Volume 1 Issue 6 June 2016

Volume 1 Issue 6

Recent research into semiconductor nanowire lasers has resulted in the advent of new materials, a broader wavelength selection and effective electrical pumping schemes, thereby bringing these nanoscale lasers much closer to application in fields like communications, computing, sensing and imaging.

 

See Samuel W. Eaton et al. 1, 16028 (2016).

Image credit: Peidong Yang

Research Highlights

Reviews

  • Review Article |

    In this Review, the structure, bonding and defects of half-Heusler compounds are explained in terms of the framework of Zintl (or valence-precise) chemistry. This deeper understanding of the structure and electronic properties of half-Heusler compounds should aid the design of improved thermoelectric materials.

    • Wolfgang G. Zeier
    • , Jennifer Schmitt
    • , Geoffroy Hautier
    • , Umut Aydemir
    • , Zachary M. Gibbs
    • , Claudia Felser
    •  & G. Jeffrey Snyder
  • Review Article |

    Assisted by rationally designed novel plasmonic nanostructures, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy has presented a new generation of analytical tools (that is, tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman spectroscopy) with an extremely high surface sensitivity, spatial resolution and broad application for materials science and technology.

    • Song-Yuan Ding
    • , Jun Yi
    • , Jian-Feng Li
    • , Bin Ren
    • , De-Yin Wu
    • , Rajapandiyan Panneerselvam
    •  & Zhong-Qun Tian
  • Review Article |

    Recent research into semiconductor nanowire lasers has resulted in the advent of new materials, a broader wavelength selection and effective electrical pumping schemes, thereby bringing these nanoscale lasers much closer to application in fields like communications, computing, sensing and imaging.

    • Samuel W. Eaton
    • , Anthony Fu
    • , Andrew B. Wong
    • , Cun-Zheng Ning
    •  & Peidong Yang
  • Review Article |

    Mesoporous materials are finding increasing uses in energy conversion and storage devices. This Review highlights recent developments in the synthesis of mesoporous materials and their applications as electrodes and/or catalysts in solar cells, solar fuel production, rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells.

    • Wei Li
    • , Jun Liu
    •  & Dongyuan Zhao