Advanced Functional Materials

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  1. Melting of Colloidal Crystals

    Feng Wang, Di Zhou and Yilong Han

    Version of Record online: 21 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201603077

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    Crystal melting exhibits rich phenomenology but is much less studied than crystallization. Colloidal crystals are powerful model systems which enable the direct visualization of melting with single-particle dynamics. This review covers the experiments and simulations about the homogeneous and heterogeneous melting and premelting of 3D and 2D colloidal crystals. The results greatly expanded the understanding of microscopic melting kinetics.

  2. Prolifera-Green-Tide as Sustainable Source for Carbonaceous Aerogels with Hierarchical Pore to Achieve Multiple Energy Storage

    Jinfeng Cui, Yunlong Xi, Shuai Chen, Daohao Li, Xilin She, Jin Sun, Wei Han, Dongjiang Yang and Shaojun Guo

    Version of Record online: 21 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201603933

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    Hierarchical porous carbonaceous aerogels (HPCAs) are scale-up synthesized using prolifera-green-tide as a sustainable source. The HPCAs possess high specific surface area and multilevel micro-, meso-, and macropore structures. These important features make the HPCAs exhibit remarkable performance when used as anode materials for Li-ion batteries and electrodes for supercapacitors.

  3. Polymer-Supramolecular Polymer Double-Network Hydrogel

    Wenxu Sun, Bin Xue, Ying Li, Meng Qin, Junyi Wu, Ke Lu, Junhua Wu, Yi Cao, Qing Jiang and Wei Wang

    Version of Record online: 21 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201603512

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    A novel double-network hydrogel based on an interconnected polymer-supramolecular polymer network is engineered by mimicking microscopic architecture of articular cartilage. The gel possesses high mechanical stiffness, fracture energy, compressibility, and fast recovery rate. It also shows significant energy dissipation, strain stiffening, and stress-relaxation behaviors similar to articular cartilage, making it an ideal candidate for cartilage regeneration.

  4. High Strength Conductive Composites with Plasmonic Nanoparticles Aligned on Aramid Nanofibers

    Jing Lyu, Xinzhi Wang, Lehao Liu, Yoonseob Kim, Ekembu K. Tanyi, Hang Chi, Wenchun Feng, Lizhi Xu, Tiehu Li, Mikhail A. Noginov, Ctirad Uher, Mark D. Hammig and Nicholas A. Kotov

    Version of Record online: 21 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201603230

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    A composite based on aramid nanofibers and gold nanoparticles reveals high mechanical properties and conductivity, being competitive with the best nanocomposites and amorphous metals. Gold nanoparticles are self-assembled in chains on aramid nanofibers, which reduces the percolation threshold. Thermal annealing further facilitates charge transport. The scalable fabrication of the free-standing composites sheets leads to ground-breaking materials for wearable electronics and plasmonics.

  5. A Composite of Carbon-Wrapped Mo2C Nanoparticle and Carbon Nanotube Formed Directly on Ni Foam as a High-Performance Binder-Free Cathode for Li-O2 Batteries

    Qian-Cheng Zhu, Shu-Mao Xu, Michelle M. Harris, Chao Ma, Yu-Si Liu, Xiao Wei, Hua-Sheng Xu, Yong-Xian Zhou, Yu-Cai Cao, Kai-Xue Wang and Jie-Sheng Chen

    Version of Record online: 20 OCT 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201603462

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    A composite of carbon-wrapped Mo2C nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes is prepared on Ni foam via a simple carbonization method. The even distribution of Mo2C nanoparticles with well-controlled size shows enhanced oxygen reduction reaction/oxygen evolution reaction activities. The binder-free cathode for Li-O2 batteries results in high rate capability and outstanding long term cycle ability.