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Smart Nanomaterials

Edited by Anna Baldycheva, University of Exeter (UK)

Smart nanomaterials are the basis of diverse emerging applications, including wearable and printed Electronics, CMOS photonics, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, optogenetics, smart coatings and thin films. This collection in Nanoscale Research Letters focuses on the most recent scientific and technological advances, innovations and new practical applications of novel smart nanomaterials. It covers topics ranging from advances in the most critical aspects in chemistry and material fabrication of nanomaterials, to the engineering of prototype devices and systems.


  1. Phototherapy has been recognized as a photochemical process to treat tumor via induce cancer cells necrosis and death, with minimal invasiveness, higher selectivity, and few side effects. However, the therapy ...

    Authors: Xinyuan Li, Qing Ji, Chao Yan, Ziyu Zhu, Zhihui Yan, Ping Chen, Yisen Wang and Li Song
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2022 17:103
  2. The application of cells as carriers to encapsulate chemotherapy drugs is of great significance in antitumor therapy. The advantages of reducing systemic toxicity, enhancing targeting and enhancing the penetra...

    Authors: Ying Du, Shujun Wang, Meilin Zhang, Baoan Chen and Yanfei Shen
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2021 16:139
  3. At present, various fluorescent nanomaterials have been designed and synthesized as optical contrast agents for surgical navigation. However, there have been no reports on the preparation of fluorescent contra...

    Authors: Xin Huang, Qian Chen, Xin Li, Chenyu Lin, Kun Wang, Cici Luo, Wenjun Le, Xiaodong Pi, Zhongmin Liu and Bingdi Chen
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2021 16:124
  4. To achieve better antitumour efficacy, it is urgent to improve anticancer drug delivery efficiency in targeting cancer cells. In this work, chitosan-functionalized graphene oxide (ChrGO) nanosheets were fabric...

    Authors: Mengjun Shu, Feng Gao, Min Zeng, Chulang Yu, Xue Wang, Renhua Huang, Jianhua Yang, Yanjie Su, Nantao Hu, Zhihua Zhou, Ke Liu, Zhi Yang, Hongtao Tan and Lin Xu
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2021 16:75
  5. Titanium dioxide nanomaterials are applied in numerous fields due to their splendid physicochemical characteristics, which in turn poses a potential threat to human health. Recently, numerous in vivo studies h...

    Authors: Ting Zhou, Wei-kun Huang, Qiu-yan Xu, Xue Zhou, Yue Wang, Zhao-hui Yue and Bin Song
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2020 15:65
  6. High concentration ozone can damage greatly to the respiratory, cardiovascular systems, and fertility of people, and catalytic decomposition is an important strategy to reduce its harm. However, it remains a c...

    Authors: Xuan Li, Linqu Luo, Yicheng Bi, Anqi Wang, Yunfa Chen, Ning Han and Fengyun Wang
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:374
  7. Formaldehyde (HCHO) is the main source of indoor air pollutant. HCHO sensors are therefore of paramount importance for timely detection in daily life. However, existing sensors do not meet the stringent perfor...

    Authors: Shiqiang Zhou, Mingpeng Chen, Qingjie Lu, Yumin Zhang, Jin Zhang, Bo Li, Haitang Wei, Jicu Hu, Huapeng Wang and Qingju Liu
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:365
  8. Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a subtype of breast cancer that is prone to drug resistance and difficult to treat. In this study, we grafted water-soluble pullulan with lovastatin (LV) to develop a no...

    Authors: Di Wu, Yao Chen, Shun Wen, Yi Wen, Rong Wang, Qiuting Zhang, Ge Qin, Huimei Yi, Mi Wu, Lu Lu, Xiaojun Tao and Xiyun Deng
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:314
  9. We theoretically investigate the problem of an electron confined to a nanohelix between two parallel gates modelled as charged wires. The double-gated nanohelix system is a binary superlattice with properties ...

    Authors: Thomas P. Collier and Mikhail E. Portnoi
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:257
  10. The content of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) colour centres in the nanodiamonds (DNDs) produced during the detonation of nitrogen-containing explosives was found to be 1.1 ± 0.3 ppm. This value is impressive for nanodia...

    Authors: Vladimir Yu. Osipov, François Treussart, Soroush Abbasi Zargaleh, Kazuyuki Takai, Fedor M. Shakhov, Benjamin T. Hogan and Anna Baldycheva
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:279
  11. In this study, we propose a one-drop self-assembly method, which proved capable of successfully preparing 4-N, N-dimethylamino-4′-N′-methyl-stilbazolium tosylate (DAST) single-crystalline nanowires (NWs). The ...

    Authors: Tian Tian, Bin Cai, Qingqing Cheng, Cheng Fan, Yanyan Wang, Gongjie Xu, Fuxing Gu, Feng Liao, Okihiro Sugihara, Eiji Hase and Takeshi Yasui
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:269
  12. Driven by applications in chemical sensing, biological imaging and material characterisation, Raman spectroscopies are attracting growing interest from a variety of scientific disciplines. The Raman effect ori...

    Authors: Robin R. Jones, David C. Hooper, Liwu Zhang, Daniel Wolverson and Ventsislav K. Valev
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:231
  13. Time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy has become a common method both for fundamental and applied studies focused on improving the quality of human life. However, the issue of finding materials applicable in th...

    Authors: Maria O. Zhukova, Benjamin T. Hogan, Egor N. Oparin, Polina S. Shaban, Yaroslav V. Grachev, Evgeniya Kovalska, Kieran K. Walsh, Monica F. Craciun, Anna Baldycheva and Anton N. Tcypkin
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:225
  14. Fibers are ubiquitous and usually passive. Optoelectronics realized in a fiber could revolutionize multiple application areas, including biosynthetic and wearable electronics, environmental sensing, and energy...

    Authors: Camila Faccini de Lima, Louis A. van der Elst, Veda Narayana Koraganji, Mengxin Zheng, Merve Gokce Kurtoglu and Alexander Gumennik
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:209
  15. Small interfering RNA (siRNA)-based gene therapy has provided an alternative strategy for cancer therapy. One of the key components within gene therapy process is the delivery system. As a novel non-viral gene...

    Authors: Yongping Lu, Lei Zhong, Zhongliang Jiang, Haixia Pan, Yuanfa Zhang, Guonian Zhu, Lan Bai, Rongsheng Tong, Jianyou Shi and Xingmei Duan
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:193
  16. Deep ultraviolet AlGaN-based nanorod (NR) arrays were fabricated by nanoimprint lithography and top-down dry etching techniques from a fully structural LED wafer. Highly ordered periodic structural properties ...

    Authors: Shucheng Ge, Jiangping Dai, Na Gao, Shiqiang Lu, Penggang Li, Kai Huang, Bin Liu, Junyong Kang, Rong Zhang and Youdou Zheng
    Citation: Nanoscale Research Letters 2019 14:170