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  1. Engineering Ultrathin Polyaniline in Micro/Mesoporous Carbon Supercapacitor Electrodes Using Oxidative Chemical Vapor Deposition

    Yuriy Y. Smolin, Katherine L. Van Aken, Muhammad Boota, Masoud Soroush, Yury Gogotsi and Kenneth K. S. Lau

    Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/admi.201601201

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    Novel oxidative chemical vapor deposition (oCVD) synthesis and integration of ultrathin polyaniline (PANI) into micro/mesoporous carbide-derived carbon (Mo2C-CDC) supercapacitor electrodes. A combination of spectroscopic techniques confirms that the oCVD process produces electrochemically active emeraldine PANI. The composite electrode exhibits a two times improvement in specific capacitance versus bare Mo2C-CDC and shows good cyclability.

  2. From Silica Sphere to Hollow Carbon Nitride-Based Sphere: Rational Design of Sulfur Host with Both Chemisorption and Physical Confinement

    Zhen Meng, Shijun Li, Hangjun Ying, Xin Xu, Xueling Zhu and Wei-Qiang Han

    Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/admi.201601195

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    A hollow carbon nitride-based sphere (HCNx) with both chemisorption and physical confinement as sulfur host is prepared. Due to high nitrogen concentration, abundant mesopores, and high surface area, the HCNx retards diffusion of lithium polysulfides from cathode into electrolyte by both chemisorption and physical confinement. As a result, the S/HCNx cathode exhibits good cycling stability and rate capability.

  3. Atomic Layer Deposition Enabled Perovskite/PEDOT Solar Cells in a Regular n–i–p Architectural Design

    Dibyashree Koushik, Wiljan J. H. Verhees, Dong Zhang, Yinghuan Kuang, Sjoerd Veenstra, Mariadriana Creatore and Ruud E. I. Schropp

    Version of Record online: 21 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/admi.201700043

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    Perovskite solar cells employing poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) as a hole transport layer on top of methylammonium lead halide are reported, yielding a power conversion efficiency of 11% and a 6% stabilized power output. An atomic layer deposition assisted interface architectural approach is adopted to fabricate the n–i–p perovskite/PEDOT devices. The results present a promising next step toward efficient low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaic technology.

  4. Argon Plasma Treatment of Fluorine-Free Silane Coatings: A Facile, Environment-Friendly Method to Prepare Durable, Superhydrophobic Fabrics

    Shuai Liu, Hua Zhou, Hongxia Wang, Yan Zhao, Hao Shao, Zhiguang Xu, Zhihua Feng, Deqi Liu and Tong Lin

    Version of Record online: 21 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/admi.201700027

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    Argon vacuum plasma has been found to significantly enhance the formation of Si[BOND]O[BOND]Si network among the silane molecules within a coating layer which is pre-applied onto a solid substrate. When this is used to treat a fabric precoated with an alkyl silane (alkyl chain length > C15), the fabric shows durable superhydrophobicity.

  5. Engineering of Functional Manganites Grown by MOCVD for Miniaturized Devices

    Dolors Pla, Carmen Jimenez and Mónica Burriel

    Version of Record online: 21 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/admi.201600974

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    Engineered manganite thin films grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) show fascinating optical, electrical, and magnetic properties. These key functionalities convert manganite perovskites in promising materials for the development of novel miniaturized devices.

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