Solid-state chemistry

Solid-state chemistry is the study of the preparation, structure and properties of solid materials.

Latest Research and Reviews

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    While photoelectrochemical water splitting offers a low-cost, integrated means to generate fuel from light, poor charge carrier transport limits performances. Here, authors embed laser-synthesized colloids in bismuth vanadate photoanodes to boost charge carrier mobilities and enhance photocurrents.

    • Jie Jian
    • , Youxun Xu
    • , Xiaokun Yang
    • , Wei Liu
    • , Maosen Fu
    • , Huiwu Yu
    • , Fei Xu
    • , Fan Feng
    • , Lichao Jia
    • , Dennis Friedrich
    • , Roel van de Krol
    •  & Hongqiang Wang
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    There is a strong push to develop new catalysts and supports to convert low-value CO2 into high-value CH4. Here, authors found that the internal or external confinement of Ni on multi-layered siloxene supports determined the reaction pathway, activity, selectivity, and stability in CO2 methanation.

    • Xiaoliang Yan
    • , Wei Sun
    • , Liming Fan
    • , Paul N. Duchesne
    • , Wu Wang
    • , Christian Kübel
    • , Di Wang
    • , Sai Govind Hari Kumar
    • , Young Feng Li
    • , Alexandra Tavasoli
    • , Thomas E. Wood
    • , Darius L. H. Hung
    • , Lili Wan
    • , Lu Wang
    • , Rui Song
    • , Jiuli Guo
    • , Ilya Gourevich
    • , Abdinoor A. Jelle
    • , Jingjun Lu
    • , Ruifeng Li
    • , Benjamin D. Hatton
    •  & Geoffrey A. Ozin
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    Hydride ions are promising for energy storage since they are abundant, lightweight, and highly mobile, but ionic conductivity should be improved. Here the authors achieve fast hydride ion conductivity in a mixed-anion compound by tuning oxygen content.

    • Keiga Fukui
    • , Soshi Iimura
    • , Tomofumi Tada
    • , Satoru Fujitsu
    • , Masato Sasase
    • , Hiromu Tamatsukuri
    • , Takashi Honda
    • , Kazutaka Ikeda
    • , Toshiya Otomo
    •  & Hideo Hosono
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    Structural defects are known to exist in metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), and to affect the materials’ properties, but their exact structures have remained difficult to determine. Now, missing-linker and missing-cluster defects have been observed in a MOF using low-dose transmission electron microscopy, enabling their distributions, evolutions during crystallization and effects on the material’s catalytic activity to be explored.

    • Lingmei Liu
    • , Zhijie Chen
    • , Jianjian Wang
    • , Daliang Zhang
    • , Yihan Zhu
    • , Sanliang Ling
    • , Kuo-Wei Huang
    • , Youssef Belmabkhout
    • , Karim Adil
    • , Yuxin Zhang
    • , Ben Slater
    • , Mohamed Eddaoudi
    •  & Yu Han
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    Gas sorption studies in porous materials typically reflect their overall gas uptake. Now, using a ‘gas adsorption crystallography’ method, the gas adsorption isotherms of two metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have been quantitatively decomposed into sub-isotherms that reflect the pore-filling behaviour of various guests in the different types of pores present in the MOFs.

    • Hae Sung Cho
    • , Jingjing Yang
    • , Xuan Gong
    • , Yue-Biao Zhang
    • , Koichi Momma
    • , Bert M. Weckhuysen
    • , Hexiang Deng
    • , Jeung Ku Kang
    • , Omar M. Yaghi
    •  & Osamu Terasaki
    Nature Chemistry 11, 562-570
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    While water splitting may afford a renewable means to store energy in chemical bonds, water oxidation catalysts suffer from poor stabilities in acidic media. Here, authors show sodium doping of strontium ruthenate to improve the catalytic durability while maintaining a high O2 evolution activity.

    • María Retuerto
    • , Laura Pascual
    • , Federico Calle-Vallejo
    • , Pilar Ferrer
    • , Diego Gianolio
    • , Amaru González Pereira
    • , Álvaro García
    • , Jorge Torrero
    • , María Teresa Fernández-Díaz
    • , Peter Bencok
    • , Miguel A. Peña
    • , José Luis G. Fierro
    •  & Sergio Rojas

News and Comment

  • Research Highlights |

    Particle swarm optimization allows one to search vast compositional space for new viable species. Additionally, simulating high pressures has enabled the prediction of hypervalent species such as IF8.

    • David Schilter
  • Research Highlights |

    Oxidation states and radii of cations dictate their arrangement in double perovskite oxides and influence the material’s properties. Isovalent cations are known to be disordered in double perovskite oxides, but an unusual ordering of Fe3+ and Al3+ has been found in Bi2FeAlO6.

    • Jacilynn Brant
  • News and Views |

    The applicability of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) — in spite of their obvious potential — is hindered by stability issues, in particular towards water. Now, a ‘crumple zone’ concept has been proposed in which the presence of sacrificial bonds protects a MOF without significantly altering its structure or functionality.

    • Jürgen Senker
    Nature Chemistry 10, 1079-1081
  • News and Views |

    Disentangling the chemistry and physics behind reported unconventional superconductivity and exotic magnetism in alkali-intercalated PAHs has remained problematic due to the lack of phase-pure samples. Two synthetic pathways have now remedied this issue, facilitating studies of cooperative electronic properties based on carbon π-electrons.

    • Roser Valentí
    •  & Stephen M. Winter
    Nature Chemistry 9, 608-609