Advanced Materials Published a Special Issue Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Xiamen University
To celebrate Xiamen University's 100th anniversary, the Special Issue features a collection of articles by the faculty and alumni of Xiamen University, covering a broad scope of topics including adaptive materials, catalysis materials, energy materials, hybrid materials, nanomaterials, and biomaterials, etc. The special issue is to show the university's research advances in the science of materials.
The Special Issue features 9 Progress Reports, 10 Reviews, and 7 Research News, with a focus on adaptive materials, electronic devices, advanced catalysts, battery materials, energy generation and conversion, and biomedical and functional inorganic and organic materials. As representative examples of materials research in interfacial science, 2D black phosphorus, inorganic–organic hybrid molecular materials, model inorganic nanomaterials, and liquid-based adaptive structural materials are introduced and discussed. Energy chemistry is the strength of Xiamen University and quite some groups focus on different types of energy systems. For storage of energy, this issue provides an overview of research on the performance and mechanisms of various batteries including lithium-ion batteries, along with the future opportunities in full-cells, Li/Na batteries, and lithium–sulfur batteries. For energy generation and conversion, the energy transfer in metal–organic frameworks, the synthetic strategies for crafting metal halide perovskite nanocrystals (PNCs)/polymer nanocomposite, and ammonia-based energy carriers are summarized. In the field of catalyst materials, five articles relate to representative research areas in advanced catalysts toward the efficient electrochemical reduction of CO2 into various value-added chemicals, lignocellulose valorization, proton and anion exchange membrane fuel cells, thermally stable single-atom heterogeneous catalysis, as well as the enhanced acidic oxygen evolution reaction. In addition, solar-driven, enzyme-driven, and low-temperature-driven catalytic conversions of plastics to address “white pollution” are presented. With regard to the electronic and sensing devices, emphasis is placed upon the recent progress regarding the design of new materials for single-molecule electrochemical and thin-film transistors, metal oxide clusters and chiral nanomaterials, thermoflexible optical/electronic devices, plasmonic core–shell nanomaterials for enhanced spectroscopies, as well as mechanoluminescence for stress sensing. Specially, metallic plasmonic array structures as the most powerful platform to realize controllable light–matter interactions are highlighted. Furthermore, in the field of biological medicine, cell-/bacteria-based bioactive materials and activatable 19F MRI nanoprobes are highlighted.
Xu Hou is a Professor of material chemistry at Xiamen University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology in 2011 under the direction of Prof. Lei Jiang, and then did postdoctoral research in Prof. Joanna Aizenberg's group at Harvard University. In 2016, he officially joined the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and College of Physical Science and Technology of Xiamen University. He was awarded SciFinder Future Leader in Chemistry Program (2014), Chinese Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Young Chemist (2018), Young Investigator Award of Colloid and Interface Chemistry (2019) and selected as one of Periodic Table of Younger Chemists of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC, 2019). In 2020, he was selected for the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars and received the National Scientific Innovation and Advancement Award of China. His scientific interests include “liquid gating technology” (selected as the 2020 Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry Announced by IUPAC) and bioinspired and smart multiscale pore/channel systems.
Bin Ren is a Professor of chemistry at Xiamen University. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Xiamen University in 1992 and 1998 under the supervision of Prof. Zhong-Qun Tian. He spent his sabbatical year at the Fritz-Haber Institute as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow in 2002–2003. He was promoted to a full professor in the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Xiamen University in 2004. He received the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2008 and was selected as Changjiang Scholar Professor by the Ministry of Education in 2016. He is now a vice dean of the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Xiamen University and an associate editor of Analytical Chemistry (ACS). His research focuses on the development of in situ Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical methods to study the physical and chemical processes on surfaces and interfaces and in biological systems at high spatial and temporal resolution.