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Special Issue: DICP’s 70th Anniversary Special Issue on Advanced Materials for Clean Energy

This special issue on advanced materials for clean energy celebrates the 70th anniversary of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics. The front cover shows a top‐view panorama of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Microscale Energy‐Storage Devices: The Road Towards Planar Microbatteries and Micro‐Supercapacitors: From 2D to 3D Device Geometries

Shuanghao Zheng, Xiaoyu Shi, Pratteek Das, Zhong‐Shuai Wu, Xinhe Bao

Adv.Mater. 2019, 31, 1905710  DOI:10.1002/adma.201900583

In article number 1900583, Zhong‐Shuai Wu and co‐workers highlight the development and recent achievements of planar microbatteries and micro‐super capacitors, and provide a comprehensive analysis of the primary aspects of electrode materials, electrolytes, device architecture, and microfabrication techniques that eventually affect the performance metrics of microdevices.

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Zinc‐Based Flow Batteries: Advanced Materials for Zinc‐Based Flow Battery: Development and Challenge

Zhizhang Yuan, Yanbin Yin, Congxin Xie, HuaminZhang, Yan Yao, Xianfeng Li

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902025  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201902025

In article number 1902025, Xianfeng Li and co‐authors summarize the research progress and challenges regarding advanced materials and their chemistries forzinc‐based flow batteries. They also discuss future directions for zinc‐based flow batteries with regard to stationary energy‐storage applications.

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Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences is a multidisciplinary institute with focus on the clean and efficient use of fossil resources and coupling substitution, multi‐energy complementation and scale application of clean energy, and low‐carbon multi‐energy strategic integration.


DICP’s 70th Anniversary Special Issue on Advanced Materials for Clean Energy

Zhong‐Shuai Wu, Xianfeng Li, Feng Wang, Xinhe Bao

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1905710 DOI:10.1002/adma.201905710

Progeress Reports

1.  Advances in Hydrogels in Organoids and Organs‐on‐a‐Chip

Haitao Liu, Yaqing Wang, Kangli Cui, Yaqiong Guo, Xu Zhang, Jianhua Qin

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902042 DOI:10.1002/adma.201902042

Organoids and organs‐on‐a‐chip have emergedas a major technological breakthrough as model systems to revolutionize biomedical research by recapitulating the structural and functional complexity of human organs. There is growing interest in the utilization of well‐defined hydrogels in these two systems to improve the physiological relevance of 3Dmodels

2. Epitope Imprinting Technology: Progress, Applications, and Perspectives toward Artificial Antibodies

Kaiguang Yang, Senwu Li, Lukuan Liu, Yuwan Chen, Wen Zhou, Jiaqi Pei, Zhen Liang, Lihua Zhang, Yukui Zhang

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902048   DOI: 10.1002/adma.201902048

Epitope imprinting is a promising tool for generating artificial biomimetic receptors with antibody‐like specific recognition sites. Epitope‐imprinted materials are usually prepared by epitope bulk imprinting or epitope surface imprinting, which are applied to the recognition of peptides, proteins, and cells in many areas, such as biomarker detection, proteome analysis, the development of novel sensors, drug delivery,and tissue engineering.

3. Two‐Sidedness of Surface Reaction Mediation

Haoran Chen, Hao Zhu, Zhichao Huang, WenhuiRong, and Kai Wu

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902080   DOI: 10.1002/adma.201902080

A surface reaction can be efficiently mediated by various strategies, which are explored from the perspectives of the surface and molecule manipulations as well as their interlinked effects. In addition to the reaction temperature, such two‐sidedness for the surface reaction mediation is related to the pre‐exponential factor and the energy barrier in the Arrhenius equation.

4. Microstructural and Interfacial Designs of Oxygen‐Permeable Membranes for Oxygen Separation and Reaction–Separation Coupling

Xuefeng Zhu, and Weishen Yang

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902547   DOI: 10.1002/adma.201902547

The oxygen permeability and stability of mixed ionic–electronic conducting membranes can be improved through microstructural and interfacial designs, while the optimized membranes are ready as membrane reactors for process intensification and new technology development. The new membrane reactors will trigger innovations in natural gas conversion, ammonia synthesis, and hydrogen‐relatedclean energy technologies.

5. High-Temperature CO2 Electrolysis in Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells: Developments, Challenges,and Prospects

Yuefeng Song, Xiaomin Zhang, Kui Xie, GuoxiongWang, Xinhe Bao

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902033  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201902033

Solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) are an important technology that allows carbon‐dioxide conversion and renewable electricity storage simultaneously. However, the performance and stability of SOECs are still unsatisfactory for practical applications. A summary of the development of their electrodes and electrolyte and their degradation mechanisms is provided to assist in the development of high‐performanceand stable SOECs.

6. The Road Towards Planar Microbatteries and Micro‐Supercapacitors: From 2D to 3D Device Geometries

Shuanghao Zheng, Xiaoyu Shi, Pratteek Das, Zhong‐Shuai Wu, Xinhe Bao

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1900583   DOI: 10.1002/adma.201900583

The development of and recent advances inplanar microbatteries and micro‐supercapacitors from the fundamentals and design principles to 2D and 3D planar microdevices in both in‐plane and stacked geometries are highlighted. Additonally, a comprehensive analysis of the aspects that eventually affect the performance metrics of microscale energy storage devices, such as electrode materials, electrolyte, device architecture, and microfabrication techniques are explored.


Potassium‐Ion Batteries: The Promise and Challenge of Phosphorus‐Based Composites as Anode Materials for Potassium‐Ion Batteries

Ying Wu, Hai‐Bo Huang, Yuezhan Feng, Zhong‐Shuai Wu, Yan Yu

In article number 1901414, Zhong‐Shuai Wu, Yan Yu, and co‐workers review the advances in phosphorus‐based anode materials for potassium‐ion batteries, summarizing the synthetic methods, reaction mechanisms, and electrochemical performances. Several promising strategies are highlighted to address the imminent challenges.

Progeress Reports

1. The Promise and Challenge of Phosphorus‐Based Composites as Anode Materials for Potassium‐Ion Batteries

Ying Wu, Hai-Bo Huang, Yuezhan Feng,Zhong-Shuai Wu, and Yan Yu

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1901414  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201901414

Phosphorus‐based materials have shown great potential as anodes for potassium‐ion batteries (KIBs) with high theoretical capacity and low redox potential. Early results on phosphorus‐based anode materials for advanced KIBs are summarized. The approaches to solve the huge volume change and poor electronic conductivity of these phosphorus‐based anodes in KIBs are discussed. Finally, possible further research directions are proposed.

2. Intermolecular Chemistry in Solid Polymer Electrolytes for High‐Energy‐DensityLithium Batteries

Qian Zhou, Jun Ma, Shanmu Dong, Xianfeng Li, Guanglei Cui

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902029 DOI:10.1002/adma.201902029

Intermolecular interactions, including ion–dipole, hydrogen bonds, π–π stacking, and Lewis acid–base interactions, significantly impact on Limotion and high‐voltage compatibility of solid polymer electrolytes. The effect and underlying mechanism of intermolecular interactions on electrochemcial performance are discussed, aiming to provide a new concept for the development of high‐energy‐density solid lithium batteries.

3. MetalCations in Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells: Progress and Perspective

Kai Wang, Waqas Siddique Subhani, Yulong Wang, Xiaokun Zuo, Hui Wang, Lianjie Duan, Shengzhong (Frank) Liu

Adv.Mater. 2019, 31, 1902037  DOI:10.1002/adma.201902037

The progress of research into metal cationsfor perovskite solar cells is discussed by focusing on the locations of the cations in perovskites, the modulation of the film quality, and the influence on the photovoltaic performance. Metal cations are considered in the order of alkali cations, alkaline earth cations, and then metal cations in the ds and d regions, and ultimately trivalent cations.

4. Complex Hydrides for Energy Storage, Conversion, and Utilization

Teng He, Hujun Cao, Ping Chen

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902757 DOI:10.1002/adma.201902757

The rich chemistry between H andB/C/N/O/Al/transition metal (TM) allows complex hydrides of diverse composition and electronic configuration, and thus tunable physical and chemical properties, with applications in hydrogen storage, thermal energy storage, ion conduction, and catalysis. The recent progress is reviewed and the strategic approaches for the design and optimization of complex hydrides for the above mentioned applications are highlighted.

5. Nanoengineering Carbon Spheres as Nanoreactors for Sustainable Energy Applications

Hao Tian, Ji Liang, Jian Liu

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1903886  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201903886

Colloidal carbon spheres with tailored poresizes, heteroatoms, and surface functionalities are considered as promising materials in a number of research areas such as batteries, catalysis, water and air purification, and adsorption. The latest work, mainly focusing on synthetic approaches with optimized properties of nanoporous carbon spheres toward electrochemical storage, conversion, and catalysis, is systematically summarized.

6. Iron Carbides: Control Synthesis and Catalytic Applications in COx Hydrogenation and Electrochemical HER

Siwei Li, Jinghe Yang, Chuqiao Song, Qingjun Zhu, Dequan Xiao, Ding Ma

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1901796  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201901796

Iron carbide is a type of novel Fe‐basedmaterial and widely used in the field of catalysis. Control synthesis of iron carbides and their applications in catalytic COx hydrogenation and electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction are reviewed.


Lignin: Catalytic Scissoring of Lignin into Aryl Monomers

Min Wang, Feng Wang

In article number 1901866, Feng Wang and Min Wang comprehensively analyze the challenges for the scissoring of lignin polymer into aryl monomers. They highlight the recent strategies and catalytic systems to address this problem, along with an emphasis for future directions of this research area.

Progeress Reports

1. Catalytic Scissoring of Lignin into Aryl Monomers

Min Wang, and Feng Wang

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1901866  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201901866

The challenges of scissoring lignin polymers into aryl monomers are comprehensively analyzed. In addition, recent strategies and catalytic systems to address these problems are highlighted, along with an emphasis on the future directions of this research area.

2. Confinement Catalysis with 2D Materials for Energy Conversion

Lei Tang, Xianguang Meng, Dehui Deng, XinheBao

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1901866  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201901866

The recent advancesin the design, applications, and structure–performance analysis of confinement catalysis with two‐dimensional materials are highlighted, with a focus on tuning the electronic states ofactive sites. Such confinement catalysis with 2D materials offers unique solutions for improving catalytic performance in heterogeneous systems forenergy conversion and utilization.

3. Supported NobleMetal Single Atoms for Heterogeneous Catalysis

Xuning Li, Xiaofeng Yang, Yanqiang Huang, Tao Zhang, Bin Liu

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902031  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201902031

Single‐atom catalysts(SACs) open broad prospects for a wide variety of catalytic processes. Noble‐metal‐based SACsare discussed, and their structural properties, chemical synthesis, and catalytic applications are highlighted. The structure–activity relationships and the underlying catalytic mechanisms are also described. The prospects and challenges for the development of SACs are highlighted.

4.Recent Progress in Methanol‐to‐Olefins (MTO) Catalysts

Miao Yang, Dong Fan, Yingxu Wei, Peng Tian, Zhongmin Liu

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902181 DOI:10.1002/adma.201902181

The past decades have witnessed remarkable development in the commer cialization of the methanol‐to‐olefin (MTO)processes, the fundamental understanding of catalyst structure–property relationships, and the synthesis control of molecular sieve catalysts. Recent advances relating to MTO catalysts are highlighted, aiming to promote their rational design and preparation, and enhance the efficiency of this reaction process.


1. New Strategies for the Preparation of Sinter‐Resistant Metal‐Nanoparticle‐Based Catalysts

Lingxiang Wang, Liang Wang, Xiangju Meng, Feng‐Shou Xiao

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1901905   DOI: 10.1002/adma.201901905

Recent advancements in the design and application of sinter‐resistant metal nanoparticles are reviewed. Several strategies areproposed for stabilizing metal nanoparticle catalysts. The exciting progress of sinter‐resistant supported metal‐nanoparticle catalystsis achieved via various methodologies, including strong metal–support interactions, encapsulation with oxide or carbon layers and within mesoporous materials, and fixation in zeolite crystals.

2. Fundamentals of TiO2Photocatalysis: Concepts, Mechanisms, and Challenges

Qing Guo, Chuanyao Zhou, Zhibo Ma, XuemingYang

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1901997  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201901997

The basic principles and fundamental processes of TiO2photocatalysis are highlighted. Recent progress made on the studies of the nature of TiO2 photocatalysis, in particular whether photocatalytic reactions are driven by separated charges or by energy produced via nonadiabatic exciton decay or nonadiabatic charge recombination, is summarized and discussed in detail.

3. Water Oxidation Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis

Sheng Ye, Chunmei Ding, Mingyao Liu, Aoqi Wang, Qinge Huang, Can Li

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902069  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201902069

As the primary reaction of both natural and artificial photosynthesis, efficient water oxidation by active and robust water oxidation catalysts integrated into light‐harvesting materials with rational interface engineering is the key to realizing efficient artificial photosynthesis. Guidance is provided to give insight into the water oxidation reaction and the status and challenges of this process.

4. Challenges and Advances in the Fabrication of Monolithic Bioseparation Materials and their Applications in Proteomics Research

Shujuan Ma, Ya Li, Chen Ma, Yan Wang, Junjie Ou, Mingliang Ye

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902023  DOI: 10.1002/adma.201902023

As an alternative to particle‐packed columns, monolithic materials are featured with easy preparation, fast masstransfer, high porosity, low back pressure, and miniaturization, and they represent next‐generation separation materials for high‐throughput protein and peptide analysis. The recent progress regarding the fabrication of various monolithic materials and their applications in both chromatographic separation of biomolecules and enrichment of phosphopeptides and glycopeptides from biological samples is reviewed.

5. Advanced Materials for Zinc‐Based Flow Battery: Development and Challenge

Zhizhang Yuan, Yanbin Yin, Congxin Xie, HuaminZhang, Yan Yao, Xianfeng Li

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902025 DOI:10.1002/adma.201902025

Zinc‐based flow battery technology has always been the cynosure in energy storage applications.Advanced materials, e.g., membranes, electrodes and electrolytes are very important to realize the widespread application of this technology. Herein, the scientific understandings of the fundamental design of the advanced materials and the chemistries in relation to the battery performance are reviewed and summarized.

6. Progress of Photodetectors Based on the Photothermoelectric Effect

Xiaowei Lu, Lin Sun, Peng Jiang, Xinhe Bao

Adv.Mater. 2019, 31, 1902044  DOI:10.1002/adma.201902044

The room‐temperature detection of long‐wavelength infrared and terahertz radiation can be realized by photothermoelectric (PTE) detectors. The responsivity and the response speed of PTE‐based photodetectors have made impressive progress with the discovery of novel thermoelectric materials and the development of nanophotonics. Beyond light detection, the PTE effect can be utilized to study novel physical phenomena in spintronics and valleytronics. 

Research News

Dual‐Ionically Bound Single‐Site Rhodium on PorousIonic Polymer Rivals Commercial Methanol Carbonylation Catalysts

Zhou Ren, Yuan Lyu, Xiangen Song, Yang Liu, Zheng Jiang, Ronghe Lin, Yunjie Ding

dv.Mater. 2019, 31, 1904976 DOI: 10.1002/adma.201904976

Novel porous organic ligands and porous ionic polymers serve as a family of advanced materials to replace the conventional inorganic carriers for the heterogenization of homogenous metallic systems, affording new functional materials featuring single‐site metal dispersion, hierarchical porosity, high thermostability,and thus promising prospects in catalysis, as show cased in the excellent Rh1/PIP‐catalyzed methanol carbonylation.