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  1. ACBC to Balcite: Bioinspired Synthesis of a Highly Substituted High-Temperature Phase from an Amorphous Precursor

    Michael L. Whittaker and Derk Joester

    Version of Record online: 28 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201606730

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    Bioinspired amorphous precursors are used to prepare barium-substituted calcite (balcite) at compositions far from equilibrium. Balcite is isostructural to a high-temperature calcite modification with spacegroup Rinline imagem, and has much higher hardness even after heating to 600 °C. The synthetic route described is a facile, ambient-temperature pathway to a high-temperature phase with enhanced properties, and may involve nonclassical nucleation.

  2. 3D-Printed Transparent Glass

    Du T. Nguyen, Cameron Meyers, Timothy D. Yee, Nikola A. Dudukovic, Joel F. Destino, Cheng Zhu, Eric B. Duoss, Theodore F. Baumann, Tayyab Suratwala, James E. Smay and Rebecca Dylla-Spears

    Version of Record online: 28 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201701181

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    Transparent glasses are 3D printed using direct ink writing. Colloidal silica is suspended in a liquid, forming a shear-thinning viscoelastic ink. The ink is printed into the desired shape, dried, and sintered, resulting in a transparent glass. Complex structures including lattices and multicomponent glasses are fabricated using this process.

  3. Bioinspired Solid Organogel Materials with a Regenerable Sacrificial Alkane Surface Layer

    Yaling Wang, Xi Yao, Shuwang Wu, Qunyang Li, Jianyong Lv, Jianjun Wang and Lei Jiang

    Version of Record online: 27 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201700865

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    Bioinspired solid organogel materials with a regenerable sacrificial alkane surface layer are designed and fabricated. Undesired foreign materials deposited on the surface can be easily removed together with the solid alkane sacrificial layer. Due to the sufficient amount of alkane inside of the matrix, as well as the gradient of the concentration and the stress, the sacrificial layer is regenerable.

  4. Achieving Ultrahigh Energy Density and Long Durability in a Flexible Rechargeable Quasi-Solid-State Zn–Mn2 Battery

    Yinxiang Zeng, Xiyue Zhang, Yue Meng, Minghao Yu, Jianan Yi, Yiqiang Wu, Xihong Lu and Yexiang Tong

    Version of Record online: 27 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201700274

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    A highly flexible rechargeable quasi-solid-state Zn–Mn2@PEDOT battery is demonstrated for the first time. The battery affords a prominent energy density of 504.9 W h kg−1 (33.95 mW h cm−3), substantially outstripping most of the recently reported batteries and supercapacitors. Additionally, benefiting from a protective layer and modified electrolyte, such a Zn–Mn2@PEDOT battery delivers a good durability of 77.7% after 300 cycles.

  5. Macroscopically Oriented Porous Materials with Periodic Ordered Structures: From Zeolites and Metal–Organic Frameworks to Liquid-Crystal-Templated Mesoporous Materials

    Joonil Cho and Yasuhiro Ishida

    Version of Record online: 27 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201605974

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    Porous materials, such as zeolites, metal–organic frameworks, and mesoporous silica, are usually prepared as assemblies of randomly oriented microdomains. However, if their channels are unidirectionally oriented over a large area, highly controlled spatial arrangement of guest molecules becomes possible, leading to efficient separation, sensing, transfer, and arraying of molecules. An overview of recent studies on such oriented porous materials is provided.