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    Climate-Dependent Heat-Triggered Opening Mechanism of Banksia Seed Pods

    Jessica C. Huss, Vanessa Schoeppler, David J. Merritt, Christine Best, Eric Maire, Jérôme Adrien, Oliver Spaeker, Nils Janssen, Johannes Gladisch, Notburga Gierlinger, Ben P. Miller, Peter Fratzl and Michaela Eder

    Version of Record online: 13 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/advs.201700572

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    Seed pods of Banksia attenuata open through cycles of humidity following an initial heat stimulus. The heat-triggered, initial opening process is regulated by an interplay of geometry, temperature, and mechanics. Gradual changes in curvature result in distinct opening temperatures along a pronounced climatic gradient in Western Australia with varying fire risk.

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    A One-Structure-Based Multieffects Coupled Nanogenerator for Simultaneously Scavenging Thermal, Solar, and Mechanical Energies

    Yun Ji, Kewei Zhang and Ya Yang

    Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/advs.201700622

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    A tribo-piezo-pyro-photoelectric-effect coupled nanogenerator based on multifunctional barium titanate is designed. The component of the pyroelectric nanogenerator can scavenge thermal energy from temperature changes, the component of the photovoltaic cell can scavenge solar energy from light illumination, and the component of the triboelectric–piezoelectric nanogenerator can scavenge mechanical energy from strain-induced deformation of barium titanate, as well as triboelectrification.

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    Rationally Designed Hierarchically Structured Tungsten Nitride and Nitrogen-Rich Graphene-Like Carbon Nanocomposite as Efficient Hydrogen Evolution Electrocatalyst

    Yanping Zhu, Gao Chen, Yijun Zhong, Wei Zhou and Zongping Shao

    Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/advs.201700603

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    Tungsten nitride coupled with nitrogen-rich porous graphene-like carbon is prepared through a low-cost ion-exchange/molten-salt strategy. Benefiting from the nanostructured WNx, the highly porous structure and rich nitrogen dopant (9.5 at%) of the carbon phase with high percentage of pyridinic-N (54.3%), and more importantly, their synergistic effect, the composite catalyst displays remarkably high catalytic activity while maintaining good stability.

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    Computational Intelligence-Assisted Understanding of Nature-Inspired Superhydrophobic Behavior

    Xia Zhang, Bei Ding, Ran Cheng, Sebastian C. Dixon and Yao Lu

    Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/advs.201700520

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    Computational intelligence techniques are used to understand nature-inspired superhydrophobic behavior, this method does not require large sets of experimental data or any in-depth physicochemical theoretical background in order to predict and optimize experiments, and the new approach to materials modeling has great potential to be applied more generally to aid design, fabrication, and optimization for myriad functional materials.

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    Recent Progress on MOF-Derived Heteroatom-Doped Carbon-Based Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

    Qian Ren, Hui Wang, Xue-Feng Lu, Ye-Xiang Tong and Gao-Ren Li

    Version of Record online: 5 DEC 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/advs.201700515

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    Molecular organic framework-derived heteroatom-doped carbon-based electrocatalysts, including nonmetal (such as N, S, B, and P) and metal (such as Fe and Co) doped carbon materials, have attracted tremendous attention and some of them exhibit superior electrocatalytic performance for oxygen reduction reaction. Significant progress has been achieved and more innovations for carbon-based electrocatalysts will be realized in the future.

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