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. Comment on “Interesting Evidence for Template-Induced Ferroelectric Behavior in Ultra-Thin Titanium Dioxide Films Grown on (110) Neodymium Gallium Oxide Substrates”

    Stella Skiadopoulou, Stanislav Kamba, Jan Drahokoupil, Jan Kroupa, Nitin Deepak, Martyn E. Pemble and Roger W. Whatmore

    Article first published online: 24 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201502441

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    X-ray diffraction, second-harmonic generation and infrared reflectance investigations reveal no evidence for a polar phase or ferroelectric phase transition in 1.6% tensile strained anatase TiO2 thin films. This indicates that the previously-reported potential ferroelectric behaviour, observed using piezoelectric force microscopy, may have been defect related, or the polar distortion is too small to detect using these methods.

  2. Nanoimprinted, Submicrometric, MOF-Based 2D Photonic Structures: Toward Easy Selective Vapors Sensing by a Smartphone Camera

    Olivier Dalstein, Davide R. Ceratti, Cédric Boissière, David Grosso, Andrea Cattoni and Marco Faustini

    Article first published online: 24 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201503016

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    2D Photonic metal–organic framework (MOF)-based homo- and heterostructures are fabricated by soft-lithographic approaches. This versatile approach allows preparation of large-scale patterned surfaces on several substrates including flexible plastics. The materials are used as selective optical sensing platform. Detection of toxic vapors such as styrene is performed by using an easy transduction method, compatible with smartphone camera technology.

  3. A Cross-Linkable Donor Polymer as the Underlying Layer to Tune the Active Layer Morphology of Polymer Solar Cells

    Bin Meng, Zaiyu Wang, Wei Ma, Zhiyuan Xie, Jun Liu and Lixiang Wang

    Article first published online: 24 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201503833

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    A cross-linkable donor polymer is developed and used as the underlying layer to improve the vertical composition distribution of donor:acceptor in the active layer of polymer solar cells (PSCs). With the improvement, the regular PSC device based on PTB7:PC71BM active layer exhibits power conversion efficiency increase from 7.41% to 8.55%.

  4. Sustainable Synthesis and Assembly of Biomass-Derived B/N Co-Doped Carbon Nanosheets with Ultrahigh Aspect Ratio for High-Performance Supercapacitors

    Zheng Ling, Zhiyu Wang, Mengdi Zhang, Chang Yu, Gang Wang, Yanfeng Dong, Shaohong Liu, Yuwei Wang and Jieshan Qiu

    Article first published online: 24 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201504004

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    B/N co-doped carbon nanosheets with ultrahigh aspect ratio are synthesized by assembling the biomass molecule in long-range order on recyclable 2D hard template followed by annealing. The unique structural features allow them to be assembled to flexible thin films and ultralight aerogels for superior charge storage in supercapacitors.

  5. Tunable Self-Assembled Micro/Nanostructures of Carboxyl-Functionalized Squarylium Cyanine for Ammonia Sensing

    Jie Li, Baozhong Lv, Dongpeng Yan, Shouke Yan, Min Wei and Meizhen Yin

    Article first published online: 24 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201503825

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    Squarylium cyanine dyes D1 and D2, containing different numbers of carboxylic acid groups, are utilized as a model system to investigate the self-assembly behaviors based on hydrogen bonding and π–π stacking. These driving forces synergistically construct the unique morphologies of D1 and D2 by forming distinct distances in repeated units, which makes the D1 reversibly responsive to ammonia gas.