Advanced Functional Materials

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Advanced Functional Materials has received a 2014 Impact Factor of 11.8 - another record high for the journal!

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  1. Smart Hybrids of Zn2GeO4 Nanoparticles and Ultrathin g-C3N4 Layers: Synergistic Lithium Storage and Excellent Electrochemical Performance

    Xiaodan Li, Yi Feng, Meicheng Li, Wei Li, Hao Wei and Dandan Song

    Article first published online: 13 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201502938

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    Smart hybrids of Zn2GeO4 nanoparticles and ultrathin g-C3N4 layers are prepared, in which Zn2GeO4 nanoparticles are dispersed onto and intercalated into g-C3N4 layers, thus isolating the ultrathin g-C3N4 layers from restacking. The structural advantage of Zn2GeO4/g-C3N4 hybrids conduces to synergistic lithium storage, resulting in highly reversible capacity, fine cycle performance, and excellent rate capability.

  2. Maximizing Transfection Efficiency of Vertically Aligned Silicon Nanowire Arrays

    Roey Elnathan, Bahman Delalat, Daniel Brodoceanu, Hashim Alhmoud, Frances J. Harding, Katrin Buehler, Adrienne Nelson, Lucio Isa, Tobias Kraus and Nicolas H. Voelcker

    Article first published online: 13 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201503465

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    An easy-to-implement approach to control geometrical parameters in vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays, which are used in gene delivery by means of mechanical transfection, is provided. This is realized by combining nanosphere lithography and templated metal-assisted wet chemical etching. Optimized nanowire array configurations produce transfection efficiencies approaching 95%.

  3. Ordered 3D Thin-Shell Nanolattice Materials with Near-Unity Refractive Indices

    Xu A. Zhang, Abhijeet Bagal, Erinn C. Dandley, Junjie Zhao, Christopher J. Oldham, Bae-Ian Wu, Gregory N. Parsons and Chih-Hao Chang

    Article first published online: 12 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201502854

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    Ordered 3D thin-shell nanolattice materials are fabricated using a combination of nanolithography and atomic layer deposition to achieve refractive indices from 1.025 to 1.3. Compared with random architectures, the periodically ordered nanolattice materials possess the advantages of designable refractive indices, enhanced mechanical stability, and reduced scattering. Nanolattice materials can find applications in photonic structures, waveguides, resonators, and ultra-low-k dielectrics.

  4. 3D-Printable Antimicrobial Composite Resins

    Jun Yue, Pei Zhao, Jennifer Y. Gerasimov, Marieke van de Lagemaat, Arjen Grotenhuis, Minie Rustema-Abbing, Henny C. van der Mei, Henk J. Busscher, Andreas Herrmann and Yijin Ren

    Article first published online: 9 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201502384

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    Development of 3D printable, bacterial contact-killing resins is acheived by incorporating positively charged compounds into the stereolithography-compatible composite resins. Complex geometries of oral appliances bearing antimicrobial functions have been successfully printed and the mechanical properties of 3D printed objects are almost identical to conventionally photocured polymer samples, which implies potential applications in clinical use.

  5. In Situ Studies of Surface-Plasmon-Resonance-Coupling Sensor Mediated by Stimuli-Sensitive Polymer Linker

    Ji-Eun Lee, Kyungwha Chung, Jumi Lee, Kwanwoo Shin and Dong Ha Kim

    Article first published online: 9 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201503340

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    A plasmonic coupling sensing device is designed, comprising AuNPs separated from the Au substrate in a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectrometer through a thermoresponsive polymer layer. The optical properties of the stimuli-responsive sensing devices are investigated by in situ and scan-mode SPR analysis. The Au film-PNIPAM-AuNP system shows markedly enhanced sensitivity toward refractive index sensing due to SPR coupling.