Materials chemistry

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Materials chemistry involves the use of chemistry for the design and synthesis of materials with interesting or potentially useful physical characteristics, such as magnetic, optical, structural or catalytic properties. It also involves the characterization, processing and molecular-level understanding of these substances.

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    Porous organic networks are of great fundamental and technological interest. Here, the authors synthesize a three-dimensional porous organic network with high specific surface area via a solid-state explosive reaction of hexaethynyl triptycene single crystals containing primer molecules.

    • Seo-Yoon Bae
    • , Dongwook Kim
    • , Dongbin Shin
    • , Javeed Mahmood
    • , In-Yup Jeon
    • , Sun-Min Jung
    • , Sun-Hee Shin
    • , Seok-Jin Kim
    • , Noejung Park
    • , Myoung Soo Lah
    •  & Jong-Beom Baek
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    Active chiral fluids are a special case of active matter in which energy is introduced into rotational motion via local application of torque. Here Banerjee et al. develop a hydrodynamic theory of such active fluids and connect it with odd viscosity which was previously considered an abstract concept.

    • Debarghya Banerjee
    • , Anton Souslov
    • , Alexander G. Abanov
    •  & Vincenzo Vitelli
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    Ice crystal growth is a major problem in cell and tissue cryopreservation for transplantation, transfusion, icing of aircraft wings and many other applications. Here the authors review the emerging field of synthetic macromolecular mimics of antifreeze proteins that can be used overcome such problems.

    • Caroline I. Biggs
    • , Trisha L. Bailey
    • , Ben Graham
    • , Christopher Stubbs
    • , Alice Fayter
    •  & Matthew I. Gibson
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    Amidoxime-functionalized polymeric adsorbents are the most promising materials for harvesting uranium from seawater. Here the authors investigate the preferential extraction of vanadium over uranium by polyamidoximes by exploring the unusually strong and selective binding of vanadium.

    • Alexander S. Ivanov
    • , Christina J. Leggett
    • , Bernard F. Parker
    • , Zhicheng Zhang
    • , John Arnold
    • , Sheng Dai
    • , Carter W. Abney
    • , Vyacheslav S. Bryantsev
    •  & Linfeng Rao
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    Here, the authors report a graphene-silica assembly which could be coated onto a nickel-rich cathode via a scalable process for considerably improved electrochemical performance. In the presence of such graphene balls, a full cell benefits from an increased volumetric energy density by 27.6%.

    • In Hyuk Son
    • , Jong Hwan Park
    • , Seongyong Park
    • , Kwangjin Park
    • , Sangil Han
    • , Jaeho Shin
    • , Seok-Gwang Doo
    • , Yunil Hwang
    • , Hyuk Chang
    •  & Jang Wook Choi

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