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  1. Rechargeable Batteries: Complex Hydrides for Electrochemical Energy Storage (Adv. Funct. Mater. 16/2014) (page 2266)

    Atsushi Unemoto, Motoaki Matsuo and Shin-ichi Orimo

    Article first published online: 16 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201470101

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    A new family of solid-state electrolytes—complex hydrides—possesses fast ionic conductivity and electrochemical stability. Recent progress on the development of fast Li-ionic conductors based on the complex hydrides is reported by S. Orimo and co-workers. Success in stable battery operations of the bulk-type all-solid-state lithium rechargeable batteries are demonstrated using LiBH4-based electrolytes.

  2. Hybrid Materials: Strongly-Coupled Freestanding Hybrid Films of Graphene and Layered Titanate Nanosheets: An Effective Way to Tailor the Physicochemical and Antibacterial Properties of Graphene Film (Adv. Funct. Mater. 16/2014) (page 2257)

    In Young Kim, Suhye Park, Hyunseok Kim, Sungsu Park, Rodney S. Ruoff and Seong-Ju Hwang

    Article first published online: 16 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201470098

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    S. Park, S.-J. Hwang, and co-workers report the fabrication of strongly coupled hybrid films of reduced graphene oxide-layered titanate with an unexpected high sterilization efficiency for Escherichia coli. On page 2288, E. coli cells exposed to the hybrid film are irreversibly destroyed by the edges of the nanosheets. The enhanced adhesion of bacteria on the rough surface of the hybrid films additionally contributes to their excellent antibacterial activity.

  3. Drug Delivery: Gel–Liposome-Mediated Co-Delivery of Anticancer Membrane-Associated Proteins and Small-Molecule Drugs for Enhanced Therapeutic Efficacy (Adv. Funct. Mater. 16/2014) (page 2258)

    Tianyue Jiang, Ran Mo, Adriano Bellotti, Jianping Zhou and Zhen Gu

    Article first published online: 16 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201470099

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    Sequential and site-specific co-delivery of two anticancer therapeutics in a programmed manner is demonstrated by J. Zhou, Z. Gu, and co-workers on page 2295. The delivery is triggered by the tumor microenvironment and cellular conditions. The gel-liposome based nanovehicle can transport and release an anticancer cytokine (TRAIL) and small-molecule drug (doxorubicin) to their distinct acting sites: the cellular membrane and nucleus, respectively.

  4. Masthead: (Adv. Funct. Mater. 16/2014)

    Article first published online: 16 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201470103

  5. Antifouling: Vapor-Based Multicomponent Coatings for Antifouling and Biofunctional Synergic Modifications (Adv. Funct. Mater. 16/2014) (page 2280)

    Meng-Yu Tsai, Yung-Chih Chen, Ting-Ju Lin, Yin-Chu Hsu, Ching-Yu Lin, Ruei-Hung Yuan, Jiashing Yu, Ming-Sheng Teng, Michael Hirtz, Mark Hung-Chih Chen, Chih-Hao Chang and Hsien-Yeh Chen

    Article first published online: 16 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201470102

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    C.-H. Chang, H.-Y. Chen, and co-workers use a direct synthesis to create a multicomponent coating containing two functionalities, achieved via CVD copolymerization on various substrates. The resulting multifunctional surface can simultaneously perform specific bioorthogonal reactions, including the azidealkyne click reaction and a thiol-maleimide coupling reaction. This advanced surface can avoid fouling, allowing the installed groups to perform specific biofunctions with the high efficacy and accuracy necessary for delivering cascading and spontaneous biological activities.

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