Volume 1 Issue 12 December 2016

Volume 1 Issue 12

There is constant demand for data storage systems with higher capacities, longer lifetimes and lower energy consumptions. In this Review, the use of nanomaterials — including metal nanoparticles, graphene and graphene oxide, semiconductor quantum dots and rare-earth-doped nanocrystals — for the next generation of optical data storage methods is discussed.

See Min Gu et al. 1, 16070 (2016).

Min Gu, Xiaogang Liu & Qiming Zhang

Research Highlights

Reviews

  • Review Article |

    Planar gradient metamaterials are a promising development, overcoming the limitations of both bulk and planar optics, and have been widely investigated in various domains. This Review summarizes recent progress made in the theoretical modelling, experimental implementation and design of functional devices that utilize these materials.

    • Yadong Xu
    • , Yangyang Fu
    •  & Huanyang Chen
  • Review Article |

    New solutions are needed to meet the growing demand for data storage systems with ultra-high capacity, ultra-long lifetime and ultra-low energy consumption. Nanomaterials, including metal nanoparticles, graphene and graphene oxide, semiconductor quantum dots and rare-earth-doped nanocrystals, hold promise for the next generation of optical data storage methods.

    • Min Gu
    • , Qiming Zhang
    •  & Simone Lamon
  • Review Article |

    Recent advances in the strategic design and optimization of hydrides of light-weight elements and of physisorbents for on-board hydrogen storage, large-scale distribution and on-site hydrogen generation are reviewed.

    • Teng He
    • , Pradip Pachfule
    • , Hui Wu
    • , Qiang Xu
    •  & Ping Chen
  • Review Article |

    The pores of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) make them attractive materials for gas- and liquid-phase separations. In this Review, the fabrication of MOF-based membranes and analytical techniques used to characterize them are outlined with a focus on the surfaces and interfaces in these composite materials.

    • Michael S. Denny Jr.
    • , Jessica C. Moreton
    • , Lauren Benz
    •  & Seth M. Cohen
  • Review Article |

    Hydrogels can provide spatial and temporal control over the release of various therapeutic agents and have found clinical use. This Review presents multiscale mechanisms underlying hydrogel delivery systems and quantitative comparison between them, while discussing clinical translation and future opportunities.

    • Jianyu Li
    •  & David J. Mooney