition of Environmentally Friendly Polymer Nanocomposites.

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Mimicking inflammation with a biomimetic interface

An interface that models inflammation and infection will allow researchers to investigate biomolecular dynamics changes in local microenvironments.

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Book review: Handbook of Polymer Crystallization

Professor Shouke Yan, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, reviews this work in experimental and theoretical polymer science.

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Figure 2. Is your photocatalytic reaction powered by light or heat or both? Graphical illustration courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Is semiconductor photocatalysis photochemical or thermochemical or both? (and do we care?)

Professor Ozin addresses a fundamental concern in the field of photocatalysis.

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Book review: Handbook of Polymer Crystallization

Professor Shouke Yan, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, reviews this work in experimental and theoretical polymer science.

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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.

Wiley-VCH is looking for an assistant editor

Wiley-VCH seeks an assistant editor for their materials science program, to be based in Weinheim, south-west Germany.

Series of still scanning electron micrographs (a to d) show how the electron beam is used to create nanowires. Image: Junhao Lin / Vanderbilt.

Nanoelectronics gets a boost from electron-beam processed nanowires

Flexible metallic wires, only three atoms wide, produced with scanning transmission electron microscope.

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For the love of extreme materials: Joanna Aizenberg

Interview with Professor Joanna Aizenberg as new member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Advanced Materials.

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Computations and experiments predict a precision structural model for fullerenols

Researchers from CAS and other collaborative research institutions have proposed a precision structural model for fullerenols.

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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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Silicon carbide finds its place (in a nuclear reactor)

Toshiba and IBIDEN unveil a prototype silicon carbide fuel assembly cover for use in nuclear power stations.

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Fishing for oil with a polymer sponge

A team from USTC have developed a new oil collection apparatus based on a combination of HPS with pipes and a self-priming pump.

High-capacity battery uses only organic ingredients

American researchers design organic battery intended for deployment in power stations.

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Artificial muscle for biomimetic soft robotics

A soft laminate simultaneously functions as a high-efficiency bending actuator and a high-efficiency open-air supercapacitor.

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Speeding up the characterization of organic photovoltaics

A new contactless and rapid light beam-induced current method can be used to identify defects in complex organic multilayer films.

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Nanoprobes allow a new kind of cancer detection

Researchers have reported a new method for detecting cancer cells, using SERS and fluorescence dual-encoded magnetic nanoprobes.

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Book review: Standardisation in Cell and Tissue Engineering

Professor Robert Brown of UCL’s Tissue Repair and Engineering Centre reviews Standardisation in Cell and Tissue Engineering from Elsevier.

Recombinant proteins for better hydrogels

Researchers at Nankai University report the design and engineering of a recombinant protein that can be used for drug-delivering hydrogels.

Award-winning lightweight design

Award-winning lightweight design

GF Automotive gets the Lightweight Award for their magnesium high-pressure die-casting oil conduct module.

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Book review: Colloidal Suspension Rheology

Professor J. M. Brader of the University of Freiburg reviews Colloidal Suspension Rheology from Cambridge University Press.

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Conductive coatings for flexible touchscreens

Researchers adapt mobile phones and smart phones to the carrying habits of their users.

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Nanoparticle system combines chemo- and antiangiogenic therapy

Xuesi Chen and co-workers from the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry explore the potential of combining chemotherapy with antiangiogenic therapy.

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Microscale Assembly on Liquid Templates: A Promising Tool for Tissue Engineering

Liquid templates produced by standing (Faraday) waves are used to assemble various soft, rigid, and biological materials in intricate patterns.

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Advances in Advanced Ceramics and Coating Processing

This themed issue of Advanced Engineering Materials focusses on novel processing of advanced ceramics, composites, and coatings.

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Multiscale modelling methods as a new design tool

This themed issue of Steel Research International is dedicated to multiscale modelling methods as a new design tool for processes and materials.

In this SEM image a sol-gel derived composite presenting WC grains (grey phase) embedded in a Fe binder matrix (dark phase) heat treated for 2 h is shown.

Producing fine-grained tungsten carbide composite

A method has been developed to produce crystalline fine-grained composites of basis tungsten carbide metal starting from amorphous sol-gel masses.

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Replacing traditional dyes with cellulose films

Intensely coloured low-cost films made from cellulose could be used in place of toxic dyes, or to detect counterfeit materials.

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Designing a colorimetric sensor for aliphatic hydrocarbons

J.-M. Kim and co-workers from Hanyang University have developed a sensor film that enables colorimetric differentiation among SAHCs.

Figure 2. Is your photocatalytic reaction powered by light or heat or both? Graphical illustration courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Is semiconductor photocatalysis photochemical or thermochemical or both? (and do we care?)

Professor Ozin addresses a fundamental concern in the field of photocatalysis.

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Dimension Determines Biocompatibility of Graphite Oxide Nanoparticles

A team from Stanford University has investigated the effects of graphite oxide nanoparticles on mouse embryonic stem cells.

Responsive linear-dendritic block copolymers

Smart linear-dendritic block copolymers

New copolymers combine linear and dendritic structures in the same macromolecule: both blocks can be exploited to achieve excellent functionalities.

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Sub 2-nm solid-state nanopores: smaller pores can see more

A team from the University of Ottawa, Canada come up with a smart idea to automatically fabricate 2-nm solid-state nanopores with high yield.

Most accessed papers in physica status solidi for May 2014

We present the most downloaded papers of the pss journal family from May 2014.

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Building an extracellular matrix – Fiber by fiber

Researchers have reported an attempt to mimic nature’s concepts in forming synthetic hydrogel fibers via a bottom-up self-assembly process.

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Tailoring carbon nanotubes to deliver genes

A research team has improved the DNA/RNA transfection ability of carbon nanotubes by optimizing the plasma processes used in their functionalization.