Stacks on stacks on stacks
Inorganic / Materials / Nanotechnology

Stacks on stacks on stacks

Finding ways to create order is a common theme in science. Here researchers are trying to carefully arrange chromophores in order to create better solar cells (among other potential uses). In particular, these chemists are trying to make porphyrins stand up on a surface creating stacks of porphyrins that are a well defined distance from each other and from the surface they are attached to. Continue reading

Electrocatalytically Active Graphene–Porphyrin MOF Composite for Oxygen Reduction Reaction
Inorganic / Materials / Nanotechnology

Electrocatalytically Active Graphene–Porphyrin MOF Composite for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

Title:  Electrocatalytically Active Graphene–Porphyrin MOF Composite for Oxygen Reduction Reaction DOI:  10.1021/ja211433h Author:  Maryam Jahan, Qiaoliang Bao, and Kian Ping Loh Journal:  Journal of the American Chemical Society Affiliation:  Graphene Research Centre, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore Take-home Importance According to the Authors: By reacting the pyridine-functionalized graphene with iron–porphyrin, a graphene–metalloporphyrin MOF with enhanced catalytic activity for … Continue reading

CO2 Reduction on Tin Electrodes and Enhanced Activity for Tin/Tin Oxide Thin-Film Catalysts
Inorganic / Materials

CO2 Reduction on Tin Electrodes and Enhanced Activity for Tin/Tin Oxide Thin-Film Catalysts

Title:  Tin Oxide Dependence of the CO2 Reduction Efficiency on Tin Electrodes and Enhanced Catalytic Activity for Tin/Tin-Oxide Thin Film Catalyst DOI:  10.1021/ja2108799 Author:  Yihong Chen and Matthew W. Kanan Journal:  Journal of the American Chemical Society Affiliation:  Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States Take-home Importance According to the Authors: In aqueous … Continue reading

Solid-State Solvatochromism
Inorganic / Materials

Solid-State Solvatochromism

Title: Ionic Crystals of {[Ni(phen)3]2Ge4S10}-xSol, Showing Solid-State Solvatochromism and Rapid Solvent-Induced Recrystallization Authors: Wen-Qin Mu, Qin-Yu Zhu, Li-Sheng You, Xu Zhang, Wen Luo, Guo-Qing Bian, Jie Dia Journal: Inorganic Chemistry Take Home Importance According to Blogger: A solid material which could rapidly change color depending on what solvent was introduced is reported, with potential sensing applications. Summary: Materials which rapidly … Continue reading