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I. C. ten Have, A. J. A. Duijndam, R. Oord, H. J. M. van Berlo-van den Broek, I. Vollmer, B. M. Weckhuysen, F. Meirer
Abstract The degradation of plastic waste in aquatic environments, leading to plastic particles at the micro- and nanoscale is of growing concern. However, conventional analytical techniques either lack sufficient spatial resolution or the necessary spectroscopic means to investigate individual plastic nanoparticles. Both are however necessary...
C. ten Have, I., Duijndam, A., Oord, R., Berlo‐van den Broek, H., Vollmer, I., Weckhuysen, B., Meirer, F.,
THE FRONT COVER shows a polystyrene nanoplastics and how they are detected with photo-induced force microscopy infrared spectroscopy. This method overcomes the diffraction limit of infrared light by employing a nano-sized tip as detector. Oxidative degradation and chain scission occurred on the surface of the...
Tu, D., Feng, Z., Feng, Z., Guo, X., Li, C.,
Electron-carrying polymers are highly desired for various optoelectronic applications but are still scarce. Herein, two anthracene diimide (ADI) polymers with thiophene and bithiophene as comonomer, respectively, are reported as electron acceptor materials in all-polymer solar cells (all-PSCs) for the first time. Effects of crystallinity and...
Zhang, Z., Wang, X., Bai, Y., Wu, C.,
With the advancement of secondary batteries, interfacial properties of electrode materials have been recognized as essential factors to their electrochemical performance. However, the majority of investigations are devoted into advanced electrode materials synthesis, while there is insufficient attention paid to regulate their interfaces. In this...
Zhang, M., Zhu, L., Hao, T., Zhou, G., Qiu, C., Zhao, Z., Hartmann, N., Xiao, B., Zou, Y., Feng, W., Zhu, H., Zhang, M., Zhang, Y., Li, Y., Russell, TP., Liu, F.,
The intrinsic electronic properties of donor (D) and acceptor (A) materials in coupling with morphological features dictate the output in organic solar cells (OSCs). New physical properties of intimate eutectic mixing are used in nonfullerene-acceptor-based D-A1 -A2 ternary blends to fine-tune the bulk heterojunction thin...
Sardar, S., Ghosh, S.,
Recently, there has been tremendous progress in the field of conducting polymer nanostructures with the objective of tuning the intrinsic properties, which eventually led to broad applications in the energy domain. The latest advancements in the characterization of conducting polymer nanostructures are summarized in detail....
Kim, B., Jahng, J., Sifat, A., Lee, E., Potma, E.,
In illuminated tip-sample junctions, the absorption of light by the sample is accompanied by local heating and subsequent thermal expansion of the material. In photoinduced force microscopy (PiFM) experiments, thermal expansion is expected to affect the measured photoinduced force through the thermally modulated van der...
Huang, S., Liu, Y., Jafari, M., Siaj, M., Wang, H., Xiao, S., Ma, D.,
Solid and flexible electrochromic (EC) devices require a delicate design of every component to meet the stringent requirements for transparency, flexibility, and deformation stability. However, the electrode technology in flexible EC devices stagnates, wherein brittle indium tin oxide (ITO) is the primary material. Meanwhile, the...
Ishihara, H., Hoshina, M., Yamane, H., Yokoshi, N.,
The interaction between chiral objects and chiral environment is a fundamental topic in various research domains such as chemistry, material physics, optics, and bioscience. Particularly, the chiral interplay between light and nanostructures has been a fascinating topic because of its potential applications in chemical analyses,...
Park, SH., Kwon, NY., Kim, HJ., Cho, E., Kang, H., Harit, AK., Woo, HY., Yoon, HJ., Cho, MJ., Choi, DH.,
Conjugated random terpolymers, PJ-25, PJ-50, and PJ-75 were successfully synthesized from three different monomers. Fluorine-substituted benzotriazole (2F-BTA) was incorporated into 4,8-bis(4-chlorothiophen-2-yl)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene (BDT-T-Cl) and a 1,3-bis(4-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophen-2-yl)-5,7-bis(2-alkyl)benzo[1,2-c:4,5-c']dithiophene-4,8-dione (BDD)-based alternating copolymer PM7 as a third monomeric unit. The solubility of the random terpolymers in nonhalogenated solvents increased with...
Nan(南景博), J., King, H., Delen, G., Meirer, F., Weckhuysen, B., Guo(郭自晓), Z., Peng(彭晓彤), X., Plümper, O.,
Serpentinization may provide a unique environment for the abiotic formation of condensed carbonaceous matter. This could support the deep biosphere and contribute to the deep carbon cycle, and may have provided the first building blocks for life. However, thus far, condensed carbonaceous matter has been...
Birch, QT., Potter, PM., Pinto, PX., Dionysiou, DD., Al-Abed, SR.,
Micro- and nano-scale plastic particles in the environment result from their direct release and degradation of larger plastic debris. Relative to macro-sized plastics, these small particles are of special concern due to their potential impact on marine, freshwater, and terrestrial systems. While microplastic (MP) pollution...
Wang, H., González-Fialkowski, JM., Li, W., Xie, Q., Yu, Y., Xu, XG.,
Peak force infrared (PFIR) microscopy is an emerging atomic force microscopy that bypasses Abbe's diffraction limit in achieving chemical nanoimaging and spectroscopy. The PFIR microscopy mechanically detects the infrared photothermal responses in the dynamic tip-sample contact of peak force tapping mode and has been applied...
Otter, L.M., Förster, M.W., Belousova, E., O’Reilly, P., Nowak, D., Park, S., Clark, S., Foley, S.F. and Jacob, D.E.
Photo-induced force microscopy (PiFM) is a new-frontier technique that combines the advantages of atomic force microscopy with infrared spectroscopy and allows for the simultaneous acquisition of 3D topographic data with molecular chemical information at high spatial (~ 5 nm) and spectral (~ 1 cm−1) resolution...
Kumar, S., Parekh, SH.,
The use of graphene-based materials (GBMs) for tissue-engineering applications has been growing exponentially because of the seemingly endless multifunctional and tunable physicochemical properties of graphene that can be exploited to influence cellular behavior. Despite many demonstrations wherein cell physiology has been modulated on different GBMs,...
Delen, G., Monai, M., Meirer, F., Weckhuysen, BM.,
Despite technological advancements, probing gas-solid interfaces at the nanoscale is still a formidable challenge. New nano-spectroscopic methods are needed to understand the guest-host interactions of functional materials during gas sorption, separation, and conversion. Herein, we introduce in situ Photoinduced Force Microscopy (PiFM) to evidence site-specific...
Patabendigedara, S., Nowak, D., Nancarrow, M.J.B., and Clark, S.M.
The amount and distribution of water in nominally anhydrous minerals (NAMs) are usually determined by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. This method is limited by the spot size of the beam to the study of samples with dimensions greater than a few micrometers. Here, we demonstrate the...
Jia, Z., Qin, S., Meng, L., Ma, Q., Angunawela, I., Zhang, J., Li, X., He, Y., Lai, W., Li, N., Ade, H., Brabec, CJ., Li, Y.,
Tandem organic solar cells are based on the device structure monolithically connecting two solar cells to broaden overall absorption spectrum and utilize the photon energy more efficiently. Herein, we demonstrate a simple strategy of inserting a double bond between the central core and end groups...
Zeng, J., Albooyeh, M., Rajaei, M., Sifat, AA.,
Modern optical nano-elements pursue ever-smaller sizes and individualized functionalities. Those elements that can efficiently manipulate the magnetic field of light boast promising future applications with a great challenge: the magnetic near field is irretrievable from conventional optical far-field characterization. Here we propose photoinduced magnetic force...
Dery, S., Gross, E.,
The performance of catalysts depends on their nanoscale properties. However, heterogeneities in the structure and composition of catalytic materials makes it difficult to directly monitor and identify the influence of local physicochemical parameters on their global reactivity. FTIR spectroscopy have been widely employed to probe...