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    SPECIAL ISSUE | Hydrogels are of great interests from the viewpoints of their diverse applications such as disposal water absorbent, tissue engineering, drug delivery, etc. New synthetic techniques as well as analytical methods have opened new gates to intelligent and advanced hydrogel-related materials.

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  • The interplay of electron-electron and electron-lattice interactions plays an important role in determining exotic properties in strongly correlated electron systems. Here, we report the discovery of two distinct and simultaneous commensurate CDWs, Wigner crystal and Peierls-like instabilities, in Sr0.95NbO3.37 using resonant soft X-ray scattering. These CDWs arise from charge anisotropy and redistribution in Nb 4d – O 2p hybridization and influence transport and optical gaps. The strength of Wigner crystal is within the strong coupling limit. This study paves the way for utilizing RSXS to distinguish CDWs and calls for further investigation of electron‒electron and electron–lattice interactions in inorganic systems

    • Angga Dito Fauzi
    • Caozheng Diao
    • Andrivo Rusydi
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Adhesive polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film is successfully fabricated by casting process using thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). During the curing process, the PDMS lightly cross-linked at the interface with the TPU exhibited a remarkable increase in adhesion properties. The catalytic reaction used for polymerization was regulated by the TPU, which is known to adsorb metal ions. This adhesive PDMS film (APF) demonstrated outstanding adhesion on various substrates under dry and underwater conditions and maintained adhesion even after repeated use. Our findings suggest that the APF could be used an effective waterproof patch by adhering to the surfaces of objects submerged in water.

    • Sangyeun Park
    • Minhyeok Kim
    • Hongyun So
    ArticleOpen Access
  • This study reports the direct observation of atomic density fluctuations in silica glass using angstrom-beam electron diffraction. The local atomic fluctuations are found to originate from quasi-periodic arrays of nanoscale columnar atomic configurations and interstitial tubular voids. The present study also reveals longer-range fluctuations associated with the shoulder of the first sharp diffraction peak. These findings may help to understand the properties and performance of materials.

    • Akihiko Hirata
    • Shuya Sato
    • Shinji Kohara
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Black phase CsPbI3 easily transforms into the non-perovskite yellow phase, while losing the outstanding optoelectronic properties. In this review, the origin of the phase stability in CsPbI3 and strategies to stabilize the black phases exhibiting the α-phase or the relatively easily stabilized β/γ-phases are extensively discussed. Furthermore, a profound analysis of the CsPbI3 stabilization progress and the evolution of the performance efficiency records of black phase CsPbI3 is provided. Lastly, a prospective on future research on CsPbI3 solar cells pinpoints the current challenges and directs future research approaches toward more efficient and stable devices.

    • Handong Jin
    • Yu-Jia Zeng
    • Elke Debroye
    Review ArticleOpen Access
  • The interfaces linking biological tissues and man-made devices is challenging due to mechanical mismatch, biofouling, and water content. Soft materials such as hydrogels have emerged in diverse applications, however, their unresolved problem is the loss of functions in a short period. This report explores natural connective tissue, called periostracum, which is perfectly bridged between biological tissue and inorganic nonliving shell with high durability for long-lasting functions. Its hierarchically designed strategy provides a novel blueprint to design durable soft materials for the interfacing device into tissue.

    • Hyungbin Kim
    • Heejin Lim
    • Dong Soo Hwang
    ArticleOpen Access
  • The structure of a commercially important glass-ceramic ZrO2-doped lithium aluminosilicate system during its initial nucleation stage was investigated by an X-ray multiscale analysis which enables us to observe the structure from the atomic to the nanometer scale by using diffraction, small-angle scattering, absorption, and anomalous scattering techniques. The combinatorial approach revealed that the formation of edge sharing between the ZrOx polyhedra and (Si/Al)O4 tetrahedra, and that the Zr-centric periodic structure in which the local structure of the Zr4+ ions resembled a cubic or tetragonal ZrO2 crystalline phase was potentially the initial crystal nucleus for the Zr-doped lithium aluminosilicate glass-ceramic.

    • Yohei Onodera
    • Yasuyuki Takimoto
    • Shinji Kohara
    ArticleOpen Access
  • This research is emphasized particularly on cathodes (such as carbon, metal oxides, MXenes, and redox-active polymers), anodes (such as Zn-based composite materials and Zn-free materials), electrolytes (organic/ionic liquid electrolytes, WiSs, redox electrolytes, polymer or solid electrolytes) as well as the design of a novel device for ZHSCs.

    • Weijia Fan
    • Faxing Wang
    • Yuping Wu
    Review ArticleOpen Access
  • We demonstrate the magnetic-field induced reversal of antiferromagnetic spins and the electric field modulation of the switching field. The modulation efficiency is significantly high, greater than 4 T nm/V, and this giant modulation efficiency is attributed to the magnetoelectric effect of the antiferromagnetic Cr2O3. The magnetoelectric (ME) based mechanism provides a scheme for the energy-efficient, nonvolatile, deterministic 180° switching of the magnetic state in the pure antiferromagnetic (AFM) component. This study represents a great advancement in the AFM-based ME random access memory with ultralow writing power, an inherently fast switching speed and superior robustness to the magnetic state.

    • Kakeru Ujimoto
    • Hiroki Sameshima
    • Yu Shiratsuchi
    ArticleOpen Access
Special issue on Hydrogels and Hydrogel-related Healing Materials

Hydrogels and Hydrogel-related Healing Materials

Hydrogels are of great interests from the viewpoints of their diverse applications such as disposal water adsorbent, tissue engineering, drug delivery, etc. New synthetic techniques as well as analytical methods have opened new gates to intelligent and advanced hydrogel-related materials. In combination with the broad term “healing”, the hydrogel-related materials have also been experiencing remarkable innovations. Some of the healing materials are designed for their own repair, others to assist the healing of the damaged bio-organisms. This special issue of NPG Asia Materials is focusing on the recent innovations related to hydrogels and hydrogel-related healing material, and presents state-of-the-art original articles as well as comprehensive reviews in this fast-growing field. Guest editor: Liping Wen, Chinese Academy of Science, China Submission Guideline:


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