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  1. Efficient Encapsulation of Fe3O4 Nanoparticles into Genetically Engineered Hepatitis B Core Virus-Like Particles Through a Specific Interaction for Potential Bioapplications

    Lihua Shen, Jun Zhou, Yixiao Wang, Ning Kang, Xuebin Ke, Shengli Bi and Lei Ren

    Article first published online: 22 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201401952

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    Encapsulation of Fe3O4 nanoparticles into hepatitis B core virus-like particles (HBc VLPs). The controlled encapsidation is achieved by the synergistic effects of the self-assembly of HBc VLPs and the specific recognition interaction between the nickel chelate on the surface of the Fe3O4 nanoparticles and histidine tags harboured on the inner surfaces of the HBc VLPs.

  2. Nitrogen-Induced Surface Area and Conductivity Modulation of Carbon Nanohorn and Its Function as an Efficient Metal-Free Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalyst for Anion-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

    Sreekuttan M. Unni, Siddheshwar N. Bhange, Rajith Illathvalappil, Nisha Mutneja, Kasinath R. Patil and Sreekumar Kurungot

    Article first published online: 22 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201303892

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    High-temperature treatment of carbon nanohorn (SWCNH) and urea at 800 °C facilitates the creation of nitrogen-doped active sites with a concomitant favorable modulation on its surface area and electric conductivity, leading to an enhanced oxygen reduction reaction activity under alkaline conditions.

  3. Gene Organization: Nano-Dissection and Sequencing of DNA at Single Sub-Nuclear Structures (Small 16/2014) (page 3266)

    Brandon K. Chen, David Anchel, Zheng Gong, Rachel Cotton, Ren Li, Yu Sun and David P Bazett-Jones

    Article first published online: 21 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201470097

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    A technique for extracting DNA from a cell nucleus is reported by Y. Sun, D. P. Bazett-Jones, and co-workers. The nano-dissection tool is shown above the specimen in a scanning electron microscope image before and after DNA extraction. On page 3267, extracted DNA is then identified by sequencing. Regions of interest identified by fluorescence microscopy are determined by correlative imaging and are precisely manipulated.

  4. Energy Storage: Design and Fabrication of New Nanostructured SnO2-Carbon Composite Microspheres for Fast and Stable Lithium Storage Performance (Small 16/2014) (page 3198)

    You Na Ko, Seung Bin Park and Yun Chan Kang

    Article first published online: 21 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201470094

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    A one-pot method for metal oxide-carbon composite microspheres with 3D ordered macroporous (3DOM) structures is introduced on page 3240 by Y. C. Kang and co-workers. The 3DOM-structured SnO2-carbon microspheres are the first target material to show superior electrochemical properties as an anode material for lithium ion batteries. The newly developed process can be applied to the preparation of 3DOM-structured metal oxide–carbon composite microspheres for wide applications.

  5. Contents: (Small 16/2014) (pages 3199–3206)

    Article first published online: 21 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201470095