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Advanced Functional Materials, part of the prestigious Advanced portfolio and a top-tier materials science journal, publishes outstanding research related to improving chemical and physical properties of materials.
By covering a broad scope and providing breakthrough research on all aspects of materials science, our readers range from materials scientists, chemists, physicists, and engineers, together with biologists and medical researchers.
The Advanced portfolio from Wiley is a family of globally respected, high-impact journals that disseminates the best science from well-established and emerging researchers so they can fulfill their mission and maximize the reach of their scientific discoveries.
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In article number 2309069, Ali Khademhosseini, Natan Roberto de Barros, Han-Jun Kim, and co-workers introduce a breakthrough in liver cancer treatment: a drug-eluting shear-thinning hydrogel (DESTH) carrying both chemotherapy and immunotherapy agents. This novel approach, tested in a mouse liver tumor model, demonstrates high survival rates and reduced tumor sizes. DESTH is delivered via a catheter and ensures efficient ischemic tumor cell death, making it a promising therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma.
ln article number 2310085, Ellen T. Roche and co-workers present a tunable porcine model of the hemodynamics of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) using implantable soft robotic left ventricular and aortic sleeves that modulate cardiac compliance and afterload. This research addresses the lack of a disease model for high-fidelity preclinical evaluation of device-based solutions for HFpEF.
In article number 2309844, Holger Ruckdäschel, Ulrich S. Schubert, and co-workers summarize the current state-of-the-art of digital methods in macromolecular chemistry and engineering. While high-throughput experimentation simplifies laboratory work, modeling methods can reduce the number of experiments required to lead to revolutionary discoveries. From robotics, over machine learning to artificial intelligence, digital methods can accelerate research and increase data quality, quantity, and impact.
In article number 2306070, Keiji Numata and co-workers achieve a significant milestone by employing an artificial peptide inspired by transmembrane mitochondrial protein for mitochondria-targeting gene delivery. The peptide-based delivery carrier selectively escorts the loaded genes to the mitochondria, inducing efficient, simultaneous expression of multiple genes in mitochondrial dysfunction cells. This work contributes to further exploration of mitochondrial engineering technologies, including single-mitochondrion analysis and clinical application to mitochondrial diseases.
Heterogeneous Catalyst Coating for Boosting the Activity and Chromium Tolerance of Cathodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
-  25 February 2024
A heterogeneous catalyst coating composed of Ba1–xCe0.8Gd0.2O3–δ and BaCO3 remarkably improves the oxygen adsorption, dissociation capability, and Cr tolerance of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3–δ cathode. The enhanced Cr tolerance is attributed to synergy induced by the stabilization of the lattice Sr cations by heterointerface interactions and the remarkable structural stability of the catalyst coating under Cr poisoning conditions.
A Thermosensitive Hydrogel with Efficient NIR Photothermal Conversion as Injectable Wound Dressing for Accelerating Skin Wound Healing
-  25 February 2024
Cur@AIE@MnO2/gel may open new avenues for the development of novel dressings for bacterial-infected wounds. Cur@AIE@MnO2/gel can interfere with the metabolic process and genetic material repair process to impact bacteria proliferation and biofilm dispersal. Moreover, Cur@AIE@MnO2/gel can also up-regulate anti-inflammatory genes, down-regulate pro-inflammatory genes in macrophages, and facilitate the promotion of macrophage polarization from M1 to M2 to relieve inflammation.
Bioinspired Integrated Multidimensional Sensor for Adaptive Grasping by Robotic Hands and Physical Movement Guidance
-  25 February 2024
A multidimensional sensor consisting of a strain-insensitive pressure sub-sensor in the center and two orthogonally stacked pressure-insensitive anisotropic strain sub-sensors at the top and bottom is developed to distinguish and measure of the type, magnitude, and direction of multiple mechanical stimuli by exploiting their respective selective sensitivities to the stimulus component in one of the three orthogonal axes but insensitive to the others.
Single Cell Microgels for High‐Throughput Magnetic Sorting and Sequencing of Antigen‐Specific Antibodies
-  25 February 2024
Hydrogel microcontainers are prepared for single cell culture and magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS) based on the secreted IgG products at high-throughput level. In situ crosslinkable microgels featuring tunable viscosity are fabricated to act as soft compartments that accommodate delicate primary cells and capture secreted proteins, while providing solid supports after sol–gel transition to enable immune recognition with antigen-conjugated magnetic nanorods.
Spider Silk/Hemin Biobased Electrets for Organic Phototransistor Memory: A Comprehensive Study on Solution Process Engineering
-  25 February 2024
The performance of the spider silk and hemin composite for phototransistor memories are comparatively investigated. Evaluation of diverse solution-processing methods highlights electrospinning's impact on photophysical properties. The composite exhibits memory ratios of 3.6 × 105 and 2.2 × 105 under 365 and 405 nm illumination, underscoring the crucial role of uniform morphology and ordered molecule orientation in enhancing device performance.
The following is a list of the most cited articles based on citations published in the last three years, according to CrossRef.
Recent Advances in Zn‐Ion Batteries
-  5 August 2018
From Bulk to Monolayer MoS2: Evolution of Raman Scattering
-  31 January 2012
Raman frequencies of and peaks can be used to identify the layer number of ultrathin molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) flakes. The systematic Raman characterizations using various laser lines suggest a clear evolution of the coupling between the electronic transition and phonon when MoS2 is scaled down from three- to two-dimensional geometry.
Stretchable, Skin‐Mountable, and Wearable Strain Sensors and Their Potential Applications: A Review
-  17 February 2016
Stretchable and sensitive strain sensors can potentially function for biomedical applications, human–machine interfaces, and emerging soft robotics. Recent advancements in the development of stretchable, skin-mountable, and wearable strain sensors and their potential applications are reviewed. High performance sensors have been developed by composites of functional nanomaterials and flexible polymer supports.
Graphene‐Like Carbon Nitride Nanosheets for Improved Photocatalytic Activities
-  5 July 2012
Graphene-like C3N4 nanosheets produced by direct thermal oxidative etching of bulk “graphitic”-C3N4 show superior photocatalytic activities compared to the bulk due to a high specific surface area, a larger bandgap (by 0.2 eV), increased lifetimes of photoexcited charge carriers, and improved electron transport ability.
-  21 May 2012
The research and development of ambient temperature Na-ion batteries is progressing quickly and is now poised to penetrate the energy storage landscape. The combination of new electrode materials, electrochemical couples, and engineering advances coupled with a potential for low-cost and long-life make them attractive candidates for grid storage.