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A visible near-infrared chemosensor (MCy-1) for mercury ions was successfully devised and characterized. A large red-shift (122 nm) of the absorption maximum of MCy-1 was observed. An important feature for the new chemosensor is its high selectivity towards mercury ions over the other competitive species, making the "naked-eye" detection of mercury ions… (More)
We report a route to noncovalently latch dipolar molecules on graphene to create stable chromophore/graphene hybrids where molecular transformation can be used as an additional handle to reversibly modulate doping while retaining high mobilities. A light switchable azobenzene chromophore was tethered to the surface of graphene via π-π interactions, leading… (More)
Herein, we report the facile synthesis of mesoporous NiCo(2)O(4) nanoflakes and their application in nonaqueous Li-O(2) batteries as cathode catalysts. The assembled Li-O(2) batteries presented lower overpotentials and enhanced cyclability, which should be attributed to the superior electrocatalytic activity and the mesoporous nanostructure of NiCo(2)O(4).
The graphdiyne (GD), a carbon allotrope with a 2D structure comprising benzene rings and carbon-carbon triple bonds, can be synthesized through cross-coupling on the surface of copper foil. The key problem is in understanding the dependence of layers number and properties, however, the controlled growth of the layers numbers of GD film have not been… (More)
Formamidinium (FA) lead triiodide perovskite with chlorine addition (NH2CH=NH2PbI(3-x)Clx) is employed as a light harvester in mesoscopic solar cells for the first time. It is demonstrated that a phase-pure FAPbI(3-x)Clx perovskite layer can be synthesized using a one-step solution-process at 140 °C, and the resultant solar cells deliver a maximum power… (More)
Carbaporphyrinoids TMBPZnCl have been synthesized and used as interesting building block units, which are able to self assemble into vesicles of zero dimension, and continually grow into multidimensional nanostructure arrays.
Recently, individual single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) functionalized with azo-benzene chromophores were shown to form a new class of hybrid nanomaterials for optoelectronics applications. Here we use a number of experimental and computational techniques to understand the binding, orientation, and nature of coupling between chromophores and the… (More)
We report the functionalization of carbon nanotubes with two azobenzene-based chromophores with large internal dipole moments and opposite dipole orientations. The molecules are attached to the nanotubes noncovalently via a pyrene tether. A combination of characterization techniques shows uniform molecular coverage on the nanotubes, with minimal aggregation… (More)
We report the synthesis of small-molecule organic conductor nanowires of TTF-TCNQ by selective inducement in a two-phase method by pi-pi stacking interaction. The morphologies of TTF-TCNQ, from straight nanowires to helical nanowires and to complicated helical dendrite structures, have been controlled by adjusting the experimental conditions. The technique… (More)