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  1. Slowing DNA Transport Using Graphene–DNA Interactions

    Shouvik Banerjee, James Wilson, Jiwook Shim, Manish Shankla, Elise A. Corbin, Aleksei Aksimentiev and Rashid Bashir

    Article first published online: 22 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201403719

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    Graphene–DNA hydrophobic interactions slow DNA transport through a nanopore. The introduction of graphene layers makes the pore and membrane surface hydrophobic leading to sticking interactions with the ssDNA molecules. On the other hand, dsDNA has far less significant hydrophobic interactions with graphene as nucleobases are shielded in the helical structure.

  2. Understanding the Influence of Lattice Composition on the Photocatalytic Activity of Defect-Pyrochlore-Structured Semiconductor Mixed Oxides

    Larissa Schwertmann, Anna Grünert, Anna Pougin, Chenghua Sun, Michael Wark and Roland Marschall

    Article first published online: 22 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201403092

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    CsTaWO6 is a unique photocatalyst with two d0 elements, exhibiting a defect-pyrochlore structure. By variation of its lattice composition, the photocatalytic properties of the material are investigated, in pursuit of revealing the active sites for water oxidation and reduction reactions without any cocatalyst, and for the first time oxygen evolution in visible light with CoPi[BOND]CsTaMoO6.

  3. Liquid-Crystalline Electrolytes for Lithium-Ion Batteries: Ordered Assemblies of a Mesogen-Containing Carbonate and a Lithium Salt

    Junji Sakuda, Eiji Hosono, Masafumi Yoshio, Takahiro Ichikawa, Takuro Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Ohno, Haoshen Zhou and Takashi Kato

    Article first published online: 22 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201402509

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    Thermotropic liquid-crystalline (LC) electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries is developed. The LC electrolyte is successfully used for lithium-ion batteries. The electrolyte is a mixture of a carbonate-based rod-like molecule and lithium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide. This is the first demonstration of the applicability of thermotropic LC electrolytes to lithium-ion batteries.

  4. Role of PbSe Structural Stabilization in Photovoltaic Cells

    Demet Asil, Brian J. Walker, Bruno Ehrler, Yana Vaynzof, Alessandro Sepe, Sam Bayliss, Aditya Sadhanala, Philip C. Y. Chow, Paul E. Hopkinson, Ullrich Steiner, Neil C. Greenham and Richard H. Friend

    Article first published online: 22 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201401816

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    Inorganic treatment of nanocrystals removes traps, increases long-range ordering of the symmetry, and improves stability in solar cells. A combination of optical, electronic, and material characterization tools demonstrates that chloride treatment confers many benefits on photovoltaic materials.

  5. An Advanced Nitrogen-Doped Graphene/Cobalt-Embedded Porous Carbon Polyhedron Hybrid for Efficient Catalysis of Oxygen Reduction and Water Splitting

    Yang Hou, Zhenhai Wen, Shumao Cui, Suqin Ci, Shun Mao and Junhong Chen

    Article first published online: 22 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201403657

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    A novel hybrid electrocatalyst consisting of nitrogen-doped graphene/cobalt-embedded porous carbon polyhedron (N/Co-doped PCP//NRGO) is obtained through a simple pyrolysis of graphene oxide-supported cobalt-based zeolitic imidazolate-frameworks. The hybrid exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activities for oxygen reduction, hydrogen evolution, and oxygen evolution reactions with good stability. The enhanced performance is correlated with the dual-active-site mechanism originating from synergic ­effects between N/Co-doped PCP and NRGO sheets.