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  1. Pd-Cu Bimetallic Tripods: A Mechanistic Understanding of the Synthesis and Their Enhanced Electrocatalytic Activity for Formic Acid Oxidation

    Lei Zhang, Sang-Il Choi, Jing Tao, Hsin-Chieh Peng, Shuifen Xie, Yimei Zhu, Zhaoxiong Xie and Younan Xia

    Article first published online: 16 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201402350

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    Pd-Cu bimetallic tripods are prepared by adding CuCl2 and KBr into an aqueous synthesis that involves the reduction of a salt precursor by ascorbic acid. When compared with commercial Pd black, the Pd-Cu tripods exhibit substantially enhanced (almost eight folds per unit mass of Pd) catalytic activity toward the electro-oxidation of formic acid.

  2. Highly Conductive Microfiber of Graphene Oxide Templated Carbonization of Nanofibrillated Cellulose

    Yuanyuan Li, Hongli Zhu, Fei Shen, Jiayu Wan, Xiaogang Han, Jiaqi Dai, Hongqi Dai and Liangbing Hu

    Article first published online: 16 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201402129

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    Highly conductive microfibers are designed and fabricated with graphene oxide (GO) and nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC). The alignment of GO flakes and the templated carbonization of NFC leads to high electrical conductivity of ca. 650 S/cm.

  3. Stepped Moduli in Layered Composites

    Ju-Hee So, Alok S. Tayi, Firat Güder and George M. Whitesides

    Article first published online: 16 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201401548

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    Adaptive Young's moduliof composites are demonstrated by combining different materials and controlling their geometries. As applied strain increases, the critical component that dictates the mechanical strength of the composite shifts from an elastic material to a stiff material, resulting in discrete steps in increasing moduli. The characteristics of the steps can be engineered to accommodate specific requirements of applications.

  4. Distinguishing the Importance of Fullerene Phase Separation from Polymer Ordering in the Performance of Low Band Gap Polymer:Bis-Fullerene Heterojunctions

    Huipeng Chen, Yu-Che Hsiao, Jihua Chen, Bin Hu and Mark Dadmun

    Article first published online: 16 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201401419

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    The morphology of low band gap polymer:ICBA mixtures is efficiently controlled during film deposition by adding a co-solvent. A morphology with ICBA phase separation is formed without a change in polymer ordering when a co-solvent in which ICBA is selectively soluble is used. The resultant morphology improves power conversion efficiency by up to 246%.

  5. Theranostic USPIO-Loaded Microbubbles for Mediating and Monitoring Blood-Brain Barrier Permeation

    Twan Lammers, Patrick Koczera, Stanley Fokong, Felix Gremse, Josef Ehling, Michael Vogt, Andrij Pich, Gert Storm, Marc van Zandvoort and Fabian Kiessling

    Article first published online: 16 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201401199

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    Polymer-based microbubbles containing ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticles within their shell can be used to simultaneously mediate and monitor blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeation and to enable efficient macromolecular (model) drug delivery into the central nervous system.