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  1. Photophysics of Molecular-Weight-Induced Losses in Indacenodithienothiophene-Based Solar Cells

    Nicola Gasparini, Athanasios Katsouras, Mamantos I. Prodromidis, Apostolos Avgeropoulos, Derya Baran, Michael Salvador, Stefanie Fladischer, Erdmann Spiecker, Christos L. Chochos, Tayebeh Ameri and Christoph J. Brabec

    Article first published online: 26 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201501062

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    The synthesis of a series of indaceno­dithieno[3,2-b]thiophenebased donor–acceptor copolymers (PIDTT) and the strong correlations between polymer fractionation and its optoelectronics characteristics are demonstrated. In the best case, the active material exhibits more than 6% PCE in inverted solar cells processed via doctor blading in air, without requiring thermal treatment.

  2. Doxorubicin-Loaded Single Wall Nanotube Thermo-Sensitive Hydrogel for Gastric Cancer Chemo-Photothermal Therapy

    Minyu Zhou, Shuhan Liu, Yaqi Jiang, Huanrong Ma, Min Shi, Quanshi Wang, Wen Zhong, Wangjun Liao and Malcolm M. Q. Xing

    Article first published online: 26 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201501434

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    A DOX-loaded SWNT-based thermo-sensitive hydrogel (DOX/SWNT-GEL) in situ drug delivery system is reported. DOX/SWNT-GEL exhibits pro-apoptosis effect through a hyperthermia therapy mechanism by NIR radiation, as well as better tumor growth suppression efficacy compared with free DOX in vivo. The combination of controlled drug release and photothermal transduction of DOX/SWNT-GEL provides a promising prospect in future nanomedicine progress.

  3. Poly(Acrylic Acid) Modification of Nd3+-Sensitized Upconversion Nanophosphors for Highly Efficient UCL Imaging and pH-Responsive Drug Delivery

    Bei Liu, Yinyin Chen, Chunxia Li, Fei He, Zhiyao Hou, Shanshan Huang, Haomiao Zhu, Xueyuan Chen and Jun Lin

    Article first published online: 25 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201501582

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    Multifunctional uniform core–shell nanoparticles NaYF4:Yb, Er@NaYF4:Yb@NaNdF4:Yb@NaYF4:Yb@PAA (UCNP@PAA) consist of a highly effective 808-nm-to-visible UCNP core (with an absolute upconversion quantum yield of 0.18% in green emission mode) and a thin shell of PAA. These UCNP@PAA nanoparticles are designed and synthesized to simultaneously achieve in vitro/in vivo upconversion bioimaging and pH-sensitive chemotherapy.

  4. On the Mechanism of Cuprate Crystal Growth: The Role of Mixed Metal Carbonates

    David C. Green, Rebecca Boston, Stefan Glatzel, Martin R. Lees, Stuart C. Wimbush, Jason Potticary, Wataru Ogasawara and Simon R. Hall

    Article first published online: 25 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201501058

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    The precise mechanism of formation of the superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x(Bi-2212) is unknown. Here, via extensive X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis, the mechanism is identified, and it is found that a carbonate eutectic (Sr1−xCax)CO3 is the key driver in the formation of Bi-2212. The introduction of potassium ions leads to the formation of Bi-2212 at a temperature 50 °C lower than has been achieved previously.

  5. Optimizing the Size of Micellar Nanoparticles for Efficient siRNA Delivery

    Shi Liang, Xian-Zhu Yang, Xiao-Jiao Du, Hong-Xia Wang, Hong-Jun Li, Wei-Wei Liu, Yan-Dan Yao, Yan-Hua Zhu, Yin-Chu Ma, Jun Wang and Er-Wei Song

    Article first published online: 25 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201501548

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    To investigate the optimal size of nanocarriers for siRNA delivery, different sized MNP/siRNAs are rationally designed. Size-dependent biological effects on circulation, internalization, retention, and overall antitumor efficacy are carefully and comprehensively evaluated. These results indicate that 90 nm could be at or close to the optimal size for systemic delivery of siRNA.