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  1. Recent Advances in Sensing Applications of Graphene Assemblies and Their Composites

    Tran Thanh Tung, Md J. Nine, Melinda Krebsz, Tibor Pasinszki, Campbell J. Coghlan, Diana N. H. Tran and Dusan Losic

    Version of Record online: 20 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201702891

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    Graphene assemblies with different 1D, 2D, and 3D architectures are extensively used to construct a broad range of sensing devices with advanced functionalities and performances. The chemical approaches play vital roles not only in assembling graphene into desired macroscopic structures, but also in enhancing sensing performance of gas/vapor, bio-, piezoresistive, and other sensor devices.

  2. Multiscale Nanoparticle Assembly: From Particulate Precise Manufacturing to Colloidal Processing

    Markus Niederberger

    Version of Record online: 20 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201703647

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    Nanoparticle assembly and colloidal processing are two complementary techniques for the fabrication of materials and devices from preformed particles. This Review provides an overview of the capabilities of these two approaches and discusses the fascinating opportunities that would emerge if the two methods could be combined.

  3. Hematite Photoanodes: Synergetic Enhancement of Light Harvesting and Charge Management by Sandwiched with Fe2TiO5/Fe2O3/Pt Structures

    Lei Wang, Nhat Truong Nguyen, Xiaojuan Huang, Patrik Schmuki and Yingpu Bi

    Version of Record online: 20 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201703527

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    Synergetic enhancement of light harvesting and charge separation. The formation of a Fe2TiO5 thin shell and a Pt underlayer on hematite photoanodes largely improves light absorption in the composite material, and also significantly enhances the water oxidation performance. The Fe2TiO5 thin shell and Pt underlayer significantly improve the interfacial and surface charge separation efficiencies with minimized influence on the hole-migration property of Fe2O3 photoanodes.

  4. Hierarchical Porous NC@CuCo Nitride Nanosheet Networks: Highly Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Overall Water Splitting and Selective Electrooxidation of Benzyl Alcohol

    Jian Zheng, Xianlang Chen, Xing Zhong, Suiqin Li, Tianzhu Liu, Guilin Zhuang, Xiaonian Li, Shengwei Deng, Donghai Mei and Jian-Guo Wang

    Version of Record online: 20 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201704169

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    Hierarchical porous nitrogen-doped carbon@CuCo2Nx/carbon fiber serving as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for overall water splitting and selective electrooxidation of benzyl alcohol with excellent activity and stability is reported. The outstanding electrocatalytic performance is mainly due to the hierarchical architecture and the synergistic effects between the Co5.47N, Cu3N nanoparticles.

  5. Clay Minerals—Ionic Liquids, Nanoarchitectures, and Applications

    Gustave Kenne Dedzo and Christian Detellier

    Version of Record online: 20 OCT 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201703845

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    Clay mineral and ionic liquid structures are judiciously combined to produce nanohybrid materials with various properties and applications. The precise control of the functionalities of the materials obtained from kaolinite in particular makes them promising for a variety of applications. The essential achievements in the clay minerals modification by ionic liquids and applications of the resulting nanohybrid materials are presented here.

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